Wayne Johnston (author)

Wayne Johnston (author)

Wayne Johnston (born 1958 in Goulds, Newfoundland) is a Canadian novelist.

His fiction deals primarily with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, often in a historical setting.

Johnston graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1978 with a degree in English literature. He then worked for three years as a newspaper reporter with the "St. John's Daily News". In 1981, he moved to Ottawa, and pursued writing full-time. His novel "The Divine Ryans" won the 1991 Thomas Head Raddall Award.

Johnston's breakthrough novel, 1998's "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams", was acclaimed for its historical portrayal of legendary Newfoundland politician Joey Smallwood. This novel was chosen for the 2003 edition of CBC Radio's "Canada Reads" competition, where it was championed by educator Justin Trudeau.

He now lives in Toronto, Ontario part time, and holds a tenured professorship at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.


* "The Story of Bobby O'Malley" (1985)
* "The Time of Their Lives" (1987)
* "The Divine Ryans" (1990)
* "Human Amusements" (1994)
* "The Colony of Unrequited Dreams" (1998) (shortlisted for the Giller Prize)
* "Baltimore's Mansion" (1999)
* "The Navigator of New York" (2002) (shortlisted for the Giller Prize)
* "The Custodian of Paradise" (2006) (longlisted for the Giller Prize)

External links

* [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0009831 Wayne Johnston's] entry in [http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=HomePage&Params=A1 The Canadian Encyclopedia]
* [http://www.thecommentary.ca/ontheline/20061106a.html Interview with THECOMMENTARY.CA, November 2006]

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