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• Many many thanks to the South Dakota Arts Council for awarding Patrick a highly competitive Artist Fellowship Grant of $5,000 for him to work on his next novel. It’s an honor to be one of two chosen for this award.

• With gratitude to Alaska Quarterly Review for picking up Patrick’s latest essay, “In the Shadow of the Titanic,” which will be appearing in mid 2017. Patrick spent a month writing this and it’s about the Titanic being built in his ancestral city of Belfast, as well as a family tragedy that happened in the 1970s. Of the many things he’s written, this one means a great deal to him personally. It’s been haunting him for decades.

• Patrick is absolutely delighted to appear on “Write Now with Sarah Werner”. You can download the podcast to keep you company in traffic or while you cook dinner in the kitchen. There are some wonderful questions here about writing and life. Many thanks to Sarah!

The Collector of Names has just been named a finalist for the High Plains Book Award. Patrick is thrilled, honored, and delighted to learn about this news and he is already looking forward to the award ceremony in October 2016.

• The Loft Literary Center has just awarded Patrick the 2016 “Excellence in Teaching Fellowship”. Aside from the tremendous honor of the award itself, he’ll be spending a portion of the summer at the Madeline Island School of the Arts working on his next novel.

• Patrick is happy to report that he has just signed with J. de. S Associates and that they’ll be representing his next two novels. He offers a big thank you to Jacques de Spoelberch and looks forward to working with him!

• Holocaust scholar, Dr. Stephen Gaies, has just written a wonderful academic article on The Commandant of Lubizec. In it, he explores the narrative voice and how the novel successfully captures so many issues that swirl around Holocaust Studies. It is the first major study of the novel. You can read it here.

• A glowing review of The Collector of Names is in the current issue of Briar Cliff Review. Many, many thanks to the editors.

• Not only is Patrick’s novel given a wonderful review in the latest issue of War, Literature, and the Arts, but the review itself is an amazing read — it’s part review and part creative nonfiction. A BIG thank you to Sean Purio for his kind words. (Thanks also to the good people at WLA for reprinting the chapter “Numbers” for their Author Spotlight section; it’s a tremendous honor.) To read the entire review, click here.

• Thanks to the good people at Sundress for the roundtable table discussion, “Writing the Tragedy of Others” where Patrick appeared with Ellen Sussman, Andria Williams, and Liz Prato. You can read their discussion  here.

• A glowing review of The Collector of Names recently appeared in Colorado Review (read the entire review here), and Patrick has also written another piece for The Huffington Post due to renewed interest in the tragedy of Pan Am 103. (PBS’s Frontline is currently airing an investigative report of the bombing, and Patrick’s popular story, “57 Gatwick” is loosely based upon this act of aviation terrorism.)

• The South Dakota Council of Teachers of English just named Patrick the “Author of the Year”. His books will be read across the state throughout calendar year 2016.

• One of Patrick’s poems, “The Strangers,” has appeared in Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, American Life in Poetry, and he also read it on PBS’s NewsHour. You can find the print version here and a link to PBS here. It was also read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac.

• Patrick was recently invited to be a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, and his first of many entries is titled, ”Rush and Me”. Future posts will be about books, writing, and the writing life. The good editors at Glimmer Train also asked him to offer a guest blog, and he was happy to offer up, ”Writing What You Don’t Know”. Thanks to both venues. It’s an honor.

The Commandant of Lubizec has been added to National Reading Group Month and it will also be featured by Random House in January 2015 as a top novel for First Year Experiences in colleges and universities across the nation. To Patrick’s great delight, it was mentioned on Minnesota Public Radio as a “Best Book of 2014”. Stay tuned for more information as it comes in…

• Update: Patrick has just finished his next novel and hopes to have it published in late 2016. The Lazarus Bomb takes place in England during World War II. Never happy to rest, a new novel is being sketched out–it will explore the V-2 program in Nazi Germany.

Adoptable is now available in print and also as an e-book. Happily, it has already generated wonderful early reviews and blurbs. Special thanks to Andreja Hojnik Fišić for allowing Salmon Poetry to use her magnificent artwork for the cover.

• Front and back covers for The Collector of Names are finished and Advanced Reading Copies will soon be distributed across the country. Electronic ARCs are currently available for review (please contact Schaffner Press for more details). Patrick will be debuting this story collection at the Heartland Fall Forum in Minneapolis, and it will be published in February 2015. Book tour to follow.

• Patrick was recently featured on Fiction Writers’ Review and he also made an appearance on KFAI’s “Write On! Radio” in Minneapolis. Links to both are now up on this website.

• What a pleasure to report that Patrick’s first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec (Steerforth/Random House), is already going into its second printing, even though it has only been out for two weeks. Huge thanks to Roland Pease and Chip Fleischer for making this happen.

• Patrick’s next full-length collection of poetry, Adoptable, has been submitted by Salmon Poetry for the prestigious Forward Prize in the UK. It will appear in bookstores in late May 2014. (Thank you Jessie Lendennie for this unbelievable and amazing honor.)

• Big, huge, massive thanks to Schaffner Press for accepting Patrick’s first collection of short stories, The Collector of Names. Publication will happen in early 2015 with a book tour to follow.

• New poems will be appearing in both America and also The Atlanta Review soon. Thanks also to Ashland Creek Press for accepting “Burn Unit” for their upcoming short story anthology.

• Thanks to the editors of Korean Quarterly for picking up a number of new poems for their spring issue…and a big huge THANK YOU to the editors of Epiphany for publishing the first 40 pages of The Commandant of Lubizec in their War Issue. Lastly, thanks to the PEN America Center for the invitation to become a professional member. It’s an honor to be associated with PEN.

• Patrick is very pleased to announce that his latest novel, The Commandant of Lubizec,is finished and he is currently shopping it around. His short story collection, 57 Gatwick and Other Disappearances, was a finalist for the Dzanc Books Short Story Contest. Most weirdly of all, the opening monologue he wrote for PBS’s “Over South Dakota” has been nominated for an Emmy. To his astonishment, he can say he worked on a documentary that has been “Emmy-nominated”. Weird, huh?