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News archive for January 2, 2014

Local author in the running for Stephen Leacock Award

Local author David Thompson likes to keep an eye out for any reviews of his latest book Haines Junction, which was published last year.

By Stephanie Waddell on January 2, 2014 at 3:57 pm


Photo by Vince Fedoroff

STILL WRITING – Author David Thompson, who enjoys writing short stories, is working on three loosely linked novellas for his next published work.

Local author David Thompson likes to keep an eye out for any reviews of his latest book Haines Junction, which was published last year.

Last month, he received a pleasant surprise during one of his Google searches of his book.

He discovered it was in the long-list of 80 entries into the annual Stephen Leacock award for humour writing, a submission he believes was likely put forth by his publisher Caitlin Press.

“It’s an honour,” he said of having his book submitted to the award.

This actually marks the second time Thompson’s name has come up for the award, with his first novel in 2011 – Talking At The Wood Pile – also being in the long list for the award.

At the time, he said, he didn’t understand the full significance of the award until another writer told him it seems you have to be nominated at least three times before your work is even shortlisted.

While it will be early in the new year before the short list of four books are selected with a ceremony held to announce the winner, Thompson said he was pleased to be on the long list again and also with the response he’s received to the book.

“People really like it,” he said, noting he’s been told it flows smoothly and is an easy read.

The story follows Joshua Shackelton, who fans will recall from Thompson’s first book.

Haines Junction serves as a prequel to Talking At The Wood Pile, going back into Shackelton’s early years growing up in New Mexico in 1946 before travelling north and ending up in Haines Junction before moving on to Dawson City.

As it’s described: “It is here that he discovers friendship (and gold). Miners catch gold fever, political conspiracies come to light and Joshua and his friends encounter the mystical and the mundane.

When he finds himself at the centre of a mystery which includes the wreck of a military DC-3, a raft constructed by an ancient order of Japanese monks and the wolf-bear of aleut myth, Joshua must work to unravel the threads and protect his friends from their own harebrained schemes.

A panel of five judges (who are anonymous and have no contact with one another) and reading committee reviews each of the books, selecting their top 10 with a reading committee following the same scoring pattern for its one vote.

Each of the judges also have one vote for a total of six votes on the award.

The shortlist is made up of the top five books and the book with the highest number of votes is declared the winner.

The winner will be announced at a banquet in April.

While he anxiously awaits the shortlist of candidates for the Stephen Leacock award, Thompson is also continuing to put pen to paper.

He noted he especially enjoys writing short stories and is working on three novellas that are loosely connected for his next published work.

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Jan 2, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Great book. Very funny.  Great to have a Yukon grown talent getting national recognition.


Jan 2, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Proud of you David, what an outstanding achievement and a wonderful way to begin 2014!
Good on you!
Can’t wait for your next book!

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