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. ]
July 6th, author Neil Gaiman will speak at the Long Center. $32.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Nearly everyone had read the book, and most had seen the movie too. One liked the book best, one the movie, but most enjoyed both about the same. An interesting development path in Andy Weir's creation of the book: blog first, then Kindle story, then book, then movie. (Next, the Holodeck version) Growing up, he enjoyed Robert Heinlein, especially Tunnel in the Sky, a 1955 Heinlein juvenile with a survival on another planet plot. He is also a fan of Dr Who (who isn't?). Cindy brought her display boards and illustrations, but couldn't resist starting with a pop quiz on acronyms. We decided the most ingenious solutions in the book were growing potatoes (note the spelling, Quayle) and making water. There was some discussion of differences between the book and the movie. And apparently, in spite of the scientific basis of most things in the book, dust storms like that don't happen in the thin atmosphere of Mars. Most unbelievable part of the book? The cooperation between government agencies. We gave examples of some of the funny things Mark says in the course of his adventure. The consensus for the most surprising thing in the book is that [spoiler] Mark survived, though also mentioned were the sublimation of LCDs under low atmospheric pressure and the idea the people could survive for long in the radiation that strikes Mars. We concluded by wondering why there is not a political will to spend more on space development and exploration by the United States.