Mark Medley | National Post | Oct 30, 2012
Will Ferguson, one of Canada’s pre-eminent humorists, travel writers, and a three-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, is the winner of this year’s Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Taking the stage moments after the announcement was made, and wearing a kilt displaying his family colours, Ferguson took a silver flask from “the old sporran” and raised it to the room.
“I’d like to raise a toast to the written word,” he said, as the audience responded in kind.
Ferguson’s tightly-plotted literary thriller 419, which explores the Byzantine world of email scams, taking the reader from the streets of Calgary to the back-alleys of Lagos, is perhaps the most populist book to be awarded Canada’s most prestigious literary prize.
He receives $50,000 for winning the Giller, which was awarded at a gala ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton in Toronto Tuesday night.
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