About Tim

Tim McDonnell grew up in the wilderness of northeastern Minnesota on the periphery of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.  He spent decades teaching English and reading skills to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in suburban Minneapolis.  By avocation, he is an avid paddle tripper, fly-fisherman, writer, and dreamer.  Since his retirement, Tim spends his time writing and doing volunteer work for a Twin Cities non-profit organization that helps individuals transition out of homeless shelters and into independent living.  He also spends a great deal of time helping his wife fulfill their mutual commitment to happiness.  When Tim is not in the woods, he is either writing about the woods or dreaming about his next paddle journey. 

Tim recently chatted with WTIP Community Radio about his new book. If you missed it, you can listen to the conversation by clicking this link .

Tim's second book, The Contemplative Paddler's Fireside Companion, just got a great review from Conor Mihell of Canoe and Kayak Magazine. It is presently on the magazine's website.  You can check this out by Googling:  C&K's Guide to Fall Reading, or clicking the link here:

Upcoming Events

Chik Wauk Museum Annual Old Fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social
Sunday, September 3rd 2017, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm.
Chik Wauk Museum and Nature Center
28 Moose Pond Drive
Grand Marais MN 55604

Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center near the end of the Gunflint Trail will host its annual pie social.
This is lots of fun and a fund raiser for the Gunflint Trail Historical Society. Tim will be selling and signing copies of both of his books. Come for the pie. Stay for the fun. Learn about this beautiful part of Minnesota and its heritage.

Rosemount Country Faire

Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 10:00 to 4:00 
Steeple Center
14375. Robert Trail
Rosemount,  MN. 55068

This is a great family event with authors, art, food, books, and fun activities for kids of every age. Tim will have a booth here and will be selling and signing copies of his two books.

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