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Medina native is in town for book-signing

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 23 June 2015 at 12:00 am

Christopher Scharping writes Word War II novel based on Medina family

Photos by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Medina native Christopher Scharping is pictured with a copy of his latest book, “We Regret To Inform You,” a World War II-based novel that is based on a Medina family.

This is Scharping’s fourth novel and the latest self-published book is nearly 500 pages. It is based on a husband and wife who have one son, who enlists in the military as a pilot. The son and his crew would be listed as Missing in Action. They flew a B-17 bomber as part of an 8th Air Force mission over Czechoslovakia. The novel details the father’s efforts to find his son.

Scharping is retired from the Air Force. He worked 16 of his 21 years with the Air Force as a historian.

Scharping visits with a childhood friend, Wayne Litchfield, during the book-signing event at Bindings Bookstore in Albion this evening.

Scharping lives in Panama City, Fla. He hadn’t been home to Orleans County in about three years. He is in town for his niece’s graduation at Byron-Begren.

Scharping is working on a fifth book, this one about bootleggers at Point Breeze and Orleans County during Prohibition.

He said he is looking to move back to the area.