Former Nelson Daily News sports editor Alan Watson will be doing a book reading at Otter's Books on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Former Nelson Daily News sports editor Alan Watson will be doing a book reading at Otter's Books on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Watson returns to roots in Nelson

Alan Watson has returned to his former home with a mitt full of recent self-published books with a Nelson connection.

Veteran journalist, turned author, Alan Watson has returned to his former home with a mitt full of recent self-published books with a Nelson connection.

Watson grew up in Nelson, attended L.V. Rogers and Notre Dame University before starting a career in journalism at the Nelson Daily News as the sports editor. His first job at the former newspaper in 1977 acted as a springboard to a career that saw him travel around the province and eventually to Japan where he spent 10 years.

Watson returned to Canada just before the Vancouver Winter Olympics and has since written three sports bio/histories from his White Rock home.

His first — A+ in Disconnect — took a critical look at the Canadian scholarship program, but used the Nelson-based Ernie Gare Scholarship as a shining example of how to do it right.

His follow up books — Athletes and Other Lower Types: A Globe Trotter’s Tale and Catch On and Run with It — also have Nelson mentions.

Watson will be signing all his books at Otter Books on Baker Street on Saturday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.