Port Medway's Readers Festival returns

Published on June 25, 2014

Russell Wangersky is the first reader up for the popular Port Medway Readers Festival on July 5.

The Port Medway Readers Festival returns on July 5, with a reading by Russell Wangersky. 

The book he is reading from is WHIRL AWAY, a book of short stories that won the Raddall last year.  The reading is at 7 p.m. at the Old Meeting House in Port Medway.  Tickets are $15 and include supper at the fire hall afterward.  Tickets can be purchased online at portmedwayreadersfestival.com, and or at the library branches in Liverpool and Bridgewater

Russell Wangersky is an award-winning writer, editor and columnist from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His latest book is a collection of short stories titled Whirl Away,which was a finalist for the ScotiaBank/Giller Prize and won the 2012 Thomas Raddall prize for Atlantic Canadian fiction.

A five-time finalist for Canada’s National Newspaper Awards (winning for editorials in 2002 and 2011), he works at the St. John’s Telegram as the editorial page editor. His five books include Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a memoir of his eight years as a volunteer firefighter that examines the personal toll of firefighting and accident rescue; a novel,The Glass Harmonica; and two short story collections.

In 2006, his collection of short stories, The Hour of Bad Decisions, was long-listed for the ScotiaBank/Giller Prize and was also short-listed for a series of other prizes. The Hour of Bad Decisions was included by both the Toronto Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star in their Best Books of 2006.

Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2008) won three Canadian literary prizes, including Canada’s largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was also a Globe and Mail Top 100 book for 2008. His novel The Glass Harmonicawas released in the spring of 2010, and won the BMO-Winterset Prize for best Newfoundland book in 2010.

 Other readings this summer include Jane Urquhart on July 19 and Terry Fallis on Aug. 9.