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

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!

Barnes & Noble La Frontera hosts the first meeting of a new nationwide Barnes & Noble Book Club May 2nd, 6:00 - 7:00 PM at Barnes & Noble La Frontera. The book is Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer. The book is available at Barnes & Noble La Frontera.


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 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.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Neal Stephenson

In our discussion of alchemy today, I mentioned the series of books by Neal Stephenson that might be of interest. They comprise the Baroque Cycle, made up of eight books published in three volumes. The volumes are titled Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World. These are historical novels set between the Restoration of the Stuart monarchy and the beginning of the 18th Century. The stories describe, among other things, the transition from alchemy to modern science. A wealth of historic characters populate the books, including many early scientists such as Newton, Boyle, Hooke, and Leibniz, plus many other political and prominent figures, such as Handel, Christopher Wren, Blackbeard, John Churchill, D'Artagnan, William Penn, Samuel Pepys, Charles II, William III, George I, etc. The principal alchemist is the mysterious Enoch Root. These books are so rich, and so well written, that they will captivate the enthusiastic reader for years. But don't be afraid to take them on; there is lots of fast-moving action, and something for every taste.

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