Bryan Demchinsky is a Montreal freelance editor and writer, the author or co-author of five books. Among them are Soup to Self-Sufficiency: Montreal’s Old Brewery Mission, with Alan Hustak (2014); After Auschwitz: One Man's Story, an as-told-to biography of Hermann Gruenwald (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2006); and Storied Streets: Montreal in the Literary Imagination, with Elaine Kalman Naves (Macfarlane, Walter & Ross, 2000). The American Library Association chose After Auschwitz as its best university press book published in Canada in 2007. Bryan is also the editor of many other books.
Since leaving a career job at Montreal Gazette in 2011 he has published in various magazines and newspapers. Much of what he learned as editor and writer came from working at The Gazette and five other Canadian newspapers for 35 years. This is now being transmitted in teaching and mentorship roles, including leading seminars in editing and memoir writing for the Quebec Writers’ Federation. Among other projects, he is currently at work on a family memoir.