November 2019 Featured Title

One for the Rock (2018)

From well-known local author Kevin Major comes a murder mystery set in contemporary St. John’s. In One for the Rock, we meet Sebastian Synard, the whiskey-loving, former teacher turned tour operator, who gets drawn into crime fighting when one of the tourists he is taking for a hike around Signal Hill goes over a cliff onto the rocks below. Tragic accident … or murder? Along with Sebastian, his son Nick and dog Gaffer, RNC Inspector Frederick Olsen (who just happens to be the new squeeze of Sebastian’s ex-wife, Samantha), One for the Rock introduces readers to the attractions and tourist hotspots of contemporary St. John’s. With twists and turns to rival the East Coast Trail, this entertaining crime thriller is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The reader-advocate for One for the Rock will be Lori Shortall, library patron, teacher, and creator of the book review Facebook page “Lori’s Library.” One for the Rock is the NL READS 2020 feature book for November.

Author - Kevin Major

Governor General Award winner Kevin Major has published 17 books, for both young people and adults. His first, Hold Fast, is considered a classic of Canadian young adult fiction, and was recently released as a feature film. No Man’s Land, about the Newfoundland Regiment in WWI, was published in 1995 to much acclaim. Major’s adaption has been brought to the stage by Rising Tide Theatre for more than a dozen seasons. As Near To Heaven By Sea: A History of Newfoundland and Labrador was a Canadian best-seller and finalist for the Pearson Non-Fiction Prize. Ann and Seamus, a verse novel, was shortlisted for a total of ten awards. It has been turned into an opera and performed internationally. New Under the Sun, the first in a trilogy of historical novels for adults, was nominated for an Atlantic Book Award. Considered “among the best Canadian writers of his generation,” Major’s most recent work is Land Beyond the Sea (Breakwater, 2019).


Publisher - Breakwater Books

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Reader-Advocate - Lori Shortall, Library Patron

Lori has worked as a music teacher with the NLESD for 23 years. She is associated with many music organizations in St. John's, including Rotary Music Festival, Festival 500, and Lady Cove Women's Choir. An avid reader, Lori is a member of The Mimosas Book Club, which has read over 150 books in the past 16 years, and has her own book review page on Facebook (Lori's Library). As a middle school teacher, she is excited to share this experience with her students.

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