Coy Bowles Author Event!
Thursday, May 26th | 7 p.m.
From Coy Bowles, lead guitarist in the GRAMMY-award winning Zac Brown Band, comes a children’s story about hard work and self-confidence. Will Powers: Where There’s a Will There’s a Way is a tale about overcoming self-entitlement and achieving your goals with dedication and a strong work ethic. Will's journey with music teaches him the value of hard work and the power of believing in yourself. It’s a classic story with a message that kids, parents, and teachers can relate to and rejoice in!
Caption This! Art Show
Friday, May 27th | 7 p.m.
Do you love art? Are you ruler of witty banter? Have you ever been at an art show and thought I could have come up with a way better title for that painting? Well here's your chance. Come in on May 27th and 28th and caption the art displayed for our Caption This Art Show. All of the art will be done by local kids and will be captioned by YOU the public. This fun interactive exhibit is great for the entire family.
Melissa de la Cruz Author Event!!!
Wednesday, June 1st | 7 p.m.
Details to follow.
This event will be held at the Decatur Library in cooperation with the Georgia Center for the Book.
Circle Time with Ms. Krista!!!!!!!!
Thursday, June 2nd | 11 a.m. -- each and every Thursday
We are so excited that Ms. Krista, one of our booksellers who loves doing storytime, has started a new event every Thursday morning for our little ones. Circle Time with Ms. Krista includes songs and interactive play, in addition to fun, age-appropriate stories. This event is best suited to children 3 and under. Babies are welcome!
Join us this summer for special Circle Time fun! From June through August, we will be having our weekly Thursday Circle Time at the Gazebo on the Decatur Square. We'll still be singing songs and reading books, but we'll have more free play time with bubbles and chalk and books for one-on-one reading. After Labor Day, we'll be back in the shop, but don't miss out on this special Summer Circle Time opportunity! (Please note, Summer Circle Time will not happen if it's raining.)
Alison Umminger Author Event!!!
Saturday, June 4th | 7 p.m.
Join us as our Not So YA book group hosts the launch party for Alison Umminger's debut novel American Girls! Anna is a runaway teen looking for glitz in the movie sets and stars of Hollywood. But when she gets a job researching the infamous Manson girls for a dubious movie project, she finds more parallels with their lost and dangerous lives and her own than she bargained for. American Girls is moody, dark, satirical, utterly original and surprising.
Trenton Lee Stuart Author Event!!!
Friday, June 24th | 5:30 p.m.
Details to follow.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II
Saturday, July 30th | nighttime
The book of the play will be released at midnight on July 30. We are having a big party to celebrate and you MUST pre-order and purchase a copy of this book from Little Shop to attend!
Some past events
Henry Winkler & Lin Oliver Author Event!
Wednesday, March 16th | 7 p.m.
At the Decatur Library.
Ayyyyyyeeee. (Sorry. Diane couldn't help herself.) We are so excited to welcome Henry “The Fonz” Winkler and his writing partner, Lin Oliver, to Decatur for their super fun series for young readers, Hank Zipzer. A big thanks to our friends at the Georgia Center for the Book for partnering with us on this event. Please note: attendees must buy a copy of a Hank Zipzer book from Little Shop of Stories to gain admittance to the signing line. No memorabilia will be signed by The Fonz, Barry Zuckerkorn, or Henry Winkler. Exactomundo.
For a very thoughtful article about Henry Winkler recently published in the Washington Post -- about his Jewish German roots, growing up with dyslexia, his relationship with his father, and his Hank Zipper books -- click here.
Marcus Zusak Author Event!
Thursday, March 17th | 7 p.m.
at the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Doors open at 6 p.m.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite books of all time, The Book Thief, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum to host a special Book Talk with author Markus Zusak himself. The Book Thief is the story of a young girl in Nazi Germany, told from the perspective of Death. It has been on the New York Times bestseller list for the past 10 years and has been translated into over 40 different languages. The novel received numerous awards, including a Michael L. Printz Honor from the American Library Association and was also recently made into a major motion picture. The event will include a book talk, Q&A, and a book signing. Please note that this event is free and open to the public, but it is first come, first seated, and a purchase is required to get in the signing line.
Dan Santat Author Event!!!!
Wednesday, April 13th | 7 p.m.
“Are we there yet?” Every parent has heard this classic kid question on a long car ride--and after reading this astonishingly inventive new book (that even turns upside down for several pages!), you'll never look at being bored the same way again. Join Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat as he takes readers on the road trip of a lifetime!
Roshani Chokshi Author Event!
Thursday, April 28th | 7 p.m.
Roshani Chokshi comes from a small town in Georgia, attended Emory University, and is now in law school at University of Georgia. In other words, she’s one of us! What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you're only 17? Find out in her powerfully passionate new book, The Star-Touched Queen. Please join us at what’s going to be a super fun launch party for this YA book!
National Independent Bookstore Day!!!
Saturday, April 30th | All Day!
It’s a day to celebrate indie bookstores and what they bring to our communities! Join us for a day of fun including giveaways, snacks and treats, a chance to help make a world record setting tattoo chain, and a chance to win the Golden Ticket prize -- a favorite from last year!
Author Terra Elan McVoy will be on hand working as a bookseller extraordinaire!
Here's part of the schedule:
10 a.m. - CANCELED: TO BE RESCHEDULED: Shaquille O'Neal (see the post below);
10 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Snackie Time: Time to wake up! Enjoy complimentary coffee, orange juice, and pastries.
3 p.m. Elephant & Piggie Character Meet and Greet and Storytime as they say goodbye with their newest and final work, The Thank You Book.
5 to 7 p.m. - Happy Time: Time to shop! Enjoy complimentary beer and wine and sparkling grape juice while you browse.
More information will be posted as the day draws near.
Dori Kleber Author Event!
Sunday, May 1st | 3 p.m.
We are so excited to announce the debut book from one of our very own customers! More-igami is a terrific picture book by local author Dori Kleber, and we've been waiting anxiously for it to be published so we could to share it with you! Joey loves all things that fold--his accordion, maps, hideaway beds, and fajitas. When a classmate's mother shows him origami, he is blown away! He practices to become an origami master on on everything, including his sister's sheet music and the dollar bills in his mother's wallet. Everyone in his life gets fed up with his practicing, but he finds encouragement in an unlikely place. Complete with origami instructions in the back, this endearing, quirky book is an ode to creating art and all of the practice it takes to become a master. We hope you'll join us as we kick off Children's Book Week with a special reading and signing with Dori--complete with a chance to fold some origami of your own!
Mike Lowery Author Event!
Wednesday, May 4th | 5 p.m.
Join us in the shop for local author and educator Mike Lowery. Mike’s work has been seen on everything from greetings cards to children’s books to gallery walls all over the world, and he is a Professor of Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design Atlanta. Doodle Adventures: The Search for the Slimy Space Slugs!, his newest book, is a lighthearted fantasy where the reader first draws him- or herself into the story, and then continues by following prompts and adding more illustrations and doodles. This is going to be out of this world!
And may the fourth be with you.
John Bemelmans Marciano and Sophie Blackall Author & Illustrator Event!
Thursday, May 5th | 7 p.m.
John Marciano (Madeline and the Cats of Rome) and Sophie Blackall (Caldecott Medal winning illustrator of Finding Winnie) have gotten together to create a great new series! In the Italian town of Benevento, witches are everywhere, causing mischief and danger. For five cousins living in Benevento, they must use all their wits and a bit of luck to escape the different fairies, spirits, and magical creatures called witches and their troublesome schemes. Come discover the fun fantasy of the Witches of Benevento series and the wonderful art that brings this magical world to life!
Terra Elan McVoy Author Event!
Friday, May 6th | 7 p.m.
Nobody writes books about friendship like Terra McVoy, and now last year's breakout hit Drive Me Crazy has a bff -- This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker. If you read Drive Me Crazy, then you already know Cassie Parker, but you don't know what happened to her best friend Fiona- unless you read this new book! So many of you responded with enthusiasm and excitement to Terra's first chapter book, that we know you'll love This is All Your Fault, Cassie Parker. Join our very own Terra McVoy for rice crispy treats, bubbly drinks, friendship pins, and SUPER SECRET DIARY READING! Bring a friend, so they don't miss it and say it's all your fault.
Fierce Reads with Anna Banks, Marie Rutkoski, Cecelia Ahern, and Harriet Reuter Hapgood Author Author Author Author Event!
Sunday, May 8th | 5 p.m.
It's that time again-- the author tour that's always hotly anticipated by Young Adult lit readers! This season's Fierce Reads tour includes authors Cecelia Ahern, Harriet Reuter Hapgood, Marie Rutkoski, and Anna Banks. Cecelia Ahern has written popular adult fiction before her YA debut, Flawed was released to tremendous praise. Harriet Reuter Hapgood's debut novel The Square Root of Summer is a featured title in our Summer Reading Guide. Marie Rutkoski's popular Winner's Curse series continues with Winner's Kiss. And Anna Banks wrote the bestselling Syrena Legacy series as well as the realistic YA romance Joyride, and hopes to see where her penny donation is located on our floor.
Molly Idle Author Event!
Sunday, May 8th | 3 p.m.
The author and illustrator of the wonderful, Caldecott honored Flora and the Flamingo will be coming for our Sunday storytime! Join us as she introduces her newest Flora book, Flora and the Peacocks! Flora's silent, interactive adventures dancing with birds continue as she figures out how three friends can share a dance instead of only two! If you haven't discovered this beautiful, fun series of picture books, you're in for a treat!
Brian Lies Author Event!
Tuesday, May 10th | 11 a.m.
Join us for a special storytime with best-selling author and illustrator Brian Lies. Gator Dad is a heartwarming story that demonstrates a series of very special ways children can connect with their fathers! From seemingly mundane tasks such as grocery shopping to more active pursuits like a romp at the park and fort-building, a loving and playful father alligator shows his gator kids that the simplest pleasures done together can make for an incredibly fun day. This sweet picture book will appeal to parents and little readers everywhere!
Bret Witter Author Event!
Thursday, May 12th | 7 p.m.
Local, best-selling author Bret Witter (Monuments Men, Stronger) is celebrating the launch of his new book, Shadow War, a Tom Locke novel. On a secret mission to save a businessman’s family in Eastern Europe, an elite American mercenary, Tom Locke, navigates perilous setbacks and deadly enemies in this blistering hot series debut in the tradition of Brad Thor, Tom Clancy and Daniel Silva. Locke is an intelligent, iconoclastic soldier who specializes in pulling off the impossible. But all his brilliant preparation can’t prevent the kind of backstabbing and deception that could lead to catastrophe . . . and tip the balance of power toward Putin’s Russia. You do not want to miss out on this politically charged thriller by a local Decaturite!
Emma Virjan Author Event!
Friday, May 13th | 5 p.m.
What Little Shop needs is a PIG in a WIG! And we'll get it when Emma Virjan comes to read from her super-fun, emerging-reader, picture book series Pig in a Wig. The latest Pig in a Wig adventure is What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch: Pig and friends Rabbit and Squirrel set out to have a great picnic-- only for it to rain! Where will they find another space to munch and crunch their delicious snacks? This series is perfect for both younger picture book listeners as well as beginning readers. And, if you just so happen to have a red wig lying around, bring it-- because every event could use a reader in a wig!
Shaquille O'Neal Author Event!
Saturday, May 14th | 10 a.m.
The Georgia Center for the Book is bringing Shaquille O'Neal to Decatur for the newest book in his series, Little Shaq Takes a Chance. We'll be there selling his books.
Mr. O'Neal holds B.A., M.B.A. and Ed.D. degrees. In addition to his writing career Shaquille is a recording artist, actor, and businessman. He currently works as an analyst on Inside the NBA, broadcast on Atlanta's TNT. Once upon a time he played basketball, leading teams to four NBA championships. He was also a league MVP, 15-time All Star, and NBA Rookie of the Year. You may have heard of him.
This event is free and open to the public.
The first 300 individuals to purchase a copy of Little Shaq Takes a Chance will be given a ticket for the signing line. Mr. Shaq will sign up to three copies of Little Shaq books. He will not personalize books or sign memorabilia of any kind.
No posed photos or selfies please.
This event will be held at the First Baptist Church Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030.
Sherman Alexie Author Event!
Wednesday, May 18th | 7 p.m.
Sherman Alexie, one of the best and most diverse American writers working today, will be at the Decatur Library to introduce his newest work and first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., the story is about a boy wanting to claim his own name. “When you talk about the Native American search for identity, it’s almost always a story of loss and pain. I wanted to write a picture book in which a kid goes on a search for identity in the context of a lovely family.”
Alexie is an acclaimed writer of poetry, short stories, literary fiction, and screenplays. He received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attending high school off the reservation.
From the New York Times book review:
"Alexie’s expertly paced text zips along with loving interjections from the boy’s entire family, led by a precocious little sister. Morales’s richly textured art crackles with boundless energy. Somehow, in her hands the color yellow radiates with a life of its own.
"There is a crucial moment when the father recognizes his son’s struggle and concludes: “I think it’s time I gave you a new name. A name of your own.” The boy’s reaction — “My dad read my mind! My dad read my heart!” — breathes with an authentic mix of relief and exhilaration, the giddy thrill of being truly seen and understood by someone you love.
"The fitting choice for his new name (I won’t spoil it for you) cleverly allows the boy to forge a unique identity without severing ties to the past. Morales shows him standing proudly upon his father’s broad shoulders, ready to reach for new heights.
"Sometimes, to take the world by storm, all you need is the power of the right word."
This event, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book, will be held at the Decatur Library. You must purchase a copy of Thunder Boy Jr. from Little Shop of Stories in order to receive a ticket to enter the signing line.
Rick Yancey Author Event!
Tuesday, May 24th | 7 p.m.
The wait is over! Best-selling YA author Rick Yancey is returning to Decatur once again, this time to for THE OFFICIAL BOOK LAUNCH of the final installment of The 5th Wave trilogy, The Last Star. Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves. In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves . . . or saving what makes us human. The heart-stopping finale to The 5th Wave will have you gripping the pages of your book till the very end.