January 2018
History of Western Music AZ NM RoadTrips Greg Peterson
Joshua Borths hosts a History of Western Music workshop Rick Quinn presents his road trip guide to the Southwest Greg Peterson discusses gardening in the southwest
Getting Your Magic Back Future Consciousness Enlightenment Now
Jules Gissler shares her gift book: Getting Your Magic Back Thomas Lombardo, Ph.D. discusses his latest book Pulitzer Prize finalist Steven Pinker shares Enlightment Now
Swimming with Elephants Above and Beyond Dirty Genes
Former physician Sarah Seidelmann shares her memoir Keith Warren Lloyd shares the story of local hero Frank Luke Dr. Ben Lynch visits Tempe with his national bestseller
Horn Section All Day Every Day Grace Hidden Ones
Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow shares her second collection Natashia Deón visits Phoenix with her debut novel, Grace Marcia Fine visits with her novel of the Mexican Inquisition
The Storyline Noir Be Kind
Ten tellers share stories based on the theme "Spring" NYT bestselling Christopher Moore presents Noir Talk with Ben's Bell Founder Jeannette Maré: "Find Your Kind"
Firebrand Feminism Valerie's Home Cooking Crafty Chica
ASU professor Breanne Fahs shares Firebrand Feminism Food Network host Valerie Bertinelli shares her cookbook Paper Crafting with Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka "The Crafty Chica"
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SUNDAY, APRIL 1 | HAPPY EASTER! HAPPY PASSOVER!

MONDAY, APRIL 2
7pm | PHOENIX | AZ OPERA BOOK CLUB | AMERICAN GODS The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Neil Gaiman's American Gods, lauded for its brilliant synthesis of "mystery, satire, sex, horror, and poetic prose" (Washington Post) and as a modern phantasmagoria that "distills the essence of America" (Seattle Post-Intelligencer). More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 3
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUR PART WORKSHOP WITH JOSHUA BORTHS | HISTORY OF WESTERN MUSIC | Western music is an integral part of our culture, but rarely do we take the time to learn about how motets, symphonies, operas, nocturnes, musicals and more came to be. In this four-part series, join Joshua Borths, Director of Education at Arizona Opera, on a journey from the music of ancient Greece to the songs of today. Celebrate the sounds of the past, and what they reveal about the world we live in right now. Cost: $60 for four sessions — April 3, 10, 17, and 24. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | RICK QUINN | ROADTRIP AMERICA ARIZONA & NEW MEXICO: 25 SCENIC SIDE TRIPS | The local writer, travel blogger, and photographer presents his road trip guide to the southwest. Add fun, history, and jaw-dropping natural wonders to your southwestern road trip with RoadTrip America's Arizona and New Mexico: 25 Scenic Side Trips, each one beginning and ending at an Interstate highway and drivable within a day. Full-color maps and photographs illustrate easy-to-follow scenic routes through breathtaking landscapes and iconic towns in Arizona and New Mexico. Discover the surreal beauty of White Sands, watch the sun set over Monument Valley, or explore the subterranean marvels of Carlsbad Caverns. Find out why Jerome was "the Wickedest Town in the West" or walk in the footsteps of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone. With this brand-new, up-to-date guide as your companion, all this and much, much more will be yours to discover and enjoy—one extra day at a time! Gourmet hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4
6:30pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | JUMP START YOUR SUMMER GARDEN | The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on spring gardening in the desert Southwest. Peterson shares three simple steps to make living and growing food through urban farming a lot easier. He also walks attendees through the process of starting an urban farm for the first time. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JULES GISSLER | GETTING YOUR MAGIC BACK! |
Artist Jules Gissler shares her independently published gift book about moving forward through life's many, and at times painful, transitions. Jules' original artwork and heartfelt words will inspire the reader to rise above any challenge. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 5
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, April 12, 19, and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 or handsonphoenix.org.

FRIDAY, APRIL 6
7pm | PHOENIX | THOMAS LOMBARDO, PH.D. | FUTURE CONSCIOUSNESS: THE PATH TO PURPOSEFUL EVOLUTION | The executive director of the Center for Future Consciousness discusses his latest book. How do our unique conscious minds reflect and amplify nature's vast evolutionary process? This book provides a scientifically informed, psychologically holistic approach to understanding and enhancing our future consciousness, serving as a guide for creating a realistic, constructive, and ethical future. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 7
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ: GRANTED |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss John David Anderson's Granted. Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! 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.
7pm | TEMPE | STEVEN PINKER | ENLIGHTENMENT NOW | Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist Steven Pinker, one of the world's leading cognitive scientists, shares his latest — making the case for reason, science, and humanism: the ideals we need to confront our problems and continue our progress. More »

SUNDAY, APRIL 8
3pm | TEMPE | SARAH BAMFORD SEIDELMANN | SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS: MY UNEXPECTED PILGRIMAGE FROM PHYSICIAN TO HEALER | Former physician and "shamanic healer" Sarah Bamford Seidelmann shares her memoir. After two decades in the study and practice of medicine, Seidelmann took a three-month sabbatical to search for a way to feel good again. Having witnessed human suffering early in her career and within her own family, she longed for a way to address more than just the physical needs of her patients and to live in a lighter, more conscious way. Swimming with Elephants is the story of a working mother undergoing a bewildering vocational shift from physician to shamanic healer. During that tumultuous period, Sarah met an elephant who would become an important spirit companion on her journey, had bones thrown for her by a shaman in South Africa, and traveled to India for an ancient Hindu pilgrimage, where she received the blessing she had been longing for. Ultimately, she discovered an entirely different way of healing, one that she had always aspired to, and that enabled her to help those who are suffering. More »

MONDAY, APRIL 9
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | KEITH WARREN LLOYD | ABOVE AND BEYOND | The local author and historian presents his book about Frank Luke's early life in Phoenix and his tragically short career as a fighter pilot in the First World War. Known as "The Arizona Balloon Buster," after an astonishing six weeks of combat in France, Luke became the second-highest ranking fighter ace to serve with American forces. Luke Air Force Base, located twenty miles west of Phoenix, is named in his honor. Above and Beyond chronicles Luke's most daring mission of all, on September 29, 1918, which cost him his life, and for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor. More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 10
6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | "THE BAD GUYS - MISSION TO AMERICA" TOUR | AARON BLABEY | THE BAD GUYS IN ALIEN VS. BAD GUYS AND PIG THE STAR | The creator of the New York Times bestselling series The Bad Guys and Pig the Pug presents his latest books. Help Australian author/illustrator Aaron Blabey create a Bad Guys story just for Changing Hands! He also presents The Bad Guys in Alien vs. Bad Guys. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
7pm | TEMPE | DR. BEN LYNCH | DIRTY GENES | Dr. Ben Lynch visits Tempe with his national bestseller, describing how to treat the root cause of your illness and optimize your health. After suffering for years with unexplained health issues, Dr. Ben Lynch discovered the root cause—"dirty" genes. Genes can be "born dirty" or merely "act dirty" in response to your environment, diet, or lifestyle--causing lifelong, life-threatening, and chronic health problems, including cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, anxiety, depression, digestive issues, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Based on his own experience and successfully helping thousands of clients, Dr. Lynch shows you how to identify and optimize both types of dirty genes by cleaning them up with targeted and personalized plans, including healthy eating, good sleep, stress relief, environmental detox, and other holistic and natural means. Dr. Lynch reveals that with the right plan in place, you can eliminate symptoms, and optimize your physical and mental health—and ultimately rewrite your genetic destiny. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | DELIRIUM |
This month we discuss Laura Restrepo's Delirium, both a gripping detective story and a passionate, devastating tale of eros and insanity in Colombia. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 12
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, April 19 and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | CYNTHIA SCHWARTZBERG EDLOW | HORN SECTION ALL DAY EVERY DAY | Poet Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow shares her second full-length collection, presenting new work in three wide-bodied groupings: music and its musicians, animals and their proclivities, and "the story of Super Dan, an extraterrestrial superhero who comes to Earth to study and stays to marry the witty, earthy woman he falls in love with." Celebrate with a buffet, wine, and desserts. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 14
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL | ALMA AND HOW SHE GOT HER NAME |
Author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal shares her latest picture book. If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza Jos' Pura Candela has way too many names—six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; Jos', the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all—and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell. In her author-illustrator debut, Martinez-Neal opens a treasure box of discovery for children who may be curious about their own origin stories or names. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | "The Joy Detective" Sonya Stockhaus.Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

MONDAY, APRIL 16
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.650.9509 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | DRIFT: A JOURNAL FROM FOOTHILLS ACADEMY | Join Foothills Academy Juniors for a reading of their compilation book Drift. This book of prose and poetry is an attempt to answer the questions which keep so many young adults up at night. It's heart-wrenching, joyous, hopeful and wise. Taken as a whole, it is a glimpse into the hearts of a generation. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, April 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | NATASHIA DEÓN | GRACE | 2017 NAACP Image Natashia Deón visits with her debut novel, Grace, a sweeping inter-generational saga featuring a group of outcast women during one of the most compelling eras in American history. For a runaway slave in the 1840s South, life on the run can be just as dangerous as life under a sadistic master. That's what fifteen-year-old Naomi learns after she escapes the brutal confines of life on an Alabama plantation and takes refuge in a Georgia brothel run by a gun-toting madam named Cynthia. Amidst a revolving door of gamblers and prostitutes, Naomi falls into a love affair with a smooth-talking white man. The product of their union is Josey, whose white skin and blond hair mark her as different from the others on the plantation. Having been taken in as an infant by a free slave, Josey has never known her mother, who was murdered at her birth. Josey soon becomes caught in the tide of history when news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaches her, and a day of supposed freedom turns into one of unfathomable violence that will define Josey—and her lost mother—for years to come. Co-presented by Phoenix College Department of Creative Writing. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARCIA FINE | HIDDEN ONES: A VEIL OF MEMORIES | Marcia Fine visits with her novel of the Mexican Inquisition, Hidden Ones. Based on a true story, it chronicles a Sephardic family's journey to the New World, and the grandmother's arrest for practicing Jewish traditions under penalty of death—a perilous adventure in the Southwest Territories not unlike the immigrant journeys of today. More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 20
7-9pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "SPRING" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn from the Electronic Hat and posted the weekend before on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show on April 20th. Ten tellers will then have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Spring." 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 at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | CHRISTOPHER MOORE | NOIR | New York Times bestseller Christopher Moore, "one of the cleverest, naughtiest writers alive" (Carl Hiaasen), presents his latest, a zany noir set on the streets of post-World War II San Francisco. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater) 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Buy your ticket package at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 21
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | CADAVER & QUEEN | Teens meet to discuss Alisa Kwitney's Cadaver & Queen. Frankenstein meets Marissa Meyer's Cinder in this tightly paced historical thriller packed with secrets, betrayal and steamy romance. 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 22
4-7pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SQUARE DANCING WITH PICK N HOLLER AND CALLER DEB COMLY | That's right: Square Dance! Join Pick N Holler with guest caller Deb Comly for live music, lessons, and square dancing. All levels and all ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Cost: $8, Kids under 12 free (no ticket needed). Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25
7pm | TEMPE | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP, PART IV" | Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter leads a presentation and question-and-answer session about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | ASYMMETRY |
Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Asymmetry 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 »

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
7pm | TEMPE | BREANNA FAHS | FIREBRAND FEMINISM | The professor of Women and Gender Studies at ASU presents her latest. In Firebrand Feminism, Breanne Fahs brings together ten years of dialogue with four founders of the radical feminist movement: Ti-Grace Atkinson, Kathie Sarachild, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and Dana Densmore. Taking aim at the selfishness of the right and the incremental politics of the liberal left, they defiantly and fiercely created a new kind of feminism in the late 1960s. This unique and provocative book unites second- and third-wave feminism and creates a much-needed intergenerational dialogue about the utility of feminist rage, the importance of refusal, the changing politics of sex and love, trans rights, and tactics to start (and continue) a revolution. More »
7pm| PHOENIX | TALK WITH BEN'S BELLS FOUNDER | JEANNETTE MARÉ | "FIND YOUR KIND" |
The Ben's Bells founder and executive director leads a talk exploring the power of intentional kindness to transform our communities. Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette shares her experiences with kindness and how we can work together to make our communities stronger and more connected. Cost: $10. Registration at bensbells.org. More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 27
12-2pm | PHOENIX | WRITE ON, DOWNTOWN | Write On, Downtown, the journal of student and community writing based on ASU's Downtown Phoenix campus, hosts their 12th annual launch event. The event features short readings by this year's featured poets and prose writers, including ASU students and alumni, students from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, and members of Phoenix's literary community. The event also celebrates the visual artists whose work is featured in the journal, from photographers and graphic designers to painters and sketch-artists. Rosemarie Dombrowski, co-founder and editor, hosts. More »
7pm | TEMPE | VALERIE BERTINELLI | VALERIE'S HOME COOKING | Two-time Golden Globe winner Valerie Bertinelli shares her new cookbook. As the current star of her own Food Network show, Valerie's Home Cooking, and co-host of the network's Kids Baking Championship, as well as having spent years acting on television, Valerie Bertinelli has made a name for herself in households across America. But to really know Valerie, you have to spend time in her kitchen. Inspired by her family's cooking legacy, Valerie specializes in showing fans how to make dishes their own families will love—dishes for the heart and soul. As she often says, there's a story behind every recipe, and Valerie shares them in this gorgeous cookbook, where home cooks will find more than 100 recipes that are easy to make and innovative—they're just as fresh, vibrant and down to earth as Valerie herself! More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 28
ALL DAY | PHOENIX / TEMPE | INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY | You've heard of Record Store Day. You've heard of Free Comic Book Day. Now there's Independent Bookstore Day, a nationwide celebration of indie bookstores like Changing Hands! Both Changing Hands locations will feature a variety of activities to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day. We'll also be selling exclusive Indie Bookstore Day merchandise from your favorite authors, as well as a Changing Hands exclusive illustrated poster featuring local food legend Chris Bianco's tomato sauce recipe! More »
11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | GLITTER MAGIC PRESENTS SUPERHERO STORYTIME WITH TOM LEVEEN | Glitter Magic's Marshall Shore and Cap'n Ace pair up with Phoenix's weekly storytime star Tom Leveen for a special Superhero Storytime about empowering kids and never being afraid to be true to yourself. Kids are invited to come dressed as their favorite superhero—or a superhero of their own invention—and enjoy songs, stories, dress up, and a make-your-own-cape craft! 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.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29
CBW
2-4pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATOR EXHIBIT RECEPTION | Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. To celebrate this year, Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to feature artwork from local New York Times bestselling illustrators, including Caldecott honor winner Molly Idle (People Don't Bite People), Chris Gall (The Littlest Train), and Juana Martinez-Neal (Alma and How She Got Her Name). This exhibit will be up for the month of May, with a family friendly illustrator reception on Sunday, April 29th. More »
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP | SOUND HEALING, CHANTING, AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION WITH PINNA JOSEPH | Focus on the breath. Create mantras using sacred sounds. Feel the vibration of your own voice. Listen deeply to surrounding sounds and sing call-and-response chants from various world cultures. 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 at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

MONDAY, APRIL 30
CBW
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | CRAFT WORKSHOP | PAPER CRAFTING WITH THE CRAFTY CHICA | Enjoy a night of glittery creativity involving stamps, papers, die cuts, tags and card-making! Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka "The Crafty Chica," will show you three ways to make gift tags and a greeting card that pops! (Each guest will leave with three finished cards and a set of tags.) Perfect for Mother's Day, a craft party, and much more. All supplies included. You can bring any personal photos or personal crafting supplies you want! Kathy will also be signing and selling her handmade art pieces and craft-themed novels. Cost: $20, includes materials. For ages 12 and up. Register at 602.730.0205 or online. More »
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April’s Pick:
Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Lisa Halliday's Asymmetry, a singularly inventive and unforgettable debut novel about love, luck, and the inextricability of life and art.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Asymmetry for 20% OFF. Then join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) to discuss and enjoy HAPPY HOUR prices all through the event! More »


book coverABOUT THE BOOK | Told in three distinct and uniquely compelling sections, Asymmetry explores the imbalances that spark and sustain many of our most dramatic human relations: inequities in age, power, talent, wealth, fame, geography, and justice. The first section, "Folly," tells the story of Alice, a young American editor, and her relationship with the famous and much older writer Ezra Blazer. A tender and exquisite account of an unexpected romance that takes place in New York during the early years of the Iraq War, "Folly" also suggests an aspiring novelist's coming-of-age. By contrast, "Madness" is narrated by Amar, an Iraqi-American man who, on his way to visit his brother in Kurdistan, is detained by immigration officers and spends the last weekend of 2008 in a holding room in Heathrow. These two seemingly disparate stories gain resonance as their perspectives interact and overlap, with yet new implications for their relationship revealed in an unexpected coda. A stunning debut from a rising literary star, Asymmetry is an urgent, important, and truly original work that will captivate any reader while also posing arresting questions about the very nature of fiction itself. More »


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Cove

by Cynan Jones | Hardcover, $19.95 »

Cove "I have read it four, maybe five times now. Cynan Jones' Cove is poetic and compelling. You will be on the water and straining for signs of life right alongside the pilot of the little boat. Such a beautiful picture of the power of nature and of the fragility of life and sanity. When you finish this brief but mesmerizing tale, you will want to return to page one."  —Julie




 

 

Weeping Waters

by Karin Brynard, Isobel Dixon (Translator), Maya Fowler (Translator) | Paperback, $18.00 »

Weeping Waters "Though it's set in South Africa, it's all too easy to recognize the relevance Weeping Waters has in America these days. I may be in the minority here but my favorite thing about a good crime novel is not the who-dun-it aspect, but the more terrifying mystery of how the characters will learn to live again in a world that has been shattered by violence. Karin Brynard brings us a novel that cares far more about the characters and the racial politics in South Africa than she does about solving any mystery. Not that the mystery itself isn't compelling, because it is, but this story elevates itself into something far bigger and more meaningful."  —Danny

 

Circe

Circe

by Madeline Miller | Hardcover, $27.00 »

"Madeline Miller, best known for Song of Achilles, gives salience to one of the most underrated mythical figures, Circe. Previously characterized as merely a seductress and sorceress, Miller weaves classical mythology with her own narrative giving Circe what other male authors never did: strength and agency. This book is thrilling, fascinating - it's a page-turner. And you don't have to know anything about Greek mythology to love this book. It's a beautiful collaboration of classic Greek tales and Miller's sharp narrative prose."  —Michelle

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