Wednesday, September 7, 2016 10:30 am ·  0 Comments
By Ronnie Brown
Charlotte Gray comes to Oakville on November 21, 2016 as part of the In Conversation With series held at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts.
As one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, Charlotte Gray has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. Over nine superb biographies, from Mrs. King and Sisters in the Wilderness to The Massey Murder, including masterful books such as The Museum Called Canada and Canada: A Portrait in Letters, she has brought our past to vivid life. Gray is a Member of the Order of Canada and was a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.
“Our country owes its success not to some imagined tribal singularity but to the fact that, although its thirty‐ five million citizens do not look, speak or pray alike, we have learned to share this land and for the most part live in neighbourly sympathy.” —Charlotte Gray, from the Preface of The Promise of Canada
On the eve of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebrations comes a richly rewarding new book from acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award‐ winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of the country over the past 150 years.
What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on our country. Deliberately avoiding a “top down” approach to our history, Gray has chosen people whose ideas have caught her imagination, ideas that over time have become part of our collective conversation. She also highlights many other Canadians, past and present, who have added to the ongoing debate over how we see ourselves, arguing that Canada has constantly reimagined itself in every generation since 1867.
Beautifully illustrated with evocative black and white images and colourful artistic visions of our country, The Promise of Canada is a fresh take on our history that offers fascinating insights into how we have matured and yet how—150 years after Confederation and beyond—we are still a people in progress. Charlotte Gray makes history come alive as she opens doors into our past, our present and our future, inspiring and challenging readers to envision the Canada they want to live in.
In Conversation With... is a speaker series providing you with an opportunity to hear, ask questions and meet some of Canada’s top influencers and authors. The next event will be on September 28, 2016 with Emma Donoghue the author of The Wonder. Margaret Atwood will read in October, and the interview and reading is sold out. Books will be on sale, and authors often make time to sign books. The series is presented by The Oakville Centre, Oakville Public Library and A Different Drummer Books. All tickets are $20.00 and are available through the Oakville Centre Box Office, the Oakville Public Library and Different Drummer Books in Burlington.
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