The popular bookstores in Newfoundland for the real bookworms

If you are a bookworm today, you would probably be carrying your Kindle around with you all the while. And while it does make carrying books easier, it does beg the question – do we still need bookshops today?

More and more people believe that the era of bookstores is coming to an end. All the info we need can be accessed online, why go to the shop? But there are also many people who will never agree with this.

Yes, you could buy and download all the books you need on your e-book reader, but nothing can replace a chance to go to the quiet bookshop you like and spend their hours just looking through new editions.  And who can forget the smell of them? It’s a booklover’s delight, any day!

People keep coming to bookstores simply for the atmosphere: quiet and orderly rooms, polite and helping personnel, soft chairs for comfortable sitting and browsing through the book you liked or viewing attractive photo albums.

Many bookshops in Newfoundland now combine selling books with some related products such as writing accessories, table games, and puzzles. To increase profitability, some also create a unique atmosphere combining a shop with a cafe.

Where can you find books in Newfoundland?

If you are an active reader and still like the good old books, here are some places where you can find them in Newfoundland.

Coles Books

This bookshop is situated at 44 Maple Valley Rd #30, Corner Brook. The staff is very friendly and offers the visitors extensive knowledge of their products. Most clients like the calm and friendly atmosphere. Everything is neatly organized, so customers usually have no problem finding what they are looking for.

Even if some problems arise, the staff will quickly solve any.  If you don’t find what you need, you can order it from their website, and it will be delivered to the store for free.


This bookstore is located at 70 Kenmount Rd, St. John’s. Readers love to spend hours here. They just grab a coffee from the Starbucks that is in the store and wander through the shelves to find something amazing to read.

The staff is friendly, easily approachable and very knowledgeable. They can find exactly what you’re looking for, or help you find something if you’re not sure of what you want. Chapters can be used by anyone looking for a quiet place to read or choosing a present for someone special!

Elaine’s Books

The store is situated at 208 Duckworth St, St. John’s. Elaine’s Books is a beautiful place to browse for a book. Book lovers can find many hidden treasures here. Elaine’s keen sense of literary value is well demonstrated in the excellent selection she has chosen to stock. This is a wonderful bookstore. Elaine’s Books have additional value in the local community due to occasional concerts and readings.

If you are in Newfoundland, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of them!

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Major Newfoundland book publishing houses

Book publishing has always been very popular. Even if some people insist that this sphere is starting to decline, it does not look like true if we take into account the great number of various publishing houses throughout Canada.

Each province has at least five of them, and with many people are trying their hands out at writing today, they have an opportunity to apply to a chosen publishing house and see their publication in print.

Many publishing houses offer books with exclusive design (jubilee, souvenir design or simply memorable gift books). Such service grows extremely popular these days.

The biggest publishing houses located in Newfoundland

Here is a list of some of the publishing houses you can go to if you are looking to get your book published.

Breakwater Books

Breakwater Books is a company, which appeared in 1973. In its early years, this publishing house aimed to publish only materials that deals with Newfoundland and Labrador culture. In recent years, Breakwater has enlarged its range of activities and started publishing high-quality literature in all genres. They publish children’s books, fiction, non-fiction, educational curricula, and poetry.

The company purchased Creative Book Publishing from Newfoundland, in an all-out deal last year. With it, the company aims to develop Newfoundland and Labrador’s publishing sphere by producing excellent literary works.

It also promotes Newfoundland authors in the Canadian market as well as internationally. Creative Book Publishing is located in St. John’s.

The publishing house produces 10-14 new books a year and reprints about ten books annually. Some of the popular books that have come from its stables include the likes of Full Circle by Helen Fogwill Porter and Too Unspeakable for Words, by Rosalind Gill.

Boulder Publications

Boulder Publications, headquartered in Newfoundland & Labrador, is known to publish books across different niche, from children books to books on nature and photography. Among its bestsellers include books like Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things, as well as FavoritePerennials for Atlantic Canada.

Flanker Press

Flanker Press is also situated in St. John’s. It is comparatively new but it is growing more popular in Newfoundland and Labrador. The publishing house is known for its quality publications of trade books in the region. The company does like to promote books more on the historical fiction niche as well as books in the non-fiction genre.

Pedlar Press

This one’s another publishing house that works from its headquarters based in St. John’s NL. Unlike many of its other competitors, this publishing house focuses mostly on works of poetry and prose. Occasionally, it does come out with its own graphic novels as well.

The other things to note

If you are a Canadian author looking to get your work published, these are the best places you can go to.

Before choosing a certain book publisher, do look at the book publishers’ websites, their terms, and conditions and contact the chosen publishing house to discuss the best opportunities for publishing books. Publishing managers help to calculate the cost of preparatory and printing services.

When deciding to publish a book, pay attention to the types of services provided by the book publisher. Some publishers have a narrow specialization and send your work to a larger printing house. This increases the costs and usually affects the quality of the end product.

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5 famous Canadian writers everyone should know about

Looking to choose your next book for reading and wondering which one you should pick? While there are a good number of authors today, you might just want to try going a little offbeat and choose one written by a Canadian author.

Canadian literature is comparatively young, but it has already given the world many famous writers and poets. Who are these authors and what everyone should know about them?

1. Alice Munro

Alice Munro is the author of numerous touching, deep and critical short stories. In 2013 she received the Nobel Prize for Literature. The author narrates in a private and intimate way, entrusting the reader into the deepest corners of the character’s soul. All her works swirl around the balance between love and work. Alice Munro wrote many books about gender roles and social problems. Her most outstanding works are Boys and Girls, How I Met My Husband, The Moons of Jupiter, Free Radicals, A Wilderness Station.

2. Stephen Leacock

Stephen Leacock is famous for his subtle humor and keen observation of comic situations in everyday life. An inexhaustible inventor, he knows how to find the string of the acutely comic situation in the simplest, most ordinary event.

A clever and subtle psychologist, Leacock created a whole gallery of comic characters, showing remarkable observation and high artistic skill. The author has many collections of short stories.

His most popular books are Literary Lapses (1910), Nonsense Novels (1911),  and the Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town (1912).

3. Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje wrote both poetry and novels. His collections of poems The Collected Works of Billy the Kid (1970) and There’s a Trick with a Knife I’m Learning to Do (1978) won the Governor General’s award.

Beside this, Michael is he first Canadian laureate of the Booker Prize (1992). Michael Ondaatje is the author of the famous novel “The English Patient “, which inspired the film with the same name. By the way, the film “The English Patient” won 9 of 12 nominated Academy Awards.

4. Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian writer and poet, one of the main figures in the world literary arena, a modern classic translated into dozens of languages. She is awarded many prestigious awards totaling more than fifty. She got recognized both in Canada and many other countries worldwide. Margaret Atwood won the Booker Prize in 2000 for the novel “The Blind Assassin”. Her most famous works are The Handmaid’s Tale, Cat’s Eye, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake and Surfacing.

5. Yann Martel

Yann Martel is a famous Canadian fiction writer. He is the author of the famous novel “Life of Pi” which formed the basis of the cult film. This is a fantasy novel describing fantastic adventures of an Indian boy who found himself in one boat with wild animals out in the sea. The writers’ style is easy and playful, but the ideas he brings up are deep and mind stirring.

Which of these authors’ works are you planning to read about first?


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Wayne Johnston’s bestseller: The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

Looking for a good Canadian author to read about Newfoundland but don’t know whom to go in for? Wayne Johnston might just be who you are looking for. His work, ‘The Colony of Unrequited Dreams’,  talks about a tale of passion and ambition, set against the backdrop of Newfoundland.

A few words about the author

Born in Goulds, Newfoundland, Wayne Johnston is a popular modern novelist. He was born in 1958. Wayne received education at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. With an English literature degree, he started working for the St. John’s Daily News as  a journalist.

He was doing it for three years but later decided to move to Ottawa. In this new place, he started writing as a career. His first novels appeared already from the time he entered college. Everybody has read his popular works, which includes the likes of The Story of Bobby O’Malley, and The Time of Their Lives.

While his work did get literary awards, the real success came to the writer only after the appearance of his outstanding novel. By the way, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is the first part of the trilogy about Newfoundland. Wayne Johnston keeps writing and giving lectures on writing and English literature.

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams

The Colony of Unrequited Dreams is not just a Canadian bestseller. Published in the USA, it acquired international popularity. The novel is devoted to Johnston’s motherland – the province of Newfoundland. It is a historical novel portraying a famous Newfoundland politician Joe Smallwood.

Smallwood wanted to do something important for Newfoundlanders. He could not agree that the island is treated like a useless colony, but not a meaningful part of Canada. His teacher from England once said that this island is a place where only unworthy people come to live, and Smallwood is at the bottom of this barrel. The young guy cannot agree with him.

Being 20, quite short and think, he does not look like a hero or even a person who can change his own life, leave aside many people’s lives. But he tries to. Smallwood thinks over a huge mission. He knows that he has come to this world to change it. To change this lost land to the “new found land”. Step by step he moves on, becoming a journalist for a famous New York newspaper.

After this, he became an active union leader sweeping into the political world of intrigues and machinations made by those who have the power.

At that point, people of Newfoundland were put in front of the decision whether to join Canada or become an independent country.

Sure, The Colony of Unrequited Dreams was inspired by historical events, but the author also used his imagination and his own interpretation of human actions and heart. Johnston was only 19 years old when he met Joe Smallwood in real life.

He just started writing as a journalist. Joe Smallwood died in 1991, so the time that passed since their meeting has given Johnston a chance to imagine some of the influences this politician had at his most active period.

In one of his interviews, the writer stated that he always wanted to write a book about Newfoundland, and a book inspiring Newfoundlanders, inspiring them to learn their past and to form their future with firmness and wisdom.

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The top book clubs in Newfoundland a must to visit

If you are looking for a place to read your favorite books in Newfoundland, you won’t be disappointed. There are a good many public libraries and bookstores around for you to take your pick from. Almost all of them have their own book clubs. There are also independent book clubs established by lovers of reading.

Almost every distinguished publishing house advertises clubs one can join to enjoy quality books they publish. These are such publishing houses as Boulder Publications, Breakwater Books, Creative Book Publishing, Flanker Press and many others.

You can always join their communities created on social media and learn about new releases and share impressions from reading there.

The most distinguished book clubs in Newfoundland are The Book Bags, and We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club. The last one gains much popularity recently.

We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club

The book club with this unique name was created back in 2007. It had only four members then. It is proud to be developing and invites new members to its meetings and interesting discussions of the books they have read. Usually, the choose books that can be bought at a low price or got for free. But they are open to discussing almost anything as long as it arises public interest and covers some important issues.

Nowadays, We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club members meet on a monthly basis, and there are usually from 12 to 15 people at such meetings. They organize such meetings always at home of some club member. They enjoy a glass of good wine and delicious meals during the meetings, which make them extremely pleasant.

We Don’t Bake Muffins Book Club, boasts of a great diversity among its members. Some of them know each other for years; some meet first at the recent meetings and become good friends. They have different views, outlooks and perception of the world, but the more diverse, the more interesting the debate is.

Many club members state that they are very happy to join because otherwise, they would never read what they have read on the advice of other members and greatly enjoyed. But what is even more important, they would have never met the people they have met here.

The Book Bags Book Club

The Book Bags is another popular book club in Newfoundland. Just like other book clubs, it organizes frequent meetings for its members, where they can enjoy spending quality time together, leading interesting discussions and even debates, sharing ideas and impressions. The book club members also advise on something new and worth reading.

So, as we see, becoming a member of some book club is a very advantageous thing for any book lover. It gives a lot of possibilities to develop your reader’s skills and get more information than just printed in words. Want to enjoy reading to the fullest? Join a nearby book club!


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