Breaking Breakwater News

Out of the Fog!
Listen to Breakwater authors Pam Hall and Jerry Evans talk about their new book Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge vol II (clip starts around 10:40).

Derek Yetman's The Yankee Privateer gets boarded by Saltwire's reviewer Joan Sullivan. "You don’t need to approach this novel with a penchant for maritime adventure, just anticipate a good read and the story will do the rest." 

Bridget Canning's new collection of short stories, No One Knows About Us, wasn't even in print and already CBC was champing at the bit for it. This most-anticipated October title is now available in stores. 

Kevin Major's unforgettable detective Sebastian Synard made this top-ten list of awesome supersleuths for mystery week. Sebastian and his partner Mae feature next in Four for Fogo Island, perfect for those chilly Fall evenings. 

Kawaja Reading
The Raw Light of Morning author Shelly Kawaja will read as part of LPG's Indy Reading Room event at MUN on Nov 3 at 6pm. 

Breakwater On the Town

The holiday season fast approaches and Breakwater has you covered with gift ideas for all. Cocktails? Fiction? Local knowledge? Mystery? Poetry? Picture books? We got them all! 

Check out these holiday events at which you'll find Breakwater Books and other local businesses strutting our made-right-here stuff! 

November 5-6 – Saturday and Sunday
Winter Wonderland Market
Holiday Inn, Portugal Cove Road
November 10-13 – Thursday to Sunday
Craft Council Christmas Fair 
Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay
November 20 – Sunday
Deck the Halls Market 
Holiday Inn, Portugal Cove Road
November 25-27 – Friday to Sunday
North Pole Christmas Fair 
Jack Byrne Arena, Torbay

November 29 – Tuesday
Breakwater Books Fall Launch at The Geo Centre
7pm - 10pm

Now Available in the Shop

Peter Wilkins

The definitive guide to cocktails in Newfoundland and Labrador from the co-founder of the popular Newfoundland Distillery, including recipes from the top mixologists and bartenders across the province. Cocktails are all about pleasure and celebrating the finer moments in life. With recipes compiled and tested by Peter Wilkins, the co-founder of the Newfoundland Distillery, this is the essential guide on how to effortlessly make classic and contemporary cocktails using the best local ingredients available. Peter introduces us to a range of delightful drinks in a variety of tastes and styles to make sure there is a cocktail for everyone.

No One Knows About Us
Bridget Canning

Award-winning author Bridget Canning returns with an incisive and unsettling collection that considers what it means to be good—or to be a villain—in our relationships with others. No One Knows about Us is a collection of short fiction about how we find connection in a disconnected world. Relationships exist under the wire, and conversations and revelations occur in secret pockets, both literally and physically. The characters conduct secret acts of vengeance, kindness, and vigilantism motivated by their hidden yearnings, grudges, losses, fears, and fixations. 

Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge Chapter III: Miapukek | The Middle River
Pam Hall and Jerry Evans, Mik'maq translation by Ida Denny

Presented in English and Mi’kmaq, the latest chapter in this ambitious series presents a remarkable and respectful collaboration between an Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist, deepening and diversifying our understanding of the intergenerational knowledge of a Mi’kmaw community in Newfoundland.
Miawpukek—The Middle River is Chapter III of Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge, the art-and-knowledge project of artist-scholar Pam Hall. This volume presents a fragment of the local place-based knowledge gathered by Hall and artist Jerry Evans. From canoe-building to berry harvesting, from preparing moose nose to foraging for natural medicines, from stewarding eel populations to reclaiming language and traditional cultural practices, Towards an Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge Volume II - Chapter III: - Miawpukek vividly presents the rich, place-based knowings and doings of this Indigenous community on the south coast of Newfoundland.

Four For Fogo Island
Kevin Major

Murder in a quilt shop on scenic Fogo Island leads sardonic private eye Sebastian Synard from his quest for some R&R to a different kind of excursion altogether. Four for Fogo Island finds Sebastian Synard on a May 24th weekend getaway with his new significant other, Mae. (As he says, “what a difference a Mae makes.”) When Sebastian and Mae arrive at a fabric shop, they discover the owner in a back room, lying in a pool of blood, having been stabbed with a pair of antique quilting scissors. This propels the couple along a sequence of occasionally bizarre investigative paths to track down the killer. Sebastian has more than murder to deal with. A family get-together involving his son and ex-wife (and her partner, Frederick, a police officer) goes awry as Frederick inserts himself into the investigation. Mae on occasion outsmarts Sebastian on the investigative trails, but our private eye is rarely without his trademark sense of humour.