Oct 31, 2012

By Scott Walker

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Author Will Ferguson is already the winner of three Stephen Leacock medals for humour.

Now he’ll have to make room on his mantle for another award: the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

The 48-year-old Calgary humourist won the 50-thousand-dollar prize for his novel 419 at a gala award ceremony in Toronto last night.

The novel is something of a departure for Ferguson, who is best known for his travel writing. It tells the story of a Canadian family becoming ensnared in a Nigerian email scam.

Ferguson was chosen over four other writers: Nancy Richler, Alix Ohlin, Kim Thuy, and Russell Wangersky.

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