William Hazelgrove will be on WGN Chicago Rick Kogans After Hours Show on Sunday Sept 7th http://wgnradio.com/after-hours-with-rick-kogan/to talk about his Bestselling novel The Pitcher. The Library Guild Selection is the story of a Mexican American boy with a golden arm and a broken down World Series pitcher who coaches him to make the high school team. The movie rights have been sold to Gigantic Pictures.
Book Release Party Real Santa Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park on Oct 5th 3PM
Signing Real Santa Townhouse Books St. Charles Oct 12th Noon
Signing The Pitcher with Billy Lombardo City Lit Books Chicago Sept 18th 7 PM
Signing the Pitcher at the Kane County Cougars Stadium August 23rd 6:30 PM
Signing at the Book Stall for The Pitcher Winnetka Sept 27th
William Hazelgrove is speaking to Sixteen Chicago Area Libraries this fall highlighting the release of his new novel Real Santa and the continued success of his Bestselling novel The Pitcher. Topics covered at the libraries will range from Writing a Novel, Selling Books Through Social Media and Writing a Memoir. All presentations will end with a question and answer session and a book signing for The Pitcher and Real Santa. More information can be found at www.williamhazelgrove.com and http://williamhazelgrove.com/
DeKalb Library Sept 17
Winfield Library Sept 23
Eisenhower Library Sept 29
Westmont Library Oct 4
Bartlett Library Oct 9
Oak Park Library Oct 11
Deerfield Library Oct 18
Indian trails library Oct 23
Elk Grove Village Oct 27
Lincolnwood Library Nov 1
Forest Park Library Nov 4
Aurora Library November 6
Aurora Library south branch November 8
Elgin Public Library November 12
Lisle Library November 15
Burbank Library November 18
William Hazelgrove will be signing copies of his Bestselling novel The Pitcher at Kane County Cougars stadium on August 23rd Saturday. The game begins 6 30
William Hazelgrove’s novel Real Santa will kick off at the Magic Tree Bookstore in Oak Park on October 5 3PM. Refreshments will be served followed by a reading and signing. The story of a man who becomes Santa Claus to keep his daughters faith in Santa alive has already received a starred review from Booklist.
*Starred Review* Real Santa.
By William Hazelgrove.
Oct. 2014. 244p. Koehler, $26.95 (9781940192963); e-book (9781940192598).
First published September 1, 2014 (Booklist).
If somebody doesn’t make a movie out of this book, there’s something wrong with the world. George Kronenfeldt is an engineer who is, again, out of a job (he’s a good engineer but not a good employee)—and this time it’s right around Christmas. Faced with a bleak financial future, George seizes on a new project to keep him occupied: to convince his nine-year-old daughter that Santa is real. That sounds nice enough, until you realize it means Bob intends to dress up in a Santa suit, rent himself some reindeer and a sleigh, build ramps to get them on his roof, hire a movie director to whomp up some special-effects footage of the reindeer and sleigh landing and taking off, and generally tear his house (not to mention his family) apart. This could have been played as an out-and-out slapstick comedy, but instead the author approaches the story like a character study: a portrait of a man with the best intentions in the world watching those intentions collide with reality. It’s a steamroller of a story, starting small, with George’s idea, and getting bigger and bigger as George tries to put the elements together, as his obsession takes him further and further away from reality. Beautifully done.