Traveling authors!

Breakwater authors will be on the move this weekend, traveling to Saint John, New Brunswick, to take part in the sixth annual Fog Lit Festival! Check the program schedule at for full details on appearances by Edward RicheTrudy J. Morgan-ColeJamie Fitzpatrick, Melissa Barbeau, and Larry Mathews.

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Big City, Downtown! Vicki Murphy’s MOTHERFUMBLER now available at Chapters/Indigo across Canada

File under Phenomenon:

Mommyblogger Vicki Murphy’s hilarious book of tell-it-like-it-is rants and musings, MotherFumbler, is getting so much attention in Atlantic Canada that the rest of the country wanted some of the action, too…

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The creator of the multi-award nominated and a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, Murphy released her first full-length book back in October — and we’re already well into our second printing!

(Hey, Canada! Want to get your hands on a copy? Check the list of store locations below.)

“I always knew I’d be the perfect mother…. So far, I’ve perfected the fetal position.”

When Vicki Murphy brought her new baby home from the hospital, she expected to be greeted by fluttering butterflies and harp-strumming cherubs. You know: the way it is in diaper commercials and the “Yay, You’re Preggers!” books.
Instead, she had a baby boy who didn’t sleep for a year and who could suck the nipples off a cyborg.
Murphy brings her inimitable voice to a book about mothering that fills in what the other how-to guides leave out – and reminds us that when it comes to parenting, we’re all motherfumblers, feeling our way along in the dark, doing the best we can, hoping to come out with our minds intact and a kid we haven’t screwed up – too badly.

Holiday Shopping Alert: Have a mother? Know a mother? Last minute shoppers across Canada can find MotherFumbler now in stock at the following Chapters/Indigo locations:

In Ottawa:



South Keys

In Montreal: 

Place Montreal Trust

Saint Catherine

Pointe Claire

In Toronto: 

Yonge & Eglinton

Bay & Bloor

Eaton Centre

In Regina: 

Southland Mall

In Calgary: 

Chinook Centre

Signal Hill


In Vancouver: 

Broadway and Granville

Robson & Howe

Marine Drive

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.


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,

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 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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