Cod Collapse: The Rise and Fall of Newfoundland’s Saltwater Cowboys
Details now available for Cod Collapse: fall book tour. Dates in November 2019 in St. John’s and Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador as well as Halifax, Nova Scotia and in December in Ottawa, Ontario. Come out and meet the author.
Pop returned then, as I do now, to this porch in Little Bay East…. I take a deep breath of fresh, salty air—the smell of fish, noticeably absent.– excerpt, Cod Collapse
A riveting account of the lingering effects of the 1992 cod moratorium on descendants of Newfoundland and Labrador’s fishers, and their communities
In 1992, the cod moratorium put some thirty thousand fishers across Newfoundland and Labrador out of work. These were journalist Jenn Thornhill Verma’s people. Encompassing memoir and history, Cod Collapse traces a lost way of life, digging into the stories of the author’s own family, including her Pop, one of the province’s original “saltwater cowboys,” a fisher on the southeastern shores of Newfoundland.
This thoughtfully researched and captivating account reveals how Newfoundlanders from many walks of life, and from distinct regions across the island portion of the province, have coped in the aftermath of the largest mass layoff in Canadian history. Integrating the varied and compelling stories of a whale-watcher, a singer-songwriter, a fisher, and a photographer, this moving narrative deftly takes readers from the present back to the early days of the fishery, and forward to consider what lies ahead.
Early Praise for Cod Collapse:
“Verma’s thoughtful and thought-provoking book combines personal, familial, and societal experiences with historical and contemporary accounts of the fishery. She has produced a remarkably engaging blend of memoir, history, science, and humanism…. Verma aptly and emotionally describes the collapse as one of the greatest collective traumas in the history of Newfoundland.” —Atlantic Books Today (Halifax, NS)
“We usually read about the collapse of the northern cod fishery in the language of statistics. Catch levels and quotas tell the broad story of ecological catastrophe. How remarkable, then, to have this perspective reversed. In Cod Collapse, Jennifer Thornhill Verma examines the impact that both cod and cod’s absence have had on a single family – her own.” –David McFarlane, Author of The Danger Tree and Summer Gone.
“I was born and raised in the heyday of the inshore cod fishery in a small outport in Newfoundland and witnessed first-hand the wreckage caused by the stroke of a pen and the cod moratorium. Cod Collapse is a walk down memory lane for me and shines an illuminating light on the greatest disaster our province has ever endured.” -Alan Doyle, former lead singer of Great Big Sea and author of A Newfoundlander in Canada
Jenn Thornhill Verma is a proud Newfoundlander descended from fishers. She has a background in radio and works in the non-profit health sector. Jenn holds a Master of Science in Medicine, a Bachelor of Journalism/Biology, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction. She has written about her fishing roots in such magazines as Reader’s Digest, Maisonneuve, Downhome, Saltscapes, Newfoundland Quarterly, Explore, The Telegram and The Independent (NL). In her spare time, Jenn paints landscapes.
COD COLLAPSE *NOW AVAILABLE*
To purchase this book, order it through your local bookstore.
Bookstores may also order directly from the publisher – see Nimbus Publishing’s Fall 2019 Catalogue.