The series continues each of the NEXT THREE WEDNESDAYS. You do not need to have read the book to attend (although I hope you read it at some point).
You can also hear Bryan Stephenson speak - at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin at 7pm on Monday, February 22nd, so I expect the final Wednesday (24th) to include a recap from those who hear him speak (I will go if I find a carpool).
It was obvious that every attendee last night was moved by the conversation with so many bright and like-minded people, as we discussed the state of our criminal justice system, including local government. And most expressed feeling a call to action.
As an introduction to Bryan Stephenson, here is a link to his TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/
Saturday, January 23, 2016
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
This Buzz will be very much like last year's: attendees will hear the inside scoop on forthcoming books from our Penguin Random House rep--and everyone will get a free "Keep Calm and Read On" tote bag and a pre-publication sampler book. We'll also have refreshments (I understand that the cheesecake will be back by popular demand) and drawings for door prizes.
You can register online here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-buzz-discovering-new-stars-tickets-20624650886 (the link is also on the library's Facebook page). Or, if you'd rather, call the reference desk at 512.218.7000 and we can complete the registration for you. Hope to see many of you there!
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Seeing the movie of the book, In the Heart of the Sea, helped me to visualize the ships and the whales, and the whale attacking the ship. The point of view of the movie differed from that of the book, but the historical details were evident in both. Some of the characters who were in Nantucket and on the ship during the story are still alive. Someone at our meeting said that there are still whales swimming in the ocean that have harpoon remnants attached to them from the time of the story. The whaling industry has changed, from more modern ships that make everything easier to whale protection laws. Our reading adventure, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex, by Nathaniel Philbrick, took place at the height of the whaling industry in the United States and the world and perhaps at its apex, though these would be best measured more by the commitment and effort needed for whaling rather than the number of whales killed.
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Before Cindy T. led the discussion of The Martian, Jay nominated for the book we will discuss in January. We chose Too Close to the Falls, by Catherine Gildiner, a memoir of her growing up near Niagara NY, covering her life from age 4 to 12, during which she helped in her Dad's pharmacy and delivered drugs to his customers (including Marilyn Monroe's sleeping pills). Jay also recommends Gildiner's subsequent memoirs, After the Falls (ages 12-21) and Coming Ashore (in her 20's). Books nominated but not chosen were Richard Russo's The Risk Pool (a novel about the father he never knew), and Jenna Blum's Those Who Save Us (a novel about how non-Jews dealt with the Holocaust). Frank will be getting in copies of Too Close to the Falls for us, and some of her later books if we want to continue reading the compelling memoirs about her life.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
I think most of us knew before the meeting that she grew up in a cult and didn't have any formal education past the sixth grade. When she finally left the cult it was really a coin toss for her husband and herself to decide who would go to work and who would stay home to take care of children. She shopped at garage sales for household items and clothing and also bought things, including books, to sell on Ebay. She starting reading the books, especially about business, but was hooked when she read a book by Robert Ludlum (Bourne Identity). She decided to try her hand at writing her own book,
Long story short, she finished the book, found an agant, was published and had a bestseller. The original plan was 3 Vanessa Monroe books, but that has turned into 5, plus an ebook and plans for more books. She writes 4 or 5 days a week and usually has a loose outline for the direction of a book so she can spend more time developing the characters.
Her book, the Innocent, draws the most from her experience growing up and her ebook, the Vessel, is her favorite right now. When she is writing she uses experts to make sure that her characters are accurate in their actions, and travels to locations to get a real feel for the place. Taylor says "You can look at pictures, but they don't show you how a place smells."
If you would like to know more and get emails from Taylor about what is up with her, go to www.taylorstevensbooks.com and sign up.
Monday, September 28, 2015
Copies should be available soon if they aren't already at Barnes and Noble.