Hello from the little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside! Spring has sprung, and April is right around the corner.
Wishing those who celebrate a peaceful and blessed Passover this week and a peaceful and blessed Easter next week.
Many of us are still unable to travel to visit with friends and loved ones. To combat this, we’ve brought in some lovely Spring-themed greeting cards from Laughing Elephant which are sure to delight both the giver and the recipient.
Spring also means being able to do more out-of-doors activities, including exploring our neighborhoods. Did you know that Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester is an official Pokestop? For those who play Pokemon Go, please feel free to add us to your walking and driving routes!
April 2nd is International Children’s Book Day. This year we’ve made our theme “Folktales and Mythology”, with plenty of old friends and new favourites from Hans Christian Andersen, Padraic Colum, the D’Aulaires, María García Esperón, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Mijangos, Stephen Mitchell, and more!
Traditionally, April is National Poetry Month, and you’ll find many selections of local and international poets on our shelves.
We also have our own tradition at ABSW that “April Is The Cruellest Month”, where we celebrate horror and dark fantasy, halfway ’round the calendar from October’s spooky slot. While we cannot host our customary Dark Carnival as an in-store event due to COVID-19, we’re planning quite a few YouTube interviews and creator spotlights on our blog, featuring horror novelists, horror editors, and horror poets. Keep an eye out for virtual appearances by Linda D. Addison, Ramsey Campbell, Ellen Datlow, Christopher Golden, Kim Harrison, Dean Koontz, Kelli Owen, Meg Smith, Morgan Sylvia, Tim Waggoner, and Trisha J. Wooldridge.
Our monthly publisher specials this time around are a reflection of our April themes. The following four titles will be discounted 42% off the retail price.
- DEVOTIONS – Mary Oliver [poetry, paperback]
- HORROR: A LITERARY HISTORY – Xavier Aldana Reyes [literary criticism, paperback]
- MYTHOLOGY – Edith Hamilton [myths and folklore, paperback]
- WICKED WOMEN – edited by Trisha J. Wooldridge & Scott T. Goudsward [anthology, paperback]
Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.
—-Patty and the staff of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester