Fact and fiction, Jesus of Nazareth and John F. Kennedy: All of these topics were addressed, debated and discussed Saturday, and all bolstered by an obvious and enthusiastic love of books and reading on the first day of the annual Texas Book Festival held in and around the Capitol grounds.
The Literary Death Match, sort of a cross between a literary reading and “American Idol,” took place at 10 a.m. at the Paramount Theatre. Austin poet Sasha West read with and against Jonathan Lethem, former Austinite Nina McCongiley and the eventual winner, “Zero Fade” author Chris L. Terry.
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Find an extensive look at the Texas Book Festival’s schedule in the Insight & Books section, and at statesman.com/books.