The end of April is in sight and we’ll be moving to May with this weekend!
Before we mention anything else, let’s talk a little about this weekend—It’s a special one!
THIS WEEKEND, April 30-May 1, we have our 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 our 65 James Street shelves!
Recently, owner Patty Cryan (who was just featured on our spotlight interview) came into a vintage collection she was particularly excited about. Bookstore staff, clad in archival gloves to protect the books, have been researching and listing all the books in our inventory. From rare translations, to special illustrated editions, to first editions, the selection is wide and eclectic.
Adding to the festivities, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, Patty will give a set of collected readings on “Books about Books,” and on Sunday at 1:00 PM, she will talk about her adventures in bookselling. Throughout both days, we’ll have other surprises for everyone.
During this special weekend, we’re also still supporting the Worcester – The City That Reads book drive. Donate your new or gently used books appropriate for students from kindergarten to eighth grade. If you buy a book just for donation, we will take an additional 10% off.
And the drawing for the two Sisters diner gift certificates also happens this weekend! Anyone who buys $5 or more from our store can be entered to win one of two $10 gift certificates! (If your purchase is just under, consider buying a children’s book for Worcester – The City That Reads book drive!) The drawing will be held on May 1, at the end of during our weekend-long celebration of Independent Bookstore Day – Vintage Book Event. Winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes.
Ready to plan for May? Here’s a brief peek at our planned events for May!
Friday, May 6, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Rainbow Reader’s LGBTQA Youth Book Club discusses George by Alex Gino
Saturday, May 14, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Harris N. Rosen discusses financial and estate planning through My Family Record Book.
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Abandoned Asylums author and photographer speak and sign.
Thursday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Group talks Companions from the 6th, 7th, and 8th Doctors
Saturday, May 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers LGBTQA discusses Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
Sunday, May 22, 12:00 – 2:00 PM – The Baseball Buff’s Bathroom Book, author Carl H. Johnson talks baseball and signs his newest book.
Monday, May 23, 7:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop
Friday, May 27, 7:00 PM – Worcester Storytellers
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. April’s featured reader is Catherine Reed. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on May 27.
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 May 23.
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 May 26.
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 The Color Purple by Alice Walker. Next meeting on May 21.
Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. The book will be George by Alex Gino. Next meeting on May 6.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!