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Russell Wangersky is a Canadian journalist and award-winning writer of creative non-fiction. Born in New Haven, Connecticut and raised in Canada since the age of three, Wangersky was educated at Acadia University.[1] He has been page editor of The Telegram in St. John's, as well as a columnist and magazine writer.[2]

Russell Wangersky
BornRussell Wangersky
OccupationWriter, journalist
GenreNon-fiction, creative non-fiction
Notable worksBurning Down the House, Whirl Away

He has been nominated for the National Newspaper Award four times, and has won once,[3] as well as several Canadian awards for creative non-fiction writing. He is also a four-time National Magazine Award finalist.

He published his debut short story collection, The Hour of Bad Decisions, in 2006. The collection was named to the initial longlist for the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was also a finalist for the Winterset Award, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize - Canada and the Caribbean, and the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His book Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a non-fiction memoir of his 20 years as a volunteer firefighter, was released in Canada by Thomas Allen Publishers in March 2008. It was a finalist for the Writers' Trust Non-Fiction Prize, and won British Columbia's National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Drummer-General Prize for Non-Fiction and the Rogers Television Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Prize.

His 2011 novel The Glass Harmonica won the 2011 Winterset Award. His 2012 short story collection Whirl Away was a shortlisted nominee for the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize,[4] and won the 2013 Thomas Head Raddall Award.[5]


  1. ^ a b Maclean's Magazine, October 4, 2012, Giller Prize nominee Russell Wangersky on writing, and reading — Plus, an exclusive excerpt from his book of short stories, Whirl Away, Retrieved 11/22/2012
  2. ^ CBC News, November 6, 2011, On Point: Did St. John's get a cabinet snub?, Retrieved 11/22/2012
  3. ^ "Winners since 1949 - National Newspaper Awards". National Newspaper Awards. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
  4. ^ "Scotiabank Giller Prize short list announced". Toronto Star, October 1, 2012.
  5. ^ "Wangersky wins fiction award for ‘Whirl Away’". The Telegram, September 23, 2013.

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