Breakwater Books Ltd. was founded in 1973. Initially, its sole purpose was to publish materials that preserved the unique culture of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Maritime provinces. In recent years, Breakwater has successfully begun publishing cutting edge literature in all genres, including children’s books, literary and commercial fiction, educational curricula, non-fiction, and poetry, while at the same time continuing to support its culturally significant backlist titles. Breakwater also takes great pride in fostering the careers of up and coming authors while continuing to support its established writers.
In March 2008, Breakwater entered its 35th year of publishing as an independent publishing house. Breakwater Books Ltd., which now includes Jesperson Publishing and Breakwater Distributors, is known not only for the high quality of its titles, but also for its breadth in fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, poetry, and educational curricula. Many authors and titles maintain strong links to Newfoundland and Labrador and the North Atlantic, while other Breakwater authors hail from all parts of Canada as well as the United Kingdom, and write about topics and themes of national and international interest. The Breakwater ship maintains a course that is steady and true, while being, at the same time, prepared and unafraid to venture into unexplored territories.