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‘The Pig War’ ... Mike Vouri’s photo history of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island is his third book on the subject. It was published by Arcadia Publishing Co. -
‘The Pig War’ ... Mike Vouri’s photo history of the joint military occupation of San Juan Island is his third book on the subject. It was published by Arcadia Publishing Co.
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Author Vouri signs ‘Pig War’ book Aug. 22

Historian/author Mike Vouri will discuss and sign copies of his new book, “The Pig War,” Aug. 22, 6:30 p.m., in the San Juan Historical Museum.

The event is free and open to the public.

Arcadia Publishing Co. published “The Pig War” as part of its Images of America series. It’s the third book on the topic by Vouri; he’s also the author of “The Pig War: Standoff at Griffin Bay” and “Outpost Of Empire: The Royal Marines And The Joint Occupation Of San Juan Island.”

In his latest book, Vouri, historian at San Juan Island National Historical Park, uses 200 vintage images to illustrate life in 19th century San Juan Island, particularly the military camps and the central figures in the standoff.

The book depicts Capt. George Pickett’s role in the conflict (Pickett also led the famous charge at the Battle of Gettysburg). It provides a close look at the fish traps that operated at American Camp’s South Beach from the 1880s until they were outlawed in 1934. It also provides a brief portrait of U.S. Coast Survey operations in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Pig War” is available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers. It is also available through Arcadia Publishing at (888) 313-2665 or www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Another book deal for local author Wingate

Susan Wingate’s second novel, “Bobby’s Diner,” will be published by ebooksonthe.net.

It’s the third book and second novel for Wingate, who lives in the False Bay area. Her first book was “Ravings of a Mad Gentlewoman: A Bold Collection of Writing.” Her second book, “Of the Law,” a novel, was published by Sixteen Cat Tails Publishing.

Author Michael Collins (“Keepers of Truth,” “Lost Souls,” “Death of a Writer”), wrote of “Of the Law”: “Just amazing detail and sense of personality ... this is writing of the finest quality, advancing story and psychological sense of character.”

Wingate has a third novel under consideration.

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