Born in Venezuela, Taylor was raised in the Horseshoe Bay area of West Vancouver before he moved with this family to Edmonton where he spent his teenage years. With an economics degree from the University of Alberta and his MBA from Queen's, Taylor worked in Toronto prior to his transfer to Vancouver in 1987. He first published non-fiction in Canadian Lawyer and fiction in Grain magazine. As the winner of the Journey Prize anthology competition, he simultaneously became the first writer to have three stories published simultaneously in the annual Journey anthology.

Taylor's first novel about unsolved murders and culinary competition, Stanley Park (Knopf, 2001), was shortlisted for The Giller Prize and selected for the One Book, One Vancouver reading initiative of the Vancouver Public Library. Primarily concerned with the restaurant business, it became the basis for a screenplay by Taylor that was optioned by Canadian actor Bruce Greenwood.

A collection of short stories, Silent Cruise, containing eight stories and one novella, was followed by a second novel, Story House (Knopf 2006). It explores the rivalry and affinities of two half-brothers, born six months apart, as they attempt to restore a house that was likely designed by their father, a famous architect. This old house on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, to be featured in a reality television show called Unexpected Architecture, was the scene of a memorable boxing match between the brothers, engineered by their father, ostensibly to allow them to settle their differences. Graham, the natural son of the architect, has become an architect. Elliot, the son of his father's mistress, imports counterfeit brand-name products. Taylor gained some insights for the novel from his discussions with architect and writer Trevor Boddy.

In his novel that examines the culture of celebrity, The Blue Light Project (Knopf, 2011), a man armed with an explosive device storms a television studio where a youth talent show is being filmed, and demands an interview with a disgraced former investigative journalist.


Stanley Park (Knopf, 2001)
Story House (Knopf 2006)
The Blue Light Project (Knopf, 2011) 978-0-307-39930-4 $32.95
Foodville: Biting Dispatches from a Food-Obsessed City (Nonvella 2014)
The Rule of Stephens (Doubleday 2018) $22.95 978-0-3856873-62

[BCBW 2018] "Stanley Park" "Fiction"