One Book One County - 2018

April 26th, 2018    7:00 pm  John Temple ~ Author Visit
    Riviera Theater  ~ Three Rivers, MI

John Temple is the author of American Pain: How a Young Felon and His Ring of Doctors Unleashed America’s Deadliest Drug Epidemic, which chronicles how two young felons built the largest painkiller distribution ring in the United States and also explores the massive rise in the use and abuse of narcotic painkillers over the past two decades. American Pain was named a New York Post “Favorite Book of 2015” and is a 2016 Edgar Allan Poe Award nominee in the Fact Crime category.

Temple also wrote two previous nonfiction books: The Last Lawyer: The Fight to Save Death Row Inmates (2009) and Deadhouse: Life in a Coroner’s Office (2005). In 2010, The Last Lawyer won the Scribes Book Award from the American Society of Legal Writers. More information about Temple’s books can be found at

Temple is an associate professor of journalism in the WVU Reed College of Media. In Fall 2008, Temple founded the “West Virginia Uncovered” project. In the project, students and faculty provided multimedia training and content for small rural newspapers around the state. The McCormick Foundation, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and the Ford Foundation have all supported the project.

Prior to teaching at WVU, Temple taught and studied creative nonfiction writing at the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned an M.F.A. Temple worked in the newspaper business for six years. He was the health/education reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, a general assignment reporter for the News & Record in Greensboro, N.C., and a government and politics reporter for the Tampa Tribune in Tampa, Fla.