Annie's Book Stop of Worcester

The little bookstore that's bigger on the inside

We’re midway through the month of October and are enjoying all the perks that come with cooler weather, changing colours on the trees, and the influx of publisher releases for the busiest season in the book trade.

The parking lot at 65 James Street, where you can find our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside, is finally receiving its top coat of blacktop this week.  From Wednesday through Friday, the property managers have asked that customers use onstreet parking while paving is going on.  Weather permitting, they expect to reopen the lot on Saturday the 19th.


However, we WILL be open our regular hours this week.  We appreciate your patience and your patronage. And 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.


We had a delightful time this past weekend at the Merrimack Valley Halloween Book Festival at the Haverhill Public Library, visiting with a wide variety of established and newly published writers of urban fantasy, horror, dark fiction, and magical realism.  We brought back many titles to restock our shelves, and you’ll be seeing many of these authors doing blog interviews with us, as well as upcoming appearances!

A reminder 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!  

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 19, 6PM–8PM – Rainbow Readers Discusses THE LADY’S GUIDE TO CELESTIAL MECHANICS by Olivia Waite. The Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts is an LGBTQIA book club that meets once a month. All are welcome!

RECURRING EVENT: Monday, October 21, 7PM-9PM – Spinning Yarns Craft and Audiobook Social! Bring a craft and enjoy an audiobook or audio drama with other crafty booklovers!

RECURRING EVENT: Tuesday, October 22, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

SPECIAL EVENT: Saturday, October 26, 11AM–2PM – Spoooooky Crafts And Stories. Join us for Halloween-themed crafts for ages four and up as we read from some of our scary and not-so-scary favourites! Costumes definitely encouraged, we’ll be wearing ours.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

RECURRING EVENT: Sunday, October 27, 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, October 28, 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: Tuesday, October 29, 7PM-9PM – Game Night! Join us weekly on Tuesday nights starting at 7PM for card games, board games and more. Best score of the night wins a $10.00 gift certificate!

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!

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