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Gower Street: A MemoirGower Street: A Memoir

P.O. Box 2522, Station C
St. John's, NL A1C 2K1 Canada
Toll free: 1-866-739-4420
September 2008
Synopsis Gower Street is Nix Wadden's charming memoir beginning with growing up in St. John's, Newfoundland in the 1930s and 1940s.

His tale is sprinkled with dry wit, highlighting the friendly invasion of American and Canadian servicemen on Newfoundland soil during the Second World War, during which time he attended St. Bonaventure's College under the strict tutelage of Christian Brothers. Between summering in Kelligrews with his family and beating the streets of downtown St. John's, Nix Wadden and his boyhood friends chased one adventure after another: hitchhiking across the province on a whim, cross-country skiing with the Newfoundland Hiking Club, playing intercollegiate sports - particularly hockey - and joining up with the First St. John's Boy Scout Troop.

From there he leads into the 1950s and his university years, followed by his first career as a Newfoundland and Labrador broadcast journalist. At times a wistful remembrance of days gone by, while at others a laugh-out-loud recollection of a sometimes misspent youth...

We are, we are, we are, we are, we are the engineers,

We can, we can, we can, we can, we can demolish 40 beers!

....the story of Nix Wadden's formative years is a veritable who's who of Newfoundland in the years leading up to and immediately following Confederation.
AvailableIn stores and online through Flanker Press, Amazon, and Chapters/ and, in ebook format, through Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo.

Yesterday's News: Radio and TV Reporting in the Smallwood EraYesterday's News: Radio and TV Reporting in the Smallwood Era

PublisherDRC Publishing, 3 Parliament Street St. John's NL A1A 2Y6 709-726-0960
November 2008
SynopsisPolitical controversy, bitter federal provincial power struggles and larger than life personalities, notably Premier Joey Smallwood and Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, dominated the early years of Newfoundland's emergence as Canada's tenth province. In Yesterday's News, former radio and TV news reporter Nix Wadden recalls dramatic highlights of that exciting era notably a tumultuous loggers strike and emotional protests over financial aspects of the Terms of Union when Newfoundland entered Confederation. Whimsical recollections of personalities and events involved in the evolution of broadcast and print news media round off an enduring portrait of a significant period in Newfoundland's history. 214 pages
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Chapters/Indigo (
Tidespoint (
Signed copy available from the author.


left quote"This is a great's very interesting, and amusing, and really brings back the old nostalgia... I'll be very surprised if this is not a best seller."

Bill Rowe, host, VOCM's Back Talk, St. John's, NL

left quote"What a glorious, frolicsome romp through the fallow fields of yesteryear! I laughed a lot, wept a wee bit, and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It's a super piece of work. Thanks for the memories."

Edsel Bonnell, Public Relations Professional, St. John's, NL

left quote"Nix Wadden has given us an important window on the early days of our evolution as a province. His take on the development of news media makes great reading, especially for those of us who lived through it."

James A. McGrath. P.C., former Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's, NL

left quote"I read it in two sittings which illustrates how much I enjoyed it. I guess I liked it so much because it's a little section of Newfoundland history made personal."

Joan Forsey, freelance writer and former Telegram reporter, Toronto, ON

left quote"Nix a master storyteller...I highly recommend this book. It's a treasured piece of Newfoundland's history"

Bill Westcott, The Compass

left quote"Very Good" rating in Red Island Review of books about Newfoundland compiled by Brian Hennessey, 2010 (206 of total 1,146 books gained "Very Good" ratings, topped only by 65 Excellent)

left quote"The many personal anecdotes in this book are entertaining... but it's also an important first hand account of an era that is not well documented...(and) is especially important because of his diverse experience with local media in print, radio and TV. (He) had a front row seat to important moments in Newfoundland history."

Geoff Meeker media blog, Telegram, St. John's, NL, Nov 30, 2009


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