Author James Hockenberry Visits HFU for Book Reading and Signing

over here sizedOn Tuesday, April 4, from 12:50 pm–1:50 pm, author James Hockenberry will visit the Holy Family University Library on the Philadelphia campus to read portions of his new debut novel, Over Here.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming James to the Library,” said Kathy Kindness, Assistant Director of Library Services. “His historical novel, Over Here, is a departure from our regular book club fare. This fast-paced spy thriller, set in New York City prior to American involvement in World War I, depicts a little-known era and event in American history. Mr. Hockenberry will provide insight about this time period and why he chose to write about these historical events.”

Over Here features a thrill ride of espionage, financial implications, and real history depicting German saboteurs attempting a clandestine war, with elite Bomb Squad members Gil Martin and Paul Keller, hot on their heels. This is the first novel in the World War One Intrigue Series.

Hockenberry grew up in Bronxville, New York. His debut novel reflects his deeply ingrained German-American roots. James’ grandfather was a prosperous New York City businessman in 1915 and told stories of the Great War (WWI). James grew up hearing of lives the war touched and the real human concerns the war caused. Hockenberry’s heritage, his meticulous research, and his own career as a brass tacks financial executive have coalesced to create Over Here, a powerful, fast-paced novel of a highly influential episodes in the political and financial history of the United States of America during World War One.

Books will be available for purchase on the day of the event. Hockenberry will also sign copies at the end of the discussion.

Please RSVP to Kathy Kindness at