The Blue Light Project

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6.0 X 8.9 X 1.0 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Timothy Taylor is a Canadian novelist, journalist and creative writing professor. Taylor's first novel Stanley Park was published in 2001. It was an immediate bestseller and a critical success. He's since published a prize-winning collection of short fiction, Silent Cruise, and two further bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, Story House and The Blue Light Project, which was award the CBC Bookie Award in the literary fiction category. He is also the winner of the Journey Prize, and has been finalist or runner-up for six other major national fiction prizes in Canada, including the prestigious Giller Prize. His work has also been chosen as the "One Book One City" selection for Vancouver and named a finalist for Canada Reads.


Praise for The Blue Light Project

"Taylor has a wild and vast imagination, and his work bursts with originality."--Publishers Weekly

"Taylor has written a thriller that challenges our perceptions as both individuals and as a species."--Library Journal

"Delightfully engrossing . . . Holding The Blue Light Project together is Taylor's prose style, which jumps across the page like a joyful, risk-loving parkour artist."--Winnipeg Free Press

"An ambitious novel, one that challenges its readers to pay attention or get left behind, but it is definitely worth the necessary concentration . . . It is about the power of art to heal in the aftermath of tragedy. And from a literary standpoint, it works extremely well. The Blue Light Project's closing image will stay with readers for a long time after they close the book . . . A wonderful novel--a thought-provoking and challenging story that will lead to debate and discussion among readers and might even change the way you look at our celebrity-driven culture."--The Vancouver Sun

"Taylor is an intelligent writer, and one whose novels suggest that he has strong political convictions. Some of the best and most unsettling moments come when the grim ironies of the plot illustrate how governments are quietly dismantling long-taken-for-granted rights and privileges and replacing them with libertarian pseudo-freedoms . . . Taylor will one day be a Canadian icon."--J.C. Sutcliffe, The Globe and Mail

"A breakneck literary thriller that combines the worlds of conspiracy theory, reality TV, celebrity culture and street art."--Mark Medley, National Post

"It's tempting to race through The Blue Light Project. It has the compelling narrative momentum and intricate plotting of a thriller. Resist the temptation, because [it's] as much a novel of ideas as it is a page-turner. It's a crucible of topical issues. By turns hopeful and alarming, The Blue Light Project is a thought-provoking take on what one character calls 'our toxic times.'"--Toronto Star

"[Taylor] skilfully juggl[es] the intimate with the public, the small-scale with the monumental . . . He ramps up the suspense as effectively as any more conventional thriller writer could. Best of all--and here is where the writer he most recalls is Don DeLillo--Taylor finds surprising angles into his material . . . In the end, for all horror on display, hope is what The Blue Light Project holds out."--The Gazette

"Beautifully written and brimming with important ideas . . . His themes are absolutely of the moment, and his characters are consistently fascinating."--NOW (Toronto)