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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patricia Ann McNair  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction Non Fiction

Audience: Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Patricia teaches at Columbia College in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patricia Ann McNair has lived 98 percent of her life in the Midwest. She’s managed a gas station, sold pots and pans door to door, tended bar and breaded mushrooms, worked on the trading floor of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and taught aerobics. Today she is an Associate Professor in the Fiction Writing Department of Columbia College Chicago, where she received the Excellence in Teaching Award as well as a nomination for the Carnegie Foundation’s US Professor of the Year.

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Titles At Your Library

The Temple of Air: Stories
ISBN: 0615434630

Elephant Rock Productions, Inc.. 2011

Winner of Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year
Winner of the 2012 Devil's Kitchen Prose Readers Award
Finalist of Society of Midland Authors Award for Adult Fiction

Linking the lives and tales of a place and its people through tragedy and consequence, blind faith and redemption, this collection of finely tuned short stories spans three decades to present a portrait of working class Americans. From babysitter and bus ticket salesman to construction worker and cult leader, the residents of New Hope--whose lives intersect after a tragic accident during a summer carnival--chase dreams and suffer disappointment against the subtle backdrop of a Midwestern landscape. The stories are unapologetic yet magical, bringing to life the daily struggle under the weight of war, natural disaster, illness, grief, and greed, even as the residents enjoy the comforts of solace, friendship, sex, love, ice cream, and the comics found wrapped around bubblegum.


Society of Midland Authors Finalist Award for Adult Fiction, 2012

Devil's Kitchen Reading Awardee in Prose 2012

Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in Prose Nonfiction

Illinois Arts Council Literary Award in Prose Fiction

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Finalist in Prose

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Prose.

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