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Tim Johnston Author Event

New York Times bestselling author Tim Johnston will visit the Marshalltown Public Library on Thursday, April 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s community meeting rooms for a book talk and signing.

Johnston will give a brief talk about writing his novels, answer questions from the audience, and then have a book signing. Beaverdale Books will sell books for the signing.

Johnston’s most recent book, The Current, takes place in a small Minnesota town, where state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scenehalf frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them. Determined to find answers, the surviving young woman soon realizes that she’s connected to the earlier unsolved case by more than just a river, and the deeper she plunges into her own investigation, the closer she comes to dangerous truths.

Tim Johnston is the author of the thriller novels Descent and The Current ( released Jan 22, 2019), the story collection Irish Girl, and the Young Adult novel Never So Green. Published in 2009, the stories of Irish Girl won an O. Henry Prize, the New Letters Award for Writers, and the Gival Press Short Story Award, while the collection itself won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Tim’s stories have also appeared in New England Review, New Letters, The Iowa Review, among others. He holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2011-12 he was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington Fellow at The George Washington University, and he is the recipient of the 2015 Iowa Author Award.  Tim currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.

This event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Best Western Regency Inn and the Marshalltown Convention and Visitors Bureau.


  • Date:April 4, 2019
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm