I was lucky enough to be a reader on the Leacock Humour Award Committee this year. This means I was part of a team that selected a winner from 43 submitted entries. We narrowed them down to a shortlist and decided (along with national judges ) a winner.
Past winners have been W.O. Mitchell, Farley Mowat, Mordecai Richler and dozens of other worthy Canadians.
This year the winner was ( unsurprisingly ) Stuart McLean ( who I , like all good Canadians, love ) for his newest Vinyl Cafe compilation: Secrets from the Vinyl Cafe.
I sat at a table with very interesting people....some who had been to the very first awards ceremony in 1947 and had been coming ever since.
Out of the interesting people I talked to, Stuart McLean and Will Ferguson were the highlights.
I had met both before in passing at author events and signings ( I have been heavy in the bookselling business for almost six years now ), but was glad to have another opportunity.
Will Ferguson is a class act.
I was thrilled to be invited and hope to go again sometime.
Long live Mariposa and thriving literary awareness in small towns.
Will Ferguson! Stuart McLean! Other interesting people! You lucky girl!
How do you get invited to these things?! *seething jealousy*
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