About the Author

Brian left the University of Minnesota when he was an undergraduate, bought a one-way ticket on a cargo ship to England, and sailed from New York to Southampton. He spent nearly a year in Europe, most of that time in Paris, and fell in love with French literature. Over the next several years he traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, lived for four years in France, and earned some degrees along the way: a doctorate in French literature from the University of Paris, as well as a B.A. in English and a Ph.D. in French from the University of Minnesota.

Brian taught modern French literature and European cinema at the Universities of Texas, Tulsa, Iowa, and Minnesota. He published articles in literary reviews, such as SUBSTANCE and Littérature, and presented papers on modern French authors and European filmmakers at universities and at regional, national, and international conferences. He eventually left teaching and became an administrator at the University of Minnesota. He now works full-time as a writer.  

In 2009, Brian published Whiteout.  In 2010, Whiteout won the Independent Publisher Gold Medal for Midwestern Fiction. The St. Paul Pioneer Press wrote that "'Whiteout' is a stunning debut novel, worthy of national recognition . . ."

Brian's next novel, Ivory Black, is under consideration for publication. 

He is doing revisions of his new novel, The Gravity of Love, and hopes to have it ready for publication by the end of 2018.

See "Work in Progress" for more information. 


Brian Duren

This photograph was taken a few weeks before Brian moved to France to do a doctorate in French literature at the University of Paris.  After finishing his dissertation (Proust et l'écriture du désir), he accepted a position teaching at the University of Texas.