A couple of big names — former President Jimmy Carter and comedian Azis Ansari — are coming to Austin this summer for book-related events.
Carter will wrap up his upcoming tour for "A Full Life: Reflections at 90″ by appearing at BookPeople at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 1. His book goes on sale July 7, and it adds details to his life as a child in rural Georgia, the struggles over the civil rights movement, his admiration for his mother and his regrets over losing re-election as president.
Interestingly, he says one of the happiest moments in his life came right after he was president, "when I was informed by my military aide that the plane carrying all our hostages had taken off from the Tehran airport after sitting there loaded and ready since early that morning." He adds: "Although books have been written about the question, I have never known what caused the Ayatollah to delay granting their freedom until I was out of office."
Ansari, meanwhile, will be at the Paramount to promote his latest book, "Modern Romance," at 7:30 p.m. July 14. Tickets are $46.
In the book, he teams up with writer and sociologist Eric Klinenberg to study how people "couple up" in modern society.
The two conducted researched in such cities as Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Paris. His appearance at the Paramount is in association with BookPeople, which is selling books that can be signed at the event.