September 7, 2018

october 2018 events

Fierce Reads Tour Come to Little Shop!

Monday, October 1st – 7 pm at the Decatur Library


Tomi Adeyemi

Alex London

April Genevieve Tucholke

Ngozi Ukazu

The Fierce Reads Fall 2018 Tour is coming BACK to Decatur, and the list of authors coming is insanely awesome! We are so thrilled to welcome Tomi Adeyemi (Children of Blood and Bone), Alex London (Black Wings Beating), April Genevieve Tucholke (Boneless Mercies), and Ngozi Ukazu (Check, Please)! This event is free and open to the public (AND A TON OF FUN). Be sure to purchase a copy of at least one of these amazing titles from us to earn a place in the signing line!

Megan Shepherd with Beth Revis Author Author Event!

Wednesday, October 3rd  – 6:30 pm






Join bestselling authors Megan Shepherd (Grim Lovelies) and Beth Revis (Give the Dark My Love) for an amazing evening of YA fantasy! This conversation is not to be missed. Learn more about their new books below. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of at least one of these titles in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Grim Lovelies:

Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.

Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.

Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

More about Give the Dark My Love:

Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island’s wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn’t quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen.

Until she meets Greggori “Grey” Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that’s for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it’s making its way toward the cities. With her family’s life–and the lives of all of Lunar Island’s citizens–on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague.

Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon, she finds herself diving into alchemy’s most dangerous corners–and when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness.

Lisa McMann Author Event!

Thursday, October 4th – 6 pm

Kid lit phenomenon Lisa McMann, the New York Times bestselling author of the The Unwanteds, The Unwanteds Quests, Wake, and Going Wild series, is on tour for her latest book and we could not be more excited to host her at Little Shop of Stories! Join us for a reading of Going Wild #3: Clash of Beasts, followed by a book signing. Learn more about the book below!

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

More on Going Wild #3: Clash of Beasts:

Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of the Unwanteds, pulls out all the stops in this exhilarating third and final book in the Going Wild series! This middle grade adventure follows a group of kids with powers from the animal kingdom who form their own version of the Avengers and Justice League.

Charlie, Mac, and Maria managed to rescue the Project Chimera scientists from the devious Dr. Gray, but they couldn’t stop him. Now he’s closer than ever to enacting his dreadful master plan to transform all of humanity into a monstrous new species. And even worse, Kelly has betrayed her friends and joined forces with him.

To defeat their beastly foes, Charlie and the others are going to need help. Luckily, they just saved the creators of the bracelets that give them their unbelievable powers, and they’re about to get an upgrade. With even fiercer abilities, it’s finally time for these kids to unleash their wild sides and save the world.

Perfect for fans of Rick Riordan and Brandon Mull—as well as anyone who loves superhero movies like Wonder Woman and Black Panther—Going Wild is an action-packed series that blends science fiction, fantasy, and the animal kingdom into one unputdownable adventure.

The Reluctant Dragon Movie Screening!

Saturday, October 6th – 6 pm

Join us for a fun, popcorn-filled evening as we watch the short film version of The Reluctant Dragon, the classic book by Kenneth Grahame that inspired Kenny & the Dragon. The screening will also include other vintage Disney shorts, and will take place upstairs at the bookstore, so bring your picnic blankets to be comfy. We’ll provide the snacks and drinks.



Ransom Riggs Author Event!

Sunday, October 7th  – 4 pm at the Decatur Library

It’s finally here!! The fourth novel of the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” series is hitting shelves this October, and we could not be more excited that Ransom Riggs will be visiting Little Shop of Stories on his A Map of Days tour! Join us at the Decatur Library on Sunday, October 7 at 4:00 for a reading and signing with this #1 New York Times bestselling author. Learn more about the latest book below!

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

More about A Map of Days:
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and his peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.

Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.

Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few rules—that none of them understand. All new wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant new chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again fully illustrated by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking transformation for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.

Daniel Salmieri Author & Illustrator Event!

Monday, October 8th  – 5:30 pm

Daniel Salmieri is famous for illustrating books like Dragons Love Tacos and Meet the Dullards. Now he’s published his first book that he’s written AND illustrated.

It’s no surprise that Bear and Wolf is a gorgeous book visually. It’s also a very special story.

I could go on and on about this book, but can’t do it more justice that Maria Popova in her Brain Pickings column. Please read it here.

Then come to this event to hear Daniel talk about his amazing work. We feel very fortunate to have him join us. This should be a wonderful event.

Nic Stone Author Event and Book Launch!

Tuesday, October 9th – 7 pm

Details will be posted shortly.

Decatur Day of Reading!

Wednesday, October 24th

 Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett has issued a proclamation and declared today the 2018 Decatur Day of Reading in honor of On The Same Page! To celebrate, we challenge everyone to spend 30 minutes reading Kenny & the Dragon or any other book!

Bethan Woolvin Author and Illustrator Event!

Wednesday, October 24th – 5 pm

We are thrilled to welcome author and illustrator Bethan Woollvin all the way from England to celebrate the release of her newest picture book, Hansel & Gretel! Learn more about this adaptation below. We will have a story time and signing, and you’ll be sure to love this and ALL of Bethan’s fairy tales! This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Hansel and Gretel from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Hansel & Gretel:

In Hansel & Gretel, good witch Willow never used to worry about messy breadcrumb trails. Or entire portions of her gingerbread house being devoured. Or anyone fiddling with her spells and magic books and causing a ruckus. But Hansel and Gretel are two very naughty and very rude children, and their actions are trying Willow’s patience. A dark, humorous, and tasty twist ensues.

Bethan Woollvin plays her signature three-color palette and wry, irreverent sense of humor to perfect pitch in this fractured version of the classic tale. Woollvin is sure to have readers chatting about what it means to be a heroine or a villain, considering their sense of good and evil … and possibly rethinking that next bite of gingerbread.

Chelsea Clinton Author Signing!

Monday, October 29th – starting at 6 pm

Little Shop is thrilled to welcome Chelsea Clinton back to Decatur for her newest book, Start Now! You Can Make a Difference. Aimed at readers ages 7-10, Start Now features facts, stories and tips on how to change the world. With information on problems both large and small, Chelsea Clinton breaks down the concepts of health, hunger, climate change, endangered species and bullying, so that readers can understand the world around them, and how they can make a difference in their own lives, as well as in their communities and the world at large. With comic drawings to illustrate Clinton’s words, photographs of real live kids who are making a difference today, and lists of ways to get involved, this book is the perfect introduction to young activists who want to make the world a better place.

Ticket purchase includes one copy of Start Now! and admittance for up to 4 people, including children. Chelsea will sign additional books purchased at Little Shop of Stories. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday, September 15 at 8:00am.

Click here to purchase tickets.

Signing will begin promptly at 6pm with first come, first signed.

We are thrilled to add that Chelsea Clinton will be presenting to the 4th and 5th graders at Fifth Avenue that same day!