John MacLachlan Gray is likely best known for Billy Bishop Goes To War, a theatrical collaboration with Eric Peterson which won numerous awards, including the 1982 Governor General’s Award for Drama.
In addition to being a celebrated playwright, Gray is a composer, pianist, actor, broadcaster and journalist, with stints as a columnist with both the Vancouver Sun and The Globe and Mail. He is also the author of two works of nonfiction and six novels.
His most recent book, The White Angel, was inspired by the 1924 unsolved murder of Scottish nanny Janet Smith in wealthy Shaughnessy. Called “one of the best books of the year” by The Globe and Mail, Gray vividly portrays a Vancouver few of us would know: a town on the edge of the Empire, moved by scandal, rife with racism, inept policing and secret societies.