About Carol Bruneau

Carol Bruneau

Photo: Nicola Davison

“We think we tell stories, but stories often tell us, tell us to love or to hate, to see or to be blind. Often, too often, stories saddle us, ride us, whip us onward, tell us what to do, and we do it–without questioning. The task of learning to be free requires learning to hear them, to question them, to pause and hear silence, to name them, and then to become the storyteller.”

Rebecca Solnit, The Faraway Nearby

Carol Bruneau is the author of eleven books: four short fiction collections, including Threshold (Nimbus Publishing/Vagrant Press, 2024), one nonfiction book, No Ordinary Magic: the Art of Laurie Swim (Goose Lane Editions, 2023) and six novels. These include Brighten the Corner Where You Are: a Novel Inspired by the Life of Maud Lewis (Nimbus/Vagrant, 2020), nominated for the IMPAQ Dublin Literary Award, and A Circle on the Surface (Nimbus/Vagrant, 2018), winner of the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction.Her 2017 story collection, A Bird on Every Tree, was a finalist for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won both awards in 2001.

Her other novels include These Good Hands (Cormorant Books, 2015) which explores the life and art of French sculptor Camille Claudel, and Glass Voices (Cormorant, 2007), a Globe and Mail Best Book. Translated into German and released by mareverlag as Glasstimmen (2010), the original was re-released by Nimbus to commemorate the centenary of the 1917 Halifax Explosion. Another earlier novel, Berth, was also re-released by Nimbus in 2018.

Many of Bruneau’s works are book club favourites. Her reviews, stories, essays and articles have appeared nation-wide in newspapers, journals and anthologies. A mother of three and grandmother of one, she lives with her husband in Halifax/Kjipuktuk, Nova Scotia/Mi’kmaki.