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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:

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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Thursday, May 7, 2009

Judge Ken Anderson Tells Us More About Dan Moody

We had a good group assembled to visit with Judge Anderson last week. Several spouses were there (I think of them as "spice") plus a friend or two. Anderson told us how he decided to write the book, Dan Moody: Crusader for Justice. It was when Judge Ken Anderson saw a portrait of Governor Dan Moody and thought to himself, "hmm, here is a man who went from District Attorney to Governor, and I am a D.A.;" that he became interested in Dan Moody's story. Scouring local libraries, Anderson learned that no biography had been written about Dan Moody, so he set out to fill that vacuum.

We readers always enjoy hearing authors tell how they write. Anderson said he read 7 years of newspapers on microfilm (dizziness notwithstanding) to get information about Moody. Without a biography, the daily news was the best place to learn about the career of the D.A./Governor. Then there were trial transcripts to read. Anderson compiled this dry material to create a very readable account of the history surrounding Moody. Anderson also created a book for children, called You Can't Do That, Dan Moody, which then became a play that is still performed at the Georgetown Courthouse. If you're interested, look for it next September.

We asked the author some questions and learned more about Moody and the strategic attorney work he performed to almost singlehandedly achieve the downfall of the KKK nationally plus clean up the corrupt Texas government. There may be some who feel that the Texas government can always use a little cleanup; but in the case of the Fergusons, a lot of cleanup was needed. Led by Patty, we requested that Judge Anderson consider writing a biography of the Ferguson's. Several of us found them fascinating!

It's always a special occasion when we have an author visit, and we thank Ken Anderson for his time with us.

If you love to read about Texas, note that there is a local book discussion group called "Books for Texans." Here's a link - click on Books for Texans Book Club They meet on the third Tuesday at 7:00 PM at the Georgetown Public Library. Several of us are members of that group. As the blogmaster, I guess I am allowed to say that from this New Yorker's point of view, our own RRNN Book Discussion Group reads just enough books about Texas to not be too many.

1 comment:

Please list your name in your post! said...

I had not read the book b/4 the meeting. But bought the book that day. I'm reading it now, and love it. Lots of local history.
Pat C