The Indian Shirt Story

Musa Publishing, 2013

Northwest readers, you will not want to miss this book. You like Sherman Alexie? You like Maria Semple? You like Jonathan Evison? You will love Heather Lockman.

—Lauren Danner, Northwest Historian

Charming, lovely, funny and sad.

—Portland Book Review

[S]tarts out blithely, with a dash of snarky charm…delivers plenty of entertainment value with thoughtful social commentary.

—Barbara Lloyd McMichael, The Bookmonger

A brew pub, a historic house, trouble with the local American Indian community, and unexpected attention from the biggest country music star ever to come out of Nashville. It’s going to be a tough summer for Bess in the free-thinking, left-leaning, soy-eating, fish-loving town of Port Heron.

American mythologies collide in a novel from the Pacific Northwest that’s part love story, part modern politics, and part historical saga. Sharply observed but big-hearted, it’s also a whole lot of fun.


A 2014 Bestseller at Orca Books in Olympia, Washington (a very cool indie bookstore in a town very much like Port Heron).


Tumwater book coverTumwater

Text by Heather Lockman,
coordination of vintage photos by Carla Wulfsberg
Arcadia Publishing (Images of America), 2010

Let’s face it—some local histories are dreadful. This photo history of the oldest American settlement on Puget Sound is actually pretty good.

Available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and independent booksellers

Building a Capital City book coverBuilding a Capital City:
Olympia’s Past Revealed
Through its Historic Architecture

Text by Heather Lockman, research by Shanna Stevenson
City of Olympia, 2000

From early plank cabins to streamlined Art Moderne storefronts, the historic buildings of Olympia, Washington, reflect the history of their town.

Limited edition, out of print; copies occasionally available through secondhand bookstores and search services.