We hope all of our local friends and family had a wonderful April Vacation, whether they were traveling or home. We had a wonderful time at our two Drop-In Craft days on Monday and Tuesday, and a lot of fun at our Doctor Who Discussion Night, so thank you to everyone who came out—even in crazy weather!
This is the last full week of April, so check out our great deals on poetry. From our sales cart to our Local Poets display, we’ve got a great variety of verse for folks to enjoy—but come May, we may be highlighting a few different (yet still really cool) things.
We do still have the donation box for Worcester, The City That Reads. The box will be by the register through May 15. Donate new or gently used books for PreK through 8th Grade, and they will be distributed to Worcester students for summer reading. To find out more, check out www.worcesterreads.org.
So what’s happening THIS WEEK at our 65 James Street location?
THIS SATURDAY, April 28, from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, get ready to Light it up: Three on a Match dark authors.
Join three dark literary authors for an afternoon of chilling tales—and maybe even some spooky mad libs!
Melissa Crandall is the author of the Pushcart-nominated short stories “Dreams on Racks” and “The Cellar.” Comfortable writing fiction or nonfiction, her work has appeared in Tricks and Treats: A Collection of Spooky Stories by Connecticut Authors, the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Allegory, Amoskeog: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University, in the collection Darling Wendy and Other Stories, STRIDES (North American Riding for the Handicapped, now PATH International, and ASPCA’s Animal Watch. Online, she has contributed to Animal Bliss (animalbliss.com), The Drunken Odyssey (the drunkenodyssey.com), and her own blog The Wild Ride: Caretaking Mom Through Alzheimer’s (melissacrandall.wordpress.com). Crandall was one of twelve writers chosen to participate in Connecticut Humanities’ 2015 endeavor The Great Connecticut Caper. She is the author of the fantasy novel Weathercock, and media tie-in novels for Star Trek, Quantum Leap, and Earth 2.
You can contact her at www.melissacrandall.com.
- Elmer Munson writes down all the weird and potentially criminal things that are screaming in his head. Some just give him a headache, but others eventually become stories. He tries to share his writing time between all things strange and unusual and the horrors of everyday life. Works include the novel Stripped, the novellas “Camp Hollybrook” and “Celery Hand Duran,” and the short story collection Tales From the Underground. There’s plenty more to come, as he generally has about thirty projects in progress simultaneously. That’s what coffee is for. You can follow his (mis)adventures at gElmerMunson.com, but be sure to bring soap.
Kristi Petersen Schoonover’s someday-house in Florida will have a lanai and a pool bar. The first chapter of her novel, Bad Apple, was nominated for a Pushcart, and her Skeletons in the Swimmin’ Hole: Tales from Haunted Disney World is a collection of ghost stories set in the Disney Parks. Her short fiction has appeared in close to a hundred publications, including The Adirondack Review, Barbaric Yawp, Sediments Literary-Arts Journal, New Pop Lit, Quail Bell, Carpe Articulum Literary Review, and several anthologies. She holds an MFA from Goddard College and is the recipient of three Norman Mailer Writers Colony winter residencies. She is guest editing an upcoming volume of the Ink Stains anthology series for Dark Alley Press. She occasionally co-hosts the horror film podcast Dark Discussions and volunteers at the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk. She and her husband, Nathan, live in the Connecticut woods where she still sleeps with the lights on. Visit her online at kristipetersenschoonover.com.
Three on a Match is a collection of three novellas. Crandall’s “Thicker than Water” takes place in 19th-century Connecticut, where Cora Coleman’s life in a seaside village is a collection of everyday tasks stitched together by a dark family secret. When tragedy strikes, vicious gossip spawns accusations of enchantment and sorcery. Arrested and brought to trail, Cora insists that she’s innocent…but will enough evidence be brought forth that even she begins to wonder? In Munson’s harkening to classic pulp and grindhouse, “Alls Well that Ends,” police officer Angel Lewis has problems—with anger management, a frustrated and distant wife, a precocious daughter … and bourbon. The one thing he doesn’t have a problem with is busting baddies—until a typical call turns into a shocking bloodbath, and he discovers that one of those baddies has been holding more than just a grudge. As everything Angel’s ever believed is shattered, will he be forced to make an unenviable choice? In Schoonover’s “Splendid Chyna,” Cece is confident that a violent past is behind her, so she moves her recently blended family into an upscale residential development in Kissimmee. Initially, she ignores her neighbor’s disturbing tales about the property’s former theme park status … but soon, she suffers from terrifying visions, discovers strange objects in her son’s things, and witnesses her daughter’s erratic behavior. As it dawns on her that a dark thing is lurking, it becomes clear that although she’s done with the past, it’s not done with her—and she may be doomed to repeat it.
And THIS SUNDAY, April 29, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, join us for David Moore’s Small Town, Big Oil.
In the fall of 1973, Aristotle Onassis arrived on the New Hampshire Coast to scout out plots of land. Greek oil shipping tycoon and the husband of President John F. Kennedy’s widow, Aristotle was one of the world’s richest and famous men who was convinced his plan would go off without a hitch. His project had already received the support of governor, Meldrim Thomson and publisher of the Manchester Union Leader, William Loeb. Small Town, Big Oil retells the story of three incredible women—Nancy Sandberg, Dudley Dudley, and Phyllis Bennett—who when faced with the decision to support a plan that would decimate the beauty of the seacoast town, led the 1,254 residents to respond with a strong no.
David Moore is an award-winning author for iMediaEthics.org, and a senior fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. He spent ten years in the Army, 21 years teaching at the University of New Hampshire, and 13 years working with the Gallup Organization – before rejoining UNH. His previous books include The Super Pollsters, How to Steal an Election, The Opinion Makers, and The First Primary (the latter co-authored with Andrew Smith).
May is just around the corner, so here’s a look at what’s happening! Mark your calendars.
Saturday, May 5, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sweet Romance, Strong Heroines with Anna Belle Rose.
Sunday, May 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Lisa Rosinsky, Editor, Poet, YA Author.
Friday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Jim Zebrowski Returns for Another Astronomy Night.
Saturday, May 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Experience Amateur (Ham) Radio for All Ages.
Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.
Saturday, May 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Dali by E.M. Hamill.
Want a peek at June, too?
Saturday, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – PRIDE Event: Great Reads by Transwoman Authors.
Thursday, June, 7, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Future of Newspapers with Dan Kennedy.
Saturday, June 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – PRIDE Event: Authors of Queer Romance.
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 TODAY, April 23.
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 17.
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, DIFFERENT SATURDAY, May 26.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!