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, October 23, 2009

Amanda Eyre Ward Visits

We had a good turnout for a fun visit with Amanda Eyre Ward Monday. Amanda's books are unique and well-written. She hasn't yet been pigeon-holed to a specific genre. She says she'd like her books to be considered "literary fiction." Works for me!

Amanda told us about her reading and writing habits, how she got started writing, and her current goals. She says she structures her books by envisioning scenes and noting just the scene on an index card. Then she writes up the scenes and arranges them later. She says she knows that her books skip around, but that's just how she writes. She has created her style and it has stayed with her.

She did the work to become a writer. She has always been an avid reader and continues to read several hours most days. She took a prestigious and excellent writing class during her undergraduate years at Williams College. She has written a number of short stories and honed some of them for her newest book, Love Stories in This Town. She also wrote a long novel that didn't work; she says it just went on and on with nothing happening. Ward works hard to get her books "right," and she likes a good editor to make lots of suggestions for changes. She wants the reader to feel that everything converges at the end of her books. She currently is working on a book that already has an ending, but she says that hasn't made the book easier to finish. She says it takes her approximately 3 years to write a book. I think it's important for us to remember these lessons as we meet authors who make it look easy to write a good book and get it published.

Amanda Eyre Ward is a very bright and interesting young woman! She was delightfully open with us, answering all sorts of questions we asked. We wish her lots of luck finishing and publishing her newest book and also on that movie option that has Sandra Bullock starring in Sleep Toward Heaven!


Anonymous said...

Cute picture. Makes it look like fun. SB

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