Larry Mathew’s first novel THE ARTIFICIAL NEWFOUNDLANDER has been getting some fabulous reviews. Check out some of the latest:

“This is all set in a blazingly contemporary St. John’s, a city of films and cafes, art projects and bars, afternoon runs around Quidi Vidi lake and late nights walking uphill from Duckworth Street pubs… Mathews is the genuine article.”
-Joan Sullivan, The Telegram

“Mathews’ first novel provides an interesting and, at times, humorous account of the relationships of Professor Hugh Norman and his life in contemporary Newfoundland.”
-Clare O’Connor, Atlantic Books Today

“From the tongue-in-cheek first line onward, Larry Mathews had me hooked. The Artificial Newfoundlander is a genuinely funny, thoroughly engaging story told with wit, lyricism, and a raucous narrative drive.”
-Samuel Thomas Martin, Dark Art Cafe (

“If you are a lover of Lisa More and a maniac for Michael Winter, like me, then The Artificial Newfoundlander is a treasure the likes of the Rosetta Stone. It’s a zany and rowdy look at both our East Cost openness and the over-analytical English studies, all delivered with Richler-like cleverness.”
-Mike Landry, Telegraph-Journal

Links: Click here to read more about or purchase THE ARTIFICIAL NEWFOUNDLANDER.

Breakwater Books Ltd. & Culture Days

In keeping with Breakwater’s goal of supporting public awareness and participation, community involvement and education in the arts and provide opportunities for artists, the community and government to promote professional artistic expression in our province – we have joined a national volunteer movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement by all Canadians in cultural activities in our communities. So mark your calendar -September 24-26, 2010 – and join the launch of Culture Days in Newfoundland and Labrador. For more information, please see check out the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and Culture Days Canada.

Breakwater Authors Receive More Accolades

Congratulations to Chad Pelley and Helen Porter for their recent nods from the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council 25th Arts Awards. Pelley, author of  AWAY FROM EVERYWHERE was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year and Porter, author of  JANUARY, FEBRUARY, JUNE OR JULY was inducted into the Hall of Honour. The Hall of Honour recognizes a person, group or organization that has made a distinguished lifetime contribution to the cultural life of Newfoundland and Labrador.

For more information visit the NLAC website –

Another award! COD is the winner of the 2009 Heritage and History Award!

Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that Cod: The Ecological History of the North Atlantic Fisheries has been awarded the Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador 2009 Heritage and History Award.

The Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Heritage and History Book Award comes with a $250 prize and is awarded to a work of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or children’s/young adult literature that exemplifies excellence in the interpretation of the history and heritage of Newfoundland and Labrador. The award is sponsored by the Historic Sites Association as a way to demonstrate appreciation for those writers whose exploration of their culture and heritage has shaped their writing.

The devastation of many of the greatest North Atlantic cod stocks, particularly those of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Grand Banks, has become an icon for the unsustainable relation between human exploitation and nature. In Cod, George Rose tells the full story of that devastation, in scientific detail, for the first time – from the formation of the North Atlantic marine ecosystems to the massive stock declines in the last half of the 20th century.

Click here to read more about or purchase a copy of Cod.