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It’s Tuesday again, and this time to bring you news of some of our newest arrivals at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester in the categories of books, audio dramas, and magazines.

This month’s Big Finish release in the DOCTOR WHO  main range is #189 – “Revenge of the Swarm”, starring Sylvester McCoy as The Seventh Doctor, Sophie Aldred as Ace, and Philip Olivier as Hex.  This title is a direct sequel to the Fourth Doctor television adventure “The Invisible Enemy” and features John Leeson, Mandi Symonds, Maggie Service, John Heffernan, Phyllida Nash Siobhan Redmond, John Dorney, and Paul Panting.

In addition, we have:

* The newest Fourth Doctor audio adventure – #3.8:  “Zygon Hunt”, starring Tom Baker as The Fourth Doctor and Louise Jameson as Leela, featuring Michael Maloney, Gillian Kearney, James George, Steven Alexander, and Nicholas Briggs…

* The Fifth Doctor Boxed Set, which includes two new audio adventures – “Psychodome” and “Iterations of I” – starring Peter Davison as The Fifth Doctor, Matthew Waterhouse as Adric, Sarah Sutton as Nyssa, and Janet Fielding as Tegan…

* BLAKE’S 7: THE LIBERATOR CHRONICLES VOLUME 9, which includes three audio stories –  “Defector”, “Planetfall”, and “Secrets” – starring Paul Darrow, Jan Chappell, Michael Keating, Steven Pacey, Tom Chadbon, and David Warner.dwm-477

* We’ve just gotten in September’s issue of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE as well.  DWM#477 is a polybagged 100-page issue with a double-sided poster, featuring an interview with the newest Doctor, as well as articles highlighting actors, writers and producers from the “Classic” era.

We’d like to remind you that we’re one of the first shops in America to get the new issues of DWM each month on our racks; we also offer six-month and twelve-month subscriptions for pickup here at the bookstore at 65 James Street.

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Stay tuned to our blog for more DOCTOR WHO news… we’re already planning events for the fifty-first anniversary!

faceoff ebook cover 600 x 900Happy Labor Day! Annie’s Book Stop WILL be open on Monday, Labor Day, from 10AM-6PM, so if you’re not out enjoying a last beach day or summer getaway, feel free to stop in and spend some quality time with your favorite books!

There’s also one more week left of our August Educators Month. Whether you teach at school or at home, ABSW has a few specials for you before the fall semester really gets underway. See the details on our blog here.

As we start into autumn, there are a few bits of news reminders:

New Fall Hours – ABSW will be closing at 5PM on Sundays starting this weekend, August 31.

New Spinning Yarns Day and Time – Spinning Yarns will be moving to Mondays at 7PM. Join us for a crafty evening with audiobooks and more!

New Literary Genre Trivia Night – will be happening on the second Wednesday of every month. Our first night is September 10th on Strictly Science Fiction literature! Join us for a chance to win a gift certificate through your awesome genre knowledge.

What do YOU think of the new Doctor in Doctor Who? Have an opinion? Feel free to shoot us your thoughts and we might post it on our British Science Fiction blog!

And for events: We’ve got a lot going on!

Saturday, September 6, 11AM-1PM – Old Homes Day with Ellen Cooney

ABSW will be at the Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton, MA. Patty will be selling books for author Ellen Cooney, including her newest release The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances. For more info, visit the Bigelow Free Public Library page.

Sunday, September 14, 2-5PM – Energy Leadership Workshop with Gayle Suzanne

Are you finding blocks to your success? Do you feel stuck? Join us for an enlightening workshop with Gayle Suzanne, CPC, ELI-MP, ALB, a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. Her book, It’s In the Little Things made it to number 74 on Amazon for Self Help. Please pre-register; cost is $29.

NEW EVENT Saturday, September 20, 3-5PM – Matt Herring’s Doctor Who Fan Guidebook

Matt “Matman” Herring, half the team of the popular Secret Identity Podcast, has published a fan guidebook, The Unofficial Doctor Who Companion, and will be at the bookstore celebrating our favorite Doctor!

Friday, September 26, 7-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers

The featured reader is TBA, but Worcester Storytellers continues with their regular open mic at ABSW.

Saturday, September 27, 2-4PM – Brian McKeown author discussion

Brian McKeown, author of Hannah’s Left Hook will be here to discuss the research and inspiration behind his book.

Sunday, September 28, 2-4PM – Journey into an Author’s Imagination

Authors Stacy Juba and Amanda Torrey offer their popular panel at ABSW. Find out the strangeness that goes on inside authors’ heads!

So, come on out to 65 James Street—we’ve got lots of reasons to visit our “bigger on the inside” bookstore just this coming month!

May your world be full of wonderful words!

As we get ready for this Saturday’s premiere for Series 8 of DOCTOR WHO, launching the run of Peter Capaldi as The Twelfth Doctor, we at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester have gotten some marvelous new DW items in stock to help you celebrate.

* First out of the box is what we consider ***THE*** indispensable accessory… The Twelfth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver, with lights and sound.  This is the single button version, according to its packaging.  We can’t wait to know whether it will evolve as The Doctor himself does.

* Next up is The Union Jack Dalek… a twelve-inch-tall radio-controlled Dalek which speaks eight phrases.  It’s an extremely limited 50th anniversary edition of DOCTOR WHO’s most iconic monster.

 

* We’ve just received our supplies of “The Impossible Set”… an action figure two-pack featuring The Eleventh Doctor in Victorian garb from the Christmas special “The Snowmen” and Oswin Oswald in red from the Series 7 story “Asylum of the Daleks”.  This is the first five-inch scale version of the Clara character., and we theorize this set was originally meant to be the 2014 SDCC exclusive.

 

* Our new counter display includes Character Builders “Brix”… DOCTOR WHO mini-figures in clear display cases.  Like the bagged versions, these are also “blind packs”… you don’t know which character you’re getting, and there are an assortment to collect.

* We have new 11-ounce mugs for hot and cold drinks, featuring the TARDIS.  These are microwave-safe and dishwasher-safe, perfect for your home, office or dorm.

* And finally we have the most recent “Special Edition” of DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE.  Special Edition #38 is the wrap-up of DWM’s coverage of the 50th Anniversary Year of DOCTOR WHO.

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Come down to 65 James Street in Worcester – we’ve got the DOCTOR WHO merchandise to amaze and astound you.

—Patty and the staff at ABSW

 

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timepieceLeaves change, clock hands whirl… It’s almost time for “Back to School” for our customers and staff who are students and educators!  It’s almost time for new DOCTOR WHO to appear on our televisions, welcomed by fans everywhere!  We’ve got lots of new and ongoing happenings to announce here.

Have you squeezed in that last summer reading book? Do you have the reading material for this year? Stop by ABSW on 65 James Street and we’ll do our best with any emergency literary hook-up.

We had a lovely Tax-Free Weekend on the 16th and 17th, and congratulations to L.L. for winning our $50 gift certificate!

August is still going on, and so is our Educator’s Month sale. All month long we’ll be offering special discounts to all educators, from preschool through college.

Special perks include:   * A large selection of teaching modules, handbooks, workbooks, and skillbuilder titles from Scholastic, Teacher Created Materials, Frank Schaffer and more.  These titles, originally priced between $5.99 up to $39.99, are now just $1.00 per copy!

* An additional 10% discount to classroom teachers who present their MTA card or paystub, college educators who present their paystub, and homeschoolers who present proof of approval of home education from their school district.  This means that new books will be sold at a 40% discount from the retail price, rather than the year-round educators discount of 30%, and used books will be sold at a 70% discount from the retail price, rather than the year-round discount of 60%.

The Educators Month discount does not apply to sale cart/final sale merchandise, or to non-book items such as gift certificates, toys, magazines, and kitchen items.  Discounts for special orders will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis and applied when possible.  Store credit may be applied to used books AFTER discounts have been taken at the register.  We will continue to accept Groupon for these sales, but other coupons may not be used in combination with this sale.

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Also…

THE NEW SEASON OF DOCTOR WHO, STARRING PETER CAPALDI, PREMIERES ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD!!!! WOOO-WHOOOOOOOO!!  Stay tuned for announcements of newly-arrived DW merchandise.

Don’t forget: To celebrate, we’re inviting all our fellow fans to be part of our blog by sending us reviews of the new Doctor and new season. We’ll post a selection of those reviews for our Sci-Fi Tuesday blogs for everyone to see.  Reviews and op-ed pieces should be sent to info@anniesbooksworcester.com.

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But that’s not all! (There’s a lot of news going on, actually!)

Starting in September, Spinning Yarns will be moving to Monday nights! We are taking Labor Day off, but join us at 7PM on Monday, September 8th. We’re also on Meetup.com, so check us out there!

Why did Spinning Yarns move? Well, that leads us to the next bit of news! Also starting in September, on the second Wednesday of the month, we’ll be starting a new Genre Trivia Night! Join us for a fun night of bookish clues—the person with the most correct guesses of the night can win a $10 gift certificate! So, on Wednesday, September 10th at 7PM, we’ll be kicking off this event with Strictly Science Fiction Night. Come in and test your knowledge of scienc-y science fiction, from classics to current. (In October, a sneak peak, we’ll be doing Fantastical Fantasy Books!)

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And since we’re in a timey-wimey vein, let’s shoot back to August to start listing even more upcoming events!

Worcester Storytellers returns to ABSW on 65 James Street with a special extended open-mic session on August 22nd from 7:00-8:30 PM, with an extended open mike.  Attendees may each read up to three pieces this month.

And that returns us to September for events, where ABSW will be at the Bigelow Free Public Library in Clinton, MA on Saturday September 6th from 11AM-1PM for Old Homes Day. We will be selling books for author Ellen Cooney, including her newest release The Mountaintop School for Dogs and Other Second Chances. For more info, visit the Bigelow Free Public Library page.

Also coming in September—though you should pre-register for it now!—Gayle Suzanne returns to ABSW for a special workshop about overcoming blocks to achieving your dreams! On Sunday, September 14 from 2-5 PM, Gayle will go over the biggest obstacles people face when trying to move from difficult situations into making their dreams real. Cost for this workshop is $29. Gayle Suzanne, CPC, ELI-MP, ALB is a Certified Professional Coach and Energy Leadership Master Practitioner. She is the author of It’s In The Little Things, which reached #74 on the Amazon best seller list in the Self Help Motivational genre. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation, workshop facilitator and speaker. Sign up now, because seating is limited!

And on Friday, September 26, Worcester Storytellers brings back their open mic and featured reader from 7-8:30.

Then, on Saturday, September 27 from 2-4 PM, author Brian McKeown, author of Hannah’s Left Hook will be at ABSW for a book talk and signing.

Finishing out September, on Sunday, September 28 from 2-4PM, we have a special panel called “Journey into an Author’s Imagination” with authors Stacy Juba and Amanda Torrey.

Phew—that’s a lot! Hope to see you at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, and may your world be filled with wonderful words.

—Patty and the staff at 65 James Street, Worcester, MA

Mid-Week Message: Tax-Free Weekend

Posted: August 13, 2014 in events

dollar signWe just wanted to send out a mid-week reminder that this weekend is TAX-FREE WEEKEND!

In addition to items purchased being tax-free, shoppers will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate with any purchase of $10 and more.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

Back to SchoolSome quick reminder notes for our friends and patrons as we start in on August:

1] August is our EDUCATORS’ MONTH!

All month long we’ll be offering special discounts to all educators, from preschool through college.  Special perks include:

* We’ve received a large selection of teaching modules, handbooks, workbooks, and skillbuilder titles from Scholastic, Teacher Created Materials, Frank Schaffer and more.  These titles, originally priced between $5.99 up to $39.99, are now just $1.00 per copy!

* We’ll be offering an additional 10% discount to classroom teachers who present their MTA card or paystub, college educators who present their paystub, and homeschoolers who present proof of approval of home education from their school district.  This means that new books will be sold at a 40% discount from the retail price, rather than the year-round educators discount of 30%, and used books will be sold at a 70% discount from the retail price, rather than the year-round discount of 60%.  The Educators Month discount does not apply to sale cart/final sale merchandise, or to non-book items such as gift certificates, toys, magazines, and kitchen items.  Discounts for special orders will be reviewed on a case-to-case basis and applied when possible.  Store credit may be applied to used books AFTER discounts have been taken at the register.  We will continue to accept Groupon for these sales, but other coupons may not be used in combination with this sale.

2] Our Sidewalk Sale continues throughout the summer and will run through the autumn, weather permitting. We’ve added numerous monthly releases from Harlequin and Silhouette, dating from 2013 and earlier, covering such genres as historical fiction, romantic suspense, and urban fantasy. In addition, we have cookbooks, decorating books, and more on our sales carts and in our sales bins. Our Sidewalk Sale items range from 25 cents up to $2.99, with many treasures to be found. Please note that Sidewalk Sale items are marked “Close Out” and thus cannot be turned back in for store credit.

3] We have added a fair amount of vintage science fiction and fantasy to our shelves, at the low price of $2.99. We hope to expand our selection to include more vintage horror, vintage mystery, and vintage non-fiction in the coming months.

4] And now for EVENTS!

This Friday, August 8 from 7-9PM, ABSW is getting a visit from Tom Lukas’s traveling Spycar! Special Operations is a collection of several books where retired Detective Nick Giaccione faces off against The Illuminator, a war nurse who has become a religious fanatic, embedding illuminated manuscripts into the bodies of her victims. The cases ensnare Giaccione in a web of contrapasso vengeance—punishing victims based on the crimes they committed.

Author Tom Lukas was born and raised in Auburn, MA and sang in Worcester churches through 1981 before moving to Cape Cod and working as an apprentice-to-master carpenter. He’s worked in electronic publishing for many years, editing a number of works for many clients, including the New York Public Library and the Wall Street Journal. Special Operations is his first novel, and SEETHROUGH, the spy program he created in the novel, inspired him to create and design his own Spycar, which he drives throughout the U.S. to publicize his work.

We’ll be hosting Worcester Storytellers on Friday, August 22nd from 7-9PM. The featured reader is to be announced… stay tuned for more information.

So, stop on by 65 James Street, and check out our August events! We’re in the midst of planning our September and October events; keep an eye out for more news.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

knitting-catWednesday nights starting at 7pm.

Bring your textile craft, your drawing pad, your journal, or your laptop to this weekly social event where we listen to audiobooks, audio dramas, and radio plays while devoting time to our various works in progress.  Everyone is welcome!

This week, we have left our audio open to your choice! Let us know what you want to hear for Spinning Yarns!