French Rights for Annamarie Beckel’s SILENCE OF STONE Sold !!!


Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that the French World Rights to the novel Silence of Stone have been sold to Guy Saint-Jean Éditeur Inc., a Quebec-based publisher.

Silence of Stone, the third novel from author Annamarie Beckel, is a critically acclaimed re-imagining of the true story of a young French noblewoman, Marguerite de Roberval, who was abandoned by her guardian on the Isle of Demons, a small island near Newfoundland and Labrador in 1542.  Critics have described the novel as “a deeply emotional tale” (Downhome), “well-written and stylistically distinctive” (Current Magazine) and “succinct, graphic, and lyrical” (The Telegram).

Formerly an ecologist and science writer and then a newsletter editor on an Ojibwe Indian reserve, Annamarie Beckel now lives in Kelligrews, NL. Her first novel, All Gone Widdun, won the first place fiction prize from the Midwest Independent Publishers Association and was acclaimed as “richly imagined, beautifully structured… a captivating story, very well told.” (Globe and Mail). Her second novel, Dancing in the Palm of His Hand, was hailed by critics as “remarkably well researched” (Atlantic Books Today) and “powerful, thought-provoking, highly recommended” (Hi-Rise).

If you are interested in interviewing Annamarie Beckel or receiving a book for review purposes, or using the above images in an article, contact Breakwater.

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Breakwater & Bernice Morgan place in Top Ten of “Atlantic Canada’s 100 Greatest Books”

NB0859lgThe top-10 titles are:

1. No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod
2. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
3. The Colony of Unrequited Dreams by Wayne Johnston
4. The Mountain and the Valley by Ernest Buckler
5. Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
6. Barometer Rising by Hugh MacLennan
7. Random Passage by Bernice Morgan
8. The Lost Salt Gift of Blood by Alistair MacLeod
9. Mercy Among the Children by David Adams Richards
10. Rockbound by Frank Parker Day

Also in the top 100: Percy Janes’s classic, House of Hate, cited by famed authors Michael Winter and Joel Thomas Hynes a book that really got them into writing.

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“A Fascinating New Memoir … An Accessible, Revealing and Honest Book.” The Western Star on Christpher Pratt’s ORDINARY THINGS


A fascinating new memoir by the renowned Canadian artist provides new insight into his mind, work, and influences. Pratt’s journal entries on his creative process, from the 1950s to 2007, reveal many of his thoughts and artistic beliefs, and they say quite a bit about his attitudes and feelings about his home province — and about his work within that context. Without so much defending his style and subjects in this book, Pratt clearly feels the need to explain his realist beliefs.

“The subject matter is important to me,” he says. “I am not immersed in the world or philosophies of art; I am not concerned with movements, isms or manifestos, or their small and big ‘p’ politics. “Ordinary Things” by Christopher Pratt, one of Canada’s greatest living artists, is an accessible, revealing and honest book.”

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“This Self-portrait of Christopher Pratt is Bound for the Bookshelf, not the Wall” The Telegram Write a Great Article on Pratt’s ORDINARY THINGS

Ordinary-Things-[web]“Pratt’s history can be read and his thoughts heard through the works … The entries reflect time spent by Pratt all over the province – in Placentia, Salmonier, Carbonear, Gambo, the coasts of Labrador and dozens of other regions, inland towns and outport communities.

The entries also make mention of occassions in Halifax and Ottawa; London and Glasgow (where Pratt attended the Glasgow School of Art).

The notes provide Pratt’s thoughts, at certain points in his own history, on everything from the Newfoundland Railway, the Burgeo highway, an artist’s use of colour and the place of Atlantic Canada in the art world.”

Read the Full article here!:

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Breakwater at 2009 Word on the Street, Halifax

Reps from Newfoundland publisher, left to right: Garry Flanker (Flanker Press), Donna Francis (Creative Books), Gavin Will (Boulder), Rebecca Rose and Anna Kate MacDonald(Breakwater Books)
Reps from Newfoundland publishers, left to right: Garry Cranford (Flanker Press), Donna Francis (Creative Books), Gavin Will (Boulder), Rebecca Rose and Anna Kate MacDonald (Breakwater Books)

Authors present from these publishers included: Nellie Strowbridge (Flanker), Trudy Morgan-Cole, Christopher Pratt, Syr Ruus, and Kirby Walsh (Breakwater), Mike Heffernan and Robin McGrath (Creative).

Breakwater's Anna Kate MacDonald (Publicist), Trudy Morgan-Cole (author of By the Rivers of Brooklyn), and Rebecca Rose (President)
Breakwater's Anna Kate MacDonald (Publicist), Trudy Morgan-Cole (author of By the Rivers of Brooklyn), and Rebecca Rose (President)
Donna Francis (Creative Books), TLA agents Shaun Bradley and Don Sedgwick, Rebecca Rose (Breakwater)
Donna Francis (Creative Books), TLA agents Shaun Bradley and Don Sedgwick, Rebecca Rose (Breakwater)

Don and Shaun graciously helped in decorating the Newfoundland publishers’ booth at Word on the Street:

Newfoundland Publishers' Booth at Word on the Street
Newfoundland Publishers' Booth at Word on the Street

Breakwater author Chad Pelley Shortlisted for the 2009 Cuffer Prize


Breakwater author Chad Pelley’s short story “Holes to China” made the 2009 Cuffer Prize shortlist the same week his debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was released. Chad was also a finalist for last year’s Cuffer Prize, taking third place with his story “Subtle Difference.”

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AFKOW-frontcvr-WEB“Gut-painful and gut-funny, A Few Kinds of Wrong takes us down a journey of loss, deception, self-destruction and love. Chaulk writes deftly of the hilarity and pathos of being human, of faults and failures, of suffering and joy. Palpable characters and solid storytelling.
-Michelle Butler Hallett, author of Double-blind and Sky Waves

“I enjoyed A Few Kinds of Wrong, a book that engages the reader in a subject rarely treated in modern fiction — the shattering, unreasoned grief of a daughter when her beloved father dies. Tina Chaulk has a talent for getting inside the always quirky and often perverse sensibility of her protagonist, a young woman coming to terms with flawed memories, misunderstood relationships and a reinterpretation of family history.”
-Bernice Morgan, award-winning author of Cloud of Bone and Random Passage

Mechanic Jennifer Collins is a woman in a man’s world, but since her father’s sudden death her world has been falling apart. Now she’s in a losing battle, risking everything to cling to the past while everyone else moves forward.

In A Few Kinds of Wrong, Tina Chaulk takes us into the garage and tells the poignant story of Jennifer, her pain, her loves, and her coming to terms with reality. Above all, this story reminds us that memories – those one cannot forget and others one battles to hold onto – can never be controlled.

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