Northeast Avalon Times gives THUMBS UP to Larry Mathews’ “The Artificial Newfoundlander”

Jean Graham, reviewer for the Northeast Avalon Times has said this about Larry Mathews’ debut novel, The Artificial Newfoundlander.

“Mathews’ sense of the absurdity of academic life is close on hilarious, and his take on the sometimes overblown St. John’s art scene even funnier.”

Click here to read more about or to purchase a copy of The Artificial Newfoundlander.

Today’s Telegram lists Chad Pelley as “national up and comer.”

Congratulations to Chad Pelley for his feature in today’s (June 9) Telegram newspaper.  Read more here.

What Chad had to say about his nomination for the Canadian Authors Association BookLand Emerging Author Award. “This one is huge for me because it’s national in scope. The other lists that I’ve been on, the other awards that I’ve been nominated for have been Newfoundland-based or maybe even Atlantic Canadian, but this is a national award.”

Go Breakwater Go! 2 More Award Shortlists!

Congrats to Breakwater authors Tom Dawe and Chad Pelley for being shortlisted for Canadian Author Association (CAA) Awards! The winners will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards banquet on Saturday, June 26, 2010, in Victoria, BC during the association’s annual conference.

Tom Dawe, author of Where Genesis Begins
Tom has been shortlisted for the CAA Award for Poetry for his book, Where Genesis Begins.

Pelley, Chad - Author of Away from Everywhere

Chad has been shortlisted for the BookLand Press Emerging Writer Award for his writing activities and his book, Away from Everywhere.

Launch Tonight!

Come join Breakwater and the Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland and Labrador Division in celebrating the release of OUT LOUD – ESSAYS ON MENTAL ILLNESS, STIGMA & RECOVERY. Tonight @ the Geo Centre, 5-7 pm, St. John’s, NL.


Larry Mathew’s first novel THE ARTIFICIAL NEWFOUNDLANDER has been getting some fabulous reviews. Check out some of the latest:

“This is all set in a blazingly contemporary St. John’s, a city of films and cafes, art projects and bars, afternoon runs around Quidi Vidi lake and late nights walking uphill from Duckworth Street pubs… Mathews is the genuine article.”
-Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Mathews’ first novel provides an interesting and, at times, humorous account of the relationships of Professor Hugh Norman and his life in contemporary Newfoundland.”
-Clare O’Connor, Atlantic Books Today

“From the tongue-in-cheek first line onward, Larry Mathews had me hooked. The Artificial Newfoundlander is a genuinely funny, thoroughly engaging story told with wit, lyricism, and a raucous narrative drive.”
-Samuel Thomas Martin, Dark Art Cafe (

“If you are a lover of Lisa More and a maniac for Michael Winter, like me, then The Artificial Newfoundlander is a treasure the likes of the Rosetta Stone. It’s a zany and rowdy look at both our East Cost openness and the over-analytical English studies, all delivered with Richler-like cleverness.”
-Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal

Links: Click here to read more about or purchase THE ARTIFICIAL NEWFOUNDLANDER.