Peter O'Brien was born in New York, grew up in Vancouver, and has lived in Dublin, Montreal and, since 1989, Toronto. He has edited or written four books, including Build a Better Book Club (Macmillan Canada) and Introduction to Literature: British, American, Canadian (Harper & Row). His books have been reviewed in Books in Canada, The Globe and Mail, Maclean’s, The Montreal Gazette, National Post, Ottawa Citizen, Quill & Quire and The Vancouver Province. He was the founding editor of Rubicon, a literary and art journal, and he has published articles and reviews – on literature, art, architecture and history – in a wide assortment of publications.
Peter is the President of Carbon Communications Inc., a corporate communications company; and of Thomas Memoirs, which produces personal and corporate memoirs. He is a past or current member of the American Classical League, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Canadian Public Relations Society, Editors’ Association of Canada, C: The Visual Arts Foundation, International Association of Business Communicators, and P.E.N. He has won various awards, including a Graphis Gold Award, and has been listed in Canadian Who’s Who since 2003.
He has one teen-aged daughter. He also has three brothers, six sisters, eight step-brothers and four step-sisters (a grand total of 22), and an almost infinite number of nieces, nephews and cousins. He freely acknowledges the voluminous and conflicting stories – and the survival techniques learned – that tend to flourish in a family that size.