Breakwater is thrilled to announce our Spring Fiction Launch party showcasing the newest fiction from award-winning writers Chad Pelley, Nicholas Ruddock and Kevin Major.
The launch will take place at The Masonic Temple on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:00-9:00pm and will feature readings from all three authors, complimentary snacks, cash bar, and local indie Broken Books will be on site as the official bookseller. Sure to be a great time, this is a free event and all are welcome. Bring your friends!
About the books:
CHAD PELLEY will be launching Four-Letter Words, his collection of award-winning short stories, which presents us with characters haunted by one four-letter word or another: love, hate, lust, or loss. A father drives across the island hoping to find his missing son, a hitman considers the life of his female victim while watching her through his scope, a lonely man frequents hospital emergency rooms to diagnose the pain of others, and another clings to a buoy at sea. Whether documenting the ways in which we become obsessed with our current situation or our fascination with the lives we could have lived, these stories, told in Pelley’s decidedly contemporary style, form unique portraits of how we are led astray and how we often find ourselves at a crossroads, uncertain and entirely lost.
KEVIN MAJOR will be launching Found Far and Wide, a novel of remarkable historical breadth, which follows Sam Kennedy through the tragedy of the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, the horrors of The First World War, and the dangers of rum-running in Prohibition-era New York. And as Sam journeys through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, carrying the ghosts of those he’s lost, he clings to his love for a woman he’s only ever seen in a photograph. Here, one of Newfoundland’s most celebrated authors offers a story of the irresistible historical forces that define our lives and the compelling private power that beckons us home.
NICHOLAS RUDDOCK will be launching Night Ambulance, the story of sixteen-year-old Rowena Savoury who travels to St. John’s for a secret abortion following an awkward sexual encounter under a wharf in outport Newfoundland. But in the early 1970s, the procedure is illegal, and after complications, Rowena finds herself in a hospital being questioned by a young constable who is uncertain of how to proceed. Though she doesn’t know it, Rowena’s decision will ripple through the lives of an entire cast of characters. Patient and luminous, Night Ambulance is the story of a place on the cusp of change, where characters stand between coercive societal expectations and the right to decide their own fates.