School Visit:

On Friday, March 11, 2016 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

 Middlefork School at 405 Wagner Road, Northfield, Illinois 

Author Patrick McBriarty visited to read aloud from his children's books to the pre-K through 3rd Graders at the library of the Middlefork School

Sponsored by John Baxter of Doyle Sailmakers.

Printers Row Lit Fest

Saturday & Sunday, June 11-12

from 10 am - 6 pm 

at the Windy City Historian - Tent D

 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 by Centuries & Sleuths Bookstore and signing by the author.

​Expected bridge lifts that morning!

Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvel. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the bascule and trunnion bridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second to Amsterdam in the world. McBriarty will guide us through the history of the bridges, the architecture and the engineering that surrounds these mechanical marvels. 

Windy City Historians Meeting:

On Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 3:00 - 5:00 pm -UPDATED LOCATION-

at the Roots Handmade Pizza -- 1924 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago 

A collection of Chicago writers, authors and historians will meet to network, share resources, and experience in the support of creating and developing new Chicago history.




Windy City Historians was co-founded by authors Chris Lynch and Patrick McBriarty

 Author Patrick McBriarty is pleased to have a cigar and share his recent research about Chicago in 1812 relating the characters and events of this French and Indian outpost on the cusp of the War of 1812. The story begins with an Indian attack at Leigh's Farm, the murder of the Indian Interpreter at the fort, and ends with the battle or massacre of Fort Dearborn -- depending upon how it is told.  Patrick will have books available to sign and sell at the event.

Historic Bridge Conference

Saturday, June 4  

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

1 E. Pershing Road

Kansas City, MO  64108

Pre-K & Kindergarten Conference:

 Thursday & Friday, March 3-4 

​children's author Patrick McBriarty gave a couple presentations to teachers and educators.

Session: F16  - So You Want to Write a Children’s Picture Book? 
Date: Thursday, March 3 at 2:30-3:30 in the Imagination Room

&
Session: L3-Introduce STEM/STEAM in Early Childhood
Date:  Friday, March 4 at 11:45-12:45 in Room Nirvana B 



Afterward Patrick was the Anderson's Books Booth to sign copies of the PTM Werks Series of children's books and talk informally with educators.

Informal Talk:

On Thursday, April 28, 2016​ at 6:00 - 7:30 pm

at the Anchorage 1770 Inn​ -- 1103 Bay Street , Beaufort, SC


Author Patrick McBriarty visited to informally discuss his books, Chicago's bridges,writing, and answer questions during his visit to the area. Select members of the local historical society involved in protecting the Woods Memorial Bridge will be in attendance to discuss a grass roots effort toward adding the bridge to the National Register of Historic Places.

​​Wendella and noted author Patrick McBriarty explore and celebrate Chicago's diverse and world renowned bridges. Utilized by tens of thousands of people every day, Chicago's bridges are often an overlooked engineering and architectural marvel. Long noted as the birth of the skyscraper, Chicago is also the birthplace of the bascule and trunnion bridges and home to more moveable bridges than anywhere in North America; second to Amsterdam in the world. McBriarty will guide us through the history of the bridges, the architecture and the engineering that surrounds these mechanical marvels.

Anderson’s is proud to showcase the wealth of talent we have in the area.  Regional authors and illustrators have the opportunity to connect and network with teachers, librarians, and children’s literature enthusiasts. The moveable feast format allows “table chat” and networking with many  of the 500+ attendees expected this year. Author and illustrator books will be available for sale in our onsite book store, and for signing.

Author Read Aloud

Thursday, June 9 at 3:30 pm &  4:30 pm 

The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum

99 Riverwalk, Chicago, Illinois

Author & Illustrator Event:

On Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 8:30 am - 1:30 pm

A variety of authors and illustrators met with teachers and librarians at the 14th annual Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast 

Author Visit:
On Monday, April 25, 2016 at 1:30 - 3:00 pm
at the Story Book Shoppe --​ 41 Calhoun St # A, Bluffton, SC 29910

Windy City Historians Meeting:

On Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 3:00 - 5:00 pm

BarTucci - 3426 N. Harlem Ave. Chicago, IL


A collection of Chicago writers, authors and historians will meet to network, share resources, and experience in the support of creating and developing new Chicago history.


Windy City Historians was co-founded by authors Chris Lynch and Patrick McBriarty

School Visit:

On Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

Author Patrick McBriarty visited the Mackinac Island Public School on Mackinac Island, MI to read aloud to K - 2nd Graders, and talk writing and review writing samples with 3rd - 6th Graders.

PAST Events - Jan. - June 2016

Chicago River Bridges Presentation

Thursday, June 9 at 10:30 - 11:30 am 

for the Lifelong Learning Institue at Harper College

at Garlands of Barrington - 1000 Garlands Ln, Barrington, IL 60010

Advance Book Signing:

On Thursday May 12, 2016 at 3:30 - 4:00 pm

Book Expo America (BEA) at McCormick Place, Chicago

at the Ingram Booth

 

Author Patrick McBriarty was at BEA to sign and share an advance copy of the forthcoming children's picture book City Railways Go Above and Below about elevated and subway trains.

School Visit:

On Thursday & Friday, April 28-29, 2016

Beaufort Elementary School in Bluffton, SC

 

Author Patrick McBriarty will visit to read aloud from his children's books to the pre-K through 3rd Graders in various classrooms and hopefully join them for a field trip to visit an nearby swing bridge and talk about how they work.

Children's authors Clayton Smith (YA books) and Patrick McBriarty (picture books) will share their experiences independently publishing books with the members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators about how to launch a successful book marketing campaign.

 Author Patrick McBriarty presented 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 why Chicago is the Drawbridge Capital of the World unlike any other city on earth!

McBriarty's Chicago River Bridges will be available on the boat for purchase, or pre-purchase at PTMWerks.com. Bring your own copy and have it signed by the author! 

Children's Bridge Workshop:

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Children's author Patrick McBriarty will conduct a bridge workshop for children at the Indian Prairie Public Library in Darien, Illinois

Under The Bridgefluence:

On Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:00 - 9:00 pm

A Walking Tour of Beer & Bridge History 

 

From Chicago’s earliest beginnings, both bridges and beer have connected the city and its people – they are the links which have brought thirsty Chicagoans together.  From bridge tenders to bartenders, both have played pivotal roles in the development of our fine city.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will visit the Bridgehouse Museum to read aloud from his book Drawbridges Open and Close and then take kids & adults into the Gear Room of the Bridgehouse Museum to explain how Chicago's iconic Michigan Avenue Bridge really works.  For tickets and details go to the McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum website.

Wendella Boats - Chicago River Bridges Tour:
On Saturday, June 25, 2016 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Book Talk:

On Monday, March 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

Author Patrick McBriarty will give a talk for the 19th Century Charitable Association at 178 Forest Ave., Oak Park, Illinois

School Visit:

On Monday, April 25, 2016




240 Sams Point Rd.,Beaufort, SC 29907​ 


Author Patrick McBriarty visited to read aloud from his children's books to the pre-K through 3rd Graders in various classrooms during his visit to the area.

 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!  A book signing and sale will follow the event.

Screening of Chicago Drawbridges:
On Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:30 pm
at the Evergreen Park Public Library

9400 S. Troy, Evergreen Park, Illinois

Book Talk:
On Tuesday, March 21, 2016 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm
at the Chicago Architectural Foundation --​ 224 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL  60604

Author Visit:
On Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 2:30 - 4:00 pm
at the Book World --​ 1203 Lighthouse Place, Michigan City, IN 46360

Check out the Midwest's largest Book Festival and the Authors of the Windy City Historians who along with Patrick McBriarty will be selling, signing, and talking about their books with patrons.  This is a great event with an expected crowd of more than 150,000 book lovers, authors, publishers, and book buyers.  Don't miss it.​

Talk on Self Publishing:

On Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 10:00 am - Noon

Authors Clayton Smith and Patrick McBriarty will give a talk for the Chicago Chapter of SCBWI at Everybody's Coffee -- 935 W. Wilson, Chicago

History Talk on Chicago in 1812:
On Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 5:30 - 7:00 pm
at the Cigar Society of Chicago --​ The Lounge at Iwan Ries, 19 S. Wabash Ave.

Wendella Boats - Chicago River Bridges Tour:
On Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:00 - 11:00 am

Come lift your spirits on a unique walking bridge and bar tour led by tavern and beer historian, Liz Garibay and bridge historian, Patrick McBriarty.  The duo will share stories of Chicago beer and bridge history and relate the interplay between the two in the making of Chicago’s past.

$25. Ticket price includes five bridges, four bars, three hours, two miles and a whole lot of of delicious history. Drinks on you. 

The program was be 55 minutes and began with an introduction and how I got interested in bridges and drawbridges in particular.  Then was the read aloud of the book Drawbridges Open and Close and Q&A with the kids and discussion of the basic concepts of a bridge.  The final 20-25 minutes the kids built their own bridges and we talked informally about the things they created. A troop of Girl Scouts was part of the group had a great time too!!

 Author Patrick McBriarty visited to sign his books and read aloud from the PTM Werks Series all about how things work such as Drawbridges, Airplanes, and coming in August, City Railways Go Above and Below about elevated and subway trains.  


Books will be available for sale and for Patrick to sign at the event.

 Author Patrick McBriarty presented his book Chicago River Bridges as part of this annual conference to explain the importance and evolution of Chicago's moveable bridges.

 Author Patrick McBriarty will visit Book World to sign his books and read aloud from the PTM Werks Series all about how things work such as Drawbridges, Airplanes, and coming in August City Railways on elevated and subway trains.  


Patrick will have books available to sign and sell at the event.

Chicago Drawbridges chronicles the development of the bridges of the Windy City from the very first wood footbridge, built by a tavern overrun in 1832, to the iconic steel and concrete structures crossing the Chicago River today.  This 56-minute documentary was broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee Public Television.  Don't miss the film's first south side screening.  This event is free and open to the public we only ask that you Register on the Evergreen Park Public Library website.  The screening was followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers.