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Ken McGoogan

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Ken McGoogan

Author Ken McGoogan, born in Montreal and raised near Deux Montagnes, recently published How the Scots Invented Canada. According to a review in the Globe & Mail, he “isn’t writing about tiresome tartan chauvinism.” Rather, he is illustrating “the undeniable fact that, in so many ways, Scots created the nation we inhabit today.” Taking a highly original approach, McGoogan traces the Scottish influence into contemporary times, and shows how Scots and their descendents invented even Canadian diversity. Novelist Kathleen Winter wrote in the Globe of McGoogan’s “elegant, lucid and impassioned writing,” adding that another of his books “taught me how a deft piece of narrative non-fiction can pack the power of the best novels.”

McGoogan is best-known for his four award-winning books about Arctic exploration: Fatal Passage, Ancient Mariner, Lady Franklin’s Revenge, and Race to the Polar Sea. These works have earned him the Writers’ Trust of Canada Drainie-Taylor Biography Prize, the Canadian Authors’ Association History Award, the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography, and the Pierre Berton Award for History. McGoogan made a cameo appearance in the acclaimed docudrama based on his book Fatal Passage. Now based in Toronto, he writes a column for Canada’s History magazine, serves as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission, and sails as a resource historian with Adventure Canada.