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2017 Stephen Leacock Award for Humour shortlist

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, May 03, 2017 at 5:19pm

The finalists for the 2017 Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour have been announced.

The award, named after famous Canadian humourist Stephen Leacock, honours the greatest Canadian literature of the past year, and comes with a $15,000 prize.

Down from a longlist of eleven nominees, the finalists for this year's Leacock Medal are:

The winner will be announced and celebrated at an awards gala on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Humour

Leacock Medal for Humour 2015 winner

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 11:23am

The winner of this year's Leacock Medal for Humour, named after Stephen Leacock with the intent of recognizing and "perpetuat[ing] comedic writing in Canada", is Terry Fallis for his most recent novel, No Relation. Along with the medal, Fallis will receive a $15,000 cash prize.

The runner-ups included Aaron Bushkowsky’s Curtains for Roy, Alan Doyle’s Where I Belong, Zarqa Nawaz’s Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, and Robert Wringham’s A Loose Egg.

Congratulations, Mr. Fallis! This is his second Leacock win, and third time on the shortlist. You can read more on the Leacock Medal website.

Categories: Awards, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Humour

Laugh away your Winter blahs

by Tyler Vitt - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 5:23pm

Winter seems like it'll never end. But don't worry -- it's late February, so surely the end can't be too far off! (Right?)

To get over your Winter blahs, check out some of these new and hilarious Humour books.

For the over 200,000 people already following on Twitter, @stats_canada is a daily source of Canadian parody. Stats Canada, the book, continues the site's trailblazing satire by tackling everything from history, culture, and language to sports, entertainment, politics, weather, and much more. With all-new features, graphs, maps, and other illustrations, Stats Canada has all the laughter you've come to expect, with only 10% recycled content. While outrageously false, these hilarious "facts" unearth deep truths about Canadians and their culture.

Unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem and other things that just sort of happened are the subjects of Hyperbole and a Half by blog maven Allie Brosh. Touching, absurd and darkly comic, this beautifully illustrated edition features classics from her website (such as "The God of Cake," "Dogs Don't Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving" and "Adventures in Depression," and "Depression Part Two"), plus more than fifty percent new content with ten never-before-seen essays. Brosh's debut will make you squirm and grind your teeth, but most of all, it will make you laugh.

Read more about our newest and most hilarious Humour books after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Humour


Holiday hu-hu-humour!

by Tyler Vitt - Wednesday, Dec 04, 2013 at 3:41pm

Recently there have been a bunch of fantastic new releases in the realm of Humour books. And as section head of Humour in our Grant Park store, I'm happy to see how many books are flying off the shelves!

Wanna know what's so new and popular in Humour? Want some great gift ideas while we're at it? Then simply read on!

   » Colin Mochrie's Not Quite the Classics — In this book, the comedian takes the first and last lines from classic tales (such as Moby-Dick, Sherlock Holmes, and many more) and adds his own special twist to the text in between. As one of Canada's kings of improvisation, you can imagine Mochrie brings a certain genius to his storytelling.

   » Let Me Off At The Top! My Classy Life & Other Musings — Considered fictional non-fiction, Let Me Off At The Top! is the autobiography of Ron Burgundy, of The Anchorman films fame. Riddled with hyperboles, packed with boldly stated though not-quite-accurate facts, told with utter and raw shamelessness, and reeking with class, this "book" is a fitting exposition of the man and the legend, Ron Burgundy. (This book is featured in our Books of the Season holiday catalogue!)

   » Schottenfreude: German Words for the Human Condition by Ben Schott — As a bookseller, you must possess keen buchadlerauge. Not sure what that term means? Well if you were to peruse Schottenfreude, you would know. The book collects various everyday situations and explains each in a single, sophisticated-sounding German word. For example, as you go through this list of humour books, you will likely experience a sort of entlistungsfreude, "the sense of satisfaction afforded by crossing things off lists". (This book is featured in our Books of the Season holiday catalogue!)

Read more on our new Humour books after the jump...

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Publishing News, Humour


A couple of Canadian Comedy Classics

by Tyler Vitt - Saturday, Sep 21, 2013 at 2:15pm

Colin Mochrie, a man known worldwide for working without a script, has penned a collection of stories destined to make its own mark in the literary community. In his new book, Not Quite the Classics, Mochrie borrows from a well-known improv game and takes the first and last lines from familiar classics and reimagines everything in between. Imagine A Tale of Two Cities in which Wile E. Coyote gets his revenge on the Road Runner, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat with zombies, or The Night Before Christmas with a time travelling twist.

As part of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Colin Mochrie will be in town on October 29th for an evening of comedy and conversation. Tickets are still available at our Winnipeg store. Prices are $30 for one admission, and $40 for a pair. Each ticket price includes a single copy of Not Quite the Classics!

Red Green is celebrated as one of the handiest men in North America. As well as being a purveyor of practical advice, for example making a jetpack from two propane tanks, he is also noted for his insights into that most difficult of assembly jobs: human relationships.

In Red Green's Beginner's Guide to Women, the man who has already shared such morsels as "If you can't be handsome, be handy" now shares with other confused males a testosterone owner's manual to every aspect of finding a mate and then learning to deal with her growing disappointment in you.

Categories: Saskatoon, Winnipeg, New Releases, Humour
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