WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7
7pm | PHOENIX | BARBARA K. MCNALLY | WOUNDED WARRIOR, WOUNDED WIFE | The author, physical therapist, and founder of the Barbara McNally Foundation shares her new book, a collection of true stories which provide a look into the chaotic and demanding lives of military spouses as they adjust to living with injured combat veterans. These women are thrust into caretaker roles for service members who return home with amputated limbs, brain injuries, burns, and disabilities, with virtually no support or training. Posttraumatic stress tears their families apart, and they must wrestle with huge, imposing questions: Does he still love me? Must I sacrifice my career forever? How will this affect my kids, my sex life, my happiness? Wounded Warrior, Wounded Wife reveals the innermost thoughts of women who have faced these challenges and prevailed. More »
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME |Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Thursday in Tempe.
7pm | TEMPE | JASON GRIFFITH | FROM ME TO WE | Jason Griffith, winner of the Outstanding Middle Level Educator Award from the National Council of Teachers of English, presents his book From Me to We, offering effective ways to engage students in reading and writing by teaching them narrative nonfiction. By engaging adolescents in narrative, literary, or creative nonfiction, they can cultivate a greater understanding of themselves, the world around them, and what it means to feel empathy for others. This book will guide educators to first structure a reading unit around a narrative nonfiction text, and then develop lessons and activities for students to craft their own personal essays. More »
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9
5-7pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH |Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other! More »
7pm | TEMPE | KELLI DONLEY | BASKET BABY | The local author discusses and signs her second independently-published novel, a tale of loss, grief, and the overcoming power of love. Reeling from the loss of their first baby, Macy Duncan and her husband Ben flee their grief and enter an unknown world as Ben accepts a job offer that takes them to the far reaches of Southern Bolivia. While Ben's work takes him into the dangerous politics of cocoa farmers and indigenous rights, Macy sinks deeper into a seemingly bottomless depression. Seeking to run away from it all, Macy trips over a mysterious basket left on her doorstep. A basket that begins to cry. Macy and Ben must embark on a journey to find the mother of this abandoned baby and, maybe, find the path back to each other along the way. More »
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. But be alert, in case Mr. Grinch tries to tip-toe away with your free treats while you're listening to How the Grinch Stole Christmas! More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | KISHMA ANTHONY: DYLAN'S BIG SURPRISE AT THE DOCTOR | Author Kishma Anthony presents a short reading from her book about a little boy who is nervous about getting shots and the nurse who helps him feel at ease. There will also be two games with prize offerings for little ones. More »
5:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
6-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH |Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other! More »
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11
11am-1pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME AND PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. Take a moment to visit the Grinch Story Stop Bus parked in front of the store for more snapshot opportunities and shop Grinch merchandise! More »
MONDAY, DECEMBER 12
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | MEET AND GREET SIGNING | SEBASTIAN BACH | 18 AND LIFE ON SKID ROW | The leather-lunged Skid Row singer, songwriter, and actor presents his memoir, offering lurid tales of excess and debauchery as he toured the world with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Motley Crue, Soundgarden, Pantera, Nine Inch Nails, and Guns N' Roses. Filled with backstage photos from his own personal collection, 18 And Life on Skid Row is the story of hitting it big at a young age, and of a band that broke up in its prime. It is the story of a man who achieved his wildest dreams, only to lose his family, and then his home. It is a story of perseverance, of wine, women and song, and a man who has made his life on the road and always will. More »
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 13
6pm | TEMPE | MEET AND GREET SIGNING | ANNE RICE: PRINCE LESTAT AND THE REALMS OF ATLANTIS WITH GUEST CHRISTOPHER RICE | The #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 novels presents the latest in her beloved Vampire Chronicles series, joined by her son, bestselling novelist Christopher Rice. At the novel's center: the vampire Lestat de Lioncourt, hero, leader, irresistible force, irrepressible spirit, battling (and ultimately reconciling with) a strange otherworldly form that has somehow taken possession of Lestat's undead body and soul. This ancient and mysterious power and unearthly spirit of vampire lore has all the force, history, and insidious reach of the unknowable Universe. More »
7-9:30pm | PHOENIX | CRAFTS WORKSHOP | LA CRAFTY
NOCHE WITH THE CRAFTY CHICA | ANGEL STATUE AND ANGEL PAPER DOLLS | Join "Crafty Chica" Kathy Cano-Murillo to paint your own ceramic angel with acrylics or glazes to be fired in the kiln. You'll also make a set of angel paper dolls that can be used as ornaments or paper arts, and receive a special gift! Cost: $50. Register online or 602.274.0067. More »