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What’s So Funny? Lessons from Canada’s Leacock Medal for Humour Writing

Is there a Canadian sense of humour? How can we write with more humour? And what can humour writing teach us about ourselves? These are questions explored in What’s So Funny? Lessons from Canada’s Leacock Medal for Humour Writing — Ottawa writer Dick Bourgeois-Doyle‘s personal review of books that have won our country’s premier award for humour writing.

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4 reviews for What’s So Funny? Lessons from Canada’s Leacock Medal for Humour Writing

  1. Remarkably interesting and perceptive. The many observations about Canadian writing, character, interests, and identity bring a fresh perspective to our national life and constitute a welcome and significant contribution to the field of Canadian Studies.

    T.H.B. Symons, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust; Founding President (Trent University); Chair, Commission on Canadian Studies (1972–75)

  2. A really fine, original piece of work and writing, hitting just the right tone and altitude — I will be dipping into it again and again.

    Gerald Lynch, University of Ottawa, Author, Stephen Leacock: Humour and Humanity; Editor, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (Canadian Critical Edition)

  3. Bourgeois–Doyle informs, educates, and entertains: He makes learning about our country’s literature and ourselves a treat. Personal anecdotes with scholarly research make this a book in the tradition of the best of creative non-fiction.

    Cassie Stocks, Author of Dance, Gladys, Dance, Winner of the 2013 Leacock Medal for Humour

  4. A lovely book, well worth such a monumental effort of reading and research. I enjoyed it very much, and now feel confident I could hold my own, even sparkle, in any cocktail party chat about the Leacock medallists . . . this book is a perfect hors d’oeuvre — gives a bit of a taste, and enhances the enjoyment by arming the reader with insight on the author’s background techniques.

    J.A. “Sandy” McFarlane, former Senior Editor, the Globe and Mail, and co-author, Globe and Mail Style Book

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