Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside


October is more than halfway through—can you believe it?

We spoke with the Telegram, and we’ll be hearing about whether or not we won the Central Mass “Best Of” contest in November or so. As soon as we hear, we will let you know! And we’ll also let you know when we hear about the winners of the WCCATV New Voices winners, too.

We’re going to jump right to the events, though, because THIS WEEK, we have two events we’re excited about!

On Thursday, October 20, 7:00 PM, we have our Doctor Who Discussion Night ranks the Top Ten Scariest Doctor Who episodes event! Join us and share your favorite episodes that had you hiding behind the couch!

And THEN, we have our VERY SPECIAL EVENT on Saturday, October 22, ALL DAY – ABSW Celebrates Halloween Dark Shadows Style. It’s the 50 Year Anniversary of Dark Shadows! The full day of events starts at 11:00 AM and goes until about 6:00 PM or when people are done with the party.

Actors Sharon Smyth (Sarah Collins) and Kathryn Leigh Scott (Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres) are joining us for Skype interviews.

Penny Dreadful XIII from Penny Dreadful’s Shilling Shockers will be joining us for a panel on Dark Shadows – as well as a host for some of the trivia contests we’re having! Trivia prizes are of gorgeous photos in color, black and white, and some signed.

We’ll also be having a costume contest throughout the day, with a reproduction of Barnabas Collins’s wolf’s head cane as our grand prize.

Join us for a full day of spooky, soapy fun!

Of course, you all should know better than to think we wouldn’t have some fabulous Halloween plans!

Join us for HALLOWEEN WEEKEND FUN! From Saturday to Sunday, October 29-30, join us for ALL DAY festivities. The store will host drop-in Crafts in the mornings, spooky stories in the afternoons, and grab-bags for anyone in costume while supplies last.

And if you’re in the area on Monday, Halloween, October 31, visit the store in costume for grab-bag treats while supplies last!

If that’s not enough, take a look at our awesome line-up of events for November…

November is National Novel Writing Month, and we’ll be hosting write-ins with snacks at our store every Thursday (except Thanksgiving, as we’ll be closed), from 12:00 – 5:00 PM.

Sunday, November 6, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Let Your Heart’s Desire Keep You Warm: An Afternoon of Romance.

Friday, November 11, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali.

Saturday, November 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts discusses Roller Girl by Vanessa North.

Sunday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Put Some Scares into Your Sunday the 13: Horror Authors Pete Kahle and Tom Deady.

Thursday, November 17, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, November 19, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Anniversary Extravaganza!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, November 26, ALL DAY – Small Business Saturday with Worcester Writers Collaborative

Sunday, November 27, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Author and Secular Horrorist Bracken MacLeod is Stranded at ABSW

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 fourth 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. October’s event features Rob Smales, also a long-time friend of ABSW through the New England Horror Writers. For the complete updates and schedules, follow Worcester Storytellers on Facebook! Next meeting on October 28.

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 October 24.

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 4:00-6:00 PM. Next meeting November 11.

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 November 12.

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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