Events Buzz Monday: Green Buds and Gravel Dust

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We hope that all our customers had a safe and peaceful weekend for Passover and Easter.  It is finally starting to feel like Spring here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.

Thank you, once again, for your continued patience and support while the parking lot at 65 James Street is being renovated. 

ANNIE’S BOOK STOP OF WORCESTER WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS DURING THIS CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.  ON- STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE.

 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Monday, April 22, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! 

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, April 27, 1PM–3PM – Poetry Reading and Signing with Irma Stevens! 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Sunday, April 28, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Monday, April 29, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! 

And here’s a sneak peek at May:

  • Rainbow Readers Book Discussion on Saturday, May 11th at 6PM
  • Book signing with debut fantasy author Benjamin Gamble on Friday, May 17th at 7PM
  • Book signing with historical fabulist Walter H. Hunt on Saturday, May 18th at 7PM
  • Multi-author mystery book signing and panel discussion on Sunday, May 19 

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Events Buzz Monday: Construction Continues

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This week’s Events Buzz post comes to you with high hopes for the future, as well as great appreciation for the patience of our customers while the parking lot at 65 James Street is being renovated.  The steps being taken for improvement over the next two weeks are as follows, according to plaza management:

  • The lot has been pulverized and will be graded.
  • Next, the base coat will be applied over two days.
  • Over a three-day period after that, the finish coat will be applied.
  • Following that application, it will be at least two more days while the finish coat cures.
  • All steps are weather permitting and subject to change.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation during this renovation.

ANNIE’S BOOK STOP OF WORCESTER WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS DURING THIS CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.  ON- STREET PARKING IS AVAILABLE.

In the interim, however, there will be an adjustment to our ongoing event schedule for the rest of April.

POSTPONED: Monday, April 15, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Tentatively resuming on Monday, April 29th.

STILL HAPPENING: Tuesday, April 16, 11AM-2PM – Ocean Beasts: School Vacation Week Drop-In Crafts & Activities!  For the second day of April School Vacation Week, join us from 11AM-2PM for ocean crafts, activities and coloring pages . Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a drop-in event. Admission is free, but please call us at 508-796-5613 if bringing a group of more than three, so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

POSTPONED: Monday, April 22, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! Expecting to resume in May.

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, April 27, 1PM–3PM – Poetry Reading and Signing with Irma Stevens! 

SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Sunday, April 28, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Events Buzz Monday, Part Two: Neighborhood Improvement!

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Hello again from the little bookstore that is bigger on the inside!

As mentioned previously, the parking lot at 65 James Street will be renovated during the month of April.  The following is taken from the notice provided by the plaza management on Friday, April 5th:

To start this much-needed upgrade, the catch basins will all be adjusted or rebuilt and the lot at the sidewalk will be saw cut; this work will begin immediately and should cause minimal disruption.  All work will be performed on weekdays; during all phases the lot will be available for parking on nights and weekends; alternate parking accommodations will be posted.

  • The tentative schedule is as follows:
  • Thursday and Friday, April 11 & 12, the lot will be pulverized.
  • Monday and Tuesday, April 15 & 16, the lot will be graded.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, April 17 & 18, the base coat will be applied.
  • Friday, April 19th, Monday April 22th and Tuesday April 23rd, the finish coat will be applied.
  • Wednesday and Thursday April 24th & 25th we must stay off the lot completely while the finish coat cures.
  • All the above dates are weather permitting and subject to change.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience and cooperation during this renovation.

ANNIE’S BOOK STOP OF WORCESTER WILL BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS DURING THIS CONSTRUCTION PERIOD.

If you have any further questions, please contact us by phone at 508-796-5613.

—-Patty and the staff of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester

 

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Events Buzz Monday, Part One: Your One-Stop Shop!

This week’s Events Buzz is a little different, since it’s in two parts.  There’s so much information that we don’t want you missing a single word!

We continue the celebration of April as National Poetry Month, as well as our own concentration on horror to go with the poet T.S. Eliot’s line “April is the cruellest month…” You’ll find plenty of poetry titles and horror titles on our shelves, with more arriving daily.

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There’s exciting news about the renovation of the parking lot at the 65 James Street Plaza, which may have a temporary impact on our customers, but we will do our utmost to continue to provide the best possible service for you.  Details will be laid out in the second part of our Monday blog.

WE WILL BE OPEN DURING THE PARKING LOT’S REFURBISHMENT. 

Take advantage of our services:

  • Come in and get a complementary cup of coffee, tea, hot cocoa or bottled water; peruse our New Arrivals shelf for used book trade-ins and our publisher displays of new books for children, teens, and adults, as well as our  vintage titles from the 1890s to the 1970s. 
  • Our new books are discounted at either 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% off list prices for your shopping needs.  As always, our used books range from 50% to 90% off of cover price, and there are additional savings for our newsletter subscribers.  We also offer an educator discount for teachers, certified homeschoolers, and licensed daycare centers.
  • Our selection changes daily, with customer trade-ins of used titles as well as shipments from publishers and wholesalers.  You are bound to find something for any interest, and we take special orders and do book searches as well.
  • Don’t forget! We also offer “from our door to your door” mail order fulfillment, just one of the many ways in which we serve you, our customers, as Worcester’s full-service bookstore.

Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, April 8, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

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SPECIAL EVENT/OFFSITE: Saturday, April 13, 12PM-8PM – ClarkCon 2019 We will have tables at this year’s “convention around the corner”, hosted by SPOC/The Science Fiction People of Clark.  Join us for campus fun!

SPECIAL EVENT/IN-STORE: Saturday, April 13, 6PM-8PM – Rainbow Readers Discussion Group The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. This month’s title is HIS QUIET AGENT by Ada Maria Soto, in stock and available for purchase.  All are welcome!

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SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, April 15, 11AM-2PM – Scary Monsters: School Vacation Week Drop-In Crafts & Activities!  For the first day of April School Vacation Week, join us from 11AM-2PM for monster crafts, activities and coloring pages . Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a drop-in event. Admission is free, but please call us at 508-796-5613 if bringing a group of more than three, so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, April 15, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT/IN-STORE: Tuesday, April 16, 11AM-2PM – Ocean Beasts: School Vacation Week Drop-In Crafts & Activities!  For the second day of April School Vacation Week, join us from 11AM-2PM for ocean crafts, activities and coloring pages . Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a drop-in event. Admission is free, but please call us at 508-796-5613 if bringing a group of more than three, so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author/Artist Spotlight: Jan Brett

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Jan Brett, both the author and the artist behind the New York Times bestselling children’s favorites, The Hat, The Mitten, and Snowy Nap, as well as many other classics. She is actually a Massachusetts native, living on the South Shore.

Thanks so much for being with us, Jan. Our first question for you today is:
What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out your books?
How did you overcome that challenge?

Since I was six I wanted to illustrate children’s books.  But I had to wait until I was 29 years old to see my name on a book jacket. It took much longer than I thought it would.  I went to college and then to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School.  Have you ever wanted something so much that you were willing to work extra hard for it?  That’s what happened with my books.  The thing that spurred me on was the idea that I could balance my story with just the right pictures.  The pictures that I created myself.

 

 

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?

I’ve always loved to draw.  It’s always been a challenge to try to describe the world in pictures.  I hope all of the children who write to me will keep their drawings.  It’s been fun for me to look back at my old drawings.  I find out things about myself I didn’t even know!  That’s why working on my artwork is never boring and I’m always eager to get back to my art table.

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Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

Here is some information on the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Their address is: 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, California  90048. I am a member of the Society and feel that they can be very helpful. They have numerous booklets on children’s publishing, as well as many active local groups.  Their dues are quite low, around $50.00 per year.  The booklets can answers many questions, and the best part is the Society often offer workshops where you can have your writing or art portfolio evaluated.

Jan, thanks for taking time out of your very busy schedule to answer our questions!

 

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Events Buzz: No Fooling!

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April is here, and that’s no joke! As is traditional at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside, this month is dedicated to two themes… the celebration of National Poetry Month, and our own concentration on horror to go with the poet T.S. Eliot’s line “April is the cruellest month…” Thus you’ll find plenty of poetry titles and horror titles on our displays and faced out on our shelves.

We do have an announcement to make that is, sadly, no joke…. we will be putting our weekly Game Night event, previously held on Tuesdays, on hiatus for the foreseeable future.  We will be looking to resume this very popular event in a new format as soon as is reasonably possible.

In happier news, don’t forget about…

Debbie Macomber Spring Sale and Giveaway!

Now through Saturday, April 6th, we’re running a special 70% off sale on our backstock of Debbie Macomber used paperback titles, in celebration of her newest non-fiction book. Check out our exclusive interview on our blog, posted on Friday, March 29th. Customers who purchase any Debbie Macomber titles, new or used, between now and close of business on April 6th will be eligible to enter our raffle to win a autographed copy of BE A BLESSING. The three winners will be announced on Sunday, April 7th at noon.  Check out our Facebook page for updates.

Many thanks to everyone who attended our monthly DOCTOR WHO Meetup on Sunday.  We had a low-key and relaxed discussion of television episodes past and present, as well as touching on some of The Eighth Doctor novels and his early fondness for kittens. Our next Meetup will be on Sunday, April 28th at 2pm.  We also expect to take a table at this year’s Clark Con at Clark University, where we will have lots of items for sale from the world’s longest-running science fiction serial.

As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  

Here’s our schedule of upcoming events for early April:   

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, April 1, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, April 8, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT/IN-STORE: Saturday, April 13, 6PM-8PM – Rainbow Readers Discussion Group The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. This month’s title is HIS QUIET AGENT by Ada Maria Soto, in stock and available for purchase.  All are welcome!

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, April 15, 11AM-2PM – Scary Monsters: School Vacation Week Drop-In Crafts & Activities!  For the first day of April School Vacation Week, join us from 11AM-2PM for monster crafts, activities and coloring pages . Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a drop-in event. Admission is free, but please call us at 508-796-5613 if bringing a group of more than three, so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, April 15, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

SPECIAL EVENT/IN-STORE: Tuesday, April 16, 11AM-2PM – Ocean Beasts: School Vacation Week Drop-In Crafts & Activities!  For the second day of April School Vacation Week, join us from 11AM-2PM for ocean crafts, activities and coloring pages . Children MUST be accompanied by an adult at all times. This is a drop-in event. Admission is free, but please call us at 508-796-5613 if bringing a group of more than three, so we can be sure to have adequate supplies.

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight: Debbie Macomber

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is thrilled to shine our Friday spotlight on author Debbie Macomber, who is one of today’s leading voices in women’s fiction. Debbie is a regular on every major bestseller list, with more than 200 million copies of her books in print.  Her novels have spent over 1000 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.  Debbie celebrated her thirty-fifth year of publishing last year, as well as her fiftieth wedding anniversary.

Debbie loves to read, cook, knit, cheer on her beloved Seahawks team, and dote on her eleven grandchildren.  She lives in Port Orchard, Washington with her husband, Wayne, and her writing partner, Bogie. 

We really appreciate your taking the time to answer these questions for us, Debbie. The first one is, where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

The best place would be my website. You can find information about my books, follow my blog, and find links to all my social channels.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

In addition to visiting my website, you can join my newsletter or my Facebook group We Read Debbie Macomber.

What was the inspiration for Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy and Inspiration? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

Be a Blessing: A Journal for Cultivating Kindness, Joy and Inspiration is releasing April 2nd. I have journaled my entire life and have reaped the rewards from this daily discipline. My hope is that by creating this journal others will see the benefits of putting a pen to paper and taking a thoughtful look at their life in a way they may have never done before.

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

Just keep writing and don’t give up. It took me five years to get published, during those five years, I got rejected more times than I can count.

What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?

I make time for other passions by maintaining my writing schedule. My writing schedule consists of setting page goals for my self every day. I do my very best to maintain this schedule and hit my deadlines. This allows me more freedom to travel with my husband, Wayne, spend time with my kids and grandkids, and of course, knit!

While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!

I prefer silence, however, I realized I often am not silent. I hum when I write dialogue. Several years back, I was writing in my shared office space with Wayne and he asked me, “What are you writing?” I replied, “Dialogue. Why?”  He said, “Well you’re humming.” To which I wasn’t aware. It was something I realized that day that I did in fact hum during this process.

 

Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

Bogie is my furry writing companion. I would say his biggest help to me is keeping my lap warm and my heart full.

Debbie, again, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions! As you know, we are having a “Debbie Macomber Week” from March 30th to April 6th here at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, since so many of our customers read your books. We hope that you might consider stopping at our store on one of your tours sometime in the future!

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