Shoulder to Shoulder at the Ship! Breakwater’s Spring Lit Party packs ’em in….

Here’s a quick photo gallery from our Spring Literary Party, last Thursday (April 11, 2013) at the Ship in St. John’s. We rang in the new season with new books by Claire Wilkshire and Chad Pelley, music by Pilot to Bombardier and Katie Baggs,  book-cookie loot bags, and the finest crowd you ever did see…

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News Release: BREAKWATER BOOKS TO PUBLISH MEMOIR BY RCMP HARASSMENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF JANET MERLO

 

St. John’s, NL.  March 28, 2013 –  Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that Breakwater President and Publisher Rebecca Rose has acquired the rights to No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP by former RCMP officer Janet Merlo.

Merlo is the Representative Plaintiff in a Proposed Class Action Lawsuit that was filed one year ago, on March 27, 2012.

A vocal supporter of the class-action suit, 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, Merlo says, because there was no one to tell.  In her 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.

“After years of living and working in a hostile environment where silence was the norm, I’m finally finding my voice,” Merlo said today. “Sharing my story serves both as a way for me to find healing, and for me to reach out to other women who may be experiencing the same kind of harassment.”

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. Her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change.

“Janet Merlo’s story deserves the nation’s careful attention,” Breakwater Publisher Rebecca Rose said. “Breakwater is pleased to be able to announce the acquisition today, as the class-action lawsuit reaches its one-year anniversary.”

The memoir will be edited by author Leslie Vryenhoek, with an introduction by journalist Linden MacIntyre.

No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP will be published by Breakwater Books in September 2013.

For more information and all media inquiries, please contact:

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Breakwater Books

phone.   (709) 722-6680 x 226

email.    elisabeth@breakwaterbooks.com

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Pelley Does New Brunswick

Hello, New Brunswick! Are you ever in for a treat!

Even before we whoop it up here in St. John’s, Chad Pelley will be in full-on book launch mode in the Picture Province. Pelley leaves tomorrow morning for an Every Little Thing mini-tour that includes stops in Fredericton, St. John, and Moncton. Details below!

Stop One: 

Chad will be Fredericton at Westminster Books on March 26 at 7pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!

Stop Two: Get a fine meal & a signed copy of Pelley’s new book!

Salon and Breakwater Books present author Chad Pelley for a special evening at The Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay, on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m., to celebrate Pelley’s winning the inaugural Salon Fiction Prize.  Join Pelley and host Mike Landry, the Telegraph-Journal’s arts and culture editor, for a reading, conversation and a special Newfoundland-themed dinner from Chef Nancy Fox.

Tickets are $50 for the event and include a copy of Pelley’s soon-to-be-released sophomore novel, Every Little Thing. Enjoy a lovely meal, support local literature and head home with a signed copy of Pelley’s new book. Pelley received the $1,000 Salon Fiction Prize for his short story “A Short Look at Nothing”, beating out more than 100 other writers from across Canada. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Pelley is one of the Rock’s top emerging writers.

“Here is complicated love, human failing, tenacity and true feeling. Chad Pelley takes on addling jealousy, heartache, loss, and the need to be forgiven. Stylistically fresh, taut with emotional torques and charges, Pelley’s Every Little Thing is can’t-put-it-down compelling.”  — Lisa Moore, Canada Reads winner

You can reserve your seat at 645-3225 or salon@telegraphjournal.com.

Stop Three:

On March 28, Breakwater Books, in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, will present St. John’s novelist Chad Pelley and a special guest, musician Pat LePoidevin, at Café Aberdeen in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton.  The event will begin at 7pm, with doors open at 6 (come and have a great meal), and there’s is no admission fee.  The reading is part of the Attic Owl Reading Series.

Breakwater grabs two Atlantic Book Awards nominations

The Atlantic Book Awards shortlists were released yesterday — and we’re very pleased to report that we’ve got two Breakwater nominees!

Bracothe debut novel by former Canadian Forces peacekeeper Lesleyanne Ryan, has been nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Told from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, Braco follows fourteen-year old Bosnian refugee Atif Stavic as he crosses forty kilometres of enemy territory to rejoin his family after the fall of Srebrenica in 1995.

**and**

In the Field by Joan Sullivan has been shortlisted for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction. A compelling history, In the Field examines the legacy of the death of Lieutenant Steven Norris of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: both the immediate effect on his community and, almost ninety years later, the lasting impact of his story. 

Ryan and Sullivan just did a tag-team Book Club reading here at Breakwater Headquarters, and we couldn’t be happier to see them on the Atlantic Book Awards list together, as well! For information on the awards or to set up an interview or Book Club visit, please contact Elisabeth de Mariaffi:

(709) 722-6680 x 226, or by email, elisabeth@breakwaterbooks.com

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details will be available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca in the coming weeks.  Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, NS. It’s a special year this year for the Dartmouth Book Awards – 2013 is the 25th anniversary of these awards, some of the oldest in Canada.

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Blue Lagoon Book List: What Books Can Our Authors Not Live Without?

Seen all those Ideal Bookshelf and Desert Island Bookshelf lists floating about these days? Us, too. So we got to thinking, which must-have books would Breakwater authors most want to be stranded with?

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Claire Wilkshire, author of the forthcoming debut novel, Maxine:

Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway

T.S. Eliot Collected Poems 1909-1962 

Leon Rooke Who Do You Love

John Metcalf Adult Entertainment

Richard Ford Independence Day

John Le Carré Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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+ A really good, fat dictionary like my Webster’s New Encyclopedic Dictionary.  I think it cost $15 at Coles: best bargain ever.  I keep it by the bed so I can use it for the cryptic crosswords in the Globe.

…. (I can’t start putting Newfoundland novels on this list because I wouldn’t be able to stop.)

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Joan Sullivan, author of In the Field: 

I don’t have much of a library at home, as I tend to pass along books (I just don’t like “stuff”). But those I have include:
1. The Mandarins, by Simone de Beauvoir. What befalls a group of French intellectuals immediately following WWII. Characters based on de Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus. It is political and sensual and dramatic. When I first read it, I was younger than the main character’s daughter. Every five years or so I re-read it, and now I am older than the main character.
2. A book of Shakespeare’s Tragedies that belonged to my grandmother, Rose Hoskins. She died when I was six months old.
3. All of Lisa Moore’s stories and novels. She is my friend and I love her writing.
4. Something new from the library. Might be the latest Rankin or a writer I’ve found like Ann Packer or Steve Yarbrough.
5. Jane Austen, no explanation needed.
6. A young adult book/autobiography called We Shook the Family Tree by Hildegarde Dolson, a book I read in Grade 6 or 7 and loved and never forgot. My daughter found it for me on Amazon. Speaking of young adult novels, my daughter has a flourishing library and I constantly borrow from it, The Perks of Being a Wildflower, Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends (excellent read, by the way), The Book Thief …

Calvin Evans, author of Silk Sails: Women of Newfoundland and Their Ships and coming Spring 2013, Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador:

I guess my favorite books fall into two categories, as might be expected with my dual professions:, so here goes:

Simone Weil     The Need for Roots

John R. W. Stott      Basic Christianity

John Oman     Grace and Personality

C. S. Lewis     Mere Christianity

Oscar Williams, ed.     Immortal Poems of the English Language

Alister McGrath                    Passion for Truth

**and**

D. W. Prowse     History of Newfoundland

Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Gordon Handcock    The Story of Trinity

Capt. Allan Villiers    Men, Ships and the Sea

E. R. Seary    Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland

William Christian and Sheila Grant    The George Grant Reader

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… and from Jennifer Morgan, artist, children’s author and illustrator of Almost Home: The Sinking of the SS Caribou:

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Oxford’s Dictionary of English
National Geographic World Atlas
The Bible
Shakespeare’s Collected Works
Harold Bloom’s The Invention of the Human
One empty book
Edible Plants for the region where I’m marooned
A book of matches
And…since I will not have any excuse not to read it:
James Joyce’s Ulysses
and (why not?) Homer’s Ulysses also.