Charlotte Gray is representing Ontario for Canada Reads 2013. She is defending Away by Jane Urquhart.
One of Canada's best-known biographers and historians, Charlotte Gray has written eight critically acclaimed books of literary non-fiction, including Gold Diggers: Striking it Rich in the Klondike, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell and Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill. The bestsellling author has garnered many awards over the years, including the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History, the City of Ottawa Book Award, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and several National Magazine Awards for her journalism.
Born in Sheffield, England, Charlotte studied at Oxford University and the London School of Economics before emigrating to Canada in 1979. She worked as a journalist and book reviewer before penning her first historical biography, Mrs. King: The Life & Times of Isabel Mackenzie King in 1997.
In 2003, she received the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. And in 2004 she was the advocate for Sir John A. Macdonald for the CBC-TV series The Greatest Canadian. Charlotte also knows her books: she has been on the jury of several major Canadian literary awards, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction.
Charlotte is currently adjunct research professor in the department of history at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she makes her home.