Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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We hope everyone is having a good May—and we send our best wishes to those of you who may have sustained storm damages from the tornado bursts last week. We hope your recovery and rebuilding goes easily.

Don’t forget, we will be open on Memorial Day during our regular hours for your shopping and reading needs!

Are you planning your summer vacation already? Besides helping you find the perfect beach and vacation reads, ABSW also has some new spring and summer dish towels you can hang in your beach house or vacation location. Made by local crafters Katie Giroux and Melissa Hudson, they are a bright and cheery addition to any room! Come and take a look!

And if you are planning your summer vacation trips already, do keep an eye on our Facebook Events Page and our website for some great family and children’s programming we’re putting together for you! Or sign up for our newsletter, and get that information right in your inbox!

We’re also starting to get Summer Reading Lists already! Do you have a summer reading list for your student? Bring it into the store and we can make sure we have the books you all need this summer!

Thank you to everyone who came out this past Thursday for our Doctor Who Discussion Night! We had some wonderful conversations about all things Whovian, and we look forward to seeing our Doctor-loving friends next month, when we talk about literal “Hot Spots” the Doctor has visited, here at our “bigger on the inside” bookstore on 65 James Street!

THIS SATURDAY, May 26, from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, come out for Rainbow Readers Discusses Dali by E.M. Hamill.

Dalí Tamareia has everything—a young family and a promising career as an Ambassador in the Sol Fed Diplomatic Corps. Dalí’s path as a peacemaker seems clear, but when their loved ones are killed in a terrorist attack, grief sends the genderfluid changeling into a spiral of self-destruction.

Fragile Sol Fed balances on the brink of war with a plundering alien race. Their skills with galactic relations are desperately needed to broker a protective alliance, but in mourning, Dalí no longer cares, seeking oblivion at the bottom of a bottle, in the arms of a faceless lover, or at the end of a knife.

The New Puritan Movement is rising to power within the government, preaching strict genetic counseling and galactic isolation to ensure survival of the endangered human race. Third gender citizens like Dalí don’t fit the mold of this perfect plan, and the NPM will stop at nothing to make their vision become reality. When Dalí stumbles into a plot threatening changelings like them, a shadow organization called the Penumbra recruits them for a rescue mission full of danger, sex, and intrigue, giving Dalí purpose again.

Risky liaisons with a sexy, charismatic pirate lord could be Dalí’s undoing—and the only way to prevent another deadly act of domestic terrorism.

Copies of the book are available at the store, and snacks will be served at the discussion!

Next week starts June! Pride Month! And we’re starting strong!

NEXT SATURDAY, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we are very excited to be hosting our PRIDE Event: Creators in the Trans Community.

Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester and Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts welcomes a panel of trans women and nonbinary trans people who are authors and artists. The Pride Month panel will share their creations, discuss their work, take questions and answers, and sign copies of their work for the afternoon. Attendees will discover a wide variety of art and literature, from role playing games, photograpy, literary fiction, gritty fantasy, art of monsters, horror, and more!

Fiona Maeve Geist is an editor and former academic. He work has appeared in Trans Studies Quarterly and she writes articles for CLASH media. She also writes about pen and paper roleplaying games and sometimes dabbles in photography. She lives in western Massachusetts with her cat and is working on several pieces of fiction.

Julie Saint James is a 21-year-old trans woman from Connecticut. She recently finished writing her first novel, By Accident Strange and Outlandish, a drug-fueled fantasy full of interdimensional travel.

Gabri (Gil) Kakins is a freelance artist who also works in scientific support. Their art has appeared in the art show at Arisia in 2018 and also can be found online at Glimeron Art on Facebook. They weave the monsters and creatures from their art and hallucinations into their writing, with the hope of making cohesive narratives of otherness and neurodiversity into the works they create.

Larissa Glasser is a librarian, genre writer, and trans lesbian from Boston. Her short fiction has appeared in Wicked Haunted (New England Horror Writers), Tragedy Queens: stories inspired by Lana Del Rey and Sylvia Plath (Clash Books), Procyon Science Fiction Anthology 2016 (Tayen Lane Publishing), and The Healing Monsters Volume One (Despumation Press). In 2017, Larissa co-edited Resilience: a collection of stories by trans writers (Heartspark Press). Her debut novella F4 is available from Eraserhead Press. Larissa is a Member at Large of Broad Universe, which advocates for female-identified writers of genre fiction. She is on Twitter @larissaeglasser and blogs at

And then later in June…

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, “Hot Spots”.

NEW LISTING: June 27, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Meredith Goldstein and Chemistry Lessons, a YA Novel.

We’re working on July events, so watch for more cool things being added on our Facebook Events Page and our website to plan ahead!

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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 June 21.

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 THIS SATURDAY, May 26.

May your world be filled with wonderful words!

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