Canadian aviation writer named Maverick of the Year
Oct. 19, 2011, Edmonton - Edmonton-based author Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail has been named Chatelaine Magazine's 2011 Maverick of the Year, after months of public voting and deliberation by a panel of judges.
The 29-year-old had her first book, For the Love of Flying: The Story of Laurentian Air Services, published in 2009 by Robin Brass Studio. She is the first female president of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (which boasts 1000 members worldwide), and hosted its annual conference in Edmonton this past summer. She was also recently named one of Edmontonian Magazine’s’ “Sizzling 20 Under 30” for 2011.
Last year, she spent three months as Writer-in-Residence at Berton House, Pierre Berton’s childhood home in Dawson City, Yukon to research a book on northern aviation history. This past summer she attended Yellowknife's Midnight Sun Float Plane Fly-In, where she was able to meet aviation legends and mine the aviation heritage of the NWT. The book, which will trace 100 years of aviation north of 60 will be published by Frontenac House in 2013.
Metcalfe-Chenail grew up in Ottawa and lived across North America and England, before moving to Edmonton. She has an M.A. in Canadian history from the University of British Columbia but writes across a number of genres.