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Updated: 2017-07-27T08:40:24.444-04:00


KidtoberFest is Friday!


This would have been the Sixth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival, but it has been expanded and turned into theFirst Annual KidtoberFest! FridayOctober 14th4:30 to 6:3oOn the Square!Little Shop of Stories has partnered with Decatur High School's German Exchange Program to bring great soda sampling, bratwurst, Bavarian pretzels, and other goodies for purchase. There will be music and games and lots of fun!Tickets, while they last, are $10 per person or $30 per family. Food will be extra. All proceeds will benefit On The Same Page, Little Shop's community-wide reading initiative, and the DHS German Exchange Program. Soda provided by the wonderful folks at Rocket Fizz, brats by our friends at Doggy Dog. Spaß und spiele provided by DHS German students.Below is the beverage list. Notice that Rocket Fizz makes its own proprietary sodas, and we'll be packing loads of other good stuff as well. Note that not all of the drinks on this list will be available at all times, but we'll do our best to accommodate special requests!Root BeersRocket Fizz Root Beer FloatRocket Fizz Judge Wapner Root BeerBrownie Carmel Root BeerOzark Mountain Root BeerFrostie Vanilla Root BeerBawls Root BeerHanks Root BeerJackson Hole SarsaparillaReading Draft Birch BeerSioux City SarsaparillaOther Great SodasFilberts GrapefruitBruce Cost Ginger AleAustralian Style Hot Ginger AleFitz’s Ginger BeerBubble UpMr. Newport Lemon-LimeAlways Ask For Avery’s Blood OrangeBig RedThomas Kemper Vanilla CreamMartian PoopDirtGrassShirley TempleStalinadeAnd the Real Good StuffIndian Wells Handcrafted Old Fashioned Special ReserveRoot BeerIndian Wells Handcrafted Old Fashioned Special ReserveVanilla Cream SodaIndian Wells Handcrafted Old Fashioned Special ReserveBlack Cherry SodaLike?All these sodas are regularly available at Rocket Fizz![...]

What Decatur Needs


Decatur has an official logo. Decatur has an official motto.A city of homes, schoolsand places of worship.You might think that these are quite bland.(Compare ours to, say, Claxton, Georgia:the Fruitcake capital of the world.)The logo and motto don't distinguish our great city from any other.Decatur has some unofficial mottos that I would regard as improvements.It’s greater in Decatur.Decatur: where Mayberry meets Berkeley.     If you have ever had a conversation with anyone from the city about the quality of the logo or the motto you quickly realize that there is no desire to change these things given all the logistical issues that would be involved.So what Decatur needs is a new symbol.A new means of signifying its identity.Decatur needs …A FLAG![...]

Why A Flag?


Why a flag? you ask.Well ...Flags can signal an identity.LBGT Rainbow FlagFlags can unite people. Flag of SingaporeFlags can be fun.from Big Bang TheoryAnd flags can be really, really cool. Flag of Perm, Russia  A poorly designed flag is none of the above. Do you recognize this flag? Probably not. It's the flag of the city of Atlanta.I don't know if I've ever seen it flying[...]

What Makes for a Good Flag?


What makes for a good flag?There is actually an organization that thinks about such things. The North American Vexillological Association is devoted to the scientific and scholarly study of flags. What appears to be their most recent survey of city flags was done in 2004 and can be found here. Their second favorite American city flag is the following:Why is this flag considered so effective? Using the five basic principles of flag design as promulgated by NAVA, Chicago's flag works because:1.  The design is simple. Anyone could draw this on a small sheet of paper within a minute and other people -- at least other Chicagoans -- would be able to recognize it.2.  It incorporates meaningful symbolism. The three white stripes represent the North, West, and South Sides of the city. The top blue stripe represents Lake Michigan and the North Branch of the Chicago River while the other signifies the South Branch and associated canals. The four distinctive six-sided stars honor four major events in the city’s history: Fort Dearborn, the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, and the Century of Progress Exposition of 1933–34. On occasion someone proposes a fifth star. IT WOULD DEFINITELY HAPPEN if the Cubs ever win another World Series.3. It uses just three basic colors. The fewer the better. NAVA's favorite city flag uses only two.Flag of Washington, D.C. 4. There is no lettering. There are no seals. Such things tend to be difficult to read, do not reduce well, and do not translate on the reverse side.5.  It's distinctive. Chicago's flag has unique six-pointed stars. While the flag is red, white, and blue, the shade of blue is distinct from that used in the American flag.If you go to Chicago you will see the city's flag.It's everywhere, such asflying besides all municipal buildings,police wear it on their sleeves,on apparel,and all kinds of other stuff.Further, folks alter the design to create all kinds of cool things.Even if some of it might be unwanted.[...]

It's Time For A Flag!!!


It's Time For A Flag!!!

There are places which have undergone efforts to change their existing flag, most notably Milwaukee (which may eventually succeed) and New Zealand (which won't). Change can be hard, even if you flag contains an image of County Stadium, home of the Milwaukee Braves!

Yes, there are people who didn't like this.
There aren't many examples out there regarding the process by which a city that never had a flag adopts one, but it did happen recently in Albany, Oregon.


If Decatur were to do this, the following would be important:

1.  Get buy in - from residents, city officials, and the local arts community;

2.  Set up a timeline - relatively short, with a goal of June 14, 2017 (that's Flag Day!) as a final deadline for adoption;

3.  Open up the design process to everyone;

4.  Use experts to narrow the selection; and

5.  Open up the final vote to all residents;

Anyone interested in this?

If so, contact

Poetry & Wine Book Group


The Poetry & Wine Book Group meets monthly, typically (but not always) on the third Friday at 7 p.m.

This is an open group. There is no need to call ahead. Just read and show up.Bring a bottle of wine (or bourbon or whatever) or a dessert of some sort to share if you wish. Folks share their favorite poems and we have truly wonderful discussions.

What we're reading:
May 13th, 2016 - Dead Man's Float by Jim Harrison

What we've read:
April 15th, 2016 - The Best American Poetry 2015, edited by Sherman Alexie


Storefront Saturday in Decatur!


This event will be held on April 23rd from noon to 5 p.m.

We'll update this post as more information becomes available.

Who's participating?

Bleu Hanger
Boutique Karma
Furry Tails
Little Shop of Stories
Natural Body
Splash of Olive
Squash Blossom
The Great Frame Up
Treehouse Kid and Craft
Tres Jolie
Trinity Mercantile & Design
Wild Oats & Billy Goats
Worthmore Jewelers

Welcoming Marcus Zusak


Marcus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, spoke in Atlanta last night at the William Bremen Jewish Heritage Museum as part of his tour celebrating the tenth anniversary of his acclaimed novel. He was introduced by Little Shop bookseller Krista Gilliam. Her remarks are included below.Good evening! I’m Krista Gilliam, a bookseller at Little Shop of Stories, an independent bookstore located in downtown Decatur.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I’d like to thank the Breman Museum for partnering with us on this event and for providing this beautiful venue.At Little Shop of Stories, we feature hundreds of events a year, and host countless authors promoting their recent books. We love being able to introduce our customers to new books and connect them with authors. But there is something extra special about tonight, because we aren’t here to learn about a new book, or to meet the author of a book that’s just recently appeared on The New York Times bestseller list. The Book Thief was published ten years ago. And somehow this room is still packed with people who have been impacted by this beautiful, haunting story. We are gathering tonight because this is a book that has changed us, inspired us, touched us. It’s a book we’ve handed to our brothers or teachers or students or friends and said. This book. You have to read this book. We are here, ten years later, because it has stayed with us. It isn’t just a story; it’s become our story.The Book Thief is a book that breaks us. Despite all of Death’s warnings and foreshadowing throughout the pages, when the bombs hit Himmel Street, it is as if they are falling on our own hearts. I found myself completely broken when I reached the end of this book. I felt raw and overwhelmed and hyper-aware of the world and my tiny place in it. And I would bet that we all had a similar response to this story. This is a book that opens us up to the suffering of others. It forces us to look directly at terrible tragedy and to sit with pain. It teaches us empathy, and makes us feel, two things that are crucial to the human experience.This is also a book that gives us hope for the future. It is about the ability to overcome brutality, and about the power of humanity, and about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. My husband and I were reminded of the hope of this book as we brainstormed names for our baby girl. We thought of all the characteristics we wanted our daughter to have--we wanted her to be brave and kind and tough and compassionate. We wanted her to be able to see beauty even in the midst of suffering. We wanted her to love books. And we remembered the girl from The Book Thief. Today, my daughter Liesel is one and half years old, and one day when she’s old enough, I will hand her a copy The Book Thief to read herself. In the book, Max and Liesel literally write their own stories, and The Book Thief reminds us of the blank pages of life ahead of us, and the chance we all have to fill them with stories of beauty and hope and purpose.I heard a quote recently by Frederick Buechner that I think sums up The Book Thief perfectly: “Here is the world. Beautiful and terrible things will happen. Don’t be afraid.”Thank you, Markus Zusak, for showing us the beauty and tragedy of the world, for sharing Liesel and Max and Rudy and Hans with us, for helping us not to be afraid, for inspiring us and changing us. We are here tonight because we love your book. Here’s to another ten years of The Book Thief. [...]

Poetry & Wine Book Group


I appreciate poetry whenever I'm exposed. It just doesn't happen often enough. (I have had more exposure to wine.)

Thus is the impetus for Little Shop of Stories' newest book group, Poetry & Wine.

(image) My hope is that the Poetry & Wine Book Group will attract a diversity of poetry lovers and the curious. I will be particularly happy if this appeals to wide variety of ages.

The first meeting will occur smack dab in the middle of National Poetry Month -- Friday, April 15th, at 7 p.m. -- and will continue to meet the third Friday evening of each month.

The first book of poetry will be The Best American Poetry 2015, edited by Sherman Alexie. (All book group books are available at Little Shop of Stories at a 15% discount for folks who plan on attending.) To state the obvious: this is a collection of contemporary American poetry. Alexie is one of my favorite writers across genres (young adult, poetry, fiction, short stories; he even has a picture book coming out in May) and he clearly made an effort to bring in a diverse group of poets. This seems to be a perfect book with which to launch a poetry group and to be able to get a feel for its direction.

(image) As for beverages, Little Shop of Stories will start this off. Bottles of red. Bottles of white. Bottles of water. Snacks. Nothing fancy, but definitely serviceable.

For the first meeting people will be invited to discuss their favorite poem from the collection. They may feel free to read that poem as well.


2016 Summer Camps!


Summer is magical! Everyone should have wondrous memories of their childhood summers and Little Shop of Stories strives to be a part of creating them. We love hosting weekly camps – most of which are book related -- and filling the shop with the extraordinary sounds of kids doing kid things. We love making books come alive, and we love spending time with your kids. Here are some things to know about our camps:· Camps run from 9am-4pm every day. We provide a morning and afternoon snack, and kids are required to bring their own lunches and water bottles.· All of our camps take place in our upstairs loft here at the shop, but we take walking field trips around the square and to Ebster pool.· All camps cost $325 with the exception of Jedi Academy which runs four days and costs $275.· Once again each of our camps will be peanut (and tree nut) free. Some of our campers have serious allergies and we feel that this is the most effective means of addressing this.And here’s some information about registration. In an effort to be fair, here are our guidelines for signing up for camp:· Camp registration begins on Saturday, February 6th at 9 a.m. Registration must be done in person by the child’s parent or legal guardian.· Our camps are extremely popular and many will fill up within the first hour or two of registration. Yes, we know it’s crazy. We just wanted to warn you. (I believe the first person in line last year arrived at about 6 a.m.)· While in line on Saturday morning, you may not save spots for your friends. No line cutters! Let’s set a good example for our kids here!· There is a $100 deposit per camp. In case of cancellation, $50 is NONREFUNDABLE. In case of cancellation within 21 days of the start of camp, the entire $100 deposit is nonrefundable.We request that all camp deposits and other payments be made with checks. While we’ll take cash and credit cards payments, checks serve to help (immensely) with record keeping.Here's the lineup for this summer!Goody for Girls! CampMay 30 - June 3 | Rising 3-5 GradersWith Sunny & KristaMaximum enrollment: 20 Cost: $325Get ready for a special week for girls only, inspired by the achievements of real women. From Amelia Earhart to Julia Child, from Coco Chanel to Alice Coachman, from Frida Kahlo to  Annette Kellerman, from Martha Graham to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women throughout history have been making waves and doing incredible things! Each day at camp, we learn about different women and their achievements, and then do activities inspired by these role models. In past years at Goody for Girls Camp we have learned to synchronized swim, visited the vet, put on talent shows, had mock trials, designed our own clothes, learned secret codes, performed choreographed dances, baked cookies, run relay races, created flower arrangements, flown paper airplanes, and started petitions.  And we promise even more excitement and fun this year! Goody for Girls Camp is full of activities, art, and adventures that celebrate everything girls can be and do, and this super-fun camp will encourage, challenge, and bring out the best in your girl. American Girl CampJune 6 - 10 | Rising 2-4 GradersWith KimberlyMaximum enrollment: 20Cost: $325From fighting for independence to farming on the frontier; from surviving the Great Depression to tie dying t-shirts; from escaping slavery to planting Victory gardens during WWII, girls throughout American history have had lives full of adventure, resourcefulness and fun.  This week we pay tribute to the olden times by playing games, doing crafts, learning history and exploring the lives of our favorite American Girls.  Please note that this camp will be identical to last year's, so if you've already taken it you might want to check out Goody for Girls [...]

To Self-Published Books and Very Small Presses


The Process for Submitting Self-Published Books to Little Shop for ConsiderationDear Self-Published Author,Congratulations on your book!In the past, we have attempted, with limited success, to devise a system whereby we would stock books by self-published authors and very small presses. After considerable thought and discussion we have revised our policies regarding such books. Please read through the following requirements, and, if your books meet our needs, we’ll be happy to pursue further steps. Little Shop book stocking criteria:  The book must be a book that is appropriate for, and marketed to, children somewhere between the ages of 0 to 18.· The book must have a spine, and the spine must contain, at a minimum, the book’s title and author.· The book must have an ISBN and a corresponding bar code.· The price of the book must be printed and must be comparatively priced to market standards. The book must be available through our distributor, Baker & Taylor. The discount price available through Baker & Taylor must be at least 40%.If your book meets these qualifications, we’d love to hear from you. Email us your contact information, a photo of the book’s cover, and a description of the book (500 word maximum) to: Please do not mail us flyers, ARCs, or other promotional materials; they are likely to get misplaced.We will contact you within 14 days. If we believe that your book might be a good fit for our store we will ask you to send us a copy of the book (along with a stamped self-addressed envelope should you want the book returned to you). We will the evaluate the book and, if we decide to purchase it, order it through Baker & Taylor. If you are an independent author and you wish to use our bookstore for an author event or book launch, please send a request to the above email. There is a fee for use of space. Again, congratulations on your book—we know how hard it is to write a book and we appreciate the work you do! Good luck with everything, and thank you for considering Little Shop of Stories as a retailer for your work.[...]

Congratulations to ALA Winners


The American Library Association announced the winners of their annual awards today. A complete list can be found here.

Special congratulations to the following:

Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery Medal for The Crossover. This was also named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Kwame was at Little Shop last April.

Cece Bell, winner of a Newbery Honor for El Deafo. Cece was most recently here in August for the Decatur Book Festival.

Jacqueline Woodson, winner of a Newbery Honor, the Coretta Scott King Author Book Winner, and a Sibert Honor Book for Brown Girl Dreaming. This book also won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature.

Dan Santat, illustrator and author of The Adventures of Beekle: Unimaginary Friend, which was awarded the Caldecott Medal. Dan was at Little Shop and the Decatur Book Festival in 2013, along with Aaron Reynolds, for Carnivores.

Jon Klassen, illustrator of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole (written by Mac Barnett), which was named a Caldecott Honor book. Jon and Mac were at Little Shop in October.

Jandy Nelson, winner of the Printz Award and a Stonewall Honor Book for I'll Give You the Sun. Jandy was here for the Decatur Book Festival in August.

Andrew Smith, winner of a Printz Honor for Grasshopper Jungle. His 100 Sideways Miles was named to the longlist for the National Book Awards. Andrew was at the Decatur Book Festival in August and will be coming to Little Shop of Stories on March 23rd at 7 p.m. for his new book, The Alex Crow.

Len Vlahos, named a Morris Award Finalist for The Scar Boys. Len was at the Decatur Book Festival in August.

Maya Van Wagenen, author of Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek which was named the winner in the ALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults category. Maya was at the Decatur Book Festival in August.

and last, but not least

Sharon Draper, who was given the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. Sharon will be at Little Shop of Stories tomorrow night (February 3rd at 7 p.m.). Her new book is Stella by Starlight.

Little Predictions


The New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahaks game that was played tonight is often referred to as the Caldecott/Newbery of football games.

Well, we at Little Shop have our own version ... we guess the winners of the Caldecott and Newbery, given out each year by the American Library Association. We put our librarian hats on, trying to think the way they might be thinking in determining these awards.

Below is our collective best guess.


There was no consensus winner here. Instead, we have a three-way tie:

The Farmer and the Clown, written and illustrated by Marla Frazee;

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; and

Three Bears In a Boat, written and illustrated by David Soman.

We're offering a fourth title as well:

Viva Frida, written and illustrated by Yuyi Morales, photography by Tim O'Meara.


The one title that was on everyone's list:

Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson -- this may become only the second book to win both the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal (Holes, by Louis Sachar, won both in 1998/1999).

And the rest of our picks:

The Fourteenth Goldfish, by Jennifer Holm;

Greenglass House, by Kate Milford ; and

Rain Reign, by Ann Martin.

We'll find out tomorrow. May the best books win!


Once again, we didn't do so well.

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole and Viva Frida won Caldecott Honors. Brown Girl Dreaming won a Newbery Honor.

All the winners can be found here (as soon as they're posted).

Here's a Totally Self-Serving Story About E-Readers


(image) This article is from the New York Times a couple of weeks ago. It asks the following question: is the time a child spends with an e-reader story time or is it screen time?


The conclusion is hardly surprising. We at Little Shop of Stories know nothing really takes the place of a book and that there are few more important ways to bond with a child than by reading a book to him or her.

Today is the Fourth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival -- Slice & Pint's Square Root Added to the Root Beer List!


How exciting is this?
Besides all the other great root beers and other interesting beverages that will be featured at today's Fourth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival, we have a late entry.

The folks over at Slice & Pint in Emory Village have submitted their own Square Root root beer, brewed in-house!

We knew that they brewed great beer there (and the pizza is awfully good as well), but I was surprised to see a few different home made root beers on their menu.

Here's their description: "Our spicy root beer with a little bit of a kick. Made with wintergreen, vanilla, fennel, cinnamon, star anise, clove, nutmeg, white and brown sugar."

It's 5 to 7 p.m. tonight!

Tickets will be available at the door.

Root beer, birch beer, sarsparilla, ginger beer, butterscotch beer, Moxie, root beer cupcakes, and a commemorative cup.
How great is this?!?!?!?!?!

P.C. and Kristin Cast Tonight!


(image) NY Times bestselling authors P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast bring Redeemed, the final book in their popular House of Night series to the Decatur Library! Please call Little Shop of Stories to pre-order your copy of Redeemed. This event is free to the public but you must purchase a book from Little Shop to enter the signing line.

Please note that this event is being co-hosted by the Georgia Center for the Book and will be held at the Decatur Library.

First come, first seated. We're expecting a good crowd!

The Blood of Olympus


(image) Thank you to all who attended Rick Riordan's event last night. It was a GREAT evening!

For those of you who could not make it, we have a very limited number of signed copies of The Blood of Olympus available for sale on a first come-first served basis starting at 10 a.m. this morning.

Copies can be purchased over the phone but, as we only have one phone line, please be patient and also recognize that it might be far quicker to stop by the shop.

A special thanks goes out to Rick Riordan and everyone at Hyperion and Disney Publishing for making last night so special.

Rick Riordan is Tonight!


Note: This is a ticketed event.
Tickets have been sold out for quite a while.

If you have tickets, we will have a will call table set up at the event.

Details can be found here.

If we have additional signed copies of The Blood of Olympus, they will go on sale at the shop on Friday morning at 10 a.m.

See you tonight!

Emory Acquired Flannery O'Connor Papers


(image) Emory University's Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library has acquired papers from the great Flannery O'Connor.

There is an article about this in this morning's New York Times. Emory had also issued a press release.

It will no doubt take a while to categorize, but scholars of O'Connor will have a trove of information at their disposal.

B.J. Novak is Appearing Tonight!


B.J. Novak will be appearing this evening at the Decatur Library at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. We're expecting a good crowd.

Mr. Novak is best known for his acting in the hit series The Office which aired from 2005 to 2013, playing the role of Ryan Howard. He also served as a writer, director, and executive producer for the series.

(image) He is currently a director and an executive producer for the Mindy Project on Fox in which he has also guest starred.

On the big screen Mr. Novak has appeared in Inglorious Bastards and Saving Mr. Banks.

Earlier this year Alfred A. Knopf published his list of short stories, One More Thing.

And last week Dial published his first picture book, The Book With No Pictures.

The event is free. You must purchase a book from us to get in the signing line.

Mr. Novak will personalize and sign as many copies of The Book With No Pictures that you purchase. He will sign one copy of One More Thing for each copy of The Book With No Pictures purchased.

Annie Barrows Author Event is Tonight!


(image) Annie Barrows, the author of the Ivy + Bean series -- one of our very favorites -- is at Little Shop of Stories tonight with her new chapter book, Magic in the Mix, the follow up to The Magic Half - the fun tale of two time traveling twins!

This event starts at 7 p.m. We hope to see you then!

Fourth Annual Decatur Root Beer Festival Details!


FOURTH ANNUALDECATUR ROOT BEER FESTIVALto benefit On The Same PageFRIDAYOCTOBER 17th5 to 7 p.m.$7 in advance ($20 for a whole family!)$8 at the door ($25 for a whole family)Tickets go on sale October 4th!We've moved this event to the Friday afternoon before theDecatur Craft Beer Festival. The Decatur square simply isn't big enough to hold both events simultaneously!Here's a rundown of this year's selections so far:Root BeersBoylan's Creamy Red Birch Beermade with pure birch oils, vanilla, natural yucca extractCapt'n Eli's Root Beermade with anise, vanilla, wintergreen oilEarp's Original SarsaparillaHippo Jumbo Root Beermade with wintergreen extractReading Draft Birch BeerReading Draft White Birch BeerVirgil's Root Beermade with anise, balsam oil, cinnamon, clove, licorice, molasses, nutmeg, oil of cassia, pimento berry oil, sweet birch extract, vanilla, wintergreen oil(these guys take their root beer very, very seriously)Make Your Own Root Beerwe supply the seltzer and the syrup, you put it together -- this was a big hit with kids last yearJust added (10/16/14)Slice and Pint's Square RootOn Draft!their spicy root beer with a little bit of a kick. Made with wintergreen, vanilla, fennel, cinnamon, star anise, clove, nutmeg, white and brown sugar.Made locally at Slice & Pint in Emory Village.Kind of Like a Root BeerMoxiemade with gentian root extract(the single most requested beverage year after year; it was tough to find, but we've got it!)Other Interesting BeveragesAvery Watermelon Soda(seriously)Cock 'n Bull Ginger BeerFlying Cauldron Butterscotch Beermade with vanilla, stevia rebaudiana leaf extractHippo Huckleberry Sodamade with huckleberry and elderberry extractEach beverage is made with cane sugar with the exception of Avery Watermelon Soda (actually, I can't find the ingredients) and Cock 'n Bull Ginger BeerEdiblesPretzel necklacesbecause you have toRoot Beer CupcakesmmmmmmRoot Beer Barrel Candiesyou can take home a momento!Non-EdiblesOne 6-ounce commemorative cupcomplete with this year's logo[...]

A Tribute to Seamus Heany: An Evening of Poetry and Song Tonight


A Tribute to Seamus Heany: An Evening of Poetry and Song is tonight at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Natasha Trethewey, Kevin Young, Tracy K. Smith, Belinda McKeon, William Corbett and other guest poets and writers will read Heaney poems as well as their own work during an evening of poetry and music with the Vega Quartet.
A detailed description of the evening's event and ticket information can be found here.

Little Shop of Stories has been given a limited number of tickets available for thise event. Tickets are free; there is a limit of two per person.

Carl Hiaasen Tonight!


(image) (image) Carl Hiaasen's new YA novel, Skink: No Surrender, was released last week to critical acclaim and he's here at the Decatur Library tonight at 7 p.m. First come, first seated. We're expecting a good crowd, so you may want to come early. The overflow room, with a video feed, will be available if necessary.

See you then!

Not That Kind of Girl


(image) Lena Dunham's memoir -- though no doubt somewhat fictionalized -- is on sale today. Not That Kind of Girl is also kind of an advice book by the creator, producer, director, writer, and star of the hit HBO series, "Girls." The book has received some awesome reviews which you can read here, here, here, and here.

(image) Not surprisingly, Ms. Dunham's book tour is not of the usual sort. It's more of a spectacular, complete with warm-up acts who had to audition via videos. Clever and effective, the 11-city tour has sold some 8,000 tickets.