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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