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: rrnewneighbors.org [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:

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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Monday, December 7, 2009

Everybody Loves "Pillars" Except Those Reading it for a Deadline

Our holiday party at Jennifer's beautiful home was a great success! The house was very festive, decorated for Christmas in a warm and welcoming way. We were cozy with a fire in the fireplace, while the grey outdoors was drizzly and cold. We have such a wonderful group; our party is always a high point of the holidays. To me, the book club party means the holiday season is underway!

Pillars of the Earth is long, but most everyone there had read it; and at least 4 of us have read the equally long (and equally wonderful) sequel, World Without End. It was the favorite or at least a favorite book of most of us! A couple of people felt that the book was long or wordy. Unfortunately, even though this book was nominated at our September meeting, thus giving us a slightly longer interval than usual before the discussion in early December; this was not really long enough for busy people to relax and enjoy the book. One of us read it in a week last week! She said she didn't do anything but read the book! I think this book is most appreciated when it is read at a leisurely pace. There are parts that are a little slow, but if you have time to put the book down for a while during those parts, you always look forward to getting back into it. As one member said, the slow pace of the bookmatches the slow pace of life in the 1100s and helps you become immersed in it. With the high level of detail, you can really escape into the 1100s reading this book.

Jennifer had an inspiration for presenting this book: she had written discussion questions on note cards, and she had us each pick one randomly. The cards were numbered. We went through the numbers, and whoever had the card read it and commented on the question. Then everyone else chimed in on that question. I thought it worked well, and I encourage anyone presenting a book to use this method!

My question asked why William was so respectful to his mother when he was so disrespectful to all other women. That opened the door to me to comment about William's terrible and, in my opinion, sick, attitude toward women. She was also a skewed person, skewed toward everything ruthless! I suppose William's attitude can be blamed somewhat on his overbearing mother. There was another question later about William's death, when we could all comment about how glad we were to see him die a painful death that gave everyone who knew him a little bit of revenge!

Interesting discussion! If anyone wants to add anything, please comment!

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