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What's New...
Iím thrilled to be included in Indigoís Most Anticipated Canadian Books offer, running this week only! Until June 19, you can get 30% off when you pre-order my book!


Coming this fall to bookshelves and e-readers:

Jennie's Boy, A Newfoundland Childhood
Memoir
Knopf Canada
Hardcover, 304 pages
September, 2022


Jennie's Boy, A Newfoundland Childhood is available for pre-order and hits shelves on September 20, 2022.


The Mystery of Right and Wrong is now available in the United States - see this review.

Praise for Wayne Johnston
Wayne Johnston is prodigiously talented.
-- The Globe and Mail

Wayne Johnston is a brilliant and accomplished writer and his Newfoundland boots and boats, rough politics and rough country, history and journalism is vivid and sharp.
-- Annie Proulx

Unlike most recent bestselling novels that are remembered for the plane flight and then promptly forgotten, Wayne's stories have characters who move in and take up permanent residence.
-- Mary Walsh

[Johnston is] a literary giant who has god-given talent.
-- Will Ferguson, The Globe and Mail

His books are beautifully written, among the funniest I've ever read, yet somehow at the same time among the most poignant and moving.
-- Annie Dillard
Welcome to my site
Welcome to my web site. I feel like adding said the spider to the fly. I'm writing to you from a sound-proofed bunker in my basement. I have a low tolerance for noise, one of the reasons that I prefer to write at night - sometimes all night. If you have questions about me or any of my books, I'll do my best to answer them. I really appreciate direct feedback from readers, especially the ones who like my books. It won't change the way I write my books and my answers may not change the way you read them, but at least we'll have closed that gap between writer and reader.

To send me an email, click here. Should I not respond to your queries or comments, please alert my publicist: Ashley Dunn at adunn@penguinrandomhouse.com (or 647-788-3976) and tell her of my inexplicable silence. See you on the literary hustings.
Wayne Johnston



Hi folks: below is the first public image of the front cover of my memoir, Jennie's Boy, A Newfoundland Childhood, which will be released September 20th 2022. That's me at the age of seven in the picture, nattily dressed as always. More news about this book will appear on this site in the coming days and weeks!

Upcoming Appearances
August 2022:
  • Bonne Bay, NL: Aug 16-21 | Writers at Woody Point - see here



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