The Irish American Heritage Center's Library is located on the Second Floor
Saturday October 27, 2018
1 p.m. Patrick Reardon “Of course, an Irish writer is a poet, journalist, historian, novelist and theologian”. An interactive session Patrick T. Reardon will discuss with audience members the joys and sorrows of a writing life of great variety. Come with your stories about being a writer and a reader of many literary forms. For 32 years, Reardon wrote front page stories, investigations, features and a variety of other journalism for the Chicago Tribune. He is the author of the poetry collection Requiem for David which deals with his brother’s suicide and has been called “the heart’s howl” buy Sandra Cisneros. In 2016, he wrote Faith Stripped to Its Essence, a literary-religious analysis of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence. He has written 2 meditation books for fathers and one for young adults as well as a book of Catholic advice for young people and a history of his Chicago parish, St. Gertrude. His novella Babe was short-listed by Stewart O’Nan for the annual Faulkner-Wisdom Contest of the Faulkner Society. And he writes a lot of op-ed essays and book reviews.
2 p.m. Christopher Lynch “How the Irish saved Aviation in Chicago”. Christopher Lynch, author of When Hollywood Landed at Chicago’s Midway Airport: The stories and photos of Mike Rotunno and Chicago’s Midway Airport will tell of his life hanging around, the family business – Midway Airport, where his family ran Monarch Air Service until 1977. Through Mike Rotunno’s fabulous photos and Christopher’ Lynch’s intimate knowledge of the pioneers of aviation we will hear about the adventure and romance of the world’s busiest airport until the arrival of O’Hare.
3 p.m. Patrick McBriarty “Chicago River Bridges” is a multimedia presentation on the importance of bridges in the development of the Windy City from the first wood footbridge, built by a tavern owner in 1832, to the engineering and architectural marvels spanning the Chicago River today. Based on the award-winning book of the same title by Patrick McBriarty, learn how Chicago emerged as the Drawbridge Capital of the World with stories of floods, fires, politics and bridge innovations.
4 p.m. Panel Discussion with Patrick Reardon, Christopher Lynch and Patrick McBriarty. “What more needs to be written about Chicago history?” A discussion about ignored, forgotten and overlooked areas about the city’s past.
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