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.


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.
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.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A Holiday Party Tease

Want to guess what books are being nominated at our holiday party? Hopefully I've given you enough hints that you'll be able to guess 1 or 2 of them. PLEASE DON'T POST THE ANSWERS. Once you figure them out, feel free to post more hints if you like. You'll have to attend the Holiday Party to find out!

I am a “theme” kinda gal. When I last nominated in August 2011, the theme was “Women who Escaped (something/someone)…” and we chose Infidel.

This time the theme is “Memories of Boyhood”. I read all three and enjoyed them almost equally.  Each is set outside the U.S.. All got 4 or 4.5 stars (out of 5) on Barnes & Noble.  All available in paperback from Barnes & Noble, our host from January thru October every year.

Here are the hints:
 - Boyhood heavily impacted by religion. This man did not write and publish his first book until age 96! (in 2007); in this, the first of his several books, he recalls the first 12 years of his life (his/his siblings' growing-up years) in England just before World War I; he moved with his family to the US at the outbreak of WWI;  3 words in this book’s title*, initial letters TIW, 354 pages; Jews and Christians; cobbled street; mill town.

- Boyhood of hunger and doing without, until he saved his community. This young man is from a small country in Africa; 6 word title*, initial letters TBWHTW; published 2010; 290 pages; he had a co-author; engineering, magic beliefs, old bicycle wheel; blue gum trees; MacGyver; library; nsima; now attends Dartmouth.

- Boyhood of privilege, until communism. This author was born in 1950. His story is about the first 12 years of his life, the entry of communism into his life, and he and his brother's participation in the Pedro Pan operation; 5 word title*, initial letters WFSIH; 400 pages; learn about the good life before communism, and the early days of life after (when even Coca-Cola did not taste the same); firecrackers; lizards; son of a judge; now a Yale professor. National Book Award in Nonfiction, 2003.
*This references the primary title (all of them also have subtitles).

Janice already knows the titles because I asked her if Cedar Park Library club read them (answer was no). Dennis I mentioned these to you, but probably not the titles.

Enjoy, but remember, DON'T POST ANSWERS!

1 comment:

Pam Fuchs said...

Claudia, if you wouldn't mind deleting this and the master post I made since it is really of no interest now or in the future. I can't figure out how to delete it myself. Tks, Pam