It was announced today by the Stephen Leacock Associates group that Spring 2012 NeWest Press title Dance, Gladys, Dance, by first-time author Cassie Stocks, has won the prestigious 2013 Leacock Memorial Medal for humour.
The award, which includes a handsome medal and a 15,000 dollar prize courtesy of TD Bank Financial Group, has as its aim to celebrate the year's best in Canadian humour writing. The first recipient of the award was Harry Symons, for his 1947 Ojibway Melody, and last year's winner was Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers.
The award will officially be received by Cassie at the Leacock Gala dinner, which is to be held in Orillia, Ontario on June 8th.
About the book:
Twenty-seven-year-old Frieda Zweig is at an impasse. Behind her is a string of failed relationships and half-forgotten ambitions of being a painter; in front of her lies the dreary task of finding a real job and figuring out what “normal” people do with their lives. Then, a classified ad in the local paper introduces Frieda to Gladys, an elderly woman who long ago gave up on her dreams of being a dancer. The catch? Gladys is a ghost. In Dance, Gladys, Dance, Cassie Stocks tells the uplifting story of a woman whose uncanny connection with a kindred spirit causes her to see her life in a new way—as anything but ordinary.
About the author:
Cassie Stocks was born in Edmonton, Alberta. She’s been a biker chick, a university student, an actress, and a rich man’s gardener; she’s worked as a waitress, an office clerk, an aircraft cleaner, has raised chickens, and once upon a time, was even the caretaker of a hydroponic pot factory. Cassie currently lives in Eston, SK, with her son Julian. The 2013 Stephen Leacock award-winning Dance, Gladys, Dance is her first novel.