Open for Business

DATE: JUNE 15, 2010


As a result of a fire occurring in the premises adjacent to Breakwater on June 12, our location at 100 Water Street is closed. We expect to announce a temporary location in the coming days. All employees can be reached at their regular e-mail addresses. To reach Breakwater by phone please call 709-722-6680 and your call will be directed to one of our employees.

Direct order fulfillment will resume once our temporary office is secured. In the meantime books are available for purchase through Downhome Distribution and at bookstores nationwide.

Downhome Distribution
(709) 726-5113

For more information please contact Breakwater:
(709) 722-6680
A Note from the President, Rebecca Rose:

Dear Friends & Supporters,

Thank you for all your support over the last few days. We have indeed been affected by the fire next door, but are extremely grateful to the fire department for doing such a good job at saving our building. Thankfully, we have a second warehouse located in St. Phillip’s and all of the books stored there are safe. In addition, we have most of our electronic files recovered. Over the coming weeks our offices at 100 Water Street will be professionally cleaned and we will take stock of what has been affected by the smoke and water damage sustained. We will in the coming days announce where our temporary offices will be located, but in the meantime you can still reach our staff at the numbers and emails you already have. There are many exciting things happening at Breakwater these days and though this fire will slow us down a step, we aren’t going anywhere. Breakwater has been in business for 37 years and will carry on with business as usual.

Best wishes,
Rebecca Rose, President

Book Launch Going Ahead

Hey friends & supporters. Thanks for all the well-wishes these last couple of days. While we might be bruised, we’re not broken. Our books for tomorrow’s event were in our St. Phillip’s warehouse so the launch is going ahead as planned. Please join us in celebrating “This Ramshackle Tabernacle,” our latest book of short stories, by Samuel Thomas Martin. We’ll be at The Ship (265 Duckworth St., St. John’s) Tue. June 15, from 7-9 pm. See you there!

Northeast Avalon Times gives THUMBS UP to Larry Mathews’ “The Artificial Newfoundlander”

Jean Graham, reviewer for the Northeast Avalon Times has said this about Larry Mathews’ debut novel, The Artificial Newfoundlander.

“Mathews’ sense of the absurdity of academic life is close on hilarious, and his take on the sometimes overblown St. John’s art scene even funnier.”

Click here to read more about or to purchase a copy of The Artificial Newfoundlander.

Today’s Telegram lists Chad Pelley as “national up and comer.”

Congratulations to Chad Pelley for his feature in today’s (June 9) Telegram newspaper.  Read more here.

What Chad had to say about his nomination for the Canadian Authors Association BookLand Emerging Author Award. “This one is huge for me because it’s national in scope. The other lists that I’ve been on, the other awards that I’ve been nominated for have been Newfoundland-based or maybe even Atlantic Canadian, but this is a national award.”

Go Breakwater Go! 2 More Award Shortlists!

Congrats to Breakwater authors Tom Dawe and Chad Pelley for being shortlisted for Canadian Author Association (CAA) Awards! The winners will be announced at the CAA Literary Awards banquet on Saturday, June 26, 2010, in Victoria, BC during the association’s annual conference.

Tom Dawe, author of Where Genesis Begins
Tom has been shortlisted for the CAA Award for Poetry for his book, Where Genesis Begins.

Pelley, Chad - Author of Away from Everywhere

Chad has been shortlisted for the BookLand Press Emerging Writer Award for his writing activities and his book, Away from Everywhere.