It’s summer, and we’re celebrating! Stay tuned for details of our Summer Launch Party – you won’t want to miss it!
It’s summer, and we’re celebrating! Stay tuned for details of our Summer Launch Party – you won’t want to miss it!
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!
About the books:
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.
It’s almost summer! Breakwater Books and House of Anansi are pairing up to celebrate June in high-style. Presenting The Festival at Ochre Pit Cove, A Weekend of Newfoundland Music, Books, and Art. Situated in the beautiful North Shore community and featuring some of Newfoundland’s best-known authors, this may just be the most easterly literary festival in the western hemisphere.
Music, readings, and a pop-up gallery featuring local artists’ work — all events take place at The Church at Ochre Pit Cove.
With readings by Michael Crummey, Lisa Moore, Chad Pelley, and Claire Wilkshire. Music by What Odds and The Blue Drop (Holly Hogan & Allan Byrne).
All events $10/each; Weekend Pass $15. Advance Tickets available in St. John’s at The Travel Bug on Water Street, and in Smallpoint at the Smallpoint General Store.
Full details available at thefestivalatochrepitcove.com.
Here’s a quick photo gallery from our Spring Literary Party, last Thursday (April 11, 2013) at the Ship in St. John’s. We rang in the new season with new books by Claire Wilkshire and Chad Pelley, music by Pilot to Bombardier and Katie Baggs, book-cookie loot bags, and the finest crowd you ever did see…
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!
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 email@example.com.
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.
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Congratulations 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The second annual Salon Fiction Prize will open June 29, 2013.
For more information, please contact:
Mike Landry, arts & culture editor
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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.
Look who’s back in action! If you’re reading this, then congratulations! You survived the Mayan-End-Of-Days crisis AND your NYE Hangover. We’re back in full-gear here at Breakwater headquarters and first on our list was a list… of resolutions. We asked a handful of Breakwater’s authors to give us their top resolutions for 2013, literary or otherwise, and here’s what they said:
My literary resolution: to complete drafting a manuscript of short fiction that is currently 24 stories deep.
2013 will be a year of the Deb! Looking forward to getting my red belt in TKD, completing Trouble times in Tickle Harbour, the 3rd book in The Adventures of Gus and Isaac series, spending as much time as I can with my amazing husband, traveling, and taking good care of myself and my loved ones..all in all continuing to love and live my amazing life!
Susan M. MacDonald, author of Edge of Time, winner of the 2012 Moonbeam Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy:
I’ve got to stop sitting in front of the computer and get up and MOVE. Of course, I’ve got to spend more time at the computer, WRITING, too.
Ergh, I hate New Years resolutions.
Samuel Thomas Martin, author of 2012’s A Blessed Snarl:
My two aims this year are to finish my novel Odin’s Eyes and, since I’m living in Iowa, have tea with Marilynne Robinson. Both, at this point seem equally as (un)likely.
I just posted a vlog all about my writerly New Year’s resolutions so it’s fresh in my mind … I have a few things in mind but the main one is to finish researching and writing this draft of my current work-in-progress, “A Sudden Sun Discloses,” which is (partly, at least) about suffragists in 1890s and 1920s Newfoundland.
For me, 2013 is going to go down as The Year of Ambitious Writing. I have two goals. One is to curate a collection of shorts by March, from the 27 stories on my hard drive. There’s at least a dozen there that’ll work well together: funny ones, sad ones, funny-sad ones, about people longing for something they’ll never have. It’ll be called Big Red Hearts. Come February, I’ve cleared my schedule of everything – day jobs included – to write the novel I’ve been preparing to write for years now. It’s about a small town forced to turn on each other, with subplots and backstory including a man’s divorce and search for his missing daughter. I’ve never been more excited about a writing project, and the first draft will exist by 2014.
Claire Wilkshire, author of the forthcoming debut novel, Maxine:
1. Smile more. (Less scowly-frowniness, even if it’s just from concentrating.)
2. Encourage people. (Do we think “Good old X, he really taught me a lot that time when he accurately pointed out every one of my shortcomings?” No, we do not.)
3. Be optimistic.
These appear in blue marker on a yellow, star-shaped sticky note on my computer stand. There’s also the small matter of the 20 lbs. but in order to remain optimistic, I decided to leave that one off the note.
“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
“Complex themes woven tightly together … this is a story about brothers, a story of families, entwined and unbound. It is a story of longing, and romance. And it is a story of consequence. There is a streamlined dynamic to the structure and the prose, as riveting and inevitible as a car flying off the wet highway. And the structure is tightly built as a racecar chasis. A very good book.”
– Joan Sullivan, The Telegram
“Brilliantly crafted through thought provoking sentence structure Away from Everywhere will make any reader believe they are one with what they are reading … [a] masterpiece.”
– Ivana Pelisek, Interoobang
Click here to buy or read more about Away from Everywhere
Click the link below to listen to the interview: http://podcast.cbc.ca/mp3/nlwamgaloot_20091114_23074.mp3