Crabtree writer Virginia A. Johnson has released a self-published book, "A Greenhorn Gal: Life in Eastern Montana."

The author will hold a book launch event Friday, Feb. 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Think Brain Candy Bookstore, 678 S. Main St., Lebanon. 

Johnson will partner with author Tai Stith, for a second event, Saturday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, at Little Wuesten Cafe, 115 Ellsworth St. SW, Albany. Stith has self-published a young adult novel, "The Incredible Secrets of Hadley Hill."

Johnson, a native Oregonian, has roots in Montana through her grandparents, Joseph and Christina (Hettick) Gaub. The couple immigrated to the United States in 1901, settling in remote eastern Montana in 1911. Urged on by a desire to live in the state and connect with her extended relatives, the author and her husband, Wayne, purchased land in Fallon, Montana, in the summer of 1998.

“A Greenhorn Gal: Life in Eastern Montana” is divided into two sections. The first part consists of 13 nonfiction short stories and is based on the author’s observations and experiences while in Montana. The second part features  19 recipes, each with an accompanying explanation or story. Stith, an Albany resident and owner of Rocketship Graphic Design, created the book's cover.

A former freelance writer with the Albany-Democrat Herald, Johnson has more than 150 food columns, biographical sketches and short stories published in newspapers and periodicals. She is a graduate from Oregon State University and a retired elementary school teacher.

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