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About the Author: William Hammett

Welcome! I'm William Hammett, author of several novels, short stories, and poems. I taught writing at colleges and universities for twenty-two years and have been a ghostwriter and editor for sixteen.

I read a Perry Mason novel when I was seven. I didn't understand the entire plot, but I fell in love with the words, descriptions, and characters. I wrote my own Perry Mason story (three single-spaced pages on an old manual typewriter) and sent it to Erle Stanley Gardner, author of the Mason novels. He wrote back and thanked me for the story, adding that he hoped I would continue writing and one day give him some competition in the bookstore. He was a class act.

My poetry has appeared in journals such as Poem, Black Buzzard Review, Rockford Review, Parnassus Literary Journal, Lynx, Pegasus, Twilight Ending, and many others. My short story "Orphans" may be found in The Rose and Thorn Journal.

I published JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE, a work of magical realism, in 2007. It was taught in university English courses on that genre. I recently published CIRCLING GOES THE WIND (middle reader) and RIMSKY RISES (Young Adult).

Out of print and previously unpublished books under my own name will be released this year. STREET MAGIC and THE GOST OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN will be published in March, 2015.

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John Winston Lennon was shot outside the Dakota Building on December 8, 1980. In November of 2006, he finds himself standing in Grand Central Station, unaware that he was assassinated. Is he a ghost? Perhaps not. On her way home from work, ad exec Amy Parisi sees the former Beatle sitting alone in the Mercy Street Café in Greenwich Village. There's only one problem: there's no Mercy Street in the Village, and Amy is the only one who can see the café. In the weeks that follow, Amy and Lennon take one of the most incredible road trips in rock and roll history, one far stranger than any hallucination from the sixties.

JOHN LENNON AND THE MERCY STREET CAFE is the story of a man, the voice of an entire generation, who must face the inner demons that plagued both his childhood and his years as the most recognizable figure in popular music. As he does so, he is given the opportunity to leave his indelible mark on the world one last time, showing how hope and the power of music can indeed give peace to a chaotic world.

If you are one of the millions who have been captivated by a man who was both clown and political activist, then step into the Mercy Street Café and meet the legend from Liverpool. But pack your bags for a magical mystery tour that leaves the rational Newtonian world behind. You are about to enter the world of John Lennon.

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