Valerie Knowles: Painting A Picture of Canada


Award-winning author Valerie Knowles brings Canadian history to life in her books.

Immerse yourself in the lives of Ottawa’s leading personalities of the past century. Valerie Knowles’ Capital Lives series paints a rich picture of Canada’s elite but relatively unknown figures — the movers and shakers who made the country what it is today. Get to know the Capital Lives of the past.

Leaf Icon

Speaking Engagements

Valerie is available for speaking engagements and book signings about the individuals profiled in the Capital Lives series. Find out more.

Leaf Icon


Valerie Knowles speaks out on several causes of interest to the people and history of Ottawa. Find out more.

Bring Canadian History to Your Bookshelf

book-iconValerie’s books are available online and in many bookstores. Books published by Dundurn Press can be ordered from them or from,, while Capital Lives (Volumes I and II) can be ordered from Perfect Books, the Billings Estate Museum, or the Bytown Museum in Ottawa, or directly from the Author.