Events Buzz: May is Here!

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Happy May! We hope everyone had a lovely May Day weekend.

We had a lovely Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who stopped in to support us and peruse our vintage collection.  Many of the books will be moved to our website so keep an eye there. We will keep a selection of vintage titles in the store for our customers to peruse, and you can always ask Patty or a staff member for more information.

We’re also still supporting 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.

Congratulations to our two winners Sister’s gift certificates this weekend: Joyce S. and Larry F. We will be contacting you this week! We were happy to support our community friends’ reopening.

Don’t forget, THIS FRIDAY, May 6, we have our Rainbow Readers Youth LGBTQA Book Club discussion.  This month’s book is George by Alex Gino, and we still have copies in the store! Rainbow Reader’s Youth happens from 7:00 – 8:00 PM the first Saturday of every month.

Finally, Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY, May 8! Does your mom love to read? Find her a lovely book or even get her a gift certificate to show your love! We also have beautiful and unique cards, as well as multiple other handmade gifts from local artisans—like towels, jewelry, drinking glasses, and more.

If you’re looking for some fun this month, here is an updated list for the rest of our May events!

NEW LINK: Saturday, May 14, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Harris N. Rosen discusses financial and estate planning through My Family Record Book.

NEW LINK: Sunday, May 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Abandoned Asylums author and photographer speak and sign.

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

NEW LISTING: Friday, May 20, 7:00 – 9:00 – Exploring Sherlock Holmes with Bret Herholz and CV Shea.

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

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

Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM – Worcester Storytellers

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. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. 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. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.

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: Catherine Reed

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine their spotlight on Catherine Reed this week!  Catherine has read her poetry and done signings at the bookstore before, and she was last week’s featured reader for Worcester Storytellers.  Reed’s first collection of poems, Crossing Boundaries, includes her winning poems from the 2012 Dr. A. Barbara Pilon Poetry Contest. Her most recent publication, Sankofa, titled for an Ashanti term concerning the influence of the past on the present, was just published in 2015.

Reverend Catherine Reed is a Protestant chaplain at the College of the Holy Cross and associate minister at John Street Baptist Church, both in Worcester, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Clark University, Kaleo School of Ministry, and Hartford Seminary BMCP and attended Boston University School of Theology.

Thank you very much for joining us, Catherine! Can you tell us a little about yourself? What can readers expect from Sankofa?

I am a mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and minister who loves God and family and people. Hopefully [Sankofa] will encourage someone to stay in the race of life, even in times of trouble.

What kind of research went into your writing?

[My research involved] recalling some of the facts in the lives I write about, reading and asking questions about some of my family’s lives and listening.

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

It took six years in the making. There were times I put it aside and wondered if I would ever pursue publishing it until I realized the message needs to get out.

What did you love or hate most while writing and why?

The poem “The Journey” was special.  The character was a combination of two people—one famous, one struggling. “I heard you call my name” is my favorite. It is my testimony.

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I have been writing some essays and started a memoir. I’m planning on working on them for publication.

What does your ideal writing space look like? Are there special places that inspire your words?

The rare times that I have been able to spend time at the ocean and write, I bring a lunch and paper and pen and thoughts begin to flow.

What do you consider the most challenging part of the writing process? And how do you overcome that?

Finding time and not allowing other things to draw you away.

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?

To trust your first thought and respond on it.

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

Get in a writers group—or form one to be accountable to write.  Some weeks I would write because I had to have a poem when meeting the group.  Listening to others read their work inspires me.  I have taken classes at Worcester state, the art museum, etc, that have helped.  I took my first class at Clark University which changed my outlook and interest in poetry.  Attending poetry readings and entering in the open mic was helpful in building my confidence.

Thank you, again, Catherine, for taking time out for our interview and for reading at our store for both your event and the Worcester Storytellers!

Find out more about Catherine and her work at catherinereed.wordpress.com

 

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Events Buzz: Special Event Weekend

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The end of April is in sight and we’ll be moving to May with this weekend!

Before we mention anything else, let’s talk a little about this weekend—It’s a special one!

THIS WEEKEND, April 30-May 1, we have our Weekend Long Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event!

ABSW has a great collection of vintage and antique books that we normally only sell online, but to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we are opening our collection to the public to browse our 65 James Street shelves!

Recently, owner Patty Cryan (who was just featured on our spotlight interview) came into a vintage collection she was particularly excited about.  Bookstore staff, clad in archival gloves to protect the books, have been researching and listing all the books in our inventory. From rare translations, to special illustrated editions, to first editions, the selection is wide and eclectic.

Adding to the festivities, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Patty will give a set of collected readings on “Books about Books,” and on Sunday at 1:00 PM, she will talk about her adventures in bookselling. Throughout both days, we’ll have other surprises for everyone.

During this special weekend, we’re also still supporting 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.

And the drawing for the two Sisters diner gift certificates also happens this weekend! Anyone who buys $5 or more from our store can be entered to win one of two $10 gift certificates! (If your purchase is just under, consider buying a children’s book for Worcester – The City That Reads book drive!)  The drawing will be held on May 1, at the end of during our weekend-long celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – Vintage Book Event.  Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes.

Ready to plan for May? Here’s a brief peek at our planned events for May!

Friday, May 6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Rainbow Reader’s LGBTQA Youth Book Club discusses George by Alex Gino

Saturday, May 14, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Harris N. Rosen discusses financial and estate planning through My Family Record Book.

Sunday, May 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Abandoned Asylums author and photographer speak and sign.

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

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

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

Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM – Worcester Storytellers

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. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. 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 The Color Purple by Alice Walker. 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. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.

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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Special Spotlight: Patty Cryan, Owner

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This week, at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, we’ve got a special spotlight to shine on ABSW owner, Patty Cryan! Patty has worked as a bookseller since 1987; she started with Reader’s Market, a discount outlet for Waldenbooks, in Rye Brook, NY, and worked there until 1990.  Afterwards, she spent the next six years working for Children’s Book World in Guilderland, NY, until relocating to Worcester, MA in 1996.  From 1996 to 1999, she was the children’s department section head at Tatnuck Bookseller and Sons on Chandler Street in Worcester, MA, and then moved to their purchasing department from 1999 to 2003.  In the interim between leaving Tatnuck Bookseller and assuming ownership of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester in 2010, she sold books online.

We’re interviewing her this week because we’ve got a special weekend coming up on April 30 and May 1.

April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day, and here at 65 James Street, we love being an independent bookstore.  We offer support to local authors, artists, artisans, and businesses as often as possible; we curate our shelves to best suit what we and our patrons love the most; and we host extraordinary events—like open up our collection of vintage books to the public to buy over the April 30-May 1 weekend!

Patty has been working with collectibles for a number of years, selling them through private and online sales.  They are usually kept safe and protected offsite with a small few in the store that our patrons might especially be interested in. However recently, Patty came into a particularly large collection of rare and vintage books.  The staff has been working overtime in archival gloves to evaluate, price, and protectively bag the books, and during the weekend of Independent Bookstore Day, we will allow people to browse and buy these unusual, uncommon, rare, and beautiful books—among them being first editions, illustrated editions, hard-to-find translations, and detailed historical texts.

After this weekend, they will be carefully stored once more and only available through our online and private sales.

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Patty, what is it that draws you to older and vintage books?  How did you first get involved with them?

Books of a certain age remind me of my childhood, of having the opportunity to grow up in a large and extended multi-generational family who all loved books.  From great-grandparents to my own nieces and nephew, everyone in my family has loved books.  Helping my grandparents and parents keep their home libraries dusted [the source of my very first allowance], and trips to our local library gave me an appreciation for the sheer HISTORY of books.

What do you think draws people to older books? What magic do we find in them?

Some people are looking to recapture some of their own nostalgia; others look at them as artifacts to spark imagination and give context to a time that they haven’t experienced themselves.

What are some of the most interesting books you’ve come across in your time looking at older books?

Oh, there’s far too many to count.  I’m always impressed by the sheer breadth of what people have held onto for the next generation.

 

What books have you come across in this newest collection that you almost kept for yourself and why?

There is a multi-volume set of books called THE SCRIBNER RADIO MUSIC LIBRARY that makes me quite happy to look at.  In addition to books always being a part of my life, I grew up with intergenerational music tastes; as a little kid in the 1960’s, I probably knew more turn-of-the-century popular songs than I knew about then-current AM and FM radio.

Which of the available titles most excited you to find and why?

We have a Sir Walter Scott that looks its age on the outside, but is just a beauty within.

I know there are specific guidelines for evaluating vintage books, but what are some personal values you assign that go beyond quantitative measurements and into our emotional ties to books?

Illustrations, endpapers, frontispieces… I have one of those visual memories that associates images with emotions, and thus pen-and-ink and woodcuts always give me a feeling of peace, because of my own memories of spending time with books like these as a child.

During the Independent Book Store Day weekend, Patty will also give two brief talks with Q & A sessions.  On Saturday, April 30, at 1:00 PM, Patty will be reading “Books about Books,” and sharing some of her favorite books that talk about the magic and power of books.  Then, on Sunday, May 1, at 1:00 PM again, Patty will talk about some of her specific adventures in working with vintage books.

Patty and ABSW look forward to celebrating Independent Bookstore Day and sharing our amazing vintage book collection with our beloved friends and supporters on April 30 and May 1. Please come out and join us in the fun and book love!

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Events Buzz: April Vacation Week

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Happy April Vacation Week!

There’s a lot going on this week at our “bigger on the inside” 65 James Street bookstore with these beautiful days happening around us!

But first, a big “Thank You” to everyone who came out for our events this weekend! We had Jo Page and Scott Schaeffer-Duffy here on Saturday and Sunday speaking about their inspirational experiences and memoirs. We also had a great turn-out for our Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club to discuss Alice Walker’s The Color Purple.

Don’t forget, to, that we are once again supporting Worcester – The City That Reads book drive. Donate your new or gently used books appropriate for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. We will be collecting these books through April 30, and if you buy a book just for donation, we will take an additional 10% off.

Also this month, help us welcome back our neighbor, Sisters on Stafford Street. The diner is finally open again after a vehicle crashed into their building.  Anyone who buys $5 or more from our store can be entered to win one of two $10 gift certificates! (If your purchase is just under, consider buying a children’s book for Worcester – The City That Reads book drive!)  The drawing will be held on May 1, at the end of during our weekend-long celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – Vintage Book Event.  Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes—but keep reading to see why you might not want to miss the party.

NOW onto our busy School Vacation Week!

Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19 – April Vacation Fun!

            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Singalong featuring favorite children’s songs

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Storytelling featuring William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood Series

Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North, Jack Frost, The Sandman

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Crafts – Build a telescope or create your own moon

UPDATE, CANCELLED EVENT: Unfortunately, we had to cancel our Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM event with Maddison’s Mission. We apologize for any inconvenience.

And then for kids and grown-ups, we’ve got…

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group. Talk continues on the Doctor’s Companions, focusing on the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

Friday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers brings their regular open mic, this month featuring Catherine Reed.

And then on Saturday, April 23, All Day, we have our Poets Assemble! event.

Join us for an all-ages, day-long crafting event where we create and decorate poets to join us on adventures! April is National Poetry Month, and the third Friday in July is Take Your #poettowork day, as created by TweetSpeakPoetry.com – We just want to extend the fun!

And then rounding out the rest of the month…

Monday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

And last, but not least, we have this SPECIAL EVENT!

Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1 – Weekend Long Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event!

ABSW has a great collection of vintage and antique books that we normally only sell online, but to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we are opening our collection to the public to browse!  At 1:00 PM on Saturday, owner Patty Cryan will give a set of collected readings on “Books about Books” and on Sunday at 1:00 PM, she will talk about her adventures in bookselling and handling vintage books. Throughout both days, we’ll have other surprises for everyone.

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. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on April 22.

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 April 25.

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 April 21.

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 The Color Purple by Alice Walker. 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. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.

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: Scott Schaeffer-Duffy

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our weekly spotlight on Scott Schaeffer-Duffy, author and activist who graduated from Worcester’s Holy Cross College. He’ll be visiting our 65 James Street store on Sunday, April 17, to talk about his book, Nothing Is Impossible, which is a memoir of activism, hope and inspiration.

Thank you very much for being on our blog, Scott! For those less familiar with you and your work, can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?

I am one of seven children who grew up in the projects but managed to work my way through Holy Cross College, where I was the publisher of a magazine called Crosscurrents.  I have spent most of the 36 years since graduation as a member of the Catholic Worker Movement, first in Washington, DC and then in Worcester. Catholic Workers shelter the homeless and work for peace and justice. Journalism is a major part of that work. I have been an editor and contributor to a bi-monthly journal called The Catholic Radical since its inception in 1985. I began collecting material for my book early on and took the last five years to finish it. I have always believed that frank storytelling, replete with humor and compassion, is the most personal way to communicate ideas, information, and experience. When I write, I imagine my readers sitting right in front of me. I feel an intimacy with them and always welcome their feedback.

How would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from Nothing Is Impossible?

Readers can expect to be interested, entertained, and inspired.

 My writing has wildly variant settings and genres, but is unified in its optimism. I draw inspiration from Lawrence Sterne’s 19th century novel Tristram Shandy and Kurt Vonnegut’s Jailbird. Both books are at once serious and whimsical.

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?

 I have kept journals, letters (written and received), newspaper clippings, video interviews, court transcripts, legal briefs, and notes that  now fill half of the space in my office. I made an earnest effort to be accurate in my facts and double-checked many with other individuals who were part of my stories. I tried not to include disparaging details about anyone save my own self because my book was not meant to be a complete history, but a vehicle for inspiring my readers. Hundreds of anecdotes and adventures, as well as details about wonderful people, were not included merely to keep the book from ballooning beyond reason. I hope to share some of those stories in future talks and letters. 

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What was the inspiration for Nothing Is Impossible? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

My father-in-law suffered from dementia before he died. 

As a self-styled hypochondriac, I became worried that I would forget much of what has made my life rewarding and fun if I waiting too long to put it down on paper. I also worried that my recollections would be boiled down to several narratives that I would introduce with “Did I tell you this one before?” ad nauseum. By writing this book now, I am free to have new adventures without concern about the details slipping away of those I’ve already enjoyed.

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 am an extremely social person. Even when I am sitting at my desk alone, writing, I picture my readers. I am always eager to read my work aloud and to hear their reactions. When I speak before a live audience, I never bring a prepared text because I want to be free to alter my direction, emphasis, tone, and content based on the body language and facial expressions of the women, men, and children in front of me. I want to be as excited and curious about what is going to be said next as they are. I want my speaking and writing to lay my heart bare. The feedback I have received from readers, editors, and my publisher has been a wonderful assistance in achieving my goals. If my listeners and readers do not laugh out loud, as well as fill their eyes with tears, I have failed to open my heart wide enough.

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

My book is available at Boucher’s Good Books, Holy Cross College Bookstore, and at various Barnes and Noble stores, as well as through my publisher Haley’s in Athol and directly from me at the Saints Francis & Thérèse Catholic Worker, 52 Mason Street, Worcester 01610. A full list of contacts can be found at the website: www. nothingisimpossiblebook.com.

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

You can either subscribe to the print edition of The Catholic Radical or check it out at the Worcester Public Library or online at: https://archive.org/details/catholicradical or, even better, email (theresecw2@gmail) or call (508 753-3588) me and arrange a visit.

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Events Buzz: April Shower of Events

04152916 - Page Yes Dress CoverWe have got a PACKED newsletter and blog for you this week with a lot of new details on the events happening in April at our “bigger on the inside” 65 James Street bookstore!

First of all, ABSW is happy to announce that we will be once again supporting Worcester – The City That Reads book drive. By the register, we will have a box where you can donate your new or gently used books appropriate for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. We will have the box through April 30, and if you buy a book just for donation, we will take an additional 10% off.

Also this month, everyone at our store is happy to see our neighbor, the diner Sisters on Stafford Street, is finally open again after a vehicle crashed into their building.  To celebrate, we’ve purchased two ten-dollar gift certificates and anyone who buys $5 or more from our store can be entered to win one of the gift certificates! (If your purchase is just under, consider buying a children’s book for Worcester – The City That Reads book drive!)  The drawing will be held on May 1, at the end of during our weekend-long celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – Vintage Book Event.  Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes—but keep reading to see why you might not want to miss the party.

As for events… wellllll… there are a lot!

THIS WEEKEND we have quite a few fabulous events going on!

THIS SATURDAY, April 16, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, we have author Jo Page presenting Preaching in My Yes Dress.

Lutheran pastor, Jo Page shares her humorous and sometimes irreverent memoir of her long journey to her vocation. Comical, provocative, and heartbreaking, Preaching in My Yes Dress tells several stories: of a child’s need to cleave to the very God who instills mortal terror; of the shape-shifting that a public “pastoral identity” entails; of the power of ritual and the weight involved in presiding over it; and of the rise of the religious right and the patriarchy endemic to both scripture and faith traditions. Join us for a reading, signing, and Q&A.

The later THIS SATURDAY, April 16, FROM 6:00 – 8:00 PM, the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts discuss The Color Purple. Join our growing LGBTA book club as we read and discuss books and stories by and/or about people and issues in the queer community.

And then THIS SUNDAY, April 17, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, we have local author and activist Scott Schaeffer-Duffy presenting Nothing is Impossible.

Scott Schaeffer-Duffy and his wife, Claire, founded the Sts. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker House in Worcester. They have dedicated their lives to the Catholic Worker movement and its ideals of prayer, voluntary poverty, care for the forsaken and protestations of injustice and violence, and in 2008, the couple was awarded the Isaac Hecker award from the Paulist Center of Boston.  Scott graduated from Holy Cross College in 1980 with a religious studies degree, thinking he would go into the priesthood, but found his calling as a Catholic Worker. He also writes for the National Catholic Reporter. Nothing is Impossible shares the stories of his activism.

And NEXT WEEK is school vacation week, where we have quite a bit planned for our community.

Monday, April 18 and Tuesday, April 19 – April Vacation Fun!

            11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Singalong featuring favorite children’s songs

1:00 – 2:00 PM: Storytelling featuring William Joyce’s Guardians of Childhood Series

Man in the Moon, Nicholas St. North, Jack Frost, The Sandman

2:00 – 3:00 PM: Crafts – Build a telescope or create your own moon

Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Maddison’s Mission.

A little dog is on a mission to bring big smiles wherever she goes…

And while not necessarily for the same audience, but happening in the same week, we’ve got…

Thursday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group. Talk continues on the Doctor’s Companions, focusing on the Fourth and Fifth Doctor.

Friday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers brings their regular open mic, this month featuring Catherine Reed.

UPDATED LISTING AND LINK: Saturday, April 23, All Day – Poets Assemble!

Join us for an all-ages, day-long crafting event where we create and decorate poets to join us on adventures! April is National Poetry Month, and the third Friday in July is Take Your #poettowork day, as created by TweetSpeakPoetry.com – We just want to extend the fun!

Monday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

And last, but not least, to round out our month, we have this SPECIAL EVENT!

NEW LINK, TOO: Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1 – Weekend Long Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event!

ABSW has a great collection of vintage and antique books that we normally only sell online, but to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we are opening our collection to the public to browse!  At 1:00 PM on Saturday, owner Patty Cryan will give a set of collected readings on “Books about Books” and on Sunday at 1:00 PM, she will talk about her adventures in bookselling and handling vintage books. Throughout both days, we’ll have other surprises for everyone.

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. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on April 22.

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 April 25.

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 April 21.

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 The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Next meeting on April 16.

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. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.

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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