Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Paul K. McDevitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in New Orleans, LA

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Illinois Connection

McDevitt attended Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, from 1965 - 1969 before earning his PhD. (Economics) at Tulane University in 1974. He taught at the University of Illinois Springfield from 1983 until his retirement in 2009. He currently resides in Springfield, Illinois. From 2009 - 2015 Paul researched, wrote, and published All Came Home; It is a narrative non-fictional account of his father’s WWII experiences based on letters that his Dad wrote home from the Pacific.

Biographical and Professional Information

Paul K. McDevitt is a retired, university-level educator who enjoyed teaching and researching for 36 years. He’s happily married with two successful children. He enjoys reading, writing, researching, and hiking in the Colorado Mountains.After McDevitt’s family found a box containing letters his Dad wrote home from the Pacific in WWII, Paul spent five years researching his Father’s story and writing a book entitled All Came Home. He now enjoys delivering presentations sharing his Dad’s story and that of a generation of American heroes.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


  • Finalist, USA Great Book Awards, Narrative Non-Fiction, 2016
  • Honorable Mention, Florida Book Festival, Biography, 2016
  • Honorable Mention, Great Midwest Book Festival, Non-Fiction, 2015

    Speaking Engagements

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    Author Presentations

  • Illinois libraries Harrisburg IL, Carbondale IL, Chatham IL, Ashland IL, Jacksonville IL, Champaign IL, Tolono IL (December 2016)

    , Tempe AZ (January 2017)

    , Sun City West AZ (January 2017)

  • Retirement Communities Bishop Gadsden Retirement Community in Charleston SC, Goodwin House Retirement Community (Baileys Cross Roads)

    in Fairfax VA, Vinson Hall Retirement Community in McLean VA

  • Private Groups Lit Lovers in Springfield IL (2016)

    , Ashland Womans Club in Ashland IL (2016)

    , The Owls in Chatham IL (January 2017)