December is here and filled with all sorts of holidays—and we wish you all the best, whatever you celebrate!
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Mindful for the Holidays event this past weekend. We had a lovely time practicing techniques to lower stress and deal with conflict thanks to Whitney Stewart’s visit and Mindful Kids card set. We sold out at the event, but will have more coming in soon!
If you’re still stressed by the thought of packed malls, crazy stores, and holiday shopping, stop by our cozy, small yet “bigger on the inside” bookstore at 65 James Street. We’ve got gift certificates, signed books, and other unique gift items sure to please just about everyone on your list. In fact, to help you find the perfect gifts, we’re currently posting gift ideas on our blog every day through December 24. (The store will be closed December 25, 2017.)
And we still have some great events happening this month to give you a break and maybe inspire you for some cool gift ideas!
THIS THURSDAY, December 7, from 7:00-9:00 PM, stop into the store for Spicy Romance for the Holidays with Cecilia Tan.
Tuck in for an evening of hot romance and erotica with Cecilia Tan, owner of Circlet Books and author of some of the spiciest titles in gay and straight romance and erotica. We’re celebrating her latest release in time for the holidays as well as the Riptide Charity bundle supporting the Russian LGBT Network!
Saturday, December 9, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way for Nancy Schön, Artist, Sculptor, Author.
Although Nancy Schön came to public art late in life, she more than made up for it. “The Tortoise and the Hare” in Boston’s Copley Square greet Boston Marathon runners as they cross the finish line, McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings” is one of the most loved pieces in the Boston Public Garden, McCloskey’s “Sal’s Bear” graces Maine’s Botanical Gardens, as do “Lentil and His Dog” in Hamilton, Ohio—and of course, “Make Way for Ducklings,” is her beloved statue in the Boston Public Gardens and the inspiration for her memoir and art book, Make Way for Nancy.
Each piece posed unique challenges and each generated original, unforgettable results. She explains what goes into making a beautiful and tactile work of public art, from the wax maquettes to the casting in bronze, from dealing with budgets and logistics to the diplomacy required for dealing with public places and elected officials. Her story offers encouragement to anyone trying to express themselves, whether artist, athlete, dancer, musician or writer, for she demonstrates that drive and determination (when coupled with an undeniable talent) can overcome any roadblock and produce remarkable results.
Then, NEXT SATURDAY, December 16, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Rainbow Readers Discuss Harem Master by Megan Derr. Join us for our monthly LGBTQIA Book Group. You don’t have to have finished or read the novel to enjoy the discussion, but if you’d like to check it out, we DO have copies on hand at the store for you to pick up before the meeting!
And don’t forget about our monthly Doctor Who Discussion Night! December’s event happens on Thursday, December 21, starting at 7:00 PM. We’ll be discussing the many Doctor Who Christmas Specials!
Aaaaaand… here’s a peek at some of our 2018 events that we are also excited about!
NEW LINK: Saturday, January 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Maureen Boyle, Shallow Graves, and the New Bedford Serial Killer
NEW LINK: Saturday, January 13, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Cullen Murphy presents Cartoon Country.
NEW LISTING: Saturday, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Think of England by KJ Charles.
NEW LISTING:Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction.
Tuesday, February 6, Time TBA – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author
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!
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 TBA based on holidays.
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 December 21. “Christmas Specials.”
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 December 16.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!