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Worcester Area Bookstores, library with full list of lectures in May


Spring has reluctantly shown its face, hidden among the clouds and cold temperatures, but it’s a seasonal change, and a variety of programs are opening up in the region – some by online platform and others by nobody.

TidePool Book Shop launches a full variety of gardens in May. The events begin with a 4 p.m. event on May 8 featuring Sharon Healy-Yang. Yang is the author of a series of mystery novels whose heroine is Jessica Minton: “Bait and Switch”, “Letter from a Dead Man” and “Always Play the Dark Horse”. She will discuss and sign copies of this latest book. Yang loves films and mysteries of the 1940s and models his books on the spirit and flavor of that era.

The Worcester County Poetry Association will host a 5 p.m. poetry reading at the TidePool on May 10.

Shawn Driscoll, author of “We are But Your Children: An Oral History of the Nightclub Manray,” will hold a talk and book signing at 6:30 p.m. on May 12. Manray was a Cambridge nightclub between 1985 and 2005. Its unusual atmosphere welcomed freedom of expression on many fronts. The book includes comments from DJs, artists and musicians, owners and employees who worked there.

Linda Hoffman, author of “The Artist and the Orchard,” will lead a book signing and talk at 5:30 p.m. May 17. The Harvard Orchard owner has written wittily and thoughtfully about establishing an organic apple orchard, Old Frog Pond Farm, for the past 15 years. Inside, she shares her life story, orchard stories, and the history of the farm’s sculpture garden.

Worcester outdoor writers Loree Griffin Burns and Maria Gianferrari launch their new books on wildlife and the Greater Worcester Land Trust at 1 p.m. on May 22. Burns is the author of “Honeybee Rescue” and Gianferrari wrote “Bobcat Prowling”.

At 6:30 p.m. on May 26, Andrew Noone, author of “Bathsheba Spooner: A Revolutionary Murder Conspiracy,” will be the guest speaker and at a book signing, and at 4 p.m. on May 28, Bill Samuel, author of “An Accidental Bookseller’s Personal Memoir of Foyles”, will remember a well-known bookstore, Foyles, during a lecture and book signing. Samuel is a descendant of the family members who founded Foyles in 1906. In 2018, Waterstone’s purchased the business.

“It’s a very personal memory of my relationship with a wonderful family business and with two amazing people,” he said of William and Gilbert Foyle.

Zoom in…

• Walter H. Hunt, a science fiction and historical fiction writer from Massachusetts, will discuss how to pursue a writing project for a historical competition in a Zoom program from 11 a.m. to noon on May 14. . Hunt has published 11 novels and currently writes for Baen Books, Wildfire Press and Ring of Fire Press. Register on the Worcester Public Library website.

•On May 21, WPL is sponsoring a writing and crafting workshop, presented by author Leslie-Ann Murray. Murray is a fiction writer from Trinidad and Tobago. She will discuss descriptions, setting and location, and the basics of a first draft. Murray created Brown Girl Book Lover, where she interviews various writers and reviews books. Register on the WPL website.

At Booklovers’ Gourmet

Novelist Robert Eugene Perry will host an advanced poetry workshop from 10 a.m. to noon on May 14 at Booklovers’ Gourmet, 72 East Main St., Webster. The fee is $25 per participant and the session is limited to six people. Call (508) 949-6232 or email [email protected] to register. Covers writing, editing, preparing for publication, stage performance. Bring a few coins to share.

Perry, a widely published poet, hosts Booklovers Gourmet’s monthly open mic. The next open mic session will be May 21 at 2 p.m.

Booklovers’ Gourmet will also host multimedia artwork by Eren Torres, “Is There Beauty in Tragedy?” The posting is May 7-31 during store hours. A meeting with the artist will take place on May 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. Torres, 17, says she seeks to turn the dark areas of life into light, rejecting the negative aspects of life through a new vision.

Book clubs

• The June 1 meeting at 6:30 pm from O’Connor’s Books, Brews and Banters Club is “Empire of Pain: The Secret Life of the Sackler Dynasty,” by Patrick Radden Keefe.

• NOW Book Club will meet to discuss “In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss” at the TidePool Bookstore. See you on May 19 at 5 p.m.

• The Worcester Public Library’s True Crime Book Club meets at 7:00 pm on May 11 to discuss “Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men” by Harold Schechter.

WPL reading groups meet virtually. Register on the library website.

On May 17, “Solaris” by Stanislaw Lem is the 1 p.m. topic of the Science Fiction Book Club.

The Great American Book Club takes on “Jane Eyre” at 7 p.m. on May 24.

Send book club and book information to Read It and Reap at [email protected] The deadline for the May 29 column is May 23.