A. J. B. Johnston

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A. J. B. Johnston
Born Andrew John Bayly Johnston
Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada[1]
Occupation Historian
Writer
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Dalhousie University, University of Laval[1]
Genre History, Historical fiction
Subject Atlantic Canada[1]
Spouse Mary Topshee[1]
Children 3[1]
Website
ajbjohnston.com

Andrew John Bayly Johnston is a Canadian historian and writer. He is the author, or co-author, of fourteen books and over 100 articles on different aspects of the history of Atlantic Canada.[2] Johnston is originally from Truro, Nova Scotia and currently lives in Halifax.[3]

Career[edit]

Johnston's Endgame 1758 won a Clio award[4] from the Canadian Historical Association and was short-listed for a Dartmouth Book Award.[2] Johnston is most closely associated with the history of the Fortress of Louisbourg.[5] In recognition of his body of work on that national historic site of Canada, the Government of France made Johnston a chevalier of the Ordre des Palmes académiques.[6]

Johnston had a long career as a historian with Parks Canada, but since 2009 he has researched and written several history books as an independent writer. Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island won the "best Atlantic-published" book, the PEI Book Award for non-fiction and a PEI Heritage Award.[7] He has also developed the story-lines and written the scripts for a number of major exhibits in Atlantic Canada.[8] Most recently, he has turned to fiction, with two novels so far, Thomas, A Secret Life (2012) and The Maze (2014).[9] They are inspired by a historical figure, Thomas Pichon (1700–1781). Atlantic Books Today described Johnston as "a natural to write this story."[10] The review of Thomas in The Antigonish Review stated: “This is a fine novel, one that strikes just the right balance between fact and fiction.”[11] As for The Maze, Paul W. Bennett writes: "Taking on historical fiction and imaginatively recreating the inner life of one of Canada's most controversial early historical figures would be beyond the reach of most scholars. A. J. B. Johnston ... is more than equal to that challenge."[12]

Johnston has deposited papers from his career as an historian at the Fortress of Louisbourg with the Beaton Institute of the Cape Breton University.[13]

Authored and co-authored books[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2014). The Maze, A Thomas Pichon Novel. Sydney: Cape Breton University Press. ISBN 978-1-897009-76-5.  EPUB 978-1-927492-71-0, MOBI 978-1-927492-72-7
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2012). Thomas, A Secret Life. Sydney: Cape Breton University Press. ISBN 978-1-897009-74-1.  EPUB 978-1-897009-89-5, MOBI 978-1-897009-90-1

History[edit]

Current English editions and re-prints[edit]

  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2013). Louisbourg: Past, Present, Future. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-771080-52-1. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Francis, Jesse (2013). Ni'n na L'nu: The Mi'kmaq of Prince Edward Island. Charlottetown: Acorn Press. ISBN 978-1-894838-93-1. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2007). Endgame 1758. The Promise, the Glory and the Despair of Louisbourg's Final Decade. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 978-1-897009-20-8.  (Canada), ISBN 978-0-8032-6009-2 (USA)
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2004). Storied Shores: St. Peter's, Isle Madame and Chapel Island in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Sydney: University College of Cape Breton Press. ISBN 978-1-897009-00-0. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Kerr, W.P. (2004). Grand-Pré, Heart of Acadie. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-55109-479-3. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2001). Control & Order: The Evolution of french Colonial Louisbourg, 1713–1758. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press. ISBN 0-87013-570-8. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (1996). Life and Religion at Louisbourg, 1713–1758. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press. ISBN 0-7735-1525-9.  Paperback Edition
  • Campbell, Brian; Johnston, A.J.B. (1995). Tracks across the Landscape: A Commemorative History of the S&L Railway. Sydney: University College of Cape Breton Press. ISBN 0-920336-64-7. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Donovan, Kenneth; Balcom, B.A.; Storm, Alex (2004, 1991). Louisbourg, An 18th-Century Town. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-0-921054-88-7. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Reardon, Chris (photography) (1997). Louisbourg: The Phoenix Fortress. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 0-921054-35-1.  Paperback Edition
  • Dunton, Hope; Johnston, A.J.B. (1986). From the Hearth: Recipes from the World of 18th-Century Louisbourg. Sydney: University College of Cape Breton. ISBN 0-920336-01-9. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2002, 1983). The Summer of 1744, A Portrait of Life in 18th-Century Louisbourg. Ottawa: Parks Canada. ISBN 0-660-18786-8. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (1981). Defending Halifax: Ordnance, 1825–1906. Ottawa: Parks Canada. ISBN 0-660-10842-9. 

Previous English editions[edit]

  • Johnston, A.J.B. (1984). Life and Religion at Louisbourg, 1713–1758. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press. ISBN 0-7735-0427-3.  Hardcover Edition
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Reardon, Chris (photography) (1990). Louisbourg: The Phoenix Fortress. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 0-921054-51-3.  Hardcover Edition

Non-English editions and translations[edit]

  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Buttiens, Michel (tr) (2011). 1758 : La finale. Promesses, splendeur et déolation de la dernière décennie de Louisbourg. Québec: Les Presses de l'Université Laval. ISBN 978-2-7637-9060-2.  ISBN 9782763710600
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Kerr, W.P.; Filion, Sylvain (tr) (2004). Grand-Pré, Coeur de l'Acadie. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 978-1-551094-91-5. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (1988). La religion dans la vie à Louisbourg (1713–1758). Ottawa: Environnement Canada. ISBN 0-660-92278-9. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Reardon, Chris (photography); Pichette, Robert (tr.) (1997). Louisbourg, Reflets d'une époque. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 1-55109-210-7.  Paperback Edition
  • Johnston, A.J.B.; Reardon, Chris (photography); Pichette, Robert (tr.) (1997). Louisbourg, Reflets d'une époque. Halifax: Nimbus Publishing. ISBN 1-55109-206-9.  Hardcover Edition
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (2002, 1983). L'été de 1744: La vie quotidienne à Louisbourg au XVIIIe siècle. Ottawa: Parcs Canada. ISBN 0-660-96662-X. 
  • Johnston, A.J.B. (1981). La défense d'Halifax : Artillerie, 1825–1906. Ottawa: Parcs Canada. ISBN 9780660906645. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Bio". A.J.B. Johnston | Novelist, Historian & Interpretive Writer | Thomas: A Secret Life. Retrieved 9 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Canadian Who's Who. University of Toronto Press. 2011. p. 614. ISBN 9780921173274. 
  3. ^ "A J B Johnston". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  4. ^ The Clio Prizes
  5. ^ "CBC-TV at the Table". Retrieved 11 January 2013. [dead link]
  6. ^ McNeil, Greg (19 November 2011). "Louisbourg historian to be knighted by French government". Cape Breton Post. 
  7. ^ Halifax Chronicle Herald. May 24, 2014. 
  8. ^ "A J B Johnston". Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Maze". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  10. ^ Norris, Laurie Glenn (Fall 2012). Atlantic Books Today (70): 33–34. 
  11. ^ Sawler, Trevor (2013). The Antigonish Review 173 (Spring): 89. 
  12. ^ Bennett, Paul W. (June 14, 2014). "The roots of a notorious spy". The Chronicle Herald: G4. 
  13. ^ "A J B Johnston". Writers Federation. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  • Cape Breton Post, 20 March 2012

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