May 17, 2018

june 2018 events

R. Jackson Author Event!

Friday, June 1st – 7 pm

Show your support for local author R. Jackson as he celebrates the launch of his first book, The Amaranth! Food, readings, and a raffle will be available for all those who attend. Raffle details: purchase an autographed book at the event and you’ll be entered automatically into a drawing for a FREE $25 Visa Gift Card! There will also be an exclusive reading from the SECOND book in the Amaranth series. Learn more about Book 1, available for purchase at the event, below. We hope to see you there!


Witnessing an eerie pair of yellow eyes his first night at Camp Blackwood may be the least of Jake Walker’s problems. There’s something’s bigger brewing at camp and it’s shocking. Jake realizes he’s being hunted by an entity, known as the Amaranth, deep within the camp’s forest.

His first instinct is to leave. But when a boy with a unique past enters the picture and provides information about a car accident that killed Jake’s mom, things become unclear. There’s a connection between the accident and the Amaranth, and Jake must connect the dots.

With this newfound information and with the help of his friends, and even some enemies, Jake must uncover the camp’s secrets in order to reveal more about his past. However, this is no easy task. The Amaranth unveils a weapon so powerful that it changes the course of not only Jake’s future but all of those around him, making his journey for the truth nearly impossible.

Books, Bugs, and Tasty Treats!

Saturday, June 2nd – 3 pm


Join Rebecca Petruck and Chelsea Thomas in a conversation about people eating bugs, a choice that is smart for our bodies and the planet–and tastes great, too! Petruck is the author of the new middle grade novel, Boy Bites Bug, which received a starred review from Booklist, calling it “…funny, perceptive, and topical in more ways than one.” Chelsea Thomas runs the amphibian conservation program at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and is an avid advocate for entomophagy, eating bugs as food. (Chelsea presented at Little Shop for an Atlanta Science Festival event in March. It was great!) In addition to sharing stories about their bug eating adventures, visitors will see several live bugs, including the Asian Forest Scorpion, and will get to try buggy treats like crickets and waxworms. Join us for a f-ANT-astic afternoon of books, bugs, and tasty treats!

This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of the book from us in order to earn a place in the signing line. Also, please REGISTER your family for the event so that we know how many buggy treats to provide! Please call the shop at 404-373-6300 to get your name on the list.

You can order the book here.

Julian Winters in conversation with Nic Stone!

Friday, June 8th – 7 pm

We are OVER THE MOON about the buzz Julian Winters is getting for Running With Lions! If you were at our event with Becky Goldstein Albertalli, you might have heard her gushing over this incredible YA sports romance. Learn more about the book below! Julian is a local author, and he’ll be joined in conversation by another local favorite, Nic Stone. Be sure to come by and learn about one of the most anticipated YA books of the summer!

This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Running with Lions from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.


Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he’s got a coach who doesn’t ask anyone to hide their sexuality. But when his estranged childhood best friend Emir Shah shows up to summer training camp, Sebastian realizes the team’s success may end up in the hands of the one guy who hates him. Determined to reconnect with Emir for the sake of the Lions, he sets out to regain Emir’s trust. But to Sebastian’s surprise, sweaty days on the pitch, wandering the town’s streets, and bonding on the weekends sparks more than just friendship between them.

Soma Sengupta Author Event!

Sunday, June 10th – 3:30 pm

We are honored to host Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD as she shares her book, Boo-Boos and Butterflies, a book to help children whose families are impacted by cancer. Learn more about Dr. Sengupta below! The author’s proceeds from this book will be donated to the Winship Cancer Institute. This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of the book from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Soma Sengupta, M.D., Ph.D., is a physician and a scientist. She received medical training and conducted doctoral research at Cambridge University in the U.K. She completed advanced medical and research training at Yale University, Johns Hopkins, and Harvard affiliated hospitals. She specializes in taking care of patients with brain tumors. Outside of her professional life, Soma enjoys time with her two daughters Maya and Amita, husband Daniel, cat Riggoletto, and dog Peppa Puppy.

Morgan Matson at Decatur Library!

Wednesday, June 13th – 7 pm

We are thrilled to partner with the Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library to host bestselling YA author Morgan Matson as she promotes her newest novel, Save the Date. Learn more about the book below. This event is free and open to the public. In order to enter the signing line, you will need to purchase a copy of Save the Date from Little Shop of Stories before, or during, the event.

Save the Date:

“Father of the Bride” meets “Sixteen Candles” in the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Matson.Charlie Grant’s older sister is getting married this weekend at their family home, and Charlie can’t wait—for the first time in years, all four of her older siblings will be under one roof. Charlie is desperate for one last perfect weekend, before the house is sold and everything changes. The house will be filled with jokes and games and laughs again. Making decisions about things like what college to attend and reuniting with longstanding crush Jesse Foster—all that can wait. She wants to focus on making the weekend perfect.

The only problem? The weekend is shaping up to be an absolute disaster.

There’s the unexpected dog with a penchant for howling, house alarm that won’t stop going off, and a papergirl with a grudge.

There are the relatives who aren’t speaking, the (awful) girl her favorite brother brought home unannounced, and a missing tuxedo.

Not to mention the neighbor who seems to be bent on sabotage and a storm that is bent on drenching everything. The justice of the peace is missing. The band will only play covers. The guests are all crazy. And the wedding planner’s nephew is unexpectedly, distractingly…cute.

Over the course of three ridiculously chaotic days, Charlie will learn more than she ever expected about the family she thought she knew by heart. And she’ll realize that sometimes, trying to keep everything like it was in the past means missing out on the future.

You can order the book here.

Sabaa Tahir at the Decatur Library!

Friday, June 29th – 7 pm

*Please note: this event will be held at the Decatur Library.*

The Georgia Center for the Book and Little Shop of Stories are thrilled to welcome the #1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir as she tours the country for the highly anticipated third book in the Ember Quartet, A Reaper at the Gates! Tahir will be in conversation with New York Times bestselling author Aisha Saeed.

This event is free to attend and open to the public, but we ask that attendees register for a ticket in advance. The first 20 people to reserve a ticket and pre-order a copy of A Reaper at the Gates from Little Shop of Stories will receive access to a VIP meet-and-greet experience with Sabaa before the event and be among the first to get their books signed! All tickets will guarantee a book (available for purchase at the event), a seat at the venue, and access to the signing line.

We cannot wait to host this incredible author, and we look forward to seeing YOU there as well! Give us a call at 404-373-6300 to reserve your ticket.

About A Reaper at the Gates:

Beyond the Martial Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger. Helene Aquilla, the Blood Shrike, is desperate to protect her sister’s life and the lives of everyone in the Empire. But she knows that danger lurks on all sides: Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable and violent, while Keris Veturia, the ruthless Commandant, capitalizes on the Emperor’s volatility to grow her own power–regardless of the carnage she leaves in her path. Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer.

In the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to In the hunt to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would help her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight. And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that demands his complete surrender–even if that means abandoning the woman he loves.

More to Come!