Events Buzz: Three Events This Week!

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We had a most wonderful week and weekend with our special sales and events! Thank you to everyone who came out for the Rainbow Readers Discussion of Trans Liberty Brigade by L.M. Pierce, as well as Pagan Picture Book and Sigil Making with J.C. Artemisia. We had a wonderful time with everyone—and we have a few of each of those books still left. ALSO, J.C. was kind enough to leave a few sigiled stones and handouts for anyone who purchases one of the remaining signed books!

We also had a lot of fun with the Tax-Free Weekend and our surprise A Very Special Doctor Who sale! For our beloved Doctor Who fans, keep an eye on our calendar for some more Whovian updates—especially our Annual Doctor Who Day on November 17!

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We have some great events happening THIS WEEK too!!

THIS TUESDAY, TOMORROW, Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

With its praise by Stephen King and other horror masters; starred reviews from Library Journal, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly, Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World an unbearably tense, gripping tale of paranoia, sacrifice, apocalypse, and survival that escalates to a shattering conclusion, one in which the fate of a loving family and quite possibly all of humanity are entwined.  The Bram Stoker Award-winning author of A Head Full of Ghosts adds an inventive twist to the home invasion horror story in a heart-palpitating novel of psychological suspense that recalls Stephen King’s Misery, Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood, and Jack Ketchum’s cult hit The Girl Next Door.

Paul Tremblay is the author of the novels Disappearance at Devil’s Rock and A Head Full of Ghosts. His other novels include The Little SleepNo Sleep till Wonderland, Swallowing a Donkey’s Eye, and Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (co-written with Stephen Graham Jones). His fiction and essays have appeared in The Los Angeles TimesSupernatural Noir, and numerous Year’s Best anthologies. He is the author of the short speculative fiction collections In the Mean Time and Compositions for the Young and Old and the hard-boiled/dark fantasy novella City Pier: Above and Below. He served as fiction editor of CHIZINE and as co-editor of Fantasy Magazine, and was also the co-editor of the Creatures anthology (with John Langan). Paul is currently on the board of directors for the Shirley Jackson Awards as well.

And THIS THURSDAY, August 16, starting at 7:00 PM join us for our regula Doctor Who Discussion Night.

BSW has a sizable representation of Doctor Who merchandise, and owner Patty Cryan is a long-time fan of the series—the world’s longest running science fiction serial! This month we’re talking about THE NEW DOCTOR! We are super excited about Jodie Whittaker, our first female Doctor, and her adventures. What are your thoughts and hopes for the series as we prepare for the next season? What are you excited about / worried about? Share your thoughts!

Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids.

If you have any ideas or would like to present something, let us know by calling the store at (508)796-5613 or emailing info@anniesbookstore.com, and we will consider it.

Each program will run from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, one Saturday each month depending on scheduling.

The next event will be on Saturday, August 18, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM. The topic is “How To: Find Crafts for Kids” and will be presented by ABSW’s own crafting queen, Selina Lovett!

And we’re only just halfway through August! Have you marked your calendars for…

Friday, August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Dinosaurs

Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Sydra Mallery’s adoption picture book A Most Unusual Day.

 

Ready for a look at September, too?

Friday, September 7, 6:00-8:00 PM – SF Author Gene Doucette and The Spaceship Next Door.

Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – How To: Garden with Integrated Crop Management with Breezy Gardens. Pre-Registration strongly suggested; event starts promptly at 11:00.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – ABSW Table at Worcester Pride Festival.

Friday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 – YA SF Author Greg Katsoulis and Access Restricted.

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey.

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 – 8:00 – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 – 3:00 – Noir Mystery Author Sharon Healy-Yang and Letters from a Dead Man.

Friday, September 28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM – Storytime: Animals.

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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 fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This July, our theme is Wild Things! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting August 31.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! August’s topic is How To: Find Crafts to do with Kids with our own Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Events start promptly at time listed. Next meeting August 18.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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 August 27.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is August 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting September 15.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: Happy August

Happy August!

August is that strange month in the U.S. where folks are both clinging to summer and preparing for the new school year. Fortunately, we have books for both of those things—and if you’re in a bind or still traveling, we can even mail them to you.  Find out more about our Mail Order program here!

A great big thank you to everyone who came out for our Winnie-the-Pooh Day and our Happy Birthday Harry Potter events! We had a spectacular time at both with new friends and old. We also had a lovely time with local author Nick Zwirblia, who debuted his first novel, The Bramford Chronicles I: Johnny and Baby Jumbo—a heartwarming tale set in Depression-era Vermont. We do still have a few copies left if you’d like to bring this beautiful story home with you!

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We have some great events happening THIS WEEK too!!

Please note that Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs HAS BEEN MOVED to Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM.

THIS SATURDAY, August 11, we have TWO great events happening!

We have our regularly scheduled Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts Meeting from 6:00 – 8:00 PM as Rainbow Readers Discusses Trans Liberty Brigade by L.M Pierce.

Andi knows being born an intersex “Transgressor” and then choosing to stay that way can have lethal consequences. After all, surgical assignment is mandated by law. But she ain’t going to spend her life hiding from the Society, hooked on Flow, and wanking tourists just to make a few bucks. She’s a member of the Trans Liberty Riot Brigade, an underground faction of Transgressors resisting the government’s war on their illegal genitalia.

But it’s not enough to tag their messages on shithouse walls and sniff down the next high. The government has found their headquarters, decimated their ranks, and they’re crushing the resistance. Though Andi might be nothing but a junktard, she embarks on a desperate dash to stay alive and send a call for help before they’re all killed—or worse, surgically assigned.

Andi, together with Brigade leader Elenbar, must get beyond the communications block preventing all radio transmission, which means crossing the seaboard Wall barricading the United Free States borders. It’s designed to keep enemies out and the citizens in, but amid increasing earthquakes and deadly pursuit, Andi will discover there’s a far more dangerous secret hidden deep within the Wall itself.

And ALL DAY, this Saturday, August 11, we are having A Very Special Doctor Who Sale!

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is known for our love of Doctor Who, our Doctor Who events, and our amazing selection of Doctor Who audio, toys, magazines, and more.

For August 11 ONLY…

50% off 3.5″ scale figures!
50% off MINI-scale (compatible with Legos (R) items!)
50% off Doctor Who and SciFi magazines!
20% off 5.5″ and 5″ scale figures!
20% off mugs, toys, and all other DW merchandise!

ABSW already has the lowest prices around on Doctor Who merchandise, so if you are a Doctor Who fan, make sure you make it out for this in-store-only timey-wimey goodness!

It may never happen again, so if you don’t have your own functioning TARDIS, make sure you’re here!

Also THIS SUNDAY, August 12, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, come in for Pagan Picture Books and Sigil Making with J.C. Artemisia.

Author  J.C. Artemisia will not only read and share her books, but she’ll also lead a child-friendly workshop on sigil making!

J.C. Artemisia is a pantheist Pagan and the proud mother to three, happy children. In addition to writing and visual art, she enjoys reading, crocheting, and baking up some kitchen magick. She earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Chester College of New England and her master’s degree in education from Plymouth State University. She teaches communications courses in an online graduate program. Artemisia writes about Pagan holidays, spirituality, nature, herbal lore, animals, dreams, and more. She is daily inspired by her three intuitive children, her spiritual companion Ophelia, and the many natural blessings bestowed by the Gods and Goddesses. She hopes her books will encourage Pagan children to grow in kindness and love, and celebrate their families’ traditions and the blessings connecting us all.

Artemisia’s latest release is Look to the Moon, a rhyming devotion that observes the moon’s powers and protections to reassure sleepy, magical children all through the night.

And for the rest of August…

Tuesday, August 14, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs.

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids.

Friday, August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Dinosaurs

Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Sydra Mallery’s adoption picture book A Most Unusual Day.

 

Ready for a look at September, too?

Friday, September 7, 6:00-8:00 PM – SF Author Gene Doucette and The Spaceship Next Door.

Saturday, September 8, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – How To: Garden with Integrated Crop Management with Breezy Gardens. Pre-Registration strongly suggested; event starts promptly at 11:00.

Saturday, September 8, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM – Table at Worcester Pride Festival.

Friday, September 14, 6:00 – 8:00 – YA SF Author Greg Katsoulis and Access Restricted.

Saturday, September 15, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers Discusses River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey.

Thursday, September 20, 7:00 – 8:00 – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, September 22, 1:00 – 3:00 – Noir Mystery Author Sharon Healy-Yang and Letters from a Dead Man.

Friday, September 28, 12:00 – 1:00 PM – Storytime: Animals.

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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 fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This July, our theme is Wild Things! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting August 31.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! August’s topic is How To: Find Crafts to do with Kids with our own Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Events start promptly at time listed. Next meeting August 18.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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 August 27.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is August 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting August 11.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Sydra Mallery

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on author Sydra Mallery, children’s book author and elementary school teacher. Sydra will be at our 65 James Street store on Saturday, August 25, from 1:00 – 3:00 with her newest picture book, A Most Unusual Day—a beautiful story of adoption.

Thank you so much for joining us, Sydra! We’re very excited to have you come out to our store and to see your newest book! For those not familiar with your work, can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I am a writer for love and an elementary science teacher in a public school for work and love. I have lived in Brooklyn, NY since the mid-90s, or as my eldest son says, since the 1900s. My cousins own a small house we call “camp” on Lake Quaboag, in nearby East Brookfield, MA, that I have been visiting since I was three years old. I have two sons.

 

 

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out A Most Unusual Day? How did you overcome that challenge?

It took almost two years for my agent to sell my first book. During that time, I practically re-wrote the entire book. People didn’t understand that the message of the book was a story about familial love, but also a story about how one thing different can throw off a kid’s whole day. But with loving, understanding people around, a child can get through that day whole and happy. They just didn’t get it. One of the best parts of that process was when an editor from another publishing company really wanted to buy the book. She asked me some really tough questions and pushed me as a writer to make the book much better. She wasn’t able to get it past her editorial board, but she did reccommend it to my current publisher, who snapped it right up.

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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 really love playing with words. I have been writing poetry since I was around ten years old. I would say that the actual writing is my favorite part of the process. I like revising, because it can take me a really long time to think something through. Then, eventually, it all flows out in a rush and I get it down on paper. 

I always wanted to publish a book, because I just really love books. I wanted my name on a book on a shelf in a library. It felt like a tiny bit of immortality. Even though I know that books go of out of print and paper doesn’t last forever. Now that my book is actually out in the world, I would like to add that I really love seeing kids enjoying my book. When my friends send me video clips of their kids reading my book and knowing the words to it, it makes me feel like I have super powers.

 I think the greatest lesson has been to keep loving the writing. I’m lucky, in a way, that writing is not my main source of income. I get my salary from teaching and I can write for the love of it. (Although I do not have a lot of time and energy to do so after a full day of giving one hundred percent to my students.) I don’t need to worry about selling the next book to pay my bills, so I don’t have to get my ego tied too much to the results of my efforts. I just write and write and write.

 

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

My late English Literature professor, Alan Grossman, once said to me, “Sydra, you’ve got to read like mad!”

If you want to write picture books, I recommend reading at least a hundred high-quality picture books first. Then, choose your ten favorite, and read them aloud at least 20 times each, preferably to a child. THEN write. I don’t think it is a coincidence that I have read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes to my students so many times, and my first book was purchased by Kevin Henkes’s editor. You’ve got to read like mad!

 

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

I have another picture book coming out from Greenwillow about the journey of a pencil named Stubby. It is pretty adorable, if I do say so myself. It doesn’t have a definite publication date, yet. But I promise to post it on my website as soon as it does. 

 

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

For me, the hardest part is coming up with a framework for the story. I’m really a poet, so describing something really well, or adding details that make a character special comes rather naturally. I can also think of a plot. But putting the character and the details into a structure that serves the plot best can take me a ridiculous amount of time, considering that picture book manuscripts tend to be about two pages long. I have one story I have wanted to tell for about seven years and I still can’t figure out the best way to tell it. 

 

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

My first and only picture book that is available now, A Most Unusual Day, is available in all of the usual places—independent book stores, large chain book stores and virtual book stores, as well as many libraries. All of those places are wonderful. But it is most fun to purchase it from a local independent bookstore like ABSW, don’t you think? I also have a poem in the poetry anthology, One Minute Till Bedtime Poems, edited by Kenn Nesbitt. It was quite an honor to have my poem on a page in the same book as some of my favorite writers, like Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jane Yolen. One Minute Till Bedtime Poems is also available in all of the usual places. I have another book in the works with Greenwillow Books. 

 

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

My brother helped me set up my lovely little website, Sydramallery.com. Look for me there. You can follow me on Twitter @SydraMallery and on Instagram @sciencekyd. I also hope to set up a Facebook page soon. When I do, I’ll add a link on the website. 

 

Thank you, again, for the great interview, Sydra! We’re looking forward to your visit at our 65 James Street store on Saturday, August 25, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM!

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Calling All Doctor Who Fans!

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CALLING ALL DOCTOR WHO FANS!

A VERY SPECIAL DOCTOR WHO SALE!

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is known for our love of Doctor Who, our Doctor Who events, and our amazing selection of Doctor Who audio, toys, magazines, and more.

Which we’ve NEVER put on sale…

UNTIL NOW… or rather…

UNTIL SATURDAY, AUGUST 11!

  • 50% off 3.5″ scale figures!
  • 50% off MINI-scale (compatible with Legos (R) items!
  • 50% off Doctor Who and SciFi magazines!
  • 20% off 5.5″ and 5″ scale figures!
  • 20% off mugs, toys, and all other DW merchandise!

ABSW already has the lowest prices around on Doctor Who merchandise, so if you are a Doctor Who fan, make sure you make it out to our 65 James Street store for this in-store-only timey-wimey goodness!

It may never happen again, so if you don’t have your own functioning TARDIS, make sure you’re here on Saturday, August 11!

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Events Buzz: Back to School is coming…

Thank you to everyone who came out (and brought their kids!) to all our awesome events last week—especially for our new regular monthly Storytime and our very special Winnie-the-Pooh Day!

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There is ONE MORE DAY left for our Report Card Rewards program! If your student has a great report card, you can still stop in to our 65 James Street store to reward them.

Here are the rewards!  (One prize per report card.)

  • If your highest grade is an “A” (or A equivalent), you’ll receive TWO free used books!
  • If your highest grade is a “B” (or a B equivalent), you’ll receive ONE free used book!
  • If you have a straight “A” report card (including A+, A-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!
  • If you have a straight “B” report card (including B+, B-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!

And while we still have plenty of summer reading titles, believe it or notacquiring copies of literature students will need for Fall as we begin… Back to School season!

While we don’t carry or take returns on text books, we do keep up with a wide variety of literature, non-fiction, workbooks, and other reading materials for a variety of classes. And, as always, we can special order books for you!

Tomorrow may be our last Report Card Rewards day, but it’s also July 31! Harry Potter’s Birthday!

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In fact, we’re having a massive birthday party for The Boy Who Lived, TOMORROW, TUESDAY, July 31!

There will be sales and special displays  all day, including an ongoing costume contest, 10%  off purchases for anyone in costume, a Bertie Botts Bean challenge, a Horcrux Rock search, and more. And from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, we’ve scheduled a few extra special events!

* 4:00 PM: Potion Making. Limited to 10 witches and wizards. Come and create a special brew with Professor Selina! RSVP by THURSDAY JULY 26 is required for this event.
* 4:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Easy Level
* 5:00 PM: Wizard Word Mayhem Game
* 5:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Hard Level
* 6:00 PM: Reading Selections from the HARRY POTTER books
* 6:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Impossible Level
* 7:00 PM: Winners announced and awarded for the games and the Costume Contest!

RSVP strongly suggested for all special games to ensure sufficient supplies. Potion Making participants had to RSVP by last Thursday, July 26. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

After that, we’re into AUGUST! And our events continue THIS WEEK…

07272018 - Nick Book CoverTHIS THURSDAY, August 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester welcomes local author Nick Zwirblia.

Nick Zwirblia was raised in Worcester, Massachusetts, where he still resides. He is most reliably found at local thrift stores buying $2 pieces of costume jewelry that end up being gold others don’t see. For more than a decade, Nick lived in rurual Vermont, working in food services at Dartmouth College (where he was known as The Happy Hop Guy), running a successful home-cleaning business, and owned The Enchanted Toy Box, specializing in antique toys and collectibles. Nick’s uncanny “eye for the old” imbues The Bramford Chronicles with a level of got-it-right detail that brings readers back to a time that tells important things about “who we are” and “where we came from.”

In The Bramford Chronicles 1: Johnny and Baby Jumbo, nine-year-old Johnny Edes and his faithful dog Rocket, while out hunting for nightcrawlers, stumble upon the burning wreckage of a circus train. Following a piteous and panicked sound, they discover a baby elephang and pull her away to safety. Johnny hides the elephant, named Miss Baby Jumbo, in the back barn. Now, with the help of several friends, they need to keep Miss Baby Jumbo safe!

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Curious about what else is happening in August? Look no further…

Thursday, August, 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs.

Saturday, August 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Trans Liberty Brigade by L.M Pierce.

Saturday, August 11, ALL DAY – A Very Special Doctor Who Sale! (Details in our newsletter today and an the blog and Facebook on Tuesday, July 31!)

Sunday, August 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Pagan Picture Books and Sigil Making with J.C. Artemisia.

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids.

Friday, August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Dinosaurs

Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Sydra Mallery’s adoption picture book A Most Unusual Day.

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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 fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This July, our theme is Wild Things! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting August 31.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! August’s topic is How To: Find Crafts to do with Kids with our own Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Events start promptly at time listed. Next meeting August 18.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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 August 27.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is August 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting August 11.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Nick Zwirblia

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine their Friday Spotlight on “The Happy Hop Guy” and Worcester native, Nick Zwirblia. Nick will be at our 65 James Street store THIS THURSDAY, August 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM talking about, reading from, and signing his debut novel, The Bramford Chronicles Book 1: Johnny and Baby Jumbo.

Thank you very much for joining us, Nick! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I was raised in Worcester.  I can reliably be found at local thrift stores and garage sales—buying $2 pieces of “costume jewelry,” which, properly assessed, end up being $300 hunks of gold that other people didn’t have the vision to “see.” 

For more than a decade, I lived in rural Vermont, where, among other jobs and pursuits, I worked in food services at Dartmouth College—where I was known as The Happy Hop Guy—ran a successful home-cleaning business, and was the owner of “The Enchanted Toy Box,” where I specialized in antique toys and collectibles. 

 

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from The Bramfod Chronicles Book 1: Johnny and Baby Jumbo?

I want people to be hopeful.  The book is set in the Great Depression, but I don’t think it’s depressing.  One of the three boys at the heart of the book is African-American; that friendship is very important to me. 

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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 went to the library, of course, and researched on line.  But the core of the book came from 50 years of working in antiques and true stories of people I knew in Vermont. 

 

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

In my twenties, I saw an elephant in a supermarket parking lot, at a grand opening.  That planted a seed.  Then, in 2008 I was in a car accident.  It took me a year to recover.  During that time, the seed grew and the book matured in my mind.

 

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

I’m dyslexic.  I wrote the book out by hand—fifty times.  Finally, in the last year or so, I’ve been working with an editor, Don Unger.  That put the project over the top.

 

What character did you love or hate the most while writing? And why?

I love Thaddeus, the African-American boy.  He’s the most important character in the book.  He’s an orphan and goes through a lot.  But he remains a positive person.  I love his grit.

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

www.amazon.com/author/nickzwirblia

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

https://nickzwirblia.wordpress.com/

 

Thank you again for the interview, Nick!  We look forward to having you at our 65 James Street Store THIS THURSDAY, August 2, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

 

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Events Buzz: Some Special Events!

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We are almost done with July. Do you have a student with a great report card?  Have you brought them into our 65 James Street store for our Report Card Rewards program? You only have until July 31 to get a reward!

Here are the rewards!  (One prize per report card.)

  • If your highest grade is an “A” (or A equivalent), you’ll receive TWO free used books!
  • If your highest grade is a “B” (or a B equivalent), you’ll receive ONE free used book!
  • If you have a straight “A” report card (including A+, A-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $10 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!
  • If you have a straight “B” report card (including B+, B-, and equivalent value), you’ll receive a $5 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop!

We continue to bring in more summer reading titles, so if you’ve got summer reading assignments, come in and see us. We can also special order books for you. If you know you’ll be traveling and you need a summer reading title—or a new beach read or vacation book—make use of our mail order service. Order a book and we can mail it to you. Find out more about our mail order service here!

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

If you want to get the first notices for these kinds of events—along with special Newsletter Only coupons and discounts—sign up for our Newsletter! We send out emails every other week, and we’ve upgraded our Newsletter server to ensure the protection of your information.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!

Here’s what’s happening THIS WEEK!

THIS MONDAY, July 23, join us for the Free People’s Artists Workshop.

Bring an art or writing project that you’re working on and share it with like-minded individuals for feedback, discussion, and support!

THIS WEDNESDAY, July 25, join us for Board Game Night!

Do you enjoy board games, but have no one at home that likes to play them? Play games and meet new people. If you are tired of your computer games or just want to try something different, board games can be very exciting and lots of fun!

Friday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Wild Things. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

And THIS SATURDAY, July 28, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, come out to celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh Day.

In advance of the world premiere of the movie CHRISTOPHER ROBIN, enter the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, Owl, Kanga, Roo and Tigger, brought to life by author A. A. Milne!

Play games, put together puzzles, and test your knowledge by answering trivia questions about Winnie-the-Pooh and The House on Pooh Corner. Prizes will be awarded!

RSVPs are strongly suggested as space is limited.

Scheduled events include:

* 11:30 AM: Pin The Tail On Eeyore Game

* 12:00 PM: Read-aloud story selections

* 1:00 PM: Break

* 1:30 PM: Easy Trivia Game

* 2:00 PM: Interactive Storytelling

* 2:30 PM: Bean Bag Toss Game

* 3:00 PM: Read-aloud story selections

* 1:30 PM: Easy Trivia Game

 

All ages welcome… children should be accompanied by an adult at all times. Please RSVP on our Facebook Event Page!

We do have one more Special Event for July, too!

NEXT TUESDAY, July 31, join us for Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

There will be sales and special displays  all day, including an ongoing costume contest, 10%  off purchases for anyone in costume, a Bertie Botts Bean challenge, a Horcrux Rock search, and more. And from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, we’ve scheduled a few extra special events!

* 4:00 PM: Potion Making. Limited to 10 witches and wizards. Come and create a special brew with Professor Selina! RSVP by THURSDAY JULY 26 is required for this event.
* 4:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Easy Level
* 5:00 PM: Wizard Word Mayhem Game
* 5:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Hard Level
* 6:00 PM: Reading Selections from the HARRY POTTER books
* 6:30 PM: Harry Potter Trivia – Impossible Level
* 7:00 PM: Winners announced and awarded for the games and the Costume Contest!

RSVP strongly suggested for all special games to ensure sufficient supplies, but ABSOLUTELY REQURIED by THURSDAY JULY 26 for Potion Making. All children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

 

Want a sneak peek at August?

NEXT THURSDAY, August, 2, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Local Author Nick Zwirblia speaks and signs.

Thursday, August, 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Author Paul Tremblay Speaks, Reads, Signs.

Saturday, August 11, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Trans Liberty Brigade by L.M Pierce.

Sunday, August 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Pagan Picture Books and Sigil Making with J.C. Artemisia.

Thursday, August 16, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, August 18, 11:00 AM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids.

Friday, August 24, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Dinosaurs

Saturday, August 25, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Author Sydra Mallery’s adoption picture book A Most Unusual Day.

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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 fourth Monday of the month). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This July, our theme is Wild Things! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting July 27.

How To…, one Saturday each month at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! August’s topic is How To: Find Crafts to do with Kids with our own Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Events start promptly at time listed. Next meeting August 18.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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, July 23.

Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is August 16.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting August 11.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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