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.”

 

On the radio

I’ll be on Columbus radio station WCSI-AM 1010 Tuesday, June 13, at 8:45 a.m. talking about “Wicked Columbus, Indiana.” Tune in or stream online by clicking here.

 

Events being added at a furious pace

Want to find out more about “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” in person? Feel free to stop by any of the events below.

Just added:

Book signings at Viewpoint Books in Columbus, Indiana, Aug. 12 and 19. And the Brookfield (Wis) Public Library on Oct. 28. See details for these below.

Stuff keeps getting added all the time. You can keep up with my past, present and future schedule by clicking here.

Current 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.”

Saturday, Sept. 30: Presentation at the White River branch of the Johnson County Public Library, Greenwood, IN 46142-1563, 2 p.m.

Friday-Sunday, Oct. 6-8: Imaginaium Convention, Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, Louisville, Kentucky. Will serve as a panel expert for the second consecutive year. Details TBA.

Saturday, Oct. 28: Friends of the Brookfield Public Library Meet the Author event, 1900 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI 53005. 10-2 p.m.

Breaking: Date change for program at library in Columbus

Please note that my program on “Wicked Columbus, Indiana” that was scheduled for June 29 at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus, Ind., has been moved up to Monday, June 26.

We’ll start at 6:30 p.m.

The official book launch will be the following evening, Tuesday, June 27, at the Harlequin Theatre, Fair Oaks Mall, Columbus.

I have seen a few of the books, and they have been given to radio stations and newspapers and such. We’re anticipating some nice media coverage around the official release date of June 19.

In the meantime, you can pre-order the book through your local bookstore, favorite online vendor or through me. Details on my home page.

A Return to Imaginarium

I’m eager to get back to Kentucky this fall to be part of Imaginarium Convention. This will be the second straight year I’ve been chosen to serve as a guest to lend what expertise I have to panels. And this year, my wife will also be serving as a guest.EntertheImaginarium

The convention is a three-day annual event held in Louisville, Oct. 6-8 at Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center this year. It is centered entirely around creative writing, including the worlds of books, movies, gaming, music and comics/graphic novels. It features extensive programming content, with panels and workshops presented by more than 150 professional guests covering everything from the craft of writing to various genres, industry-specific topics, publishing and social media/publicity. The convention features a film festival with a full array of awards, a masquerade/costume contest, live music, gaming, an expo open to the general public, an awards banquet, a series of literary awards called the Imadjinns and more activities, creating a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that is content-rich and ideal for networking, promotion and personal development.

Last year, I served as a panel expert at the following sessions: Historical Writing; New Author Boot Camp; Faith in Fiction; Breaking into Freelance Writing; Homonyms, Semi-Colons, Serial Commas, Oh My! And I attended a few other sessions to learn a few things.

Who knows what topics will be on tap this year.

My wife, Kimberly S. Hoffman, just published her first book, “Emma’s Dancing Day,” and she’ll be serving as a guest panelist at Imaginarium, too.

For more info on Imaginarium 2017, click here.

‘Wicked Columbus’ Book Launch

I am pleased to announce that we will be conducting a book launch for my next book, “Wicked Columbus, Indiana,” at the Harlequin Theatre in Columbus at 7 p.m. on June 27.

We’ll have some fun with historic photos projected onto a large screen for viewing ease, readings from several of the chapters, some refreshments and who really knows what else at this point … more details will be revealed as we get a little closer to the date.

And of course, books will be available for purchase.

I am grateful that Robert Hay-Smith has opened his venue to me for this event. My wife and I have been to the Harlequin many times for plays, comedy shows and more. This is really a gem in town that more people need to check out.

The book is scheduled to be released June 19. Pre-sale has commenced.

I also have a program scheduled at the Bartholomew County Public Library in Columbus at 6:30 p.m. June 29.

Who knows what other events will be planned. Check here to see updates.

 

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