National Indigenous History Month


June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day and June is National Indigenous History Month. We at Breakwater Books are working to share Indigenous voices. Michelle Porter's Approaching Fire is an exploration into her familial history, exploring the life of her great-great-grandfather, while Land of Many Shores brings together many voices, including Indigenous authors to tell their stories of identity and belonging. My Indian by Mi'sel Joe and Sheila O'Neill grants a voice to Sylvester Joe, Cormack's guide who was not even names in the historical record, while the coming of age story, Muinji'j by Mi'sel Joe is available in both English and Mi'kmaq.

New Releases!


The Wards by Terry Doyle is an unsettling, at times hilarious novel that explores the instability of nuclear families and the depth of dysfunction. The author captures the lives and struggles of working-class families with an authenticity that will speak to many audiences.
Family is family - you don't get to choose. So what, exactly, do you get to choose?
The Wards is available now.
A Life Spent Listening by Dr. Hassan Khalili is now available. Dr. Khalili calls this book "small bites" full of anecdotes and stories to invite the reader to share his wisdom while he explores the human condition. A Life Spent Listening illuminates what it means to seek contentment and how we hold the key to our own happiness.
A Life Spent Listening is now available!

Happy Father's Day!


Celebrate the fathers in your life with books! 
A few suggestions include Derek Yetman's high seas adventure, The Yankee Privateer, the first in Kevin Major's Sebastian Synard mystery series, One for the Rock (book four is due out this fall!), The Overcast's Guide to Beers of Newfoundland for the beer lover, or Jamie Fitzpatrick's End of Music, where an aspiring rock star learns about his post-Second World War familiar history.

Love for our Authors!


"Robinson also has a great talent for descriptive writing. There were many points throughout this book where I said "wow" out loud in reaction to a phrase or piece of imagery she used.
If you're interested in books with compelling narratives about family, love, and self with a heavy focus on female characters, then I cannot recommend The Blue Moth Motel enough.”
- Oliver Hallett, Digitally Lit Youth Ambassador
“Dixit has skillfully given these folktales a fresh and contemporary resonance while remaining true to their original spirit. […] Duncan Major’s loose, organic and free-flowing illustrations with their subdued, earth-toned palette capture a sense of the enduring and universal nature of these tales as well as the elements that give them their more uniquely Newfoundland twist.”
-Lisa Douchet, Atlantic Books
“I found myself happily immersed in what is somehow both a brilliant recipe book and also a captivating journey through one of Canada's most striking provinces. This beautiful book spoke to me and has me eager to try new recipes made with locally grown veggies, fruits and herbs. It’s going to be a bountiful and delicious summer season!”
- Shannon Scales, Lady Baker's Tea
"Again and again, language – dialects and tongues – proves a pivotal thoughtline.
Although it was serendipitous that I picked up these two books [The Vernacular Strain in Newfoundland Poetry and Land of The Rock: Talamh an Carraig] together, in another way it’s no coincidence at all."
- Joan Sullivan, The Telegram/Saltwire

Save the Date!


After a too-long hiatus, Breakwater Books is thrilled to announce the return of our launch parties! Join us Tuesday, June 28th at 7pm at the Johnson Geo Centre to celebrate some of our most recent publications! Details are still being announced, so follow along on our social media!

Coming Soon


We have a few great reads coming this summer. Keep watch for our next book, Fearnoch, by Jim McEwen.
Steinbeck meets Miriam Toews in this insightful and illuminating debut about the decline of rural Canada and the meaning of community.    
Pre-order Fearnoch for its July release!