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Austin author Karan Mahajan is a National Book Award finalist

12:21 pm Oct. 6, 2016

Austin author Karan Mahajan is a National Book Award finalist 2016 National Book Award finalists, fiction:

Chris Bachelder, “The Throwback Special” (W.W. Norton & Co.)

Paulette Jiles, “News of the World” (William Morrow)

Karan Mahajan, “The Association of

Mindy Kaling at the Texas Teen Book Festival: “I think I was just a friendly, chubby kid”

4:35 pm Oct. 4, 2016

In case you missed it: on Saturday Mindy Kaling gave a one-on-one interview with Sarah Pitre of Alamo Drafthouse and Forever YA Book Club for the Texas Teen Book Festival, hosted by St. Edward’s University.

The writer and star of Hulu’s The Mindy Project talked about childhood influences, the start of her writing career, and her upcoming role in the film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time, directed by Ava DuVernay. When asked to describe her