I write fiction, history and museum exhibits.

I grew up in Truro, Nova Scotia, where I was mostly known as Jay.

I did two degrees at Dalhousie University, then a doctorate in History at the Université Laval. I was an historian for Parks Canada for many years, including at the Fortress of Louisbourg. For my body of work on French Colonial history in Atlantic Canada the government of France made me a chevalier of its Ordre des Palmes Académiques.

John and his wife
In my first three novels I channeled my familiarity with the 18th century into the Thomas Pichon Novels: Thomas, A Secret Life (2012), The Maze (2014), and Crossings (2015).
In 2018, I released The Hat, a fresh take on the Acadian Deportation and Something True, about a young Cape Breton woman who went to nurse in France during the First World War. Coming out in 2020 are Kings of Friday Night: The Lincolns and Ancient Land, New Land, co-authored with Jesse Francis.

I’m on Facebook at AJB Johnston, Writer and on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.