Russell Wangersky


About Russell Wangersky

Russell Wangersky is an award-winning writer of fiction and non-fiction. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, he is the author of several books and the Atlantic region columnist for newspapers in the TC chain. 

In October 2015, Russell introduced the world to Walt, a psychological thriller about a grocery store cleaner who uses found shopping lists, and the personal details they contain, for his own dark purposes. The novel is published by Anansi.

Wangersky's last book, Whirl Away (Thomas Allen Publishers), a collection of short stories, won the Raddall Prize for best Atlantic Canadian fiction and was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller prize, the Newfoundland & Labrador Book Award and the Winterset Award. His first novel, The Glass Harmonica (Thomas Allen Publishers), won the 2011 Winterset Award. That novel explores how the residents of a changing St. John's neighbourhood view their lives, one another and the events, savage and tender, that bind them together.

See Russell read from Whirl Away.

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 also writes columns for The Telegram.