Welcome to John Dodge’s website! Here you can learn what I’ve been up to since retiring from The Olympian in 2015. My book, A Deadly Wind: The 1962 Columbus Day Storm, is set for release in October of 2018. I’m so excited! What you see below is the book cover. Please see my blog for more details on my upcoming book launch party in Olympia.

Book cover

The bell tower on Campbell Hall at Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, crashed to the ground in the Columbus Day Storm winds. College student Wes Luchau captured this iconic image.


Book cover

Here is an updated list of upcoming book talks and book signing events for “A Deadly Wind: the 1962 Columbus Day Storm. The book published by Oregon State University Press debuted in October 2018 and landed on the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association bestseller list throughout the holiday season, returning to the bestseller’s list on Jan. 27. It should be available at a bookstore near you!¬†All events listed below are open to the public. The schedule will be updated as new events are added. Hope to see you down the road!


1:30 p.m., Oct. 12 (storm anniversary): Book talk and signing at Lacey City Council Chambers, hosted by Lacey City Museum.

7 p.m., Oct. 17: Book talk and signing at Port Townsend Library.

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 20: “Afternoon With Authors”: Thirteen South Puget Sound authors in three Tumwater historic homes. I’ll be at the Crosby House, 702 Deschutes Way SW, Tumwater. Sponsored by the City of Tumwater and the Olympia Tumwater Foundation.

6:30 p.m., Nov. 7: Book talk and signing at Veronia Public Library, Veronia, OR.











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