Patrick O’Keeffe, author of The Hill Road, to appear at Vanderbilt

Patrick O’Keeffe, who won the prestigious Story Prize for short stories in 2005, will read from his work Thursday, Feb. 5, at Vanderbilt University.

O’Keeffe won the $20,000 first prize for his book The Hill Road, a collection of four novellas set in a fictional Irish dairy-farming village.

The Hill Road is an astonishing debut – a dark beauty of a book worthy of many readings,” said poet Thomas Lynch. “O’Keeffe gets our difficult species right and rural Ireland true: caught between quiet little treacheries and triumphs, begrudgements and beatitudes.”

O’Keeffe, assistant professor of creative writing and English at Colgate University, will read from his work at 8 p.m. in Room 102 of Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt campus.

The event is free and the public is invited. It will be recorded for podcast at VUCast, the website of Vanderbilt News Service, at

The reading is part of the Gertrude Vanderbilt and Harold S. Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Program at Vanderbilt.

Media contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS

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