August 13, 2018

september 2018 events

Decatur Book Festival!!!

Friday, August 31st through Sunday, September 2nd

Hundreds of authors! Literally 100,000 people!! And probably something like 1,000,000 books!!!
There’s too much going on to list here. The lineup on the Children’s Stage and the  YA Stage is phenomenal. Both will be held in air conditioned comfort at the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street, Decatur, 30030) this year.

For all the details, go to the Decatur Book Festival Website.

Saturday’s Parade!

This year’s Saturday parade theme is Let It Shine!  Everyone is invited to come out in your finest and show your shine as children’s picture book author Angela DiTerlizzi leads us to the Children’s Stage to celebrate her newest book, Just Add Glitter. Line up at 9:30 at the Gazebo. The parade starts at 9:45.

Sunday’s Parade!

Calling all Jedis! The Force is with us on Sunday as we march to the Children’s Stage led by Adam Rex, creator of the new picture book, Are You Scared, Darth Vader? Line up at 11:30 at the Gazebo. The parade starts at 11:45.



Sunday’s Very Grand Finale with Harry and the Potters!

What would happen if Harry Potter quit the quidditch team, stole a time turner, and started a punk rock band with himself from an earlier point in the space-time continuum? The answer is Harry and the Potters.

Since 2002, brothers Paul and Joe DeGeorge (Harry Potter, Year 7 and Year 4 respectively) have released three full-length albums and played over 800 shows in libraries, rock clubs, art spaces, bookstores, basements, backyards, and pizza places all over the world. Their high-energy live show has been legend for over a decade since Pitchfork placed the band in their Best Live Shows of 2005 list noting, “the greatest rock and roll tour of the year took place this past summer in public libraries across America… The Decemberists wish they could lit-rock like this.” They are hailed as the founders of wizard rock, a sub-genre of music boasting nearly 1000 bands playing songs about the Harry Potter books. In 2005, they co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance, a non-profit organization that has pioneered fan activism, and the band was profiled in the 2008 documentary, We Are Wizards. They also appear on a Trivial Pursuit card in Sweden.

Ellen Hopkins Author Event!

Monday, September 10th – 7 pm at the Decatur Library

Little Shop of Stories is honored to be a stop on the tour for People Kill People, a unique and remarkable new YA novel from Ellen Hopkins, author of several novels including Crank and The You I’ve Never Known. Learn more about her new book below. Please note that this event is at the Decatur Library!

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


Someone will shoot. And someone will die.

People kill people. Guns just make it easier.

A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression?

One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. Someone will fire. And someone will die. But who?

People Kill People will start a discussion about a topic that is tearing this country apart.

Drew Daywalt and Scott Campbell Author and Illustrator Event!

Tuesday, September 11th – 6 pm

Don’t sleep on this one! Drew Daywalt (author of The Day the Crayons Quit, The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors) and Scott Campbell (illustrator of Hug Machine and East Dragon, West Dragon) have teamed up for a funny and relatable bedtime story about bedtime, SLEEPY, THE GOODNIGHT BUDDY! We are so thrilled that these children’s book superstars are stopping in Decatur on their tour. Join us for what’s sure to be a hilarious evening perfect for the whole family.

This event is free and open to the public. Please be sure to purchase a copy of SLEEPY, THE GOODNIGHT BUDDY from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!


It is impossible not to crack up while reading this all-dialogue bedtime story by Drew Daywalt, the New York Times #1 best-selling author of The Day the Crayons Quit. Scott Campbell’s expressive illustrations bring home the hilarity.

Roderick hates going to bed, and the young boy has become quite resourceful in coming up with ways to delay the dreaded hour when the lights must go out. Roderick’s loving parents–fed up with the distractions and demands that have become his anti-bedtime ritual–decide to get him a stuffed animal to cuddle with and help him wind down. However, Sleepy quickly proves to be a bit high-maintenance. Just when we fear the night may never end, Sleepy’s antics become too exhausting for Roderick to bear.

Grace Lin Author Event!

Friday, September 14th – 4:30 pm

Nobody freak out, but GRACE LIN IS COMING!!! The Newbery Honor author and illustrator of Little Shop favorites like Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Ling and Ting is back with a gorgeous new picture book: A Big Mooncake for Little Star! Learn more about the book below. Join us for a story time and signing with this queen of kid’s lit!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of A Big Mooncake for Little Star to earn a place in the signing line!


Pat, pat, pat…

Little Star’s soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake.
Little Star loves the delicious Mooncake that she bakes with her mama. But she’s not supposed to eat any yet! What happens when she can’t resist a nibble?

In this stunning picture book that shines as bright as the stars in the sky, Newbery Honor author Grace Lin creates a heartwarming original story that explains phases of the moon.

Daphne Reiley Author Event!

Sunday, September 16th – 3 pm

Daphne Reiley is a local author, spiritual leader, and mother who has written Love, Then Listen: Sharing My Son’s Journey Toward His True Gender. Learn more about the book below. Please join us for what is sure to be a meaningful afternoon of reading and discussion with the author, followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of the book from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!

“I am sharing my experience of this transition as the mother who gave birth to this beautiful, brave, and wondrous child. My hope is that by sharing my experience, the door will be opened to many other mothers to accept and not fear accompanying their child on this journey with love, grace, and respect.

As mothers we are purveyors of grace for our children. We are conduits of God’s grace and mercy. Through our unconditional love we can move with our children as they find and reveal themselves, all the while easing their fears. I share my experiences with this transition because I know there are others out there who might be needing some hope, some understanding, and some way of finding their faith in the midst of such a transition.”

Daphne Reiley is a woman of deep faith, a wife, a mother, a spiritual director, and a servant leader within her home congregation of First Christian Church of Decatur, Georgia (Disciples of Christ). Daphne was led to write Love, Then Listen as she realized so many parents, especially mothers, were struggling with how to faithfully support their child as the child lived into their true gender.

Thundercluck Launch Party!

Tuesday, September 18th – 6:30 pm

It’s time for a PARTY!! Join local authors Paul Tillery IV and Meg Wittwer as they celebrate the release of Thundercluck!, the first in a hilarious new series. Learn more about the book below, and bring the whole family for an evening of fabulously fowl fun!

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


Cancel your dinner plans and dig in to Thundercluck! by Paul Tillery IV and Meg Wittwer. This is the first book in a hilarious new series stuffed with Norse mythology, black-and-white illustrations by the dozen, and a superhero chicken ready to ruffle some feathers.

When danger calls . . . BAGAW! calls back!

An evil chef faces off against the god Thor, and a hen’s egg is caught in the crossfire. It hatches into a powerful chick called Thundercluck, beloved by the gods but a target for evildoers everywhere. When the Under-Cook threatens to make everyone into rotisserie, there’s only one chicken who can scramble his scheme.

Thundercluck! Half mortal. Half god. All-natural chicken..

NatGeo Explorer Academy Book Tour!

Wednesday, September 26th – 6 pm

AMAZING BOOK NEWS: National Geographic is releasing a series of FICTION books called Explorer Academy, and Little Shop of Stories has been chosen as a stop on the tour for book one, Explorer Academy: The Nebula Secret!

We are thrilled to have the author Trudi Trueit as well as National Geographic explorer Zoltan Takacs join us for a co-presentation followed by a Q&A and book signing. Learn more about the book below. If you’re a fan of science and exploration, puzzles and epic reads…you do NOT want to miss this event that’s perfect for the whole family!

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



Adventure, danger, and a thrilling global mission await 12-year-old Cruz Coronado as he joins an elite school for explorers.

Cruz leaves his tranquil home in Hawaii to join 23 talented kids from around the globe to train at the Explorer Academy with the world’s leading scientists to become the next generation of great explorers. But for Cruz, there’s more at stake. No sooner has he arrived at the Academy than he discovers that his family has a mysterious past with the organization that could jeopardize his future. In the midst of code breaking and cool classes, new friends and augmented reality expeditions, Cruz must tackle the biggest question of all: Who is out to get him, and why?

Readers can get in on the excitement with puzzles and codes embedded throughout.