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.

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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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Patrick Warner – Ever hear a love story in reverse?

Patrick Warner’s Double Talk is garnering some fantastic reviews! Take a gander and don’t miss out on the book launch, April 19th at the Ship (265 Duckworth Street) from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Ever hear a love story in reverse?

“As a novelist, Warner is a literalist and an astute one, and he parlays this gift into telling a really good story, populated by characters whose lives are, by turns, comic and tragic. From the start, as this story begins to tell itself, and these lives are revealed, the book becomes hard to put down. Warner packs a lot of life into a fast-read of 235 pages, something he’s able to do partly [because] of the alternating points of view from which the story is told – Brian’s, Violet’s, omniscient. In this often racy story which spares us little in the way of detail, Warner crafts a satisfying first novel – simultaneously funny and sad, and, at times, wrenching.” – Darrell Squires, the Western Star. 

Although the books opens, seemingly, at the end of the relationship, there’s still a tension and drive to the narrative, an evocative dynamic to the descriptions and settings, and a nimble and unflinching touch to the characterizations. It moves. It’s a page-turner.” – Joan Sullivan, the Telegram.

“Double Talk is more than a simple he-said/she-said account of a doomed marriage. It’s an exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) look at the murky complexities that lie under the surface of all relationships.” Michael Crummey, author of Galore, River Thieves, and The Wreckage.

You can purchase a copy of Double Talk here.

Major Rights Deal – The Widows of Paradise Bay

The Widows of Paradise Bay
Author Jill Sooley

Breakwater Books is pleased to announce they have sold German rights for the debut novel, The Widows of Paradise Bay by Jill Sooley. The deal was signed after a lengthy auction to btb Random House, based in Munich. Btb Random House publishes authors from around the world including Margaret Atwood, Frank McCourt, and Haruki Murakami.

The Widows of Paradise Bay is a comedic first novel that follows a young woman, who is recently separated from her husband, from Toronto back to her hometown in Newfoundland. Her mother, in an old-fashioned and misplaced effort to spare her daughter humiliation, takes out an obituary for the husband. When the “dead” husband comes to rescue their son from trouble, the whole town is left reeling, with more questions than answers.

Author Jill Sooley said on Friday, “I’m thrilled with the Germany deal. Random House is a major player on the international publishing scene, so it’s wonderful to be recognized by such a respected organization. It’s also heartening to see that novels set in and about Newfoundland can not only hold local and national interest, but can appeal to an international audience as well.”

The deal with btb Random House was facilitated by Sandra Läderach of the Liepman Literary Agency and also includes Sooley’s untitled next book which she describes as “a new novel which will explore some of the intricacies of the modern-day family, and stepfamily. Like Widows, plan on meeting some strong female characters with their share of problems and triumphs.”

The German edition of The Widows of Paradise Bay is set to be published in 2011-2012. The English edition is currently available at fine bookstores across Canada and through the publisher, Breakwater Books.

For more information please contact Anna Kate Newman.
email: annakate@ breakwaterbooks.com    phone: 709-722-6680 / 800-563-3333www.breakwaterbooks.com