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Virginia Gore Urrutia, '35, Kelso, Washington, is the author of They Came to Six Rivers: The Story of Cowlitz County. Urrutia, who was born in Cowlitz County in 1913, chronicles stories she has heard all her life. A former editor of the Cowlitz Historical Quarterly and a long-time cyclist who has bicycled on all the continents except Antarctica, she is the author of Two Wheels and a Taxi, an account of a bicycle trip through Ecuador.

William Ashworth, '65, is the author of The Left Hand of Eden: Meditations on Nature and Human Nature, a collection of essays published by Oregon State University Press. A 20th anniversary edition of an earlier book, The Wallowas: Coming of Age in the Wilderness, also was recently published.

Carlton Smith, '69, San Francisco, has written eight books. The most recent, due out this summer from St. Martins Press, is Death in Texas, about a murder-for-hire killing and its aftermath.

Leah Shafer, '88, Seattle, is co-author of a textbook with Marilyn Kok, published by Harcourt Brace. The book, Building College Writing, can be found on Amazon.com. Shafer and her husband, Jim, who have two children, own a small farm. She is a librarian at North Elementary School in Taylorville, Illinois.