Author Visit - Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Oregon Area Senior Center, 219 Park St.

A learning event for adults. Registration required. This is a hybrid event. Participants can participate online or in-person at Oregon Area Senior Center at 219 Park St. For those participating online, you will be emailed login information before the event. 

Meet the author of Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat. This book is a lively collection of feature obituaries and related news stories of longtime newspaper reporter and local resident, George Hesselberg. Digging deeper, he uncovered the extraordinary among the ordinary, memorializing the lives of a sword designer, a radio villain, a pioneering female detective, a homeless woman who spoke fluent French, a beloved classroom tarantula, and many more. Their stories are alternately amusing, sad, surprising, and profound. Together they speak to a shared human experience and inspire us to see the people around us with new eyes, valuing the lives while they are still being lived.

GEORGE HESSELBERG was a reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal for forty-three years. He covered every beat, wrote hundreds of news obituaries of the famous and the not-so-famous, and was a columnist for eighteen years. Hesselberg, a UW-Madison and University of Oslo graduate, earned national and state awards for his investigative reporting and feature writing at the State Journal. This is Hesselberg’s fifth book.

6:30-7 pm Author Presentation

  • The author presentation will also live stream on cable access and the recording will be available after the event on YouTube.

7-8 pm Book Signing & Sales

  • Bring your copy or purchase at event
  • Paperback $20 cash or check

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