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This Week at Changing Hands | December 20 – 29

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Gayle ShanksDear Bookstore Friends,

The month of December has slipped away with nary a word from me to you, our loyal customers and friends. It's been busy at Changing Hands. Very busy, and this is a good thing. Books and gifts have been flying off the shelves, finding new homes with your friends and family, I expect. And hopefully you've found a few things to treat yourself with this holiday season. I just read an article that said that self-gifting at this time of year is healthy and wise—it keeps us sane and improves our sense of self-worth. I call it "retail therapy."

I had a very enjoyable shopping trip with two women friends last week. We decided to shop locally and started by eating at one of my favorite lunch spots, St. Francis on Camelback near Central. A few weeks earlier I had been to nearby Frances Boutique and bought lots of unusual gifts, so we skipped that store and traipsed to several antique stores on and near Seventh Avenue and Indian School Road in the Melrose District. We came across some wonderful treasures—a large metal olive basket from Turkey, outdoor candle holders for the patio, antique earrings and doorstoppers, a beautiful grate that was once a floor furnace cover and will now hang over my friend's fireplace, and on and on. We circled back to an art and antiques store on Sixteenth Street called The Bees Knees, where we found a few more things, including a wool nurses cape: navy on the outside with bright red lining. It was fun, mostly because we laughed so much and enjoyed being together. And, of course, because many of the gifts were for ourselves. More »
just announced!
CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE, PHOENIX PUBLIC LIBRARY, AND WORKMAN PRESENT
Indie Author Publishing ConferenceBURTON BARR CENTRAL LIBRARY
1221 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004


Cost for the day includes box lunch from Carly's Bistro
$125 early registration (through Jan. 21) | $135 registration (Jan. 22 - Feb. 9)

REGISTER NOW @ BIT.LY/INDIEAUTHOR »

The publishing world is transforming. Whether you choose the DIY model or follow the traditional route to bring your book to market, the INDIE AUTHOR PUBLISHING CONFERENCE offers you a place to get started, get inspired, and learn what you need to get published! One lucky person will even win an introduction to a literary agent during our PITCHAPALOOZA! More »
Kobo Mini SaleDEC. 21 - DEC. 23
Kobo Minis are $30 off!

Kobo Mini is the world's smallest and lightest full-featured eReader, so it's great for reading on the go. Complete with a no-glare natural E-Ink touchscreen, storage for up to 1,000 ebooks, and built-in WiFi, it's a full reading experience at a great value. More info »
coming soon
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
Store hours: 9am to 9pm
10am-8pm | GIFT WRAPPING | The Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue Organization wraps for donations.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21
Extended store hours: Procrastinate? Need to deck a hall? Or just looking for a warm winter's read? We can help you out—now earlier and later. We're open from 9am to 10pm Friday, December 21 and Saturday, December 22 and 9am to 9pm Sunday, December 23.
10am-1pm | GIFT WRAPPING | The Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue Organization wraps for donations.
1-5pm | GIFT WRAPPING | Grand Canyon Preparatory Academy wraps for donations.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22
Store hours: 9am to 10pm
10am-5pm | GIFT WRAPPING | The Bernese Mountain Dog Rescue Organization wraps for donations.
5:30-8:30pm | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Register and pre-pay: 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Store hours: 9am to 9pm

MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 | CHRISTMAS EVE
Holiday store hours: 8am to 7pm
10:30am-5:30pm | HANDMADE AZ | SOUTHWEST DESIGNS | Copper, brass and silver jewelry by Lo and Nancy Cavazos. More info: azswdesigns.com.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 25 | MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Store closed—enjoy the holiday!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27
7-8:30pm | WORKSHOP | CHANTING AND INNER HARMONY | Chanter, sound artist and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents a time of approaching inner quietude and developing a more harmonious self through vocal meditation and chakra sounds, exploring the voice as an instrument, mindful listening, and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. More »

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29
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. Register and pre-pay: 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.

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R. Carlos Nakai CANYON RECORDS: BUY 2, GET 1 FREE!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 -
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31


Have a native Christmas! Buy two CDs from Canyon Records at Changing Hands Bookstore and receive a third from Canyon Records' CD FREE!

Canyon RecordsCanyon Records is a music company that offers Native American music albums and Native American artists such as nine-time Grammy-nominated flutist R. Carlos Nakai.
tonight
CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE PRESENTS
Guitar MastersLISA McMANN
CRASH
7PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Lisa McMann, the bestselling author of the Wake trilogy, visits to launch Crash (hardcover, $16.99), the first book in her new supernatural teen series. More »

GET A FREE GOURMET HOT DOG!

Short Leash Hot Dogs Be one of the first 100 people to pre-order Crash from Changing Hands and you get a coupon entitling you to one FREE gourmet hot dog (a $6 value!) from The Short Leash Hot Dog Truck, which will be on-site during Lisa's event from 6-9pm. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available!

PRE-ORDER TODAY! Buy now or order at 480.730.0205 to secure your book(s), ticket(s), seat(s), and place(s) in the signing line.
Kobo is Here!
KoboJust in time for the holidays, Changing Hands now sells Kobo eReaders! We also sell a full line of Kobo accessories and, most importantly, eBooks from Kobo's catalog of 3 nearly million titles.

Click here to learn more, or register using this link to support Changing Hands with your eBook purchases.
World Book Night
APPLY TO BE A BOOK GIVER FOR WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2013!
DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013

Volunteer book givers are central to World Book Night, putting wonderful books into the hands of light or non-readers in their communities. On April 23, 2012, U.S. book givers personally handed out half a million printed books in 5,800 towns and cities across the country. And we're doing it again together this year!


Are you interested in becoming a World Book Night book giver? Click here for more info or here to begin an online application at worldbooknight.org.
staff picks
The Illustrated Doom Survival Guide
by Matt "Doomguy" Victor
The Doom Survival GuidePaperback, $20 »


"Think this is another one of those cutesy, humorous, but in the end essentially useless books about the apocalypse? Think again. This book is for those of you out there who are serious about being prepared in the event you find yourself stranded after some natural (or not-so-natural) world-altering event. Have the following concerns ever occurred to you: How to construct a temporary shelter out of the materials at hand? How to make river water safe to drink? What are the best plants or materials for emergency first aid and illness? Or perhaps you're wondering how to steer clear of hostile groups out to rob you of your supplies in the newly-lawless world? This book answers all of these concerns and more. Have it handy at all times—when the world ends, you're on the survival list."  —Em

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gifts
Dammit DollsDAMMIT DOLLS
Whenever things don't go so well, and you want to hit the wall and yell, here's a little dammit doll, that you can't do without. Just grasp it firmly by the legs, and find a place to slam it. And as you whack the stuffing out, yell "DAMMIT! DAMMIT! DAMMIT!" $14.95 each, assorted patterns and colors available.

microscopePOCKET MICROSCOPE
We all have that secret scientific curiosity sometimes, and taking a look at fine details is essential in or outside of the lab. This pocket microscope gives you sharp focus even at 30x magnification with a convenient handle too for a solid grip while doing your research. About six inches. $9.95 each, recommended for ages 6+.

Rocket BalloonsROCKET BALLOONS
These Rocket Balloons from Schylling are a great party item to get the attention of your family and friends. Inflate the balloons, then let them go and watch them zoom around. Balloon pump included. Set includes 30 multi-colored balloons and pump. $9.95 each.

Esque CandlesESQUE CANDLES
The Esque candle collection (pronounced "esk") from Northern Light Candles are created by using Northern Light's exclusive process of painting glass with shimmering swirls of gold and wax. Each candle is exquisitely fragranced with Mysteria and comes in a silk-covered gift box. $19.99 each, assorted colors, measures approx. 4 inches tall.

soapFELTED SOAP
These felted soaps from Ten Good Sheep create "art for your sink!" Handcrafted herbal olive oil soaps are wrapped in silk, bamboo, and merino wool. Soaps are dyed by hand in an assortment of bright colors. Portions of each purchase go towards donating soap to the Clean the World Foundation. $14.95 each, assorted colors.

new releases
A Possible Life The Twelve Tribes of Hattie The Darkest Minds Falling Kingdomd
A Possible Life: A Novel in Five Parts by Sebastian Faulks | $25 hardcover | From the critically acclaimed, bestselling author of Birdsong comes a new novel about love and war—five transporting stories and five unforgettable lives, linked across centuries. Buy now »

The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis | $24.95 hardcover | The newest Oprah's Book Club 2.0 selection. A debut of extraordinary distinction: Ayana Mathis tells the story of the children of the Great Migration through the trials of one unforgettable family. Buy now »

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken | $17.99 hardcover | Sixteen-year-old Ruby breaks out of a government-run "rehabilitation camp" for teens who acquired dangerous powers after surviving a virus that wiped out most American children. Buy now »

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes | $18.99 hardcover | In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects' lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined. Buy now »

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