The nights are longer, you’ll find more leaves on the ground than on tree branches, and here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside, seasonal changes are afoot. We’ve been able to keep our sidewalk sale outdoors this week and weekend due to the lovely temperate weather, but we know that will soon give way to chillier days.
As the Northern Hemisphere moves into mid-autumn and approaches winter, we’re stocking up on new book releases and restocking many old favourite titles. In addition, our selection of gift items continues to widen in range. You’ll find kitchen towels, playing cards, leather journals, fridge magnets, jigsaw puzzles and more here at ABSW. Keep an eye on our always-being-updated webpage.
November, even in the midst of a pandemic, is National Novel Writing Month. We have quite a few books on writing on hand for purchase, including Stephen King’s ON WRITING, Anne Lamott’s BIRD BY BIRD, and John McPhee’s DRAFT NO. 4. While we cannot physically host our “Come Write In” weekly gatherings this year, there are plenty of local resources to keep your spirits high and your words flowing. Please check out the page for NaNoWriMo: Massachusetts: Worcester.
Our publisher specials for the month of November are FORTUNE AND GLORY by Janet Evanovich, the 27th Stephanie Plum mystery, just released in hardcover, and FIVE PHOTONS by James Geach, dealing with the astrophysics of one of the basic “building block” particles that enable us to observe the known universe, now available in paperback. Both titles are discounted at 42% off their original prices and are available for purchase in-store as well as via mail order.
And here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming December publisher specials, which can be pre-ordered and reserved for you:
- THE WATER DANCER [paperback] by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- DEADLY CROSS [hardcover] by James Patterson
- HOW THE KING OF ELFHAME LEARNED TO HATE STORIES [hardcover] by Holly Black
- READY PLAYER TWO [hardcover] by Ernest Cline
- CAT KID COMIC CLUB [hardcover] by Dav Pilkey
- LET US DREAM [hardcover] by Pope Francis
The offerings on our Youtube channel continue to grow, between author meet&greets and storytimes, and more! Check us out and let us know what content you’d like to see.
In the wake of the November 6th announcement of the 10pm to 5am curfew imposed by the Governor’s Office, we at Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester stand by our decision to postpone any of our in-person gathering events that would exceed fifteen  persons, such as book signings, the Spinning Yarns textile social, the Rainbow Readers of Massachusetts book discussion group, our school vacation/holiday craft sessions, and our big annual DOCTOR WHO celebration.
However, supporting local businesses in the time of COVID-19 is more important than ever, so this year we’ll be putting a new spin on Small Business Saturday.
Rather than hosting genre-themed author appearances as we have done in the past, on Saturday, November 28th from 10am to 8pm we’ll be running a sequence of hour-long flash sales, each flash sale focusing on particular genres, discounts ranging from an additional 30% to 50% off our usual sale prices. Thus, for example, a new history title retailing for $28.99, with our usual discount of 30% off retail, may suddenly be discounted 60% to 80% off retail.
When will these specific genre sales be during the day? Stay tuned and keep an eye on our Facebook events page. We’ll announce the final schedule on Wednesday, November 25th to give you time to plan your holiday shopping.
Thank you as always for making our shelves your destination.
Patty and the staff at ABSW