Viewpoint Books – 8/12/2017

Thanks to everyone who came out to Viewpoint Books in Columbus on Saturday, Aug. 12! My wife, Kimberly S. Hoffman, and I had a great time meeting people and talking books.

We will be back at Viewpoint next Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  I’ll have both of my books available: “Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” released just a few months ago, and “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” Both contain real stories of real events.

Kimberly will have her children’s book, “Emma’s Dancing Day,” available as well as a coloring book version of the book. It’s a great story and the illustrations are tremendous.

Also in attendance last Saturday was author Meghan Colvin, who has a series of children’s books starring a little boy named Edison. They’re great stories and beautifully illustrated. Check out Meghan’s Facebook author site here.

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Speaking at authors event

Hi, gang.

Just wanted to let you all know about the PenIt! Publications Day at the BPenIt logoartholomew County Library that I will be taking an active role in this Saturday. The day includes a talk by World War II veteran who has written several books about his experiences.

The event will feature three speakers, as well as plenty of authors available throughout to talk about your publishing hopes and dreams or just to chat about writing, i8791-wick-front-cvrillustrating or publishing in general.

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Speakers include myself at 1 p.m. talking about non-fiction writing. I’ve got two non-fiction books published (including the recently released “Wicked Columbus, Indiana”) and have been a journalist for 30+ years.

My wife, Kimberly S. Hoffman, author of the children’s book, “Emma’s Dancing Day,” will speak at 11 a.m. Author Kimberlyon marketing children’s books. She’s done a lot of programs at schools and libraries in conjunction with her book.

The featured speaker will be T/Sgt. James Lee Hutchinson, a World War II survivor who has written several book on the subject, including “The Boys in The B-17,” “On Leatherwood Creek,” “Through These Eyes” and “Bombs Away.” He is scheduled to speak Boys in B17at 2 p.m. Hutchinson has just released a new DVD that will be available to purchase.  He is listed in the American Air Museum in Britain.

My next two events after this will be the following two Saturdays – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 12 and 19 – when my wife and I will be conducting combined book signings at Viewpoint Books in downtown Columbus. I will have copies of both of my books – “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” and “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” available for purchase, and Kimberly will have “Emma’s Dancing Day.” If you can’t stop by, check online for our books. Mine are available in soft-cover and e-book.

 

Greenwood Library Authors Fair

Just added to my schedule!

I’ll be at the Greenwood (Indiana) Public Library Authors Fair from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 14, with both of my books available for purchase. My wife and I are sharing a table. Kimberly S. Hoffman will have her children’s book, “Emma’s Dancing Day,” available and I’ll have both “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” and “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” with me. (A special price if purchasing both!)

Meet and visit with dozens of local authors at this FREE event! Interested in writing? Visit with one of the local writing groups! Interested in finding unique, local gifts? Get a head start on your holiday shopping by supporting local authors!

The library is located at 310 S Meridian St., Greenwood, IN 46143.

My list of appearances keeps growing. Click here for a complete list.

 

The many faces of Paul

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My lovely assistant/wife, Kimberly, took these photos during my presentation of “Wicked Columbus, Indiana”  at the Harlequin Theatre in Columbus on June 27. After watching the slideshow, I’m really curious as to that I was talking about or thinking during each shot.

We’re Number One

Go ahead and chant. It’s OK.

“We’re Number One! We’re Number One!”

Number One

I have been told that my book, “Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” now holds the title of No. 1 best seller among adult nonfiction books at Viewpoint Books, our great independent bookstore in downtown Columbus.

Last week, the first week the book was available, it was No. 2.

“Wicked” is my second nonfiction book. The first, published in 2012, is “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” Both books were published by The History Press and both are also available as e-books.

Let’s see how long we can remain in the top spot. Viewpoint has “Wicked” on the shelves right now. If they sell out, just ask them to order it. Then, stop by on either Aug. 12 or Aug. 19 and get it signed. I’ll be there from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. those Saturdays.

If you can’t get to Viewpoint, you can get the book just about anywhere books are sold, either at your local bookstore or online.

If you want an autographed copy mailed to you, send me $23.50 via PayPal (phof63@sbcglobal.net) or send a check in that amount to me at PO Box 2611, Columbus, IN 47202 and I will mail one to you as soon as I can.

Finally, I’d like to thank all the members of the Scribblers Writing Club for all their support. Several were able to help me out this week by reading excerpts of “Wicked” at programs I put on in Columbus. Check my schedule as I keep adding programs, book signings and other appearances.

 

 

Wickedness at the library

I was thrilled to see so many people come to the “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” program at the Bartholomew County Library tonight. We laughed, we cried, we had moments…

Seriously, I want to thank everyone for coming out. I especially want to thank Mary Clare Speckner from the library for inviting me again. She had me in a few years ago to talk about my first book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.”

I also want to thank my peeps at the Scribblers Writing Club in Columbus. Several members read excerpts from the book, and the whole club has been very supportive of this book and my work in general.

And my lovely wife, Kimberly, who served as my assistant, photographer and  gopher for the evening.

We’ll be reprising this event Tuesday at the Harlequin Theatre in Fair Oaks Mall in Columbus. So, if you missed us at the library, stop by the Harlequin.

We’ll also be at Viewpoint Books in Columbus Aug. 12 and 19. Our great hometown bookstore carries my book, and lots of other books by some great local authors.

Here are a few photos from the festivities at the library:

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Several books on the history of Columbus .
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Audience members.
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More audience members.
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Paul Hoffman using his arms to make a point.
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Kathy Wills reads an excerpt.
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Lori Haggard reads.
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Nancy Pulley reads an excerpt.
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Kimberly Hoffman reads an excerpt.

 

First newspaper coverage of ‘Wicked’

I’d like to thank Brian Blair for doing a great job on this coverage of “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” in The (Columbus) Republic on June 15. You may also be able to view the story on The Republic’s website here, although you may need to be a subscriber.

One note: I do have TWO events planned for next week:

Monday, June 26: Program/book signing at Bartholomew County Public Library,Columbus, IN, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27: Program/book signing at the Harlequin Theatre, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus, IN, 7 p.m.

We will have local authors read excerpts from “Wicked” and books will be available for purchase.

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‘Wicked’ chatter on the radio

If you’d like to hear some excerpts from “Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” tune in to WCSI-1010 AM on Saturday, June 24 from 8:30-9 a.m. That’s the time slot when the Bartholomew County Public Library conducts its Library Chatter Show.

This Saturday, library employee Michelle Williams will be reading parts of my book on the air.

If you can’t tune in, you can stream the show here.

Here are some more opportunities to find out more about the book:

Monday, June 26: Program/book signing at Bartholomew County Public Library,Columbus, IN, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27: Program/book signing at the Harlequin Theatre, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus, IN, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 19: Signature Saturday Authors Event at Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus, IN 47201. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. My wife, Kimberly S. Hoffman, will also be signing her book, “Emma’s Dancing Day.”

A ‘Wicked’ good time on WCSI radio

I had the pleasure of talking to host John Foster on the AM Columbus show on WCSI-AM 1010 in Columbus, Indiana, on June 13. We talked in-depth about my second book,”Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” as well as briefly about my first book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher.” Thanks, John!

Listen to the interview in its entirety here.

Meanwhile, here is my “Wicked” schedule for the next two months (events may be added later. Click here for a full schedule):

Monday, June 26: Program/book signing at Bartholomew County Public Library, Columbus, IN, 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 27: Program/book signing at the Harlequin Theatre, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus, IN, 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 19: Signature Saturday Authors Event at Viewpoint Books, 548 Washington St., Columbus, IN 47201. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. My wife, Kimberly S. Hoffman, will also be signing her book, “Emma’s Dancing Day.”

 

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