Lives and works in Ottawa.
Most recent book is Nellie McClung, a biography of the leader of the first wave of Canadian feminism (2008).
Some of her previous books include:
- Reluctant Genius: The Passionate Life and Inventive Mind of Alexander Graham Bell, which was a 2006 bestseller, and won the Donald Creighton Award for Ontario History;
- A Museum Called Canada (2004);
- Sisters in the Wilderness, The Lives of Susanna Moodie and Catharine Parr Traill (1999).
Adjunct research professor in the Department of History at Carleton University.
Sits on the boards of the Dominion Institute and Canada’s National History Society, and is a member of the Historica Council.
Recipient of the Pierre Berton Award in 2003 for distinguished achievement in popularizing Canadian history.
Member of the Order of Canada.