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.


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


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


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Keep Talkin' Happy Talk

James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific was different from the play most of us were familiar with, South Pacific! There was some surprise at the depth and breadth of the stories Michener used to create his first novel, particularly compared with the play, which essentially covered only 2 of the 19 stories from the book.

This book didn't have the feel of a first novel, but it was Michener's first and, as Patty told us, probably his most important novel, because it bought him the opportunity to be a writer for the rest of his life. Although James Michener was a Quaker and thus was not obligated to fight the war, Michener enlisted because he wanted to fight against Hitler. He landed in the South Pacific islands as a Naval Supply Officer. He worked during the days and at night typed notes about his days, his colleagues, and adventures real and maybe imaginary. Tales of the South Pacific was published in 1946. A fortuitous effort by Richard Rogers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Producer Leland Howard brought the play, South Pacific, to Broadway in 1949. Michener decided not to be greedy when he was offered a lump sum for the rights to his book, and he asked instead for a mere 1% of the profits. The play was made into a movie by director Josh Logan in 1958. Michener's 1% made him rich enough to quit his day job and dedicate as much time as he wanted to his writing.

Patty summarized some interesting aspects of Michener's memoir, The World Is My Home. She said if she had known about this interesting memoir before nominating, she would have chosen it instead of the Tales!

Jay told us that as a child Michener had a collection of postcards depicting many famous works of art, which led to his collection of postage stamps from around the world, and his lifelong love of art, starting with his collection of Japanese prints, and culminating with his donation of many 20th century works to what is now known as the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.

Patty asked us, "Was Tales of the South Pacific a novel, a book of short stories, or a travelogue?" I liked the answer Carla provided: all of the above!

Someone noticed a similarity between this book and the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: the beauty of these faraway lands at war was appreciated by the soldiers who were stationed there.

There was a mixture of opinions about James Michener's books in general. Those of us who have read many of his books seemed to agree that some books were a lot better than others. There were complaints that Michener wrote too many words, too much detail, and too many ideas. But no one said they didn't enjoy reading Michener's first novel.

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