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: rrnewneighbors.org [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

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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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.
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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 folgeorgetown.org/calendar, 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.
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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.
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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, August 15, 2011

Book Club Meeting of August 15, 2011

Some announcements before the meeting:
1. Aug. 25th we will attend the movie of The Help, at Cinemark 14, Round Rock (near Ikea). Afterwards, we will meet for discussion at Steak & Shake.
2. Sept. 19th we will discuss The Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.
3. Oct. 15th we will discuss Infidel, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
Also nominated by Pam, but not selected, First They Killed My Father, by Loung Ung, and Escape, by Carolyn Jessop.
4. The Texas Book Festival is Oct. 22-23.
5. We will not meet in November.
6. Our December meeting will be the Christmas party, at a place to be determined.
7. Our meeting on Jan. 16th will include a presentation by Jim Hornfischer, the author of The Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, Ship of Ghosts, and Neptune's Inferno.

There was a lively discussion of The Lacuna. The members who read it all seemed to like the book, which had two separate story lines, united by the central character of Harrison Shepherd (a name Frida Kahlo considered unpronounceable). One story about Mexico, with Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo, and Leon Trotsky, and the other story in the U.S., about the perception of the Communist Menace in this country. We discussed the various impacts on Harrison's life, including his mother, viewing the Bonus Army in D.C., life with the painters, the death of Trotsky, living in North Carolina during the war, and the Communist hearings. We had a good talk on the role of journalism and the media, both in the 50's and today. The general feeling was that the book was thought-provoking and captivating. Brief mentions at the end about some other books by Kingsolver.

1 comment:

ClaudiaH said...

Thanks, Dennis! Looks like not only were main themes of the book covered, but there was a discussion about the media, which I would have enjoyed. I like your idea of putting the date of the meeting in the post. My cutesy titles and arbitrarily dated postings have left the discussion date out. I'll think about how to incorporate it next time.