Sharon Bala’s bestselling debut novel, The Boat People, was a finalist for Canada Reads 2018 and the 2018 Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Published in January 2018, it is available worldwide with forthcoming translations in French, Arabic, and Turkish. The unpublished manuscript won the Percy Janes First Novel Award (May 2015) and was short listed for the Fresh Fish Award (October 2015). In 2017, Sharon won the Journey Prize and had a second story long-listed in the anthology. A three-time recipient of Newfoundland and Labrador's Arts and Letters award, she has stories published in Hazlitt, Grain, Maisonneuve, The Dalhousie Review, Riddle Fence, Room, Prism International, The New Quarterly, and in an anthology called Racket: New Writing From Newfoundland (Breakwater Books, Fall 2015).
The Boat People
The Boat People is a high-stakes novel that offers a deeply compassionate lens through which to view the current refugee crisis. Inspired by real events, with vidid scenes that move between the eerie beauty of northern Sri Lanka and combative refugee hearings in Vancouver, where life and death decisions are made, Sharon Bala's stunning debut is an unforgettable and necessary story for our times.
Charis Cotter is an award-winning children’s author who draws inspiration from Newfoundland landscape and ghosts. The Ferryland Visitor: A Mysterious Tale, with artwork by Newfoundland artist Gerry Squires, tells the true story of a ghostly encounter. Her spooky, suspenseful novel, The Swallow: A Ghost Story, won the Violet Downey Book Award and The Painting won the Atlantic Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Her most recent novel, The Ghost Road, was featured on the cover of Booklist Magazine. Working with local schools, Charis has published two books of traditional Newfoundland ghost stories: The Ghosts of Baccalieu and The Ghosts of Southwest Arm.
The Ghost Road
For the first time, Ruth is heading to Newfoundland to stay with family she’s never met. Ruth’s cousin Ruby is also staying for the summer, and the two discover they have a lot in common: they both lost their moms when they were two years old, they’re the same age and they even like the same food. But while Ruby believes in spirits and fairies, Ruth believes in science and cold, hard facts. When they find ominous information on some tombstones in the local cemetery, Ruth and Ruby start investigating their family’s past and discover that twin girls are born in every generation, and every set of twins dies young, leaving their children without mothers. What’s more, one of the twins always has The Sight and can see the Ghost Road that leads to the mysterious lost settlement of Slippers Cove. What happened there? What does it have to do with their family? And who is the ghostly presence that keeps visiting Ruth late at night? The answers lie somewhere along the Ghost Road . . . if they can only find it.
Terry Doyle is a writer from the Goulds, Newfoundland. Winner of the 2017 Percy Janes First Novel Award and finalist for the 2017 NLCU Fresh Fish Award, his work has appeared in Riddle Fence, Papermill Press, Leopardskin & Limes, and at CBC. Terry’s debut short story collection, DIG, is due in early 2019 from Breakwater Books.
In twelve dialed-in and exceptionally honed short stories, Terry Doyle presents an enduring assortment of characters channelled through the chain reactions of misfortune and redemption. A construction worker’s future is bound to a feckless and suspicious workmate. A young woman’s burgeoning social activism is constrained by hardship and the desperation of selling puppies online. A wedding guest recognizes a panhandler attending the reception. And a man crafts a concealed weapon with which to carry out his nightly circuit of paltry retribution.
Rod Etheridge is a veteran broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. He has reported on the most significant events of the past 30 years on Canada’s east coast. Rod also wrote and produced a television documentary, “Trail of the Caribou,” that played in theatres across the province. Hosted by Allan Hawco and Mark Critch with an appearance by Alan Doyle, the documentary brought to life the story of soldiers who fought with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Newfoundland in the first world war. Rod has won a number of journalism awards, including awards for his coverage of cancer screening errors and a fatal fire on Bell Island. He lives in Topsail, Conception Bay South with his wife Shannon and their three children, Jessica, Colton and Rayanna. 18 Souls: the Loss and Legacy of Cougar Flight 491 is his first book.
On March 12, 2009, a helicopter carrying workers to oil production platforms in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland crashed into the ocean. Seventeen of the people on board the helicopter perished. One survived. Much has been learned since then about helicopter safety, thanks to an investigation into the cause of the crash and a public inquiry. But little has been said about the 17 people who lost their lives on that day 10 years ago. The families are now custodians of their legacies. In 18 Souls: The Loss & Legacy of Cougar Flight 491, families and friends speak candidly—in many cases, for the first time—about what was really lost and what could have been, had fate been kind that day.
Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of the novels Caught, February, and Alligator. Caught was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize and is now a major CBC television series starring Allan Hawco. February won CBC’s Canada Reads competition, was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and was named a New Yorker Best Book of the Year and a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book. Alligator was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (Canada and the Caribbean region), and was a national bestseller. Her story collection Open was a finalist for the Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a national bestseller. Lisa lives in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
Something for Everyone
Internationally celebrated as one of literature’s most gifted stylists, Lisa Moore returns with her third story collection, a soaring chorus of voices, dreams, loves, and lives. Taking us from the Fjord of Eternity to the streets of St. John’s and the swamps of Orlando, these stories show us the timeless, the tragic, and the miraculous hidden in the underbelly of our everyday lives. A missing rock god may have jumped a cruise ship — in the Arctic. A grieving young woman may live next to a serial rapist. A man’s last day on earth replays in the minds of others in a furiously sensual, heartrending fugue. Something for Everyone is Moore at the peak of her prowess — she seems bent on nothing less than rewiring the circuitry of the short story itself.
Susie Taylor’s work won the NLCU Fresh Fish Award for emerging writers, Riddle Fence’s Leaside Fiction Prize and Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters awards. Even Weirder Than Before is her first novel. She lives in Harbour Grace.
Even Weirder Than Before
Daisy’s job is to be as unobtrusive as possible. But when her father suddenly leaves and her mother breaks down, Daisy’s old life disappears, and she is set free in the rift created between her parents. Susie Taylor’s sharp, quick-witted prose carries Daisy through a family cataclysm, relationships with boys, and her increasingly confusing feelings towards girls, especially Wanda. A refreshingly perceptive and honest debut, Even Weirder Than Before explores the nature of family, friendships, and sexual awakenings—and introduces one of Newfoundland’s most exciting new writers.
CHRISTINE LEGROW & SHIRLEY A. SCOTT
As a CBC story said, “Two women in the province are keeping culture alive by recreating and sharing rare Newfoundland knitting patterns.” Christine LeGrow of Spindrift Handknits and Shirley A. Scott (“Shirl the Purl”) have collected and studied mittens from across Newfoundland for the past 40 years. Recognizing the value of these artifacts, they have expertly and painstakingly recreated more than 20 heritage patterns for today’s knitter. They will bring that expertise—along with colourful stories and time-honoured tips—to a knitting circle on Sunday afternoon.
Saltwater Mittens from the Island of Newfoundland
Woolen mittens have long been a Newfoundlander’s best friend. The warmer the better. In a quirky climate of freeze, thaw, blow, and drizzle, good mittens made all tasks easier—to split birch, hammer a nail, gut a fish, draw and haul water, hang clothes on a line, shoot a seabird, or snare a rabbit. Social life, too, always required the finest mittens and gloves. This continues today. These mittens are as practical as they are beautiful—double-knit with two colours means twice the warmth and wind resistance. The patterns are rated by difficulty and varied in style, including trigger mitts, wristers, five-finger mittens (a.k.a. gloves), fingerless mitts for wee ones, and, of course, classic mittens for all. The dozens of colour photographs will inspire you to make your own bold colour choices. The nuggets of history, and tales of mittens and their knitters, make Saltwater Mittens a book knitters and non-knitters alike can enjoy.