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Ken McGoogan


KEN MCGOOGAN is the author of a dozen books, among them four bestsellers about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge and Race to the Polar Sea. Those works won the Pierre Berton Award, the Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Canadian history, the Grant MacEwan Author’s Award, and a Christopher Award for “a work of artistic excellence.”

Ken worked as a journalist for two decades, moving from the Toronto Star to the Montreal Star and the Calgary Herald, as books editor and columnist. He has served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He teaches narrative non-fiction at the University of Toronto and in the MFA program at University of King’s College in Halifax. Every summer, he voyages in the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada.

Works by Ken McGoogan

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