BRUCE, Harry




Author Tags: Biography, Business, Journalism

One of Canada's foremost freelance writers, Harry Bruce arrived to live in Vancouver near the outset of 2007. By that time his writing for magazines had earned him four Atlantic Journalism Awards and two National Magazine Awards.

Bruce was editor of Atlantic Insight when, in 1980, it won the National Magazine Foundation's Outstanding Achievement Award. For Word From An Ambassador of Dreams, a play in which he wove together the writing of his late father, himself, and his children, Bruce won the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists' "Nellie" award for "best writer in the dramatic mode in radio."

His columns and magazine stories essays have appeared in two hardcover collections. His published works include ten other books on subjects that range from the dramatic history of the inter-provincial and international ferries that served Atlantic Canada for more than a century, to the distinctive character of the Maritime Provinces and their people, to the lives of Nova Scotia business geniuses R. A. Jodrey, and Frank Sobey, and author Lucy Maud Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables.

Bruce's Lifeline: The Story of the Atlantic Ferries and Coastal Boats (Macmillan of Canada, 1977) won the first Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award for the best non-fiction book by a Nova Scotian. His The Man and the Empire: Frank Sobey (Macmillan of Canada, 1985), was runner-up for the first National Business Book Award, for which more than 60 books from across Canada competed. Down Home: Notes of a Maritime Son (Key Porter Books, 1988) won not only the first annual City of Dartmouth Book Award, but the first annual Booksellers' Choice Award of the Atlantic Provinces Booksellers' Association. Twenty years after winning the Evelyn Richardson Memorial Literary Award, Bruce won it again, this time for An Illustrated History of Nova Scotia (Nimbus, 1997), and thus became the first two-time winner of this coveted prize.

Bruce also wrote The Pig That Flew: The Battle to Privatize Canadian National (Douglas & McIntyre, 1997) and Never Content: How Mavericks and Outsiders Made a Surprise Winner of Maritime Life (Key Porter Books, 2002), winner of a Certificate of Merit in the competition for the 18th National Business Book Award.

[2006] "Journalism" "Business" "Biography"