I’ll say it again: about 100 people waited in line for tickets to a book signing. That’s awesome!
But if you weren’t one of the lucky 500 to get a free tickets to the event, which will be held at Agnes Scott College’s Presser Hall, you have another chance on Monday. The store has 100 left that they’ll give away to those who stop by or call on Dec. 7. Newsy Detached Understatement Alert: Tickets are expected to go quickly.
More could come available if tickets reserved for the Agnes Scott crowd aren’t claimed, or if an overflow space opens up.
Gaiman doesn’t make many appearances in the Southeast (Oh, you wily understaments!) but this is a special occasion: Little Shop won a contest by holding an awesome Halloween party. Some 250 people showed up to celebrate Halloween and Gaiman’s Newbery-winning “The Graveyard Book.”
“Our staff poured their heart and soul into this party,” Little Shop co-owner Diane Capriola told me today. “When we found out, we were just in shock. We got this e-mail and we screamed for about 10 minutes.”
Of course, it has meant planning a huge event — Presser Hall seats more than 800 people — and disappointing those who can’t get tickets. Capriola’s holiday wish for customers: “Just be patient.” For those of you that tried to buy Gaiman’s books on Monday, well, Little Shop is now fully stocked.
Here’s a tremendously fun party video, featuring haunted crypts and dancing zombies, among others wonderful things:
By the way, this isn’t the only local indie shop with something to celebrate. A Cappella Books turns 20 this year and celebrates Dec. 5-6 with a lot of local authors explaining how they fell in love with books.
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.