Little Shop of Stories, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of DM)
Little Shop of Stories, Decatur GA (photo courtesy of DM)
The Decatur Writers Studio has announced its new slate of courses for writers starting later this month. Instructors include writers David Fulmer, Joshilyn Jackson, Drew Jubera and Suzanne Van Atten. (Unfortunately, Joshilyn Jackson’s course is already sold out, according to the DWS website.)
You can get more details on the available classes HERE along with a lots o’ details below.
The Decatur Writers Studio (DWS), a writing community and studio space launched this year by the AJC Decatur Book Festival, has announced its newest lineup of writing classes. Designed for both aspiring and working writers, these six-week workshops begin in January, but are enrolling students now.
An esteemed group of award-winning novelists and journalists will lead the DWS workshops this winter. Featured courses and instructors include:
Atlanta Intown reports that Charis Books is moving from Little 5 Points to South Candler Street in Decatur. In a recent letter, Elizabeth Anderson, executive director of the bookstore’s nonprofit arm Charis Circle, states…
Charis Books and Charis Circle will begin planning our move to a beautiful, freestanding Victorian house located at 184 South Candler Rd., Decatur, GA 30030, across the street from the historic Agnes Scott College campus. We will continue to be the Charis Books and Charis Circle you know and love: we will continue to be a home for independent and marginalized voices, and a popular education center for intersectional feminist justice.
She also notes that Agnes Scott College will “be making a significant investment in partnering to build this new home with Charis”.
The new location is larger than their current location and that there will be “space for daytime events, reading groups, and social gatherings, which will allow us to expand the scope of our current program offerings.”, according to Anderson’s note.
Charis is raising funds to help with the move and renovations. You can make a donation and get more information at this link.
Have you been inside the newly renovated Little Shop of Stories yet??
It’s been open to the general public for about a week and it’s pretty awesome. I took a bunch of photos this past weekend, which I’m sharing in this post.
LSOS co-owner Diane Capriola tells us “We are thrilled about this new chapter in Little Shop’s history. While our new space is still a work in progress, we are looking forward to showing it off to the community! It certainly offers something new and fun for everyone.”
She also noted that the Little Shop team is celebrating the expansion this evening. Stop by beginning at 7pm and enjoy some snacks in the expanded space and hear some live music from Decatur’s Magno.
Personally, I think the expansion checks many boxes – it gives LSOS the necessary room to expand their offerings while also providing a bit of extra room for the throngs of customers. It provides a larger street front presence. And it gives kids an awesome kid-size door between the old and new space (see pic below), which Capriola tells us was a common request by customers when the renovation was first announced.
UPDATE: In my ridiculous haste, I thought that I read that tickets went on sale today. But they actually go on sale NEXT THURSDAY at 10a. Apologies to all!
The Decatur Book Festival announces that tickets to the keynote and the “kidsnote” will become available starting at 10a next Thursday.
Also, for the planners among you, the full DBF weekend schedule is now available online HERE. Check it out!
Here are the details on those tickets…
The 2016 Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival Presented by DeKalb Medical (DBF) will release keynote event tickets to the public at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. Cassandra King Conroy, Rick Bragg and other friends and family of late Southern literary icon Pat Conroy will participate in the keynote event, titled “The Life and Works of Pat Conroy,” on Friday, Sept. 2 at 8 p.m. at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts (1700 N. Decatur Road).Tickets for the keynote event are required, free and limited to two per person. Those seeking tickets to the keynote event can obtain them by visiting the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, by calling the Arts at Emory Box Office (404.727.5050) or by visiting tickets.arts.emory.edu. Phone and online orders include a $4 processing fee. A limited number of tickets are available at A Cappella Books, Charis Books & More, Eagle Eye Books, Tall Tales Books and Little Shop of Stories.
Dave at Little Shop of Stories writes in to remind us of this author event tonight at 7:00pm at Decatur Library.
Sherman Alexie, one of the best and most diverse American writers working today, will be at the Decatur Library to introduce his newest work and first picture book, Thunder Boy Jr. Named after his father, Thunder Boy Smith Sr., the story is about a boy wanting to claim his own name. “When you talk about the Native American search for identity, it’s almost always a story of loss and pain. I wanted to write a picture book in which a kid goes on a search for identity in the context of a lovely family.”
Alexie is an acclaimed writer of poetry, short stories, literary fiction, and screenplays. He received the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, a semi-autobiographical account of growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation and attending high school off the reservation.
From the New York Times book review:
“Alexie’s expertly paced text zips along with loving interjections from the boy’s entire family, led by a precocious little sister. Morales’s richly textured art crackles with boundless energy. Somehow, in her hands the color yellow radiates with a life of its own.
“There is a crucial moment when the father recognizes his son’s struggle and concludes: “I think it’s time I gave you a new name. A name of your own.” The boy’s reaction — “My dad read my mind! My dad read my heart!” — breathes with an authentic mix of relief and exhilaration, the giddy thrill of being truly seen and understood by someone you love.
“The fitting choice for his new name (I won’t spoil it for you) cleverly allows the boy to forge a unique identity without severing ties to the past. Morales shows him standing proudly upon his father’s broad shoulders, ready to reach for new heights.
“Sometimes, to take the world by storm, all you need is the power of the right word.”
This event, in partnership with the Georgia Center for the Book, will be held at the Decatur Library. You must purchase a copy of Thunder Boy Jr. from Little Shop of Stories in order to receive a ticket to enter the signing line.
Image courtesy of the Little Shop of Stories website. Little Shop of Stories is a DM sponsor.
The Decatur Book Festival put out this release late yesterday announcing the creation of the Decatur Writers Studio…
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival (AJC DBF), the nation’s largest independent book festival, is launching the Decatur Writers Studio, a dynamic new player in Decatur’s thriving literary community whose goal is to serve both established and aspiring writers.
As the AJC DBF enters its 11th year in September, it seeks to expand upon the work it has performed in carving out a larger slice for Decatur on the Southern literary scene. AJC DBF Founding Executive Director Daren Wang, who also is the founder of the Decatur Writers Studio, said the new organization’s mission is to provide writers a place to work and grow. DWS will launch on April 1.
“The Decatur Writers Studio is a natural extension of what we’ve been doing for the past decade with the Decatur Book Festival,” Wang said. “I’m excited to be able to forge new tools for local writers to learn from and support each other.”
The Decatur Writers Studio (DWS) will offer workshop-style creative writing classes led by instructors, including some of the area’s most accomplished authors. Classes will be limited to 12 participants, unless otherwise noted. The first slate of courses will include a workshop, titled “Fiction 101: How Making Up Stories Reveals Deeper Truths,” taught by Susan Rebecca White. White is an Atlanta native and the author of three critically acclaimed novels: Bound South, A Soft Place to Land, and A Place at the Table.