The month of May has been a busy one here at our little bookstore that’s bigger on the inside. The nice weather and the lifting of some COVID-19 restrictions has brought people out onto the streets, into the ball park, and into the shopping districts of Worcester. We are pleased to see so many old friends and to meet new ones.
The announcement of changes in the face covering directive put out by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, effective Saturday, May 29th, means that we will no longer REQUIRE face masks to be worn within our store, but for the safety of our customers and employees we do REQUEST that shoppers do so if they have not yet been vaccinated or cannot maintain social distancing within the aisles of the store. We still have fabric masks available for purchase in a variety of colors and styles, crafted by our staffer Dot Woodcock, retailing at $5.00 each.
Memorial Day is this coming weekend, which means we will be open longer on Sundays. Starting Sunday, May 30th, we’ll be open from 10AM to 6PM. On Memorial Day itself, Monday the 31st, we’ll be open from 10AM until 8PM.
The end of May and the approach of June means the return of the school summer reading lists, and we have started to display some of the standard titles. If your school has already issued its list, please e-mail us a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can better stock your choices and needs!
Our May publisher specials continue to fly out the door.
This week is the US Book Show, a virtual sales conference for vendors, publishers, wholesalers, booksellers and librarians, sponsored by Publishers Weekly, which will give us the opportunity to acquire even more exciting new product.
A sneak peek at some of our June publisher AUTOGRAPHED specials:
- THE MAIDENS by Alex Michaelides
- SORROWLAND by Rivers Solomon
- PERSIST by Elizabeth Warren
Place your pre-orders and reserve your autographed copy of these titles now!
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We recently interviewed speculative fiction authors Keith R.A. DeCandido, David Mack, and Greg Cox. Stay tuned for upcoming interviews with Una McCormack, author of many titles in the DOCTOR WHO Expanded Universe, as well as with astronomy presenter Jim Zebrowski and non-fiction writers such as J. William Zoldak, Sy Montgomery, and Andrew Rader.
Again, we cannot stress enough how much we appreciate the community support of Worcester’s full-service independent bookstore. Thank you, as always, for making our shelves your destination.
—Patty and the staff of Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester