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This Week at Changing Hands | August 9 - 18

This Week at Changing Hands
Jenny Lawson
8/11 | Internet star and Twitter phenomenon Jenny Lawson, a.k.a. "The Bloggess," visits with her #1 bestselling debut
 
J.A. Giunta and Sharon Skinner First Friday Poetry Summer Award Party
8/9 | Locally-grown fantasy with J.A. Giunta and Sharon Skinner
 
8/10 | Free screening of Vegucated with Vegan Arizona
 
8/11 | Give Me Summer! Give Me Books! Summer Reward Party
Meghan McCain Rafe Sagarin Dr. Kiera Lane
8/13 | Meet Meghan McCain with America, You Sexy Bitch
 
8/14 | Rafe Sagarin looks at the natural science of security
 
8/15 | Dr. Kiera Lane on natural approaches to treating pain
 
Retha Warnicke Jess Walter Phoenix Zoo
8/16 | Discussion with ASU History Professor Retha Warnicke
 
8/17 | National Book Award nominee Jess Walter: Beautiful Ruins
 
8/18 | Discover animal habitats with Phoenix Zoo Animal Tails!
 
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Brown Bag Red Star Sale
Brown Bag Red Star Sale
AUGUST 1 THROUGH AUGUST 31
OR WHILE SUPPLIES LAST
BROWN BAG RED STAR SALE

For a limited time, increase the savings you've enjoyed from our $2 Red Star books by bagging 'em up! Fill a brown bag with Red Star books and get the entire bag for $10. More info »
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Changing Hands presents
JENNY LAWSON
A.K.A. "THE BLOGGESS"
LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED
Jenny Lawson7PM SAT, AUG. 11

Internet star and Twitter phenomenon Jenny Lawson, aka "The Bloggess," visits with her #1 New York Times bestselling debut Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (hardcover, $25.95). More »

Let's Pretend This Never Happened PRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your book(s), ticket(s), and place in the signing line.

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped almost anywhere!
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Changing Hands presents
MEGHAN MCCAIN
AMERICA, YOU SEXY BITCH
Meghan McCain7PM MON, AUG. 13

Writer and blogger Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona senator John McCain, presents her new book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom (hardcover, $26). More »

America, You Sexy Bitch PRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your book(s), ticket(s), and place in the signing line.

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped almost anywhere!
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Changing Hands presents
Jess WalterJESS WALTER
BEAUTIFUL RUINS
7PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 17

National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award-winning author Jess Walter visits with his New York Times bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. More »

Indie Next ListIt's the Arizona Republic's August "Republic Recommends" selection, which means it's 25% OFF all month!

Beautiful Ruins
PRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your copy of Beautiful Ruins (hardcover, $19.49).

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped almost anywhere!
sneak peek
Susan Goudy Shannon Hale Marie Manuchehri
7PM MON AUG 20
SUSAN GOUDY
7PM WED AUG 22
SHANNON HALE
7PM FRI AUG 24
MARIE MANUCHEHRI
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Changing Hands presents
MO WILLEMS
GOLDILOCKS AND THE THREE Mo WillemsDINOSAURS
6PM WED, SEPT. 12

Three-time Caldecott Honor-winning picture book creator Mo Willems presents Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs (hardcover, $17.99). More »

"Mo Willems is to our era what Margaret Wise Brown was a half century ago... Like Brown, Willems has his finger on the pulse of what interests children most. His books are simple, not simplistic; they are clever, witty, various, and surprising."
Boston Globe

Goldilocks and hte Three DinosaursPRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your book(s), ticket(s), and place in the signing line.

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped almost anywhere!
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CHANGING HANDS & THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC PRESENT
A SPECIAL LIVE INTERVIEW, Q & A, AND BOOKSIGNING

Damien EcholsDAMIEN ECHOLS
LIFE AFTER DEATH
7PM MON, SEP. 24

Former death row inmate Damien Echols discusses his memoir, Life After Death (hardcover, $26.95), with the Arizona Republic's Richard Ruelas.

In 1993, eighteen-year-old Echols was sentenced to death and convicted for the gruesome murders of three eight-year-old boys in West Memphis, Arkansas along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. The teenagers came to be known as the "West Memphis Three," and their alleged crime the "Robin Hood Hills Murders." More »

PRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your book(s), ticket(s), and place in the signing line.

CAN'T MAKE IT? If you'd like a signed book from any of our author events, please call us at 480.730.0205 to pre-pay and we'll have one or more copies signed and reserved for you or shipped almost anywhere!

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
7pm | AN EVENING OF LOCALLY-GROWN FANTASY | J.A. GIUNTA: THE MISTS OF FAERON | SHARON SKINNER: THE HEALERS'S LEGACY | Local authors J.A. Giunta and Sharon Skinner visit with their fantasy novels The Mist of Faeron: Book Two of The Ascension and The Healer's Legacy. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
6:30pm | MOVIE SCREENING | VEGUCATED | Changing Hands and Vegan Arizona present a free screening of the documentary Vegucated. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
10am | FAMILY EVENT | PUPPET STORYTIME | Enjoy stories and crafts with educator and storyteller Alana.
2pm | FAMILY EVENT | GIVE ME SUMMER! GIVE ME BOOKS! AWARD PARTY | You've been busy reading all summer, so now it's time we hold up our end of the deal. Today, bring back your completed summer reading bookmark filled out with your name and school to collect your coupon and enjoy the festivities. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration and pre-payment: 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | JENNY LAWSON, A.K.A. "THE BLOGGESS" | LET'S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED | Internet star and Twitter phenomenon Jenny Lawson, aka "The Bloggess," visits with her #1 New York Times bestselling debut Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. More »

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
1-2pm | SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS | Basic sign language class taught by Cindy Ashcraft, a teacher of hearing impaired children. Classes are held every second and fourth Sunday and cover basic vocabulary and conversation. This is the first class in a eight-week series, although each class can stand alone. Open for children, teens, and adults. More info: Cindy at 480.472.5528.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13
7pm | MEGHAN MCCAIN | AMERICA, YOU SEXY BITCH | Writer and blogger Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona senator John McCain, presents her new book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom. More »
7-8:30pm | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your original poems once a month with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
7pm | RAFE SAGARIN | LEARNING FROM THE OCTOPUS | University of Arizona marine ecologist Rafe Sagarin presents his book Learning from the Octopus: How Secrets from Nature Can Help Us Fight Terrorist Attacks, Natural Disasters, and Disease. More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
7pm | DISCUSSION | DR. KIERA LANE | NATURAL ALTERNATIVES TO TREATING PAIN | Naturopathic Medical Doctor and acupuncturist Dr. Kiera Lane discusses and shares a variety of integrative and natural approaches to treating pain. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
7pm | RETHA WARNICKE | WICKED WOMEN OF TUDOR ENGLAND | ASU history professor Retha Warnicke presents her book Wicked Women of Tudor England: Queens, Aristocrats, Commoners, which is part of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies' popular series "Fearless Females: The Audacious and Feisty Women of the Middle Ages." More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
7pm | JESS WALTER | BEAUTIFUL RUINS | National Book Award finalist and Edgar Award-winning author Jess Walter visits with his New York Times bestselling novel Beautiful Ruins. It's the Arizona Republic's current "Republic Recommends" selection, which means it's 25% OFF all month! More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
10am | FAMILY EVENT | PHOENIX ZOO ANIMAL TAILS | Forest, desert, grasslands, and more—the world is full of diverse animal habitats! As we read You Will Be My Friend by Peter Brown, we will discover how animals live in many different places. More »
5:30-8:30pm | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | Tarot reader James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration and pre-payment: 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.

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Summer Reading Program
NOW THROUGH AUGUST 31
SUMMER READING PROGRAM
KIDS CAN WIN A $50 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

We're proud to announce a brand-new summer reading program for young readers going into grades K-8!

HOW TO GET STARTED: Come in to Changing Hands to pick up a summer reading bookmark for your grade level. You'll use it to track which books you've read — three from our recommended list for your grade level and three of your own chosing — and then turn it back in to us before August 31 for your reward. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
2pm | END OF SUMMER PARTY | You can also bring in your filled out bookmark to our End of Summer Party on August 11 to collect your coupon. There, we'll also announce four lucky GRAND PRIZE winners, one per grade group, who get a $50 gift card. More »
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staff picks
Billy Lynn's Long Halftime WalkOpium Fiend: A 21st Century Slave to a 19th Century Addition
by Steven Martin

Hardcover, $26 » or Ebook, $12.99 »

Opium Fiend opens with one of the most harrowing chapters you're likely to read this year: a graphic description of Steven Martin's attempt to kick his thirty-pipe-a-day opium habit cold turkey. I challenge you to read it and not feel compelled to continue. Martin, the world's foremost authority on opium antiques, goes on to detail how his compulsion to collect the accoutrements of this once pervasive drug—pure chandu, not lesser and, in Martin's view, more barbaric opiates like heroin—led to his nearly lethal detox attempt, from which he was rescued by Jean Cocteau's advice from 1930: "Do not persist. If you delay too long, you will no longer be able to take your equipment and roll your pipe. Smoke. Your body is waiting only for a sign." It wouldn't be Martin's last relapse. Along the way we learn much about the British Opium Wars, opium in nineteenth-century America, opium eradication efforts worldwide, and Martin's single-minded passion as a collector, which allowed him to assemble one of the most exquisite collections of opium accessories in the world. In some ways it's easy to romanticize the exotic world Martin conjures for us. But looming over his tale of travel, adventure, lavish opium dens, and paraphernalia of ivory, hammered silver, jade, and precious gems, is the stark reality of addiction, social isolation, and a yearning for an idealized past that slowly morphs into a hellish present. Also recommended: Martin's first book, The Art of Opium Antiques.  —Brandon

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gifts
Modern Art BoxSECRET MODERN ART BOX
Not just anyone can open this modern little trinket... unless they know the correct way to manipulate the box. Just slide both sides forward and the lid opens. The box is felt-lined and handcrafted in Poland by Enchanted World of Boxes. A perfect gift for the puzzle lover in your life. $34.95 each, measures approx. 6" x 5" x 2½".

VaseGEODESIC WIRE ASTRAL VASE
This clever wire flower holder hides its function in its unique structure. Wire is welded and polished into a modified vase. It's easy to create a dramatic display with just one or two stems. A small glass container, hidden in plain view, at the bottom holds water. A latched fixture on the bottom makes for easy cleaning. Note that the hidden glass water container is small, so water should be refreshed daily. $18 each, measures 10" tall and 4" diameter.
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new releases
Dog Stars In the Shadow of the Banyan Gravity's Engines Nevermore
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller | $24.95 hardcover, $11.99 ebook | A pilot survives a flu that kills everyone he knows. When a random transmission beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him. He follows the static voice on the radio, but what he encounters is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for. Buy now: print » or ebook »

In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner | $25 hardcover, $11.99 ebook | Told from the tender perspective of a young girl who comes of age amid the Cambodian killing fields, this searing first novel—based on the author's personal story—is one of survival, endurance, and forced exodus. Buy now: print » or ebook »

Gravity's Engines: How Bubble-Blowing Black Holes Rule Galaxies, Stars, and Life in the Cosmos by Caleb Scharf | $26 hardcover, $12.99 ebook | Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, raves "Caleb Scharf deftly tells you all you wanted to know about Black Holes, as well as all you never knew you wanted to know. By the end of the book your conclusion will surely match mine: Black holes are terrifying yet awesome constituents of the cosmos." Buy now: print » or ebook »

Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure by James Patterson | $17.99 hardcover, $9.99 ebook | One last chance...for Max, Fang, and Dylan...before it all ends. Are you ready for the final chapter? Are you ready for the ultimate flight? Because THIS IS IT. One last incredible, explosive adventure with an astonishing ending that no one could have seen coming. Buy now: print » or ebook »
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