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One Book One Community


Now in its thirteenth year, the One Book, One Community of Waterloo Region has announced its
2014 reading selection. All of Waterloo Region will be on the same page reading ...



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The Massey Murder, by Charlotte Gray

The Massey Murder: A maid, her master and the trial that shocked a nation

by Charlotte Gray








About The Book


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A Globe and Mail 100 Selection and longlisted for the 2014 RBC Taylor Prize. A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict -- the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey.


In February 1915, a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work. Carrie Davies, an 18-year-old domestic servant, quickly confessed. But who was the victim here? Charles "Bert" Massey, a scion of a famous family, or the frightened, perhaps mentally unstable Carrie, a penniless British immigrant?


When the brilliant lawyer Hartley Dewart, QC, took on her case, his grudge against the powerful Masseys would fuel a dramatic trial that pitted the old order against the new, wealth and privilege against virtue and honest hard work. Set against a backdrop of the Great War in Europe and the changing face of a nation, this sensational crime is brought to vivid life for the first time.


Multi-award-winning historian and biographer Charlotte Gray has created a captivating narrative rich in detail and brimming with larger-than-life personalities, as she shines a light on a central moment in our past.


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About the Author


Charlotte GrayCharlotte Gray is one of Canada’s best known writers and author of nine acclaimed books of literary non-fiction. She was educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics. Coming to Canada in 1979, she worked as a political commentator, book reviewer and magazine columnist.


Charlotte is the 2003 recipient of the Pierre Berton Award for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history. She is a member of the Order of Canada and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.  She appears regularly on radio and television as a political and cultural commentator.


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Selected Awards & Accolades


The Massey Murder: A maid, her master, and the trial that shocked a country


  • Shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Award for Non-fiction

  • Shortlisted for the Evergreen Award

  • Longlisted for the B.C. Non-fiction Award

  • A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

  • An Top 100 Book of the Year


Gold Diggers: Striking it rich in the Klondike


  • A Globe and Mail Top 100 Book of the Year

  • U.S. Discovery Channel's 2014 series Klondike is based on the book

  • PBS 2014 documentary on gold rush drawn from the book

  • Included in Reader's Digest North American encounters 2012, Today's Best Non-fiction

  • Longlisted for the B.C. Non-fiction Award

  • Shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction


Reluctant Genius: The passionate life and inventive mind of Alexander Graham Bell


  • Winner of the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario history

  • Winner of the City of Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction

  • Shortlisted for the Nereus Writers' Trust Non-fiction Prize

  • Shortlisted for the National Business Book Award

  • Shortlisted for the Trillium Award


Mrs. King: The life and times of Isabel Mackenzie King


  • One of Canada's Top Forty Non-fiction Books (CBC 2011)

  • Winner of the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-fiction

  • Winner of the Canadian Authors Medal for Non-fiction

  • Winner of the Heritage Toronto Commendation

  • Shortlisted for the Governer-General's Award for Non-fiction

  • Shortlisted for the City of Ottawa Book Award for Non-fiction




  • 2011 Honorary Doctorate, Carleton University

  • 2009 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

  • 2009 Algonquin College Media Hall of Fame

  • 2007 Member of the Order of Canada

  • 2007 Honorary Doctorate, York University

  • 2006 Honorary Doctorate, Queen's University

  • 2005 Honorary Doctorate, University of Ottawa

  • 2003 Pierre Berton Award for Distinguished Achievement in Popularizing Canadian History

  • 1995 Honorary Doctorate, Mount St. Vincent University, N.S.

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Author Interviews


  • CBC Canada Writes: RBC Taylor Prize | Watch

  • CBC Radio: Here and now with Gill Deacon | Listen

  • TVO: The Agenda with Steve Paikin | Watch

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This year's selection is available in the following formats:


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Author Visits and Related Programs


You've read the book, now meet the author!


Author appearances by Charlotte Gray:


Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 pm

Central Library (additional information to follow)


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About the One Book One Community Program


One Book, One Community was created to promote reading by adults, and to build new connections in the community through the shared experience of reading.


In 2002, when One Book, One Community was launched, organizers expected that 1% of the Region’s population would read Alistair McLeod’s “No Great Mischief." Instead of the expected 4000 readers, more than 6800 readers were counted and an additional 3000 people attended author events.


By tracking sales, library circulations, web hits and event attendance, the committee has recorded that more than 100,000 people in Waterloo Region have participated in the program. Interest in the reading program has continued over the previous nine years with selections continuing to generate interest in libraries, bookstores, workplaces and book club gatherings.


Organized by library staff, booksellers, city staff and volunteers, the program requires a year round commitment. After the book title is announced, individuals, book clubs, organizations, employers – everyone – is invited to take up the challenge of the One Book, One Community initiative and organize their own way of “getting on the same page.”


Author events will take place around the region, including an author visit to Kitchener Public Library. Watch our website or that of The Record for author event dates and notices of community events as they develop. You may also check out the One Book, One Community website at


Keep up with all the latest news,information and developments by following @oboc_kw on Twitter.


Readers and event participants will be counted again this year, so be sure to participate, and to let the community know how you got involved.



Previous Reading Selections


2013 – Richard Wagamese, Ragged Company


2012 – Allan Casey, Lakeland: Ballad of a Freshwater Country


2011 – Louise Penny, Bury Your Dead


2010 – Terry Fallis, The Best Laid Plans


2009 – Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes


2008 – Alisa Smith and J.B. MacKinnon, The 100-Mile Diet


2007 – Elizabeth Ruth, Smoke


2006 – Joseph Boyden, Three Day Road


2005 – Robert J. Sawyer, Hominids


2004 – Nino Ricci, Lives of the Saints

2003 – Jane Urquhart, The Stone Carvers


2002 – Alistair Macleod, No Great Mischief


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