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Neil Gaiman coming to Decatur’s Little Shop of Stories

UPDATE 11/17: Gaiman will be here at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. Location and details still be to determined.

Hard-to-get author Neil Gaiman is coming to Little Shop of Stories in Decatur in December.

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Gaiman in 2005.

They haven’t announced a date for the visit, but say details will appear on their Book Blog later this week. (And hey, I’ll add them here!)

The kiddie book shop that adults love to love had to win a contest to nab the literary rock star and creator of “The Sandman”,”Coraline”, “Anansi Boys” and “The Graveyard Book,” among other works.

Their charge: host a killer Halloween party, and send proof of said killer party to Harper Collins.

You read that right — the more awesome your party, they more fun comes your way. Why doesn’t the world always work like this?

As told in the Little Shop of Stories blog:

We tried our darnest to get Neil Gaiman to come to the AJC Decatur Book Festival this year.  There was an e-mail campaign.  We contacted people we knew at Harper Collins.  We begged.  We failed.

As Mr. Gaiman himself put it, when he is asked “How can I get you to come to my bookstore in Vermont/New Orleans/Florida/New Brunswick/Nevada/Alaska etc?” and I tell them I don’t know, because really I’m not going to take a couple of days off work (once you count the going and the coming back) to go and sign somewhere, no matter how nice the store and the people.”

Being the persistent people that we are, we’re trying again, particularly since Mr. Gaiman has opened a window of opportunity. “How?” you might ask.

“This is how. You have a party. In your bookshop. Better still. You have a Hallowe’en Party in your bookshop. You can have the Hallowe’en party anywhere in the month of October. And you theme it around The Graveyard Book. … Then you get your documentation off to Harper Collins fast … and they will decide who threw the best party and whose customers were the most imaginative and enthusiastic, and what was the most in the spirit of The Graveyard Book. … And a winner will be announced … Then, in December 2009, I’ll turn up on a mutually-agreed day, pens at the ready, to do a reading and an Odd and the Frost Giants signing for the winning store.”

And so, they partied, just like 38 other indie book stores. Eleven of those stores’ entries went to Gaiman, who wrote about the pain of decision-making on his blog last week.

Today, we heard the winners: Little Shop and  McNally Robinson Booksellers in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Details should come soon. I suspect the Little Shoppers are busy getting the celebration out of their systems before they can get down to the business of visit-planning.

Want to go? Little Shop of Stories. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, noon-8 p.m. Sundays. 133A E. Court Sq., Decatur. 404-373-6300, www.littleshopofstories.com.

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