September 10, 2018

A busy fall ahead, but not quite as busy as last year

Copies of A Circle on the Surfacewill soon be available and can be pre-ordered on Amazon. Only a few weeks until the launch! Very excited, especially to be sharing the event & the stage with my friend and fellow author Nicola Davison, launching her debut novel In the Wake. Both our books have nautical themes, which mightn’t be too surprising as we’re both Nova Scotians. The cool thing is, Niki’s book took shape during our collaboration as mentor & mentee in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Alistair MacLeod mentorship program. You can read about us in the Fall 2018 issue of Atlantic Books Today. See “No Writer is an Island” by Philip Moscovitch.

In other news…

April 5, 2018

Thrilled to say that A Bird on Every Tree has been shortlisted for this year’s Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Jim Connors Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. I’m deeply honoured to share the Raddall list with the brilliant Sarah Faber for her gorgeous novel All is Beauty Now and her husband Oisin Curran for his novel Blood Fable. Only in the Maritimes, you say? I’m sure somewhere in the literary world, maybe in some other place at some other time, a couple has shared making the shortlist for a major fiction award. But this is the first instance I know of, and I’m over the moon for them both! Knowing how many truly great books are published each year by deserving authors who call Atlantic Canada home is humbling indeed, and makes me proud (a ridiculous understatement) to be part of the region’s writing community.

A Circle on the Surface, coming in Fall 2018!

I’m thrilled to be publishing my latest novel with Nimbus Publishing’s Vagrant Press. Set in WW2-era Halifax and a coastal village in Nova Scotia, A Circle on the Surface is the story of a couple trying to make the best of a hasty marriage made under tense circumstances.  Blackouts, shortages and air raid precautions are as normal as margarine. German U-boats lurk just offshore.

Can having a child rescue the marriage, and in the bargain save Enman and Una from themselves?

This is their hope as the pair become embroiled in suspicion and war-mongering hysteria when rumours fly of an enemy crew making landfall, and the discovery of a body reminds everyone of the true cost of war.

A Bird on Every Tree is coming soon

August 30, 2017

Due for release this September, A Bird on Every Tree has been receiving lots of advance praise. In a starred Quill and Quire review, Robert Wiersema says, “Bruneau is a master. We should know this by now, but A Bird on Every Tree is a powerful reminder.” He writes, “…This is a reflection of a writer utterly in touch with her stories–not only what they are, but how they are, overlooking nothing in her craft.”

Publishers Weekly calls the collection “beautifully crafted” and goes on to say, “(Bruneau’s) exceptional prose reveals how much there is to discover in the everyday. These stories empathetically follow characters who struggle with loneliness and loss even as they experience joy.”

Atlantic Books Today praises the book’s “wide range of 12 beautiful and genuine stories, all connected through the considerable pull of Nova Scotia” and notes, “People in these short stories go through the traditional human transitions of love and loss and ultimately, our never-ending search for light and meaning.”

The Miramichi Reader writes, “Each story in A Bird on Every Tree is decidedly larger than the few small pages needed to tell them,” praising Bruneau’s “astounding command of words.”

LocalXpress calls the stories “terse, unforgettable and multi-layered…This writer is deeply connected to humanity in all its flaws and uncertainties.”

The Coast says “Bruneau is a master of imagery” in a collection that “gloriously explores the complex relationship people have with the place they call home.”

What can I say, except that it’s gratifying and humbling beyond words when readers (and reviewers) get what an author is trying to do?

My sincere thanks to all for their kind words.


Happy 2017!

January 7, 2017

Happy 2017!

How far does place go in shaping how we self-identify?
A Bird on Every Tree, coming this fall from Nimbus Publishing’s Vagrant Press, is a collection of stories that explore the problem of situating ourselves, globally and spiritually, between what’s known and what’s unknown, what feels safe and what feels dangerous.


Spring 2016

March 11, 2016

Meanwhile, what’s up for 2016? Some writing, I hope, and more readings. Here are two upcoming events:
The Lorenzo Reading Series, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, 7:00pm April 7, 2016, and an author’s talk at the Women’s Art Association in Toronto, May 11, 2016.

New short-story collection coming in Fall 2017 from Nimbus/Vagrant!

Books Start Here! I’m thrilled to be working with Nimbus on this new collection of twelve stories. Each has Nova Scotia at its heart, exploring how people come and go from the home place to negotiate their larger world–whether that world exists in the imagination or on another continent. Some consider Nova Scotia to be insular and static. But for my characters it’s a location always on the edge–a dynamic, universal edge. It’s the edge that keeps us alive and awake, seeking the ever-shifting happy place in between restlessness and ease, too much ease–between what to one may be a haven and to another, a trap.

Dear Readers

October 29, 2015

These Good Hands has been in bookstores for a while now and those who’ve read it have lots of great things to say. Just what a writer wants to hear! The novel has been recommended by CBC Ottawa’s regular Book Panel, the Toronto Star and the Halifax Chronicle Herald, and I’ve had a busy few months giving readings–in bookstores here and Toronto, at Word on the Street and the Saint Mary’s Reading Series–and visiting bookclubs. In November I’ll be giving a lecture at Toronto’s Heliconian Club on Camille Claudel and the novel’s fictional treatment of her life.
On a more personal note, I’m delighted to say that I’ve been honoured as one of nineteen women receiving this year’s Canadian Progress Club Halifax Chapter’s Women of Excellence Awards for achievement in a variety of fields. Mine is for contributions to arts and culture–a lovely recognition of my twenty-plus years as a writer.

These Good Hands…coming soon to a bookstore near you.

April 16, 2015

I’ll be reading from my new novel, along with Vivien Shotwell, at Lexicon Books’ gala opening on May 1st in Lunenburg. Though copies won’t yet be available, Lexicon will be taking orders. The Halifax launch will be June 3rd, 7-9pm at the Company House on Gottingen Street, with music by The Brood. Come on out and help celebrate! Stay tuned for further details.

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