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    9781550818307 Paperback COOKING / Courses & Dishes Publication Date:September 18, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 7 x 9 x 0.5 in | 0.5 kg | 144 pages Carton Quantity:28 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***READER VIEWS COOKING AWARD - GOLD***

      ***ERIC HOFFER AWARDS, HOME: 1ST RUNNER-UP***


      In Some Good: Sweet Treats, Jessica Mitton follows the success of her first cookbook, Some Good, with the course that everyone’s been waiting for—dessert! With decadent chocolate delights, oat-based goodies, muffins, cakes, squares, and cookies, these recipes will satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt. Because these sweet confections, baked wonders, and delicious desserts are made in ways that are healthier and more nutritious. Now you can make truly tasty treats that are gluten and dairy free, incorporating healthier ingredients that will make everyone feel Some Good!

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      Jessica Mitton is a Culinary Nutrition Expert and an award-winning Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant. She has been featured across many publications and media channels, including the Academy of Culinary Nutrition's From Scratch cookbooks, CBC Radio, and the national magazine, Optimyz. Jessica is the author of the hit cookbook, Some Good, which was shortlisted for a Taste Canada award.
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      “Jessica’s colourful, inventive, and doable recipes will encourage you to get in the kitchen and reconnect with your food. She proves that making health-boosting choices and taste are not mutually exclusive!”
      “The photos were excellent and appealing, the ingredients are pretty consistent throughout the book so you won’t buy something that goes to waste… this light weight but heavy impact cookbook is written by a Culinary Nutrition Expert, Award-winning Holistic Nutritional Consultant who definitely knows what she is doing – satisfying the sweet tooth and the healthy diet!”
      "Lucky for both the hearty and the hampered, Jessica Mitton offers up Some Good Sweet Treats [Breakwater Books], fifty gluten-free recipes designed to help us stay healthy yet feed the… Sweet Tooth beast… gluten-free recipes whose accompanying photos make them not only look scrumptious but also suggest they will taste double-yummy."
      “In the pages of Some Good Sweet Treats she has compiled a thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' compendium of decadent chocolate delights, oat-based goodies, muffins, cakes, squares, and cookies, these recipes will satisfy any sweet tooth without the guilt. Because these sweet confections, baked wonders, and delicious desserts are made in ways that are healthier and more nutritious. Now even the most novice of kitchen cooks can make truly tasty treats that are gluten and dairy free, incorporating healthier ingredients that will make everyone feel good! Profusely illustrated, a pleasure and inspiration to simply browse through, and certain to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to personal, professional, and community library cookbook collections, Some Good Sweet Treats is unreservedly recommended.”
      "Mitton uses her extensive knowledge as a Nutrition Consultant to keep the recipes delicious, healthy, and free of artificial ingredients, and they are all dairy and gluten free. Many are also vegan or vegetarian. The recipes are sectioned into their specific categories such as: Breads; Bars and Squares, Chocolate, Muffins and Cakes; and Cookies. There are even more than these! Each delicious recipe includes a photograph so that we can see what we are creating."
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    Bottoms Up A History of Alcohol in Newfoundland and Labrador Sheilah Roberts Lukins Canada
    9781550818017 Paperback HISTORY / General Publication Date:September 30, 2020
    $21.95 CAD 6 x 9 x 0.65 in | 500 gr | 240 pages Carton Quantity:25 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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      "Sheilah Roberts Lukins has worked her way through a rich archive to present a very well researched and documented local history of alcohol that is tough to put down. I learned the origins of the common expressions such as “to give a toast.” I learned why so many women have managed drinking establishments. And I learned the makeup of the notorious “Screech-in” ceremony--Lukin's writing on the subject was worthy of an episode of The Rick Mercer Report."
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    Approaching Fire Michelle Porter Canada
    9781550818536 Paperback BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Publication Date:October 14, 2020 Print Run:2000
    $19.95 CAD 5.25 x 8.25 x 0.5 in | 1 kg | 192 pages Carton Quantity:36 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***INDIGENOUS VOICES AWARDS 2021, PUBLISHED PROSE IN ENGLISH: CREATIVE NON-FICTION AND LIFE-WRITING: FINALIST***

      ***FIRST NATION COMMUNITIES READ AWARDS 2021/22: LONGLIST***

      ***NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS, REGIONAL (NON-FICTION): FINALIST***

      ***THE MIRAMICHI READER'S 2020 MOST PROMISING AUTHOR AWARD***

      ?***BMO WINTERSET AWARD 2020 LONGLIST***


      In Approaching Fire, Michelle Porter embarks on a quest to find her great-grandfather, the Métis fiddler and performer Léon Robert Goulet. Through musicology, jigs and reels, poetry, photographs, and the ecology of fire, Porter invests biography with the power of reflective ingenuity, creating a portrait which expands beyond documentation into a private realm where truth meets metaphor.


      Weaving through multiple genres and traditions, Approaching Fire fashions a textual documentary of rescue and insight, and a glowing contemplation of the ways in which loss can generate unbridled renewal.

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      MICHELLE PORTER is a Red River Métis poet, journalist, and editor. She holds degrees in journalism, folklore, and geography (PhD). Her debut collection of poetry, Inquiries, was published by Breakwater in 2019. She’s won awards for her work in poetry and journalism, and has been published in literary journals, newspapers, and magazines across the country. She lives in St. John’s.

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      “I've never read a book quite like this before… Approaching Fire is a documentary you can hold in your hands, in which, rather than being a passive witness to scenes unfolding, you become immersed in a river of poetry. Author Michelle Porter uses a mixture of genres to create an account of her journey to uncover the history of her Métis roots, stretching from Newfoundland to British Columbia, Alberta to Saskatchewan, and finally digging deeply into Manitoba. Michelle travels through the stories she was raised on, using them as a base from which to understand the accounts of others, learning all she can about her Great Great Grandfather, Léon Robert (Bob) Goulet, renowned fiddler and performer. Her Pépé. In his story, her story, a wider history of the Métis people is told. A history of racial discrimination, stolen land rights, and the question of what truly unites and defines Métis identity. This book blazes with poetic beauty, and a voice Canada needs to hear.”
      "Michelle Porter’s Approaching Fire is an incredible book - searching, finding and sharing the story of her great-grandfather, Métis fiddler Bob Goulet. Fittingly, there is such a music to this book: it moves in movements."
      “And thus, by poetry and prose and the careful unearthing of the truth, is history rewritten. This beautiful work is both lyrical and powerful and worthy of several reads.”

      Approaching Fire is an exploration of absence, erasure, and the irrepressible yearning to discover what has been suppressed… With little to go on, Porter creates something of a scrapbook of her hit-and-miss search: a patchwork of poems, semi-scholarly expositions on the science of controlled burnings and intergenerational traumas, and excerpts from an oral history going back to the dying days of the buffalo hunt… Porter’s poetry shines, especially as she focuses on the often anguished and frustrated experience of her quest. Some of the best poems employ metaphors of beadwork—negotiating the needle’s passage, the blood of a pricked finger, the tension of threads. Ultimately, Porter does not answer all of her questions, but merely posing them and letting them hang might be enough. It might also help mark this book as part of an emergent decolonizing literature, a kind of shadow companion to Alberto Manguel’s A History of Reading. Think of it as an unreading of history: a reckoning with all that has been written off, written out, and written over.”

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    The Hush Sisters Gerard Collins Canada
    9781550818413 Paperback FICTION / Gothic Publication Date:October 05, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.75 in | 1 kg | 312 pages Carton Quantity:24 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***49TH SHELF UTTERLY FANTASTIC BOOK FOR FALL***

      ***NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS WINNER, SUSPENSE***

      ***NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS FINALIST, PARANORMAL***




      Sissy and Ava Hush are estranged, middle-aged sisters with little in common beyond their upbringing in a peculiar manor in downtown St. John’s. With both parents now dead, the siblings must decide what to do with the old house they’ve inherited. Despite their individual loneliness, neither is willing to change or cede to the other’s intentions. As the sisters discover the house’s dark secrets, the spirits of the past awaken, and strange events envelop them. The Hush sisters must either face these sinister forces together or be forever ripped apart.


      In The Hush Sisters, Gerard Collins weaves psychological suspense with elements of the fantastic to craft a contemporary urban gothic that will keep readers spellbound until the novel whispers its startling secrets.

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      GERARD COLLINS is a Newfoundland writer whose first novel, Finton Moon, was nominated for the International Dublin Literary Award and won the Percy Janes First Novel Award. His short-story collection, Moonlight Sketches, won the NL Book Award, and his stories have been published widely in journals and anthologies. He lives in southern New Brunswick.

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      “Gerard Collins has played quite a trick with his new novel, The Hush Sisters. By luring the reader into his ghost riddled family mansion, he has left us open and unsuspecting of the pain and heartbreak that we live with these characters, and the histories that intertwine in these dark halls and creaking attics, could be our own… There is more at work here than just the Gothic, and the reader is rewarded with a story that will surprise and frighten them, but also move them as they walk through this dark, beside the Sisters Hush.”
      “…Spectral goings-on unfold against a detailed setting of a contemporary St. John’s, characters breakfasting at downtown diners and shopping at Fred’s Records. But even as the sisters steer through quotidian issues of real estate and relationships, the house is filling with things that go bump, or sing ‘Frère Jacques,’ in the night… Novelist Gerard Collins conveys the tensions, emotions, and complications through to the last line.”
      “ A wonderfully crafted, dark gothic mystery!... Collins completely sucked me in with his suspenseful prose and wonderful character development. This was hard to put down and I could have easily read it in one sitting.”
      “Getting lost in a book is always a joy, but falling into The Hush Sisters was a truly wonderful escape in a year like 2020. The fluctuating tension and love between Sissy and Ava Hush gives a real-world grounding to the eerie memories of their childhood and the unnerving presences lingering in their home. With each new ghost, creepy space and heated argument, I became more invested in the dark drama. What did Ava want Sissy to know? What happened between Sissy and her husband? From where (or is it whom) did the house get its aura? The Hush Sisters snagged me early on and had me gripped until the final pages.”
      “Many modern so-called gothic novels don't focus heavily on character development, and I'm glad to say Gerard Collins went the opposite route and gave us two fleshed-out characters. The descriptions are exceptionally detailed, which should be mandatory in every gothic tale… Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Hush Sisters. It's a well-written haunting tale with intriguing characters and a spine-chilling setting.”
      "There be monsters in this mash-up, a sui generis portrait of trauma survivors and the lingering impact of family violence in adult siblings."
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    Rock Recipes 3 Even More Great Food and Photos from My Newfoundland Kitchen Barry C. Parsons
    9781550818567 Paperback COOKING / Regional & Ethnic Publication Date:November 09, 2020
    $29.95 CAD 7.75 x 9.13 x 0.8 in | 1.25 kg | 240 pages Carton Quantity:16 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***READER VIEWS COOKING AWARD - SILVER***

      Break out your mixing bowls and preheat the oven because Barry C. Parsons, the bestselling cookbook author and creator of the phenomenal RockRecipes.com, is back with an extra helping of delicious recipes to delight everyone at your dinner table.

      In Rock Recipes 3: Even More Great Food and Photos from My Newfoundland Kitchen, you’ll find full-flavoured slow-cooked suppers and effortless quick-and-easy dinners to whip up in a pinch. From dinner-party showstoppers to family-night comfort food, Barry has every meal covered. Easy baking recipes take center stage as well with straight forward, old fashioned recipes you'll love, including those heavenly desserts that have made Rock Recipes famous the world over. And as always, every recipe is accompanied by one of Barry’s amazing full-colour photographs to help guide you from preparation to presentation. With helpful cooking tips and a recipe for every possibility, Rock Recipes makes mealtime as easy as 1, 2, 3!

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      One wife, two kids, one mortgage, lifelong food obsessive, recipe blogger, and food photographer: that’s how Rock Recipes creator Barry C. Parsons describes himself on RockRecipes.com. Called “one of the best food blogs in Canada” by the National Post, and ranked by Feedspot.com as the number one food blog in Canada, RockRecipes.com boasts over 650,000 social media followers from around the world, with millions of online visitors monthly. The popularity of his recipes and cooking philosophy has led to four incredibly successful cookbooks: Rock Recipes, Rock Recipes 2, Rock Recipes Cookies, and Rock Recipes Christmas. Parsons cooks & writes from his home in St. John’s, NL.


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    9781550818444 Paperback FICTION / Mystery & Detective Publication Date:October 30, 2020
    $22.95 CAD 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 1 kg | 224 pages Carton Quantity:32 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***THE HOWARD ENGEL AWARD FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL SET IN CANADA - SHORTLIST***

      Sebastian Synard is back. It’s the off-season, and the Newfoundland tour guide introduced in One for the Rock has crossed the island with his spirited teenage son for a weekend exploring the wonders of Gros Morne National Park. But on a hike across the spectacular rockscape of The Tablelands, they discover the half-buried body of a murder victim. Life as a tour guide had its twists and turns, but now Sebastian—with his offhand, Scotch-enriched nature—is crossing a more dangerous landscape, on a path that will leave him face-to-face with a killer.

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      Governor General Award winner KEVIN MAJOR is the author of nineteen books—fiction, literary non-fiction, poetry, and plays. As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador was a Canadian bestseller. He lives in St. John’s.

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      "...compelling to the reader is Major’s use and description of a contemporary Newfoundland, with its variable weather and blossoming craft breweries. And one thing that really keeps us with [Sebastian] is his connection with Nicholas, one fueled by guilt and hope and humour... This installment broadens the scope, as well as setting us up for the next in the series. (Three for … somewhere on the Bonavista Peninsula maybe?) This is an interesting project for Major, best known (so far) for his YA novels and historical fiction."
      “Author Kevin Major is adept at providing dramatic locales which are, for the most part, distinct to Newfoundland. While his first Synard mystery is set in St. John’s, Two for the Tablelands takes its name from a geological phenomenon in the grand and austere Gros Morne National Park. Synard and Nick hike over periodite described by the narrator as, ‘a vast geological coup, a sublime triumph of beige.’ This bizarre, unyielding landscape makes a terrific backdrop for murder. The book’s real charm lies with Synard, who is a divorce survivor, slightly pathetic, cynical and on the brink of physical ruin. He apparently imbibes his fair share of Scotch (and then some) while showing remarkable eagerness for adventures between the sheets. In some ways, the character does play to a familiar cliché. However, Synard shines in his exchanges with Nick, a sensitive kid still reeling from his parents’ divorce and achingly in need of his dad. Relationships between fathers and sons are poorly represented in fiction. Here, the one between Nick and Sebastian, is believably drawn and tender. The firm bond with lovable mutt, Gaffer, makes Synard even more endearing (Gaffer is based on a real canine pal of the same name to whom, I noted, the author has dedicated this book.) Synard’s social web--muddied with exes and their cop partners, among others--requires him to push through assumed grievances. The result is a relatable middle-aged man who struggles, and sometimes succeeds, in bettering himself. Major is an accomplished writer; his style is easy and seamless and his work is a pleasure to read.”
      Two for the Tablelands is a well-written tale with more than enough thrills, chills, and unexpected twists and turns to satisfy even the most jaded readers among us.”
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    The Ice Shack Katia Canciani, Christian Quesnel, Jocelyne Thomas
    9781550818505 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure Age (years) from 4 - 8 Publication Date:November 19, 2020 Print Run:2000
    $12.95 CAD 11 x 8.5 x 0.12 in | 0.25 kg | 24 pages Carton Quantity:100 Canadian Rights: Y Breakwater Books
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      ***BEST BOOKS FOR KIDS AND TEENS 2021 CATALOGUE***



      The most beautiful ice-fishing shack on the whole coast belongs to Alphonse. But he can’t seem to catch a thing—not even a sock, or an old pair of underwear! How will he ever win the Best Fisherman Contest?!

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      Katia Canciani lives in Gatineau, Quebec, and has published 36 books for children. She spends her time flying planes and meeting kids in schools.



      Christian Quesnel lives in Saint-Andre-Avellin, Quebec, and is an author and illustrator of comics, graphic novels, and children’s books. He’s illustrated several books and albums with Bouton d’or Acadie, and The Ice Shack is his fifth big fish!



      Born and raised in Newfoundland, Jocelyne comes from a bilingual family and grew up reading and hearing stories in both French and English from an early age. She loves stories that draw from the culture and history of an area and its people, and even as an adult, she still always wants “just one more story!” A huge word nerd and language enthusiast, she is a trained folklorist, editor, and researcher. She likes nothing better than reading all day, fortified by cups of tea.

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      “Bold illustrations and a delightfully simple colour palette make this picture book eye catching, with every turn of the page, even though there is no fish catching! Alphonse doesn't win the Best Fisherman Contest. He wins a much more important prize. A perfect winter time reading and great for fishermen and fisherwomen to share with their littlest minnows!”
      "The Ice Shack is an entertaining read about Alphonse the ice-fisherman. Alphonse has built himself the most attractive shack around but when it becomes cold and time to fish he can't catch a thing! And if he can't catch a thing he wont win the Best Fisherman Contest. He dedicates himself to proving he's the best fisherman so wholeheartedly he doesn't even sleep. But because of the lack of excitement of no fish he eventually falls asleep and when he wakes the surroundings outside his shack have changed and so begins his wild whale of a tale! My kids loved this one! And the illustrations are fantastic!"
      "The palette of the illustrations includes lots of strong reds and blues and blacks. The texture brings a lot of flow to the sky and water. And the shapes are often playful, even dreamy. As Alphonse saws the wood to build his shack, his long hair flows out behind him, and a bird joins him on his perch (which he’s about to cut off); when he’s astonished, exclamation points form a ring around his head. This whimsy cheer aligns with the tone of 'The Ice Shack’s' adventure."

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