Events Buzz: Middle of January

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We are halfway through January! How is your 2018 going so far?

We’ve had a blast with our first two events of this year, and we’re working on making 2018 even more event-filled based on what our friends and customers have requested. We’re bringing in more authors in more genres, offering new talks on a variety of topics, and creating new crafts and activities for our younger friends and customers.

If you have 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!

Thank you to everyone who came out to see editor, author, and cartoon writer Cullen Murphy as he shared his book Cartoon Country. If you missed it and are interested in local history, cartoon history, we do have some signed copies left.

THIS THURSDAY, January 18, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, we have our Doctor Who Discussion Night, with a topic of “Holiday Specials Part 2,” since the 2017 Christmas Special has now aired. What did you think of this year’s special? What have been your favorite holiday specials over the years? What are some of the common themes of Doctor Who holiday specials?

And THIS SATURDAY, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, we have Rainbow Readers Discussing Think of England by KJ Charles. Join our LGBTQIA book club for a night of literary chatter. Books are available at the store, but you do NOT have to have read to book to be part of the fun.

England, 1904. Two years ago, Captain Archie Curtis lost his friends, fingers, and future to a terrible military accident. Alone, purposeless and angry, Curtis is determined to discover if he and his comrades were the victims of fate, or of sabotage.

Curtis’s search takes him to an isolated, ultra-modern country house, where he meets and instantly clashes with fellow guest Daniel da Silva. Effete, decadent, foreign, and all-too-obviously queer, the sophisticated poet is everything the straightforward British officer fears and distrusts.

As events unfold, Curtis realizes that Daniel has his own secret intentions. And there’s something else they share—a mounting sexual tension that leaves Curtis reeling. As the house party’s elegant facade cracks to reveal treachery, blackmail and murder, Curtis finds himself needing clever, dark-eyed Daniel as he has never needed a man before.

And NEXT SATURDAY, January 27, from 1:00 – 3:00, do you have a young explorer in your life? A reader always looking for the next greatest adventure? Join us as the Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction. The Young Explorers Adventure Guide is a science fiction anthology series put out by Dreaming Robot press for middle grade readers. If space and adventure are what gets the kids in your life to read, come check out these amazing short stories!

And here’s a peek at some of our February, March, and April events!

NEW LINK: Saturday, February 3, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Do You Need to Laugh? Local Author, Humorist Faith Lucille Can Help!

Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

Monday-Thursday, February 19-22 – February Vacation Fun!

NEW LINK: Monday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Aquatic Life.

NEW LINK: Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Magic Wands.

NEW LINK: Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Astronomy.

NEW LINK: Thursday: February 22: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Children’s Sing-A-Long.

Saturday, March 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San.

NEW LINK: Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way For Nancy – a life of public art with Nancy Schön.

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!

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 January 22.

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 January 18.

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 January 20.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world (and the new year!) be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight: Bracken MacLeod

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday Spotlight on our friend, Bracken MacLeod! We’ve hosted Bracken before when he had his release of Stranded, and we were very excited he could join us back in November for Small Business Saturday with Haverhill House Press, sharing his “author’s preferred edition” of Mountain Home.

Besides Stranded, Bracken is also the author of Come to Dust, among others. He’s also worked as a maratial arts teacher, a university philosophy instructor, for a children’s non-profit, and as a trial attorney

Thank you so much for joining us, Bracken! For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from the latest version of Mountain Home?

I don’t like to be pinned down to a single genre. If you include my short work along with my novels, I’ve written sci fi, weird fiction, crime, horror, dark erotica, and even a western. Where I tend to prefer to work is in what I call “secular” (i.e., not supernatural) thrillers. My recently re-released book, Mountain Home is a mostly secular thriller, with a very light supernatural element.

What readers should expect from Mountain Home isn’t the same book they read before (if they read it). I think of this edition as a restoration of the material, the way you’d restore an old house by tearing out all the old electrical and modernizing the plumbing. I did a line-by-line edit to sand off the rough edges of a first novel. The language hopefully better reflects my present literary style. In addition, I added a couple of scenes that expand upon a couple of characters that I thought deserved some extra time in the book, and restored the original cut ending. What I did not do, though, was make any George Lucas style Greedo-shoots-first changes. Well… maybe one. But trust me, it’s a good change.

 

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

There are a lot of things that all added up to the idea for Mountain Home. I’d just trunked a fat novel that I’d been shopping to agents for a couple of years with no success. It was a sprawling crime novel that took place all over Boston with a figurative cast of thousands. Everyone I pitched it to liked the idea, and they liked my style, but the complete novel wasn’t right for them or the market. I wanted to do something new that was more or less the exact opposite of what I’d spent the last few years writing, and I was feeling inspired by a conversation I’d had with one of my literary heroes, John Skipp (he of The Light at the End and The Long Last Call). He’d described to me a project he was working on at the time that was intended to be a series of short, propulsive novels that you could read more or less in the time it took to see a movie. All chiller, no filler was the takeaway I got from his concept (this was WAY before James Patterson stole the idea). I wrote Mountain Home with an eye toward submitting it to his imprint, but then things didn’t work out there. So, it ended up having a different life.

As far as content inspiration, one of the major things that moved me to write this story was the news breaking at the time of the sexual assault crisis in the U.S. military. We engage in a lot of big talk about respecting the troops and honoring our veterans’ sacrifices, and then we fail them in so many ways both during their service and after they come home. I wanted to write about that failure and how it destroys the people that we claim to honor as heroes. I also tied that in to a theme that runs through a lot of my work about cycles of violence and the struggle to transcend abuse.

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

Hated most was easy. Beau is a character with not much to like about him. Though Joanie is the one doing the shooting, Beau is the biggest hurdle for the protagonist, Lyn. He’s the one who is actively trying to suppress her agency. At the same time, he’s not a flat villain. Though he doesn’t get the same kind of development that Lyn and Joanie do, he still has daughters he loves and a pair of dogs he’s worried about getting home to. But, in this setting, and in terms of his broader personality, he’s still a selfish, racist, controlling asshole. No wonder he’s divorced.

Loved most is MUCH harder. There are a lot of characters in this book that I love. Lyn, natch. But Neil and Hunter are both characters that I grew very fond of as well as Leonard (who is the only character in the book directly based on a real person). Joanie, was the big surprise though. As the years go on, I find myself feeling the most affection for her. She does terrible things in the book, but she’s a badly broken person who wants not to be. She does her best, until her best just can’t cut it any more. I don’t think of her as a villain as much as I think she’s a tragic figure. Someone who deserved much better than she got. That might have been my subconscious aim all along. The epigraph by Andrew Vachss I picked for the book, “People who don’t have much get ugly about giving up the little they have left,” is ultimately about her.

 

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

New England is a big part of my work. In a lot of my stories it is a kind of character itself, because of the geography, the history, and the attitude of the people who live here. That said, the only novel I’ve set in New England is Come to Dust. Stranded takes place in the Arctic (though the main character is originally from Gloucester), and Mountain Home is set in northern Idaho. I suppose Mountain Home could very easily take place in New Hampshire or northern Maine, but a huge part of the appeal of writing it for me was to cast back to time I spent vacationing in the Selkirk mountains.

The novel I am working on now is set in my early childhood stomping grounds in the Berkshires.

 

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

I don’t know how near it is, but I’m working on a home invasion thriller right now about a couple who buy a house from a man who isn’t ready to give it up. His secrets and theirs collide in a way that could cost all of them everything. The book is about those little expenses that aren’t part of the asking price, and can sink the deal if you aren’t prepared for them. That’s true of life as well as home buying. There are always unanticipated costs in getting and keeping what you want. There’s also a deeper thread of male entitlement and violence in the book that’s there if you’re reading for theme. The book is tentatively titled Closing Costs. This one’s a secular thriller more like Mountain Home or White Knight than either Stranded or Come to Dust.

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

Beyond Annie’s, all my work is available at Amazon smile.amazon.com/Bracken-MacLeod/e/B0095ZKR5Y or you can ask them to order it at Barnes & Noble.

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

I have a personal website at brackenmacleod.com, and very rarely blog over at https://brackenmacleod.wordpress.com

Thank you, again, Bracken, for having joined us for Small Business Saturday and for sharing this great interview. We look forward to selling more of your titles from our shelves!

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Events Buzz: Cold Weather is for Reading!

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We hope all of our friends are staying warm these days!

If you’re braving the cold to come out and visit us, extra thanks—and we do have coffee!  If the cold is not for you, remember we also have a mail order service! Call the store (508-796-5613) from the comfort of your home and have your books or other treasures delivered to you.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see award-winning journalist Maureen Boyle share her book Shallow Graves at our store this past Saturday! If you missed it and are interested in local history and serial killers, we do have some signed copies left.

And THIS SATURDAY, January 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we’re excited because Cullen Murphy presents Cartoon Country at our store!

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of The Word According to Eve, Just Curious, and God’s Jury. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

In the southwestern corner of Connecticut, there was a bit of bohemia where many of the nation’s top cartoonists and illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another. Cullen Murphy’s father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the wildly popular Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt in the heart of this artistic milieu, which included the creators of Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Sam & Silo, Amy, The Wizard of Id, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Family Circus, Joe Palooka, and The Lockhorns. Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, cartoons, and drawings, Cartoon County brings the postwar American era alive, told through the relationship of a son to his father, an extraordinarily talented and generous man who had been trained by Norman Rockwell. The book gives a glimpse into a very special community—and of an America that used to be.

And NEXT THURSDAY, January 18, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, we have our Doctor Who Discussion Night, with a topic of “Holiday Specials Part 2,” since the 2017 Christmas Special has now aired.

Then, NEXT SATURDAY, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Think of England by KJ Charles. Join our LGBTQIA book club for a night of literary chatter. Books are available at the store, but you do NOT have to have read to book to be part of the fun.

And we’ve got quite the schedule already shaping up for 2018!  Here’s a look!

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction.

NEW EVENT: Saturday, February 3, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Do You Need to Laugh? Local Author, Humorist Faith Lucille Can Help!

Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.

NEW LINK: Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

NEW EVENTS: February Vacation Fun!

  • Monday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Aquatic Life.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Magic Wands.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Astronomy.
  • Thursday: February 22: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Children’s Sing-A-Long.

NEW EVENT LISTING: Saturday, March 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San.

NEW LINK: Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way For Nancy – a life of public art with Nancy Schön.

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!

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 January 22.

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 January 18.

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 January 20.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

May your world (and the new year!) be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight: Cullen Murphy, CARTOON COUNTY

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our spotlight on Cullen Murphy! As many of our friends and customers know, our “bigger on the inside” bookstore on 65 James Street loves comics and cartoons, which is why we’re extra-excited about Cullen’s book, which delves into the history of Sunday Paper comics and cartoons, particularly for local artists in Connecticut. Cullen will be at our store on Saturday, January 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM talking about his latest book, Cartoon County, is a historical look at the Golden Age of comic strips, gag cartoonists, and magazine illustrators told through the iconic art and the relationship between a father and son.

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing edtor of The Atlantic Monthly. He also worked with his father as an author to the Prince Valiant cartoon. His other books include of The Word According to Eve, Just Curious, and God’s Jury. He lives in

 

Thank you so much for joining us on our blog, Cullen! 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?

Cartoon County is essentially a memoir, though it’s an outer-focused one—it’s not about me but rather about my father and, more broadly, his circle of cartoonist and illustrator friends. Much of the material came simply from my recollections, or from odds and ends I discovered in my files. But one unique source of information were the diaries my father kept during World War II and the 800 or so letters he wrote home during the war years. These provided great insight into his development as an artist.

 

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

I don’t know how important it has been to my writing, but it has been crucially important to my life. I grew up in New England, went to college in New England, and have lived in New England for the past three decades. I am a dyed-in-the-wool New Englander—I like the seasons, the way people are always busy, the respect for education, and even the sometimes forbidding manner that people have before they get to know you.

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

I’ve got two new books under way. One is about the fountains of Rome—the city with more fountains than any other in the world, and how the fountains came to be. The other is about something that more and more people these days may find they have a need for: it’s a book about how to edit yourself.

 

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

As someone who has edited many hundreds of writers in the course of my career, what I’ve discovered time and again is that those who for some reason are having trouble writing have not figured out what they want to say.

 

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

Any bookstore, really—and just about everything is available via Amazon. Online searches of the archives for The Atlantic and Vanity Fair will yield articles I’ve written.

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

My web site is cullenmurphy.com—it has all the basic information: biography, books, events, contacts.

 

Thank you very much for the interview, Cullen! We look forward to having you at our 65 James Street store to celebrate Cartoon County on Saturday, January 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM!

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Events Buzz: HAPPY NEW YEAR

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HAPPY 2018!!  May everyone be safe in their celebrations, and may the new year bring much goodness and prosperity!

We are open TODAY for our regular hours of 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM, so if you want to start your year off with a good read, we can help you with that right here at our 65 James Street location.

We are kicking off the year with a killer event THIS SATURDAY, January 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM! Join us for Maureen Boyle, Shallow Graves, and the New Bedford Serial Killer.

Eleven women went missing over the spring and summer of 1988 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. The skeletal remains of nine of the women, aged nineteen to thirty-six, were discovered near highways around New Bedford. Award-winning journalist Maureen Boyle first broke the story in 1988 and stayed with it for decades. In Shallow Graves she spins a riveting narrative about the crimes, the victims, the hunt for the killers, and the search for justice, all played out against the backdrop of an increasingly impoverished community beset by drugs and crime.

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And then NEXT SATURDAY, January 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we’re excited because Cullen Murphy presents Cartoon Country at our store!

Enjoy classic cartoons and comics? Come learn about the culture around many of your favorite strips and characters from the son of one of the artists!

And we’ve got quite the schedule already shaping up for 2018!  Here’s a look!

Saturday, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Think of England by KJ Charles.

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction.

Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.

NEW LINK: Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way For Nancy – a life of public art with Nancy Schön.

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!

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 January 22.

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 January 18.

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 January 20.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

 May your world (and the new year!) be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Christopher Golden

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is especially happy to shine the Friday Spotlight on another of our long-time friends, book store supporter, and New England horror supporter—as well as one of the founders of the New England Coffee House series helping new authors around the region, Christopher Golden. (And we have a LOT of Christopher Golden books–signed and unsigned–that make excellent holiday presents!)

Christopher Golden is the New York Times bestselling author of SNOWBLIND, ARARAT, and TIN MEN, among many other novels. As a comic book writer, he co-created the cult favorite series BALTIMORE and JOE GOLEM: OCCULT DETECTIVE with Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. He has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Eisner, the British Fantasy Award, and seven times for the Bram Stoker Award, which he won for his first book at the age of twenty-five. As an editor, his anthologies include SEIZE THE NIGHT, THE NEW DEAD, and DARK CITIES. He is the co-host of two pop culture podcasts, THREE GUYS WITH BEARDS and DEFENDERS DIALOGUE, and the founder of the annual Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival. A frequent speaker at conferences, schools, and libraries, he is also the founder, with James A. Moore, of River City Writers, which offers seminars and workshops to established and aspiring writers alike. Christopher Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his wife and their three children.

Thank you so much for joining us, Chris! We’re For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from your work?

I’ve written over a hundred novels at this point across multiple genres—fantasy, horror, thriller, mystery, science-fiction. I’ve written mostly for adults, but also teen and middle-grade readers. I’m just a storyteller, and I love monsters and weird things not for their own sake (well, partly that) but because of the way introducing them to a story can illuminate the stories of ordinary people. My latest novel, ARARAT, is a supernatural action thriller about the discovery of a cave on Mt. Ararat, the thing inside it that might be Noah’s Ark, and the horned cadaver inside that…and what it all means to the very different people who are there to investigate…until they start dying.

 

DON’T GO ALONE is my third short story collection, but this one is very different. Over the course of my career, I’ve collaborated many times with authors I admire…who also happen to be some of my dearest friends. DON’T GO ALONE collects most of my short story collaborations in one place, including the novelette “A Hole in the World,” with Tim Lebbon and a brand new story featuring The Menagerie, from the book series I did with Thomas Sniegoski. Charlaine Harris and I wrote a story crossing over her Dahlia Lynley-Chivers (from the Sookie-verse) with my Peter Octavian. There’s a Ghosts of Albion story from Amber Benson and me, a Lovecraft story I wrote with James A. Moore, and three stories I did with Mike Mignola, including a Hellboy story and a Joe Golem story. And more! When I write with my friends, it’s always so much fun jumping into that sandbox, and in DON’T GO ALONE you get a bunch of great examples of why I enjoy collaboration so much. It’s out now from Haverhill House.

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What kind of research went into writing this book?  What is your favorite research story?

I enjoyed the hell out of the research for ARARAT, including talking to an expert guide who leads climbing tours on Mt. Ararat itself, learning about altitude sickness, talking to archaeologists (including my friend, author Dana Cameron) about what it would really look like if this story were true, and more. I also researched the pre-biblical stories of Noah and the flood to study information about the demons in the early versions of the “Noah” story. My favorite thing in general about doing this sort of research is talking to experts, who are generally amused by the questions. Often, I have to say “this is what I need to have happen in the book…I don’t need the finished product to convince you, but I need to be able to convince everyone else. How can I do that?” Those conversations are always entertaining.

 

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

I’ve got a new novel coming from Harper in March, a collaboration with my dear friend Tim Lebbon, who is just brilliant. BLOOD OF THE FOUR is a sprawling epic fantasy involving three families, dead magic, and forgotten gods. Tim and I had an amazing time on this one. It’s the eighth novel we’ve written together, and now we’re even more keen to do more.

 

What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?

It’s very hard. I turned 50 this year, so I’m more cognizant than ever that I need to try to make time for this stuff. I love to read, but don’t read nearly enough. I watch too much TV and too many movies, but there’s so much wonderful stuff out there. Every time I winnow down my To Be Read shelf, I go to an event like the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival and come home with ten new books. I also particularly love old movies, the classic stuff. Mostly, when I’m not working, I want to spend time with my wife, and my kids if they’re around. Then, of course, there are the two podcasts I co-host, and a thousand other things I get far too involved in.

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

Messy as hell except for the three times a year I clean my office. There is a lot of tea happening in this space. Over my desk are framed pieces of original art from Mike Mignola, Eric Powell, and Glenn Chadbourne, as well as the original theatrical posters for Blade Runner and an Abbott and Costello film called Lost in Alaska. The office is full of art and DVDs and statues of comics characters…and books, of course. So many books.

 

What is one thing that most people don’t realize about you?

I’m what can be called an “introverted extrovert.” I’m sure most people who meet me think I’m just an out-and-out extrovert, but strangely, I’m a very private person in spite of my outward energy. Sometimes I wish I could change that. It’s exhausting.  J

 

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

Wherever books are sold.  J

 

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

www.christophergolden.com  @ChristophGolden on Twitter and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/christophergoldenauthor

 

Thank you so much for joining us for our Friday Spotlight, Chris! We look forward to making many people happy this holiday season by introducing them to your books!

 

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Events Buzz: Tuesday / New Year Edition

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We hope everyone and is having a safe and wonderful holiday season this December! We also hope all of our local friends are safe and warm during these storms and frigid temperatures this week!

And, as this is the last week of December and of 2017, we wish EVERYONE a wonderful, prosperous new year in 2018!

For the rest of this week, we will be open from 10AM to 8PM Wednesday and Thursday, and from 10AM to 9PM on Friday and Saturday.

If you are anything like us and think ringing in a new year is best done with a good book, you’re in luck! We are OPEN REGULAR HOURS on New Year’s E ve and New Year’s Day!

Sunday, December 31 – 10:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Monday, January 1 –  10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Doctor Who Discussion Night this past Thursday. We had a lovely time talking about Christmas Specials.

Are you ready for 2018? So are we! Here’s a look at some of our upcoming events!

Saturday, January 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Maureen Boyle, Shallow Graves, and the New Bedford Serial Killer.

Investigative reporter Maureen Boyle talks about her research around one of the grisliest serial murder cases in Massachusetts and signs books!

Saturday, January 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Cullen Murphy presents Cartoon Country.

Enjoy classic cartoons and comics? Come learn about the culture around many of your favorite strips and characters from the son of one of the artists!

Saturday, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Think of England by KJ Charles.

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction.

Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.

NEW LISTING: Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.

Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

NEW SNOW DATE: Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way For Nancy – a life of public art with Nancy Schön.

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!

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 TBA based on holidays.

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 January 18.

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 January 20.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

May your world (and the new year!) be filled with wonderful words!

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