New books by Seattle-area authors include a poetry collection inspired by Lewis and Clark, and a Seattle artist’s journey from Louisiana to the Pacific Northwest.

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“by Land” by John Burgess (Ravenna Press, $10). In his latest book, Seattle poet Burgess presents a multivoiced “reexperiencing” of the land voyage of Lewis and Clark. The hand-sized book presents a collage of poems, handwritten lists, a memoir in 10 fragments, maps and more. He first experienced the Lewis and Clark Trail while working on a survey crew in Montana in 1978. Burgess will appear with Seattle graphic novelist David Lasky, author of “Oregon Trail: Road to Destiny,” at 7 p.m. Thursday Aug. 13 at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co.

“Taught by Life: Art and Stories” by Roosevelt Lewis Jr. (Court Street Press, $24.95). A collection that presents images of 25 years worth of paintings and sculptures created by Lewis, who first considered art when he shaped red mud in a Louisiana cotton field as a young boy. He has lived in Seattle for 46 years and calls the collection in the book “a celebration of the power of art and human resilience.”

“Alice in Chains: The Untold Story,” by David de Sola (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99). Alice in Chains, the first Seattle grunge band to earn a gold record (for “Facelife,” in 1990), was fronted by charismatic lead singer Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002. David de Sola tells the band’s story from its beginnings in 1987 in a warehouse under the Ballard Bridge through its comeback with lead singer William DuVall in 2006.

“The Five O’Clock Ghost” by Dori Hillestad Butler, illustrated by Aurore Damant (Grosset & Dunlap, $12.99). For ages 7-9: “The Haunted Library” early-chapter book series continues with this fifth addition, which finds Kaz, a ghost, and his human friend, Claire, solving the mystery of a ghost who only comes out at a certain time each day. Butler lives in Kirkland.