Friday, January 30, 2009

Title story from On the Beach in Spanish Room by Janis Spence now available as a Short Fiction "Single" digital download

New short fiction audio download by Janis Spence available from

on the beach in spanish room

by Janis Spence
narrated by the author
45 minutes 

Janis Spence was a writer, actor and director living and working in St. John’s. The author of three stage plays, CHICKENS, CATLOVER, and WALKING TO AUSTRALIA, she also wrote extensively for radio and television. Janis was a major contributor and influence on the character, style and content of Rattling Books.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT (January 25 - February 1): spudgel

Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT: Dictionary of Newfoundland English


(brought to you each week by Rattling Books)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Jennifer Barrett's work at Eastern Edge Gallery

January 10th - February 21st, 2009

JENNIFER BARRETT (NL): Werebears and Only Children.

A multi-media installation including painting, sculpture and video projection based on a comic strip, Werebears and Only Children. The paintings from the comic strip are presented in the gallery on scale and at viewing height to sculptural characters of the comic strip itself. These characters then end up critiquing themselves.The sculptural figures are approximately 4 feet tall complete with speech bubbles where video dialogue ensues.

Jennifer Barrett is a painter and a printmaker and member of the board of directors of St. Michael's Printshop. She currently works as a commercial screen printer. Her work revolves around the extrapolation of blind contour drawings and the modification of autobiographical comics. She is a big fan of non-traditional comic artists, many of whom deal with personal stories that are often funny, tragic, and simply mundane. Currently she is creating work that brings her comic characters off the printed page and computer screen and into a three-dimensional setting. Her comics can be seen in The Scope and at


Jennifer Barrett is also the artist behind some images for Rattling Books.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Advance Review of Jessica Grant's "Come, Thou Tortoise" in the Quill and Quire

Jessica Grant’s debut novel is one of those rare books that manage to entwine humour – in this case, even outright silliness – with poignant insight and a captivating plot, says reviewer Jan Dutkiewicz... Read the rest
Jessica Grant can be heard reading her story the Princification Process at The Princification Process was released at the end of 2008 as part of EarLit Shorts 3. sells literature to listen to in the form of mail order audio book CDs or digital downloads for your iPod or other portable mp3 player.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Word of the Week over at REDEFiNE iT (January 18 - 24): black

Brought to you each week by Rattling Books, an audiobook publisher overlooking the Northwest Atlantic from the island of Newfoundland.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Russell Wangersky talks to Shelagh Rogers on CBC Radio's The Next Chapter: listen online

Shelagh Rogers talks to Russell Wangersky about Burning Down the House, his memoir of being a firefighter

Being a hero isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. In Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself (Thomas Allen) award-winning writer Russell Wangersky relates the story of his eight-year career as a volunteer firefighter. Like many children, he grew up with the dream of becoming a firefighter and saving lives. But in reality, he found that dealing with human tragedy resulted in his own trauma.

In this feature interview from The Next Chapter, Wangersky talks to Shelagh Rogers about his book, and what it's like behind the uniform of a firefighter.


You can listen to Russell Wangersky reading from his short story McNally's Fair at

Two stories by Russell were included in the new audio short fiction series EarLit Shorts from Rattling Books.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New short fiction by Steven Heighton available as a digital download from Rattling Books

New short fiction audio download by Steven Heighton available from

The Dead are More Visible
by Steven Heighton
narrated by Jane Dingle
41 minutes long

Steven Heighton's fiction has appeared in many Canadian and international magazines and anthologies, including Best English Stories and Best Canadian Stories. The Dead are More Visible by Steven Heighton won the gold at the 2008 National Magazine Awards.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Word of the Week (January 11-17): scuddling

Word of the Week: January 11 - 17


Definition according to the Dictionary of Newfoundland English:

scuddling vbl n

Comb scuddling hole: hole at stern of boat through which oar is worked to steer or propel craft (Q 67-33); SCORE-HOLE, SCULLING HOLE.

scuddling oar, scuddle ~ : scull; SCULLING OAR.0 67-1

Scuddle oar—the oar used to steer the punt with. One person sits or stands in the stern of the punt and steers it with a scuddle oar. P 209-73 ~ an oar used to propel a punt through a hole in the stern.

Now, we invite you to RELiVE, REMEMBER and REFRESH iT and/or even REDEFiNE iT!

The main thing is to RELiSH iT.We also invite you to visit our sister Facebook group.

The word of the week is brought to you each week by Rattling Books and released each Sunday morning on the Newfoundland and Labrador CBC Radio program Weekend Arts Magazine with host Angela Antle.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Poetry - the next latte: Christian Bok's Eunoia takes Britain

The next latte
(latest sighting)
Calgary poet hits U.K. bestseller list
(CBC News)
"Christian Bok's Eunoia, released in Britain in October, became the No. 8 seller on Amazon U.K. Christmas week, made the Times of London's list of the year's top 10 books and remains the top-selling book of poetry in Britain."

Read the rest of this article here.


And just who is fool enough to predict that Poetry is the next latte?

Sunday, January 04, 2009

My Future in Insurance by Richard Cumyn, narrated by Charlie Tomlinson is now available as a short fiction single from Rattling Books

Now available as a short fiction single
from Rattling Books:

My Future in Insurance
by Richard Cumyn
narrated by Charlie Tomlinson

from the short fiction audiobook EarLit Shorts 3
is also available as a downloadable short fiction single from Rattling Books.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A New Year's Resolution from Don McKay

We couldn't resist revisiting this New Year's Resolution from Don McKay

(it comes via our New Year's Resolution Contest last year at REDEFiNE iT: Dictionary of Newfoundland English)

January 2nd and your head still feels like a waddock that's been bashed up and down the field by size thirteen spaugs, and no wonder, you're after being a slinger randying all Christmas, guzzling the screech and stuffing your gob, telling your old cuffers filled with all that pishogue, how you were forever grassing in the bawn like the rawny merrybegot you are, how you'd marl up the droke with a joke and a bottle and all the girls waiting to kiss you in the drung behind the church hall, way back when you were but a lewardly nuzzle tripe of a angishore before the blue drop got in your blood and you were out jiggering for cod with the bawks and guds whirling overhead, the gillies, turrs and tickleaces skimming the surface, the swiles sculling and diving, now here you are so hung over you can hardly stand to shive the goowiddy off your fousty face, yes my son, you say to the boo in the mirror, you've been a jeezly seeny-sawny long enough, it's time for a whole yaffle of resolutions, if only you could figure out where to start.