The Massey Murder Bus Tour…SOLD OUT!

massey_mansionJoin us on the One Book, One Community Massey Murder Bus Tour!  SOLD OUT!

Date: Saturday, September 6

Time: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Cost: $50.00 + admin fee

The Massey Murder Bus Tour will depart from the Waterloo Public Library – Main (35 Albert Street, Waterloo) at 9:00am sharp.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

In Toronto, we will be joined by a professional tour guide as we visit locations recommended by Charlotte Gray. These will include:

      • Arthur Massey’s house
      • Hart Massey’s Mansion
      • The scene of the crime
      • The Don Jail… and more!

Included in the price of the ticket is travel, tour guide fee, and a gourmet boxed lunch from e.v.o. Kitchen of Cambridge.  You will select your lunch at time of ticket purchase.  If you have questions about the tour, please contact Christine Brown at or 519-886-1310 ext. 146.

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Posted by on June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized


Discuss it!


Is your Book Club reading The Massey Murder? We hope so!

We have prepared a few questions that might help you kick-off your discussions.  Click here and then, get chatting!

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Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized


Meet Charlotte Gray

Gray_CharlotteYou won’t want to miss our author events in the autumn.  Charlotte Gray will be visiting our Region from *September 16 to 18, when four (4) free author events will be held.

Tuesday, September 16 – Kitchener

Wednesday, September 17 – Elmira

Wednesday, September 17 – Waterloo

Thursday, September 18 – Cambridge

*make a special note of these dates as there may have been an error in the printing of some posters and bookmarks for OBOC 2014

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Uncategorized


OBOC 2014: The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

massey murderFor Immediate Release

2014 One Book, One Community selection is The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray

April 23, 2014 – This morning, at a special event held at The Waterloo Region Record in Kitchener, the One Book, One Community steering committee announced that the 2014 selection is The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray.

Subtitled A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Country, this book details a scandalous crime, a sensational trial and a surprise verdict. It’s the story of Carrie Davies, the 18-year-old British maid who shot and killed her employer Bert Massey, of Canada’s wealthy and powerful Massey family, in February 1915.

Angela Caretta, chair of the One Book One Community committee for 2014, calls it “just a fascinating and true story.”

“A hundred years ago, and before the OJ Simpson trial, our great-great-grandparents were glued to the newspapers of the day, following the Carrie Davis trial for the murder of her master, Bert Massey. It is a moment in time when families await news from the front and Toronto’s Moral Reform Association holds sway alongside the Morality Department of the Toronto police force.  Women do not yet have the right to vote.  Charlotte Gray paints a realistic picture of a world where young women want more freedom and society is about to change in unimaginable ways,” Caretta said.

An award-winning writer, Charlotte Gray has published nine books of literary non-fiction, and is acclaimed for her well-researched tales of the most fascinating people in Canadian history.

Her 2006 bestseller, Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, won the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History and the City of Ottawa Book Award. Five of her previous books, including Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill; Flint & Feather, The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson; and A Museum Called Canada, were all award-winning bestsellers.

The longest-running reading program in Canada, One Book, One Community is now in its 13th year of celebrating the books and writing of Canadian authors.  Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, One Book, One Community has helped create a special sense of community in Waterloo Region.

Free author events will be held from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18. Watch the Waterloo Region Record and here, on the official One Book, One Community website, for details on special events as they develop.

The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray is available as a book, an eBook and through the CNIB library for eligible patrons.  Visit your library or favourite bookseller today!

If you would like more information about One Book, One Community, contact Angela Carletta at 519-658-4412 or .

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Posted by on April 23, 2014 in Uncategorized


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The One Book, One Community selection for 2014 will be announced in April.

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Posted by on March 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


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