A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Last Victim” by Kevin O’Brien (Pinnacle, $6.99). The Seattle mystery writer’s latest novel is about a senatorial campaign, a secret kept for years between the candidate and his twin sister, and a killer who wants to expose them.
“The Fork Without Hunger” by Laurie Lamon (CavanKerry Press, $14). A book of verse by a teacher at Whitworth College, including 12 “Pain Poems” from “an ongoing cycle of poems whose subjects include history, religion, loss and survival.” Lamon lives in Spokane.
“Cannon Beach Cottages” by Jill Grady (Cannon Beach Historical Society, $21.95, www.cbhistory.org). A photo essay about the cottages and history of the Oregon beach town, a favorite destination for some Seattleites.
“Queenship and Political Power in Medieval and Early Modern Spain,” edited by Theresa Earenfight (Ashgate, $89.95). An anthology of essays in the academic publisher’s “Women and Gender in the Early Modern World” series, edited by a Seattle University Associate Professor of History.
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“One Hundred Demons” by Lynda Barry (Sasquatch, $17.95). Paperback reprint of a 2002 cartoon collection about “Freaky boyfriends! Shouting Moms! Innocence betrayed!” — much of it inspired by Barry’s girlhood years in Seattle.
“Bloodchild and Other Stories” by Octavia E. Butler (Seven Stories, $14). New edition of the Seattle science-fiction writer’s 1996 story-essay collection. Includes two new stories, “Amnesty” and “The Book of Martha.”
“Face to Face: Women Writers on Faith, Mysticism, and Awakening,” edited by Linda Hogan and Brenda Peterson (North Point, $14). Paperback reprint of a collection of writings on feminine spirituality, featuring the work of Jane Goodall, Mary Gordon, Elaine Pagels and Terry Tempest Williams, among others. This is the third editorial collaboration between Peterson, a Seattle author, and Hogan, a Colorado resident.
“Seattle Survival Guide, 4th Edition” by Eric Lucas (Sasquatch, $19.95). An update of the Seattle writer’s “essential handbook for Seattle and Eastside living.”
“The Amethyst Road” by Louise Spiegler (Clarion, $16). A Seattle writer’s debut novel for young adults, inspired by the author’s interest in Rom (Gypsy) culture. The story is about a 16-year-old girl and her older sister who have to survive on their own after their father dies and their mother abandons them.
Compiled by Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic