A glimpse into the life of Acadian folk hero Pierre Belliveau, known as Piau, who led his people into exile during the 1755 expulsion of the Acadians.

Acadian leader Pierre Belliveau, known as Piau, led hundreds of Acadians into the wilderness to escape the Acadian Expulsion. He vowed to lead them to the Promised Land, where they could live without fear of deportation. Over the years he became a prisoner of war, was deported to Boston, and built a castle before finally leading his people to Memramcook, New Brunswick, the Promised Land.

This historical novel, based on a true story, explores the armed and quiet resistance of the Acadian people and the Acadian figure who dedicated his life to securing the safety and well-being of his people. Told by a direct descendant of Pierre Belliveau, Bruce Murray, it is a story of suffering, courage, and hope.


A historical page-turner … Piau is not a book about victimization, rather it is an empowering book that explores decades of co-existence between the French, Acadians, British and Mi’kmaq.

Atlantic Books Today

The book certainly fills a need to tell the Acadian story to those who may have never been taught about it in school, and so had no knowledge of this important part of our nation’s troubled past.

The Miramichi Reader

About the Authors

Bruce Murray

Posted by Dundurn Guest on November 1, 2016
Bruce Murray photo

Bruce Murray

Bruce Murray is a former singer-songwriter who recorded with CBS and Capitol Records. He has degrees from St. Francis Xavier University, the University of Toronto, and an M.A. in history from the University of Victoria. Bruce lives in Toronto.

Anne Murray

Posted by Dundurn Guest on February 21, 2017

Anne Murray

Anne Murray, CC is a Canadian singer whose albums have sold over 55 million copies worldwide. She is a recipient of four Grammys, twenty-four Junos, and three American Music Awards. She has been inducted into the Juno Hall of Fame and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles as well as on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto. In 2009, she released her autobiography, All of Me.