Friday, January 29, 2010

J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger died on January 27th.  His 1951 novel, The Catcher in the Rye, was absolutely one of the most influential literary works of the 20th century.

He lived nearly the entire remainder of his life out of the public eye.  Bully for him.  "Hapworth 16: 1924", a novella that appeared in The New Yorker in 1965, was the last heard from the Glass Family (Franny and Zooey (1961) and Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenters and Seymour: An Introduction (1963)) and the last published piece from Salinger.

Perhaps he spent the last 45 years writing, in which case we might see a great volume of posthumous work being published.  We can hope.

In the meantime, we can enjoy some humor.
"Reclusive author J.D. Salinger dead at 91. As usual, he was unavailable for comment."

"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born, and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth."
(The opening sentence from The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger)

Craig Ferguson is regularly amazing.  He certainly is here. From the 2:30 point on, Craig riffs on Salinger.

"Author J.D. Salinger died at 91 after an extremely long bout of teen angst."
(Jay Leno)

"I am a kind of paranoiac in reverse. I suspect people of plotting to make me happy."
(J.D. Salinger)

Bunch of Phonies Mourn J.D. Salinger
CORNISH, NH—In this big dramatic production that didn't do anyone any good (and was pretty embarrassing, really, if you think about it), thousands upon thousands of phonies across the country mourned the death of author J.D. Salinger, who was 91 years old for crying out loud. "He had a real impact on the literary world and on millions of readers," said hot-shot English professor David Clarke, who is just like the rest of them, and even works at one of those crumby schools that rich people send their kids to so they don't have to look at them for four years. "There will never be another voice like his." Which is exactly the lousy kind of goddamn thing that people say, because really it could mean lots of things, or nothing at all even, and it's just a perfect example of why you should never tell anybody anything.
(The Onion)

Sunday, January 24, 2010

James Patterson

The New York Times Magazine has an excellent cover profile of author James Patterson.  Famous for his Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club mystery books, Patterson has also written the best-selling Maximum Ride and Daniel X and the recently published Witch and Wizard series for kids.

If you are interested in reading about James Patterson, how he writes, and Little, Brown & Co. (his very happy publisher), then you should find the profile quite interesting.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kids & Companions Atticus Awards!

Well, we've all been very excited and proud about the 2009 Newbery, Caldecott, Printz, Coretta Scott King and other amazing awards announced by the ALA this week, but I'm also excited about the Atticus Award award winner selected by my book group for readers ages 8-11 (and their grownup reading partners), the Kids & Companions!

Here's a list of what we read this year:

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski

Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate
The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron
Three Cups of Tea (Young Readers Edition), by Greg Mortenson
Swindle, by Gordon Korman
Airball, by Jordan Sonnenblick
The Bronze Pen, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom, by Tim Byrd
Neddiad, by Daniel Pinkwater
Strange Happenings, by Avi
Puzzling World Winston Breen, Eric Berlin
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbit

First-place winner, chosen by book club members, was The Neddiad. Congratulations to Daniel Pinkwater for such a great and funny book! For second place winner was one of my own personal favorites, Home of the Brave. For third place we had a tie between Tuck Everlasting and Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom.
Previous Atticus Award winners include Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, and The Gods of Manhattan by Scott Mebus. Drop us an email if you would like to see a complete list of Kids & Companions books since 2006, or if you are interested in joining in for another great year of reading!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Camp Sampler Recipe

Recipe for a Great Camp

Start with:
Two days off from school (February 15th & 16th)
Your friendly neighborhood bookstore (that's us!)
Kids ages 8-11 (that's you!)

Add the following ingredients: (They can be found in our existing Summer Camps)
Paper airplanes
Cootie catchers
Science experiments
Capture the flag

Arts & Crafts
Scavenger hunts
Secret codes

Mix together until well blended.

Then sprinkle with:
Great counselors
Lots of laughs
Tasty snacks
A ton of fun

Bake at 350 degrees from 10 am until 3 pm.
Let cool and charge $60 for pieces.

Take a big bite and enjoy a taste of our Summer Camps!

(Sounds tasty, right? Sign up soon, because space is limited!)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Purchase an Original Drawing from The Graveyard Book

Artist Dave McKean is auctioning off an original illustration from Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book on eBay.  All proceeds go to support the Haitian Health Foundation.  Act fast ... the auction ends tomorrow.  You can place your bid here.  Bidding started at $100.  Hey, I could afford that!  It is now well past $3,000.  Oh, well.

Update: the winning bid was a very generous $6,100.00!!!

Marcy Reviews When You Reach Me

Here's Marcy and her review of When You Reach Me, this year's Newbery Medal winner.

The Little Shop in The New Yorker!!!

How totally cosmopolitan is Little Shop of Stories? The New York Times had a wonderful photo of our Harry Potter party. And now we're featured in The New Yorker!

The article is about Neil Gaiman. Here's the link. It's a great piece. Writer Dana Goodyear came to Decatur to interview Neil one last time before putting it all together. Awesome work.

And it mentions your favorite bookstore. Go waaaaaaaaaay to the end of the story to find us. (And a quote from one of our favorite customers, Lucy Andrew!)

Cal Has the Middle Child Blues

I got the middle child blues.

I am a middle child which means that I could easily relate to the awesomeness of The Middle Child Blues by Kristyn Crow. With beautiful illustrations and captivating rhymes this book is easily the BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ! I laughed. I cried. I got the blues. Every middle child has to read this book.

- Cal

Guys Who Read

Why I like the Guys Who Read book group.

1.       We meet at The Brick Store.
2.       The Brick Store has good beer.
3.       It’s fun to get together with guys and not have to talk about women or football.
4.       I’m reading books I wouldn’t ordinarily read.
5.       Books I buy for book group are 15% off at Little Shop
6.       My wife thinks I’m improving myself.
7.       We meet at the Brick Store.
8.       The Brick Store has good beer.

Guys Who Read meets the third Thursday of every month. The January book is Your Inner Fish by Neil Shubin. The February book is Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

Come join us.  We meet at the Brick Store (which has good beer).

- Al

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Canterbury Tales (without the reading)

Whan that aprill with his shoures soote
The droghte of march hath perced to the roote,
And bathed every veyne in swich licour
Of which vertu engendred is the flour;

Thus begins The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer.  It was written in Middle English, the language of London commoners in the late 1300s, and is indecipherable to all speakers of English today.

Fortunately, we in Atlanta have The New American Shakespeare Tavern!

Their adaptation of Chaucer's classic is at times saucy, hilarious, touching, and thoroughly enjoyable.  (Their own term to describe the performance is "Python-esque," which is apt.)  Most important of all, it is understandable.

Also of great significance: it only runs until the end of January.

I highly recommend it.

Deadline to Turn in Art Work

I just wanted to remind all of you budding young artists that the last day to turn in your art work for our Awesome Art Gallery is tomorrow, Monday, January 18th, 2010. This way we'll have enough time to frame and hang your art before our gallery opening, on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm.

We've gotten in such great art and I can't wait for all of you to see the talented drawings and paintings!

See you soon!


Friday, January 15, 2010

The Kinds of Customers we LOVE!

So, knowing that I work in a bookstore (and love working in a bookstore) my friend sent me this funny blog written by a person who works in one of the Big Box bookstores. The blogger was sort of humorously (and, okay sometimes meanly) venting about the types of customers he enjoyed least. You can read the whole thing if you want, but in most cases none of these categories really apply at Little Shop of Stories, anyway.

However, there was a combination of qualities I did recognize . . .
"The Seeker:  The most straightforward of any of our customer types, the seekers want a book. A specific book: only this book will do. Prominent sub-types . . .  NPR listeners: Heard it on NPR. (it’s usually a good book, but we’re not stocking it yet — and on top of that, I’ve been stuck at work while you’re listening to the radio; if you can’t remember the title I won’t be able to come up with it.)."

And also this category (again these are his words): "Yeah, I get it, the cover of the book is red. Can you recall even one word in the title? Or the author’s first name? Or if it’s fiction or non-fiction? Color, while vivid in your own memory, is in fact the least helpful detail you can give us about any book."

The thing is though, here at Little Shop of Stories? We LOVE you NPR listeners who are charged up and excited about a new book. You help us stay on top of what's getting promoted out there, because (as this blogger points out), we're often stuck in the bookstore while NPR is playing, and unfortunately the great people at NPR still haven't learned to email us a couple weeks before a book goes on air, so we can order it and have it in for you right as you hear about it. So, even if we end up not having what you wanted right when you heard about it, as is sometimes the case, we're grateful to you for letting us know, and for coming to us for something really cool. (Because those NPR people have pretty good taste, right?)

And as for those of you who can remember the color of a cover and not much else? Why, we love you too. In fact, you are some of our favorites (and I am not being sarcastic), because we love a good challenge, and when you come in, we can often work together as a team to puzzle out what book you might be thinking of. And then when we do manage to ask the right questions and probe your mind a bit more about where you saw it and what else might be on the cover--when we manage to find the exact red-covered book you wanted . . . ? Well, that is just a little bit of bookstore heaven, is what that is. We're high fiving you out the door, and high-fiving each other the rest of the shift.
So, while, yes, sometimes bookselling can have its challenges, we here at Little Shop of Stories say, "Feel free to bring your book uncertainty in with you! We will enjoy helping you solve your dilemma, and if we can't do it, we'll definitely have something equally great to recommend."

(We may ask though, if you do hear about something good on NPR, you try to get at least one word in the title, or a scrap of the author's name to help us out.)  :)  


Thursday, January 14, 2010

Fancy That: How a Cynic Came to Love Valentine's Day

I used to hate Valentine's Day. I despised all of it--the sappy cards, the pink candy hearts, the store aisles bursting with foil-wrapped chocolates, waxy plastic flowers and furry teddy bears holding said chocolates or flowers. To me, these commercial items didn't say love, they screamed obligation. Have you ever been in a grocery or drug store at 9:30 pm on February 13th? You'll find a bunch of last-minute suckers, frantically searching the already picked over rows of cards, desperate for any eleventh-hour token of love to hand to their sweetheart the next day. I wanted acts of love to be spontaneous, and I sure didn't want to share Valentine's Day with people who bought into the commercialism of love.

When I was in eighth grade, Valentine's Day fell on a school day and my boyfriend of all of one week brought me an oversized gorilla carrying a rose. The monkey was half my height and four times as wide as me. I had to wrap my arms around it and heave it around the Middle School hallways, pushing my way blindly through crowds of gawking middle schoolers. Not one for big displays of affection, I was mortified. We broke up not too long after that.

In High School I made a big deal to everyone that I was against Valentine's Day. When people would ask my V-Day plans, I would roll my eyes and sigh. "I don't celebrate Valentine's Day," I'd explain, telling them about how love should be shared every day, not just on the one day that the government decided. I was also against cards that already had a declaration of love inside them, leaving room just for a signature from the purchaser. I wanted long, hand-written love letters, and wanted them all year long. (Hmmm....was I cynical or just high maintenance?)

Valentine's Days came and went. Sometimes I was single, sometimes I was dating someone, but it didn't matter to me either way. In college a funny, adventurous guy named Thad who I had met a few weeks before asked me out for Valentine's Day. In lieu of a date with him, I threw an anti-Valentine's Day party with a bunch of my girl friends. He handled the rejection well, kept on coming around my apartment, and years later we got married. Throughout our relationship, Valentine's Day was just something we didn't worry about.

And then, Fancy Storytime happened. It wasn't a huge thing, really, that made me change my mind so drastically. It was just an event that we had on Valentine's Day--an hour of reading Fancy Nancy and other stories, eating petit fours, learning how to say bonjour and practicing a fancy parade-float wave. But by our second year hosting the fancy event, I was smitten by little girls in their Sunday best, and Fancy Storytime had risen to the top of the ranks in my list of favorite events at Little Shop. Last year I pulled my wedding dress out of its box and when three year olds came up to me and asked me if I was a princess, I smiled at them and said yes. The whole store was packed and we ran out of sparkling juice faster than you can say fancy. I didn't want the fanciness to end, so afterward Thad and I cooked a fancy dinner and went to the High Museum for drinks, dessert and dancing. I was a changed woman. Now I want to wear pink and red and send cards and eat chocolate. (Who am I kidding? I always want to eat chocolate.) But seriously, I can say it without hesitation. I like Valentine's Day. Because it's just too much work to be against something so fabulous.

And so this year, I'd like to personally invite all of you to put on your fanciest attire and come to our annual Fancy Storytime on Saturday, February 13th at 3 pm.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Read-shirt spotting

So, last week was the college youth conference at Montreat Presbyterian Conference Center, and my wife attended with some students from Agnes Scott. While there, she saw this:

It's blurry, I know, but right there on a Berry student's back? Our Read t-shirt from last year's Decatur Book Festival!

So, my challenge to you-- where do you spot a Read shirt? Send us your photos of far flung Little Shop t-shirt wearers (littleshopofstories at gmail dot com)-- and, yes, photos of yourself in the photo count.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Eddie & Agnes to Host George Winston

An announcement was made yesterday concerning the first in a series of concerts brought to you by Eddie's Attic and Agnes Scott College and the fertile mind of Daren Wang and Verb.  Musical acts too popular for Eddie's will now have a potential Decatur venue in which to perform.  Gaines Chapel at ASC's Presser Hall is a beautiful facility with great acoustics.  The potential is very exciting.

First to appear will be solo pianist George Winston.  His concert will be held on Tuesday evening, February 23rd at 8 p.m.  Winston's newest CD, to be released next month, is the second volume of his interpretations of the work of Vince Guardali, who is best known as the composer of the music for the Charlie Brown television specials.

This should be a great evening.

Who else would you like to see come to Agnes Scott?  There are some exciting possibilities!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

DBF Hosts Elizabeth Gilbert

The Decatur Book Fettival is hosting Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, at Agnes Scott College on Monday, January 11, at 7 p.m.  That's tomorrow night.  Her newest, Committed, was just released last week.

Friday, January 8, 2010

We're Closed Today (Friday)

Little Shop of Stories is taking a Snow Day.  The streets are still kind of a mess.  The sidewalks are treacherous.  Go out and enjoy the day (but be careful)!

Snow Day!

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Snowy Story Time!

Hey folks! Stuck inside? Looking for a storytime? Or maybe you braved the weather to get to storytime tonight and are cursing the fates that we closed early? Fear not! Here's your Thursday night Little Shop of Stories Snowy Day storytime, featuring guest reader Nora Rose Colussy-Estes! She's reading from The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Join our Art Wall of Fame

Yes, you, too, can join our Art Wall of Fame.  Please hand in your book related art to Little Shop of Stories by January 18th.  Come to our art unveiling on January 21st at 7 p.m. !!!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Scieszka Out; Paterson In; Long Live the Queen

Successful Coup: Scieszka Overthrown

Dateline: Barre, Vermont   Katherine Paterson lead a successful revolt, ousting Jon Scieszka, and will assume the throne as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.  The puppet Library of Congress is expected to make an official announcement later today.

"I am stepping down in an attempt to avoid bloodshed," shouted Scieszka to his supporters.  Following that pronouncement, the author of Knucklehead ducked into a waiting limo and was whisked away to his waiting LearJet and flown to his waiting secret location.

Ambassador Paterson, author of Newbery Medal books Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, has promised to spare Scieszka's life.  "Oh, he wasn't that awful," Patterson said of her predecessor.

Long live Ambassador Paterson.

Photo of Katherine Paterson by Paul O. Boisvert for The New York Times.  To read more about Ms. Paterson's appointment, read this article from New York Times.  To read more about Mr. Scieszka's service, read this blog post.

What Are You Going To Read This Year

You've been reading about our New Year's resolutions on what we plan to read.  What about you?  Click on "Post a Comment" below and tell us what you hope to make time to read this year!  We're interested in finding out.

Little Shop's Reading Resolutions for 2010: Part 2

Terra posted the first half of the Little Shop staff's reading resolutions for 2010 last week. Let the adventure continue...

"I'm going to read A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Don Miller. His first book, Blue Like Jazz, revolutionized my faith and I'm looking for some more refreshing and real insights this year. Also Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen. Because I never have, and everyone should. Or so I hear..." --Krista

"I'm going to read Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, because it's absolutely shameful that someone who was an English major and who works at a children's bookstore has never read a single book by Stevenson. And 'Tis by Frank McCourt is on my to-read list because it is one of many books I've picked up and failed to read because of my preoccupation with the enticing kids' and YA books still on my to-read list. Not to mention that regardless of what books I have sitting around, I really should start reading more grown-up books in general."  --Marcy

"The Mad Ones by Tom Folsom: Mobsters, counter-culture and crime lords with fabulous nicknames... who wouldn't want to read this book?  And The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, because I need more classics under my belt and with a movie coming out I think I should read it! I've been eyeing it for awhile." --Sydney

And Diane resolves to read, simply, "More and often!"

Monday, January 4, 2010

Join Little Shop's (awesome) little art gallery!

Lots of you love Little Shop's collection of drawings from authors and illustrators who have visited us, but we've decided our collection's not complete without art from our favorite readers as well. Drop off your very best book-related drawing (ideally on 8.5" by 11" paper) by January 18 and then join us for a very special unveiling storytime on Thursday January 21. We'll have hors d'oeuvres (a fancy word for snacks, very appropriate for art gallery openings) and grape juice and will read some great books about art before we reveal our new wall of Little Shop art!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

5 books I'm looking forward to this coming year

Happy New Year, everyone! Lots of folks here and there have been writing about the best books of 2009, and they've got some great choices. But I'm a big fan of what's coming next-- so let me tell you about some books I'm excited to see coming this year:

1) Fat Vampire, by Adam Rex. Plot: Overweight, unpopular 15 year old gets bitten by a vampire, and discovers he's spending the rest of eternity as an overweight, unpopular 15 year old. Hilarity ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: First off, Adam Rex is straight up one of the funniest writers in kidslit today, writing or illustrating. And this, his first YA novel, demonstrates that, not only can be bring the ha ha, but his plotting and characterization are formidable as well.

2) The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan. Plot: Son and daughter of an Egyptologist accidentally release ancient Egyptian god Set upon the world, discover that the Egyptian gods are real and walking the Earth, and their family has a secret connection to the whole affair. Rip-roaring adventure ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: This is it, the leap from the Percy Jackson series to his new series, The Kane Chronicles. The Lightning Thief movie comes out in only a few weeks, and I hope that Percy Jackson fever won't overshadow it.

3) After the Kiss, by Terra McVoy. Plot: Boy dates girl, girl finds out boy has a girlfriend. Teen angst ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: We love Terra, but that's not why I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to it because, as she demonstrated in Pure, Terra creates characters that live and breathe like no other characters in fiction. They're normal, and real, and demonstrate how everyday life is dramatic important even without vampires, werewolves, wizards, spies, drugs, etc, etc, etc.

4) Mercury, by Hope Larson. Plot: Two girls, separated by more than a century, have interweaving stories that blend history, romance, and magic realism. The gorgeous art of Hope Larson ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: Joking aside, Ms. Larson could illustrate airplane safety instructions and I would drool over it. Her art is wholly unique, especially in the kids graphic novel department. No one is doing the kind of art she does, and no one tells stories the way she does.

5)Crogan's March, by Chris Schweizer. Plot: graphic novel entailing another member of the stalwart Crogan family, Peter Crogan, and his time in the French Foreign Legion. Desert military adventure, mystery and a smattering of horror ensues.

Why I'm looking forward to it: Schweizer's Crogan's Vengeance demonstrated his talent for historical adventure, but now, with this second book, he can stretch a bit as he pushes this into a full-blown series.

What books are you looking forward to this year?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Hey Everybody - It's Matt!!!

Here is Matt's review of Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs, by Giles Andreae. After three months of encouragement to post something on our blog, Matt managed a 30 second review of one of his favorite picture books. Hey, it's a start. Go Matt!

Though technologically challenged at times, I managed to do the following:
1. updated our website (which I do every month - so that's not a biggie);
2. created a Google Calendar, entered our January events, and synched it with the calendar over at Decatur Metro; and
3. unpacked a Flip Video camera I bought months ago, figured out how to use it, convinced Matt to be the guinea pig, filmed the above video, downloaded the appropriate software, uploaded the video onto the computer, put the video up on You Tube (where it is bound to go viral), and posted it on our blog.  The video even looks pretty darn good.  Well, that's due to Matt.

It took some help but, by golly, I did it. Start to finish, all in one day. Now just wait and see what kind of monster has been created!

- Dave

Little Shop's Reading Resolutions for 2010:Part I

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! Welcome to the first Little Shop of Stories blog entry of the new year!

While we're still looking back fondly on all the good times and achievements of 2009, we're also already fired up and excited about the things we have planned for 2010.

Events and parties aren't the only thing that keep you coming back to us, however. Our book knowledge and ability to pair you with just the right next thing to read also has a bit to do with it. But to keep up with all of you, we've got to keep up with our own reading. And for some of us, there are some embarassingly big gaps that need filling.

Here is a glimpse of what we Little Shoppers resolve to read in 2010 . . .

"The covers to the Sammy Keyes books always looked dopey to me. But we all know you should never judge a book by its cover. I read some other Wendelin Van Draanen books to my kids and I loved them as much as they did. I hope the Sammy Keyes books are as good.
             "Growing up I learned more from movies than from school. I admire what David Gilmour did, but I'm quite sure my wife will never let me do it with our kids. Maybe if I read The Film Club to her, she'll change her mind."  --Al

"1984 is yet another book I didn't read (but should have) in high school. If only my 10th grade Lit teacher could see me now . . . she'd be so proud! No Country for Old Men: This movie terrified me (in a good way). Hopefully the book will too!"  --Matt 

"With all the amazing Nigerian authors making a splash these days, it's time to pick up the granddaddy of African fiction: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. New Stories from the South is also an annual ritual for me, like a pilgrimage, or a reunion, or a feast with strangers. Local author Amanda Gable's first novel looks interesting, too. No other reason to read The Confederate General Rides North, other than the fantastic title."  --Justin

"All my good buds at LSOS have read and LOVED the Ranger's Apprentice series, so I want to find out what all the fuss is about! And can you believe I haven't read Eat, Pray, Love yet? With Elizabeth Gilbert visiting Agnes Scott this year, I'd better hurry up! In 2009 I also managed to get through Dan Simmons' colossal novel, Drood, so I plan to tackle another big fat read--2666. I'm hoping I like this one better!" --Terra  

We hope that your bedside book piles are big, fat and healthy, and that you have lots of things you're looking forward to reading, re-reading, discovering and delighting in for the new year! Add a comment and let us know what's on your list.

Happy New Year!