Awards: Stephen Leacock Humor Winner,  Scotiabank Giller Shortlist

Rick Mercer won the C$25,000 (about US$18,850) Stephen Leacock Medal for Humor, which honors "the best Canadian book of literary humor published in the previous year," for his memoir Talking to Canadians.

The other finalists, who each received C$4,000 (about US$3,015), were Mark Critch for An Embarrassment of Critch's and Dawn Dumont for The Prairie Chicken Dance Tour.


A five-book shortlist has been released for the C$100,000 (about US$75,400) Scotiabank Giller Prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. Each of the finalists receives C$10,000 (about US$7,540). The winner will be named November 7. This year's shortlisted titles are:

Lesser-Known Monsters of the 21st Century by Kim Fu 
Stray Dogs by Rawi Hage 
We Measure the Earth With Our Bodies by Tsering Yangzom Lama 
The Sleeping Car Porter by Suzette Mayr 
If an Egyptian Cannot Speak English by Noor Naga 

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