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Welcome to the website of Ken McGoogan, whose 2017 book is Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. Ken is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books, among them four previous works about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. His other bestselling books include How the Scots Invented Canada, Celtic Lightning, and 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. Ken has travelled widely, from Sri Lanka to Tasmania, and from the Outer Hebrides to Tanzania. He sails with Adventure Canada as a resource historian, and is in demand as a public speaker.


More events are in the works. But for now the schedule looks like this:

Oct. 14: 15:  Calgary Wordfest

Oct. 18: 19:  Vancouver Writers' Fest

Nov.  6:  U of T lecture series, Oakville

Nov.  9:  U of T lecture series, Markham

Nov. 15:  U of T lecture series, St. George

Nov. 18:  Niagara: Hotel Dallavalle

Nov. 24:  Embro, Ont: Caledonian Society, St. Andrews Day

Dec.   6:  Burlington, Different Drummer

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Anonymous said...

Loved this book!

Anonymous said...

Just finished reading 50 Canadians Who Have Changed the World. I really enjoyed it. I am now starting How the Scots Invented Canada.

O J said...

A friend of mine sent me a copy of Fatal Passage. It was the most interesting novel that I have ever read. Apparently I flew over Fort Confidence over a dozen times last year. I was told that the dilapidated cabins there were trappers' cabins. Now I can't wait to hike in to them this summer to search for the older stone chimneys. They are about 25 miles up the arm from Plummer's Great Bear Lake Lodge. Come and see!
We fly from Kugluktuk past Fort Confidence in about 1.3 hours. How our lifestyle has changed since it took John Rae weeks to cover that distance.

Anonymous said...

As a proud Canadian of Scottish heritage, I applaud your work. It is so important to Canadian as well as Scottish history that you brought the story of John Rae to full light, a man of great character whose reputation was so badly tarnished by Britain.

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.

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