Details will come soon, but she has already scheduled her first two Iowa events. She will be in Iowa the week of Oct. 1-6.
This is the ideal time and place for a Gathering String tour. Barely a month before this November’s election, an Iowa native will return to her home state to discuss her novel about the mystery surrounding an Iowa governor’s presidential campaign. Johnson grew up in Essex, Iowa, and has lived in Shenandoah, Des Moines and Cedar Rapids. She was a student at Iowa State University.
Iowa bookstores, libraries, book clubs and journalists can email the author at mimi (dot) johnson (at) me (dot) com to schedule readings, interviews and book signings.
The print edition of Gathering String is available in time for the Iowa book tour. The Kindle edition, published in March, has been downloaded more than 10,000 times. Thirteen of the book’s 18 Amazon reviews have given the book a top rating of five stars.
“Loved this book!” wrote Carla Offenburger, whose Iowa book club is making plans for a visit with Johnson during her Iowa tour. “Every page was worth it,” Offenburger said in her Goodreads review. “I miss the characters and hope I get to see them again in a future sequel. Johnson creates a wonderful story around politics, journalism, love and family. Highly recommend it.”
Others praising Gathering String have been Tim McGuire, former president of the American Society of News Editors and now a journalism professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, Andrew Beaujon of the Poynter Institute, and authors Don Fry, Buffy Andrews and Richard Hine. Iowans praising the book have included journalists Rae Riebe and Brian Smith.
The tour also could include a stop in Omaha, where Johnson studied creative writing at Creighton University.
Readers have blamed Gathering String for neglected chores, sunburn on the beach and for sitting by an outlet to keep reading after an iPad’s battery ran down. Bring Mimi Johnson to your bookstore, library or book club, so your community can see why readers can’t put this book down.