The AJC Decatur Book Festival
Friday, September 4th | through 6th
The Tenth Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival is approaching!
This year the Children's Stage is moving to the Decatur Recreation Center. The Teen Stage will remain on the Plaza.
The festival has a new website this year. Information about the Kidnote Address can be found here. The schedule for the Children's Stage Presented by the Decatur Education Foundation can be found here. The schedule for the Teen Stage can be found here.
Saturday's Parade will feature Drew Daywalt, author of The Day the Crayon's Quit and the new The Day The Crayons Came Home. Please line up at the gazebo on the square at 9:30. Dress in your favorite crayon color!
Sunday's Parade will feature Jane O'Connor and Robyn Preiss Glasser, author and illustrator of the Fancy Nancy series and the new Nancy Clancy: Soccer Mania. Please line up at the gazebo on the square at 11:30. Dress fancy!
There are too many highlights to list here, so I'll list everyone.
Friday Kidnote Address is at 5pm at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center and will feature THE GREAT JUDY SCHACHNER!!! This wonderful author and illustrator of the SkippyJon Jones series and many other great books will be introducing her new book: Dewey Bob.
All the Kidnote Address tickets have been distributed.
When it comes to free events, many people who have tickets do not come. So we anticipate a lot of no-shows. People without tickets will be admitted at 4:50 p.m. So if you want to see Judy, please come regardless of your ticketless status.
Saturday on the Children's Stage: Lou Anders, Cassie Beasley, Jeanne Birdsall, Alexandra Bracken and Adam Gidwitz, R. Gregory Christie, Drew Daywalt, Matt de la Pena, S.E. Grove, Abby Hanlon, Matt Holm, Jory Johns and Bob Shea, Jacqueline Kelly, Ingrid Law, Terra Elan McVoy, Anica Mrose Ricci, David Soman, Holly Goldberg Sloan, Katie Stagliano, and Tui Sutherland.
Saturday at the Studio Stage: Lynn Cullen, Karen Deans, and Laurel Snyder
Sunday on the Children's Stage: Lisa Brown and Marcus Ewert, Meg Cabot, Ginnifer Choldenko, Kelly DiPucchio and Eric Wight, Robin Preiss Glasser and Jane O'Connor, Kevin Henkes, Taylor Kitchings, Jessica Lawson, Mike Lowery, Rodman Philbrick, Chris Schweizer, Vicky Shecter, and Craig Thompson.
Saturday on the Teen Stage: Becky Albertalli, David Arnold, Gwenda Bond, Delilah S. Dawson, Matt de la Pena, Sarah Dessen, Hollis Gillespie, Victoria Jamieson, David Levithan, Adam Silvera, Andrew Smith, Tommy Wallach, Will Walton, and Nicola Yoon.
Sunday on the Teen Stage: Rachael Allen, Renee Andieh, Libba Bray, Sona Charaipotra, Una LaMarche, Elizabeth Lenhard, Marie Marquardt, Aisha Saeed, Katie Stout, Sabaa Tahir, and YA Truth or Dare. And a Teen Poetry Slam.
Kate Milford Author Event!!!
Thursday, September 10th | 7 p.m.
Cooler weather is coming and it's time to start thinking about curling up with a good book! Kate Milford has written a lovely story that will make you feel all cozy inside, and she is coming to share it with us. Greenglass House is a shop favorite -- it's part mystery, part coming of age with a wonderful and unexpected plot twist! Milo is all set to settle in for a wintery holiday with his parents when a set of curious guests start arriving at their closed-for-the season inn. When things start missing and guests act strangely, Milo and his friend must work together to set things straight!
Simon & Schuster Middle Grade Tour with Lisa McMann, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Kevin Sylvester, and Kevin Sands!!!
Wednesday, September 16th | 7 p.m.
Join two Little Shop favorites Lisa McMann (pictured), The Unwanteds, and Margaret Peterson Haddix, The Missing, with two debut authors and soon-to-be favorites Kevin Sylvester, MiNRS, and Kevin Sands, Blackthorn Key, as they discuss their latest novels in a fun-filled presentation of adventure, excitement and mystery. This event is open to the public, but attendees must purchase at least one of the four authors latest titles in order to get into the signing line.
Chelsea Clinton Book Signing!!!
Thursday, September 17th | starting at 6 p.m.
Little Shop of Stories is pleased to announce that it will host a book signing with Chelsea Clinton on Thursday, September 17th starting at 6 p.m.
Please note that this is a signing event only. Ms. Clinton will not be giving a talk.
Ms. Clinton is the author of It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going, a book for young readers offering information on a variety of community and world issues including homelessness, gender equality, and climate change, along with suggestions for action.
Additional information about Ms. Clinton's book can be found here.
This signing will be a ticketed event. Tickets can be obtained from Little Shop of Stories by pre-ordering Ms. Clinton's book either in person or over the telephone at (404) 373-6300. The price of the book (with sales tax) is $20.32. A ticket will permit one family (up to four family members) into the signing line.
Ms. Clinton will sign and personalize each purchased copy of It's Your World. These guidelines are subject to change.
If you are unable to attend this event but would like to purchase a signed copy of Chelsea’s book, we will have a limited number of signed copies available for sale starting on September 18th at 10 a.m.
Katherine Applegate Author Event!!!
Tuesday, September 29th | tbd
This event is being co-hosted by Georgia Center for the Book and will be held at the Decatur brance of the DeKalb County Public Library system, located at 512 Sycamore Street and just a five minute walk from Little Shop.
Katherine Applegate, the Newbery Award winning author of The One and Only Ivan, is visiting Decatur to present her latest middle grade novel Crenshaw. Crenshaw introduces Jackson, a fifth grader whose family has fallen on hard times and is living in their minivan, with little money for food. The last time the family was homeless, Jackson was visited by Crenshaw, an imaginary friend who is an oversize, outspoken cat – who now comes back into his life.
While on tour, Katherine has launched the Nationwide Crenshaw Food Drive to benefit local food pantries. You can help fight food insecurity with one of your favorite authors! On the night of the event, we are asking all attendees who are able, to please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to a Decatur food bank. This event is open to the public, but attendees must purchase a copy of Crenshaw in order to get into the signing line. This promises to be an enjoyable and enlightening event for the whole family!
Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers Author and Illustrator Event!!!
Wednesday, September 30th | 7 p.m.
Eoin Colfer, author of the very successful Artemis Fowl series (as well as And Another Thing ... -- the sixth book in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy), and Oliver Jeffers, author/illustrator of many, many great books (Stuck, Once Upon an Alphabet, and This Moose Belongs to Me) and illustrator of many others (The Day the Crayons Came Home) have teamed together to create their new book, Imaginary Fred.
Not surprisingly, the Fred is full of surprising twists. It is also rather sweet.
We're looking forward to what should be a very fun evening. Eoin was last here in 2008 for his entirely entertaining "Fairies, Fiends, and Flatulence" tour. This will Oliver's first appearance at Little Shop.
Ransom Riggs, the BookTubers, and the Peculiar Costume Ball!!!
Friday, October 2nd | 7 p.m.
We are absolutely thrilled that Ransom Riggs is coming to Decatur to promote the launch of his new book, Library of Souls: The Third Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children.
Ransom and Little Shop want to do something unique and maybe even a little over the top for this -- one (1!) of only five (5!) cities he'll be visiting on his tour. Though costumes aren’t mandatory, we're encouraging you to come dressed in peculiar costume — which could mean cosplaying as a peculiar from one of the books (Miss Peregrine? Horace? A bird? Evil Dr. Golan?), or it could be a character you have created yourself. Ransom and the BookTubers (see below) will be in costume and together they’ll judge the Peculiar Costume Contest. The person with the best costume of the night will get a special prize from Ransom. Okay, absolutely no one (including Ransom) knows what that will be yet, but it WILL be awesome. We’ll have a little show at the end of the event where people in costume can sashay across the stage in high style and show off their creations.
Where: Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030. Parking is available next door at the Decatur Library.
Ticket information: Tickets can be obtained from Little Shop of Stories by pre-ordering Library of Souls either in person or over the telephone at (404) 373-6300. The price of one (1!) book (with sales tax) is a mere $20.32. This will entitle you to one (1!) Primary Ticket to the event and the option to also receive one (1!) Guest Ticket. A Primary Ticket holder will receive one (1!) copy of Library of Souls. A Primary Ticket Holder will receive one (1!) #staypeculiar tote bag. Said tote bag will contain one (1!) collection of exclusive swag. The event. The book. The bag. The swag.
Note: Individuals holding a Guest Ticket will not receive a copy of the book, the bag, or the swag.
Tickets went on sale at Little Shop of Stories starting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29th. You can stop by in person or you can call us at (404) 373-6300.
Seats will be on a first lined up at the event, first seated basis. Your place in the author signing line will be on a first purchased, first in the signing line basis. Confusing? You bet, but we'll make it work.
Eleanor Davis and Drew Weing-- Flop to the Top
Saturday, October 3rd | 7 p.m.
Two great cartoonists that are great together! Theodore Geisel award-winning cartoonist Eleanor Davis (Stinky) and Drew Weing (Set to Sea) have worked together before on the great graphic novel Secret Science Alliance. Well now they\'re back together on Flop the the Top, a funny, family-oriented early reader from Toon books. Eleanor and Drew love to show off their drawings and talk about making comics, so bring your comics-loving, drawing-obsessed little ones! This graphic novel is appropriate for emerging readers, so kindergartners on up through middle-grade readers will have fun with this heart-warming tale.
The Fairies Are Coming to Woodlands Garden!
Saturday, October 3rd | 2 to 4:30 p.m.
This is not our event, but we will be participating and we do love the Wookands Garden!
The Fairies will again reveal their homes nestled along the trails in the Garden. Woodlands is pleased to partner with Skyland Trail for the fifth annual Fairies in the Garden celebration. Skyland Trail artists will tuck intricate tiny houses here and there in the woods, just for you to find. Colonies will include root fairies, stump fairies, fortress fairies, moss fairies ... and of course trolls under the bridge. The Fairy Celebration will include a fairy book storytime provided by Little Shop of Stories, art workshops, face painting, music, and the ever-popular Grand Summoning of the Fairies and Trail Parade.
Once Upon A Chapter Tour with Ursula Vernon, M.A. Larson, & Rob Harrell Author Event!!!
Wednesday, October 7th | 7 p.m.
Once Upon A Chapter! tour-- Join us for an amazing evening of middle grade fantasies with a twist, as three great authors (Ursula Vernon, M.A. Larson, and Rob Harrell) discuss their new, unexpected versions of fairy tales turned upside down! Ursula Vernon, familiar to many Little Shop readers through her Dragonbreath series, introduces us to the heroine of her newest series, Hamster Princess, a fun, hilarious take on Sleeping Beauty. Rob Harrell (Monster on the Hill) brings us another book in his series Life of Zarf, the zany adventures of a hapless middle school troll-- think Big Nate or I, Funny meets Grimms Fairy Tales. Rounding out the group is M.A. Larson, whose Pennyroyal Academy garnered much acclaim and many fans here at Little Shop when it came out in hardback last year!
Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deb Biancotti Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 8th | 7 p.m.
Three well known authors have teamed up to create a new action-filled adventure series called Zeroes and they are in store together to share it! Six crime fighting California teens have supernatural powers- once, they were a team, but they split up due to infighting. The group, plus a new volatile teenager, get back together to fight a “baddie” and come to terms with their talents and their place in the world.
Star Wars Reads Day!
Saturday, October 10th | 1 to 3 p.m.
We're hosting our fourth annual Star Wars Reads Day! Created by Lucasfilm with their publishing partners, there are snacks, games, prizes, and a storm trooper or two.
This is one of our most awesome events we host each year. What could go better than Wookiees and reading?
May the Force be with us all on this day.
Fierce Reads with Josephine Angelini, Leigh Bardugo, Emma Mills, and Leila Sales!!!
Wednesday, October 14th | 7 p.m.
We're all excited for these four fab ladies: Josephine Angelini (Wordwalker Trilogy); Leigh Bardugo (Six of Crows); Leila Sales (Tonight the Streets Are Ours); and Emma Mills (First & Then). The definition of the word fierce is, having or displaying an intense or ferocious aggressiveness. Yes, these books are fierce. This event is open to the public, but attendees must purchase at least one of the four authors titles in order to get into the signing line.
Marie Lu Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 15th | 7 p.m.
Marie Lu likes food, fighter jets, afternoon tea, happy people, electronics, the interwebz, cupcakes, pianos, bright colors, rain, Christmas lights, sketches, animation, dogs, farmers' markets, video games, and of course, books. We think you'll like her.
The NY Times bestselling author of the Legend trilogy and The Young Elites will be signing in-store for her newest book in The Young Elites series, The Rose Society.
Fifth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival!
Friday, October 16th | 5 to 7 p.m.
Details will be posted soon.
I recently sampled Old Soaker Root Beer which is made by the folks at the Atlantic Brewing Company in Bar Harbor, Maine. (Their flagship beer, Bar Harbor Real Ale, is an excellent brown beer -- one of my favorite styles.) The root beer was delicious. Creamy, with a bit of bite. I'll try to bring this one in.
In the city of festivals this one is only second only to the Decatur Book Festival.
Last year's information can be found here.
Brian Selznick Author Event!!!
Saturday, October 17th | 7 p.m.
Brian Selznick is coming!
The author and illustrator of the Caldecott Medal book The Invention of Hugo Cabret (which was made into the Martin Scorsese film, Hugo) and of Wonderstruck will be presenting his newest book, The Marvels. In addition, Brian has illustrated more than 20 other children's books.
The Marvels is another richly illustrated work that tells two stories, one in words and one in drawings, which come together in a very rewarding manner. Taking place primarily in London and largely in the theatre, he book is a marvel ... and ultimately a joy.
Little Shop of Stories will be hosting Brian at beautiful Presser Hall on the Agnes Scott College campus. Free parking is available in the structure located just on the other side of South McDonough Street. This is a ten minute walk from Little Shop. Directions to Agnes Scott and maps can be found here.
This will be a ticketed event. Tickets can be obtained from Little Shop of Stories by pre-ordering The Marvels either in person or over the telephone at (404) 373-6300. The price of the book (with sales tax) is $35.30. This will entitle you to one Primary Ticket to the event and the option to also receive one Guest Ticket.
The Marvels goes on sale on September 15th. Ticket purchasers can pick up their copy of The Marvels at any time after that date, or at the event.
Tickets will go on sale on Sunday, August 30th, starting at 12:00 p.m.
Additional details will be posted soon.
Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri Author and Illustrator Event!!!
Wednesday, October 21st | 7 p.m.
As we all know, Dragons Love Tacos! But did you know that ROBOTS ARE AWESOME? Of course you do. And so do Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri, the author and illustrator of Dragons Love Tacos and Secret Pizza Sauce, two of our favorite picture books here at Little Shop of Stories. And YES, this awesome author and inimitable illustrator are coming! What's even better? Their new book, Robo-Sauce is all about how awesome robots are, and how, if only there were some kind of robo-sauce that could turn things (and kids) into robots, it would be the most awesome thing in the world...