Joel Thomas Hynes
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Joel Thomas Hynes (born 1976 in Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador) is a Canadian writer, performer and actor. He is usually credited as Joel Hynes when acting, but as Joel Thomas Hynes on book covers.
His debut novel Down to the Dirt won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award and the Winterset Award, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and the ReLit Award. The novel has been translated into numerous international languages and was subsequently adapted into the film Down to the Dirt, in which Hynes also played one of the lead roles.
Hynes has also performed numerous lead and leading roles for television, film and theatre. His credits include the television series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching (for which he was also a writer), as well as the films Rabbittown, Crackie, The Con Artist, Messiah from Montreal, Re-Genesis, The Sparky Book, Ashore and numerous others. Hynes was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in 2008, has received the Lawrence Jackson Writer's Award, the Summerwork's Theatre Festival's Contra Guys Award, and most recently won the coveted Cuffer Prize. He has also played a recurring character on Republic of Doyle.
He currently lives in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. His new book Straight Razor Days is due for release in September 2011.
- Down to the Dirt (2005)
- Right Away Monday (2007)
- The Devil You Don't Know (co-written with Sherry White)
- Say Nothing Saw Wood (2009)
- "Broken Accidents" 2010
- "Incinerator Road" (for young adults) 2011
- Republic of Doyle -Taylor Gossard 2013
- "God Help Thee: A Manifesto" 2011
- "Straight Razor Days"
- "You Best Listen Up B'y: Joel Hynes' Novel's Gonna Change Your Life". The Uniter, October 6, 2005.
- 2006 Longlist. International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
- "2005 ReLit Award longlists revealed". Quill & Quire, February 21, 2005.
- "Down to the Dirt at Toronto film fest". Quill & Quire, August 29, 2008.
- "Joel Hynes named Artist of the Year by Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council". Quill & Quire, May 16, 2008.
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