Happy first day of school in Worcester this week! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester wishes all our returning students good luck as they embark on another year of learning. If you need books for your classes and book reports, we’re here for you. We can even do special orders.
We enjoyed meeting the class of 2021 this past week at our tables at WPI and Becker campuses. If you saw us there, stop by and redeem your coupons!
With the school year back in session, we are switching back to our fall hours. You can find them on our website, but here they are for your quick reference:
Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Monday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday-Saturday 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
We had an especially wonderful time this weekend with the Worcester Storytellers Open Mic and featured reader Trisha J. Wooldridge, as well as a fantastic signing, reading, and Q&A afternoon with Tui Southerland, author of the best-selling Wings of Fire series. While we did sell out of books 9 and 10, we have more on order, along with signed bookplates. However, if you’re just starting or curious about this popular series, we have books 1-8 signed and in stock!
While we’re having an easy Labor Day weekend with events, our 65 James Street store is open if you want to escape into some books this weekend.
As September starts, though, we have several fantastic events you should put on your calendars:
Saturday, September 9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – ABSW and Rainbow Readers host a table at Worcester Pride. Find some new favorite books and support queer reading!
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Best-selling author Craig Shaw Gardner reads and signs. A temp agency for monsters? A little humor with your fantasy and horror? Sound like your kind of books? Us too!
Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Sarah Prager with Queer, There, and Everywhere returns! Find out the LGBTQIA history you probably never got in class. When Sarah joined us for Pride Month, we sold out, so don’t miss this time! (Or enjoy a second helping!)
Friday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Karen Stivali, queer romance author, reads, speaks, and signs. Karen sold out of stock last visit, too, so come get your hands on some steaming m/m romance while you can!
Saturday, September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Award-winning Lesbian Fiction author Jean Copeland speaks and signs. Beautiful stories of women fighting for freedom in love and life. There’s a reason Jean’s won awards for her moving tales. Find out for yourself!
Saturday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses Sunset Park by Santino Hassell. Join us for our regular LGBTQIA book club. Copies available to read now!
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Old School / New School. What do you know about Coal Hill School?
Friday, Septenber 22, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers Birthday Open Mic and Double Feature: Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould. Celebrate five years since the rebirth of Worcester’s only open mic / reading feature that covers fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose.
Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 – Jenny Allen, Afternoon of Laughter. Need more laughs when life gets dark? Jenny can help as she speaks, signs, and answers questions from her book Would Everybody Please Stop?
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. September is birthday month with double feature Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould! Next meeting is September 22.
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 TODAY, August 28.
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 September 21.
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 September 16.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!