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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 | 0 kg | 36 pages Carton Quantity:92 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS AND TEENS 2020, PICTURE BOOKS***

      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."
      "A stunning bounty of color and whimsy and charm illustrate this sweet story told in rhyming verse. A story whose words are a lullaby with no need for music. This book is meant to be read and re-read aloud in a quiet voice with lots of pausing to marvel over each illustration. Just right for a cuddle down under a quilt with a stuffy and a special adult. Please visit this artist’s website. I know you will fall in love with her whimsical visions, just as I have."
      "Bursting with colour and joyful energy, folk artist Cara Kansala’s new picture book feels like a traditional fairytale, or a beloved nursery rhyme. It is the story of the hapless Moon King, who trips over the night and scatters the stars throughout the land, sea and sky... Lilting and lovely, the gentle and soothing rhymes have a pleasing rhythm. Together the words and images exude whimsy and wonder. Kansala uses a bright, lively palette of primary and secondary colours along with bold, black outlines and cartoon-like characters to create her playful scenes. The stars have a quirkiness about them that might make readers believe that they are enjoying the mayhem and mischief that is afoot... Whether it is being read at bedtime or storytime, this vibrant and imaginative tale is sure to delight young audiences."
      "This bedtime story for young children aged between three and six reveals a rather whimsical goat-like moon-king happily dancing. As he does so, he trips over the night spilling its darkness and its stars across the world below. The stars fall into every nook and cranny of the earth. Contrite and anxious to compensate for this error, the moon-king calls upon all varieties of sleepy animals to help him restore the stars to their rightful place in the sky. Written entirely in a nicely paced verse, this fable, with its dreamy atmosphere, encourages children to understand nighttime as something to be welcomed rather than to be afraid of… Some illustrations are particularly attractive, especially those that reveal flocks of brightly colored birds returning their shining stars back to their home. The magical and imaginative elements and colorful art make The Moon King a pleasant and calming bedtime read for both parents and their children."
      The Moon King tells the story of a clumsy sky creature, dependent on the kindness of Earth’s animals, to right the stars in the sky. A wondrous bedtime tale with mesmerizing illustration, Kansala depicts Newfoundland and Labrador as a dreamland (though only ever naming Labrador, which deserves extra points, given The Big Land is often left behind). Starlit cliffs and caves, firths and fiords make for a mystical and moonlit lullaby. Here, all wild creatures–-Arctic hare, moose, black bear, fox, whale, wolves, and birds–-are quick to lend a paw, fin or wing to help the Moon King reignite the night sky with stars. Everything returns to its rightful place just in time for the wild creatures (and your own little ones) to fall asleep.”
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    9781550818215 Hardcover PHOTOGRAPHY / Subjects & Themes Publication Date:June 15, 2020 Print Run:2000
    $29.95 CAD 6.25 x 5.38 x 0.73 in | 0 kg | 144 pages Carton Quantity:36 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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      “This little gem of Newfoundland's seascapes, landscapes, cityscapes, and natural inhabitants is a lovely way to see this beautiful eastern province until visiting in person. All the photographs are so vibrant and absolutely beautiful! I loved flipping through this, seeing and learning about Newfoundland. My children have also enjoyed looking at these photos, and discovering another part of Canada.”
      "As an artbook, this volume, Lost in Newfoundland is itself a little work of art. Fronted with a luminously-hued hard cover, the pages inside aren’t numbered, but altogether it makes a nice rectangular heft that fits neatly in the hand. And it doesn’t hurt that that cover image is Michael Winsor’s view of an iceberg in Ferryland, drifting past Newfoundland and Labrador’s vernacular architecture of sheds and boats, which achieved global renown... [Lost in Newfoundland is] an album of full-coloured photos, either a duet of images or single one laid out over a two-page spread, all offset with brief italicized captions. There’s an Atlantic puffin in noble solitude; then a trio of three stand apace, one checking out the camera. Or a yellow spectrum of the Bonavista lighthouse. Or a northern gannet curled into itself, beside clouds over Gros Morne Mountain... Horizons configure the imagery: one third, one half, three fourths, calibrated from the photographer’s point of view. There are adventurous fauna sightings, like a swimming polar bear, a stalking lynx, or an alert bald eagle. Other highlights include the lacey monochrome of Bowring Park, 'after the first snowfall of December,' the bridge and trees demarcated with a scrim of white flakes. Lots of beguiling finds in getting lost."
      “You are sure to get lost in Winsor’s landscapes and nature scenes, before you even crack the spine of this art photography book. The cover features an arresting scene of a massive iceberg hovering over the houses, fishing sheds and boats in Ferryland. Captured during the twilight ‘blue hour’, the sky appears a luminous dark blue. The juxtaposition of light and dark is a theme that plays out throughout the book. A breaching humpback whale backlit by a golden yellow sky, the sun setting behind the mountains. A pitch-black sea and sky make the glowing red and yellow structures lining the shore in Newtown look otherworldly. A full moon’s light seemingly answered by the light of the lighthouse at Fort Amherst. These playful light and dark notes fit perfectly with the book’s featured creatures: a swimming polar bear, two Atlantic puffins touching beaks and a sun-loving fox kit are sure to please.”
      "[Lost in Newfoundland] works like the perfect photo album of the perfect trip to Newfoundland—one not limited by vacation time, and in which we see all the beauties promised to us by the advocates for Newfoundland tourism. If you wanted to convince someone to visit that province, this book would be a powerful aid."
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    Some People's Children Bridget Canning Canada
    9781550818123 Paperback FICTION / Coming of Age Publication Date:May 15, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.7 in | 0 kg | 256 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***THOMAS RADDALL ATLANTIC FICTION AWARD: SHORTLIST***

      ***BMO WINTERSET AWARD FINALIST***

      ***BRONZE, THE MIRAMICHI READER'S THE VERY BEST! FICTION AWARD***

      ***49TH SHELF EDITOR'S PICK***

      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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      Awards
      BMO Winterset Award 2020, Short-listed
      Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award 2021, Short-listed
      The Miramichi Reader's 'The Very Best!' Book Award, Bronze Medal, Fiction Category 2020, Winner
      A 49th Shelf Editor's Pick 2021, Short-listed
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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
      "I have been searching for a description of this book other than 'coming of age'... I think what is more appropriate here is coming to terms'... Imogene is tough and vulnerable and strong and soft... Bridget Canning has written a richly evocative Maritime story."
      "Building a fast reputation for crafting rich and layered character development, Canning's Imogene Tubbs succeeds the eponymous heroine Wanda Jaynes [The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes] as yet another soon to be classic lead..."
      “Canning has written Imogene’s character and conditions with uncanny perception. Imogene’s high school years are conveyed with such authenticity it’s as if Canning scrupulously recorded the life of an actual teenager, warts and all, then vigorously buffed it into the polished prose that comprises the book… Canning’s first release generated all kinds of accolades. Some People’s Children is a more than worthy successor.”
      "This is, first and foremost, a perfectly-crafted coming-of-age story with the best qualities of that genre: it’s absolutely specific in its detail as to the time, place and experiences of its main character, yet somehow relatable to anyone who is or has been a teenager (so, like, all of us) no matter how different our experiences may have been from Imogene’s. That specificity of detail is what makes Some People’s Children such a delight to read... When a writer can capture that exact cold-plate dinner we’ve all eaten or served so many times in a few vivid words – and also recreate the horror of being picked on by high-school bullies so viscerally it almost gave me flashbacks to my own school years — that’s some brilliant writing right there. Go along with Imogene on her journey — you will not be disappointed."
      “Canning deftly explores how evolving identities are hampered by the toxic masculinity still prevalent throughout much of the island. She does so while infusing the narrative with tenderness, authenticity, and complexity the likes of which could be rendered only by an author fully immersed in the contradiction of struggling to be whole during times of great fracture. Not since Joel Thomas Hynes’s Down to the Dirt has a Newfoundland coming-of-age novel so relentlessly depicted the taxing challenge of surviving adolescence in rural outports. This darkly comedic novel is one of indignities, epiphanies, and hope.”
      "Imogene is afraid and she is afraid to be wrong and she is afraid to learn that she herself may somehow be “wrong.” But she is also fearless, hilarious, and original, which I believe are characteristics one would expect to find high on the list of attributes for loveable, readable, unforgettable protagonists."
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    Narrow Cradle Wade Kearley Canada
    9781550818154 Paperback POETRY / Canadian Publication Date:April 29, 2020 Print Run:500
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7.75 x 0.25 in | 0 kg | 112 pages Carton Quantity:60 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      **SHORTLISTED FOR THE MIRAMICHI READER'S 'THE VERY BEST!' POETRY AWARD**

      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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      Awards
      The Miramichi Reader's 'The Very Best!' Book Award, Poetry Category 2020, Short-listed
      Reviews
      “These are by no means simply musings of an ageing poet. This is the raw, real beauty, fraying and resiliency in each of us. Leaving me again inspired by the written word… Whether you’re new to the genre or a veteran, read this work. It will be time and emotion well spent. These stories are ours, shared by a highly-skilled storyteller. Perhaps it’s all been done. But as tides turn and birds return, you can be wondrously surprised by the beauty and flight of each one.”
      “I have been pummeled by the force of heartbreak and pain in some of these offerings. I have been washed in wistfulness and regret. I was metaphorically knocked to my knees by the author’s intense viciousness toward the subject in his ‘Crucifying Corey.’ I have felt the powerful and raw emotions that run through this book. Mr. Kearley has held nothing back in his desire to write about emotions we so often try to deny having… What I have gained through Mr. Kearley’s work is invaluable in seeing the range and depth of emotion that can shared through this literary forum.”
      "Narrow Cradle is a thoroughly realized, excellent book of poems. Wade Kearley has a fine ear for meter and phrasing, and I often found myself putting down the book to marvel at the beautiful specificity of a line or image. Kearley’s carefully nuanced descriptions of nature are detailed enough that had I not lived in St. John's for six years, I'd still get a very strong sense of place. I was also joyed at the facility with which Kearley shifts between fixed and free form poems. But beyond this, I was also fascinated by the book's larger movements, which wrought the many lyric poems into a larger narrative arc about the speaker's dissolving relationships and his attempts to repair them while simultaneously acknowledging his utter inability to do so due to his own character flaws. It was refreshing to see someone take as much care as Kearley did in making sure that there was a larger something to tie everything together."
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    Melt Heidi Wicks Canada
    9781550818246 Paperback FICTION / Friendship Publication Date:June 08, 2020 Print Run:1000
    $22.95 CAD 5.25 x 8 x 0.7 in | 0 kg | 240 pages Carton Quantity:40 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***IPPY AWARDS: BEST REGIONAL FICTION: CANADA-EAST – SILVER***

      ***THE GLOBE AND MAIL SUMMER'S HOTTEST READS***


      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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      Awards
      Atlantic Books Today Staff Pick 2022, Runner-up
      IPPY Awards: Best Regional Fiction: Canada-East 2022, Runner-up
      Reviews
      “Wicks is deft at layering emotions and gestures — heart-rending, perilous, comic — an everyday crisis overlaid with a palimpsest of the superhero. Striking imagery is a constant (“Cait sits on the floor in the bedroom doorway of her new house. In front of her is a cubist mountain range of Ikea boxes that reminds her of Picasso’s Girl with Mandolin painting, laid on its side”), and details like fashion (eight-ball jackets, Lululemon, palazzo pants) spot-on... The two protagonists snap and sparkle with a wonderful authenticity.. They sashay with wit and realism. You’d swear you’d just passed them walking the Signal Hill trail."
      "Wicks has written a sharp and funny novel that runs the gamut from the sublime to the ridiculous. Is Jess about to jeopardize everything that makes life worth living by embarking on an affair with an old flame? Did Cait's daughter just rub a booger on a piece of crystal at a funeral reception?... At its core, MELT is about family and friends, and how our view of those most important elements in our lives both changes over time and remains exactly the same. One small word of advice. Pay attention to the chapter headings. They include some wicked puns..."
      "Five Stars for a really fabulous summer-feel-good read! I melted right into the book and let it sweep me away. Funny, sharp, snappy and as bright and energetic as its cover, Melt is a delightful story of friendship ups-and-downs, marriage, jobs and kids. I can't imagine anyone not loving this book!"
      Melt twists and turns as it recounts the then and now tales of lifetime friends, Jess and Cait. From teenagers in the 90s to 30-somethings today, theirs is a layered, lifelong friendship that will surely have you calling up your own bestie to reminisce. Dealing with dashed hopes, rebounds, losses and fresh starts, it is heartwarming, heartrending and humourous. The chapter titles alone are a journey in emotions: ‘fake tans, false hopes,’ ‘salt in the womb,’ ‘wind warning in the wrecked house’ and ‘a healing separation agreement of horseshittery.’ Sharp details about coming of age in St. John’s in the late nineties are especially nostalgic–-whether you experienced it firsthand or not, after reading Melt, you’ll think you had.”

      "I really appreciate stories that shine a spotlight on the importance of love between friends, and this book is one of my go-to recommendations for people who feel the same."

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