What’s new in bookstores

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

•  Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space by Lynn Sherr (Simon & Schuster, $28) — The author, a former broadcaster for ABC News, reported on NASA’s space shuttle program from its beginning in 1981. So, it’s fitting that she has written the “definitive biography” of Ride, who made history in 1983 aboard Challenger. Sherr had access to Ride’s diaries, letters, photos and files, plus friends, family and colleagues. Sherr will discuss the book at an Authors Live! event, 7 p.m. June 18 at Highland Park United Methodist Church, Wesley Hall, 3300 Mockingbird Lane; 214-521-3111.

•  The Smoke at Dawn: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Shaara (Ballantine Books, $28) — The bestselling author offers the third novel in his Civil War trilogy, following 2012’s A Blaze of Glory and 2013’s A Chain of Thunder. Shaara (fun fact: he lives in Gettysburg) sets this one in the summer of 1863, when Gen. Ulysses S. Grant is on a mission to crush the Confederacy. Shaara will discuss and sign his book 6-8 p.m. June 11 at a free lecture sponsored by the Dallas Historical Society at the Hall of State at Fair Park, 3939 Grand Ave., Dallas; 214-421-4500.

•  FaceOff edited by David Baldacci (Simon & Schuster, $26.99) — For those who’ve wondered “What if Lincoln Rhyme went head-to-head with Lucas Davenport?” this one’s for you. This 11-story anthology, brainchild of the International Thriller Writers, presents the ultimate mashup of iconic characters (Cotton Malone, Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch) from 23 iconic authors (Dennis Lehane, R.L. Stine, Lee Child). The audiobook, from Simon & Schuster Audio ($39.99), features Baldacci and actors Dylan Baker, Jeremy Bobb, Dennis Boutsikaris, Daniel Gerroll and January LaVoy.

— Celeste Williams

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