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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
7pm | PHOENIX | GRETCHEN BONADUCE | SURVIVING AGENT ORANGE | IN CONVERSATION WITH ALLISON DUBOIS | Reality star Gretchen Bonaduce visits with her new memoir. Gretchen came onto the scene in the mid-00s, starring in Breaking Bonaduce, a VH1 reality show with her former Partridge Family star husband Danny Bonaduce. Soon after the show ended, they divorced. Surviving Agent Orange focuses on the rest of the story: her eighteen-year marriage to Danny and all that entailed—addiction, infidelity, and the chaos of celebrity, as well as their divorce and her life as a single mother. In conversation with celebrity medium Allison DuBois, Gretchen and Allison will talk about surviving a difficult marriage, being in the spotlight, and much more! More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
4pm | PHOENIX | NANCY MACLEAN | DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS | The award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom is Not Enough presents her latest, an explosive exposé of "the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution." 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.
7pm | TEMPE | RADHA AGRAWAL | BELONG: FIND YOUR PEOPLE, CREATE COMMUNITY, AND LIVE A MORE CONNECTED LIFE | Social entrepreneur, impact investor, and inventor presents her book, a creative blueprint for bringing connectedness back into our lives. It's the great paradox of the digital age, what Radha Agrawal calls "community confusion"—the internet connects us to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people, and yet we feel more isolated than ever, with 1 in 4 Americans saying they have zero friends to confide in. Where are our people? The answer is found in Belong, a highly energetic and beautifully illustrated guide to discovering where and with whom you fit. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | FILM SCREENING | PHX FILM COLLECTIVE | RUSHMORE | FUNDRAISER FOR SAVE OUR SCHOOLS AZ | Changing Hands Phoenix hosts the PHX Film Collective, a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. This month we screen Wes Anderson's Rushmore—starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Olivia Williams. PHX Film Collective will donate 80% of the proceeds from this event to Save Our Schools Arizona. Jessica Wani from SOS AZ will speak before the film about the importance of supporting public schools in Arizona. Tickets free with donation (recommended donation: $8). Register online. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | JUMP START YOUR FALL GARDEN WITH FARMER GREG | The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest. He'll walk you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden to successfully grow your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible edible fall garden. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JONATHAN SANTLOFER | THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK |
The author of the internationally bestselling The Death Artist visits with his powerful new memoir, the portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. On a summer day in New York, Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—writing, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years. Co-presented by Hospice of the Valley. More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | AMY LUKAVICS: NIGHTINGALE | ABIGAIL JOHNSON: THE FIRST TO KNOW | KELLY DEVOS: FAT GIRL ON A PLANE | Local YA horror author Amy Lukavics presents her latest thriller with special guests Abigail Johnson and Kelly Devos. More »
7pm | TEMPE | REBECCA FISH EWAN | BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY | Poet, cartoonist, and writer Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir, told through drawings and free verse. Set in 1970s Berkeley, California, Rebecca's story reflects on a childhood friendship cut short by tragedy. In an era of laissez-faire parenting, Rebecca drops out of elementary school and takes up residence in a kids' commune — no parents allowed! — and we follow her, bestie Luna, and their hippie cohorts as they search for love, acceptance, and cosmic truths. More »