February starts this week! Are we ready for whatever Punxsatawny Phil predicts for weather this spring?
A good book works whether you’re able to picnic early or tuck in for six more weeks of blanket-snuggling weather, so stop in and find stories for cozy nights or sunny days! Books are also useful if you’re not watching The Big Game this coming weekend—or if you want to hide from that friend or family member rooting for the other team.
Of course, we have quite a few events of our own happening!
First of all, thank you to everyone who came out to this Saturday’s Young Explorer’s event, where we had three authors who write middle grade SF come out and read from the 2018 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide. We had a wonderful time escaping with clockwork carabao, aliens, and giant robots!
And have we got a lot coming up!
THIS SATURDAY, February 3, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, do you need a smile or to chuckle more at life? Join us for Do You Need to Laugh? Local Author, Humorist Faith Lucille Can Help!
Do you want a break from the monotony of life? Do you have a difficult time stifling laughs at funerals and other inappropriate places? Do you generally like to find the funny side of things? If so, this is the book for you. Discover the true stories about one girl and her humorous encounters with the people who made the choice to stick around for her crazy side. Compiled twelve years after its start, Faith Lucille’s If You Need to Smile: A Dose of Laughter for My Sick World takes you on a journey with the changing wit of the writer and the unfortunate people that still stuck around after becoming part of the joke.
And then, NEXT TUESDAY, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, we’re excited to host Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.
Les Johnson is a husband, father, physicist, manager, and author of science fiction / science fact. In his “day job” he works in the Science and Technology Office at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama where he serves as the Solar Sail Principal Investigator for NASA’s first interplanetary solar sail mission, the Near Earth Asteroid Scout.
Mission to Methone takes place in 2065, where Chris Holt, working in his office at the Space Resources Corporation, discovers that one of the asteroids he is surveying for mining is actually not an asteroid at all but a derelict spaceship. Across the galaxy, a war between alien civilizations has been underway for millennia–about what should be done about emerging spacefaring civilizations like our own. The artificial intelligence resident in the derelict Holt discovered has been in our solar system since before the dawn of human civilization, watching, waiting and keeping quiet lest the interstellar war return and wipe out the sentient race that now resides there—humanity. But that war may still arrive at our front door. The truth can only be discovered on Methone, a tiny, egg-shaped moon of the planet Saturn. Who will get there first? And will it be in time?
And next Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we’re happy to announce that Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.
Sharon Healy-Yang is passionate about mysteries from the golden age, whether in a book or on screen. Her fascination with mysteries and the 1940s drives her pleasure in crafting novels that recapture the wit, adenture, and suspense of the era. Known on the campus where she teaches as the lady with the 1940s hats, she has the great fortune to combine her love of literature and film in courses aimed to enkindle that same excitement in her students. Healy-Yang lives in Massachusetts with her husband two cats and an enormous collection of vintage films.
And later in February…
Thursday, February 15, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: The Daleks!
Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.
Monday-Thursday, February 19-22 – 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.
And here’s a sneak peek at March…
NEW LISTING & NEW LINK: Thursday, March 8, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Future of Newspapers; Dan Kennedy’s The Return of the Moguls.
Saturday, March 10, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San.
NEW LISTING & LINK: Thursday, March 15, 7:00 – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Cybermen.
Saturday, March 24, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Lisa Rosinski, YA Author, Speaks and Signs.
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 is February 26.
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 February 15.
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 February 17.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!