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

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

PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Friday, March 25, 2005

Author Visit: Elizabeth Moon

Too bad I don't have a new smileys program yet - haven't had much time for play lately. But, it would be fun to try to find an appropriate smiley to express our enjoyment of our visit with Elizabeth Moon last Monday! I think everyone enjoyed it! Elizabeth began talking about her book that we read, The Speed of Dark, and ended up talking about her autistic son, and a few other interesting topics. I was surprised that so many of us have been touched by mentally impaired people in our lives. Then I got to thinking about "the spectrum," as Elizabeth called it, and I think that a lot of people's aberrations may place them on or near "the spectrum," causing various degrees of disruption in their lives and the lives connected with them.

Thanks to those of you brought people to the discussion and to those who shared very personal stories about your friends and relatives and the difficulties and triumphs you have seen with them! The sharing made the meeting a very special and interesting one, more personal even than sharing our opinions about books, which can get rather personal at times!

Carol Rizzo was there for the New Neighbors group, taking some photos - I wonder where they will turn up?

I think the high points of our book discussion meetings are the times when we have an author visit! It spices up things a bit! Thanks to Frank for helping get Elizabeth here! And, thanks especially to Elizabeth for taking the time to visit with us and sharing with us! I decided to send a copy of this message to Elizabeth instead of writing a separate thank-you; it makes it more of a group activity. We tried to get her to join our group - I was getting all excited about it - but she hasn't time. But, you are still invited to join us any time, Elizabeth! Third Monday at 1:00 @Barnes/Noble!

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