Events Buzz: Happy Memorial Day!

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester honors all the fallen American soldiers this Memorial Day. We give thanks to their and their families’ sacrifice to preserve our freedom and the freedom of others.

Did you know that Memorial Day was originally created to honor the fallen from both Union and Confederate sides of the American Civil War?

From publicholidays.us: Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on 30 May 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day.

While the holiday is the kick-off of summer, and we have a lot of celebrations and events coming up, we’re just posting an abbreviated blog for the events happening THIS WEEK, that we hope you’ll join us for!

THIS FRIDAY, June 3, starting at 7:00 PM, the Rainbow Readers Youth LGBTQA book club discusses Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee, a love story between a boy who has lost his mother and the selkie who heard a wish for love—but never planned to fall in love.

And then, THIS SATURDAY, June 4, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, we have best-selling author James A. Moore reading, signing, and sharing The Silent Army, the last book in the Seven Forges series.

James “Jim” A. Moore is “an eclectic writer who believes that the barriers between genres should be smashed into little bitty bits whenever it strikes your fancy,” so while his almost thirty novels, his comics, his media tie-ins (like Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and his game writing get filed as “horror” and “fantasy,” they are always more than meets the label. Besides his prolific writing career, Jim also is one of the founders of the Writers Coffeehouse New England, a community meant to help writers at all stages in their career through communication, networking, and advice sharing.

The Seven Forges series, beginning with the novel The Seven Forges, and followed by The Blasted Lands, The City of Wonder, and the newest, and final book, The Silent Army, is a dark fantasy about the meeting and clash of cultures that awakens the gods of the Seven Forges Mountains, causing unstoppable war that would destroy lands even beyond the boundaries of the great Fellein Empire. Only the combined efforts of those who stand with the empire, “faithful and the godless, the soldiers and killers alike,” can bring the war to an end—though it may be one that changes the world forever.

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. May’s featured reader is Barbara Roberts. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on June 24.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting, TONIGHT, May 23.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on June 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on June 18.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on June 3.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: Rounding out May Events

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Here we are at our last full week of May. To go with the warmer weather, we have just brought in a bunch of new titles for Summer Reading lists. If you’ve got a Summer Reading list and haven’t started looking yet, it’s not too late. Come in and see what we have, and if we don’t have it, we are still actively bringing in books, so we can place our orders based on your needs.

We were especially pleased to have a Star reporter visit us for our Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts LGBTQA book club this weekend! Our reading numbers are growing, which makes us especially happy—and we’ve got some special treats coming up for Rainbow Readers and Rainbow Readers Youth in the next few months, so stay “tuned” to the book club pages, as well as the ABSW event pages on Facebook and our website.

Also, we will be open during our regular hours on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

We also had a great time with Carl H. Johnson as he talked baseball and Red Sox with us for his book release, The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book on Sunday. We still have some signed copies for those of you who missed it. If you’ve got a baseball lover in your life, it makes a great gift!

With June right around the corner, we want to give our congratulations to all our students who received excellent grades this year!  From June 10-June 30, bring in your report card and for every A or A+, we will give you a free used book.  For every B or B+, we will give you a dollar voucher towards any book purchase. Great work to all of your excellent grades!

THIS WEEK, we have our two regular events finishing up the month.

TODAY, MONDAY, MAY 23, the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets at 7:00 PM to work on projects, share support, network, and give feedback to each other. Come in and share your work!

And then, THIS FRIDAY, May 27 at 7:00 PM, we welcome back Worcester Storytellers and their open mic. This month, they will have featured reader Barbara Roberts.

And because we’re excited for June, here’s a wee sneak peek…

Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee

Saturday, June 4, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – James A. Moore’s The Silent Army arrives. Our good friend and beloved author reads, discusses, and signs The Silent Army, the last book in the Seven Forges series.

Saturday, June 11, All Day – Maurice Sendak Day. Celebrate the beloved children’s author of Where the Wild Things Are and many other titles with readings, crafts, and more.

Thursday, June 16, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – Bloomsday, Stop on the Worcester Ramble. The Worcester County Poetry Association brings the global celebration of James Joyce to Worcester, reading chapters and scenes from Ulysses at venues similar to those in the novel as they ramble across Worcester County—and this year, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester gets to take part!

Thursday, June 16, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion: Companions Continued. By request, we’re continuing our discussion of the Companions for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors.

Saturday, June, 18, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – Poets Assemble! ABSW continues our crafty poet puppet Saturdays in preparation for Bring Your Poet to Work Day!

Saturday, June 18, 6:00 PM – Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts discuss Murder and Mayhem by Rhys Ford.

Friday, June 24, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic, featuring Sharon Healy-Yang.

Saturday, June 25, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Banjos and Attitude, Modern Magic in Urban Fantasy with Andrea Hairston and Jennifer Allis Provost. Award-winning Hairston and Best-selling Allis Provost talk about how they make magic in their urban fantasy titles.

Sunday, June 26, 6:00 PM – Star Trek Mystery Night. Join us for How to Host a Mystery – Star Trek style! Watch for special media guests who may join us.

Wednesday, June 29, All Day – Cat in the Hat Day! Join us for a whimsical, Seussical celebration of one of the best loved books with readings and crafts through the day.

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. May’s featured reader is Barbara Roberts. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on June 24.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting, TONIGHT, May 23.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on June 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on June 18.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on June 3.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Carl H. Johnson

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Carl H. Johnson, local author and student of baseball whose work as a columnist inspired him to write and publish books about the sport. He will be swinging into our 65 James Street store on Sunday, May 22 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM with his newest book, The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book, a collection of articles about major players, games, series and other events in major league baseball, both historical and contemporary.

Welcome, Carl! Would you please  tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?  How would you like  us to introduce you?

I write a weekly column for the Biddeford, Maine, Journal Tribune, entitled “Baseball World,” covering the Boston Red Sox.  I also write articles on baseball and other subjects for the Insider Sports Network online, and for the Westerly, RI, Sun and Sanford, ME, News.  I manage a blog about Major League Baseball at baseballworldbjt.com.  I have lectured on baseball history and contemporary baseball issues.

I live in Sanford, Maine with my wife who is also a rabid baseball and Red Sox fan.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from the newest/spotlighted release?

I attempt to recreate the excitement that existed when the baseball events that I am describing occurred.  My first book, From Beer To Beards, Boston Baseball’s 2011-2013 Roller Coaster Ride chronicles one of the most exciting times in Red Sox history when the Sox went from Worst to First.  The book contains not only a summary of each game in this three year period but also recalls and recreates the events off the field that contributed to this remarkable transformation.  One reviewer called it “One of the best baseball books he had ever read: and said it was “A must read for Red Sox fans.”

My most recent book The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book details some of the most exciting events and people in baseball history from “The Gashouse Gang” of the 1930s to the 2004 comeback of the Boston Red Sox against the New York Yankees.  I attempt to give readers a sense of the event or player that they will enjoy.  The book contains fifty articles designed to be read in short periods of down time, hence the name The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book.

My second book, Wait ‘Til Next Year, 2016, From Worst to First, Part II, follows the evolution of the Red Sox young’ last place team of 2015 into a pennant contender and possible World Champion  in 2016.  I try to give the reader insight into the ability of this young team and how they matured over the past year.

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What kind of research went into writing this book?

Covering the Red Sox on a weekly and sometimes daily basis, most of my research is done either at the ball park or watching games on television.  My work requires me to keep voluminous notes about daily happenings so my research, unlike most other writers, is done on the spot.  There is also a tremendous amount of information available online through such sources as MLB.com, baseballreference. com and similar sites.  Much of my research for the latest book came from online sources, from my own library and public libraries.

What was the inspiration for the newest release?

While the Red Sox were journeying from worst to first in 2011-2013, I was covering them for the newspaper and, when they won the World Series in 2013, I realized that the story was too good a story not to retell so that people could relive it and so decided to write it.

My latest book grew out of the many positive comments I have received from newspaper readers about the historical columns that I have written over the years.  Baseball is constantly changing and young and older fans enjoy reading about the earlier days of baseball and the evolution of the game.

Where can people find your work?

My books can be found at Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester and at independent bookstores throughout New England.  More prominent locations include Annie’s Book Stop in Laconia, NH; Bayswater Books in Center Harbor, NH; River Run Books in Portsmouth, NH; all of Sherman’s Book Stores in Maine; Longfellow Bookstores in Maine; Bank Square Books in Groton, CT; and Savoy Books in Westerly, RI.  They are also available online at Amazon and Kindle.

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a non-creepy way?

I update my blog every three to five days and have a Facebook Page at Carl H. Johnson, Author.  I can be reached by email at baseballworldbjt@yahoo.com and make an effort to answer all email.  Signed, personalized copies of my books can be ordered by contacting me at the email address.

Thank you very much for the interview, Carl, and we look forward to having you at the bookstore this Sunday, May 22, from 12:00 – 2:00 PM!

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Events Buzz: Mid-May and a Peek into June

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Congratulations, to all the winners of the Nebulas and Stokers announced this weekend–with a special shout out to long-time friend of the store Paul Tremblay for winning the “Superior Achievement in a Novel” Stoker Award for A Head Full of Ghosts.

In fact, we have ONE signed, first edition left of A Head Full of Ghosts. Paperbacks are on their way.

Paul will actually be at our 65 James Street store on Tuesday, July 5, with his friend and fellow author, Jeffrey Thomas, for an evening event of reading, speaking, and signing, starting at 7:00 PM. Mark your calendars!

In other cool New Release and horror author news, we will have copies of Joe Hill’s newest release, The Fireman, available tomorrow, Tuesday, May 17, right when the store opens!

This past weekend, we thank everyone who came out to the My Family Record Book and Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts events! We had a fun time with our presenters and visitors – and we congratulate Peg Q., winner of the Abandoned Asylum photo print!

THIS WEEK, we’ve got a lot happening, too, with FIVE Fabulous Events happening!

THIS THURSDAY, May 19, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, Patty is hosting her monthly Doctor Who Discussion. The topic is a continuation of Companions, focusing on those for the 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors.

Next, THIS FRIDAY, May 20, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, we have An Evening of Sherlock Holmes with Bret Herholz and CV Shea.

CV Shea III is the author of Sherlock Holmes from A to Z, an encyclopedia of information about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s beloved detective and the faithful Dr. Watson. An attorney in Worcester County as well as a lifelong fan, Shea brings his real world experience with individuals who could have stepped out of Holmes’s and Watson’s cases.

Bret Herholz is the author of several graphic novel interpretations of Holmes stories, as well as Holmes-inspired stories.  He has also created stage plays of various Holmes adventures that have been performed at Nick’s Bar. Additionally, Herholz has taught art classes at the Worcester Art Museum and been a freelance illustrator for many years.

And then THIS SATURDAY, we’ve got two events.  In the afternoon, from 12:00 – 5:00 PM, we are hosting another Poets Assemble craft day.  Make pop-stick puppets of your favorite poets to bring to work—and share their adventures with the world.  After that, ABSW is hosting the Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club from 6:00 – 7:00 PM, and the book is the queer literature classic, Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. Even if you haven’t read the book, join us to find out about the historical and literary impact this book has had on LGBTQA culture.

And finally, finishing up this busy weekend, THIS SUNDAY, we have local author and lifetime student of baseball, Carl H. Johnson, coming to talk about his newest release, The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book. It contains entertaining and informative stories about the Gas House Gang, Babe Ruth, the 2004 Red Sox comeback, the Williams Shift, New Hampshire’s own Sam Fuld and many more. It’s a book for baseball fans who “love to read about your heroes and the old timers you’ve only heard about.”

And for the rest of the month…

Monday, May 23, 7:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM – Worcester Storytellers, featuring Barbara Roberts

And because we’re excited for June, here’s a wee sneak peek…

Friday, June 3, 7:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Seven Tears at High Tide by C.B. Lee

Saturday, June 4, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Best-selling author James A. Moore reads, discusses, and signs The Silent Army, the last book in the Seven Forges series.

Saturday, June 11, All Day – Maurice Sendak Day. Celebrate the beloved children’s author of Where the Wild Things Are and many other titles with readings, crafts, and more.

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. May’s featured reader is Barbara Roberts. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on May 27.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting on May 23.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on May 19.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. The book will be Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. Next meeting on May 21.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on June 3.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Spotlight Blog on Harris N. “Hershey” Rosen, former candy business owner and U.S. Army Finance Control Officer who has written a book and an app to help people ease the burden of financial responsibilities for home and business surrounding one’s death. Besides having a will and estate documents in order, when someone passes away, it’s important that the grieving loved ones have an easy way of making sense of remaining bills and ongoing finances. He’ll be visiting ABSW at 65 James Street on Saturday, May 14, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, to give a talk and workshop on this topic.

Thank you very much for joining us, Hershey. For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from My Family Records Book?

A realization that the financial and household manager of a relationship has information in his/her head that will be needed at time of passing or incapacitation. If the manager has a partner, each probably has information that the other should know.

 

What kind of research went into writing this book?  What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?

Primarily the Internet, but lot of time was spent talking with professionals (estate attorneys, insurance brokers, real estate executives, the clergy and even funeral directors) – all over a time period of 4 years.

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What was the inspiration for your work? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

I realized that I had a lot of information about our financial affairs that my wife didn’t and that I didn’t think she realized where I kept the names of the companies and their telephone numbers who kept our lives and home running smoothly.

 

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out work?  How did you overcome that challenge?

That people think “their time is a long way off.” People do not want to talk about their death, so to lighten up the book, I have added appropriate cartoons – some from the New Yorker and some others.

 

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Of the whole writing and publishing process?  What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?

Being asked a questions like this, and then being amazed at how much information just flows out.

 

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

It’s not a profitable career.

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

At Annie’s Worcester, most Rhode Island bookstores and Amazon

 

How can we follow your work?

Only through Facebook which I use only to promote the book.

 

Thank you again for the interview, Hershey, and we look forward to seeing you at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, 65 James Street, on Saturday, May 14, from 2:00 – 4:00.

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Events Buzz: More May Events

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We hope all the mothers among our friends had a wonderful day on Sunday, filled with much love and appreciation.

This is the last week to help us support the Worcester – The City That Reads book drive. Donate your new or gently used books appropriate for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. If you buy a book just for donation, we will take an additional 10% off.  The book drive ends on May 15.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a newsletter if we didn’t talk about our wonderful events—starting with ones for THIS WEEK!

THIS SATURDAY, May 14, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, we’ll have former U.S. Army Finance Control Officer and business owner, Harris N. Rosen discussing financial and estate planning through My Family Record Book.  Have you considered who will pay outstanding bills or run household finances when you’ve passed away? Often, families end up left behind, struggling to sort through paperwork to fulfill remaining financial obligations rather than taking the time to mourn their passed loved one. Join Mr. Rosen to find out how to make sure you and your family are prepared and given the chance to deal with emotional loss rather than be burdened with paperwork and finances.

And then, THIS SUNDAY, May 15, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM, we have two guests and a chance to win a beautiful, creepy photo print. Abandoned Asylums author L.F Blanchard and photographer Tammy Rebello speak and sign. They’ll discuss the research and contributions these old asylums have had to modern psychology and culture, as well as their impact on art and architecture—and the beauty of abandoned buildings. If you want a little more of what to expect, check out Tammy’s interview on our Spotlight Blog.

And our May continues with even more!

NEW LINK: Thursday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group talks Companions from the 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors

NEW LINK: Friday, May 20, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – An Evening of Sherlock Holmes with Bret Herholz and CV Shea

NEW LISTING: Saturday, May 21, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – Poets Assemble! Drop-in craft making poet pop-stick puppets.

NEW LINK: Saturday, May 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA discusses Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller

NEW LINK: Sunday, May 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM – The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book, author Carl H. Johnson talks baseball and signs his newest book

Monday, May 23, 7:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

NEW INFO: Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM – Worcester Storytellers, featuring Barbara Roberts

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday 7:00 PM (except for when the Free People’s Artists Workshop meets the last Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. May’s featured reader is Barbara Roberts. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on May 27.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each month from 7:00-9:00 PM. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Next meeting on May 23.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on May 26.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. The book will be Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller. Next meeting on May 21.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting on June 3.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Artist Spotlight: Tammy Rebello

05062016 - Abandoned Asylums Artist pic 3Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Spotlight on Tammy Rebello, photographer for Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts, who will be in our store on Sunday, May 15 with her writing partner, L.F. Blanchard, to talk about creating the book and the history behind these buildings—and their contributions to psychology today.

Thank you for joining us, Tammy! Would please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your art? How would you like us to introduce you?

My name is Tammy Rebello. I have four beautiful children and live in Oxford MA. I began photographing after my first child was born in 1990 and I have been photographing ever since. My photography is my passion, coping mechanism and includes subject matter such as portraiture, historical, architectural, abandoned locations, landscapes, and sports.

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When you’re working with an author for a book, how does the relationship develop? How does it vary between projects?  What’s your preferred relationship with an author on a project?

My relationship with Lynn began nearly 3 decades ago. We met as high school freshmen at South High Community School and have been friends ever since. I began photographing for this book about 2 years before I contacted Lynn. I contacted her first because I knew she was an awesome writer and had a passion for it. This is my first project so it has been a fly by the seat of your pants experience. With a signed contract for our next book already in place, we have a good idea of how we work together and what we need to change for the next book. We compliment each other pretty well with our individual approaches to this project.

What was the biggest challenge in creating [newest project/spotlighted release]?  How did you overcome that challenge?

The biggest challenge was not seeing Lynn in person more often, though we did manage to work around that and get together when we really needed to. With her schooling, personal life and art and my work, schooling, four children and their activities- it made it very difficult to meet in person, though we did talk and email almost every single day.

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What’s your favorite medium as an artist? Do you vary between projects or pieces? How do you choose the best medium?

I paint and draw but photography is my passion. With my anxiety I find it difficult to paint and draw, as I have this need to complete it in the same day instead of giving it the time and attention it deserves. Photography gives me that initial instant gratification. I do vary on my subject matter just to keep it fresh for me. If I feel weighed down but photographing a particular subject matter, I often will take a few days to photograph something else, just to switch it up.

What is one thing that most people don’t realize about you?

That I suffer from mild depression and severe anxiety. This is something I do not usually share as I am a private person, but this book and Lynn’s courage to speak about herself has given me the strength and the voice to speak up not only for myself but for the sake of others.

What has been your favorite adventure during your artistic career?

There are two but I would say it had to be during a trip to Arizona with my brother Joshua. We had gone to Tucson to visit our cousins and as always I look for abandoned places in any location I am traveling to. I found two places to photograph. One was an old mining town on the way to Las Vegas, which was very cool. It had sod houses in various stages of decay, clearly from the 1800’s. The other-my most favorite, was photographing the Casa Grande Domes in Casa Grande, AZ. These are the most bizarre buildings I have ever seen and I photographed them in about 3 minutes, as I was trespassing out in this very open & desolate location, where a cop had just passed by. Coolest place ever!

Where can people find your work? (Books, galleries, online sales?) (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

Abandoned Asylums of Massachusetts is our first book and is out now. My personal work can also be found at http://www.tammyrebello.wix.com/tmrvisualarts and http://www.tammyrebello.wix/abandonedchronicles- our book website is http://www.abandonedma.wix.com/abandonedma

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

All of the websites above or Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/abandonedne or http://www.facebook.com/TMRVisualArts

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