Happy Spring—with a side of New England snow! Because: New England.
Still, days are getting longer and (eventually?) warmer. It’s becoming the season to laze around outside with a good book. It’s also our sidewalk sale season—so check out our carts outside for even more savings on the titles you want.
As always, many thanks to all the folks who came out to support our events last week and weekend. We had a great Doctor Who Discussion about Companions on Thursday, and on Saturday, we had a lovely time with Caitlin Avery and H.A. Raynes talking about road trips adventures and futuristic thrillers. We also had a great meeting with the Rainbow Readers, our LGBTQA book club, as they talked about the Song of Achilles.
We WILL be open our regular hours of 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM on Easter Sunday.
And THIS FRIDAY, March 25, we are very excited at Victor Infante’s return with Worcester Storytellers. Worcester Storytellers will start with their usual open mic readings at 7:00, finishing with Victor’s feature. The bookstore already has copies of Murder Ink, and Victor will be bringing a limited number of copies of his most recent release, the poetry chapbook, Hymns from the Salvation Jukebox. You can find out more about Victor from our interview with him this past Friday.
To finish out the month, THIS MONDAY, March 28, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, ABSW welcomes back the Free People’s Artists Workshop at 7:00 for an evening of networking and feedback with other local artists and artisans, co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.
Are you ready to make some April plans? Here’s a peek at what’s happening at ABSW in April!
Friday, April 1, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. Rainbow Readers Youth is a teen book club focusing on LGBTQA.
Sunday, April 3 – International Children’s Book Day. Look for in-store displays of recommended children’s books.
Saturday, April 16, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Author Jo Page presents Preaching in my Yes Dress. An author talk, reading, and signing about her “frank and funny story of a church-geek girl who spent twenty years in the ecclesiastical trenches as a Lutheran pastor, preaching weekly words of hope she wasn’t sure she even believed.”
Saturday, April 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts reads The Color Purple. LGBTQA book club meets monthly.
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Local Author and Activist Scott Schaeffer-Duffy presents Nothing is Impossible. An author talk, reading, and signing about “stories of ordinary people who take leaps of faith.”
Monday, April 18, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – April Vacation Fun! Drop-in storytelling, singing, and crafts.
Tuesday, April 19, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – April Vacation Fun! Drop-in storytelling, singing, and crafts.
Wednesday, April 20, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Maddison’s Mission. Maddison is a small dog on a big mission to make BIG smiles.
Thursday, April 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group. Talk continues on the Doctor’s Companions, focusing on the Forth and Fifth Doctor.
Friday, April 22, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers brings their regular open mic, this month featuring Catherine Reed.
Monday, April 25, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop
SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, April 30 – Sunday, May 1 – Weekend Long Independent Bookstore / Vintage Book Event! ABSW has a great collection of vintage and antique books that we normally only sell online, but to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, we are opening our collection to the public to browse! Owner Patty Cryan will talk about her adventures in bookselling, and throughout the day, we’ll have other surprises and readings for everyone.
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. Next meeting on March 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 April 21.
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 April 16.
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. Next meeting on April 1.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!