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:

Nov 1, 2017 2:00 PM in the Georgetown Public Library.

Highlight and right click on this "link" to see everything you need to know to attend.
The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Notes from a reluctant absentee

The Mystery discussion marks the second one in a row I've missed (another excellent selection, along with In the Garden of Beasts).  But it's vacation season, and one third of the reference desk staff is out right now.  

For my absentee contribution this month, I'll pass along some library news and mention a few new/forthcoming titles of interest.

First, a great film opportunity beginning this fall:  My friend Kate, in charge of programming for Round Rock Public Library, just received RRPL's coveted acceptance as a participant in Community Cinema 2012-2013.  I believe that Round Rock will be one of only four Texas locations (also Dallas, Austin, Houston) to host ten monthly screenings, September through June, of films from PBS’ award-winning Independent Lens series of documentaries.  Along with the chance to view these great films two weeks to two months before they’re broadcast nationally, you’d benefit from the post-screening insights of speakers and panelists. 

A film adaptation of Half the Sky (based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winners Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn- about human rights abuses directed toward women) opens the series in September; other titles include As Goes Janesville (Midwestern town after GM plant closure) and The Revolutionary Optimists (empowering the youth of Calcutta), along with others to be announced soon.  I’ve viewed a clip of Solar Mamas (women from Africa and South America—some illiterate--training to become solar power engineers for their villages); it was wonderfully inspiring. 

The content of the Independent Lens series is definitely geared toward an adult audience.  You don’t have to live in Round Rock or have a RRPL card to attend.  More info will be forthcoming at  You can read more about Community Cinema here:

Some new and soon-to-be published titles that may interest the group:  Liza Klaussman's (she's Herman Melville's great-great granddaughter) Tigers in Red Weather (family secrets with an extra dose of suspense); Leila Meacham's Tumbleweeds (not literary fiction, but if you loved her Roses--as I did--you'll probably enjoy this one even more).  Ariel S. Winter's The Twenty Year Death (hardboiled detective fiction, which I don't normally read) features three intertwined stories in the style of three noted genre authors and was a wonderful find.  Francesa Segal (Love Story's Erich Segal was her father) was inspired by Edith Wharton's The Age of Innocence as she envisioned The Innocents.  I was charmed and impressed by that one.  This month's theme seems to have been literary antecedents--and fine ones, at that!

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