Brian Brett
   
 

Brian Brett was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1950 and studied literature at Simon Fraser University. He has been associated with several firms as an editor and publisher and has been a reviewer for many publications and newspapers.

In the early seventies, he began working as a freelance journalist and critic for various publications and newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, The New Reader, Books in Canada, the Victoria Times-Colonist and Vancouver's The Province -- where he was the poetry critic for two years, and had his own column. His journalism has appeared in almost every major newspaper in Canada, and his essays in most of the major magazines. He is currently writing a monthly newspaper column called CultureWatch for the Yukon News.

Brett inaugurated the B.C. Poetry-in-the-Schools program, introducing children in schools to world poetry for a period of several years, and has taught or given workshops on writing across Canada. He has been a member of organizations ranging from P.E.N. International, the League of Canadian Poets, the Federation of BC Writers, to the Writers' Union of Canada. While a member of the League of Canadian Poets he performed a national reading tour under their auspices. He has also given readings on CBC Radio and various other media as well as public performances funded by private organizations, universities, Harbourfront, Vancouver International Writers Festival, Saltwater Festival, Sechelt Writers’ Festival, Wordfest: Banff Calgary International Writers Festival, the Winnipeg International Writers Festival, National Book Festival, and the Canada Council. In May 2005, Brett became chair of the Writers' Union of Canada.

Brett is the author of several books of fiction and poetry, including, Tanganyika (Thistledown Press, 1991), The Fungus Garden (Thistledown Press, 1988) Coyote (Thistledown 2003), and Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life (2009) for which he won the Writers Trust Non-Fiction Prize. He lives on a farm on Salt Spring Island.


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NOVEL

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ISBN: 978-1-894345-53-8
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There was a man who called himself Coyote. He blew up bridges to clearcut logging sites. He liberated zoos, and torched shopping malls in the night. Then he died, twenty years ago, in a botched factory sabotage. Or did he?

A terrifying and troubled Brian doesn't believe it — he's come to Artemis Island to find a ‘retired’ Coyote, and kill him. It will be one of several murders.

RCMP Inspector, Janwar Singh, is poised to become the Chief of Homicide — if he can find his way through the maze of evidence.

In this dazzling “ethical thriller” novelist and poet, Brian Brett and a wildly unreliable narrator employ every trick in the storyteller’s arsenal, dancing us from slapstick to horror, from Godel’s Proof to oyster hunting, from high comedy to lyric portraits of one of the legendary Gulf Islands, while engaging in a wicked argument with the reader and the world we are losing.

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short fiction

208 pages/trade paper

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ISBN: 978-0-920633-81-6
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“With inventive strings, lyrical descriptions and sophisticated imagery, Brett has created a myriad of complex worlds to perplex and stimulate the reader.” — Vancouver Sun.

 Reviews

Batchelor, Rhonda. “Grown-up fiction.” Victoria Times-Colonist, Monday Magazine . January 23-29, 1992.
Brett, Brian. British Columbia Teacher-Librarians' Association Reviews (1991).
Cruesot, Janine. Regina Leader-Post . October 5, 1991.
van Herk, Aritha. “Fiction.” Letters in Canada 1991 - University of Toronto Quarterly (Fall 92).
Homel, David. “'Making strange' serves B.C. writer's stories well.” Montreal Gazette . December 7, 1991.
Redl, Carol. “Stories hint of new slant in prairie fiction.” Edmonton Journal . September 15, 1991. D9.
Riskin, Mary Walters. “Energy is the key element of collection.”
Wiebe, Armin. “Odd Occurrences in an Odd World.” Prairie Fire 12.4: 97-100.
Turner, Lillian M. Canadian Materials (November 1991): 359.
Leach, Richard. “Short fiction melange.” Victoria Times-Colonist . February 9, 1992.
Aulin, Virginia. “Two inventive explorations of the dark side.” Vancouver Sun . September 26, 1991

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NOVEL

128 pages / trade paper

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Teacher Resource Guide

ISBN: 978-0-920633-47-2
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A stunningly original work of speculative fiction,The Fungus Garden follows the plight of a man who becomes transformed into a termite. Impeccably researched, this story brings the reader effortlessly into a fascinating world of conflict and desire, ultimately becoming an investigation into what it means to be human.

 Selected Reviews

Boulanger, Annie. “Burnaby teacher inspires poet Brian Brett's works.” Burnaby Now . March 18, 1989. 15.
Dorsey, Candas Jane. “Canadian, U.S. SF approaches differ.” Edmonton Journal . February 10, 1990.
Dunn, James. “Life among the termites a wonderful allegory.” Vancouver Sun . December 3, 1988.
Gasparini, Leonard. “Shades of Kafka plus a plausible plot.” Toronto Star Saturday Magazine . May 13, 1989. M3.
 Hill, Douglas. “No redeeming social value.” Books in Canada (January/February 1989): 35.
Kathenor, Sansoucy. Statement - Ottawa Science Fiction Society(April 1989).
Lillard, Charles. “Art audience of one.” Victoria Times-Colonist . October 24, 1993. M5.
Lillard, Charles. “Novel of ideas a success built with imagination.” Victoria Times-Colonist . February 24, 1991. B5.
Reveyrand, M.L. BC Teacher-Librarians Association (June 1989).
Roberston, Bill. “Riches' short stories filled with symbols.” Saskatoon StarPhoenix . August 12, 1989.
Wallace, Bronwen. “Lives of termites and teens.” Kingston Whig-Standard Magazine . April 1, 1989. 23.
Wilson, Pat. Spintrian (June 1989): 21.
Wolfe, P. Choice (July 1989)

 

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