Audio edition of Wayne Johnston’s First Snow, Last Light, the first multi-voice production from Penguin Random House Canada, now on sale | Penguin Random House Canada

Audio edition of Wayne Johnston’s First Snow, Last Light, the first multi-voice production from Penguin Random House Canada, now on sale

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Toronto (June 5, 2018)  – Internationally acclaimed and bestselling author Wayne Johnston’s latest novel First Snow, Last Light is now available as an audiobook, read by four Newfoundland actors: David Ferry (Ned), Gordon Pinsent (Reg), Mary Lewis (Sheilagh) and Ryan Wells (Brendan). This marks the first multi-voice audio produced by Penguin Random House Canada’s new in-house audio program.

Ann Jansen, Audio Producer for Penguin Random House Canada, said of the production: “Wayne Johnston’s beautiful novel about the mysteries of love and loss is a perfect book for audio, with four characters telling their part of the story in their own voices: Ned with all his foibles, the incomparable Sheilagh Fielding, and a young boy and an elderly man who both wield silence like a weapon, then speak to great effect. It was a joy to work with these excellent performers, all from Newfoundland, and hear the rhythms and pulse of the story build through their voices. I’m very proud to share the audiobook of First Snow, Last Light.” 

Wayne Johnston stated: “I feel so honoured that First Snow, Last Light will be the first multi-voice audiobook production by Penguin Random House Canada. I’m especially delighted that all four voices will be those of Newfoundlanders. Thanks so much to all who worked tirelessly in the studio on this project. I am so very excited about this.”

David Ferry, who read the lead character of Ned and co-directed the production with Ann Jansen, said:  “Reading Wayne’s book was such a gift. The beautiful and complex series of characters, many of them almost Dickensian in style and scope, seemed so familiar from my childhood. Ned himself is a doppelgänger for a larger than life historical figure I knew growing up while Fielding shines in all her troubled, smart, big-hearted, modern humanity.”

Gordon Pinsent, one of Canada’s most recognized actors, said: “It was a great pleasure reading the role of Reg in Wayne Johnston’s remarkable novel First Snow, Last Light.  I’m very happy to be in such good company, with four of us from Newfoundland joining together to bring this gripping story to life.”   

First Snow, Last Light is now available for sale in audio download format from Audible, Kobo and Google. Today also marks the release of the new paperback edition from Vintage Canada. 


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About the author

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in the St. John’s area of Newfoundland. His #1 nationally bestselling novels include The Divine Ryans, A World Elsewhere, The Custodian of Paradise, The Navigator of New York and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams, which has been made into a stage play and is being developed as a TV series. Johnston is also the author of the Charles Taylor Prize-winning and bestselling memoir, Baltimore’s Mansion. He lives in Toronto. On Twitter, he’s at @waynejohnston17 and on Facebook:


About the narrators

David Ferry, who was raised in St. John’s, has worked extensively on stage and in film and TV. He played a recurring role in the 2017 hit Marvel/FX Network series Legion; as well as a recurring role in the new CTV series The Detail. He has been nominated for Genie and Gemini awards. Recent Theatre Credits include: James Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Victoria Critics Award); George in Of Mice And Men; Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (Victoria Critics Choice Best Performance Award.) He played Captain Ahab in Moby Dick for the Stratford Festival. In Toronto, David twice won the Toronto Critics Best Actor award for his performances in Blasted and in Blackbird. He won a DORA best actor awards, winning for his work as Edward in Someone To Watch Over Me. David starred in the CBC Radio series Midnight Cab and won the Best Actor Nellie award for his work in JOHN. Recently David also directed the audio book adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s graphic novel series Angel Catbird for Audible. On Twitter, he’s @lazyboyhat.

Gordon Pinsent was born in Newfoundland. He began his career at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, which led to roles at the famed Stratford Festival. In 1962, he made his TV debut with a guest appearance on the US series Hallmark Hall of Fame, as well as becoming a regular on the Canadian series Scarlett Hill. The following year, he played a recurring role as Mountie Sergeant Scott on the beloved children’s series The Forest Rangers. In 1966, he landed the lead in the Canadian series Quentin Durgens, M.P. Just a short while later, Pinsent played Jamie McDonald in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Steve McQueen. Guest appearances on popular U.S. series followed. In 2003, Pinsent received the ACTRA Toronto Award of Excellence and in 2004, an Award of Excellence at the Banff Television Festival and was inducted in 2007 into Canada’s Walk of Fame. From 2008 - 2011 Pinsent worked on CBC Radio One’s documentary, The Late Show. In 2014 he won the Canadian Screen Award for Actor in a Supporting Role for The Grand Seduction. He continues to work steadily both on TV and in film. 

Mary Lewis is a writer, film and television director and actress.  She is the recipient of multiple national and international awards for excellence in Directing, Writing, and Animating, including a Gemini and a Genie for her film and television directing work, Best Film Awards at AIFF, TIFF, VIFF, Best Screenplay at Flicks, and more. Training and education include: Acting at the National Theatre School of Canada, Directing at the Canadian Film Centre, MFA Screenwriting at York University, BA English and French Literature at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and Humanities at Le Petit Seminaire de Quebec. Mary is screenwriter of feature films (February and Butterfly Jump), currently in development. Born in Kampala, Uganda, she was raised in Newfoundland and divides her time between St. John’s and Toronto.  On Twittter she’s @swordofmouth and on Facebook: Mary Lewis

Ryan Wells is 13 years old and is a Grade 8 student from Baccalieu Collegiate.  He is from the small but vibrant fishing community of Bay De Verde in Newfoundland.  Bay De Verde is home to the biggest Crab Processing Plant in Newfoundland.


First Snow, Last Light
Written by Wayne Johnston; Narrated by David Ferry; Narrated by Percy Hynes White; Narrated by Gordon Pinsent; Narrated by Mary Lewis;