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

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.


The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Convalescent Reading

While Frank was resting his ankle, he put his reading muscles to work. We all know there's nothing like a good book to help pass the down-time and make us feel better. Before listing these books, Frank cautioned me that "the list is heavy on spy thrillers, mysteries, and crime novels." Although as a group we have read only a few books that would fit in these genres, some of us would enjoy some of these stories. There might be a seed here for a future book club discussion! Here are Frank's feel-good choices:

ASSIGNMENT: SUMATRA by Edward S. Aarons. 1970s spy thriller featuring agent Sam Durell. A long running series that started in the 1950s and ran through the late '70s/early '80s.

BEAR ISLAND by Alistair MacLean. British adventure writer who gave us THE GUNS OF NAVARONE, ICE STATION ZEBRA, WHERE EAGLES DARE, etc.

SO RICH, SO LOVELY, AND SO DEAD by Harold Masur. Late 1950s murder mystery featuring a defense attorney as the crime solver, ala Perry Mason.

SCREAM STREET/STRANGLEHOLD: This was a late 1950s Ace Double Paperback which featured two short crime novels in one volume. Ace published many double volumes in the '50s and '60s featuring science fiction, mystery and western novels sandwiched together.

AMBER NINE by John Gardner. 1960s British spy thriller featuring a reluctant assassin. Gardner later wrote several James Bond novels in the 1980s and '90s.

DISGUISED AS CLARK KENT by Danny Fingeroth. Nonfiction examination of the role Jews and Jewish culture played in the development of the American comic book and the superhero genre. Many of the early comics creators were Jewish, as you will recall from THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND KLAY.

FAKE I.D. by Jason Starr. Modern noir novel about a loser trying to get rich quick by committing robbery and murder.

HELMET FOR MY PILLOW by Robert Leckie. Tough, hard-nosed memoir of one Marine's experiences in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

RIDE THE NIGHTMARE by Richard Matheson. Mid-1950s crime thriller by the author of THE SHRINKING MAN, HELL HOUSE, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME and I AM LEGEND. NIGHTMARE was filmed as an hour-long episode of ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS.

THE GREEN EAGLE SCORE by Richard Stark (Donald Westlake). Tough caper novel starring professional thief Parker. Stark's Parker series has been filmed as POINT BLANK, starring Lee Marvin and PAYBACK starring Mel Gibson.

CASINO MOON by Peter Blauner. Crime novel about "made guys" (aka The Mob) in Atlantic City and one man's attempts to leave the "family business" and make it big on his own through, again, crime and murder.

NOBODY MOVE by Denis Johnson. Fast paced noir with spot-on dialogue about lowlifes chasing a big score in and around Bakersfield, California. Johnson won the National Book Award for his Vietnam War novel TREE OF SMOKE.

DIE TRYING by Lee Child. The second Jack Reacher novel in a series that now numbers 13. Reacher is part Clint Eastwood/part Sherlock Holmes. Fast paced and action packed, a true page-turner in every sense of the word.

And the book I'm reading aloud to Judy right now is SUNNYSIDE by Glen David Gold, author of CARTER BEATS THE DEVIL (which our group read). This is an epic work of historical fiction concerning Charlie Chaplin, the American Silent Film industry and World War I. Reminiscent of RAGTIME.

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