Holiday Gift Guide: Doctor Who and Science Fiction Magazines

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide!


Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2016 recommendations for gifts this year.


Most of us here at ABSW are fans of science fiction and Doctor Who, and one of our store specialties is our great selection of Doctor Who and other science fiction titles in magazines and novels. We get the weekly and monthly Doctor Who subscriptions—and we also have all the special issues, including holiday volumes, monster volumes, and companion volumes.  Also, we get the serials for multiple spin-off characters, such as Bernice Summerfield and Iris Wildthyme.


Check out our three-tiered magazine display right across from the register for some unique magazines and serial publications.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Hand-Painted Kitchen Towels

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide!


Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2016 recommendations for gifts this year.

We’re very happy to have local artist Katie Giroux’s hand-painted kitchen towels back in all their Christmas glory. This year we have a selection of classic beauty and décor that will compliment any kitchen. Rich red, green, brown, and white towels sport holly, snowflakes, candy canes, reindeer, and snowmen.

The towels are made so you can wrap the knit top around the handle of your oven and button it so it will stay on!

A unique gift that will suit just about anyone, come check out our supply of hand-painted kitchen towels before they’re gone!


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Holiday Gift Guide: Fandom Mugs

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide!

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2016 recommendations for gifts this year.11ozmugs.jpg

The weather’s getting colder and we’ve just had our first snowfall… what goes better with reading and visual entertainment better than a hot beverage?  Here at ABSW, we have your fandom needs covered, including ceramic mugs!

From the universes of SHERLOCK, STAR WARS, and DOCTOR WHO, we have 11-ounce and 20-ounce mugs… perfect for coffee, tea, and hot chocolate on a winter’s night or morning.




These mugs make the perfect stocking stuffer, last-minute gift idea for extra guests, or an indulgence for yourself!




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Events Buzz: Beginning to look a lot like…


Well, now that we’ve had our first snowfall, it’s beginning to feel like winter and the holiday season in New England. (Also, we hope everyone was able to travel safely today!)

With the holidays in mind, here are our Holiday Hours:

Sunday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Monday – Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday – Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM


We will CLOSE AT 6:00 PM on Saturday, December 24.

We will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 25.

We will be OPEN on Sunday, January 1.


We’re also now hosting our special Holiday Gift Idea blogging event, starting on December 1 and ending on December 24. Between our regular event blogs and author interviews, the staff at ABSW has hand-selected some of our favorite things we think you might also want to share with the people you love. Need some gifting inspiration? Let us help!

And if you’re looking for books to celebrate and count down to the holidays with some of your favorite children, check out our holiday book display in our Children’s room. Not only do we have some classic Christmas books, but we have books for Solstice, Hanukkah, non-religious, and even books in Spanish that you can share with your favorite little people.

THIS WEEK, we welcome back the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts THIS SATURDAY, December 10 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The group is discussing Winter Oranges by Marie Sexton. There are still copies of Winter Oranges available at the store, and you don’t have to have finished the book to join the conversation.

Also, THIS SUNDAY, December 11, we are having Holiday Songs & Stories with Sam Lalos & Linda McCarthy from 1:00 – 3:00 PM. Join us for tales and music for all ages. Sing along or just enjoy listening!

And here’s a peek at the rest of December…

Thursday, December 15, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group: Holiday Adventures.

Saturday, December 17, from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM –  Put Some Scares into…: Horror Authors Pete Kahle and Tom Deady.


Monday, December 26, 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Donna E. Hart, Children’s Author Activity Afternoon.

Tuesday, December 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Harry Potter Wand Making Craft.

Wednesday, December 28, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Astronomy Coloring Craft.

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!

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

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.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting, December 15.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club specific to teens. On hiatus for December with more details to be announced. Further information on the Rainbow Readers Youth page.

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 December 10.

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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Holiday Gift Guide: Boxed Sets

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide!

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2016 recommendations for gifts this year.


One of our favorite things to both give and get during the holiday season are boxed sets of books.  Treat yourself and your loved ones to slipcased series both old and new!

We have some marvelous recommendations this year for everyone on your list.

  • For your young adult reader who’s looking for something different in speculative fiction, try the duology of SIX OF CROWS and CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo or the four-book series THE LUNAR CHRONICLES by Marissa Meyer.
  • Middle readers will enjoy ASTRONAUTS, SPIES AND HIPPOPOTAMI, a set of the first books in his varied series by Stuart Gibbs, as well as THE RANGER’S APPRENTICE series by John Flanagan.




  • For adults, we’re pleased to recommend the boxed set of the LONGMIRE Western mysteries by Craig Johnson and the IRISH COUNTRY DOCTOR books by Patrick Taylor.


Our experienced staff will be happy to offer even more recommendations and to assist you with all your shopping needs for everyone on your list.



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Holiday Gift Guide: Vintage Books

Happy Holiday Shopping Guide!

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, is happy to present our 2016 recommendations for gifts this year.


Looking for the perfect holiday gift for that tough to buy for friend or family member this holiday season? With a vintage book from Annie’s, you can be sure to find a one of a kind present that can’t be found anyone else–so you never have to worry about double-gifting. Our vintage selection has a wide variety of genres and titles, sure to please everyone on your list this holiday season.


Every family has one bird lover. That person who goes for long hikes on the weekends to the middle of nowhere to find and chart every flutter of movement and goes home to an army of bird feeders. Instead of another Peterson guide, why not give them a beautiful vintage bird book? This copy of Birds of America is sure to please with a variety of stunning paintings–not pictures–of the many variety of birds you can find right in your own backyard. Printed by the American Audubon society, this book is sure to please with a variety of interesting facts and stunning images alike. In perfect vintage condition, and sized for the book shelf or the coffee table to please guests and collectors alike.


Our vintage collection contains quite a few hidden gems for those brave enough to venture and poke around. One such gem is our stunning copy of Raggedy Anne and the Wishing Stone, a highly sought after collector’s item! Fantastically preserved by its previous owner, this copy exhibits bright illustrations and is competitively priced for the holiday season. We also have the book you see at the top of this blog, a gorgeous copy of Merry Christmas, a beloved, illustrated children’s book from 1902.


12032016-melville-insideFor the lovers of the classics, nothing beats an older, unabridged version of their favorite works. Currently on our shelves are classics by Dostoyevsky and Faulker, as well as a beautiful illustrated by Melville’s breakout novel, Typee. With paintings by Mead Shaeffer, this exquisite copy published by Dodd & Mead from 1920 is a Melville fan must-have, as there is nothing more iconically Melville than an illustrated version of one of the first novels in American literature to propose non-heterosexual relations. At the time, this book was also known as Melville’s life among cannibals, due to the close-minded views of native people common in this time period. (We also recommend Beauregard’s The Whale, a new release from the summer of this year featuring a star crossed relationship between Melville and Hawthorne).


If you would like a viewing session with any of these books before you buy them, simply call the store and ask for a vintage book appointment with Suzanne. All viewings are done with archival gloves to insure lasting quality of these wonderful works.12032016-raggedy-ann-inside


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Author Spotlight: Tom Deady


Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine out spotlight on Tom Deady, who will be part of our Saturday Scares event on December 17, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. Tom will be at our “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street, along with Pete Kahle, author and editor of Bloodshot Books, to help you find the right gifts for the people in your life who love the scarier side of celebrations!

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

I was born and raised in Malden, MA and have remained a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. I have masters in English and Creative Writing from SNHU. I’ve been writing on and off for most of my life – HAVEN was actually written in fits and starts over a fifteen year period. Since completing that in 2012, I’ve finished three novels and a ton of short stories. Writing full time someday is the dream…

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

I think Stewart O’Nan summarized HAVEN better than I could: “a big, generous, Stephen King-like small town boys vs. monster epic.”

A more recent comparison was to the Netflix show “Stranger Things.”

A lot of my writing contains a coming-of-age theme. There’s a lot to be said for the “suspension of disbelief” in kids and young adults that somehow fades as people get older. I touch on that a lot in HAVEN.

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

That’s a tough question. I both loved and hated writing Denny’s character because there’s a lot of myself in him. Writing about your own fears and weaknesses, even when disguised as a fictional character is tough. The same goes for writing about the antagonists (the Crawfords). I hated them because of what they represent…but I loved writing about them because I knew I could do whatever I wanted to them.

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

I think New England plays a huge part in my writing. There is such a long and sometimes sordid history here. You really don’t have to look too far for inspiration. The Boston Strangler, The Bridgewater Triangle, Lizzie Borden, and of course, the Salem Witch Trials. They play a part in HAVEN.

In addition to the history, the geography and even the weather can provide inspiration. Long country roads, endless stretches of woods with ancient stone walls and crumbling foundations, cool, crisp fall nights…it all adds up to a setting for a horror story.

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

You won’t have to wait long at all for my next release. ETERNAL DARKNESS comes out in early 2017, probably February. I’m thrilled to be working with Bloodshot Books on this one.


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

I’ve never been a “writing group” kind of person, so I can’t really comment on that aspect. I think the writing process is very much solitary. I generally don’t let anyone read my work until the first draft is complete.

As far as clubs and organizations, the Horror Writers Association has a lot of great resources including a mentor program. Locally, the New England Horror Writers group includes an incredible amount of knowledge in both the craft of writing and the business of writing.

I think what has been most helpful for me is attending writing retreats and conventions. StokerCon is put on annually by the HWA. Locally, NECON is an amazing experience.

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

The best place (other than Annie’s) is my Amazon author page:

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

Definitely sign up for my monthly newsletter at – I always do at least one give-away. I’m also on FB ( and Twitter(@deadytom).

Thank you, again, for joining us, Tom Deady! We look forward to having you and Pete Kahle at 65 James Street in Worcester on Saturday, December 17, from 2:00-4:00 PM!!

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