Silver Linings Wins Prestigious Gold Medal in Non-Fiction
Halifax author, advocate, and journalist Janice Landry has won a national gold medal in the category of Best Non-Fiction for her book Silver Linings. The gold medal was presented virtually during August 2020 by respected Canadian book reviewer The Miramichi Reader. Read all the media reviews here.
Reading Janice Landry’s books is like having a heart-to-heart with the wisest woman you know. Her unbelievable ability to connect with people means they open their hearts and tell her things they’ve never said out loud before. The resulting stories are rich and authentic tapestries shedding light on universal themes like grief, hope, resilience, and redemption. Her work is a master class in finding light in the darkness and sowing the seeds of hope.
Janice Landry’s writing is informed by her journalistic skill and her intellectual abilities, but is rooted in her heart and soul. She is so clearly driven by purpose and passion, and that, for me, is what makes her books so compelling.
Though the themes Janice Landry tackles in her books are often difficult ones, her intense compassion and empathy for her interview guests radiate from every page. When reading Janice’s books, it is obvious that she is an expert writer and interviewer who cares deeply about people and their lives. The stories she thoughtfully collects, writes, and shares are the exact type society needs to hear more about.
MARGARET KASHMIR, EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT, NEW YORK
HOST, SOUL BOOTH PRODCAST
DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER, PRESIDENT, JRG SOCIETY FOR THE ARTS
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Janice Landry is an award-winning writer and journalist whose non-fiction work primarily focuses on mental health and wellness.
Landry started writing books to honour her late father, Capt. Basil (Baz) Landry M.B., of the former Halifax Fire Department, now Halifax Regional Fire & Emergency (HRFE). HRFE is the oldest fire service in Canada. Capt. Landry was awarded the Medal of Bravery by the Canadian government, in 1980, for his part in rescuing an eight-week-old baby from a horrific 1978 Halifax house fire.
Most of Landry's books include multiple interviews with Canadian first responders, emergency personnel, and their loved ones - as she advocates nationally for better support, education, and pre-emptive training for people across agencies, backgrounds, and careers, who work around trauma.
She has recently completed her fifth book (2019) which focuses on two key cornerstones in mental health and wellness: gratitude and resiliency. That book, "Silver Linings," is lovingly dedicated to her late mother, Theresa Landry, and friend, Audrey J. Parker, who both died while Landry was working on the project.
"Silver Linings" includes an interview with the person considered to be the world's preeminent expert and researcher in the field of gratitude, Dr. Robert Emmons, of the University of California - Davis.
Landry freelances under Groundhog Productions. She is a proud graduate (BJ Hons. Distinction) of the University of King's College, Halifax. Landry spent five months landing the interview with Dr. Emmons in order to honour her late journalism professor, Ian Wiseman, who taught at King's.
Janice Landry returns to CTV Atlantic, where she worked as a reporter and anchor, to discuss “The Legacy Letters.”
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Janice Landry appearing on Global News Morning to discuss "The Legacy Letters."
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Janice Landry speaks with writer Denise Flint of Atlantic Books Today about “The Legacy Letters.”
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