Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thank You, blog readers!

Thank you to the blog reader who brought the obnoxious, unwanted blog comment to our attention. Thankfully, we've been able to delete these fairly quickly in the past.

Unfortunately for any of us who want to post, this means we've now changed our posting policy:
All comments will have to be approved by LSoS before it will be posted to the blog. Thank you for understanding, and keep reading our blog!

Friday, April 23, 2010

Details for the Rick Riordan Event!

Little Shop of Stories and the Michael C. Carlos Museum are thrilled to be hosting the return of Rick Riordan on Friday, May 7th, 2010.

Rick Riordan, the author of the incredible Percy Jackson & The Olympians series, has just finished writing The Red Pyramid, the first book in the Kane Chronicles series.  Siblings Carter and Sadie Kane must cross the globe in a battle against the ancient gods of Egypt.

Rick will be speaking at Glenn Memorial Auditorium on the Emory University Campus at 7 p.m.  Doors open at 6 p.m.; first come, first seated.  There is no charge to attend the event.

Glenn Memorial Auditorium is located at 1615 North Decatur Road (near the corner of Dowman Drive), Atlanta, Georgia 30307.  Parking is available in the Fishburne Deck, and alternative parking is available in the Peavine Lot.  Here's a link to a map of the Emory Campus.

Rick will sign books following his presentation.  To be in the signing line you MUST purchase a copy of The Red Pyramid from either Little Shop of Stories or the bookstore at the Carlos Museum.  Books go on sale May 4th, but you can pre-purchase your book in person or over the phone from Little Shop of Stories (404-373-6300) or the Carlos Museum and pick up your book at the store or at the will-call table at the event.  Books will also be available for purchase at the event.  Rick will personalize one book.  He will also sign copies of his other books (limit: 5).

Win A Special Tour with Rick Riordan
Visit the Carlos Museum Bookshop or the Little Shop of Stories before the close of business on May 4th to enter a raffle for a tour of the Carlos Museum galleries with Rick Riordan.  Ten winners will be selected, and each may be accompanied by one adult.  Winners will also receive special reserved seating for their families at the talk.  Names will be drawn on Wednesday, May 5th and winners will be notified by phone and/or email. The tour will take place on Friday, May 7th from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  No purchase is necessary to enter.

About the Michael C. Carlos Museum
Truly one of Atlanta's hidden gems, the Carlos Museum has a phenominal collection of both ancient Greek and Egyptian artifacts. Here is some information from the museum's web site:

The collections of Greek and Roman Art at the Michael C. Carlos Museum span over four millennia. The earliest, Neolithic pieces are approximately 4000 BC; the latest, Roman, fourth-fifth centuries AD. Works in many media are represented, including gold, silver, electrum, bronze, lead, ivory and bone, marbles of many kinds including colored ones, semi-precious stones (carnelian, rock-crystal, garnet), glass, and clay. Since 1983, the generosity of Michael C. and Thalia Carlos has enabled the collection to grow astonishingly, both in extent and quality, and has attracted widespread support and acclaim.

The objects featured here are only a selection. One of the earliest bathtubs in the world, the Minoan larnax offers fresh, direct contact with Bronze Age Greece. The architectural pithos would have stored water for a family in seventh century BC; it is from a vessel of this shape, not a box, that Pandora removed the lid. The fifth century marble grave relief of an athlete and the Roman sarcophagus exemplify monuments to the deceased, while the symposion cup, made in Athens around 480 BC depicts a lively drinking party. The splendid depiction of the death of Aktaion on a vessel made to mix wine with water shortly after the Parthenon was completed, opens the rich world of Greek mythology. The bronze hydria may have been made as a bride's dowry. Portraiture, one of the greatest achievements of the classical world, is represented by the exquisite garnet head of Berenike II and the over life-size portrait of Tiberius. Idealizing beauty, another element of classical art at its best, is sensitively captured in the statue of the muse of dance, Terpsichore.

The collection of Ancient Egyptian and Nubian antiquities at the Michael C. Carlos Museum covers the full spectrum of Nile Valley civilization, from the earliest Prehistoric times, to the period of Roman domination. At the core of the collection are the artifacts acquired by Emory professor William Shelton, who traveled to Egypt in 1920, including the oldest Egyptian mummy in the Americas. The collection experienced tremendous growth, beginning in 1999 with the purchase of Egyptian antiquities from a small, private museum in Niagara Falls, Canada. The objects from the Niagara Falls Museum had been purchased in Egypt during the early 1860s, and include ten mummies, nine coffins, and a variety of other artifacts. The Niagara collection consists primarily of funerary material from the 21st Dynasty (ca. 1070–946 BC) to the Roman Period (ca. 31 BC–395 AD), a time of great achievement in the funerary arts.

Included in the 1999 purchase was a previously unidentified male mummy. Through research and collaboration with Emory University medical experts, Carlos Museum scholars determined it to be most probably that of the lost pharaoh, Ramesses I. The museum returned the mummy to Egypt in 2003 as a gift of goodwill and international cultural cooperation.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Big-Time May Events at Little Shop of Stories!

There's a lot going on next month at Little Shop in May.  Here are some of the highlights, but check out Little Shop of Stories' website for additional details.

May 2nd at 3 p.m.
A Very Special Storytime with Matt Tavares, author/illustrator of Henry Aaron's Dream

May 4th at 7 p.m.
Lauren Myracle Book Release Party for Thirteen Plus One with Sarah Mlynowski

May 6th at 7 p.m.
Terra Elan McVoy Major Book Release Party for After the Kiss

May 7th at 7 p.m.
Rick Riordan Event at Emory's Glenn Memorial Auditorium for The Red Pyramid

May 7th at 4:30 p.m.
Enter a drawing to win a chance to tour the Greek and Egyptian artifacts at the Michael C. Carlos Museum with Rick Riordan!!!

May 21st at 2 p.m.
Julie Andrews Book Signing for The Very Fairy Princess

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Maya Karkare Guest Blog and Book Review!

We love when kids write reviews for us. Thanks to Maya Karkare for her review of Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery. And remember, kids, you're always welcome to email us your thoughts about books! We love getting to feature your reviews!

Molly Moon and the Morphing Mystery is the fifth book in the Molly Moon series. This time Georgia Byng has really outdone herself. In the last book Molly Moon, Micky Minus, and the Mind Machine Molly found her long lost twin brother, Micky. This is Molly and Micky’s very first adventure together. Of course Molly together with Micky develops a new skill, morphing. Using this skill, which allows them to morph into various animals and people, Molly and her brother are determined to save the world from a terrible darkness. Their greatest challenge awaits them in South America where they face off against off against an unexpected evil. All the excitement culminates in a thrilling and fun-filled ending. This book was fun to read because Molly has a brother and a new skill to enjoy in this adventure.
--Maya Karkare

Thanks again, Maya!

Pete the Cat at the AJC!

The AJC wrote a very nice article about Eric Litwin and James Dean, author and illustrator of the NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING CHILDREN'S BOOK Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.

You can read the article here.

My favorite line: “I just thought [Eric] was some crazy guy wandering the streets,” Dean said.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Storytime with Mara Davis!!!

For all of you who missed daveFM's Mara Davis when she came to Little Shop to do Storytime -- and for all of those who would like to relive their experience -- someone was thoughtful enough to video Mara reading Optimus Prime!

Warning: Mara does great voices!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Erin Hunter Is Here Today!

Erin Hunter, author of the Warriors series, is visiting us today.  The event will be held at the Decatur Recreation Center.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and she will begin speaking at 7 p.m.

We are very, very excited about hosting this event.   Warriors has been an hugely popular series -- not only with our customers, but throughout the country.

Please park in the county parking deck.  The entrance is located on Trinity Place between North McDonough Street and Commerce Drive.  Parking is free.  It is a short walk to the Rec Center.  And you are guaranteed to be able to find a parking spot.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Mara Davis Storytime This Sunday!

Mara reading back in 2006!

DaveFM's fabulous Mara Davis is returning to Storytime! this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.  She'll be reading all her favorite books.  We had a highly superb time when Mara was here at Little Shop far too long ago and this Sunday should be even better seeing as how Mara is more experienced at this kind of thing now.

So join us for this Radio Free Storytime.  Mara will supply the reads.  We'll supply the Sunday Cheese!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Clear Your Calenders For The Warriors!!

You read the title right!  Little Shop of Stories is bringing Erin Hunter, author of The Warriors series, to Decatur. 

"When, Where, What time!?"  Have no fear, we have all the information you need!

Come see Erin Hunter on Monday
April 12th, 2010
at the Decatur Rec Center
Event starts at 7pm, the doors open at 6pm

Not familiar with the Warriors Series?  Warriors sews the stories of four feuding cat clans on their quest for ultimate power and survival.  Action-packed and full of adventure, Warriors, the original series, starts with the first book, Into the Wild.  From there the titles are endless and there's even additional series, such as - Warriors: The New Prophecy, Warriors: Power of Three, and Warriors: Omen of the Stars.  Is your head spinning yet?  If so, be sure to check out Warriors: Cats of the Clans which is a great go-to guide that explains everything. 

We hope to see you on April 12th!  And, don't worry, we'll have plenty of books available at the event for signing.

One last thing!  Don't forget to check out the newest title in the Omen of the Stars series titled Fading Echoes.

- Sydney

Friday, April 2, 2010

"Until Then" from Terra

Hello, beloved fans of Little Shop of Stories:

Today marks possibly one of the saddest days in my own private collection of those we get handed by life from time to time. For the last five years, it has been my pride, honor, and delight to dedicate a big portion of my energy and time, helping to make Little Shop of Stories the bookstore you all know and love. Now, as many of you already know, I am leaving my post as Bookseller Extraordinaire there, in order to focus more on my writing, but also to take up a position as the Assistant Programming Director of the Decatur Book Festival. I'm not going that far, and I'm not going completely away. I will maintain both my book groups, Kids and Companions, and Page Turners, and will of course still be teaching Creative Writing camp in the summer. We'll still see each other. We'll still get to share our excitement about reading and books. 

But, it's true that we won't be seeing each other as much as we used to. Which, I have to admit, is a rough thing for me to face. Because as much as I love the beautiful yellow space of Little Shop of Stories, as much as I love the books on its shelves, and the people --my family-- who work there, it just really isn't as fun a place if it doesn't have you all in it, and especially not your children. 

There are so many things to say on a day like today, but the biggest one I want to make sure I say to all of you is, simply, thank you. Thank you for sharing all your amazing children with me--for trusting me to get down and talk with them on their level, and for letting me help them make friends with new books. Thank you for including me in their birthday parties and weekly Thursday night traditions as storytime lady, and for bringing them to our events, parties, and author signings so that we could get jazzed and excited together. Thank you for letting me play with them for weeks at camp. Thank you for sending them, independent of you, inside to pick up a last-minute birthday party gift card, or to come and hang out for a couple of hours after school. Thank you for their smiles and their friendship. Thank you for making sure they have books in their lives. 

There's a story by David Lucas that has become sort of my favorite picture book of late. I read it last night at my final storytime. It's called The Robot and the Bluebird. In it, there is a robot who's heart has busted. The other robots can't fix it, and so they leave him out on the junk heap. Eventually a bluebird comes by, tired and cold and exhausted from fighting a winter storm. The robot tells her there is a place where his heart used to be, where she could rest for the night. In the morning, when the bluebird flies out, refreshed, happy and singing, the robot feels as though it is his own heart that is flying and singing. He decides to carry the bluebird the rest of the way South, to where it is warm. When they finally make it, the robot is too worn out and exhausted to go on. Just before he completely runs down forever, he tells the bluebird she can live in his heart, always. And she does.

I'm not a robot, and I'm not by any means running down.  
But you all . . . you are all bluebirds.
And you will be in my heart, always. 

Your friend in books,

Terra Elan McVoy
(Former Manager, and former Bookseller Extraordinaire, forever a part of Little Shop of Stories)