Meet Valerie

Valerie Knowles and her dogs

Montreal-born Valerie Knowles is an Ottawa writer who has a B.A. (Honours History) from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, an M.A. (History) from McGill University in Montreal, and a Bachelors of Journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.

In addition to writing for newspapers, magazines, and federal government departments, Valerie has taught history and worked as an archivist. She has published twelve works of non-fiction, four of which are trade books, available online and in stores.

From her Ottawa base, Valerie Knowles continues to write independent non-fiction books and to accept commissioned writing work. Her focus remains on Canadian and Ottawa political and social history. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two dogs, Katie (on the left) and Robbie (right).

She is available for speaking engagements and book signings about the individuals profiled in the Capital Lives series, William C. Van Horne, Senator Cairine Wilson, and Canadian immigration history and policy. Reach out to her today.