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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: William Hazelgrove

Genre: C:ADULT Non-Fiction

Born: 1959 in Richmond, Virginia


Illinois Connection

Hazelgrove's family moved to Chicago when he was fourteen. After college, he returned to the Chicago area. He currently resides in St. Charles.

Biographical and Professional Information

William Hazelgrove is the National Bestselling author of ten novels and nine nonfiction titles. His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus,Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Selections and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine, and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, USA Today have all covered his books with features. His books Tobacco Sticks, The Pitcher, Real Santa, and Madam President have been optioned for screen and television rights. His book Madam President The Secret Presidency of Edith Wilson is currently in development He has four forthcoming books. Sally Rand American Sex Symbol, Morristown The Kidnapping of George Washington. The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick. One Hundred and Sixty Minutes, the Race to Save.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Forging A President''''' -- *History Book Club Selection


-- '''''Madame President''''' -- *Literary Guild Selection

-- *History Book Club Selection

-- *Editors Pick, Foreword Reviews


-- '''''Real Santa''''' -- *Starred Review, Booklist

-- *Starred Review, Booklist


-- '''''The Pitcher''''' -- *Selection for Fall, Junior Library Guild

-- *Bestseller List for Hispanic Fiction, Amazon

-- *Bestseller List for Baseball, Amazon


-- '''''Tobacco Sticks''''' -- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- *Book of the Month Club Selection


-- '''''Ripples''''' -- *Editor's Choice Award, ALA Booklist


-- "The Noble Train"

-- *Winner, Annual Book Prize, Society of Colonial Wars Presentation, 2021