Thursday, March 25, 2010

Jessica Grant's Come, Thou Tortoise wins the Winterset Award

Hot on the heels of winning the Canada Also Reads award Jessica Grant has won the 2009 Winterset Award for her first novel Come, Thou Tortoise.

The Winterset Award celebrates excellence in Newfoundland and Labrador writing and comes with a cash prize of $5000. The two other finalists are Michael Crummey for Galore and Lisa Moore for February. They each received a prize of $1000.

Come, Thou Tortoise, published by Alfred A. Knopf Canada of Toronto, was one of 32 works by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (either native-born or resident) submitted by publishers from across the country.


You can hear Jessica Grant reading her story The Princification Process at

Monday, March 15, 2010

Delia and Phil, a new audio short story from Rattling Books by Chris Benjamin, read by Charlie Tomlinson

Delia and Phil
by Chris Benjamin

read by Charlie Tomlinson

Delia and Phil is the newest short fiction "single" digital download from Rattling Books. It is the penultimate story in the completion of EarLit Shorts 4, the next anthology of audio short stories in the EarLit Shorts series.

Chris Benjamin is a journalist and author presently based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. His first novel, Drive-by Saviours, won the Percy Prize for best novel in the Atlantic Writing Competition.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

New audio short fiction by Leslie Vryenhoek, read by Joel Thomas Hynes from the EarLit Shorts series

by Leslie Vryenhoek

narrated by Joel Thomas Hynes
Cycle, by Leslie Vryenhoek is the latest short fiction "single" digital download to be released from the upcoming EarLit Shorts 4 anthology of short fiction from Rattling Books.Leslie Vryenhoek's debut book of short stories, Scrabble Lessons, was published in 2009 by Oolichan Books.

Monday, March 08, 2010

March Hare 2010 line up includes Anita Best, Michael Crummey, Joel Thomas Hynes and Ron Hynes

2010 Schedule

March Hare West

The Brass Taps (College St.), Toronto
Friday 5 March, 8:00 pm & Saturday 6 March, 2:00 pm
featuring Lloyd Bartlett, Michael Crummey, Antony Christie, Anthony Da Sa, Randall Maggs, Pamela Morgan, Sara Tilley, Ron Hynes (Friday only), Stephen Brunt (Friday only), Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall (Saturday only), Caroline Rowe (Saturday only).

East Hare

Masonic Lodge, St John’s
Wednesday, 10 March, 8:00 pm
featuring Jan Conn, Dermot Healy, Joel Hynes, Ron Hynes, Alayna Munce, Andreae Callanan, Randall Maggs, Ellen Power, Allan Ricketts, Kelly Russell.

Eric’s Time

Albatross Hotel, Gander
Thursday 11 March, 7:30 pm
featuring Gina Brown, Matthew Byrne, Jan Conn, Michael Crummey, Paul Dean, Stan Dragland, Dermot Healy, Joel Hynes, Ron Hynes, Alayna Munce, Steve Rowe, Kelly Russell, Gord Quinton, Sara Tilley, Eric West.

“A Swamp Tune in My Head”

The Glynmill Inn, Corner Brook
Friday 12 March, 8:00 pm
featuring The Byrnes, Michael Crummey, Tom Dawe, Stan Dragland, Gerry Squires, Ron Hynes, Pamela Morgan, Stephanie Payne, Larry Small, Gord Quinton, Sara Tilley, Des Walsh.

The Rocky Show

Fisherman’s Landing, Rocky Harbour
Friday 12 March, 8:00 pm
featuring Paul Barry, Anita Best, Paul Dean, Randall Maggs, Shirley Montague, Alayna Munce, Daniel Payne, Linda Slade, Baxter Wareham.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

The Legion, Corner Brook
Saturday 13 March, 1:00 pm
featuring Elinor Benjamin, Daniel Payne, the Sir Wilfred Grenfell Acting Troupe.

The High School Show

The Tudor Room, Glynmill Inn, Corner Brook
Saturday, 13 March, 2:00 pm
Tara Manuel, Alayna Munce, 8 student artists.

Pittman’s Fancy

The Legion, Corner Brook
Saturday 13 March, 8:00 pm
featuring Anita Best, Allan Byrne, Matthew Byrne, Jan Conn, Paul Dean, Dermot Healy, Joel Hynes, Ron Hynes, Randall Maggs, Tara Manuel, Kelly Russell, Baxter Wareham, and the New Poet.

The Sunday Soiree

King Henry’s Pub, the Glynmill Inn, Corner Brook
Sunday, 14 March, 2:00 pm
Paul Barry, Anita Best, Allan Byrne, Joe Byrne, Matthew Byrne, Pat Byrne, Nadine Hollett, Ron Hynes, Pamela Morgan, Charlie Payne, Daniel Payne, Stephanie Payne, Gord Quinton, Kelly Russell, Linda Slade, Des Walsh, Don Walsh, Baxter Wareham.
N.B. Anita Best, Michael Crummey, Joel Thomas Hynes and Ron Hynes are among the authors and performers available from Rattling Books, a small but fine audio publisher based in Newfoundland.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Fantasy Apparel by J.J. Steinfeld read by Charlie Tomlinson, the latest downloadable short fiction from Rattling Books

Fantasy Apparel
by J.J. Steinfeld

narrated by Charlie Tomlinson
Fantasy Apparel, by J.J. Steinfeld is the latest short fiction "single" digital download to be released from the upcoming EarLit Shorts 4 anthology of short fiction from Rattling Books.
Fiction writer, poet, and playwright J. J. Steinfeld lives hidden away on Prince Edward Island, where he is patiently waiting for Godot’s arrival and a phone call from Kafka.

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Sherry White's film "Crackie" is a narrative feature at New York's Museum of Modern Art this month.

Telefilm and MoMA bring seventh Canadian Front to New York audiences
Mar 2, 2010 2:00:00 PM

MONTREAL, March 2 /CNW Telbec/ - The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, in association with Telefilm Canada, will present the seventh annual Canadian Front showcase from March 17 to March 22, 2010. The yearly survey of new Canadian cinema showcases eight films made over the last 18 months....
Narrative Feature
Crackie - Written and directed by Sherry White. With Mary Walsh, Meghan Greeley, Cheryl Wells, Joel Thomas Hynes, Kristin Booth. Mitsy, a teenager enduring a hardscrabble adolescence with her grandmother, discovers a dog she wants to love; contemplates sex with a local boy; and, despite her grandmother's wish never to see her own daughter again, hopes her estranged mother will return to Newfoundland. Be careful what you wish for. White's debut film sensitively illuminates the confusion of youth and the dramatic collision of three generations of women.
Read the whole article here.