Timothy Findley, born and raised in Toronto, was a playwright, actor and novelist. He died in 2002.
He acted in a 1952 CBC television adaptation of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. He was also a charter member of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival.
Findley debuted as a novelist with The Last of the Crazy People in 1967. His second The Butterfly Plague was released in 1969. In 1977, his third book The Wars won the Governor General's Literary Award. His novel Not Wanted on the Voyage was a Canada Reads finalist in 2008, defended by Zaib Shaikh. His novel The Piano Man's Daughter was nominated for a Scotiabank Giller Prize in 1995.
He is also the author of Famous Last Words, The Telling of Lies, Headhunter, Pilgrim and Spadework. Along with his works of fiction, he wrote two memoirs, Inside Memory: Pages from a Writer's Workbook, published in 1991, and From the Stone Orchard in 2001.