Born on January 21, 1950, Nelson Brunanski grew up in Wakaw, Saskatchewan where his parents operated a local newspaper. Brunanski received a B.A., B.Ed. and went on to a career teaching English. He won a mystery writing competition at the Festival of Words in Moose Jaw in 2005. He came to British Columbia in 1983 and lives with his wife Carole Clement in Vancouver.

He has self-published Crooked Lake (Vancouver: Caronel Publishing, 2006), a mystery novel about Bart Bartowski, the operator of a fly-in fishing lodge, who investigates a murder in his small prairie community in order to help his childhood friend, Nick Taylor, who is accused of killing the person who fired him as head greenskeeper at the local golf coure. The RCMP detectives resent his meddling in the case. A second murder ensues. Bartowski, as an amateur sloop, becomes the subject of smalltown gossip. The fictional community of Crooked Lake is based on Wakaw.


Crooked Lake (Vancouver: Caronel Publishing, 2006). ISBN 0-9739121-0-3. Distribution by Hushion House.

[BCBW 2006] "Fiction"