We are thrilled to announce that My Indian by Mi'sel Joe and Sheila O'Neill has arrived! Order your copy on our website or visit our retail location at 1 Stamp's Lane in St. John's (open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)



In 1822, William Epps Cormack sought the expertise of a guide who could lead him across Newfoundland in search of the last remaining Beothuk camps on the island. In his journals, Cormack refers to his guide only as “My Indian.”

Now, almost two hundred years later, Mi’sel Joe and Sheila O’Neill reclaim the story of Sylvester Joe, the Mi’kmaq guide engaged by Cormack. In a remarkable feat of historical fiction, My Indian follows Sylvester Joe from his birth (in what is now known as Miawpukek First Nation) and early life in his community to his journey across the island with Cormack. But will Sylvester Joe lead Cormack to the Beothuk, or will he protect the Beothuk and lead his colonial explorer away?

In rewriting the narrative of Cormack’s journey from the perspective of his Mi’kmaq guide, My Indian reclaims Sylvester Joe’s identity. 

Cover Reveal!

We're also excited to reveal the cover for Us, Now: Stories from the Quilted Collective. This anthology is coming soon and features contributions by Ayse Sule AkinturkKyekue MweembaNabila QureshiPrajwala DixitRichard ElcockSantiago GuzmánSobia ShaikhTzu-Hao HsuWilliam PingXaiver Campbell, and Zay Nova. Edited by Lisa Moore.

Pre-order your copy today: https://www.breakwaterbooks.com/books/us-now/


Shortlist Selections for Porter and Murray and a Win for Waddleton

Congratulations are in order for Michelle Porter! She has been named to the Indigenous Voices Awards 2021 shortlist for Published Prose in English: Creative Nonfiction and Life-Writing for Approaching Fire.

Morgan Murray has done it again! This week, Dirty Birds was named to the shortlist for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

The ReLit Awards have been reborn, and while catching up on the years they missed while on hiatus, eight Breakwater titles were named to their long shortlists for short fiction, novel, and poetry from 2018-2021. Tracey Waddleton is the 2020 short fiction winner for Send More Tourists... The Last Ones Were Delicious. Way to go, Tracey! 





To celebrate Canadian Children's Book Week, join us on on the Breakwater Books Facebook page on Saturday, May 8 at 10:00 a.m. NST for a Storytime and Q&A with author Katia Canciani and translator Jocelyne Thomas.

 Claire Wilkshire will host this bilingual storytime event that includes readings of La Cabane (Bouton d'or Acadie) and its English translation, The Ice Shack (Breakwater Books Ltd.). A Q&A session will follow with the book's author and translator suitable for parents, teachers, and librarians.

This event was made possible with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts | Conseil des arts du Canada.

We also send our congratulations to Katia for being named a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Awards in the Young People’s Literature – Illustrated Books category for Pet et Répète : la véritable histoire! 



Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday! We’re giving away five of our favourite books about strong women, about the relationships between mothers and their children, about stepfamilies, navigating motherhood, and everything in between.

To win, look for this image on Breakwater Books' Facebook or Instagram page. Make sure to like the page and the post, tag a mom or mom figure in your life, and share to your story. The winner will be randomly selected on Monday, May 10.

Book package includes:

Melt by Heidi Wicks

Motherfumbler by Vicki Murphy

A Sudden Sun by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole

Baggage by Jill Sooley

The End of Music by Jamie Fitzpatrick