Countdown to Sales and Tales: Indie Bookstore Day

INDIE BOOKSTORE DAY IS THREE DAYS AWAY!!

But, since we don’t want to wake up suuuuuuuper early on Saturday or come in suuuuuper late on Friday… we’re putting out some of our sale items NOW! If you come into the store and check out our Local Author Display, you’ll see some of our sale items out now! Some prices are 75-80% OFF COVER!  Check ’em out early before anyone else can steal your deals.

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Events Buzz: May is Coming!

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May is almost here! We hope everyone had a great April Vacation week. Our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street did.  We had an especially fun time with our Drop-in Craft days on Monday and Tuesday, and were very pleased to have Liza Gardner Walsh come in on Friday to help us build Fairy Houses and talk about Do Fairies Bring the Spring? while she was here.

We also had a lovely time at our monthly Doctor Who Discussion Night, “New Seasons, New Stories.” We are especially thrilled our favorite alien time-traveler is back on our screens with his all-new companion!

With the school year running down, we’ve made a special Seasonal Sale Cart of just literature and classics so those of you looking to get a jump start on Summer Reading can do so. Also, if anyone has Summer Reading lists from schools, please bring them to the store so we can stock up. Summer Reading books fly of the shelves quickly here, so take advantage of the perennial favorites on our sale cart and let us know what you need as early as possible.

THIS WEEK, we have two great events for you!

THIS FRIDAY, April 28, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, we’re happy to host the Worcester Storytellers for their monthly open mic and featured reader.  This month features B.J. Hill.

Technology has the power to better mankind. But the deeper it becomes entwined in society, the greater the impact on individuals’ lives when things go wrong. And things will always go wrong. What happens when our drones fall on playgrounds, AI takes over bill collecting, or our implantable devices are hacked? What will immigration, cancer treatments, and sporting events look like in our grandchildren’s era? Are we headed towards a software-driven, work-optional, equal society? How much are we willing to tolerate when lives are put on the line in the name of progress? Join us as sci-fi writer BJ Hill discusses The Worcester Sun‘s “What If Worcester?,” a monthly series of not-so-fictional news reports ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. BJ Hill is a computer technician, teacher, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Worcester Sun, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, and Worcester Living.

THIS SATURDAY, April 28, ALL DAY, we are having a very special event: Independent Bookstore Day!

We will be hosting a major sale of some of our local author friends all day long, with the “Local Author” shelves full of different titles. Our employee and one of our events coordinators, Selina Lovett will share her Faces of Fandom 2 Presentation. Whether you’ve attended her prior presentation on her experiences working with SF and Fantasy conventions or not, this one is sure to delight with new photos, new stories, and even more fun!

Since May IS right around the corner, would you like a sneak peek at what we’ve got planned?

Thursday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night

Saturday, May 20, 3:30-5:30 PM – Rainbow Reader Presents: Remy Flagg – Superheroes, Zombies…and other high-school teacher concerns

Saturday, May 20, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Rainbow Reader Book Club discusses Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox.

Sunday, May 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Hafta Craft Drop-In Crafts and Storytime: Myth and Magic.

Friday, May 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and Featured Reader.

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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April. Next meeting is May 26.

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 is TONIGHT April 24.

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 May 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 is May 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 be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: April Vacation

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Happy April Vacation to all of our students (and parents spending time with students)! We hope you are having a splendid time.  If you’re looking for things to do, our “bigger on the inside” bookstore has a lot to offer this week!

First, check out our ever-changing Seasonal Sales Carts before you even come in our door, and then there’s our New Arrivals just as you walk in! And created especially for National Poetry Month, we’ve made our Local Authors display to highlight the poetry and chap books of our community. We also have displayed back copies of The Worcester Review and other literary magazines at extra-low prices. And if you’re interested in the magic of the seasons, we have discounted our limited supply of back copies of The Witches Almanac.

Thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday for our Rainbow Readers LGBTQIA Book Club as we discussed Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk.

THIS WEEK, in addition to the above-mentioned special sales displays, we also are offering some special daytime events.  Today, Monday, we had a drop-in Crafts and Stories: Butterflies, Bugs, and Spiders.

TOMORROW, TUESDAY, APRIL 18, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, we’re having another drop-in event. Join us for Crafts and Stories: Dogs & Cats. Listen to stories and make adorable crafts of some of our favorite furred friends!

Also, THIS THURSDAY, April 20, starting at 7:00 PM, join us for our monthly Doctor Who Discussion Night. A new season just started this weekend, so this month’s topic is “New Seasons, New Stories.”

And then on Friday, April 21, we have a SPECIAL EVENT for your April Vacation We. Join us from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM for Where do Fairies Go? Signing and Fairy House Building. Pre-Registration STRONGLY suggested; limited supplies. $10 materials fee. Author Liza Gardner Walsh, known for fairy house and fairy garden construction, will read from her newest picture book, and then lead those interested in a workshop to make their own fairy houses. Reading and Q&A at 11:00. Crafting at 11:30.

And next week, mark your calendars for…

Friday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers features B.J. Hill.

 Saturday, April 28, ALL DAY – Independent Bookstore Day! featuring Selina Lovett’s Faces of Fandom Presentation.

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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April’s featured reader is B.J. Hill. Next meeting is April 28.

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 is April 24.

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. April’s topic is New Seasons, New Stories. Next meeting is THIS THURSDAY, April 20.

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 is May 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.

 

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Author Spotlight: Liza Gardner Walsh

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our blog spotlight on children’s author and fairy expert, Liza Gardner Walsh.  Liza will be at our 65 James Street store during our April Vacation festivities on Friday, April 21, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM. Besides sharing her work, she’ll also be leading a Fairy House workshop. Those who would like to make a Fairy House of their own and bring it home need to pay a $10 materials fee and, to ensure enough materials, pre-register either by stopping into the store or calling ABSW at 508-796-5613.

Liza Gardner Walsh lives on the coast of Maine with her husband and two young daughters, surrounded on one side by mountains and on the other by the rocky shore of the Penobscot Bay. She and her family can often be found making tiny houses for fairies, mice, trolls, and other small creatures, or constructing forts and other hideaways in the woods.

Liza has worked as a preschool teacher, children’s librarian, writing teacher, museum educator, and holds a master’s in writing from Vermont College. She is the author of several books including, Fairy House Handbook, Treasure Hunters Handbook, Muddy Boots and her latest, Do Fairies Bring the Spring? Above all, she hopes that her books inspire wonder, appreciation, and exploration of the world around us.

 

Thank you so much for joining us for an interview, Liza! Can you tell us a little about the Books Journey for Do Fairies Bring the Spring?

After Where Do Fairies Go When It Snows? came out, the big question was if we were going to do all four seasons. Our publisher gave the green light so I knew I needed to write a spring book to follow winter. The nice thing about writing this one, was that the framework was already set. I knew it needed to ask a lot of questions in rhyme. But the winter book had a central message about kindness and empathy so when I began thinking about spring, I immediately focused on growth and taking care of the earth through tending the plants around us. In Maine and New England, spring sometimes seems very reluctant to come so having some help from the fairies seemed to fit but the trick was asking exactly how they would bring they about the flowers? By tapping their feet? By painting them? By ringing bells?

The book asks a lot of questions. In fact, it is about 90% questions. And it really doesn’t answer the title question. Having worked with children for most of my career, I am very comfortable with not answering the millions of questions that kids ask me in a day and much prefer letting them come up with their own answers or even more questions. Not everything has an answer.

And I certainly can’t answer the all of the questions kids ask me at events about fairies. I just am not sure.

But for me, fairies represent creativity, imagination, kindness and wonder. And I think by encouraging kids to think in this way, to get outside, to take care of the world around us, we are creating caretakers of the earth and future citizens of the world.

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Whats your favorite part of being a writer? What has been the greatest lesson youve learned as a writer?

I have always wanted to be a writer, well, at least since the third grade. I have written in most of the major genres. I began in poetry then moved to fiction then non-fiction and now children’s picture books which circles back to poetry. For me, all of these types of writing fit for the period of life that I was in at the time. Poetry allowed me to begin to make sense of the adult world, fiction allowed me to escape that world a little while also processing my entry into it, and then the non-fiction children’s books fit perfectly to my role as a mother. I tend to use my life as fodder for my book ideas. My biggest problem is that I have too many ideas! I currently have about six projects running at the same time and a list of about twenty subjects I want to turn into books. This is my favorite part of writing- the exploration of a new subject and sinking into it with all my being. I love researching and teasing out a story structure. The greatest lesson is that no matter how excited I am about a book idea, writing it can take years and years. I am currently in my fifth year of a non-fiction picture book draft that I just can’t seem to get right. Sometimes stories come out easily and other times they are stubborn. I am still learning how to coax those stubborn ones out.

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What is some advice you can give to other writers?

My piece of advice is to learn how you work and follow that. I have put so much pressure on myself over the years to write every day for a certain amount of time. But the truth is, I have kids and other jobs that make it very hard for me to write every day. I love going away for a few days and immersing myself in my work. I often get more done binge writing than in the daily work and finally accepting that has felt very liberating.

 

What has been your favorite adventure, thus far, in your writing career?

There are two. The first was being locked in Fort Knox (a colonial fort in coastal Maine) with my husband and a group of ghost hunters and spending most of the night in this dark and creepy fort to research Haunted Fort. The second was for Treasure Hunters Handbook when my family went panning for gold in northern Maine with our French exchange student. No one got rich but it was a great day on the river learning how to gold pan.

 

While youre creating, do you prefer music, silence, other?

I need deep quiet for writing and a closed door. But for revising and editing, I can be anywhere including the skating rink while my daughter figure skates, a restaurant, or my bustling house after the kids come home.

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

I have a fairy cookbook coming out next month and then a fairy counting board book in the winter as well as a summer fairy book to follow spring. I hope to have a couple of picture book bios published in the near future and am restarting work on a novel. As I mentioned earlier, I have lots of projects in mind, it is just sorting them all out and getting them to their best state.

 

Thank you so much for joining us for our Blog Spotlight interview, Liza!  For those of you who want to find out more about Liza, check out her website at mossandgrove.com

Or come out to our Fairy House Workshop on Friday, April 21, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM and find out how cool she is in person!

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Events Buzz: Happy Passover and Easter!

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Happy Passover and Happy Easter to our friends who celebrate it. As a reminder, we ARE open regular hours THIS SUNDAY, EASTER SUNDAY, April 16.

Spring has finally decided to show up this week! If you’re looking to enjoy the outdoors with a book, stop by and check out our New Arrivals shelf. Also, with the good weather, we’ve put our Seasonal Sales Carts back outside, so check and see what new treasures we have there.

And if the beautiful days put a desire for poetry in your chest, check out our Local Authors display, which we’ve specially tailored for National Poetry Month! We have limited edition chapbooks, short books, and poetry collections along some perennial favorites from local poets. We also have put out back copies of The Worcester Review and other literary magazines at extra-low prices. And if you’re interested in the magic of the seasons, we also have discounted our limited supply of back copies of The Witches Almanac.

This past weekend, we had two great guests we were happy to share with our friends. On Friday, we had Dr. Mary Baures giving a beautiful and moving presentation about the baby elephants she adopted who were rescued when their families were slaughtered for ivory.  And then on Saturday, we had a lot of fun with humorous Loren Schechter, who had a wide variety of mystery, satire, and horror to share with us. Schechter even left us a few extra autographed books if you missed his reading. Come take a look at Murder in Millbrook, Ethics of the Undead, and The Cure.

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.

THIS SATURDAY, April 15, from 6:00-8:00, we hope you’ll join us for Rainbow Readers presents Hexbreaker by Jordan L Hawk.

“Will a dark history doom their future together?

If anyone finds out New York Copper Tom Halloran once ran with the notorious O’Connell tunnel gang, he’ll spend the rest of his life doing hard time behind bars. But Tom’s secret is threatened when a horrible murder on his beat seems to have been caused by the same ancient magic that killed his gang.

Cat shifter Cicero is determined to investigate a death and a disappearance no one else believes are connected. When the trail of his investigation crosses Tom’s, the two very different men have no choice but to work alongside each other…all the while fighting against the passion growing within.

When their investigation uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all of New York, Tom must choose between living a lie and gaining his heart’s desire, or confessing the truth and sacrificing it all.”

And for those of you planning for April Vacation, the 17-21, we have some fun for you!

Monday, April 17, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Crafts and Stories: Butterflies, Bugs, Spiders

Tuesday, April 18, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Crafts and Stories: Dogs & Cats

SPECIAL EVENT: Friday, April 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Where do Fairies Go? Signing and Fairy House Building. Pre-Registration STRONGLY suggested; limited supplies. $10 materials fee. Author Liza Gardner Walsh will share her stories of fairy houses, and then lead those interested in a workshop to make their own fairy houses. Reading and Q&A at 11:00. Crafting at 11:30.

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

Friday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers features B.J. Hill.

 Saturday, April 28, ALL DAY – Independent Bookstore Day! featuring Selina Lovett’s Faces of Fandom Presentation.

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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April’s featured reader is B.J. Hill. Next meeting is April 28.

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 is April 24.

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. April’s topic is New Seasons, New Stories. Next meeting is April 20.

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. January’s book is Ariah by BR Sanders. Next meeting is April 15.

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

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: Loren Schechter

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Annie’s Books Stop of Worcester is happy to host Loren Schechter on our Spotlight blog this Friday! Loren is the author of two vampire satires, Ethics of the Undead, and his newest release, The Cure, as well as the mystery novel Murder in Millbrook. He will be doing a reading, Q&A, and signing at our 65 James Street store on Saturday, April 8, from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

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

Call me Loren  (Ishmael was taken.) I write to have fun and to share that fun with others. In my career as a psychiatrist, I came across many fascinating people and stories I cannot talk about, but they were often accompanied by lots of pain. Fiction lets me escape to imaginary worlds, and humorous fiction is good medicine for me and, I hope, for my readers. 

 

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?

I’m not wedded to any one genre. I’ve published a cozy mystery, Murder in Millbrook, two satirical adventure novels, Ethics of the Undead and The Cure, and I’m currently writing a thriller called The Toll. I don’t like to read or to write horror stories, so even my vampires are gifted with sensitivity and wry humor. The common elements in my novels are memorable characters, lots of tension and plot twists, witty dialogue, and some reflections on the human condition. All those years of interacting with people (without a couch) gave me some experience in those areas.

 

What can readers expect from The Cure?

The Cure asks the reader to believe that vampirism is a genetic disease, with the primary symptom being an addiction to blood. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital is working on a cure, but his data is seized by government agents. Some vampires are desperate for a cure; others enjoy the gift of immortality and the power their mutated genes give them.

Bunny, a female ex-Army ranger, and Kathy, a sixteen-year-old girl, go on a cross-country quest to find a copy of the data held by the doctor’s daughter in an elite private school. Danger mixed with satirical humor go with them from a vampire school in Idaho to a Chicago crematorium to a high fashion salon in Boston. These two determined women must outwit agents of the Department of Homeland Security who believe killing blood addicts will be less costly than curing them. They must also fight Bunny’s half-brother Bart and his fundamentalist Satanic Legion, who are determined to bury the cure for vampirism and all who search for it. 

 

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out The Cure?  How did you overcome that challenge?

I faced two challenges in writing The Cure.  The first was to present vampires not as monsters, but as normal people whose lives had been totally disrupted by a crippling disease. A virus introduced by a bite (remember the fear about AIDS?) rapidly changes their DNA so that they become addicted to blood, and then their survival depends on getting it. To avoid bleeding or killing the people they love, they must leave their families, their friends and their jobs. If that isn’t bad enough, they find that the government would rather kill them than recognize they exist. How do people respond to such sudden losses? How far would they go to obtain a cure?

The second challenge was to make this book, which has many of the same characters as Ethics of the Undead, a stand-alone adventure story.  Ethics of the Undead is the story of normal kids escaping from a vampire school in the Idaho wilderness. So I made The Cure a quest novel featuring an uneasy vampire-human partnership opposed by both vampires and humans. In Ethics of the Undead, my targets of satire were the vampire genre, especially the typical vampire romance, as well as charter schools and the Department of Education. In the The Cure, I satirize the funeral and fashion industries and the Department of Homeland Security.

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What is your favorite part of being a writer?

My favorite part of being a writer is the joy of discovery. It’s the character who unexpectedly pops up or does something I didn’t see coming, the sentence that bubbles up from inside that is so fitting and true, and the wonder of looking back on a passage or chapter I wrote and thinking “where did that come from?”

 

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

I think it’s vital to share your work in progress with other writers or readers you respect in order to get honest feedback. I do that by belonging to small writing groups, but you can certainly get constructive criticism and realistic encouragement elsewhere. Writing groups vary in their usefulness, but I suggest you find or start one that has writers of equal or more skill who are supportive, candid and offer good advice.

 

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

In addition to buying them from Annie’s Book Shop, you can purchase my novels from Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, or MerrimackMedia.com.

 

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

My awesomeness disappeared once I graduated from medical school and had to treat real people with real problems.  However, my website is lorenschechterbooks.com, and I have a blog there.  My email is lorenschechter@gmail.com.

Thank you so much for joining us on our Author Spotlight blog, Loren! We look forward to having you THIS SATURDAY, April 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.

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Events Buzz: Happy April!

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Happy April! We’ve got quite a month planned for you!

We started off on our month with our Phantom of the Opera Day on Lon Chaney Sr.’s birthday– despite the snow and ice storm. We thank all the brave souls who shared the haunting event with us.

And on Sunday, we kicked off our National Poetry Month celebration with poet and minister Judith Robbins, who shared her poetic memoir The North End with us.

We still have copies of The Phantom of the Opera novel, as well as historical references about the novel, the film, and dramatic presentations about our favorite opera ghost. There are also signed copies of The North End for those who missed the reading but want a great look back at historical Worcester in verse!

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.

For National Poetry Month, we changed our large local author display to showcase more of the poetry collections and chap books of local authors. Come in and see the variety of talent, and support your local poetic community by picking up one of their books this month.

And April continues to go strong with events THIS WEEK!

THIS FRIDAY, April 7, from 4:00 – 5:30 PM, Mary Baures, author, psychologist, and wildlife photographer teaches us Love Heals Baby Elephants. 

Dr. Baures talks about experiences working with baby elephants orphaned by the ivory trade. Her book, Love Heals Baby Elephants, tells and shows with beautiful prose and powerful photos the story of how she adopted four baby elephants, traumatized by seeing their families slaughtered. The book is a magical story of resilience, healing. and hope. These orphans  teach us how to  come back when everything you had is gone.

Mary Baures is also the author of Undaunted Spirits – Portraits of Recovery from Trauma, and many other publications on healing. Dr. Baures has a private practice in Beverly, Massachusetts. She is one of the organizers of the Boston Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. She is co-producer of the documentary film, Strong at the Broken Places – Turning Trauma Into Recovery.

And THIS SATURDAY, April 8, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM,  humor and mystery author Loren Schechter presents The Cure.

Loren Schechter is a retired psychiatrist who loves to write humorous fiction. He was very lucky in that he spent much of his career treating adolescents. His first novel was Murder in Millbrook, a cozy mystery, and his second was Ethics of the Undead, a YA paranormal novel. The Cure continues his efforts to entertain with witty adventures that have some serious messages for those who read between the lines.He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife Susan and dog, Amigo. No animals, senior citizens or vampires, were injured in the writing of his novels.

The Cure asks the reader to believe that vampirism is a genetic disease, with the primary symptom being an addiction to blood. A doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital is working on a cure, but his data is seized by government agents. Some vampires are desperate for a cure; others enjoy the gift of immortality and the power their mutated genes give them.

And coming up the rest of this month…

Saturday, April 15, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers presents Hexbreaker by Jordan L Hawk.

Monday-Friday, April 17 – 21 – April Vacation Fun

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

Friday, April 28, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers features B.J. Hill.

 Saturday, April 28, ALL DAY – Independent Bookstore Day! featuring Selina Lovett’s Faces of Fandom Presentation.

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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April’s featured reader is B.J. Hill. Next meeting is April 28.

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 is April 24.

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. March’s topic is Machines and Immortals. Next meeting is April 20.

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. January’s book is Ariah by BR Sanders. Next meeting is April 15.

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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