2013 Speaker's list
His latest book is a collection of short stories titled "Whirl Away." A five-time finalist for Canada's National Newspaper Awards (winning for editorials in 2002 and 2011), he works at the St. John's Telegram as the editorial page editor. His five books include Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself, a memoir of his eight years as a volunteer firefighter that examines the personal toll of firefighting and accident rescue, a novel, The Glass Harmonica, and two short story collections. His latest collection, Whirl Away, was a finalist for the 2012 Scotiabank/Giller Prize.
He has worked in the media for 30 years.