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Arctic explorer heading for University of Calgary


A big shout-out to folks at the University of Calgary. On short notice, they have found a superb venue for my August 30 presentation on John Rae, the Arctic explorer who discovered the fate of the Franklin expedition. Originally, we had intended to use the Calgary Central Library, but flood damage precluded that. Nothing daunted, leaders of the Clan MacRae began casting about. In the end, Bonnie MacRae-Kilb and Brad Kilb, both affiliated with U of C, enlisted Annie Murray, curator of rare books and manuscripts, and presto: we're making for the Alberta Room. I'm chuffed about this because you know how writers donate their manuscripts to libraries and institutions? My own papers are in special collections at U of C -- Murray's department. For the rest, here's hoping that Calgarians will turn out in droves: August 30, Return to Rae Strait, 7:30 p.m. in the Alberta Room at University of Calgary.
Ken McGoogan
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Mich said...

I hope to be there, and I'm bringing my books to get signed. Do you sign your fans' books?

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.

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