Author Spotlight – Katy Simpson Smith

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is very happy to shine our Friday spotlight on literary fiction author Katy Simpson Smith. I asked Katy to say a few words about herself and her writing, and here was her response:

I grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and studied history for a while before turning to fiction. I started writing novels set in the eighteenth-century South—my first two books explore family ties, freedom, and race—but I have a new novel coming out in March that’s quite a departure! The Everlasting is set in Rome and tells four overlapping love stories that span two thousand years. I now live in New Orleans and teach creative writing at Millsaps College in Jackson.

Where can people find your work? (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

If you can’t make it to Annie’s Book Stop, find another independent bookstore nearby! Indiebound.com is also a great resource for books. Online, you can learn more about me at http://www.katysimpsonsmith.com

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

I’ll be posting updates about my work on my website and also on Instagram! (@katysimpsonsmith)

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

The Everlasting emerged out of a trip to Rome I took several years ago; I went without a particular purpose, but walking around the city day after day, absorbing the churches and the art and the ruins, I became enamored with how Rome told the story of itself—how its history came in layers, each perfectly preserved, so that nothing of the past was ever really gone. It made me think of history differently, and I wondered what it would be like to write a novel where the linear progression of history became something more fluid and looping and circular. Once I had that structure in mind, there was no shortage of fascinating Roman characters to draw from: a Christian child martyr, a medieval monk who tends the crypt, a Medici princess with Moorish ancestry, a contemporary field biologist… From that point, it was just a matter of doing enough research to let my imagination run wild.

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

I love gardening, and I find that keeping a wild space is so important while I’m writing. When I’m in the dirt, I can turn off my swarming thoughts and just pay attention to the small things: digging out weeds, tending new plants, preparing the soil. And I’m accompanied out there by a menagerie of birds, butterflies, dragonflies, lizards, and worms.

What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?

This is a tiny moment, but I once took the train to Naples to see a particular crypt that makes an appearance in The Everlasting, and my seat partner happened to be a fairly successful Italian stage actor. He was very well-connected, and after we talked for a while about art and writing, he called up a friend of his who ran one of Naples’ most famous pizzerias. Not only did he procure me a seat in the middle of the lunch rush hour, but the pizza—the best I’ve ever eaten in my life—was on the house. I was there to work hard and do research, but sitting there with my pizza felt like the greatest thing I’d ever accomplish.

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 take care of two wild cats who have come to rely upon me for breakfast. They’re excellent garden companions, and they remind me with their simple needs that my flights of fancy at the desk aren’t actually all that important. What’s important is food, water, shelter, and touch.

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

That writing is a beautiful, tormenting, fulfilling part of my life, but that it isn’t—and shouldn’t be—all of my life. I’ve worked hard to find a healthy balance of imagination and reality, even when a novel threatens to swallow my brain whole. Take time to be in nature, to engage with physical things, to listen to your friends’ stories, to help your communities. It’ll only make the writing feel that much richer.

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Events Buzz Midweek!

Chillier weather and darkening skies mark the change of seasons here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.  Anytime is a good time to snuggle in your blankets, but rainy days in autumn are even more delightful with a good book.

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Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  


RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 7, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 8, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE]: Saturday, October 12, starting at 10AM – Many of our author and publisher friends and colleagues will have tables at the 2019 Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival!  Support some of the most creative people in horror and dark fantasy!

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, October 14, 11AM–2PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Day Crafts and Activities. Spend your Monday holiday in the Hundred Acre Wood, playing games and doing crafts based on Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 14, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 15, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 19, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS by Olivia Waite. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 21, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 22, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 26, 11AM–2PM – Spoooooky Crafts And Stories. Join us for Halloween-themed crafts for ages four and up as we read from some of our scary and not-so-scary favourites! Costumes definitely encouraged, we’ll be wearing ours.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, October 27, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 28, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 29, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight – Jean M. Grant

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is very happy to shine our Friday spotlight on women’s romance and fiction author Jean M. Grant. Jean will be at the store on Saturday, December 7th at 1:00 PM to sign her latest book, Will Rise From Ashes. Jean’s background is in science and she draws from her interests in history, nature, and family for inspiration. She writes historical and contemporary romances and women’s fiction. She also writes articles for family-oriented travel magazines. When she’s not writing, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and exploring the outdoors.

I asked Jean where people can find her work (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!), and this was her response:

My books can be found in a few local bookstores, and on numerous online sites in print, e-book, and audio book formats: AmazonBarnes and NobleiTunes, Kobo, and Google Play to name a few.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?

I’m local and you can find me hanging around local libraries and coffee shops, but you can find me online: Website ~ Twitter  ~ FacebookGoodreads ~ Bookbub ~ Amazon Author PageThe Wild Rose Press ~ Instagram

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

I write romance and women’s fiction. I am drawn to romance that delves into deep emotion, whisks us off to dreamy locales, is thick with plots/twists/complicated villains…and ends us with a happy every after. I’ve always loved the middle ages and Scotland. Throw in a paranormal twist and you have my historical romance series. My contemporary romances are real and relatable and steeped in emotional backstory. As for women’s fiction, the focus is on the emotional journey of a woman and doesn’t always have a happy ending…so far, in my case, my books do. I like to end with hope and healing after the character deals with heartache. Readers can relate to the hardships and the hope for a better future.

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

My ongoing motto in writing (I’ve spoken about it a library event and write about it on my blog) is the 3 P’s: Patience, Perseverance, and Putting in the Time. Patience: you will not publish overnight. It takes a surplus of patience as you weave through your writing career. Much time is spent waiting. But we keep busy while waiting or else we’d go mad! Perseverance: rejection and setbacks abound. Keep on keepin’ on. Publication is tough, but we don’t know until we try and we don’t learn without failure. Putting in the time: nobody is born an author. It takes time to learn the craft and navigate the industry. I took 19 years and four books before the one (#4) made it to print. Since then, I’ve published 3 more, have another in the queue for next year, and another two in the writing process.

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

Good question! My first few books are set in historical Scotland, but Will Rise from Ashes starts with a road trip that begins in Maine. Soul of the Storm is set in a fictional town in Vermont, and my current manuscript will be set in a fictional central Massachusetts town. I love writing about New England, but I am also not afraid to step out and write books that take me to places I’ve never visited. I wrote about Scotland long before I got to visit this rugged, resplendent country.

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What has been your favorite adventure during your writing career?

Research! Historical or contemporary, I love to dig deep into research. I have visited locales in my books from Scotland (castles, mountains, and winding roads, oh my!), to a real-life recreated viking ship in Mystic, CT, to Yellowstone National Park, to the Mad River Valley (Vermont). I’ve also consulted numerous authenticity readers for accuracy and respectful representation (Search and Rescue canine unit, a Vermont State Police officer, a woman with Maori heritage, Civil Air Patrolman, US Post Office, two people with a disability I’m writing about, myself as a parent to a child with autism, former military, librarian (I am on the board, too), local politician, nurses…the list goes on). When in doubt, I find an expert or somebody with first-hand knowledge). I walked the local cemetery to get name ideas for my newest book. Museums. Websites. Books galore. I love research! Anything to make a story ring true.

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?

Usually my cat does more to distract than help. But she is a gem. We said a sad goodbye to our beloved 15-year-old cat this summer and welcomed a frisky 1.5-year-old kitty who we adopted from a friend (she had been fostering her). She is a blessing and sweetheart and keeps this full-time at-home writer company. Ironically, her name is Tres (she had three babies)…and I named a cat Tres in one of my books. I had named this book cat before I even knew about the foster cat. Freaky or providential? Either way, she is a sweetpea and a lovely welcome to our busy home. When I get lonely while writing, she is always ready to chat/meow/chirp/squeak, play, and cuddle.

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

Local writers’ groups (critique groups), critique partners, RWA, WFWA, Twitter’s #5amwritersclub and #writingcommunity, Facebook groups, fellow Wild Rose Press authors, and the editors and staff themselves at my publishing house. Though we write alone, we are not alone on this journey. Utilize resources and network. I’ve met many friends along the way.

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Thanks for taking the time out of your writing schedule to answer our questions. We will see you at our store on December 7th at 1:00 PM for your book signing!

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Events Buzz Monday: Autumn Is Upon Us!

Happy first day of Fall here in New England, home of the little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.  The leaves are starting to crunch on the ground, and although today is definitely a warm one, the nights are getting cooler and the air crisper and drier… perfect weather for reading on your porch and planning your leaf-peeping jaunts.

A reminder of our Autumn hours:

MONDAYS & TUESDAYS – 10AM-9PM * WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS – 10AM-8PM

 FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 10AM-9PM * SUNDAYS 10AM-6PM

And, as always, we reserve the right to stay open past 9pm on event nights.

Autumn means apples, pumpkins, ghosts, and mysterious doings.  You’ll find plenty of good reading on topics both spooky and homey here at your friendly neighborhood bookstore.

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Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  


RECURRING EVENT – TONIGHT!: Monday, September 23, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, September 24, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 26 at 6PM – Fantasy Author D.J. Butler Reads And Signs! Join us for a fabulous evening with Dave [D.J.] Butler, author of the folk magic / alternate history titles WITCHY EYE and WITCHY WINTER, as we celebrate the release of his newest title WITCHY KINGDOM. Dave is also the author of the middle grade fantasy series THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE. Expect tall tales, laughter and music; all ages welcome. See above for having books autographed for you if you cannot make it to the signing.  We have a large stock of new and used copies of Dave’s older titles as well.

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, September 29, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 30, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 1, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 7, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 8, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE]: Saturday, October 12, starting at 10AM – Many of our author and publisher friends and colleagues will have tables at the 2019 Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival!  Support some of the most creative people in horror and dark fantasy!

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, October 14, 11AM–2PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Day Crafts and Activities. Spend your Monday holiday in the Hundred Acre Wood, playing games and doing crafts based on Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 14, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 15, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 19, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS by Olivia Waite. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 21, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 22, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 26, 11AM–2PM – Spoooooky Crafts And Stories. Join us for Halloween-themed crafts for ages four and up as we read from some of our scary and not-so-scary favourites! Costumes definitely encouraged, we’ll be wearing ours.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, October 27, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 28, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 29, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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Author Spotlight – Julie Garwood

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Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is very happy to shine our Friday spotlight on Romance author Julie Garwood. With more than 35 million books in print and 27 New York Times bestsellers, Julie Garwood has clearly earned a position among America’s favorite fiction writers.  Her reputation as a masterful storyteller is solidly founded in her ability to deliver stories with appealing characters and powerful emotions.  Readers claim that it’s the humor as well as the poignancy of her novels that keep them laughing, crying and thoroughly entertained.

Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Ms. Garwood attributes much of her success to growing up in a large family of Irish heritage.  “The Irish are great storytellers who relish getting all the details and nuances of every situation.  Add in the fact that I was the sixth of seven children.  Early in life I learned that self-expression had to be forceful, imaginative, and quick,” says Ms. Garwood.

Ms. Garwood began her writing career when the youngest of her three children entered school.  After the publications of two young adult books, she turned her talents to historical fiction.  Her first novel, Gentle Warrior, was published by Pocket Books in 1985. Today her name appears regularly on the bestseller lists of every major publication in the country, and her books are translated into dozens of languages around the world.  Her bestselling novel For the Roses was adapted for the Hallmark Hall of Fame television movie Rose Hill.

Ms. Garwood lives in Leawood, Kansas, and is currently working on her next novel.

We asked Julie where people can find her work (Besides Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester –though they should totally check here first!)

My books are in most bookstores and online.  They’re also available as audio books, and they have been translated into dozens of languages around the  world.

How can we follow your work and share your awesomeness?                                             

My website address is JULIEGARWOOD.COM.  I also love to interact with readers through my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/JulieGarwood, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/juliegarwood

For readers unfamiliar with your work, how would you describe what you write?  What can readers expect from Wired?                                                                                  

 I began my career writing historical romance, but in the last several years I’ve been writing contemporary romantic suspense novels.  I’ve loved both.  Though they’re different genres, you’ll find similar subjects in my stories.  I like to create plots where characters face a problem or a bad situation that they have to overcome through their own wit and determination.  My themes are pretty consistent: family bonds, loyalty, love.  I also try to add in a good dash of humor.  In Wired, the same themes are there, but there’s a twist in the family connections.  The heroine’s parents are deceased, and the aunt and uncle who raised her are pretty despicable people.  Nevertheless, she does her best to be a good and loyal niece.  In the end, she learns that loyalty has to be earned.

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

 On the news there had been several accounts of hackers and computer theft, and I thought the idea of computer crime would make a good jumping off point for a book.  Most of my stories begin with one scene that plays out in my mind.  In the case of Wired, I saw a young woman sitting in a coffee shop working on her laptop when a television newscast catches her attention.  The reporter tells of a group of elderly people who have been robbed of their savings by a computer hacker.  The young woman is outraged for the victims, and since she knows she has the skill to help, she decides to take action.

From that single scene characters began to take shape and the story unfolded. I had to find out who she was, what challenges she was facing, and of course, who she would meet along the way that would win her heart.

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

 By far, I think the biggest draw to any category of romance novels is the happy ending.  Anywhere you look today, you can find bad news.  When I write my books, I can create my own reality where the good guy wins and the bad guy gets what’s coming to him.

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

When aspiring writers ask me for advice, I tell them three things.  First, write what you enjoy and have fun with it.  If you’re not loving the process, it will show.  Second, let your voice come through.  Readers will take the journey with you if they can hear you telling them the story.  Third, set aside some time each and every day to write.  It takes discipline to finish a book, and routine will help with that.  When I began, my children were young, and the only quiet time I had was early in the morning before they got up.  That was my writing time.

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

I live in the Midwest, but since I love Boston, I made it the setting for Wired.  It’s also the setting for the book I’m working on now.   The title is Grace Under Fire, and I hope to have it out in a few months.

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to be with us today, Julie! Perhaps if you come to Boston you can drop by our store – We’re about an hour away!

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Speculative Fiction Tuesday: Necromancers, Libriomancers, Superpeople, and Primes

Our deliveries this week and last have brought us some wonderful releases in the fields of science fiction, swords-and-sorcery, and urban fantasy.

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First we have Tamsyn Muir’s debut novel GIDEON THE NINTH, which is the first of a proposed trilogy blending science fiction, fantasy, gothic chiller, and classic house-party mystery.

Next comes LIBRIOMANCER by Jim C. Hines, Book One of the Magic ex Libris series, a reissued favourite dealing with a theme that has always struck a chord with us.

Third is A TRICK OF LIGHT by Stan Lee, the first book of ALLIANCES, co-written with Kat Rosenberg, about the emergence of superpowers in three ordinary teenagers.

Last but not least is Ilona Andrews’ newest, SAPPHIRE FLAMES, which begins a new trilogy in her “Hidden Legacy” sequence. where magic means power and family bloodlines are the true currency.

As always, we thank you for making our shelves your destination.

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Events Buzz Monday: Mellow Days, Cool Nights

School has been in session for a few weeks now in the neighborhoods around our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside.   We are back to our Autumn hours, which are as follows:

MONDAYS AND TUESDAYS – 10AM TO 9PM

WEDNESDAYS AND THURSDAYS – 10AM TO 8PM

 FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS 10AM TO 9PM

SUNDAYS 10AM TO 6PM

And, as always, we reserve the right to stay open past 9pm on event nights.

This means that daytime foot traffic may be a little slower than in the summer months, but there’s still so much to do and see here, and we are up to our ears in planning Autumn and Winter activities for you and your families, as well as bringing in new books, highlighting local authors, and making new displays.

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Our monthly specials for September are thematically linked to the publication of THE TESTAMENTS by Margaret Atwood, the sequel to the bestselling title THE HANDMAID’S TALE, whose frightening message is more timely than ever.

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Copies of YALE NEEDS WOMEN by Anne Gardiner Perkins and THE WOMEN’S WAR by Jenna Glass are discounted 45% off their retail prices during the month of September.

Cooler temperatures and longer nights also means our coffee, hot chocolate, tea, and bottled water station has been restocked!  Please feel free to help yourself to a complementary beverage while you shop; donations are welcome but not mandatory.

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Thanks to everyone who came out for the September meeting of Rainbow Readers book discussion group.  We still have copies of IN OTHER LANDS available, as well as copies of October’s and November’s titles.

As hinted a few weeks ago, changes are indeed afoot at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… please keep watching this space for updates.

In the meantime, come in to see our fresh new displays, have a complementary cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa with us, and see what’s new on our sidewalk sales carts while the weather holds out! Our mission has been and continues to be the value proposition for central New England and beyond.

  • Our New Arrivals shelf is overflowing with used book trade-ins, and we continue to add to our publisher displays of new books for children, teens, and adults, as well as our  vintage titles from the 1890s to the 1970s.
  • Our new books are ALWAYS discounted at either 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% off list prices for your shopping needs.  As always, our used books range from 50% to 90% off of cover price, and there are additional savings for our newsletter subscribers.  We also offer an educator discount for teachers, certified homeschoolers, and licensed daycare centers.
  • We have received a fresh stock of comics and magazine preservation supplies… comics bags for Golden Age, Silver Age, and Current Age titles, as well as Current Age backing boards. For a limited time, our prices are $3.75 per 100 bags, any size, and $7.50 per 100 backing boards. Compare that to the going rate of $14.00 to $18.00 per hundred.
  • Our selection changes daily, with customer trade-ins of used titles as well as shipments from publishers and wholesalers.  You are bound to find something for any interest, and we take special orders and do book searches as well.
  • Don’t forget! We also offer “from our door to your door” mail order fulfillment, just one of the many ways in which we serve you, our customers, as Worcester’s full-service bookstore.
  • And, very important as we start loading up events for our Fall and Winter calendars… if you cannot make it to one of our author signings but want an autographed copy held for you, please let us know!  We are happy to have prepaid books personalized and / or autographed for you at the event, and to hold them for pickup at your convenience, or to be mailed to you.

Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!  


RECURRING EVENT – TONIGHT!: Monday, September 16, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, September 17, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! We are thrilled to announce the return of Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

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RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 23, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, September 24, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 26 at 6PM – Fantasy Author D.J. Butler Reads And Signs! Join us for a fabulous evening with Dave [D.J.] Butler, author of the folk magic / alternate history titles WITCHY EYE and WITCHY WINTER, as we celebrate the release of his newest title WITCHY KINGDOM. Dave is also the author of the middle grade fantasy series THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE. Expect tall tales,laughter and music; all ages welcome. See above for having books autographed for you if you cannot make it to the signing.  We have a large stock of new and used copies of Dave’s older titles as well.

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RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, September 29, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 30, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 1, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 7, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 8, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE]: Saturday, October 12, starting at 10AM – Many of our author and publisher friends and colleagues will have tables at the 2019 Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival!  Support some of the most creative people in horror and dark fantasy!

SPECIAL EVENT: Monday, October 14, 11AM–2PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Day Crafts and Activities. Spend your Monday holiday in the Hundred Acre Wood, playing games and doing crafts based on Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl and Rabbit! Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 14, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 15, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 19, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS by Olivia Waite. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 21, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 22, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 28, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 29, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops.  Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

 

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