Press release

Susan Juby wins 2016 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
Nanaimo-based author honoured with prestigious literary award

Saturday, June 11, 2016 – Orillia, Ontario  Today the Leacock Associates announced the winner of one of Canada’s most celebrated literary awards, the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The 2016 recipient is Nanaimo-based Susan Juby, whose latest work, Republic of Dirt, was honoured with the prestigious medal. A panel of judges chose Juby’s novel from more than 60 entries.

“We have the opportunity to work with many talented authors across the country, and choosing a winner is never an easy task,” said Nathan Taylor, president of Leacock Associates. “That said, Susan’s latest novel, Republic of Dirt, really resonated with the panel, and we feel she is so deserving of this award.”

The Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour is one of Canada’s oldest and most prestigious literary awards and the only national award for humour writing. Alongside the medal itself, the winner will receive $15,000, thanks to support from the TD Bank Group.

Juby’s latest work, Republic of Dirt, is a follow-up to 2011’s The Woefield Poultry Collective. In the latest novel, the protagonist, Prudence Burns, is felled by a mysterious health condition, and things on the farm begin to fall apart. The story is told in four distinct, unforgettably hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking voices, and Republic of Dirt shows what happens when passions collide with pride and what it takes to save each other, our small part of the planet and ourselves.

Other novels by Juby include the critically acclaimed Getting the Girl and Another Kind of Cowboy, as well as the bestselling Alice series (Alice, I Think; Miss Smithers; and Alice MacLeod, Realist at Last). She holds a master’s degree in publishing and currently lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and their dog, who prefers to remain anonymous.

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Lauren Wasley
Carlaw Communications