New Star Blogs

A Series of Dogs on the Leacock longlist


John Arm­strong’s A Series of Dogs, was announced in late April as one of nine books longlist­ed for the 2017 Stephen Lea­cock Medal, a prize, albeit named after a banker, for the fun­ni­est Cana­di­an book of the pre­vi­ous year.   (Just as we were going to Word­Press, we learned that Dogs had not made it on through to the three-book June 10 run-off.)

A Series of Dogs, released in Novem­ber, tells of the dogs that have accom­pa­nied the punk musi­cian-now-writer in his road through heed­less youth, respon­si­ble matu­ri­ty, and recent­ly, reflec­tive mid­dle age.

Anoth­er dog in the fight (nine on the longlist, and one of three that made it through) is anoth­er New Star author, Gary Bar­win, for his Big Five-pub­lished Yid­dish For Pirates, which is dif­fer­ent­ly fun­ny from his 2011 col­lab­o­ra­tion Fran­zla­tions, maybe not as Kafkaesque.  Go, Gary!