Sunday, October 19, 2008

Novelist William Elliott Hazelgrove Reads New Novel In Hemingways Attic

Writers give readings in coffee houses, bookstores, libraries, schools, classrooms, but few give readings in musty old Victroian attics that once belonged to the one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. But that is exactly what William Hazelgrove did. The attic also happens to be his studio, a serendipitous occurrence ten years before that put him in Ernest Hemingway's birthplace. "I was just looking for a place to write and the woman giving tours said there might be some space in the attic," the writer said while filming the reading for YouTube.

Some might see the self promotional angle of reading in a legends home, but Hazelgrove just shrugs. "The medium has gone to the internet and people are buying their books there, getting their reviews there, and yes, watching their videos there on YouTube. So if I can get the word out on this book with a reading, then to me it's just like a reading in a bookstore." Hazelgrove's fourth novel, Rocket Man is already setting the online reviewers on fire. Amazon's sixth ranked reviwerer gave it a rave review, saying, "Rocket Man is a brilliant piece of writing, a work that meticulously dissects contemporary life in America with such a keen eye that the author is able to catch at least passing glances at us all."

The reading takes place in the hot attic that looks like something out of horror picture with red trusses and old trunks. "There is still a lot of stuff up there from the Hemingway family," Mr. Hazelgrove says, getting ready to read again. "I think Ernest would be pretty amused that a place he used to come up to when he was six, is going into cyberspace."

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