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Upcoming Events

TUESDAY, JUNE 12
6-8pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | FLASH MEMOIR: THE ART OF MEMORY IN 750 WORDS OR LESS WITH ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | The co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series leads a two-part workshop in which attendees read and discuss works of flash memoir focused on the recreation of personal memories, then participate in a writing exercise based on those discussions. The first session concludes with an overview of a take-home writing prompt. The second session is Tuesday, June 19 from 6 to 8pm. Cost: $35 for the two sessions. Attendees must sign up for both sessions. Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205. More »
7-8pm | PHOENIX | POP-UP DISCUSSION GROUP: I'LL BE GONE IN THE DARK | Join Arizona Republic reporter and First Draft Book Club moderator Barbara VanDenburgh for a community conversation about Michelle McNamara's I'll Be Gone in the Dark, an in-depth look into the elusive Golden State Killer. McNamara dedicated her life to trying to find the killer only to die tragically during her investigation. After 40 years, it was reported the killer was finally caught late April of this year. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SABAA TAHIR (A REAPER AT THE GATES ) AND RENEE AHDIEH (SMOKE IN THE SUN ) Bestselling authors Sabaa Tahir and Renee Ahdieh visit Tempe with their latest young adult novels. Tahir presents the third installment of her Ember Quartet and Ahdieh shares the sequel to the bestselling Flame in the Mist. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB: STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO | This month we discuss Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami, a moving, funny, and immersive tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 14
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH KATRINA SHAWVER | "BRINGING SOMEONE ELSE'S STORY TO LIFE" Katrina Shawver, author of the award-winning biography Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America, leads a writing workshop in Tempe. Katrina shares insights, ideas, and some pitfalls to avoid when telling a story of someone beside yourself. Bring an idea for a story or someone whose story you would like to write. Work through ideas for interviewing your character, capturing their voice and spirit, verifying facts, and achieving credibility with a capital "C." Cost: $25. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ADRIENNE CELT | INVITATION TO A BONFIRE | The Tucson author shares her latest, the seductive story of a dangerous love triangle, inspired by the infamous Nabokov marriage, with a spellbinding psychological thriller at its core. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 15
7pm | PHOENIX | CLARE R. JOHNSON, PHD | MINDFUL DREAMING | Do you remember your dreams? Maybe you've even had lucid dreams? Dr. Johnson combines the principles of mindfulness with a fresh approach to lucid dreaming. She shows how you can bring mindfulness into your dreams to transform nightmares, heal from the past, and experience empowering and beautiful dreams. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 16
11:30am-12:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DIG IT WORKSHOP | Changing Hands Phoenix is partnering with Dig It Urban Gardens for a summer series for kids ages 5 and up! One pop-up workshop per month, each with a different theme and featured book. Kids will make a seed bomb at the end of each session. Beat the heat with this family-friendly event and help develop your green thumb! Cost: FREE. More »
2pm | TEMPE | TOM PAPA | YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE! | The comedian and head writer for Live From Here with Chris Thile (formerly A Prairie Home Companion) discusses and signs his new book. Your Dad Stole My Rake is a hilarious and warm book that saws deep into every branch of the family tree and uncovers the most bizarre and surprisingly meaningful aspects of our lives. He exposes everyone, from crazy aunts with mustaches, grandparents who communicate by yelling, and uncles who use marijuana as a condiment. Anyone who has a family, grew up in a family, or has spent time with another human being will love this book. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.): ILLUMINAE | Teens meet to discuss Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's New York Times bestseller Illuminae. Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes. 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.
6:30pm | TEMPE | DAVE MUNSEY | MUNSEY BUSINESS | After an impressive 51 years in broadcasting journalism, earning the titles of Hall of Fame Journalist, National Emmy Award Weatherman and Water Safety Advocate, David Munsey is now adding author to his repertoire with the release of his first book, Munsey Business. More »

SUNDAY, JUNE 17 | HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

MONDAY, JUNE 18
7pm | TEMPE | LARRY BURK MD AND KAT O'KEEFE-KANAVOS | DREAMS THAT CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE | Co-authors Burk and O'Keefe-Kanavos share their book about exploring dreams as a spiritual source of healing and inner guidance for health and well-being. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20
5pm | PHOENIX | MICKEY IBARRA | LATINO LEADERS SPEAK | The founder and chairman of Latino Leaders Network presents a collection of personal stories of national Latino leaders including former Congressman Henry Bonilla, former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and journalist Soledad O'Brien. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JARED BROCK | JOSIAH FILM SCREENING AND THE ROAD TO DAWN BOOKSIGNING | Author and director Jared Brock presents a free screening of his film Josiah, a documentary (narrated by Danny Glover) that seeks to restore a hero of the abolitionist movement to his rightful place in history. Afterwards, Brock discusses the film and signs copies of his book The Road to Dawn. More »