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.
Attention St. John’s: The Community Food Sharing Association needs our help! They are short 60 000 pounds of food heading into the holidays. That’s a lot. So the bookish elves at Breakwater put our tuques together to organize a book sale and food drive. Check out details below concerning the Breakwater Books Break the Bank Sale & Food Drive.
We’re thrilled to announce the box office is open for this year’s festival at Ochre Pit Cove, featuring authors Megan Coles, Stan Dragland, Donna Morrissey, and Nicholas Ruddock — with music by Steve Maloney and What Odds.
The Church at Ochre Pit Cove is delighted to partner with Breakwater Books again this year for the 2nd Annual Festival at Ochre Pit Cove!
A weekend of fabulous readings and music in beautiful Ochre Pit Cove featuring emerging and established literary and musical talents.
Sept. 19th: Megan Coles & Stan Dragland with Steve Maloney & The Wandering Kind
Sept. 20th: Nicolas Rudduck & Donna Morrissey with What Odds
Sept. 21st: FREE Family Day! Kids’ readings by Charis Cotter & Christine Welldon
Only FIVE shopping days left till Mother’s Day — help us ring in our brand new website and help yourself to a great deal on Vicki Murphy’s wildly funny, no-nonsense memoir, MotherFumbler — 30% off till Mother’s Day. As always, free shipping with orders of 5 or more books. Give her what she really wants this year –or, at least give her a laugh. Only from Breakwater Books.
Mommyblogger Vicki Murphy’s hilarious book of tell-it-like-it-is rants and musings, MotherFumbler, is getting so much attention in Atlantic Canada that the rest of the country wanted some of the action, too…
The creator of the multi-award nominated MotherBlogger.ca and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Murphy released her first full-length book back in October — and we’re already well into our second printing!
(Hey, Canada! Want to get your hands on a copy? Check the list of store locations below.)
“I always knew I’d be the perfect mother…. So far, I’ve perfected the fetal position.”
When Vicki Murphy brought her new baby home from the hospital, she expected to be greeted by fluttering butterflies and harp-strumming cherubs. You know: the way it is in diaper commercials and the “Yay, You’re Preggers!” books.
LIAR, LIAR, MATERNITY PANTS ON FIRE!
Instead, she had a baby boy who didn’t sleep for a year and who could suck the nipples off a cyborg.
Murphy brings her inimitable voice to a book about mothering that fills in what the other how-to guides leave out – and reminds us that when it comes to parenting, we’re all motherfumblers, feeling our way along in the dark, doing the best we can, hoping to come out with our minds intact and a kid we haven’t screwed up – too badly.
Holiday Shopping Alert: Have a mother? Know a mother? Last minute shoppers across Canada can find MotherFumbler now in stock at the following Chapters/Indigo locations:
Breakwater Books Ltd., in partnership with Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, is issuing a call for essays on the experience of LGBTTIQQ2SA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersexual, Queer, Questioning, 2-Spirited and Allies) pride, courage and social justice in Canada. Essays will be selected based on the quality of the writing, the perspective from which they are written, and will reflect the diversity of the people of our country. The essays that are selected will be published together in a book set to be released in 2014.
Eligibility Criteria and Rules
Submission must be a non-fiction, personal essay that reflects the related challenges and barriers, as well as the pride, courage and social justice, of living as an LGBTTIQQ2SA community member of Canada.
Writer must be an LGBTTIQQ2SA community member, a friend or family member of an LGBTTIQQ2SA community member, an LGBTTIQQ2SA service provider, or have some other relationship or experience with the LGBTTIQQ2SA community.
Writer must be a resident of Canada.
Writer must be 19 years of age or older, or have parental or guardian permission to participate. If under 19, parent or guardian must sign the application form that accompanies the submission.
Writers must use their real names on the application form as they will be contacted by the publisher for verification purposes.
Only one submission per person.
Essays must be a minimum of 750 words to a maximum of 2000 words.
Format and Instructions
Essays must be accompanied by the application form completed in full. Submissions must be typed, single-spaced, in Word format with page numbers and emailed as an attachment. Entries will not be returned. Please save a copy of your work.
Deadline: Submissions must be received by email no later thanJanuary 31st, 2014.
Please email your submissions in Word format with completed application form to:
Hey! Vicki Murphy’s MOTHERFUMBLER is #6 in Parenting Humour on Amazon. Numero 6! That’s awesome… but we can do better. I’m declaring tomorrow, Saturday Nov 16, BUY MOTHERFUMBLER on AMAZON DAY. Been planning to pick up a copy? Make tomorrow your day to shine — let’s see if we can push Vicki to Number One 🙂
I always knew I’d be the perfect mother. So far, I’ve perfected the fetal position. …
When Vicki Murphy brought her new baby home from the hospital, she expected to be greeted by fluttering butterflies and harp-strumming cherubs. You know: the way it is in diaper commercials and the “Yay, You’re Preggers!” books. LIAR, LIAR, MATERNITY PANTS ON FIRE! Instead, she had a baby boy who didn’t sleep for a year, whose cry was the official anthem of Hades, and who could suck the nipples off a cyborg. That’s just the beginning of this collection of tell-it-like-it-is rants and musings from the creator of MotherBlogger.ca and mother of the fiery-spirited (and fiery-haired) boy better known as Turbo Ginger. Murphy brings her inimitable voice to a book about mothering that fills in what the other how-to guides leave out – and reminds us that when it comes to parenting, we’re all motherfumblers, feeling our way along in the dark, doing the best we can, hoping to come out with our minds intact and a kid we haven’t screwed up – too badly.
St. John’s NL, October 23, 2013 – No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP, the long-awaited memoir by former RCMP member and Newfoundlander Janet Merlo, launches officially today.
In 1991, Janet Merlo realized her dream of becoming a member of Canada’s national police force. Twenty years later, a pervasive culture of sexual harassment had led her to disillusionment and severe stress, and made her job as a police officer untenable. Today, she is representative plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit against the RCMP involving almost 300 women. No One to Tell is the story of that journey.
When we associate the words RCMP and bravery, we shape a picture of honorable law enforcement officers fighting the good fight and taking extraordinary risks to uphold the law and protect the people they signed up to serve. This memoir is about a different kind of bravery. It is about the attempts of one person to uphold the oath she took despite systemic gender harassment and discrimination within the very same organization. Faced with the ambiguity of her circumstances and the overarching need to make peace with her conscience, Janet Merlo spoke out about the need for change. Over a 20-year period she paid the price for that and saw her dream of a fulfilling career in one of Canada’s most respected institutions end painfully. To quote journalist and author Linden MacIntyre, “No One to Tell is a sad account of history and human nature, a story of idealism dying slowly, and of the anger and the gaps left behind by lost ideals . . .”
“Is it brave to speak out and suffer the consequences of systemic discrimination? You bet. But showing the strength and leadership to face the public scrutiny that comes with telling all, staying true to your ideals, and doing what’s right to fix what’s broken is taking bravery to the highest level,” says Rebecca Rose, President and Publisher at Breakwater Books.
Despite her experiences, Janet sees past the few who have abused their power and acknowledges the integrity of the majority of her colleagues. This is a brave account because it is grounded in the notion of doing right and protecting the interests of other women. To come to this place, still committed to the ideal that we should never allow a few to compromise the integrity of institutions that many have worked hard to build, is something from which we can all take a lesson.
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Join us as we celebrate the launch of a stunning new memoir by former RCMP member Janet Merlo
No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP
Wednesday, October 23rd at 7pm The Masonic Temple 6 Cathedral St. in St. John’s
All Are Welcome! Free admission. Refreshments will be served.
“The impunity of RCMP officers who use obscenity and sex and power as tools in their trade is spreading like a stain on a national icon. Will disclosure force change? No One to Tell is a test case for an organization that was once the pride of the nation.”
— Sally Armstrong, author of Ascent of Women
In 2012, Janet Merlo was among the first female RCMP officers to publicly allege she had experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination while serving in Canada`s national police force. The women kept silent for so long, she says, because there was no one to tell. In this courageous memoir, Janet recalls how her love of policing was soured by covert and overt sexism within the ranks and by an institutional culture that valued toughness and silence over ethics and accountability. Tracing her twenty years in uniform, Merlo’s story details the highs and lows of her career in the RCMP – while her mental health and personal life disintegrated. Eventually, the cost of keeping quiet was simply too high, and her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change. With an introduction by Linden MacIntyre. Edited by Leslie Vryenhoek.
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