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.
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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, February 22, 2004

Payment in Blood

This evening, my husband stopped by the Austin Public Library on his way home from work. He phoned from there to tell me he forgot to bring the title of the book I wanted. I told him, "Payment in Blood." He asked the author, and I told him, "Elizabeth George." Then I hung up the phone.

A moment later, my teenaged daughter called down from upstairs, "Who was that?" "Oh, just your Dad calling from the library. He forgot to bring my book title with him."

"Whew!" my daughter said, "I thought maybe it was the new tenants moving into the rental house this weekend!"

Well, we found out who done it! The author led us astray purposely so we wouldn't guess.Click here to visit Emoticons Mail site Some of us felt that the possibility of guessing was there; others felt that it was very minimal. A few of us almost guessed. Payment in Blood got mixed reviews. Those who love English drawing-room mysteries enjoyed it the most, and those of us who aren't crazy about mysteries probably like English drawing-room mysteries least of all mysteries, and Payment in Blood among least of all those. It was interesting to those of us who have not read this author before to learn that these detectives appear in other books.

We ended up creating a list of other mystery writers beloved of the group, ostensibly so that those of us (who, me?) who haven't yet spent hours and hours diving into mysteries only to surface after it's too late in the day to make a fresh salad or weed a flower bed or list 10 items on Ebay would be able to start. The authors I wrote down are: Faith Kellerman, Nebada Barr, Ayelet Waldman (wife of Michael Chabon), ---Van Geeson, Elmore Kelton, and Tony Hillerman.

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