Wayne Johnston wins literary award for Mansions

A Newfoundland author has been awarded one of the richest prizes in the Canadian book world.

Wayne Johnston picked up the Charles Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and a $25,000 cash award for his book Baltimore's Mansion.

The book tells the story of several generations of his Newfoundland family, and their life on the southern shore of the Avalon Peninsula.

The Taylor award was created last year and is named for a former Globe and Mail journalist.

Johnston's book was among 149 entries.