The first school buses have started to trundle down the streets of Worcester, bringing students back to their classrooms. The first colours are starting to show in local foliage, and cooler temperatures and shorter days are marking the fast approach of the Autumnal Equinox.
We will be OPEN during the upcoming Labor Day weekend, but our hours will be as follows:
FRIDAY 8/30 – 10AM TO 9PM * SATURDAY 8/31 – 10AM TO 9PM
SUNDAY 9/1 – 10AM TO 5PM * MONDAY 9/2 – 10AM TO 5PM
We will be returning to our autumn hours on Tuesday, September 3rd… seven days a week, open later on event nights, but an earlier closing time on Sundays.
Thanks to everyone who came out for our August meeting of the Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! As always, we had a lot of fun wandering all over tangents of Time Lords, their companions, and episode trivia. Photos were shared of the recent Boston Comic Con appearance by Twelfth Doctor star Peter Capaldi, and lots of fascinating “what ifs” discussed for planning our 56th Anniversary DOCTOR WHO Day in November.
As hinted a few weeks ago, changes are indeed afoot at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… please keep watching this space for updates.
In the meantime, come in to see our fresh new displays, have a complementary cup of coffee, tea, or cocoa with us, and see what’s new on our sidewalk sales carts while the weather holds out! Our mission has been and continues to be the value proposition for central New England and beyond.
- Our New Arrivals shelf is overflowing with used book trade-ins, and we continue to add to our publisher displays of new books for children, teens, and adults, as well as our vintage titles from the 1890s to the 1970s.
- Our new books are ALWAYS discounted at either 20%, 25%, 30%, 40% and 50% off list prices for your shopping needs. As always, our used books range from 50% to 90% off of cover price, and there are additional savings for our newsletter subscribers. We also offer an educator discount for teachers, certified homeschoolers, and licensed daycare centers.
- We have received a fresh stock of comics and magazine preservation supplies… comics bags for Golden Age, Silver Age, and Current Age titles, as well as Current Age backing boards. For a limited time, our prices are $3.75 per 100 bags, any size, and $7.50 per 100 backing boards. Compare that to the going rate of $14.00 to $18.00 per hundred.
- Our selection changes daily, with customer trade-ins of used titles as well as shipments from publishers and wholesalers. You are bound to find something for any interest, and we take special orders and do book searches as well.
- Don’t forget! We also offer “from our door to your door” mail order fulfillment, just one of the many ways in which we serve you, our customers, as Worcester’s full-service bookstore.
- And, very important as we start loading up events for our Fall and Winter calendars… if you cannot make it to one of our author signings but want an autographed copy held for you, please let us know! We are happy to have prepaid books personalized and / or autographed for you at the event, and to hold them for pickup at your convenience, or to be mailed to you.
Here’s our schedule for upcoming events… As a reminder, the majority of our events here at ABSW are free and open to the public. Check out our page on SocialWeb.net!
RECURRING EVENT – TONIGHT!: Monday, August 26, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.
RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 2, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!
SPECIAL EVENT [OFFSITE]: Saturday, September 7, starting at 11AM – Join us on the Worcester Common Oval where we’ll have a table at the 2019 Worcester Pride Festival! We will have new and used LGBTQIA titles for sale for adults and kids.
SPECIAL EVENT [IN-STORE]: Saturday, September 7 at 3PM – Book Signing with Hank Phillippi Ryan! Investigative journalist and NYT bestselling author Hank Phillippi Ryan joins us for an afternoon of suspense and intrigue as she signs her latest novel THE MURDER LIST. See above for having books autographed for you if you cannot make it to the signing. We have a large stock of new and used copies of Hank’s older titles as well.
RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 9, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!
SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, September 14, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses IN OTHER LANDS by Sarah Rees Brennan. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!
RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 16, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!
RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 23, 7PM-9PM – The Free People’s Artists Workshop! This critique group meets on the fourth Monday of each month. Networking and feedback from other artists and creators of all types. Co-sponsored by the Worcester County Poetry Association.
SPECIAL EVENT: Thursday, September 26 at 6PM – Fantasy Author D.J. Butler Reads And Signs! Join us for a fabulous evening with Dave [D.J.] Butler, author of the folk magic / alternate history titles WITCHY EYE and WITCHY WINTER, as we celebrate the release of his newest title WITCHY KINGDOM. Dave is also the author of the middle grade fantasy series THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF CLOCKWORK CHARLIE. Expect tall tales,laughter and music; all ages welcome. See above for having books autographed for you if you cannot make it to the signing. We have a large stock of new and used copies of Dave’s older titles as well.
RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, September 29, 2PM-3PM – Doctor Who Monthly Meetup! Join us for a monthly meeting of fans as we talk about the world’s longest-running science fiction series and its classic and modern incarnations – television, novels, audios, comics, and more. This is a kid-friendly and adult-friendly gathering; all are welcome.
RECURRING EVENT: Monday, September 30, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!
Exciting things are happening at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside… more opportunities to serve the Worcester community… more book talks, more author signings, and more workshops. Keep an eye on the Events Calendar on our website for more details.
May your world be filled with wonderful words!