Harvey Sawler, author of One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes, now touring Atlantic Canada!

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:

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Read more here and order your copy at: http://www.breakwaterbooks.com/books/one-man-grand-band-the-lyric-life-of-ron-hynes/


Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland is a finalist for the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Breakwater is thrilled that Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland is a finalist for the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award under the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival. We’re off to Moncton this week to hear the final outcome at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala which is taking place on Wednesday, April 27th at the Théâtre Capitol Theatre at 811 rue Main St., Moncton, New Brunswick.

You can join in on the celebrations in St. John’s as well. On Tuesday, April 26th at The Ship Pub (265 Duckworth Street), all of the Newfoundland nominees will be reading from their award-nominated books starting 8pm. The event is free and everyone is welcome.


Congratulations Leslie Vryenhoek!

Layout 1 Breakwater  is thrilled to announce that poet-turned-novelist, Leslie Vryenhoek, has been short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award! The award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The winner will be announced at Government House on Thursday, March 24.

The BMO Winterset Award was established to honour the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, award-winning social historian who died in Toronto on May 26, 2000. An ardent advocate and promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador culture, she was granted an honorary degree from Memorial University, made a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Hall of Honour, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Winterset was the name of the house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra lived until age eleven when her parents left the province. A Gothic cottage built in the early 1800s, it was one of the oldest homes in the city. Shortly after Sandra’s mother, Ruth Harley, sold the house it was demolished.
The BMO Winterset Award is designed to encourage and promote excellence in all genres of writing. One prize of $12,500, and two prizes of $3,000 are awarded annually.
The Award is sponsored by BMO Financial Group and the Sandra Fraser Gwyn Foundation. Donations to the Foundation can be made care of Community Foundation of Greater Toronto, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 502, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z3.

Spring 2015 From Breakwater Books!

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Coming soon from Breakwater Books: exciting spring titles in art, poetry, fiction and short fiction from emerging and established Newfoundland authors!

Featuring work from Stephen Rowe, Al Pittman, Leslie Vryenhoek, Bernice Morgan, Dennis Minty, David Andrews, Michael Crummey, Ramona Dearing, Jessica Grant, Elizabeth McGrath, Bernice Morgan, Lisa Moore, Edward Riche, Kathleen Winter, Michael Winter and Shannon Webb-Campbell.

Can you help us name these (un)known soldiers?

Just in time for Remembrance Day — Can you help us identify these soldiers?

The first photo is the cover image from Christopher Morry’s new book — When the Great Red Dawn is Shining: Howard Morry’s Memoirs of Life in the Newfoundland Regiment — 11 Platoon, C Company, RNR (photo generously provided by The Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL F-4-81).

The second photo is that same group of veterans — minus one — at the Platoon’s 39th Reunion in 1954. Can you help us match the names on the reunion photo to the faces on the original photo?

11 Platoon, C Company, RNR, 1915.  Can you help us name these soldiers?
11 Platoon, C Company, RNR, 1915.
Can you help us name these soldiers?
11 Platoon, C Company, RNR, 39th reunion in 1954.
(Back Row): Charlie Watson, Howard Morry, Bill Buckley, Wilson Loveys, and Ned Mansfield.
(Front Row): Joe McKinley, Jack Sullivan, Harold Andrews, Charles (Chick) Duder, and Jimmy Lang.