Grant Hayter-Menzies

For over a decade, Grant Hayter-Menzies has specialized in biographies of extraordinary women, publishing the first full length lives of stage and screen stars Charlotte Greenwood and Billie Burke, Chinese-American author Princess Der Ling, diarist Sarah Pike Conger, American friend to the controversial Empress Dowager Cixi of China, Pauline Benton, the American-born master of Chinese shadow theatre, and Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter. In 2015, Grant published a biography of Rags, mascot and dispatch dog of the American First Division in WWI France. His biography of Dorothy Brooke, the Englishwoman who saved thousands of elderly, neglected former war horses abandoned in Egypt by British forces at the termination of WWI, was published in the US and UK 2017 and 2018. His life of Woo, the Javanese monkey companion of Canadian artist and writer Emily Carr, was published in 2019, and his biography of Muggins, fundraising dog of WWI Victoria, BC, came out in 2021. He has also published a memoir about discovering his maternal ancestors’ three centuries of complicity in the slave trade. Grant is literary executor of playwright William Luce (1931-2019), the award-winning author of Broadway classic The Belle of Amherst. Grant lives in Sidney, British Columbia, with his partner Rudi.

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