Ken McGoogan

Recipient of the 2006 Pierre Berton Award

November 21, 2011

Canada’s National History Society is pleased to announce Ken McGoogan as the winner of the 2006 Pierre Berton Award for popularizing Canadian history. Now in its twelfth year, the Berton Award has become the biggest history prize in Canada. This year’s award events were held at the Empire Landmark Hotel in conjunction with the National History Conference in Vancouver, on October 21, 2006.

Historical biographer Ken McGoogan is a globe–trotting ex–journalist who survived a shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, placed a commemorative plaque in the High Arctic, and chased the ghost of Jane Lady Franklin across Tasmania.

Born in Montreal and raised in a French–speaking town, he hitch–hiked and rode freights around North America before earning two degrees at universities in Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver. He worked as a journalist for two decades and has published eight books, one of which (Fatal Passage) is now being turned into a docudrama.

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