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Novelist William Hazelgrove on Rick Kogans After Hours Show on WGN Chicago Sept 7th 9:30-10:00 PM

Posted by on Aug 24, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Novelist William Hazelgrove on Rick Kogans After Hours Show on WGN Chicago Sept 7th 9:30-10:00 PM

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 Signings

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Book Signings

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

Novelist William Hazelgrove Speaking to Sixteen Libraries This Fall

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Novelist William Hazelgrove Speaking to Sixteen Libraries This Fall

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/libraries/

 

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

 

 

Signing The Pitcher at Kane County Cougars Game Saturday 23rd

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Signing The Pitcher at Kane County Cougars Game Saturday 23rd

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

Real Santa Launch Party Magic Tree Bookstore Oak Park Oct 5 Sunday 3 PM

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa Launch Party Magic Tree Bookstore Oak Park Oct 5 Sunday 3 PM

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.

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Real Santa Gets A Starred Review in Booklist

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa Gets A Starred Review in Booklist

Real Santa Gets A Starred Review in 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.