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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, September 25, 2009

Everybody's Antonia

Last Monday (September 21), we discussed Willa Cather's My Antonia, often considered Cather's masterpiece. Almost everyone enjoyed reading the book. We had two suggested questions to ponder before reading My Antonia: (1) What does this book show about the time and place of the story? and (2) Why was this book popular at the time it was published?

On the first question, ideas we discussed included that the book showed the contrast between farm life and town life and that the book revealed some of the troubles that immigrants had to overcome. This book may have presented the most realistic picture available of the difficulties of the immigrants, especially those who attempted to work the land. Immigrants in this story came to America after giving their life savings to someone who promised them land. Probably many fraudulent deals were made. The immigrants in My Antonia were farming in cold Nebraska, where, as one of our members mentioned, there are 2 seasons: winter and muddy.

On the second question, I didn't get any specific notes about answers. I think we got off on tangential questions instead of answering that one. We talked about whether Antonia was a heroic character and found a contradiction in her character. She was strong and worked hard and succeeded in her life in many ways, but she was also always "owned" by people; hence the title "My" Antonia. First she belonged to her father, then Jim, her brothers, Donovan, and her husband and maybe even her brood of children. Even Mrs. Stevens at the end seemed to claim Antonia as her own. We also talked about the romance in the book, debating whether it was really a romance; there were arguments on both sides.

Our My Antonia was interesting and insightful as are all our discussions. It never ceases to amaze me how much more I feel in touch with a book after we all put our heads together over it. My Antonia was not a complex book, but we ferreted out all the subtleties. I felt like we had thoroughly gathered all the meaning this book had to offer.

So, do you think this was the precursor to Little House on the Prairie?

1 comment:

Dee said...

Good blog post. I did enjoy this classic & am so glad Patty nominated it so we could once again view it through fresh eyes. How we read a book in our youth (I speak for myself, ha) & absorb it as an adult can be so different.