2011 WinnerWriters’ Trust Engel Findley Award
“Wayne Johnston spins wonderful stories; he is a gather-you-round-and-I-will-enchant-you raconteur. He has absorbed the world around him — the tall tales, the history, the epic of a place — and adapted it to a narrative style that is clearly his own. His stories charm and beguile.
He writes about the ordinary and extraordinary people of Newfoundland with great empathy and without a shred of sentimentality. At the same time his fiction has a mythic quality: Smallwood walking across the island through drifted snow; a father and son surviving a long trek through winter woods by holding onto a horse and one another; an iceberg with the likeness of the Virgin Mary.
Wayne Johnston’s fiction is subtle, his passion understated, his humour underpinned by tragedy. All of his work, superbly written, is a powerful combination of insight, talent and revelation. It is made to endure.”
— 2011 Writers’ Trust Engel/Findley Award Jury (David Bergen, Joan Clark Miriam Toews)