Harry Oakes and the Writing of History

  • May 09, 2022
  • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom virtual lecture

        Charlotte Gray  

Born in Sheffield, and a graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte came to Canada in 1978.  An adjunct research professor at Carleton University, in Ottawa, she holds five honorary degrees, has won a Scholar Award from the Library and Archives Canada Foundation, and is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Charlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best-known biographers and writers of popular history. Her ability to provide original and intriguing entry points into Canadian history has earned her a large and faithful readership, and regular requests to appear on television and radio.

Her award-winning bestsellers include The Promise of Canada: People And Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country: The Massey Murder; Reluctant Genius: Alexander Graham Bell and the Passion for Invention; and Gold Diggers, Striking It Rich in the Klondike. Gold Diggers was the basis of both a US Discovery Channel docudrama and a PBS documentary.

Sisters in the Wilderness, which Charlotte published in 1999, was named as one of the 25 most influential Canadian books of the past 25 years by the Literary Review of Canada. It was made into a CBC docudrama.

Charlotte has chaired the boards of both Canada’s National History Society and the Art Canada Institute, and has served on the boards of PEN Canada and the Ottawa International Writers Festival. She has frequently served on Writers Trust committees, as well as being a juror for the Cundill International History Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize, the RBC Taylor Prize, the City of Ottawa Book Prize, several CBC awards and the Kobzar Literary Award.

Harry Oakes and the Writing of History

Charlotte Gray is best known for her captivating explorations of Canadian history, but in her most recent book she combines her love of history with a detailed look at a True Crime. In Murdered Midas, The Millionaire, His Gold Mine and a Strange Death on an Island Paradise, Charlotte writes about the gruesome murder in the Bahamas in 1943 of Sir Harry Oakes, a millionaire who made his fortune in Northern Ontario. The murder was tagged “The Crime of the Centre,” But nobody has ever been held accountable for it. Charlotte will talk about why she chose to write about this topic, and how history can be distorted.

This event is part of the Spring  2022 Speaker series. Register for the Spring 2022 Event Series.

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