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Westmont Library Writing a Memoir and Reading for Real Santa Oct 12

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William Hazelgrove will be reading Real Santa at Westmont Library and discussing how to write a memoir Oct 12

Real Santa Signing and Selling Your Books Through Social Media Oak Park Library Oct 11

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa Signing and Selling Your Books Through Social Media Oak Park Library Oct 11

Best-selling novelist William Hazelgrove will show what it takes to promote your writing via social media at Oak Park Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 pm. (Posted by Oak Park Public Library, Community Contributor)

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By Debby Preiser, Community Relations Coordinator.

For more than 20 years, I have been hosting author events at Oak Park Public Library. From many first-time authors, I have heard the same thing: “Marketing a book is much harder than writing a book.” I think author William Hazelgrove would agree.

“There’s really only one way to sell your writing today: on the Internet,” Hazelgrove suggests. Now a best-selling novelist, Hazelgrove has used the power of social media to secure media and build sales for his six, soon to be eight, novels. On Saturday, Oct. 11, at 2 pm, Hazelgrove will present “Selling Your Writing in the Age of Social Media,” in which he shows what it takes to get started and how to put-and keep-your name in front of readers.

Once a struggling fiction writer living in Oak Park, Hazelgrove toured the Ernest Hemingway birth home on Oak Park Avenue in the 1990s. On a whim, he asked if the house had any unused space. It did-the attic. Hazelgrove became the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence, and for years he wrote in the attic of Hemingway’s birthplace.

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Today Hazelgrove is the author of eight novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa, and forthcoming in 2015, Jack Pine, and The Pitcher 2. His books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist’s Book of the Month Selections, American Library Association Editors’ Choice Awards, Junior Library Guild Selections, and have been optioned for the movies. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications and has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and USA Today have all covered his books with features.

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I encourage any new or aspiring author to come learn how Hazelgrove has used social media in many ways to bring attention to his writing. Learn from a pro at this free, two-hour workshop at Oak Park Public Library. At the event, Magic Tree Bookstore will have copies of Real Santa available for sale.

Here’s what Susan Gibberman from Schaumburg Township Library has to say about this program: “Mr. Hazelgrove tells it like it is, with humor and inspiration. Every writer-from the newbies to those with numerous publications-can learn something from his ‘Selling Your Writing in the Age of Social Media’ presentation.”

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William Hazegrove Speaking on Writing Real Santa Bartlett Library

Posted by on Oct 6, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on William Hazegrove Speaking on Writing Real Santa Bartlett Library

William Hazelgrove will speaking on Thursday Oct 8th on the writing of his sixth novel Real Santa the story of a man who becomes Santa Claus to keep his daughters faith in Christmas. The book has received rave reviews. The reading and discussion will begin seven PM.

Signing for Real Santa Townhouse Books Oct 12 Sunday 11AM-3

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William Hazelgrove will be signing his sixth novel Real Santa at Townhouse Books in St. Charles on Sunday Oct 12 from 11-3. The story of an unemployed engineer who becomes the Real Santa to keep his daughters faith in Christmas alive has been getting rave reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly and Booklist
“If someone doesn’t make this book into a movie then there is something wrong with the world.” Starred Review Booklist

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Book Release Party for Real Santa in Oak Park Magic Tree Bookstore

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Book Release Party for Real Santa in Oak Park Magic Tree Bookstore

Real Santa Book Release Party for William Hazelgrove’s novel Real Santa. The book has had rave reviews in Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and a starred Review in Booklist The release party will be held at Magic Tree Bookstore on Sunday Oct 5th 3PM . Wine and cheese and refreshments.

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Kirkus Compares Real Santa to Perotta, Hornsby, Hiassen, and Dave Barry

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Kirkus Compares Real Santa to Perotta, Hornsby, Hiassen, and Dave Barry

Kirkus Reviews compared William Hazelgrove’s latest novel, REAL SANTA to the work of  literary stars Tom Perrotta, Tim Hornsby, Carl Hiassen and Dave Barry.  “In this sixth novel from prolific writer and blogger Hazelgrove (The Pitcher, 2013, etc.), the author marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry.” Kirkus Reviews The story of a man who hires a movie director and mortgages his home to prove that Santa Claus exists to his daughter has garnered rave reviews from Booklist, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus. http://www.amazon.com/Real-Santa-William-Hazelgrove-ebook/dp/B00MUKXSIY/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411747460&sr=1-3

FULL KIRKUS REVIEW

In a fit of inspired insanity, a laid-off suburban father decides to prove to his 9-year-old daughter that there really is a Santa Claus. Never doubt the determination of a mad scientist and his plans. In this sixth novel from prolific writer and blogger Hazelgrove (The Pitcher, 2013, etc.), the author marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry. His protagonist is an aging engineer named George Krononfeldt who is promptly laid off from his firm for his increasingly cranky attitude. Simultaneously, his daughter Megan is slowly being poisoned of her belief in Christmas-y myths by her hateful teacher, Mrs. Worthington. “I will kick Santa squarely in the nuts once and for all,” she proclaims during one of her darker moments. Undetermined, George starts sketching out plans to give his daughter—who has inherited her father’s penchant for requiring empirical data to prove a coherent thesis—one more Christmas miracle. “I’m going to be the Real Santa,” George tells his father, whom he enlists in aid of the outlandish project. “I’m going to land a sled on the roof, go up the chimney, go down it, deliver the gifts, and then I’m going to get back in the sled and take off into the sky.” After spending more than $80,000 building a contraption that would rival a NASA launch and engaging the help of his estranged older son and daughter and a slightly mad Santa impersonator named “Kris Kringgle,” George does indeed take to the skies. It’s not as frenetic as Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel or as maudlin as all those holiday staples (read: A Christmas Story), but adults looking for a funny holiday-themed tale that doesn’t lose its sense of wonder in the face of realism will find a treat here. A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires.

Real Santa Gets Rave Reviews Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in General News | Comments Off on Real Santa Gets Rave Reviews Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers Weekly

Kirkus Loves “Real Santa”

Published September 23, 2014

REAL SANTA Author: William Hazelgrove

Review Issue Date: October 15, 2014 Online Publish Date: September 28, 2014 Publisher: Koehler Books Pages: 244 Price ( Hardcover ): $26.95 Price ( e-book ): $7.99 Publication Date: October 1, 2014 ISBN ( Hardcover ): 978-1-940192-96-3 ISBN ( e-book ): 978-1-940192-59-8 Category: Fiction

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In a fit of inspired insanity, a laid-off suburban father decides to prove to his 9-year-old daughter that there really is a Santa Claus. Never doubt the determination of a mad scientist and his plans. In this sixth novel from prolific writer and blogger Hazelgrove (The Pitcher, 2013, etc.), the author marries the everyday dramas found in the novels of Tom Perrotta and Nick Hornby to the high camp of Carl Hiaasen or Dave Barry. His protagonist is an aging engineer named George Krononfeldt who is promptly laid off from his firm for his increasingly cranky attitude. Simultaneously, his daughter Megan is slowly being poisoned of her belief in Christmas-y myths by her hateful teacher, Mrs. Worthington. “I will kick Santa squarely in the nuts once and for all,” she proclaims during one of her darker moments. Undetermined, George starts sketching out plans to give his daughter—who has inherited her father’s penchant for requiring empirical data to prove a coherent thesis—one more Christmas miracle. “I’m going to be the Real Santa,” George tells his father, whom he enlists in aid of the outlandish project. “I’m going to land a sled on the roof, go up the chimney, go down it, deliver the gifts, and then I’m going to get back in the sled and take off into the sky.” After spending more than $80,000 building a contraption that would rival a NASA launch and engaging the help of his estranged older son and daughter and a slightly mad Santa impersonator named “Kris Kringgle,” George does indeed take to the skies. It’s not as frenetic as Christopher Moore’s The Stupidest Angel or as maudlin as all those holiday staples (read: A Christmas Story), but adults looking for a funny holiday-themed tale that doesn’t lose its sense of wonder in the face of realism will find a treat here. A lovingly crafted comedy about the madness that fatherhood inspires.

Booklist Gives Starred Review to William Hazelgrove’s “Real Santa”

Published August 13, 2014

“If somebody doesn’t make a movie out of this book, there’s something wrong with the world. Beautifully done.”

—Starred Booklist review

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VIRGINIA BEACH — Booklist has given a starred review to William Hazelgrove’s Real Santa, due out in October. Real Santa is a funny heartwarming story of parenthood gone wrong and illuminates what lengths parents will go to keep their children happy.

FULL REVIEW “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.” —Starred Review ALA Booklist

 

PUBLISHERS WEEKLY SAYS YES THERE IS A SANTA

 

This sometimes humorous  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

 

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