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Congratulations Arthur on Winning the Stephen Leacock Award!

Posted: April 19, 2006

Arthur Black, former host of the national CBC Radio show Basic Black, has just been honoured with the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for his bestselling 2005 release Pitch Black recognizing it as the best Canadian humour book of this year. As the Leacock Award is nearing its 60th anniverisary Arthur Black is only the third individual to win the award a total of 3 times.

Demonstrating why he is one of Canada’s best-known humorists, Black offers readers a unique brand of tongue-in-cheek wisdom on a wide range of subjects ranging from suburban heroes to garage sales as blood sport. Pitch Black delivers hilarious insights on the medical application of duct tape, the real difference between men and women, how to reuse that Commodore 64 in the closet and why writers dread cocktail parties and barbeques (“A stranger asks you what you do; you tell them you’re a writer. And they come back with ‘No, I meant what do you do for a LIVING.’”).

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 was announced at a luncheon at the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia, Ontario on April 19, 2006 and the award itself will be presented at a dinner at Geneva Park in Orillia on June 10, 2006.