The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays: Volume 3

The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Plays: Volume 3 gathers an impressive range of work by some of the province’s most renowned authors. The third and final volume in the series includes six plays by Robert Chafe, Aiden Flynn, Andy Jones, Lisa Moore, Berni Stapleton, and Ed Riche. Edited and introduced by Denyse Lynde, this anthology celebrates the island’s rich dramatic tradition and finally makes groundbreaking work by Newfoundland playwrights available to audiences everywhere.… Continue reading

Aspects of Nature by Rhoda Rabinowitz Green

Rhoda Rabinowitz Green is the author of two novels, Slowly I Turn and Moon Over Mandalay. Her short fiction has been published in magazines and journals across North America, including The Fiddlehead. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart prize and was a finalist in the Canadian Writers Union Short Prose Competition. She lives in Toronto.

Short story collections are always a delight for me to read.… Continue reading

Black Water Rising by Robert Rayner

New Brunswick author Robert Rayner is the author of three adult novels, nine young adult novels, and five teen novels. His latest young adult novel is Black Water Rising (2016, Nimbus Publishing). His books have been shortlisted for the Ann Connor Brimer Children’s Literature Award and (four times) for the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award. Six have been included in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre annual “Best Books” list, and one on the US Young Adult Library Services Association “Best Books to Get Teens Reading” list.… Continue reading

Brothers by David Clerson

QC Fiction has released another translation (this time by Katia Grubisic) of a Quebec novel entitled Brothers by David Clerson. This novel (under its French title Frères) won the Grand prix littéraire Archambault 2014. The other two QC Fiction novels, Life in the Court of Matane and The Unknown Huntsman were exceptional in their content, very diverse and humorous in an off-beat way. Brothers is certainly no exception.… Continue reading

Weather Permitting & Other Stories by Pratap Reddy

I find it not only broadening, but refreshing to read stories written by authors from other cultures, in this case South Asian. Weather Permitting & Other Stories (2016 Guernica Editions) is Pratap Reddy’s first collection of stories. He moved to Canada from India in 2002 and works as an underwriter by day and an author by night.

There are twelve stories in this collection, and they all focus on the various trials and tribulations of Indian immigrants to Canada, primarily those that land and live in Toronto. … Continue reading

A Splendid Boy by Melanie Martin

Since it has been one hundred years since the Battle of the Somme in WWI, there have been numerous books produced, both fiction and non-fiction that deal with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and its heavy involvement in the Great War. A Splendid Boy (2016, Flanker Press) by Melanie Martin is a fine example of the type of historical fiction Flanker Press produces.

Synopsis

A Splendid War is about an adolescent love between a merchant’s daughter (Emma Tavenor) and a poor fisherman’s son (Daniel Beresford) that is torn apart by not only Emma’s father’s disapproval (with which he punishes Daniel’s father who is heavily in debt to him) but by the war, which Daniel uses as an excuse to make a clean break from Emma, for he has promised Mr.… Continue reading