On this Memorial Day, the staff at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester remembers all of our military who died in service to this country. As you enjoy this unofficial beginning to summer, take a moment to think of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms.
We also wish safe travels to all our friends and family going somewhere this weekend! And if you’re still in Worcester, our 65 James Street Store IS OPEN today for our regular hours: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM on Mondays.
Normally, we keep our blog short on Memorial Day, but we have a few things we want to spotlight for you.
If you haven’t signed up for our BRAND NEW NEWSLETTER, you should! Not only do you get three special coupons, we will have newsletter-only deals and coupons, too!
We’ve also just put out a Literary Sale Cart for our sidewalk sale! This is especially helpful for some of your summer reading lists, so check it out!
Speaking of Summer Reading, 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!
June starts this week, as does Pride Month! Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester has always been a supporter of our LGTQIA community with Pride programming in June and September, as well as hosting the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month at the store! Here’s their Facebook Page!
THIS SATURDAY, June 2, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we and the Rainbow Readers are happy to host 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. Her 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. https://yesclash.com/tag/fiona-maeve-geist/
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 https://larissaglasser.com/.
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.
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 June 16.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!