Certificates of Canadian citizenship should come with a bundle of Charlotte Gray’s books, for therein lies most of what any newcomer needs to know about the history and history-makers of their adopted country. Gray’s particular talent is making history rivetingly readable. Her ten books of literary non-fiction include biographies of Alexander Graham Bell, Nellie McClung and Pauline Johnson, combined winners of too many major literary awards to list. Two of her most recent books, The Massey Murder, the true story of a 100-year-old crime and subsequent trial, and Gold Diggers, were major bestsellers and award winners with the latter being made into a television mini-series called Klondike.
Her latest book, written for Canada’s sesquicentennial, is The Promise of Canada: 150 Years—People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country.
Charlotte Gray holds honorary doctorates from five major Canadian universities and is currently engaged as an Adjunct Research Professor in the History Department of Carleton University.