Niagara University is pleased to announce that Dr. Shannon Risk, an assistant professor of history, has published her second book, titled The Madame. Dr. Risk held a book signing for her latest work of fiction, which follows the adventures of a time-traveling historian, Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Niagara University’s Campus Store.
Dr. Risk describes The Madame as “a novel about a time-traveling historian who, perhaps, sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong. She has been studying a clairvoyant woman from the late 1800s and early 1900s named Madame Gravari. The historian notes that, at first, the Madame seems to travel with itinerant curiosity shows across the northern United States. But then, somehow, the Madame finds her way towards more sophisticated clientele – socialites in search of unusual entertainment. The historian is able to track the Madame up to this point but, when the American stock market crashes, the Madame disappears. The historian then stumbles across a magical chair that transports her back to the 1920s and into a family of sisters who have ties to the Madame. It is at this point where things go horribly wrong.”
A graduate of the University of Northern Iowa who holds a master’s degree and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Maine, Dr. Risk is a former Fulbright scholar. She was named Fulbrighter of the Month for July 2011.