April 2019
Tricks for the Best Dog Ever No Happy Endings Kim Dower
Trainer Chris Perondi presents his latest dog training guide The author of It's Okay to Laugh shares her tragicomic memoir Poet Kim Dower reads from Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave
Tribe of Fatherless Girls PHX Film Collective Tucson Salvage
Acclaimed essayist T. Kira Madden shares her debut memoir The PHX Film Collective screens the classic Let the Right One In Brian Jabas Smith visits with his collection Tucson Salvage
Keep Going The War for Gaul The Light Years
Steal Like an Artist author Austin Kleon presents his latest Translator James O'Donnell shares The War for Gaul Artist Chris Rush presents his debut memoir The Light Years
Commander in Cheat My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple and Hold Sway Birds and Bards
Rick Reilly: Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump Join Sally Ball and Jacqueline Osherow for a joint launch party "Birds and Bards: A Reading for Audubon Arizona"
Don't Expect Me to Cry FDBC America Before
Janet Bentley discusses and signs copies of her book First Draft Book Club: Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken Bestselling author Graham Hancock presents his latest
The Exile Not a Self-Help Book IBD
Gregory Erich Phillips visits with his latest novel: The Exile Yi Shun Lai presents her debut novel: Not a Self-Help Book Join us for Independent Bookstore Day Saturday, April 27
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MONDAY, APRIL 1
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | THE BARBER OF SEVILLE AND THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO | Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchais's The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, used as the basis of operas by Mozart and Rossini. A highly engaging comedy of intrigue, The Barber of Seville portrays the resourceful Figaro foiling a jealous old man's attempts to keep his beautiful ward from her lover. The Marriage of Figaro—condemned by Louis XVI for its daring satire of nobility and privilege—depicts a master and servant set in opposition by their desire for the same woman. More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 2
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | RAMBUNCTIOUS PRESS READING AND SIGNING |
Student writers celebrate the launch of online literary art journal Rambunctious Press, with student musical and poetic performances. Rambunctious Press is the online Literary Arts Journal for the students of The Leona Group, a network of charter elementary, middle and high schools from across the nation. More »
7pm | TEMPE | CHRIS PERONDI | THE BIG BOOK OF TRICKS FOR THE BEST DOG EVER |
The master trainer and founder of the Stunt Dog Academy shares his latest dog training guide. Using the secrets of professional dog trainers, this fully illustrated guide with hundreds of step-by-step photos show how to teach your pet 118 tricks and stunts. Organized from beginner level to pro, these tricks run the gamut from the kinds of things any well-behaved dog should know—fetch, paw shake, roll over—to stunts that will delight your friends and family, from dance routines to flying disc acrobatics. Teaching your dog tricks will not only reveal more of your dog's real personality, including hidden talents, it will also improve your pet's behavior, reinforce socialization, prevent boredom and restlessness, and instill your pet with greater confidence. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
7pm | PHOENIX | NORA MCINERNY | NO HAPPY ENDINGS | The author of It's Okay to Laugh and host of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking podcast shares her tragicomic memoir. In this, her second memoir, Nora offers an exploration of the tension between finding happiness and holding space for the unhappy experiences that have shaped us. No Happy Endings is a book for people living life after life has fallen apart. It's a book for people who know that they're moving forward, not moving on. It's a book for people who know life isn't always happy, but it isn't the end: there will be unimaginable joy and incomprehensible tragedy. As Nora reminds us, there will be no happy endings—but there will be new beginnings. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | A. S. KING | DIG | A. S. King presents her latest novel, a surreal and searing dive into the tangled secrets of a wealthy white family in suburban Pennsylvania and the terrible cost the family's children pay to maintain the family name. With her inimitable surrealism and insight into teenage experience, A.S. King explores how a corrosive culture of polite, affluent white supremacy tears a family apart—and how one determined generation can save themselves. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 4
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, April 11, 18, and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom 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 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
7pm | OFFSITE | TWEEN EVENT | NEIL PATRICK HARRIS | THE MAGIC MISFITS: THE SECOND STORY | Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris presents the magical second book in his New York Times bestselling Magic Misfits series. Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist—a valuable trait when you belong to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals can't escape the big mystery heading their way. Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you're a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat! Ticket packages available online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KIM DOWER | SUNBATHING ON TYRONE POWER'S GRAVE | Kim Dower, former Poet Laureate of West Hollywood, reads from her fourth collection, Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave. Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick, calls the poems in this collection "exuberant, sexy, and sobering...showing Kim at the top of her game." More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 5
7pm | PHOENIX | T. KIRA MADDEN | LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS | Acclaimed literary essayist T. Kira Madden shares her debut memoir about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING SHAHRIAR ALAM | Dr. Shahriar Alam, a technical fellow, better known for her patents and publications in Material Science and Engineering, turns her attention to writing poetry as a means to heal. She is in the process of publishing her first book, Healing Waters: A Personal Journey in Healing. Born in Bangladesh, she also sings and translates Tagore songs. Open reading follows. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | PHOENIX FILM COLLECTIVE | LET THE RIGHT ONE IN | Changing Hands Phoenix joins the Phoenix Film Collective to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. This is a special event in partnership with Stray Cat Theatre, which is staging Let the Right One In starting April 12. We'll screen the film and host a Q&A with the play's two young lead actors. Cost: $8. Registration online. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 6
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CORDUROY | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Corduroy the bear.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE SONG FROM SOMEWHERE ELSE | Join us for free pizza as we discuss A.F. Harrold's The Song From Somewhere Else. 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 | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | BRIAN JABAS SMITH | TUCSON SALVAGE | The Beat Angels frontman and former Phoenix New Times journalist visits with a collection of essays based on his award-winning Tucson Weekly column. Smith tells stories of people on the margin of society with remarkable empathy. Also tonight, Maggie Smith screens the festival-winning short documentary she directed based on the book. More »

MONDAY, APRIL 8
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar 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 »
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | GOOD TO GREAT | On the second Monday of each month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix, home of our First Draft Book Bar. Ranging from how to build and scale a business to how to lead a team, you'll read business book classics as well as new hits. (And get a discount when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month's book is Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap...And Others Don't by Jim Collins. More »
6:30—8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
 
 
TUESDAY, APRIL 9
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | MEET AND GREET PHOTO-OP WITH STACYPLAYS | WILD RESCUERS: ESCAPE TO THE MESA | YouTube gamer StacyPlays signs copies of the sequel to her Minecraft-inspired adventure novel about a girl raised by wolves. Stacy would do anything to protect the Taiga, where she lives with the pack of intelligent wolves who raised her. But when humans start to encroach on their forest, their only choice is escape to a place no Arctic wolf has gone before: the desert. The Mesa, with its canyons, snakes, and coyotes, will be like nothing the pack has ever seen. Even in this unfamiliar territory, Stacy is determined to rescue animals in need. But as she and her wolves face new dangers and old secrets, Stacy can't help but wonder—where does she truly belong? Tickets available online. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10
3-5pm | PHOENIX | COOK THE BOOK | ONE-HOUR DAIRY-FREE CHEESE | Looking for dairy-free delights? Join us for free samples of smoked cheddar cooked from the new vegan cookbook One-Hour Dairy-Free Cheese by Claudia Lucero. We'll also have vegan charcuterie boards and fresh vegan pastries available for purchase. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | AUSTIN KLEON | KEEP GOING: 10 WAYS TO STAY CREATIVE IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD | TEDx speaker, artist, and Steal Like an Artist author Austin Kleon presents his latest. In his previous books, Kleon gave readers the keys to unlock their creativity and showed them how to become better known. Now he offers his most inspiring work yet, with ten simple rules for how to stay creative, focused, and true to yourself—for life. Keep Going and its timeless, practical, and ethical principles are for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | SMALL COUNTRY: A NOVEL | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature. In Found in Translation we'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Small Country by Gaël Faye. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JAMES J. O'DONNELL (TRANSLATOR) | THE WAR FOR GAUL: A NEW TRANSLATION | Remember "Wag the Dog"? Stage a war to win votes? Julius Caesar got there two thousand years ago with his war for Gaul. ASU's Jim O'Donnell has a fresh new translation that tells all—about the political machinations, the FUBARs, and who really won the war. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
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, April 18 and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CHRIS RUSH | THE LIGHT YEARS | The award-winning artist and designer presents his debut, a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history. The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy's story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATHLEEN GLASGOW | HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK | The New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces shares her second novel, about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you're surrounded by darkness. In conversation with Kelly DeVos (Fat Girl on a Plane). More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 12
7pm | PHOENIX | SALLY BALL (HOLD SWAY) AND JACQUELINE OSHEROW (MY LOOKALIKE AT THE KRISHNA TEMPLE) | Join ASU professor Sally Ball (Hold Sway) and special guest Jacqueline Osherow (My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple) for a joint launch party and reading from their new books. Through spiritual quest, ecological anxiety, and painful personal losses, they both seek ways we might live honest, open, receptive lives in a difficult, often chaotic, world. More »
7pm | TEMPE | RICK REILLY | COMMANDER IN CHEAT: HOW GOLF EXPLAINS TRUMP | Author Rick Reilly shares his latest, transporting readers onto the golf course with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he cheats and lies about his feats, and what those behaviors can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CORDUROY | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Corduroy the bear.
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | APRENDE MIDDLE SCHOOL: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS DRAMA CLUB | The Jaguar Players, an after school drama club for 6th-8th graders at Aprende Middle School in the Kyrene School District, will be reading The Princess and the Pea and then perform excerpts from their upcoming production of Once Upon a Mattress. The musical tells the true story behind the Princess and the Pea. Songs will include "Many Moons Ago," "Shy," and "Happily Ever After." The cast will be in costume and available to take pictures. 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.
6pm | TEMPE | "BIRDS AND BARDS: A READING FOR AUDUBON ARIZONA FEATURING THE ART OF WAYNE LUNDGREN" | In honor of National Poetry Month and the legacy of the National Audubon Society, this event is a poetic homage to the flora and fauna of Arizona, and a celebration of the life and work of local artist, bird aficionado, and former member of the Changing Hands family Wayne Lundgren. The event features Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, Arizona eco-poets David Chorlton and Chris Cokinos, and the work of Wayne's colleagues and friends Michelle Frost, Claudia Ibieta, and Pinna Joseph. Proceeds from the sale of Lundgren's bird art benefit Audubon Arizona. More »

SUNDAY, APRIL 14
12-3pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JAKE FRIEDMAN | "THE POETICS OF SPREADSHEETS: USING SPREADSHEETS TO COMPOSE POETRY" | In this practical, hands-on workshop, writer, editor and community organizer Jake Friedman introduces the spreadsheet as a powerful new tool for writing poetry. By the end, you'll come away not only with a powerful new tool for composition, revision, workshop, and completion, but a deeper understanding of poetic structure itself. Students should bring a poem in-progress along with a computer, tablet, or some other device with a spreadsheet application. Cost: $25 + fees. Register online. More »

MONDAY, APRIL 15
5:30pm | OFFSITE | CHELSEA CLINTON | DON'T LET THEM DISAPPEAR | The Phoenix Zoo and Changing Hands Bookstore present #1 New York Times bestseller Chelsea Clinton, discussing and signing Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Around the Globe, a beautiful picture book about the animals who share our planet—and what we can do to help them survive. Please note: A portion of proceeds from the event will support the Zoo's native species conservation programs, which are actively boosting wild populations of threatened and endangered animals in Arizona. Ticket packages available online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SANDRA MARINELLA | "THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL" | Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring the power of your personal stories to heal, grow, and transform your life. Your story matters. Ignite your passion for writing your experiences in ways that will embrace and guide you toward personal growth and transformation. This two-session workshop will help writers of a levels "find the stories you need to tell while giving you the chance to explore your resilient and creative self." Cost: $40 + fees for two sessions. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 16
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | KWAME ALEXANDER | BOOKED AND THE CROSSOVER | IN CONVERSATION WITH RANDY PRESTON |
The New York Times bestselling author discusses his two middle-grade novels, now out in paperback, with his friend, singer and songwriter, Randy Preston. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JANET BENTLEY | DON'T EXPECT ME TO CRY: REFUSING TO LET CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE STEAL MY LIFE | In support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the local author and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse discusses and signs Don't Expect Me To Cry, which chronicles her journey of overcoming the pain of her "terrible secret." More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
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 Thursday, April 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | TEMPE | SPANISH BOOK GROUP | POETRY READING BY ANNA FLORES FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH | Changing Hands Bookstore's Spanish Literature book club, "La Tertulia de Libros," invites poet Anna Flores to read from her book Pocha Theory. Open to the public.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 | GOOD FRIDAY AND HAPPY PASSOVER!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THE GILDED WOLVES | Teens meet to discuss Roshani Chokshi's The Gilded Wolves—a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires. More »
4pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | CINDY C. | RETURN TO THE WILDS | Former environmental reporter and Forest Service Ranger Cindy C. discusses and signs her independently published YA novel Return to the Wilds. This dystopian fantasy envisions a Southwest megalopolis, a mysterious keeper, and some savvy tweens sent on a perilous mission to save remnant "Wilds" from an insidious plot. 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.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.

SUNDAY, APRIL 21 | HAPPY EASTER!

TUESDAY, APRIL 23
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | RISE TUTORING: NIGHT OF NARRATIVE |
RISE Tutoring is continuing its annual tradition of the Night of Narrative event, a community celebration of the refugee experience. Students from the tutoring program will be presenting their personal stories and talents through literary and creative performances. RISE Tutoring aims to build its students pride in their identities by providing them a platform to share their experiences and passions. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | BOWLAWAY | Join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken, a new novel about three generations of an unconventional New England family who own and operate a candlepin bowling alley. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Bowlaway for 20% off, then meet us at First Draft to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GRAHAM HANCOCK | AMERICA BEFORE: THE KEY TO EARTH'S LOST CIVILIZATION | Was an advanced civilization lost to history in the global cataclysm that ended the last Ice Age? International bestseller Graham Hancock has made it his life's work to find out—and in America Before, he draws on the latest archaeological and DNA evidence to bring his quest to a stunning conclusion. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 25
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. 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 janiemae1083@gmail.com.
7pm | TEMPE | GREGORY ERICH PHILLIPS | THE EXILE: A NOVEL | Gregory Erich Phillips discusses and signs copies of his latest novel. Leila, a Colombian immigrant and successful mortgage broker, has a seeming seemingly perfect life—until the mortgage crisis of 2008, an ill-timed romance with her boss' son, and a looming deportation warning threaten to ruin everything. More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 26
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 in the Commons at Changing Hands Phoenix. Hosted by co-founder and editor Rosemarie Dombrowski, the event features short readings by this year's featured poets and prose writers. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "GROW" | Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Grow." 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 »
6:30pm | TEMPE | YI SHUN LAI | NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK: THE MISADVENTURES OF MARTY WU | Yi Shun Lai presents her debut novel. Mining the comedic potential of the 1.5-generation American experience, Not a Self-Help Book is an insightful and witty portrait of a young woman scrambling to balance familial expectations and her own creative dreams. Co-presented by The Piper Writing Center. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 27
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. More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | Changing Hands is proud to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie (Miss Gay Arizona America 2015) to bring you Drag Queen Storytime featuring Deejay Galaxy Broadway, Sophia Sinclair, and special guest Michelle Tea, founder of Drag Queen Story Hour. Tea will read and sign her new picture book Astro Baby! Join us for stories, arts, and crafts promoting inclusiveness and love. Ticket packages available online. All donations benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | THE ART OF STORY: ILLUSTRATORS OF SCBWI ARIZONA | To celebrate Indie Bookstore Day and the launch of Children's Book Week, Changing Hands has partnered with The Newton—home of our Phoenix store and First Draft Book Bar—to feature artwork from five local illustrators: Lynne Avril (Amelia Bedelia: Under the Weather), Molly Idle (Pearl), Stevie Lewis (Lost in the Library), Juana Martinez Neal (Babymoon), and Mikela Prevost (Let's Have a Dog Party). 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | CONCERT | DISTANT RELATIONS | Join us for a concert with Distant Relations to mark their 40th anniversary since leaving Notre Dame. Distant Relations formed at the University of Notre Dame in 1977. They performed covers and original songs until the group members went their separate ways following graduation in 1979. The group has gathered every decade or so to rekindle the old musical flame. The group last performed in public in 2002 in Dallas, Texas. For those who like the folk-rock sounds of the 1970s, Distant Relations will not disappoint! Cost: $10 per person. Register online. Doors open at 6pm. More »

SUNDAY, APRIL 28
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "HEALING CHANTS AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION" | Chanting vibrates the body, mind, and spirit. To experience the healing power of sound, chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts a workshop focusing on the breath, vibrational seed mantras, and call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register and pre-pay at 480.730.0205. More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 30
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | BOOK OF UNKNOWN AMERICANS AND THE REFUGEES |
Long and Short of It Book Club is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme. Tonight the group discusses the immigrant experience through two powerful texts: Cristina Henríquez's The Book of Unknown Americans and The Refugees by Pulitzer Prize winner Viet Thanh Nguyen. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copies for 10% off. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATE WATSON | LOVESTRUCK | Young adult author Kate Watson shares her latest novel. Sixteen-year-old cupid-in-training Kali is in an Olympus-sized mountain of trouble. Rule number one in arrow-toting matchmaking: don't stick yourself. But accidents happen, and Kali instantly falls hard for her indie rock, bass-playing target, Benicio. To reclaim her heart and her destiny, Kali is left with no choice but to defy the Gods, tempt the Fates, date the mortal love of her life, and hope she doesn't lose her best friend, Hector, in the process. More »
this month at first draft

April’s Pick:
Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24

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, Bowlaway by Elizabeth McCracken.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Bowlaway 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 | From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century—nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person—Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford's most defining landmark—with Bertha its most notable resident.

When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha's defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.

In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family's myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide. More »


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