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

Literary Events

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July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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Thanks to Cindy V. for sending me listings of 2 TV series you might find interesting, and you might have access to:

The Son (book by Philipp Meyer), starring Pierce Brosnan. On AMC starting April 8.

American Gods (book by Neil Gaiman) on Starz, starting April 30.
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The Friends of the Georgetown Public Library’s Hill Country Authors Series will feature Texas author Paulette Jiles discussing her upcoming novel News of the World, which was shortlisted for the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction.
WHEN: Thursday, May 11, 2017, at 2 pm. Doors open at 1:30 pm.
WHERE: The Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. 8th Street in Georgetown, Texas.
WHY: All proceeds from the event will go toward meeting unfunded projects of the library. Tickets for the event are $15 in advance or $18 at the door, and may be purchased starting April 3, 2017, at the Second-Hand Prose bookstore on the second floor of the library, online at folgeorgetown.org/calendar, or by contacting Marcy Lowe at 512-868-8974. A dessert and beverage from the Red Poppy Café in the library will be served.
THE BOOK: In 1870 a 10-year-old girls makes a journey back to her aunt and uncle’s home after living with Kiowa warriors who had killed her parents four year earlier. Subsequently she is traded to Capt. Jefferson Kyle Kidd, a 70-year-old war veteran, who takes her 400 miles to her family near San Antonio.
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Round Rock Public Library Book Group meets Tuesday May 16th 7:00-8:30. They will discuss Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, by Ben Fountain. They will be voting on future book choices. Check the library website for more information, or ask Carla.
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Book Buzz - June 6th, evening - Round Rock Public Library - Free, but seating is limited. Reservations are necessary and will open closer to the time of the event.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Party: A Literal Literary Feast


What a wonderful holiday party we had! Overall, I think 25 of us gathered, with lots of delicious lunch dishes, and we had the usual jolly time talking and eating. Then we folded up the tables and set up chairs making a large oval in the living room, bathed in the light from Lydia's 2-story wall of windows. And here is where this party was different from all the others. We had the cookbook/food theme this time! Plus, Marcia and I brought some items to give away in drawings, and Cindy V. brought quotes about food for us each to read aloud as we went around the circle. So we drew numbers for some to win a book or a DVD, read the quotes, and everyone either recommended a book about some aspect of food or showed a cookbook they had used to create the recipe that they had brought to share. At the end of this post, there is a list the books that each of us brought for show and tell.

 I don't know about you, but I do look forward to the delightful meal we always have...the food itself as well as the company! Food is very important to us all. Planning and preparing fresh food is a delight to some of us, and eating it is appreciated by all. For many years, our group has been bringing pot luck dishes for our holiday party. Whether we like to prepare food or not, most of us bring something thoughtfully planned if not cooked. So there is a focus on food at our party. We enjoy our meal, and we enjoy the chance to talk, and we enjoy the book discussion. This time the book discussion focused on food and especially on the food we had shared. When we went around the room and many of us showed the cookbook that they had used to create the dish they had shared, I remembered tasting or at least noticing each dish. I would guess every one of us remembered either tasting or noticing each dish that was mentioned at the discussion. There was a sort of holistic feeling to the focus on the food that we had spent thought, time and money to bring for our friends. I think the food theme added depth and breadth to our meeting and our sharing of cheer at the beginning of December.

Please be thinking about next year's party, even if only in the back of your mind. I liked the theme idea this year, and I think it works well for the holiday party; although all reading the same book has its charm every month as well as for the annual party. So let's think and please send or give me suggestions any time, and I will save them for next October's discussion. I have been listening to an audio version of Tom Robbins' new autobiography, Tibetan Peach Pie, and in it he mentions a quote that I think he got somewhere, or maybe he made it up. (One downside to audio books is that it's difficult to go back and find anything.) Anyway, the quote was something like, "Christmas comes every 10 years when you are young and every 10 minutes when you are old." So, it's not too early to consider whether you might want to host the holiday party at your house next year and/or what kind of theme might be fun for our party. You could offer to lead the theme or not. What do y'all think? Not really a big rush; we have more than 10 minutes, surely. And I won't bother you about it until after next summer; I promise!

Below is the list of books shared at the party. Please let me know if I left anything out or have anything wrong or incomplete. I apologize for not keeping a list of everyone's dish, but if you are having a hankering for a recipe someone brought and you know who brought it, I will be glad to help you connect with that person.

Patty:
An English Afternoon Tea. Book written by Patty in 1993 and reprinted this year!
The Steinbeck House Cookbook. 1984
The Jane Austin Cookbook, by Maggie Black, 1995
Pillsbury Bake-Off 1978, with Patty's finalist recipe in it
Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook, a once-new edition of cookbook from 1930 that is in its 16th edition now

Kathleen:
Provence Beautiful Cookbook

Jay:
 A Matter of Taste, by the Lake Geneva Women's Association 2005
Chicago Tribune Cookbook, 1989

Cindy T:
Vegan  Holiday Kitchen, by Nava Atlas

Pat:
Eating the Plates: A Pilgrim Book of Food and Manners, by Lucille Recht Penner, 1991

Shirley:
Luby's 50th Anniversary Recipe Collection, 1996

Carol G:
Breaking Bread Together, by the St. Cyrus Ladies Guild, 1977

Diane:
 At Your Service: A Collection of Favorite Recipes From the Round Robin Dinner Groups, from St. Thomas More Church, 1990

Jan:
Barefoot Contessa Parties, by Ina Garten, 2001

Marcia:
Mastering the Art of French Cooking, by Julia Child, 1961
Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, by Julie Powell, 2005

Claudia:
Vegan Express, by Nava Atlas, 2008

Lydia:
Provence, 1970: M.F.K. Fisher, Julia child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American             Taste, by Luke Barr, 2013, paperback 2014

Janice:
Our Favorite Recipes, by the Round Rock Hospital Auxiliary, 1998

Peggy:
Heartburn, by Nora Ephron, 1996
The Male Chauvinist's Cookbook, by Cory Kilvert, 1974

Judy (+ Dennis):
Consider the Oyster, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1988
How to Cook a Wolf, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1988
Serve it Forth, by M.F.K. Fisher, 2002

Carla:
Gastronomical Me, by M.F.K. Fisher, 1989
            
Pam:
Betty Crocker's Cookbook for Boys and Girls, 1957

Linda (in absentia):
Cooking for Mr. Latte: A Foodie Memoir of Courtship, with Recipes, by Amanda Hesser,                   2004

Happy Holidays 2014-15!!

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