When confronted with retirement, Cherf said, “Heck, I’ve always wanted to write a book without footnotes, to tell a fascinating tale that is so real that my avid readers would be left puzzled over what was real and what was Memorex.”


To craft such a tale takes wit, a love of science fiction, and above all a deep reverence for ancient history and archaeology. All of these qualities are stitched together beautifully in his books, because Cherf has been there, dug that. This is a guy who has even seen the sun rise from atop the Great Pyramid. Cherf likes to tell a story about when he was eleven year old and had become bored with dinosaurs. While exploring the Field Museum along Chicago’s water front one Saturday morning he discovered Hall N – the ancient Egyptian collection. From that time forward Cherf was terminally smitten as that truly was his life-changing “ah ha!” moment. At his core Cherf is a teacher and his books do just that. They are a passionate sharing of a much-beloved subject. Bottom line: Cherf just, flat makes science fiction, ancient history, and archaeology come alive. And that’s only for starters…


His readers tend to be adults who are looking for an adventure, who enjoy lively description, an involved plot, and the intellectual satisfaction of learning something new. Needless to say Cherf’s books have been generously reviewed by his readers, who have eagerly shared their joy. For an author, such sentiments are an embarrassment of riches; precious words like honey deliciously drizzled.


He is a big fan of Tom Clancy and Michael Crichton. But Cherf is quick to point out, whenever he can, the four men that professionally shaped him. Rufus J. Fears first lit the fire; Edward W. Kase stoked it; George J. Szemler refined it; and Charles K. Wolfe, Jr., set him free.


  • The ancient Egyptians could teach us about personal hygiene, when it’s appropriate to burp in public, and how to properly treat house guests.
  • That the human spirit is far stronger and more reliable than one’s stated politics.


W.J. Cherf (the “CH” is pronounced hard as in “chocolate” and not slurred as in “sherry”) is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker about all things ancient Egyptian. He has excavated in Israel and Greece and toured and photographed many of Egypt’s ancient sites first hand. With a BA in Anthropology, MA in Egyptian Archaeology, and Ph.D. in Ancient History, Cherf is a member and former officer of Denver’s Egyptian Studies Society.


Living with his beloved wife Sue, they keep Foxbat 1 out in the garage. They enjoy playing golf, road racing (that’s where Foxbat 1 comes in), jawing around a fire pit on a cool evening while sampling craft beers, and rooting for da’ Bears and Cubs. Yes, the Cubs – clearly Cherf is a hopeless romantic.


Denver metro area and nationwide by arrangement via telephone.


(630) 747 3704 (Mountain Time)