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: rrnewneighbors.org [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

Literary Events

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
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The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at folgeorgetown.org/calendar, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.
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Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.
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Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Friday, September 24, 2004

We Dissect The Great Gatsby

Our meeting was akin to a college literature class last week, as Patty led us into the deep meanings and literary mastership of The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald. When Patty joined our group, she was introduced as a friend of Dorothy, who has since moved to Dallas but who was a retired English professor from American University. For a long time, I thought Patty was also a retired English professor, but then she told me she had taught kindergarten. I still think Patty has some college professor qualities! Everyone seemed impressed with the directed manner she used to lead our discussion!

To me, the most interesting aspect of Gatsby was the interplay between Fitzgerald's bio and the book. We decided that the book was a great commentary about the roaring 20s and also a slice of life portrayal. We decided that it didn't become popular until later because people enjoyed looking back later (that's the simplistic rendition of our discussion on that topic). We decided that Daisy was indeed modeled after Fitzgerald's tempestuous wife, Zelda, and we went into some of the ramifications of that for the book as well as for the marriage at the time. We found that the author was reflected in both Gatsby and the narrator, Nick. We did not find any of Fitzgerald in Tom - we didn't like Tom, but we had a healthy respect for Fitzgerald!

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