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, April 20, 2007

Proud of Us: We Read Pride and Prejudice

Who was it who said, “The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get” ? Hmm, I just googled the phrase and came up with something from the Kabbalah, the iTunes website, and numerous articles about stress. There were only 245 hits on Google, which is a minimum.

I have the weekend off from editing, because nothing was ready to send to me. Fine with me! I am getting ready for a neighborhood garage sale on May 5th. It will be just the morning; our neighborhood allows it for only a few hours. If anyone wants to bring some things to sell and/or come over and hang out for a few hours on the 5th, please do! I’d love some company.

Taking a break from cleaning, I am thinking about our discussion of the classic Pride and Prejudice, by the great Jane Austen. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that our group has been reading such fine book choices! I’m proud of us that we don’t shrink from challenging books. And, every month, there are a good number of us who do get through the whole book and usually enjoy it…or can tell everyone why not!

Patty presented the book to us by telling us some biographical information about Jane Austen, though the information about Patty was interesting, too. Patty has made scrapbooks on two authors: Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters (OK, that’s really more than 2). Patty was a “Janeite,” which seems to be the name of the Jane Austen society, in California when she lived near an active chapter. They have a big party annually to celebrate Austen’s birthday! Patty has visited Austen’s home and other key places in Austen’s history.

My first question after reading the book that was so obsessed with marriage, was whether Jane Austen was married, and Patty told us she was never married. She lived from 1775 to 1817 and had 6 brothers and 1 sister, and neither she nor her sister married. She and her sister stayed close, and I believe they lived together. All Austen’s books were about marriage and romance. I thought it was interesting to think about whether Austen was in the story – we decided that perhaps Elizabeth was the person Jane Austen might have wanted to be. The story had some good satirical lines in it, zingers even. We discussed that the women characters were strong, and the human relationships were very similar to those today, even if the manners were slightly different. Austen’s books have stayed in print and popular for more than 200 years! That really is amazing, when you think of all the books out there. We felt that the characters were well-rounded, and that maybe with the slower pace of life in those days, the relationship were perhaps deeper than a lot of those today. Someone pointed out that the relationships drove the action of the story, and the story was told via dialog, letters, and gossip. Of course, we discussed the society of the time of the book, and we gossiped about the characters as if they were people we knew!

I don’t think anyone who read P&P and came to the meeting didn’t like it. I think if one didn’t like it, one would have had a hard time getting through it. Maybe some of you who weren’t there were the ones who didn’t like the book. Actually, at the end of the edition Barnes & Noble published, there were a bunch of quotes by famous authors about Jane Austen. Most were favorable, but surprisingly, several were quite critical and expressed extreme dislike of Jane Austen’s writing.

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