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.
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?
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
Evening Events $10. Weekend Pass Only $15.
BUY TICKETS ONLINE: www.breakwaterbooks.com
Or in Person, Advance Tickets available at:
The Travel Bug, 155 Water Street, St. John’s, NL
Smallpoint General Store, Smallpoint, NL
Breakwater Books, 1 Stamp’s Lane, St. John’s, NL
For more info about featured performers, titles and much more visit http://
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.
File under Phenomenon:
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:
Place Montreal Trust
Yonge & Eglinton
Bay & Bloor
Broadway and Granville
Robson & Howe
Great news! We have extended the deadline for submissions!
LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pride, Courage and Social Justice in Canada
Interested in submitting an essay? New deadline is JANUARY 31st, 2014
Details available below and at http://norccrea.nipissingu.ca/submissions.htm
LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pride, Courage
and Social Justice in Canada
Submission Criteria and Information
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 than January 31st, 2014.
Please email your submissions in Word format with completed application form to:
For more information, please contact:Douglas Gosse email@example.com For more information, please contact: Douglas Gosse, General Editor Phone: 1-519-752-1524 ext.7522 Fax: 1-519-752-8372 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Please direct media inquiries to:
(709) 753-0794 or (709) 682 -2682
Join us as we celebrate the launch of a stunning new memoir by former RCMP member Janet Merlo
Hot off the press, to match this glorious summer weather — it’s the first-ever Pop-Up Print art + book fair!
Sunday, August 4
Eastern Edge Gallery
Nothing Over $50!
Sweet Treats by Designer Sweet-Goddess Andreae Callanan!
Featuring all-local printmakers and publishers
Running the Goat
Creative Book Publishing
Follow our event page on Facebook for our growing roster!
Logo by John Devereaux at Perfect Day Canada.