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What a couple of weeks in books right here in Austin! Last week, it was new books from the amazing Sarah Bird and Martha Louise Hunter, and this week we have back-to-back-to-back events.

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.29.18 PMFirst up is Natalia Sylvester with her debut novel, Chasing the SunI first met Natalia when I was at the Writer’s League of Texas, and tonight I had the pleasure of joining her for her Austin book launch at the wonderful Book Spot in Round Rock (more on that in a later post). I haven’t had a chance to read Natalia’s book yet, but it’s next on my reading list, for sure!

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.28.08 PMNatalia was inspired by her own family’s harrowing experience with a kidnapping (her grandfather had been kidnapped in Lima, Peru, long before she was born), and as she was writing the novel, she gathered the courage to ask the questions of her father and mother. Even though the events in the book are completely different from her family’s story, I’m fascinated to see how that all intersects. And it’s been a long process for her, so it’s wonderful to see the results of her efforts in a hardcover format!

Next up: An Evening with Lowell Mick White and Ken Fontenot at Malvern Books on June 6 and then Bethany Hegedus at BookPeople on June 7. Woohoo!

What author appearances are YOU most looking forward this summer, dear readers?