🗣 Locals you need to know: Meet Patrick McGinty, the author who represents Pittsburgh in 2030

Hi Patrick! Who are you What are you doing

I’m a Morningsider and too Associate Professor of English at Slippery Rock University. My debut novel about the driverless car sector in Pittsburgh, TRIAL TRIPwill be published on May 24 by a teenage hero Books about the propeller.

Wax poetically for a second and tell us: what do you live most about in this city?

It’s a little weird to say, but: I love being somewhere else and bumping into a Pittsburgh, and then that conversation suddenly redirects my whole day (sometimes it redirects the whole trip). I am one who often tries to build common language or solidarity among unlikely people, and “Pittsburgh” is a kind of magical binder among people, no matter where their feet are.

What is your favorite memory of Pittsburgh?

When I was nine, the Steelers defeated the Colts in the 1995 AFC Championship on their way to their first Super Bowl appearance since 1979. After the game, my aunts and I pseudo-legally ventured into the family area outside the locker room and Suffice it to say that in 9-year-old Pittsburgh it was pretty amazing for five great adult athletes when they met their families to celebrate. I have never heard such joyful swearing.

If you could only eat one meal at a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Regardless of the service personnel Diana in the Strip can recommend me. It opened right after my wife and I had a son, and we went there for our first date as new parents; every time I drive by, I always remind myself of that hectic time in my life.

Apart from the obvious stop above, share your other three best destinations where you would go on your perfect day in Pittsburgh.

I would start from Frick Park wandering along the Fern Hall creek with my son who loves to ride on the water. With the help of a safe and charming “poof”, my son would disappear and safely descend into his pre-K so I could ride my bike alone. White Whale Bookstore in Bloomfield and explore for an hour. I was riding my bike home to Morningside, grabbing a huge bunch of Whirly Bird’s wings Bulldog Pub on the road and dragging them into some backyard backyard where we ate and drank, hoped, laughed, yelled and half watched over our children.

What is your favorite account on local social networks (Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, etc.) and why?

My girlfriend and ex-neighbor Rachel Beloma (@arbybeast on Twitter) for me is the perfect combination of Pittsburgh politics and all possible versions and iterations of Pittsburgh – old, new, everything.

If you could give one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

A city, whether a town, a village, or a neighborhood, is as strong as its citizens are able to connect with different generations (also: please be kind to bicycles and bikers).

How does Pittsburgh help you do what you do / affect your work?

It’s like asking a goldfish, “How does water affect your life?” Pittsburgh is the backdrop to virtually every fictional story I have ever composed, published or thoughtlessly thought of. Even if I think the scene or conversation isn’t about Pittsburgh, in the review process there is often a moment when I have to face what I represent as Pittsburgh there isand I have to decide if I want to keep this image or slightly change it to convey how I want Pittsburgh to be.

The cover of TEST DRIVE, comes out May 24 via Propeller Books.

What is your unpopular opinion of the city?

I wish we had an NBA team. When I lived in Portland, I attended tons of Blazers games and they were thrilled. I am sure of a minority.

What are you most looking forward to this year?

My wife and I will soon be meeting our best friend Sarah Marshall, the presenter You are wrong and You are good podcasts. We usually see her two or three times a year, but haven’t seen each other since the pandemic began. She is involved in On June 3, my book will be presented in Pittsburgh at the White Whale Bookstore and I imagine I will cry a few times just sitting next to her.

You can find Patrick McGinty on Twitter at @PatrickMMcGinty. TRIAL TRIP available for pre – order and will be released next Tuesday via Propeller Books.

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