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Dead Reckoning makes Dafoe Prize shortlist

Wonderful to wake up in Melrose, Scotland, to discover that the shortlist for the 2018 John W. Dafoe Book Prize includes Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. 
The $10K book prize memorializes John Wesley Dafoe, one of the most significant Canadian editors of the 20th century. It celebrates non-fiction excellence about Canada, Canadians, and the Canadian nation in international affairs. In his four decades at the Manitoba Free Press, later renamed the Winnipeg Free Press, Dafoe became legendary while championing western Canadian development, free trade, and national independence. The other four shortlisted titles for the prestigious award, chosen from among thirty-eight nominees, are: Vimy: The Battle and the Legend by Tim Cook; Unbuttoned: The History of Mackenzie King’s Secret Life by Christopher Dummitt; Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga; and The Cinderella Campaign: First Canadian Army and the Battles for the Channel Ports by Mark Zuehlke. I'm chuffed to see Dead Reckoning turn up in such company. The winner will be named later in the spring and collect the award at the J.W. Dafoe Foundation's Annual Book Prize Dinner in May.

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.