Tuesday, May 2nd – 6 pm
Newbery Medal winner Gail Carson Levine will be presenting at the Roswell branch of the Atlanta-Fulton County Library System.
We are so thrilled to bring to the Atlanta area the amazing author of Ella Enchanted, Writing Magic, and Fairest, among others, to discuss her newest book The Lost Kingdom of Bamarre!
In this compelling and thought-provoking fantasy set in the world of The Two Princesses of Bamarre, Ms. Levine introduces a spirited heroine who must overcome deeply rooted prejudice—including her own—to heal her broken country.
Thursday, May 4th – 7 pm
YA-favorite Jenny Han has written a SURPRISE follow-up book to To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You and Little Shop is thrilled to be a stop on her tour! Always and Forever, Lara Jean finds Lara Jean in happy times, but the shadow of change looms over her, and she has some big decisions to make. This event is free and open to the public. You must purchase the book from us to enter the signing line. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet one of Little Shop’s favorite authors!
Saturday, May 6th – 2 pm
Decatur-native and award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson is making a visit to her hometown and will be celebrating the launch of her first children’s book right here at Little Shop of Stories! Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog Blast Off to the Moon! is based on Gunderson’s musical “The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful and Her Dog!” The event will feature a reading from the book AND songs from the musical as well! This event is free and open to the public. To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of the book from us. Join us for a fun afternoon of science, curiosity, storytelling, and song!
You can find out more about Decatur’s own amazingly multi-talented Lauren Gunderson by clicking here.
Friday, May 12th – 5 pm
Here’s an interesting pairing.
We start with THE MAIN EVENT: AUTHOR ADAM RUBIN!!!
He has a new book: Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel. Adam has written all kinds of great picture books including Dragons Love Tacos (which has been on the New York Times best seller list for so long — 166 weeks as of their listing for May 7th — that they’ve moved in a couch), Robo-Sauce, Secret Pizza Party, and Those Darn Squirrels. And he’s really funny. In an act of beautific simplicity, here’s his website: Adam Rubin has a website.com. (Actually, he has another as well.)
Now, I know what you’re all asking yourselves: Dragons Love Tacos is sooooooooo good. Could the sequel (Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel) be better than the original (Dragons Love Tacos)?
The answer (in the form of a series of questions): Was The Godfather Part II better than The Godfather? Was The Empire Strikes Back better than Star Wars? Was Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan better than Star Trek: The Motion Picture? Was The Odyssey better than The Iliad?
THERE’S ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT. READ THEM BOTH!!!
So here’s how it’s going to go. Adam will give a reading. Maybe it will be The Illiad. Maybe it will be Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel. We’ll just have to wait and see. Then we’ll ask him some questions and, presumably, he’ll give us some answers.
Then comes …
The Chipotle Salsa & Guacamole Event!
The folks down the street at the Chipotle Mexican Grill will provide a 15-minute salsa and guacamole demonstration. Then we’ll have a chance to nibble on salsa and guac and Adam will sign and personalize your books.
The first 150 kids will receive a special kids meal card from Decatur’s Chipotle!
Get a free “Save the Tacos” Bumper Sticker!
Sunday, May 14th – 3 pm
Looking for a fun, sweet, and educational Mother’s Day activity? Little Shop is so excited to host author and illustrator Susan Stockdale whose new book, Fantastic Flowers, spotlights beautiful and unique flowers from around the world that look like other things, from a flying bird to a napping baby to a prickly pineapple! With short, rhyming verse, colorful illustrations, and supplemental educational materials at the end, this book and presentation will please the whole family. The event is free and open to the public. You will need to purchase a copy of the book from us in order to be in the signing line. Give new meaning to the phrase, “Flowers for Mom” this Mother’s Day!
Saturday, May 20th – 7:30 pm
Local YA author Nicole Castroman returns to Little Shop, and we are thrilled to welcome her as she promotes her newest book, Blacksouls! This is the sequel to her first novel, Blackhearts, and it continues the reimagined origin story of one of history’s most feared characters: Blackbeard the pirate. This event is free and open to the public. You just purchase a copy of the book from us to enter the signing line. Don’t miss your chance to meet the author of an intriguing, romantic, and adventurous YA series. We’re really thrilled to have Nicole back at Little Shop!
Sunday, May 21st – 12:00 noon
As part of its 75th Anniversary celebration, The Little Golden Bus is coming to Little Shop of Stories right here in Decatur! This bus is a pop-up bookstore and art show on wheels that features an exhibit on the history of Golden Books and activities for kids! This fun afternoon event is free and open to the public. You can read about the history of Little Golden Books here.