Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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It’s April… with a snowstorm that’s a day late to be an April Fool’s day trick. But we are open! The wicked snow fits our “April is the cruellest month…” theme, at least?

We also hope all our friends and family made it to and from any holiday gatherings they attended this weekend—and that they had beautiful celebrations with their loved ones.

While our sale carts aren’t outside in the not-so-spring-like weather, they are still put together and around the store—and one is featuring special deals on poetry for National Poetry Month! Also check out our Local Authors display on the way to the children’s rooms for chap books and collections by poets in and around the Worcester area.

We’re also still hosting a donation box for Worcester, The City That Reads this year. The box will be by the register through May 15. Donate new or gently used books for PreK through 8th Grade, and they will be distributed to Worcester students for summer reading. To find out more, check out

With April, we are also adjusting our hours. On SUNDAYS, we will now be open from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Here is the full updated hours:

Mondays:  10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesdays – Thursdays: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Fridays – Saturdays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sundays: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

We have a lot of great events happening this month for you—many of which are a little dark and whimsical to match our theme from T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland.

We start the fun THIS SATURDAY, April 7, with an ALL DAY event: A Phantom of the Opera Celebration!

Marking actor Lon Chaney’s 135th birthday, join us for all things Phantom! We’ll be featuring author Paul McMahon, who will be discussing the career of The Man Of A Thousand Faces and Chaney’s contributions to the world of film makeup and prosthetics.

We’ll also be screening the 1925 movie and discussing Gaston Leroux’s novel, Susan Kay’s book PHANTOM, other movie versions of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. Costumes enthusiastically encouraged and welcomed. Door prizes and giveaways will also be part of the fun.

Schedule of events to be announced once finalized. Please feel free to contact us by phone at 508-796-5613 or via e-mail through our website at

And for the rest of April…

Friday, April 13, 6:00 – 9:00 PM – An Evening of Dark Poetry open mic and featured readers Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Trisha J. Wooldridge, Morgan Sylvia, and doungjai gam. Open mic starts at 6pm SHARP! Bring your favorite dark poetry for this Friday the 13th celebration of verse!

Saturday, April 14, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – At the Mercy of Beasts with Ed Kurtz.

Sunday, April 15, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Make Way for Artist Nancy Schön.

April Vacation Week Drop-in Crafts (Children must be accompanied by an adult):

            Monday, April 16, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Making Universal Monsters.            Tuesday, April 17, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM – Monsters of the Deep

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Saturday, April 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers discuss Small Change by Roan Parrish.

Saturday, April 28, 1:00 – 4:00 PM – Light it up: Three on a Match dark authors.

NEW LINK: Sunday, April 29, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – David Moore’s Small Town, Big Oil.

Saturday, May 5, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Sweet Romance, Strong Heroines with Anna Belle Rose.

Sunday, May 6, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Lisa Rosinsky, Editor, Poet, YA Author.

Friday, May 11, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Jim Zebrowski Returns for Another Astronomy Night.

NEW LINK: Saturday, May 12, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – Experience Amateur (Ham) Radio for All Ages.

NEW LINK: Saturday, May 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Dali by E.M. Hamill.

More events are being added, so keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website to plan ahead!

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 is April 23.

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 April 19.

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 April 16.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!


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