Saipan author releases new novel

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Marianas Variety editor Zaldy Dandan’s first novel, “How I Learned  What Really  (Probably) Happened  to Amelia Earhart,” is now available on amazon.com and at Bestseller at  the MAC Building next to McDonald’s on Middle Road, Chalan Laulau, Saipan.

The novel centers on a young reporter from the Philippines, who signs up for a newspaper job on the Pacific island of Saipan to earn more money. “He expected a year or two of a profitable tropical vacation — not an eye-opening, mind-boggling, life-changing experience. It turns out that the small island, which played a big part in recent American history, may also hold the key to solving one of the 20th century’s most enduring mysteries: Amelia Earhart’s final flight in the summer of 1937.”

The author’s book of poems, “We’ll Kiss Like It’s Air and We’re Running Out of It,” and book of short stories, “Die! Bert! Die!,” are also available on amazon.com and at Bestseller-Saipan  and Bestseller at GPO in Tamuning, Guam.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.