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Say Goodbye to John Steinbeck

FREEDOM TO READ WEEK: (Feb. 23 to March 1)

Say Goodbye to John Steinbeck?
Back in the day, when I was writing songs and fronting a band (Ken McGoogan & the Immoral Minority), an elected government official began lobbying to ban Of Mice and Men from schools. He stood up in the legislature and brandished a petition. Having grown up reading Steinbeck --  along with Hemingway, London, Wolfe, and Fitzgerald, thanks to my father -- I did not take kindly to this. In fact, it brought out the Satirical Ken in me. But you'll see what I mean if you give a listen to Say Goodbye to John Steinbeck. . . . . . .
I read a book last Friday for the first time in seventeen years. . . .
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.