J. Timothy Hunt

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James Timothy Hunt
Born (1959-04-01) April 1, 1959 (age 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Pen nameTim Beiser
OccupationAuthor, journalist
GenreNon-fiction, children's fiction, science fiction

James Timothy Hunt (born April 1, 1959) is an American-Canadian author and journalist. He has also written children's books under the pen name Tim Beiser.


Hunt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and attended university in Montana, receiving a B.S. in Economics and Business Administration from Rocky Mountain College in 1981. He became a Canadian citizen in 2004, and resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Grignan, France, with his husband, Morton Beiser and twin sons, Daniel and Rowan.


During his 16 years as a resident of New York City, he became known as a playwright and author of science fiction short stories. His plays Angel Fire and The Lunatic were presented Off-Off Broadway. His short fiction can be found in the anthologies Lovers and Other Monsters and Don't Open This Book, both published by Doubleday. He has been writer in residence three times at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, and was the founder of The Writers' Workout creative writing studio in New York. He received a B.A.A. in Journalism from Toronto's Ryerson University in 1999.

Hunt has written for many publications in Canada, including National Post Business, Toronto Life, Elm Street, Reader's Digest, and Saturday Night. A feature article in Saturday Night in June 2000 about Owens Wiwa, brother of controversially-executed Nigerian environmentalist Ken Saro-Wiwa, was expanded in 2005 into a book about the ordeal, The Politics of Bones.

In 2007, Hunt began writing children's fiction for Tundra Books under the pseudonym Tim Beiser. He is the author of Bradley McGogg, the Very Fine Frog published by Tundra Books (2009). In his "fresh" rhyming verses, Beiser employs "all the tricks of the trade, such as enjambment, sound echoes, and internal rhyme."[1]

Film and television[edit]

Since 2013, Hunt as worked as a script supervisor, screenwriter, and actor in the film and television industry.[2]


As J. Timothy Hunt[edit]

As Tim Beiser[edit]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Hunt was recognized in 2005 by the 29th annual National Magazine Awards[4] for an article in Saturday Night about his own same-sex marriage.[5]

His profile of The New Yorker magazine's Malcolm Gladwell won three North American journalism awards and was nominated in 2000 for a Canadian National Magazine Award.

List of awards[edit]

As Tim Beiser[edit]

  • Governor General's Award, Children's Literature Illustration, 2013 (Nominee)[6]
  • Governor General's Award, Children's Literature Illustration, 2009 (Nominee)[7]
  • Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award 2010—Children's Picture Book of the Year (Nominee)[8]
  • Ontario Library Association's 2010 Forest of Reading, Blue Spruce Award (Nominee) [9]
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council, Top 10 Books of the year 2010.[10]
  • Chocolate Lily Book Awards 2010-2011, Picture book (Nominee) [11]


  1. ^ Sarah Ellis, Quill & Quire: Canada's magazine of book news and reviews (January 2009 issue)
  2. ^ Hunt, J. Timothy. "Script Supervisor". IMDB. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/81446/tim-beiser/
  4. ^ "29th Annual National Magazine Awards" (PDF).
  5. ^ Hunt, J. Timothy (June 2005). "For Better or Worse?". Saturday Night. Archived from the original on 2005-06-18.
  6. ^ http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/217139/miss-mousies-blind-date-by-tim-beiser-illustrated-by-rachel-berman/9781770492516
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-27. Retrieved 2016-03-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ http://tundrabooks.wordpress.com/2010/04/01/cba-libris-awards-2010-shortlist/
  9. ^ http://www.accessola.com/forest2010/BlueSpruce/
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-21. Retrieved 2010-07-09.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ http://www.chocolatelilyawards.com Archived 2010-10-11 at the Wayback Machine

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