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ABOUT KEN





Ken McGoogan
thinks he has given you the goods back at the landing site. But since you're here . . . 

Awards: 

Pierre Berton Award for Canadian History
UBC Medal for Canadian Biography
Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, Lady Franklin’s Revenge
Christopher Award, New York, for “a work of artistic excellence that affirms the highest values of the human spirit,”
Writers’ Trust of Canada / Drainie-Taylor Biography Award
Canadian Authors’ Association Award for History
Grant MacEwan Author’s Award
Writers’ Guild of Alberta non-fiction award
University of Cambridge, Wolfson College Press Fellowship

Other Honours:

John W. Dafoe Book Prize, short-listed
University of Toronto, Teaching Excellence
Keith Matthews Award / Honourable Mention
B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction, long-listed
Reader’s Digest: Best Historical Writer
Evergreen Award, Ontario Library Association, finalist
National Magazine Awards, finalist in profiles
Writers’ Guild of Alberta non-fiction award, short-listed
Banff Book Festival adventure-travel award, short-listed
W.O. Mitchell / City of Calgary book award, short-listed


Education

M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of British Columbia
B.A.A, Journalism, Ryerson


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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.