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Tobacco Sticks on Free Download Four Days!

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Tobacco Sticks on Free Download Four Days!

The Book of the Month Club Selection that garnered a Starred Review in Publishers Weekly and went on to become a National Bestseller is now on FREE download from April 20-24.

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Tobacco Sticks

Reading from Jack Pine and The Pitcher at Lit by the Bridge in Aurora Thursday 6:30 PM

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Reading from Jack Pine and The Pitcher at Lit by the Bridge in Aurora Thursday 6:30 PM

William Hazelgrove will be reading from his new novel Jack Pine and The Pitcher at Lit By the Bridge Aurora IL at six thirty. https://www.facebook.com/events/969133639764538/
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The Pitcher is #1 Again

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on The Pitcher is #1 Again

The Pitcher is #1 Again in Baseball and Softball
#1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Sports & Outdoors > Baseball
#2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children’s eBooks > Geography & Cultures > Multicultural Stories > Hispanic & Latino
#3 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Sports > Baseball & Softball
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Fantastic Publishers Weekly Review of Jack Pine

Posted by on Apr 10, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Fantastic Publishers Weekly Review of Jack Pine

jackpine21Publishers Weekly Review of JACK PINE

Jack Pine: A Novel of the Northwoods William Hazelgrove. Koehler (koehlerbooks.com), $18.95 trade paper (302p) ISBN 978-1-94019-268-0

Hazelgrove (The Pitcher) delivers a searing look at a disintegrating company town and the desperate lengths people will go to in order to preserve their way of life. In Ely, Minn., near the Canadian border, Johnson Timber is the cornerstone business, with tourism a distant second. When loggers start getting killed, militant environmentalist Tom Jorde becomes a suspect; and when a 16-year-old girl cries rape, Sheriff Riechardt blames Tommy Tobin, a local Indian. Deputy Sheriff Reuger London tries to just do his job, but his ability to perform it with emotional detachment becomes increasingly difficult, as Johnson Timber owner Ben Johnson, Riechardt, and Jorde constantly pressure him to serve their respective interests. Distinctive supporting characters help keep the pages turning, including Ben’s bullying grown son, Cliff; an environmental lawyer, Patricia Helpner; and a morally bankrupt newsman, John Mcfee. Rough country and people as tenacious as the jack pines, the softwood trees that have replaced the old clear-cut timber, make Hazelgrove’s novel memorable. (Apr.)

Outstanding Booklist Review For Jack Pine!

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Outstanding Booklist Review For Jack Pine!

Outstanding Booklist Review For Jack Pine!

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Jack Pine.
By William Hazelgrove.
2015. 302p. Koehler, $29.95 (9781633930841); paper, (9781940192680); e-book (9781940192949).
First published April 15, 2015 (Booklist).

In northern Minnesota, a logger is found dead. At about the same time, a teenage girl claims that she was molested by a Native American, but then changes her story. Some concerned citizens wonder if the same man is responsible for both incidents, but Deputy Sheriff Reuger London isn’t inclined to jump to conclusions, as he’s convinced neither that the logger’s death was murder nor that the girl was really molested. Under pressure to close the cases, London soon finds himself stuck in the middle of a potentially violent conflict between loggers and environmentalists. Hazelgrove tells great stories (his last book was the wonderful Real Santa, 2014), and he creates believable, captivating characters. The people in Jack Pine feel like just that: people, not fictional characters. Hazelgrove gives these characters a tactile environment, the Minnesota Boundary Waters region near the Canadian border, and real voices (that distinctive upper-midwestern drawl we know from Fargo). Another fine effort from a very interesting writer. This one will appeal especially to William Kent Krueger fans.
—David Pitt

Top Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer Grady Harp Gives Jack Pine Five Stars

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Top Hall of Fame Amazon Reviewer Grady Harp Gives Jack Pine Five Stars

Cjackpine2[1]hicago author William Hazelgrove has developed a significant following as the author of eight novels, Ripples, Tobacco Sticks Mica Highways Rocket Man, The Pitcher, Real Santa, and Jack Pine. While his books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly and Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections and optioned for the movie, his major appeal is in his humanitarian approach to stories. William stays close too the heart in each of his stories, making each tale he spins one with which everyone can relate on an immediate or a remembered level.

His latest novel JACK PINE he has expanded his experience form visiting the Boundary Waters and getting to know the people and the land and the issues that are important to that part of the country and also having had the opportunity to ride around with a Deputy Sherriff and spend time at an old logging camp. It shows in his writing – even the scent of the pines becomes present in the room while you read.

The author’s synopsis serves the novel well: `When the sixteen year old daughter of a prominent attorney is raped in a woodshed and a logger found shot the next morning, Deputy Sheriff Reuger London becomes embroiled in a war between environmentalists, the Ojibwa Indians fighting for their timber rights, and the ruthless son of a powerful logger. Ben Johnson is the biggest logger in the Northwoods and his son Cliff will soon take over the business. Logging is dying a slow death from environmental restrictions and all that’s left are the scrub firs and jackpine. But far up in the Boundary Waters of Northern Minnesota are trees called the Old Pines. These three hundred year Norwegian pines are priceless and Johnson Timber wants them. A radical leader of Earth First, Tom Jorde, will do anything to stop the logging in the Boundary Waters. Then another logger is murdered and Jorde is implicated. The town pressures Reuger to stop the environmentalist and arrest an Indian, Tommy Toboken, for the rape of the girl. Tommy had saved his life once before and Reuger knows he is being setup. When he falls in love with the lawyer brought to town to defend Tom Jorde and realizes Johnson Timber is going to log out the Federally protected trees, Reuger is torn between old loyalties and what is right.’

Some how William manages to touch on sensitive issues in almost all of his novels – especially minorities (be those form South of the border or Native Americans) and contemporary concerns such as the environment. And while those issues make his novel appealing on sociology levels, the fact that he can write a story that propels along rather breathlessly to the end is what will continue his loyal following. JACK PINE is a thriller of the first class. Grady Harp, April 15

Pitcher 2 Out This Summer!

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in General News | Comments Off on Pitcher 2 Out This Summer!

Pitcher 2 Out This Summer!

9781633930025_FCThe Pitcher 2 The story of a broken down World Series pitcher who coaches a Mexican American boy to make the highschool team will be out this summer. William Hazelgrove’s The Pitcher was a Library Guild Selection.