Alumni Authors


June Alumni author 2023

As a celebration of our alumni, each month we will highlight a new book written by one of

Our May 2023 book is "Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons; The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt"
by Charlotte Gray (St Hilda's College, 1969).

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 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. Her twelfth book, Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons; The Lives of Jennie Jerome Churchill and Sara Delano Roosevelt, will be published by Simon & Schuster New York in fall 2023. 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. Gold Diggers was the basis of both a US Discovery Channel docudrama and a PBS documentary.

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. She currently sits on the board of the North American Carol Shields Prize for women’s fiction.

Born in Sheffield, and a graduate of Oxford University and the London School of Economics, Charlotte moved to Canada in 1978. She worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist before she turned to biography and popular history. 
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. She lives in Ottawa with her husband, George Anderson, has three adult sons and is still working on her tennis skills.

You can purchase "Passionate Mothers, Powerful Sons" here.


Are you an alumni author?

If you have written a book which was published within the last three years, or is due to be released soon, please email us the following information.

Your full name
A high-quality headshot
A short bio
Alumni number (or college/year of matriculation)
Title of book
Date of publication
Link to purchase the book online

We thank you for sharing your books with us, and will let you know if you are selected for a feature in the coming months.

Please visit our archive page to look back at previous Alumni Authors


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