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Author William Hazelgrove signing at The Book Stall Winnetka 9/27 1PM

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Author William Hazelgrove signing at The Book Stall Winnetka 9/27 1PM

William Hazelgrove will be signing his novels The Pitcher and Real Santa at the The Book Stall in Winnetka on Saturday 9/27 at one PM.http://www.thebookstall.com/

William Hazelgrove on WGN After Hours Rick Kogan Nov 30 9:30 PM

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on William Hazelgrove on WGN After Hours Rick Kogan Nov 30 9:30 PM

William Hazelgrove will be back on WGN Rick Kogan Show on November 30 9:30 PM to discuss his latest novel REAL SANTA http://www.amazon.com/Real-Santa-William-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B00MUKXSIY/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1410663808&sr=1-3 the story of a man who becomes Santa Claus to keep his daughters belief in Santa alive. He had just appeared on Rick Kogan show on Oct 7 to discuss his novel THE PITCHER  http://www.amazon.com/Pitcher-William-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B00JMYIVWO/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Signing and Reading Dekalb Library Sept 17 7pm How to Sell Books Through Social media

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Signing and Reading Dekalb Library Sept 17 7pm How to Sell Books Through Social media

William Hazelgrove will cover how to sell books through social media at the DeKalb Public Library on Sept 17th 7PM  http://www.dkpl.org/events/detail.aspx?r=r&FilterByCat=Adults&eventId=3792

Signing City Lit Books with Billy Lombardo The Pitcher Real Santa

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Signing City Lit Books with Billy Lombardo The Pitcher Real Santa

William Hazelgrove will be signing and reading from his novels The Pitcher and Real Santa with Billy Lombardo at City Lit Books in Logan Square Chicago on September 18th at 7PM

Real Santa Kindle Version Released

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa Kindle Version Released

Real Santa in Kindle is now available. http://www.amazon.com/Real-Santa-William-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B00MUKXSIY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

The story of a man who becomes the Real Santa to keep his daughters faith in Santa Claus alive has already received a Starred Review in Booklist and had a great review in Publishers Weekly.

STARRED REVIEW 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.


David Pitts Booklist

Publishers Weekly Says YES There is a Real Santa

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Publishers Weekly Says YES There is a Real Santa

Publishers Weekly Says YES There is a Real Santa

Publishers Weekly Says YES there is a Real Santa

Published August 25, 2014

“Hazelgrove’s lively, improbable narrative will appeal to the readers in the mood for holiday fiction.”

Publishers Weekly

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Real Santa William Hazelgrove. Koehler Books, $26.95 (244p) ISBN 978-1-940192-96-3

This sometimes humorous and often maudlin yuletide novel from Hazelgrove ( The Pitcher ) concerns an exuberant father going all out to prove to his young daughter that Santa Claus is a real entity. Fifty-year-old George Kronenfeldt, a dogged bridge engineer living in Chicago, has been laid off 12 days before Christmas. More trouble follows when George learns his nine-year-old daughter, Megan, has serious doubts about Santa Claus.

Rather than do the grown-up thing and admit Saint Nick is a myth, George decides to organize an elaborate hoax on Christmas Eve. George is also driven by the guilt he suffers from neglecting his children, although his spoiled son, Jeremy, and other daughter, Jamie, are almost adults. His patient wife, Mary, goes along with George’s big idea as he recruits his father, Kronenfeldt Sr., and Dean Sanders, a journeyman Australian movie director who likes to shout the exclamation “stupendous,” into the masquerade. Finally, George rents nine flatulent reindeers from Big Bill McGruff, and Mary’s patience finally runs out when her husband runs up a debt to the tune of a hundred grand to finance the spectacle.

Meantime, George’s nemesis, Mrs. Barbara Worthington, who is Megan’s 70-year-old schoolteacher, delights in crushing her students’s joyful anticipation of Father Christmas. Hazelgrove’s lively, improbable narrative will appeal to the readers in the mood for holiday fiction. (Oct.)