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, July 24, 2009

Ada Is Not Autobiographical

Ada turned out to be even more of a challenge than the longer Team of Rivals we tackled last month! Although Ada is not excessively long, it is packed with word play, foreign languages, and references to persons, places, and things encompassing the vast range of esoterica that is the expression of the brilliant author, Vladimir Nabokov.

I was expecting to learn that Vladimir Nabokov had some kind of perverted past that caused him to write such stories as Lolita and Ada. When Dennis introduced the book on Monday, we learned instead that Nabokov was married in his early 20s and had a lifelong close marriage. Nothing remarkable from his life has been conclusively tied to the Lolita or Ada plots. Nabokov did occasionally joke that his wife was really his sister, after Ada was written.

Another important aspect of Nabokov's history was that the popularity of Lolita, published in 1955, made him rich. At our meeting, after hearing this, Nora suggested that perhaps in writing Ada, Nabokov was trying to capitalize on the popularity of Lolita by using some of the same ingredients in the hopes of achieving another great success.

Ada is considered as science fiction by some people, because of the theme of the alternative world, Terra. And wasn't there Exterra, too? I couldn't find it leafing through the book. That book is so full of capital letters, it's hard to scan it looking for a word!

In another astute comment, one of our fascinating members suggested that the characters in Ada were archetypical and representative of the passions they illustrated, rather than meant to be real. (Great thought, I apologize for neglecting to write down who said it and then forgetting - how about creating a comment below to claim it?)

This book had a compelling love story plot that was somewhat hard to follow because of all the references to outside topics and the skipping around of the time line. Patty suggested that the book needed an editor. I suggested that the book was so erudite and complex that no one was smart enough to edit it besides Nabokov and apparently his wife, who helped him edit. The website Dennis mentioned in the posting from May 19th (Some Hints for Ada) has much detail about every chapter and line of Ada, but even it is unfinished. There is so much to Ada, it is nearly impossible for anyone to cover it all!
-submitted by Claudia

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