Brian Brennan – “Brief Encounters” in Facts & Opinions

BrianB-03E square web Brian Brennan, a journalist and author currently living in Calgary, Alberta, was previously featured on my promotion blog, Reading Recommendations in Nov. 2013. When I read Brian’s memoir, Leaving Dublin, I was fascinated by the numerous stories he told of meeting and interviewing various celebrities of stage and screen for a column he wrote at the time for the Calgary Herald. I thought there could be value in resurrecting these original columns and repurposing them as new pieces, so I made the suggestion to Brian and was delighted when he wrote this blog post explaining the genesis of his new Brief Encounters column in the online journalism magazine, Facts & Opinions. Brian is a founding feature writer with the magazine and his profile of Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, the first original feature in the journal’s inaugural issue, won Runner-up, Best Feature Article, in the 2014 Professional Writers Association of Canada Awards. (This is a very interesting magazine, available only online by subscription, that has been able to sustain itself, so far, without advertising revenue. So, if you are interested in reading quality non-fiction journalism, you may want to consider subscribing.)

Now the very good news Brian has permitted me to share with you here is that he will eventually be gathering all of his original interview pieces together and publishing them in book form! Congratulations, Brian!

4 responses

  1. I very much enjoyed reading “Encountering Tennessee Williams and Other Celebrities.” It occurred to me how very lucky Brian Brennan was to be an entertainment reporter at a time when society was changing so quickly and before the Internet made it nearly impossible to tell a story that no one had ever heard. Best of luck with the new column, Mr. Brennan!

    1. Thank you, Amy. Lucky is indeed the salient word. Timing too was a factor. Celebrities nowadays control their own messages. Back in the day, they needed reporters to tell their stories. I just happened to be one of those lucky reporters.

  2. Thank you, Susan!

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