James King, who has been a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellow and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, enjoys a distinguished career as an academic and as a popular writer of both non-fiction and fiction. In 1991, he was short-listed for a Governor General's Award for The Last Modem: A Life of Herbert Read. In 1996, he published his acclaimed biography, Virginia Woolf, selected as one of the best non-fiction books of the year by Publishers Weekly. In 1997, The Life of Margaret Laurence was a finalist for the CBA non-fiction book of the year and became a national bestseller. In 2000, Jack: A Life with Writers, a biography of Jack McClelland, was published to rave reviews. Farley is his seventh biography. James King lives in Hamilton with his wife where he is a University Professor in the department of English at McMaster University.