DBF Kidnote and Keynote Tickets Available
Thursday, August 4th | 10 a.m.
NOTE: We are out of Keynote tickets as, apparently, is everyone else.
NOTE NOTE: Additional Kidnote tickets have been released and will be available at Little Shop of Stories on August 18th.
Dav Pilkey, creator of the wildly popular and bestselling Captain Underpants series, is this year’s featured Kidnote speaker. He shares his new work, Dog Man, a tale about a new kind of hero who is half human, half canine. The Kidnote Address will take place at the Performing Arts Center at Decatur High School at 310 North McDonough Street on Friday, September 2nd at 5pm. Due to limited parking at the high school, attendees are strongly encouraged to take MARTA, walk, or park on or around the Decatur Square.
Children will have the chance for photo-ops with Captain Underpants and Dog Man, and there will be lots of fun prizes and giveaways!
Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family will gather to pay a tribute to bestselling and beloved author Pat Conroy as the keynote event at the 2016 Atlanta-Journal Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical. Family and friends will share special memories of Conroy and read favorite passages from his many books, including Melissa Conroy, Ron Rash, and Bronwen Dickey. This event will be held at Emory University's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at 8pm on Friday, September 2nd.
Pick up your Kidnote tickets (and Keynote too!) beginning Thursday, August 4th at 10 am at the following indie bookstores: A Cappella Books, Charis Books and More, Eagle Eye Books, and Little Shop of Stories.
Circle Time with Ms. Krista!!!!!!!!
Thursday, August 18th | 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.)
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.
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.
CANCELED - Melissa de la Cruz Author Event!!!
Wednesday, June 1st | 7 p.m.
UPDATE: We are sad to announce that our event with Melissa de la Cruz has been cancelled due to illness. We are currently working on rescheduling this event. We will update our website once we have further details. Thank you for understanding!
Little Shop of Stories and The Georgia Center for the Book are pleased to present author Melissa de la Cruz in the auditorium at the Decatur Public Library! Return to the Isle of the Lost is the sequel to the #1 New York Times Best-Seller The Isle of the Lost. Will Mal and her friends be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle's wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed? Join us for a magical night of fun giveaways, a costume contest, and more! Hope to see you there, in your Descendants wear!
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 | 7 p.m.
Calling all fans of the Mysterious Benedict Society as well as any budding junior detectives! Come on out to meet the awesome Mr. Trenton Lee Stewart and to hear a sneak preview of his new book (out this fall) called The Secret Keepers.
Tuesday Storytime with Nadia Hohn
Tuesday, June 28th | 11 a.m.
We have a guest author reading for our Tuesday storytime today: Nadia Hohn is visiting us all the way from Canada to read from her picture book Malaika\'s Costume! Please join us in welcoming her to Little Shop of Stories for this special storytime event.
Chris Colfer Author Event!!!
Saturday, July 16th | 4 p.m.
Chris Colfer Author Event!!!
Saturday, July 16th, at 4 p.m.
Decatur High School Performing Arts Center
310 North McDonough Street
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Little Shop of Stories is pleased to welcome New York Times #1 bestselling author and Golden Globe-winning actor Chris Colfer once again to Decatur! On this tour he will discuss the fifth book in The Land of Stories series, An Author's Odyssey.
In the highly anticipated continuation of the Land of Stories series, Conner learns that the only place to fight the Masked Man's literary army is inside his own short stories! When the twins and their friends enter worlds crafted from Conner's imagination, finding allies no one else could have ever dreamed of, the race begins to put an end to the Masked Man's reign of terror. Can the twins finally restore peace in the fairy tale world?
Chris Colfer can’t wait to see his bookhuggers on tour this July! For the very first time, Decatur and each city on his tour will host an interactive event with Chris –- reading, audience Q&A, TLOS Trivia, a costume contest, and prizes. He will pre-sign copies of book five, The Land of Stories: An Author’s Odyssey, and your ticket secures you one of these pre-signed books. You are able to purchase multiple copies of the book and each copy of any of the books in the series also secures fans a raffle ticket to win an exclusive VIP meet-and-greet immediately following the event (one raffle ticket with the purchase of every book). Chris will choose five lucky readers (+ 1 guest each) who will get to meet him after the event, take photos, and have their books personalized.
Tickets will be available starting on Thursday, June 30th, at 10 a.m. at Little Shop of Stories or over the phone (404-373-6300). No online orders will be taken. The price of a ticket is $22.00. This will include the following:
One seat at the event (first arrived, first seated);
One signed copy of An Author's Odyssey (signed books will be distributed at the event and will not be available prior to that time); and
For Parents/Grandparents/Chaperones attending with a child, there is the option to purchase one companion ticket for $5 redeemable toward a title in The Land of Stories series
The Meet & Greet Raffle:
For attendees, each purchase of a The Land of Stories books from Little Shop of Stories will allow one entry into a raffle for a Meet and Greet with Chris after the event.
A limited number of signed copies will be sold at the event while supplies last!
Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip
Saturday, July 23rd | 3 to 6 p.m.
Scholastic is hitting the road with their Summer Reading Road Trip, and it’s coming to Little Shop of Stories! A custom RV will visit Decatur bringing a “pop up” reading festival with it. Kids and families will be able to take photos with Clifford the Big Red Dog, enjoy prizes and giveaways, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading crafts and activities. Joining us on this tour are Natalie Lloyd (A Snicker of Magic), Jackson Pearce (Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures), and Walter Wick (Hey, Seymour!). We hope to see you out on the square as we continue our summer-long celebration of reading!
This wonderful event will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center.
Sara Lynn Cramb Author Event!
Wednesday, July 27th | 6pm
Athens illustrator Sara Lynn Cramb joins us to discuss her new book If You Are Kaka, You Eat Doo Doo! Sara has illustrated nonfiction picture books and materials for a number of publishers. Her drawings of nature and the world make the discovery of new facts and ideas even more fun! Plus, her newest book is all about POOP! How can you pass that up! Come learn some poop tales from nature.
Little Con - Little Shop's very own Comic Con!
Friday, July 29th | 3 to 4pm
It’s our second annual Little Con of Comics, like San Diego ComiCon, but with comics made by kids! This week, the kids in our Comics Camp have been working hard making comics, and they’re now ready to show you their work. Every comic, piece of art, and comics related merchandise is made by the kids of comics camp and only a dollar! Last year’s LittleCon got a write up in The Huffington Post. Come see what all the excitement is about, with a special free gift for anyone coming in a costume of your favorite comics character (Andy Capp? Brenda Starr? Lucy Van Pelt? Jughead? Uncle Scrooge McDuck? Squirrel Girl? Every one of these costumes would get a prize!).
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I and II Midnight Release Party (which actually begins at 10 p.m.)
Saturday, July 30th | 10 p.m. to midnight
**Our Midnight Release party is currently full, but we are still accepting pre-orders for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.**
Please join us on Saturday July 30TH at 10 PM as we celebrate the newest addition to the wizarding world, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II. The book of the play will be released at midnight, and we are having a big party! There will be a costume contest, trivia, wand-making, and more. You MUST pre-order and purchase a copy of this book from Little Shop to attend!
Battle of the Genres YA Author Panel
Friday, August 5th | 7 p.m.
Join us for a fun event with Jessica Brody (A Week of Mondays) and friends Jessica Khoury (The Forbidden Wish), Lauren Morrill (The Trouble with Destiny), and CJ Redwine (The Shadow Queen) (pictured). Prepare yourself for a “Battle of the Genres” (contemporary vs. fantasy) with some games and trivia and audience participation!
Saturday, August 13th | 7 p.m.
Raise a glass! Little Shop welcomes teen fans (13+) of the Broadway sensation "Hamilton" to a non-stop night of fun and fandom. The main event will be an abridged soundtrack sing-a-long. Want to be a star? Come into the shop beforehand to sign up to perform your favorite parts from your favorite songs! Or stay in the crowd and sing your heart out in the ensemble. We'll also have a costume contest and Hamilton-themed games and crafts. We promise you'll leave satisfied! NOTES: No tickets necessary. If you want to perform a song, come to the shop any day before the event and sign up. Sign-ups will end at 7:15 on the night of the event. Then it's showtime! Keep in mind that this is NOT karaoke: if you perform, there will not be lyrics on a screen (though a lyric sheet can be provided, if you need it). You'll also be singing along WITH the soundtrack, not an instrumental version. Ages 13 and up, please!