Patrick T. McBriarty

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General Information

Name: Patrick T. McBriarty

Pen Name: None

Genres: Non-Fiction





Illinois Connection

McBriarty is a resident of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

McBriarty is a writer and creative producer based in Chicago. His first book was the three-time, award-winning history Chicago River Bridges, which has been praised as entertaining, interesting, and accessible to most anyone interested in Chicago or Chicago history. It was the basis for the PBS documentary Chicago Drawbridges, which he co-produced with filmmaker Stephen Hatch and was broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television.

Published Works

  • Chicago River Bridges, University of Illinois Press, 2013
  • Drawbridges Open and Close, Curly Q Press, 2014
  • Airplanes Take Off and Land, Curly Q Press, 2015
  • City Railways Go Above and Below, Curly Q Press, 2016

Titles at Your Library

Chicago River Bridges

ISBN: 0252037863
Release Date: 2013-09-23

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Drawbridges Open and Close (PTM Werks)

ISBN: 1941216021
Release Date: 2014-10-07

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Airplanes Take Off and Land (PTM Werks)

ISBN: 1941216048
Release Date: 2015-04-28

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Literary Awards

Drawbridges Open and Close

  • ILLINOIS READS Book Selection, Illinois Reading Council, 2017

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Chicago River Bridges Program:

This multimedia presentation explores the engineering, architecture, and human dramas surrounding Chicago’s bridges past and present. Take a journey into Chicago’s fantastic bridge history based on the award-winning book of the same title. Learn how today’s bridges evolved from the first simple footbridge built by a tavern owner to Chicago’s emergence as the Drawbridge Capital of the World with stories of floods, fire, politics, and bridge innovations. (All ages; 60 min; $150 negotiable with permission to sell books and DVDs)

Chicago Drawbridges Program Presented by Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty

Screen the documentary Chicago Drawbridges as broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television with a Q&A by the filmmakers. The 57-minute film chronicles the importance of the bridges in the making of the Windy City, from the first wooden footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to today’s iconic structures over the Chicago River. Approachable, informative, and entertaining, viewers will walk away with an excitement and new appreciation for bridges everywhere. (All ages; 70 min; $150-250 negotiable with permission to sell books and DVDs)

External Links

Patrick T. McBriarty on WorldCat


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