Happy 2016! We hope everyone celebrated the New Year exactly as they wanted while staying safe, and we look forward to sharing another year of wonderful words with all of you.
Winter has finally decided to arrive, so make sure you stock up on reading material to curl up with under your favorite blanket, near your favorite heat source, to carry you through the cold. Your little “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street has new titles coming in daily. Keep an eye on our “New Arrivals” bookshelf at the front of the store, and browse your favorite sections to see what we’ve shelved each day.
In more excellent news, the novelization of The Force Awakens is here and ready to be released on its street date of January 5—TOMORROW! The movie has broken records in sales, rekindled the Light in the hearts of most Star Wars fans, and awoken a new generation of Star Wars fans. The book includes extra scenes that didn’t make it to the film, including more scenes with General Leia Organa, deeper background on Kylo Ren, conversations between the New Republic and the Resistance, and further information on the Starkiller Base. Written by New York Times bestselling author Alan Dean Foster, the book is a critical piece of the Star Wars universe that no fan should be without!
If you’re making plans for January, here’s what we have going on, plus some updates. Dates and times may change depending on weather—as to be expected in Massachusetts winter months.
Saturday, January 16, 6:00-8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts, LGBTQA book club meets. This month’s book is How to be a Normal Person by TJ Klune, which you can get through ABSW. Want to know more? Here’s the book blurb:
Gustavo Tiberius is not normal. He knows this. Everyone in his small town of Abby, Oregon, knows this. He reads encyclopedias every night before bed. He has a pet ferret called Harry S. Truman. He owns a video rental store that no one goes to. His closest friends are a lady named Lottie with drag queen hair and a trio of elderly Vespa riders known as the We Three Queens.
Gus is not normal. And he’s fine with that. All he wants is to be left alone.
Until Casey, an asexual stoner hipster and the newest employee at Lottie’s Lattes, enters his life. For some reason, Casey thinks Gus is the greatest thing ever. And maybe Gus is starting to think the same thing about Casey, even if Casey is obsessive about Instagramming his food.
But Gus isn’t normal and Casey deserves someone who can be. Suddenly wanting to be that someone, Gus steps out of his comfort zone and plans to become the most normal person ever.
After all, what could possibly go wrong?
Thursday, January 21, 7:00-8:00 PM – Doctor Who Talk: Planets.
Join us for a discussion about the different planets the Doctor has visited, saved…or possibly destroyed. Remember, sweetie, no spoilers from this season!
Friday, January 22, 7:00-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers.
Join us for the monthly open mic and featured reader. Special guest TBA.
Saturday, January 23, 2:00-4:00 PM – Author Sharon Legasey presents The House of Wonder.
Local author and teacher Sharon Legasey shares her historical adventure children’s book.
Monday, January 26, 7:00 PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop.
Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM – Adult Coloring Night
More information TBA. Keep an eye on our pages!
Saturday, January 30, 2:00-4:00 PM – Cozy Cat Mysteries with Liz Mugavero
We already have copies in of her latest Pawsitively Organic Mystery release, Murder Most Finicky, and we have her other books on order. Stop in to reserve your copy today!
As we move into a new year, we’re still continuing 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 last 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. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on January 22.
The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last 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 on January 21.
The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA Book club that will meet once a month on Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on January 16.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!