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A New Yorker staffer and investigative writer, Patrick Radden Keefe is the author of three books, including the New York Times best-selling book Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland. The book is a stunning, intricate narrative about a notorious killing in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and its devastating repercussions. Keefe is also behind the new podcast, Wind of Change, about the wild story behind the classic metal ballad.
Patrick Radden Keefe is a staff writer at The New Yorker and an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation. Besides the best-selling Say Nothing, Keefe is the author of two other books: The Snakehead: An Epic Tale of the Chinatown Underworld and the American Dream and Chatter: Dispatches from the Secret World of Global Eavesdropping.
Keefe started contributing to The New Yorker in 2006 and has written articles about the chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain, the hunt for the drug lord Chapo Guzman, the tragic personal history of the mass shooter Amy Bishop, and the role that the Sackler family and their company Purdue Pharma played in sparking the opioid crisis.
Keefe received the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing for his story “A Loaded Gun,” and he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016. He is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.
Say Nothing received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, as well as the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade” Along with being long-listed for the National Book Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal, Say Nothing was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Slate, and NPR’s Fresh Air, and it was also named TIME’s #1 Nonfiction Book of the Year.
In addition to The New Yorker, his work has appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, and other publications. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the New America Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.
Keefe is also the writer and host of Wind of Change, a new 8-part podcast series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify, which investigates the strange convergence of espionage and pop music during the Cold War.
Patrick grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and went to college at Columbia. He received masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a JD from Yale Law School. He lives in New York.