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.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Notes from a first-timer

What a wonderful group you have! I learned a great deal from the Ada discussion yesterday, jotted down several ideas for future reading, and enjoyed meeting everyone. The La Frontera Barnes & Noble is a perfect venue, and Frank does such a fine job hosting. My only regret was that, since the meeting occurred in the middle of the workday, I couldn't very well take time to shop there either before or after the meeting, and the displays are soooo tempting. But there's nothing wrong with taking mental notes for the next off-duty visit, is there?

A few follow-ups:
Round Rock Public Library's Reader's Exchange blog: (you can also just Google round rock readers exchange or go into the City website at and look for the "Our Blogs" link on the left side of the page, near the bottom) This particular blog was only begun a few weeks ago. It's attracting decent viewing numbers, but we'd love to have more comments.

More info about Round Rock Reads! 2010 can be found at these links below (and I was apparently confusing some other book with "Beautiful Things..." when I described it as a story collection--sorry).
Round Rock Leader article about RRR!:

We hope you'll all vote for the title of your choice. Having said that I advocated strongly for a fiction selection this year and did nominate one, I'll admit to also having nominated Isaac's Storm. Clearly, I am conflicted! But Erik Larson's nonfiction style is so readable that it may as well be fiction... All five choices offer engrossing reading, and we believe that our slate of titles represents a wide range of options. One of these will ultimately reflect the reading mood of the community this year, and it's always interesting to see what that preference is.

Library book discussions for July and August:

One last thing: recalling Betty's suggestion that the group choose a Russian work--Ivan Turgenev's Fathers and Sons could work nicely.

1 comment:

ClaudiaH said...

Thanks for your post and for joining us! Enjoyed your review of Amanda Eyre Ward's new book, especially since I already bought the book and Amanda will be visiting our book club on October 19th.