Jan Reid, the Austin writer who was shot by a thug in Mexico and lived to tell about it, has been busy lately. His book about Texas music legend Doug Sahm came out earlier this year. His novel called Comanche Sundown, about Quanah Parker, is hot off the presses. He’s also 100 pages away from finishing a draft of a biography of former Gov. Ann Richards.
Reid turned up last night to sign copies of Comanche at the Beverly Drive home of Sue and Phil John. Phil and Jan grew up friends in Wichita Falls. It’s “kind of a fluke” that he’s seemed so prolific lately, Reid said, taking a break from the autograph action. He’s working hard on the Richards book because the publishers “want me to hurry up,” he said; and he completed Comanche only after “lots of starts and stops” over 25 years. Reid (pictured in photo by Jeanne Prejean) will appear with 15 other authors at the TCU Press’ annual “Autograph Extravaganza” Dec. 3 at TCU.