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

Rosemount Country Faire

Saturday, September 15th, 2018 from 10:00 to 4:00 pm
Steeple Center: 14375 South Robert Trail
Rosemount, MN

Here is a great day of fun that includes food, activities for kids of any age, art, and books galore. Tim will have a booth here again for this annual event and will have copies for both of his books available for sale and signing. The people of Rosemount really know how to share a good time. Come join in the celebration. More information is available at the Rosemount Area Arts Council website

Barnes and Noble Galleria - Edina

Tim will be signing copies of his books on Friday, June 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Pick up a couple copies of Tim's books. They make great Father's Day gifts!

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