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Good company for a cross-country road triip

Hitting the Road

Thirteen of Canada’s leading writers pick essential stops on a cross-country literary tour.

It’s summertime. Time to strap on the seat belts and go exploring, across all of this country’s provinces and territories. And we will need some great reading matter to help eat up the kilometres and tell us something essential about the land we are crossing. Thirteen of Canada’s best writers have volunteered to act as literary guides for a patch they’re particularly familiar with in this enormous quilt we live on, so let’s get moving. In honour of Vancouver 2010, we have decided to follow the route (more or less) of the Olympic Torch.

Ken McGoogan’s latest book, How the Scots Invented Canada, will be published by HarperCollins in October 2010.
Elizabeth Hay is the author of Late Nights on Air, winner of the 2007 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
John Ralston Saul is author of A Fair Country: Telling Truths About Canada (Viking, 2008) and chair of the LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium.
To read the rest, click on the title. Oh, and don't miss the caricatures that turns up on the front of the magazine.
Ken McGoogan
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Before turning mainly to books about arctic exploration and Canadian history, Ken McGoogan worked for two decades as a journalist at major dailies in Toronto, Calgary, and Montreal. He teaches creative nonfiction writing through the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at King’s College in Halifax. Ken served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, has written recently for Canada’s History, Canadian Geographic, and Maclean’s, and sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian. Based in Toronto, he has given talks and presentations across Canada, from Dawson City to Dartmouth, and in places as different as Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Hobart.