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Annual Friends of Bata Library Event to be held on May 3


Fundraising Event to Feature Well-Known Author, Biographer and Journalist Charlotte Gray

Thursday, April 26, 2007, Peterborough

The Friends of the Bata Library will be holding their annual spring fundraising dinner, which will feature guest speaker and author Charlotte Gray, on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Scott House at Traill College.

One of Canada’s best-known and highly respected writers, Charlotte Gray is the author of five bestselling books. Ms. Gray’s first book, Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King, won the 1998 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and the Canadian Authors Association / Birks Foundation Award for non-fiction, and was nominated for the Viacom Award and a Governor-General's Award. Flint & Feather: The Life and Times of E. Pauline Johnson, Tekahionwake won the University of British Columbia Medal for Biography for 2002, and the Drummer General Award for non-fiction for 2002. Sisters in the Wilderness: The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill, won the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for the best non-fiction book of 2000 and the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History. The book was also made into a CBC docudrama which was nominated for a Gemini Award. Ms. Gray’s most recent book is Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell.

Ms. Gray has also contributed to many of Canada’s major magazines and newspapers, won several major magazine awards, and had a regular politics column in Saturday Night Magazine for eight years. She frequently appears as a commentator on CBC radio and television, and TVOntario. In 2004, she completed a CBC documentary on Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister, and appeared as his celebrity advocate in the CBC series “The Greatest Canadian”.

An adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University, Ms. Gray is also the 2003 Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She sits on the boards of both the Dominion Institute and the Canadian National History Society.

The annual fundraising dinner is organized by the Friends of the Bata Library, an association dedicated to cultivating interest in all aspects of the Bata Library at Trent University and its resources. Money raised through the event is used to help purchase rare and expensive print material, often of a local and regional nature, and in the acquisition of various electronic resources that help to make the material at the Bata Library more wide-ranging and useful to library users.


Tickets for this event have been sold out.
Media are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact:
Professor Michael Peterman, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x1737