Maggs, Wangersky take top book prizes

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Randall Maggs (left) and Russell Wangersky. File photos

Randall Maggs and Russell Wangersky came away the winners at the 2009 Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards today. The announcement was made at a ceremony this afternoon at Government House in St. John's.

Maggs won the EJ Pratt Poetry Prize for "Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems" (Brick Books, 2008), a collection of conversational poems that follow the tragic trajectory of the life and work of one of hockey's best goalies, Terry Sawchuk.

Wangersky - commentary editor of The Telegram - won the Rogers Non-fiction Prize for "Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself" (Thomas Allen, 2008), an account of the author's years as a volunteer firefighter.

Organizations: Government House

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's

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  • Phil
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Typical ... Yaawwwnnnn ... Newfoundland literature ..zzzzzzzzz

  • Matt
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Phil, maybe something like See Spot Run would be more suited to your level.

    Congrats to both winners!

  • john
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Typical comment from Phil about something he obviously doesnt care about. Way to go Phil, knock someone's work when im sure you havent even read those two pieces. Negativity must be your strong suit Phil. Congrats to Russell and Randall on the awards.

  • AT
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    NFL appears to have more good writers, musicians, poets per ca pita than any other province.
    I wonder what the comparative figure would be?

  • Phil
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Typical ... Yaawwwnnnn ... Newfoundland literature ..zzzzzzzzz

  • Matt
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Phil, maybe something like See Spot Run would be more suited to your level.

    Congrats to both winners!

  • john
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    Typical comment from Phil about something he obviously doesnt care about. Way to go Phil, knock someone's work when im sure you havent even read those two pieces. Negativity must be your strong suit Phil. Congrats to Russell and Randall on the awards.

  • AT
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    NFL appears to have more good writers, musicians, poets per ca pita than any other province.
    I wonder what the comparative figure would be?