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TIM W. BROWN is the author of four novels, Deconstruction Acres (1997), Left of the Loop (2001), Walking Man (2008), and Second Acts (2010), an award-winning, comic-historical novel set in 1830s America. Brown's fiction, poetry, and nonfiction have appeared in over two hundred publications. He lives in the Bronx, New York.

Latest Book

In 2010, Gival Press published Tim's fourth novel, Second Acts.

»  View a video interview at TodaysAuthors.com

»  Read an interview by the Evanston Public Library

»  Read a review in Small Press Review

»  Read a review in The Brooklyn Rail

»  Buy the paperback at amazon.com

»  Buy the Kindle ebook

»  Buy the Nook ebook

Latest News

»  On November 15, 2014, in his first public appearance in two years, Tim spoke on the topic of 1980s Chicago poetry in the "Vernacular Language" panel at the New York Metro American Studies Association annual conference held at Stella & Charles Guttman Community College in New York City.

»  In October 2013, a YouTube video surfaced of Tim reading from Second Acts at WORD in Brooklyn, recorded on April 21, 2011.

»  In September 2013, Tim served as judge of the Ninth Annual Gival Press Novel Award, selecting Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely, who received $3,000 and publication of the winning novel.

»  On June 28, 2012, Tim moderated the panel "How Chicago Invented Slam/Spoken Word Poetry in the 1980s" at the Poetry and Poetics of the 1980s conference at the University of Maine. Tara Betts, Kurt Heintz, and Paul McComas also appeared. View photos here.

»  On March 3, 2012, Tim moderated the panel "Present at the Creation: The Chicago Poetry Revolution of the 1980s and 1990s" at the AWP Annual Conference and Bookfair in Chicago. Luis J. Rodriguez, Sharon Mesmer, Kurt Heintz, and Paul McComas also appeared. Listen to an audio recording here.

»  Tim concluded his Second Acts promotional tour on October 19, 2011 with a reading at the UMass-Boston Bookstore.

»  From August 22 to 26, 2011, Tim visited Seattle for the first time in 27 years (after a 1984 stint in graduate school at Washington State University), appearing on August 23 in a reading at Elliott Bay Book Company. View photos here.

»  On July 19, 20, and 21, 2011, in a flurry of appearances with long-time colleague Paul McComas, Tim read at a benefit for RAINN in Washington, D.C., at the Ames Free Library in North Easton, Mass., and at the celebrated Drunken! Careening! Writers! series at KGB Bar in NYC. View photos here.

»  Tim read outdoors on July 18, 2011, at Summer Gazebo in Oceanside, Long Island, NY, with Peter Dugan, Carol Hoenig, and Ellen Meister. View photos here.

»  Second Acts was named as the runner-up in the Science Fiction category of the 2011 New York Book Festival Awards.

»  On May 22, 2011, Tim read his work with Bill Greer in an event featuring historical fiction at the Hudson Valley Writers' Center in Sleepy Hollow, NY.

»  Tim returned to his hometown of Rockford, IL, to speak at the Rockford Writers Guild on May 15, 2011. View photos here.

»  From April 28 to May 5, 2011, Tim traveled 2,600 miles on the Midwestern leg of his Second Acts book tour, appearing in Cleveland, St. Louis, Milwaukee, and four events in Chicago. View photos here and a video here.

»  Tim appeared in readings with long-time colleague Paul McComas on April 21 and 22, 2011, at WORD in Brooklyn and Cornelia Street Cafe in NYC. View photos here.

»  On March 30, 2011, Tim appeared on the panel "NBCC Celebrates Small Press Month" with John Reed, John Madera, John Deming, and moderator Barbara Hoffert (Library Journal) at the New York University Bookstore in NYC. Listen to the podcast here.

»  Tim appeared on February 11, 2011, with poets M.L. Liebler and Barry Wallenstein at The Catholic Worker Weekly Roundtable and Fellowship at Maryhouse in NYC, where he discussed working-class literature.

»  Tim appeared with his fellow Gival Press authors Rich Murphy, John Domini, David Winner, Thad Rutkowski, and Lowell Mick White on February 4 and 6, 2011, in readings at the Dupont Hotel Bar in Washington, D.C., and KGB Bar in NYC.

»  On February 3, 2011, Tim moderated the panel "Tearing Down the Town/Gown Divide" at the 2011 AWP Annual Conference and Bookfair in Washington, D.C. Gary Glazner, Kevin Smokler, April Naoko Heck, and John Domini also appeared.

»  Tim was guest host of the "Crescent City Roadhouse" radio show on WFDU-FM, sharing some of his favorite Cajun and zydeco music, on January 28, 2011.

»  Second Acts won the 2010 London Book Festival Award in the category of General Fiction. The Festival's annual competition honors independent-press and self-published books "worthy of further attention from the international publishing community."

»  Second Acts was a top-ten pick in the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography blog's The Year In Books 2010: Best of the Cutting-Edge feature.

»  On December 28, 2010, Tim returned to Chicago, Illinois, for a reading at The Bourgeois Pig, sponsored by Tall Grass Writers Guild.

»  In September 2010, Tim served as judge of the Sixth Annual Gival Press Novel Award, selecting Gone by Sundown by Peter Leach, who received $3,000 and publication of the winning novel.

»  On November 4, 2010, Tim appeared in Detroit, Mich. at "Detroit Tonight Live," hosted by M.L. Liebler and sponsored by Poets & Writers. Singer/songwriter Peter Lewis (formerly of Moby Grape) and Brian Smith also appeared.

»  On October 16, 2010, Tim spoke on the panel "The Changing World of Publishing" with Sheila DeChantal, Andrew Ervin, Jeff Kamin, Steph Opitz, and moderator Kevin Smokler at the Twin Cities Book Festival in Minneapolis.

»  On September 11, 2010, Tim appeared at Lit Crawl NYC with his NBCC colleagues in "Revise and Recant," where he issued a tongue-in-cheek apology for his reviewing errors.

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"Certainly Brown is to be considered an American original of the magnitude of Charles Portis." -Small Press Review