Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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Happy Leap Day, everyone!

We hope everyone is enjoying this extra day and doing something a little fun or wacky!

As for us, we’re using the extra day to get ready for March, where we are “Mad for Plaid” and celebrating Women’s History Month. Check out our displays for this month’s themes when you stop in.

In our great news category, more of our friends and past guests for ABSW events are up for major literary awards! The 2016 Stoker nominations for best in Horror literature were recently released, and we’d like to congratulate Paul Tremblay, who is up for Superior Achievement in a Novel for Head Full of Ghosts; John McIlveen, who is up for Superior Achievement in a First Novel for Hannahwhere; and Christopher Golden, who is up for Superior Achievement in an Anthology for Seize the Night. Good luck to all of you!

Also, if you haven’t yet seen them, take a look at these beautiful handmade Afghan throws by local artisan Eva. We have them hanging up with our artisan hand towels by our local author display. It’s still a little damp and chilly, so grab one to snuggle with while reading.

Thank you to everyone who came out this weekend for Liz Mugavero’s release of her latest Pawsitively Organic novel. Her dog, Shaggy, was pleased with all the extra love this weekend, too! If you were unable to attend this weekend, we do still have some signed stock of her cozy pet mysteries, so stop in to grab them.

TODAY, Monday, February, 29, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, we are hosting the Free People’s Artists Workshop, co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association. Join us for an evening of networking and critiquing with local artists.


On Friday, March 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, we are happy to host the inaugural Rainbow Readers Youth LGBTQA Book Club. Focusing on books for teens by LGBTQA authors or about LGBTQA topics, this first meeting is an open discussion of our favorite books, what we want to read, and more.

And – UPDATED – on Sunday, March 6, from 2:00-4:00 PM, we are hosting author Sharon Legasey and illustrator Monique Legasey-Pappas as they share their work for Sharon’s debut middle grade novel, The House of Wonder.

Sharon Ross Legasey’s storytelling began at age twelve while she was babysitting, and her literary appreciation continued through her motherhood as she told bedtime stories. She is a member of the Spencer Writer’s Group and the Worcester County Poetry Association.

Monique Legasey-Pappas founded the Creative Communication Art Studio in 1999, and in addition to teaching all ages, she does private artwork and designs special art works for the Millbury and Leicester Fire Departments. The House of Wonder is her second publication.

The House of Wonder tells the story of fifteen-year-old Rosalie O’Houlihan, who follows an odd birdsong up Maine’s Mount Megunticook to a mysterious house hidden in the trees. On the way, she finds herself on a mystical adventure through history that challenges her bravery, confidence and determination as she unlocks the mystery behind an old promise.

Of course, it is still New England, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook page (even linked here and at the bottom of the email for your convenience) to check for any changes in our hours or events due to inclement weather.

And here’s what to look forward to for the rest of March!

Saturday, March 12, 3:00-6:00 PM – Zombies and Superheroes with Scott Goudsward and Jeremy Flagg

UPDATED LINK: Sunday, March 13, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – An Afternoon of Poetry with Rev. Catherine Reed

UPDATED LINK: Thursday, March 17, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion, Companions Part 1.

UPDATED LINK: Saturday, March 19, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – The Road Trip of a Lifetime or the Edge of War – Adventure and Suspense with Authors Caitlin Avery and H.A. Raynes

Saturday, March 19, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA Book Club

Friday, March 25, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers

Monday, March 28, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop

For your convenience, here’s a list of our regular events!

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

Worcester Storytellers, the fourth Friday of every month from 7-8:30 PM. This month is open mic for all with no featured reader. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on March 25.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the last Monday of each 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. MEETING TONIGHT; March meeting on the 28th.

Doctor Who Talks, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction serial. Every month will have a different topic! Next meeting on March 17.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. The book will be Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Next meeting on March 19.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 6:00-8:00 PM. The first meeting is March 4, and it is an open discussion of LGBTQA books for kids and teens.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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