September Festivals – Author Appearances

What a busy time of year! We’ve got Breakwater authors making appearances at Festivals all over the country. Check out some of the following in your region:


Featuring Nicholas Ruddock, author of Night Ambulance. Festival website:

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Featuring Barry Parsons – author of Rock Recipes Christmas; Kevin Major – author of Found Far and Wide; Beatrice MacNeil – author of The Geranium Window; and Harvey Sawler – author of One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes. Festival website:

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Rock Recipes Christmas

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Featuring Chad Pelley – author of Four Letter Words; Kevin Major – author of Found Far and Wide; and Nicholas Ruddock – author of Night Ambulance. Festival website:

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Featuring Leslie Vryenhoek, author of Ledger of the Open Hand. Festival website:

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Breakwater’s Spring Fiction Launch Party

















Breakwater is thrilled to announce our Spring Fiction Launch party showcasing the newest fiction from award-winning writers Chad Pelley, Nicholas Ruddock and Kevin Major.

The launch will take place at The Masonic Temple on Tuesday, June 7th from 7:00-9:00pm and will feature readings from all three authors, complimentary snacks, cash bar, and local indie Broken Books will be on site as the official bookseller. Sure to be a great time, this is a free event and all are welcome. Bring your friends!

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CHAD PELLEY will be launching Four-Letter Words, his collection of award-winning short stories, which presents us with characters haunted by one four-letter word or another: love, hate, lust, or loss. A father drives across the island hoping to find his missing son, a hitman considers the life of his female victim while watching her through his scope, a lonely man frequents hospital emergency rooms to diagnose the pain of others, and another clings to a buoy at sea. Whether documenting the ways in which we become obsessed with our current situation or our fascination with the lives we could have lived, these stories, told in Pelley’s decidedly contemporary style, form unique portraits of how we are led astray and how we often find ourselves at a crossroads, uncertain and entirely lost.

KEVIN MAJOR will be launching Found Far and Wide, a novel of remarkable historical breadth, which follows Sam Kennedy through the tragedy of the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, the horrors of The First World War, and the dangers of rum-running in Prohibition-era New York. And as Sam journeys through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, carrying the ghosts of those he’s lost, he clings to his love for a woman he’s only ever seen in a photograph. Here, one of Newfoundland’s most celebrated authors offers a story of the irresistible historical forces that define our lives and the compelling private power that beckons us home.

NICHOLAS RUDDOCK will be launching Night Ambulance, the story of sixteen-year-old Rowena Savoury who travels to St. John’s for a secret abortion following an awkward sexual encounter under a wharf in outport Newfoundland. But in the early 1970s, the procedure is illegal, and after complications, Rowena finds herself in a hospital being questioned by a young constable who is uncertain of how to proceed. Though she doesn’t know it, Rowena’s decision will ripple through the lives of an entire cast of characters. Patient and luminous, Night Ambulance is the story of a place on the cusp of change, where characters stand between coercive societal expectations and the right to decide their own fates.

Harvey Sawler, author of One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes, now touring Atlantic Canada!

One Man Grand Band: The Lyrical Life of Ron Hynes is on stands and author, Harvey Sawler, is touring Atlantic Canada to celebrate. The book will be officially launched on Tuesday, May 10th from 8-10pm at The Ship Pub. Join us there or get out to any of the following locations to purchase your copy and meet the author:

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Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland is a finalist for the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award

Breakwater is thrilled that Racket: New Writing Made in Newfoundland is a finalist for the Best Atlantic-Published Book Award under the Atlantic Book Awards and Festival. We’re off to Moncton this week to hear the final outcome at the Atlantic Book Awards Gala which is taking place on Wednesday, April 27th at the Théâtre Capitol Theatre at 811 rue Main St., Moncton, New Brunswick.

You can join in on the celebrations in St. John’s as well. On Tuesday, April 26th at The Ship Pub (265 Duckworth Street), all of the Newfoundland nominees will be reading from their award-nominated books starting 8pm. The event is free and everyone is welcome.


Congratulations Leslie Vryenhoek!

Layout 1 Breakwater  is thrilled to announce that poet-turned-novelist, Leslie Vryenhoek, has been short-listed for the BMO Winterset Award! The award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing. The winner will be announced at Government House on Thursday, March 24.

The BMO Winterset Award was established to honour the memory of Sandra Fraser Gwyn, award-winning social historian who died in Toronto on May 26, 2000. An ardent advocate and promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador culture, she was granted an honorary degree from Memorial University, made a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s Hall of Honour, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Winterset was the name of the house on Winter Avenue in St. John’s where Sandra lived until age eleven when her parents left the province. A Gothic cottage built in the early 1800s, it was one of the oldest homes in the city. Shortly after Sandra’s mother, Ruth Harley, sold the house it was demolished.
The BMO Winterset Award is designed to encourage and promote excellence in all genres of writing. One prize of $12,500, and two prizes of $3,000 are awarded annually.
The Award is sponsored by BMO Financial Group and the Sandra Fraser Gwyn Foundation. Donations to the Foundation can be made care of Community Foundation of Greater Toronto, 1 Dundas Street West, Suite 502, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z3.