The child of a Canadian diplomat, Kate Taylor was born in France and raised in Ottawa. Her debut novel, Mme Proust and the Kosher Kitchen, won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for best first book (Canada/Caribbean region) and the Toronto Book Award. Her second novel, A Man in Uniform, was nominated for the Ontario Library Associations Evergreen Award.
A three-time nominee for the National Newspaper Award, she also writes about the arts for the Globe and Mail, where she currently serves as lead film critic and writes a Saturday column about culture. In 2009-2010, she was awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in public policy journalism to study Canadian cultural sovereignty in the digital age. The results were published in the Toronto Star in September, 2010.