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Originally published May 12, 2009 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 12, 2009 at 3:50 AM

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New books published on the Klallam Tribe, timber towns and Meriwether Lewis

Books on the Klallam Tribe (by Lynda V. Mapes), timber towns (by Eirik Johnson) and Meriwether Lewis (by Thomas C. Danisi and John C. Jackson) are among new releases with Northwest connections.

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Author appearances

Lynda V. Mapes

The author discusses "Breaking Ground," 7 p.m. May 14, Burke Museum, University of Washington, Seattle, free (206-634-3400 or and 2 p.m. May 17, Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-4636 or

Carol Levin

The poet reads at 7:30 p.m. today, Open Books: A Poem Emporium, 2414 N. 45th St., Seattle, free (206-633-0811 or

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Books on the Klallam Tribe, timber towns and Meriwether Lewis are among new releases with Northwest connections:

"Breaking Ground: The Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Unearthing of Tse-Whit-zen Village" by Lynda V. Mapes (University of Washington Press, $29.95). The Seattle Times reporter chronicles the conflict between Washington state and the Klallam people after an excavation for a dry-dock facility in Port Angeles led to the discovery of a major Native American archaeological site.

"Sawdust Mountain" by Eirik Johnson (Aperture, $50). Color photographs of faded fishing and timber communities, shot over four years in Washington, Oregon and Northern California. With an essay by Port Angeles author Tess Gallagher and a poem by Bainbridge author David Guterson.

"Red Rooms and Others" by Carol Levin (Pecan Grove Press, $8, Poems by a Seattle writer.

"Legends of the Lake, Volume I" by Dick Wagner, foreword by Paul Dorpat (The Center for Wooden Boats, $14.99). A history of Seattle's Lake Union by the founding director of the Center for Wooden Boats. Dorpat's weekly column, "Now & Then," runs in Pacific Magazine.

"Everything I Understand about America I Learned in Chinese Proverbs" by Wendy Liu (Homa & Sekey, $16.95, Memoir by a Chinese writer who's lived in Seattle for 20 years and has written occasionally for The Seattle Times.

"Standing By: The Making of an American Military Family in a Time of War" by Alison Buckholtz (Tarcher/Penguin, $24.95). Memoir by an East Coaster, about living in Anacortes for several years after her husband was transferred to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.

"The Real Messiah: The Throne of St. Mark and the True Origins of Christianity" by Stephan Huller (Watkins, $24.95). A Kirkland author's book contesting "the myth that Jesus was the long-prophesied Messiah of the Jewish nation."

"Meriwether Lewis" by Thomas C. Danisi and John C. Jackson (Prometheus, $28.98). A revisionist biography of the co-leader of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, with a new focus on his post-expedition years as governor of the newly created Louisiana Territory. Co-author Jackson lives in Olympia.

"Crazy Good Sex: Putting to Bed the Myths Men Have about Sex" by Dr. Les Parrott (Zondervan/HarperCollins, $19.99). The founder of Seattle Pacific University's Center for Relationship Development offers a "straight-talking guide to satisfying marital sex."

"Mortal Coils" by Eric Nylund (Tor, $14.95). Fantasy novel by a Seattle-area writer ("Halo: Ghost of Onyx") about two orphaned teens, "the offspring of a goddess and Lucifer, Prince of Darkness," who are mired in an "epic custody battle."

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