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.

Saturday, July 24, 2004

Reading Lolita in Tehran (and Round Rock)

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, by Azar Nafisi, is a nonfiction about a group of women in Iran about 10 years ago who dared to shed tradition behind closed doors, take off their veils, and read and discuss some Western literature. Insight into Iran/Iraq in the format of a book discussion group!

Our discussion of Reading Lolita in Tehran was stimulating and insightful, as usual! I would say this book would have gotten about a 5 on a scale from 1-10. Bep loved it. Only about 4 of us had completed it. Others had read various amounts. The writing was good, but there were complaints. Patty was disappointed that the books that the Tehran group read weren't discussed in much detail. She wanted a real book club book about those books! Several people thought the book was too repetitive, saying the same thing over and over again, having the same ideas more than once, and covering the same ground too many times (great sentence about redundancy, eh?). Someone felt like we didn't really get to know the members of the Tehran club. I said maybe the author was really too self-involved to dig into the other women much, and I felt she was maybe a little cold.

Vernie told us about a burkha her son brought back from ?(Iran? Iraq? Saudi? sorry) She said it covers you so entirely that you feel cut off from the outside world, especially because you can hardly even see through the veil. Loretta told us about her neighbor from (Iran? Iraq? sorry again). The neighbor is there now - she has to go back for a certain amount of time every year or two to keep her citizenship.

We discussed the implications of losing freedoms. Velva regaled us with her adventures as a college freshman at a repressive Baptist college, where she occasionally rebelled and broke the rules. We talked about whether it is an individual personality trait to break rules or abide by them. Frank asked everyone to think about what we would do if our freedom to read were taken away and if the book police came to our houses to confiscate our books!

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