Marianne Brandis

Marianne Brandis

Marianne Brandis is an established Canadian writer, author of fourteen book-length works and also a number of chapbooks, articles, and other shorter publications.  Almost all of her work has a strong historical element.  For more than twenty years she taught English Literature and writing at Ryerson University in Toronto (then Ryerson Polytechnical Institute), while also doing her own writing in her spare time.  Her books began to be published, and for many years now she has been a full-time writer. 

Best known for her historical fiction for young-adult readers, she has also written fiction set in modern times and non-fiction – biography, autobiography, and creative non-fiction.  For details, please see www.mariannebrandis.ca

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Marianne writes: 

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“Although I studied and taught English Literature, I have always been interested in history – all the more so when I came to realize that I have been part of historic events.  For me, history was never something “out there” – it was part of who I was, and I was part of it.  This was true not only of my childhood during the Second World War but also of our emigration to Canada, which took place when I was nearly nine.  That tide of emigration created a significant “Netherlands overseas” community, which is an important continuing connection between the two countries.  Being part of that migration made me part of the history of the Netherlands and also part of the history of Canada, the new homeland of many of the emigrants.  Sharing in that migration gave me insight into earlier waves of settlers and pioneers, and I used that experience to write about them in my historical fiction set in nineteenth-century Ontario.  History, both private stories and the larger public narrative, is the thread running through all my work.”