What’s new in bookstores

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

▪ Letters to the Lost, by Iona Grey (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99) For her debut, the author blends historical fiction and romance with a touch of mystery. Set in London, the story-within-a-story opens with Jess fleeing an abusive boyfriend and hiding in an empty house. There, she discovers a box of letters that detail the World War II love story of Stella and Dan. Jess is determined to find out what happened to these two.

▪ Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson (William Morrow, $35) The bestselling author (2008’s Anathem) covers the future of humanity in this 880-page science-fiction saga that spans 5,000 years. After a catastrophic event (no, not a zombie apocalypse), the human race has to get out before Earth becomes uninhabitable for the next five millenia. This is the survivors’ tale — how humanity manages to survive and the plan to reinhabit Earth.

▪ Year of the Dunk: A Modest Defiance of Gravity, by Asher Price (Crown, $26) The author covers energy and the environment for the Austin American-Statesman, but this is a different kind of science. The 34-year-old sought to feed a childhood obsession by training to dunk a basketball. From August to August, Price did the research (was dunking really in his DNA?) and worked with an Olympic high jumper. How did he do?

— Celeste Williams

Meet the author

Local architect and author Frank D. Welch will sign his memoir, On Becoming an Architect, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at TCU’s J.M. Moudy Building, 2805 S. University Drive. The event is co-hosted by the Fort Worth chapter of the American Institute of Architects and TCU Press, which published the memoir April 13. Attendees must register at