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

Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. 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.

Great and uplifting film!

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Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.
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HILL COUNTRY AUTHORS SERIES

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.

The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.

In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.

Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calendar. Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.

The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.


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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