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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Texas Book Festival

The Texas Book Festival will be Saturday and Sunday October 31 and November 1. We always talk about this event at our book club meetings. Everyone who goes enjoys it! The festival is such a wonderful literary event! It's fun to be among crowds of people who love books and reading! The Capitol building and grounds require your walking shoes but reward you for your efforts. The Capitol has marble floors, shiny wood, and comfortable chairs. Listening to a panel of authors talk to you while you sit in a swiveling chair in the Senate Chamber where famous Texan politicians have sat is an experience to savor!

Outside, you walk across the Capitol lawns to the street, and there are big tents set up. There is a children's area with several tents. My favorite children's author this year is Rosemary Wells. I remember reading her cute picture books with my children(she'll be speaking at a different location, though). In another big tent, cookbook authors will prepare recipes and give out samples all day. You'll find our Frank in the cooking tent this year! (Frank may not have chosen it, but I think he'll enjoy it!) There is a music tent with live music all day (of course, this is Austin)! Then there are the sales tents, with many books on sale. Do some advanced planning (advance planning? Which do you say?) and bring your holiday gift list with you to get great gifts for great prices! The main event is the tent where all the books by all the attending authors are sold, and the adjoining "signing tent," where the authors will be signing their books after their presentations.

Authors whose books we have read who will be speaking at the festival include David Liss (we read The Coffee Trader, and he has a new book), Amanda Eyre Ward who will meet with us on October 19th, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Ehrenreich (we read Nickel & Dimed, and she has a new book), Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close and new book Eating Animals). Look how well-read our book club is! Did I miss any of our authors who are going to be there?

Several of us in the book club will be volunteering at the book festival, too! I hope to see you there!

To see this year's author listing and schedule, go to

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