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The Old Lost Land of Newfoundland: Family, Memory, Fiction, and Myth
In 2008 Wayne Johnston became the second prominent Canadian writer to enlighten and entertain audiences as a speaker in the Canadian Literature Centre's Henry Kreisel Lecture Series. He spoke to an enthusiastic audience at the University of Alberta about the myths and realities surrounding his native Newfoundland. A master storyteller, Johnston peppered the lecture with im ...more
Paperback, 47 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by NeWest Press
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Taken from his lecture at the University of Alberta, Johnston delves into the memories of his family as they are forced to question their identity after Newfoundland entered Confederation. Johnston's family memories echo many of the same stories and questions that I have heard from my own family. For myself, the essay prompts self-reflection. As a proud Newfoundlander that grew up in Alberta, I find myself feeling like I am without a homeland as I often feel that I do not really belong in either ...more
Wayne Johnston is one of my favorite writers and for me his masterpiece (so far) is The Colony of Unrequited Dreams. The Old Lost Land of Newfoundland is the perfect supplement to that book, a public lecture Johnston gave at the University of Alberta in 2008. Johnston recounts the controversy Colony created in Newfoundland with it's mix of fiction and history. He also relates the divisions in Newfoundland society during the 1948 referendum on becoming independent or joining Canada as the 10th pr ...more