Thursday, September 29, 2011

First Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival!!!

graphic by Mudhouse Design
October 15, 2011
2 to 3 p.m.
3 to 4 p.m.


Little Shop of Stories
133 East Court Square
Decatur, Georgia 30030


If you didn't get tickets to the Decatur Craft Beer Festival, there's still an opportunity to enjoy frothy suds on October 15th.  Come to Little Shop and purchase a ticket for the

First Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival

Tickets go on sale October 1st at 10 a.m. at
Little Shop of Stories.

In order to avoid total chaos, there are a limited
number of tickets available for two separate times.

Tickets will be valid from 2 to 3 p.m. or from 3 to 4 p.m.


We'll be updating this blog as root beers, as well as other root and bark flavored drinks are received.
We anticipate a total of about fifteen different beverages
 (if we don't drink them all first).
We've started to order, but we're open to recommendations.

Warning: tickets for the Decatur Craft Beer Festival sold out in one hour, 18 minutes.
Don't delay ... get your FADRBF tickets SOON!!!

Warning: the First Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival is being held on the same day as the Decatur Craft Beer Festival.
Expect crowds in downtown Decatur.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Carmen Agra Deedy Book Relase Party!

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale
Book Release Party
October 1st
1 p.m.

You may know Carmen as a phenomenal storyteller.

You may know Carmen as a New York Times Bestselling author of picture books, including 14 Cows for America, Martina, the Beautiful Cockroach, and The Library Dragon.

Now you can know Carmen as an outstanding chapter book author as well!

The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale has been released to superb reviews.

Diane read it, and loved this story of  a cheese-loving cat who meets up with a mouse in need of help and become best friends. The characters also include a famous author with a serious case of writer’s block. This sweet story is one of our favorite new fall reads!

We're thrilled to have Carmen back at Little Shop.  She's always great, even when she doesn't have a new book to present.  However, it's even better when it's a special occasion like this!

To celebrate, we're bringing in fall weather.

Refreshments will be served, including … well, go ahead and take a guess.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bigger Than A Bread Box Book Release Party!!!

Little Shop is honored and really excited -- how could we not be? -- to be hosting the International Book Release Party for Laurel Snyder's newest novel, Bigger Than A Bread Box, this Friday, September 30th, at 7 p.m.  Bread Box takes place in Baltimore and Atlanta, so we'll try to have regional treats from both places on hand.  (Tastykakes, anyone?)

Laurel is (almost) a Decatur resident.  (She lives in East Atlanta. That's close!)  When it comes to writing books for kids, she's a triple-threat.  Her 2010 middle-grade novel, Penny Dreadful, was an E.B. White Read-aloud Honor book.  Nosh, Schlep, Schluff: Babyiddish, a board book, came out earlier this year.  Laurel also has written a couple of picture books, including Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher.

As good as her previous books have been, Bread Box (Random House) is truly a notch above.  This is perhaps the best kids' book I have read this year.

Bigger Than A Bread Box goes on sale Tuesday, September 27th, at 10 a.m.

Buy the book, read the book, and come to the party on Friday.  We'll have a great time!!!

Praise for Bigger Than A Bread Box

Rebecca’s mother uproots her away from father, friends, Baltimore, and everything she knows and transplants her in Atlanta. At twelve years of age and living at her grandmother’s house, Rebecca tries to cope with the help of a magical bread box which produces anything she wishes — as long as it fits inside. Laurel Snyder’s fourth middle-grade novel is, despite the fantasy aspects, an oftentimes achingly sad coming of age story in which Rebecca has to come to terms with the limits and consequences of her wishes, and with life’s circumstances beyond her control. This is balanced by the great sensitivity Laurel has for the protagonist and a wonderfully written sense of place. Bigger Than A Bread Box is a superb book that has continued to resonate long after the last page was read. - Dave Shallenberger, Little Shop of Stories, Decatur

Like Penny Dreadful before it, Bigger Than A Breadbox has the charming old-fashioned feeling of middle-grade stories from the 60s, but with a contemporary bent. Rebecca’s parents’ sudden separation forces her to move to Gran’s house, where she discovers a magical breadbox that seems to produce anything she wishes for from thin air. But as is always with wishes, something is amiss. This simple magic-realist story is really about a girl trying her best to deal with some of the toughest parts of growing up, and grappling with some important ethical questions in the process. - Hannah Manshel, 57th Street Books, Chicago

The voices are clear and believable, and the characters complicated and real.  It is such a pleasure to have real literature for children ... books like this are the reason I am a passionate bookseller.  I can't wait to recommend it to middle-grade readers and librarians. - Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh

Laurel Snyder's books always feel so cozy to me, fun and sweet and relatable.  Her newest ... is a must-read for middle grade readers. - Lauren Peugh, Mrs. Nelson's Toy and Book Shop, La Verne, California

"Everything felt wrong, lopsided. I knew from the weird fuzzy humming inside my head," thinks 12-year-old Rebecca Shapiro as her family ruptures before her eyes. Rebecca's father has been out of work, and her mother is fed up; after a big fight with her husband, she packs up the children and drives from Baltimore to Atlanta to visit Rebecca and Lew's grandmother. When Rebecca discovers this isn't just a quick visit (her mother has a temp job for herself lined up and a new school picked out for Rebecca), she's furious. One day while exploring her grandmother's attic, Rebecca finds a magic breadbox that will grant any wish that fits inside it: a cookie, money, pens, lip-gloss, candy, or a diamond. But Rebecca comes to understand that the box won't solve her problems (conversely, it creates some enormous ones); she has to do that on her own. Introspective and rich with delicate imagery, this coming-of-age tale shares themes with Snyder's Penny Dreadful (2010). The insightful, memorable, and complex characters that Snyder creates result in a story with the same qualities. Ages 8–12. (Sept.)
Publishers Weekly

By the time I picked up the galley for Bigger than a Breadbox, I had heard from no fewer than five colleagues that I had to read it. I’ve long been a fan of Laurel Snyder, and I truly believe this is her best book yet. It’s funny, it’s sad, and even though there are hints of magic, it gives a very realistic depiction of a tween girl struggling to fit in at school, find herself, and deal with her parents’ separation. I think young girls and their moms would benefit from reading and discussing this together.” – Erin Zlotnik, Random House

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Wal Mart vs. Amazon

For those of you who limit your Wal Mart shopping because of the way they treat their employees but continue to make purchases with Amazon, here's an eye-opening account from The Morning Call, the daily paper of Allentown, Pennsylvania.

The article details working conditions inside the local Amazon warehouse, focusing on employees forced to work in incredibly hot temperatures and the use of temporary workers.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Writing Classes are Back at Little Shop!

Creative Writing Classes are Back!

This time, for kids AND adults! Both of these classes will meet at Little Shop and will be taught by Terra Elan McVoy, author of Pure, After the Kiss, and The Summer of Firsts and Lasts. Terra is a former manager at Little Shop, and also is Program Director of the Decatur Book Festival. We have two options of classes to choose from. To sign up, just call the shop (404) 373-6300 or come in and pay the tuition, and we'll get you signed up.

Writing Like a Grown-Up, But Thinking Like a Kid
Wednesdays, Oct 5-November 16 (skipping 11/2); 6:00-7:30 P.M. Cost: $250
Hey, grownups! Still haunted by scenes from Charlotte’s Web or James and the Giant Peach, and think you could write a great kids’ book? During this once-a-week-for-six-weeks class, we will be looking at and learning from some of the masters of children’s literature (both classic and new) —plus exploring our own imaginations and histories— to create what may or may not become the next Pippi Longstocking. We’ll cover plot and character development, (not) writing-as-exposition, writing for your audience, and other sharpening techniques. By the end of the class you should have pages and pages of raw material, a lot of good notes, plus several well-developed ideas and one or two outlines to get you on your novel-writing way. Materials you’ll need (yes, on the first day!) are a writing notebook and pen (plus backup pen), a friendly disposition and a willingness to share, discuss and learn with the group.

Writing for Young People
Mondays, Oct 3-November 14 (skipping 10/31); 4:30-5:45 P.M. Cost: $200

Hey, middle school writers! Have a lot of story ideas, but not the time to work on them in school? Got started on a story but now you're stuck? Or just love writing and want to do more of it, and better? Then this creative writing class is for you! We'll work on character development, getting your characters into trouble, why revision is important, how to make your writing really pop with description, and other great writing tips! You'll need to bring with you, always, a writing notebook and pens (or your laptop if that works better), an eagerness to learn, and a willingness to share your work!

Monday, September 5, 2011

What A Book Festival!!!

Thanks to everyone -- authors and fans -- who came out to the 6th Annual AJC Decatur Book Festival!  It's truly the highlight of our year.

We have signed copies of books of many of the featured authors.  While we are out of signed Wildwood (Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis), we do have SkippyJon Jones (Judy Schachner), Pete the Cat (Eric Litwin and James Dean), A Tale of Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz), Spiderwick Chronicles (Tony DiTerlizzi), and much more.