Our Game of Thrones fans may be already sick of the hearing plays on “Winter is Coming” (I mean, wasn’t there a meme about “Pumpkin Spice Everything is coming”?), but it’s such a perfectly foreboding sentiment…particularly in New England. It’s not quite “winter” per calendars, but here in Worcester, we’ve already got snow, ice, and freezing temperatures.
It makes a lot of us just want to go hide in a corner with a book.
Fortunately, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is here to help. We have said books for you to curl up with! (We also have coffee to help warm you up!) And if you are up for giving presents (even to yourself) to those whose passions lie outside of malls and other big box department stores, we have some unique toys and gifts that might just be perfect for them. We’re also blogging about a lot of our items so you can see what we have available…without having to come out in nasty weather.
And if you like hearing your stories delivered and performed by their authors, ABSW regularly hosts Worcester Storytellers!
Just over a year ago, Worcester Storytellers started meeting regularly on the fourth Friday of every month at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street. Open to poetry, prose, fiction, and nonfiction, they created a unique reading and listening experience to all who came. Starting with an open mic for anyone and ending with a featured reader, Worcester Storytellers gave a lot of local authors a “voice” to be heard…not only at the event each month, but in the promotion of being a featured author. The event continues to grow and fill the rooms of the “bookstore that’s bigger on the inside” with fans and readers alike.
Worcester Storytellers is hosted by Kristina England, a local poet and supporter of the arts community hosts these events. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Worcester County Poetry Association and as an assistant editor for the Ballard Street Poetry Journal. Kristina also hosts a quarterly poetry prompt workshop at the Worcester Art Museum called “Poets take over the WAM.” In her spare time, she also keeps a blog on her own writing process at kristinaengland.blogspot.com and, you know, works for a living.
The upcoming featured readers include:
December brings Trisha J. Wooldridge. Her debut children’s novel, The Kelpie, written as T. J. Wooldridge, is officially released Tuesday, December 17th. As Trisha J. Wooldridge, she’s published short stories, essays, and poetry for a more adult audience that lean toward the darker side of fantasy and into horror and edited the Spencer Hill Press anthologies UnCONventional and Doorways to Extra Time. She is also the president of Broad Universe, an international non-profit dedicated to promoting and supporting women who write science fiction, fantasy, horror, and everything in between.
In January comes Victor Infante. Victor D. Infante’s poems, stories, essays and articles have been published in dozens of periodicals internationally, and he recently released his first full-length collection of poetry, City of Insomnia, from Write Bloody Publishing. At present, he is the editor-in-chief of The November 3rd Club, an online literary journal of political writing, and a copy editor for The Worcester Telegram & Gazette, where he oversees the newspaper’s “The Weekend Starts Now” e-mail newsletter of arts & entertainment events.
For February, David Lucht is featured. We’ll have more info about him coming soon!
If you’re looking for a literature escape from the winter weather…for yourself or as a gift for someone else or both…definitely stop into Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester!
May your world be full of wonderful words!