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

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“Weaver of Dreams: The Life and Architecture of Robert C. Reamer”

by Ruth Quinn (Leslie & Ruth Quinn, $39.95 hardcover, $29.95 paperback, to order call 406-848-7468 or e-mail ruthleslie@ispwest). A coffee-table book overview of the career of the architect who designed Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, Bellingham’s Mount Baker Theatre, Olympic National Park’s Lake Quinault Lodge and numerous other classic Pacific Northwest landmarks, including the art-deco building where this column is being written.

“Divine Beauty: The Aesthetics of Charles Hartshorne”
by Daniel A. Dombrowski (Vanderbilt University Press, $59.95). A Seattle University professor of philosophy whose specialty is philosopher-metaphysician Charles Hartshorne (1897-2000) examines Hartshorne’s “aesthetic theory and its place within his theocentric philosophy.”

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“Neighbor Power: Building Community the Seattle Way”

by Jim Diers (University of Washington Press, $18.95). Tips on “how to build active, creative neighborhoods.” Diers was the first director of the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods.

“Late for the Wedding”

by Amanda Quick (Bantam, $7.99). New in paperback: Seattle writer Jayne Ann Krentz’s historical romance alter-ego reprises her characters Lavinia Lake and Tobias March, who search a country house for a killer.

“The O. Henry Prize Stories”

edited by Laura Furman, juried by Cristina García, Ann Patchett and Richard Russ (Anchor, $14) and

“The Best American Stories 2004”

edited by Lorrie Moore, series editor Katrina Kenison (Houghton Mifflin, $27.50 hardcover, $14 paperback). These two annual best-of collections have a Seattle connection this year: Sherman Alexie’s “What You Pawn I Will Redeem” appears in both of them, and former Seattleite Charles D’Ambrosio’s locally-set tale, “The High Divide,” appears in the O. Henry collection. D’Ambrosio has a second story, “Screenwriter,” in “Best American Short Stories 2004.”

Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times book critic