Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Charlotte Schiander Gray

Charlotte Schiander Gray, author of Fatima’s Room and Stories from Ethiopia, was born in Copenhagen in 1944. After earning her PhD in Scandinavian Languages and Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, she accompanied her American husband, a water engineer for UNICEF, to Yemen, India, Sudan, and Ethiopia. In Sudan she taught English and Women’s Studies at the Ahfad University for Women. She has published academic articles and book reviews on Scandinavian literature, and wrote a book on the Danish author Klaus Rifbjerg. Charlotte has taught literature at UC Berkeley Extension and volunteered for the Friends of the Berkeley Public Library all while also volunteering in the public schools attended by her three sons. For the past fifteen years she has written fictional stories of her life in foreign countries. She spends the summer months in her second home on the Danish island of Ærø