Land Beyond the Sea

It’s arrived in bookstores! The third part of my NewFoundLand trilogy.

A new book is always charged with the excitement of seeing all that effort between covers. This one especially, given it was researched and written over several years.

Love the cover design! From the back cover:

In the early hours of October 14, 1942, German U-boat 69 torpedoed the passenger ferry SS Caribou in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Now, bestselling author Kevin Major reimagines that fateful night and its aftermath, following the passengers in their struggle to survive and the U-boat commander as he continues to patrol the sea. With his characteristically evocative prose style, Major delivers an epic work of historical fiction, detailing life-and-death conflict in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
LAND BEYOND THE SEA is a powerful testament to the acts of destruction and the acts of heroism carried out in the name of home.

Special thanks to the publishing team at the Breakwater Books for all your support.



One for the Rock – new book

New book, just released. Title: One for the Rock. My first venture into the world of crime fiction. Here I am signing today at Chapters, St. John’s.

As the publisher, Breakwater Books, describes it:

“Sebastian Synard doesn’t want any more trouble than he already has. But when he leads a group of tourists along the cliffs of St. John’s harbour, one of them ends up dead. Not only is there a murderer in his tour group, but the cop assigned to the case is sleeping with Sebastian’s ex-wife. It seems like things can’t get any worse, but as he’s enlisted to help flush out the perpetrator, the trail leads deeper than expected, and Sebastian finds himself on the edge.”

“on the edge….”  As I like to say: One for the Rock, another for the roll.


This month at The Rooms

Twenty years!

Come see all 24 Santas at The Rooms. On display until January 4, 2018.




Into ‘The House of Wooden Santas’

It’s hard to believe that it has been 19 years since the publication of The House of Wooden Santas. And hard to believe how it has become part of the Christmas traditions of so many families. I am thrilled each year to think this is the time the book is searched out and opened to begin the nightly reading of the story. And starting next week I will be going into schools to speak to students about the book and to introduce them to some of the actual wooden figures.

The Santas are all ready and eager to participate. You’ll see one extra in the photo that is not in the book. He was a gift from the carver Imelda George after the book was published. He is riding inside a sleigh and has a miniature copy of the book tucked in his blanket. I wonder what his name might be?



New book – Found Far & Wide

June 2016. Published by Breakwater Books. In stores now!

From book jacket:
Found Far and Wide follows Sam Kennedy through the tragedy of the Great Newfoundland Sealing Disaster of 1914, the horrors of WWI, and the dangers of working high steel in Prohibition-era New York. And as Sam journeys through the turbulent first half of the twentieth century, carrying the ghosts of those he’s lost, he clings to his love for a woman he’s only ever seen in a photograph. Here one of Newfoundland’s most celebrated authors offers a story of the irresistible events that define our collective lives and the compelling private power that beckons us home.

“With this magnificent, far-reaching novel, Kevin Major has given us a story no reader will want to miss.” Joan Clark

“A time machine of a novel. Kevin Major’s grasp of details that bring history to life and the music of his language are wondrous entry into a real and vivid world.” David Macfarlane

“This is great historical fiction read. … Major has preformed a masterful job…” The Miramichi Reader

“…a kind of bildungsroman and adventure novel, mixing history and fiction in an effective narrative bolstered by Major’s handling of drama and raw, poetic prose.  …Major does an excellent job of avoiding sentimentality and presenting scenes with a sparseness and power. …we get to see important, formative Newfoundland history from the point of view of a kind of Everyman, get to see the world in a time of great upheaval and its effect on a very human Sam Kennedy.”   Atlantic Books Today


Library closures in NL!!


This is the letter I sent to all members of the provincial government in protest of the outrageous decision to tax books and close more than half our libraries!

30 April 2016

Good Morning,

Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
Cathy Bennett, Minister of Finance
Dale Kirby, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development

This week I was humiliated by my government.

These are the most troublesome words I have written in a very long time. And I have written many words in my time, most all of them about a homeland that I care for deeply.

It is a homeland I wish to see grow spiritually and intellectually, one I wish to see prosper. As do you, I do not doubt.

But taxing books and forcing a mass closure of libraries is absolutely not the way to go about it.

The citizens of Newfoundland and Labrador are in a financial quagmire, and, true enough, it is not the present government that put us there. But it is the members of this government who must demonstrate our priorities as a society as we struggle out of deficit and debt.

Literacy must be a priority.

Safeguarding easily accessed, knowledge-based resources must be a priority.

There are some belts that as citizens in a civilized, forward-thinking society we refrain from tightening. The belt that preserves and protects intellectual well-being is one of them, especially in light of the small fraction of the overall budget represented by this tax and these cuts.

I urge you all to reassess and reevaluate the choices being made.

We, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, need the conscientious, enlightened judgment of you the women and men elected to serve us.

in outrage and in hope,

Kevin Major

Printmaking on the Edge

The last month of 2014 saw the publication of Printmaking on the Edge: 40 Years at St. Michael’s, an art book I curated and wrote for Newfoundland’s own St. Michael’s Printshop, in celebration of its four decades of creative endeavour. A terrific project that gave me the opportunity to use my long-standing interest in visual art. I’m so pleased with the design of the book. It looks fabulous. (Available at The Rooms and the Heritage Shops in St. John’s, and by mail order through the Printshop’s website.)