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

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“Nikkei in the Pacific Northwest: Japanese Americans and Japanese Canadians in the Twentieth Century,”
edited by Louis Fiset and Gail M. Nomura (University of Washington Press, $25). Fiset, an affiliate associate professor of dentistry at the University of Washington, and Nomura, a UW assistant professor of American ethnic studies, assemble an anthology of essays on the role that immigrants of Japanese ancestry have played in the Pacific Northwest, including British Columbia. Local writers Gail Lee Dubrow and Andrea Geiger-Adams contribute essays.

“Homicide My Own”
by Anne Argula (Pleasure Boat Studio, $16). A debut mystery by a Seattle-area author, about two Spokane cops whose investigation of a kidnapping on an Indian reservation starts one of them on an obsessive pursuit of a decades-old murder case.

“Childe Hassam: Impressionist of the West”
by Margaret E. Bullock (Portland Art Museum/University of Washington Press, $29.95). The noted impressionist artist visited the Pacific Northwest in 1904 and 1908, where he painted Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and numerous sights in Oregon. This handsome coffee-table book was the companion volume to the recent exhibit at the Portland Art Museum.

“The Half-Life”
by Jonathan Raymond (Bloomsbury, $14.95). Paperback edition of a first novel in which the fortunes of an 1820s Fort Vancouver couple are contrasted with those of two aspiring 1980s filmmakers living on a commune outside Portland. Times staffer Melinda Bargreen called this a “richly atmospheric debut.”

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“The Samurai Way of Baseball: The Impact of Ichiro and the New Wave from Japan”
by Robert Whiting (Warner, $14.95). Paperback edition of a book formerly titled “The Meaning of Ichiro: The New Wave from Japan and the Transformation of Our National Pastime.” Times reviewer David Takami said Whiting spotlights “intriguing variations in how the two nations play the game. The contrasting approaches reveal as much about U.S.-Japan cultural differences as any dissertation on international relations.”

“The Witch’s Boy”
by Michael Gruber (HarperTempest, $16.99). A fantasy novel for children by the Seattle author, about “a boy raised by a witch, a talking cat, a bear and a demon.”

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic