Charlotte Gray may have been born in England, but she’s certainly made her mark here, earning accolades as “one of Canada’s best-loved writers of popular history and biography,” by the Winnipeg Free Press.

Her first book, Sisters in the Wilderness: the Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill, is now a classic of Canadian history. She followed up with Flint and Feather, a biography of one of Canada’s first international celebrities, E. Pauline Johnson, also known as Tekahionwake.

On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Charlotte has published The Promise of Canada: 150 Years — People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. A Globe and Mail review states that “everyone who reads this book will learn something they didn’t know about our country. Painstakingly researched and thoroughly engaging, The Promise of Canada is a pleasurable read, and, what’s more, it’s edifying.”

Charlotte is an adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, and holds honorary degrees from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, the University of Ottawa, and Queen’s University. She has won a UBC Medal for Canadian Biography and the Pierre Berton Prize for distinguished achievement in popularising and promoting Canadian history. She is a member of the Order of Canada.

Appearing in: 28. Jimmy & James / Present & Past: Historical Fiction, 32. Canadians Less Ordinary, In Word and Image