William B. Patrick, author of "The Call of Nursing: Voices from the Front Lines of Health Care," will read from his works Thursday, April 3, at the Fairfield University Bookstore.

Patrick, a faculty member in Fairfield University's MFA in Creative Writing Program, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the bookstore, 1499 Post Road. The event, part of the MFA program's Inspired Writer Series, is free and open to the public. It is co-sponsored by the university's School of Nursing.

Patrick's work covers several genres, from nonfiction and fiction to poetry, screenwriting and drama. "The Call of Nursing," his most recent book, is a Studs Terkel-like collection of 23 occupational profiles of the women and men in the profession, according to a news release from the bookstore.

Patrick also will read from "Saving Troy," his nonfiction chronicle of a year spent living with professional firefighters and paramedics of the Troy, N.Y., Fire Department's 1st Platoon.

Patrick has taught writing at the University of Albany, the College of St. Rose, Old Dominion University, Salem State College and Onondaga Community College, in addition to his work at Fairfield.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Hastings, ehastings@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4000, ext. 2688.