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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
August 30, 2016
Canadian Excellence


1998: Charlotte Gray

The information below is adapted from the news release issued in 1998

Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King by Charlotte Gray (Penguin Canada) is the winner of the 1998 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. Charlotte Gray's beautifully crafted and impeccably researched biography was considered by the panel of judges to be an outstanding example of the genre. Charlotte Gray has written a biography with the narrative power of a fine novel.

Praise for Charlotte Gray's exceptional biography, Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King includes:

"This is an outstanding biography that has all the insight, colour, drama and interest of good, entertaining fiction." - Christopher Dafoe, Globe & Mail

"All this is told with great clarity and ability by Charlotte Gray, who has made much use of the vast King diaries and other personal papers, but who also has a keen eye for contemporary historical detail and convincing backdrop." - Roger Hall, Toronto Star

"Gray has beautifully re-created the social milieus of Berlin (Kitchener) and of Toronto where the Kings moved in 1893." - John Bemrose, Maclean's

Charlotte Gray is a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and regular contributor to Elm Street magazine and The Canadian Medical Association Journal. She often appears as a political commentator on CBC radio and television and CTV television and is also a member of the weekly political panel for TVO's "Studio Two." Charlotte Gray holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and an honorary doctorate from Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax. She is married with three sons and lives in Ottawa.

Other Publications by Charlotte Gray:

  • Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell (2006)
  • The Museum Called Canada (2004)
  • Canada, A Portrait in Letters (2003)
  • Flint & Feather: The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake (2002)
  • Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill (1999)

For more information visit Charlotte Gray's website.

The shortlist for the 1998 Edna Staebler Award also included:

  • And Peace Never Came by Elisabeth Raab (Wilfrid Laurier University Press);
  • God In The Classroom by Lois Sweet (McClelland & Stewart);
  • Nahanni Remembered by A.C. Lewis (NeWest Publishers Limited).