December 7, 2018

january 2019 events

Little Shop Players Auditions!

Friday, January 4th  – 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Performances: March 9th and 10th

The show must go on! The Little Shop Players are entering yet another performance season and we want YOU to come play with us! This year, we will be putting on The Adventures of Wu Kong and Friends, using techniques from the beautiful art of Chinese shadow puppetry! Wu Kong is a mischievous monkey who uses his magic and trickery to cause all sorts of problems for the Jade Emperor and his friends. Can the Buddha help him learn to be kind? We shall see! This will be a very fun, very exciting production different from anything we’ve done before! Because we will be using shadow puppets, actors will really get to use their voice to make their characters come to life! We think this will be a special opportunity, especially for children interested in acting who might suffer from the occasional bout of stage fright! (Don’t worry–Ms. Hannah still gets that feeling too sometimes!) Rehearsals will be held on Friday afternoons throughout the months of January and February and will include a special puppet making workshop with a guest artist from the Center for Puppetry Arts! Performances will take place at the Decatur Library and the Woodruff Arts Center. This year’s production is open to all children ages 8-11. Come join us! If you are interested in auditioning, have any questions, or just want to talk about puppets, you can email Artistic Director Hannah Hyde at


Monday, January 7th

We’ll be doing inventory!

Breanna Lathrop and Veronica Squires Book Release Event!

Friday, January 11th  – 7 pm

We’re honored and excited to kick off our list of 2019 author events with a significant book release event.

Breanna Lathrop and Veronica Squires, both with The Good Samaritan Health Center in Atlanta, have written a book about building healthier communities. How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick:Restoring Health and Wellness to Our Communities explores the multitude of factors that are involved in the process of creating healthier neighborhoods.

Please join us for a celebration of the release of Breanna’s and Veronica’s book and for a very interesting discussion of the issues.

MORE ON How Neighborhoods Make Us Sick

Our neighborhoods are literally making us sick.Buildings with mold trigger asthma and other respiratory conditions. Geographic lack of access to food and health care increases childhood mortality. Community violence traumatizes residents. Poverty, unemployment, inadequate housing, food insecurity, racial injustice, and oppression cause physical changes in the body, resulting in disease and death.

But there is hope. Loving our neighbor includes creating social environments in which people can be healthy. While working in community redevelopment and treating uninsured families, Veronica Squires and Breanna Lathrop discovered that creating healthier neighborhoods requires a commitment to health equity. Jesus’ ministry brought healing through dismantling systems of oppression and overturning social norms that prevented people from living healthy lives. We can do the same in our communities through addressing social determinants that facilitate healing in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Everyone deserves the opportunity for good health. The decisions we make and actions we take can promote the health of our neighbors.

Lisa Lowe Stauffer Author Event!

Sunday, January 13th  – 2 pm

Join us for a special story time featuring local author Lisa Lowe Stauffer! We’re celebrating her delightful board book retelling of Noah’s Ark, Two By Two. Learn more about the book below! This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Two By Two in order to earn a place in the signing line!

MORE ON Two By Two:

Join in as the animals rock the boat on Noah’s Ark in Two By Two! This playful, rhyming story is sure to have little ones laughing and dancing along as two mischievous monkeys let loose the zoo aboard the ship. From anaconda limbo to penguin tap dances, the monkeys revel their way through the rain, making Two By Two a lyrical treat for the whole family to enjoy. With a rollicking rhyme from author Lisa Lowe Stauffer and engaging illustrations by Angelika Scudamore, this padded board book will soon become a favorite for bedtime and anytime.

Annette Bay Pimentel Author Event!

Monday, January 14th  – 6 pm

Little Shop is so excited to welcome esteemed non-fiction writer Annette Bay Pimentel to Decatur! Her newest picture book details the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Learn more about Girl Running below! This book is a true and inspirational story that makes for a perfect family book and event.

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

MORE ON Girl Running:

“A bright salutation of a story, with one determined woman at its center.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

The inspiring story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon comes to life in stunningly vivid collage illustrations.

Because Bobbi Gibb is a girl, she’s not allowed to run on her school’s track team. But after school, no one can stop her–and she’s free to run endless miles to her heart’s content. She is told no yet again when she tries to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, because the officials claim that it’s a man’s race and that women are just not capable of running such a long distance. So what does Bobbi do? She bravely sets out to prove the naysayers wrong and show the world just what a girl can do.

Greg Howard Author Event!

Wednesday, January 16th  – 7 pm

It’s a Southern lit miracle! Greg Howard, the South Carolina author of Social Intercourse, is releasing a middle grade title, The Whispers, that is gorgeous, and he’ll be at Little Shop discussing it with YA superstar and Atlanta local Becky Albertalli! Do not miss what is sure to be an amazing conversation about an incredible new book. Learn more about The Whispers below!

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

MORE ABOUT The Whispers

Eleven-year-old Riley’s mother is missing. With the police investigation stalled, Riley fears he’s somehow become the prime suspect in her disappearance. He’s desperate to find her and worries that his “condition,” which led him to kiss a boy behind the coat cubby in first grade, might be the reason she’s gone. He finally decides to take matters into his own hands, turning to the Whispers—magical wood creatures that will grant your heart’s desire if you leave them tributes. Riley thought it was just a bedtime story his mother used to tell him, until one night he hears them calling, “She’s here,” they tell him. It’s the first solid lead he’s had in the months his mother’s been gone, so Riley sets out into the woods on a camping trip with his dog, his best friend, Gary, and his crush, Dylan Mathews—Riley’s own personal redneck superhero—to find the Whispers, offer them tributes, and ask them to return his mother. But Riley can’t know the dangers lurking in the woods and that this journey will rock his very foundation and change everything he believes in forever. Set in a lush South Carolina town, The Whispers is a poignant tale of family, friendship, and loss, with a touch of magic and a great deal of heart.

Lizzie Lange Author Event!

Friday, January 18th  – 7 pm

Join us for a special event with visiting author Lizzie Lange as she promotes her picture book The Adventures of the Missing Sock! Learn more about this imaginative story below. There will be arts and crafts in addition to a reading and signing, so stop by the shop for a Friday night adventure perfect for the whole family!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of The Adventures of the Missing Sock in order to earn a place in the signing line!

Where do your missing socks go when they leave you? This precious book answers that question and more! Lizzie Lange takes us all on an exciting adventure around the world, discovering the happy lives of socks who have followed their dreams and found their freedom. A black sock joins a symphony orchestra; a green sock frolics through the forest; a white sock dreams of assisting a snowman with his footwear. There is no end to the fun these adventurous socks have in their travels around the big, exciting globe, and there will be no end to your fun exploring these opportunities yourself! So, tag along, slip on some comfortable socks, and join the adventure!

Roshani Chokshi Author Event!

Tuesday, January 22nd  – 6:30 pm

ALERT ALERT ALERT: Atlanta’s own Roshani Chokshi is BACK with a new YA novel, and we could not be more pumped. The Gilded Wolves is lush and dangerous and oh so propulsive, and we can’t wait to share it with you! Join us for an exciting evening to learn more about the book (details below), and be sure to preorder the book from us to enter the meet and greet contest! Five lucky fans and their plus-ones will get to meet Roshani before the event and have their books signed early. Don’t miss out on your chance to win! Call us at 404-373-6300 to preorder your copy of The Gilded Wolves today!

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!

MORE ON The Gilded Wolves

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts:

An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much. Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

Lincoln Peirce Author/Illustrator Event!

Wednesday, January 23rd  – 6:30 pm

STOP THE PRESSES! Lincoln Peirce, creator of the beloved Big Nate series, is coming to Little Shop! Peirce is back with a new illustrated novel, Max and the Midknights, and we are honored to be a stop on his tour. Join us for an evening of drawing and reading and FUN. Learn more about the new book below, and mark your calendars for January 23!

This event is free and open to the public. Be sure to purchase a copy of Max and the Midknights from us to earn a place in the signing line! Lincoln Peirce will also sign ONE additional book that you bring from home, should you so choose!

MORE ON Max and the Midknights:

Join Max’s quest to become a knight in this laugh-filled adventure from the New York Times bestselling author of the Big Nate series!

“Max is epic fun!” –JEFF KINNEY, New York Times bestselling author of the Diary of A Wimpy Kid series

Max wants to be a knight! Too bad that dream is about as likely as finding a friendly dragon. But when Max’s uncle Budrick is kidnapped by the cruel King Gastley, Max has to act…and fast! Joined by a band of brave adventurers–the Midknights–Max sets out on a thrilling quest: to save Uncle Budrick and restore the realm of Byjovia to its former high spirits!

Magic and (mis)adventures abound in this hilarious illustrated novel from the New York Times bestselling creator of the Big Nate series, Lincoln Peirce.

“Fantastic! I loved it!” –DAV PILKEY, New York Times bestselling author of the Dog Man series