He is the author of the legendary cult novel, Wigger.
He studied film at Dawson College.
He spent 12 years as a clerk in the Canadian military. He was discharged after after an accident in which his leg was broken in several places.
He died at the age of 45, of an apparent suicide (though a suicide note was never found).
He is buried in Notre-Dames-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec.
Braithwaite has been called “one of the outstanding Canadian prose writers alive” (Gail Scott) and linked to the "New Narrative" movement, a term coined by Steve Abbott.. He utilized the intensity of the New York City No Wave scene and the Los Angeles and Montreal hardcore punk music subcultures to compose his narrative.
Braithwaite's work has been praised by Dodie Bellamy for its "sublime impenetrability". and is fueled by a modernist and Fredric Jameson-influenced late modernist approach to writing and recording. His work draws influences from the musical and social realism of punk rock, opera, musique concrète, noise, hip hop, rap, industrial, black metal, country music and dub.
- Wigger. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 1995. ISBN 1-55152-020-6
- Ratz Are Nice: PSP. Los Angeles: Alyson Books, 2000. ISBN 1-55583-554-6
- Speed, Thrash, Death: Alamo, B.C. (illustrated by Krista E. McLean & Max). Plantation 13?, 1998.
- More at 7:30 (Notes from New Palestine).
- Role Call: A Generational Anthology of Social & Political Black Literature & Art
- Dodie Bellamy and Kevin Killian's Mirage #4/Period(ical)
- Bluesprints: Anthology of Black British Columbian Literature and Orature *Redzone zine,
- Of the Flesh: Dangerous Fiction
- "Vanilla Primitive". in the e-journal Sleepy Brain
- Nocturnes 3 Review of the Literary Arts 2005
- Biting the Error: Writers Explore Narrative
- Sidebrow e-journal. and 
- New Standards: The First Decade of Fiction at Fourteen Hills.
- The World Crisis Web (ed. Danny Dayus) Revolution is Bloody
- Black Ice. 
- The Rain Review of Books
Audio / videoEdit
- Logopolis with The Killing Flaw
- Good Violence. D.U.N.
- How fast Does Light travel (for George Scott 3rd, James Chance and Lil G).
- Olivet (H.A.T.s in the Square) (featuring Intifada Al Ard).
- Unnerstated (Downpressin) from Hurricane Angel "Luckily I Was Half Cat"
- En Fins (Clichy Sous Bois) with Tolan McNeil (AKA The Giver).
- London bomb sensation (hoffman sub dub the samo samo) lord patch vs david patrick
- Unnerstated (acapella) in Sean Lennon's Upstart Radio in Mindwalk 31: Driving to Baghdad
- En Fins (Clichy Sous Bois) in Mindwalk 42: Henry, Ann Coulter & the FCC.
- Just A Sect For Whiteboys In Afrika
- ↑ http://www.legacy.com/can-montreal/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=114489869
- ↑ Lawrence Chua's PlanetOut review of Ratz Are Nice (PSP)
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jason McBride, "Death of a Literary Outsider, Quill & Quire, December 2008. Aaron Vidaver blog, Wordpress, Web, Aug. 30, 2015.
- ↑ Gail Scott, “In the Future, Where Prose is Going”, Matrix 62: a special issue on New Narrative edited by Gail Scott and Corey Frost.
- ↑ Aleander Lawrence's Free Williamsburg interview with Dennis Cooper
- ↑ Dodie Bellamy, "Body Language", Academonia (San Francisco: Krupskaya, 2006): page 82; available online in Fascicle 2 (Winter 2005-2006) 
- ↑ Search results = au:Lawrence Braithwaite, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Aug. 30, 2015.
- Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite at Amazon.com
- Lawrence Ytzhak Braithwaite (2963-2008): (from Death of a Literary Outsider)
- Publisher's interview with Braithwaite
- "The Black Gangster as Urban Resistance: A Review of Sam Greenlee, The Spook Who Sat By the Door" by Braithwaite
- "In Memorium to Lawrence Braithwaite" by Fantastic Weapon (15 August 2008)
- Spotlight on … Lawrence Yitzhak Braithwaite Ratz Are Nice (2000) at Dennis Cooper's blog