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Austin Way - 2017 - Issue 2 - Late Spring - Brooklyn Decker

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AUSTINWAY.COM 77 The write stuff: When she's not serving on boards like the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation or the Texas Book Festival and Literacy Coalition of Central Texas, Maya Payne Smart can be found reading and writing inspired content for her powerful lifestyle blog. On, she tackles hot topics with social commentary, interviews, and book reviews for "world- changing women." In the (libr ary) cards: "One thing I'm particularly excited about in Austin is the New Central Library, opening later this year," says Smart, wife of UT Men's Basketball coach Shaka Smart. "It's a really phenomenal building with a lot of cool features in terms of sustainabil- ity." The library, which is pursuing platinum-level LEED certification, will house a Recycled Reads boutique and a cookbook-themed cafe run by ELM Restaurant Group. The next generation: Smart spends time talking about books and ideas with her daughter. "I want her to grow up in a world that is better than the world I grew up in," says Smart. "I want her to have the kind of skills and perspective she needs to contribute to a better world." website:; twitter: @mayasmart MAYA PAY NE SMART The Wordsmith PHOTOGRAPHY BY HAKEEM ADEWUMI

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