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


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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