Watertown native publishes book on childhood memories

David Haznaw

Watertown native publishes book on childhood memories

David Haznaw, a Milwaukee-area writer, has released his first book, "A Year In Words."

Haznaw, a former Watertown Daily Times reporter, wrote the book as a collection of essays about his life, past and present.

Haznaw will appear at Tribeca GalleryCafé & Books, 401 E. Main St., at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14.

"This book, and these essays, are written in the way my mind works, which tends to be a bit chaotic," Haznaw said. "There's a lot of childhood stuff, like my brief stint as a Cub Scout, and the book also includes a number of people who have played major roles in my life. My goal was to write about things that everyone can identify with, the little challenges, struggles and victories of everyday life."

A bulk of the 52 essays contained in the book are derived from a 365-day period that spanned parts of 2013 and 2014 where Haznaw wrote and posted an essay every day for a year.

"I'd get up early, usually around 4:30 a.m., and write whatever came into my head. Then, I'd write for about an hour, read the piece once, and put it up on my website by 7 a.m., typos, warts and all," Haznaw said. It was that personal challenge -- which culminated in Haznaw writing more than a half-million words -- that provided the motivation and momentum to publish this book.

"I'm excited," Haznaw said. "A lot of what's in the book happened in Watertown, which will always have a special place in my heart."

Haznaw's Sept. 14 appearance is free and open to the public.

For more information about the book or to find additional essays, visit www.davidhaznaw.com.

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