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Histories, Biographies, Novels


The Making of Canada (Toronto: Patrick Crean / HarperCollins Canada, coming autumn 2019)

DEAD RECKONING:  The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. (Toronto: Patrick Crean Editions /  HarperCollins Canada, 2017).
[Shortlisted for the 2018 J.W. Dafoe Book Prize.]

CELTIC LIGHTNING:  How the Scots and the Irish Created a Canadian Nation. (Toronto: Patrick Crean Editions /  HarperCollins Canada, 382 pages, 2015).

50 CANADIANS WHO CHANGED THE WORLD: (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 329 pages, 2013).

HOW THE SCOTS INVENTED CANADA: (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, 415 pages, 2010)

CANADA’S UNDECLARED WAR: Fighting Words from the Literary Trenches. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises, 1991, 277 pages.


LADY FRANKLIN’S REVENGE:  A True Story of Ambition, Obsession and the Remaking of Arctic History (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, Bantam/Transworld U.K., 2005, 468 pages).

The Untold Story of John Rae, the Arctic Adventurer Who Discovered the Fate of Franklin (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, Bantam/ Transworld/Bantam U.K., Carroll & Graf U.S., 2001, 328 pages)
Also: Edited and introduced new editions of The Arctic Journals of John Rae and John Rae’s Arctic Correspondence (Touchstone Editions, 2012/2014).

ANCIENT MARINER:  The Amazing Adventures of Samuel Hearne, the Sailor Who Walked to the Arctic Ocean (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada, Bantam/ Transworld U.K., Carroll & Graf U.S., 2003, 334 pages).

RACE TO THE POLAR SEA: The Heroic Adventures and Romantic Obsessions of Elisha Kent Kane (Toronto: HarperCollins Canada; Berkeley, U.S.: Counterpoint Press, 2008, 366 pages).

 Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2002, 174 pages). Written with Catriona Le May Doan.

"I recall reading Going for Gold, your 2002 book about Catriona Le May Doan, to my three daughters. I have to tell you that while the book was supposed to be bedtime reading, it didn't put them to sleep. No, it set them asking questions and wanting to take speed skating lessons!"
-- Ken Cuthbertson, author of The Halifax Explosion.


KEROUAC’S GHOST:  Toronto, Bev Editions, ebook + print, final revised edition, 2016. Previous versions, follow link.

CHASING SAFIYA:  Calgary: Bayeux Arts, 1999, 267 pages.

"It's fresh, engaging, full of emotion and intelligence, highly
entertaining . . . . Chasing Safiya is also sui generis, which in days
of yore always was -- and still should be -- a damn good thing."

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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.