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

Literary Events

What's New?__________

July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.

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.
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, 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.

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.

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.

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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