The Castleton Massacre Wins 2022-23 Alison Prentice Award - Dundurn
Dec 15, 2023

The Castleton Massacre Wins 2022-23 Alison Prentice Award

Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that The Castleton Massacre by Sharon Anne Cook and Margaret Carson has been named a co-winner of the 2022-23 Alison Prentice Award awarded by the Ontario Historical Society. Congratulations Sharon and Margaret!

The Castleton Massacre painstakingly trace the causes of a femicide in which four women and two unborn babies were murdered over the course of one bloody evening. While Cook and Carson situate this murderous rampage in the literature on domestic abuse and mass murders, they also explore how the two traumatized child survivors found their way back to health and happiness. Told through vivid first-person accounts, this family memoir explores how a murderer was created, and was also on the Globe and Mail Top 100 Best Books of 2022.

Founded in 1888, the Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity dedicated to the preservation and celebration of Ontario’s history for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. To learn more, visit their website here.

Sharon Anne Cook is a distinguished professor emerita at the University of Ottawa. She is the author and editor of twelve books on Canadian women’s history. The recipient of many teaching awards, she teaches graduate courses in the history of education. She lives in Ottawa.

Margaret Carson is the eldest of two children who survived the Castleton massacre. A retired college instructor, she is accomplished in creating and adapting workplace programs as well as classroom delivery. She lives in Mississippi Mills, Ontario.