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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Thursday, December 8, 2005

We Celebrate the Holidays with The Kite Runner

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini, is one of those books that seem to be made for discussion groups - it's a compelling read with aspects to think about. It's the kind of book you want to attach to your body so you have it with you whenever you have a moment to read! My husband reserved it at the Austin Public Library, where there are some 20 copies in the system. Three weeks later, we were still #16 on the waiting list. I bought it at Barnes & Noble, so this way we can both read it during relaxation time without feeling the need to read when we should be doing yard work on the weekend.

If you weren’t there, you missed a great party! It was wonderful that so many of us took the time to get together, even with a bit of a ride involved! I’m sure everyone enjoyed the party a lot! It’s always fun to get to know each other a little better and have some time for discussion about other things besides books. The food was great – the idea of a salad lunch worked well! There were some good salads, a range of choices, and enough dessert but not overly much. Our hostess, Pat, made 2 kinds of punch; both were delicious! Pat’s brand new home is beautiful; I knew Pat had hired a decorator to help her, and I was remarking about what a wonderful decorating job the person had done…and Pat said the decorator appointment was for the next day! So, improvements will be made on perfection over there!

There were no negative criticisms of this book! Everyone agreed that the book was well structured, well written, enjoyable, interesting, fun to read, and stimulating for discussion. We discussed the customs of Afghanistan and the former beauty and the waste of the destruction there.

As usual, the group had insights that I enjoyed! One was that such powerful people as the ones in the book and probably the ones running some of the more tyrannical regimes in the Middle East and elsewhere today, may be grown-up hoodlums, coming from groups of people who grew up together and formed the negative bullyish group at school and in society as children and adolescents. The Taliban seems to be that kind of group.

Someone noted that the book’s structure involved a number of “circles,” meaning that loose ends were tied together, e.g., the reappearance later in the book of someone who played an important role early in the book and could have been easily forgotten. It wouldn’t have hurt the book if this person had never reappeared, but reappearing at the time and place he did was very effective and made it seem as though…of course, it had to be that way. What I just said should make sense to you if you read the book, especially if you were at the discussion…but for the sake of anyone who hasn’t read it, I am trying not to give too much away.

We also discussed Amir, the main character, at length; and the effect that his past and the truths and untruths of his life may have had on his strengths and weaknesses. There were some insights during that part of the discussion, but I didn’t write down any specific ones and have since lost them somewhere in cyberspace while shopping online (good excuse?). Best of all, no one complained about the ending of this book – is that a first for us or what!

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