April 13, 2018

may 2018 events

Shanda McCloskey Book Launch Party!

Tuesday, May 1st – 6 pm

Little Shop is SO EXCITED to host the book launch for the STEM-friendly, girl-powered picture book DOLL-E 1.0 by local author and illustrator Shanda McCloskey! This delightful book is a much-needed ode to the tech geek girls that are the coders, engineers and developers of tomorrow. McCloskey’s affectionately-illustrated pages reveal a precocious little scientist named Charlotte, who doesn’t know what to do with the doll her mother gets for her…until she decides to upgrade her little companion herself—and learns something about appreciating the simpler things in the process.

We’ll have “nuts and bolts” cupcakes, a presentation, a signing, and a lot of fun. Bring the whole family and celebrate this amazing debut! This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of DOLL.E 1.0 from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

Brendan Kiely in conversation with Nic Stone!

Thursday, May 3rd – 7 pm

Little Shop is honored to welcome bestselling author Brendan Kiely, author of the New York Times best seller All American Boys (with Jason Reynolds) back to Decatur! TRADITION is a powerful YA novel that explores the dark side of tradition, the toxicity of male privilege, and the dangerous effects of rape culture. The book pushes readers to ask tough questions about not only the destructive nature of sexual violence but also what role they personally play in perpetuating it. Kiely has crafted a feminist work that invites readers to stand up for what’s right and challenges men to be better feminists. TRADITION is a reminder that we are stronger together. Kiely will be joined in conversation by local author and Little Shop favorite Nic Stone, author of DEAR MARTIN!

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

You can order the book here!

Kate Rope Book Launch Party!

Saturday, May 5th – 7 pm

Shout it from the rooftops!! Local writer and mother Kate Rope has written an amazing book, and we’re ready to celebrate this momentous occasion on Saturday, May 5! Join us to congratulate Kate, learn more about the book, enjoy some delicious refreshments, and, of course, get a SIGNED copy for your collection. Learn more about Strong as a Mother: How to Stay Healthy, Happy, and (Most Importantly) Sane from Pregnancy to Parenthood below! Please be sure to purchase a copy of the book from us in order to earn a place in the signing line.

Strong as a Mother is a practical and compassionate guide to preparing for a smooth start to motherhood. Everyone knows the secret to having “the Happiest Baby on the Block.” This is your guide to being the Sanest Mommy on the Block. It will prepare you with humor and grace for what lies ahead, give you the tools you need to take care of yourself, permission to struggle at times, and professional advice on how to move through it when you do.

You can order the book here!

Craft and Storytime with Natalie Nelson!

Sunday, May 6th – 2 pm

Our storytime will feature a very special guest: local illustrator Natalie Nelson! Her new book, A Storytelling of Ravens, is a beautiful exploration of the unusual collective nouns used for certain animals, and she’s excited to lead a craft session for kids to make their own images. Bring the whole family and have some creative fun with Natalie!

You can order the book here!

Kim Smith Back to the Future Storytime!

Wednesday, May 9th – 4 pm

Kim Smith is the amazing author and illustrator behind the picture book re-imaginings of Home Alone, E.T., and The X-Files, and she is on tour for her latest Pop Culture Classic, BACK TO THE FUTURE! We are so excited to have her coming to the shop — unless, of course, she was already here and will be back at the same time yet again — for a special presentation and story time. Be sure to join us and share an 80s classic with your little ones!

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

You can order the book here!

Doggie Vow Renewal: A Royal Wedding Celebration

Saturday, May 12th – 11 am

Back on April 17, 2011, inspired by the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Diane Capriola and Sunny Bowles gave their dogs in holy matrimony to one another. Now, as the world awaits the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Scout and Hiro wish to renew their vows…and who are we to stop them? We invite you all to celebrate their years of love and their recommitment to one another. The ceremony will begin at 11:00. Scout and Hiro were fancy then and they’re fancy now, so all attendees are encouraged to go glam as well. LET’S RENEW SOME VOWS, Y’ALL!

Aisha Saeed Book Launch Party!

Saturday, May 12th – 3 pm

Local author and Little Shop favorite Aisha Saeed has written her first ever middle grade book, and we are so honored to be the site of her launch! Amal Unbound is a gorgeous book, and we can’t wait to share it with our community. Learn more about it below! And join us for reading, signing, and CAKE.

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

More about AMAL UNBOUND:

Aisha Saeed’s middle-grade debut tells the compelling story of a girl’s fight to regain her life and dreams after being forced into indentured servitude.

Life is quiet and ordinary in Amal’s Pakistani village, but she had no complaints, and besides, she’s busy pursuing her dream of becoming a teacher one day. Her dreams are temporarily dashed when–as the eldest daughter–she must stay home from school to take care of her siblings. Amal is upset, but she doesn’t lose hope and finds ways to continue learning. Then the unimaginable happens–after an accidental run-in with the son of her village’s corrupt landlord, Amal must work as his family’s servant to pay off her own family’s debt.

Life at the opulent Khan estate is full of heartbreak and struggle for Amal–especially when she inadvertently makes an enemy of a girl named Nabila. Most troubling, though, is Amal’s growing awareness of the Khans’ nefarious dealings. When it becomes clear just how far they will go to protect their interests, Amal realizes she will have to find a way to work with others if they are ever to exact change in a cruel status quo, and if Amal is ever to achieve her dreams.

You can order the book here!

Sam Miller Author Event!

Monday, May 21st – 7 pm

Sam Miller, vocalist of the band Paradise Fears, is a man of many talents…one of which is writing YA novels! Little Shop is so excited to host him on tour for A Lite Too Bright, his highly anticipated debut novel. Learn more about the book, which has received a starred review from Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, below.

This will be a ticketed event. The cost is $20 and includes a copy of A Lite Too Bright. You can purchase tickets here.


For fans of literary classics such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower comes a stirring new thought-provoking novel from debut author Sam Miller about a loss shrouded in mystery with twists and turns down every railway.

Arthur Louis Pullman the Third is on the verge of a breakdown. He’s been stripped of his college scholarship, is losing his grip on reality, and has been sent away to live with his aunt and uncle.

It’s there that Arthur discovers a journal written by his grandfather, the first Arthur Louis Pullman, an iconic Salinger-esque author who went missing the last week of his life and died hundreds of miles away from their family home. What happened in that week—and how much his actions were influenced by his Alzheimer’s—remains a mystery.

But now Arthur has his grandfather’s journal—and a final sentence containing a train route and a destination.

So Arthur embarks on a cross-country train ride to relive his grandfather’s last week, guided only by the clues left behind in the dementia-fueled journal. As Arthur gets closer to uncovering a sad and terrible truth, his journey is complicated by a shaky alliance with a girl who has secrets of her own and by escalating run-ins with a dangerous Pullman fan base.

Arthur’s not the only one chasing a legacy—and some feel there is no cost too high for the truth.

You can order the book here!

Mark Oshiro in conversation with Nic Stone!

Thursday, May 24th – 7 pm

Mark Oshiro, creator of “Mark Reads” and “Mark Watches,” has written a remarkable debut YA novel, and we are honored to be a stop on his tour! Join us in the shop where he’ll be in conversation with Nic Stone, Atlanta author of Dear Martin, about Anger is a Gift. Learn more about the book below! This event is FREE and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Anger is a Gift from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about ANGER IS A GIFT:

Moss Jeffries is many things—considerate student, devoted son, loyal friend and affectionate boyfriend, enthusiastic nerd.

But sometimes Moss still wishes he could be someone else—someone without panic attacks, someone whose father was still alive, someone who hadn’t become a rallying point for a community because of one horrible night.

And most of all, he wishes he didn’t feel so stuck.

Moss can’t even escape at school—he and his friends are subject to the lack of funds and crumbling infrastructure at West Oakland High, as well as constant intimidation by the resource officer stationed in their halls. That was even before the new regulations—it seems sometimes that the students are treated more like criminals.

Something will have to change—but who will listen to a group of teens?

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes again, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Katris Wright (aka The Toddler Teller) Author Event!

Friday, May 25th – 7 pm

Katris Wright (also known as “The Toddler Teller”) is coming through Atlanta and is hosting an event at Little Shop of Stories! Learn more about her book below. There will be coffee, doughnuts, and a raffle for FREE Vans shoes for kids! This event is free and open to the public. You just purchase a copy of Mom’s Blueprint from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!




The developmental stages we experience as humans are universal from birth through 4 years of age. Any parent will tell you that dealing with a toddler is a challenge. Often as parents we feel that we are not equipped to “deal” with our toddler, understand what they need and talk to them on their level.

Mom’s Blueprint is a guide to help you understand your child, eliminate thoughts of doubt and insecurities that we as “moms” carry from time to time, and finally be able to answer questions and be assured that we are on the right path.

With this blueprint to motherhood, you will feel more confident in your style of parenting.

Let’s take the stress level wayyy down and enjoy parenting and our position as moms!

Mom’s Blueprint gives you the correct TOOLS for each stage of development. You will learn how to build a child’s foundation, create a stable frame for them, and help develop a secure mindset to cope in today’s society.

We will have copies of Mom’s Blueprint for sale at the event!

Art in the Afternoon with Mike Lowery!

Saturday, May 26th – 2 pm

Little Shop LOVES Mike Lowery. In addition to writing and illustrating amazing books for kids like Random Illustrated Facts and Doodle Adventures, he creates incredible stand-alone illustrations and makes Atlanta PROUD. Come to the shop for a fun afternoon of drawing in books, doodling, and admiring Mike’s work! He’ll be doing some drawings and we’ll have some materials out for the artist in all of us. We will also have Mike’s prints on sale for the event!


Will Walton in conversation with David Levithan!

Monday, May 28th – 7 pm

YA author (and a bookseller at Athens’ Avid Bookshop) Will Walton has a new novel, and we’re so thrilled to host him in conversation with his editor (and YA novelist extraordinaire), the great David Levithan! Learn more about the book, I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain, below! This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of I Felt A Funeral, In my Brain to earn a place in the signing line!

Here’s a preview from Entertainment Weekly.


From the author of the poignant and provocative debut Anything Could Happen comes another hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship.

How do you deal with a hole in your life? Do you grieve? Do you drink? Do you make out with your best friend? Do you turn to poets and pop songs? Do you question everything? Do you lash out? Do you turn the lashing inward? If you’re Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what’s happened — and is happening — to you. I Felt a Funeral, In My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, at a time when the only map you have is the one you can draw for yourself.