Joan Dixon has long been fascinated by Canadian social and cultural history. She has been writing, editing and researching for books, magazines and other media for more than 25 years. She has published nine non-fiction books of her own and edited countless others. In 2010, her essay “The Perils of War and Mother-Son Relationships” won the James H. Gray Award for short non-fiction, and her essay “Embedded on the Home Front” was shortlisted for the Jon Whyte memorial essay prize. She lives in Redwood Meadows, Alberta.