Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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Tomorrow is May Day or Beltaine—Happy tidings to those of you who celebrate!

We at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester, the bookstore that’s bigger on the inside on 65 James Street, are happy to be moving into May!

Just a reminder, we are in our Summer Hours, so here’s when you can stop in:

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 – 6:00 PM

With our next newsletter, we’ll be trying out an entirely new format and service. We are excited with the new things we can do with it—including special newsletter offers, coupons, and highlights—and look forward to hearing what you, our friends and customers, think!

As tomorrow is May, that means there is only FIFTEEN more days to donate to Worcester, The City That Reads. The donation 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

This month, check out our special Large Print display on the way to the children’s rooms!

Also, just to tease you, keep an eye on our blog, Facebook page, and website for a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT regarding our 3 1/2 –inch Doctor Who action figures!

Finally, we want to thank all the people who came out to our two events this past weekend! We had a blast with the authors from the Three on a Match anthology, Kristi Petersen Schoonover, Melissa Crandall, and g. Elmer Munson. On Sunday, author David Moore gave a great presentation on how a small town in New Hampshire, led by three women, stood up to one of the biggest oil tycoons and won!

So what’s happening THIS WEEK at our 65 James Street location?

THIS SATURDAY, May 5, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, join us for Sweet Romance, Strong Heroines with Anna Belle Rose.

Currently a Vermonter, K. Francoeur, who writes as Anna Belle Rose, lived much of her youth in the Ware / West Brookfield area of Massachusetts—where the “real” Annabelle Rose, her grandmother, lived most of her life. While she always wrote, it wasn’t until her middle son was born that she focused on contemporary romance. With the support of her family—while also owning a farm and fiber business, and getting two Masters degrees—she finally published her first novel. This spring sees the release of her newest title, More than I Can Say, while she is also working on a gratitude memoir.

More than I can Say (spring 2018) features Georgiana, a school principal in northern Vermont. Wicked smart, stubborn and independent, she’d given up the idea of finding true love after her divorce. When her new boss moves to town and accompanies her on a work trip, she tries to fight the mutual attraction, finally giving in to have a fling with him. After they return home, she tries everything she can to keep her distance, deep down afraid of the power of their love.

And then,  THIS SUNDAY, May 6, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, ABSW welcomes Lisa Rosinsky, Editor, Poet, YA Author.

Lisa Rosinsky’s was the 2016-2017 Associates of the Boston Public Library Writer-in-Residence and is currently a senior editor at Barefoot Books, where she edits and art-directs picture books. Originally from Baltimore, she was once half of a two-person traveling production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe that toured schools throughout the state of Maryland. She still spends every day creating stories for kids–just with fewer props and costume changes. Lisa is also a poet, and you can find some of her published poems here:


In Inevitable and Only, Cadie is close to her father. They are so much alike—same temperament, sense of humor, and love for the theater—and Dad always knows how to comfort her . . . until the day he announces that he has another daughter. Suddenly, Cadie has a sister, Elizabeth—a sister who is six months older than her, a sister who is about to move in with them, a sister whose very existence means that Cadie’s beloved father cheated on her mother when they were already married. What other secrets might he have? Can she still trust him? Does Cadie really know her father at all? And when Elizabeth arrives, Cadie’s worst fears come true. Elizabeth looks just like Dad; not only that, she seems all too perfect. Until she begins stealing Cadie’s place in the family and even Cadie’s one true love . . . But Elizabeth has secrets of her own. This deeply emotional coming-of-age story explores the choices you make when your family—and your life—changes overnight. Are these choices the inevitable and only ones? And will they ultimately bring your family back together or push you further apart?

And for the rest of the month…

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.

Thursday, May 17, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

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


Want a peek at June, too?

Saturday, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – PRIDE Event: Creators in the Trans Community.

Thursday, June, 7, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – The Future of Newspapers with Dan Kennedy.

Saturday, June 9: 1:00 – 3:00 PM – PRIDE Event: Queer Romance Authors Tamsen Parker and Karen Stivali.

Sunday, June 10, 1:00 – 3:00 PM – PRIDE Event: LGBTQIA for Youth with authors Jen Petro-Roy and LJ Cohen.

Saturday, June 16, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discuss Seven Summer Nights by Harper Fox.

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

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. Not meeting in May in observance of Memorial Day.

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 May 17.

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, DIFFERENT SATURDAY, May 26.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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