Extraordinary Women: An Afternoon with Mazo de la Roche

Canada | 2012 | 52 min | STC

She was the first Canadian author to win a big international literary prize. She wrote a popular 16-volume series about a dynastic Ontario family and had sold 11 million books in 93 languages by the time she died in 1961. She lived at various addresses in Toronto, including 157 Dunn Ave. in Parkdale.

Who was she? Mazo de la Roche, who is the subject of our next Extraordinary Women event, presented by Back Lane Studios in partnership with the Revue. Filmmaker Maya Gallus will introduce her impressive documentary The Mystery of Mazo de la Roche, and discuss the author’s life and work.


De la Roche carefully guarded her privacy, and much remains unknown, including the parentage of her two adopted children and the nature of her relationship with her lifelong companion and cousin, Caroline Clement. One thing is clear: Without Clement, De la Roche would not have become the prolific, successful author she did.


Director: Maya Gallus
Cast: Deborah Hay, Jordyn Negri, Severn Thompson


This event, part of the Extraordinary Women Series, is presented by Back Lane Studios as a fundraiser to support its video and photography programs for students and seniors.


General Admission: $15
Bronze Members, Seniors, and Students: $13
Silver Members: $12
Gold Members: FREE

Prices include taxes. Membership free event not applicable.

All advance tickets are available for $13 on Eventbrite.