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The Temple of Air has been named Chicago Writers Association’s Book of the Year in Traditional Fiction! Award ceremony to be held at the Book Cellar in Chicago, January 19, 2013.

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The Temple of Air winner of 2012 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award in Prose, sponsored by Southern Illinois University, Grassroots literary journal, and the Devil’s Kitchen Fall Literary Festival.

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Society of Midland Authors names The Temple of Air as 2012 Finalist Awardee in Adult Fiction.

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Chicago Sun-Times calls The Temple of Air “violently creative.” Read More…

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Patricia Ann McNair named to Newcity’s Lit 50 List: Who Really Books in Chicago 2012.

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From Booklist, reviewed by Donna Seaman:

“McNair’s plainspoken yet imaginative, complexly unnerving, and haunting stories raise essential questions of fate and will, appearances and truth, guilt and compassion.” Read More…

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Interview on Chicago’s wonderful news and culture show Eight Forty-Eight with Alison Cuddy. WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station. Listen Here…

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Caroline Leavitt, New York Times Best-Selling Author says: “The Temple of Air, Patricia Ann McNair’s extraordinary new book, arrived in the mail and I began to leaf through it, and in one page, was hooked. Of course, I had to track her down and get her to come on my blog and talk about it.” Read More…

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My First Time, a series on THE QUIVERING PEN, David Abrams‘ Literary Blog, features my essay “My First Bully.” Read More…

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Michigan Writers on the Air host Aaron Stander features The Temple of Air on Interlochen Public Radio. Listen Here…

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Neutron Bomb Punk Rock Writing event with me in the line-up in Chicago Public Radio Station WBEZ Alison Cuddy’s Weekender Top Choices! Listen Here…

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Interview by Mare Swallow for Chicago Publishes: The City of Chicago’s Publishing Industry Programs. Listen Here…

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Time Out Chicago

Jonathan Messinger of Time Out Chicago interviewed the author and called The Temple of Air an “immersive read.” Read More…

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Conversation with RealGoodWords host Heidi Holtan of kaxe.org, Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Listen Here…

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From New City, interview by Mike Gillis, posted September 4, 2011:

“The stories in Patricia Ann McNair’s debut collection “The Temple of Air” are steeped in a particular brand of hospitality and violence. They are definitively Midwestern, navigating deftly between the everyday and the disturbing, the prosaic and the poetic.” Read More…

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“Your writing is lush.  Can I use that word?  You have anything against lush?” –This is what Chris Rice said in her interview with me in Hypertext“Who Doesn’t Want to Hear Great Stories?” Read More…

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“The Heartbeat of Your Story” short essay on Indie Pulp 1X1 series. Read More…

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From Friday, September 2, 2011. Posted by DA Kentner of THE READERS’ WRITERS, Freeport Journal-Standard and GateHouse News Service:

“Now Patricia has published a collection of short stories, each of which centers on the author’s love of life, humanity, and the delicate balance each of us must find deep within ourselves in order to persevere over adversity and the challenges life places in our path. The stories within “The Temple of Air” are indeed thought provoking.” Read More…

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From July 10, 2011. Review of the Temple of Air, reviewer: Leah Tallon. 

“Here’s a little secret: I grew up in a small town very similar to the setting for Patricia Ann McNair’s debut collection of loosely linked stories, The Temple of Air. I know those sprawling fields, the quiet starry nights interrupted only by the occasional passing freight train, the speed at which juicy gossip travels, the type of connection you build with someone from being their neighbor your whole life. Small towns are a catch-all for every type of person and McNair shows the variety, no two alike, contrary to the stereotypes. She reaches down deep into the cores of her characters, pulls out their secrets, the things that make them human, and presents them to you in this book.” Read More…

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From “Secrets on the Web and Between the Covers,” posted on Literary Chicago, July 14, 2011:

“From the secrets of writing to the secrets of everyday life, McNair seems to have a flair for pulling back veils and revealing what matters.”

To see the full post in which Alba Machado talks about this site’s series “View From the Keyboard” and my collection, follow this link: http://www.literarychicago.com/secrets/

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Patricia Ann McNair interviewed on Stephanie Kuehnert‘s blog Life, Words, & Rock ‘n’ Roll for her series “Women Who Rock Wednesday.” Check it out here.

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Philip Hartigan interviewed the author for his art blog Praeterita. Check it out here.

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