- John Armstrong for A Series of Dogs, New Star Books.
- Mona Awad for 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, Penguin Canada.
- Gary Barwin for Yiddish for Pirates, Random House Canada.
- Judy Batalion for White Walls, New American Library/Random House Canada.
- Lesley Crewe for Mary, Mary, Nimbus Publishing.
- C. P. Hoff for A Town Called Forget, Five Rivers Publishing.
- Marni Jackson for Don’t I Know You, Flatiron Books.
- Amy Jones for We’re All in This Together, McClelland & Stewart.
- Jack Knox for Hard Knox: Musings from the Edge of Canada, Heritage House Publishing.
- Noah Richler for The Candidate: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, Doubleday Canada.
- Drew Hayden Taylor for Take Us to Your Chief And Other Stories, Douglas & McIntyre.
From the Stephen Leacock Associates Press Release:
This year’s longlist will be narrowed down to three Leacock Medal finalists, who will be announced in Orillia on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.
The final winner, who also receives a $15,000 prize supported by TD Bank Financial Group, is to be announced on Saturday, June 10, 2017, at a gala award dinner at Geneva Park Conference Centre, just outside Orillia, Ontario. The gala dinner is open to the public, and limited tickets are on sale exclusively through the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia.
In announcing the list, Taylor described the submissions this year as of exceptionally high quality. The judges and readers recommend all the longlisted books as entertaining Canadian works, worthy of consideration for this prestigious and unique literary humour award in Canada’s sesquicentennial year.
I'm thrilled to see C. P. Hoff's A Town Called Forget on the longlist.
The novel follows the adventures of a young girl, sent without explanation to live with the eccentric aunt she didn't even know she had. As she tries to solve the mystery of her banishment, she slowly comes to terms with her aunt's skewed view of the world, and the exceedingly odd townsfolk of Forget.
From the moment I saw the manuscript, I knew this novel was something special. I acquired the book for Five Rivers, Lorina did the substantive editing, and I followed up with a line/edit (and then there was a copy edit after).
This makes four books that have been shortlisted for national awards from Five Rivers Publishing. Fingers crossed for the win!
[Now, hoping Den Valdron's The Mermaid Tale gets shortlisted for the World Fantasy or Bram Stoker Awards]