Events Buzz: Harry Potter Birthday and More!

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Hello, summer heat wave! Well, we’ve got air conditioning and water, so stop on in if you need to cool down and find the right book for your summer reading needs—be they for school or fun.

Thank you to everyone who came by for this month’s Worcester Storytellers! We had a lovely time. And the staff who went to Necon this weekend now has some special events in the works for October, November, and December – so keep watch! On top of that, we also have even more signed copies for you from awesome authors like Joe Hill, Laura Anne Gillman, Mark Morris, James A. Moore, Bracken MacLeod, Christopher Golden, Seanan McGuire and many, many more! Also keep watch for some special interviews on our blog.

This week, because of Patty’s trip to Necon, we are hosting the Doctor Who Discussion Night THIS THURSDAY at 7:00.  It’s an open discussion of anything and everything Doctor-related!

Most importantly, something we’ve been excited about for months, THIS IS THE HARRY POTTER BIRTHDAY WEEK! Happy Birthday Harry Potter; Welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Join us starting on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 PM as we count down to official release time of Sunday 12:01 AM to until about 1:30 AM (or until the last sale of the night). Here’s a look at what to expect:

At 8:00 PM, we will start handing out numbers for any remaining unreserved books.

At 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 PM, we will have short readings from some of the staff’s favorite passages from the first seven books.

 At 9:30, 10:30, and 11:30 PM, we will draw the winners of our door prizes: some beautiful Harry Potter coloring books.

At 12:01 AM, we will release the books! If you had a pre-order or have a number, you can check out and bring you book home. If you are on the waiting list, we’ll take your contact information and order you copies.

Throughout the night, we’ll also be taking pictures of costumes, handing out a few Potter-inspired goodies, and more!

Then, when we open again at 10:00 AM again on Sunday, July 31, we will have crafts, publish costume photos, and select the costume prizes. Find out more on our Facebook event page here.

Remember, we only have a limited supply: A pre-order guarantees you will have a book in your Potter-loving hands on July 31. After that, attendees will be handed numbers on a first-come, first-served basis. If we sell out of our stock, though, we will be taking orders for a fresh shipment.

You DO NOT want to miss this Potter Party!

And, as a reminder, here are 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. July’s featured readers are Sam Lalos and Michel Duncan Merle. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on July 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, July 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! For July only, special meeting date on July 28.

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 August 13.

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 August 5.

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: July and a Peek at August

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Summer’s heat and storms are here, are you set for your academic needs, beach reads, and books for curling up during thunderstorms?  We’re here to help you with all that!

We’ve stocked our shelves with information we’ve received from schools, frequent summer reading list titles from the past, and we’re ordering extra whenever someone brings in a summer reading list from their school. One of our spinners is filled with classic literature, we’ve got a summer reading display in the children’s room, and we still have our Newbery Award and children’s classics shelves to make your search easier.

If you’re looking for something light and fun to read at the beach or on vacation, we’ve got you covered, too. Check our spinners, contemporary fiction, local authors, for our extensive selection—or ask one of our knowledgeable staff members for their recommendations. And if you’re a fan of dark stories to read with a flashlight during scary weather, we have a great selection for you, too!

We also want to thank everyone who came out for our Pre-Brimfield Flea Market Vintage Book Sale, our last Poets Assemble! and our ever-growing Rainbow Readers of Massachussetts. In fact, for this month’s Dates! we had an even bigger group—on person even came as far as Vermont!

This week, Patty, Suzanne, and Trish will be away from Thursday, July 21 – Sunday July 24 for Necon, the Northeaster Writers Conference that is family to a lot of our favorite horror and dark fantasy authors. We’ll be selling books there through the weekend.

However, we do still have a fun Worcester Storytellers planned for this coming Friday. Starting at 7:00 PM and going to 8:30 PM, the Storytellers will host their open mic, and then featured readers Sam Lalos and Michael Duncan will take the stage. Join us for a varied selection of readings from authors all around the Worcester Area.

But we do have a lot going on the following week – including our very special Harry Potter Event!

Monday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:00 – Free People’s Artists Workshop.

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion.

SPECIAL WEEKEND EVENT! New Info: Happy Birthday Harry Potter; Welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Join us starting on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 PM as we count down to official release time of Sunday 12:01 AM to until about 1:30 AM (or until the last sale of the night). We will have readings, costume contests, door prizes of small Harry Potter coloring books, goodie bags, and more Potter fun. And then, on July 31, we’ll have crafts, publish costume photos, and select the costume prizes. Find out more on our Facebook event page here.

But, we only have a limited supply: A pre-order guarantees you will have a book in your Potter-loving hands on July 31. After that, attendees will be handed numbers on a first-come, first-served basis. If we sell out of our stock, though, we will be taking orders for a fresh shipment.

And here’s a little sneak peek at August:

Friday, August 5, 7:00 – 9:00 – Rainbow Readers Youth LGBTQA Book Club reads Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

Wednesday, August 10, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Winnie the Pooh Craft and Reading Day

Friday, August 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Reading, Discussion, Signing with author James C. MacIntosh.

Saturday, August 13, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Presents: Reading, Discussion, Signing with author Jamie Fessenden.

Saturday, August 13, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club reads The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal by KJ Charles

Sunday, August 21, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Psychology in Fiction Round Table Discussion with authors Laura Diamond and T.J. Woodridge

Friday, August 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers

And, as a reminder, here are 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. July’s featured readers are Sam Lalos and Michel Duncan Merle. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on July 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, July 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! For July only, special meeting date on July 28.

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 August 13.

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 August 5.

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:Sizzling Summer Plans!

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Pre-Order for our July 30-31 event to ensure you get your copy!

Whoo-eee!!! We had an absolutely fantastic time last week with all our events thanks to so many people coming out for all of our special guests. Every event had a fantastic crowd, many with standing room only! We also want to thank our wonderful guests, authors Paul Tremblay and Jeffrey Thomas on Tuesday, July 5; authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on Friday, July 8; author and ghost-hunter Kristi Petersen Schoonover and Nathan Drake Schoonover on Saturday, July 9; and author Misty Jae Ogert just yesterday on Sunday, July 10!

Of course, there is still time today before we close to get some of the treasures of our Pre-Brimfield Flea Market Vintage Book Sale, where we’re offering an additional 10% off of our vintage titles.

This week, we have two events happening…

Saturday, July 16, 12:00 – 5:00 – Final Poets Assemble! of 2016 This is your last chance to make your own poet puppets for Take your Poet to Work Day! on Wednesday, July 20.

Saturday, July 16, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club reads Dates! A Queer Historical Comics Anthology.  Stop into the store for your copies!

Next week, we’re also a little light on our programming as Patty, Suzanne, and Trish will be away from Thursday, July 21 – Sunday July 24 for Necon, the Northeaster Writers Conference that is family to a lot of our favorite horror and dark fantasy authors. We’ll be selling books there through the weekend.

But we do have a lot going on the following week – including our very special Harry Potter Event!

Monday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:00 – Free People’s Artists Workshop.

Wednesday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Berenstain Bears Craft and Reading Day

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion.

SPECIAL WEEKEND EVENT! Happy Birthday Harry Potter; Welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Join us starting on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 PM as we count down to official release time of Sunday 12:01 AM to until about 1:30 AM (or until the last sale of the night). We will have readings, costume contests, door prizes, and more Potter fun. And then, on July 31, we’ll have crafts, publish costume photos, and select the costume prizes. Find out more on our Facebook event page here.

But, we only have a limited supply: A pre-order guarantees you will have a book in your Potter-loving hands on July 31. After that, attendees will be handed numbers on a first-come, first-served basis. If we out of our stock, though, we will be taking orders for a fresh shipment.

So, we’re not even halfway through July, and it is a seriously kicking month. In addition to these awesome events, don’t forget our regular events, too!

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. July’s featured readers are Sam Lalos and Michel Duncan Merle. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on July 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, June 27.

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! For July only, special meeting date on July 28.

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 July 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. THERE IS NO JULY RAINBOW READERS YOUTH. But stay tuned for something special in August!

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: Misty Jae Ogert

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Misty Jae Ogert, a local author of contemporary romance, who we’re also pleased to have visit our 65 James Street store this Sunday, July 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Misty has been writing since elementary school and winning awards as early as second grade.  She’s move all around the world, living in places like Korea and Spain. She’s currently a wife, mother of two, and works full time as a Registered Dental Assitant.

Thank you very much for joining us, Misty! For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your work?

I write fast paced contemporary romance novels you won’t want to put down.  You can expect a great story with steamy love scenes. 

See You Never is about two couples that have been best friends since college. They have grown up, gotten married, and settled down with kids and great careers. Taking a time out, they go on vacation together leaving the kids at home. On the return flight, a tragic plane crash leaves Harper Quinn and her best friend’s husband Bennett as the sole survivors. Both of them must cope with the loss of their best friends and spouses.  

Marooned on a deserted island, they have to learn to survive and also deal with the growing feelings they have for one another. When rescue seems unlikely they wonder what would be the harm in giving into temptation? 

Amnesia at the Altar is about a tragic car accident on Julie Hart’s wedding day before the “I dos” The next morning, she awakes in a hospital bed the dashing groom by her side. Quickly she discovers that not only does she have no memory of the crash but of anyone or anything before that.  

With a case of amnesia, her life becomes more complicated when in walks the “boy next door” her best friend since childhood. Julie feels and instant connection and closeness to him, making her question every decision she had ever made up until that point. 

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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 researched a ton for See You Never. I needed to know what times of plants and foods could have grown on the island and survival skills they would need to learn and adapt to stay alive.  

Some of my most interesting and helpful research tips weren’t exactly for the storyline but more on the publishing side of things. One of the things I had thought to do was buy a stock photo to use for my cover art. I came across an article that had several examples of people that had used the same stock photo for their book cover. They made a good point, “Do you want to sell a book for someone else?”  So I designed my own book cover. 

Another important and helpful hint was figuring out word count. I realized the first book I had written was way short of the mark and probably why even though literary agents were telling me I had a good imagination that they maybe didn’t want to take a chance on my book that clearly needed work to getting to look like a complete novel.  

So once I was done with See You Never, I revamped the entire novel of Amnesia at the Altar and I am so glad I did.  

What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws readers to these kinds of books?

I love, love. It’s as simple as that. I think readers are drawn in for the same reason that it is my favorite genre to write. They are stories you can lose yourself in. It’s the excitement of finding first love or falling in love again. They are stories about people like you or me that you can relate to. They generally have trials and tribulations just like us that they must face and overcome.  

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

I would say, don’t give up. Make sure you are doing it for the right reasons. Do it for yourself and not for the fame or fortune that may follow. Stop making excuses. Research, research, research! There are so many helpful hints and bloggers out there willing to share their experiences. If you have a question there is someone out there with an answer. Do it because you have a story to tell. Do it because you love it!

 

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

Next year, I would like to release two books! I took a James Patterson class through Masterclass.com (which I highly recommend). He was looking for his next co-author. so I put my hat into the ring. I did not make the final cut but I did come out of it with an amazing idea for a book called Shepherd’s Hook.  

Shepard’s Hook is a murder mystery. A small town cop, Cole Shepherd and FBI agent, Lexi Davenport join forces to solve a murder of a woman that is found with her engagement ring shoved down her throat. It is discovered that this is not the first time this has happened in this small town. Sixteen years earlier the previous sheriff dies before solving the crime.  

Also I am currently working on a book that is a spin-off of Amnesia at the Altar called HONEY without the MOON. Melissa Kline is a driven young woman who just procured her dream job. It’s the night before her wedding when she catches her fiancee in bed with the dog walker.  

Canceling her wedding, she decides to go on her honeymoon with her best friend.  

What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?

My writing space is wherever my laptop is. Typically I’m reclining on the couch with my two dogs between me and my husband while we watch TV. My car is also where I do a lot of writing while my kids are at soccer practice. My dining room table and breakfast bar in the kitchen is also good.  

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

I do my best writing in silence with no one around to distract me and no internet to get in the way! I do most of my writing, however, in total and utter chaos, kids running around screaming, the TV blaring in the background, and dogs barking. Sometimes I will write on the soccer fields while my kids are warming up or practicing. I try and carry on conversations around me so I don’t seem rude or reclusive. That is my life, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. It is hard to get anything accomplished with everything going on around me but for the most part it’s take it or leave it. So I take the opportunities when I can.

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

Amazon.com 

Goodreads.com 

Wattpad.com 

Richard Sugden Library in Spencer and hopefully soon at the Auburn Library. 

Klem’s Farmers Market-Sat. 9-2 in the summer. (Check Facebook to know which days.) 

Brookfield Orchards also carries by books. 

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

I would love new followers on Facebook! You can find me under Misty Jae Ogert (Writer). I update all the time what I am up to and my progress adding photos of where I’ve been. 

You can follow me on Goodreads.com and can ask me questions. I have a 4.33 Star Rating there.   

I have excerpts from See You Never on Wattpad where you can follow me, vote for chapters, and even make comments in the sidebar.  

You can also follow me on Amazon in the Author section. I have a 4.8 Star Rating on Amazon with 22 Reviews.  

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY from ABSW

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Happy Independence Day, friends of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!

We hope everyone is having a safe and fun 4th of July celebration! We are open today if you do want to stop in. Otherwise, here is a very brief reminder of the SUPER AWESOME set of events we have coming up for the next week!

TOMORROW! Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Award-winning authors Paul Tremblay and Jeffrey Thomas bring their special brand of fear…

THIS FRIDAY! July 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Award-winning authors of Liaden ® Universe, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller come to ABSW.

THIS SATURDAY! July 9, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Hunting Ghosts: Real and Otherwise; full day ghostly event.

THIS SUNDAY! July 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Do You Love Love? Local author Misty Jae Ogert brings the Romance.

THIS COMING MONDAY! July 11, ALL DAY – SPECIAL Pre-Brimfield Vintage Book Sale!

We look forward to seeing as many of our friends and bookstore “family” as we can at these spectacular events!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Spotlight: The Feline Overlords of Sharon Lee & Steve Miller

Layout 1Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester has been honored to have the amazing author team of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller to our store and blog several times – And they’ll be back this coming Friday, July 8 with their latest book, Alliance of Equals from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM. This week, we have a special spotlight, though… today we get the special privilege of interviewing the major overseers of Sharon and Steve – their kitties!

Welcome feline overlords of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller!  We’re very honored to have you here on the Spotlight at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, and we hope the catnip and tuna treats are to your liking.

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Your humans often post your updates for you on a variety of social media, but for those who haven’t yet met you and worship you, can you introduce yourselves and tell us how you met your humans?

Scrabble:  I interviewed Steve at the Sign of the Cat Paw, also known as Animal House, in Fairfield, Maine, purveyors of fine food and toys for cats. And there were things for dogs, too.  I was there on out-placement, following an unexpected detainment at the Waterville Humane Society.  My job at Animal House was to oversee the counter, but I knew I couldn’t work retail forever.  I was looking for a good time when Steve walked in the door.

Trooper:  I had just retired from a career in show-biz, having reached the pinnacle of TICA 3rd Best Maine Coon Cat in New England.  My professional name was Kelimcoons Super Trooper.  For a while, I thought I’d retire at  home, but the call came in from Sharon, in Maine, who was looking for a companion for Elder Coon Cat Kennebec Mozart, of the internationally known Cat Farm and Confusion Factory.  How could I refuse?  I mean, Mozart was a legend!

Sprite:  I was s’posed to have kittens, but something happened.  Given how pretty I am, and a princess, too, I didn’t want to be a kitten-aunt all my life.  My dad, Trooper, was working in Maine with the famous Mozart, and so I came to live at the Cat Farm, too.  Maine was a long way to go in the car.

Belle:  All of my kittens had gone on to successful lives, and I was very nearly the dowager at Kelimcoons.  I decided that I deserved a quiet, creative life, removed from the bustle of kittens and cattery politics.  The sad news reached me from Maine, that the famous Mozart had passed on, and I determined that I would join my daughter and her father at the Cat Farm.

How do you feel about being as popular as you are online? Do you enjoy the adoration or do you wish your humans would stop taking so many pictures?

Scrabble:  Stoopid camera.  *flash*flash*flash*

Sprite:  I *love* having my picture taken!  Wanna see my belly?

Trooper:  You’re a male model, you get used to cameras, ribbons, whatever.  Don’t even notice ’em, really.  Little enough to do, to keep the fans happy.

Belle:  When you get to be a mom-cat with so many beautiful children, of course you’ll have your picture taken.  It’s expected.

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Since you live with author humans, I know there are many unusual practices and rituals they have. What are some of the more interesting ones?  Which ones do you wish you could train them out of and which ones are you especially happy they’ve learned?

Anonymous spokesfeline for Cat Farm residents:

Conventions.  Everything is *fine*; there’s sleeping, and there’s reading, there’s coffee, and there’s even lap, and the staring — all right, the staring at the silly screens is kind of boring, but still.  Everything’s fine and we’re all in harmony, and then — they pack *suitcases*.  We leap into action, sitting in the suitcases and their laps to try to make them forget, but they never do.  The very next day, after the suitcases?  They’re *gone*.  And they don’t come home forever!  It’s very distressing to us.  We do, of course, have Auxiliary Staff, but it’s not the same.

When they are making their books, what are some of their behaviors at different times—when they’re writing, editing, promoting—that you find particularly fascinating?

Sprite:  Reading proofs!  They sit on the couch, at the Mencken Table, for days.  I get to sit on the pages, and steal the sticky notes and knock the red pens under the couch!  And then take over the warm spots on the couch when they get up for more coffee!  I like coffee.

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When you see your humans staring at their computers, what are some of your favorite things to help them get their work done (so they can more quickly return to adoring you)?  What are things they like you helping with and what are things they don’t seem to understand about your supportive assistance?

Belle:  I like to encourage Sharon by stretching out on her desk with my head on her keyboard.  That way, she knows I’m paying close attention and am available for consultation and pets.

Trooper:  I sit in the co-pilot’s chair, or in one of the baskets on the desk — I especially like the basket that has papers in it.

Sprite:  I like the basket that has the pretty towel in it!

Scrabble:  I recently requisitioned a basket and a pillow. Steve saw to getting them set up properly in the window in his office.  I encourage him by sleeping and snoring in the basket by his left arm.  If he seems to be having a hard time writing, I will climb into his lap and chew on the buttons of his shirt.  That’s an instant motivator!

When your humans have a new book or publication come out, do they have any special celebrations that you get to enjoy with them?

Trooper: They read a lot in the living room on the comfy chairs.

Sprite:   They watch movies.  I like movies!

Belle:  They sleep late. And they nap.

Scrabble:  Steve has more time to pay attention to me and to take me out on the deck, so I can keep tabs on the situation.

And lastly, as their feline overlords, what are some interesting things people don’t realize about your humans that your feline senses can pick up?

Belle:  The closer the book is to being done, the later at night they’re awake.  Sometimes, they eat at their desks — and they don’t share!

Sprite:  They drink a lot of coffee — and they don’t share!

Trooper:  They talk in different voices at each other, then one of them will run back to their office and type.

Thank you very much for your time… Why, yes, of course you can have the rest of the catnip. And the tuna… And, um, maybe play with these papers here and not those vintage books? Er…maybe? Look! It’s the red spot! Over there!…

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You can keep track of (well, as much as you can keep track of cats) Scrabble, Belle, Sprite, Trooper – and their humans, Sharon and Steve, here: http://sharonleewriter.com/blog-without-a-name/,  https://www.facebook.com/kinzel, https://www.facebook.com/rolanni

And don’t forget to visit Sharon Lee and Steve Miller in person this coming Friday, July 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street in Worcester!

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Events Buzz: Summer Reading Season

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Summer is here and hot and ready for us! Are you ready for summer? If not, our little 65 James Street “bigger on the inside” bookstore can help.

Do you need summer reading for school or fun or both? We’ve stocked our shelves with information we’ve received from schools, frequent summer reading list titles from the past, and we’re ordering extra whenever someone brings in a summer reading list from their school. One of our spinners is filled with classic literature, we’ve got a display in the children’s room, and we still have our Newbery Award and children’s classics shelves to make your search easier.

Also, because we want to support out students, don’t forget about our Report Card Rewards! Until June 30 – so three more days – we are rewarding students for their good grades. If your highest grade is an A, you receive two free used books. If your highest grade is a B, you receive one free used book. If you have a straight A report card (including A- and A+), you will receive a $10 gift certificate to ABSW. If you have a straight B report card (including B- and B+), you will receive a $5 gift certificate to ABSW. One prize per report card.

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Worcester Storytellers Open Mic featuring Sharon Healy-Yang and our Banjos, Attitude, and Modern Magic events this past weekend.  It was great to see some of our old friends and meet some new ones!

This week brings us two more events.

TODAY, Monday, June 27, we have our monthly Free People’s Artists Workshop meeting, co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association at 7:00 PM. Join us for an evening of creating, networking, and getting feedback from other artists.

And then on Wednesday, June 29, we have our 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.

Normally we save our big highlights for week-of newsletters, but we’ve got some major events next week that you might not want to miss, so here are some detailed listings for what we’re doing next week:

On Tuesday, July 5, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, ABSW is happy to host award-winning authors Paul Tremblay and Jeffrey Thomas for a reading, talk, and signing. Paul Tremblay is the author of this year’s Stoker-award winning novel, A Head Full of Ghosts, that Stephen King said “scared the hell” out of him, and he’s presenting his newest title, set in Massachusetts, Disappearance at Devil’s Rock. Jeffrey Thomas is an award-winning short story author and best known for his Punktown series of dystopic horror.

And then on Friday, July 8, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, the award-winning authors of Liaden ® Universe, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are returning to ABSW with their latest release, Alliance of Equals, and are our second set of heavy-hitting authors for the week. They will be here talking about their work, reading, and chatting with their fans.

The very next day, Saturday, July 9, from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM our bookstore is Hunting Ghosts: Real and Otherwise with a full day of phantasmic activities. For the morning and early afternoon, we’ll be reading our favorite short scary stories and sharing an episode of The Scarifyers, a British ghost-hunting audio drama series. Later in the afternoon, we’ll have author and ghosthunter, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, and ghost hunter and entertainer, Nathan Drake Schoonover.

After that, on Sunday, July 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, if you are a fan of romance, join local author Misty Jae Ogert for our Do You Love Love? event, where she’ll be talking about how she writes her contemporary romance novels.

And, even though it’s edging into the following week, let’s highlight Monday, July 11, for our ALL DAYSPECIAL Pre-Brimfield Flea Market Vintage Book Sale! In addition to being able to peruse our vintage selection again, take an additional 10% off our vintage titles.

Phew! That’s a lot happening in a short time, so drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Of course, there’s still a lot of July left, so here’s what else is happening so you can mark your calendars accordingly.

Saturday, July 16, 12:00 – 5:00 – Final Poets Assemble! of 2016

Saturday, July 16, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club reads Dates! A Queer Historical Comics Anthology.

Wednesday, July 20, All Day – Take Your Poet to Work Day. Post the pictures of your Poets Assemble! crafted poets as you bring them to work!

Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 21 – Necon! ABSW owner and staff members Patty, Suzanne, and Trish will be at this wonderful writers conference.

Monday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:00 – Free People’s Artists Workshop.

Wednesday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Berenstain Bears Craft and Reading Day

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion.

SPECIAL WEEKEND EVENT! Saturday, July 30, 8:00 PM – 1:30 AM; Sunday July 31, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM – Happy Birthday Harry Potter; Welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In fact, you can pre-order you copies of the stage play now to ensure you get your copy before we run out.

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. July’s featured readers are Sam Lalos and Michel Duncan Merle. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on July 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, June 27.

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! For July only, special meeting date on July 28.

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 July 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. THERE IS NO JULY RAINBOW READERS YOUTH. But stay tuned for something special in August!

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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