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
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.