Friday, February 29, 2008

Looking for something to do this weekend? Crain's Chicago Business has at least one "On the Job" answer

In its weekly report "10 Things to Do This Weekend" (published 2/28/08), Crain's Chicago Business cited the On the Job book release party at Chief O'Neills as one of the city's hot events, saying:

READ. Author Daniel P. Smith will be on hand to sign copies of "ON THE JOB: BEHIND THE STARS OF THE CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT." Meet him and learn about the CPD at the book-release party at Chief O'Neill's Pub & Restaurant. March 2, 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. Free. 3471 N. Elston Ave., 773-473-5263, or

To see Crain's full list, visit:

Newcity magazine provides glimpse into On the Job

On February 26, 2008, Newcity Chicago, one of the city's premier culture and entertainment magazines, published the following look at Daniel P. Smith's just-released work On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department.

CPD For You and Me

Daniel P. Smith was raised by the police. He had a grandfather, brother and four uncles who all wore the badge of the Chicago Police Department, so he knows, better than most, the stresses, motivations and struggles of the person behind the uniform. "I couldn’t reconcile what I know of the public perceptions of police officers with what I knew of them in my personal life," Smith says. So in an effort to dispel a popular skepticism of police brutality, corruption and laziness, the 27-year-old author wrote "On the Job," a new book that tells the nitty-gritty about busts, murder investigations and shootouts. But more importantly, Smith says, it tells how officers balance their personal lives and beliefs with the roughness and seemingly detached nature of their job. "I wanted to inspire a degree of empathy for officers—an understanding for what they do," Smith says.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Not one but TWO On the Job release parties

Come celebrate the release of On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department with the author as well as officers profiled in the book. Both events are open to all.

Saturday, March 1 from 8-11pm
2512 N. Halsted (773_296-9700)
$35 premium drink package includes raffle ticket
Hosted by Shawn Sullivan and Russ Riberto
contact for more info
Sunday, March 2 at 3:30pm
Chief O'Neills
3471 N. Elston (773-583-3066)
Free appetizers, cash bar
Live Irish music follows the event
Hosted by Lake Claremont Press
Call (312) 226-8400 for more info

At both events, copies will be available for purchase.

Chicago Writers Association interviews On the Job author

The Chicago Writers Association (CWA), a collection of Chicagoland writers with various backgrounds and interests, recently published a Q&A with On the Job author Daniel P. Smith.
CWA President--and all around good guy--Randy Richardson conducted the interview with Smith, which you can check out at:

To find out more about the Chicago Writers Association, visit

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Southtown Star features On the Job and author Daniel P. Smith

On Friday, February 15, the Southtown Star's Lifestyles section hosted a front-page story on author Daniel P. Smith and his recent release, On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department. To read the full story, visit:,021508copbook.article

Saturday, February 16, 2008

On the Job author appearing at CPD Enforcers Benefit

Join author Daniel P. Smith on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 115 Bourbon Street in south suburban Merionette Park for a fundraiser benefitting the CPD Enforcers, the Chicago Police Department's football team.

Smith will be on hand selling copies of On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department for the discounted price of $15 with a portion of proceeds benefitting the Enforcers.

CPD Enforcers Fundraiser
Sunday, Feb. 24: 3-6pm
115 Bourbon Street (Merionette Park, IL)

For more information on the Enforcers, visit:

For more information on author Daniel P. Smith and On the Job, visit:

Friday, February 1, 2008

Fresh from the Printer: On the Job Released

On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, a book from award-winning Chicago journalist Daniel P. Smith, has now arrived after months of anticipation.

On the Job, which earned advance praise from crime writers, Chicago journalists, and historians alike, shares the personal stories of 19 Chicago officers while intertweaving a discussion of the department's history, culture, and criminal landscape.

To order a copy, visit or e-mail the author at

Stay tuned to the ON THE JOB blog for news of the book release party, appearances, and author events.