Breakwater Releases Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires’ Critically Acclaimed Art-Poetry Collaboration: Where Genesis Begins


 Special Gala Event

April 09, 2009 at the Johnson Geo Centre

175 Signal Hill Road

7 p.m. – Gathering

7:30 p.m. – Visual Presentation and Reading

8-9 p.m. – Cocktail Reception



“To have the quiet wisdom carried in Tom Dawe’s finely crafted poems in complex conversation with Gerald Squires’ powerfully inscaped paintings: the overtones are endless. To recall a similarly inspired collaboration I have to reach back to the seventies, when Ted Hughes connected with Leonard Baskin.”

– Don McKay, two-time winner of the Governor General’s Award

“It has always seemed to me that Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires share an underlying vision … In addition to giving a remarkable overview of the work of these two creative geniuses, Where Genesis Begins provides us with the opportunity to explore the many threads that connect their work.”
– Bernice Morgan, award-winning author of Random PassageWaiting for Time, and Cloud of Bone

“For those of us born and raised on this island, hard-wired into its weathers, tides and history, the combination of Tom Dawe and Gerry Squires resonates like fish and brewis – not necessarily in that order.”
Christopher Pratt, famed artist and poet.

“Sage, saint and satirist ,Tom Dawe is at his vintage best in Where Genesis Begins, one of the great books of the year if not of the decade”
John Ennis, Award-winning poet and author of New Hibernia

“These pages are both sumptuous and pristine in design … This writing is superb and makes Where Genesis Begins more than an art book.”
– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Faulkner, my son, you’re only an amateur”: Harold Walters of The Advertiser Reviews Nicole Lundrigan’s The Seary Line


“I was fewer than fifty pages into the book when I realized thoughts of American novelist William Faulkner were dallying in my mind, along with the details of Lundrigan’s narration … Faulkner, my son, you’re only an amateur … a dandy read, sown with people and incidents as fecund as a freshly plowed field. As well as Faulkner, I also thought repeatedly of Thomas Hardy… it’s chock-a-block with double-edged imagery.”


Click here to buy or read more about Nicole Lundrigan’s The Seary Line

Breakwater Author Eric Sparling Makes Sackville’s Top 5 Bestsellers This Week, According to

Fiction, paperback

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown and Company)

2. Gods Behaving Badly by Marie Phillips (Random House)

3. Tantramar by Eric Sparling (Breakwater)

4. Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden (Penguin)

5. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill (HarperCollins)





Click Here to buy or read more about Tantramar

The Basic How-to’s of Submitting a Manuscript to a Publisher

Breakwater Books Ltd. is offering a workshop on how to submit your manuscript to a publisher on Saturday, March 21st, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at Breakwater Books, 100 Water Street, St. John’s. In this workshop, the Breakwater managing editor and assistant editor will discuss how to present your manuscript in the best possible way to any publisher. No manuscripts will be accepted during the workshop.

 The workshop is limited to the first 20 people who register. To register, call Annamarie or Chad at Breakwater Books during regular business hours (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., M-F) at (709) 722-6680. The workshop is free to members of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador or the Newfoundland Writer’s Guild; $10 for non-members, with registration fees going to WANL and the NWG (the fee can be paid at the workshop).

March Hare Festival 2009: Line ups and Program

Download the March Hare 2009 Program

Click here for a quick listing of line ups and locations for the 2009 March Hare.





Click Here to buy or read about the March Hare Anthology, featuring works from past participants such as Michael Ondaatje, Michael Winter, Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, John Steffler, Alistair MacLeod, Al Pittman, and Wayne Johnston. 


Breakwater Authors Featured in This Year’s March Hare Festival

Annamarie Beckel will be reading from her novel Silence of Stone at the Corner Brook Arts & Culture Centre, 2:30 pm, on March 14.



“Beckel’s novels are drenched in history…The research deftly underplays the narrative, which is succinct, graphic and lyrical.”
– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram


Boyd Chubbs will be reading from his collection of poetry, Feral Domicile, at the Masonic Temple in St.John’s, 8 pm, on March 11.




“[his] art is superb, classical; his words refresh prophecy and chant gospel.” – George Elliot Clark



Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires will be reading from their collaborative art/poetry book, Where Genesis Begins, at the following venues: Brass Taps on College Street, Toronto, 8pm, on March 06; Brass Taps on College Street, Toronto, 2 pm, on March 07; the Albatross Hotel in Gander, 7:30 pm, on March 12; and at the Royal Canadian Legion  in Corner Brook (West Street), 8 pm, on March 13.


“To have the quiet wisdom carried in Tom Dawe’s finely crafted poems in complex conversation with Gerald Squires’ powerfully inscaped paintings: the overtones are endless.”

– Don McKay



Nicole Lundrigan Will be reading fromher novel The Seary Line at Brass Taps on College Street, Toronto, 8pm, on March 06, and again at 2 pm on March o7.



“If there is a new wave of Newfoundland fiction going on, Nicole Lundrigan may be one of its leaders…Lundrigan writes about Newfoundland the way William Faulkner wrote about the American south.”
– The Western Star