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The Grit and the Courage
Stories of Success in an Unforgiving Land

The Grit and the Courage by  STEVE BARTLETT

ISBN: 1-897174-29-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-897174-29-6
Format: 6 x 9
# of pages: 150 pages
Published: ©2008

Price: CDN$14.95

Book Description
Succeeding in business anywhere is a daunting challenge. Doing so in Newfoundland and Labrador is next to impossible. The geographic isolation places an assortment of limits on anyone trying to start or grow a company. And the local market, with a population of just over 500,000 and change, is small and not wealthy. A rare few have risen to these challenges and created thriving enterprises, though. The Grit and the Courage will tell the stories of these determined and often stubborn people.

Read the stories of:
  • Alex Faulkner
  • Craig Dobbin
  • Myra Bennett
  • Tommy Sexton
  • WJ Herder
  • Zita Cobb
About the Author
Steve Bartlett began his journalism career in 1988 at The Western Star in his hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

The work ignited a passion for storytelling and prompted him to return to Memorial University (he had been on academic probation because of his 20 average in biochemistry courses). He earned an arts degree, majoring in English and minoring in philosophy. He then attended the University of King’s College, earning a bachelor of journalism and stoking his storytelling fire. Over the years, Steve has tackled every issue of importance to his home province and has interviewed everyone from the poor and impoverished to prime ministers to oil rich Middle Eastern Sheiks. After working as a reporter for a number of years, he was editor of The Express newspaper in St. John's from 2001-2007. He now works as a reporter at that city’s historic daily newspaper, The Telegram.

Steve’s storytelling efforts at weekly newspapers across Newfoundland and Labrador have won numerous regional and national community newspaper awards. The honours have been diverse, coming for features, columns, editorials, photography and sports writing.

Deep End, an award-winning humor column he penned for The Express, generated hundreds of letters and earned comparisons to legendary Newfoundland writer Ray Guy and American humourist Dave Barry.

Steve’s work was even the subject of a university thesis by a journalism student at the University of King’s College.

While grateful for such recognition, what continues to matter most to him is telling stories about people. He intends to showcase that zeal in this book.

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