Jan Reid

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Jan Reid at the 2012  Texas Book Festival

Jan Reid’s Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards provides an authoritative and nuanced depiction of a fiery Texas original. One of the more charismatic governors in Texas history, Ann Richards brought revolutionary energy to the Governor’s Mansion and changed the course of Texas history. Reid’s compelling, authoritative book is informed by his friendship with Richards and in-depth interviews with her family and some of her closest friends. Let the People In reveals Richards’ personal side and details her journey from Waco to Austin in the 1970s, and then into politics: “She far transcended being a mere regional politician, but her time in the spotlight proved fleeting. When the end came, she remarked that if she had known she was going to lose, she would have raised a little more hell. The fact was, she raised plenty of hell.” Former President Bill Clinton said, “Jan Reid gives us new insight into Ann Richards.” Liz Smith said, “Jan Reid’s addition to the literature, myth, and reality about Ann is a great read for Ann’s fans and foes alike.” Reid is a contributing editor for Texas Monthly. His work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Slate, and The New York Times, among other publications. Reid is the author of several works of non-fiction, including The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock and The Bullet Meant for Me. Reid has also written two award-winning novels. This year marks the seventh Texas Book Festival featuring Jan Reid. In 2010, Reid attended the Festival with his book Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm.