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Originally published Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 5:30 AM

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NW Books: Necromancers and naturalists

New books of Seattle interest: a story of a necromancer who's dating a werewolf; an illustrated collection of essays on a 19th-century naturalist; a look at six art venues around the world that break the mold (with the Olympic Sculpture Park included); and a history of the Northwest's electrification.

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"Necromancing the Stone" by Lish McBride (Henry Holt, $16.99). For ages 15 and up: In this sequel to the award-winning "Hold Me Closer, Necromancer," Sam struggles with his new powers as a necromancer. Plus, he's dating a werewolf, his best friend is a were-bear and his house hates him. McBride lives in Seattle.

"David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work" by Jack Nisbet (Sasquatch Books, $27.95). A beautifully illustrated companion to "The Collector," the author's best-selling biography of Douglas that won the 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, this volume offers 10 essays that examine the Scottish naturalist's three trips to the Northwest between 1825-1834 and connects them to modern reality. Nisbet, who lives in Spokane, will talk about the book at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the downtown Seattle Public Library (www.spl.org) and at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park (www.thirdplacebooks.com). For more, see www.jacknisbet.com.

"White Cube, Green Maze: New Art Landscapes" by Raymund Ryan (University of California Press, $39.95). Ryan, the curator of the Heinz Architectural Center in Pittsburgh, examines six venues around the world, including the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle (the only U.S. site included). Each one provides alternatives to the standard museum visit in a crowded city and is equally dedicated to architecture, landscape and radical art.

"The Wired Northwest: This History of Electric Power, 1870s-1970s," by Paul W. Hirt (University Press of Kansas, $49.95). Hirt, an associate professor of history at Arizona State University, chronicles our region's first century of electrification, and its ongoing battle to craft an efficient yet socially just power system.

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