News & Notes

10/18/17 — It’s finally here! Cycling the Pacific Coast: The Complete Guide from Canada to MexicCycling the Pacific Coast covero has arrived in the Mountaineers Books warehouse and will be shipped to retailers shortly. It is available for pre-order from, and I am booking presentations at bookstores, bike clubs and other locations. After nearly three years of work, I am very pleased with the result.

8/23/17 — The roster of speakers has been released for the 2018 Northwest Flower & Garden Show and again I am on it! See my talk “Eat Your Year” on Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4:15 p.m.

7/15/16 — Research goes into the final phase for Cycling the Pacific Coast. My forthcoming book will be published by Mountaineers Books in fall 2017.

4/10/16 — Publishing party today for Encyclopedia Greenwoodia, the latest book by the Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas. I was again the editor for this book, and also wrote an essay on the history of the Greenwood-Phinney neighborhoods. The event will be at the Greenwood Senior Center, with all funds from book sales being donated to the Greenwood Relief Fund to help businesses and residents affected by the explosion.

2/10/16 — Join me in Portland, Oregon this weekend for my talks at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show. I will be speaking on  “Cool Veggie Choices: Grow These Great Crops” on Saturday, Feb. 13, and “12 Months of Edibles” on Sunday, Feb. 14.

12/1/15 — Beginning in January, look for my new column “The Edible Garden” in each issue of Edible Seattle magazine. The first article, “Sweeter After a Frost,” will delve into the science behind the fact that mild-climate winter-grown plants from the Brassica genus (such as Brussels sprouts and cabbage) increase in sugar content and become more tasty after cold winter weather.

4/1/15 — The spring celebration of the 2nd Edition of Biking Puget Sound continues, with a series of rides and a presentation at a very fun event. Over April and May, join me for four rides around the region: touring the tulip fields of Skagit County, criss-crossing Seattle, and pedaling through central Tacoma. And come to my talk on “Where to Ride” at the Pedaler’s Fair on May 2. That event showcases all things bike that are made locally — including a book! My talk is at 1 p.m. The rides and the event are all free.

3/10/15 — The fifth year of collaboration with City People’s Garden Store starts next week with my first of four talks on The Edible Year. We’ll start on 3/15 with Early Season Edibles, then Soil Building for Edibles on 3/21. On 4/18 I’ll talk tomatoes, and on 6/7 we’ll end the series with Fall & Winter Starts. Join us, but please pre-register by calling the store.

2/27/15 — Join me at the Seattle Bike Show this weekend, where I will give a talk and sign copies of my new  Biking Puget Sound, 2nd Edition. I’ll talk about my favorite rides and show some routes that you could try.

2/13/15 — Portland friends: join me at this year’s Yard,  Garden & Patio Show for not one but two talks! On Feb. 27 I’ll talk about my favorite “Cool Veggie Choices” and on Feb. 28 the topic is starting your holiday edible garden by planning for “Christmas in July.”

1/25/15 — Urge your edible garden into year-round production with my new video class “The Extended Harvest” on The class, based on my book Cool Season Gardener, resulted from three intensive days of filming in my garden last summer. In its 7, 20-minute segments, you learn how to grow through all “seven seasons.” And here’s a bonus: the link above gives you the class at a major discount!

Video shoot

10/1/14 — The second edition of Biking Puget Sound is now available! I’ve given the book a complete BPS 2nd editionoverhaul, re-riding and charting the routes from the first edition, considering any changes I wanted to make to those, and adding new routes. The previous book was 50 rides, and this new one is 60, so we’ve added 20% more routes! Other enhancements include: mass-transit connections, route linking for longer tours and downloadable cue sheets.

2/15/14 — I am again collaborating with City People’s Garden Store on The Edible Year, a series of free public workshops for edible gardeners. In six workshops spread over the next five months, I will cover season-specific growing tips and techniques. The series starts with Early Season Gardening, which answers the burning question “What can I plant now?”, and ends with Christmas in July: Growing Fall & Winter Edibles, which will get the cool-season garden underway. Pre-registration is requested.

9/1/13 — Today marks the release of my fourth book, Power: How J.D. Power III Became the Auto Industry’s Adviser, Confessor, and Eyewitness to History, which I co-authored with excellent editor and collaborator Sarah Morgans. It was a pleasure to write this “uniquely American success story” and trace the history of the American auto industry from the last 50 years. Check out the Wall Street Journal review (behind a paywall) and Publisher’s Weekly review.

Power book

Looks great in the car — but no reading while driving.

4/3/13 — My busy spring continues with new Cool Season Gardener events listed around the region, from the Sammamish Public Library to Sustainable Ballard’s “Gardening 101” day to Christianson’s Nursery in the Skagit Valley to Dennis’ 7 Dees Landscaping & Garden Centers in Portland. Whew. Check out my Events page for the details, and join me at an upcoming talk.

2/9/13 — Cool Season Gardener is out! The great folks at Skipstone Books went the extra mile and had copies of the book shipped overnight from the printer so that we could have them for my talk at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show today. It was great to premiere the book in Portland before a large audience. Thank you for your support!

2/4/13 — If you live near the Skagit Valley, come see me at a fun Cool Season Gardener book launch workshop I’m planning with Charley’s Greenhouse & Garden in Mt. Vernon. The Charley’s folks will be doing a segment on starting seeds, then I’ll do a show-and-tell about using season extension and building your soil. We’ll have books available for sale, as well as all the great season extension tools and supplies sold in their store.

12/15/12 — Bay area, here I come! I’ve been invited back for a fourth year to speak at the San Francisco Flower & Garden Show. My topic will of course connect to my new book and will be titled Cool Season Edibles for Our Climate: Plan Ahead and Expand Your Skills to Grow Year Round. It will be Sunday, March 24 at noon.

11/1/12 — Help me celebrate my new book at the big garden shows, coming early next spring. At the Northwest Flower & Garden Show, I will be speaking on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 12:15 p.m. My topic: Four Season Eats: Cool Season Edibles Offer Year Round Feasts. My gardening presentation also has been confirmed at the Yard, Garden & Patio Show in Portland. I will be speaking on Friday, Feb. 8, 1-2 p.m. on the topic of Cool Season Edibles.

7/1/12 — has launched. In anticipation of the new book — to be published in early 2013 — I’ve created a companion website, Check back regularly for blog posts on growing food year round.

4/1/12 — Welcome to my new website! This will be the new home of my writing, editing, speaking and teaching activities. I’ll be out in the gardening community promoting my book Edible Heirlooms, as well as my forthcoming book Cool Season Gardener. I’ll be biking and talking about Biking Puget Sound, my guidebook that offers 50 rides around the Seattle region. And I’ll be offering editing services on my specialties, editorial direction, book publishing, and the topics of healthcare and business. I’ll also offer background on my teaching for the University of Washington’s Certificate in Editing program, and my workshops and other speaking engagements.

Book signing

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