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Timothy Taylor was born in Venezuela in 1963. He grew up near Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver, British Columbia and spent his teenage years in Edmonton, Alberta. Taylor graduated from the University of Alberta with an Economics degree and completed a MBA from Queen’s University. He has worked in Toronto for some years until 1987 he relocated to British Columbia. Currently, Taylor lives in Vancouver, B.C with his wife Jane and his son. He teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia.
In the fall of 2000, Taylor’s short story, Doves of Townsend, won the National Magazine Award's Journey Prize. His first novel, Stanley Park, was shortlisted for the Giller Prize, The City of Vancouver Book Award, The Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the B.C. Book Prize's Ethel Wilson Award for Fiction and the Vancouver Public Library's “One Book, One Vancouver.” It was a selection of the 2007 edition of Canada Reads.