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NW Books: A Columbia canoe voyage, poetry, cartoon cats and haunting a serial killer

New books of Seattle interest: a 1,200-mile Columbia River voyage by canoe; a collection of poetry; a strip of cat cartoons; and the story of a girl who risks her soul by haunting the man who killed her.

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"Voyage of a Summer Sun" by Robin Cody (Oregon State University Press, $19.95). A reprint of the 1995 edition. The author, who lives in Portland, tells of a 1990 canoe adventure that begins high in the Canadian Rockies and finishes 82 days later in the mouth of the Columbia River in Astoria, Ore. He must portage through dams and weave through the rapids of a river that plunges 2,700 feet in 1,200 miles.

"Crossing" by Dean Olson (Fithian Press, $14). A new poetry collection that focuses on the passage from youth into the present and then toward old age and the future. Olympia resident Olson, an emeritus faculty member of The Evergreen State College, has published 80 poetry collections.

"Velveteen" by Daniel Marks (Delacorte Press, $17.99). For ages 16 and up: Velveteen haunts the serial killer who kidnapped, tortured and murdered her, trying to prevent more girls from becoming his victim. Crossing into the world of the living from the city of the dead isn't as easy as it first seems, however, and Velveteen may end up risking her own soul. Not for the squeamish, as it includes torture details. Marks lives in the Seattle area.

"How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You" (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $14.99). A continuation of the Web comic, "The Oatmeal." Inman, a Web designer, developer and comic illustrator who lives in Seattle, amuses his audience with a sharp wit on cats. Find more on

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