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Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo

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Winner of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour

The cops wanted to shoot me, my bosses thought I was a Bolshevik, and a local lawyer warned me that some people I was writing about might try to test the strength of my skull with a steel pipe. What more could any young reporter hope for from his first real job?

The night Mark Leiren-Young drove into Williams Lake, Brit

Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 1st 2009 by Heritage House Publishing Co. Ltd.
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Paul Lima
Nov 05, 2013 Paul Lima rated it really liked it
Never Shoot a Stampede Queen: A Rookie Reporter in the Cariboo is a fish out of water story about the misadventures of a rookie reporter from Vancouver in the backwoods of British Columbia. Mark Leiren-Young, the Vancouver-based playwright/film-maker/writer was named the winner of the 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. And the book is funny, sometimes laugh out loud so. It's also dark and poignant. Told in an episodic nature, Never Shoot A Stampede Queen, Leiren-Young’s first book, is a memo ...more
Dec 01, 2011 Catherine rated it really liked it
I'm a month shy of my one-year anniversary working at a community newspaper, and I can already relate to probably two-thirds of this book, with similar stories.
Like he writes, as journalists, we find ourselves in "interesting" situations sometimes. And they can be really funny, whether or not anyone else finds them funny at the moment or later on is up for debate. On the other hand, he doesn't gloss over the bad part of our job; like he said, there are days when he doesn't feel like eating afte
Scott Harris
Jun 26, 2013 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
Mark Leiren-Young's depiction of his time in William's Lake is a very funny and captivating read, with an undercurrent that would feel almost tragic were it not familiar to almost anyone who has lived outside of "Big City" Canada. Leiren-Young's references to William's Lake as "small town", the fact that it has a court house, several restaurants, bars and a theatre company make it akin to a metropolis for those who've lived in the even smaller places that surround it. The pseudo-Texan culture an ...more
Mette Bach
Jun 08, 2011 Mette Bach rated it it was amazing
Mark Leiren-Young is so insightful and funny. It's a classic Vancouver book even though it takes place in the Cariboo. (I also didn't know what people had plugs in their engines for until I went to Alberta.) Leiren-Young's stories are all about being on the outside of this community of wacky characters yet finding his own way of fitting in. It's a story about earning stripes and learning the ways of the world. Love it!
Joelle Anthony
Feb 01, 2013 Joelle Anthony rated it really liked it
As a relatively new Canadian, I'm trying to read lots by Canadian writers. This was very funny at times, and extremely well-written. Because he's a news reporter in the crime capital of BC, it's a bit graphic at times for me. Actually, a lot graphic. But it's still a good read. There are things I read about that I wish I hadn't.
Jun 03, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it did totally remind me of "Lou Grant", the TV show it references, albeit set in my small home-town. I was only an adolescent when Mark was there, I wish I was an adult to have experienced some of the same events from my own perspective. Long live Williams Lake, BC.
Feb 17, 2010 John rated it really liked it
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The story of a big city boy who goes to work for a small city newspaper. He covers everything from murders and child abuse trails to school board meetings and rodeo queen contestants. Quite funny in spots.
Shawn Bird
Aug 12, 2011 Shawn Bird rated it really liked it
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An amusing romp. Having lived in the Cariboo, I have to say these characters seem very familiar, and the amusing exploits are believable. Mark is a funny speaker, as well, so if you're looking for a good presenter at your next conference, invite him!
May 25, 2009 Garth rated it really liked it
Fish out of water story. A young reporter from the city moves to rural BC for his first post-university job
Dec 12, 2013 Tony rated it it was amazing
Funny and charming.
Sep 08, 2009 Rhondda rated it did not like it
What a piece of crap. The author only writes about himself in reaction to others and thinks this is funny. I can't believe he won the Leacock award. It is so surface and he just stereotypes the people. I guess in the new age of post modernism this passes for literature. Leacock had an enduring affection for the people he wrote about. This guy can't get past his nose. I only read to the end of the book because I live in the town he writes about. I would have tossed it otherwise. He gets so much w ...more
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An amusing and believable fish-out-of-water story.
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Mark Leiren-Young is an award-winning author, filmmaker, playwright and performer based in Victoria, BC.

Described by The National Post as “Canada’s go to guy for dolphins, whales and trees,” Mark has also been dubbed "Canada’s greenest writer." Many of his projects feature a green theme, such as his award winning films, The Green Film (a comedy short about going green), and his feature "The Green
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