Here’s what’s new in bookstores this week:
▪ The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, by Mark Z. Danielewski (Pantheon, $25) — The bestselling author (House of Leaves) returns with a challenging new novel. A 12-year-old girl is at the center, but there’s a big cast of characters (including two scientists in Marfa) and myriad locales. At 880 pages, it’s a visual feast with daring typography and color illustrations woven throughout. Volume 2: Into the Forest is due Oct. 27.
▪ How To Start a Fire, by Lisa Lutz (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $25) — The bestselling author of the “Spellman Files” series examines female friendship in her newest. Spanning decades, the non-linear story follows Anna (the rich girl), Kate (the orphan) and Georgianna (the jock) from college in the 1990s into middle age, when their strong bond is tested by marriage, children, deaths, divorce and secrets.
▪ No One Gets Out Alive, by Adam Nevill (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) — The award-winning author (The House of Small Shadows) has been called Britain’s answer to Stephen King, and he adds to that reputation with his latest work of terror. Desperate, Stephanie is forced to rent a cheap room in a dodgy Birmingham, England, neighborhood. She hears voices, and then sounds — and something — inside her locked room. Get out now!
— Celeste Williams
Meet the authors
▪ Dallas author Jenny Martin will discuss and sign Tracked, her new book for young adults, at 1 p.m. Sunday at Southlake Town Square Barnes & Noble, 1430 Plaza Place, 817-442-0207.
▪ Taya Kyle will sign copies of her new memoir, American Wife: A Memoir of Love, War, Faith and Renewal, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Hulen Barnes & Noble, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., 817-346-2368.
▪ Bestselling author Jen Lancaster will talk about and sign her new memoir, I Regret Nothing, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dallas Barnes & Noble, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, 214-739-1124.
▪ Richard Rawlings will sign copies of his new memoir, Fast N’ Loud: Blood, Sweat and Beers, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hulen Barnes & Noble, 4801 Overton Ridge Blvd., 817-346-2368.