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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Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
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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.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Dave Steakley
January 31 – March 4, 2018 | Topfer Theatre
(Zach Theater in Austin)
If you can, go February 10th @2:30 PM

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Monday, August 20, 2007

The Coffee Trader Stimulates Us

It's always special when someone comes back after being missed for a long time! It was great today to see Dee on her visit from Mexico and also Peggy, who has been taking care of her grandson on Monday afternoons for many months!

We had a good discussion about The Coffee Trader, by David Liss today! This was a complex book with a lot of plot twists, and some business dealings that I'm not sure we all totally understood. I realized about halfway into the discussion that this would be a good book to read again, to get all the pieces and foreshadowings and cause-and-effect stories understood. I'm going to tell you 3 interesting points I picked up from the discussion, rather than ramble on.

(1) In 17th century Amsterdam, the water wasn't safe to drink without boiling it. So that was why everyone drank so much wine all the time, whether they were doing business or having breakfast or whatever! And that would also be another reason why the world was ripe for coffee to become popular - a wake-up drink rather than an alcoholic one, and one that could be made best with boiled water!

(2) Truth was hard to find in this book and for all the characters in it. Everyone seemed to lie to everyone else, and no one could trust the truth if it was staring them in the face, as they couldn't tell that it wasn't another lie. The reader was brought along on this ride from fabrication to fabrication and from one consequence of one person's lie to other consequences of other people's lies.

(3) There was a lot of discussion of this author's previous book and next book. David Liss wrote A Conspiracy of Paper, which is sort of a historical business mystery taking place in London about 50 years after the time of The Coffee Trader. The main character is a Jewish man who seems to be the nephew of the son of one of the characters in The Coffee Trader. This book, as well as Liss's next book, which is advertised in the paperback edition of The Coffee Trader ( I don't have it and didn't write it down, and it's not online yet, as it isn't on sale yet), seem also to have lots of well-researched history, business intrigue, and plot twists.

David Liss is an interesting author, whose home base is San Antonio. Maybe we can read another of his books sometime and get him to visit us!

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