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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Amazon Prime Video has released a series based on stories by Philip K. Dick. It's called Electric Dreams.
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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.

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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

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Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Club Enjoys Picture Book Narrated by 12-Year-Old

While reading The Collected Works of T.S. Spivet, by Reif Larsen, I just enjoyed the book and the illustrations. After our discussion and upon retrospect, I see the book as one of those that cross over from adolescent to adult; appropriate and interesting for everyone from a fairly young age through an advanced one! The feat of creating such a book is admirable. It's not sophomoric, the way a lot of movies about young adult relationships seem to me at my age, and yet I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it and might even give my copy to my 13-year-old great nephew, who reads and reads and reads over again.

A wonderful coincidence was that Kathleen joined our group recently and had experienced a small city celebrating The Collected Works with 28 days of events focused on the book! The town of Trumbull, Connecticut, chose this book in 2010, soon after it was published. The whole town was involved, with parties, fundraisers, discussions about the book, and analysis of the themes in the book, culminating in a day the author spent as a guest of the town. Kathleen showed us some brochures and schedules. Seems Trumbull went all out and had a lot of fun with T.S. Spivet!

Two themes that were addressed in Trumbull as well as at our meeting were the incidence of triads in the book and the question as to whether the book was autobiographical. Kathleen was the one who noticed the triads. She listed them. The list was a lot longer than what I was able to quickly note as she read them: the Trident Youth, 3 laws of motion, 3 books in the library about quantum mechanics, a 3-part series on a child prodigy, 3 suits for 3 press conferences, the 3-fingered Megatherium salute, and T.S. packing 3 of his notebooks for his trip to Washington, DC. Apparently the author, Reif Larsen, was surprised by the list of triads and could not take credit for spreading them throughout the book. His reaction to the plethora of triads was to remark that he might need to discuss this with a psychotherapist!

Larsen didn't tell the citizens of Trumbull much about his personal background, although it was clear that he was a young author and had been an intellectually gifted child. But he didn't have any personal anecdotes about hoboes or trains. Among the clever small print parts of the book are a list on the copyright page, as if part of the cataloging, of 27 subjects in the book, each of which is noted to be "fiction;" and on the very last page of the book, in the middle of a full-page abstract design, is a short sentence in similar tiny print that says, "Everything is fiction."

All who read the book, which seemed to be most or all of us present, enjoyed it. Some liked the sidebars and illustrations more than others did. Jay said they were like footnotes, and Cindy said they showed how the author's or T.S. Spivet's thought patterns. Carla nominated and presented the book and gave us 2 themes to think about: The book as a hero's quest in the spirit of Joseph Campbell, and the book as a parallel of The Wizard of Oz. Lots to enjoy and think about with this book. I still don't quite understand the Wormhole. Maybe I'm just too old for that!

A movie based on this story was released all over the world except in the United States and is called "The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet."


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