SATURDAY, APRIL 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Grace Lin's Newbery Honor winning novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, a stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7-9pm | PHOENIX | BEER CHOIR | Join singers from the Grammy-winning Phoenix Chorale for craft beers and cheers. 10% of sales will be donated to the Phoenix Chorale (this includes beer sales and book sales!). Just let the cashier know you're part of Beer Choir PHX. For more info, visit PhoenixChorale.org. More »
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
1:30-3pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | WOMEN'S BREAKTHROUGH WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MARY SOJOURNER | The writing teacher and author of 29 and The Talker hosts a workshop to help participants open themselves to their deepest stories, poems, and memoirs. Open to writers of all skill levels. Cost: Purchase a copy of Mary Sojourner's The Talker ($14.95 + tax) to attend. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
2pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BONNIE APPERSON JACOBS AND TERRI MAINWARING | GRAMMY LIKES ME BEST | The local retired educators present their independently-published picture book. Grammy loves her three grandchildren! Each child often shares special alone-time with Grammy, and each child thinks Grammy likes her or him the best. The grandkids don't want to hurt their siblings' feelings, of course, so they keep this information a secret. But who does Grammy really like best? More »
3:30pm | TEMPE | MARY SOJOURNER | THE TALKER: STORIES | Arizona author Mary Sojourner shares her new story collection, which Publisher's Weekly says "grabs you with an irresistible first line that leads into a singular world in the Southwest where desperate individuals grapple with getting by day to day." "Great Blue" showcases a transformative love story gone terribly wrong when addiction rears its head. "Fat Jacks" delves into the life of a divorced father who barely makes ends meet with a night-shift job and lives for visits with his son. In "Kashmir," a teenager coping with her father's death finds an unlikely kindred spirit in a patient in the nursing home where she works to help her mother pay the bills. More »
MONDAY, APRIL 3
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | ANTHONY DOERR | ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE | Doerr visits Mesa Arts Center for the paperback launch of his Pulitzer Prize-winning international bestseller about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available in-store or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss The Queen of the Night, the mesmerizing story of Lilliet Berne, an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept into the glamour and terror of Second Empire France. She became a sensation of the Paris Opera, with every accolade but an original role—her chance at immortality. When one is offered to her, she finds the libretto is based on her deepest secret, something only four people have ever known. But who betrayed her? More »
TUESDAY, APRIL 4
7pm | TEMPE | KRISTIE MIDDLETON | MEATLESS: TRANSFORM THE WAY YOU EAT AND LIVE ONE MEAL AT A TIME | Kristie Middleton, senior director of food policy at the Humane Society of the United States, presents her book about moving to a more plant-based diet. MeatLess offers concrete reasons for reducing meat consumption—to look and feel better, have a lighter eco-footprint, or to help animals—and simple strategies, recipes, swaps, and shopping advice to help people on their way. More »
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5
6:30-8pm | TEMPE | SUSTAINABILITY CIRCLE WITH COUNCILMEMBER LAUREN KUBY | Councilmember Lauren Kuby is a champion for sustainable communities. Join her for a conversation about what's new and on the horizon for Tempe, and offer your feedback on how to make Tempe the sustainable community you want it to be! More »
THURSDAY, APRIL 6
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, April 13, 20, and 27. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | DON MIGUEL RUIZ, JR | DON MIGUEL RUIZ'S LITTLE BOOK OF WISDOM: THE ESSENTIAL TEACHINGS | The "Toltec Master of Transformation" shares his latest, a compilation of his father's—bestseller don Miguel Ruiz—wisdom collected from lectures, workshops, interviews, and father/son moments. More »
7pm | TEMPE | LAWRENCE KRAUSS | THE GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD — SO FAR: WHY ARE WE HERE? | The international bestselling author of A Universe from Nothing visits with his new book, a landmark work of scientific history that leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that "God" does play dice with the universe. In the incisive style of his popular essays for The New Yorker, Krauss celebrates the greatest intellectual adventure ever undertaken—to understand why we are here in a universe where fact is stranger than fiction. More »
FRIDAY, APRIL 7
7pm | TEMPE | AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS | LUST & WONDER: A MEMOIR | The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors presents his latest memoir, an intimate look at the driving forces in one man's life. With his unique and singular observations and his own unabashed way of detailing both the horrific and the humorous, Burroughs' Lust & Wonder is a hilariously frank memoir that his legions of fans have been waiting for. More »
SATURDAY, APRIL 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH DAN HANNA | THE POUT-POUT FISH, FAR, FAR FROM HOME | Illustrator Dan Hanna joins us in Tempe for a special storytime, reading from the latest installment in his Pout-Pout Fish series as well as drawing for the audience. More »
2-4pm | TEMPE | JIN SHIN JYUTSU: HEALING IS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS WITH DEBBIE ELMAN | Jin Shin Jyutsu instructor Debbie Elman, who worked with renowned teacher Mary Burmeister, shares simple yet powerful routines for balancing daily stresses and discomforts. She'll teach participants how to use acupressure points located along "energy pathways" in order to help facilitate the body's own healing capacity. Bring a notebook and towel/yoga mat, and dress comfortably! Cost: $20. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 10 | HAPPY PASSOVER!
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
TUESDAY, APRIL 11
7pm | TEMPE | WILLIAM REEDER | THROUGH THE VALLEY: MY CAPTIVITY IN VIETNAM | The retired Army colonel and Vietnam combat veteran shares a memoir of his time in captivity as a prisoner of war in South Vietnam. Much has been written about the experiences of pilots shot down and captured inside North Vietnam. Far less is known about POWs taken in the south—a very different and difficult ordeal. Tonight Colonel Reeder tells the unique and little known story of those who endured that southern experience and survived. PLEASE NOTE: Two of the men highlighted in the book, Dan Jones and Xanh Nguyen, live in the Phoenix area. Tonight's event will mark a special reunion of the three. More »
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | R.I.S.E. NIGHT OF NARRATIVES: REFUGEE STUDENTS SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCES | The local refugee tutoring program R.I.S.E. (Refugee Integration, Stability, and Education) presents an evening of inspiring storytelling by students and tutors. They'll share their experiences and discuss how their work has impacted the local Somali refugee community. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | PIRATE TAKEOVER TOUR | TRICIA LEVENSELLER: DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING | NICOLE CASTROMAN: BLACKSOULS | Nicole Castroman and debut novelist Tricia Levenseller visit with their latest YA pirate novels! In Daughter of the Pirate King, Levenseller blends action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic into a thrilling YA pirate tale. Castroman brings to life the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean in her vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of Blackbeard. More »
THURSDAY, APRIL 13
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ROSALYN EVES | BLOOD ROSE REBELLION | IN CONVERSATION WITH APRILYNNE PIKE | Debut novelist Rosalyn Eves joins local author Aprilynne Pike to discuss the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. More »
FRIDAY, APRIL 14
6pm | PHOENIX | MUSIC @ THE NEWTON | The Newton hosts an evening of live music with Robin Vining (Sweetbleeders / Jimmy Eat World), joined by pedal steel/ multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Jon Rauhouse Orchestra). This show celebrates Robin's newest solo CD release, "Is there Someone For Everyone?"
7pm | TEMPE | FOUR CHAMBERS PRESENTS KEVIN LICHTY | Join us for Friday Poetry featuring local poet Kevin Lichty, whose work has appeared in Green Briar Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, the Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015, and Palooka. Open reading follows. More »
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PERFORMANCE OF JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH BY JAGUAR PLAYERS | The Jaguar Players, an after school drama club for 6th-8th graders at Aprende Middle School, perform excerpts from their upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach, a musical based the Roald Dahl classic. The Jaguar Players will be performing 15 minutes worth of songs from the musical including "Right Before Your Eyes," "On Your Way Home," "Shake It Up," and "Floatin' Along." Q&A with the actors to follow. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL | Teens meet to discuss Peternelle Van Arsdale's haunting debut novel about a girl with a secret talent who must save her village from the encroaching darkness. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7pm | TEMPE | DIANA TAYLOR HART | STOPPING INJUSTICE | The local author shares the fourth novel in her independently-published Old Pueblo series. Samantha Ryan, an elementary school principal in the barrio, is back in court, only this time she's fighting for justice—for her adoptive daughters Megan and Cara—and all the children in her community. More »
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 | HAPPY EASTER!
MONDAY, APRIL 17
7pm | TEMPE | DAVID OWEN | WHERE THE WATER GOES: LIFE AND DEATH ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER |The staff writer for The New Yorker presents his new book, an eye-opening account of how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert—and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.858.9440 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
TUESDAY, APRIL 18
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY | Join Micah Corporaal, Tempe Public Library's Youth Services Librarian for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles!
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUZANNE YOUNG | THE ADJUSTMENT | The New York Times bestselling author of The Program visits with the latest installment in the popular series. Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he'd remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough. It wasn't. Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment, a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don't match the experiences, and the discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done. More »
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
7pm | TEMPE | JOSEPH SCAPELLATO IN CONVERSATION WITH MATT BELL | BIG LONESOME | Author and ASU creative writing professor Matt Bell leads a conversation with Joseph Scapellato, who shares a debut story collection hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as "Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest." Big Lonesome navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between—exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken. More »
THURSDAY, APRIL 20
7pm | PHOENIX | VIET THANH NGUYEN | THE REFUGEES | The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer visits Changing Hands Phoenix with his new short story collection The Refugees, a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. Co-presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SARAH MCLEAN | THE POWER OF ATTENTION: AWAKEN TO LOVE AND ITS UNLIMITED POTENTIAL WITH MEDITATION | The meditation teacher and bestselling author of Soul-Centered shares her latest, a thoughtful exploration into the power of attention. McLean shows readers how to direct attention toward those aspects of self and life that you most want to flourish, expand, and thrive. Each chapter offers practical ways to apply the practices of meditation and mindfulness "so that you become more intimately connected to yourself, honor your feelings and desires, and express your unique talents and gifts in the world." More »
FRIDAY, APRIL 21
7pm | PHOENIX | JILL SCHIEFELBEIN | DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION: 27 STRATEGIES TO GROW, LEAD, AND MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS | The business communication expert shares her guide to building a communication-savvy business that retains employees, secures investors, and increases your bottom line. Telling the story of your business is about more than writing grammatically correct proposals and emails or speaking to investors without using "ums" and "uhs." To get your message across, you have to find a dynamic way to reach your vast audience of stakeholders, consumers, and competitors. More »
SATURDAY, APRIL 22
4pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | ANDREW KNAPP | LET'S FIND MOMO!: A HIDE-AND-SEEK BOARD BOOK | The popular Instagram photographer behind GoFindMomo.com presents a new board book designed specifically for young readers. Perfect for the car, bedtime, or reading time together, the bright and welcoming environments of Momo's world will keep kids coming back to play with Momo again and again. More »
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE BONE WITCH | Teens meet to discuss the first book in Rin Chupeco's darkly lyrical fantasy series. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 24
6pm | TEMPE | CONVERSATION WITH TEMPE CITY COUNCILMEMBER KOLBY GRANVILLE | The Tempe City Councilmember and co-chair of the Neighborhoods and Education Committee hosts a "Community Conversation" open forum. Granville asks attendees to bring their own ideas, thoughts, and suggestions on ways to build a better Tempe. More »
TUESDAY, APRIL 25
7pm | TEMPE | WAYNE PACELLE | THE HUMANE ECONOMY: HOW INNOVATORS AND ENLIGHTENED CONSUMERS ARE TRANSFORMING THE LIVES OF ANIMALS | Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, presents his new book, exploring how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them. Though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make do matter. The Humane Economy shows us how what we do everyday as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well. Sponsored by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability More »
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26
5:30pm | PHOENIX | LESLEY STAHL | BECOMING GRANDMA | Renowned broadcast journalist Lesley Stahl presents her New York Times bestselling book about how becoming a grandmother transforms a woman's life. When Stahl became a grandmother, she was hit with a jolt of joy so intense and unexpected, she wanted to "investigate" it—as though it were a news flash. And so, using her 60 Minutes skills, she explored how grandmothering changes a woman's life, interviewing friends like Whoopi Goldberg, colleagues like Diane Sawyer (and grandfathers, including Tom Brokaw), as well as the proverbial woman next door. Along with these personal accounts, Stahl speaks with scientists and doctors about physiological changes that occur in women when they have grandchildren; anthropologists about why there are grandmothers, in evolutionary terms; and psychiatrists about the therapeutic effects of grandchildren on both grandmothers and grandfathers. In an era when baby boomers are becoming grandparents in droves and when young parents need all the help they can get raising their children, Stahl's book is a timely and affecting read that redefines a cherished relationship. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | BRANDON MULL | DRAGONWATCH | The #1 New York Times bestselling author visits with Dragonwatch, the long-awaited sequel to Fablehaven. In the hidden dragon sanctuary of Wyrmroost, Celebrant the Just, King of the Dragons, plots his revenge. He has long seen the sanctuaries as prisons, and he wants nothing more than to overthrow his captors and return the world to the Age of Dragons, when he and his kind ruled and reigned without borders. The time has come to break free and reclaim his power. No one person is capable of stopping Celebrant and his dragon horde. It will take the ancient order of Dragonwatch to gather again if there is any chance of saving the world from destruction. More »
7:30pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | EXIT WEST | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Exit West, an astonishingly visionary love story that imagines the forces that drive ordinary people from their homes into the uncertain embrace of new lands. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Exit West for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7:30pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
THURSDAY, APRIL 27
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | RYAN DALTON | THE BLACK TEMPEST | The local author of The Year of Lightning presents the second book in The Time Shift trilogy. Six months after confronting an enemy from the future, Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert have returned to their normal teenage lives. Or tried to. During the battle to save their town, a mysterious force awoke inside the twins. Time calls to them, and it's growing too strong to be ignored. When warriors from a mysterious ancient kingdom appear, they bring warnings of an unstoppable foe. As the twins uncover the truth, they realize their town is only the beginning. If the Black Tempest is not stopped here, his corruption will threaten the very course of history. More »
FRIDAY, APRIL 28
7pm | TEMPE | TRUTH TO POWER: WRITERS RESPOND TO THE RHETORIC OF HATE AND FEAR | Karen Brennan, Cynthia Hogue, Pam Uschuk, William Pitt Root, and Bill Wetzel read from Truth to Power: Writers Respond To The Rhetoric of Hate And Fear, a collection of writings by 117 American writers addressing sexism, racism, homophobia, xenophobia, equality in the workplace, corporate greed, and the assault on the natural world. Co-sponsored by the ASU Marshall Chair. More »
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 | Independent Bookstore Day
7:30pm | PHOENIX | INSIDE: A TRIBUTE TO JAZZ MASTER PAUL HORN | A CONCERT WITH GARY STROUTSOS | Celebrate an evening honoring jazz master Paul Horn. Join international world jazz flute recording artist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos as he pays homage to one of his mentors, master Jazz artist Paul Horn, who passed away at the age of 84. This once in a lifetime concert will feature Matthew Nelson on world percussion and Mark Rein'l-Bautista on acoustic bass. Cost: $15. Register at changinghands.com or 602.274.0067. More »
SUNDAY, APRIL 30
2pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | TRICIA BARR, ADAM BRAY, AND COLE HORTON | STAR WARS™: THE VISUAL ENCYCLOPEDIA | Tricia Barr, Adam Bray, and Cole Horton share their latest collaboration. Star Wars™: The Visual Encyclopedia, the ultimate illustrated guide to everything Star Wars, featuring more than 3000 characters, vehicles, droids and objects. The object-themed spreads focus down onto hundreds of topics, from Star Wars fashion and food, to vehicles and creatures. Explore a range of droids, from medical to spy droid, or discover the different snacks you can eat in the Star Wars universe. More »