Sarah joined more recently and has proven to be just as voracious a reader. The pair have combined their page-turning powers to produce plenty of author interviews, plus the monthly book recaps on our Instagram page.
Things have ramped up heading into to the fest, so Sarah and Kristen had their work cut out in winnowing their Q&As with Texas Book Festival authors into the picks below. (Oh, and I produced the "Curious Mix of People" interview, since I was around for a lot of that underground fun in Austin.)
Will we see you at the fest, New? Texas Newsroom political reporter (and honorary Standard staffer) Sergio Martínez-Beltrán will be moderating one panel, along with other friends from the Newsroom and our home station KUT.
I’ll be there wandering down the tents on Congress Avenue, trying not to buy all the things.
Have a great weekend,
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