Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently in theaters. 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.
Great and uplifting film!
HILL COUNTRY AUTHORS SERIES
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library will host their 36th author event on Tuesday May 15, 2018 at 2 PM, in the Community Rooms of the library located at 402 W. 8th St.
The featured speaker will be local author, MJ Hegar, who published ‘Shoot Like a Girl’ in 2017.
In Shoot like A Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.
Tickets are $15 in advance. They’re available at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, and online at www.folgeorgetown.org/calendar. Tickets are available at the door for $18. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Coffee Company is included.
The event begins at 2 PM; doors open at 130 PM. Proceeds are used to fund unbudgeted items and other ongoing library projects.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Her Name was Falon, not Ellen
Although the author researched extensively to write the book, several of our astute members found errors or limitations to the historical material. Dennis mentioned the most blatant anachronism, that rifles were not around at the time of the story; "muskets" would have been more appropriate. There was some agreement that the story might have been richer if the author had researched more. Many of us felt that the story was simple, thin, and lightweight; with shallow, somewhat stereotyped characters and some interactions and story lines not fully developed or concluded. Although we noticed these weaknesses, rather than disliking the book, we wanted more.
It seemed that this meeting brought more observations than conversations. We didn't have much of arguing or going off on tangents. There wasn't much discussion centering on how the book relates to today (which is often where the tangents begin), although Carla did mention that she could relate this story to today's immigrants.
Several of our longstanding members noticed that this story reminded them of a book we read in 2002, True Women, by Janice Woods Windle. I didn't think of that, though I did read both books; there are always admirable surprises from our members!
Emily, our newest member, noticed that there was a lot of redemption in the story - all the characters were redeemed in some way after their errors. We thought this might have stemmed from the author's earlier writing inspirational stories.
The point of view of this book differed from most, in that the Alamo aspect was experienced by people far from the Alamo and receiving the news days later by word of mouth, rather than the story taking place at the Alamo.
Janice suggested this book might be better for a high-school student, and someone suggested junior high. This is not meant to be silly; the book had a lot of merit as a historical novel but was a little light for us.
This brings me to the Texas Book Festival...because I volunteered there at an event for an author who writes historical novels for preteens/teenagers: Laurie Halse Anderson. How's that for changing the subject? I wanted to say that at our meeting we had some interesting sharing about experiences at the TBF. At least 6 of us had been there, all going to different discussions. This TBF had beautiful weather and a huge attendance! We hope it was a huge success for all concerned!
The TBF discussion was actually at the beginning of the meeting. At the end, we brainstormed as to the best books about Texas. Here are a few:
Lone Star Nation - H.W. Brands
Raven's Bride: A Novel of Eliza Allen and Sam Houston - Elizabeth Crook
Texas - James Michener
Capture - Scott? Pam, please let me know and I'll put in the author
Gates of the Alamo - Stephen Harrigan
Lonesome Dove - Larry McMurtry
Anything by J. Frank Dobie