New Arrivals and Old Friends Thursday

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Our two newest hardcovers from the New York Times Best Sellers list this week are both non-fiction:

  • BRIEF ANSWERS TO THE BIG QUESTIONS by Stephen Hawking, his final thoughts on cosmology and humankind
  • THE LIBRARY BOOK by Susan Orlean, a tale of libraries and librarians starting with the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library fire and expanding back into the past, present, and future

prydainfabelehavenboxedAnd although we have plenty of autumn days still to come, the winter holidays ARE approaching, and so we’re starting to stock up on boxed sets for gift-giving.

Back in stock this week are two of our favourites:  THE CHRONICLES OF PRYDAIN by Lloyd Alexander, and FABLEHAVEN: THE COMPLETE SERIES by Brandon Mull, to go along with the newly released DRAGONWATCH titles.

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Kids and Teens Wednesday!

cg1cg2Our selection for today includes books that tie in to our upcoming events for November:

  • CURIOUS GEORGE titles for our special guest appearance by the mischievous monkey himself from 11am to 3pm on Saturday, November 10th.
  • Mythology books from Edith Hamilton, Mary Pope Osborne, the D’Aulaires, and others to spotlight our book signing for the YA novel LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK by Mark & Sheri Dursin, also on Saturday the 10th, starting at 4:30pm.
  • The paperback editions of the first four novels in THE GUARDIANS series by William Joyce, in anticipation of the fifth chapter book JACK FROST, due out on November 20th.

Stay tuned for next week’s Kids and Teens spotlight.

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Speculative Fiction: On Hand and Imminent

specfic2It’s Tuesday again, and that means our weekly spotlight on speculative fiction… fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

  • With GOOD OMENS about to launch its broadcast [featuring DOCTOR WHO’S own David Tennant], it’s a great time to re-read the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
  • Speaking of Neil Gaiman, we have a special collection of figures from The Dreaming, the setting for many of the tales in his SANDMAN comic book series.
  • We’ve sold through the second volumes in DJ Butler’s flintlock fantasy series, but we still have copies of WITCHY EYE, as well as all three volumes in his middle readers series THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE.
  • It would not be Halloween without a visit from the Headless Horseman.  Check out our other spooky books.
  • We’ve started restocking both the Target novelizations of DOCTOR WHO episodes, as well as the audiobook versions.  This week saw the arrival of TWICE UPON A TIME, and shipments en route include SURVIVAL and GALAXY FOUR.
  • We’re not forgetting our younger WHO fans, either.  We expect to receive ONE DOCTOR, TWO HEARTS and T IS FOR TARDIS in the next few days.  Reserve your copies now!

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Events Buzz: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween week!

If you come into our store THIS WEDNESDAY, October 31, HALLOWEEN, in costume, we will have a special treat for you!

Are you keeping an eye on our Facebook Page, our blog, and our website? Have you signed up for newsletter? There is news coming you won’t want to miss….

Thank you to everyone who came out for our Spooky Storytime this Friday! We hope everyone enjoyed their spooky tales!

We have more great events happening this week, too!

REMINDER, THERE IS NO BOARD GAME NIGHT THIS WEDNESDAY, October 31. We will resume our regular meetings NEXT WEDNESDAY November 7, at 7:00 PM.

Coming up in November…

Saturday, November 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Meet Curious George!

Saturday, November 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Labors of an Epic Punk Author Event.

Saturday, November 17, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Day!

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 – 2:00 PM – Crafty Owls Drop-in Craft.

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Of Echoes Born by Nathan Burgoine.

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Small Business Saturday with Local Children’s Authors and Artists. Watch our Facebook page and the event page as we introduce our featured authors!

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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.

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 November 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 SPECIAL DATE AND TIME, Sunday, November 18, 3:00-5:00 PM. Our book, Of Echoes Born by Nathan Burgoine, is already in the store if you want to pick it up!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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New Arrivals & Old Friends: Literary Fiction, Historical Romance, Good Advice, Travels In Time & Space, and Much, Much More!

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This week’s frontlist and backlist for adults and kids in picture books, middle reader titles, young adult books, graphic novels, fiction and non-fiction paperbacks and hardcovers, and British science fiction audio, magazines, and accessories:

  • OCTAVIA E. BUTLER – DAWN
  • LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA – G’MORNING G’NIGHT
  • MARGARET ATWOOD – THE HANDMAID’S TALE
  • JARRETT KROSOCZKA – HEY KIDDO
  • DAVID SMALL – STITCHES
  • THE WITCH ELM – TANA FRENCH
  • THE CLOCKMAKER’S DAUGHTER – KATE MORTON
  • LEADERSHIP: IN TURBULENT TIMES – DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN
  • FROST FAIR – EDITH LAYTON
  • DRAGONWATCH 1 & 2 [FABLEHAVEN] – BRANDON MULL
  • DORK DIARIES 13
  • THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE [PAPERBACK] – MACKENZI LEE
  • THE LADY’S GUIDE TO PETTICOATS AND PIRACY [HARDCOVER] – MACKENZI LEE
  • MAP OF DAYS [MISS PEREGRINE] – RANSOM RIGGS
  • DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE #530 & #531

Not to mention The Thirteenth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver, just in time for Halloween and the autumn cosplay season.

Check in with us weekly for more literary and imagination-driven arrivals, and make our shelves your destination!

 

 

 

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Events Buzz: Almost Halloween!

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We promise—we haven’t forgotten about the Big Announcement coming… it is coming! Soon! Keep your eyes on our Facebook Events Page and our website for or sign up for our newsletter so you don’t miss it!

Are you watching The Haun ting of Hill House? We’ve got copies of the books by Shirley Jackson – along with many other great Jackson stories – in stock right now. AND we have a great selection of other creepy, spooky, and scary books for the Halloween season. Check our display at the front of the store and our Local Author’s selection to find the right frightful read for you!

Thank you to everyone who came out for all our events this past week and weekend! We had an especially good time with Christian poet Diane Ashmore and author/publisher Rebekah Salamack this past Saturday and Sunday! We had some beautiful, moving, and fun readings and conversations. Rainbow Readers also had a great meeting – with some new members, too! In fact, we’ve already got next month’s Rainbow Reader’s book in the store!

We have more great events happening this week, too!

TONIGHT, MONDAY, October 22, join us at 7:00 PM for The Free People’s Artists Workshop! Bring your art, writing, and other creations for a supportive critique and feedback session with other local creators.

THIS WEDNESDAY, October 24,  starting at 7:00 PM, join us for Board Game Night!

THIS FRIDAY, October 26, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, because HALLOWEEN is just around the corner, come to our store for Storytime: Spooky Tales.

October’s Storytime theme is Spooky Tales. Join us for some of our favorite Halloween season children’s books! Pre-registration is suggested, since space is limited. Please call Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at (508)796-5613 to register.

Come join us for a fun-filled hour of entertainment! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

And on Wednesday, HALLOWEEEN, October 31, happening ALL DAY come to the store IN COSTUME to Trick-or-Treat and get some special gifts we’ve put together for you!

Take a look at what we’ve got happening so far in November!

Friday, November 2, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Backyard Astronomy: Exploring the Solar System.

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Literary Rehab with Donnie O. Steiger.

Saturday, November 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Meet Curious George!

Saturday, November 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Labors of an Epic Punk Author Event.

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Take a look at our special mythology display that goes with LABORS OF AN EPIC PUNK!

Saturday, November 17, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Day!

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 – 2:00 PM – Crafty Owls Drop-in Craft.

Sunday, November 18, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Of Echoes Born by Nathan Burgoine.

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Small Business Saturday with Local Children’s Authors and Artists. Watch our Facebook page and the event page as we introduce our featured authors!

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This October, our theme is Spooky Tales! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting, THIS FRIDAY, October 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 TONIGHT October 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 November 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 SPECIAL DATE AND TIME, Sunday, November 18, 3:00-5:00 PM. Our book, Of Echoes Born by Nathan Burgoine, is already in the store if you want to pick it up!

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Events Buzz: Mid-October Happenings

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As a loving tease / update for those following along… we do still have some Big News coming! Keep your eyes on all our social media—we’ll let you know as soon as we can!

Until then, here’s a quick look at what’s happening THIS WEEK!

THIS WEDNESDAY, October 17,  starting at 7:00 PM, join us for Board Game Night!

THIS THURSDAY, October 18, starting at 7:00 PM, join us for our monthly Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester hosts their monthly Doctor Who Talk on Thursday, October 18, from 7:00-8:00 PM. ABSW has a sizable representation of Doctor Who merchandise, and owner Patty Cryan is a long-time fan of the series—the world’s longest running science fiction serial! This month, for Halloween, we’re looking at Who-ventures that “go bump in the night”! What are some of your favorite episodes that have ghosts, haunts, spirits–or similar beings? What are some ways Doctor Who has twisted and turned ghost stories on their heads or subverted them? Come join the conversation!

THIS SATURDAY, October 20, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, join us for Christian Poetry with Diane Ashmore.

Local poet Diane Johnston Ashmore is a mother of three, a stepmother of two, and a widow who has always loved to write, but didn’t embark on that journey until after her husband’s death. She wishes to inspire others with her work and through God.

“This precious gift to write is a blessing to me. See, I was once lost, but now I see. God came into my life, and there’s no place I’d rather be but in the beauty of all he has given unto me.

I want people to feel the love through the words God has placed in my heart when they are feeling hurt, lost, or just on every day living. I want them to know they are not alone.”

Also THIS SATURDAY, October 20, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, we’re happy to host Rainbow Readers Discusses Check Please by Ngozi Ukazu.  

Books available in the store!

“Helloooo, Internet Land. Bitty here!

Y’all . . . I might not be ready for this. I may be aformer junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and very talentedamateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey teamis a whole new challenge. It’s nothing like co-ed club hockey back in Georgia! First of all? There’s checking. And then, there is there is Jack—our very attractive but moody captain.”

A collection of the first half of the megapopular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: #Hockey is the first book of a hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.

And THIS SUNDAY, October 21, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, come into our store for An Afternoon with Author / Publisher R. Salamack.

  1. Salamack shares from the novel, RICHCO, a tale of money, sex, and power and based on the life events of Naval officer Peter Rich, as well as her experience as a small publisher.

Have you enjoyed our events or the time you’ve spent in our little store? Consider leaving us a review on TripAdvisor or leaving us a review on Yelp. You can also review us on Facebook!

And here’s a peek of even more upcoming events!

Friday, October 26, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Storytime: Spooky Tales.

NEW LISTING: Friday, November 2, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Backyard Astronomy: Exploring the Solar System.

Sunday, November 4, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Literary Rehab with Donnie O. Steiger.

Saturday, November 10, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Meet Curious George!

Saturday, November 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Labors of an Epic Punk Author Event.

Saturday, November 17, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Day!

Sunday, November 18, 11:00 – 2:00 PM – Crafty Owls Drop-in Craft.

Saturday, November 24, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM – Small Business Saturday with Local Children’s Authors and Artists. Watch our Facebook page and the event page as we introduce our featured authors!

As always, keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for even more great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

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!

Game Night, every Wednesday (unless there is an author event) at 7:00 PM. Bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

Storytime, last Friday of each month at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This September, our theme is Farm Animals! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting October 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 October 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 THIS THURSDAY, October 18.

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 THIS SATURDAY, October 20.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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