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, February 22, 2008

Opinions Vary on Atonement

As the nominator and leader for Atonement, by Ian McEwan, I'd like to thank everyone who was at our meeting Monday! I didn't have any personal investment in the book as a favorite I was recommending; I hadn't read the book before nominating it! But I did enjoy reading the book, and I was very interested in what ideas would come up at the meeting to enrich my experience of the book. I was not disappointed! The discussion helped me understand some confusing aspects of the book and showed me aspects I hadn't noticed. It did turn out to be a good book for discussion, didn't it?
1) I think the most fun idea that arose at the meeting was that we couldn't be totally sure as to where the author intended the imaginary to begin and the reality to end. I guess the problem arose when we started trying to decide whether Briony had actually seen the wedding of Lola and Marshall or whether they had married at all. Certainly, it would have made sense for them to not really have married and lived together in marital bliss all those years. But then, why not? In some ways, they seemed to deserve each other! I did feel that there is a strong possibility that by rereading this book, any of us might uncover some clues and find that the story was really more defined than we were able to discern at first reading. I think we all agree that none of us really wants to do that. Maybe sometime one of us will reread it; maybe for another book club or maybe just out of curiosity. Please let us know!
I can just imagine college students writing lengthy papers on this book!
2) It seems that those of us who had seen the movie enjoyed it and found it to be a very satisfying rendition of the book. I was surprised, as my guess would be that a book club would like the book much more than the movie. I haven't seen the movie yet; it's on our Netflix queue, so we'll probably be seeing it at home. I don't mind waiting for this movie. It's not as though I'm going to forget the book while waiting for the movie - not after that discussion! And, we have a new TV...(Yes, it's very nice; and no, we can't imagine how we could ever have enjoyed our old TV for 10 years!) The more I think about the movie being so well received by our group, the more I am beginning to think that the author wrote the book with a movie in mind, whether purposely or subconsciously. From what I had read about Ian McEwan, I thought he would be all novelist and not part screenwriter; but maybe that was naive.
3) I thought the book was excellent and enjoyed every bit of it, even though I was confused occasionally. Other opinions ranged from disliking the whole book to having trouble getting into it for the first half of the book and then enjoying the book as a whole because of the momentum it finally gained. One member had read 4 or 5 McEwan books and disliked every one so much that she decided not to read this one. She said that McEwan's choppy sequencing and vague, shall we say illusionary or maybe allusionary, as in his alluding to things but not making them clear, style is just not fun for her. It is interesting to hear an opinion that differs from one's own, especially when it is backed up with reasons that make sense. Some of us said we would definitely like to read another McEwan book and some said definitely not.

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