Books Written or Edited (most recent listed first)
In progress: A Perfect Offering: Personal Stories of Trauma and Transformation, edited by Harold Heft, Suzanne Heft, Peter O’Brien. Contributors include:
Jennifer Finney Boylan: trans woman; regular op-ed writer, The New York Times; author of 15 books; consultant and cast member of “I Am Cait” (on Caitlyn Jenner).
Trevor Greene: in 2006, as a soldier, he was attacked by an axe-wielding teenager in a tent near Kandahar, Afghanistan; spent over a year in a specialized brain injury hospital.
Jules Arita Koostachin: band member, Attawapiskat First Nation; working on a book, Children of the Survivors: Intergenerational Resilience and Canadian Residential Schools.
Marina Nemat: arrested at 16 and spent two years in Evin prison in Tehran, where she came close to execution; her book Prisoner of Tehran has been published in 29 countries.
Lotje Sodderland: suffered a life-threatening brain hemorrhage; her film My Beautiful Broken Brain streams on Netflix, with David Lynch as executive producer.
Paul Watson: awarded a 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his photograph of a U.S. soldier’s body being dragged by Somalis through the streets of Mogadishu.
Cleopatra at the Breakfast Table: Why I Studied Latin With My Teenager and How I Discovered the Daughterland, 2014, Forefront Editions, Quattro Books
At the book launch for Cleopatra at the Breakfast Table: daughter, author, Gord Lightfoot, Morden Yolles
Build a Better Book Club, by Harry Heft and Peter O’Brien, with a foreword by Paul Quarrington, 1999, Macmillan Canada
Introduction to Literature: British, American, Canadian, edited by Robert Lecker, Jack David and Peter O’Brien, 1987, Harper & Row
So To Speak: Interviews With Contemporary Canadian Writers, 1987, Véhicule
Fatal Recurrences: New Fiction in English from Montreal, 1984, edited by Hugh Hood and Peter O’Brien, Véhicule
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