LARRY SMITH & PATRICK O'KEEFFE
Larry Smith, author of Thick of Thin: Memoirs of a Working-Class Writer and Patrick O'Keeffe, author of the novel Cold Air Return will be at Mac's on Saturday, May 20th at 5 p.m.
Larry Smith is the author of several novels and poetry collections including Ohio Zen Poems, A Rive Remains: Poems and Lake Winds: Poems. He is the editor of Bottom Dog Press, which has published regional writing and working class writing for almost 40 years. He has written literary biographies of authors Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Kenneth Patchen, and two books of translations from the Chinese with co-translator Mei Hui Huang. His photo history of his hometown Mingo Junction appeared recently in the Images of America Series published by Arcadia Press. Two film scripts on authors James Wright and Kenneth Patchen have been made into films with Tom Koba and shown on PBS.
Patrick Lawrence O'Keeffe lives in Port Clinton, Ohio. O'Keeffe participates in activities of the Firelands Writing Center, and reads his work at the Center's monthly readings at Mr. Smith's Coffee House in Sandusky. Along with poetry that has appeared in various journals, he has also contributed humorous essays to the South Bend Tribune, as well as book reviews for the Morrow County Sentinel.
In 2016, he authored and co-edited History of Ottawa County, the First 175 Years, a comprehensive work that tells the story, in photos and narrative, about the settling of one of the final frontiers in Ohio, which largely arose from the Great Black Swamp and the Lake Erie Islands. He is also the editor and publisher of the Scribbler, a monthly historical and literary paper for Ottawa County readers.
Cold Air Return is O'Keeffe's first novel, a coming of age story that takes place in north central Pennsylvania in the early 1960's.