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Welcome to the Cyberspace Stronghold of Ken McGoogan, a site otherwise known as McGoogan's Redoubt. Under Books, you will find links to valuable information on a dozen works; under Articles, subsections headed Travel, Opinions, Profiles, Reviews, Back-Talk, and Q&As. The Blog is an online trebuchet, a virtual catapult that hurls observations, rejoinders, and ballyhoo over the castle walls. Ken is the author, most recently, of Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. He has published four previous books about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. His other bestselling works include How the Scots Invented Canada, Celtic Lightning, and 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. With his fellow traveler, artist Sheena Fraser McGoogan, Ken has rambled from Sri Lanka to Tasmania, and from Malyasia to St. Kilda and Tanzania. He sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian, teaches creative nonfiction at University of Toronto and at University of King's College in Halifax, 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.)


March 26: Dumfries

March 27: Galashiels

March 28: Ayr

March 29: Helensburgh

May 4: John Rae Festival, Stromness, Orkney

May 12: Haddington, near Edinburgh, Scotland

May 17: RSGS, Perth, Scotland

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.