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An emperor’s bio, a goat expert’s mistake

New books by Seattle-area authors: A Chinese dynasty examined, a goat drawing that’s off the mark and a new entry in the “Bloodlines” series for young readers.

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New releases

A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy by Marc Hinton (American Palate, $19.99). Wine writer Hinton traces the influences that have shaped the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

Emperor Huizong by Patricia Buckley Ebrey (Harvard University Press, $45). University of Washington history and Chinese studies professor Ebrey provides a window into Song Dynasty China and the 26-year reign of Emperor Huizong, a leader who continues to inspire praise and condemnation.

“Ozzie and the Art Contest” by Dana Sullivan (Sleeping Bear, $15.99). For ages 4-7: Ozzie is sure he will win the art contest with his drawing since he’s an expert on goats. When he only gets an honorable mention, he discovers the importance of reading carefully: The assignment was to draw a boat. Sullivan lives near Seattle.

“The Fiery Heart” by Richelle Mead (Razorbill, $18.99). For ages 14-17: The best-selling Seattle-area author adds this fourth novel to her Bloodlines series. Sydney must hide her relationship with Adrian, a vampire, from her sister, Zoe, or risk “re-education” by the Alchemists. Sydney and Adrian narrate alternating chapters.

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