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Spent Saints Memoir of Raul H. Yzaguirre Gene Machine
Brian Smith visits with his debut collection of linked stories Stella Pope Duarte shares the memoir of Raul H. Yzaguirre Bonnie Rochman talks about technology and modern reproduction
Cheech Marin Love and Friendship Hard to Grip
Counterculture legend Cheech Marin shares his memoir Whit Stillman presents his latest, a sharp comedy of manners Emil DeAndreis shares his memoir of a baseball career cut short
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Anthony Doerr: All the Light We Cannot See

OFFSITE | 7PM MONDAY, APRIL 3

Anthony Doerr
All the Light We Cannot See
The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author visits with the paperback release of his latest 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.

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure's reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum's most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure's converge. More »

LOCATION: Mesa Arts Center 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201
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Cheech Marin: Cheech Is Not My Real Name ...But Don't Call Me Chong

OFFSITE | 7PM THURSDAY, MARCH 23

Cheech Marin
Cheech is not my real name
The comedian, actor, and activist shares his memoir.

Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and, more recently, Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world. Written in Cheech's uniquely hilarious voice, this memoir will take you to new highs. More »

LOCATION: Mesa Arts Center 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201
tonight

Tom Leveen: Hellworld

TEMPE | 7PM TUESDAY, MARCH 21

Tom Leveen
Hellworld
The local author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) shares his latest YA novel about a teen struggling to discover what happened to her mother who disappeared during a ghost hunt.

Five years ago, Abby Booth's mom, cohost of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a 'haunted' cave in Arizona. Since then, Abby's life has all but fallen to pieces, most notably because of her dad's deep depression and how they've drifted further and further apart. But now, at seventeen, Abby has decided that things will change. She plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there. With the help of the cohost's son Charlie, and two of his friends, Abby sets off on a quest for answers...but when the group ends up finding, what they stumble across in that dark, primordial cave in Arizona, is nothing they could have ever imagined. Abby was investigating a possible haunting...she never expected that there could be something worse. More »

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FRIDAY, MARCH 17 & SATURDAY, MARCH 18
PHOENIX | MOVEMENT SOURCE MODERN DANCE COMPANY | "BE. HERE. NOW." | The local multi-media dance company presents seven original dances including "Shrine," a contemplative piece on the power of remembering those who have gone before, choreographed by Brad Garner, dance professor at the University of Oregon, as well as two fresh and feisty flamenco pieces choreographed by Julia Chacon, internationally renowned flamenco dancer and director/founder of Inspiracion Flamenca. Three performances: Friday, March 17 at 8pm and Saturday, March 18 at 2pm and 8pm. Cost: $12 per person. Tickets available only at movementsourcedancecompany.org  More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | THE VALIANT | Teens meet to discuss Lesley Livingston's novel about a young woman's journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.  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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19
6pm | PHOENIX | BRIAN SMITH | SPENT SAINTS | The award-winning former Phoenix New Times journalist and Beat Angels frontman visits with his debut collection of linked stories and an accompanying multimedia presentation. Smith screens eleven micro short films (one minute each) based on each of the stories in the collection, followed by live music and a reading from the book.  More »

MONDAY, MARCH 20
6:30-8pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH TOM LEVEEN PUBLISHING PITFALLS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO YOU AVOID THEM? | After almost a decade in the industry and nine novels with imprints at Random House and others, author Tom Leveen has a rap sheet of mighty highs and grievous lows. With just a little bit of warning, he could have avoided the worst parts—and so can you. In this class for writers of all genres and abilities, Tom will walk you through some of the many things no one is telling you about the publishing world. Part craft, part business, and all true, this event is in support of Tom's tenth novel, Hellworld. Bring a notepad or laptop for notes! Cost: one copy of Hellworld by Tom Leveen ($17.99 + tax). Registration and pre-payment/buy at 602.274.0067 or online.  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 carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TOM LEVEEN | HELLWORLD | The local author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) shares his latest YA novel about a teen struggling to discover what happened to her mother who disappeared during a ghost hunt. Five years ago, Abby Booth's mom, cohost of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a 'haunted' cave in Arizona. Since then, Abby's life has all but fallen to pieces. But now, at seventeen, Abby plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | LINCOLN IN THE BARDO | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, the long-awaited first novel from George Saunders, author of Tenth of December. Lincoln in the Bardo is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Lincoln in the Bardo 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 »
7pm | TEMPE | STELLA POPE DUARTE | RAUL H. YZAGUIRRE: SEATED AT THE TABLE OF POWER | The multi-award winning author shares her authorized biography of one of America's most distinguished civil rights leaders, Raul H. Yzaguirre. Stella Pope Duarte received the American Book Award in 2009. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 23
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.
7pm | TEMPE | BONNIE ROCHMAN | THE GENE MACHINE | The New York Times and Time magazine writer shares her latest, a sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions.  More »
7pm | OFFSITE | CHEECH MARIN | CHEECH IS NOT MY REAL NAME, BUT DON'T CALL ME CHONG | The comedian, actor, and activist shares his memoir. Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and, more recently, Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201.  More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 24
8-10pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE | "WE NEED TO TALK..." | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a live storytelling event featuring local storytellers Katie Johnson, Mona Qafisheh, Mare Schumacher, Stina Sieg and Kaila White. With hosts Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and Dan Hoen Hull. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available online. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 25
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING | Teens meet to discuss Tricia Levenseller's debut, full of action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic all blended into a thrilling YA pirate tale. 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.

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Nightlights

by Lorena Alvarez | Hardcover, $18.95 »
Nightlights
Nightlights is a visually stunning story about fear and imagination. Alvarez's whimsical and sometimes eerie illustrations tell the story of Sandy, and of the strange girl Morpie who takes perhaps too much interest in Sandy's art. An entirely enchanting all-ages comic.  —Amy






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