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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Sunday, March 27, 2016

But First, Are You Pickwickian?

More than 60 years ago, our Patty went out on a first date with young William Sanford. Conversation turned to books, and William said he was currently reading The Pickwick Papers, by Charles Dickens. What a match! When Patty was getting ready to nominate for January, her husband William suggested The Pickwick Papers. Since they recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, she thought the book was aprapos.

Charles Dickens serialized The Pickwick Papers and became famous at the age of 25 when it was published in 1837. Previously, the Dickens family, including his parents and his 9 siblings, had lived in debt and poverty. At one point, his family was living in a Debtors' Prison. Dickens wrote fiction but managed to incorporate opinions advocating social reform and criticizing injustice. He wrote Little Dorrit specifically against the concept of the Debtors' Prison and eventually was instrumental in the dissolution of the Debtors' Prison in England.

Dickens was a master of the printed word and was able to publish many popular works of fiction, packing each one with satirical social criticism; funny names, e.g., Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol and Job Trotter, Tracy Tupman, and Augustus Snodgrass of The Pickwick Papers; and absurd situations, such as Pickwick falling into a drunken stupor on a hunting outing and ending up asleep in a cart and awakening in prison in The Pickwick Papers.

Patty led our meeting by asking us to choose sections of The Pickwick Papers to read aloud and choosing some herself. The book was good for reading aloud, and it was very enjoyable to listen to the chosen passages and their backgrounds. Then Patty asked some questions, encouraging a discussion about the book.

One part of the discussion evolved around the timely topic of the portrayal of women in The Pickwick Papers. Carla said that women were portrayed as grasping, and wanting only to catch a man. Cindy T noticed that the women in the book were either sweet young things or greedy older ones. Linda H. said that Little Dorrit was a Dickensian heroine but many of Dickens' women characters had bad intentions.

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