By RYAN SCOTT OTTNEY
PDT Staff Writer
Native author Ron Giles is returning to Scioto County this week to speak at the Portsmouth Public Library and the New Boston Community Center this weekend.
Originally from New Boston, now living in eastern Pennsylvania, Giles is the author of three novels. His first, “On Harrisonville Avenue,” (2008) is a memoir about growing up in the steel-era of New Boston in 1955. His second novel “Cottonwood Pass” (1999) was written with Theodore Thompson and is a murder suspense story set in Colorado, and Giles’ third book “Great Heats” (2011) is a historical fiction novel set in Portsmouth 1,000 years ago.
After teaching history for three years in the Columbus Public School System, Giles decided to follow his interest in television. For 30 years he built a career in television that earned him six regional Emmy Awards and one Golden Iris from the National Association of Television Program Executives. During his TV career, Giles worked at WBNS-TV in Columbus, WCPO-TV Cincinnati, WBZ-TV Boston, and QUBE Cable in Columbus and Pittsburgh. In 1986, he was recruited as part of the original management team that started QVC, the Shopping Channel, where he created the television format still in use today and was executive vice president of broadcasting for the next 10 years.
After leaving QVC, Giles established his own consultancy, assisting companies in other countries to build their own TV shopping business. In this capacity, he worked with firms in England, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, South Korea and Australia.
Giles returns to Scioto County this week, and will participate in two speaking events. On Friday beginning at 5:15 p.m., he will be speaking at the Portsmouth Public Library’s Author’s Workshop and signing copies of his books.
On Saturday beginning at 2 p.m., Giles will share his vision for local tourism and speak about his books at “Desserts and Discussion with the Author,” at the New Boston Community Center — sponsored by the Portsmouth branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Giles’ books will also be available for sale and will be autographed by the author.
A $10 donation will provide a seat and a dessert, and proceeds from the event will provide a scholarship to a student who attends Shawnee State University. Donation tickets for Saturday’s appearance in New Boston are available at the New Boston Community Center and at the Port City Café in Portsmouth.
Ryan Scott Ottney can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 235, or firstname.lastname@example.org.