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100 more Neil Gaiman-in-Decatur tickets available Dec. 7

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Inside Little Shop of Stories in Decatur last holiday season. It's busier this year -- an upcoming appearance by author Neil Gaiman helps, too. AJC file photo

When Little Shop of Stories in downtown Decatur opened its doors on Monday, there was a line 100 deep for tickets to author Neil Gaiman’s Dec. 14 book signing.

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,

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December 9th, 2009
3:50 am

I was one of those 100 waiting outside that first Monday. I met Neil Gaiman here twice before, but it has a very long time. I saw him at a small bookstore on Cheshire Bridge road back in 1999 and then the following year at DragonCon. I’ve been a huge fan of his since I read his Black Orchid comic in the late 80’s. That signing in 99 was really great and drew a small intimate crowd. I see the word has gotten out over the years as to how great of a writer he is. Thanks for Little Shop for making this happen.