October 30th is Canadian author Timothy Findley’s birthday. Findley is a novelist, short-story writer, playwright and actor. He was born to an affluent family in Toronto and pursued a career in the arts from a young age. He had significant success as a member of the Original Stratford Festival working with esteemed actors such as Alec Guinness and playwrights such as Thorton Wilder. It was through his friendship with actress and screenwriter Ruth Gordon that Findley considered becoming a full-time writer. Findley’s first literary success The Wars was published in 1977 and won the Governor General’s Award for English-language fiction. The genre “Southern Ontario Gothic” was coined by Findley to describe his work and his fiction dealt with themes of mental illness, gender, sexuality and Jungian psychology. In the 90s Findley and his partner Bill Whitehead relocated to the South of France. Findley was inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2002 shortly before his death at age 71.
AC Library has the following Timothy Findley books available for you to read: