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True Crime & History With Best-Selling Author, Charlotte Gray

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Why does a writer move from being a historian to writing true crime? On Wednesday, April 14, 2021, Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s best-known writers, and author of eleven acclaimed books of literary non-fiction will answer this question. Join Muskoka Authors Association to hear her story and discuss her newest book, Murdered Midas, The Millionaire, His Gold Mine, and a Strange Death on a Paradise Island, a biography of Canadian mine owner, Sir Harry Oakes.
Born in Sheffield, England, and educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Gray began her writing career in England as a magazine editor and newspaper columnist. After coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history.
In 2016, to contribute to Canada’s Sesquicentennial year, Charlotte published The Promise of Canada: People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, which became a major bestseller and won the Ottawa Book Award. Her previous book, The Massey Murder: A Maid, Her Master and The Trial that Shocked a Country, won the Toronto Book Award and the Toronto Heritage Book Award, and was longlisted for the B.C. Non-fiction Award, and shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Award, the Ottawa Award for Non-Fiction and the Evergreen Award. An adaptation of her 2010 bestseller Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike was broadcast as a television miniseries in early 2014 on the US Discovery Channel, under the title Klondike. In 2008, Charlotte published Nellie McClung, a short biography of Canada’s leading women’s rights activist in the Penguin Series, Extraordinary Canadians. Her 2006 bestseller, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, won the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History and the City of Ottawa Book Award. It was also nominated for the Nereus Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize, the National Business Book Award and the Trillium Award.
Her previous five books, which include Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, Flint & Feather, The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson and A Museum Called Canada, were all award-winning bestsellers. In 2014, she was short-listed as “Author of the Year” by the Canadian Booksellers Association.
Charlotte appears regularly on radio and television as a political and cultural commentator. She was a celebrity panelist, championing Jane Urquhart’s novel Away, in CBC Radio’s annual battle of the books, Canada Reads. In 2004 she was the advocate for Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister, for the CBC series: The Greatest Canadian. She has been a judge for several of Canada’s most prestigious literary prizes, including the Giller Prize for Fiction, the Charles Taylor Prize for Non-fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2019, she was the only Canadian member of the jury for the Cundill Prize, the distinguished international award for the best English-language history book of 2018.
Charlotte has been awarded five honorary doctorates, from Mount St. Vincent University, Nova Scotia, the University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, York University and Carleton University.
An Adjunct Research Professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Charlotte is the 2003 Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She is former chair of the board of Canada’s National History Society, which publishes the magazine Canada’s History, and of the Art Canada Institute/Institut de l’Art Canadien. For twelve years she sat on the board of the Ottawa International Authors Festival. She currently sits on the boards of the Canadian-American Carol Shields Prize for Fiction, and the Sir Winston Churchill Society of Ottawa. Charlotte is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
Charlotte lives in Ottawa with her husband George Anderson, and has three sons.
DATE: Wednesday, April 14
LOCATION: ZOOM opens at 6:50 pm; meeting starts at 7:00 pm.
Fee: MAA Members: Free, Non-Members: $20
For more information and to register, visit EVENTBRITE at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/true-crime-history-with-best-selling-author-charlotte-gray-tickets-145533784467?aff=ebdssbonlinesearch to receive a link to the ZOOM Meeting, or call David Bruce Patterson at 705-801-8074.