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Bill Conall wins 2014 Leacock Medal

Nova Scotia–based writer Bill Conall has won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for The Promised Land: A Novel of Cape Breton. This is the second time in recent years that a self-published novel has claimed the prize; Terry Fallis won in 2008 for The Best Laid Plans, which was subsequently picked up by McClelland & Stewart. Conall’s first book, 2009’s The Rock in the Water (Hidden Brook Press) was nominated for the Leacock in 2010.

This year’s other shortlisted titles were:

Conall will receive his silver medal and $15,000 prize, furnished by TD Bank Financial Group, at a gala dinner on June 7 in Orillia, Ontario.