News Release: BREAKWATER BOOKS TO PUBLISH MEMOIR BY RCMP HARASSMENT REPRESENTATIVE PLAINTIFF JANET MERLO

 

St. John’s, NL.  March 28, 2013 –  Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that Breakwater President and Publisher Rebecca Rose has acquired the rights to No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP by former RCMP officer Janet Merlo.

Merlo is the Representative Plaintiff in a Proposed Class Action Lawsuit that was filed one year ago, on March 27, 2012.

A vocal supporter of the class-action suit, Janet Merlo was among the first female RCMP officers to publicly allege she had experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination while serving in Canada’s national police force. The women kept silent for so long, Merlo says, because there was no one to tell.  In her courageous memoir, Janet recalls how her love of policing was soured by covert and overt sexism within the ranks and by an institutional culture that valued toughness and silence over ethics and accountability.

“After years of living and working in a hostile environment where silence was the norm, I’m finally finding my voice,” Merlo said today. “Sharing my story serves both as a way for me to find healing, and for me to reach out to other women who may be experiencing the same kind of harassment.”

Tracing her twenty years in uniform, Merlo’s story details the highs and lows of her career in the RCMP – while her mental health and personal life disintegrated. Eventually, the cost of keeping quiet was simply too high. Her story emerges as a lone, brave voice seeking change.

“Janet Merlo’s story deserves the nation’s careful attention,” Breakwater Publisher Rebecca Rose said. “Breakwater is pleased to be able to announce the acquisition today, as the class-action lawsuit reaches its one-year anniversary.”

The memoir will be edited by author Leslie Vryenhoek, with an introduction by journalist Linden MacIntyre.

No One To Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP will be published by Breakwater Books in September 2013.

For more information and all media inquiries, please contact:

Elisabeth de Mariaffi

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Breakwater Books

phone.   (709) 722-6680 x 226

email.    elisabeth@breakwaterbooks.com

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Pelley Does New Brunswick

Hello, New Brunswick! Are you ever in for a treat!

Even before we whoop it up here in St. John’s, Chad Pelley will be in full-on book launch mode in the Picture Province. Pelley leaves tomorrow morning for an Every Little Thing mini-tour that includes stops in Fredericton, St. John, and Moncton. Details below!

Stop One: 

Chad will be Fredericton at Westminster Books on March 26 at 7pm.  Admission is free and all are welcome to attend!

Stop Two: Get a fine meal & a signed copy of Pelley’s new book!

Salon and Breakwater Books present author Chad Pelley for a special evening at The Shadow Lawn Inn in Rothesay, on Wednesday, March 27, at 6 p.m., to celebrate Pelley’s winning the inaugural Salon Fiction Prize.  Join Pelley and host Mike Landry, the Telegraph-Journal’s arts and culture editor, for a reading, conversation and a special Newfoundland-themed dinner from Chef Nancy Fox.

Tickets are $50 for the event and include a copy of Pelley’s soon-to-be-released sophomore novel, Every Little Thing. Enjoy a lovely meal, support local literature and head home with a signed copy of Pelley’s new book. Pelley received the $1,000 Salon Fiction Prize for his short story “A Short Look at Nothing”, beating out more than 100 other writers from across Canada. Based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Pelley is one of the Rock’s top emerging writers.

“Here is complicated love, human failing, tenacity and true feeling. Chad Pelley takes on addling jealousy, heartache, loss, and the need to be forgiven. Stylistically fresh, taut with emotional torques and charges, Pelley’s Every Little Thing is can’t-put-it-down compelling.”  — Lisa Moore, Canada Reads winner

You can reserve your seat at 645-3225 or salon@telegraphjournal.com.

Stop Three:

On March 28, Breakwater Books, in partnership with the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, will present St. John’s novelist Chad Pelley and a special guest, musician Pat LePoidevin, at Café Aberdeen in the Aberdeen Cultural Centre in Moncton.  The event will begin at 7pm, with doors open at 6 (come and have a great meal), and there’s is no admission fee.  The reading is part of the Attic Owl Reading Series.

Breakwater grabs two Atlantic Book Awards nominations

The Atlantic Book Awards shortlists were released yesterday — and we’re very pleased to report that we’ve got two Breakwater nominees!

Bracothe debut novel by former Canadian Forces peacekeeper Lesleyanne Ryan, has been nominated for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. Told from a kaleidoscope of perspectives, Braco follows fourteen-year old Bosnian refugee Atif Stavic as he crosses forty kilometres of enemy territory to rejoin his family after the fall of Srebrenica in 1995.

**and**

In the Field by Joan Sullivan has been shortlisted for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction. A compelling history, In the Field examines the legacy of the death of Lieutenant Steven Norris of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment: both the immediate effect on his community and, almost ninety years later, the lasting impact of his story. 

Ryan and Sullivan just did a tag-team Book Club reading here at Breakwater Headquarters, and we couldn’t be happier to see them on the Atlantic Book Awards list together, as well! For information on the awards or to set up an interview or Book Club visit, please contact Elisabeth de Mariaffi:

(709) 722-6680 x 226, or by email, elisabeth@breakwaterbooks.com

The 2013 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 9-16 with free literary events taking place in all four Atlantic Provinces. Festival details will be available at www.atlanticbookawards.ca in the coming weeks.  Winners of the 2013 Atlantic Book Awards will be announced at a special awards show on the last night of the week-long festival, Thursday, May 16, at 7:00 p.m. at the Alderney Landing Theatre in Dartmouth, NS. It’s a special year this year for the Dartmouth Book Awards – 2013 is the 25th anniversary of these awards, some of the oldest in Canada.

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I’m No Bully!

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Happy Pink Shirt Day, everyone! I just spent the morning at Roncalli Elementary School in St. John’s, where Breakwater’s own Debbie Hanlon put on her Read-Along I’m No Bully! show for an ocean (or, at least, an auditorium’s-worth) of pink-shirted, anti-bullying cuties.

Kids' author Debbie Hanlon poses with Roncalli  school teachers (wearing their Pink shirt Day finest!)
Kids’ author Debbie Hanlon poses with Roncalli school teachers (wearing their Pink shirt Day finest!)

With the pages of Hanlon’s first book, The Adventures of Gus and Isaac: Backyard Bullies projected up on the big screen, the 200+ crowd of kids were all treated to a read-along led by Miss Debbie herself.

“This is a story about Isaac the Cat,” Hanlon begins. ” Now, who knows what’s different about Isaac?”

“HE HAS NO TAIL!” all the kids holler back. Many of them already know the characters: Gus, the Seagull-Who’s-Afraid-Of-Heights, and Isaac the Bob-Tail Cat.

In this first adventure, Isaac is new to the neighbourhood and finds himself a target of the neighbourhood bullies: Vamps the Cat and his cronies, Berg and Flake.

“That’s right,” Hanlon says. “He’s a bob-tail cat, and that sure makes him different! And what sometimes happens to people who are different?”

“Bullies!”

The kids have had good Pink Shirt Day training, and they have lots of ideas about what makes people bullies: usually, bullies are pretty scared themselves. Scared of people who are different. But bullying isn’t the way to combat those fears. Hanlon leads the kids in a discussion of the “bystander” role in a bullying situation, and reiterates the two things every kid needs to do if they see someone being bullied:

1. Say something! “Stop! Bullying isn’t cool!” the kids yell.

2. Tell someone! “Find an adult — it can be your teacher, your Mom, your Dad — and tell them what’s going on. An adult will help you!” Hanlon says, before leading the kids in an anti-bullying ditty she’s written herself — accompanied, of course, by a pink ukelele.

Hanlon’s I’m No Bully show is a favourite at elementary schools across the region, with frequent performances in the St. John’s area, and a recent fall tour into Central Newfoundland. Next up, Hanlon plans to hit the west coast, with stops in Corner Brook and Stephenville.

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Chad Pelley, Super Genius (… and Breakwater author, of course!)

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Layout 1Congratulations CHAD PELLEY! We couldn’t be more proud to have you on our Spring Roster! Check out the press release, below, for all the deets on Pelley’s big short fiction win — and take a look at the video above to hear a short reading from the prize-winning story.

NEWFOUNDLAND AUTHOR CHAD PELLEY WINS THE INAUGURAL SALON FICTION PRIZE

Saint John, N.B., February 21, 2013 –The Telegraph-Journal, New Brunswick’s provincial newspaper, telegraphjournal.com, is ecstatic to announce that Newfoundland-based author Chad Pelley has won the inaugural Salon Fiction Prize for his short story ‘A Second Look at Nothing.’

Launched July 2012, the Salon Fiction Prize awards $1,000 for a previously unpublished work of Canadian short fiction. The winning piece is also published in the Telegraph-Journal’s weekend fine arts and culture section, Salon. ‘A Second Look at Nothing’ is running in the Feb. 23 issue of Salon.

Chad Pelley’s short story was selected from more than 100 entries from across Canada by an esteemed Atlantic Canadian jury empanelled for the new prize: Giller Prize-shortlisted short story writer Alexander MacLeod; Halifax-based Atlantic Poetry Prize-winner Sue Goyette; and Université de Moncton professor Thomas Hodd.

Chad Pelley is a multi-award-winning writer, songwriter and photographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere (Breakwater Books) was released in 2009, and his follow-up, Every Little Thing (Breakwater Books) hits bookshelves in late March of this year. Recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Art Council’s CBC Emerging Artist of the Year award, Pelley is president of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador and runs the CanLit blog saltyink.com.

We appreciate any help you can provide in getting the news of Chad Pelley’s big win out there via social media, blog posts and traditional media.

Pelley is available for interviews. You can reach him at: chad@saltyink.com.

The second annual Salon Fiction Prize will open June 29, 2013.

For more information, please contact:
Mike Landry, arts & culture editor
O : 506-645-3225 C :506-977-3625
Landry.Michael@telegraphjournal.com
ABOUT SALON
Published every Saturday in the Telegraph-Journal, Salon is home to some of the best arts and culture writing in Canada – honoured with both national and regional newspaper awards. As space and resources devoted to books continues to dwindle, and the CanLit landscape disappears from Canadian newspapers, Salon remains dedicated to supporting our nation’s writers and their words.

This One is for the Lovers… (Lovers of Writing, that is)

6803723367_3020ed37a1_zWhat to do on this Snow Day? I’ve been meaning to post a list of upcoming writing competitions and calls-for-submission for all you up-and-comers out there… so here you go! Sharpen those pencils and fire up your laptops. You’ve got some writing to do…

The Poem Cometh: CBC Writes, Poetry edition. Competition opens up on March 1. Deadline May 1, 2013.

The Antigonish Review Writing Contests: Two versions of this one — The Sheldon Currie Fiction Prize for stories of 20 pages or less, Deadline: May 31, 2013  and The Great Blue Heron Poetry Prize, Deadline: June 30, 2013. All the details at the Antigonish Review Online.

Got a tale about the Twitter? Pinterest prose? Submit to Only Interconnect: Social media + short fiction, a new anthology that deals with social media —  https://onlyinterconnect.submittable.com/submit   — Deadline April 4.

The Malahat Review‘s Far Horizons Short Fiction Contest comes with prize money to the tune of a cool grand, and is open only to writers not yet published in book form. Deadline: May 1, 2013.

The Short Grain Contest features categories both for poetry and for short fiction, big prize money, and a deadline of April 1, 2013.

Registration is now open for the famous Contemporary Verse 2, 2-day Poem Contest. Think you can write an original poem in just 48 hours? There’s only one catch: prize goes to the best poem that uses CV2‘s list of 10 contest words. Register now and you’ll get the word-list when it’s released on Friday, April 12 — poems are due at the end of the weekend.

Got an Earth Day Haiku in You? Submit up to 5 original haikus to a new Earth Day Haiku anthology. Deadline: March 31, 2013.

… and that takes care of your spring writing deadlines! Happy writing!

Blue Lagoon Book List: What Books Can Our Authors Not Live Without?

Seen all those Ideal Bookshelf and Desert Island Bookshelf lists floating about these days? Us, too. So we got to thinking, which must-have books would Breakwater authors most want to be stranded with?

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Claire Wilkshire, author of the forthcoming debut novel, Maxine:

Virginia Woolf Mrs. Dalloway

T.S. Eliot Collected Poems 1909-1962 

Leon Rooke Who Do You Love

John Metcalf Adult Entertainment

Richard Ford Independence Day

John Le Carré Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Terry Pratchett Reaper Man


+ A really good, fat dictionary like my Webster’s New Encyclopedic Dictionary.  I think it cost $15 at Coles: best bargain ever.  I keep it by the bed so I can use it for the cryptic crosswords in the Globe.

…. (I can’t start putting Newfoundland novels on this list because I wouldn’t be able to stop.)

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Joan Sullivan, author of In the Field: 

I don’t have much of a library at home, as I tend to pass along books (I just don’t like “stuff”). But those I have include:
1. The Mandarins, by Simone de Beauvoir. What befalls a group of French intellectuals immediately following WWII. Characters based on de Beauvoir, Sartre, Camus. It is political and sensual and dramatic. When I first read it, I was younger than the main character’s daughter. Every five years or so I re-read it, and now I am older than the main character.
2. A book of Shakespeare’s Tragedies that belonged to my grandmother, Rose Hoskins. She died when I was six months old.
3. All of Lisa Moore’s stories and novels. She is my friend and I love her writing.
4. Something new from the library. Might be the latest Rankin or a writer I’ve found like Ann Packer or Steve Yarbrough.
5. Jane Austen, no explanation needed.
6. A young adult book/autobiography called We Shook the Family Tree by Hildegarde Dolson, a book I read in Grade 6 or 7 and loved and never forgot. My daughter found it for me on Amazon. Speaking of young adult novels, my daughter has a flourishing library and I constantly borrow from it, The Perks of Being a Wildflower, Rob Lowe’s Stories I Only Tell My Friends (excellent read, by the way), The Book Thief …

Calvin Evans, author of Silk Sails: Women of Newfoundland and Their Ships and coming Spring 2013, Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador:

I guess my favorite books fall into two categories, as might be expected with my dual professions:, so here goes:

Simone Weil     The Need for Roots

John R. W. Stott      Basic Christianity

John Oman     Grace and Personality

C. S. Lewis     Mere Christianity

Oscar Williams, ed.     Immortal Poems of the English Language

Alister McGrath                    Passion for Truth

**and**

D. W. Prowse     History of Newfoundland

Dictionary of Newfoundland English

Gordon Handcock    The Story of Trinity

Capt. Allan Villiers    Men, Ships and the Sea

E. R. Seary    Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland

William Christian and Sheila Grant    The George Grant Reader

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… and from Jennifer Morgan, artist, children’s author and illustrator of Almost Home: The Sinking of the SS Caribou:

Okay, I couldn’t resist this excuse to not work!

Oxford’s Dictionary of English
National Geographic World Atlas
The Bible
Shakespeare’s Collected Works
Harold Bloom’s The Invention of the Human
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Edible Plants for the region where I’m marooned
A book of matches
And…since I will not have any excuse not to read it:
James Joyce’s Ulysses
and (why not?) Homer’s Ulysses also.

Blind Date with a Book Giveaway! We Choo-Choo-Choose You, Breakwater Readers!

Feeling inspired by all the bookish love you’re seeing online these days? Us, too! Why should bookstores get to have all the Imagefun? We’ve got a Valentine’s Giveaway that can’t be beat. For one day only — February 14th, natch — order any book directly from www.breakwaterbooks.com and you’ll get a brand-new book from our blind date list of award-finalists, absolutely free. So, go ahead! Get wined-and-dined with Patrick Warner… Moony-eyed with Trudy Morgan-Cole….  Sealed with a kiss from your Beguiling friends at Breakwater Books. 

 

Write Like A Motherfumbler.

Pleased as punch to announce this one! Breakwater is thrilled to be publishing the first book by the motherblogging shining star of compu-land. Vicki Murphy, self-described “mom, writer and hot mess from Badger’s Quay, Newfoundland”, is better known to readers as Mother Blogger. Murphy’s whip-smart, kick-ass-funny narrative about her world as working mom to a kid she’ll only identify as Turbo Ginger can be found both on her own page and over at the Huffington Post, where she’s a regular contributor. Motherfumbler, Murphy’s first book, will be published by Breakwater Books in Fall 2013. 

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Breakwater Spring Preview, Part Two: New for Children, and New Non-Fiction

… and even more new books!  Starting with a gorgeous new edition of a children’s classic:

Sam Al Pittman; illustrated by Shawn O’Hagan • One Wonderful Fine Day For A Sculpin Named Sam • February 2013

978-0-91994-886-0 • $19.95

Sam, the colourful sculpin, is lonely – until he finds Sara, his perfect match, in a world where everyone is different in their own way. Breakwater Books is proud to release a new, 30th Anniversary edition of Al Pittman’s classic story, vibrantly illustrated by Shawn O’Hagan.
New!  History and the Natural World:

Layout 1Calvin Evans • Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador • May 2013

978-1-55081-412-5 • $19.95

The fishery, the seal cull, the settlement, the culture—the history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been shaped and witnessed from the deck of sea-going vessels. Author Calvin Evans covers every coast and bay in a sweeping chronicle of craftsmanship and productivity, augmented by exhaustive lists of every builder on record.

Layout 1Joseph Wroblewski • Marine Wildife of Bonne Bay • May 2013

978-1-55081-410-1 • $32.95

Drawing on years of research conducted at The Bonne Bay Marine Station, author Joe Wroblewski offers a comprehensive guide to this important marine ecosystem, located right next door to Gros Morne National Park.

For more information on these or any Breakwater titles, visit our website or contact us via email.