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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


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Books Nominated (through 2008), But Not Read

Lindbergh A. Scott Berg

Turtle Moon Alice Hoffman

Six Wives of Henry VIII Alison Weir

Forgive Me Amanda Eyre Ward

The Bonesetter’s Daughter Amy Tan

House of Sand and Fog Andre Dubus III

The Plague Tales Ann Benson

Ex Libris Anne Fadiman

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Anne Tyler

Back When We Were Grownups – (twice) Anne Tyler

The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger

Bead on Trouble Barbara Burnet Smith

Prodigal Summer Barbara Kingsolver

Change Me Into Zeus’s Daughter Barbara Robinette Moss

Five Fortunes Beth Gutcheon

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

Only the River Runs Free Bodie Thoene

Demon-Haunted World Carl Sagan

Book Charlotte Bronte began… Charlotte Bronte and ?

Emma Brown Clare Boylan

The Road Cormac McCarthy

The Piano Tuner Daniel Mason

The Maltese Falcon Dashiel Hammett

A Child Called “It” Dave Pelzar

A Conspiracy of Paper David Liss

I Capture the Castle Dodie Smith

Same Time Next Year Dolores Kern Goodwin

Pope Joan - (twice) Donna Woolfolk Cross

The Long Loneliness Dorothy Day

The House of Mirth Edith Wharton

The Ladies Man Elinor Lipman

Mister Posterior & the Genius Child Emily Jenkins

A Lesson Before Dying Ernest J. Gaines

Under the Tuscan Sun Frances Mayes

One Hundred Years of Solitude - (twice) Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Evening Song Gail Godwin

Charlie Wilson’s War George Crile

Earth Abides George R. Stewart

Timescape Gregory Benford

The Roaring 2000s Harry S. Dent

Beautiful Stranger Hope Donahue

Disgrace J.M. Coetzee

On the Road Jack Kerouac

L.A. Confidential James Ellroy

All Creatures Great and Small James Herriot

Whiteout James Vance Marshall

Lady Bird - (twice) Jan Jarboe Russell

These High Green Hills Jan Karon

Sense & Sensibility Jane Austen

Emma Jane Austen

The Short History of a Prince Jane Hamilton

The Train to Estelline Jane Roberts Wood

Daughters of Memory Janis Arnold

April 1865 Jay Winik

Clan of the Cave Bear Jean Auel

Middlesex Jeffrey Eugenides

Good in Bed Jennifer Weiner

White Night Jim Butcher

My Sister’s Keeper Jodi Picoult

A Flash of Green John D. MacDonald

Corrections Jonathan Franzen

The Fortress of Solitude Jonathan Lethem

Los Alamos Joseph Kanon

Damage Josephine Hart

Yellow Jack Josh Russell

Inside the Mind of Scott Peterson Keith Ablow

Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett

Plainsong Kent Haruf

The New Birth Order Book Kevin Leman

Boone’s Lick Larry McMurtry

Like Water for Chocolate Laura Esquivel

Imagining Argentina Lawrence Thornton

Peace Like a River Leif Enger

Snow Flower & the Secret Fan Lisa See

The Cowboy and his Elephant Malcolm MacPherson

Stolen Lives Malika Oufkir

Cat’s Eye Margaret Atwood

Oryx & Crake Margaret Atwood

Hannah’s Sisters Marianne Fredriksson

Simon’s Family Marianne Fredriksson

Evidence of Things Unseen Marianne Wiggins

Roughing It Mark Twain

The Opposite Shore Maryanne Stahl

Anil’s Ghost Michael Ondaatje

Walk on Water Michael Ruhlman

Tuesdays With Morrie Mitch Albom

The 5 People You Meet in Heaven Mitch Albom

Neverwhere Neil Gaimon

Plum Island Nelson DeMille

Liberty Falling Nevada Barr

The Smoke Jumper Nicholas Evans

A Long Way Down Nick Hornby

Appetite for Life: Biography of Julia Child - (twice) Noel Riley Fitch

My Dream of You Nuala O’Faolain

Almost There Nuala O’Faulain

The Ginger Tree Oswald Wynd

Easy Riders, Raging Bulls Peter Biskind

River Town Peter Hessler

Modoc Ralph Helfer

The Shell Seekers Rosamunde Pilcher

Night of the Radishes Sandra Benitez

Carmelo Sandra Cisneros

Yakota Officer’s Club Sarah Bird

Charlotte Gray Sebastian Faulks

How We Die: Reflections on Life’s End Sherwin B. Nuland

Main Street Sinclair Lewis

Broken for You Stephanie Kallos

The Gates of the Alamo - (twice) Stephen Harrigan

While I Was Gone Sue Miller

Lavendar Lies Susan Wittig Albert

A Beautiful Mind Sylvia Nash

Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser

Left Behind Tim LaHaye

A Leaf in the Bitter Wind Ting-Xing Ye

The Wonderful Country Tom Lea

Shape Shifter Tony Hillerman

The Virgin Blue Tracy Chevalier

The Lady & the Unicorn – (twice) Tracy Chevalier

Ladybird Vassily Sigarev

The Emigrants Vilhelm Moberg

A Room of One’s Own Virginia Woolf

I Know This Much is True Wally Lamb

Blue Highways William Least Heat Moon

Bound for Glory Woody Guthrie

Riders of the Purple Sage Zane Grey

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