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: rrnewneighbors.org [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:

PRESS RELEASE: JEFF ABBOTT, JANUARY 31, 2018, GEORGETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY

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.

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The Nobel Prize in Literature was given to author Kazuo Ishiguro.
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Amazon is planning a video series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. Date of release is not yet announced.
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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, October 27, 2013

Author Visit Goes Back to the Future

First things first! Our guest author, Ernest (he's definitely an Ernie) Cline, who wrote Ready Player One, drove his DeLorean to Barnes & Noble and parked next to Pam's car. Then he came into the store and regaled us with a fascinating rendition of his adventures in screenplay and novel writing.
  



Cline refers to a lot of influences from numerous aspects of life. He is an avid pop-culture fan, especially as it applies to books, movies, and computer games; not always in that order. He started his literary career by writing a fan-fiction sequel to the movie The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, from 1984. Cline posted his sequel as a screenplay online and was surprised to see that people were copying it to websites and even selling it. He tells more about this experience on his blog.

This success of his fan screenplay guided him to write a serious original screenplay, which he did, with Fanboys. Fanboys is about a group of teenaged friends who absolutely can't wait for the impending sequel to Star Wars, which they have become somewhat obsessed with, as were many young folks during the heyday of the Star Wars movies. Cline was one of those who grew up a Star Wars fanatic. Three Star Wars movies were released 3 years apart beginning in 1977, when Cline was very young. The next episode was not released for 16 years, when Cline was a teenager. During those 16 years, Star Wars was a pop culture phenomenon and a major theme in Cline's life. As circumstances led to Fanboys being produced, directed, and acted by successful Hollywood moguls and stars; Cline was surprised and delighted. His story of the long and winding road to the release of Fanboys had us all enthralled.
 
After learning that screenplays most often take years to reach the screen and also that the screenplay is often edited heavily to fit Hollywood, Cline decided his next project would be a novel. To prepare to write Ready Player One, Cline researched and tuned in to a variety of pop culture phenomena. He built the plot of  Ready Player One around a hero's journey, which he learned about from Joseph Campbell's book, The Hero's Journey. Some other influences Cline mentioned include the Atari 2600 computer game machine, which Cline had when he was 5 years old; Roald Dahl's books, particularly James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; Stephen King's books, Harry Knowles's website aintitcool.com, Warren Robinett, Richard Garriott, the novel The Westing Game, Stephen King's books, and lots more reading of books and screenplays, watching of movies, and playing of computer games.

While the author was signing our books, he graciously gave us access to his DeLorean, complete with Hoverboard and Flux Capacitor replica. We all went outside on that beautiful day and sat in the car and took photos. It was really quite exciting! Among 9000 original DeLoreans, there are approximately 6000 left. You don't see one or get to sit in it every day!


Most everyone read the book, and everyone who read it enjoyed it, and everyone enjoyed the author visit! It was gratifying to see how much Ernie Cline loves what he does. He gives book talks to groups of all ages (he was tickled to be the youngest one at our meeting), bringing his car around for everyone's pleasure; and he is working on a second novel and writing the screenplay for Ready Player One! We wish him continued success and look forward to more of his books and movies.

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