Wayne Grady was born in Windsor, Ontario and is a prolific journalist, author, and editor specializing in fiction, travel, science and nature writing. He is the author of 14 books of science and natural history and the editor of six anthologies of short stories. His writing has won him three Science in Society Awards and numerous National Magazine Awards, and his book Toronto the Wild was shortlisted for the 1996 City of Toronto Book Award.
He is also a much-praised translator from the French, and his work has been awarded, and frequently nominated for, the Governor-General’s Award for Translation.
Wayne Grady lives in Kingston, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.
His discovery that his own father was African-American, which had never been acknowledged in the family, resulted in his remarkable novel Emancipation Day, and led him to the research for his new work, Up from Freedom, set during the period of the Underground Railway allowing slaves to escape north to Canada.
Doubleday Canada, July 2013
Longlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize
Indigo Books ‘Heather’s Pick’
Amazon.ca No. 2 book of the month for July 2013
Chatelaine Magazine Book Club Pick for September 2013
One of Amazon.ca’s Best Books of 2013
A Globe & Mail Best Book of 2013
WINNER of the Amazon.ca First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the 2014 Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year