Author Tags: Fiction Humour

"Many men spend their time chasing women instead of pursuing love which is a little like eating the corn flakes box for breakfast.";

Neil McKinnon's The Greatest Lover of Last Thursday (Thistledown 2015) is a humourous novel about an 80-year-old who has searched for love in the wrong places. Nonetheless, he happily recounts his love affairs to his skeptical neighbour Adriana, absurdly touting himself as a font of wisdom.

McKinnon was raised in Saskatchewan, has served in the Royal Canadian Navy, and has been a businessman, archaeologist, university lecturer, and freelance writer. He has worked in China, Japan, Mexico, Canada, and the U.S. and holds a B.Sc in math and BA and MA in archaeology. He is an alumnus of the Writing with Style program at the Banff Centre.

His articles have appeared in Canadian, Japanese, Mexican and U.S. publications. In 1999 he won first prize in an International Writing Competition sponsored by the Canadian Author's Association. The entry, Xi'an to Lantian, was published in a collection in 2000. In 2002 he received third prize in the CAA's International Short Story Competition. The story, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, was published in an anthology in 2003, and in 2004 it won El Ojo Del Lago's Best Fiction Award in Mexico.

McKinnon's book Tuckahoe Slidebottle was short-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for humour and for the Alberta Book Award for short fiction. He has served on literary juries and has also edited and published academically.

In 2015 he was self-described as a pensioner and a long distance runner, married to his wife Judy for 50 years, with two globe-trotting daughters, and residing in both Vancouver and Mexico.

Halfway through 2017, McKinnon racked up three more literary award placements: 2nd place for the David Adams Richards Prize for Unpublished Book Manuscript (Writers Federation of New Brunswick, St. John); 3rd Prize, Royal City Literary Arts Society Write On! Short Non-Fiction Contest, New Westminster, BC; and 2nd Prize, Word on the Lake Short Fiction Contest, Salmon Arm, BC.


Tuckahoe Slidebottle (Thistledown 2006). Short stories.

The Greatest Lover of Last Thursday (Thistledown 2015) 978-1-77187-062-7 $19.95

[BCBW 2017]

Author Tags: Fiction Humour

Born June 6, 1941 in Roblin, Manitoba, Neil McKinnon moved to BC in 1955. His book Tuckahoe Slidebottle (Thistledown, 2006) was a Finalist for the 2007 Stephen Leacock Medal. He lives in Richmond, BC.

[BCBW 2009]