Happy Family Literacy Day!

Family Literacy Day takes place every year on January 27. ABC CANADA Literacy Foundation and Honda Canada created the day in 1999 to encourage families to read and learn together. Thousands of Canadians take part in Family Literacy Day events and activities at schools, libraries and literacy organizations.

Literacy is more than books. There are many ways to strengthen your literacy skills – all it takes is practicing for 15 minutes every day. Reading, writing, playing a game, following a recipe or even singing a song all help prepare children for challenges ahead and sharpen skills for adults.Read more here.

Read with your loved ones today!

Halifax’s The Coast Reviews AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE

Halifax’s alternative weekly, The Coast, reviewed Chad Pelley‘s debut novel, Away from Everywhere in their Jan 21/10 edition.

Some of the reviewer’s comments include:

“From word one, a description of a bloody and harrowing car accident, there is such a volume of tragedy in Chad Pelley’s ambitious debut novel, it feels dense and weighty, like a Paul Haggis movie script.”

“… where the novel succeeds is in expressing Owen’s interior pain, his wine-sopping self-destruction—not an easy feat. Pelley is a gifted writer—who, no doubt, we will hear a lot from in the future.”

To read the rest of the review, please click here.

To purchase or read more about Away from Everywhere, please click here.

Halifax’s The Chronicle Herald Praises A FEW KINDS OF WRONG

Chronicle Herald reviewer Sharon Hunt said the following in this Saturday’s edition (Jan 23/10) of the paper:

One of Chaulk’s strengths as a writer is her descriptive ability… Another strength of Chaulk’s is her ability to create realistic characters… A Few Kinds of Wrong is funny, poignant, and has a sense of desperation, a need to fix things, that many of us feel at times in our lives.

To read the rest of the review click here.

To purchase or read more about A Few Kinds of Wrong, click here.

Geist Magazine Raves About BY THE RIVERS OF BROOKLYN

Geist Reviewer Kris Rothstein said the following about Trudy Morgan-Cole‘s By the Rivers of Brooklyn:

“As the years roll by from the 1920s to the 1940s and beyond, the Evans family becomes so complex and the characters so familiar that we almost recognize the stories as our own.”

“Trudy J. Morgan-Cole provides all the details without trying to overstuff the story with historical facts. “

Click here if you would like to read more or buy a copy of By the Rivers of Brooklyn.

Author Chad Pelley Currently Touring in Halifax

Author Chad Pelley is currently touring in Halifax, NS with his book, Away from Everywhere.

You can catch him at the following locations:

Literary Luncheon: Thursday, Jan 21, 12-2pm, Halifax Club on Hollis Street: Tickets:$24.95 and can be purchased by calling 902-423-8460 or by email at reservations@halifaxclub.ns.ca. More information is available at www.halifaxclub.ns.ca.

Book Signing: Friday January 22, 7-9 pm at Chapters Bayers Lake, Halifax

Book Signing: Saturday January 23, 2-4 at Chapters, Dartmouth, 41 Mic Mac Boulevard

St. John’s Event Presents Working Class Women in NL Literature

The Blue Castle: Conversation on Women, Culture and the Spaces of the Imagination Presents

Working for a Living: Class and Gender in the Literature of Newfoundland and Labrador

Join local authors Helen Porter, Bernice Morgan, Trudy Morgan-Cole, and Carmelita McGrath, together with facilitator Phyllis Artiss for a roundtable discussion about working class women in the literature of Newfoundland and Labrador.  The authors will provide insights into their depictions of women in fiction and expand on the themes of work, and gender, as they appear in novels, short stories, and poems set in this province.  The roundtable will be followed by a general conversation with our audience, as the authors take questions and engage in debate about the topic.  It is sure to be another fun and fascinating evening in the Blue Castle.

Monday, January 25th from 8-10pm at The Ship (265 Duckworth Street). Admission is free.

For more information, visit our website at www.bluestockingsalon.blogspot.com or call 237-1394.

LOVESONGS OF EMMANUEL TAGGART receives high praise from Saltyink.com

Saltyink.com, Atlantic Canada’s newest literary website, recently reviewed Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart by Syr Ruus (Breakwater, 2009).

What was said:

“Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is an off-kilter, but  ultimately insightful novel… done in a funny, crisp way. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel.”

Syr Ruus plays with the big questions of life in this book, in a way that feels like she has the answers, but holds them back from her fumbling lead character, so that he has to come to the book’s fine closing revelation all his own, as we all do.”
Saltyink.com, January 2010

Click here to read the full review.

Click here to read about or purchase a copy of Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart.

WHERE GENESIS BEGINS wows The Northeast Avalon Times

Reviewer Jean Graham from The Northeast Avalon Times said the following about Where Genesis Begins in her December 2009 column.

“If all you want to do is flip through the book, read the poems, and contemplate the art, you will still fill several hours, probably over several days, and find inspiration and refreshment for your soul.”

“Where Genesis Begins is a provincial treasure… a gorgeous volume.”

To read more about Where Genesis Begins or to purchase a copy please click here.

ORDINARY THINGS by Christopher Pratt receives great review from The Chronicle Herald

Halifax-based newspaper The Chronicle Herald has given high marks to artist Christopher Pratt’s book of memoirs, Ordinary Things (Breakwater, 2009). Review by St. John’s-based freelance journalist, Sharon Hunt.

“Pratt fills this slender volume with thoughts of many things: family, home, jobs, travel and sailing trips, but his main focus is the creative process. In addition to being a great painter, he shows himself to be a gifted journal writer (as he showed himself to be a skilled poet in a previous book, A Painter’s Poems).”

Ordinary Things is a fascinating look at a life and an avocation. It exudes a warmth that Pratt’s paintings and prints have sometimes been accused of lacking.”

“Ordinary Things is also filled with wonderfully descriptive passages. On an afternoon drive, he notices that “they have bullied a new road down the Cape Shore. It is still a wound, but that will heal.”

Click here to read more about ORDINARY THINGS or to purchase  a copy.


Chad Pelley’s AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE Longlisted on the National Post’s “Canada Also Reads” list

Breakwater is thrilled that Away from Everywhere, debut novel from Chad Pelley has been longlisted for the “Canada Also Reads” list from The National Post.

See the rest of the list here.

Recent reviews of Away from Everywhere include:

“Gripping from page one, Away from Everywhere is a finely crafted novel from one of the most talented young writers to come out of Newfoundland in recent years.”
– Kenneth J. Harvey, Internationally bestselling author of Inside and Blackstrap Hawco

“Award-winning short story scribe Chad Pelley has gone all-out in his first full-length novel Away From Everywhere … [a] stunning and somber portrait of the family ties that can both bind us and tear us apart.”
– Stephen Clare, The Chronicle Herald

“Chad Pelley’s first novel explores the nature of mistakes alongside the devastating errors of human choice. What shines from this novel is Pelley’s ability to convey his lead character’s pain and inner turmoil; his misery lifts real from the page. We should look forward to the honing and unfolding of this writer’s evolving voice.”
– Bruce Johnson, Atlantic Books Today

Click HERE to read more about the book or to purchase a copy.