July 30, 2017

october events

JoJo Siwa Book Tour Event! (SOLD OUT!)

Thursday, October 5th — 6 pm



Social media superstar and anti-bullying advocate JoJo Siwa is on tour for her first book, JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life, and Little Shop is so excited to be a stop on her tour! Come into the shop or give us a call (404-373-6300) to pre-order a presigned copy of the book and earn a place in the SELFIE LINE! JoJo’s Guide to the Sweet Life is a fun, heartfelt middle-grade memoir that encourages young people to stand up for themselves and others and to always follow their dreams. Don’t miss your opportunity to meet this inspirational young woman!

Fierce Reads Tour Comes To Little Shop!

Friday, October 6th – 7 pm

Fierce Reads, Macmillan’s annual tour of YA authors with exciting new books, is coming to Little Shop of Stories. This is just one of six bookstores that these four great authors will be visiting. You can read the announcement and more details about the tour, the authors, and their books here.

Jennifer Mathieu is a Fierce Reads veteran, and  her new book, Moxie, is about high school life that will make you wanna riot. Amy Poehler’s production company recently bought the rights to this amazing novel and is planning on bringing Moxie to the big screen!



Anna-Marie McLemore’s spellbinding novel, Wild Beauty, feathures lush elements of magical realism that features themes of LGBTQ and diversity. Anna-Marie is a National Book Award Finalist, and will be an incredible addition to this panel. 





Mitali Perkins’ elegant young adult novel, You Bring the Distant Near, captures the immigrant experience for one Indian-American family with humor and heart. Mitali Perkins has a huge School & Library following, and we are eager to introduce her to fans of contemporary YA.

You Bring the Distant Near was longlisted for the prestigious National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Congratulations, Mitali!



Caleb Roehrig’s debut, Last Seen Leaving, is dark, thrilling, and creepy! Caleb was the first male author to tour with Fierce Reads, and we are beyond excited to welcome him.




Star Wars Reads Day!

Saturday, October 7th – 12 to 4 pm

This event is free and open to the public. Come revel in your love of Star Wars with us! Here’s a rough schedule of events:

12:00 to 1:00 – crafting/activities/snacks (while they last)
1:00 to 3:00 (ish) – A New Hope viewing party!
3:00 (ish) to 4:00 – more time for crafting and activities

May the Force be with you! And may you be with us on Saturday.

On The Same Page / Little Shop Players Acting Workshop!

Sunday, October 8th – 11 am to 3 pm – Decatur Coworks, 708 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

If you’re an aspiring actor between the ages of 8-11, you don’t want to miss this terrific opportunity to workshop a scene from Bud, Not Buddy. The scene will be performed at Christopher Paul Curtis’ author visit on November 10th! Space is limited, so email info@weareonthesamepage.org to sign up.

Catherynne M. Valente Author Event!

Thursday, October 12th – 7 p.m.

Little Shop is delighted to host the award-winning author of The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making as she promotes her new middle grade fantasy novel, The Glass Town Game! Catherynne M. Valente’s newest book centers around the real-life Brontë family. Sisters Charlotte and Emily must enter a fantasy world that they invented in order to rescue their siblings in this adventurous and fiercely intelligent novel. This event is free and open to the public! Attendees must purchase a book from us in order to enter the signing line.

R.L. Mason Author Event!

Friday, October 13th – 7 p.m.

Join us for an evening with author Ricardo Mason as we celebrate his book, Prince Natumsi and His Best Friend Kimkasa! This event is free and open to the public.

About the author: R.L. Mason is the son of a three conflict military veteran who was fortunate enough to be able to bring his family along to many of his military assignments. Those wonderful childhood experiences of living in different countries and being immersed in a variety of cultures have inspired R.L. to create his colorful adventures and stories of strength, pride, tolerance, and cultural acceptance.

John Green Is Coming Back To Decatur! (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, October 14th – 7 pm at Presser Hall on the Agnes Scott campus

Little Shop of Stories has a LIMITED number of signed copies of Turtles All the Way Down and other signed John Green books on sale NOW!

Little Shop of Stories is thrilled to welcome back #1 bestselling author John Green on tour in support of his new novel, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN. In this multimedia event, John will talk about his latest book, answer audience questions, and more.

All tickets include an autographed copy of TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN to be picked up on the day of the event.

John Green will be presenting at beautiful Presser Hall on the campus of Agnes Scott College. Parking is conveniently located in the parking deck just on the other side of South McDonough Street from the venue.

A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Don’t Forget to Be Awesome!

Check out this amazing, glowing book review in the New York Times.

Check out this amazing, glowing book review in The Guardian.

Check out this amazing, glowing review in Publishers Weekly.

Check out this amazing, glowing review in School Library Journal.

Check out this irrelevant review in Trip Advisor.


All That Jazz: Music Workshop for Families (On The Same Page Event)

Sunday, October 15th – 4 to 6 pm

If you were inspired by Steady Eddie, Dirty Deed and Sleepy LaBone, you don’t want to miss this interactive workshop! Professional jazz musicians from the Rialto Center will share their talent and your family will learn about all things jazz from individual instruments and the sounds they make to the history and impact of jazz. Can you dig? Space is limited, so please email info@wereonthesamepage.org to sign up.

Maggie Thrash Author Event!!!

Thursday, October 19th – 7 pm

Maggie Thrash (author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir Honor Girl) is BACK with Strange Lies, a follow-up prep school mystery to Strange Truth, and WE ARE SO EXCITED TO BE HOSTING HER BOOK LAUNCH! There will be a reading and signing along with snacks, giveaways, art, and general FUN. Don’t miss it!

Read more about Maggie here.

This event is free and open to the public. Purchase of the book from Little Shop is required to enter into the signing line.

About Strange Lies: “Only at Winship Academy would an evening science expo turn into a criminal fiasco. First, there’s the anonymous boy in the girls’ bathroom handing out drugs to anyone with the secret password. Then the president is maimed in a horrifying and tragic accident-but was it an accident or an attack?” Maggie was raised in the Atlanta area and attended an exclusive prep school. Her experiences there, “where everyone had secrets,” were an inspiration for this book.

Kids and Companions On The Same Page Book Club

Friday, October 20th – 6:30 pm

You’re invited to attend Little Shop’s Kids and Companions Book Club! Meet up with other kids (and their parents) who have gotten On The Same Page to discuss Bud’s hopeful adventure to find his father and all of the characters he meets along the way.

Decatur Day of Reading

Tuesday, October 24th

Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett has issued a proclamation and declared today the 2017 Decatur Day of Reading in honor of On The Same Page! To celebrate, we challenge everyone to spend 30 minutes reading Bud, Not Buddy or any other book!

Nic Stone In Conversation with Angie Thomas

Tuesday, October 24th – 7 pm — at the Decatur Library



We are truly honored to host Nic Stone, Atlanta-native and author of the forthcoming YA novel Dear Martin, and Angie Thomas, author of the breakout YA novel The Hate U Give. These women have each written powerful stories exploring the struggles of young Black people in America in voices that are genuine, compelling, and unflinchingly honest. You do not want to miss a conversation between these two remarkable authors! This event is sponsored by the Authors Guild and American Booksellers Association.

Dear Martin, which comes out on October 17th, is an Indies Introduce selection. This is a program of the American Booksellers Association which highlights quality achievements by debut authors. It also received a starred review from the American Library Association’s Booklist.

The Hate U Give, the stunning debut novel from Angie Thomas, was released in February to wide acclaim by The Atlantic and from the other side of the Atlantic and has received significantly important reviews (here, here, and here, for example). The Hate U Give was recently longlisted for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, a significant honor.

The New York Times has highlighted both novels in separate stories here and here.

Thanks to Georgia Center for the Book for co-hosting this superb event.

The Decatur Library is located at 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030.

This event is free and open to the public. To enter the signing line, you must purchase a copy of either book from Little Shop of Stories. Books will be for sale at the event.

Bud, Not Buddy Party

Thursday, October 26th – 7 pm

Now that you’ve read the book, it’s time to come together for a celebration! We’ll play games, create rules for life, listen to jazz, and so much more. This is always a favorite event and will be a fun evening you don’t want to miss.

Decatur Storefront Saturday

Saturday, October 28th

Twice a year Decatur’s stores come together to host Storefront Saturday, a city-wide shopping event. The day includes prizes, pop-ups, snacks, specials, and oh-so-much more at participating local shops.

You can find a complete list of participating stores here.

Margueritte Abouet Author Event!!!

Saturday, October 28th – 2 pm

French-Ivorian graphic novelist Marguerite Abouet reflects on the success of her critically acclaimed graphic novel series, Aya of Yop City, and the role of the visual arts in African self-representation. Ms. Abouet, who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, moved to Paris, where she currently resides, at the age of 12.

Her series follows the adventures of 19-year-old Aya and her friends as they come of age in the suburbs of Abidjan during the late 1970’s. Widely lauded in France and abroad, the inaugural volume Aya won the Angoulême International Comics Festival First Comic Book prize in 2006, and the collection has been translated into 17 languages.

As a screenwriter, Ms. Abouet has provided the scripts for television and film, including the film adaptation of her graphic novels and the Dakar-based series C’est la vie for TV5 Afrique. Additionally, she is the founder “Livres pour tous” (“Books for all”), an organization dedicated to making books more accessible to children across Africa through the creation of neighborhood libraries.

Little Shop of Stories is honored to be hosting Margueritte Abouet. Please come join us!

ASL Halloween Storytime

Sunday, October 29th – 5 pm

The Haints and Saints Parade has been canceled this year. But be sure to come by the shop for our Halloween Storytime at 5:00! We will be joined by our friends from Georgia State University and Georgia Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, meaning this story time will feature an American Sign Language translator! It will be a wonderful time for ALL children.

Kindness Project Family Workshop

Monday, October 30th – 4 pm

This workshop will feature a family-friendly approach to understanding global human rights, especially as they apply to children and families. We will read age-appropriate children’s literature and use child-friendly language to uncover how stories can help us identify human rights violators and protectors all around us. Children will be active participants, with their parents, in considering how children’s human rights are affected in this country as well as globally. Before leaving, children and families will be given an opportunity to make a difference in the world by learning about a host of local and global programs that focus on human rights issues of every kind.

This workshop will be run by Christina Scott, a law student at GSU , who has been working on a children’s human rights project.