May is almost here! We hope everyone had a great April Vacation week. Our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street did. We had an especially fun time with our Drop-in Craft days on Monday and Tuesday, and were very pleased to have Liza Gardner Walsh come in on Friday to help us build Fairy Houses and talk about Do Fairies Bring the Spring? while she was here.
We also had a lovely time at our monthly Doctor Who Discussion Night, “New Seasons, New Stories.” We are especially thrilled our favorite alien time-traveler is back on our screens with his all-new companion!
With the school year running down, we’ve made a special Seasonal Sale Cart of just literature and classics so those of you looking to get a jump start on Summer Reading can do so. Also, if anyone has Summer Reading lists from schools, please bring them to the store so we can stock up. Summer Reading books fly of the shelves quickly here, so take advantage of the perennial favorites on our sale cart and let us know what you need as early as possible.
THIS WEEK, we have two great events for you!
THIS FRIDAY, April 28, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, we’re happy to host the Worcester Storytellers for their monthly open mic and featured reader. This month features B.J. Hill.
Technology has the power to better mankind. But the deeper it becomes entwined in society, the greater the impact on individuals’ lives when things go wrong. And things will always go wrong. What happens when our drones fall on playgrounds, AI takes over bill collecting, or our implantable devices are hacked? What will immigration, cancer treatments, and sporting events look like in our grandchildren’s era? Are we headed towards a software-driven, work-optional, equal society? How much are we willing to tolerate when lives are put on the line in the name of progress? Join us as sci-fi writer BJ Hill discusses The Worcester Sun‘s “What If Worcester?,” a monthly series of not-so-fictional news reports ripped from tomorrow’s headlines. BJ Hill is a computer technician, teacher, and freelance writer. His work has appeared in the Worcester Sun, the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, and Worcester Living.
THIS SATURDAY, April 28, ALL DAY, we are having a very special event: Independent Bookstore Day!
We will be hosting a major sale of some of our local author friends all day long, with the “Local Author” shelves full of different titles. Our employee and one of our events coordinators, Selina Lovett will share her Faces of Fandom 2 Presentation. Whether you’ve attended her prior presentation on her experiences working with SF and Fantasy conventions or not, this one is sure to delight with new photos, new stories, and even more fun!
Since May IS right around the corner, would you like a sneak peek at what we’ve got planned?
Thursday, May 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night
Saturday, May 20, 3:30-5:30 PM – Rainbow Reader Presents: Remy Flagg – Superheroes, Zombies…and other high-school teacher concerns
Saturday, May 20, 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Rainbow Reader Book Club discusses Finding Your Feet by Cass Lennox.
Sunday, May 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Hafta Craft Drop-In Crafts and Storytime: Myth and Magic.
Friday, May 26, 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and Featured Reader.
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. Join the Worcester Storytellers for their open mic and featured reader every month.April. Next meeting is May 26.
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 is TONIGHT April 24.
Doctor Who Discussion Nights, the third Thursday of every month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Join us for a discussion of our favorite science fiction series. Next meeting is May 18.
The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that will meet once a month, usually on the third Saturdays, from 6:00-8:00 PM. Next meeting is May 20.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!