Traveling authors!

Breakwater authors will be on the move this weekend, traveling to Saint John, New Brunswick, to take part in the sixth annual Fog Lit Festival! Check the program schedule at foglit.ca for full details on appearances by Edward RicheTrudy J. Morgan-ColeJamie Fitzpatrick, Melissa Barbeau, and Larry Mathews.

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Celebrate National Poetry Month with the launch of Helen Porter’s Full Circle

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Not only are we celebrating National Poetry Month, we’re also celebrating one of Newfoundland’s finest authors, Helen Fogwill Porter, as we launch her new book of poetry. “Full Circle” brings together poetry written across decades by one of the province’s best-loved writers. Join us, along with guest poet Tom Dawe, for an afternoon of poetry, conversation, and celebration! A showcase of all poetry titles by Breakwater will be on display, Helen will be available to sign books, and light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome!

We’re having a party! Breakwater’s Fall Launch set for November 30th.

Save the date! We have a great line-up of new books we’re launching and would love for you to join us in the celebrations. This launch has something for everyone including new non-fiction, Rock Paper Sex by Kerri Cull, a rocking new almanac, A Woman’s Almanac: Your Guide to Feminism, Activism and Change by the St. John’s Status of Women’s Council, a debut collection of short stories titled Too Unspeakable for Words by Rosalind Gill, and two fantastic novels, Most Anything You Please by Trudy Morgan-Cole and The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick. This will be a great night of Newfoundland and Labrador literature at its finest – don’t miss out!

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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.

Spring 2017 Author Appearances

From movie premieres across the country, travelling literary festivals including The March Hare, reading series Pivot Readings at the Steady and bookstore signings – authors Kevin Major, Chad Pelley and Robert Chafe are making the rounds. Go meet them at locations near you!

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September Festivals – Author Appearances

What a busy time of year! We’ve got Breakwater authors making appearances at Festivals all over the country. Check out some of the following in your region:

EDEN MILLS WRITERS’ FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 15th – 18th – EDEN MILLS, ON

Featuring Nicholas Ruddock, author of Night Ambulance. Festival website: https://emwritersfestival.wordpress.com/

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THE WORD ON THE STREET HALIFAX – SEPTEMBER 17th – HALIFAX, NS

Featuring Barry Parsons – author of Rock Recipes Christmas; Kevin Major – author of Found Far and Wide; Beatrice MacNeil – author of The Geranium Window; and Harvey Sawler – author of One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes. Festival website: https://thewordonthestreet.ca/halifax/

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FOG LIT FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 28th – OCTOBER 2nd – SAINT JOHN, NB

Featuring Chad Pelley – author of Four Letter Words; Kevin Major – author of Found Far and Wide; and Nicholas Ruddock – author of Night Ambulance. Festival website: http://foglit.ca/

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CABOT TRAIL WRITERS FESTIVAL – SEPTEMBER 30th – OCTOBER 2nd – CAPE BRETON, NS

Featuring Leslie Vryenhoek, author of Ledger of the Open Hand. Festival website: https://cabottrailwritersfestival.com

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