Tim Johnston: THE CURRENT

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:00pm
Dragonfly Books

Dragonfly Books invites everyone to a free author talk with Iowa City author Tim Johnston as he talks about his new literary thriller The Current. Set in a small town in southeastern Minnesota, The Current weaves through time, families, wounds, and obsessions to create a gripping and heartbreaking story. Johnston will talk about his book, share his stories, and sign copies on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 pm at Dragonfly Books.

Tim Johnston’s debut novel, Descent, received widespread critical acclaim and was a New York Times bestseller. In The Current (Algonquin Books 2019), Johnston skillfully pushes the boundaries of literary mystery with an intriguing story and nuanced characters.

In the dead of winter, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is pronounced dead at the scene, while the other, daughter of the town’s retired sheriff, survives. What happened was no accident and news of the crime awakens memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years prior, and whose killer may still be among them. The Current is a story of small town crime, fathers and daughters, and the fragility of life.

In addition to Descent (Algonquin Books 2015), Tim Johnston is the author of the story collection Irish Girl, and the young adult novel Never So Green. Irish Girl won the 2009 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction. Johnston holds degrees from the University of Iowa and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and lives in Iowa City.

Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Friday, March 15 at 7:00 PM. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase a book, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of our staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.

This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public.

The Current: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616206772
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Published: Algonquin Books - January 22nd, 2019

"A first-rate thriller . . . Past and present merge in The Current, Tim Johnston's atmospheric, exquisitely suspenseful novel of two murders separated by ten years." 
The Washington Post

“Gripping . .

Descent: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616204778
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books - December 1st, 2015

“Read this astonishing novel . . . The magic of his prose equals the horror of Johnston’s story.” —The Washington Post

The Rocky Mountains have cast their spell over the Courtlands, who are taking a family vacation before their daughter leaves for college.

Irish Girl (Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781574412710
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Published: University of North Texas Press - November 30th, 2009

Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2009

Inside Tim Johnston's Irish Girl (winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction) readers will find spellbinding stories of loss, absence, and the devastating effects of chance—of what happens when the unthinkable bad luck of other people, of other towns, becomes our bad luck, o

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