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Peter Behrens (writer)

Peter Behrens (born 1954) is a Canadian novelist, screenwriter and short story writer. His debut novel, The Law of Dreams, won the 2006 Governor General's Award for English fiction.

Behrens was born and raised in Montreal, where he studied at Concordia University and McGill University. His earliest short fiction can be found in Best Canadian Stories 1978 and Best Canadian Stories 1979, and in his debut short story collection, Night Driving (1987). He subsequently worked in Hollywood as a screenwriter; though he continued to publish short stories and essays in Canadian and American magazines, he did not publish another book until The Law of Dreams, his novel of a homeless lad thrown off his lands by the Ireland's Great Potato Famine.

Behrens currently lives in Maine with his family.

Prizes and awards

  • 2006 Governor General's Award for Fiction (for Law of Dreams)
  • 2007 Nominee, in Canada First Novel Award (for Law of Dreams)
  • 2007 Nominee, Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize (for Law of Dreams)
  • 2007 Nominee, Commonwealth Writers' Prize (for Law of Dreams)



Short stories

External links

  • Peter Behrens
  • Online interview with Nick Haramis for Maisonneuve Magazine
  • Online interview from CBC Words at Large
  • The Boston Phoenix, September 20, 2006
  • Times Literary Supplement review of The Law of Dreams, by Paul Owen

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