Homer Hickam

Master Storyteller & Best-Selling Author of October Sky

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Homer is a legendary story-teller in the tradition of the people of the Appalachian Mountains where he was raised. He tells gentle, humorous stories of the people of Coalwood and his days as the original Rocket Boy. His appreciative audiences are laughing one moment and holding back tears the next. It is for this reason he was chosen to give the keynote address for the miners lost in the 2006 Sago mine tragedy. This address, broadcast worldwide, struck a chord with national and international audiences. Astonished at the sheer poetry of Homer’s heartfelt paean to the fallen miners, as well as working men and women everywhere, he was honored with global standing ovations.

In these tough times, Hickam is also available to provide an inspirational and motivational message to your company, organization or group that will stir their souls and leave them certain they can overcome any obstacle just as Homer and the Rocket Boys did.

Homer spoke to two high schools during the day, was featured at a sponsor’s reception for 1 hour, then spoke to 400 at a community dinner. His remarks were absolutely on point with each audience. He was perfect for our community and our mission.

- David Dickirson, The Dickirson Corporation

About Homer Hickam

Homer Hickam burst onto the national scene in 1999 when his memoir Rocket Boys (aka October Sky) reached #1 on the New York Times best-selling list. The story of his life growing up in the little mining town of Coalwood, West Virginia, and especially his high school years when he built high-flying rockets, the memoir has gone on to become a classic. Rocket Boys is studied in hundreds of schools and colleges across the country as an important literary work, has been translated into eight languages, and picked by more American cities for their annual Community Reads than any other book. In short, Homer Hickam’s memoir, which was also adapted into the popular movie October Sky starring Jake Gyllenhaal as young Homer, has become an absolute phenomenon.

His 18th book, Carrying Albert Home: The Somewhat True Story of a Man, his Wife, and her Alligator was published in October 2015. Carrying Albert Home tells the sweet, funny and sometimes heartbreaking tale of a young couple and their special pet on a crazy 1,000-mile journey.

Speech Topics

  • A Rocket Won't Fly Unless Somebody Lights the Fuse: How to Prosper in Hard Times the Rocket Boys Way
  • Adventure, Rocket Ships, Lighthouses, and the Dreams of Boys
  • October Sky: Turning Dreams Into Reality
  • The Coalwood Way: Lessons in Personal Responsibility and Leadership

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