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.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Not just Hard Times; I bet Dickens would have said Desperate Times
Naturally, as a librarian I have cause to form opinions about such things. However, I'm also a budget-minded taxpayer who thinks that promoting literacy and sharing materials are core expectations--not to mention practical ways to maximize our resources and help make Texas a desirable place to live. As the economy has worsened, the library has seen steadily increasing traffic as citizens seek ways to sharpen their skills, acquire new employment, and save money; funds for the databases they use for these purposes would also be slashed.
I checked out the txla link in Claudia's message and was happy to find that, as you scroll down the page, you can access a convenient tool to find your legislators' names and addresses--along with suggested text to use. From what I'm hearing, constant and vocal support from citizens will be needed for the next several weeks. Also, the upcoming Legislative Day on February 16 is a vital opportunity fto demonstrate your advocacy for libraries: www.txla.org/legislative-day.
Since financial support at all levels is a concern in these economic times, here's link to Round Rock's mayor and city council, with email access: www.roundrocktexas.gov/home/index.asp?page=200. Our brand-new City Manager, Steve Norwood, doesn't have a link on the City page yet; his email is email@example.com.
On a totally different--and cheerier note--I think our upcoming discussion title, The Help, is a winner!