Join us at 8:30 p.m. on July 20th for a night of readings to celebrate Pride Week in St. John's (July 16-25) with Breakwater Books and St. John's Pride!

Xaiver Michael Campbell
Eva Crocker
Bernardine Ann Teráz Stapleton
Santiago Guzmán
Nicole Haldoupis
Dane Woodland

This virtual event is FREE and will be livestreamed on Zoom as well as the Breakwater Books Facebook page.

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Find us at the SJFM Queer Market 2021 this Sunday, July 18th from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the St. John's Farmers' Market, 245 Freshwater Road—admission is FREE!


OCHRE FEST 2021 is happening online this year from July 22nd to the 25th and several of your favourite Breakwater authors will be featured!

Tune in for readings and interviews from Bridget Canning (Some People's Children), Chief Mi'sel Joe & Sheila O'Neill (My Indian), Morgan Murray (Dirty Birds), Richard Elcock, Sobia Shaheen Shaikh, & Ayse Sule Akinturk (Us, Now: Stories from the Quilted Collective), Sheilah Roberts Lukins (Bottoms Up), Heidi Wicks (Melt), and more!

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Join celebrated author Nicholas Ruddock on Tuesday, August 3rd at 7 p.m. EST as he launches his highly anticipated third novel, Last Hummingbird West of Chile, hosted by the Bookshelf in Guelph and followed by a live Q&A!

Pick up your copy at the Bookshelf, at our shop at 1 Stamps Lane in St. John's, or from your favourite independent bookstore! Find out more about the book.

This virtual event is FREE and will be livestreamed on Zoom as well as the Breakwater Books Facebook page.

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Reviews & Feature


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“By presenting a diversity of stories and experiences from writers who have moved into, out of, and through [...] Newfoundland, [...] Us, Now capture[s] the plurality of [this place].”
— Manahil Bandukwala, Quill & Quire

Hear Prajwala Dixit and Nabila Qureshi read from Us, Now: Stories from the Quilted Collective at our virtual season launch, video available on our Facebook page and YouTube channel



"This collection shows Newfoundland contains multitudes, as writers observe the province through the lens of their identities. From NunatuKavut Inuk spoken-word artist and professor Julie Bull’s poem weaving together the strands of their identity to queer disabled playwright Paul David Power’s meditation on the magnetic lure of home, Land of Many Shores debunks the myth of a homogenous Newfoundland."
–Ryan Porter, Quill & Quire

Land of Many Shores: Stories from a Diverse Newfoundland and Labrador (coming this August) edited by Ainsley Hawthorn was featured in Quill & Quire's summer reading guide!

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We're thrilled to see five Breakwater titles on the "Most Anticipated: Fall 2021 Fiction Preview" list, published by 49th Shelf, including Three for Trinity by Kevin MajorSuch Miracles and Mischiefs by Trudy J. Morgan-Cole, love, life by Bernardine Ann Teráz StapletonThe Love Olympics by Claire Wilkshire, and The Blue Moth Motel, the debut novel by Olivia Robinson

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New in the Shop

"Crippled is a story about love, death, life and redemption. You will laugh, you will cry and you will walk away with a new perspective about life and what matters."

Paul David Power's play, Crippledis available now! Pick up your copy at our shop at 1 Stamps Lane or order online.