Book Talk & Launch for Chicago River Bridges: Join us at the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium (lower level of HWPL) as author Patrick McBriarty delivers a multimedia presentation on Chicago River bridges, based on his recently released book of the same title, to learn how Chicago became the Drawbridge Capital of the World. Chicago has more drawbridges than any city in North America and the greatest collection of different drawbridge designs of any city on earth. Patrick will recount his journey into this amazing topic, why the bridges were so important to the development of the Windy City, and how the innovation, design, history, and major contributions by Chicago and Chicagoans influenced drawbridge technology around the world. A book signing at 7 pm will follow through the support of Sandmeyer's Bookstore. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.
If you did not get this wonderful coffee table, history, and photographic guide for the holidays, this is a great opportunity to hear from the author and pick up a copy! The 329 page hardback and history of Chicago bridges, includes 198 color photographs, maps, and historic images covering 55 bridge locations and 175 bridges past and present.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Patrick McBriarty, a former business person and consultant, over a decade ago discovered a new focus and fascination for Chicago bridges. His first book Chicago River Bridges won the 2013 Henry N. Barkhausen Award for original research on Great Lakes maritime history and presents the untold history and development of Chicago’s iconic bridges. From the first wood footbridge built by a tavern owner in 1832 to the fantastic marvels of steel, concrete, and machinery of today, and was published by the University of Illinois Press in October 2013. Concurrently from 2011-13 with filmmaker Stephen Hatch, the duo independently co-produced the documentary Chicago Drawbridges, which was has been broadcast on Chicago and Milwaukee public television and has its first international screening in Hamburg, Germany on February 17.
Patrick is currently working on the forthcoming PTM Werks series of illustrated children’s books to sharing his excitement and appreciation for bridges and how things work with a smaller audience. His first children’s photographic book Bridges of All Kinds is available on his website www.PTMWerks.com and Drawbridges Open and Close illustrated by Johanna Kim is currently under review with several publishers. Patrick holds a bachelors in business administration and a masters in economics from Miami University.