Three authors have been named to the shortlist of the 70th annual Leacock Medal, honouring Canadian literary humour.
Amy Jones is a finalist for We’re All in This Together (McClelland & Stewart), her debut novel about how a family copes after one of their members goes over a waterfall in a barrel – and the video evidence of the feat goes viral.
Drew Hayden Taylor was listed for his short-fiction collection Take Us to Your Chief (Douglas & McIntyre), which turns genre conventions on their heads and approaches topics of First Nations representation, armageddon, and aliens with humour and absurdity.
The finalists were selected from a longlist culled from nearly 70 submissions. The medal and $15,000 prize will be presented an a gala on June 10.