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

Literary Events

What's New?__________

July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.

Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.

Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.

Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

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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