Stephen Leacock (1869-1944) was an internationally popular Canadian humorist, educator, lecturer, and author of more than 30 books of lighthearted sketches and essays. Close friends, colleagues and supporters of Stephen Leacock established Leacock Associates in 1946 as a means of honoring him. The Association set up a collection of books, letters and personal items in the Orillia Public Library in Toronto, commissioned a bronze bust of Leacock, and established a memorial Medal to be awarded annually for the best book of humour written by a Canadian. The winners of that medal and their books are as follows. (The title for the 1995 winner is our favorite.)


2003 Dan Needles With Axe and Flask, A History of Persephone Township from Pre-Cambrian Times to the Present
2002 Will Ferguson Generica
2001 Lynn Coady Play the Monster Blind
2000 Arthur Black Black Tie and Tales
1999 Stuart McLean Home From the Vinyl Cafe
1998 Mordecai Richler Barney's Version
1997 Arthur Black Black in the Saddle Again
1996 Marsha Boulton Letters from the Country
1995 Josh Freed Fear of Frying and Other Fax of Life
1994 Bill Richarson Bachelor Brothers' Bed and Breakfast
1993 John Levesque Waiting for Aquarius
1992 Roch Carrier Prayers of a Very Wise Child
1991 Howard White Writing in the Rain
1990 W. O. Mitchell According to Jake and the Kid
1989 Joseph Kertes Winter Tulips
1988 Paul Quarrington King Leary
1987 W. P. Kinsella The Fencepost Chronicles
1986 Joey Slinger No Axe Too Small to Grind
1985 Ted Allan Love is a Long Shot
1984 Gary Lautens No Sex Please... We're Married
1983 Morley Torgov The Outside Chance of Maxirnilian Glick
1982 Merlin J. Houston Gophers Don't Pay Taxes
1981 Gary Lautens Take My Family.... Please!
1980 Donald Jack Me Bandy, You Cissie
1979 Sondra Gotlieb True Confections
1978 Ernest Buckler Whirligig
1977 Ray Guy That Far Greater Bay
1976 Harry J. Boyle The Luck of the Irish
1975 Morley Torgov A Good Place to Come From
1974 Donald Jack That's Me in the Middle
1973 Donald Bell Saturday Night at the Bagel Factory
1972 Max Braitliwaite The Night They Stole the Mounties Car
1971 Robert Thomas Allen Wives, Children and Other Wildlife
1970 Farley Mowat The Boat Who Wouldn't Float
1969 Stuart Trueman You're Only as Old as You Act
1968 Max Ferguson And Now.... Here's Max
1967 Richard J. Needham Needham's Inferno
1966 George Bain Nursery Rhymes to be Read Aloud by Young Parents with Old Children
1965 Gregory Clark War Stories
1964 Harry J. Boyle Homebrew and Patches
1963 Donald Jack Three Cheers for Me
1962 W. O. Mitchell Jake and the Kid
1961 Norman Ward Mice in the Beer
1960 Pierre Berton Just Add Water and Stir
1959 No Award
1958 Eric Nicol Girdle Me a Globe
1957 Robert Thomas Allen The Grass is Never Greener
1956 Eric Nicol Shall We Join the Ladies?
1955 Robertson Davies Leaven of Malice
1954 Joan Walker Pardon My Parka
1953 Lawrence Earl The Battle of Baltinglass
1952 Jan Hilliard The Salt-Box
1951 Eric Nicol The Roving I
1950 Earle Birney Turvey
1949 Angeline Hango Truthfully Yours
1948 Paul Hiebert Sarah Binks
1947 Harry L. Symons Ojibway Melody