North As Never Before

Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin, Paul Watson

North As Never Before

Moderator: Wayne Grady

Event Number: 37
Tickets: $17.00

$9.50 for student groups

North As Never Before

Ken McGoogan, Ed O'Loughlin, Paul Watson

Thursday, October 19
10:00am - 11:30am
Granville Island Stage

1585 Johnston St.

For 5,000 years, people in search of a home or wealth or fame, or just driven by the need for adventure, have been voyaging “way up there,” in some pretty inhospitable weather. Today you’ll hear three stories from Canada’s far north. Every summer, Ken McGoogan goes to the Northwest Passage as a resource historian with Adventure Canada. His non-fiction Dead Reckoning challenges the conventional history of Arctic exploration and, most importantly, integrates Canada’s Indigenous people. Ed O’Loughlin’s novel delves into the history of the lost Franklin expedition through the eyes of the explorers. And Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Paul Watson brings the failed nineteenth century attempt to find the Northwest Passage up to modern day: he was there when scientists, divers and local Inuit discovered the flagship’s wreck in 2014.

Suitable for grades 8-12 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.

Paul Watson

British Columbia

Paul Watson is a distinguished reporter, activist and author. For almost two decades, Watson covered world events and wars for which he received National Newspaper Awards and a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting and photography. He has had a successful career as a war correspondent working for the Los Angeles Times and the Toronto Star in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe. He has written several books, his most recent being Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition about the mission to discover a shipwreck in the Northwest Passage.