Coming Soon: Crippled
May 30 to June 5, 2021 is National AccessAbility Week, a time to celebrate:

  • the valuable contributions of Canadians with disabilities
  • the accomplishments of individuals, communities and workplaces to remove barriers to accessibility and inclusion, and
  • the ongoing work we all have to do to counter discrimination against persons with disabilities and promote a culture of inclusion.

Breakwater recognizes our forthcoming author, Paul David Power, and we are proud to bring you Crippled, coming to stores this summer. The play has garnered awards and glowing reviews for Power's portrayal of his experiences as a person living with a disability. Now in a published form, his story of challenge, loss, and redemption presents universal themes and emotions told through a voice that is not often heard in the mainstream.

Pre-order this Atlantic Books Today Staff Pick:


Three Breakwater titles up for The Miramichi Reader's The Very Best Book Awards

The Miramichi Reader highlights noteworthy books and authors across Canada from coast to coast to coast. We're thrilled to see Beth Follett's Instructor, Sharon King-Campbell's This Is How It Is, and Antony Berger's No Place for a Woman on The Miramichi Reader's The Very Best Book Awards longlists!


Congratulations to Morgan Murray

On Friday morning, Morgan Murray, author of Dirty Birds was joined by fellow nominees for the 2021 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour on CBC's q with Tom Power. Thomas King was named the winner for his novel Indians on Vacation. As one of the two runners-up, (alongside Joseph Kertes for his novel Last Impressions) Murray will receive a prize of $3,000.

A Canada-wide panel of judges had narrowed 77 initial submissions to form a longlist of 10 highly recommended works, with only three books eventually being selected for the shortlist. 

Murray shared with Tom Power his plans to donate his prize money to the Rocky Native Friendship Centre. Good on ya, Morgan.

Listen to the segment on q here



The Quilted Collective are sharing their Island Stories

Save the date! The Harris Centre is hosting this year's International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA) conference and the public is invited to join (via YouTube) on June 16 at 1 p.m. (NDT) for a conversation with members of the Quilted Collective, authors of Us, Now. Find all the details on the free livestream here.

our island


Atlantic literature in the world

"It’s a delight to see international influences on our literature. It is only through story, and especially the immersion of literature, that our imaginations can so fully occupy another time and place. In this way, literature connects us." Chris Benjamin in his cover story for the Atlantic Books Today Spring Issue. In his essay, he considers George Elliott Clarke's latest, The Quest for a ‘National’ Nationalism: E.J. Pratt’s Epic Ambition, ‘Race’ Consciousness, and the Contradictions of Canadian Identity. Find the full article here.



My Indian called "an essential resource on Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous history"

The Telegram's Joan Sullivan reviewed Chief Mi'sel Joe and Sheila O'Neill's My Indian this week. Said Sullivan, "My Indian an essential resource on Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous history [...] Sylvester’s story, and this story, is an intriguing mix of official and oral history, events and memories both formally documented and officially elided. This creates a curious and engaging narrative interaction, its contents divided between 'Suliewey’s Tale' and 'Sylvester’s Tale.'" Find the full review here.

Sheila O'Neill will discuss reclaiming Sylvester Joe's story this weekend on CBC Weekend AM. Listen in!

We're sending best wishes to Chief Mi'sel Joe today — Happy Birthday, Chief Joe!


A glowing review of Instructor

"Erudite, literate, polished, and inherently engaging, "Instructor" is a seminal work of deftly crafted literature by an author with a flourishing gift of storytelling that is original and entertaining."

Check out this review of Instructor by Beth Follett in The Midwest Book Review's Library Bookwatch!



Kitchen Visit with Marian Frances White

Our friends at Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries will be hosting several Breakwater cookbook authors over the coming months for a series of virtual kitchen visits. First up is author of Island VeganMarian Frances White on June 24. Find the Facebook event here.



#Bookstagram love

We love seeing Breakwater titles in the wild! When you're out and about this summer, be sure to tag us in any photos you post on Instagram, @breakwaterbooks. Thanks to @bookerley22 and @fatimaahafid for sharing their photos with us this week.