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Joel Thomas Hynes, Sheilah Lukins win Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards

Joel Thomas Hynes (David Leyes)

Joel Thomas Hynes’s novel We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night and Sheilah Lukins’s children’s novel Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure were named winners of the 22nd Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards in a ceremony at St. John’s Government House today. Both authors will receive $1,500.

The three judges of the fiction category called Hynes’s novel, about a grizzled drifter hitchhiking across Canada, “The Odyssey of modern Newfoundland fiction by way of Huckleberry Finn.” The three judges of the children’s/young adult novel category praised Lukins’s sense of humour as well as the character of Errol Bell, a mouse who stows away aboard a ferry.

The NL Book Awards cover a two calendar-year period and alternate between the fiction and children’s/young adult and non-fiction and poetry categories. Eligible writers must have been residents of Newfoundland and Labrador for the 12 months prior to publication or for 36 of the past 60 months.