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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Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
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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.

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Dave Steakley
January 31 – March 4, 2018 | Topfer Theatre
(Zach Theater in Austin)
If you can, go February 10th @2:30 PM

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Biggest Group Ever Discusses Isaac's Storm



If you are in the photo above, I hope you don't mind being caught reading and put on the Internet! We took over most of the Barnes & Noble cafe for our discussion of Isaac's Storm, by Erik Larson. We had lots of guests because Isaac's Storm is also the Round Rock Reads book for this year. As I understood it, the Round Rock Public Library advertised our meeting as one of their Round Rock Reads events. Library staff members, including the wonderful Director, Dale Ricklefs; library book club members; and unaffiliated readers all joined us for our discussion of Isaac's Storm last Monday! I counted at least 4 librarians among us. We had a lively discussion, with lots of people participating. Frank let the discussion with a list of questions, which was an effective way or keeping everyone organized, interested, and on topic.

Usually we end up with more questions than answers, but Isaac's Storm was a history book, so it provided some answers. As always, we read between the lines and talked about the unstated. To the question, "Why didn't Isaac make a firmer commitment to warn Galveston of the dangerous storm?" we first answered that the bureaucracy of the National Weather Service made it difficult to forecast the storm when fair weather and other forecasters seemed otherwise in"cline"d. We noted that Isaac's ego got in the way twice; once in the avoidance of being wrong and once in defying his brother in a competitive spirit. Mostly, though, we decided that, as the book said, weather forecasting was inexact and he just didn't know the extent of the oncoming hurricane.

We traveled beyond Galveston in our discussion, to Houston, New Orleans, the East Coast, Haiti, and everywhere with fault lines or tides. It seemed that the question, "Are we better prepared now for similar emergencies?" broadened our discussion beyond the book. If you didn't attend the discussion, you can guess some of what might have been said about Haiti, Katrina, and the future. If you were there, you probably enjoyed the stimulating comments.

A descendent of two of the nuns from the orphanage was at our discussion! She is telling us her family story in the second photo at the top of this posting. The nuns were her great aunts. The story of the 10 nuns who tied the children together with ropes to save them is one of the most poignant parts of the history of the storm. Reading the book, you know the nuns died trying with all their strength to save the children.

I thought this large group discussion went extremely well! With Frank officiating from the lectern, people could raise their hands and take turns speaking; and since the group was orderly and quiet, we could also chime in occasionally in a conversational manner as we usually do. The combination seemed to work for everyone. We covered a variety of topics via the questions. I don't think we completed all the questions; do we ever?

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