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

Robert Trail Library

RESCHEDULED - Event rescheduled due to winter storm.
Monday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m.

Robert Trail Library
14395 South Robert Trail
Rosemount,  MN 55068

Tim will read and discuss selections from both of his books. Copies of books will be available for purchase and he may even read a selection from his new novel, presently a work in progress. This is a free event. All are welcome. Bring a friend. Sponsored by the The Friends of the Robert Trail Library, this event is ideal for readers, dreamers, and anyone who enjoys time spend in the good woods.

Second Annual Writer's Festival and Book Fair

Saturday, March 24th, 2018 Steeple Center 14375 South Robert Trail Rosemount MN 55068 Tim will once again have a booth at this year's festival. It is a fun and interesting day. Check out the website at

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