A selection of new titles by Washington authors, or of local interest.
“The Poetry of Zen,”
translated and edited by Sam Hamill and J.P. Seaton (Shambala, $16.95). Anthology of Zen poetry. Co-editor and translator Hamill is the founding editor of Port Townsend’s Copper Canyon Press.
“Crown of the Continent: The Last Great Wilderness of the Rocky Mountains”
by Ralph Waldt (Riverbend Publishing, $29.95, www.riverbendpublishing.com). Coffee-table book about the area around Glacier National Park, the meeting point of ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Plains. Seattle writer Ivan Doig contributes a foreword.
“Lucky Stars and Gold Bars: A World War II Odyssey”
by Karen Sladek (Penlyric Press, $32.95, www.penlyricpress.com). A Bainbridge Island author provides the frame narrative for 400 letters that her father, Lyle V. Sladek, sent home to his family’s farm in South Dakota during World War II.
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“Madison Park Remembered”
by Jane Powell Thomas (Unleashed Books, $14.95, to order email firstname.lastname@example.org). A handsomely packaged community history, revealing Madison Park’s past as home to an amusement park and Seattle’s first professional baseball park. With archival photographs.
by Robin Hobb (Bantam Spectra, $6.99). Paperback edition of the concluding volume in the Tacoma author’s “Tawny Man” fantasy series.
“A Patchwork of Comforts: Small Pleasures for Peace of Mind”
by Carol Wiseman (Conari, $14.95). An author who just moved to Whidbey Island offers an alphabetical guide to “70 comforts for the mind, body, and spirit,” including music, kittens, candlelight and hammocks.
“The Marketing Playbook: Five Battle-Tested Plays for Capturing and Keeping the Lead in Any Market”
by John Zagula and Richard Tong (Portfolio/Penguin, $22.95). Tips from two former Microsoft marketing executives who are now venture capitalists with Ignition Partners. Both live in Seattle.
“Judgment Without Trial: Japanese American Imprisonment During World War II”
by Tetsuden Kashima (University of Washington Press, $18.95). New in paperback: a book by a University of Washington professor of ethnic studies, using newly obtained records from as far back as the 1920s to show that the internment of the West Coast’s Japanese-American population was in the planning well before Japan’s 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.
by Ryan Ann Hunter (Putnam, $14.99). Children’s picture-book about the uses of robots. Hunter is a pseudonym for Pamela D. Greenwood, of Everett, and Elizabeth G. Macalaster, of Los Angeles.
In last week’s column, I gave the wrong title for a book by Fred Moody. It should have been “I Sing the Body Electronic.” My apologies.
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic