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Book author Pat Jollota is at it again, with her just-released, well-researched, and riveting historical account of a murder case that rocked Vancouver in the 1950s. “The Murder of Joann Dewey in Vancouver Washington,” published by The History Press, is a decade in the making by Jollota, 81, a retired Vancouver City Councilwoman, museum curator, and the author of seven books.

Always a character and full of life, Jollota, walked us through the nuances of the case of 18-year-old Joann Dewey, whose Vancouver kidnapping in 1950 was on full display by upstanding citizens who did nothing while the young woman, who was just 60 feet from her destination, fought for her freedom.

It’s the story of a life cut short, the craziness of a criminal investigation that included the arrest of the investigating sheriff, and the ultimate convictions of two brothers, Turman Wilson, 26, and his brother Utah, 18. They would eventually hang for their crimes.

“The crime happened at 13th and D Street in Vancouver,” said Jollota. “On April 22, 1950, the victim, 18-year-old Joann Dewey, was just 60 feet away from St. Joe’s Hospital when she was grabbed by these two guys — in front of two upstanding citizens. She was fighting and screaming and they told her she was Utah’s wife and that she had too much to drink. It’s tragic.”

It’s a complicated case, said Jollota. The Sheriff had no police experience, and was tried for public intoxication. He had been the director of Labor and Industries for Washington. The prosecution was praised for its work, and the case even brought in Earl Stanley Gardner, author of all the “Perry Mason” books. Gardner wrote a report about the investigation, and he had nothing but praise for the Vancouver Chief of Police and veteran prosecutor, RD Jones.

“This whole crime is fascinating, and I was riveted by it,” said Jollota, who spent many years researching to write this book. “We’ve had pretty strange crimes around here.”

And, it gets weirder.

“At one of my book signings, the Wilson family came, and they stood right behind me,” said Jollota. “They believe their family was framed. So what I did, I gave them a little time to present what they believed, and then they were content. They bought two of the books. This was Saturday at Vintage Books. This whole case is weird, the trial is weird, the investigation is weird.


“The Murder of JoAnn Dewey” is available at Barnes and Noble.

“If I had found one shred that pointed to their innocence I would have written it that way, but all I found was pointed to them. They had incorrigible evidence — a beer bottle with big bubbles in it, with fingerprints on it.”

And, she said it fits a pattern of criminal behavior.

“Ten years before three of the brothers were in an almost an identical crime, and they were sentenced to an Oregon penitentiary,” said Jollota. “The oldest brother was killed in World War II. The family had a history of crimes, including a pardon by Oregon Governor McCall for Rassie.”

Jollota did extensive research for the book. She started day by day in her role as Clark County Historical Museum curator, and found the stories in The Columbian archives. The more she dug, more facts emerged. It took her about a decade to do the research.

In February 2018, she was approached to write the book, which took three months to complete.

“I just focused on writing every day,” she said. “My challenge was to take all of these stories, the trial, the crime, the investigation and weave those together in a way that made sense. The trial was five weeks long, and trying to make sense of that was a challenge. I asked Judge Suzanne Clark to read it, and she did. She just changed some of the phrases that a judge would use. She was kind enough to do it for me.”

Jollota also wants people to remember JoAnn.

“She never had a chance at love, at getting married, at raising a family, or starting a career,” said Jollota. “I want people to remember her.”

The book is available at Vintage Books, Barnes and Noble, Philbin’s Hardware, and, of course, www.Amazon.com

On November 24, Jollota is going back to Vintage Books for Small Business Night.

The book was released on October 29.

Camas, WA — At Thursday’s Camas-Washougal Rotary Club meeting, member Tina Simmons announced she would be having a book signing for her book, “Zandreal.”

Wait, what?

Simmons, who works for a wine labeling company, and whose pen name is Tee Griffen, spent a year writing and editing “Zandreal,” and got it published in 2016.

“It’s really not a new book,” said Griffen. “But because of life issues, I had to delay its marketing, so we’re doing that now.”

“Zandreal” is young adult fantasy fiction about a young girl named Andrea and she finds out she’s not quite human. So, she must figure out why she’s here, and she ends up doing a lot of external travel,” said Griffen. “The book is about our responsibility to share our gifts with the world, taking care of the Earth, and working together.”

Griffen’s no stranger to writing, as she previously was the ghost writer for two books — the first was “Tracks: Memoirs of a Vietnam Veteran” by Clyde Hoch. The second one was a book called “Turbo Charge Your Life,” by Troy Spring. Those were written in 2011 and 2012.

“I’ve always liked to write, but being an author wasn’t my goal in life,” said Griffen. “I went to school for Graphic Design at Cazenovia College in upstate New York. ”I wrote this as part of self-exploration. I’m an observer, a healer, a worrier, a wanderer, and a seeker. All the elements were there. I couldn’t write it fast enough. Once those five parts came to me, they formed the characters and the storyline came together.”

Initially, she worked with a publisher, but it didn’t move fast enough for her, so Griffen chose the self-publishing route.

“It was hard to self-publish,” said Griffen. “I felt more out there on my own, because with the publishing house I felt I would have had more support. The Kickstarter campaign was set in 2016 and I raised $4,000. It wasn’t hard to get, but it took a lot of marketing. They told you to find champions ahead of time. They also supported me. I had a community. It was an emotional roller coaster because it feels like baring my soul to the world.”

Sunday’s book signing at Caffe Piccolo in Downtown Camas is the only book signing she has scheduled for now. She’s been talking to the school districts about getting into the classrooms.

“I think it’s time to get the book out there,” said Griffen. “I feel like our country is very polarized, and I think we could use a little bit of unity.”

The book is available at www.Amazon.com and you can learn more at www.teegriffen.com


Camas, WA — Imagination, determination, and overcoming adversity were the main topics addressed by 2008 Camas High School graduate, and new book author, LK Walsh, while addressing Liberty Middle School students Friday afternoon.

Her book, “The Lavender Soul,” released in April through PelianWords Publishing House, is a fantasy novel about a young girl born with lavender eyes, portending she will be the annihilation of evil, or the impetus of world-consuming darkness. It is an adventure through a fantastical world with reimagining of classical characters, such as fairies and dragons, along with new beasts crafted from Walsh’s imagination. It’s about the main character, Vera, who is seeking out her purpose.

Now living in Lompoc, CA, Walsh is in town for the Portland Book Festival, and was invited to spent time in her hometown.

“I’m here to talk about dreams and how you can help them come true,” said Walsh. “I was a senior, and had my life plan right on track, and I had already applied to several universities. I was set. I was ready to go to Chapman to study Music Therapy. Chapman said they were ending the program, and that affected my scholarship. I was high and dry, and my mother had to call and begged to get to other schools. I had worked for years to become a music therapist, so I decided to become a Humanities major and went to Concordia in Southern California.”


She appreciated the experience, and was able to explore many things.

“I went into journalism, but that wasn’t for me,” said Walsh. “Then I worked for an art newsletter. That wasn’t for me. So, I decided to get into publishing.”

After earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Humanities Creative Writing from Concordia in 2011, she spent 18 months writing “The Lavender Soul” after spending eight years imagining it. Once completed, she went through the agony of finding a publisher, and after 38 rejection letters, she found a home with PelianWords Publishing House.

“I am fully able to admit that I felt like a failure because it really hurts when people say no,” said Walsh. “But failure isn’t real. You can fail because you didn’t pass a test. If you choose not to learn from the failure, then it’s a real failure. You have to learn from it.”

She said there’s “one key to success in any field and that is imagination, which is key to making all of your dreams come true.”

She encouraged the middle schoolers to always have imagination.


LK Walsh addresses students at LIberty Middle School in Camas.

“Logic, science and math are not separate from imaginations,” she said. “Sometimes people give up on their dreams because of money. Authors don’t make money. My dream is to create worlds. My dream is to spread imagination. Dreams have such great value because it takes courage to dream. Every time you have a thought it creates a physical pathway in your brain. The easiest thoughts are negative ones. It takes imagination to be positive. Imagination gives you the courage to dream. Dreams don’t always have to be those huge paychecks. They don’t even have to make sense.”

Walsh has spent the last several weeks traveling to promote her book, and is working on a prequel, which has been approved by her publishing house.

Cat Rushing, Walsh’s mother, created the cover illustration, based on vision provided by Walsh.

To learn more, or to purchase her book, visit www.lkwalshauthor.com

Camas, WA — Award-winning Camas author and playwright Gary Corbin has announced the release of his fifth novel, The Mountain Man’s Badge, with launch events and book signings in venues around the greater Portland/Vancouver area.

The Mountain Man’s Badge will be released to bookstores on June 20, 2018, although it is available for pre-order on Amazon.com, Smashwords.com, and on the author’s web page (www.garycorbinwriting.com).

The Mountain Man’s Badge is the third installment in Corbin’s acclaimed “Mountain Man Mysteries” series, from Double Diamond Publishing of Camas, WA.

About The Mountain Man’s Badge

Mountain Man Lehigh Carter, drafted into serving as acting sheriff of Mt. Hood County after exposing his predecessor’s corruption, is compelled to arrest his new father-in-law for the murder of Everett Downey, the most despised man in town.

Still learning on the job, Lehigh continues to investigate loose ends that don’t add up, but ambitious prosecutor Ray “The Reverend” Ferguson seems intent on blocking him at every turn. Soon, Lehigh suspects that those most intent on pinning the murder on George McBride have reasons far more sinister than blocking Lehigh’s agenda of reform.

Can Lehigh uncover the truth behind the crime without becoming the killer’s next victim?

Book Launch and Signings: CapsN’Taps, Vintage Books, and more

 To help promote the book, the author will kick off a series of release events and book signings. The first event is a launch party at Camas’ popular taproom, CapsN’Taps, on the book’s launch date, June 20, from 6-8 PM. Corbin will sell and sign books directly, and CapsN’Taps will offer $2 off any beer to customers who purchase a copy of the book at the event.

“CapsN’Taps hosted the launch party for my very first novel, Lying in Judgment, which was a blast,” Corbin says. “They’re also featuring my books as prizes in their Trivia Mondays in June, so folks who haven’t read the first two books could win a copy and catch up on the series before the 20th. Beer and books—what a great combination!”

On June 23, Corbin will read from the new novel and sign books at local favorite Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver, at 1 PM. Copies of all books will be available for sale at the event.

“Vintage Books has been amazing at finding readers for my books, and they’re incredibly supportive of local authors,” Corbin says.  “Vintage was one of the first to put my books on its shelves. It’s a great local bookstore with great selection and terrific event programming. I can’t say enough good things about it.”

Other events include book signings at The Coffee Cottage in Newberg, OR on July 11, and at Jan’s Paperbacks in Aloha, OR on July 14.

Full details of all events are available on the author’s website, garycorbinwriting.com.

Award-winning Camas author and playwright Gary Corbin is releasing his fourth novel, Lying in Vengeance, today with accompanying release parties and signings in stores around the greater Portland and Vancouver area.

Lying in Vengeance is the sequel to Corbin’s award-winning debut novel, Lying in Judgment, from Double Diamond Publishing of Camas, WA. In Lying in Judgment, a man served on the jury of a murder trial—for the crime that he committed. Lying in Judgment was selected as “Book of the Week” by Bookworks.com in July 2016 and was the “Indie Spotlight” featured book on the UK-based Literary Lightbox in February, 2017.

In this new book, 33-year-old Portland man, Peter Robertson, must choose between two horrible options — and both involve death and revenge.

Lying in Vengeance will be officially released to bookstores today, and is also available on Amazon.com and on the author’s web page (www.garycorbinwriting.com).

Peter once fought a man on a remote forested road and left him to die. Six months later, he served on the jury that freed a wrongfully accused man—and let his own secret slip to a beautiful but manipulative fellow juror, Christine Nielsen.

Two months later, Christine wakes him in the middle of the night with a threat: kill Kyle, the man who stalks and abuses her, or have his own murderous past exposed.

Peter pretends to go along as he seeks another, less violent solution. But Kyle forces his hand, kidnapping Christine at gunpoint. Peter’s daring rescue gives him the opportunity to fulfill Christine’s request.

The next morning, Kyle turns up dead, and the police arrest his best friend Frankie, of all people. Peter knows he’s innocent, but can he prove it without directing the finger of blame at himself—for both murders?

Book Release and Signing at Vintage Books

 To help promote the book, the author will kick off a multi-stop bookstore tour at a local favorite Vintage Books, 6613 E Mill Plain Blvd in Vancouver, September 16 at 1 pm. Corbin will sign books and read excerpts from his books, which will be available for sale at the event.

“Vintage Books has been amazing at finding readers for my books, and they’re incredibly supportive of local authors,” Corbin says.  “Vintage was one of the first to put my books on its shelves. It’s a great local bookstore with great selection and terrific event programming. I can’t say enough good about it.”

Since some of the characters in Lying in Vengeance obsess about beer and coffee, Corbin will share samples of his home-roasted coffee (“JavaTown,” the favorite of Peter’s scheming nemesis, Christine) and homebrew recipes with attendees. “My characters,” he says, “whether good or evil, are good Portlanders!”


Corbin Book Signing Events

Sep 19, 2017, 6:00 pm

Caps N Taps, Camas, WA

Lying in Vengeance UnCapped in Camas!

Beers, books, and good times at Camas’s best taproom.


Sep 23, 2017 11:00 am

Jan’s Paperbacks

Book signing and reading at Aloha’s best independent bookstore.


Sep 28, 2017 4:00 pm

The Coffee Cottage, Newberg, OR

Live music, great coffee, and Lying in Vengeance book signing in the heart of Pinot Noir country.


Sep 30, 2017 1:00 pm

Camas Public Library

Camas Library Local Author Coffee Klatch

Gary joins a panel of other local writers to celebrate Camas’s growing creative scene. Come ask questions of the authors and check out their books!


Oct 12, 2017 6:00 pm

Loowit Brewing Company, Vancouver, WA

Beer and a Book! Loowit Brewing hosts local author Gary Corbin, who will sign books and join you for one of Loowit’s excellent craft brews. Get a book and a beer for the price of just the book ($14.99)!

Camas, WA — The Camas Public Library officially began its Summer Reading Program, titled “Build a Better World,” and is open to young children, teens, and adults.

The purpose of the Camas Public Library’s Summer Reading Program is to encourage youth to read and participate in community activities during their school break. Youth who read during the summer will practice their comprehension skills, and are likely to start school in the Fall more prepared and ahead of their classmates.

The program measures reading time and community participation rather than number of pages or books. With this method, youth of all ages and abilities can accomplish their goals with comparable effort.

The program itself includes games, events, and weekly summer movies.

Frequently Asked Questions

What counts as reading for the Summer Reading Program? Books, magazine articles, graphic novels, eBooks, audio books. The library has many downloadable audio books.

What is the first day people can participate? June 24.

Do I have to participate in the program to attend the free events? Nope!

The program is sponsored in part by:

  • Burgerville
  • Squeeze & Grind
  • Clark County Fair
  • Camas/Washougal Community Chest
  • Lacamas Swim and Sport
  • City of Camas
  • Oaks Park
  • Vega Programs
  • Camas Farmer’s Market
  • Sky Zone Trampoline Park
  • Friends of the Camas Library

Summer Movies

Every Wednesday features a summer movies. The first one, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,” is on June 28 at 2 pm.

The second movie is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which will be shown on July 5 at 2 pm.

The third movie is “Iron Giant,” will be shown on Wednesday, July 12.

Each movie is projected in the upstairs library big screen. Popcorn will be served.

To learn more, and to sign up for the program, visit: http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/librarykidsteens/summer-reading-program

Camas, WA — Gary Corbin knows a thing or two about writing, and his latest project, a legal thriller called “Lying in Judgment,” is the perfect setting for a shift in his career.

The accomplished playwright is known for a string of comedy productions including “Happy Anniversary” and “P.S., I Love Your Daughter” and for his frequent contributions to the Portland Tribune.

Now with the release of “Lying in Judgment” he’s adding author to his long list of credits.

The idea for “Judgment,” which was just released on March 5, has been brewing in his mind for 25 years. He even started writing the book 10 years ago, and has had an on-again, off-again relationship with becoming an author. It’s on now, and this book is a page-turner, says fellow author, Bob Ferguson.

“You’ll love this book,” he said at Corbin’s inaugural book signing, which was held this past Saturday, at Caps N’ Taps in downtown Camas. “Gary really knows how to tell a story. He’s very creative.”

The packed tavern was filled with adoring fans, many of whom brought already-purchased copies of his first novel.

“It feels amazing to do this,” said Corbin, as he greeted fans. “This has been in the works for years, and to see it in print is absolutely amazing.”

Corbin’s book is an original story with a fresh take on the legal thriller genre. The novel is based on a guilty juror, and says Corbin, “that doesn’t happen.”

“You don’t have to be a lawyer to be a juror, and to see an average person serve is an interesting perspective,” he adds. “And local readers get the added benefit of having Portland sites be part of the story. They’ll read about a scene at Pioneer Courthouse Square and it’ll be familiar to them.”

The History on His Legal Thriller

When Corbin first started writing “Judgment” about 10 years ago, he spent 18 months writing and revising the original manuscript, and at the time the publishing industry was going through a retraction. That initiated some hesitancy.

“The industry took a big hit,” he says. “But it’s on the rebound now.”

After much research, he felt it was time to pick it up again, and he started the legal thriller anew in 2015 set on publishing the book under his own imprint, which is called Double Diamond Publishing. He says it’s so much easier to self-publish now, especially with tools such as Smash Words and Create Space (which is a part of Amazon).

The challenge, however, is that larger bookstores work closely with the large publishing houses.

“That makes it hard to get the book into the major stores,” Corbin adds. “They simply prefer to work with major distributors, so I have to be very persistent. Vintage Books let us in, and the book has sold well at their store.”

See http://www.vintage-books.com to learn more about their bookstore.

He said the whole process has been very educational, and that he’s already working on his next novel, which is a mystery called “The Mountain Man’s Dog”

Book lovers can order a paperback at www.Amazon.com, download a Kindle or iTunes version at www.iTunes.com, and also try Kobo. To date, printed versions account for 45% of “Lying in Judgment’s” sales.

To learn more about Corbin’s journey, go to “Lying in Judgment” Feature or visit www.garycorbinwriting.com 

The book is available online: www.Amazon.com


Lying in Judgment Novel

“Lying in Judgment” book author, Gary Corbin, had his first book signing at Caps N’ Taps in downtown Camas.


“Lying in Judgment” author, Gary Corbin, has announced his first public book-signing event, which is to be held this Saturday at Caps N’ Taps, in downtown Camas.

Corbin will sign copies of his book at Caps N’ Taps on 337 4th Ave in Camas, WA on March 19, starting at 4 pm. The event is expected to run until about 6 pm. Those who have already purchased copies of the novel should bring them in to be signed. A limited number of signed copies will also be available for sale at the event.

“I wanted to have the first book signing of ‘Lying in Judgment’ at a comfortable, fun place, where we could chat a bit over a good beer or glass of wine,” Corbin says. “And I wanted it to be close to home. Caps N’ Taps is perfect on both counts.”

“Lying in Judgment” is a legal thriller about a man who serves on the jury of a murder trial – for the crime that he committed. Released March 5, it has already reached Amazon’s top 200 list for Murder Mystery Thrillers. Readers and critics have raved about the book, calling it a “page turner” and “hard to put down.” Novelist D. F. DeHart raves, “If you are reading this novel in bed, plan on having a sleepless night.”

About “Lying in Judgment”

Imagine being a juror on a murder trial where you know that the defendant is innocent – because the guilty party is you!

That’s the shattering premise behind Camas novelist Gary Corbin’s long-awaited groundbreaking legal thriller, Lying in Judgment, released March 5, 2016, after over a decade of development.

Protagonist Peter Robertson, 33, discovers his wife is cheating on him. Following her suspected boyfriend one night, he erupts into a rage, beats him and leaves him to die… or so he thought. Soon he discovers that he has killed the wrong man – a perfect stranger.

Six months later, impaneled on a jury, he realizes that the murder being tried is the one he committed. After wrestling with his conscience, he works hard to convince the jury to acquit the accused man. But the prosecution’s case is strong as the defendant had both motive and opportunity to commit the murder. As the pressure builds, Peter begins to slip up and reveal things that only the murderer would know. As jurors one by one declare their intention to convict, Peter careens toward a nervous breakdown. The story concludes with a startling revelation that will shock some – and leave even the most jaded reader grinning with satisfaction.

The book is available online: www.Amazon.com

About the Author

Lying in Judgment Book Author

Book author, Gary Corbin.

Gary Corbin is a novelist and playwright in Camas, WA. In addition to assignment work for private sector, government, individuals, and not-for-profit clients, his creative and journalistic work has been published in BrainstormNW, the Portland TribuneThe Oregonian, and Global Envision, among others. Lying in Judgment is Corbin’s debut novel. His second, The Mountain Man’s Dog, will be released in the summer of 2016.

Gary is a member of Willamette Writers, PDX Playwrights, the Portland Area Theater Alliance, and the North Bank Writers Workshop, and participates in workshops and conferences in the Portland, Oregon area. A homebrewer as well as a maker of wine, mead, cider, and soft drinks, Gary is a member emeritus of the Oregon Brew Crew and a BJCP National Beer Judge. He loves to ski, cook, and garden, and hopes someday to train his dogs to obey.

For more information, contact:

Gary Corbin
[email protected]

Brendan Greenan, CapsN’Taps
[email protected]


Woodland, Washington—Jim Cheskawich’s book, “The Story of Rex of White Way, The Blizzard King” has won nominations for Global Ebook Awards in the categories of Best Photography and Best in Animals/Pets Non-Fiction.

The story of Rex is an adventure-filled historic biography of a purebred Samoyed canine who excelled in mountain rescues during a time before snowmobiles and cell phones. Rex lived from 1946-1957 and spent most of his life in the Sierras of California. He was lead sled dog on a U.S. mail run, set a world record in weight pulling, won many speed and freight races and was involved in over 30 documented rescues during his lifetime. He was a show dog also and was removed from the Golden Gate benched dog show in January 1952 to lead the team to deliver the doctor to the 226 passengers and crew aboard the snowbound “City of San Francisco” train stuck at Yuba Gap. He also pulled out downed planes at the Truckee, CA airfield in 1949 taking the injured passengers into town for medical care. This was a hero dog whose fascinating story has captured the attention of readers of all ages.

Jim has served as Samoyed Club of America (SCA) president and treasurer in addition to serving as treasurer for the SCA Foundation for many years and as president and treasurer for the Willamette Valley Samoyed Fanciers. In 2002, he retired as HR Director with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration in Washington, DC.

The Global EBook Awards honor and bring attention to the future of book publishing: EBooks. Now in its second year, the Awards are in 72 specific categories. They are open to all publishers large and small so that a winner is the best in its category, not just the best of small or regionally-published books. Most EBooks, are also available as printed books as well.

“The Story of Rex of White Way, The Blizzard King” is available at $18.95 for the hard cover and $14.95 for the soft cover and very competitively priced through Amazon Kindle. Rex can be found online at Amazon.com and at http://dketasamoyeds.com


Delving into the all-too common emotional toll of split families during the holidays, Sjostrom delivers hope to those who face this imperfect reality. Finding Christmas follows Josh Daniels, a single father who has to send his daughter away to visit her mother each year during the holidays. Crushed with not being together, he does his best to live as though the season does not exist.

One year, Josh gives in to his mother’s pressure and agrees to come home for Christmas. Once there, he finds himself mercilessly confronted with the holidays at every turn. Watching other happy families, he is even more broken-hearted with the absence of his daughter and the Christmas it was supposed to be. Finding solace in a little coffee shop, Josh is launched into a journey that reminds him of the true meaning of Christmas and the path to open his heart to love once again.


Finding Christmas is Sjostrom’s second novel released this year. He is a contributing author to several regional and national publications as well as for The Nature Conservancy. Recently, he has co-produced a children’s magazine, Kids Ink NW, intended to inspire children to find excitement in writing.

You can find Seth at a variety of events throughout the Pacific Northwest this holiday season.

For more information on Seth Sjostrom or Finding Christmas, visit www.wolfprintpublishing.com