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Republic of Dirt is Whistler Reads Fall 2016 Pick

abstract:Susan Juby won this year's Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour for her book, The Republic of Dirt. She is this year's Whistler Writer in Residence a post supported by the Whistler Resort Municipality and the local writer's group. Whistler Reads is pleased to select this book out of the excellent offerings at this year's 15th annual Writers Festival in Whistler. "With so much in the world to concern us: continued strife in the Middle East, the sluggish world economy, the travesty that has become the US election, Canada's struggle to make the best decisions related to global warming -- it behooves us to elevate/side-track our minds and spirits through the tonic of humour. After all, we do produce some of the world's most talented comedians," says Paula Shackleton, Founder and Director of Whistler Reads.

The Stephen Leacock award is a personal favorite. If you've not read the work of the namesake honoring this genre, you must because it gives insights into where our Canadian roots in ironic wit and self-deprecating humour derive. (thank GOD for spell check) Susan Juby is the beneficiary of this award, and deservedly so. A quick peruse of her website is funny from start to finish, er from button titles to deep-down content.

The fact that she lives in the boonies, and I live in the boonies has nothing to do with it. Really. Oh, well, if you must -- we DO share a love of chickens. Chickens are the original comedian on the farm. Everything about them is true; the pecking order, coming home to roost, cock of the walk... but I digress.

The WWII motorcycle side-car with the Blue Heeler pup as her mate sold me. Not to mention the serial mugshots gleaned from past author photos. So hope you can join us as we meet Susan Juby in person at the Whistler Writers Festival. And leave comments about your musings on her book on our wall.


September 19, 2016



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