Lois Braun was born Beverly Helen Lois Nickel on a farm near Rosenfeld, Manitoba, in 1949. After attending one of those little one-room rural schools through eighth grade, and then completing high school in Altona, she spent four years studying at the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba, then took up a teaching career. In her late 20s she began to write fiction, and in 1986 released her first collection of stories, A Stone Watermelon, which was short-listed for the Governor General’s Literary Award. More collections of short stories followed: The Pumpkin-Eaters, The Montreal Cats, and The Penance Drummer, all published by Turnstone Press. In 2008 Braun received the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. She is now retired from the education field, but enjoys a part-time job as a free-lance editor and serves on a number of local arts-related boards and committees. Although she is always writing, she has moved away at the moment from fiction and says she has no plans to publish. A number of old, unpublished works languish in seldom visited files, and new attempts can be found if one knows where to look. Braun lives with her husband and the best cat there ever was on a small farm near Altona.
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