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

Literary Events

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
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The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at folgeorgetown.org/calendar, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.
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Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.
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Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Virginian: First Western

We had a great group at Barnes & Noble last Monday! If you were one of those lucky enough to be with us, you left with a fairly complete understanding of The Virginian, by Owen Wister, and its place in history. I opened the discussion with something one of you who couldn't be there at the meeting had told me: that this book was a basis or inspiration for Star Wars. This potentially fabulous concept fell flat. No one could do much with it, especially those who had read the book and seen the movies. Oh well. We moved on to discuss The Virginian as indeed the basis and model for most every Western novel written after it...the good ones, anyway. Perhaps it was because The Virginian was so well crafted; or maybe it was because not only was it well-crafted and good reading, but it also included every aspect of a real but fleeting lifestyle plus more. I thought it interesting that when we dissected the history, we found that the time of the stereotypical cowboy lasted only about 40 years. Considering how many books and knock-offs such as TV shows and movies center on the cowboy life, ie, life at the time of The Virginian, one would think the era had lasted 100 years! We had some disagreement as to whether the protagonist in the book was an outsider or an insider among his peers. Certainly, he was a leader! You know if Cary Grant played him, he was a leader! Most of us enjoyed The Virginian; there were a few who found the writing somewhat hard to get into. Several who don't generally seek out Westerns were surprised at how much they enjoyed the book, myself among them.

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