As one half of Canada’s Trivia Guys, I have co-authored eight books with Ottawa writer Randy Ray, primarily for Dundurn Press. Please click on the book titles below to order or contact me if you would like a signed copy.
Coming in 2017!
As The Years Go By: Conversations With Canada’s Folk, Pop &Rock Pioneers is the latest book from Mark Kearney and Randy Ray. It’s an inside look at the trials and triumphs, good times and bad encountered by Canadian musicians from the 1950s through the 1970s, many of whom gained international stardom. The years may have gone by but the memories linger.
The Big Book of Canadian Trivia (2009) is a “greatest hits” book that contains the best Canadiana from Mark Kearney and Randy Ray’s previous eight books, plus a considerable amount of new material that did not appear in their other books.
Whatever Happened To …? Catching Up With Canadian Icons (2006) is an entertaining where-are-they-now look at the fate of 100 celebrities, newsmakers, and significant artifacts from our country’s past with some great Canadian trivia tossed into the mix.
We thought we’d covered it all with our previous Canadian trivia books, but it turns out this country has even more weird and wonderful tales to tell. In Pucks Pablum & Pingos, (2004), we explored from coast-to-coast to bring readers the classic, the unknown, the hard to find, and the most memorable details of what makes this country tick. The sordid, the intriguing, the strange, and the amusing are all here in bite-sized trivia entries that will settle arguments… or perhaps start even more!
Every day, millions of Canadians buy donuts at Tim Hortons, milk at Mac’s Convenience Stores and groceries at Loblaws or Sobeys. They pour themselves a Molson Export or a Sleeman’s Cream Ale, buy clothes at Reitmans and purchase furniture at Leon’s. The brands and products are familiar but what do Canadians know about the people behind the names? We explore this in I Know That Name! The People Behind Canada’s Best-Known Brand Names From Elizabeth Arden to Walter Zeller (2002).
From Agawa Canyon to Zebra Mussels, The Ontario Fact Book (2000) provides information on the history, geography, art, culture, wildlife, and quirks of Canada’s most populous province.
The Great Canadian Book of Lists (1999) chronicles a century of achievements, trends, important and influential people, and fascinating events that shaped this country as it began the 21st century. The best, worst, biggest, smallest, sexiest, and most significant are all here.
Is it true that a McGill University student killed famous escape artist Harry Houdini? Can a goalie take a face-off in a hockey game? And what milestones have Canadian women reached in politics? This best-selling sequel to The Great Canadian Trivia Book 2 (1998) is ideal for trivia buffs, teachers, sports fans, children or anyone who wants to know more about Canada.
Canada has given the world the real Winnie the Pooh, the phrase “Beatlemania”, and the man who invented the Academy Awards. With more than 17,000 copies sold in five printings, The Great Canadian Trivia Book (1996) explores the noteworthy and the notorious, the factual and the phenomenal, the obscure and outlandish sides of the Great White North.
I also co-wrote Roots & Branches: St. Willibrord Community Credit Union, The First 50 Years with London writer Otte Rosenkrantz ( 2000) and Canadian Music Fast Facts with Randy Ray (1991).
I was a contributing author: Prose to Go: Tales from a Private List (2011), published by Bridgeross Communications.
I was a contributing author: Shakin’ All Over: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Years in Canada (1989), published by McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited.