Susan Juby

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Susan Juby
Born (1969-03-30) March 30, 1969 (age 52)
Ponoka, Alberta
Notable worksAlice, I Think, Republic of Dirt
SpouseJames Waring

Susan Juby (born March 30, 1969)[1] is a Canadian writer of young adult literature. She is currently residing in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where she is a professor of creative writing at Vancouver Island University.

Juby is most known for her first series that started with Alice, I Think (2000), which was adapted into the television series Alice, I Think by The Comedy Network.


Juby was born in Ponoka, Alberta,[1] and later moved to Smithers, British Columbia at the age of six.[1]

Juby initially attended fashion design school, but dropped out after several months.[1] She subsequently started a degree in English literature at the University of Toronto,[1] transferring to the University of British Columbia after two years.[1] After graduating she became an editor at a book publishing company called Hartley and Marks.[1]


Juby began her first book as a journal which she wrote on the bus on the way to work and at a local coffee shop. Thistledown published her first book Alice, I Think in 2000.[2] The book was named one of the essential 40 young adult novels by Rolling Stone Magazine. [3]

Juby completed a master's degree in publishing (MPub) from Simon Fraser University in 2002. [4] After publishing Alice, I Think (2000), HarperCollins offered her a contract for three books. Her second book Miss Smithers was published in 2004.[2] To complete the trilogy of Alice, I Think all under one publisher, the original book was bought by HarperCollins. Her third book under this contact was Alice McLeod: Realist at Last, published in 2005.[2] The Comedy Network developed Alice, I Think, a television sitcom based on the novel of the same name. The first episode aired in 2006.[5]

Juby went on to write Another Kind of Cowboy (2007) and a young adult detective novel, Getting the Girl (2008). [6] In 2010, Viking Canada published Nice Recovery, Juby's memoir tracing the time between her experience with teenage alcoholism until her sobriety at age 20.[7]

HarperCollins published Juby's next book in 2011, Home to Woefield (also known as The Woefield Poultry Collective in Canada). This was her first book aimed at an adult audience.[8] She would later write a sequel, Republic of Dirt (2015).[9] In 2016, Republic of Dirt won the Stephen Leacock Award.[10]

Other books by Juby include the dystopian young adult novel Bright's Light (2012), as well as The Truth Commission (2015), and The Fashion Committee (2017), a pair of young adult novels set in an art high school.

Juby was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists in 2014. [11]

On February 22, 2020,[12] Juby read excerpts from two as-yet-unpublished works at the Vancouver Island Regional Library's Nanaimo Harbourfront branch. At Your Service is Juby's first crime novel for adults. Me 3 is a middle-grade novel that addresses the #MeToo movement from a child's perspective.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Juby is an environmental rights activist in her community.[14] She is a creative writing professor at Vancouver Island University, in Nanaimo, British Columbia.[15]

Published works[edit]

  • Alice, I Think (2000)
  • I'm Alice (Beauty Queen?) (2004) (Published as Miss Smithers in the United States)
  • Alice Macleod: Realist at Last (2005)
  • Another Kind of Cowboy (2007)
  • Getting the Girl: A Guide to Private Investigation, Surveillance and Cookery (2008)
  • Nice Recovery (2010)
  • The Woefield Poultry Collective (2011) (Published as Home to Woefield in the United States)
  • Bright's Light (2012)
  • Republic of Dirt (2015)
  • The Truth Commission (2015)
  • The Fashion Committee (2017)
  • At Your Service (Upcoming)[16]
  • Me 3 (Upcoming)[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Dave Jenkinson, "Susan Juby". CM Magazine, May 11, 2005.
  2. ^ a b c Robert J. Wiersema, "Tales of Teenage Misfits". Quill & Quire, February 2005.
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  10. ^ "Nanaimo author wins Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour". CTV Vancouver Island, June 12, 2016.
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  12. ^ "Author Talk and Reading with Susan Juby, author of the ALICE, I THINK series and THE WOEFIELD POULTRY COLLECTIVE". Vancouver Island Regional Library. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  13. ^ "Author and VIU professor Susan Juby previewing pair of unpublished books". Nanaimo News Bulletin. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  14. ^ Holmes, Ian. "Nanaimo Council rejects Linley Valley housing proposal". Nanaimo News Now. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Susan Juby | Creative Writing and Journalism | VIU". Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  16. ^ "Author and VIU professor Susan Juby previewing pair of unpublished books". Nanaimo News Bulletin. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  17. ^ "Author and VIU professor Susan Juby previewing pair of unpublished books". Nanaimo News Bulletin. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-03-06.

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