Wayne Johnston: Author in Residence

From October 25 – 27, celebrated Author Wayne Johnston returns to his home province to connect with guests and explore all that Fogo Island’s Berry Season has to offer: brisk hikes over the hills, endless berry picking, and evenings spent curled up reading by the woodstove. During his stay, Wayne will do a special reading in the Inn’s Gathering Hall and mingle with guests over cocktails afterwards.

After a brief stint in pre-medical, Wayne Johnston, who was born and raised in Goulds, Newfoundland, obtained a BA in English from Memorial University. From there, he worked as a reporter for the St. John's Daily News before deciding to devote his full energies to writing.

En-route to being published, Wayne earned an MA (Creative Writing) from the University of New Brunswick. Then, his career skyrocketed: his first book, The Story of Bobby O'Malley, was published when he was just 27 years old and won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel award for the best first novel published in the English language in Canada in that year. Subsequent books consistently received critical praise and increasing public attention. The most popular among fans was The Divine Ryans, which was adapted to the silver screen with the screenplay by Wayne himself and starring Academy Award winner Pete Postlethwaite.  Baltimore's Mansion, a memoir dealing with his grandfather, his father, and Wayne himself was tremendously well received and won the most prestigious prize for creative non-fiction awarded in Canada - the Charles Taylor Prize. Both The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York spent extended periods of time on bestseller lists in Canada and have also been published in the US, Britain, Germany, Holland, China, and Spain. Indeed, Colony was identified by the Globe and Mail newspaper as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced.

Counted among the many that have been inspired by Wayne’s writings are the founders and staff of Shorefast and Fogo Island Inn, who are delighted to bring him to Fogo Island for this special residency.


To book:
International Reservations: +1 709 658 3444 US & Canada Reservations: +1 855 268 9277 or email [email protected]