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 – 7:00pm – Central Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Wednesday, September 17 – 1:30pm – Elmira District Secondary School, 4 University Avenue, Elmira (the general public is welcome to attend this event!)

Wednesday, September 17 – 7:00pm – Knox Church, 50 Erb Street West, Waterloo

Thursday, September 18 – 7:00pm – Cambridge City Hall (Bowman Room), 50 Dickson Street, 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 August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Charlotte Gray in conversation with Edward Greenspan

greenspanCharlotte Gray joins us on the stage at KPL’s Central Library for a reading of The Massey Murder and an armchair discussion with special guest Edward Greenspan, QC.

Tuesday, September 16 – 7:00pm – Central Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the author cross-examined by Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyer.

Copies of Ms. Gray’s book available for purchase courtesy of Chapters.

Seating is first come, first served with doors open at 6:30pm

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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in Uncategorized



Toronto Book AwardCongratulations to One Book, One Community author, Charlotte Gray, on being named a finalist for the Toronto Book Awards.

The awards feature a diverse list of non-fiction and novels. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the prize, worth $10,000 for the winning author.The winner will be announced on October 16.

Good luck, Charlotte!

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Posted by on August 19, 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 July 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


The Massey Murder Bus Tour…SOLD OUT!

massey_mansionThe One Book, One Community Massey Murder Bus Tour has SOLD OUT!

Unfortunately we are unable to arrange a second bus/date for this tour.

We offer our apologies and thank you for your continued interest and support of One Book, One Community. 

Mark your calendars for the free author events coming in September and other special OBOC programs.

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Posted by on June 28, 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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