Thursday, April 11, 2013
The much admired short fiction writer Claire Wilkshire launches novel Maxine tonight at Ship Inn, St. John's
Both Claire Wilkshire and Chad Pelley are launching their new novels published by Breakwater Books, April 11 at the Ship.
Claire Wilkshire is much admired as a short story writer. You can hear two of her short fiction pieces, read by the author, in the audiobook short story collection EarLit Shorts 2. They are available as single digital downloads or as part of the collection which is available from Rattling Books both as a digital download or mail order MP3 CD.
Listen to Claire Wilkshire reading from They Are Married.
Wednesday, April 03, 2013
You can read Robin McGrath's review of Jim Healey's recent performance of Judge Prowse Presiding in Labrador in the Western Star.
If you can't see the stage performance, Judge Prowse Presiding performed by the author Frank Holden, is available as an audio recording from Rattling Books. You may mail order it as an Audio CD or pay to download the digital MP3 file.
Saturday, March 09, 2013
Louise Moyes / Lisa Porter
Tonight is the last night of a beguiling new show created and performed by the intrepid Louise Moyes in collaboration with others.
Based on a short story each by Lisa Moore and Mavis Gallant, Moore-Gallant: A Docudance is currently playing at the LSPU Hall, St. John's, Newfoundland.
The still above is from the show's film with Lisa Porter as Magdalena from the Mavis Gallant story Rue de Lille.
Rattling Books will be there tonight with copies of the short fiction audiobooks Open by Lisa Moore and Montreal Stories by Mavis Gallant.
Sunday, December 02, 2012
Do your research and listen to the The True Meaning of Crumbfest audiobook before you cut the cake.
This audiobook of David Weale's classic "Christmas" tale, told from the perspective of the mice in the hice, has charmed all sizes of people.
Be thee little or l'old, listen to this classic children's christmas story that never mentions the word and arm thyself with awe.
Antonia Francis was five years old when she narrated Crumbfest. Her narration won an Audiofile Earphones Award. The True Meaning of Crumbfest is available as an audio book CD or an MP3 audio book download.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Directed by Michelle Alexander
September 21 - October 6, 2012
Open, a collection of short fiction by Lisa Moore is available in MP3 audiobook and audio download format from Rattling Books at rattlingbooks.com
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Listen to excerpts from Rattling Books' unabridged audio book version of Lisa Moore's short story collection Open, narrated by Moore, Holly Hogan and Mary Lewis. Open is available as an audio CD or MP3 download; individual stories are available as single MP3 downloads.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
by Agnes Walsh
Spare your heart 30% on the cost of this audio book between now and Valentine's Day.
Poems read by the author with the pump organ of George Morgan and unaccompanied ballads sung by Simone Savard-Walsh.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Presentation by the Artist
Art Gallery, The Rooms, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
Wednesday, January 25, 7 pm
Exhibition publication launch, performance and gallery tour by the artist.
Junkosphere, a visual art exhibit by Nicola Hawkins with Andy Perlis is currently on exhibit at the Rooms Art Gallery
December 17 - April 15, 2012
Nicola Hawkins is an artist based in Admiral's Cove, Newfoundland. She works in whatever medium strikes her fancy. She has even been known to narrate a story by Kathleen Winter for Rattling Books.
Friday, January 20, 2012
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 22, 2012 at the Petro Canada Hall, School of Music. (Map)
This year's schedule below includes links for participating authors with Rattling Books recordings
to their respective pages on rattlingbooks.com.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Rattling Books has two audio book collections of poetry by Agnes Walsh. Going Around with Bachelors is an MP3 download, available courtesy of Brick Books and the author (click here for more information, and to listen to an excerpt). In the Old Country of My Heart is available as an audio CD and an MP3 download (click here).
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
For more information on Below the Bridge and to hear an excerpt, follow this link. Below the Bridge is available as an MP3 CD and an MP3 download.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Now it's a goat - a Running the Goat chapbook, sprawling from hand-sewn bindings in all its mouthy glory. To celebrate God Help Thee's most recent incarnation, there will be a launch on Tuesday, June 7, at The Ship Pub, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Food, drink and a short reading by Hynes.
Thursday, June 02, 2011
Rattling Books' Adrift on an Ice Pan and Coasting Trade were produced by the award-encrusted Chris Brookes (Brookes narrates the former). These audiobooks are available as audio CDs and MP3 downloads. For more information and to hear excerpts, follow this link.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Already a fan of the spoken word? Browse Rattling Books' website for fine Canadian and Newfoundland literature read by talented narrators: true adventure, history, short fiction, poetry and more.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Patrick Warner's short story "Doubleness, the Disease of Life," narrated by the author, is available from Rattling Books as an MP3 download, and is also featured on EarLit Shorts 3. For ordering information and to listen to an excerpt, follow this link.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Comedian Greg Malone and musician Ron Hynes will be appearing at the D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, on Tuesday, May 24. The event, a poverty reduction fundraiser, is being hosted by the Community Sector Council Newfoundland and Labrador. Tickets are $75 ($45 charitable receipt provided), and include a complimentary beverage and hors d’oeuvre. There will be a 50/50 draw and a live and silent auction.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Fred’s Records at 198 Duckworth Street, St. John’s, or contact the Community Sector Council NL, 753-9860.
Ron Hynes is one of the narrators of Rattling Books' audio version of Michael Crummey's poetry collection Hard Light: 32 Little Stories. He is also the narrator of Death on the Ice, Cassie Brown's classic account of the 1914 Newfoundland sealing disaster.
Rattling Books audio books are available as audio or MP3 CDs, and as MP3 downloads.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Michael Crummey's poetry collection Hard Light: 32 Little Stories is available as an MP3 download or an audio CD from Rattling Books. Follow this link for more information, and to listen to an excerpt.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Rattling Books is pleased to have Jessica Grant's short story "The Princification Process" (read by the author) available, as an individual download and as part of the short fiction collection EarLit Shorts 3.
Monday, April 18, 2011
Come help Patrick celebrate his latest literary arrival at The Ship Pub in St. John's, Tuesday, April 19, with food, drink and a reading. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and (officially) ends at 9 p.m.
Rattling Books' EarLit Shorts 3 features a fine bit from Patrick Warner's double talk, "Doubleness, the Disease of Life." Click here for more information, and to listen to an excerpt.
The last of the old "wooden walls," the SS Terra Nova (top photo) had indeed been condemned, but that didn't stop her owners from sending the ship out on the lucrative chase after seals. In 1922, as England recorded in Vikings of the Ice, the seal hunt was worth nearly $200, 000, a significant sum in those days.
England was the first and only person to observe the Newfoundland seal hunt first hand and to write about it. A committed socialist (England ran for governor of Massachusetts on the Socialist ticket in 1908), this is one of the things he wrote:
If a hunter makes $50 or $60 dollars, he's doing well. That comes to $10 to $12 dollars a week, and board . . . for hardships, perils, and toil beyond anything we know here at home. I have never known a country where employers enjoyed such a sinecure as in Newfoundland. Labour, there, has hardly begun to dream that it has any rights. And the game of exploitation goes merrily on.
England's admiration and sympathy for the sealers of Newfoundland (bottom photo) is evident in Vikings of the Ice. His fascination with their culture - in particular, its idiosyncratic habits of speech - and his ability to place the reader or listener right on the icy, bloody deck of a 1920s' wooden wall make Vikings of the Ice a compelling experience. Veteran narrator Frank Holden's seamless handling of Rattling Books' Audie-nominated audio book version of Vikings of the Ice's many voices and accents - individual sealers, ship's officers, England himself - brings the book alive. It gives England's experience directly to the listener : six hard weeks of blood, sweat and, despite the circumstances, humour. (One reader described Vikings of the Ice as a "strange admixture of implacable cruelty toward animals [and] . . . man-to-man, human warmth.")
George Allan England was born in Nebraska in 1877. His father, George Allen England, was a U.S. Army chaplain who served on bases from Virginia to Nebraska (including Fort Nebraska, General George Armstrong Custer's base of operations against Native Americans). The family moved to Boston when England was a child; he attended Boston English High School, and was accepted at Harvard. England graduated from Harvard in 1902 with Phi Beta Kappa honours, and a special award for writing. After he obtained a master's degree from Harvard in 1903, he married and began work at an insurance company, where (he once wrote) he honed his ability to write fiction.
England soon quit the insurance business, and spent the rest of his life as a freelance writer, and a traveller (except for failed attempts at chicken farming and treasure hunting in the Caribbean). Besides writing articles for popular publications of the day (e.g., Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post), England wrote fiction, including Utopian novels based on his socialist ideals. The most famous of these is his Darkness and Dawn trilogy.
George Allan England died on June 26, 1930, in Concord, New Hampshire. His New York Times obituary compared Vikings of the Ice to Kipling's Captains Courageous.
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
To find out more about National Poetry Month, follow this link. To find out more about Sea Legend and Other Poems, and to hear an excerpt, click here. Read Sea Legend, Callanan's award-winning chapbook (Frog Hollow Press, 2010).
Rattling Books publishes fine poetry by some of the most gifted Canadian poets, available as audio CDs and MP3 downloads, or MP3 downloads only.
Friday, April 08, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Shortlisted for the Fresh Fish Award, Johnson's novel, set in an actual (yet mythical) Newfoundland outport, is "an expressionist work where the grit of the mundane intersects with the mystery of human memory and dreams."
The fun starts at 7:30 - food, drink and a reading.
Rattling Books will be presenting an excerpt from Firmament ("Caleb") on EarLit Shorts 5, the fifth in the EarLit Shorts series of short fiction anthologies.
Rattling Books' audio books are available as audio or MP3 CDs, and as MP3 downloads.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Friday, March 04, 2011
Visit Rattling Books' author profiles of Winter and Moore (click on their names above) for their Rattling Books' fiction titles. Rattling Books audio books are available as audio or MP3 CDs, and as MP3 downloads. Single stories are available as MP3 downloads.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Presented annually by the Audio Publishers Association, an American organization representing audio publishing companies and allied suppliers, distributors and retailers of spoken word products, the Audies honour the best in audio books. Last year’s winners included Nelson Mandela’s Favourite African Folktales, narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, Helen Mirren, Don Cheadle and Alan Rickman, and Booker-prize winner Wolf Hall, narrated by Simon Slater.
Over 1,100 audio books were entered in this year’s competition. Winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on May 24, 2011, at the Times Center in New York City. (We've got our fingers, toes, arms, legs and hearts crossed.)
Vikings is not only a chronicle of the early twentieth-century industrial seal hunt, but of the speech, folklore and beliefs of rural Newfoundlanders of that period. These long gone and never to return voices of the men who plied the spring seal fishery are rendered vividly by Frank Holden, veteran playwright, actor and narrator. Like Chaucer's pilgrims on the way to Canterbury, the "swilers" offer us their stories about a hard-scrabble life valiantly faced, on both land and sea.
Vikings of the Ice is available from Rattling Books as an MP3 audio book CD and an MP3 download.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
Rattling Books has been fortunate to have both Anita Best and Ron Hynes as narrators. Click here to listen to excerpts from works Anita has narrated, and here for Ron's contributions to our audio productions.
Rattling Books audio books are available as audio or MP3 CDs, and as MP3 downloads. Single stories are available as MP3 downloads.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011
Listen to excerpts from Rattling Books' audio versions of Kathleen Winter's short stories: "The Destination," narrated by Merrill Francis; "His Brown Face Through the Flowers," narrated by Nicola Hawkins; and "Sleep, Little Baby," narrated by Mark Callanan. These stories are available as individual MP3 downloads, and are also featured on EarLit Shorts 1, a collection of short fiction by Winter, Joel Thomas Hynes and Carmelita McGrath.
Monday, February 28, 2011
Listen to an excerpt from Coasting Trade, Rattling Books' audio book edition of Robin McGrath's "performance for three voices." Narrated by Robert Joy, Rick Boland and Anita Best, Coasting Trade is available as an audio CD or an MP3 download.