A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“An Enduring Legacy: Women Painters of Washington, 1930-2005” by David F. Martin (Whatcom Museum of History & Art/University of Washington Press, $24.95). A history of Women Painters of Washington, a venerable art organization founded in 1930 to help female artists. With color plates.
“Washington Starwatch: An Essential Guide to Our Night Sky” by Mike Lynch (Voyageur, $24.95). A guide to our local heavens, including monthly star maps, advice on how to buy a telescope and a listing of the brightest stars we can see from our corner of the country.
“The Southern Diaspora: How the Great Migrations of Black and White Southerners Transformed America” by James N. Gregory (University of North Carolina Press, $59.95 hardcover, $19.95 paperback). A University of Washington professor of history and the director of the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project traces the migration of black and white Southerners to the north and west of the U.S. between 1900 and the 1970s.
“0 to Bitch in 10 Seconds or Less: Quips and Comebacks for Quick-Witted Women” by Amy Hatch (Sourcebooks, $7.95). A Seattle journalist compiles some female-friendly words of wisdom by Cher, Mae West, Joseph Conrad and others. Plenty of quips here — but no practical comebacks for bar situations, that I can see.
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“Enter Invisible” by Catherine Wing (Sarabande, $13.95). A debut collection by a Seattle poet, including a series of poems about cartoon characters Tom and Jerry.
“Wildfire, Candleflame” by David D. Horowitz (Rose Alley Press, $9.95, www.rosealleypress.com). A collection of metrical verse, some of it with a topical bent, by a Seattle poet.
“Weathered Pages: The Poetry Pole, 1996-2005” edited by Jim Bodeen, Terry Martin, Dan Peters and Rob Prout (Blue Begonia Press, $20). Samplings of poems found pinned to Yakima’s “Poetry Pole,” a six-foot, street-corner cedar post with the word “POETRY” carved on it. Contributors include Carmela Alexander, Joan Fiset, Richard Gold, Sam Hamill, Sharon Hashimoto, Judith Roche, Judith Skillman, Stephen Thomas and numerous other locals.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic