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Welcome to the website of Ken McGoogan, whose 2017 book is Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. Ken is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, among them four previous works about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. His other bestselling books include How the Scots Invented Canada, Celtic Lightning, and 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. Ken has travelled widely, from Sri Lanka to Tasmania, and from the Outer Hebrides to Tanzania. He sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian, teaches creative nonfiction in the MFA program at University of King's College, and is in demand as a public speaker.
(Photo: Ken revisits the John Rae memorial plaque and cairn overlooking Rae Strait. By Sheena Fraser McGoogan.)


More events are in the works. But for now the schedule looks like this:

Oct. 14: 15:  Calgary Wordfest

Oct. 18/19:  Vancouver Writers' Fest

Oct. 19: Van: Maritime Museum

Nov.  6:  U of T lecture series, Oakville

Nov.  9:  U of T lecture series, Markham

Nov. 15:  U of T lecture series, St. George

Nov. 18:  Niagara: Hotel Dallavalle

Nov. 24:  Embro, Ont: Caledonian Society, St. Andrews Day

Dec.   6:  Burlington, Different Drummer

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.