Happy Labor Day! We hope all our friends are having an excellent holiday weekend and staying safe. Do you know what we are celebrating today?
According to the Department of Labor: Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
Find out more about Labor Day and its history on the Department of Labor website.
We ARE open TODAY, Labor Day, for our regular fall hours, so feel free to stop in. We always have our hours listed 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
This week, we have a lot going on! Here’s a look!
Saturday, September 9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM – ABSW and Rainbow Readers host a table at Worcester Pride.
From 12:00 – 5:00 PM, Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester joins Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts to celebrate Worcester Pride at the Pride Festival on the Common. With entertainment, food trucks, local artists, children’s events, and more, the Pride Festival, which follows the Worcester Pride Parade, is a celebration of the rainbow of Worcester. ABSW will have a selection of our LGBTQIA books, Rainbow Readers will be selling gift items to raise funds for the ongoing book club meetings, and local artisan Suzanne Lahna of Patched & Smacked will be selling their empowering jewelry—all under one tent!
Saturday, September 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Best-selling author Craig Shaw Gardner reads and signs.
Craig Shaw Gardner sold his first short story in 1977, and began writing full time in 1987. While most of his early novels are humorous fantasy, the majority of his short stories have been sold to original horror anthologies such as SHADOWS, MIDNIGHT, DOOM CITY and other cheerful names. His novelization of Batman spent something like 13 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, changing his name on book covers to “New York Times Best-selling Author Craig Shaw Gardner” forevermore.
Temporary Monsters (Book 1 in the Temporary Magic series) introduces Lenny Hodge, a young man with certain abilities—special talents that even he doesn’t understand. It is only when he joins Terrifitemps (the temporary employment agency that secretly controls the world) and meets his new team—a psychic, a vampire, a ghost hunter, and a werevole (yes, a werevole)—that Lenny realizes how much his special talent will put him in jeopardy.But it’s worth it, right? Hasn’t Lenny always wanted to save the world?
Sunday, September 10, 2:00 – 4:00 PM – Sarah Prager with Queer, There, and Everywhere returns!
Sarah Prager is an advocate for queer history education particularly for youth. Her first book, Queer, There, and Everywhere: 23 People Who Changed the World was released by HarperCollins this May. In 2013, Sarah created Quist, a free app for iOS, Android, and Windows that brings LGBTQ and HIV history to life with a following of over 35,000 from over 100 countries. Sarah’s writing has been published in The Advocate, Huffington Post, QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, It Gets Better Project’s blog, and various other newspapers, magazines, and blogs. She has been a guest on HuffPost Live, the Michelangelo Signorile Show on Sirius XM Progress Radio, and The List on ABC2.
Here’s a look at the rest ofSeptember…
Saturday, September 9, 12:00 – 5:00 PM –
Friday, September 15, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Karen Stivali, queer romance author, reads, speaks, and signs.
Saturday, September 16, 3:00 – 5:00 PM – Award-winning Lesbian Fiction author Jean Copeland speaks and signs.
Saturday, September 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discusses Sunset Park by Santino Hassell.
Thursday, September 21, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night: Old School / New School.
Friday, Septenber 22, 7:00 – 8:30 – Worcester Storytellers Birthday Open Mic and Double Feature: Catherine Zebrowski and Joey Gould.
Saturday, September 30, 1:00 – 3:00 – Jenny Allen, Afternoon of Laughter.
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 September 25.
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!