Friday, December 28, 2007

2008 begins with a BANG!

We have some great authors coming in January, including some of the biggest names in kids books!

In just under two weeks on the 9th of January, Joanne Harris will be here reading from and discussing her new fantasy chapter book Runemarks. Joanne Harris is the author of the book Chocolat, and Runemarks is her children's book debut.

Some very lucky Little Shop of Stories customers got advanced copies of the book and they are loving it. In fact, Abby, one of our readers, just walked up to the counter and said "it was really good!"

According to Nick, son of Diane, "It's an awesome fantasy, and the best book I've read all year." We're excited about hosting Joanne's first stop on her book tour. Please stop by and meet her.

On Friday, January 11th, one of our local favorites, Carmen Agra Deedy, will be reading from her new book Martina the Beautiful Cockroach and signing at the Decatur Library and we will be there as the bookseller on hand! When she came last month to the store we had a great time. She's an incredibly engaging, wonderful storyteller. Come see her at the Decatur Library!

Jon Scieszka is one of the biggest names in kids books, and he's coming here! On Tuesday, January 15th, the author of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, The Math Curse, the Time Warp Trio series, and many, many others, will be her signing his new book Smash! Crash!, the first book in his new series Truck Town. Truck Town is a world much like a local preschool, only everybody is a truck of some sort. Dump truck, garbage truck, ice cream truck -- you name it, Truck Town's got it!

Jon's website ( says more about him than we ever could, so go there to see all of his great books, and find out about his organization Guys Read, an effort to help guys find good books they'll like to read, and to become lifelong readers. Looking for a guy's reccomendation? Check out the Guys Read website at Meanwhile, for a great truck book, come hear Jon read from Smash! Crash!

You've heard the story -- though we do suspect a bit of Urban Legend -- that Diane has wanted to be a children's bookseller since she was a wee one. Regardless, she did go through a period where kids books were not all that, a period of time we refer to as "The Latency Period," when she did not have children -- or children's books for that matter -- to call her own.

Fast forward to Christmas 1997: Diane purchases a copy of The Cinder Eyed Cats by Eric Rohmann on a complete "I really like the cover of this book" whim for her baby boy, Nick. Together, Diane and Nick fall into this book and fall in love with it (as well as each other --ah, the power of children's books!), and Diane's love for children's book is reignited.

Cinder Eyed Cats
is a lushly illustrated, sparsely worded book about a young boy on a dream-like adventure. It's probably not a stretch to say that this book, and by extension, its author, had much to do with the birth of Little Shop.

This is just our long way of saying that we are honored to host Eric Rohmann at The Shop on January 18th at 4pm. Since Cinder Eyed Cats, Eric has won a Caldecott medal for My Friend Rabbit, as well as penned and illustrated one of our all time favorite picture books, Clara and Asha. He will be visiting us to share his latest book, A Kitten Tale, the story of some skittish kitties and their first snowfall. We truly hope you will join us for this very, very special event.

So come hear some great authors read from great new books, and see you in 2008!

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