Escape Hatch is the first in-depth account of how and why the Newfoundland government acquired 17 so-called New Industries in the 1950s and 1960s as a result of Smallwood’s initiative.

The Book The Author

Adventures of a Grenfell Nurse is a riveting collection of stories that share the experiences of a Grenfell nurse in the early 1950s!

The Book The Author

From historical to contemporary, from first kisses to passionate romance, we have a love story for every reader!

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  • Gary Collins
    Gary Collins
  • Jim Wellman
    Jim Wellman
  • Robert Hunt
    Robert Hunt
  • Sheilah Roberts
    Sheilah Roberts
  • Frank Gogos
    Frank Gogos
  • Stewart Payne
    Stewart Payne
  • Miles Frankel
    Miles Frankel
  • Allan Byrne
    Allan Byrne
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Author Appearances

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Gary Collins and Maggie Parsons at the Hare Bay-Dover Public Library Author Appreciation Social
Gary Collins and Maggie Parsons at the Hare Bay-Dover Public Library Author Appreciation Social

Gary Collins and Maggie Parsons, authors of What Colour is the Ocean?, will be at the Local Author Appreciation Social at the Hare Bay-Dover Public Library (22 Anstey's Road) on Monday, February 27, at 6:30 pm.

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Escape Hatch Book Launch
Escape Hatch Book Launch

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of Escape Hatch: Newfoundland’s Quest for German Industry and Immigration, 1950–1970 by Gerhard P. Bassler at a series of book signings taking place the weekend of March 3–5 in St. John’s. Friday, March 3 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at Costco Saturday, March 4 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm at Costco 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Coles, Avalon Mall Sunday, March 5 1:00 – 2:30 pm at Chapters 3:00 – 4:30 pm at Coles, Village Shopping Centre After Newfoundland joined Canada in 1949, Premier J.R. Smallwood believed that industrialization would prevent a mass exodus from the economically backward province to mainland Canada in search of employment. Escape Hatch traces Smallwood’s recruitment of each individual industry from the perspectives of both the Newfoundland government and the foreign industrialists. The book examines the conditions under which each of these industries operated and the reasons for their successes and failures. For more information, please contact Flanker Press at 709-739-4477 ext. 22 (toll-free at 1-866-739-4420 ext. 22).  

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Gerhard P. Bassler Signing in St. John's
Gerhard P. Bassler Signing in St. John's

Gerhard P. Bassler will be signing copies of Escape Hatch in St. John's on Friday, March 3, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon at Costco.

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Gerhard P. Bassler Signings in St. John's
Gerhard P. Bassler Signings in St. John's

Gerhard P. Bassler will be signing copies of Escape Hatch in St. John's on Saturday, March 4, from 12:00 noon - 2:00 pm at Costco and from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Coles, Avalon Mall.

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