Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

silentstarsongfrontcoverThank you to everyone who came out to the super-awesome, out-of-this-world events with Sharon Lee and Steve Miller on June 5 and Russ Cox and Teri Weidner this past Friday! We hope you all had as much fun as we did at our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore on 65 James Street.

Happy Father’s Day to all our friends who are dads! We hope this coming weekend is awesome for you!

There are also only four Fridays left to register your teen for our All-Day Teen Writing Workshop on Saturday, July 11.

The $60 registration includes the workshop, lunch, handouts, and individualized advice for members from the instructors. Registration deadline is Friday, July 3.

Instructor Ann Haywood Leal comes from a long line of musicians, artists, and teachers, 03272015 - coverbut never has been able to carry a tune. So, she was given plenty of writing supplies. Eventually, she put those writing supplies to good use and wrote two middle-grade novels, Also Known as Harper and A Finders-Keepers Place. She’s taught for two years at the Westport Writers Workshop as well as a number of teen writing classes for libraries throughout Connecticut.

T.J. Wooldridge is the child-friendly persona of Trisha J. Wooldridge, who reviews dining establishments in Faerie for her local paper, much to the natives’ confusion, and writes grown-up stories and poems that occasionally win awards. She’s also designed a number of online courses and regularly teaches workshops at bookstores, libraries, and schools—including Smith College’s Conbust. She has co-produced the Spencer Hill Press anthologies UnCONventional and Doorways to Extra Time. Her novels include The Kelpie, The Earl’s Childe, and Silent Starsong.

We’re now midway into the super-busy and exciting month of June, and there have been quite a few updates to our schedule, so let’s get right to our events! As always, watch our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates!


Sunday, June 21, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Hafta Craft and Storytime Drop-in of Myth and Magic. Join us as we create mythical creatures in craft and listen to stories about knights, dragons, and more!

Wednesday, June 24, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM – Winnie-the-Pooh Theme Day: crafts and stories.

WE HAVE POSTPONED the Thursday, June 25, 8:00 PM “Shelf Series” Employee talk (and tasting!) with Trisha J. Wooldridge. New date TBA.

Friday, June 26, 7:00-8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers open mic featuring “Cowboy” Matt Hopewell.

Saturday, June 27, 2:00-4:00 PM – “Have you ever wondered…?” Panel on research and presentation for children’s non-fiction books.

Find out the facts behind writing non-fiction books for children in a panel of authors who do just that. ABSW hosts Nancy Castaldo, Joan Duris, Jane Sutcliffe, Heather Lang, and J. Roach-Evans from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. The authors will present an informational panel about their research, how they put their research into a kid-friendly format, working with photographers and illustrators, and more! Have you ever wondered where the beautiful and informational books children read come from? Would you like to hear how authors research and present information for kids? Whether you’re an educator, parent, librarian, writer, or just someone interested in children’s books, this panel is for you.

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED: Sunday, June 28, 2:00 PM – Literary Genre Trivia: Romantic Suspense

Tuesday, June 30, 7:00 PM – “Shelf Series” Employee Talk with Selina Lovett: Virtual Meet & Greet of Literary Legends or “The awesome people I’ve met during years of volunteering at science fiction & fantasy conventions.”

INTRODUCING NEW EVENT: Monday, June 29, 7:00-9:00 PM – THE FREE PEOPLE’S ARTISTS WORKSHOP. A networking and feedback group for writers, painters, dancers, musicians, potters, craftsmen, composers, and anyone who creates art. Meetings will be every last Monday of the month at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester on 65 James Street. This event is co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Of course, as a reminder, our regular events are…

Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social, every Monday at 7:00PM (sharing space last Monday of the month with The Free People’s Artists Workshop). Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

Hafta Craft & Storytime Family Drop-in, the third Sunday of every month from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM. June’s theme will be Myth & Magic. Children must be accompanied by an adult for duration of stay.

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook!

And now

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of every 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.

As always, watch ABSW calendar and our Facebook Page for more details and updates.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!


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