Crack Those Spines: Book Fridge Hosts The Second Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Reads

Get ready for some delicious reading! The panelists were introduced last week on the vlog, What’s Special About Your Vagina, which you can see below (yes, I meant to say that), or view here.

Meet the panelists and their selections:

Roger Maunder

Roger Maunder

Roger Maunder is a writer, actor, director, and filmmaker living in St. John’s. Learn more about Roger by visiting his website. Buy his novel Mundy Pond at your local bookstore, or from Amazon or Chapters.


Roger on choosing Inside: “I’ve always been an admirer of Kenneth J Harvey’s work because of his dark, stylish and unique way of composing and describing the scenes. I fell in love with the short stories in ‘The Hole That Must Be Filled’, especially Heber Peach. I believe it was that book that originally hooked me. After reading this amazing piece of work, there’s no other book I would have picked.”

Jerry Stamp
jerry stamp
Photo by Besh

Jerry Stamp is an award-winning, impressively tireless musician who’s played with some of Canada’s finest. Buy his music here, and look for him on Twitter, Facebook, and Soundcloud.


Jerry on choosing Galore: “I had heard the name Michael Crummey thrown around before, but it wasn’t until a few years back when I heard Sean Panting’s song Emergency Roadside Assistance (which was inspired by Crummey’s work) that I took an interest in his writing. It was sort of a right time/right place sort of thing. Fast forward a few years. I had heard about his latest book Galore when it first came out and was intrigued, but I was also crazy busy so it went into the back of my head. So when this opportunity to sink my teeth into something came about, Galore was the obvious choice.”

Michelle Butler Hallett

Photo by David Hallett

Michelle Butler Hallett’s no holds barred attitude toward writing has made her one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most prolific writers having published four novels in just six years. Buy her books at your local bookstore, Amazon, Chapters, or directly from the publisher, visit her blog and find her on Facebook.


Michelle on choosing Straight Razor Days: “It’s hard to classify, and that’s got me thinking about forms and themes. The voice is compelling. The pieces are like marks and scars, working individually but also coming together to tell a larger story.”

Dave Sullivan

dave sullivan

Dave Sullivan, being a better comedian than I will ever be, will introduce himself: Dave is a writer/actor from St. John’s. A graduate of Grenfell Campus, Memorial University’s Theatre Program, Sullivan has performed on stages throughout the island, country and internationally. This is the part of the blurb where Sullivan writes inane things to ensure people are still reading: cucumber, peppermint, gummi bear. Still there? Sullivan currently works as the copywriter for Memorial University’s St. John’s campus where he enjoys Chartwellian dinners and long walks in the tunnels. Dave will be appearing in two feature films in the coming year: Hold Fast and The Grand Seduction are both slated for theatrical release in 2013. He has a dog. His name is Luke. The end.


Dave on choosing West Moon: “Why choose West Moon? First and foremost Al Pittman was one of the sweetest men I ever had the chance to meet. Beyond being sweet, Al was also an immensely talented and honest poet. I think West Moon speaks to a period of Newfoundland’s history intelligently without being too winy. It oozes passion at every step. It illuminates one of the darkest times of our province in a beautifully poetic way. Plus, it’s WAY better than all the other books. Like WAY better.”

Angela Antle

angela antle

Angela is an independent TV and transmedia producer living in St. John’s. She schemes with artists of all sizes and shapes, still buys books and co-chairs the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival – now in it’s 24th year!


Angela on choosing Annabel: “Annabel struck me to my core as a mother and a feminist. It forced me to think about the myriad types of behaviours and desires we subconsciously place on our children – potentially holding them back from becoming their true selves. Kathleen Winter’s book has stayed with me since I first read it two years ago with it’s finely tuned characters and the complexity of their struggles to do the right thing.

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