Fellows' Presentation

Families, Histories, Novels

Photo by Tony RinaldoPhoto by Tony Rinaldo

Part of the 2015–2016 Fellows' Presentation Series

Lecture by Peter Behrens RI '16

Peter Behrens is writing a sequence of novels about time, memory, and the ways the past shapes the present. All draw on materials from his own family’s history. Behrens’s first novel, The Law of Dreams (Steerforth Press, 2006), won the Governor General’s Literary Award, Canada's oldest and most prestigious book prize, and has been published in nine languages. The New York Times has called his second novel, The O’Briens (Pantheon, 2012), “a major achievement.” The third novel, Carry Me, will be published by Pantheon in February 2016 and is set in Berlin, Frankfurt, and West Texas during the disastrous epoch 1910–1938. Behrens’ fourth novel, a work-in-progress, “Bad Girl,” is about a young woman struggling with gender identity in Montreal in the 1960s, a period when Quebec society was struggling with identity issues of its own.