Thursday, April 11, 2013

The much admired short fiction writer Claire Wilkshire launches novel Maxine tonight at Ship Inn, St. John's

Claire Wilkshire launches her debut novel Maxine tonight at the Ship Inn, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador @ 7:30 PM.

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

Review of Jim Healey's performance of Judge Prowse Presiding by Frank Holden



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 dances fiction by Lisa Moore and Mavis Gallant

Louise Moyes / Lisa Porter   

Dance  

Lisa Moore / Mavis Gallant


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

Crumbs will be crumbling this coming Crumbfest!

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

Stage adaptation of Lisa Moore's February now playing

FEBRUARY by Lisa Moore
Directed by Michelle Alexander
World Premiere!
September 21 - October 6, 2012

For info and reservations, visit the Alumnae website.

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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

Moore "Finding The Words"

Read another excerpt from Finding the Words - Lisa Moore's "My Character." Finding the Words is an anthology of Canadian writers talking about writing, published by McClelland & Stewart as a fundraiser for PEN Canada.

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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

Valentine Treat from Rattling Books

In the Old Country of My Heart
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

Mary Dalton reading in honour of PK Page Feb 2 St. John's, Newfoundland |

today.mun.ca |


Mary Dalton reading in honour of PK Page
By Janet Harron

A nationwide campaign designed to honour Canadian poet PK Page will stop at Memorial University on Thursday, Feb. 2,. Established by the League of Canadian Poets, the PK Page Trust Fund is designed to support Canadian poets and poetry.
Poet and Memorial English professor Mary Dalton will read a selection of her own new and recently published work at the reading in support of the trust fund. Professor Dalton will join the other participating poets in the Canadian campaign in donating her reading fee to the trust.
A silent auction of a letterpress print of a poem by PK Page will take place at the event, the proceeds from which will also go to the trust fund.
The event, to be held at 7:30 p.m. in room 1046 of the Arts and Administration building, is sponsored by the League of Canadian Poets (LCP) and the Canada Council for the Arts.
Prof. Dalton is honoured to participate in the event.
“PK Page is one of Canada's greatest poets," she said. "The LCP couldn't have chosen a more accomplished artist to honour with this trust fund which will help out poets who need help and will foster poetry across the country. I'm happy to be contributing to the league's efforts by sharing my new work with an audience here -- and on Feb. 2, the eve of the birthday of our own great poet, E. J. Pratt, as well.”
Born in 1916, PK Page’s artistic and poetic career spanned more than five decades, ending only with her death in 2010.  More information on the trust can be found at poets.ca/wordpress/programs-2/p-k-page-trust.
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You can download poems by Mary Dalton or order the audio book CD of Merrybegot from rattlingbooks.com. Merrybegot is read by Anita Best with music by Patrick Boyle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nicola Hawkins at the Rooms Art Gallery Wed. Jan 25

Nicola Hawkins
Junkosphere
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

Sparks Literary Festival, St. John's, Newfoundland January 22, 2012

Once again a great line up of Newfoundland authors can be heard reading their work at the Sparks Festival spearheaded by Mary Dalton at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


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.



10 a.m. - Opening remarks:
Dr. Lisa Rankin, Dean of Arts
Mary Dalton, Director, SPARKS
10:10 – 11:40 a.m. - Session 1
Chair: Joan Clark
Readers: Edward Riche, Stephanie Trevorrow, Marjorie Doyle, Mark Callanan
11:40 a.m. – 12 p.m. - Mingling with authors and exhibitors
12 – 1 p.m. - Lunch break in the Hutton Choral Room (MU-1032)
1 – 2:20 p.m. - Session 2
Chair: Ramona Dearing
Readers: Danielle Devereaux, Lesleyanne Ryan, Patrick Warner, Joel Hynes
2:20 – 2:30 p.m. – Coffee Break
2:30 – 4 p.m. – Session 3
Chair: Stan Dragland
Readers: Agnes Walsh, John Ennis, Jamie Fitzpatrick, Leslie Vryenhoek
4 – 4:20 p.m. – Coffee Break in MU-1032
4:20 – 6 p.m. – Session 4
Chair: Rob Finley
Readers: Russell Wangersky, Shoshanna Wingate, Frank Barry
Haiku competition announcement
Cox & Palmer SPARKS Creative Writing Award announcement
Closing remarks: Mary Dalton
6 p.m. – Reception in Hutton Choral Room (MU-1032)
Authors are available to sign books after their reading sessions.
The festival is open to all. Free parking is available in Lot 15B, next to (and east of) the School of Music.
For more about the Sparks Festival visit their website.


Friday, June 17, 2011

Agnes Walsh Publishes Book Of Plays

Answer Me Home: Plays from Tramore Theatre (Breakwater Books, 2011) is a collection of plays written by Agnes Walsh. Tramore was founded in 1999 by Walsh and Arlene Morrisey, to promote the oral history and cultural traditions of the Cape Shore, Newfoundland.

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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

AudioFile Magazine Reviews Helen Porter's "Below The Bridge"

Click here to read what AudioFile has to say about Rattling Books' audio edition of Helen Fogwill Porter's Newfoundland classic in its May 2011 edition.

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

Joel Hynes Launches Chapbook At Ship Pub, St. John's, June 7

Joel Hynes' manifesto God Help Thee first showed its pugnacious face as a performance piece at the LSPU Hall, and has been infamous ever since. (In a nice way. Like its author.) Then it was a written piece in Riddle Fence and Maisonneuve, and an audio rant recorded by Rattling Books (for more information, and to listen to it for free, click here).

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

Battery Radio Awarded 2011 Prix Maruliç Second Prize

Chris Brookes' Battery Radio has been awarded the 2011 Prix Marulic for The Annotated Jack, a documentary. The 42-minute feature was produced for Radio Telefis Eirann in Dublin. Read all about it here.

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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

Get Caught Listening: June Is Audiobook Month

If you're wondering about the world of tales told out loud, check out the audiobook collection at your local library. Or explore an online audiobook community, such as the Audio Publishers Association's (click here).

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.

Listen: a way to read more

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Patrick Warner's "Mole" Wins E.J. Pratt Poetry Award

Newfoundland (by way of Ireland) poet Patrick Warner has received the 2011 E. J. Pratt Poetry Award for his collection Mole (House of Anansi, 2009). It's Warner's second Pratt win; he won the award in 2007 for There, there (Véhicule Press, 2005). To hear him read from Mole, click here.

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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

Greg Malone And Ron Hynes: Comedy And Music, May 24














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.

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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

"Washington Post" Review Of Michael Crummey's "Galore"

Newfoundland author Michael Crummey's Galore (Random House, 2009) is still garnering attention two years after its release. Galore, Crummey's third novel, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean) and the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award, and was short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and several other awards. It is currently a finalist for the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. To read a recent review of Galore by The Washington Post click here.

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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

Jessica Grant Named Newfoundland And Labrador Arts Council Artist Of The Year

Jessica Grant, whose debut novel Come, Thou Tortoise (Knopf, 2009) won the Winterset Award and the Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award, is this year's recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council's Artist of the Year Award. In an interview with the Telegram, Grant said, "To be called an artist and then to be called artist of the year in a province that has so many amazing artists means a tremendous amount to me. I really can’t think of anything that’s been a greater honour.”

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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

Poet Patrick Warner Launches Novel, April 19, St. John's, Newfoundland

Patrick Warner, heretofore author of brilliant poetry, is now the proud da of a novel, double talk, which Michael Crummey describes as "an exhilarating (and sometimes terrifying) look at the murky complexities that lie under the surface of all relationships."

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.

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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.

"Vikings of the Ice": American Writer George Allan England's Newfoundland Seal Hunt

Just before American writer and adventurer (remote islands were his specialty) George Allan England went to the Newfoundland seal hunt in 1922, he was told that the ship he was about to spend six weeks on in the northern icefields "was condemned years ago."

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 Viki
ngs 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.")

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llan 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

Rattling Books' Poetry Collection By Mark Callanan

April is National Poetry Month, and Rattling Books has published an audio collection of poetry by one of Canada's youngest and best poets, Mark Callanan, just in time to get in on the fun.

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).

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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

Riddle Fence and Rattling Books Host Short Fiction Competition

Riddle Fence, a journal of arts and culture based in St. John's, Newfoundland, and Rattling Books are holding a short fiction contest. The winning entry will be published in Riddle Fence, and recorded by Rattling Books. Its author will receive $500, a publishing fee and audio royalties. Click here for details.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Launch of Bruce Johnson's "Firmament," March 29, St. John's, Newfoundland

Bruce Johnson will be launching his debut novel, Firmament (Gaspereau, 2010), on Tuesday, March 29, at The Ship Pub in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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.

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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

Rattling Books On CBC's Weekend Arts Magazine

Click here to listen to WAM's interview with Rattling Books owner Janet Russell, and actor Frank Holden, narrator of Vikings of the Ice, Rattling Books' 2011 Audie contender.

Friday, March 04, 2011

"Finding The Words": New Anthology Fundraiser For PEN Canada

Finding the Words is a new anthology published by McClelland & Stewart in support of PEN Canada, the national arm of the global non-profit organization that goes to bat for freedom of expression. CBC Books has recently been presenting excerpts from the anthology: follow this link to read about the summer Michael Winter and Lisa Moore had jobs together on the periphery of the Newfoundland justice system, in Michael Winter's "Thinly Veiled."

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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

Rattling Books' "Vikings Of The Ice" Up For Audie Award

Rattling Books is the only Canadian contender for a 2011 Audie, the audio book industry’s Oscar equivalent. Vikings of the Ice, RB's unabridged audio edition of George Allan England's 1922 eyewitness account of the Newfoundland seal hunt, is a finalist in the history category.


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.)


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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

Anita Best Has Never Met A Liar She Didn't Like

Now that Valentine's Day is over, and all the heart-shaped boxes of chocolates are on sale for a fifth of their former price, it's time to embrace love less artificially and commercially. And who better to do that with than Ron Hynes and Anita Best, neither of whom will ever be in the running for a Slick and Void Award. "I Never Met a Liar I Didn't Like" was written by Ron Hynes (and his ex-wife, Connie Hynes), and is sung by Anita Best in this video. (If you think you have no use for liars, here's a song that just might make you run right out and acquire one.)





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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

Kathleen Winter's "Annabel" Nominated For Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Kathleen Winter's debut novel, Annabel, has been nominated for the Amazon.ca First Novel Award. Read all about it in this Montreal Gazette article.

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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

Robin McGrath On Labrador, Nursery Rhymes, Marbles - And "Annabel"

Robin McGrath is one of Newfoundland and Labrador's most prolific writers, and she's also a scholar of the North. Click here to read a recent interview with McGrath in the Northern Poetry Review, in which she ranges far and wide and eloquently on various topics.

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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.