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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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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.


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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Selected Titles At Your Library

The temple of air :
ISBN: 9780615434636. OCLC Number: 809365587

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From babysitter to bus ticket salesman, construction worker to cult leader, the residents of New Hope chase their dreams and suffer their disappointments against the subtle backdrop of a Midwestern landscape. In the manner of the Pulitzer Prize winning Olive Kitteridge, and the iconic Winesburg, Ohio, Patricia Ann McNair's The Temple of Air links the lives and stories of a place and its people through tragedy and consequence, blind faith and redemption. Spanning three decades, these fine-tuned stories present a portrait of working class Americans whose lives initially intersect when a tragic accident takes place during a summer carnival.