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Drew Hayden Taylor makes Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Shortlist!

Drew Hayden Taylor makes Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal Shortlist!

May 2017

Take Us to Your Chief: And Other Stories, Drew Hayden Taylorís collection of Indigenous science fiction stories, is one of the three finalists on the 2017 Leacock Medal shortlist!

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour recognizes an outstanding contribution to Canadian literary humour writing and is awarded annually, accompanied by a $15,000 prize. The award is a tribute to Canadian humorist Stephen Leacock, and is unique in its recognition of Canadian humour writing.

Inspired by classic science fiction stories of the 1940s and 50s and infused with a contemporary First Nations perspective, Take Us to Your Chief is a mystical and hilarious collection of short stories from award-winning author and playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. The book explores themes of alienation, conspiracy and belonging, examining social issues through a lens both playful and wise.

Taylor is a prolific author with nearly thirty books to his name, and is recognized for his ability to blend genres and break literary barriers. He has been nominated for two Governor Generalís Awards for his fiction and theatre work. This is his first nomination for the Leacock Award. Taylorís reaction to the nomination was revealed on Twitter: ďJust found out I was longlisted 4 the award. So cool. Iím honoured. And I now have actual proof for my family that I am funny.Ē

The award will be presented to the winner at a gala awards dinner on June 10.

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