Events Buzz: Back to School

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Happy first day of school in Worcester this week! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester wishes all our returning students good luck as they embark on another year of learning. If you need books for your classes and book reports, we’re here for you. We can even do special orders.

We enjoyed meeting the class of 2021 this past week at our tables at WPI and Becker campuses. If you saw us there, stop by and redeem your coupons!

With the school year back in session, we are switching back to our fall hours. You can find them on our website, but here they are for your quick reference:

Sunday:                       10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Monday:                      10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday-Thursday:     10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Friday-Saturday          10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

We had an especially wonderful time this weekend with the Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and featured reader Trisha J. Wooldridge, as well as a fantastic signing, reading, and Q&A afternoon with Tui Southerland, author of the best-selling Wings of Fire series. While we did sell out of books 9 and 10, we have more on order, along with signed bookplates. However, if you’re just starting or curious about this popular series, we have books 1-8 signed and in stock!

While we’re having an easy Labor Day weekend with events, our 65 James Street store is open if you want to escape into some books this weekend.

As September starts, though, we have several fantastic events you should put on your calendars:

Saturday, September 9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – ABSW and Rainbow Readers host a table at Worcester Pride. Find some new favorite books and support queer reading!

Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Best-selling author Craig Shaw Gardner reads and signs. A temp agency for monsters? A little humor with your fantasy and horror? Sound like your kind of books? Us too!

Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Sarah Prager with Queer, There, and Everywhere returns! Find out the LGBTQIA history you probably never got in class. When Sarah joined us for Pride Month, we sold out, so don’t miss this time! (Or enjoy a second helping!)

Friday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Karen Stivali, queer romance author, reads, speaks, and signs. Karen sold out of stock last visit, too, so come get your hands on some steaming m/m romance while you can!

Saturday, September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Award-winning Lesbian Fiction author Jean Copeland speaks and signs. Beautiful stories of women fighting for freedom in love and life. There’s a reason Jean’s won awards for her moving tales. Find out for yourself!

Saturday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses Sunset Park by Santino Hassell. Join us for our regular LGBTQIA book club. Copies available to read now!

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Old School / New School. What do you know about Coal Hill School?

Friday, Septenber 22, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers Birthday Open Mic and Double Feature: Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould. Celebrate five years since the rebirth of Worcester’s only open mic / reading feature that covers fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose.

Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 – Jenny Allen, Afternoon of Laughter. Need more laughs when life gets dark? Jenny can help as she speaks, signs, and answers questions from her book Would Everybody Please Stop?

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. September is birthday month with double feature Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould! Next meeting is September 22.

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, August 28.

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 September 21.

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 September 16.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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For the love of dragons

We want to take a moment to thank the generous and talented author Tui T. Sutherland for coming today to ABSW and making a very special day for very many people.

We got to hear over and over, from so many who attended, their delight and thrill at being able to meet and talk to their favorite author.  Conversely, we also were delighted to hear that author delighted and thrilled, with a passionate twinkle in her eyes, being able to meet and talk to so many of her fans.

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For all of you who attended today, you know exactly what we’re saying.  People coming from Buffalo, NY, or from Virginia, as well as all the New England states, expressing their enjoyment of Tui’s book series, with Tui herself so obviously thrilled for the chance to talk directly with so many people.  With our gratitude, we want to extend our thanks for her making today so special in so many ways.

We’ve already extended an open invitation to have Tui Sutherland here again with the expected release of Book 11 in her Wings of Fire series sometime in 2018.  And, we hope to make many special days for our special customers in the future.  But, today was a day Tui made, and, again, our thanks for all you did.  We owe everything to great customers like you all, and to generous, great talents like Tui Sutherland.

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Spotlight: Sarah Prager, QUEER, THERE, AND EVERYWHERE

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine our Friday Spotlight on Sarah Prager, speaker of LGBTQIA history, author of Queer, There, and Everywhere, and developer of the Quist app. We were excited to host Sarah during Pride Month in June, and now we are thrilled to have her return to 65 James Street for Worcester Pride week on Sunday, September 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM!

In June, we sold out of Sarah’s books, so we do recommend pre-orders to secure your signed copy!

Thank you so much for joining us, Sarah! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

I came out as lesbian when I was 14 and being part of the LGBTQ community has been an incredible, happy part of my life. My wife and I became moms this year and birthing both a baby and a book at the same time has been exciting—and the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I write almost exclusively on LGBTQ topics, mostly LGBTQ history. There are so many fascinating and important stories from our queer ancestors that too many people haven’t had the opportunity to learn and it’s my mission to share them in a fun way.

 

What can readers expect fromQueer, There, and Everywhere?

Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World is my new YA book that tells the true stories of 23 of the queer people from the 200s to the 2000s who have inspired me most. They are inventors, activists, politicians, athletes, soldiers—there’s a Mexican nun, a Swedish queen, a Roman emperor, a NYC Franciscan friar, and an American President. My favorite part is how you get to know each person so intimately—who they had a crush on, how they felt about their gender identity, who they slept with, what they wrote in their diaries and letters about their feelings. Each story is only about six pages long so it is a quick read, definitely not an academic history book.

 

What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?

While I was writing this book, I sat on a futon in my apartment’s kitchen or the couch in the living room – I was pregnant and trying to stay comfy. On days I was feeling well enough, I went to my local library to write. Wherever I was, it was just me, a laptop, and a high stack of books for research.

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Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

Oh, yes! My wife and I have three cats: Nemo, Moo, and Alanna. They all sat on me (helpful) or meowed at me (not helpful) while writing Queer, There, and Everywhere. Actually my wife’s one request was that I make sure I mention them in my book jacket bio – She cared about that much more than how I dedicated the whole book to her!

 

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

ABSW for sure! For extra info about Queer, There, and Everywhere and links to all my online writing, visit www.sarahprager.com.

 

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

www.facebook.com/sarahmprager

www.twitter.com/sarah_prager

 

Thank you again for being on our blog, Sarah, and we look forward to seeing you at our 65 James Street store on Sunday, September 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM!

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Events Buzz: Eclipse Day!

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We hope all our friends enjoyed today’s eclipse safely, and that its energy brings good things to all of us!

Worcester public schools are back in session next week, August 28. Colleges and private schools all are starting up soon, too. Have you picked up your Summer Reading books yet? What about books you need for your classes?  Check us out for your last minute needs—and what we don’t have, we might still be able to order for you.

We have a busy week as August and Summer Vacation come to an end…

THIS FRIDAY, August 25, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM join us for Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and featured reader Trisha J. Wooldridge.

Trisha J. Wooldridge has been a freelance editor for fifteen years, edited over fifty titles for publishers including Limitless Press, Leap Books, Bellatrix Press, Pink Narcissus Press, Pole to Pole Publishing, Blackrose Press, as well as multiple independent authors and micro-presses. She’s published three children’s novels and a poem as T.J. Wooldridge. Under her full name, she’s published almost two dozen short stories, story poems, and poetry. You could find her at a number of conventions and conferences across the Northeast or at www.anovelfriend.com.

And THIS SUNDAY, August 27, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, we hare happy to share our special event, Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire Reading, Signing, Q&A.

Tui will be signing Darkness of Dragons, the newest release in her acclaimed Wings of Fire fantasy series for middle readers and young teens. Copies of Darkness of Dragons and the previous titles in the series are currently in stock and can be ordered directly from us, discounted from cover price. You can purchase copies of any of Tui’s titles from us in advance of the event to pick up in person at the event to be certain of the copies you want. In the case of wanting a signature when unable to attend, a note can be left for personalization on pre-paid books, and mail order service is available if desired. Please call us at 508-796-5613 for more information.

And coming in September…

Saturday, September 9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – ABSW and Rainbow Readers host a table at Worcester Pride.

Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Best-selling author Craig Shaw Gardner reads and signs.

Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Sarah Prager with Queer, There, and Everywhere returns!

Friday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Karen Stivali and Eli Easton, queer romance authors, read, speak, and sign.

Saturday, September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Award-winning Lesbian Fiction author Jean Copeland speaks and signs.

Saturday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses Sunset Park by Santino Hassell.

Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Old School / New School.

Friday, /seotenber 22, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers Birthday Open Mic and Double Feature: Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould.

Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 – Jenny Allen, Afternoon of Laughter.

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. September is birthday month with double feature Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould! Next meeting is September 22.

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 NEXT MONDAY, August 28.

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 September 21.

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 September 16.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

 May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Trisha J. Wooldridge

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine their light on Trisha J. Wooldridge, who will be the featured reader for the August Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and Featured Reader event on Friday, August 25, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM.

Besides also coordinating events and managing consignment at our 65 James Street store, Trisha J. Wooldridge writes short stories, novellas, novels, news articles, and poetry about bad-ass faeries, carnivorous horses, social justice witches, capricious deities, Tarot cards, vengeful spirits—and mundane stuff like food, hay-eating horses, social justice debates, Goth bands, writer advice, and alcoholic spirits. As child-friendly T.J. Wooldridge, she’s published three scary children’s books. She’s a freelance editor of over fifty novels and two anthologies. For 2017, she’s been part of the Blackstone Valley Artists Association Artist and Poet Pairing featured at the Worcester Public Library in May. Her fiction and poetry are also in four other anthologies for 2017, Supernatural Horror; Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a benefit anthology for the Jimmy Fund; Dark Luminous Wings (coming October 2017); and Wicked Haunted, a Journal of the New England Horror Writers anthology (coming October 2017).

Thanks for joining us, Trish! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing?

I like writing about the darker, scarier corners of life because I believe you can’t really appreciate the good, joyful, and light things without also knowing and appreciating the full spectrum of life, the choices people make, and the world around us. I also am a firm believer that children can handle the darkness better than adults—and can learn from it better than most adults too.

I’ve been writing since I could run home with vocabulary sentences in grade school, and I’ve been writing stories since about twelve. Most of them will never be shared at this point, but in doing all that writing, I learned how to write better.  I also have been helping others write since grade school, through high school, and through college as a tutor or teaching assistant. Helping others also is one of the best ways to learn how to write.

There’s magic in wordsmithing and being a bard, and I like living in a world where magic exists.

 

What are some of the inspirations for your writing? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished piece?

I get inspiration from all over the place.

With the project I did with the Blackstone Artists Association over the winter and spring, I was paired with an artist, photographer Mike Zeis, who does amazing work. The idea of this project was that we were to inspire each other to create—we’d each create an initial piece, and then we’d trade and create a piece inspired by that initial piece. We decided to meet for coffee, and the conversation with Mike just filled me with inspiration—I wrote the rough draft of my first poem “Unfinished; perfect” that same day. When I received his first piece, a photo of a distorted negative of a church, several things attacked me at once and the piece I decided to finish was “Photographic Salvation,” which is a picture of a dystopian future where all faiths, including Christianity, are persecuted—and the lengths an individual will go for their faith.

With “Manipulation,” which came out in June in the Supernatural Horror anthology, I’d written a flash version of that story some years ago as a way of dealing with a very painful experience with a once-close friend who had borderline personality disorder and was abusing our relationship. I sold the flash (1000-word) version, but one of the critiques I’d gotten suggested I flesh it out more. I did so and sent a 4000-word version to the anthology call, and they chose it!

In Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, which came out in July and is an anthology where 100% of the proceeds go to the Jimmy Fund, I sent in the poem “The Circus Under the Bed,” which is actually part of a new children’s book I’m working on of the same title that includes poetry interspersed between chapters of a story about the Dream Figment that live under people’s beds—born from the moment one wakes up from a scary dream.  I play with fears and how fears become real monsters in people’s lives without love and support to balance things out.

My short story, “Cemetery Angels,” which is coming out in Dark Luminous Wings in October was written a few years after my father passed away and is set in the cemetery he and my grandparents are in—St. Stanislaus in Holyoke, MA—and is based on an old news story I remember my mom reading to me when I was young about some young guys robbing people who were didn’t lock their cars while they were paying respects to their deceased family.

Also coming out in October is a story-poem that might or might not have broken my brain, but is very dear to me. “Ghosts in Their Eyes” is 5000 words of a rhymed and metered piece about everything that scares and hurts me about nursing homes…as I’ve recently spent a fair amount of time in them with now-deceased friends and family members.

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What is the biggest challenge in writing and putting out your work?  How did you overcome that challenge?

All of the pieces that have come out this year originate from painful experiences or things that frighten me or disturb me—and it is hard to go into that place in your mind and heart and explore those things you’d rather run away and hide from.

On top of that, I find poetry especially difficult. It’s so much harder than prose, yet it’s so loud in my head when it is demanding I write it.  I hadn’t intended poetry while I was writing The Circus Under the Bed (last year’s NaNoWriMo novel project), but it just kept running in my head and wouldn’t let me focus on the prose until it came out.  Writing my world building in poetry form helped me get a feel for the people and cultures I was creating for my Under the Bed folk.

For “Ghosts…”—that was brutal writing. I was working a minimum of an hour a day, sometimes two or three, and getting out squirts of maybe 200 or 300 words at a time. Normally, I can average around 700-1000 words of prose written in an hour.  I begged for two extensions while I beat this poem into a full plot, into stanzas, arranged the stanzas and the chorus, and then did a polishing proofread.  For those last two weeks, when it was most intense, I found myself even sending texts and email with unintended rhyme and meter!

I overcame them by pushing through, by listening to my heart, and by a lot of work.

 

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Don’t rush to be published. Make sure what you submit to others or what you finally publish (for those who self-pub) is your very best.  It takes a lot of editing, it takes listening to critiques, and it takes a lot of practice to make sure your work has the most impact.  I see a lot of writers rushing to submit things or self-publish things that aren’t ready, that still have plot holes, that are not well edited… And I hear these people say, “I just want it done. I just want it out there.”

Writers are selling themselves short, and selling their readers short, if they don’t take the time to make sure they are putting out quality work.  None of the things I got published this year took less than several months—if not years, a fair amount of feedback, and a LOT of rereading and fixing before it got to where it is.

Work on several projects, put the effort and time into making them as perfect as possible, and then give them to the world.

 

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

Dark Luminous Wings and Wicked Haunted both come out in October. I’ll be at Rock & Shock in Worcester, the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival, and in Salem with the New England Horror writers promoting those in October.

In the less near future…

Besides cleaning up and getting The Circus Under the Bed ready to send out to agents, I’ve got three different novellas that I’m cleaning up to send out to markets—all more in the realm of science fiction and science fantasy rather than straight horror or dark fantasy.  I’m regularly sending out poetry, so hopefully I’ll have more of that out next year too… and a few secret projects.

Oh, and I’m finally working on a mailing list… so keep an eye out for that!

 

What are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?

Animals! I adore animals. I used to volunteer at the Bay State Equine Rescue—until I rescued my own horse, Calico Silver. So, I am officially a “Crazy Horse Girl.” I also have developed a fondness for chickens at the barn where Calico lives… so I do hang out with them too.

I also read Tarot and lead a monthly Tarot Study Group at Generations Herbal Apothecary in Oxford, MA.

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Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

Besides my horse, Calico, I also have a ginormous black bunny, Vash, who—with his siblings—was dropped off at the barn a few years ago.  He is about 11 lbs and nightmare black. He is also the most people-loving of all my furry friends. When he’s wandering around the house, he’ll grab pant legs and tug until you pet him.  If it’s been too long between pets while he’s in his indoor bunny condo (the thing is a too-floor monstrosity the height of a small bookcase and three times the depth), he will start throwing things around and pushing up the top door and until someone comes and loves him. Vash “helps” by making me take breaks from staring at the computer for hours. 

Nylis the Cat is another rescue. My brother originally got her from a shelter as a baby, but then he moved—so she moved in with me.  She likes her adoration in short five minute spurts and she will meow when the assigned petting time comes due. Usually right when I’m in the middle of an intense scene or difficult part. Because that is what cats do.

My special barn friend, who is not my animal companion in particular, but who I’ve formed a bond with is the mini-rooster, Chickaletto,” who lives in the chicken coop across the hall from Calico at the barn. He comes when I call and allows me to pet him. I am one of very few people he lets walk into the coop without having their ankles attacked. 

 

Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

I am a big supporter of writers joining groups, clubs, and professional organizations. I wouldn’t be where I am today as an author without the support, the information, and the friendships I’ve found through a variety of places:

Broad Universe

New England Horror Writers

Worcester Writers Collaborative

Worcester Storytellers

Horror Writers of America

Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators

Massachusetts Sci-Fi & Fantasy Authors

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, which has my novels as well as many of the anthologies I’ve been in over the years, you are likely to find my novels, as well as many of the anthologies I’m part of, in libraries and other independent bookstores around the New England area. You can also check the usual online suspects.  A quick Google search will bring up me and my work and where to buy it!

 

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

My website:  www.anovelfriend.com

My Facebook: www.facebook.com/TrishaJWooldridge

I’m also very Google-able as Trisha J. Wooldridge, T.J. Wooldridge, and A Novel Friend

 

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Events Buzz: Middle of August

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We’re about halfway through August! Have you met your Summer Reading goals? Do you have a new list of books to buy for the semester? Stop into our 65 James Street store! We have shelves and spinners full of classics and reading lists from the local schools!

Are you a teacher or an educator? We’re also in the middle of Educator Appreciation Week at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. We offer a 10% educator’s discount on our new and used books all year ’round, but during our annual Educator Appreciation Week every August, we offer an additional 5% to help you restock your shelves. This means that from Saturday, August 12th through Sunday, August 20th, new books will be 35% off and used books will be 65% off. Store credit may be used on used books during this sale to make your purchase price even lower. Just bring in your MTA card, your pay stub, or your state certification as a homeschooler at the time of purchase. (Please let the cashier know before ringing up your sale.)

We had a wonderful time this weekend with the Rainbow Readers to discuss Misfits by Garrett Leigh and with author Mackenzi Lee as we celebrated the release of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. Thank you to everyone who came out!

THIS THURSDAY, August 17, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, join us for our Doctor Who Discussion Night – Open Topic. “Open Topic” means anything goes—but please no spoilers! Come and talk about our favorite time-traveling doctor!

And next week…

Friday, August 25, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and featured reader Trisha J. Wooldridge.

Sunday, August 27, 2:00 – 4:00 – Tui Sutherland’s Wings of Fire Reading, Signing, Q&A. ABSW expects this to be a full event. Pre-register and pre-purchase titles to ensure you get a copy and a seat!

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. August is Trisha J. Wooldridge! Next meeting is August 25.

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 August 28.

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 August 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 September 16.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

 May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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Author Spotlight: Kathleen Rowe

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is happy to shine a spotlight on Kathleen Rowe, who came out to the store last week to give a talk about the Charles River, including activities families can do on and around the river.

We had a wonderful time chatting with Kathleen at the event. If you missed it, here’s a peek at how cool she is!

Thank you for joining us for an interview, Kathleen! Can you please tell us briefly a little about yourself and your writing? How would you like us to introduce you?

Although I started out in Colorado, I have come to know and appreciate New England for its natural beauty and culture. I have been interested in the Charles River for a long time, wanting to explore and learn about it then to paint some of its scenes and to write about it.

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from Exploring the Charles River?

Readers can expect, along with the history of this famous river, places to visit and trails to follow, events to attend, and suggestions for taking to the water.

What kind of research went into writing this book?

The research included many driving/walking trips and many hours of research with books, articles, and websites.

What is your favorite research story? What cool facts and findings didn’t make it into the book, but you loved discovering?

When I began researching the river, in Milford, I saw it disappear underground in Milford and after a bit of searching, I found it on the other side of the main street of town behind someone’s back yard.

What was the inspiration for your book? What were the steps you took to bring it from initial inspiration to the finished book?

The inspiration for my book was the result of many trips along the river and explorations into its history. I am a curious individual who loves to learn and make new discoveries.

What was the biggest challenge in writing and putting out Exploring the Charles River?  How did you overcome that challenge?

Editing and re-editing took a lot of time and care.  However, I am determined to stay with the process.

What draws you to the particular genre or style that you write? What do you think draws readers to these kinds of books?

I think it is my overall sense of curiosity and desire to learn that propels me to learn more. The readers tend to be people who love the outdoors, especially those who want to know where to hike, tour the river in a boat, or fish.

What is your favorite part of being a writer?  Of the whole writing and publishing process?  What do you think has been your greatest lesson in the journey thus far?

My favorite part of this experience has been that it has opened doors for me to present before groups and then enjoy the interaction with my audience. People at these presentations love to reminisce or share their experiences or discuss the places of interest they have found.

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

Discipline is very important. I struggle with getting back into my craft when I have been pulled in other directions. I need a more regular schedule.

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How important has the New England setting been to your writing?

Besides the obvious interest I have in nature in general and the River in particular, New England is an area where history seems to be more revered, maybe because it goes back farther than in many other parts of the country.

What piece of advice would you want to share with other writers?

I would say that a person needs to be passionate about their subject.

What question do you wish interviewers would ask you, and what would the answer be?

I would like to be asked how I acquired this interest – which is in the Preface of my book and which I share with the groups when I speak.

What else can we expect from you in the near future?

I will write more nonfiction on a related topic – maybe in the direction of biographies of notable environmentalists.

What is/are your passions when you’re not writing? How do you make time for your non-writing hobbies/things you love?

My other passions include painting, gardening, and reading.

What are some of your writing-related hobbies, crafts, addictions?

My paintings include watercolors of natural settings, and I have painted some scenes of the river. 

What does your writing space look like? What do you need to have around you while writing or editing?

It is usually a bit messy, unfortunately, but it is a pleasant surrounding with art work and a pretty lamp. When I need more light in my workspace (especially during rainy days), I go upstairs to the dining room where there is a lot of light from different directions.

What is one thing that most people don’t realize about you?

I can be a perfectionist, which I often need to put aside when painting and in the early phases of starting a blogpost. BTW the blogposts keep me fresh in my writing and encourage me to research areas where there may be uncertainty.

What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?

My favorite adventures have been the hikes I have taken with friends.

While you’re writing, do you prefer music, silence, other? Please elaborate!

Silence is usually fine. If there is background music, I keep it low.

Writers very often have furry or feathered or otherwise non-human companions to “help” them through their work.  Do you? What do you have? How do they “help” (or, “not-help”) with your writing?

I don’t have furry or feathered friends at my side. It would probably help to have a romp with a pet from time to time.

Do you have any favorite foods or drinks that must be in the vicinity (or must be avoided) while you’re writing or editing a piece of work?

There must be small snacks like nuts and seeds and hot or cold teas (as far away from the computer as possible – learned the hard way).

What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned, thus far, in your writing career?

I still need to learn more about promoting my work and publicizing my speaking engagements of which there have been many lately.

Are there any groups, clubs, or organizations that you would recommend to other writers that have helped you in your career?

I have been assisted by membership in Independent Publishers of New England.

Where can people find your work? (Besides ABSW ;)–though they should totally check here first!)

My book Exploring the Charles River is featured on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at Independent bookstores. You may order from the company who published it: Merrimack Media, Boston. I also maintain a blog at: explorethecharles.com.

How can we follow your work, share your awesomeness, or otherwise stalk you in a totally non-creepy way?

You may want to be at one of my book talks. I turn up in a variety of places – libraries, bookstores, group residences, and environmental organizations.

 

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