September 11, 2019

october 2019 events

Nury Crawford Author Event!

Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:00

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Little Shop of Stories! Local author Nury Crawford has written a beautiful bilingual book about her own experiences emigrating to America. Meet her, learn more about the book, and get it signed on Wednesday, October 2! Learn more about Nury and 3585 MILES TO BE AN AMERICAN GIRL below.

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of 3585 MILES TO BE AN AMERICAN GIRL from us to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Nury Crawford and her book:
Nury Castillo Crawford, mother of three sons, life-long educator for over 20 years, CEO/Founder of 1010 Publishing and a published author. She was born in Peru, South America and emigrated to the United States when she was ten years old. She attended Florida A&M University, where she attained both her B.S. and M.S. degrees.
1010 Publishing specializes in disseminating literary creations in a bilingual format.
She is currently a Director of Academic Support for Gwinnett County Public Schools, where she has broken ground by implementing a Hispanic Mentoring Program, the first of its kind in the school district.
Her first book,”3,585 MILES TO BE AN AMERICAN GIRL “ is a bilingual children’s book inspired by her personal journey to the USA as a ten year old girl. Her second book, available in English and Spanish, “PLANT THE SEEDS WELL… EXPECT WONDERS” focuses on the empowerment of parents by providing them with tips and strategies on how to support their children.
Nury has engaged and connected with readers and educators across the country via various media platforms as well as speaking appearances and was recently named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos of 2019.
You can connect with Nury in all social media platforms , website and email

Chris Colfer Author Book Signing Event!

Saturday, October 5th at 3 p.m.

Click here for information.


Kyle “BlackCatTips”Brooks Storytime!

Sunday, October 6th  – 2 pm

We were so excited when we found out that Kyle “BlackCatTips” Brooks had written a book for kids, and we’re even more excited that he’s coming to do a story time with us! Join us on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 for this fun and free event. Learn more about Kyle and his book, Smile A While below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Smile A While to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Kyle:
A BlackCatTips is a painter and muralist. A BlackCatTips is a poet and a thinker— a teller of tales. A BlackCatTips is Kyle Brooks, a streetfolk artist from way down in the American South.

In addition to his studio and mural work, Brooks creates street poems and whimsical roadside art installations. With his brush, bright colors and a few found materials, he paints the world happy.

Brooks lives in Arabia Mountain USA, Georgia with his pretty wife and baby boy son. He also likes hot drinks, biscuit houses and growing orchids.

More about Smile A While:

Here’s a new book to make you and your little one SMILE!

Do you like to SMILE? Maybe for just a little while?

Do you see smiling faces all over the places?

Well, this book is for you!

Flip through these pages and bring SMILES to folks of all types and ages.

Jason Reynolds Author Event!

Thursday, October 10th  – 7 pm  – Holy Trinity Church (515 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 30030)

BREAKING NEWS (dateline: October 8, 2019): Look Both Ways was just named a finalist for the National Book Awards!

Little Shop is honored to partner with Decatur Education Foundation and Georgia Center for the Book to host NYT Bestselling author Jason Reynolds as part of our Celebrating Diverse Voices series.

Decatur Education Foundation and Little Shop of Stories are partnering to lift up diverse voices through children’s and young adult literature. He will be in conversation with local NYT Bestselling author Nic Stone. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A and signing. Please read the signing guidelines below, and keep reading to learn more about Jason’s newest book, Look Both Ways!

This event is free to attend, but you must reserve a ticket through Eventbrite. Be sure to purchase a copy of Look Both Ways from Little Shop (books will be sold on site) in order to earn a place in the signing line.


Jason will sign any books purchased at the event.

Jason will sign up to 2 additional books brought from home (no personalization)

Candid photos during the signing are permitted, but posed photos are not allowed.

More about Look Both Ways:

From National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds comes a novel told in ten blocks, showing all they different directions a walk home can take.

This story was going to begin like all the best stories. With a school bus falling from the sky. But no one saw it happen. They were all too busy—

Talking about boogers.

Stealing pocket change.


Wiping out.

Braving up.

Executing complicated handshakes.

Planning an escape.

Making jokes.

Lotioning up.

Finding comfort.

But mostly, too busy walking home.

Jason Reynolds conjures ten tales (one per block) about what happens after the dismissal bell rings, and brilliantly weaves them into one wickedly funny, piercingly poignant look at the detours we face on the walk home, and in life.

Garth Nix Author Event!

Saturday, October 12th  – 4 pm  – at the Decatur Library

FANTASY FANS, REJOICE! Garth Nix is on tour for the first book in his newest series, and he’s coming to Decatur! Little Shop is, as always, delighted to partner with Georgia Center for the Book at the Decatur Library to bring this amazing author to town. Join us at the Georgia Center for the Book on Saturday, October 12 at 4:00 for a reading and signing. Learn more about the new book, Angel Mage, below!

This event is free and open to all. Be sure to purchase a copy of Angel Mage from us to earn a place in the signing line! We will be selling books on site.
More about Angel Mage:
A new fantasy masterpiece from Garth Nix, bestselling author of the Old Kingdom series.
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara.
It’s a seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. Four young people hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, a glory-seeking musketeer; and Dorotea, icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic.
The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet but do not suspect their importance. And none of them know just how Liliath plans to use them, as mere pawns in her plan, no matter the cost to everyone else . . .
Fans of Cassandra Clare, Holly Black, and Leigh Bardugo will fall in love with Angel Mage, a feminist fantasy that takes place in an alternate European world ruled by fearsome magic and deadly passions.

Judy Schachner Author Event!

Tuesday, October 15th  – 4:30 pm

YES YES YES! Judy Schachner is one of our forever favorites of all time, and she’s coming to Little Shop on her tour for Stretchy McHandsome! Stretchy officially hit our bookshelves (actually our front window display) on October 8th. You can come purchase your copy at any time!

I must warn you: STRETCHY McHANDSOME IS A TERRIFIC BOOK! It has a great rhythm. It’s fun. The art (as always) is clever and colorful and wonderful. And it’s a beautiful story.

One more thing: WE REALLY LOVE JUDY!

This event is free and open to all. If you don’t have fun meeting Judy, we’ll double your money back!

Be sure to purchase a copy of Stretchy McHandsome in order to earn a place in the signing line!

More about Stretchy McHandsome:

A handsome and totally fetching street cat with a penchant for trouble stars in the new picture book by Judy Schachner, creator of the inimitable, irrepressible SkippyJon Jones

Stretchy McHandsome is not only good looking with his ginger fur, but he has personality that shines as well. Leaving the safety of the McHandsome clan, he stretches himself away from home and all around town. Out and about, he is spotted by a girl with a kindred spirit, who makes him realize the one thing missing from his life is the warm lap of a loving person. How this gadabout finds his true girl makes for a story that is a little bit wild, but a whole lot wonderful.

Renée Ahdieh in conversation with Roshani Chokshi Author Event!

Wednesday, October 16th  – 7 pm

Little Shop of Stories is thrilled to welcome #1 New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh to Decatur as she tours for her newest YA fantasy, THE BEAUTIFUL! Learn more about this incredible book below. Renée will be joined in conversation by fellow YA author Roshani Chokshi. Two pre-sale ticket types are available on Eventbrite. Ordering a VIP or Bundle package will ensure that you have a seat, a book, and a place in the signing line for the event. If you choose not to order a package, seats and books will be available while supplies last!

VIP PACKAGE: Only 25 available, so act fast! This package comes with a copy of The Beautiful, entrance to a 45 minute meet-and-greet with Renée and Roshani before the event, a swag bag, sweet treats, and priority in the signing ling (Group A).

BUNDLE PACKAGE: This package comes with a copy ofThe Beautiful and a place in the second wave of the signing line (Group B).

If you do not purchase either of the packages, you will be assigned to Group C of the signing line.

Click here for tickets!


Renée will sign and personalize copies ofThe Beautiful purchased from Little Shop of Stories. Renée will sign any other books brought from home or purchased that day as well! Photos in front of the signing table will be permitted. VIP Package holders will be the first in the signing line, followed by Bundle Package holders.

More about The Beautiful:

New York Times bestselling author Renée Ahdieh returns with a sumptuous, sultry and romantic new series set in 19th century New Orleans where vampires hide in plain sight.

In 1872, New Orleans is a city ruled by the dead. But to seventeen-year-old Celine Rousseau, New Orleans provides her a refuge after she’s forced to flee her life as a dressmaker in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent along with six other girls, Celine quickly becomes enamored with the vibrant city from the music to the food to the soirées and—especially—to the danger. She soon becomes embroiled in the city’s glitzy underworld, known as La Cour des Lions, after catching the eye of the group’s leader, the enigmatic Sébastien Saint Germain. When the body of one of the girls from the convent is found in the lair of La Cour des Lions, Celine battles her attraction to him and suspicions about Sébastien’s guilt along with the shame of her own horrible secret.

When more bodies are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights . . . and who may even be the young man who has stolen her heart. As the murders continue to go unsolved, Celine takes matters into her own hands and soon uncovers something even more shocking: an age-old feud from the darkest creatures of the underworld reveals a truth about Celine she always suspected simmered just beneath the surface.

At once a sultry romance and a thrilling murder mystery, master storyteller Renée Ahdieh embarks on her most potent fantasy series yet: The Beautiful.

Alan Gratz Author Event!

Friday, October 18th  – 7 pm  – at the Decatur Library

SOUND THE (GOOD) ALARMS! Alan Gratz is coming to town! Join Little Shop and the Georgia Center for the Book at the auditorium located on the bottom floor of the Decatur Library, on Friday, October 18 at 7:00 to hear Alan speak about his newest book, Allies, and stick around for a signing! Learn more about Allies below.


This event is free to attend, but you must have a ticket to gain entry. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. If you would like to enter the signing line, be sure to purchase a copy of ALLIES from us! We will be selling books on site.

Tickets are available here.

More about Allies:

Alan Gratz, bestselling author of Refugee, weaves a stunning array of voices and stories into an epic tale of teamwork in the face of tyranny — and how just one day can change the world.

June 6, 1944: The Nazis are terrorizing Europe, on their evil quest to conquer the world. The only way to stop them? The biggest, most top-secret operation ever, with the Allied nations coming together to storm German-occupied France.

Welcome to D-Day.

Dee, a young U.S. soldier, is on a boat racing toward the French coast. And Dee — along with his brothers-in-arms — is terrified. He feels the weight of World War II on his shoulders.

But Dee is not alone. Behind enemy lines in France, a girl named Samira works as a spy, trying to sabotage the German army. Meanwhile, paratrooper James leaps from his plane to join a daring midnight raid. And in the thick of battle, Henry, a medic, searches for lives to save.

In a breathtaking race against time, they all must fight to complete their high-stakes missions. But with betrayals and deadly risks at every turn, can the Allies do what it takes to win?

Afra Brown Author Event!

Friday, October 25th  – 7 pm

Little Shop is thrilled to host local author Afra Brown for an event to celebrate her picture book The New Kid In Mounds: Adventures with Kelly and Layla. Learn more about this wonderful book below!

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 about The New Kid In Mounds: Adventures with Kelly and Layla:

This is a wonderfully written and illustrated book that takes children on a trip to a small town called Mounds. Mounds is a quaint little place but has more opportunity than may be first noticed. Kelly, the Goat and her family are newcomers to Mounds, from the far away town of Plains. Kelly starts school in her new hometown with her new classmates, the lamb girls. The lamb girls quickly take notice of Kelly’s long-flowing straight locks of hair. Kelly takes notice of the lambs’ short curly wool, as well. The girls start to compare each other’s physical features, which causes some agitation. One particular lamb girl named Layla, does not want to participate in the comparisons and wishes to show Kelly and the other lamb girls that they are not defined by their differences. Layla has a plan to teach everyone a valuable lesson dealing with identity, self-esteem, non-conformity, tolerance and self-acceptance. With the help of Kelly, Layla, and the other lamb girls, children will surely learn the real value of respect for themselves and others.

Markus Zusak Author Event!

Saturday, October 26th  – 7 pm – at the Decatur Library

In partnership with our friends at the Georgia Center for the Book, Little Shop is thrilled to welcome Markus Zusak, author of the beloved The Book Thief, back to Decatur!  Celebrating the paperback release of his latest, Bridge of Clay, Markus shares the story of five brothers  who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.

Doors open at 6:30. Event is free and open to the public. Books will be available to purchase and have signed.

Mike Lowery Storytime (how special is this???)!

Sunday, October 27th  – 2 pm

A DINOSAUR BOOK FROM MIKE LOWERY?? We are not worthy!! We’re so excited for Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts, and we can’t wait to share it with you on Sunday, October 27 during a very special story time with local author and illustrator Mike Lowery! Join us for an afternoon of fun perfect for the whole family.

This event is free and open to all! Be sure to purchase a copy of Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts from us in order to earn a place in the signing line!
More about Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts:
The Boys’ Book of Survival meets Dav Pilkey with a prehistoric twist, in this definitive, go-to book about EVERYTHING you EVER wanted to know about dinosaurs. Discover a wealth of weird, wacky, and wild facts about dinosaurs, told in Mike Lowery’s signature comic style with bright and energetic artwork, fresh framing devices, and hilarious jokes. This will be the go-to book for dinosaur enthusiasts that kids will put in their backpacks and obsess over, bridging the gap between encyclopedic nonfiction content and lighter picture book fare, filling the need with a one-stop shop for the legions of 6-9 year olds who want to know absolutely everything there is to know about dinosaurs.
Discover the must-have book for dinosaur enthusiasts, a madcap field guide full of facts and humor, and learn everything you ever wanted to know about prehistoric beasts!

Andy Griffiths Author Event!

Wednesday, October 30th  – 7 pm – at the Decatur Library


#1 New York Times bestselling author of the Treehouse series ANDY GRIFFITHS is coming to Decatur all the way from AUSTRALIA! This is an enormous honor, and we couldn’t possibly be more excited. We’ll host Andy with our friends at the Georgia Center for the Book, located on the bottom floor of the Decatur Library. Learn more about the latest Treehouse installment, The 117-Story Treehouse, below, and mark your calendars now for this special, special event!

This event is free and open to all. No ticket is required to attend the event, but you must purchase a copy of The 117-Story Treehouse from Little Shop of Stories to earn a place in the signing line. You can purchase a copy of the new book at the event itself or you can preorder from Little Shop of Stories on Eventbrite. Andy will also sign books that you’ve brought from home, and you can get a photo with him, if you’d like!

You can get tickets here!

More about THE The 117-Story Treehouse:

New York Times-bestselling team Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton invite readers to come hang out with them in their 117-Story Treehouse—the ninth book in the illustrated chapter book series filled with Andy and Terry’s signature slapstick humor!

Andy and Terry live in a 117-story treehouse. (It used to be a 104-story treehouse, but it just keeps growing!) It now has a pajama-party room, a water-ski park filled with flesh-eating piranhas, an Underpants Museum, a giant-fighting-robot arena, and the Door of Doom (don’t open it or you’ll be COMPLETELY and UTTERLY DOOMED!).

For as long as Andy and Terry have been writing books together, Andy has always been the narrator and Terry has always been the illustrator. But when Terry tries to prove that he can narrate as well as draw, the story goes completely out of control and the Story Police arrive to arrest the whole treehouse team for crimes against storytelling! Andy, Terry and Jill go on the run, but how long can they evade the Story Police and stay out of Story Jail?

It’s Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st

We’re closing at 5 pm because we like candy almost as much as we like books!