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Bruce Crown

Bruce Crown

Photo: Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo

Bruce grew up along the Corso Italia neighbourhood in Toronto, the famous St. Clair and Bathurst intersection where Italian and Portuguese cultures thrive. An alumnus of North Toronto Collegiate Institute, where he found a piqued interest in Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, and Nineteen Eighty-Four; he began writing and volunteering at the school library to be near the smell of cedar bookshelves and paper. 

He continued to write plays and short spec-scripts while studying Philosophy at the University of Toronto. After travelling to Europe and the United States, he began writing his first novel. His debut novel: Chronic Passions, published at twenty-three, was an international hit; Bruce continued writing literary fiction as he travelled through Europe once again. He completed his first international best-seller: How Dim the Promised Land, while attaining his MPhil from the University of Copenhagen. His most recent novel: The Romantic and The Vile, is set in Copenhagen and Monte-Carlo. He resides in Toronto and Copenhagen.


I acknowledge that where I grew up is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg (ah-nish-naw-bek), the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee (hoodt-en-oh-show-nee) and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis (may-tee) peoples. (en Français)


c/o Writers' Union of Canada
Literary, Drama, Neo-noir
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English, Dutch, French, Italian, Danish


Chronic Passions. 2013, AP Publications
Forlorn Passion. 2014, AP Publications
How Dim the Promised Land. 2016, Vintage Copenhagen Publications
The Romantic and The Vile. 2018, Vintage Copenhagen Publications
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