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Tim Falconer is the author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music from House of Anansi Press. Based on “Face the Music,” a National Magazine Award-winning feature, it is much more than the story of his sometimes-humiliating attempt to sing in tune. It’s also about what we hear when we listen to music and why singing is so important to us. An entertaining mash-up of science, culture and personal journey, this book is for everyone who sings–badly or not.
His previous books are Watchdogs and Gadflies: Activism from Marginal to Mainstream, Drive: A Road Trip Through Our Complicated Affair with the Automobile and That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and End-of-Life Care (all published by Penguin). He also collaborated with psychologist and popular parenting expert Alex Russell on Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement (first published by Wiley in 2012; reissued by Collins in 2014).
Based in Toronto, Tim started teaching magazine journalism at Ryerson University in 1995. He’s also a mentor in the MFA in Creative Non-Fiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax and an editor at the Literary Journalism program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta. He conducts writing seminars and is available as a speaker for book clubs and other groups. In 2012, he spent three months in Dawson City, Yukon, as writer-in-residence at Berton House.