NL Book Awards Shortlist Three Breakwater Titles

Three titles from Breakwater Books have been shortlisted for Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards!

Sick Joke by Glenn Deir is a finalist for the Rogers Communication award for Non-Fiction.

“I heard the news while eating a tuna sandwich. That turned into the best-tasting tuna sandwich ever. I’m thrilled to the irradiated marrow.” – Glenn Deir

Island Maid by Rhonda Pelley and Sheilagh O’Leary is also a finalist for the Rogers Communication Award for Non-Fiction.

“I am so happy for all nominated and for the opportunity to further profile the incredible lives of our outport women.” – Sheilagh O’Leary

“It is really wonderful to have your work recognized especially by your peers. I hope that the nomination focuses even more attention on the book and on the remarkable stories of the women we met during that truly transformative journey we made twenty years ago.” – Rhonda Pelley

And Where Genesis Begins by Tom Dawe and Gerald Squires has been shortlisted for the E.J. Pratt Poetry Award.

“I am simply grateful to be a finalist in such distinguished company.” – Tom Dawe

These awards honour excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing, awarding cash prizes of $1,500 to the winners and a prize of $500 to each runner-up.

A free public reading featuring the shortlisted authors will take place at The Ship Pub in St. John’s at 7:30 PM on May 17, 2011. Winners will be announced on May 18, 2011.

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Patrick Warner – Ever hear a love story in reverse?

Patrick Warner’s Double Talk is garnering some fantastic reviews! Take a gander and don’t miss out on the book launch, April 19th at the Ship (265 Duckworth Street) from 7:00 – 9:00pm. Ever hear a love story in reverse?

“As a novelist, Warner is a literalist and an astute one, and he parlays this gift into telling a really good story, populated by characters whose lives are, by turns, comic and tragic. From the start, as this story begins to tell itself, and these lives are revealed, the book becomes hard to put down. Warner packs a lot of life into a fast-read of 235 pages, something he’s able to do partly [because] of the alternating points of view from which the story is told – Brian’s, Violet’s, omniscient. In this often racy story which spares us little in the way of detail, Warner crafts a satisfying first novel – simultaneously funny and sad, and, at times, wrenching.” – Darrell Squires, the Western Star. 

Although the books opens, seemingly, at the end of the relationship, there’s still a tension and drive to the narrative, an evocative dynamic to the descriptions and settings, and a nimble and unflinching touch to the characterizations. It moves. It’s a page-turner.” – Joan Sullivan, the Telegram.

“Double Talk is more than a simple he-said/she-said account of a doomed marriage. It’s an exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) look at the murky complexities that lie under the surface of all relationships.” Michael Crummey, author of Galore, River Thieves, and The Wreckage.

You can purchase a copy of Double Talk here.