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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Tim Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1961 in Rockford, Il

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Tim was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois. He graduated summa cum lalude from Northern Illinois University.

Biographical and Professional Information

Tim taught at Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, 1986-96; and at Columbia College in Chicago. A long-time resident of Chicago, where he was a fixture in that city's literary scene as a writer, performer and publisher of the poetry zine Tomorrow Magazine (1982-1999), Brown moved to New York in 2003. He currently earns his living as a writer at Bloomberg.


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Titles At Your Library

Deconstruction Acres
ISBN: 1886625034

III Pub. 1997

Set amid the cornfields and keg parties of Jasper, a fictitious Midwestern college town, Deconstruction Acres depicts the struggles of Underdog, a townie, against his many enemies at Jasper College. In a story brimming with irony and humor, he competes with celebrity professor Race Fletcher, author of a book deconstructing the Green Acres TV show, for the affections of beautiful but haunted Ione Twayblade. He battles corrupt college president Milton Flaghorn, who governs Jasper College like a banana republic. He runs from sex-crazed Judy Blaine, who craves his attention while she stalks Ione. Through waging war against the hated college, Underdog discovers skills and talents he never knew he had.

Walking Man
ISBN: 0978984706

Bronx River Press. 2008

Fiction. From the same metafictional universe as the films Best in Show and This is Spinal Tap, WALKING MAN documents the life and times of Brian Walker, publisher of the zine "Walking Man." Through a fateful encounter between his foot and a yuppie's BMW, Brian becomes the most famous zine publisher in America and an ardent defender of pedestrian rights. Meanwhile, he must juggle the ambitions of his sexy actress girlfriend with his own soaring celebrity. Written in the tradition of the scandalous tell-all biography, WALKING MAN satirizes so-called "alternative" culture while it fondly recollects the 80s and 90s zine scene. "I loved this book from its first page. WALKING MAN tells an extremely funny story and is spot-on in its critique of pop culture trendiness"--Joseph Weisberg.

Second Acts
ISBN: 1928589510

Gival Press. 2010

Winner of the 2010 London Book Festival Award for General Fiction--"Really clicking, Second Acts, is a picaresque, sci-fi/western, such as Verne or Welles might have penned it, but with tongue planted firmly in cheek. Tim W. Brown's tale of a husband's search for his fugitive wife takes readers on a whirlwind tour of America, circa 1830. In subverting history Brown's tale celebrates it, with a scholar's eye for authentic details and at a pacing so swift the pages give off a nice breeze." - Peter Selgin