Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

06292015 - NF Authors Blog picThank you to everyone who attended our fun and informative “Have you ever wondered…?” panel of non-fiction children’s authors and illustrators this past weekend. We had a great time with everyone. Author Joan Duris provided us with this great panel picture.

This Friday, July 3rd is the LAST CHANCE to register and pay for our All-Day Teen Writing Workshop with author, editor, and educator Trisha J. Wooldridge and author and educator Ann Haywood Leal. The $60 registration includes the workshop, lunch, handouts, and individualized advice for members from the instructors. Registration MUST BE PAID by THIS FRIDAY, July 3. Find out more on its event page here!

June just about over, so we’re looking ahead to July with events. As always, watch our website and Facebook page for ongoing updates, but here is a quick and easy reference for you:

TONIGHT, 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.

TOMORROW, 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.”

And coming in July…               

Saturday July 4 – HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY! ABSW will be open our regular hours from 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM. Celebrate your freedom to read whatever you like!

Thursday, July 9, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM—Shelf Series “The Cool Old Women of Doctor Who” with Patty Cryan. ABSW owner and long-time Whovian talks about one of her particular passions about the Doctor Who.

Saturday, July 11, 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM—Teen Writing Workshop. Do you have teens in your life interested in writing? Register them for this unique workshop with Ann Haywood Leal and Trisha J. Wooldridge, instructors who have worked in a number of publishing positions—writing, editing, and teaching. Registration cost of $60 includes lunch and handouts is due THIS Friday, July 3.

Thursday, July 16 – Sunday, July 19—Patty will be attending the Northeastern Writers Conference. The store will be open, but there may be some last minute changes in hours. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Sunday, July 19, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Hafta Craft & Storytime “Fantastic Foxes.” Join us for fox-related crafts and a reading of The Tanglewood Fox.

Wednesday, July 22, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM—Craft and Reading Theme Day: The Berenstain Bears. Stories and crafts around The Berenstain Bears books.

Saturday, July 25, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM—Worcester Needs Diverse Books. Meet authors who are making a difference in the landscape of children’s and YA books through diversity. Join us for an afternoon of readings, discussion of how we can make more children and teens feel like they are part of literature, and a Q&A session with authors, illustrators, and editors. The current line-up of authors, illustrators and editors includes:

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung, authors of Little Miss Evil and webmaster overlords for #WeNeedDiverseBooks at

Cindy Rodriguez, author of When Reason Breaks, educator, journalist, contributor at Latin@s inYA, and active member of #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Terry Farish, author of The Good Braider—a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and an American Library Association Best Fiction book for Young Adults

Nicole Tadgell, illustrator of multiple books, including With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School and Friends for Freedom: The Story of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass

Kimberly Long-Ewing, educator and author of multiple short stories, poems, and the writing half of Urban Fey comics; former vice-president of Broad Universe; and member of The Outer Alliance

Rhea Ewing, illustrator of multiple books, comics, and more; book cover designer; the artist half of Urban Fey comics; and member of Broad Universe and The Outer Alliance

T.J. Wooldridge, author of The Kelpie, The Earl’s Childe, and Silent Starsong; former president of Broad Universe; and member of The Outer Alliance

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 Fantastic Foxes. 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!

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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