POKER NATION: A HIGH-STAKES, LOW-LIFE ADVENTURE INTO THE HEART OF A GAMBLING COUNTRY Andy Bellin (HarperCollins, $23.95, on sale March 10) A young journalist who moonlights as a semipro poker player combines his two loves.

EVERYTHING’S EVENTUAL: 14 DARK TALES Stephen King (Scribner, $28, on sale March 19) Who knows what the title of King’s first story collection in nine years means? Nevertheless, it should eventually end up on the best-seller chart.

FUNNYMEN Ted Heller (Scribner, $26, on sale Mar. 26) From the author of Slab Rat comes a novel in the guise of an oral biography, about the humble beginnings and slapstick bravado of the comic duo Fountain and Bliss.