Tickets for Rick Riordan Go On Sale
Monday, September 8th | 10 a.m.
Please note: All tickets for the Rick Riordan event have been sold.
For information about ticket sales, please look under October 9th.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 8th. We only have one phone line and we expect MANY calls, so please be patient with us! If you are able to come into the shop and purchase your tickets in person, the process will probably be much, much faster. For more information about Rick’s event, click here.
Bark If You Love Storytime!!!
Sunday, September 21st | 3 p.m.
We love books, and we love dogs and we love books about dogs! Each year we hosts a pup-tastic event where you’re invited to bring your (friendly) four-legged pals to attend a special storytime complete with fun stories, furry friends, and tasty treats! This also fits right in with our On The Same Page book, Because of Winn-Dixie!
Pout-Pout Fish Event with Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna!!!
Wednesday, September 24th | 4:30 p.m.
Everybody’s favorite fish reminisces about his first day of school -- and his first day jitters -- at our special Wednesday storytime with the creators of the popular Pout-Pout Fish picture book series. Do you have a first day of school story to share?
R.J. Palacio Author Event!!!
Thursday, September 25th | 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30)
We love Wonder by R.J. Palacio so much that we gave it The Little Award (Little Shop’s annual award for the book we feel gets kids most excited about reading) in 2013. SinceWonder was published, we have sold hundreds of copies, and we know -- based on your stories -- that hundreds of lives have been changed by this beautiful and inspiring book about a boy who looks different and the classmates he interacts with. We are THRILLED that R.J. Palacio is coming to visit us, and we hope the whole community will come out for this special event, so we’re having it at Renfroe Middle School to be able to fit all of you! You don’t want to miss this memorable evening! Renfroe Middle School is located at 220 West College Avenue in Decatur.
This event is free. However, in order to get in the signing line you must purchase a copy of the new edition of Wonder (recently released) or her new book, 365 Days of Wonder, from Little Shop of Stories.
On The Same Page Writing Workshop
Saturday, September 27th | 2 - 4 p.m.
Please note: The Writing Workshop is all full.
India Opal loves hearing other people’s stories. In order to learn how to best chronicle the stories around us , we are having a writing workshop for kids ages 8 and up and their parents. Join us for an afternoon where we learn how to interview others and create a piece based on their story. We’ll also use visuals to help us tell these tales. If you’re an aspiring storyteller, bring a parent and join us for this fun and enlightening afternoon. Space is limited, so please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
The Day the Crayons Quit Storytime
Tuesday, September 30th | 11 a.m.
All over the country the crayons are quitting today as we celebrate the fabulous picture book, The Day the Crayons Quit by Oliver Jeffers! Join us a special storytime, which will, of course, include coloring!
Carl Hiaasen Author Event!!!
Wednesday, October 1st | 7 p.m.
Beloved author Carl Hiaasen brings his very first YA read, Skink--No Surrender to Decatur! Skink, a one-eyed former governor who was introduced years ago by Hiaasen, tries to track down a teen who has willingly (and foolishly) gone missing in Florida. In true Hiaasen style, this book promises to be a laugh-out-loud page turner! Please note that this event is being co-hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book and will be held at the Decatur Library. This event is free to the public but requires a book purchase of a Carl Hiaasen title from Little Shop of Stories to join the signing line. Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur.
A Tribute to Seamus Heany: An Evening of Poetry and Song
Thursday, October 2nd | 7:30 p.m.
Emory Arts presents an evening dedicated to the work of Seamus Heaney.
Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Tracy K. Smith, Belinda McKeon, William Corbett and other guest poets and writers will read Heaney poems as well as their own work during an evening of poetry and music with the Vega Quartet.
Additional information can be found here.
Little Shop of Stories has been given a limited number of tickets available for thise event. Tickets are free, and first come, first served.
Joey Weiser Mermin Comic Workshop
Friday, October 3rd | 4:30 p.m.
Fans of comics camp, this one’s for you! Join us for a special afternoon fine-tuning our comic skills with Joey Weiser, author and illustrator of Mermin! We’ll learn tricks of the trade by a real professional and get a chance to work on drawings of our own.
Otis' Open Mic at Eddie's Attic
Saturday, October 4th | 12:30 p.m. (Doors open at 11:30)
In honor of Otis’ daily concerts at the pet shop, we are having an Open Mic Afternoon at Eddie’s Attic. Children interested in performing must sign up with us in advance, have 2 songs prepared, and bring their own instruments. The event is free and open to the public. Come early for a special kid-friendly lunch menu and to get a good spot, as seating is first come, first seated. To sign up, email us at email@example.com.
Annie Barrows Author Event!!!
Monday, October 6th | 7 p.m.
Annie Barrows is the co-creator of one of our favorite middle grade series, Ivy and Bean. She joins us with her new chapter book, Magic in the Mix, the follow up to The Magic Half - the fun tale of two time traveling twins!
B.J. Novak Author Event!!!
Tuesday, October 7th | 7 p.m.
You know B.J. Novak as a writer and actor from The Office. He comes to town to share with us his new picture book, The Book With No Pictures - a silly, irreverent book that your kids will want you to read aloud over and over again. (Is this a threat or a promise?) We can’t tell you why and encourage you to come out and find out all about this great new picture book! Please note that this event is being co-hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book and will be held at the Decatur Library. This event is free to the public but requires a book purchase of one of B.J. Novak’s books from Little Shop of Stories to join the signing line. Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street in Decatur.
Rick Riordan Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 9th | 7 p.m.
Please note: All tickets for the Rick Riordan event have been sold.
Rick's new book, The Blood of Olympus, the fifth AND FINAL book in the Heroes of Olympus series is coming out and Rick is coming here! Little Shop of Stories is co-hosting Rick with the Michael C. Carlos Museum. This event will be held at Glenn Auditorium on the Emory University campus. The address is 1652 North Decatur Road,Atlanta, GA 30302. Door will open at 6 p.m. First come, first seated. The event will start at 7 p.m.
Admission to the event will cost $21.39. Included is one signed copy of The Blood of Olympus and admission for two people to the event. (Please note that for four people to attend, you must purchase two books.) Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 8th.
Please note that there will be no signing line. Rick will not be personalizing books. You will receive one signed copy of The Blood of Olympus at the event.
Instead, Rick will be giving an hour-long presentation and q&a. According to Rick, "I'll tell you all about how and why I wrote the books. I'll show you behind-the-scenes cover art that was never used. I'll make stupid jokes. I'll give you a sneak peek at my upcoming Norse series. And of course I'll answer your questions, as many as we have time for. It's always a blast!"
If you can not attend the event but would like a signed copy of The Blood of Olympus, please give us a call on October 10th. We will probably have additional signed copies for sale but want to make sure that we have sufficient quantities for everyone in attendance.
Parking information: The Fishburne Parking Deck is conveniently located and free after 5 p.m. If that deck is full, parking is available at the Oxford Road Parking Deck, though there is a fee for parking there. A map of the Emory University campus can be found here.
Star Wars Reads Day
Saturday, October 11th | 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Not-so-long ago, in a bookstore in Decatur, GA men and women, girls and boys, Jedi and Sith Lords, Troopers and Wookiees, united for a worthy event: The first annual ‘Star Wars Reads Day’ on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Now in its 3rd year Star Wars Reads Day at Little Shop of Stories will be even better, wookieer, wackier and full of the force. Using the motto, Read More You Must, the day was created by Lucasfilm, but involves the colloboration of all its publishing partners. Come by for snacks, games, contest and some really big surprises.
On The Same Page Pet Supply Drive and Community Volunteer Day
Saturday, October 11th | through Sunday, October 26th
Before he was adopted by India Opal, Winn-Dixie was homeless, and there are lots of dogs in our community who also need a loving home. This year, On The Same Page is partnering with PAWS Atlanta, a not-for-profit animal welfare organization that provides love and care to homeless animals until permanent homes can be found. Help us keep these furry friends well stocked with care necessities by participating in our Pet Supply Drive from October 11 to 26. Requested items include newspapers, paper towels, Windex, Dawn dish detergent, dog and cat toys, gently used towels, and dog leashes (slip lead style only) and can be dropped off at Little Shop of Stories. Visit pawsatlanta.org for more info.
In conjunction with the supply drive, On The Same Page will also be having a Community Volunteer Day at PAWS Atlanta (5287 Covington Highway, Decatur, GA 30035) on Saturday, October 11th from 10am to 12pm. Volunteers must be at least 9 years old in order to participate and must be accompanied by an adult. We will be working in the shelter cleaning, organizing, general landscaping, and (of course) socializing and playing with the animals! Space is limited, so please email us to sign up your family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Katherine Applegate Author Event!!!
Tuesday, October 14th | 7 p.m.
Katherine Applegate, the author of the 2013 Newbery Medal book The One and Only Ivan, is coming to Little Shop! Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla is Katherine's beautiful new picture book.
You can read about Ivan, who spent decades living alone in a cage inside a shopping mall, here. The happy part of the story is that Ivan enjoyed a long retirement at Zoo Atlanta.
Katherine will be in conversation with Jodi Carrigan, who was Ivan's main keeper at Zoo Atlanta.
This should be an extraordinary event!
Lyle Lyle Crocodile Storytime
Thursday, October 16th | 7 p.m.
Lyle lives in a house on East 88th Street. Nice digs for a crocodile!
Fourth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival
Friday, October 17th | 5 to 7 p.m.
We've got Moxie! This regional favorite, popular in Maine -- and apparently with Ted Williams -- has been on the wish list of more participants than any other beverage for the Decatur Root Beer Festival. It wasn't easy, but we found a case of Moxie Original Elixer, a root based soda. Perhaps my favorite description of the taste of Moxie is that it is reminiscent of the smell of burnt tire rubber. Here's another: "The taste of pennies, dirt, and un-sweetened envelope glue now dance upon your tongue." And another: "I imagine it's what tar tastes like." And: "Each sip starts with a cola, morphs into a root beer, and leaves the aftertaste of some sort of evil black licorice potion from Satan’s private reserve."
On the other hand: "At first sip, Moxie is reminiscent of a weak root beer. Not bad, but not memorable either. Then the bitterness takes hold. Like medicine. Like the tar on a telephone pole. Like the sludge at the bottom of the barrel that you’re supposed to just throw away. But Moxie is a complex beast and once the initial shock wears away, the bitterness mellows, and one is left with a bittersweet taste that isn’t so bad and may even quality as, dare I say it…pleasant."
Well, you asked for it!
Other root beverages to be featured this year include Earp's Sarsaparilla, Reading Draft White Birch and Capt'n Eli's Root Beer. We're also bringing in some other unique sodas, such as Hippo Huckleberry and Avery's Watermellon Soda.
Note that we've moved the Decatur Root Beer Festival to the evening prior to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival. We thought a Friday evening event might be particularly fun.
This will be a ticketed event. Details as to price and availability will be posted shortly.
Rachel Renee Russell Author Event!!!
Saturday, October 18th | 7 p.m.
Hey Dork Diaries Fans! Rachel Renée Russell is coming to town with a new book for you! She'll share Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After with us.
Rachel was here last year for the Decatur Book Festival and was a big hit. We're thrilled to have her back.
Because of Winn-Dixie Movie Screening
Saturday, October 18th | 4 p.m.
This 2005 film adaptation stars Jeff Daniels, AnnaSophia Robb, and Dave Matthews. Bring your whole family out for this fun, free event!
The film version is very sweet and appropriate for all ages.
The movie screening will be held at the Decatur High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 3:30.
Vicky Alvear Shecter Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 23rd | 7 p.m.
Details will be posted shortly.
Magic Tree House Traveling Trunk Trivia Tour
Friday, October 24th | 7 p.m.
Think you are an expert at All Things Magic Tree House? Join us for this fun trivia event based on the popular early reader series about a brother and sister who time travel throughout history. We will form two teams: Team Jack and Team Annie and compete for prizes as we test our knowledge of their adventures!
On The Same Page Book Club
Friday, October 24th | 5:30 p.m.
Meet up with other kids (and their parents) who have gotten On The Same Page to discuss how Winn-Dixie won the hearts of everyone in Naomi, Florida.
Decatur Day of Reading!
Friday, October 24th |
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett has proclaimed October 24th as the 2014 Decatur Day of Reading in honor of On The Same Page! To celebrate, we challenge everyone to spend 30 minutes reading Because of Winn-Dixie or any other book!
Halloween Storytime and Parade
Sunday, October 26th | 3 p.m.
Calling all witches and wizards, clowns and cowboys, princesses and pirates! It's time for our annual Halloween storytime. Put on those costumes and come out for some (not-too-scary) Halloween stories! We'll also have treats, of course! And then after our story time, we encourage you to join in or watch the Homegrown Decatur Halloween Parade!
Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen Author & Illustrator Event!!!
Wednesday, October 29th | 7 p.m.
I had dinner with Jon Klassen last summer during which he showed me a copy of the yet to be released Sam and Dave Dig A Hole. Page by page he explained how his illustrations evolved during his close collaboration with author Mac Barnett. The result is a superbly funny picture book that is also cleverly nuanced.
We'll get Jon and Mac to tell you all about how this great book came together.
Little Shop inadvertantly killed off Mac Barnett a couple of years ago, so we're thrilled to have him back. Jon has never been to Decatur. We'll try to keep him safe.
Adam Gidwitz Author Event!!!
Thursday, October 30th | 7 p.m.
Adam Gidwitz is one of our favorite authors and storytellers. We awarded him a Little Award in 2013 for Most Engaging Author and love turning kids on to his retellings of Grimm Fairy tales! He's coming back to see us just in time for Halloween and we can't think of a better way to get in the spirit of things than an evening of scary stories told by Adam Gidwitz himself. You don't want to miss this horrifying, terrifying, disgusting, bloody, adventurous evening!
Llama Llama Storytime
Sunday, November 2nd | 3 p.m.
We had a Lyle Lyle storytime last month, so now it's time for Llama Llama.
Because of Winn-Dixie Party
Thursday, November 6th | 7 p.m.
Now that you’ve read the book, let’s get together for a celebration! We’ll play games, answer trivia, play with dogs, make crafts, share stories with friends, and so much more. This is always a favorite OTSP event and will be a sweet evening you don’t want to miss.
On The Same Page Finale with Author Kate DiCamillo!!!
Friday, November 14th | 7 p.m.
It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! The grand finale of our 2014 On The Same Page program is a visit from Kate DiCamillo! You don’t want to miss this special celebration, complete with storytelling, performances, art, and of course a reading and signing with the author. All of this happens in Presser Hall at Agnes Scott College. Doors open at 6 pm, and the event will be first come, first seated.
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On The Same Page Events
Sunday, September 21st | and onward
This year's On The Same Page title is Because of Winn-Dixie. We're simply beside ourselves with excitement.
There are all kinds of events coming up, from Bark If You Love Storytime in September to a visit from author Kate DiCamillo in November.
All kinds of information concerning the On The Same Page program can be found here.
AJC Decatur Book Festival!
Friday, August 29th | through August 31st
We hope you all had a great time at the Decatur Book Festival.
Little Shop does have signed copies of books by most of the authors who appeared on the Children's and Teen Stages, as well as at the stages at the Decatur Rec.