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Brian Brennan

Photo: Marlis Funk 2012

Brian Brennan is an award-winning and best-selling Alberta author who specializes in books about the colourful personalities and the social history of Western Canada. Born in Dublin, Ireland, he immigrated to Canada in 1966 and has lived in Calgary since 1974. He spent twenty-five years as a staff writer at the Calgary Herald, writing columns and feature stories, before leaving to devote his time to writing books and giving keynote presentations. He has made frequent appearances as a guest storyteller on CBC Radio's regional program, Daybreak Alberta.

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Boondoggles, Bonanzas, and Other Alberta Stories. Calgary, AB: Fifth House, 2003.
Scoundrels and Scallywags: Characters from Alberta’s Past. Calgary, AB: Fifth House, 2002.
Alberta Originals: Stories of Albertans Who Made a Difference. Calgary, AB: Fifth House, 2001.
Building a Province: 60 Alberta Lives. Calgary, AB: Fifth House, 2000.
Máire Bhuí Ní Laoire: A Poet of Her People. Cork, Ireland: The Collins Press, 2000.
Romancing the Rockies: Mountaineers, Missionaries, Marilyn & More. Fifth House, Calgary, 2005
How the West Was Written: The Life & Times of James H. Gray. Calgary, AB: Fifth House Ltd., 2006
Songs of an Irish Poet: The Mary O'Leary Story. Calgary, AB, Bowness Press, 2007
The Good Steward: The Ernest C. Manning Story. Fifth House/Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2008
Leaving Dublin: Writing My Way from Ireland to Canada. RMB | Rocky Mountain Books, 2011
The Calgary Public Library: Inspiring Life Stories Since 1912. Kingsley Publishing, 2012


Finalist, Grant MacEwan Author's Award for Scoundrels and Scallywags, 2003
Nominated, Irish Times Literature Prize for A Poet of her People, 2001.
Two Western Magazine Awards and the national Hollobon Award for journalistic achievement. for Calgary Herald Sunday Magazine, 1991
Winner, Inaugural Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award for Romancing the Rockies, 2004
Semi-finalist, Alberta Readers' Choice Award for Leaving Dublin, 2012
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