JOEL THOMAS HYNES’ earthy first novel, Down to the Dirt, won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, and was shortlisted for the Winterset Award and longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He co-wrote the stageplay, The Devil You Dont Know, and his new play, Say Nothing Saw Wood, won the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script. Also an actor, his many credits include leading roles in the CBC’s Hatching, Matching and Dispatching (for which he also won a Gemini Award for writing) and the film version of Down to the Dirt. His new novel is Right Away Monday (HarperCollins). Hynes lives in St John’s NL.