July 7, 2019

august 2019 events

Workshop and Signing with Illustrator Noah Grigni!

Saturday, August 3rd  – workshop at 2 pm; book event at 3 pm

Illustrator and Decatur native Noah Grigni is in town to celebrate the release of their first picture book, It Feels Good To Be Yourself! Learn more about this beautiful book below. They are hosting a kids watercolor workshop at 2:00 and a book presentation and signing at 3:00 on Saturday, August 3. If your child would like to participate in the workshop, please reserve a spot using this link (space is limited):


This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of It Feels Good To Be Yourself from us to earn a place in the signing line!

MORE ABOUT It Feels Good To Be Yourself:
A picture book that introduces the concept of gender identity to the youngest reader from writer Theresa Thorn and illustrator Noah Grigni.

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between.

This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

Noah Grigni is an illustrator and comic artist from Decatur, and a nonbinary trans boy. It Feels Good To Be Yourself is their first children’s book. Through art, Noah hopes to make space for more stories centering diverse trans characters with depth, personality, and agency. Their art is a call to action, a reminder to heal, and a celebration of queer love in its endless many forms. Noah graduated from Lesley University in 2018 with a BFA in Illustration, and from Decatur High School in 2015. They now live in Boston. You can see more of Noah’s work at noahgrigni.com, or on Instagram @ngrigni.

Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal Book Launch at Decatur Library!!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 6th  – 7:15 pm

This. Is. HUGE.

We are overcome with unbelievable excitement and pride to host the book launch of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, the debut novel from Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones. Yes, the Kimberly Jones who was the manager of Little Shop and is the love of our lives. She and Gilly have created something beautiful, and we are absolutely honored to host their launch with the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library. Please join us in congratulating them on Tuesday, August 6 at 7:15. There will be a presentation (moderated by another local favorite Julian Winters), signing, and some light refreshments served. We cannot wait for the world to meet this book and come to love these authors as much as we do!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about I’m Not Dying with You Tonight:

“A vital addition to the YA race relations canon.”―Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin

Lena and Campbell aren’t friends.

Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she’s going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school.

When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together.

They aren’t friends. They hardly understand the other’s point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they’re going to survive the night.

A Very Special Aisha Saeed Storytime!

Tuesday, August 18th  – 2 pm

Atlanta author (and Little Shop favorite) Aisha Saeed recently released her first picture book, and we’re celebrating with a special Bilal Cooks Daal story time on Sunday, August 18! Join us at 2:00 for a story time and signing…and there will even be some recipes up for grabs! Learn more about this delightful book below, and mark your calendars for this very special story time.

This event is FREE and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Bilal Cooks Daal from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Bilal Cooks Daal:

Six-year-old Bilal introduces his friends to his favorite dish—daal!—in this charming picture book that showcases the value of patience, teamwork, community, and sharing.

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time: daal! The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. They’ve never tried it! As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.