Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:• James Madison: A Life Reconsidered, by Lynne Cheney (Viking, $36) — The author and co-author of six bestselling American history books tailored for children is writing for adults in this 576-page biography of a brilliant, yet overshadowed Founding Father. Cheney spent five years researching the life of the fourth president, his peers and his glamorous wife, Dolley. Cheney will discuss the book at 6:30 p.m. May 16 at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Tickets are $45 and include a pre-signed copy of the book. Go to www.bushcenter.org for information.• Field of Prey, by John Sandford (Putnam, $28.95) — The bestselling author offers the 24th thriller in his Lucas Davenport/Prey series, following 2013’s Silken Prey. And, once again, Sandford has come up with a killer premise for the detective in Red Wing, Minn. Lucas and his team are called to investigate the discovery of a number of bodies — 15 and still counting — that were stuffed in a cistern on an abandoned farm. It appears to be the handiwork of an active serial killer — pure evil and very likely someone they all know. • Midnight Crossroad, by Charlaine Harris (Ace Hardcover, $27.95) — The bestselling author left Bon Temps, La., behind and bid goodbye to her popular Sookie Stackhouse series in 2012. But she’s back with another creepy town: Midnight, Texas, the setting for the first novel in a new trilogy. There are more boarded-up buildings than residents, and newcomer Manfred Bernardo believes he’s found the perfect place for his “psychic” business. Harris will discuss and sign her book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway; 214-739-1124. — Celeste Williams
Meet the authors
• Author Kathy A. Goolsby will sign copies of her book A History of Grand Prairie — Pre 1840s-2009 from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Grand Prairie Memorial Library, 901 Conover Drive. Books will be $27.
• Local author J.T. Cope IV of Crowley will sign copies of his young adult fantasy Countryside: The Book of the Wise (Village Green Press), 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the SMU Barnes & Noble, 3060 Mockingbird Lane, Dallas; 214-768-2435