Olympia author Jan Crook Pierson has a local connection: She is the daughter of the late Cal Crook, the famous Columbia Gorge photographer from BZ Corner.
Pierson has published three books under the pen name "Calamity Jan." The books are historical fiction mysteries, set in ghost towns around the Western United States. The series is billed as "Ghostowners," and its target market is middle-school aged readers: 12-year-old heroine Meggie Bryson is the protagonist in her stories.
A third book in the Ghostowners series, Shadow of Shaniko, was published in 2002. The two earlier books are Ghost of Nighthawk and Goodbye God, I'm Going to Bodie.
Pierson will be at Henkle Middle School on Dec. 5 as part of the school's Project Open Door. She will give a short presentation about ghost towns, writing, and getting published.
Also, Pierson's books will be available at Santa's Bazaar from 7 a.m.-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7, and at Collage of the Gorge in White Salmon from noon to 4 p.m. on Dec. 7.