Three new books in bookstores this week

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Meet the author Fort Worth author Joan Black will sign copies of her new book, The Gospel According to Issa, from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Arts Fifth Ave., 1628 Fifth Ave., Fort Worth, 817-923-9500. The book is about Jesus’ dog and the pair’s adventure in India. Black, a lifelong animal lover, credits her hometown as the inspiration for her book, which was published in March. The all-ages event is free.

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Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:

•  La Salle’s Ghost by Miles Arceneaux (Stephen F. Austin University Press, $24) — This is the second in a series of thrillers set on the Gulf Coast from author Miles Arceneaux, the nom de plume of a trio of buddies (Brent Douglass, John T. Davis and James R. Dennis) who get their inspiration from all things Texas (and saltwater). A follow-up to Thin Slice of Life, with some recurring characters, this Gulf Coast noir features a 300-year-old ship deep in Matagorda Bay, an obsessed Frenchman who is searching for the ruins of La Salle’s lost Fort Saint Louis settlement, natural gas, greed and murder.

•  The Thicket by Joe R. Lansdale (Mulholland Books, $26) — The award-winning author, who lives in Nacogdoches, follows 2012’s Edge of Dark Water with The Thicket, another yarn about East Texas. It’s set in turn-of-the-20th century East Texas at the beginning of the oil boom. Young Jack Parker has suffered a string of personal tragedies, but nothing compares to the kidnapping of his sister by dangerous bandits. Jack enlists a band of misfits (son of an ex-slave, a dwarf, a lady-for-hire and a loyal feral hog) to help him rescue her. Lansdale will be at the Texas Book Festival on Oct. 26-27 in Austin.

•  O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic & Profound by Garrison Keillor (Grove Press, $20) — The bestselling author of the Lake Wobegon series presents his first original poetry collection. It’s filled with observational poems about people, places and things. From “Why I Live in Minnesota:” Where the temp gets down to thirty below/And it’s perfectly flat, miles of snow/And you ask why I live in this desolate spot./Because you do not. Keillor will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy.; 214-739-1124.

— Celeste Williams

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