The award-winning author of eleven books, among them the bestseller How the Scots Invented Canada, Ken McGoogan recently published 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. He has also published four nonfiction narratives about Arctic exploration, among them Fatal Passage and Lady Franklin’s Revenge. These works won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association History Award, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Pierre Berton Award for Popular History, and an American Christopher Award for “a work of artistic excellence.”
In recent years, Ken has given talks and presentations across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, as well as in the High Arctic, Australia and Scotland. His other books include three novels, a memoir (written with an Olympic champion), and a polemic (Canada's Undeclared War). Before turning mainly to books, Ken worked for two decades as a journalist (reporter, editor, books columnist, and reviewer). With degrees in journalism (Ryerson) and creative writing (UBC), Ken has taught nonfiction writing for a dozen years. He won an award for teaching excellence from the University of Toronto (Continuing Studies), and teaches creative nonfiction in the newly launched MFA program at Kings College / Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Photo: Ken returns to Rae Strait in the High Arctic. Taken by: Sheena Fraser McGoogan