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10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, September 24. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | DUSTI BOWLING | MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS | Local author Dusti Bowling presents the sequel to her critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, following Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school. Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once again. She’s about to begin high school . . . with 3,000 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality. In a year filled with confusion, humiliation, and just maybe love, can Aven manage to stay true to herself? More »

6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | KELLY NELSON | FOUND POETRY | From the instructor: “Think of this two-part workshop as a maker space where you’ll be playing with existing texts to create new work. Each night we’ll experiment with several different techniques and you’ll leave with more techniques to try on your own. By re-mixing, sculpting, and combining these existing lines, we’ll transform them into something new. These techniques can be used to create found or experimental work, to jump start your creative process, or to strange up the language in your own poems.” All ages, experience levels and genres welcome. Bring paper and pencil or a laptop. Cost: $35 for two sessions, September 18 and 25. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT ZILTZER, MD, AND CRAIG PRIMACK, MD | CHASING DIETS | Join doctors Craig Primack, MD, and Robert Ziltzer, MD, as they discuss the shortcomings of self-help diets, “and more importantly show you how to find a weight loss program that works—for life.” Founders of Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Arizona, they have worked with thousands of patients who have found that medical management is the essential ingredient to success. More »

9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, September 26. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, September 26. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DAVID R. BERMAN | GOVERNORS AND THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT | Author David R. Berman reads from and discusses his new book, Governors and the Progressive Movement, the first comprehensive overview of the Progressive movement’s unfolding at the state level. Learn more about the personalities, ideas, activities, and policies of governors—especially some lesser known but important characters—during this time of major changes in US history. More »

10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STEVEN KING | HAVE YOU EVER MET A MORPHOSIS? | Author and illustrator Steven King presents his independently published picture book. Concealed beneath a garden in a suburban backyard, a miracle is revealed. Experience the journey of a caterpillar as he undergoes nature’s little miracle of complete metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a shiny butterfly! The many exciting details of a butterfly’s life cycle are brought to life, tapping into children’s natural sense of wonder and discovery—all composed in a book to help make learning science fun. More »
Teens meet to discuss Rory Power’s Wilder Girls, a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS 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.
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.

2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | TAPPING INTO THE POWER AND EXPRESSION OF OUR TRUE VOICES | Gently massage the body, mind and spirit with the healing power of sound. To move to an open and relaxed space, attendees will explore specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and we create invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of heart and soul. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph will conduct this workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU’s Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group. Tonight, Piper J. Daniels (Ladies Lazarus) kicks off the series with “At the Intersection of Personal and Cultural Memory.” As writers, we all have stories to tell. But what makes those stories interesting, relatable, and impactful to others? How do we use our life experiences to connect to a larger cultural memory and render those experiences relevant to the world at large? Armed with examples from established writers and informed by intensive exercises, we’ll define the personal stories that only we can tell and learn how to make them engaging and meaningful to a larger readership. Cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARY LEA CARROLL | SAINT EVERYWHERE: TRAVELS IN SEARCH OF THE LADY SAINTS | Author Mary Lea Carroll visits with her book about learning from women saints. While visiting Siena, Italy, Mary Lea Carroll grew fascinated with the story of St. Catherine of Siena and made a resolution: whenever she was lucky enough to travel, if a shrine dedicated to a female saint was nearby, she’d visit it and learn about her. What started as a hobby grew into a journey she never expected, one rich with challenges and cappuccinos, doubts and inspiration, glasses of wine with strangers and moments of transcendence. Over eight quests, Carroll takes readers along with her as she seeks to learn something from a few great women of history, while looking for ways to be a better citizen of the world. More »

10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE FALL BOOKS PREVIEW WITH PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | Of the many perks booksellers enjoy, one of the best is the opportunity to learn about (and read!) exciting new books months before they’re published. Now we’re offering this perk to you! Join our brilliant publishing sales reps for a sneak peek at fall’s forthcoming buzz books, which you can pre-order for a 20% discount tonight only. Grab a drink at the bar and settle in for advance reading copies, tons of raffle prizes, and more! More »

7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Fleishman Is in Trouble for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »