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Biography of Author Timothy Findley Timothy Findley is a native of Toronto Ontario He was born in 1930 and grew up in the Rosedale district of Toronto Growing up Timothy Findley knew that he wanted to be an artist of some form He studied dance and later acting which had more success While acting he met one of his current life long friends actress Ruth Gordon Gordon convinced Findley that writing was his real talent and that he should pursue it further with more concentration So findley gave up acting after his first short story was published in The Tamarack Review to concentrate on his writings Findley had problems receiving recognition from his first two books The Last of the Crazy People 1967 and The Butterfly Plague 1969 It was The Wars that gave Findley the recognition that he deserved he received the Governor Generals Literary Award for this novel In his early years of his writing career Findley also wrote scripts for television radio and film The most success of his film career came from the television series The Whiteoaks of Jalna and The National Dream for which he received an ACTRA award for co-writing with his partner William Whitehead After The Wars Findley came out with six other popular novels two collections of short stories and Inside Memory Pages from a Writers Workbook 1990 a collection of articles journal entries and reminiscences Findley has been very active in the writing community he has helped to found the Writers Union of Canada and has served as its chairperson He has also been President of the Canadian chapter of PEN International and is also active in Artists Against racism In addition to this Findley has won many awards including the Canadian Authors Association Award The Order of Ontario The Ontario Trillium Award and he has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada On the international scene he has received Frances highest distinction
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