Author Spotlight: Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung

07032015 - lme_coverAnnie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, the authoring team who created LITTLE MISS EVIL, to our Friday blog! Kristy and Bryce will be joining us on Saturday, July 25 for our Worcester Needs Diverse Books event from 2:00-5:00 PM. Both authors have been part of the growing #WeNeedDiverseBooks movement that started in 2014 at Book Expo America, where many authors noted a distinct lack of diversity in the panels of the largest book trade show in North America. Since then, they’ve had their awesome super-villain story published and helped grow the grassroots movement across the globe.

Thank you so much for joining us, Kristy and Bryce! For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write? What can readers expect from LITTLE MISS EVIL?

I would say our writing is kind of like a popcorn-munching action movie, in book form. It’s got super-villains, super-gadgets, helicopters, and more explosions than you can shake an exploding stick at. Basically, if you like flamethrowers, you’re gonna have a good time reading LITTLE MISS EVIL.

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

Well, we’ve always found the bad guys in most movies to be the most interesting characters. We were the ones rooting for the Joker to win. Because most of the time, the heroes are just so incredibly boring. So that’s where our inspiration came from, the desire to write from the villain’s perspective. And then we were watching an old rerun of Austin Powers, and we thought, hey what if the protagonist was a little girl, who’s father was this over-the-top James Bond/Dr. Evil-style super-villain? And from there the idea just came together really quickly.

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

By far, the protagonist Fiona Ng was the character we most loved writing. She’s this vulnerable kid, who’s desperate for some semblance of normalcy despite her infamous Dad, and when her Dad gets kidnapped, she’s suddenly thrust into this position of power and responsibility that no 13-year-old should ever be put in. It was just so much fun putting her in these crazy situations and watching her claw her way back out.

What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws 07032015 - KristyBrent picreaders to these kinds of books?

Middle Grade has this unique ability to simultaneously put our characters in these over-the-top situations, while at the same time not take itself too seriously. Throughout the entire process we’re constantly making nudge-nudge-wink-wink references to the James Bond franchise, Austin Powers, action movies in general. It’s a lot of fun.

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

Your job as a writer is to entertain your reader. Everything else is secondary. Once we realized that, good things started happening.

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

Amazon, Barnes & Nobles, iBooks

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

Website: www.kristyandbryce.com

Twitter: @kristyshen

 

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Events Buzz: The End of June!

06292015 - NF Authors Blog picThank you to everyone who attended our fun and informative “Have you ever wondered…?” panel of non-fiction children’s authors and illustrators this past weekend. We had a great time with everyone. Author Joan Duris provided us with this great panel picture.

This Friday, July 3rd is the LAST CHANCE to register and pay for our All-Day Teen Writing Workshop with author, editor, and educator Trisha J. Wooldridge and author and educator Ann Haywood Leal. The $60 registration includes the workshop, lunch, handouts, and individualized advice for members from the instructors. Registration MUST BE PAID by THIS FRIDAY, July 3. Find out more on its event page here!

June just about over, so we’re looking ahead to July with events. As always, watch our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates, but here is a quick and easy reference for you:

TONIGHT, Monday, June 29, 7:00-9:00 PM – THE FREE PEOPLE’S ARTISTS WORKSHOP. A networking and feedback group for writers, painters, dancers, musicians, potters, craftsmen, composers, and anyone who creates art. Meetings will be every last Monday of the month at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street. This event is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

TOMORROW, Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM – “Shelf Series” Employee Talk with Selina Lovett: Virtual Meet & Greet of Literary Legends or “The awesome people I’ve met during years of volunteering at science fiction & fantasy conventions.”

And coming in July…               

Saturday July 4 – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! ABSW will be open our regular hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you like!

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM—Shelf Series “The Cool Old Women of Doctor Who” with Patty Cryan. ABSW owner and long-time Whovian talks about one of her particular passions about the Doctor Who.

Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM—Teen Writing Workshop. Do you have teens in your life interested in writing? Register them for this unique workshop with Ann Haywood Leal and Trisha J. Wooldridge, instructors who have worked in a number of publishing positions—writing, editing, and teaching. Registration cost of $60 includes lunch and handouts is due THIS Friday, July 3.

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19—Patty will be attending the Northeastern Writers Conference. The store will be open, but there may be some last minute changes in hours. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Hafta Craft & Storytime “Fantastic Foxes.” Join us for fox-related crafts and a reading of The Tanglewood Fox.

Wednesday, July 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Craft and Reading Theme Day: The Berenstain Bears. Stories and crafts around The Berenstain Bears books.

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM—Worcester Needs Diverse Books. Meet authors who are making a difference in the landscape of children’s and YA books through diversity. Join us for an afternoon of readings, discussion of how we can make more children and teens feel like they are part of literature, and a Q&A session with authors, illustrators, and editors. The current line-up of authors, illustrators and editors includes:

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, authors of Little Miss Evil and webmaster overlords for #WeNeedDiverseBooks at weneeddiversebooks.org

Cindy Rodriguez, author of When Reason Breaks, educator, journalist, contributor at Latin@s inYA, and active member of #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Terry Farish, author of The Good Braider—a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and an American Library Association Best Fiction book for Young Adults

Nicole Tadgell, illustrator of multiple books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Kimberly Long-Ewing, educator and author of multiple short stories, poems, and the writing half of Urban Fey comics; former vice-president of Broad Universe; and member of The Outer Alliance

Rhea Ewing, illustrator of multiple books, comics, and more; book cover designer; the artist half of Urban Fey comics; and member of Broad Universe and The Outer Alliance

T.J. Wooldridge, author of The Kelpie, The Earl’s Childe, and Silent Starsong; former president of Broad Universe; and member of The Outer Alliance

Of course, as a reminder, our regular events are…

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

Hafta Craft & Storytime Family Drop-in, the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. June’s theme will be Fantastic Foxes. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of stay.

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of every 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.

As always, watch ABSW calendar and our Facebook Page for more details and updates.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Ellen Cooney

06262015 - Cooney Cover MOUNTAINTOPAnnie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to host New England author and dog-lover Ellen Cooney on our Spotlight blog! Ellen’s most recent novel is The Mountaintop School for Dogs And Other Second Chances.

Thank you for joining us, Ellen! Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I’m one of those writers who never “became a writer.” I just always was one—I was a child poet and playwright, and in my twenties, I started trying out fiction as a way to avoid deciding if I should spend my life writing poems or plays or even both. I had the idea that stories and novels are places where everything can happen, elements of poems and drama are naturally inside story-telling, and that’s what I still believe and what I do. I grew up in a Worcester County town, Clinton, and went to college and grad school in Worcester. After many years in Boston and Cambridge, I now live in mid-coast Maine.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from The Mountaintop School for Dogs?

All my novels are different—I’m always trying new things, new ways of telling stories, new subject material. But it’s always about the characters: being human, being alive, coping with struggles, trying to break away from limitations and negative influences, trying to be fully one’s self. The Mountaintop School For Dogs And Other Second Chances is sort of an adventure story, combined with a story about being willing to try believing in the thing we call “hope,” and not only believe in it, but act on it. It takes place at a sanctuary for rescued abused dogs: a sort of school where very lively and engaging things are going on all the time. The dogs aren’t the only ones who are on a journey toward a new life. The human characters are too. One thing it really gets into is the whole question of empathy—the amazing thing of making connections outside yourself in real, genuine ways.

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Of the whole writing and publishing process?

Writing is my favorite part of being a writer! I mean by that, the act of composing, of making a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, a book. It’s a building process, in a way. My most favorite thing about it is the part at the very beginning of a new work, when I have some basic clues concerning what it’s about, who’s in it, what’s going to happen. There is always a wonderful sense of perfection before the writing begins, when the novel is an Ideal. I guess that fuels the writing efforts in a big way. The process of writing, then publishing, is all about Reality. My favorite part of the publishing process is working with outstanding editors who enter into the manuscript the same way you’d go into a house that’s under construction and point out the places with problems, or, like, a support beam that’s too weak. Also of course a favorite thing is when the finished book arrives in the mail, and there it is, a book.

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

In writing, never make the error of trying to please anyone but yourself. Listen to criticisms of your manuscript with an open mind, but only follow suggestions for rewrites and changes if you know in your own instincts they are necessary. I think we often underestimate the power of our instincts, our own voices and styles.

Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? 06262015 - Cooney and SkipHow do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

I have three dogs, rescues, who are one hundred percent behind The Mountaintop School For Dogs And Other Second Chances, especially my middle one, Skip, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who came to me through a rescue group in the South. He’d been an abandoned stray, living on the streets for God knows how long. He was found in a very needy condition in a mall parking lot, and he was pretty much like a feral creature when he arrived. I became his teacher, besides his human. What I learned in that process became the foundation of my novel. So in a way, the teaching, and all the interactions, in my fictional sanctuary are actually pretty personal. This is Skip and me, and I wish he knew what an inspiration he was to me.

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

My recent books are pretty much everywhere; all of my novels are in libraries. Details on finding my work, including a novel that was published as an e-book only, are on my website, http: ellencooney.com.

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

I can be contacted through my website. And I run a blog: ellencooney.tumblr.com.

Thank you so much for joining us on our Author Spotlight! ABSW has several titles of Ellen Cooney’s work available—so stop in and find out for yourself why we love this author.06262015 - Ellen Cooney Author Photo, Jacket of Mountaintop

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Events Buzz: Summer Sunshine Edition

06222015 - SunflowersWe hope all of our friends who are dads had an AWESOME Father’s Day this past weekend! And a happy Summer Solstice from this weekend to all who celebrate that.

Don’t forget our registration deadline for our All-Day Teen Writing Workshop on Saturday, July 11. The $60 registration includes the workshop, lunch, handouts, and individualized advice for members from the instructors. Registration deadline is Friday, July 3.

Instructors Trisha J. Wooldridge and Ann Haywood Leal will talk about writing craft, lead writing activities that students can get critiqued, and discuss publishing possibilities and writing as a career. Workshop participants will have a chance to ask questions and get individualized feedback on their exercises.

June is more than halfway done, so here’s a look at what’s to come…including a sneak peek into July! As always, watch our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates.

Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Theme Day: crafts and stories.

Friday, June 26, 7:00-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers open mic featuring “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell.

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 PM – “Have you ever wondered…?” Panel on research and presentation for children’s non-fiction books.

Find out the facts behind writing non-fiction books for children in a panel of authors who do just that. ABSW hosts Nancy Castaldo, Joan Duris, Jane Sutcliffe, Heather Lang, and J. Roach-Evans from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The authors will present an informational panel about their research, how they put their research into a kid-friendly format, working with photographers and illustrators, and more! Have you ever wondered where the beautiful and informational books children read come from? Would you like to hear how authors research and present information for kids? Whether you’re an educator, parent, librarian, writer, or just someone interested in children’s books, this panel is for you.

Monday, June 29, 7:00-9:00 PM – THE FREE PEOPLE’S ARTISTS WORKSHOP. A networking and feedback group for writers, painters, dancers, musicians, potters, craftsmen, composers, and anyone who creates art. Meetings will be every last Monday of the month at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street. This event is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM – “Shelf Series” Employee Talk with Selina Lovett: Virtual Meet & Greet of Literary Legends or “The awesome people I’ve met during years of volunteering at science fiction & fantasy conventions.”

And coming in July…

Saturday July 4 – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! ABSW will be open our regular hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you like!

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM—Shelf Series “The Cool Old Women of Doctor Who” with Patty Cryan. ABSW owner and long-time Whovian talks about one of her particular passions about the Doctor Who.

Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM—Teen Writing Workshop. Do you have teens in your life interested in writing? Register them for this unique workshop with Ann Haywood Leal and Trisha J. Wooldridge, instructors who have worked in a number of publishing positions—writing, editing, and teaching. Registration cost of $60 includes lunch and handouts is due Friday, July 3.

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19—Patty will be attending the Northeastern Writers Conference. The store will be open, but there may be some last minute changes in hours. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

NEW EVENT LISTING: Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Hafta Craft & Storytime “Fantastic Foxes.” Join us for fox-related crafts and a reading of The Tanglewood Fox.

NEW EVENT LISTING: Wednesday, July 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Craft and Reading Theme Day: The Berenstain Bears. Stories and crafts around The Berenstain Bears books.

NEW EVENT LISTING: Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM—Worcester Needs Diverse Books. Meet authors who are making a difference in the landscape of children’s and YA books through diversity. Join us for an afternoon of readings, discussion of how we can make more children and teens feel like they are part of literature, and a Q&A session with authors, illustrators, and editors.

Of course, as a reminder, our regular events are…

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

Hafta Craft & Storytime Family Drop-in, the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. June’s theme will be Fantastic Foxes. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of stay.

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of every 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.

As always, watch ABSW calendar and our Facebook Page for more details and updates.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: J. Roach Evans

06192015_Seashells Cov_hrAnnie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Author Spotlight on J. Roach Evans, one of our panelists for our “Have you ever wondered…?” panel of non-fiction children’s authors. J. Roach Evans grew up in Auburn, MA, exploring the woods and building camps around Dark Brook Reservoir with her dog and best friends. She also started going to the beach every year with her large family. From around the age of nine, she started carrying a tiny notebook and pen to write poetry prolifically. She lives with her husband, two sons, and a cat in Worcester.

Welcome to our Author Spotlight. Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? 

I draw inspiration for my work from my life and nature. I was inspired to write Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast because I love the seashore and the unique experience of that environment. I’m thrilled to share and educate others about the many treasures of the beach. I have always been captivated by animals and the natural world and love connecting children and adults to the awe inspiring beauty of our natural environment.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your book?

Most of my life I have written poetry and children’s books. I’ve also been drawing and painting from childhood. I love learning and writing about nature and the animals of New England; of the nature that I know. This book Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast is a reflection of my love of the beach and the treasures I have found there.

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 a large seashell collection from years of beachcombing that I initially used for reference both for painting and for identification. From guide books and Internet sources, I began piecing the information together. It was the combination of many sources that helped me to recognize and name the shells. The best part of my research was exploring New England’s beaches with new eyes–noting where I was finding what shells and discovering many new ones. I loved learning about the creatures that occupied the shells. I continue to learn more all the time.

One of my favorite discoveries are False Angel Wings and Great Piddock Shells (also called Angel Wings) and learning that this Bivalve with its infinitely beautiful and delicate shell is able to bore through wood and even soft stone!

I also recently learned that the Ten-Ridged Whelk is the Massachusetts state seashell!

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

The inspiration for Seashells began with a painting. I had decided that I wanted to take a break from another book I was illustrating to paint something I love. I painted three pieces – all three were beach related. One of these paintings is of seashells on the sand. That’s where I began. I painted more of my shells and was hooked. I loved painting them!  I then thought that this might be an idea for a book. So I did my research and painted what I had in my collection. The story of the beach and finding seashells developed in various ways. I initially wrote the first draft and as I laid out the book on my computer I would also edit the story there. I would go back and forth between painting, writing, and working on the book in Adobe InDesign (a page layout program).

How important has the New England setting been to your writing? 06192015 Author Pic

Growing up and living in New England has been of primo importance to my writing! Everything I write relates to the landscape and wildlife of New England. Living in central Massachusetts as a child and now as an adult allows me easy access to countless beaches up and down the New England coast. When I did my research into other seashell books I found that they almost always focused on the southeast coast of the United States and the great variety of colorful, tropical, seashells from Florida. What makes my book unique and important is that I focus on our coastline. In this way, there is a clarity and an ease of identification that allows children and adults to relate to Seashells – Treasures from the Northeast Coast.

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

Seashells can be found at Islandport Press (the publisher), Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at most Indie book stores.

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

Thank you so much for joining us, J. Roach Evans! We look forward to hearing more of you on Saturday, June 27 for our “Have you ever wondered…?” panel of non-fiction children’s authors.

Thanks so much for your support and efforts! Most appreciated.

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Events Buzz: Super-Summer Activity Edition!

silentstarsongfrontcoverThank you to everyone who came out to the super-awesome, out-of-this-world events with Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on June 5 and Russ Cox and Teri Weidner this past Friday! We hope you all had as much fun as we did at our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore on 65 James Street.

Happy Father’s Day to all our friends who are dads! We hope this coming weekend is awesome for you!

There are also only four Fridays left to register your teen for our All-Day Teen Writing Workshop on Saturday, July 11.

The $60 registration includes the workshop, lunch, handouts, and individualized advice for members from the instructors. Registration deadline is Friday, July 3.

Instructor Ann Haywood Leal comes from a long line of musicians, artists, and teachers, 03272015 - coverbut never has been able to carry a tune. So, she was given plenty of writing supplies. Eventually, she put those writing supplies to good use and wrote two middle-grade novels, Also Known as Harper and A Finders-Keepers Place. She’s taught for two years at the Westport Writers Workshop as well as a number of teen writing classes for libraries throughout Connecticut.

T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, who reviews dining establishments in Faerie for her local paper, much to the natives’ confusion, and writes grown-up stories and poems that occasionally win awards. She’s also designed a number of online courses and regularly teaches workshops at bookstores, libraries, and schools—including Smith College’s Conbust. She has co-produced the Spencer Hill Press anthologies UnCONventional and Doorways to Extra Time. Her novels include The Kelpie, The Earl’s Childe, and Silent Starsong.

We’re now midway into the super-busy and exciting month of June, and there have been quite a few updates to our schedule, so let’s get right to our events! As always, watch our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates!

OUR NEXT EVENT:

Sunday, June 21, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Hafta Craft and Storytime Drop-in of Myth and Magic. Join us as we create mythical creatures in craft and listen to stories about knights, dragons, and more!

Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Theme Day: crafts and stories.

WE HAVE POSTPONED the Thursday, June 25, 8:00 PM “Shelf Series” Employee talk (and tasting!) with Trisha J. Wooldridge. New date TBA.

Friday, June 26, 7:00-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers open mic featuring “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell.

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 PM – “Have you ever wondered…?” Panel on research and presentation for children’s non-fiction books.

Find out the facts behind writing non-fiction books for children in a panel of authors who do just that. ABSW hosts Nancy Castaldo, Joan Duris, Jane Sutcliffe, Heather Lang, and J. Roach-Evans from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The authors will present an informational panel about their research, how they put their research into a kid-friendly format, working with photographers and illustrators, and more! Have you ever wondered where the beautiful and informational books children read come from? Would you like to hear how authors research and present information for kids? Whether you’re an educator, parent, librarian, writer, or just someone interested in children’s books, this panel is for you.

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED: Sunday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Literary Genre Trivia: Romantic Suspense

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM – “Shelf Series” Employee Talk with Selina Lovett: Virtual Meet & Greet of Literary Legends or “The awesome people I’ve met during years of volunteering at science fiction & fantasy conventions.”

INTRODUCING NEW EVENT: Monday, June 29, 7:00-9:00 PM – THE FREE PEOPLE’S ARTISTS WORKSHOP. A networking and feedback group for writers, painters, dancers, musicians, potters, craftsmen, composers, and anyone who creates art. Meetings will be every last Monday of the month at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street. This event is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Of course, as a reminder, our regular events are…

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

Hafta Craft & Storytime Family Drop-in, the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. June’s theme will be Myth & Magic. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of stay.

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

And now

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of every 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.

As always, watch ABSW calendar and our Facebook Page for more details and updates.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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6/1 Events Buzz: Hello, June Events!

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Happy June, everybody! Thank you everyone who stopped into our Literary Genre Trivia this Sunday and tested their Science Fiction knowledge. Also, we wave hello to our many writing friends (and staff) at Anthocon this weekend!

In case you’ve missed our newsletters and blogs, this June is looking to be one of our busiest months yet! So, let’s keep this sort-of brief and focus on our events.

(As always, watch our website and Facebook page for even more updates!)

THIS WEEKEND! Friday, June 5, 7:00-9:00 PM

Help us welcome back Sharon Lee and Steve Miller as they return to ABSW with their latest adventure in the Liaden ® Universe, Dragon in Exile.

According to author, Sharon Lee: “The Liaden Universe® is not tidy.  Nor is it a series, exactly.  It’s a Universe.” The stories take place in settings full of interstellar intrigue and follow the adventures of Clan Korval. While the series originated as ebooks over 25 years ago, Lee and Miller have built a wonderful online community of fans that pushed their career into print and continues to grow!

When they started the series, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller re-envisioned space opera by adding romance and family values into their first action-adventure novel, Agent of Change. The Liaden Universe ® now encompasses dozens of short stories and, with Dragon in Exile, eighteen novels.

Please join us for an out-of-this-world event with writing partners (and partners in life) Sharon Lee and Steve Miller!

NEXT WEEK: Saturday, June 13, 3:00-5:00 PM – Children’s authors and illustrators Russ Cox and Teri Weidner take us on adventures from outer space to our own backyard! Join us for an afternoon of readings, activities, and Q&A with two amazing authors!

Sunday, June 21, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Hafta Craft and Storytime Drop-in of Myth and Magic.

Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Theme Day: crafts and stories.

Friday, June 26, 7:00-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers open mic featuring musical guest “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell.

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 PM – “Have you ever wondered…?” Panel on research and presentation for children’s non-fiction books.

Sunday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Literary Genre Trivia: Romantic Suspense

Monday, June 29, 7:00 PM – NEW MONTHLY EVENT!Free Peoples Artists Workshop, hosted by Sid Solomon and Sam Lalos

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM – “Shelf Series” Employee Talk with Selina Lovett: Virtual Meet & Greet of Literary Legends or “The awesome people I’ve met during years of volunteering at science fiction & fantasy conventions.”

Also, though it’s a month away, don’t forget we’ll be hosting an All-Day Teen Writing Workshop on July 11. Pre-registration details are on our website here or Facebook. Sign-up now to secure your seat!

Of course, as a reminder, our regular events are…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, Mondays at 7pm

Hafta Craft & Storytime Family Drop-in, the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. June’s theme will be Myth & Magic. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of stay.

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

Literary Genre Trivia, the last Sunday of every month starting at 2:00 PM. June’s genre will be Romantic Suspense!

As always, watch ABSW calendar and our Facebook Page for more details and updates.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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