Round Rock New Neighbors is a social organization of women welcoming women in the Round Rock area since 1978. Both "new" and "old" neighbors are welcome. For more information: [Barnes & Noble requires that RRNN's book club be open to the public, so you do not need to be an RRNN member to attend book club, and both men and women are welcome and do attend. ]

Literary Events

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:


Austin novelist, Jeff Abbott, will return to the Georgetown Public Library to speak at the Hill Country Authors Series on Wednesday, January 31st at 2 PM. Abbott’s first appearance here was in 2012; this time he’ll discuss his fourteenth novel, Blame, published July, 2017, to critical acclaim. Known as one of the best thriller writers in the business, his latest effort was described by fellow thriller author, Harlan Coben, as “the perfect blend of complex characters, plot twists galore, and great psychological suspense."

Bestsellers around the world, Jeff's novels are thrillers that center on ordinary people caught up in sudden, unexpected nightmares, often related to secrets in their past. They combine high-stakes intrigue with emotional punch.

In Blame an amnesiac accident victim has to investigate her own past in Abbott’s tense psychological thriller. Froom Kirkus Review: “The Austin, Texas, suburb of Lakehaven is shaken when two teenagers drive off a cliff; driver Jane Norton survives while high school hero David Hall is killed. Jane comes out of a coma with part of her memory lost. After a note is found at the accident scene that suggests Jane caused the accident in a suicide attempt, she becomes an outcast; as Jane pieces together her own history, she becomes convinced she wasn’t trying to kill herself, and the accident starts looking more like murder. The unconventional plot, the constant surprises, and above all the psychological depth of the characters all make this a first-rate crime novel. “

A Rice University graduate with a degree in History and English, Abbott worked as a creative director at an advertising agency for more than eleven years, as he continued to write novels. He left that job in 2005 in order to write full-time after the success of his thriller, Panic. Three of his novels have been optioned for film, and are in script development.

He is a three-time nominee for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award and a two-time nominee for the Anthony Award. Jeff’s first novel, Do Unto Others, won both the Agatha Award and the Macavity Award.

The event begins at 2 pm at the library located at 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown; the doors open at 1:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased online (link here) beginning December 1 at the special online price of $13.00. Tickets will go on sale in the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library on January 2, 2018 for $15.00, $18 at the door. Tickets are also available from the Wow!mobile, the bookmobile that services Georgetown. Contact Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974 for more information.

A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. Look for the DeLorean. (Hint-it's moving quickly and is black and you're more likely to find it if you watch one of the explanatory videos that elaborates on the trailer.) If you want to, stay on the YouTube page and see lots more about Ready Player One. After all, it's a movie about the native online generation.

Sunday, September 22, 2002

A Note About The Grapes of Wrath

History, submitted via email by Patty:
John Steinbeck is one of my favorite American authors. He was born in
Salinas, California in 1902. There is now a museum in Salinas honoring him
as well as a yearly Steinbeck festival each August. During most of his
writing career he felt he was not welcome in Salinas but he wished to be
buried there. People in Salinas were especially outraged when East of Eden
was published, as he included some real people still living there. He is
remembered for many of his short stories and some of the earlier lighter
novels, especially Cannery Row, Sweet Thursday and Tortilla Flat.

However, his greatest novel was The Grapes of Wrath, and it is generally
included in lists of the 100 greatest novels. It was the publishing event of
1939 and was the best seller of that year. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize
for this novel in 1940 and in l962 won the Nobel Prize for literature. He
said that he never looked upon himself as an author - he said he was a
writer. He cared about language and he cared about people. He didn't want
to be famous or popular - he just wanted to write books. He created men and
women who live on after one has finished the book - we cannot forget
characters like Tom Joad and Ma Joad.

I don't find any notes about our discussion of this book, but I did find a message with some history that Patty sent:

In preparation for writing The Grapes of Wrath, he lived and worked with the
migrants. He went to Oklahoma and rode to California with them and lived in
the camps with them. Although this is a fictional account of a family, it is
based on fct. At the time it was published it raised strong feelings of
opposition, from people from Oklama and also from California and from
churches. There was much public reaction against the book at first, it was
only later that it was judged as a work of art.

There are three settings in the book - Oklahoma, US Highway 66, and California
(includes tenant farms, migrant camps, service stations, truck stops and
boxcars and barns. The time is the Great Depression of the 1930's. The
main characters are Ma and Pa Joad, Tom Joad, Jim Casy (a former preacher)
and several younger Joad children.

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