A big congratulations goes out to Will Ferguson this years Winner of 2010 Leacock Medal for Humour!
Will Ferguson becomes the fourth Canadian author to win this prestigious literary award three times. Ferguson's most recent book, titled Beyond Belfast, was named the best book of humour published in Canada in the past year by a panel of national judges and Orillia's Stephen Leacock Association. Mr. Ferguson had previously won the award in 2002 and again in 2005. Vancouver humorist Eric Nicol won the award three times in the 1950s, Donald Jack scored the literary hat trick with three of his novels in the Bandy series and more recently Arthur Black won it in 1997, 2000 and 2006.
read more: The announcement was made at today's noontime luncheon at Swanmore Hall
Offbeat and charming, and filled with humour, insight, and a wide array of eccentric characters, Beyond Belfast tells the story of one man's misguided attempt at walking the entire Ulster Way: a 560-mile path that circles Northern Ireland, from the city walls of Derry to the moorland heights of the Sperrins, from the green glens of Antrim to the Mountains of Mourne.
Along the way, Will Ferguson, grandson of a Belfast orphan, uncovers his own hidden family history. There are clues about a lost inheritance, a mysterious photograph, rumours of a vast estate: the truth when it comes is both surprising and funny...