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TIM FALCONER is the author of Bad Singer: The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music (House of Anansi Press), which The Globe and Mail named to its Top 100 of 2016 list and was a finalist for the Lane Anderson Award in 2017. 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).

Tim taught magazine journalism at Toronto’s Ryerson University for two decades and also served as a faculty editor in the Literary Journalism program at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Banff, Alberta, and a mentor in the MFA in Creative Non-Fiction program at the University of King’s College in Halifax. He now edits, conducts writing seminars and is available as a speaker for book clubs and other groups. A former writer-in-residence at Berton House in Dawson City, Tim returns to the Yukon as often as he can, but lives in Toronto.


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