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  • About Books: Former newspaper writer revisits Massillon as novelist

  • As part of a promotional tour for the newest book in his novel series, “Song of the Red Sparrow: Book Two,” Rory Shane Riggs is coming home.

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  • As part of a promotional tour for the newest book in his novel series, “Song of the Red Sparrow: Book Two,” Rory Shane Riggs is coming home.
    Riggs, who was a reporter for the Massillon Independent and managing editor of the defunct Sun Journal newspaper, will appear at a book signing from 1 to 3 p.m.
    Aug. 25 at Backlist Books in Massillon. The author will sign copies of both Book One and Book Two in the Song of the Red Sparrow series.
    “I’m excited to be appearing at Backlist Books. I love the independent bookstores and love supporting them,” said Riggs. “Plus, I lived in Massillon for 15 years and it’s always fun to come back. I don’t need a reason to come for a visit, but I love having one.”
    In a review for the book’s publisher, iUniverse, Sally Peterson, an editor for the publisher, said that “Song of the Red Sparrow: Book Two” is ”attention-grabbing,” employing a mixture of “secret love, death, innocence, murder, mistaken identity, and revenge.”
    “The setting is provocative, as are the characters,” she wrote in publicity material. “The basic premise and theme is fascinating as it deals with the intricate relationships within a small isolated community in post Civil War America.”
    Peterson noted that the author has “a fast-paced writing style and his content hooks and grips its readers.
    “He explores several compelling themes, including the aftermath of war, love, secret pasts, disguise, and sudden death.”
    In addition to his book and newspaper writing, Riggs also worked for radio stations WHBC and WTIG. He is the author of such plays as “The Lighthouse,” “Confessions from the Ladies Room,” and “The Marie Defense,” which have been produced by Canton-area theater groups.
    Riggs is the founder of and former editor of Allegany Magazine in Cumberland. He now lives in western Maryland. He is an instructor of developmental English at Allegany College.
    It is perhaps his journalistic experience that allows the author to provide a factual base for his fiction.
    “Riggs provides authentic details about the historical setting, which adds realism to this tale,” writes Peterson. “‘Song of the Red Sparrow Book Two’ will be a pleasure for lovers of historical fiction, specifically with a focus on strong women during this era.”
    Judy Flickinger of Villages, Fla., will sign copies of her book, “Spirit Matters: How to Remain Fully Alive with a Life-Limiting Illness,” at an appearance at 1 p.m. today at Rocky River Senior Center at 21012 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River.
    A retired hospice nurse-turned-author, Flickinger “focuses on the importance of keeping the spirit — the person inside the dying body — alive and well,” explains publicity material for the book. “Readers will learn, laugh, cry, and hopefully realize that near the end of life, first and foremost, ‘Spirit Matters.’ ”

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