December 6, 2019

january 2020 events

Romily Bernard Book Launch!

Saturday, January 25th  – 5 pm

Little Shop of Stories is thrilled and honored to launch the newest book from local author Romily Bernard! Join us to celebrate the release of The Monster Hypothesis with the whole family on Saturday, January 25 at 5pm. Learn more about this delightful new book below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of The Monster Hypothesis from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about The Monster Hypothesis:
Welcome to Bohring, home to 453 people, 2,053 alligators, and one monster curse.

Correction: home to 454 people, now that Kick Winter is living in the swamp Hollows with her Grandma Missouri, the town (fake) psychic. Bohring is anything but boring for Kick who has already blown a hole through the kitchen floor, befriended a chicken-eating gator, and discovered that the town’s hundred-year curse is upon them.

It’s the Bohring curse and all the kids are about to become monsters-or so the legend goes. People are worried-except for Kick. She knows there’s a scientific explanation for everything, especially curses and monsters. But Kick is the new kid in school and she’s determined to make a name for herself . . . by pretending to be psychic.

According to her calculations: one teeny-tiny life + (fake) psychic skills = popularity. But when kids start disappearing and glowing creatures start showing up, Kick’s theory quickly evaporates in a puff of foul-smelling swamp gas. Can Kick use her (real) science smarts to prove the curse is a hoax? Or is it just-maybe-sort of-somehow possible the curse is here?

Author Romily Bernard weaves a fast-paced middle-grade mystery filled with humor and scientific intrigue, set in a perfectly eerie Southern town.

Scott Reintgen Author Event!

Sunday, January 26th  – 5 pm

Stop the presses! Little Shop favorite Scott Reintgen (Nyxia, Saving Fable) is out with a wildly incredible new YA fantasy, and he’s coming to town! Join us to celebrate the release of Ashlords with Scott! Learn more about Ashlords below and make plans to join us for what’s sure to be an epic event.

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Ashlords from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Ashlords:

Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races in this epic fantasy following three phoenix horse riders–skilled at alchemy–who must compete at The Races–the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.

Every year since the Ashlords were gifted phoenix horses by their gods, they’ve raced them. First into battle, then on great hunts, and finally for the pure sport of seeing who rode the fastest. Centuries of blood and fire carved their competition into a more modern spectacle: The Races.

Over the course of a multi-day event, elite riders from clashing cultures vie to be crowned champion. But the modern version of the sport requires more than good riding. Competitors must be skilled at creating and controlling phoenix horses made of ash and alchemy, which are summoned back to life each sunrise with uniquely crafted powers to cover impossible distances and challenges before bursting into flames at sunset. But good alchemy only matters if a rider knows how to defend their phoenix horse at night. Murder is outlawed, but breaking bones and poisoning ashes? That’s all legal and encouraged.

In this year’s Races, eleven riders will compete, but three of them have more to lose than the rest–a champion’s daughter, a scholarship entrant, and a revolutionary’s son. Who will attain their own dream of glory? Or will they all flame out in defeat?

Vanessa Brantley-Newton Author/Illustrator Event!

Wednesday, January 29th  – 5:30 pm

Jump and cheer! One of the best author/illustrators working today is on our for her latest book, and SHE’S COMING TO THE SHOP! Join us for a sweet celebration of Just Like Me, the newest picture book from Vanessa Brantley-Newton. Learn more about this very special book below and make plans with your whole family to come meet this incredible artist! The event will feature a reading, drawing demonstration, and signing!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Just Like Me from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Just Like Me:

An ode to the girl with scrapes on her knees and flowers in her hair, and every girl in between, this exquisite treasury will appeal to readers of Dear Girl and I Am Enough and have kids poring over it to find a poem that’s just for them.

I am a canvas
Being painted on
By the words of my family

And community

From Vanessa Brantley-Newton, the author of Grandma’s Purse, comes a collection of poetry filled with engaging mini-stories about girls of all kinds: girls who feel happy, sad, scared, powerful; girls who love their bodies and girls who don’t; country girls, city girls; girls who love their mother and girls who wish they had a father. With bright portraits in Vanessa’s signature style of vibrant colors and unique patterns and fabrics, this book invites readers to find themselves and each other within its pages.

“A dynamic, uplifting, and welcoming world of girls.”–Kirkus

“Thoughtful, inclusive, and celebratory”–Publishers Weekly

“Bursting with positivity, this would be a great book to use in primary school classrooms when discussing issues of friendship, diversity, and self-esteem.”–Booklist

Earlier This Month

Brigid Kemmerer with Rebecca Ross and YATL!

Wednesday, January 8th  – 6:30 pm

We can’t wait to kick off the new year with a fabulous YA event! NY Times bestselling author Brigid Kemmerer is on tour for her book A Heart So Fierce and Broken, the sequel to A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Learn more about the new book below! She’ll be joined at Little Shop by Rebecca Ross, author of The Queen’s Rising, and Vania Stoyanova from YATL! This conversation and signing is not to be missed, so mark your calendars now!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of either book to earn a place in the signing line.

More about A Heart So Fierce and Broken:
In the sequel to New York Times bestselling A Curse So Dark and Lonely, Brigid Kemmerer returns to the world of Emberfall in a lush fantasy where friends become foes and love blooms in the darkest of places.

Find the heir, win the crown.
The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.
Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Ransom Riggs Author Event!

Wednesday, January 15th  – 7 pm  – at the Decatur Library

Join us at the Georgia Center for the Book at Decatur Library on January 15 beginning at 7:00pm to celebrate the release of The Conference of the Birds, the fifth novel in Ransom Riggs’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children series.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Ransom Riggs returns with a hotly anticipated new book in the blockbuster series, Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. The new arc of the Miss Peregrine series launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries. Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds.

There will be a tiered ticketing system for this event, with three available options:

*GOLD tickets will be issued to only 20 people who pre-order The Conference of the Birds through the Eventbrite link for this event. GOLD ticket holders receive:

-An invitation to a special meet and greet with author Ransom Riggs

-One copy of The Conference of the Birds, to be picked up at the event

-A gift bag

-Access to activity stations before the event (more information to come)

-Entry into the event

-Entry into the signing line.

*SILVER tickets will be issued to those who pre-order The Conference of the Birds through the Eventbrite link for this event. SILVER ticket holders receive:

-One copy of The Conference of the Birds, to be picked up at the event

-A swag item

-Access to activity stations before the event (more information to come)

-Entry into the event

-Entry into the signing line.

*BRONZE ticket holders will be issued for free to everyone interested, either ahead of time through the Eventbrite link, or to walk-ups, who will be welcomed as long as we can accommodate them. If you are a parent accompanying a child and do not wish to get a copy of the book for yourself, please claim this ticket type. BRONZE ticket holders receive:

-Entry into the event

-Entry into the signing line.

You can purchase a Gold Ticket or a Silver Ticket or get a free Bronze Ticket here.

Event attendees are encouraged to come in a costume fitting the world of the Peculiars to join the costume contest and win prizes. #StayPeculiar

Cohen Lewis Author Event!

Friday, January 17th  – 7 pm

Little Shop loves supporting local authors, and we are so excited to host an event with Cohen Lewis, the ten-year-old author of the Zachary books! His newest installment is Zachary and the Case of the Zombies. Join us on Friday, January 17 at 7pm for a reading, presentation, Q&A, signing, and a fun craft for kids! This event is free and open to all. Mark your calendars now and join us for a delightful evening with Cohen! It’s sure to inspire kids to imagine and create wonderful work of their own. What a gift!