New books by Seattle-area authors include a tribute to old dogs, a new essay collection by Gregory Wolfe and a novel by the co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books.

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“My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts” by Laura T. Coffey, photographs by Lori Fusaro (New World, $24.95). Coffey, of Seattle, introduces readers to older dogs and aims to show adopting one can be more rewarding than choosing a younger dog. The book profiles a number of older dogs and is full of portraits (Fusaro photographs them for a living).

“The Operation of Grace: Further Essays on Art, Faith, and Mystery” by Gregory Wolfe (Cascade Books, $25). Wolfe, founder and editor of the literary journal “Image” and director of a Seattle Pacific University creative-writing program, offers a collection of essays examining how values like ambiguity, tragedy and beauty expand the understanding of spirituality. There also are sections in the book that are inspired by his work with emerging writers. Wolfe reads at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Seattle’s Elliott Bay Book Co. (

“California Four O’Clock” by Martin McClellan(Letters from the Hellbox Press, $26). This debut novel by a Seattle resident and co-founder of the Seattle Review of Books uses the world of pinups as a backdrop to tell a family drama set in midcentury Los Angeles. It touches upon the shades that separate photography and painting, identity in a time of repression, fathers, mothers, daughters, partners and “what it’s like to fight the ghost of a self you haven’t yet outgrown.”

“Flutter & Hum: Animal Poems/Aleteo y Zumbido: Poemas de Animales” by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt, $17.99). For ages 6-10: This beautiful collection of bilingual poems celebrates both wild and domestic creatures, as well as language itself. Paschkis mingles words into her paintings; for example, “ola” (wave) graces the blue swirls of an illustration for a poem about a whale. Paschkis, of Seattle, explains in an author’s note how she was inspired by the poet Pablo Neruda after illustrating a book about him.