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ORILLIA, ON, April 30 /CNW/ - The suspense felt by five finalists for the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour came to an exciting conclusion today for Terry Fallis and his novel The Best Laid Plans. The announcement was made at a celebratory luncheon on the grounds of the historical Stephen Leacock Memorial Museum in Orillia, Ontario. Fallis will receive a $10,000 prize courtesy of TD Bank Financial Group for his winning entry. "It is somehow appropriate that this year's winner be an author with an interest in the foibles of federal politics as Leacock himself had more than a passing interest in the subject. He'd be delighted with the comic antics described by Fallis," said Wayne Scott, President of the Leacock Association. The Best Laid Plans, Mr. Fallis's first book, centres on a cranky and reluctant political candidate who consents to run in a federal election based on the fact that he is "certain-to-lose." He accepts the task with the proviso that he won't campaign, give media interviews, canvass door-to-door, attend all-candidate meetings, use lawn signs, have contact with campaign workers or even be in the country during the election campaign! As the reader can well imagine, things do not turn out as anticipated - the key to successful comedy. The other books nominated for this year's award were The Gum Thief by former nominee Douglas Coupland; Spanish Fly by former two-time Leacock medalist Will Ferguson; And God Created Manyberries by Ron Wood; and King John of Canada by Scott Gardiner. The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour has been awarded since 1947 as a means to honour the dean of Canadian humourists and to perpetuate humorous writing in Canada. Some of Canada's finest authors - Pierre Berton, W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler and Robertson Davies - have all been recipients of the award over the past six decades. Last year's winner was CBC broadcaster and author Stuart McLean for Secrets of the Vinyl Cafe. The award is presented each year to the most humourous English-language book written by a Canadian and in addition to being presented with the silver medal, the winner also receives a $10,000 prize from TD Bank Financial Group. The Leacock Association is also grateful to its other generous sponsors: Osprey media, Lakehead University and Orillia's Thor Motors. Both the medal and the cheque will be presented to Mr. Fallis at the annual Leacock dinner to be held June 7, 2008 at Geneva Park near Orillia, Ontario. For further information: or interview opportunities, please contact: Mike Hill, Vice-President, Stephen Leacock Association, (705) 325-9843,; Jennifer Martin, TD Bank Financial Group, (416) 308-6473,

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