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The VIA-Rail, Cross-Canada, Ocean-to-Ocean, Book-Tour Extravaganza

A friend suggested that, for the first leg of the trip, Toronto to Winnipeg, I might prefer to travel by air.  I said, what? Disrupt the integrity of the train journey? This is an all-rail, cross-country, ocean-to-ocean, book-tour extravaganza. This is Jack McClelland on steroids. This is celebrating cutting-edge Canada, as revealed in 50 Canadians Who Changed the World, while following in the footsteps of those who created a nation by mapping a wilderness and running steel rails across it. Call me old-fashioned, but I wouldn’t miss this for the world.
The itinerary runs Toronto to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean; then Toronto to Halifax and the Atlantic.
Main events include the following. Maybe I'll see you at one of them
Winnipeg, Oct. 16: McNally Robinson.
Saskatoon, Oct. 20: McNally Robinson.
Calgary, Oct. 22: Pages on Kensington.
Canmore, Oct. 23: Café Books.
Vancouver, Oct 29: University of British Columbia.
Toronto, Nov. 7: Dora Keogh / Ben McNally Books.
Ottawa: Nov. 8: Books on Beechwood.
Montreal: Nov. 10: Paragraphe Books & Breakfast
Halifax (Dartmouth): Nov. 11: Alderney Gate Library
Ken McGoogan
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George Payerle said...

Iron Horse and Jack McClelland from Sea to Sea! Count the ties, Ken.

Anita Daher said...

I love the Toronto to Winnipeg leg, Ken. No wifi, which is a bit lovely, miles and miles of woodlands. I see you are presenting in Winnipeg the same day as Margaret Atwood--her event is in the afternoon. See you then!

Bev Sayers said...

I would take the train from Toronto right through to the west coast. The sites would be amazing, all of it when you haven't seen it all before, or even if you had.

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.