One day it was cold and rainy, the next it was summer. Welcome to Newfoundland and Labrador! Whether you're enjoying a long weekend away somewhere by the water or a quick relax in the hammock at home, Breakwater has your summer reading covered. 

In this issue:





In International news: Breakwater authors Kevin Major and Melissa Barbeau will see the release of their German titles this month. Major's popular detective Sebastian Synard has been sold as a four book deal to Pendragon, the first up being One for the Rock, and Barbeau's The Luminous Sea is out with Verlag.
Glückwunsch to these terrific authors!  



We partnered with Writers NL (formerly WANL), Quadrangle, and NL Public Libraries to hold a Drag Story Time at the AC Hunter Children's Library, featuring our latest book on inclusion and diversity, The Ewe Who Knew Who Knit You, by Cara Kansala. Thanks to Cara and Stella Starlet for the "stellar" story! 




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Books! Also: more books. 

Mischief in High Places: The Life and Times of Sir Richard Squires
Ted Rowe
(Coming July 15)

Mischief in High Places examines the spectacular career and personal life of the man who, in 1919, first became elected prime minister of Newfoundland.

The political successes of Sir Richard Squires' career are overshadowed by a legacy of scandal and deceit that paved the way for Newfoundland’s loss of democracy in 1933. Perhaps best known for slipping out of the Colonial Building during the 1932 riot, Squires had survived three corruption-ridden terms in office in the final decades of responsible government while living a high-flying lifestyle with his wife, Helena.

Impressions of Newfoundland
Ting Ting Chen
(Coming August)

Impressions of Newfoundland showcases the island’s landscape and people through Chen's fine art, revealing the stories behind the images.

Impressions of Newfoundland selects from the works of photographer Ting Ting Chen’s landscape photos and fine art portraits. As a newcomer to Newfoundland, she uses her unique perspective in photography to show her impressions of this province, to reveal the bonds between people and places, and to tell the story of how she found her home and muse in Newfoundland.

Soft Serve
Allison Graves
(Coming in September)

Allison Graves’ edgy debut collection of short fiction scrutinizes unconventional and confused attachments between people and the reasons they last. The extraordinary becomes the ordinary as people navigate the weird, the quirky, and the sad aspects of everyday life.

Through encounters in retail and fast food chains, on highways and dating apps, the characters in this collection wander through the non-places of our modern lives. The stories connect readers to the spaces that ultimately make them feel lost—zones for reconsideration. Delving into the confusion and boredom of everyday life, Graves’ fiction documents the emotional experiences and disillusionment of middle-class millennials seeking a meaningful life in both the isolating and the ordinary.  

Sulieway: The Sequel to My Indian
Mi'sel Joe and Sheila O'Neill 
(Coming in September)

Suliewey: The Sequel to My Indian continues the story of Mi’kmaq guide Sylvester Joe, whose traditional name is Suliewey, as he seeks out the last remaining Beothuk community.

In My Indian, Sylvester was hired by William Cormack in 1822 to guide him across Newfoundland in search of Beothuk encampments. In fact, he followed the advice of his Elders and guided Cormack away from the Beothuk. In this sequel, having parted ways with Cormack at St. George’s Bay, Sylvester decides to go out on his own, in search of the winter camp of the last of the remaining Beothuk. 

Written as fiction, by two Mi’kmaq authors, Suliewey: The Sequel to My Indian supports Mi’kmaq oral history of friendly relationships with the Beothuk. The novel reclaims the settler narrative that the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq of Newfoundland were enemies and represents an existing kinship between the Mi’kmaq and the Beothuk.

Rich in oral history, the descriptions of traditional ceremonies and sacred medicines, the use of Mi’kmaw language, and the teachings of two-spirit place readers on the land and embed them in the strong relationships described throughout the book.