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: [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:


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.


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


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


Friday, December 26, 2008

Books I Received as Christmas Gifts

From Claudia:
I thought it might be fun to have a posting about the books we all received at Christmas! Please click on "Comments" below this post, and then sign in and list the books you got! Then later we can all go to this post and look at the comments to see a list of select books!

I received the following books as Christmas gifts:
World Without End, by Ken Follett, a fat beautiful hard-cover edition. This one will require a vacation.
How to Attract Hummingbirds & Butterflies - someone where my daughter works was getting rid of this, so she grabbed it and wrapped it up for me. I am thrilled to receive it! I do put effort into attracting these lovely creatures in my yard, and I am famous in my family for always buying a new hummingbird feeder.
The Rule of Four, by Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason - a historical novel, a mystery, involving an manuscript from 500 years ago, a real one.
Move Your Stuff, Change Your Life - a Feng Shui book. I enjoy the promise of Feng Shui, and I need a constant reminder to declutter.
The Facts Behind the Helsinki Roccamatios, by Yann Martel. My daughter gave this to my husband and me, partly because our dog is named Pi, and partly because we both enjoyed Life of Pi by this same author, and which our RRNN Book Discussion Group read and discussed in 2003.
365 Ways to Live Cheap, by Trent Hamm. I gave this little blog knock-off book to my husband, because we both read The Simple Dollar blog by this young man. His blog shows his love of writing. This is his first book.
The Areas of My Expertise, by John Hodgman. Daughter gave to my husband - this is by the guy on the TV commercials for the Mac - he's the guy who plays the PC. Apparently he has quite a wit.
The Book of Vice, by Peter Sagal. I got this one autographed for my husband at the Texas Book Festival. Sagal does the NPR show, "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!"

1 comment:

Atrox said...

Except for a couple of comics, the only book I received was The Elfish Gene, by Mark Barrowcliffe. It has me laughing out loud on nearly every page. If you ever wasted hours at a stretch on Dungeons and Dragons, this book is a must read.