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Arthur Black Shortlisted for a Third Stephen Leacock Medal!


Posted: April 8, 2005

Arthur Black, former host of the national CBC Radio show Basic Black, has just been honoured with an award nomination for his national bestseller Black & White And Read All Over. This laugh-out-loud collection of essays has been shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, which comes with a silver medal and $10,000 prize for the author and recognizes the best Canadian humour book of the year.

In Black & White And Read All Over, Arthur Black shows why he has already won two Stephen Leacock Medals for previous books. The beloved radio personality and newspaper columnist tackles a range of subjects from Sasquatch hunters to nose jobs to the legalization of pot. Known for his delight in the bizarre and derision of the absurd, Black holds nothing back as he comments on the caprices of a society in which people can leave a legacy by naming bugs after themselves, coffee beans initially “processed” by small Indonesian marsupials sell for $110 US a pound in San Francisco, and gambling and fitness machines have combined so “all those casino addicts steadfastly clutching the plastic buckets of quarters and loonies now have a chance to lose pounds as they lose their money.” Black’s irrepressible sense of humour, his unapologetic descriptions of the foibles of humanity and his delight in the bizarre shine through in this entertaining compilation that will keep you laughing until you’ll want to read it all over—again.

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal was created in 1946 in memory of Stephen Leacock, the world-famous Canadian humorist and educator. Presented annually by the Stephen Leacock Association, the memorial medal is cast in silver and was designed by Canadian sculptor Emmanuel Hahn. The cash award of $10,000 is donated by the TD Financial Group. The winner will be announced at a luncheon at the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia, Ontario on April 20, 2005, and the award itself will be presented at a dinner at Geneva Park in Orillia on June 11, 2005.