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Arthur Black Shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Medal!

Posted: April 7, 2006

Arthur Black, former host of the national CBC Radio show Basic Black, has just been honoured with an award nomination for his bestselling 2005 release Pitch Black. This laugh-out-loud collection of essays has been shortlisted for the  Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, which comes with a silver medal and $10,000 prize for the author and recognizes the best Canadian humour book of the year.
Arthur Black ­beloved radio personality, newspaper columnist, bestselling author and two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour­ shows no symptoms of a weary funny bone with his latest offering Pitch Black.
Demonstrating why he is one of Canada’s best-known humorists, Black offers readers a unique brand of tongue-in-cheek wisdom on a wide range of subjects ranging from suburban heroes to garage sales as blood sport. Pitch Black delivers hilarious insights on the medical application of duct tape, the real difference between men and women, how to reuse that Commodore 64 in the closet and why writers dread cocktail parties and barbeques (“A stranger asks you what you do; you tell them you’re a writer. And they come back with ‘No, I meant what do you do for a LIVING.’”).
At least one writer need not fear the hors d’oeuvres table ­Pitch Black proves that Arthur Black is master of his craft. Laughs are guaranteed.

Arthur Black’s previous books include Black & White and Read All Over, Flash Black, Black Tie and Tales, Black in the Saddle Again, Basic Black, Back to Black and Black by Popular Demand. He hosted CBC Radio One’s Basic Black program from 1983 until 2002, as well as Weird Homes and Weird Wheels on the Life Network. He is also a columnist for FiftyPlus magazine, the Victoria Times-Colonist and a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s All Points West. An award-winning and bestselling author, Arthur credits his writing success to having a “punny” surname. He lives on Saltspring Island, BC.

The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal was created in 1946 in memory of Stephen Leacock, the world-famous Canadian humorist and educator. Presented annually by the Stephen Leacock Association, the memorial medal is cast in silver and was designed by Canadian sculptor Emmanuel Hahn. The cash award of $10,000 is donated by the TD Financial Group. The winner will be announced at a luncheon at the Stephen Leacock Museum in Orillia, Ontario on April 19, 2006 and the award itself will be presented at a dinner at Geneva Park in Orillia on June 10, 2006.