Author Visit:

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

at Clinton Book Shop in Clinton, NJ


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Author Patrick McBriarty visited to promote the PTM Werks Series of children's books -- Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take off and Land.

Offered exclusively by Wendella Boats the Chicago River Bridges Tour with Patrick McBriarty is the docent for this 2-hour river cruise all about Chicago’s bridges past and present.  With more drawbridges than any city in North America see 20+ bridges to learn all about the history, architecture, engineering, human dramas, and stories of floods, fire, cattle, bridge jumps, or the homeless man living in a bridge.  There is no better way to see or learn this city’s great bridge history.  Ticket are now available online at www.WendellaBoats.com

The 3rd Annual Independence Day celebrating Independent Bookstores with Author Patrick McBriarty who joined a variety of fantastic Chicago authors at this Post-Thanksgiving celebration of history, mystery, and books at Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore in Forrest Park, IL.


Of course McBriarty will have his award-winning books Chicago River Bridges, the PTM Werks Series of children's books, Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take Off and Land and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges available for sale as well.

To RSVP and event details email: Patrick@PTMWerks.com

Author Panel:
On Saturday, November 28, 2015 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
at the Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore 

at 7419 Madison St, Forest Park, IL  60130

Boston Book Festival:

On Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm 

at Copley Square at 560 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116





Patrick McBriarty joined a two other children's authors to exhibit at the JMD Productions LLC Booth and talked and signed books from 12-12:30pm and again from 3:00 -3:30pm.  

The festival is attended by some 40,000 people and includes costumed characters, the biggest names in YA literature, and plenty of events for kids and teens—look for the full listing on the website!

Exhibiting -- Holiday Boutique:

On Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Patrick McBriarty exhibited his works for signature and sale at the 

Annual Holiday Boutique at the Union League Club - 2nd Floor

65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

School Visit:

On Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 12:15 - 1:00 pm 

Author Patrick McBriarty visited the Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School







To talk with 2nd-Graders about bridges in Chicago and elsewhere, read Drawbridges Open and Close, and answer questions.  McBriarty was invited in by the school librarians who also added all of his books to the Bell School library collection.

Author Visit:

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm 

at Turn of the Cork Screw in Rockville, NY



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Author Patrick McBriarty signed and read from his books, talked to patrons about writing and publishing the PTM Werks Series of children's books -- Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take off and Land.

Wendella River Boat Tour:

On Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Patrick McBriarty will docent this Wendella architectural bridge tour on the Chicago River.

 Author Patrick McBriarty read from the new PTM Werks Series of children's picture books Drawbridges Open and Close and

signed and sold books to library patrons.

Author Visit:
On Monday, November 16, 2015 from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
at the Poland Library a branch of the

Columbia College Chicago 1101 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, Illinois

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, titled The State of the Art of Architecture, will take stock of the extraordinary ways in which architects, artists, designers, planners, activists, and policy makers from around the world are tackling the most pressing issues of today. 

 Author Patrick McBriarty will give a presentation on his award winning book Chicago River Bridges sharing his journey into this fascinating world of the marvelous steel and concrete structures connecting the Windy City both past and present.  From the first wood drawbridge build by a tavern owner in 1832 to the modern drawbridges of today, find out what Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

 

Copies of this book, his children's books, and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale and signing by the author.

This is a great time to get some unique gifts for children or adults as McBriarty will have his award-winning books Chicago River Bridges, the PTM Werks Series of children's books, Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take Off and Land and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges, which premiered at the Union League Club in January of 2013.

Chicago Book Expo:
On Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Author Patrick McBriarty will be signing and selling just in time for the HOLIDAYS the new PTM Werks Series of children's picture books Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take off and Land and his first book Chicago River Bridges and the companion DVD Chicago Drawbridges.

Walking Bridge Tour:

On Friday, October 2, 2015 at 10:00 - 12:00 am

Patrick McBriarty will docent a walking architectural bridge tour along the Chicago River for the

Chicago Architecture Biennial.

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance and arriving at the Trump Tower Docks 10-minutes early so as not to miss the boat, literally.  Copies of McBriarty's books and DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale on the boat.

School Visit:

On Monday, November 16, 2015 from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm 

at the Union Elementary School in Poland, Ohio





Author Patrick McBriarty who grew up nearby in Boardman, Ohio visited to talk with the Kindergarten through 2nd  Grades about his fascination for bridges, read aloud from his book Drawbridges Open and Close, answered questions, and talk about basic bridge concepts.

311 S. Main St. in Poland, Ohio 44514

Author Visit:
On Thursday, September 24, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
at the Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore at 7419 Madison St, .Forest Park, IL 60130

Open House & Trunk Show:

On Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Patrick McBriarty is hosting the following artist:

Roland Kula - Oil Paintings of Bridge Compositions

g.Lorin Jewelery - Unique eco-friendly jewelry of Gina Ussel, and

Design jewelry with Keep Collective rep. Jeannie Ehrenberg giving women the means to create her one of a kind life.

Windy City Historians:

On Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm

The third meeting will be held at the New England Inn

at 6859 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60634


The purpose of the group is to develop a network of Chicago historians, writers, authors and others to share experience, resources, and develop better access to the many sources of rich Chicago history held by institutions, private individuals, and other sources toward development of great histories, books, and capture of local history.  The hope is this group will evolve into a formal organization for the betterment of Chicago history and networking among writers and researchers.  Potentially this would develop into more with the goal of free or low cost access to resources and original materials.


To join us contact Patrick at Patrick@PTMWerks.com

Read Aloud:

On Friday, September 18, 2015 at 7:00pm

at The Book Stall 

811 Elm Street in Winnetka, Illinois​​


Patrick McBriarty read aloud both of his PTM Werks Series of children's books Airplanes Take off and Land and Drawbridges Open and Close for the Sleepy Storytime.  Kids were encouraged to come in their PJs to listen to a story or two.  These books are for 3 and up and expect 4-9 year olds would be reading them on their own.

This film was aired on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television and in Park City, Utah during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  It chronicles the development of Chicago through its bridges from the first bridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the iconic steel and concrete structures of today crossing the Chicago River.  Don't miss it!!

Copies of Patrick's books and the DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale before and after the event.


This event is Free and Open to the Public

Screening of Chicago Drawbridges:

On Wendesday, September 16, 2015 at 7 pm

The documentary Chicago Drawbridges on Chicago's bridges was screened as

the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance and arriving at the Trump Tower Docks 10-minutes early so as not to literally miss the boat.  Copies of McBriarty's books and DVD Chicago Drawbridges will be available for sale on the boat.

Offered exclusively by Wendella Boats the Chicago River Bridges Tour with Patrick McBriarty docents this 2-hour river cruise all about Chicago’s bridges, past and present.  With more drawbridges than any city in North America see 20+ bridges to learn all about the history, architecture, engineering, human dramas, and stories of floods, fire, cattle, bridge jumps, or the homeless man living in a bridge.  There is no better way to see or learn this city’s great bridge history.  Ticket are now available online at www.WendellaBoats.com

Wendella River Boat Tour:

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Patrick McBriarty was docent for the Wendella architectural bridge tour on the Chicago River.

This film was aired on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television and in Park City, Utah during the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  It chronicles the development of Chicago through its bridges from the first bridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the iconic steel and concrete structures of today crossing the Chicago River.  Don't miss it!!

1930 Glenview Road

Glenview, Illinois 60025

Screening of Chicago Drawbridges:

On Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 7:00 - 8:15 pm

The documentary Chicago Drawbridges was screened at the Glenview Public Library followed by a Q&A with the film's makers Stephen Hatch and Patrick McBriarty to an audience of over 120 folks.

The tour started at the East Approach of the Kinzie Street Bridge and proceed along the Chicago River to view, talk, and shoot Chicago's fantastic bridges.  

Walking Tour:

On Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 9:30 - 11:00 am

Patrick McBriarty provided a well received walking architectural bridge tour on the Chicago River for the Chicago Streets and Beyond Photography Group. 

BRIDGE TOURS, PRESENTATIONS, OR SCREENINGS


Book author and bridge historian Patrick McBriarty for a variety of programs and presentations outlined below:


School Visit - sharing a fascination for how things work with classrooms or entire schools is great way to get kids excited about STEM/STEAM topics. Sessions typically involve a brief introduction of why I became fascinated with bridges, a reading of one or more children's books, and discussion to answer questions about bridges or airplanes, basic concepts, writing, and how books are made.  Talk is catered to audience and typically with Pre-K to 3rd-Grade students.  [Total time 25-45 minutes. Includes at least on copy of the PTM Werks Series for the school. Requested Honorarium negotiable $200-600.]

A Bridge Talk - learn about Chicago's fantastic bridges that made the Windy City what is is today -- The Drawbridge Capital of the World -- with more drawbridges than any city in North America.  Discover the architectural and engineering significance of the bridges, past and present, mixed with the human dramas of bridge jumps, political battles, and destruction of bridges by flood, fire, and cattle, plus stories such as the homeless man living inside a bridge.  Articulate, knowledgable, and very approachable McBriarty lends his keen eye, humor, and expertise to create and deliver great programming for kids and adults alike.  Each talk is customized to the audience and no two are exactly alike and include opportunities for Q&A's to answer your burning bridge questions.  Well polished, these presentations have been provided for architects, trade associations, public libraries, museums, schools, universities, and private clubs. [Total time 60-65 minutes. Requested Honorarium negotiable $150-250.]


Screening of Chicago Drawbridges - Bring the 57-minute documentary Chicago Drawbridges to your organization.  See the film that chronicles the importance of the bridges in the development of Windy City from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the iconic spans crossing the Chicago River today.  Broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television, you can share this informative and entertaining film with your organization and enjoy a Q&A with the filmmakers, as part of the program.  [Total time 70 minutes.  A/V requirements: a venue, screen and LCD projector. Program fee is negotiable.]

Boat Bridge Tours - Catch author and Chicago bridge historian Patrick McBriarty on Wendella's Chicago River Bridges Tours to spend a delightful 2-hours cruising the Chicago River to see and learn about these amazing drawbridges.  Pass under or through 20+ bridges to learn their engineering and architectural significance and importance to Chicago's and development.  For schedules and tickets visit the Wendella website. [Total time 120 minutes.]

Specialty Tours - For a custom Chicago bridges walking or boat tour contact Patrick by email: Patrick@PTMWerks.com to discuss your needs to develop a specialty tour for your organization.  


All of programs provide great history, exploration, and evolution of moveable bridge designs, how various drawbridges work, engineering and architectural significance, and the development that led to the Chicago-type bascule bridge design that dominates our waterways and continues to evolve.  These programs require an honorarium, which is negotiable and the ability to sell books and DVDs at the event.

McBriarty taps into the universal relationship we all have with bridges by sharing his excitement and passion relating the beauty, dynamics, and magic of bridges with people of all ages.  Patrons take away a new found appreciation for bridges as these fantastic structures offer a tremendous springboard for further discussions of science, technology, engineering, and math for most any educational level.  To bring this presentation to your organization email Patrick@PTMWerks.com and schedule your event.

PAST Events - 2015

We recommend purchasing tickets in advance and arriving at the Trump Tower Docks 10-minutes early so as not to miss the boat, literally.  Copies of McBriarty's books and DVD Chicago Drawbridges are available for sale on the tour.

Offered exclusively by Wendella Boats the Chicago River Bridges Tour with Patrick McBriarty is the docent for this 2-hour river cruise all about Chicago’s bridges past and present.  With more drawbridges than any city in North America see 20+ bridges to learn all about the history, architecture, engineering, human dramas, and stories of floods, fire, cattle, bridge jumps, or the homeless man living in a bridge.  There is no better way to see or learn this city’s great bridge history.  Ticket are now available online at www.WendellaBoats.com

Wendella River Boat Tour:

On Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 5:45 - 7:45 pm

Patrick McBriarty was docent for this Wendella architectural bridge tour on the Chicago River.

​​​Author Visit:

On Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 11:00am

at A Book Above at 136 W. Vallette St., #6
Elmhurst, IL  60126 for their AIR & WATER EXPO Event.   

Phone: 630-993-0133



Patrick McBriarty talked with patrons, signed books, and read aloud from Drawbridges Open and Close and ​Airplanes Take off and Land to introduce kids to STEM topics by answering the "why" questions they often ask about how the machines all around us work, most adults struggle to completely answer.