Winter 2020

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    The Moon King Cara Kansala Canada
    9781550818185 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Bedtime & Dreams Age (years) from 3 - 7 Publication Date: February 14, 2020 Print Run: 2000
    $14.95 CAD 7.5 x 9 x 0.15 in | 36 pages Carton Quantity: 92 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      When the magical Moon King tips over the night, it spills across the land and sea, and he seeks the help of animals big and small to collect the stars and return them to the sky. In this beautifully illustrated bedtime story, Cara Kansala weaves an enchanting fable destined to become a children’s classic—the perfect way to welcome the night and celebrate the wonder of dreams.
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      CARA KANSALA is a full-time visual artist and children’s book author and illustrator. Known throughout Atlantic Canada for her whimsical style, she spends her time between a tiny house by the sea in Upper Island Cove and in St. John’s, where she lives with her partner Ailsa, two children, two cats, a “hufflepig” called Gretel, and three minnows named One, Two, and Three.
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      "In rhyming verse that carries the story like a milky way of celestial elements, Cara Kansala tells of the Moon King's distress at releasing the stars of the night sky onto the land… In her dazzlingly coloured acrylic paintings, Cara Kansala depicts the Moon King's desperation to return the stars to the heavens, with the help of wildlife woken from slumber… Though young children will be lulled to sleep with this bedtime story's rhythm, the energy in Cara Kansala's artwork may invigorate them to investigate more closely. There may be a blue, black and turquoise night sky background peeking out from behind each illustration but those brilliant stars and menagerie of Newfoundland fauna urge closer scrutiny. You'll get your little ones to bed eventually but I suspect that it may take several repetitions of The Moon King's reading before it will happen readily. Fortunately with the stars back where they belong, their sleep will be filled with goodness and light."
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    Lost in Newfoundland Michael Winsor Canada
    9781550818215 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date: May 30, 2020 Print Run: 2000
    $29.95 CAD 6 x 5.13 in | 144 pages Carton Quantity: 60 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      Lost in Newfoundland is an artistic compendium of Newfoundland’s visual wonders—its seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, and natural inhabitants. This is a fine-art homage to an island where, as Michael Winsor himself suggests, “Every cove, inlet, tickle, island, bay, peninsula, point, or arm is more beautiful than the next.”
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      MICHAEL WINSOR is the leading landscape photographer in Newfoundland. His images have been exhibited across Canada, and his award-winning photograph of the Ferryland iceberg was selected to represent the province on an international postage stamp by Canada Post. Winsor is the founder and owner of Newfoundland Photo Tours, and he lives in St. John’s.
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    Some People's Children Bridget Canning Canada
    9781550818123 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age Publication Date: April 15, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 in | 256 pages Carton Quantity: 44 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      Imogene Tubbs has never met her father, and raised by her grandmother, she only sees her mother sporadically. But as she grows older, she learns that many people in her small, rural town believe her father is Cecil Jesso, the local drug dealer—a man both feared and ridiculed. Weaving through a maze of gossip, community, and the complications of family, Some People’s Children is a revealing and liberating novel about the way others look at us and the power of self-discovery.
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      BRIDGET CANNING was raised on a sheep farm in Highlands, NL. Her first novel, The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes, was shortlisted for the BMO Winterset Award, The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award (Fiction), and the Newfoundland and Labrador Book Award for Fiction. She lives in St. John’s.
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      “Bridget Canning’s Imogene Tubbs is as tender and compelling and as vivid a protagonist as you’re ever likely to meet. Some People’s Children is about the age-old struggle against fate, or in this case the chains of DNA, and the redemptive power of unconditional love. Canning writes adolescence and coming-of-age in a stark and wind-riven Newfoundland with startling veracity. Get your hands on this novel as fast as you can. It’s magnificent.”
      Some People’s Children is a fierce, funny, and achingly authentic coming-of-age story about belonging, identity, and the ties that only tangle us up tighter when we try to twist free. Canning’s language is vivid, wry, and candid, delivering characters so genuine you’ll miss hanging out with them long after you’ve read the last page
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    Narrow Cradle Wade Kearley Canada
    9781550818154 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date: April 16, 2020 Print Run: 500
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 in | 112 pages Carton Quantity: 120 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      In Narrow Cradle, Wade Kearley explores the midlife encounter with mortality and the ways we strive to resist, deny, cheat, and even bargain with it. Grounded in both traditional and modern poetic forms, these poems find in the transience of life a new kind of freedom, a rebirth independent of personal circumstance. In crisp, direct, and vivid language—swerving between sonnet, villanelle, and sestina—Kearley offers a compelling collection by turns vicious, lost, ragged, and regal.
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      WADE KEARLEY is the author of seven books, including the poetry collections Drawing on Water and Let Me Burn like This, and the travel books The People’s Road and The People’s Road Revisited, based on his 900-kilometer trek along Newfoundland’s abandoned rail line. He lives in St. John’s.
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    Bottoms Up A History of Alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador Sheilah Roberts Lukins Canada
    9781550818017 Paperback HISTORY / General Publication Date: April 06, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 6 x 9 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 26 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      In 1617, Lord Falkland’s colonists in Newfoundland were instructed to bring, among other things, 20 barrels of caske (ale), 90 bushels of malt, a malt mill, 4500 pounds of hops, 1 firkin of Aqua vitae, 1 firkin of canarie wine, and 1 firkin of methaglyne (mead). And so began the time-honoured tradition of countering the rugged Newfoundland environment with a nip of something stronger. Now, four hundred years later, from our famous kitchen parties to the bars and pubs of George Street, the history of our cultural traditions is intertwined with the history of liquor and beer. Bottoms Up is the story of alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador, and reveals how the drink helped shape so much of the province’s culture. What did Newfoundlanders drink 400 years ago? Where were the most popular drinking establishments of the past? Why does one of our streets have the most pubs per square foot in North America? Distilling four centuries of fact and anecdote, Sheilah Roberts Lukins serves up a revealing and often amusing survey of our fascination with good spirits.
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      Sheilah Roberts Lukins is the author of For Maids who Brew and Bake and Rain, Drizzle, and Fog. Her first children’s book, Full Speed Ahead: Errol’s Bell Island Adventure, won the 2018 Bruneau Family Children’s/Young-Adult Award, and the action-packed follow-up, Flying Ace, is now available from Breakwater Books. A lover of history, horses, dogs, good food, and great stories, she lives and writes in St. Philips, NL.
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    Melt Heidi Wicks Canada
    9781550818246 Paperback FICTION / Friendship Publication Date: May 04, 2020 Print Run: 1000
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 in | 240 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      Jess is a sensitive creature of habit. Cait is her passionate and impulsive best friend. And in Melt, Heidi Wicks follows the lives of these characters from their teenage years into their late thirties—through drifting desires, fake tans, economic turbulence, kids, grief, job loss, love loss, and personal renewal. Shifting radiantly between the late nineties and the present day, Melt explores the life-sustaining anatomy of friendship and the complex relationships we have with our pasts.
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      HEIDI WICKS has written for The Telegram, The Independent, Newfoundland Quarterly, CBC, and The Globe and Mail. In 2019, she won the Cox and Palmer Creative Writing Award. She lives in St. John’s.
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