Happy first day of summer / Summer Solstice, everyone!
As we begin summer, remember we’ve still got our Report Card Rewards until June 30. Bring your good grades in and get rewarded!
We also want to remind you that you can now pre-order Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. In fact, we are having a SPECIAL CELEBRATION to celebrate Harry’s Birthday and the release. Join us starting on Saturday, July 30 at 8:00 PM as we count down to official release time of Sunday 12:01 AM to until about 1:30 AM (or until the last sale of the night). We will have readings, costume contests, door prizes, and more Potter fun. And then, on July 31, we’ll have crafts, publish costume photos, and select the costume prizes. Find out more on our Facebook event page here. But, we will only have a limited supply: A pre-order guarantees you will have a book in your Potter-loving hands on July 31. After that, attendees will be handed numbers on a first-come, first-served basis. If we out of our stock, though, we will be taking orders for a fresh shipment.
Thank you to everyone who came out for the many events this past week, from the Bloomsday Ramble and our Doctor Who Discussion on Thursday, to our Poets Assemble! and Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club. Rainbow Readers began their meeting with a moment of silence in remembrance of the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.
This week brings us two more events.
This Friday, June 24, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, we’re happy to host Worcester Storytellers Open Mic, featuring Sharon Healy-Yang. Healy-Yang, a professor at Worcester State, will be giving selected readings from her novel Bait and Switch.
And then, on Saturday, June 25, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, we’re happy to host authors Andrea Hairston and Jennifer Allis Provost, along with special musical guest Pan Morigan at our Banjos, Attitude, and Modern Magic event. Award-winning Hairston and Best-selling Allis Provost talk about how they make magic in their urban fantasy titles while musician Morigan shares songs based on Hairston’s latest release, Will Do Magic For Small Change.
And then next week, we’ve got…
Wednesday, June 29, All Day – Cat in the Hat Day! Join us for a whimsical, Seussical celebration of one of the best loved books with readings and crafts through the day.
And look, here is a peek at our July events!
Tuesday, July 5, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Award-winning authors Paul Tremblay and Jeffrey Thomas bring their special brand of fear…
Friday, July 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Award-winning authors of Liaden ® Universe, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller come to ABSW.
UPDATED INFO: Saturday, July 9, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM – Hunting Ghosts: Real and Otherwise; full day ghostly event.
Sunday, July 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Do You Love Love? Local author Misty Jae Ogert brings the Romance.
Monday, July 11, ALL DAY – SPECIAL Pre-Brimfield Vintage Book Sale!
Saturday, July 16, 12:00 – 5:00 – Final Poets Assemble! of 2016
Saturday, July 16, 6:00 – 8:00 – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club reads Dates! A Queer Historical Comics Anthology.
Wednesday, July 20, All Day – Take Your Poet to Work Day. Post the pictures of your Poets Assemble! crafted poets as you bring them to work!
Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 21 – Necon! ABSW owner and staff members Patty, Suzanne, and Trish will be at this wonderful writers conference.
Monday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:00 – Free People’s Artists Workshop.
Wednesday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Berenstein Bears Craft and Reading Day
Thursday, July 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion.
Saturday, July 30, 8:00 PM – 1:30 AM; Sunday July 31, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM – Happy Birthday Harry Potter; Welcome Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Special weekend party event!
For your convenience, here’s a list of 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. May’s featured reader is Barbara Roberts. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on June 24.
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. Next meeting, June 27.
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 July 28.
The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting on July 16.
Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. THERE IS NO JULY RAINBOW READERS YOUTH. But stay tuned for something special in August!
May your world be filled with wonderful words!