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Our Hero brings John Rae back to Calgary

In 1999, when he was working as books editor at the Calgary Herald, Our Hero traveled to the Arctic with a fellow Calgarian to erect a plaque at the spot where explorer John Rae discovered the final link in the Northwest Passage. He told that story in his award-winning book Fatal Passage, which became an international bestseller and inspired a BBC docudrama. Last August, Ken returned to the High Arctic to see if the John Rae plaque was still intact. On Friday, August 30, he will bring that story full circle, when he returns to Calgary to give an illustrated lecture at the Calgary Public Library (John Dutton Theatre). Ken will be appearing courtesy of Clan MacRae.
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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.