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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Patrick T. Reardon  

Pen Name: None

Genre: essays fiction Non-fiction poetry

Audience: Adult; Young Adult;

Born: November 22, 1949

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Illinois Connection

The author is a lifelong Chicago resident.

Biographical and Professional Information

Patrick T. Reardon, the author of eight books, has also published essays, articles and poetry at a wide range of publications in the United States and Europe. He had a 32-year career with the Chicago Tribune. He was the newspaper’s urban affairs writer and a feature writer. He was one of some 50 reporters, photographers and other staff members who won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. He has been a scholar-in-residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago, a member of the advisory board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and a member of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, an advisory body to two Catholic Cardinals of Chicago, Francis George and Blasé Cupich.Along with the books he has written, Reardon has also edited ''Edith Wharton, Illuminated by the Message'' in 2016.

Published Works

  • Daily Meditations With Scriptures for Busy Dads, ACTA Publications, 2008
  • Love Never Fails: Spiritual Reflections for Dads of All Ages, ACTA Publications, 2006
  • Starting Out: Reflections for Young People, ACTA Publications, 2003
  • Catholic & Starting Out: 5 Challenges and 5 Opportunities, ACTA Publications, 2014
  • Faith Stripped to Its Essence: A Discordant Pilgrimage through Shusaku Endo’s Silence, ACTA, 2016
  • Requiem for David, Silver Birch Press, 2017

Selected Titles At Your Library

Daily meditations (with scripture) for busy dads /
ISBN: 0879461284. OCLC Number:

ACTA Publications,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©1995.

Love never fails :
ISBN: 0879463090. OCLC Number:

ACTA Publications,. Skokie, IL :. ©2006.

Starting out :
ISBN: 0879462124. OCLC Number:

ACTA Publications,. Chicago, IL :. ©2000.

Faith stripped to its essence :
ISBN: 0879465816. OCLC Number:

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Requiem for David :
ISBN: 0997797258. OCLC Number:

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A collection of poems written in tribute to the poet's late brother, David.


Reardon won the Peter Lisagor Award from the Chicago chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for arts criticism in 1991 and 1992 for his extensive book reviews. In addition, he led a team of reporters who won the 1988 Lisagor Award for public service for an extensive report on Chicagos public housing and the 1997 Lisagor Award for public service for the dissection of the political clout behind the scenes of a single City Council meeting. He and Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin won the 2003 Lisagor Award for in-depth reporting for their series of stories on the demolition of hundreds of potential city landmarks.

Speaking Engagements

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