Magnetic Mysterious North

Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin

Magnetic Mysterious North

Host: Charlie Smith

Event Number: 62
Tickets: $17.00

Magnetic Mysterious North

Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin

Friday, October 20
1:00pm - 2:30pm
Studio 1398

1398 Cartwright St.,
3rd Floor

The search for the Northwest Passage. Franklin. Parry. Mutineers casting Hudson adrift. For centuries, the mysterious lure of the North has fascinated explorers and writers alike. Two fine authors discuss that fascination, historically and personally. Ten years ago, Ed O’Loughlin knew that one day he would write fiction set in the Arctic and “characters who braved the cold unknown and did not return from it.” Minds of Winter is the result. For years, non-fiction author Ken McGoogan has felt the pull of the North. Every summer, he voyages in the Northwest Passage as a resource historian. Four of his 12 books have been bestsellers about Arctic exploration. His latest, Dead Reckoning, is his vivid recasting of history that, this time, includes the Inuit.

Suitable for grades 10-12 and adults.

Event Participants:

Ken McGoogan


Ken McGoogan is the author of 12 books, including four bestsellers about Arctic exploration. He worked as a books editor and columnist for two decades at the Toronto Star, the Montreal Star and the Calgary Herald. He has served as chair of the Public Lending Right Commission and is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Every summer, he voyages through the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada. Inspired by these journeys, McGoogan wrote Dead Reckoning, his latest nonfiction work, which retells the history of Arctic exploration through a 21st century, decolonial lens.


Ed O’Loughlin


Before becoming an author, Ed O’Loughlin worked for twenty years as
a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Irish Times. Fourteen
of those years were spent as a foreign correspondent in the Middle East
and Africa. His first novel, Not Untrue & Not Unkind was longlisted for
the Man Booker Prize in 2009 and received critical acclaim. His latest
novel, Minds of Winter, follows two people who journey to the Arctic Circle
hoping to learn what happened to family members, who they discover are linked through
the Franklin expedition to find the Northwest Passage.