Russell's new collection of short stories, Whirl Away (Thomas Allen) has been shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Russell will be reading in October at Wordfest in Calgary and Banff; at the Vancouver International Writers Festival; and at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto.
Winner of the 2011 BMO-Winterset Award for The Glass Harmonica, and the B.C. National Non-Fiction Book Award, the Edna Staebler Award and the Rogers Cable Non-fiction Prize (NL) for Burning Down the House
Russell Wangersky is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Based in St. Johnís, Newfoundland & Labrador, he is the author of three books and the commentary editor at the daily newspaper The Telegram.
His highly-acclaimed 2008 book Burning Down the House (Thomas Allen) is a riveting account of his experiences dealing with human tragedy and his own resulting trauma as a volunteer firefighter.
Wangersky's vivid, incisive style has garnered awards and accolades, and his first book,The Hour of Bad Decisions (Coteau), was heralded as a beautifully crafted collection of short stories.
It's as if the wickedly observant Alice Munro and the bawdy Al Purdy had produced a love child, by way of a gritty newsroom... (Toronto Star, April 30, 2006)
He continues to write editorials and columns for The Telegram.