Event type: All Ages
Award-winning author and journalist Ken McGoogan, delivers a vivid, comprehensive recasting of Arctic-exploration history with this book, Dead Reckoning: The Untold Story of the Northwest Passage. McGoogan challenges the conventional narrative, which emerged out of Victorian England and focused almost exclusively on Royal Navy officers. By integrating non-British and fur-trade explorers and, above all, Canada’s Indigenous peoples, this work brings the story of Arctic discovery into the twenty-first century.
Without the assistance of the Inuit, Franklin’s recently discovered ships, Erebus and Terror, would still be lying undiscovered at the bottom of the polar sea. Orthodox history celebrates such naval figures as John Franklin, Edward Parry and James Clark Ross. Dead Reckoning tells their stories, but the book also encompasses such forgotten heroes as Thanadelthur, Akaitcho, Tattanoeuck, Ouligbuck, Tookoolito and Ebierbing, to name just a few.
The book ranges from the sixteenth century to the present day, looks at climate change and the politics of the Northwest Passage, and recognizes the cultural diversity of a centuries-old quest. Informed by the author’s own voyages and researches in the Arctic, and illustrated throughout, Dead Reckoning is a colourful, multi-dimensional saga that demolishes myths, exposes pretenders and celebrates unsung heroes. For international readers, it sets out a new story of Arctic discovery. For Canadians, it brings that story home.
Join us on Sunday morning to hear this compelling talk by Ken McGoogan.
Part of: Stratford Writers Festival
Cutoff for Advance Online Ticket Sales: Sunday, October 1, 2017 10:59 am EST