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

Literary Events

What's New?__________

July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.

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.
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, 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.

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.

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 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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