We hope everyone who celebrates had a wonderful Father’s Day yesterday, full of fun and safe travel!
Thank you to everyone who came out to the events this weekend at our little “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street! On Thursday, we had fun at our Doctor Who Discussion Night. On Friday, we had a fantastic turn out to our first Love is Love panel with queer romance authors Sam Wayland and Karen Stivali. And on Saturday, Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts met to discuss Chameleon Moon by RoAna Sylver.
From events to specials, there’s a lot of reasons to keep stopping by our store!
Have you checked out our special LGBTQIA display on the way to the children’s rooms? What about our School Summer Reading display in our larger children’s room? We also have our sidewalk sale carts out there—regularly changing—for you to find something new. Don’t forget, also, we can special order any books you need.
You’ve also only got until the end of the month for our Report Card Rewards Program! From June 1 to June 30, bring your final 2017 report card into our 65 James Street store and receive free books!
If your highest grade is an “A”, you’ll receive two free used books.
If your highest grade is a “B”, you’ll receive one free used book.
If you have a straight “A” report card (including A+ and A-), you will receive a $10 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester.
If you have a straight “B” report card (including B+ and B-), you will receive a $5 gift certificate to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester.
One prize per report card.
If that’s not enough to get you out to our 65 James Street store, look what we’ve got going on THIS WEEK!
THIS WEDNESDAY, June 21, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, join us for Donna Minkovicz talks about Memoirs and Journalism in the Queer Community.
Donna Minkowitz is a writer (New York Times Book Review, Salon, The Nation) and the restaurant critic for Gay City News. She is the author of the memoir Growing Up Golem, a finalist for both a Lambda Literary Award and the Judy Grahn Nonfiction Award. Minkowitz’s first memoir, Ferocious Romance, was about what she had in common with the Christian right, despite being a leftist lesbian. Ferocious Romance won a Lambda Literary Award and was a finalist for the Quality Paperback Book Club’s New Visions Award “for the most promising or distinctive work by a new author .” A former Village Voice columnist, she has also written for The Nation, The Collagist, New York magazine and Newsday. She teaches at the New York Writers Workshop and is also available for manuscript editing and consulting for works of memoir and creative nonfiction.
And then THIS FRIDAY, June 23, from 7:00 – 8:30 PM, we’re happ to host Worcester Storytellers featuring Cameron Garriepy.
Join us for our monthly open mic and featured reader. In the eighth grade, Cameron Garriepy wrote her first romance novel on an antique typewriter, using a stack of pink paper. Detours between that draft and publishing her first novel included a BA in Music from Middlebury College, a professional culinary education, and twelve years in the child-wrangling industry. She has parlayed those experiences and her own entrepreneurial spirit into a career in romance writing and small-press publishing.
PRIDE SPECIFIC: Saturday, June 24, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Love is Love Part 2, LGBTQIA Romance Authors share their stories.
Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester and Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts welcome a panel of authors from Bold Strokes Books to talk about writing LGBTQIA romance. The authors will be talking about their books, writing life, and the importance of all love—as well as reading and signing.
Holly Stratimore, author of Arrested Hearts, has played guitar and composed songs since the age of ten, performed open mikes and benefit shows, and volunteers as musician every summer at a day camp for special needs students. She discovered a joy for writing fiction during high school, and in 2007, Holly began devoting her creative energies to writing lesbian romance.
Life-long Massachusetts resident CF Frizzell (“Friz”) endures the telecom industry for a living but dreams of retirement spent writing at the seashore or in an Adirondack cabin. She grew up in community newspapers and established an award-winning twenty-two-year career that culminated in the role of founder/publisher.Friz credits powerhouse authors Lee Lynch, Radclyffe, and the generous family that is Bold Strokes Books for inspiration.
Fiona Riley was born and raised in New England where she is a medical professional and part-time professor when she isn’t bonding with her laptop over words. Fiona’s love for writing blossomed after she was published in a poetry competition at the ripe old age of twelve. A series of bizarre events afforded her with some unexpected time and she found herself reaching for her favorite blue notebook to write, never looking back.
Renee Roman grew up with three older brothers in Albany, New York, and spent hours reading or making up stories. Raised with a book in one hand and a dictionary in the other, she credits her mother for nurturing her craving for the written word. Her home is filled with the books she and her wife, Sue, try to find space for. Her second passion is cooking, and she enjoys entertaining friends and family as often as time allows
And next week, on Wednesday, June 28, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM we are offering Drop in Craft & Storytime: Maurice Sendak Day.
And if you’re planning for July, here’s a sneak peek!
Saturday, July 8, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Novel Superheroes. Come and meet some superheroes—and their authors—who live within written words instead of comic pages.
Sunday, July 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Massachusetts Calling Local Author Panel. Join best-selling author Lisa Shea and the Sutton Writers as they share their local anthology.
Wednesday, July 12, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – Doctor Seuss Story and Craft Day.
Sunday, July 20, 12:00 – 4:00 PM – Magical Boy Basil Team. Stop by between 12-2 for informal signing and chatting with the people behind this popular webcomic; stay through 2-4 for a more formal discussion and Q&A!
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. June is Cameron Garriepy! Next meeting is THIS FRIDAY, June 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 is June 26.
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, SPECIAL DATE due to travel, July 27.
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 July 15..
May your world be filled with wonderful words!