Breakwater’s Spring Launch Party – June 7th

Join us as we celebrate the latest and greatest Spring titles from Breakwater Books. We’ll be launching five amazing books with readings from Amelia Curran, Bridget Canning, Craig Francis Power, Pam Hall and Cara Kansala. Catering will be provided by Spirit of Newfoundland Productions, there will be a cash bar, admission is free and all are welcome. Added bonus will be an exhibition of art by Pam Hall and a few tunes performed by Amelia Curran. It’ll be a grand night out indeed!

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More about the books being launched:

RELICS AND TUNES: THE SONGS OF AMELIA CURRAN

To celebrate the career of one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriters, Relics and Tunes makes Juno Award-winning Amelia Curran’s lyrics available in print for the first time. With all of her chords and lyrics published in an elegant and easy-to-use format, this collection will delight everyone from the novice to the well-travelled professional musician. Covering her first five albums (including the remarkable new release, Watershed) Relics and Tunes stands as an indispensable addition to your Amelia Curran library.

THE GREATEST HITS OF WANDA JAYNES by BRIDGET CANNING

Wanda Jaynes is about to lose her job amidst a mountain of bills, and she suspects her musician boyfriend might be romantically interested in her friend, Trish. But Wanda’s life changes radically on a routine trip to the grocery store when a gunman enters the supermarket and opens fire. When Wanda comes face to face with the shooter, she instinctively hurls a can of coconut milk at his head and knocks him unconscious. In the ensuing media storm, she’s hailed as a hero and miracle worker. But in the aftermath of so much attention, she receives strange emails and believes she’s being followed. As her fear and paranoia grow, both her private and professional lives hang in the balance. And it takes another act of bravery before she’ll learn who she really is.

TOWARDS AN ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LOCAL KNOWLEDGE by PAM HALL

From boat-building to berries, from knitting socks to mending nets, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of more than one hundred knowledge-holders from rural Newfoundland. Renowned artist Pam Hall perfectly marries her singular artistic vision and her exhaustive community-based research in a stunning celebration and preservation of rural knowledge. These images and texts come together to reveal and revalue the local in a time when global monoculture seems overwhelming.

ALL AROUND THE CIRCLE by CARA KANSALA

A visually stunning, often humorous book of verse, All Around the Circle celebrates the landscape and spirit of outport Newfoundland. How did Aunt Maud’s cat manage to sail across the tickle? Why is Heloise the chicken so worried? With a colourful cast of characters, tall tales, and vibrant artwork, Cara Kansala, artist of the wildly popular Grumpy Goat Gallery, offers a tongue-twisting playful read that will delight kids from five to ninety-five.

SKEET LOVE by CRAIG FRANCIS POWER

Think the world can’t get any crazier? Think again. Set in near-future Toronto, Skeet Love tells the story of Shane, a conspiracy theorist and aspiring rapper; Nina, his girlfriend; and Brit, the couple’s lover. Wildly suspecting the threesome is under surveillance by a secretive religious cult, Shane moves the group to seek refuge with his father, a smuggler and taxidermist. And then the truth really gets weird. Craig Francis Power’s third novel is an uber-cool drug and sex-fuelled critique of the world we think we know.