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

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“The Pen and The Key: 50th Anniversary Anthology of Pacific Northwest Writers” edited by Nigel Loring (74th Street Productions, $21.95 paperback). Honoring the Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s 50th anniversary, this collection features works by 24 contributors based in the region, including J.A. Jance, Bharti Kirchner and Marvin Bell.

Sailing into the Abyss: The True Story of Extreme Heroism on the High Seas by William R. Benedetto (Citadel Press, $23.95 hardcover). Benedetto, who lives in Wilsonville, Ore., reconstructs the true wartime story of the Merchant Marine vessel Badger State, which in 1969 set sail from Hood Canal en route to Vietnam with 5,000 tons of bombs on board. When those bombs started breaking loose from their pallets during rough seas, the fate of the ship and its crew was sealed.

“Trees on a Slope” by Hwang Sun-won (University of Hawaii, $18 paperback). Bruce and Ju-Chan Fulton of Seattle have translated this novel about the horrors of the Korean War to introduce Western readers to one of Asia’s most prominent authors. Hwang Sun-won died in 2000.

“Small Talk Savvy” by Melissa Wadsworth (Borders, $12.95 paperback). So, you from around here? Seattle marketing and PR expert Wadsworth explains how (and how not) to make a big impression in social and business situations.

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“The Hoko River Archaeological Site Complex: The Rockshelter” by Dale R. Croes (Washington State University, $50 paperback). Croes, an anthropology professor at South Puget Sound Community College, continues his series exploring research into this excavation site along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Tyrone Beason, Seattle Times staff reporter