Chicago-area residents, join Patrick T. Reardon and author Barbara Mahany as they discuss Patrick’s new poetry collection Requiem for David and the questions it raises about grief, family, religious faith, and the choices that each of us makes at every step along the path of our lives. The event will take place on Friday, 3/24/17, 6:30 p.m., at City Lit Books, 2523 N. Kedzie Blvd., Chicago, IL 60647.
In Requiem for David, Patrick wrestles with the suicide of his brother David, and the pain they shared as children and adults, and the tight bond of affection that the brothers shared with each other and with their other 12 brothers and sisters. Sandra Cisneros calls Requiem for David “the heart’s howl,” and Haki Madhubuti compares the collection to the work of poet-priest Daniel Berrigan.
“Detail by razor-sharp detail, perception by vivid perception, recollection by haunting recollection, Patrick T. Reardon’s Requiem for David gathers into the force of a cri de coeur.”
Patrick T. Reardon’s eight books include Faith Stripped to Its Essence, a literary-religious commentary on Shusaku Endo’s famed novel Silence. Reardon worked for 32 years as a reporter with the Chicago Tribune, specializing in urban affairs, and is now writing a book about the impact of the elevated railroad Loop on Chicago. His essays and poems have appeared frequently in American and European publications. His book reviews have twice won the Peter Lisagor Award for arts criticism. He has lectured on Chicago history at the Chicago History Museum.
Barbara Mahany is an author and freelance journalist in Chicago, who writes these days about stumbling on the sacred amid the cacophony of the modern-day domestic melee. She was a reporter and feature writer at the Chicago Tribune for nearly 30 years. Mahany’s first book, Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door, has been called “a field guide into the depths of your holiest hours.” Publishers Weekly picked it as one of the Top 10 religion books for 2014, fall crop. In her forthcoming book, Motherprayer: Lessons in Loving, due out in April, Mahany turns her attention to the sacred mysteries of mothering.