What’s new in bookstores for the week of Feb. 2

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

•  One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories by B.J. Novak (Knopf, $24.95) — Novak is best known for The Office, where he was a producer, writer, director and actor (Ryan, aka the Fire Guy). Now, you can add author to his résumé. The audiobook (Random House, $30) is a treat, read by Novak and guests Lena Dunham, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling, Julianne Moore, Jason Schwartzman, Emma Thompson and Rainn Wilson. He’ll talk about “Crafting Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. March 11 at an Arts & Letters Live event at the Dallas Museum of Art. Go to www.dma.org/all for ticket information.

•  Somerset by Leila Meacham (Grand Central Publishing, $26) — The bestselling Texas author offers a prequel to 2010’s beloved Roses, which means the origin stories of the Tolivers, Warwicks and DuMonts of Howbutker, Texas. The 624-page saga begins in South Carolina in 1835 with Silas Toliver and best friend Jeremy Warwick setting off by wagon train to start a cotton plantation in Texas. In New Orleans, they meet Henri DuMont, who joins the expedition. Meacham will sign Somerset at 3 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Hwy., 214-739-1124.

•  I Always Loved You by Robin Oliveira (Viking, $27.95) — The bestselling author follows her debut novel — 2010’s My Name Is Mary Sutter — with another historical novel. She moves from the Civil War to 1926 Paris and the great love affair and turbulent relationship between artists Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas, who were part of the impressionist movement. Oliveira and Cathy Marie Buchanan (2013’s The Painted Girls) will discuss Cassatt and Degas at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18 at an Arts & Letters Live event at the Dallas Museum of Art. Go to www.dma.org/all for ticket information.

— Celeste Williams

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