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June 2017
Borrowed Souls Alien World Order Lily and the Octopus
Chelsea Mueller visits with the first book in her new series UFO researcher Len Kasten presents Alien World Order Steven Rowley shares the story of a man and his elderly dog
Growing a Revolution You Are Sensitive Spent Saints
Professor David Montgomery visits with Growing a Revolution Dr. Emil Faithe shares his guide You Are Sensitive! Former Beat Angels frontman presents his literary debut
Hope You Enjoy Your Happiness The Lost Letter How to Be Ultra Spiritual
Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Brinkley-Rogers shares his memoir Jillian Cantor presents her historical novel of love and survival YouTube star JP Sears shares his book How to be Ultra Spiritual
How to Meditate using Guided Imagery It's Okay to Laugh From Queens to Quantico
Marci Cagen visits with How to Meditate Using Guided Imagery Nora McInerny Purmort shares her book about mortality and resilience Local author Ahmad Daniels, M.Ed., presents his memoir
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THURSDAY, JUNE 1
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. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, June 8, 15, 22, and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. 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.

SATURDAY, JUNE 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LITTLE CRITTER | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Mercer Mayer's classic character Little Critter.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | MOLLY & PIM AND THE MILLIONS OF STARS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Martine Murray's story about mothers and daughters and magical trees. 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | CHELSEA MUELLER | BORROWED SOULS | The contemporary fantasy writer visits with the first book in her new Soul Charmer series. Renting souls is big business for the religious population of Gem City. Those looking to take part in immoral—or even illegal—activity can borrow someone else's soul, for a price, and sin without consequence. To save her troubled brother, whose mob connections have put his life in imminent danger, Callie needs a borrowed soul, but she doesn't have anywhere near the money to pay for it. The slimy Soul Charmer is willing to barter, but accepting his offer will force Callie into a dangerous world of magic. Losing her brother isn't an option. Losing her soul? Maybe. More »

SUNDAY, JUNE 4
2pm | TEMPE | PHAKYAB RINPOCHE | MEDITATION SAVED MY LIFE | Phakyab Rinpoche, abbot of Ashi Monastery in Tibet, shares his memoir which reveals the secret of the great healing powers that lie dormant within each of us. A dramatic escape from imprisonment in China left him with life-threatening injuries. American doctors gave Rinpoche a shocking choice: accept leg amputation or risk a slow, painful death. An inner voice, however, prompted him to try an unconventional cure: meditation. He began an intensive spiritual routine that included thousands of hours of meditation over three years in a small Brooklyn studio. Against all scientific logic, his injuries gradually healed. More »

MONDAY, JUNE 5
CANCELLED | 10-11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MINI MUSICIANS WITH CATHY KANITZ | The four-session Mini Musicians Class offers singing, rhythm, movement, and note learning to children in a fun and interactive way. Using recycled or upcycled instruments made from household items, guest musicians will help children ages 3-7 practice rhythm, sing songs, recognize notes and pitches, and more. Each week will offer a new theme so the learning never gets boring. Cost: $28 per child, includes four sessions (Mondays, June 5, 12, 19, and 26). More »
7pm | TEMPE | LEN KASTEN | ALIEN WORLD ORDER | UFO researcher and freelance writer Len Kasten presents his latest book, in which he allegedly exposes "the sinister alien influence in world governments, financial systems, and institutions throughout history." More »

TUESDAY, JUNE 6
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STEVEN ROWLEY | LILY AND THE OCTOPUS | The bestselling author shares the paperback edition of Lily and the Octopus, an epic adventure of the heart. This is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog. Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID MONTGOMERY | GROWING A REVOLUTION: BRINGING OUR SOIL BACK TO LIFE | University of Washington professor and MacArthur Fellow David Montgomery visits with an impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations. Cutting through standard debates about conventional and organic farming, Montgomery explores why practices based on the principles of conservation agriculture help restore soil health and fertility. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Growing a Revolution lays out a solid case for an inspiring vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all, cool the planet, and restore life to the land. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | THE HANDMAID'S TALE DISCUSSION GROUP Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale has been unsettling readers since its publication in 1985, but that discomfort grows more profound by the year. A fundamentalist theocracy takes root in the former United States, subjugating women into a lesser class and putting an end to personal freedoms. No longer permitted to read or choose their own lives, women are hierarchically categorized according to class and reproductive capacity. At its center is Offred, a "handmaiden" tasked with bearing children for her master. That this chilling work of speculative fiction would seem a work of prophecy in 2017 is unthinkable, but many argue the book is just that. Join The Arizona Republic reporter and First Draft Book Club moderator Barbara VanDenburgh for a community conversation about the literary importance of The Handmaid's Tale and its current social relevancy. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DR. EMIL FAITHE | YOU ARE SENSITIVE! HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN A WORLD THAT DOESN'T GET YOU | Holistic pharmacist and "medical medium" Dr. Emil Faithe shares his guide on how to overcome the many challenges facing the ultra-sensitive. Are you sensitive to foods, environmental toxins, and the energies of people? Do you feel as if you just don't fit in anywhere? For many, living as an ultra-sensitive has been a battle for survival since birth, and their little secret from the rest of the world. Until now. You Are Sensitive! - Second Edition teaches readers how to overcome the many challenges facing the ultra-sensitive: debilitating food allergies, digestive disorders, depression, anxiety, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, and more. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 9
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe. Tonight's event features local poet Mac McGowan followed by an open reading. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LITTLE CRITTER | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Mercer Mayer's classic character Little Critter.
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.
6:30pm | TEMPE | BRIAN SMITH | SPENT SAINTS | The former Beat Angels frontman and Phoenix New Times journalist visits with his debut story collection and an accompanying multimedia presentation. Smith screens eleven micro short films (one minute each) based on each of the interlocking stories, followed by live music from his brother Barry Smith and a reading from the book. More »

MONDAY, JUNE 12
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 »
6:30—8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 13
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | "THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL" WITH SANDRA MARINELLA | Author Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring the power of your personal stories to heal, grow, and transform your life. There will be opportunities to share your writing in a nurturing environment. Open to writers of all levels, novice to advanced. Cost: $25. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PAUL BRINKLEY-ROGERS | PLEASE ENJOY YOUR HAPPINESS | The local Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent visits with the paperback of his coming-of-age memoir, a record of his haunting love affair with a mysterious older Japanese woman in the summer of his nineteenth year. Paul was a sailor aboard the USS Shangri-La that long-ago summer when he met Kaji Yukiko in the seaport of Yokosuka. A fierce intellectual, Yukiko shared her astonishing knowledge of literature, film, and poetry with Paul and encouraged, even demanded, that he use his gifts to become the writer he is today. But theirs was not a quiet love story. When a member of the yakuza, Japan's brutal crime syndicate, attempted to kidnap Yukiko, Paul realized that there was much more to her—and to Japan in the devastating wake of World War II—than he saw at first glance. Through the searing letters that Yukiko wrote to him and Paul's vivid telling of a history made all the more powerful and poignant by the weight of time, Please Enjoy Your Happiness reaches across decades and continents, inviting us all to revisit those loves of our lives that never truly end. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 15
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH SPECIAL GUEST MICHAEL HALE | BAD MONKEY BUSINESS | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Illustrator Michael Hale joins Early Literacy Specialist Tom Leveen for a special read and draw storytime celebrating Hale's new book Bad Monkey BusinessMore »
7pm | TEMPE | JILLIAN CANTOR | THE LOST LETTER | The local author of the critically acclaimed The Hours Count and Margot shares her latest, a historical novel of love and survival inspired by real resistance workers during World War II Austria, and the mysterious love letter that connects generations of Jewish families. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 16
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | SING AND SIGN FATHER'S DAY STORYTIME | Early Childhood Education Specialist Mischel Powell will lead parents and toddlers in a song-heavy baby-sign instruction class themed for Father's Day. Toddlers (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, activities to promote movement, rhymes, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a lively session dedicated to active toddlers. Toddlers and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow communication skills and speed up language development. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JP SEARS | HOW TO BE ULTRA SPIRITUAL: 12 1/2 STEPS TO SPIRITUAL SUPERIORITY | Healing coach and YouTube star JP Sears visits with his ultra-spiritual literary debut. In case you haven't noticed, the New Age has become the Old Age. But don't recycle your crystals just yet! Sears is ushering in the even Newer Age, blinding us with the dawn-like brilliance that is Ultra Spirituality. With How to Be Ultra Spiritual, His Enlightenedness brings the heart and soul of ancient spirituality back to life with a progressive aggression, replacing the diluted uselessness of modern spirituality with the waaay more spiritual wisdom of Ultra Spirituality. See if you can keep up . . . More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | A FACE LIKE GLASS | Teens meet to discuss the latest from prize-winning author Frances Hardinge. 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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 18 | HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

MONDAY, JUNE 19
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 carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, JUNE 20
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MICAH | Storyteller Micah from the Tempe Public Library joins us for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »
7pm | TEMPE | LECTURE WITH ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION V. DONALD J. TRUMP" | Attorney Robert McWhirter, an award-winning author and Bill of Rights expert, leads a discussion on The Constitution v. Donald J. Trump. As President Trump claims to "make America great again," he finds himself bumping up against the greatest charter of government on earth: The United States Constitution. This continues as his presidency progresses beyond the first hundred days, showing no sign of abating. This presentation and question-and-answer session looks at what the United States Constitution really says about what Donald Trump wants to do. Copies of McWhirter's book Bills, Quills, and Stills will be available at the event. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | "WRITE NOW: JUMPSTART YOUR SUMMER" WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | In this one-night workshop, New Times editor Amy Silverman and widely published freelance writer Deborah Sussman offer tips and tricks to get you started on a summer writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion meant to help you figure out your next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?), this workshop will help you figure out your next step—or at least have fun trying. Cost: $30. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 23
6pm-11pm | PHOENIX | CRAFT RAVE | Changing Hands hosts five non-stop hours of crafting, featuring one-on-one instruction from Arizona artisans. Enjoy music, hourly raffle giveaways, and refreshments at our very own First Draft Book Bar and our neighbor, Southern Rail Restaurant. Admission: $5 per person, includes entry to win a fabulous gift basket. Register at the door, at 602.274.0067, or online. Once inside, buy any number of $5 tickets at the ticketing table and exchange a set number of tickets (varies by craft) to participate in a crafter's hands-on project. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | OFF THE CUFF COMEDY IMPROV SHOW | The local comedy troupe visits to perform an interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? More »
 

 
SATURDAY, JUNE 24
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MICHAEL HALE | BAD MONKEY BUSINESS | Local author and illustrator Michael Hale stops by for a storytime presentation with his new picture book. This illustrated story, told in rhyme, is a humorous tale about an unsuspecting woman and a monkey on a mission. It's a rainy, rainy day and Mrs. McGoody is about to have a cup of tea when she finds a wet little monkey on her doorstep. And he means business. Can she stop the monkey from ruining her clean house or is there something else going on that she does not understand? More »
10am-5pm | PHOENIX | EMANCIPATION MARATHON | Storytellers continue a 20-year literary tradition of commemoration of the victims of American Chattel Slavery. Volunteers read historic and contemporary pieces about slavery—the laws, the definition, and the legacy it left behind. More »
3pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | FLAME IN THE MIST | Teens meet to discuss the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Wrath and the Dawn, an action-packed YA adventure set against the backdrop of Feudal Japan where Mulan meets Throne of GlassMore »
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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 25
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | PURIFYING CHANTS AND MEDICINE MELODIES | Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts a workshop utilizing purifying chants from many world cultures, helping attendees develop a repertoire and deepen their own practice of chant. Create your own medicine melodies to aid in your healing journey! No previous singing experience necessary, just the desire to sound your own voice. Cost: $20. Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205. More »

TUESDAY, JUNE 27
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | SOCIAL SAVVY: MASTERING SOCIAL MEDIA
FOR STARTUPS, ENTREPRENEURS, AND SMALL BUSINESSES | With World Social Media Day coming up on June 30, now is the perfect time to be rethinking your strategy. Social media has a proven value for businesses, but with limited resources in a constantly changing landscape, it can be challenging to use it effectively (if at all). Your application of social media, though, is vital to forging relationships with current customers and networking to new ones. Join us for a collective conversation on social media with a panel of experts who use it for business every day. We'll share ideas, tips, and best practices, and explore which platforms are best for which content, how to use different platforms strategically, and how to organize a plan or schedule. Cost: $5. Registration and pre-payment at 602.274.0067. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RICHELLE MEAD | MIDNIGHT JEWEL | The #1 international bestselling author presents the latest installment of the Glittering Court series about three girls on a quest for freedom and true love. Mira is not like the other Glittering Court girls. She is a war refugee, cast out of her home country and thrust into another, where she has learned to fight against the many injustices around her. In the new world, she plans to earn off her marriage contract price, and finally be free. Mira pitches herself as an asset to one of the passengers on board the ship: the sardonic and aloof Grant Elliot, whom she's discovered is a spy for the prestigious McGraw Agency—and her ticket to buying her freedom. His cover blown, Grant has little choice but to take her on. Mira applies herself by day, learning the etiquette and customs that will help to earn her anonymity. By night, she dons a mask and slips into the city, fighting injustice and corruption on her own terms. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | SPOILS | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Spoils by Brian Van Reet, a novel that maps the blurred lines between good and bad, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Spoils for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
 
 
THURSDAY, JUNE 29
7pm | PHOENIX | NORA MCINERNY PURMORT | IT'S OKAY TO LAUGH | The Gracie award-winning host of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast shares her book documenting her husband Aaron's cancer journey with a new twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It's a love letter to life, in all its messy glory. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARCI CAGEN | HOW TO MEDITATE USING GUIDED IMAGERY | Bestselling local author, teacher, and spiritual guide Marci Cagen shares some of the simple techniques outlined in her new book. Through a series of meditations, visualizations, and hands-on exercises, Marci will guide you through a step-by-step process that will help you transform stress and anxiety into deep peace and relaxation. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 30
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | SING AND SIGN CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY STORYTIME | Early Childhood Education Specialist Mischel Powell will lead parents and toddlers in a song-heavy baby-sign instruction class themed for Independence Day. Toddlers (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy interactive stories, activities to promote movement, rhymes, songs and games that encourage emerging language skills in a lively session dedicated to active toddlers. Toddlers and caregivers also are introduced to Baby Sign Language, a wonderful way to grow communication skills and speed up language development. More »
7pm | TEMPE | AHMAD DANIELS, M.ED. | FROM QUEENS TO QUANTICO: A UNITED STATES MARINE'S STORY | The local author and life coach presents his memoir, tracing a period during which then PFC George Daniels (now Ahmad) experienced deep conflict between his military duty as a Marine and his budding knowledge of what it is to be black in America. Daniels joined the Marine Corps in 1966. Less than six months after his enlistment he would, while in his Marine Corps uniform, encounter racial discrimination from an all-white congregation off base in Millington, TN. Disillusioned, he began to question why blacks should fight in Vietnam for rights denied here in the USA? The answers were not pretty. More »
 
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June’s Pick:
Spoils by Brian Van Reet

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Spoils by Brian Van Reet, a novel that maps the blurred lines between good and bad, soldier and civilian, victor and vanquished.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Spoils for 20% OFF. Then join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) to discuss and enjoy HAPPY HOUR prices all through the event! More »

SpoilsABOUT THE BOOK | It is April 2003. American forces have taken Baghdad and are now charged with winning hearts and minds. But this vital tipping point is barely recognized for what it is, as a series of miscalculations and blunders fuels an already-simmering insurgency intent on making Iraq the next graveyard of empires.

In dazzling and propulsive prose, Brian Van Reet explores the lives on both sides of the battle lines: Cassandra, a nineteen-year-old gunner on an American Humvee who is captured during a deadly firefight and awakens in a prison cell; Abu Al-Hool, a lifelong mujahedeen beset by a simmering crisis of conscience as he struggles against enemies from without and within, including the new wave of far more radicalized jihadists; and Specialist Sleed, a tank crewman who goes along with a "victimless" crime, the consequences of which are more awful than any he could have imagined.

Depicting a war spinning rapidly out of control, destined to become a modern classic, Spoils is an unsparing and morally complex novel that chronicles the achingly human cost of combat. More »


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The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.

by Neal Stephenson, Nicole Galland | Hardcover, $35.00 »

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. "Melisande Stokes is a junior professor of languages and linguistics at Harvard University. It is there that she runs into one Tristan Lyons, an agent of a "shadowy government entity" (his words). The agency is D.O.D.O. - the Department of Diachronic Operations and their goal is to bring magic back - yes, back. Apparently, it stopped working following the 1851 Great Exhibition at The Crystal Palace in London. The infusion of Galland's warmth and realism into Stephenson's complex, technical, and imaginative writing create a story and that pulls the reader in and doesn't let go until the last page."  —Scott

 

Felix Yz

by Lisa Bunker | Hardcover, $16.99 »

Often I Am Happy "This is a funny and sad book written in a journal format. Reading it, I immediately felt like the main character, Felix, was writing all of his thoughts down just for me. Felix's journey is both difficult, unusual (how could it not be, being fused with a fourth dimensional alien?), and relatable all at the same time. I truly loved the way Felix chronicles his journey with his unique and quirky sense of humor. Though this book has science fiction elements it is really a tale of self-discovery and the difficulties of finding your place in the world."  —Eric

 

The Parthenon Bomber

by Christos Chrissopoulos | Hardcover, $17.99 »

All the Birds in the Sky "At a time in our world where the concept of nationalism is so profound, this short work dives headlong into a nation's psyche. What exactly would happen if a national landmark was destroyed...following on a World War II plan to destroy the Acropolis, a young man decades later carries out the plan. In only 96 pages, Chrissopoulos manages to thoroughly examine what happens when national identity is threatened and how a population comes to terms with the loss."  —Scott

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