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

The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series events will be listed here. Next event:


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.


Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
Click here to see the trailer for Stephen Spielberg's Ready Player One, currently scheduled to debut March 30th. 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.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Based on the novel by Mark Haddon
Adapted by Simon Stephens
Directed by Dave Steakley
January 31 – March 4, 2018 | Topfer Theatre
(Zach Theater in Austin)
If you can, go February 10th @2:30 PM


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Teddy Roosevelt book author at TX Book Festival + The Help book vs. movie

I told a friend who is a Teddy Roosevelt enthusiast that The River of Doubt was nominated Monday. He told me Candice Millard, the author will be at the book festival this year. I checked website and she IS on the author list! As did Jennifer, my friend highly recommended the book.

Regarding our discussion of differences between The Help book vs. movie

Unlike Movie, in the Book Minnie is promised a permanent job with the Footes, it’s a guarantee that they won’t let Hilly convince them to fire her. What’s more, the Footes still need Minnie. Celia never learns to cook, never learns to clean… never gets her act together at all. She’s not just beneficently bestowing grace upon Minnie. She’s getting something out of it, too. The novel leaves you room to consider how unfortunate it was that black people had to rely on the whims of white people for their livelihood, but also that white people allowed themselves to become helpless as they relied on black labor to create their homes.

Unlike Movie, In the book, Mama Phelan (Skeeter's mother) is not so sympathetic.For one thing, she doesn’t even know Rachel exists. Constantine was raped by a former white boss and sent Rachel off before she came to work for the Phelans. Because of her mixed race, Rachel can pass for white, so when she shows up at the DAR meeting, everyone thinks she belongs there. Charlotte discovers what’s happening just as Rachel is applying for membership in the DAR… just as she’s trying to enter white society. This is the “crime” that makes Charlotte furious and that makes her kick Constantine to the curb. What’s more, unlike in the film, she never regrets her actions. She is mortally offended by the idea that a black woman would try to saunter into white society.

BOOK, Constantine's daughter is named Lulabelle. She gave her up for adoption when she was four years old because she looked white. MOVIE: She has a full grown daughter named Rachel who is black.

BOOK: Lulabelle shows up at the DAR meeting at Skeeter's house. She mingles with the 95 white women in attendance. She starts to fill in a form to join the group. Miss Phelan quietly asks her to leave and go through the back. She refuses and spits in her face. Miss Phelan tells Constantine that she can't have anything to do with her as long as she is living on the rent that they pay. Constantine is unwilling to leave her daughter so they move to Chicago together. MOVIE: Rachel shows up during the diner and wants to come in. She is told to go to the back door but she refuses and comes in the front. The president of the DAR can't believe she allows a black girl to disobey her like that. To save face she kicks her out and fires Constantine and tells her to leave as well.

BOOK: Miss Phelan sends a check to Constantine in Chicago for her birthday. Lulabelle sends it back along with the obituary for Constantine indicating she died three weeks after leaving Jackson. MOVIE: Skeeter's brother goes to Chicago to try and bring Constantine home but he discovers that she has died.

BOOK: Stuart gives Skeeter an engagement ring but before accepting she tells him about the book she is writing. He says He doesn't know her and can't marry her. He promises not to reveal her secret. MOVIE: Stuart comes home after the book is released and tells Skeeter he doesn't want to see her anymore.

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