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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 with Mr. Tom. 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, June 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "SWEATING IT" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten storytellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Sweating It." Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 online / $8 at the door. Register online. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | TAN FRANCE | NATURALLY TAN: A MEMOIR | Author and fashion designer Tan France, star of Netflix's overnight sensation Queer Eye, shares his memoir, telling the origin story of one of the few openly gay South Asian men on television. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He shares his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. In Tan's own words, "The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be." Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. Ticket packages available at changinghands.com. More »

10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | REBECCA NEVIUS | GOD IS BIGGER THAN A JUICE BOX | The author and illustrator shares her new book, God is Bigger Than a Juice Box, in which she "brings the bigness of God's love into a child's everyday world of juice boxes, grown ups, and imaginary things. Children ages 2-5 will learn that God loves everyone with a love so big, a heavy lifter machine can't even handle it!" More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | AURORA RISING | Teens meet to discuss Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Aurora Rising. The year is 2380, and star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs. But Ty's squad isn't his biggest problem—that would be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might be the last hope for the entire galaxy. NOBODY PANIC. More »
4pm | TEMPE | DAVID SEDARIS | CALYPSO | David Sedaris, the bestselling author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, celebrates the paperback release of his personal and darkly hilarious new book Calypso. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny—it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his best. Ticket packages available on changinghands.com. More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.