In the January/ Februray 2021 issue of The Walrus, Giller Prize Finalist Megan Gail Coles chooses Some People’s Children as a favourite book of the year: “Not since Joel Thomas Hynes’s Down to the Dirt has a Newfoundland coming-of-age novel so relentlessly depicted the taxing challenge of surviving adolescence in rural outports. This darkly comedic novel is one of indignities, epiphanies, and hope.”
I recently completed two pieces on the 35th Anniversary of the ArtsNL Awards (links in the Press section). Part of the process involved a photoshoot from genius photographer Ritche Perez. I don’ think I’ve ever looked so good windblown.
October, 2020. I wrote a piece for Boca De Lupo’s Red Phone at the LSPU Hall and did my first “real life” public reading of 2020 at the Lawnya Vawnya Festival.
Some People’s Children is a winner with The Miramichi Reader’s The Very Best! Book Award for Fiction!
So inlove with this image for Some People’s Children created by author Lisa Moore. Check out the Writers’ Trust Draw the Word Spring Book Challenge #drawtheword.
It’s an odd time to release a book (odd time for everything, really). I’m very happy to be receiving good feedback on Some People’s Children.
My second novel, Some People’s Children, is available in print and as an e-book! It’s an odd time for everything right now, including publishing a new book, but I’m very pleased with the response it’s received.
More details and purchasing information for Some People’s Children can be found under the Books tab. Links to reviews can be found under Press.
If you’d like to hear me read the first chapter, you can check it out here on Breakwater’s YouTube channel. And here’s another picture of the cover which I absolutely love – the original work is We Came at Night by one of my favourite NL artists, Mike Gough.
Such an honour to receive the CBC Emerging Artist Award with ArtsNL this weekend. It was an unexpected, wonderful surprise. Congratulations to my fellow finalists Emily Pittman and Meghan Musseau.
(May, 2019) Very relieved to have submitted my thesis for my MA in English (Creative Writing) from Memorial University. It’s a short fiction collection titled No One Knows about Us, twelve stories taking place in contemporary St. John’s where characters deal with secrets: relationships, longings, grudges, addictions, and trickery.
Hopefully it will be available as a real live book in the near future.
Other spring news: I’m honoured to be named as a finalist for this year’s “CBC” ArtsNL Emerging Artist of the Year! The full list of finalists and awards can be found here.
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is one of the selections for Read Local Month in libraries across Nova Scotia! Library users can download the book instantly. More info here.
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is one of eleven Canadian books nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award! Such an honour to be considered with these fantastic authors. You can see the full list of nominees here.
I’m very pleased to be part of Post Oil, a project with The Independent which examines Newfoundland and Labrador’s past and future relationship with oil industry. I’ve written a series of flash fiction inspired by the ideas in the series. The first piece starts here.
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is a finalist for the 2018 NL Book Award for Fiction! Winner to be announced on September 5th.
It’s been a busy summer with publications in two collections. I’m pleased to have an essay in Best Kind, a nonfiction anthology edited by the wonderful Robert Finley, published through Breakwater Books.
As well, What’s Written in the Ladies: Photographs and Scribblings is currently available around St. John’s at Broken Books, The Travel Bug, Johnny Ruth, Fogtown Barber and Shop, and Baddy Vinyl. All profits are donated to S.H.O.P (Safe Harbour Outreach Project) which is the only sex worker advocacy program in Newfoundland and Labrador. And we’re having a launch on August 9th! Please check the Events tab for details.
What’s Written in the Ladies: Photographs and Scribblings is finally in print and available for purchase at Broken Books! This project has been in the works for a while with my group, the Naked Parade Writing Collective and I’m so excited it’s a real life thing!
As a collection of found writing and purposeful writing, What’s Written in the Ladies: Photographs and Scribblings explores the motivation behind graffiti in Women’s and Gender Neutral bathrooms. It is a photography book and also contains pieces from various local writers, both emerging and established.
Profits for What’s Written in the Ladies go to SHOP (Safe Harbour Outreach Project) which advocates for the human rights of sex workers and is a partner of the NL Sexual Assault and Prevention Centre.
There’s also a What’s Written in the Ladies Instagram account, which you can follow here.
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes picked up some bronze bling with the 2018 IPPY Awards! Congrats to Breakwater authors Kerri Cull, Ted Rowe, and Pam Hall who swept the Canada East Non-Fiction category! You can check out the full list of winners here.
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is a finalist for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction)! Excited to be part of the Atlantic Book Awards this year. Full list of finalists can be read here.
Congratulations to Joel Thomas Hynes on winning the BMO Winterset Award! Truly an honour to be considered with him and one of my favourite authors, Wayne Johnston. This article contains a video where Joel admits to rooting for me, which I will re-watch forever.
February 21, 2018:
The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is a finalist for this year’s BMO Winterset Award!
From The Overcast: “This year’s shortlist is composed of 3 stellar novels, by 3 very different writers: a fresh new name in fiction (Bridget Canning), a mid-career multi-hatted artist (Joel Thomas Hynes), and a literary icon (Wayne Johnston). Each author’s novel is radiant for different reasons, proving that the greatest books shine through, no matter what it is that makes them shine.”
Press release from ArtsNL can be found here.
Terribly excited to be part of #NLReads this winter! The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes is going up against some heavy hitters! More info here:
I did a fun Q&A with writer and curator Gloria Hickey. You can read it on her blog if you click right here.
I’m appearing at three literary festivals this fall: Word on the Street, Halifax, Word Vancouver, and Fog Lit in Saint John, New Brunswick. See the Events tab for details.
I’m busy this summer with two main projects: promoting my debut novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes and preparing to pitch Water from Stones at the Montreal edition of the Frontieres International Co-Production Market!