Wayne Grady was born in Windsor, Ontario. He attended Carleton University and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1971. He is a prolific journalist, author, and editor specializing in fiction, travel, science and nature writing. In addition to magazine journalism, the former editor of Harrowsmith 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.
Grady’s recently authored books are Tree: A Life Story, which was co-written with David Suzuki (Greystone Books, paperback, 2006) and The Great Lakes (Greystone Books, 2007), winner of the Gold Medal IPPY Award for Best Regional Non-Fiction Book in the Great Lakes region. He is also the editor of three collections of nature writing about mountains and bodies of water, Where the Silence Rings: A Literary Companion to Mountains and Dark Waters Dancing to a Breeze: A Literary Companion to Rivers and Lakes (Greystone Books, 2007) and Deserts: A Literary Companion (Greystone Books, 2008). The Sea: A Literary Companion (Greystone Books, 2009) is Grady’s fourth and final collection in the Literary Companion series.
Additionally, Grady translates many French authors into English. He received the 1985 John Glassco Prize for Literary Translation for Christopher
Cartier of Hazelnut by Antonine Maillet and won the 1989 Governor-General’s Award for Translation for On the Eighth Day by Antonine Maillet. His translations of Daniel Poliquin’s Black Squirrel and Francine D’Amour’s Return from Africa were shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Translation in 1996 and 2005, respectively. His most recent translations are A Good Death by Gil Courtemanche (Douglas & McIntyre, 2006), The Years of Fire by Yves Beauchemin (2007), and Heading South by Dany Laferrière
(Douglas & McIntyre, 2009).
Wayne Grady lives in Athens, Ontario, with his wife, novelist Merilyn Simonds.