On Tuesday, March 6th, The Children’s Book Bank hosted its second annual author event: “An Evening with Wayne Johnston”. The event was hosted at Havergal College in the beautiful Brendan Robson Hall.
The cocktails and mingling before Johnston took the podium provided book-lovers with an opportunity to chat about the latest book awards and other Johnston works (many had read The Colony of Unrequited Dreams).
Guests were then treated to an intimate reading from Johnston’s newest book, A World Elsewhere. Johnston was a consummate storyteller – we could have listened for hours to his stories about personalities from Newfoundland. One story in particular will forever be engraved in everyone’s minds: the fallout from his controversial portrayal of Newfoundland Premier and legend, Joey Smallwood in Colony. Johnston critics (and Smallwood-supporters) came to one of his speaking engagement in St. John’s to ask, “Would you treat Jesus this way?”
Following Johnston’s reading, attendees lined up to snatch a moment with Johnston as well as his signature. He was generous with his time, answering questions and listening to everyone’s experiences in Newfoundland. It was a great evening!
Thank you to the following event sponsors: