Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

We are halfway through April—and it’s already been quite a busy month!

We had a most wonderful time at all of our events this weekend! Thank you to everyone who came out for our Friday the 13th Dark Poetry Open Mic with Featured Readers with Suzanne Reynolds-Alpert, Morgan Sylvia, doungjai gam, and Trisha J. Wooldridge; our afternoon with Ed Kurtz and his latest release, At the Mercy of Beasts; and our afternoon with sculptor and public artist Nancy Schön! We hope you all had as much fun as we did.

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Ed Kurtz reading from AT THE MERCY OF BEASTS

Besides our fabulous events, there’s plenty of other great reasons to stop into the store!

We’ve got a display of our local poets right by our register! Support your Worcester-area poets as well as your local bookstore.

We’ve got our sales carts—including one for poetry since it’s National Poetry Month. Weather depending, they’ll be outside or somewhere in the store. Regardless of where you find them, they are a treasure of great prices on books!

And we still have the donation box for Worcester, The City That Reads. 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

So what’s happening THIS WEEK at our 65 James Street location? Quite a bit!

This week is April Vacation Week for Worcester and Auburn, so we’ve got two great Drop-in Crafts events! Selina, who designs our craft events, has outdone herself to create a variety of projects to offer folks of ALL ages—children and grown-ups alike—to entertain, to be proud of, and to bring home!

THIS MONDAY, April 16, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, we are Making Universal Monsters. Join us for a variety of crafts involving Wolfman, Dracula, the Mummy, and more!

THIS TUESDAY, April 17, from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, our crafts are all about the Monsters of the Deep. From decorating giant squid to creating a magnet-fishing game, Tuesday’s projects are swimming with fun!

Each day offers multiple options for crafts at a variety of levels, from coloring pages to creating masks, puppets, and games. Remember, though, all children must be accompanied by an adult at all times! (That’s why we came up with fun stuff for adults, too!)

And then, THIS THURSDAY, April 19, starting at 7:00 PM, come out to our Doctor Who Discussion Night.

ABSW has a sizable representation of Doctor Who merchandise, and owner Patty Cryan is a long-time fan of the series—the world’s longest running science fiction serial! This month, as we celebrate “April is the Cruellest Month,” we are looking at the Eldritch Monsters who have plagued the Doctor through Classic and New Who! Which are your favorite indescribable, unspeakable horrors?

And there’s still plenty happening for the rest of the month!

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

Our April discussion book is Small Change by Roan Parrish. Join us to talk about this wonderful book and eat some tasty snacks! Copies of the book are available to purchase at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester. Small Change is the first in a series that is set in the Middle of Somewhere universe. It features crossover characters from that series but stands on its own. The Small Change series will include M/F and M/M romances.

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

Join three dark literary authors for an afternoon of chilling tales—and maybe even some spooky mad libs!

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

Find out about the New Hampshire three women who led a small town against a big oil company that would destroy their coastline!

And here’s what’s happening in May!

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.

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

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

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 21.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!


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