The year 2013 is drawing to a close, and we’re opening our arms to what we hope will be a good 2014.
As a reminder to all our customers and friends, we will be CLOSED for the holiday on January 1, 2014. We reopen at 9AM on Thursday, January 2nd, and will launch our winter hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM-8PM, Fri 9AM-9PM, Sat 10AM-9PM, Sun 11AM-5PM.
This 2013 brought us quite a year. We remember the many great people we lost this year. Authors who inspired us and changed our lives with their writing…with their lives, if we were given the gift of knowing them beyond their writing. Friends and family left us… companions from conventions and fandom… online pals who were no less friends for having only been able to share virtual hugs and shoulders to cry on… mentors and teachers who further shaped who we are.
Their losses—and it seemed like there were so many of them this year—made 2013 a very difficult year.
But 2013 had a lot of wondrous and happy moments, too. ABSW celebrated four years of business and had one of the most event-filled years yet, averaging 2-4 events every month. We started doing more offsite events at other local venues, conventions, and conferences. Nearly a hundred different authors from all parts of publishing, NY Times Bestsellers to local historians and poets, visited our store for events, readings, and signings.
Worcester Storytellers celebrated their first anniversary since their relaunch with ABSW in September. The New England Horror Writers hosted a beautiful fundraiser for the widow of author Rick Hautala with us. And the Worcester Writers Collaborative hosted their “shelfies” photos and a Small Business Saturday event with us.
So, despite the sadness and difficulty of the year, we celebrate the good there was and look to bring it into 2014 with more events, more ways to support our Worcester community, and more ways to be the best little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside!
From all of us at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street, may you have a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!
Full of wonderful words.