A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.

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“The Alpine Quilt”
by Mary Daheim (Ballantine, $22.95). The Seattle writer’s latest Emma Lord mystery finds the quilting society of Cascades town Alpine coping with a murder and a rash of break-ins that may be related.

“Lord Brain”
by Bruce Beasley (University of Georgia Press, $16.95). A meditation on the psyche, in the form of 31 poems inspired in part by the work of neuroscientist Sir Walter Russell Brain (1895-1966). By a Western Washington University professor of English.

“The Geology of Southern Vancouver Island”
by Chris Yorath (Harbour Publishing, $24.95). Their earthquakes are our earthquakes, their subduction zone our subduction zone. Learn more about them in this newly revised geological portrait of our northern neighbor, first published in 1995.

“Counting on Wildflowers: An Entanglement”
by Kim Antieau (Aqueduct Press, $9). A volume of essays, short stories and poems by a Vancouver, Wash., writer, ranging in setting and subject matter from Mount St. Helens to West Africa to the fiction of Daphne Du Maurier, and aiming to illuminate “the richness of our world today.”

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“Stranger Than Fiction: True Stories”
by Chuck Palahniuk (Anchor, $13.95). In stores Tuesday: paperback edition of an essay collection covering everything from Montana’s Rock Creek Lodge Testicle Festival to volunteer efforts in hurricane-devastated Honduras. Times reviewer Mark Lindquist said Portland author Palahniuk “spots the telling details, he makes interesting connections, and he still lets his subjects speak for themselves.”

“Table for Five”
by Susan Wiggs (Mira, $19.95). In the Bainbridge author’s latest novel, the needs of three children orphaned by a car crash lead to love between the fiercely independent teacher and the footloose “rolling stone” who become their guardians.

“Romeow and Drooliet”
by Nina Laden (Chronicle, $16.95). A children’s picture book by a Seattle writer-artist, in which two feuding families — the Barkers and the Felinis — make romance difficult for a canine daughter and feline son. Written “with a wag of the tale to William Shakespeare.”

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic