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

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.

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Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
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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.

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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

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Pat Cronk's Friend Has a New Book

ABOUT THE BOOK:

    A Rare Thing is a story of redemption and forgiveness.  In the small
New Mexico town of San Carlos in the 1950s and 60s, a motherless Chicano
youngster, Javier Jiménez, finds himself  forced into an early manhood.  The
boy's father, Nicolás, a Korean War veteran, loves and cares for his son
dearly.  But as he drinks himself into the depths of alcoholism, he
struggles through life wallowing in self-pity.

    Javier tries his best to cope not only with his own loneliness but
the day-to-day hardships of living with an alcoholic father.  Nicolás finds
his sobriety when he meets Ramona.  He marries her, thinking that will
fulfill his needs, but his hopes are short lived, soon discovering he can't
escape his loneliness.

    Into this setting enters Deborah Perkins.  She moves into Javier's
neighborhood.  Javier and Deborah eventually fall in love, much to the
chagrin of Deborah's mother, who doesn't' share her husband's fascination
for Southwestern culture and believes her daughter can do much better than
what Javier has to offer.

    Tragedy strikes, and Javier moves to California to live with an aunt
and uncle.  Deborah and he struggle to continue their relationship despite
the distance and Deborah's mother's prejudices.  Confused and unsure of his
future, Javier leaves college to join the Army and ends up in Vietnam, where
he sees his fellow soldiers dying every day.

    Reminiscing about his father, he must face his own mortality, as he
grapples with his own identity.  Nicolás's spirit appears at a critical
moment with words to give Javier strength.  Contemplating the real
possibility of his death, he reconciles with himself, gaining strength from
visions of his father as a good man who had more than his share of bad luck.
Javier comes to grips with whether he has forgiven him for his frailties and
failure as a parent.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Rudy Apodaca, a native of New Mexico, lives with his wife, Nancy, in Austin,
Texas.  He began his career as a trial attorney and practiced law in Las
Cruces, New Mexico for 22 years before serving as an appellate judge on the
New Mexico Court of Appeals for about 14 years, over two of those years as
Chief Judge.  When he's not writing, he divides his time between providing
mediation/arbitration services, doing volunteer work, and spending time with
his children and grandchildren.  He's the author of several essays.  For
additional information, visit his website at www.rudyapodaca.com.

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