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.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Book and Author Visit Both Contain Treasures

Lynda Rutledge, creator and author of Faith Bass Darling's Last Garage Sale, gave us a double gift this month: a delightful book and a lively and interesting visit! The story had well-developed characters, plot twists, and life issues, all served with a side of humor. Some of the issues were profound and some of the characters' suffering involved serious aspects of life, but the humor kept the story of aging and Alzheimer's disease moving forward rather than moving into a vale of tears. Even if some of us may have experienced some sadness while reading about Faith Bass Darling, we were left at the end with just the right combination of understanding, completion, and a few purposefully loose ends implying hope.
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By sharing some of her artistic process with us, Rutledge demonstrated that she did more than just write the story: she created it. As I understood Rutledge to say, two events seemed to launch the story idea. Rutledge grew up in a small town, where her father owned the "corner drugstore." One of the perks from the store was that Rutledge collected Superman comics from the start of the series. The first significant event was that Rutledge's mother recently sold all the comics at a garage sale, at garage-sale prices. The second was that Rutledge learned that the first Superman comic might have been worth a million dollars! These events plus some episodes of "Antiques Roadshow" led Rutledge to think about what she calls "provenance," ie, the history of an item and how it got from its creation to where it is many years later. This combination of events and ideas inspired Rutledge's story line. 

After telling us the history of the book and some of the back story about some of the characters, Rutledge offered to answer our questions. Rutledge had a refreshing attitude toward our questions, noting which questions have been asked at other talks she has been giving in the flurry of activity and publicity surrounding her novel. She shared her decisions to leave some aspects of the book open-ended, such as the reasons for Faith's not opening Claudia's letters but leaving them in an accessible drawer. Did this imply that Alzheimer's had begun a long time ago and/or that depression had a role to play in the onset of the dementia? We don't need the answer to enjoy pondering the question. Rutledge also shared that she originally wanted to leave the mystery of the ring unsolved but that her publisher had guided against this much open-endedness. Lynda accepted the publisher's advice, and I think most of us were glad she did!

A write-up does not do this author visit justice, just as the photos don't quite capture the animated Lynda Rutledge's outbursts of mirth. Even though I took a lot of photos, I got very few of Lynda in focus until we all got behind her and posed! We had a lot of fun with Rutledge and wish her well with this and her next book!

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