It’s Literally Wednesday: Wonk Edition

During May and June of last year Little Shop of Stories replaced the majority of its light bulbs. Incandescent spotlights were switched out for LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes). There is a Decatur Metro post about this here. Working with the wonderful folks at Intown Ace Hardware, Little Shop invested over $1,000 with the hope of recouping costs within a year.

Actually, the LEDs paid for themselves in electricity savings alone in less than six months. Georgia Power bills were reduced by an amazing 23%. Only one bulb (out of over 80) has burned out.

Less electricity, better quality light, quick return on investment — a win/win/win situation!

This Week

Anna Quindlen, author of Still Life With Bread Crumbs (to be interviewed by Atlanta’s own award-winning author Melissa Faye Greene) Thursday, March 13th at 7pm, Carter Center Library, tickets are available here.

Sarah Mlynowski, author of Don’t Even Think About It, Friday, March 14th at 7pm, Little Shop of Stories, free.

WABE producer Kate Sweeney, author of American Afterlife: Encounters in the Customs of Mourning, Friday, March 14th at 7:30pm, Manuel’s Tavern, free.

2 thoughts on “It’s Literally Wednesday: Wonk Edition”


  1. Thanks for sharing the info about LSOS’s bulb success. That kind of stuff is always interesting to read about, to me anyway. Speaking of sharing info, does LSOS have an in-store bestsellers list? It’d be interesting to see what’s popular in Decatur, with maybe a separate list for the adult books.

  2. Little Shop is a New York Times reporting bookstore and thus compiles a list of best sellers each week. The Shop’s list largely mirrors that of the Times’ children’s lists, though some authors have a huge local following but are less popular nationally. (Tom Angleberger, author of the Origami Yoda series immediately comes to mind as his newest, Princess Lablemaker to the Rescue, just came out.)

    On the other hand, Little Shop does not carry most big adult best sellers. Literary fiction sells best (Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch is hard to keep in stock). Nonfiction sales are totally random, but probably lean toward the wonkish side. I’m guessing that Walter Isaacson’s superb biography of Steve Jobs has been the all-time best seller.

    DM has suggested that this might make an interesting post; perhaps next week.

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