We hope all of our moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day this past weekend!
And thank you to everyone who came out for our Crafty Doctor Seuss event this past Sunday. We had a lovely time with all of you!
We also want to remind people our 65 James Street shop will be open for our Regular Hours on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.
In case you forgot, our Regular Hours are:
Monday-Thursday – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday-Saturday – 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday – 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
While you’re here, check out the Seasonal Sales Carts we have outside for your perusal. There is always new items being added at special discounts, so look through and find what treasures and deals were meant for you!
ABSW is also making our annual purchases to ensure we can help our friends for their summer reading lists. If anyone has Summer Reading lists from schools, please bring them to the store so we can build our stock accordingly. Summer Reading books fly off the shelves here, so take advantage of the perennial favorites on our sale cart and let us know what you need as early as possible.
With the school year ending, ABSW is also bringing back Report Card Rewards! From June 1 to June 30, bring your final 2017 report card into our 65 James Street store and receive free books!
If your highest grade is an “A”, you’ll receive two free used books.
If your highest grade is a “B”, you’ll receive one free used book.
If you have a straight “A” report card (including A+ and A-), you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester.
If you have a straight “B” report card (including B+ and B-), you will receive a $5 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester.
One prize per report card.
THIS WEEK we have some great events for you! Four different ones!
On Thursday, May 18, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, join us for Doctor Who Discussion Night: Families. We’ll be talking about the different definitions of “family” that get explored in the series. Who is family? What does it mean to be family? While this new season is also addressing that, remember—be careful of spoilers!
And then, on Saturday, May 20, we have TWO great events for you.
From 3:30-5:30 PM, we’re hosting Rainbow Reader Presents: Jeremy Flagg, A Spectrum of Superheroes and Suburban High Students. . Remy will be reading and talking from his newest release, Morning Sun, the prequel to his Children of Nostradamus series, and discussing his upcoming re-release—and final installment!—of his Suburban Zombie High series.
Jeremy Flagg is the author of the Children of Nostradamus dystopian science fiction, “superhero” series and Suburban Zombie High young adult humor/horror series. Taking his love of pop culture and comic books, he focuses on fast paced, action-packed novels with complex characters and contemporary themes. In his day job, Jeremy Flagg teaches high school and has helped put together the Gay-Straight Alliances at two different schools. Both of his series include characters across the LGBTQIA spectrum.
Also on Saturday, May 20, following Jeremy Flagg, from 4:00 – 6:00 PM is our regular Rainbow Reader Book Club. This month, we are discussing Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox.
“While on holiday in Toronto, Evie Whitmore planned to sightsee and meet other asexuals, not audition for a dance competition. Now she’s representing Toronto’s newest queer dance studio, despite never having danced before. Not only does she have to spend hours learning her routine, she has to do it with one of the grumpiest men she’s ever met. Tyler turns out to be more than a dedicated dancer, though—he might be the kind of man who can sweep her off her feet, literally and figuratively.
Tyler Davis has spent the last year recovering from an emotionally abusive relationship. So he doesn’t need to be pushed into a rushed routine for a dumb competition. Ticking major representation boxes for being trans and biracial isn’t why he went into dance. But Evie turns out to be a dream student. In fact, she helps him remember just how good partnering can be, in all senses of the word. Teaching her the routine, however, raises ghosts for him, ones he’s not sure he can handle.
Plans change, and people change with them. Learning a few steps is one thing; learning to trust again is another entirely”
And then, on Sunday, May 21, from 12:00 – 3:00 PM, join us for Drop-In Crafts and Storytime: Myth and Magic. Listen to fantastical stories, make magic wands, and create dragon masks! Children must be accompanied by adults.
We’re excited about what’s happening for the rest of the month, too!
Friday, May 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and Featured Reader Karen Sharpe.
Sunday, May 28, 12:00 – 3:00 PM – Colorful Robots
Wednesday, May 31, 6:00 – 3:00 PM – D.J. Butler Witchy Eye Signing, Speaking, and Music
But WAIT! There’s MORE!
June is National Pride Month, and Rainbow Readers with Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester have a busy month filled with LGBTQIA events. Here’s a peek!
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Saturday, June 3, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – A History of Queer Culture with Sarah Prager and Julie Tarney
Saturday, June 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Leah DeCesare presents Forks, Knives, and Spoons.
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Sunday, June 11, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Brave Boy World, an anthology of Transman stories with editor Michael Takeda and artist Dante Saunders.
Thursday, June 15, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Friday, June 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Love is Love Part 1, LGBTQIA Romance Authors share their stories.
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Saturday, June 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Reader’s Book Club discusses Chameleon Moon by RoAnna Sylver.
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Wednesday, June 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Donna Minkovicz talks about Memoirs and Journalism in the Queer Community.
Friday, June 23, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Saturday, June 24, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Love is Love Part 2, LGBTQIA Romance Authors share their stories.
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 May 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 May 18, with a topic of “Families.”
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.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!