We’ve got BIG news! Breakwater Books has acquired Creative Book Publishing – welcome to all our new authors! Read here for more:
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!
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.
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!
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/
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/
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/
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
Breakwater is thrilled to announce our Spring Fiction Launch party showcasing the newest fiction from award-winning writers Chad Pelley, Nicholas Ruddock and Kevin Major.
The launch will take place at The Masonic Temple on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:00-9:00pm and will feature readings from all three authors, complimentary snacks, cash bar, and local indie Broken Books will be on site as the official bookseller. Sure to be a great time, this is a free event and all are welcome. Bring your friends!
About the books:
CHAD PELLEY will be launching Four-Letter Words, his collection of award-winning short stories, which presents us with characters haunted by one four-letter word or another: love, hate, lust, or loss. A father drives across the island hoping to find his missing son, a hitman considers the life of his female victim while watching her through his scope, a lonely man frequents hospital emergency rooms to diagnose the pain of others, and another clings to a buoy at sea. Whether documenting the ways in which we become obsessed with our current situation or our fascination with the lives we could have lived, these stories, told in Pelley’s decidedly contemporary style, form unique portraits of how we are led astray and how we often find ourselves at a crossroads, uncertain and entirely lost.
KEVIN MAJOR will be launching Found Far and Wide, a novel of remarkable historical breadth, which follows Sam Kennedy through the tragedy of the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, the horrors of The First World War, and the dangers of rum-running in Prohibition-era New York. And as Sam journeys through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, carrying the ghosts of those he’s lost, he clings to his love for a woman he’s only ever seen in a photograph. Here, one of Newfoundland’s most celebrated authors offers a story of the irresistible historical forces that define our lives and the compelling private power that beckons us home.
NICHOLAS RUDDOCK will be launching Night Ambulance, the story of sixteen-year-old Rowena Savoury who travels to St. John’s for a secret abortion following an awkward sexual encounter under a wharf in outport Newfoundland. But in the early 1970s, the procedure is illegal, and after complications, Rowena finds herself in a hospital being questioned by a young constable who is uncertain of how to proceed. Though she doesn’t know it, Rowena’s decision will ripple through the lives of an entire cast of characters. Patient and luminous, Night Ambulance is the story of a place on the cusp of change, where characters stand between coercive societal expectations and the right to decide their own fates.
One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes is on stands and author, Harvey Sawler, is touring Atlantic Canada to celebrate. The book will be officially launched on Tuesday, May 10th from 8-10pm at The Ship Pub. Join us there or get out to any of the following locations to purchase your copy and meet the author:
Read more here and order your copy at: http://www.breakwaterbooks.com/books/one-man-grand-band-the-lyric-life-of-ron-hynes/