With Dead Reckoning, his most ambitious book yet, Ken McGoogan delivers a vivid, comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history. Subtitled The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage, the book challenges the conventional narrative, which emerged out of Victorian England and focuses almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. By integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada’s indigenous peoples, this work brings the story of Arctic discovery into the twenty-first century. HarperColllins Canada will publish the book in September 2017, and you can find out more here.
Ken's last book, Celtic Lightning, appeared in September, 2015, and is now available in trade paperback. It plunges into the perpetual debate about Canadian roots and identity: who do we think we are? Ken argues that Canadians have wrongly neglected "cultural genealogy," and has great fun showing why the crucial figures of Scottish and Irish history -- heroes, rebels, poets, inventors, explorers, pirate queens -- belong equally to Canada and Canadian history.
Ken's other books include How the Scots Invented Canada and 50 Canadians Who Changed the World. He has also published four previous nonfiction narratives about Arctic exploration, among them Fatal Passage and Lady Franklin’s Revenge. These works won the Writers’ Trust of Canada Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association History Award, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Pierre Berton Award for Popular History, and an American Christopher Award for “a work of artistic excellence.”
In recent years, Ken has given talks and presentations across Canada from Halifax to Vancouver, as well as in the High Arctic, Australia and Scotland. His other books include three novels, a memoir (written with an Olympic champion), and a polemic (Canada's Undeclared War). Before turning mainly to books, Ken worked for two decades as a journalist (reporter, editor, books columnist, and reviewer). He writes frequently for such leading publications as Canada's History, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, Literary Review of Canada, Celtic Life International, Globe and Mail, National Post. With degrees in journalism (Ryerson) and creative writing (UBC), Ken has taught nonfiction writing for years. He won an award for teaching excellence from the University of Toronto (Continuing Studies), and teaches creative nonfiction in the newly launched MFA program at Kings College / Dalhousie University in Halifax.