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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Timothy Gerard Hillmer  

Pen Name: Timothy Hillmer

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1958 in Granite City, Illinois

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Hillmer was born in Granite City, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr. Hillmer currently resides in Louisville, Colorado where he has worked as a teacher in the Boulder Valley School District for the past 26 years. He has been an instructor at the University of New Hampshire's Summer Writing Program and a consultant for the University of Colorado and the Colorado Writing Project.


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Titles At Your Library

The Hookmen
ISBN: 0684813866

Touchstone. 1996

A winner of the Colorado Fiction Award tells the story of a man who makes a living fishing dead bodies from the river, struggles to support his alcoholic father, and pursues a relationship with a mysterious woman. Reprint. 15,000 first printing.

Ravenhill
ISBN: 0826339859

University of New Mexico Press. 2007

Ravenhill is the story of one fateful day in an American high school in 1997. As told from multiple points of view, the novel unfolds a few hours after an act of violence leaves five people dead and shocks the community.

Leonard, a ninth grade student, has a secret so horrific he hides it beneath his bullying and a tough-guy attitude. Lara, one of Leonard's targets, is trying to show no fear of his persecution but is prepared if Leonard carries through with his threats. S.A.M. Bond is his own superhero with a secret he must guard at all costs. Mr. Hardin, the English teacher, has his own personal demons, including the death of his young daughter. Paul, the custodian and former priest, is fighting alcoholism. All these personal problems, attitudes, and anxieties erupt the day before the winter holiday break.

Without flinching, Ravenhill attempts to answer the question of who might be responsible when a sudden violent act explodes and a quiet town is changed forever.


"This explosive novel is a compelling and disturbing view of the violence and terror and loneliness present in our schools in this age of guns and mayhem, when even the best efforts of good people can't prevent tragedy."--Kent Haruf, author of Plainsong and Eventide, and a finalist for the National Book Award.


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