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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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, January 29, 2010

Angels & Demons Event at UT & Online

Here is the information about the program - click on the link to find out how to watch the webcast online. (Thanks to Cindy T. for this info.)

NEW! Upcoming Hot Science – Cool Talks event to feature Angels & Demons book discussion.
Chat with Physics researchers about Dan Brown's book Angels & Demons.
Book discussion participants will be eligible for door prizes! Topics of discussion will center around questions such as:

* What are some of the more outrageous ways in which Angels and Demons portrays antimatter?
* What exactly is antimatter? How exotic a substance is it? How long have we known about it?
* When we actually create antimatter, do we create it 'out of nothing'?
* When antimatter annihilates matter what happens? Are we worried about a future bomb?

Hot Science – Cool Talks
"Angels & Demons: Physics, Antimatter & Armageddon" by Dr. Sacha Kopp
Assistant Professor of Physics, The University of Texas at Austin

Friday, February 19, 2010 at 7:00 pm (Central Time)
Pre-lecture activities begin at 5:45 pm, come early and get involved!
Welch Hall (WEL) Rm. 2.224
FREE to the public

DESCRIPTION: Physicists from all over the world, searching for new particles, types of matter and even extra dimensions of space are on the verge of tomorrow's scientific discoveries. It is no wonder Hollywood borrows from this amazing science to keep movie goers on the edge of their seats. Join ESI and Dr. Sacha Kopp as we discuss antimatter, Armageddon and more.
More details can be found at
http://www.esi.utexas.edu/outreach/ols/lectures/Kopp

SCHEDULE: Friday, February 19, 2010
5:45-6:30 pm: Angels & Demons Book Discussion, WEL 2.304
5:45-6:30 pm: Interactive exhibits, WEL Main Corridor
5:45-6:30 pm: Teacher Workshop on Physics Lesson Plans, WEL 2.246
6:40-6:55 pm: Physics Circus Grand Finale, WEL 2.224
7:00-8:15 pm: "Angels & Demons: Physics, Antimatter and Armageddon", WEL 2.224


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