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Queer Monologues
- Stories of LGBT Youth
Genre(s): Young Adult Non-Fiction
Queer Monologues: Stories of LBGT Youth, produced by For the Love of Learning (FTLOL), offers queer youth a safe, creative outlet to share their concerns, hopes, and personal stories with the communit ...read more

Softcover: $9.95

Keeper of Tides
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
At age ninety-two, Ivadoile Spears is in the grip of early dementia. Alone except for a cat named Rose and an old cedar box filled with photographs, Ivadoile is stubbornly set on living out her remain ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Cold Pastoral
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
Originally published in 1939 to acclaim in Britain and the US, Cold Pastoral was the second novel by Margaret Duley, the acknowledged “first novelist” from Newfoundland. A missing girl, a mystery i ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

How Loveta Got Her Baby
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
From Journey Prize-nominee Nicholas Ruddock comes an outstanding new collection of short fiction. How Loveta Got Her Baby is a set of linked stories about growing up unsure of the world and trying to ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

No One To Tell
- Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
News: ...read news
With an introduction by Linden MacIntyre. In 2012, Janet Merlo was among the first female RCMP officers to publicly allege she had experienced sexual harassment and gender discrimination while ser ...read more

Softcover: $24.95

MotherFumbler
Genre(s): Non-Fiction Humour
I always knew I’d be the perfect mother. So far, I’ve perfected the fetal position. When Vicki Murphy brought her new baby home from the hospital, she expected to be greeted by fluttering butterfli ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Pirate Gran Goes For Gold
Genre(s): Children
Gran’s back. And this time she is going for Gold! In her second book, Pirate Gran’s got wind of the Olympics—and in her latest adventure with old shipmate Fingers O’Malley, her long-suffering croc ...read more

Softcover: $12.95

Where White Horses Gallop
Genre(s): Fiction
From award-winning author Beatrice MacNeil comes Where White Horses Gallop, the acclaimed story of those who were sent into battle- and those who were left at home. In 1941, three young men enlist in ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Last Witness
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
The Last Witness: She saw everything… then disappeared. November 22, 1963 – the day President John F. Kennedy was shot – burns in retired FBI agent Ed Malloy’s memory. After a lifetime of searchin ...read more

Softcover: $21.95

Random Passage
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
A new edition of Bernice Morgan’s classic, bestselling, family saga. The chill Atlantic lies between Lavinia Andrews and the England she loves after a shattering incident topples her family’s fortu ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Master Shipbuilders of Newfoundland and Labrador
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
The fishery, the seal cull, the settlement, the culture—the history of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has been shaped and witnessed from the deck of sea-going vessels, and those vessels wer ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Marine Wildlife of the Gros Morne National Park Region
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
A fjord on the west coast of Newfoundland, Bonne Bay finds itself surrounded by the lands of Gros Morne National Park – a Unesco World Heritage Site. Drawing on years of research conducted at The Bonn ...read more

Softcover: $32.95

One Wonderful Fine Day for a Sculpin Named Sam
Genre(s): Children
Breakwater Books celebrates the 30th anniversary of Al Pittman’s classic children’s story. Sam, the colourful sculpin, is different. And on one warm summer day, he swims through an underwater communit ...read more

Hardcover: $19.95

The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry
Genre(s): Poetry
Gathering the strongest poetry published by Newfoundlanders since the death of E.J. Pratt in 1964, The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry features selections from twelve of the provin ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Maxine
Genre(s): Fiction
Imagine a new life. Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start—a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life.What she discovers is her neighbour’s ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Every Little Thing
Genre(s): Fiction
If you could take one thing back… Every Little Thing explores how lives are shaped by the butterfly effect of decisions that go desperately wrong. After a shocking family tragedy, Cohen Davies feel ...read more

Softcover: $21.95

The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays, vol 1
Genre(s): Drama
This collection of plays from Newfoundland playwrights, both established and emerging, is the first in a series of three anthologies. The collection proposes to include the following selection of popu ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

The Adventures of Gus and Isaac: HO, HO, NO Christmas
Genre(s): Children
THE SECOND INSTALLMENT in the Gus and Isaac series,Ho Ho NO Christmas! follows the adventures of Gus the seagull and Isaac the bob-tailed cat in their attempt to save Christmas and help Santa, who ...read more

Softcover: $12.95

Almost Home
- The Sinking of the S.S. Caribou
Genre(s): Juvenile Non-Fiction
In the early hours of October 14, 1942, under cover of darkness, the German submarine U-69 torpedoed and sank the passenger ferry SS Caribou off the southwest coast of Port aux Basques, Newfoundland. ...read more

Softcover: $12.95

In the Field
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
Freelance writer and playwright Joan Sullivan’s book In the Field is a work of non-fiction that tells the story of one young Newfoundlander soldier, Stephen Norris, lost in WWI, and how his death affe ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Braco
Genre(s): Fiction
SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAVAGE FIRST BOOK AWARD. The year is 1995. The city of Srebrenica falls to Serbian forces. While women and children cling to uncertain security in the UN-protected area of Potocari ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Fluctuat nec Mergitur
Genre(s): Art
This book is the journey, and in a sense the journal of an artist who has conducted a forty-five-year love affair with Newfoundland since he first set foot there in 1966. Travelling to every inhabited ...read more

Hardcover: $59.95

The Mean Time
Genre(s): Fiction
The Mean Time is a work of literary fiction set in Corner Brook about how people allow their pasts to shape and define them – in holding on to dread, regret, and pain. The death of Will Johnston sh ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Baggage
Genre(s): Fiction
Acclaimed Newfoundland author Jill Sooley’s second novel, Baggage, examines the step family. Drawing on humour and heartbreak, as she did in Widows of Paradise Bay, this story unfolds from the perspec ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Here Be Dragons
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
Here Be Dragons is an account of the strange creatures of Newfoundland and Labrador. Featuring the unexplained and the unusual, it is an amalgamation of history, anecdotes, and folk tales, insp ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

The Islands of Doctor Thomas
Genre(s): Fiction
In 1913 Dr. Louis Thomas and his family settle on the French islands of St. Pierre and Miquelon. Enchanted by how this French land navigates the harsh climate of the Atlantic Ocean, he immerses himsel ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

A Blessed Snarl
Genre(s): Fiction
Patrick Wiseman moved his wife and son back to Newfoundland to start a new Pentecostal church, but when his wife Anne leaves him for a man she meets on Facebook and his son Hab moves in with his girlf ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

To Be Frank
- Memories of an Extraordinary Life
Genre(s): Non-Fiction Non-Fiction
At the age of 18, Frank Dyke joined the 59th Heavy Nfld. Regiment and fought in WWII. In 1955, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served at a number of postings including Goose Bay, Fort ...read more

Softcover: $18.95

Soak
Genre(s): Poetry
This collection focuses on physical experience and contemplates the beauty of everyday life – the objects, the stories, and the people that drift in and out. It finds the extraordinary in the ordinary ...read more

Softcover: $15.95

Adventures of Gus & Isaac
Genre(s): Children
When Isaac, the bob-tailed cat, is being beat up by the backyard bullies, Gus, the seagull, comes to the rescue. Bullies roam the backyards, scaring and picking on everyone they find. So, when Isaa ...read more

Softcover: $12.95

Faulkner
- A Hockey History
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
Despite his potential, extraordinary skating skills, and unmatched dedication and endurance, George Faulkner never made the Montreal Canadiens’ roster. But he was trying to break into a famous hockey ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Come From Away
- Nurses who Immigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
The third volume in the best-selling nursing history series. Overseas recruitment of nurses has been part of nursing in Newfoundland and Labrador since Wilfred Grenfell brought two nurses to Labrad ...read more

Softcover: $18.95

The Beothuk Expedition
Genre(s): Fiction
Based on Cartwright’s ill-fated expedition in search of the Beothuk. Jonah Squibb and his Royal Navy companions are tasked with making the first peaceful contact with the Beothuk in more than a cen ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

That Forgetful Shore
Genre(s): Fiction
Inspired by postcards found in a 150-year-old house in Coley's Point. Triffie and Kit are closer than sisters. But for two girls growing up in a tiny outport community at the dawn of the twentieth ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Edge of Time
Genre(s): Young Adult Fiction
Someone wants Alec dead. And that someone can invade innocent bystanders, bending their will to his, forcing them to murder. That someone can travel through multiple dimensions, has powers beyond ...read more

Softcover: $15.95

Pirate Gran
Genre(s): Children
Pirating isn’t the life for everyone, but Gran says it's a career more girls should think about.  Meet Gran – who's been a pirate since she was a young girl! With a pet crocodile who sleeps under h ...read more

Softcover: $12.95

Answer Me Home
- Plays from Tramore Theatre
Genre(s): Drama
There is no such thing as an ordinary life. Tramore Theatre was formed in 1999 by Agnes Walsh and Arlene Morrissey. It is a community-based arts organization dedicated to the promotion of the oral ...read more

Softcover: $17.95

Danny Williams
- A Profile
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
Danny Williams: A Profile examines the seven-year political career of former Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny Williams. With photos by renowned photojournalist Paul Daly and evocative te ...read more

Hardcover: $39.95

St. John's
- A Brief History
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
St. John’s: A Brief History provides a concise, comprehensive overview of Newfoundland history and modern St. John’s. The book describes how, through war and the fishery, Newfoundland became se ...read more

Softcover: $14.95

Double Talk
Genre(s): Fiction
A love story in reverse. double talk tells the story of Violet Budd and Brian (Baby) Power, two characters fleeing from their past. Brian is ambling after an immigrant’s dream, and Violet is ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Sick Joke
- Cancer, Japan, and Back Again
Genre(s): Non-Fiction Humour
Sick Joke is one quirky travelogue. Glenn Deir spent two years happily stumbling through the conundrums of Japanese culture. Then he got tonsil cancer and less happily stumbled through the conu ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

The Widows of Paradise Bay
Genre(s): Fiction Humour
Prissy Montgomery goes to great lengths to avoid having sex with her husband, Howie. So when he confesses to having an affair, and requests a divorce, she shouldn’t be all that surprised. With her ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

Newfoundland Stories
- The Loss of the Waterwitch & Other Tales
Genre(s): Fiction
The fourteen stories in this publication comprise a spectrum of characters and events that have helped forge an image of an island, its people, and its culture that is unique and compelling. Heroi ...read more

Softcover: $15.95

Muinji’j Ji’nmua’sit
- Mi'kmaq translation of Muinji'j Becomes a Man
Genre(s): Aboriginal Resources
A Mi'kmaq translation of Muinji'j Becomes a Man. Translated by Helen and Barbara Sylliboy. Muinji’j has been waiting all his life to make this trip with his grandfather - a trip to the city ...read more

Softcover: $9.95

Where Old Ghosts Meet
Genre(s): Fiction
Matthew Molloy, bright and educated, longs to leave behind his miserable existence on a small farm in Ireland. He yields to pressure and sets aside his dream until one day, he walks away, leaving his ...read more

Softcover: $18.95

This Ramshackle Tabernacle
Genre(s): Fiction
This Ramshackle Tabernacle is a collection of short stories set in and around the fictional villages of St. Lola and St. Olga in northeastern Ontario. Whether reflecting on the broken lives of ...read more

Softcover: $18.95

Island Maid
- Voices of Outport Women
Genre(s): Non-Fiction
Sheilagh O’Leary and Rhonda Pelley spent two summers travelling from Bonavista Bay to the Great Northern Peninsula and to the communities of the south coast. The women they interviewed shared unique l ...read more

Softcover: $28.00

Out Loud
- Essays on Mental Illness, Stigma and Recovery
Genre(s): Non-Fiction Educational
Out Loud is a collection of more than fifty essays by people affected by mental illness. There are essays by those who have experienced mental illness themselves, by family and friends, by comm ...read more

Softcover: $19.95

The Dot Com Leprechaun
Genre(s): Children
When Lucy discovers a leprechaun has been ensorcelled into the Internet by a disgruntled witch, it is up to her to help him return to his home in the old rootcellar. This is a modern fairy tale, set ...read more

Softcover: $11.95

The Artificial Newfoundlander
Genre(s): Fiction Fiction
The Artificial Newfoundlander is a witty, playful, tale of contemporary St. John’s. Hugh Norman, a middle-aged English prof researching an eccentric novelist priest, is faced with the unexpecte ...read more

Softcover: $18.95

Breakwater News

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Out Proud: Stories of Pride, Courage, and Social Justice.
Great news! We have extended the deadline for submissions! LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pride, Courage ...read more

Janet Merlo Media Release
Media Release No One to Tell: Breaking My Silence on Life in the RCMP St. John’s NL, October 2 ...read more

Call for Essays
Breakwater Books is seeking essays from the community for a collection of LGBTTIQQ2SA Stories of Pri ...read more

Two New Plaques to Celebrate Work and Life of Newfoundland Poet Al Pittman
Breakwater Books is pleased to help spread the word of two new plaques commemorating the life and wo ...read more

The Festival at Ochre Pit Cove
Presenting The Festival at Ochre Pit Cove, A Weekend of Newfoundland Music, Books, and Art. Situated ...read more

Breakwater Books Shortlisted for Three Atlantic Book Awards
Breakwater Books is pleased to announce that That Forgetful Shore by author Trudy Morgan-Cole ...read more


Featured Book

How Loveta Got Her Baby

From Journey Prize-nominee Nicholas Ruddock comes an outstanding new collection of short fiction. How Loveta Got Her Baby is a set of linked stories a...


Featured Author

Chad Pelley
Chad Pelley is an award-winning author, songwriter, and photographer from St. John’s, Newfoundland. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles...



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