Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside


Only one more week till Halloween! Are you dressing up as your favorite Time Lord? We do have sonic screwdrivers for multiple incarnations of Doctor Who to complete your costume! Come and see what we’ve got!

We want to send extra thanks to the die-hard Dark Shadows fans who braved the floods to come out to our Dark Shadows-themed Halloween party this weekend! Much of Worcester was closed down, including main highways, so we had a cozy party with Penny Dreadful XIII, as well as actors Sharon Smyth and Kathryn Leigh Scott who joined us on Facebook Messenger to visit with us. We are planning a potential “rain date” to throw another Dark Shadows party in April of next year, as we celebrate “April is the Cruelest Month.”

We also were happy to welcome several folks last Thursday for our Doctor Who Discussion night as we ranked the Top Ten scariest Doctor Who episodes. Next month, we’ll be talking about historical characters – and take a peek at what’s in store for our annual Doctor Who Celebration on Saturday, November 19th!

Now, let’s take a look at what’s coming up THIS WEEK and for Halloween!

THIS FRIDAY, October 28, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader, Rob Smales! Rob Smales is a long-time friend of ABSW and a member of the New England Horror Writers—and he’s making a special trip down from Salem to read his scary stories for us! And look at our Friday Spotlight blog to get to know him even better.

Then, for the WHOLE WEEKEND, join us for HALLOWEEN WEEKEND FUN! From Saturday to Sunday, October 29-30, join us for ghostly and monstrous festivities from 11AM to 2PM each day. The store will host drop-in crafts and spooky stories, 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. A panel of romance authors talk about love, writing, and more, as well as sign their books.

Friday, November 11, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Youth discusses Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertali. Worcester’s youth LGBTQIA reading group meets; books available through the store.

Saturday, November 12, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts discusses Roller Girl by Vanessa North. Worcester’s LGBTQIA reading group meets; books available through the store.

Sunday, November 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Put Some Scares into Your Sunday the 13: Horror Authors Pete Kahle and Tom Deady. Two local horror authors chill us with small-town horror and unusual monsters.

Thursday, November 17, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night – This month’s topic is historical figures.

NEW LINK & SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, November 19, ALL DAY – Annual Doctor Who Anniversary Celebration! Costumes, trivia, games, prizes, and more—come celebrate television’s longest-running science fiction serial at ABSW.

NEW LINK & SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, November 26, ALL DAY – Small Business Saturday with Worcester Writers Collaborative Local Worcester authors read from their works and sign books at ABSW.

NEW LINK: Sunday, November 27, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Author and Secular Horrorist Bracken MacLeod is Stranded at ABSW Acclaimed author, Bracken MacLeod, reads, takes Q&A, and signs 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 TONIGHT 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, November 17.

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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