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9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, October 18 and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | MONSTER JAM-BOO-REE STORYTIME | Bring the kiddos for a monster-themed Halloween storytime with a special surprise guest! Wear your Halloween costume and be sure to bring a camera. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JUDITH BRIN INGBER | SEEING ISRAELI AND JEWISH DANCE | Choreographer, dancer, and dance scholar Judith Brin Ingber presents her book, a collection of wide-ranging essays and photographs exploring the evolution of Jewish dance through two thousand years of Diaspora, in communities of amazing variety and amid changing traditions. With an introduction by Dr. Naomi Jackson from ASU. Co-presented by Arizona State University's Jews and Jewishness in the Dance World Conference, October 13-15, 2018. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | HAUNTED | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Haunted." Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 the day of/at the door. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING DIANA ARTERIAN AND DOUGLAS MANUEL | Arterian and Manuel read from their award-winning works Playing Monster :: Seiche and Testify. Each centers around family trauma and drama, mostly stemming from problematic fathers. Arterian and Manuel strive to make sense of their fathers' actions while creating a healthy self identity—a difficult task in their gendered, intersectional, racialized lives. Open reading follows. More »

10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: WILD THING | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with the classic children's book character Wild Thing.
6:30pm | TEMPE | PATRICIA BOOMSMA | THE WAY OF GLORY | Join local author Patricia Boomsma as she launches her new historical novel. The Way of Glory considers the effects of religious warfare on ordinary people in the middle ages and asks whether kindness can survive holy war, a question still being asked a thousand years after the Crusades began. 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.

2-4pm | PHOENIX | WORKSHOP | "PODCASTING 101: HOW TO TURN A GREAT IDEA INTO A GREAT PODCAST" | Want to learn more about how to create and maintain a podcast? This interactive workshop is your first step into the world of podcasting, which includes recording basics. Taught by three audio professionals—Sarah Ventre, Annika Cline, and Dario Miranda—with experience in podcasting, public radio, live sound engineering, and musical composition, this introductory class will help you create stories that sound good on an audio platform, turn rough ideas into something concrete, and start thinking about DIY recording processes so that you can make your podcast on your own, even if you don't have access to a studio. No experience required. Cost: $15 + fees. Registration online. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | TERRY BROOKS | STREET FREAKS | The bestselling author of the Shannara series presents his latest, a thrilling futuristic science fiction novel. It begins with a dire call...right before Ashton Collins' father disappears and his skyscraper home's doors explode inward. "Go into the Red Zone. Go to Street Freaks," his father says before the vid feed goes silent. The Red Zone is the dangerous heart of mega-city Los Angeles, a world Ash is forbidden from. But if he can find Street Freaks, the strangest of aid awaits—human and barely human alike. As Ash is hunted, he must unravel the mystery left behind by his father and discover his role in this new world. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GARY NABHAN | FOOD FROM THE RADICAL CENTER & MESQUITE: AN ARBOREAL LOVE AFFAIR | Nature writer, biocultural conservationalist, and agroecologist Gary Nabhan shares his books about using community-based collaborative restoration strategies to recover the remarkable food biodiversity at our doorstep. More »

6-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WORKSHOP | CHRISTY STRAUCH | "HOW TO TURN YOUR CREATIVITY INTO BUSINESS" | PASSION, PLAN, PROFIT | Author and small business coach Christy Strauch leads a business workshop. Learn five ways to make money and space for your art—whether it's art in the traditional sense of painting, music, dance, or writing; or developing an app or starting the business you've been dreaming about. As a creative, you need time and space for your ideas to bloom. In this workshop you'll learn the steps to make the time and money your creativity craves. Cost: $25 + fees. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | CAROL TUTTLE | MASTERING AFFLUENCE: 6 LESSONS TO CREATE A LIFE YOU LOVE | The bestselling author of Remembering Wholeness visits with her latest, a guide to creating a life you love. Imagine how rich life would be if you felt mentally clear, emotionally balanced, and spiritually inspired every day. Carol Tuttle has found that a truly affluent life is rich in six areas: spiritual, mental, emotional, physical, financial, and in relationships. In Mastering Affluence, she guides readers through six simple lessons (one for each area) to clear away longstanding patterns of struggle and replace them with ease and joy. More »

6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-SESSION WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | "FLASH MEMOIR AND THE MAGIC OF MICRO" | The Pushcart nominee hosts a two-part creative writing workshop on flash memoir. The first session involves a discussion of the tools of the trade, as well as the reading and discussion of some sample flash memoir and micro-prose. The session concludes with an overview of a take-home writing prompt. In the second session, on October 24, participants workshop an original, newly completed piece of flash (per the parameters of the take-home writing prompt). Individualized feedback will focus on style, voice, pacing, detail, development, diction, syntax, and more. Cost: $35 + fees for the two sessions. Attendees must sign up for both sessions. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | SAJJAD SHAH AND IMAN MAHOUL | MUSLIMS OF THE WORLD: PORTRAITS AND STORIES OF HOPE, SURVIVAL, LOSS, AND LOVE | Sajjad Shah and Iman Mahoul share their new book, based on the popular Instagram account @MuslimsoftheWorld1. We are living in a time of uncertainty for many members of the Islamic faith. Like the account, the book's mission is to tell the diverse stories of Muslims living in the US and around the world. Illustrated throughout with moving photographs, each chapter will focus on different aspects of the Islamic faith and the many varying cultures it encompasses, offering tales of love, family, and faith while empowering Muslim women, refugees, and people of color. Whether it is telling a story about a young Syrian refugee who dreams of being a pilot or about a young girl's decision to not remove her hijab, which in turn saved her family's life, Muslims of the World aims to unite people of all cultures and faiths by sharing the hopes, trials, and tribulations of Muslims from every walk of life. More »

9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, October 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | MARK WILLIAMS | LAST SHIP FROM VLADIVOSTOK | The local author and retired law enforcement officer presents his independently published book. Cullen McPherson, insurance agent, just wanted to get the refund check to his client. He didn't know his client was a world-class spy. Cullen was chasing a man, but in fact Cullen McPherson was chasing his own identity. In his youth, he lost himself in cartoons, foreign languages, actuarial reports, and stories of the merchant marines and their rugged ship's 'masters.' It was here, on the bridge of one of these ships, that he found himself, his value, and the captain who had always been there setting a course for the open sea and home. More »

3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THE WREN HUNT | Teens meet to discuss Mary Watson's debut novel The Wren Hunt. T.A.B. will be reading advanced copies provided by the publisher. If you are interested in reading the book beforehand and joining in our discussion on October 20, please contact our T.A.B. coordinator leah@changinghands.com with your request. Limited copies available. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | ZULEMA RENEE SUMMERFIELD | EVERY OTHER WEEKEND | The author shares her debut novel about an imaginative girl in the year following her parents' divorce, and what happens when her creeping premonition that something terrible will happen comes true in the most unexpected of ways. Every Other Weekend beautifully and unsettlingly captures the terrible wisdom that children often possess, as well as the surprising ways in which families fracture and reform. More »