February 16, 2018

march 2018 events

Malcolm Mitchell Author Event!

Thursday, March 1st – 5 pm

Malcolm Mitchell is coming to Little Shop!

If you’re a New Englander, you know Malcolm Mitchell as the wide receiver for the New England Patriots. If you’re a Southerner, you know him as the star player for the University of Georgia team.

If you’re a reader, though, you may know him as the latest invitee to actress Reese Witherspoon’s book club. Or the college student who joined an all-female book club in the suburbs of Athens, Georgia to get more involved with books on a regular basis. Or the founder of his own literacy charity, “Share the Magic Foundation,” that has distributed more than 28,000 books to over 100 elementary schools, children’s hospitals and community service organizations. Now, Mr. Mitchell can also add “author” to his list of titles! He’s written a picture book and is touring the country, sharing his message and his story with kid’s all over. We’re so thrilled to welcome him to Little Shop of Stories! Please join us for a fun, FREE event and book signing.

Mr. Mitchell will not be signing memorabilia on this tour, only his book. You must purchase a copy of The Magician’s Hat from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.

More about The Magician’s Hat:

The Magician’s Hat is the story of a magician who reveals an awe-inspiring treasure from his bag of tricks—books that make every kid’s dream come true. This is not your typical afternoon at the library; a magician invites kids to reach into his hat to pull out whatever they find when they dig down deep. Soon— poof!—each child comes away with something better than they could’ve imagined: a book that helps them become whatever they want to be, and makes their dreams come true through pages and words, and the adventures that follow. But each child can’t help but wonder: What’s really making the magic happen?

Matt Laney Author Event!

Wednesday, March 7th – 6:30 pm

We are so excited that local author Matt Laney has chosen Little Shop as the site of the launch party for his debut novel, Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince! This middle grade series is “Warriors” meets “Game of Thrones” and is sure to be a total hit with middle grade fantasy readers. Learn more about the book below! This party will be FREE and open to the public. Be sure to buy a copy of the book from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More on Pride Wars: The Spinner Prince:

In this brand-new epic adventure fantasy series by minister and
debut novelist Matt Laney, the world is ruled by two prides of super-evolved felines: the Singara and the Maguar. One believes in science and facts; the other believes in faith and fiction.

Twelve-year-old Leo is next in line for the throne of Singara, a society where science is valued above all else and storytelling and fiction are forbidden. Like every cub, royal or not, he must first prove his worth by hunting a slaycon, a deadly beast with razor-sharp claws and a nasty, venomous bite. Those who make a kill begin training at the Royal Academy of War Science. Those who fail are slaycon food.

But killing a slaycon may be the least of Leo’s problems. The Maguar, Singara’s sworn enemy, are rising up, and closer to home, Singara is being torn apart by Leo’s rebellious cousin. Even worse, Leo is a Spinner, cursed with a dangerous and forbidden power he can’t control.

The future of Singara is in Leo’s hands. Can he hide his curse, claim the throne and protect his realm from the Maguar? Or will he embrace his power as a gift and discover a far greater destiny?

Packed full of magic, intrigue, and adventure, this inventive first
book in The Pride Wars series is sure to grip young readers and have them eagerly anticipating the next installment.

Atlanta Science Festival!

Saturday and Sunday, March 9th – 24th

Atlanta’s second coolest festival is back! (We’re a little partial to the Decatur Book Festival.)

Little Shop will be hosting an event on March 18th that will be ultra-cool. If you like bugs. A lot. Or even if you don’t.


Little Shop Players!

Saturday and Sunday, March 10th and 11th – 2:30 pm

The Little Shop Players are back! This year, they will be performing their rendition of Shakespeare, Macbeth Jr. Macbeth is often known as William Shakespeare’s “Scottish play” and tells the story of a man led astray by greed, power, and some very meddlesome witches. These events are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome, but please note there will be the use of fake blood in this show. Performance details below!
Saturday, March 10th at 2:30pm at the Decatur Library

Sunday, March 11th at 2:30pm at the Woodruff Arts Center

Ash Parsons, Carlie Sorosiak, and Katherine Webber Author Author Author Event (with YA Book Swap!)

Saturday, March 17th – Book Swap at 5 pm; Author Event at 6 pm; Not So YA at 7 pm

What’s better than a YA author event? How about an event with THREE YA authors, preceded by a YA book swap and followed by a Not So YA Book Club meeting?! Check out this amazing schedule for the evening:


5:00 – YA Book Swap! Bring a book to share, write some reviews of books you’ve read recently, and learn about some upcoming YA titles.

6:00 – Event and signing with Ash Parsons (The Falling Between Us), Carlie Sorosiak (If Birds Fly Back), and Katherine Webber (The Heartbeats of Wing Jones)! Come meet these excellent YA authors and hear them speak about their awesome new titles that you can then get SIGNED! You must purchase a copy of one of the books from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.

7:00 – Not So YA Book Club meeting! This month, the group is reading “A Wrinkle in Time.” Join them for a lively discussion with like-minded adults who love YA lit!

Exploring Edible Insects!!! Atlanta Science Festival Event at Little Shop

Sunday, March 18th – 3 pm

Please note: This event is sold out!
American culture embraces lobster and shrimp, but people in other parts of the world dine on these arthropod’s land-based cousins too. Insects are delicious and nutritious staples, yet an outdated taboo makes us squirm at the thought of crunching cricket tacos or slurping silkworm soup. Cooking with these new textures and flavors can be fun and beneficial to local and global health. Curious about broadening your palette? Join us for a special storytime and some buggy treats at Little Shop of Stories! Parents, this is not a drop off event. We request parent accompaniment.
Chelsea Thomas, the Amphibian Program Coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, will be our snack guide. (You can read more about her here!)

There is a $5 fee. You can purchase a ticket at the shop or over the phone (404-373-6300).

Please note: This event is sold out!

Brendan Wenzel Author Event!

Tuesday, March 20th – 4:30 pm

We at the shop LOVE last year’s Caldecott Honor book They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, and we thought we couldn’t be more excited that he’s coming out with another picture book…then we learned that he’s coming to Little Shop on his book tour! This author presentation and signing will be perfect for the whole family, and it’s free and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of his new book, Hello Hello, from Little Shop in order to earn a place in the signing line! Don’t miss your chance to meet an author and illustrator who is shaping up to be one of the greatest of our time.

More on Hello Hello:

This gorgeous follow-up to the Caldecott Honor–winning They All Saw a Cat explores another aspect of seeing the world for young children. Beginning with two cats, one black and one white, a chain of animals appears before the reader, linked together by at least one common trait.

From simple colors and shapes to more complex and abstract associations, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world—and ultimately paints a story of connection. Brendan Wenzel’s joyous, rhythmic text and exuberant art encourage readers to delight in nature’s infinite differences and to look for—and marvel at—its gorgeous similarities. Hello Hello concludes with a guide to the animals featured and their endangered status.

Leslie Odom, Jr. Author Event!

Thursday, March 29th – 7 pm – Gaines Auditorium at Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College

Join us for an evening of conversation with Tony and Grammy Award- winning artist, Leslie Odom, Jr., who will be in Decatur celebrating the release of his new book, Failing Up. Leslie will discuss the personal stories from his life shared in the book that have inspired, motivated, and empowered him over the years with a special guest to be announced.

Leslie Odom, Jr. burst on the scene in 2015, originating the role of ‘Aaron Burr’ in the Broadway musical phenomenon “Hamilton.” Since then, he has performed for sold-out audiences, sung for the Obamas at the White House, and won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. But before he landed the role of a lifetime in one of the biggest musicals of all time, Odom, Jr. put in years of hard work as a singer and an actor.

Leslie talked about his book with Stephen Colbert on Tuesday evening. You can watch it here.



A ticket to this event comes with a pre-signed copy of the book and a seat at the venue. Seating will be first come, first seated. Doors will open at 6:00.

Gaines Auditorium in Presser Hall is located on the beautiful campus of Agnes Scott College. Parking is available in a deck just across South McDoungh Street from Presser Hall. The venue is about a ten minute walk from the Decatur MARTA station.

Roshani Chokshi Author Event!

Friday, March 30th – 6 pm

It’s no secret that we’re in love with local author of the YA favorites The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes. But our love just deepened because Roshani Chokshi has now started a MIDDLE GRADE series! Aru Shah and the End of Time is the very first book in Rick Riordan’s new imprint that will focus on world mythologies. We are proud and thrilled and already itching for the next book all at the same time! Join us as these emotions bubble over for her presentation and signing on March 20th. This event is FREE and open to the public. You must purchase a copy of Aru Shah and the End of Time to earn a place in the signing line! Come celebrate Roshani with us!!!

The New York Times just published a very favorable review of Aru Shah.

More on Aru Shah and the End of Time:

Aru Shah and the End of Time follows twelve-year-old Aru Shah, who sets a cosmic showdown in motion when she lights an ancient lamp on a dare. With a fast-paced, high stakes quest and flawed but relatable characters, Aru Shah and the End of Time is perfect for fans of Percy Jackson and Sailor Moon.

Aru Shah has a tendency to stretch the truth in order to fit in at school. While her classmates are jetting off to family vacations, she’ll be spending her break at home, in the Museum of Ancient Indian Art and Culture, waiting for her mom to return from her latest archeological trip. One day, three schoolmates show up at Aru’s doorstep to catch her in a lie. They don’t believe her claim that the museum’s Lamp of Bharata is cursed, and they dare Aru to prove it. Just a quick light, Aru thinks. Then she can get herself out of this mess and never ever fib again.

She unwittingly frees the Sleeper, an ancient demon whose duty it is to awaken the God of Destruction. Her classmates and beloved mother are frozen in time, and it’s up to Aru to save them. The only way to stop the demon is to find the reincarnations of the five legendary Pandava brothers, protagonists of the Hindu epic poem, the Mahabharata, and journey through the Kingdom of Death. But how is one girl in Spider-Man pajamas supposed to do all that?