Sterling North press release

One of the press releases about to go out to media types regarding my presentation at the 9th Annual Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival later this month (Festival organizers are taking care of most of the Wisconsin media; it’s up to us presenters to get info to our hometown media outlets):

Paul J. Hoffman, Author of “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” To Present at 9th Annual Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival

(Sept. 12, 2014) – Paul J. Hoffman, author from Columbus, Indiana, has been chosen, along with renowned authors, the Wisconsin Poet Laureate, other nationally recognized poets, film and TV industry presenters, at the 9th Annual Edgerton Sterling North Book and Film Festival on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Edgerton High School, Edgerton, Wisconsin.

The Festival, named for well-known children’s book author Sterling North who was raised in the area, is free and open to the public.

Hoffman’s book is the true account of the 1925 disappearance of an 8-year-old boy, the ensuing search for him, and eventually, the investigation into the lad’s killer. The story follows the hopes of a family and a community that the boy would be found alive, and then their desires that the perpetrator be brought to justice, all woven around an investigation that saw eye witnesses change their stories, evidence apparently going missing from the district attorney’s office and two confessions, neither of which authorities believed. The book discusses forensic tools available to authorities at the time and sheds light on such issues of the day as Prohibition, mental health care and nearby “hobo camps.” The book also discusses the good things that came out of the horrible tragedy, while also raising several questions that have never been answered.

The other presenters for the 2014 Festival include 12 authors who will provide presentations about their books. Five other presenters will discuss how to create special effects, write, produce and direct films. Other authors are: Jim Berkenstadt, David Benjamin, Betsey Draine and Michael Hinden, Max Garland (Wisconsin Poet Laureate), Kathie Giorgio, Ben Mikaelsen, Doug Welch, Terry Wooten and Julie Woik. Film/TV/Special Effects industry presenters are: Deb Blum, Alex Falk, Liz Ridley, Bobby Schmidt and Mark Winter.

Arielle North Olson, daughter of Sterling North, will present the “Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature” to David Wiesner, three time Caldecott award winner, at the opening ceremony of the Festival.

Link to my WUWM radio interview:

Link to my Fox-6 Milwaukee TV interview:

For additional information on Paul J. Hoffman, please visit

For information on the Festival and biographies of all the presenters, go to

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