Terry Fallis' "The Best Laid Plans" wins the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

The news just came through here in the Thornley Fallis office and we are all quite literally jumping with excitement and joy.

Our co-founder, colleague and friend, Terry Fallis - one of the nicest, smartest, most modest and just utterly charming people one could ever hope to meet - was just announced as the winner of the famous Stephen Leacock Medal For Humour.

Knowing that the award announcement luncheon was happening today up in Orillia, I'll confess that I've been refreshing my Google News search rather obsessively since around 12:30.

Terry was up against stiff competition, including the latest Doug Coupland novel and Will Ferguson's "Spanish Fly". I can hardly believe he won - this is too exciting. The Leacock is huge - it's like the Pulitzer of humour. With this win, Terry joins the ranks of such luminaries as Pierre Berton, W.O. Mitchell, Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies, and Stuart McLean.

If you haven't already read Terry's novel, "The Best Laid Plans", hie thee to a book store and pick up a copy as soon as you can. It's superb - terrific characters in utterly believable situations and just an absolute pleasure to read.

Outstanding news. Hearty and heartfelt congratulations, Terry - a very well-deserved tribute to one of the most decent human beings on the planet.