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Author Wayne Johnston

Wayne Johnston's novels revel in eccentric characters. But the character that looms over his latest book "A World Elsewhere" is a massive, 250-room castle built in the forests of North Carolina in the late 19th century. In "A World Elsewhere" Johnston rewrites the story of New York's Vanderbilt family, albeit changing the name and adding a pair of poverty-stricken Newfoundlanders to the mix. In actual fact, George Vanderbilt's home, Biltmore, remains the largest privately owned home in the United States. In Johnston's hybrid world of fiction and history, this outlandishly huge home belongs to a wealthy American railroad heir Johnston calls  "Van" Vanderluyden and the estate is Vanderland. Wayne Johnston is in the province this week for readings in Fredericton and Saint John and he spoke with Paul.

 

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