Award-winning biographer and historian Charlotte Gray and internationally acclaimed author Jane Urquhart discuss Canada’s identity and weave its history through its people, ideas and objects.
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CLAIRE CAMERON grew up in Toronto and studied at Queen's University. She led canoe trips in Algonquin Park and worked as an instructor for Outward Bound, teaching mountaineering, climbing and white-water rafting in Oregon. She lived in San Francisco and London, UK, until moving back to Toronto, where she now lives with her husband and two sons. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Los Angeles Review of Books and The Rumpus. She is a staff writer at The Millions. Her first novel, The Line Painter, won the Northern Lit Award from the Ontario Library Service and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Crime Writing Award for Best First Novel. Her second novel, The Bear, was a #1 national bestseller and was longlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction. Photo Credit: David Kerr
Charlotte Gray , a celebrated historian and biographer, 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. Gray lives in Ottawa and is a Member of the Order of Canada. She will present The Promise of Canada: 150 Years - People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country, where she explores what it means to be Canadian.
Jane Urquhart is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for The Orange Prize in the UK, and The Stone Carvers, which was a finalist for The Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award, and for Britain’s Booker Prize.Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in South-Eastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart. She will be presenting A Number of Things: Stories About Canada Told Through 50 Object.