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Binnie Brennan Bio

Binnie Brennan’s short stories have appeared in a number of Canadian and American journals, including The Wascana Review, Existere, and The Adirondack Review. In 2007 her children’s story A Spider’s Tale was adapted for the stage featuring Symphony Nova Scotia. Binnie is an alumna of the Humber School for Writers, where she was mentored by MG Vassanji and Alistair MacLeod. Born in Toronto, Binnie lives in Halifax with her husband and two children; she is a violist with Symphony Nova Scotia, a position she has held since 1989. Harbour View is her first novella and a co-winner of Quattro Books’ 2009 Ken Klonsky Novella Contest. In 2010 Harbour View was shortlisted for an Atlantic Book Award (The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award).

Advance Reviews

“This novella starts with a single, clear voice and then grows in complexity with the addition of several more distinctive characters until it achieves fine harmony and resonance. By the end of this short work, we have a choir depicting a broad range of human experience.”

– Antanas Sileika, author of Woman in Bronze
“Brennan’s writing is symphonic in nature and scope, her characters so fully human you may think you hear them whisper in your ear. Here is prose filled with surprising microscopic observation; sometimes funny, other times poignant, these details are heart-stopping in their truth and beauty. Structurally brilliant, Brennan’s layered, empathetic storytelling underscores the heart of this novella – we are given not just a view, but a vision of interconnectedness. Harbour View is filled with moments of grace”

– Sheree Fitch, author of Kiss the Joy As It Flies

Harbour View Blurb

Harbour View

by
Binnie Brennan
ISBN 978-0-9810186-4-5

From the lip of the Atlantic to the mountains of the California desert, and spanning a century’s worth of memories, Harbour View weaves together the stories of residents and staff in a nursing home overlooking Halifax Harbour. Memories drawn from the rich and diverse pasts of six main characters and their families infuse a bittersweet present. Threaded with music and united by themes of dislocation, family legend, and longing, Harbour View offers moving glimpses into the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

Since 1989, Binnie has been a violist with Symphony Nova Scotia. She lives in Halifax with her husband and two children. Harbour View is Binnie’s first novella.

Harbour View Book Cover

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Atlantic Book Award Media Release

Media Release
For immediate release
Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Quattro Books is pleased to announce that Harbour View, a novella by Halifax author Binnie Brennan, has been short listed for an Atlantic Book Award. The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award will be announced on April 14 at an awards celebration of the Atlantic Book Festival.

“We have in Harbour View an example of great Canadian literature and we are very proud to be part of its success,” says John Calabro, Senior Fiction Editor at Quattro.

The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award, presented for the first time in 2003, recognizes the best first book of fiction or non-fiction written by a first time book published author in Atlantic Canada. Margaret and John Savage were instrumental in establishing the Dartmouth Book and Writing Awards in 1988.

The Atlantic Book Festival will run from April 11 – 18, 2010, with Festival Events in all four Atlantic Provinces (http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca ). The mandate of the Atlantic Book Awards is “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”

Atlantic Book Award Quattro Announcement

A Quattro Books Announcement
For immediate release
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
www.quattrobooks.ca

Quattro Books is pleased to announce that Harbour View, a novella by Halifax author Binnie Brennan, has been short listed for an Atlantic Book Award. The Margaret and John Savage First Book Award will be announced on April 14 at the awards celebration of the Atlantic Book Festival.

“We have in Harbour View an example of great Canadian literature and we are very proud to be part of its success,” says John Calabro, Senior Fiction Editor at Quattro. “More than the fact that Harbour View is selling very well, I am happy that it is being widely read.”

Released in October, 2009, Harbour View’s first print-run sold out within two months. Book sellers have been encouraged by the sales of this first-time author’s debut novella:

“A new voice from Atlantic Canada is always an exciting event,” says Mike Hamm, manager of Bookmark II in Halifax. “Binnie Brennan’s novella Harbour View has been welcomed with great enthusiasm and acclaim. It’s exciting to watch as the wonderful response to Binnie’s work builds.”

The Atlantic Book Festival will run from April 11 – 18, 2010, with Festival Events in all four Atlantic Provinces (http://www.atlanticbookawards.ca ). The mandate of the Atlantic Book Awards is “to promote and acknowledge excellence in Atlantic Canadian writing and book publishing through an annual awards ceremony and related events.”

Word On the Street Reading

Word On the Street

On September 27, I had the great pleasure of reading for an audience at the Halifax Word On the Street. This had been a dream of mine for years; I’ve been a long-time attendee of WOTS, going back to the late-nineties when tents along Spring Garden Road did a poor job of keeping the rain off the books. The rain did little to dampen book-lovers’ spirits, though; readers are a determined bunch, and Maritimers know how to dress for rain.

Fast-forward to 2009, at the Cunard Centre by Halifax Harbour. I wore two hats: in the morning I performed string quartets with Symphony Nova Scotia colleagues for a small, but attentive audience. Later in the afternoon, I returned to the same stage and read from my novella, Harbour View, to an equally attentive audience. I thought I might as well start at the beginning, so I read from Chapter 1.

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Radio Interview CKDU

Radio Days

“He’s a ventriloquist on the radio – how do you know he’s not moving his lips?”

- Woody Allen 

I enjoyed a lively radio interview with Stephen Clare on his show, The Book Club (aired March 30, 2010 on 88.1FM, CKDU). We talked about writing, books, mentors, and the Atlantic Book Awards, among other things. I even read a few excerpts from Harbour View. 45 minutes whizzed by!