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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.
7pm | TEMPE | SARAH VIREN (MINE: ESSAYS) AND VENITA BLACKBURN (BLACK JESUS AND OTHER SUPERHEROES) | Local authors Sarah Viren and Venita Blackburn present their collections of essays and stories. In Mine, Sarah Viren examines the borderlands of ownership and loss. The book begins with an essay about being given a man's furniture while he's on trial for murder and follows with essays that question corporeal, familial, and intellectual forms of ownership as well. What does it mean to believe that a hand, or a child, or a country, or a story belongs to you? What happens if you realize you're wrong? Mining her own life and those of others, Viren considers the contingencies of ownership alongside the realities of loss in this debut essay collection. Winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes chronicles ordinary people achieving vivid extrasensory perception while under extreme pain. The stories tumble into a universe of the jaded and the hopeful, in which men and women burdened with unwieldy and undesirable superhuman abilities are nonetheless resilient in subtle and startling ways. More »

7-9pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | HOME | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org February 24 through March 17 to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn from the Electronic Hat and posted the weekend before on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show on March 23. Ten tellers will then have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Home." Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story, with the most points at the end of the show receiving a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | KRISTINE GODINEZ | YOU CAN LEAD A HORSE TO WATER BUT YOU CAN'T MAKE 'EM CHA-CHA | Licensed Professional Counselor Kris Godinez delves into the psychology of domestic violence and emotional abuse in her independently published book You Can Lead A Horse to Water, But You Can't Make 'Em Cha Cha. Included is a collection of dialogues between the author in her role as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and clients (with the names and identifying characteristics changed). These fly-on-the-wall experiences include not only what Kris says to clients, but what she is thinking as clients share experiences of abusing or being abused. In between, Kris offers advice and tips on how to get out and stay out of an abusive relationship. Each vignette highlights a different scenario or element in an abusive relationship, including the type of abuse (physical or emotional), who is doing the abusing (spouse, parent, grandparent, or friend), and the underlying psychological illness of the abuser (Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Anti-Social Personality Disorder, etc.). 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.

2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | CHANTING, DEEP RELAXATION AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION | Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Sound artist, chantress, and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents an afternoon of attention to the breath, deep listening, exploring the voice as an instrument, vocal meditation (connecting with the sound between the sounds), and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | HANIF ABDURRAQIB | THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US | The poet, essayist, and cultural critic visits with his latest collection of essays. In an age of confusion, fear, and loss, Hanif Abdurraqib's is a voice that matters. Whether he's attending a Bruce Springsteen concert the day after visiting Michael Brown's grave, or discussing public displays of affection at a Carly Rae Jepsen show, he writes with a poignancy and magnetism that resonates. In the wake of the nightclub attacks in Paris, he recalls how he sought refuge as a teenager in music, at shows, and wonders whether the next generation of young Muslims will not be afforded that opportunity now. While discussing the everyday threat to the lives of Black Americans, Abdurraqib recounts the first time he was ordered to the ground by police officers: for attempting to enter his own car. In essays that have been published by the New York Times, MTV, and Pitchfork, among others—along with original, previously unreleased essays—Abdurraqib uses music and culture as a lens through which to view our world, so that we might better understand ourselves. More »

7pm | TEMPE | ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ | LOADED: A DISARMING HISTORY OF THE SECOND AMENDMENT | Dunbar-Ortiz shares her latest, a meticulously researched book for anyone interested in understanding the historical connections between racism and gun violence in the United States. America loves guns. From Daniel Boone and Jesse James to the NRA and Seal Team 6, gun culture has colored the lore, shaped the law, and protected the market that arms the nation. In Loaded, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz peels away the myths of gun culture to expose the true historical origins of the Second Amendment, revealing the racial undercurrents connecting the earliest Anglo settlers with contemporary gun proliferation, modern-day policing, and the consolidation of influence of armed white nationalists. From the enslavement of Blacks and the conquest of Native America, to the arsenal of institutions that constitute the "gun lobby," Loaded presents a people's history of the Second Amendment, as seen through the lens of those who have been most targeted by guns: people of color. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | FRESHWATER | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Akwaeke Emezi's Freshwater, a raw and extraordinary debut exploring the metaphysics of identity and being, plunging the reader into the mysteries of self. Ada has always been unusual. As an infant in southern Nigeria, she is a source of deep concern to her family. Her parents successfully prayed her into existence, but something must have gone awry, as the young Ada becomes a troubled child, prone to violent fits of anger and grief. But Ada turns out to be more than just volatile. Born "with one foot on the other side," she begins to develop separate selves. When Ada travels to America for college, a traumatic event crystallizes the selves into something more powerful. As Ada fades into the background of her own mind and these alter selves—now protective, now hedonistic—move into control, Ada's life spirals in a dangerous direction. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Freshwater for 20% off, then meet 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 | ELIZABETH SMART | WHERE THERE'S HOPE | New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Smart shares her second book. In her fearless memoir, My Story—the basis of the Lifetime Original movie I Am Elizabeth Smart—Elizabeth detailed, for the first time, the horror behind the headlines of her abduction by religious fanatic Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. Since then, she's married, become a mother, and traveled the world as the president of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, sharing her story with the intent of helping others along the way. Over and over, Elizabeth is asked the same question: How do you find the hope to go on? In this book, Elizabeth returns to the horrific experiences she endured, and the hard-won lessons she learned, to provide answers. She also calls upon others who have dealt with adversity—victims of violence, disease, war, and loss—to explore the pathways toward hope. Where There's Hope is the result of Elizabeth's mission: It is both an up-close-and-personal glimpse into her healing process and a heartfelt how-to guide for readers to make peace with the past and embrace the future. More »


10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | KRISTEN HICKS-ROOF | LOIS AND FRAN'S GARDEN ADVENTURE | Dr. Kristen Hicks-Roof presents her new children's book about two young girls giving a tour of their mom's vegetable garden in which children of all ages learn about gardening and healthy eating. While guiding the tour, the girls will discuss nutrition benefits from vegetables and explore the different types of animals that live in or near gardens. At the end, children will get the opportunity to try some nutritious vegetable focused snacks and dishes included in the healthy recipes section. This book also includes several pages of sticker-cutouts, which are available to use to reward your children as they try new vegetables! More »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | AMY TRUEBLOOD | NOTHING BUT SKY | Debut author Amy Trueblood discusses her new historical adventure novel with moderator Kate Watson. Grace Lafferty only feels alive when she's dangling 500 feet above ground. As a post-World War I wing walker, Grace is determined to get to the World Aviation Expo, proving her team's worth against flashier competitors and earning a coveted Hollywood contract. No one's ever questioned Grace's ambition until Henry Patton, a mechanic with plenty of scars from the battlefield, joins her barnstorming team. With each new death-defying trick, Henry pushes Grace to consider her reasons for being a daredevil. Annoyed with Henry's constant interference, and her growing attraction to him, Grace continues to test the powers of the sky. After one of her risky maneuvers saves a pilot's life, a Hollywood studio offers Grace a chance to perform at the Expo. She jumps at the opportunity to secure her future. But when a stunt goes wrong, Grace must decide whether Henry, and her life, are worth risking for one final trick. More »