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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.
Klondikers: Dawson City’s Stanley Cup Challenge and How Canada Fell in Love with Hockey, Tim’s next book, will be out in the fall of 2021 from ECW Press. It tells the story of a Yukon team’s audacious journey to Ottawa to play for the Stanley Cup in 1905, a quest that showed how quickly hockey—a niche, regional sport when Lord Stanley donated the trophy a dozen years earlier—had become the national pastime.
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.