Wayne Johnston

Wayne Johnson is a Newfoundland-raised novelist. He won the RBC Taylor Prize in 2000.
Wayne Johnston is an award-winning novelist from Newfoundland. (

Wayne Johnston is a novelist, born and raised in Goulds, Newfoundland. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a reporter for St. John's Daily News. His fiction work has often focused on historical depictions of life in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Johnston's first book The Story of Bobby O'Malley, released in 1985, won the Books in Canada/W.H. Smith First Novel Award. His 1999 memoir Baltimore's Mansion received the RBC Taylor Prize. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, published in 1998, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a Canada Reads finalist in 2003, defended by Justin Trudeau. Johnston is also the author of novels The Divine Ryans and The Navigator of New York.

Books by Wayne Johnson


The Canadian author talks about how George Vanderbilt II and a notorious Newfoundland sealing caption, Abram Kean, inspired his new novel. 5:42
Wayne Johnston on his latest novel, about a character haunted by the disappearance of his parents when he was 14. 12:31


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