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In My Book, V Is for Vashon


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I’ve written my first book. (Tom Robbins and Sherman Alexie have nothing to worry about.) V Is for Vashon is a sweeping tale, covering everything from A to Z, including UFOs, poisonous mushrooms, Orcas, bakeries, bicycles, jack-o’-lanterns and a couple of ferries. Thanks to an invitation from my artist friend Pam Ingalls, I wrote the words to her illustrated ABC book about all-things Vashon Island (published by Chatwin Books). I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and tried to capture the essence and spirit of our quirky little island and its much-loved inhabitants and landmarks. Here’s a sampling of island life in words and art from V Is for Vashon; and what better place to start than with our iconic red bike in a tree.

red bicycle tree pam ingallstext B is for Bicycle Tree


G is for Grannys pam ingallsTom Conway text Granny's Attic

H is for HalloweenTom Conway text Halloween

R is for Rainier Pam IngallsTom Conway text Rainier

U is for UFO pam ingallsTom Conway text UFO

V is for VashonTom Conway text Vashon

I hope you enjoyed the preview. Here’s a write-up from our local arts editor Julie Goetz Moser in The Vashon Beachcomber .

If you’d like a copy of the book, here are a few options:


  1. Congrats Tom – and I second Perri’s comment about looking forward to your next book featuring Boz and Gracie!

    • Sandra, we had a one-island, two-stop tour. It was a success; we sold out, and have to go back to the printer. Should have more in a week or so.


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