Claire Mackay

Claire Mackay found her voice in children's literature. She first wrote a novel for her youngest son, and was encouraged after this by fan letters and publishers to continue writing for children. She went on to write five more novels and four pieces of non-fiction. and was then commissioned by Annick Press to write The Toronto Story (1990).

Claire's ancestors moved north from the United States in 1791, and solidified their roots strongly in Toronto. One fought in the War of 1812, and her grandmother sold ribbons at Eaton's in 1900. Throughout her life, Claire and her family had a strong connection with Toronto, making her the ideal candidate for Annick Press's commission. The work went on to win many awards and high acclaim. 

Claire passed away on August 11, 2013.

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