Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside


Happy Official Autumn as of this week, friends!

We love autumn for a lot of reasons at the store – not the least of which being Halloween! We’ve put together a lovely display up front of some of our favorite fall reads. Some may even be a surprise to you, so check them out!

Thank you to everyone who’s been voting for us in the Telegram’s “Best Of” ballot! We are up for “Best Bookstore” in Worcester County.  If you agree, we would appreciate your vote! Added bonus: registering to vote gets you entered to win $300. You can also support your other favorite local businesses and vote for a variety of places that you think are the “Best Of” in their category.

For those of you back in school, or with kids back in school, if you’re still finding out about books you’ll need to read for this semester or this year – literature, classics, and more – check in at our 65 James Street location. We might be able to help you out!  If it’s not on our shelves, we can order books for you.

This past week, we had a great time with our Doctor Who Discussion Night and Rainbow Reader events, including the Rainbow Reader Youth discussion of The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie, our visit from voice actor Greg Tremblay, and our Rainbow Reader discussion of The Bone Doll’s Twin by Lynn Flewelling. Thank you to everyone who came out!

THIS FRIDAY, September 23, starting at 7:00 PM, we have a Special Event!  We celebrate the Worcester Storytellers 4TH Birthday Double-Header. Join us for the Open Mic and stay for featured readers Jennifer Martelli and Kevin Carey. We’ll have refreshments and a grand old while celebrating four years of this wonderful monthly event!

And then…

Monday, September 26, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop.

NEW LISTING: Thursday, September 29, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Banned Books Discussion Night. Join ABSW staff and Worcester educator Jack M. Haringa for a discussion of why it’s important to keep books from being banned, as well as a look at books that have been banned or challenged, and why it’s important we read these books.

Since we’re more than halfway through September, here’s a quick peek at some of our October events!

NEW TIME: Friday, October 14, 4:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera.

Saturday, October 15, 6:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.

Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night ranks the Top Ten Scariest Doctor Who episodes!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 22, ALL DAY – ABSW Celebrates Halloween Dark Shadows Style. Day includes panel discussions on the show, trivia with prizes, Skype talks with actors, a visit from Penny Dreadful XIII from Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers, and even a costume contest with prizes!

HALLOWEEN WEEKEND FUN: Saturday – Sunday, October 29-30, ALL DAY – Drop-in Crafts in the mornings, spooky stories in the afternoons, and grab-bags for anyone in costume while supplies last.

Monday, Halloween, October 31, ALL DAY – Visit the store in costume for grab-bag treats while supplies last.

As a reminder, here are 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. September’s special BIRTHDAY event features Jennifer Martelli and Kevin Carey. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on September 23.

The Free People’s Artists Workshop, the fourth 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 September 26.

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, October 20.

Rainbow Readers Youth of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club specific to teens, meeting once a month on first Fridays from 7:00-9:00 PM. Next meeting, October 14.

The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month on third Saturdays from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting, October 15.

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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