Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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We hope all of our friends are staying warm these days!

If you’re braving the cold to come out and visit us, extra thanks—and we do have coffee!  If the cold is not for you, remember we also have a mail order service! Call the store (508-796-5613) from the comfort of your home and have your books or other treasures delivered to you.

Thank you to everyone who came out to see award-winning journalist Maureen Boyle share her book Shallow Graves at our store this past Saturday! If you missed it and are interested in local history and serial killers, we do have some signed copies left.

And THIS SATURDAY, January 13, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we’re excited because Cullen Murphy presents Cartoon Country at our store!

Cullen Murphy is the editor at large at Vanity Fair and the former managing editor of The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of The Word According to Eve, Just Curious, and God’s Jury. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

In the southwestern corner of Connecticut, there was a bit of bohemia where many of the nation’s top cartoonists and illustrators lived within a stone’s throw of one another. Cullen Murphy’s father, John Cullen Murphy, drew the wildly popular Prince Valiant and Big Ben Bolt in the heart of this artistic milieu, which included the creators of Superman, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith, Rip Kirby, Hagar the Horrible, Hi and Lois, Nancy, Sam & Silo, Amy, The Wizard of Id, The Heart of Juliet Jones, Family Circus, Joe Palooka, and The Lockhorns. Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, cartoons, and drawings, Cartoon County brings the postwar American era alive, told through the relationship of a son to his father, an extraordinarily talented and generous man who had been trained by Norman Rockwell. The book gives a glimpse into a very special community—and of an America that used to be.

And NEXT THURSDAY, January 18, from 7:00 – 8:00 PM, we have our Doctor Who Discussion Night, with a topic of “Holiday Specials Part 2,” since the 2017 Christmas Special has now aired.

Then, NEXT SATURDAY, January 20, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Think of England by KJ Charles. Join our LGBTQIA book club for a night of literary chatter. Books are available at the store, but you do NOT have to have read to book to be part of the fun.

And we’ve got quite the schedule already shaping up for 2018!  Here’s a look!

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Young Explorers Adventure Guide Authors Share Middle Grade Science Fiction.

NEW EVENT: Saturday, February 3, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Do You Need to Laugh? Local Author, Humorist Faith Lucille Can Help!

Tuesday, February 6, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Les Johnson, NASA Engineer and SF Author.

Saturday, February 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sharon Healy-Yang returns to ABSW with her newest noir mystery, Letters from a Dead Man.

NEW LINK: Saturday, February 17, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Peter Darling by Austin Chant.

NEW EVENTS: February Vacation Fun!

  • Monday, February 19, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Aquatic Life.
  • Tuesday, February 20, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Magic Wands.
  • Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Drop-In Craft: Astronomy.
  • Thursday: February 22: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM – Children’s Sing-A-Long.

NEW EVENT LISTING: Saturday, March 10, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St-Onge, and Joy San.

NEW LINK: Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way For Nancy – a life of public art with Nancy Schön.

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 January 22.

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 January 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 January 20.

As always, keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

If you had a great time shopping or at any event at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester at our 65 James Street location, you can leave us a review on TripAdvisor or leave us a review on Yelp.

May your world (and the new year!) be filled with wonderful words!


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