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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Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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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.

Friday, May 20, 2005

We are Thankful Not to Be Nickel and Dimed

It seemed most of us read Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and attended the discussion! It was a big group, with everyone having ideas! Nickel and Dimed is an important book! Our discussion was fascinating, ranging from dislike of the author for her arrogance to the pros and cons of WalMart as savior or societal menace. Karen had researched WalMart , so she fueled the discussion with facts. We had some ideas of things that our society needs to do. I think most of us agreed that some government programs are very helpful, and that the government's measuring the poverty level against food prices rather than lodging prices is old-fashioned and is part of the problem of the working poor. An interesting question Karen asked everyone was, "What surprised you when you read this book?" We were surprised about the poverty of people who have full-time and sometimes multiple jobs, we were surprised that hired maids are trained to make our houses look clean rather than be clean, and we were surprised that the invisible poor have been invisible to us.

Today, I went to WalMart. I bought some mulch. An elderly employee, maybe a fixed-income retired man, was stuck with helping me. He had shorts on (outdoor garden dept.) and was wearing thick support stockings. When I told him what kind of mulch I wanted, he said, "Oh, that's what I was afraid of. That's the heavy kind!" He was very helpful, though. I helped him load one bag onto my cart, but then he was going to load the rest onto a big platform cart, and he did that himself while I took my bag to the cashier to pay for the batch and then went to get the car. Fortunately, another gray-haired man was there to help him the first guy load the mulch into the car. Apparently, the guy they wanted to do the lifting was at lunch - this is probably a young guy who ends up with most of the lifting, which is OK with him...for now. So, here was an example of someone who has to walk a lot and lift a lot to keep his job but who has definite physical limitations. It definitely brought Nickel and Dimed to mind!

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