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Author James Ferdinand Rizza is scheduled to appear at a book signing event at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, in BrewStirs in Roselle. The Carol Stream resident will sign copies of the second edition of his “Children of the Swamp” novel.

Rizza decribes himself as a “people person,” who makes lasting friends easily. He looks for the good in people, and usually manages to find it. In his book, he introduces a host of characters, and invites readers to join him on an "incredible fishing adventure."

Tate Publishing notes the book will appeal to fishermen, outdoorsmen and nature lovers alike. To find the book, visit

BrewStirs Burgers, Pizza & Pub is at 101 E. Irving Park Road.

Here's an excerpt from an earlier article by Tarah Thorne about the author:

Writing since he was age 13, Rizza is an adventurer and outdoorsman. He wrote “Children of the Swamp” based on his trips to Florida’s Escambia River Basin beginning in 2008.

“Children of the Swamp,” published and re-published in 2011, is the story of a poet who encounters a family of swamp dwellers and becomes obsessed with the area’s land.

Rizza said he had no intention of writing a book before traveling to Florida. But while there, he found himself going into the swamp with some of the people he met.

“When I looked out over the water, I knew this was it,” he said. “This was the subject matter for my book.”

Rizza attributes his writing success to overcoming a childhood stutter in his 20s.

“It was very hard with oral work in grade school,” he said. “I leaned heavily on my writing and learned from a young age how to make up that difference.”