International Day Against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia

May 17th is International Day Against Transphobia, Homophobia, and Biphobia. Breakwater Books believes in elevating voices and promoting understanding and acceptance. Some of our reading suggestions are Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice produced in partnership with Eglae Canada Human Rights Trust, Almost Feral by Gemma Hickey, TransVersing and Queer Monologues: Stories of LBGT Youth produced by For the Love of Learning.

Book launches!

We had a great launch of The Tales of Dwipa by Prajwala Dixit and Duncan Major. Prajwala gave us an amazing reading, and left everyone wanting to know how the story ended, while Duncan talked about how he brought the stories to life in his illustrations. Surprise guests, The Swinging Belles, stopped by to sing a few songs and got everyone up dancing! Thank you to everyone who came out to the launch, and don't forget to plant the wildflower seed bombs made by Katrina Taliana Ceramics that were in your loot bags!


Congratulations to Derek Yetman for the successful launch of The Yankee Privateer, at The Crow's Nest Officers' Club. Derek has been a long-time member of the historic club, so it was a fitting venue for an adventure on the high seas. Derek had his first-ever public reading, and had everyone excited to read more. Derek signed so many copies of The Yankee Privateer, and The Beothuk Expedition that attendees has to line up to wait their turn. Boyd Chubbs played music throughout the night


Have you seen the news? Our authors have been short-listed for a number of IPPY medals!
Dirty Birds by Morgan Murray wins the Independent Voice Award
My Indian by Mi'sel Joe and Sheila O'Neill won silver for multicultural fiction - Juv/YA.
Melt by Heidi Wicks won silver for Canada-East - Best Regional Fiction
Approaching Fire by Michelle Porter won silver for Canada-West - Best Regional Non-Fiction
Last Hummingbird West of Chile by Nicholas Ruddock won bronze for literary fiction.
Finally, Instructor by Beth Follett has been shortlisted for the ReLit 2022 Novel award!
Congratulations to all of our authors!

Love for our Authors!


"I laughed, cried and finished the book with a new perspective about what matters most in life. I highly recommend you give Crippled a read."

- Chris Benjamin, Atlantic Books

“Please pass along my utmost congratulations to Derek Yetman. Thoroughly enjoyed The Beothuck Expedition, and now reading The Yankee Privateer. Jonah Squibb is taking us on quite the adventures. 
Well done, buddy!” 
- Anon. Review sent via email
“The hilarious, cringe-worthy tale that makes you feel a bit better about your own life situation. It's the coming of age story set against the 2008 global recession of a humdrum individual named Milton Ontario, who leaves his small town in Saskatchewan to pursue fame and fortune in Montreal and to find his idol Leonard Cohen.” 
- Mairi Rankin, Irish Examiner
“By merging Indian cultural tales from the Panchatantra with Newfoundland elements, Dixit makes it feel like I've just discovered a heretofore unknown new series of tales and moral parables to dive into. But ones for which the end isn't always clear. These stories don't always work the same way stories from Western culture do, so they have the ability so shock and entice and forgive in a way retellings of Grimm's tales do not.”

May 24th Weekend

Planning to go out exploring this long holiday weekend? Find trails, roads, and beautiful places throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Some suggestions? Backpacking Across Newfoundland by Gilbert Penney explores long distance hikes taken by the author in the 1990s, Rivers & Woods: Adventures in the Outdoors by Len Rich is filled with true-life anicdotes of sport fishing and hunting, Lost in Newfoundland explores the island through Michael Winsor's amazing pictures, while Dennis Minty explores Labrador: The Big Land through pictures.

Coming Soon

Later this month, Happy Belly: The Cake Book by Man versus Cake Aaron McInnis will be hitting bookstore shelves. This book shares tips, tricks, and secrets to successful cake making. While waiting for Happy Belly, check out the Man versus Cake blog, or find amazing videos by following manversuscake on TikTok!