Welcome to my “home” site. You may find more about me and my books by visiting patosislandpress.com. Briefly, after a two decades plus career with the CIA I spent another 30 years working in the field of nonprofit governance, both in the Pacific Northwest and nationally. Now I’m bringing those experiences together into book publishing. I welcome your comments at Vaughn@patospress.com.
Sea Travels – Memoirs of a 20th Century Master Mariner, was published by Patos Island Press and released on September 1, 2012. It is availabe at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart and through independent bookstores. The life story of J. Holger Christensen as told to Vaughn Sherman, it takes us from his birth in 1906 at Nome, to formative days on his dad’s Puget Sound workboat, to a high seas career rising from ordinary seaman to master mariner. Many of his adventures as a deck officer took place in and around Alaska’s Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea. “The author’s glimpses of Puget Sound maritime life in the 1930s and ’40s are truly fascinating.” - Joe Upton, author of Bering Sea Blues
Sasha Plotkin’s Deceit was published by Camel Press, released in August 2012, and is now available at Barnes and Noble, Walmart, Amazon, through independent bookstores and wherever e-books are sold. It may also be ordered directly from Aftershocks Media, the distributor, at www.aftershocksmedia.com or through Epicenter Press (www.epicenter.com). This novel has received many good reviews, including Publishers Weekly: ” . . readers will be pleased with Sherman’s unpredictable plot and lively, credible spies. His liberal and detailed inclusion of Swedish history and culture, clandestine work, family dynamics, and the portrait of Chris’s mother, Mor, are engaging.”
Walking the Board Walk, published by Patos Island Press, was released in March 2012 and launched at at a community college seminar in Chicago, Illinois. The author shares experience based on his 30 years of work coaching and advising trustees and others involved with the governance of nonprofit agencies. The book is availabe at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Walmart through independent bookstores. Multiple copies may be purchased at a discount through the publisher, Patos Island Press, LLC (patosislandpress.com). “When I encounter a board problem that I’ve never seen before, I’m likely to turn to Vaughn for advice. Fortunately for us, in this slim volume Vaughn compresses his lifetime of experience with board members.” - Gary Davis, Owner and Founder of Board Solutions.
Vaughn’s community college books, Essentials of Good Board-President Relations and The Board Chair, may be purchased from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) at www.acct.org.
NEWS! Vaughn has started a weekly blog, posted on Saturdays. The first two entries cover national political matters, but he will be commenting on many issues related to his broad experiences here and abroad. You can read them at vaughnpip.wordpress.com