Timothy Taylor (writer)

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Timothy Taylor (born 1963) is a Canadian novelist, short story writer, journalist, and professor of creative writing.


Born in Venezuela, Taylor was raised in West Vancouver, British Columbia and later in Edmonton, Alberta. He studied economics at the University of Alberta and obtained an MBA at the Smith School of Business at Queen's University. During his years in university, Taylor served as an officer in the Canadian Forces Naval Reserves. After graduation, he worked in banking in Toronto, Ontario. In 1987 he returned to Vancouver, British Columbia where he currently resides.

Writing career[edit]

Taylor's short story "Doves of Townsend" won the Journey Prize in 2000. He had two other stories on the competition's nominee list that year, and is to date the only writer ever to have three short stories compete for the prize in the same year. He subsequently served as a judge for the 2003 award.

His debut novel, Stanley Park, was published by Knopf Canada in 2001. It was nominated for the Giller Prize, the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize, as well as both the Vancouver and BC Book Awards. It was later chosen to be the 2004 title for One Book, One Vancouver. In 2007, Stanley Park was selected for the annual Canada Reads competition, where it was championed by musician Jim Cuddy.

Stanley Park was followed a year later by Silent Cruise, a collection of eight stories and one novella, which was a runner-up for the Danuta Gleed Literary Award. His second novel Story House was published in 2006 and made Canadian bestseller lists. His third novel, The Blue Light Project, also a bestseller in Canada, was released in 2011.

Taylor also writes nonfiction. He's been a contributing editor at Vancouver Magazine and a regular contributor at EnRoute Magazine, Walrus, and Eighteen Bridges. He has also written for Institutional Investor, The Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Western Living, The Vancouver Review, Toro Magazine, Saturday Night, Adbusters, the National Post, the Vancouver Sun and others.[1]

Taylor's most recent nonfiction book is Foodville, published by Nonvella in 2014, a critique of our culture's obsession with food based on his many years as a food writer and critic in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He is also the author of The Cranky Connoisseur, published by New Word City in 2011.

In 2013, Taylor took a position with the University of British Columbia' s Creative Writing Program, where he now serves as an Associate Professor.

Taylor's newest book is the novel The Rule of Stephens to be published by Doubleday at Penguin Random House of Canada within the next year.



Timothy Taylor talks about The Blue Light Project on Bookbits radio

Short stories[edit]



  1. ^ "Timothy Taylor | TimothyTaylor.ca". www.timothytaylor.ca. Retrieved 2017-02-19. 

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