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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The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Thursday, January 19, 2012

January Meeting

We had a nice turnout for our guest speaker, Jim Hornfischer, author of Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors, Ship of Ghosts, and Neptune's Inferno. Jim became interested in WWII in the Pacific at a young age, due to his model-building and playing war games (such as Midway and CA) Jim graduated from Colgate in 1987 and went right into the book publishing field, where he soon became the go-to guy for books on the Pacific War. He moved to Austin in 1993.

More interested in surface warfare than either carrier battles or submarines, he was encouraged to write an account of the Battle of Samar (part of the larger engagement of Leyte Gulf), during which the heroic crews of tiny destroyers confronted the huge battleships and cruisers of the main Japanese battle fleet. This was published in 2004 as the Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors.

Jim now acts as an agent for other writers, including Fred Burton and George Friedman (of Stratfor), Rich Frank (working on a trilogy of the Pacific War), Ron Powers (Flags of Our Fathers), Annie Jacobson (Area 51), and others. He is also assisting Marcus Lutrelle (Lone Survivor) with his second book, Service.

We held out business meeting after Jim's presentation. Books nominated for March included One Thousand White Women (Fergus; it turns out we have already read this), Sarah's Key (Tatiana de Rosnay; previously nominated), and Molokai (Alan Brennert, about the leper colony in Hawaii). We voted decisively for Molokai. Our book for February is Into Thick Air. At that time, Patty will nominate for April.

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