2012 Authors' Corner

Miles MacArthur Athey, PhD
Cowboy Mac

Miles is a Ritzville native who pens humorous and inspirational writings. Dr. Miles Athey spent most of his professional life as a technical researcher, consultant, project manager and college professor. Over the past 20 years he has focused on writing and theater.

He creates inspirational writings, poetry, western humor, novels, biographies and stage plays. Miles has written eight books, 10 stage plays, dozens of inspirational writings and two books of poetry. He is the author of more than300 technical articles on business, education, engineering, science and health.
Miles has participated in 28 community theater productions with seven different theater companies, performing in 21 roles and directing nine stage productions. More...


Harland Eastwood

From his upstairs office of his great grandparents’ house, renowned historian and local author Harland Eastwood, Jr., ponders a current dilemma – what to do about history.
It is always the same question for Harland – what to do with the history he’s collected in more than 40 years. During those years, Harland collected newspaper clippings, books, guides to bottles and where they came from, old photographs and city directories.

He started unraveling the tangled web of local history when he tackled his first mass-produced piece, Ritzville Auto History in 2004.
Harland has published Ritzville Auto History, Mercantile Memories, Barracks Buddies of the 249th, Ritzville Trading Co. 1904-1968, Wild West Saloons of Adams County 1885-1915, Herr Kanzler’s Kinder, Here Comes the Judge, Kanzler Scrapbook, Pioneer Picnic Days on Crab Creek, The Ritzville Round-Up and Fair, A Sacrifice Not Forgotten, A Collector's Guide to Trade Tokens of Adams County, Sixteen Missions Over Germany, Lost, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories, and The Last Stage To Pasco as well as articles in Nostalgia magazine and the Journal of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia. Also new this year are nostalgic note cards.
His first foray into publishing was in 1986, and included a collection of family photos and recollections, the Kanzler Scrapbook, which he bound by hand in hard covers.
Since then, Harland has spent countless hours researching history he has already collected while continuing to add pieces of information. And each time something is discovered, it opens the door for more questions.
It’s that quest for knowledge and urge to answer those questions that keeps Harland going.
Harland grew up in Seattle, and currently lives in the house his great-grandparents built in 1915 with his wife Marilyn. His German Russian immigrant great-grandparents came to Ritzville by covered wagon in 1882.