Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

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Happy June and Happy Pride Month to all our friends! Come in and see our Pride Display—and check out our coupon for used LGBTQIA books at the bottom of our newsletter!

As a reminder, we’re in our summer hours schedule, so we are open until 6:00 PM or later on Sundays!

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’ve gotten a few Summer Reading Lists and are stocking up. Do you have a summer reading list for your student? Bring it into the store! If we don’t have the book already, we can order it!

Thank you to everyone who came out this past Saturday for our first Pride event, Creating in the Trans Community! We had a packed store for an afternoon of gorgeous art and fantastic fiction from our panel of authors and artists. We still have a few signed books available if you missed the event, so stop in and check out our Pride offerings!

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We’ve got a lot happening this week, too!

BRAND NEW REGULAR EVENT: THIS WEDNESDAY, June 6, 7:00 PM –  Game Night! Stop in to socialize and play a few board games, card games, and other cool games!

THIS THURSDAY, June 7, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, come out for The Future of Newspapers with Dan Kennedy.

Dan Kennedy’s book, The Return of the Moguls, chronicles the important changes in newspaper ownership, and how it goes beyond affecting the news and into affecting democracy as we know it. Dan will be talking, reading, and signing.

Dan Kennedy is an associate professor in the School of Journalism at Northeastern University in Boston and a panelist on WGBH-TV’s Beat the Press. He was a reporter and media analyst at the Boston Phoenix for eleven years and a featured media columnist for the Guardian for five years. He writes on the news media for, the Nieman Journalism Lab, and other publications, as well as the blog Media Nation. He is the author of The Wired City.

And THIS SATURDAY, June 9, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we have another PRIDE Event: Queering Up Romance with Authors Tamsen Parker and Karen Stivali.

Karen Stivali and Tamsen Parker talk about writing LGBTQIA romance and the importance of all love—as well as reading and signing.

Karen Stivali is a prolific writer, compulsive baker and chocoholic with a penchant for books, movies and fictional British men. She writes contemporary straight (m/f) and LGBTQ (m/m) romance. She writes sexy, character driven contemporary romance set in both New England and NYC. Her novels are about love…like real life, only hotter.

Tamsen Parker is a stay-at-home mom by day, USA Today bestselling erotic romance writer by naptime. She lives with her family outside of Boston, where she tweets too much, sleeps too little and is always in the middle of a book. Aside from good food, sweet rieslings and gin cocktails, she has a fondness for monograms and subway maps. She should really start drinking coffee.

Also, THIS SUNDAY, June 10, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, we have another PRIDE Event: LGBTQIA for Youth with authors Jen Petro-Roy and LJ Cohen.

Jen Petro-Roy has been refused school visits for the “controversial” topics of religion and sexuality in her middle grade book, PS. I Miss You. LJ Cohen is a social activist whose diverse YA book series includes several LGBTQIA characters. Both will be speaking, reading, and signing.

Jen Petro-Roy was born, raised, and still lives in Massachusetts, even though she rejects the idea that snow and cold are ever a good thing. She started writing in third grade, when her classroom performed a play she had written. As a kid, numerous pictures of Jen often featured Baby-Sitters Club and Sweet Valley Twins books clutched in her hand, so it was just a matter of time until she started writing her own books for children. Jen has worked as a teacher and a teen and children’s librarian. She loves running, board games, trivia, and swimming, and has a mild obsession with the television show Jeopardy! P.S. I Miss You is her debut novel, and her website is

LJ Cohen is a Boston-area novelist, poet, blogger, ceramics artist, and relentless optimist. After almost twenty-five years as a physical therapist, LJ now uses her anatomical knowledge and myriad clinical skills to injure characters in her science fiction and fantasy novels.. LJ is active in IPNE (The Independent Publishers of New England), SFWA (The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and Broad Universe, and she blogs about publishing, general geekery, and other ephemera at Contact LJ at and


And for the rest of June…

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, NEW REGULAR EVENT: June 22, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Story Time: Dr. Seuss. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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


And here is a sneak peek at what is going on in July—including some NEW REGULAR EVENTS…

Monday, July 2, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Spinning Yarns.

Wednesday, July 4, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Game Night.

Saturday, July 7, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – How To: Find Crafts for Kids with Selina Lovett. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited.

Monday, July 9, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Spinning Yarns.

Wednesday, July 11, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Game Night.

DATE CHANGE: Thursday, July 12, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Doctor Who Discussion Night.

Monday, July 16, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Spinning Yarns.

Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Game Night.

Saturday, July 21, 6:00 – 8:00 PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses Outside the Lines by Anna Zabo.

Monday, July 23, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Spinning Yarns.

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Game Night.

Friday, July 27, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Story Time: Wild Things. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Saturday, July 28, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM – Winnie the Pooh Day.

Monday, July 30, 7:00 – 9:00 PM – Free People’s Artists Workshop.

Tuesday, July 31, All Day – Happy Birthday Harry Potter!

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

And sign up for our Newsletter to get our news, events—and some new BONUS sales and coupons we’ll be sharing ONLY with our newsletter list—delivered right to your inbox!

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!

NEW REGULAR EVENT: Game Night, bring your favorite game or try a new one. Stop by the store to socialize and play!

NEW REGULAR EVENT: Story Time, last Friday of each month (except for June) at 11:00 AM. Come in for an hour of read aloud time for children ages 3-8. This June, we’ll be reading from Dr. Seuss! Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Next meeting June 22.

NEW REGULAR EVENT, starting July: How To…, second Saturday of each month (except July) at 11:00 AM. Join us for a quick talk and demo about how to do… something new! July’s topic is brought to you by our craftmaster, Selina, and she’ll be talking about How to Find Crafts for Kids. Pre-registration strongly suggested; space is limited. Next Meeting July 7.

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 June 25.

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!

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