'Re-Tour' to trace Leacock's steps

Mention Stephen Leacock’s name and most will quickly call to mind his most iconic work, Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town . But those who have studied the famed Canadian will just as quickly tell you that Leacock was much bigger than that skinny volume of comedic genius. "He is a huge literary phenomenon in Canada," said Paul Conway who, with his wife Leslie Robbins-Conway, is the driving force behind Voyageur Storytelling. "I don’t think we ever had a public intellectual on the scale he was before or since, and when we forget about somebody like that, we are impoverishing ourselves and we are impoverishing our heritage – it’s like knocking down an old building." Rather than see history fall victim to a metaphorical wrecking ball, the dynamic duo from the Bruce Peninsula are doing their part to ensure Leacock’s legacy withstands the test of time. And they’re doing it in a manner that would have likely made Leacock chuckle. The pair are retracing the western Canadian trek Leacock made in 1936 that served as fodder for his book, My Discovery of the West, which won the Governor General’s Award for non-fiction. Leacock departed from Montreal in November of […]

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