August 2019
Pierce Brown r Earliest Tattoos Rescue 12 Responding
Pierce Brown presents the next installment of his Red Rising series Poet Peter Twal reads from his debut collection in Tempe Faye Hamilton with her debut Rescue 12 Responding
Arbitrary Death Girls Magic Make/Shift
Deputy Pima County Attorney Rick Unklesbay presents his book Join author Heather Hillenbrand for a book launch party in Phoenix Joe Sacksteder discusses and signs his debut story collection
Senators gods with a little g Kelton Cases
Join us in Phoenix for an intimate concert with The Senators Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild, shares her latest novel K.A. Bledsoe presents her independent debut The Kelton Cases
Moon Route 66 How to do Things Your Phoone won't do Inland
Author Jessica Dunham discusses the untold story of the women of Route 66 David Lastinger presents his independently published guide National Book Award finalist Téa Obreht shares her latest novel
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
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, August 8, 15, 22, and 29. 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, August 8, 15, 22, and 29. 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 | PIERCE BROWN | DARK AGE | An evening with #1 New York Times bestseller Pierce Brown, author of the Red Rising saga, to celebrate the release of the next installment, Dark Age. For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place? As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age. Register online. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING PETER TWAL | OUR EARLIEST TATTOOS: POEMS | Peter Twal, winner of the Etel Adnan Poetry Prize, reads from his debut collection Our Earliest Tattoos. These long-lined sonnets, inspired by the LCD Soundsystem song "All My Friends," celebrate the surreal, embracing the nature of memory as fragmented and inherently bizarre. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: BRUCE THE BEAR | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Ryan T. Higgins's Bruce the Bear from the Mother Bruce series.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | HARRIET THE SPY | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Louise Fitzhugh's Harriet the Spy. In her notebook, Harriet M. Welsch writes down everything she knows about everyone, even her classmates and her best friends. Then Harriet loses track of her notebook, and it ends up in the wrong hands. Before she can stop them, her friends have read the always truthful, sometimes awful things she's written about each of them. Will Harriet find a way to put her life and her friendships back together? 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.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
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 Tuesdays, August 13, 20, and 27. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FAYE HAMILTON | RESCUE 12 RESPONDING |
Hamilton discusses and signs her independently published debut novel. From the publisher: "David and Jonathan are paramedics who deal with life and death and the consequences of human choice . On Rescue 12, they respond to the tragic drug overdose of a group of teenagers at a high school party. One girl survives to tell what she witnessed during her near-death experience. This encounter results in the spiritual awakening of David and forces Jonathan to confront his own Christian faith, which he abandoned when he came out to his father. What happens when the ambulance arrives? What happens when a patient dies? Why does God allow for sin, death, and suffering? What's the point of trying? These questions are answered, the emergency rescue calls are shared, and the lives of the two paramedics are forever changed by the spiritual warfare they encounter." More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
5pm | PHOENIX | ART RECEPTION FEATURING KORYN WOODWARD WASSON | Local artist Koryn Woodward Wasson celebrates the opening of her new art show, "Just a Thought," an exploration of her father, Stephen Lucas Woodward, and the objects and memories he left with us. August 7, 2019 marks a year since his passing, and these drawings are both a gift to him and the fulfillment of a life-long request: "You should make cards." More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
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, August 15, 22, and 29. 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, August 15, 22, and 29. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | RICK UNKLESBAY | ARBITRARY DEATH: A PROSECUTOR'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE DEATH PENALTY |
Deputy Pima County Attorney Rick Unklesbay presents his book, Arbitrary Death. In a career spanning four decades, Unklesbay tried over one hundred murder cases that ended with sixteen men and women receiving the death sentence. His book offers an insider's view from someone who has spent decades prosecuting murder cases and who now argues that the death penalty doesn't work and that our system is fundamentally flawed. Arbitrary Death is for anyone who wonders why and when its government seeks to legally take the life of one of its citizens—and may have you questioning whether you can support a system that applies death as an arbitrary punishment, often decades after the sentence was given. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
5-7pm | TEMPE | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION NIGHT | Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU! Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll also get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Afterwards, join us for a meet-and-greet with Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, authors of the YA debut I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, calls it "an absolute page turner . . . a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." You can get your books pre-signed and stick around for VIP access to their public event at 7pm! More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | GILLY SEGAL AND KIMBERLY JONES | I'M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT | The YA authors discuss their new novel in Tempe. Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night. More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | FEATURING BRUCE THE BEAR | Bring the kids to the mother of all storytimes! Changing Hands is proud to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie (Miss Gay Arizona America 2015) to present special guest star Bruce, a grumpy bear who finds himself mothering three baby geese, as featured in Ryan T. Higgins' E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winning picture book Mother Bruce. Families are invited to come together for activities promoting inclusivity and love. Proceeds from donations will benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. $5 donation per family of four. All donations benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | HEATHER KASSNER | THE BONE GARDEN |
The local debut author presents her illustrated fantasy novel about a girl made of dust and bone and imagination who seeks the truth about the magic that brought her to life. Irréelle fears she's not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life—and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones. When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake by destroying a frightful creature just brought to life, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Defying her creator for the very first time, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the mysterious magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. 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.
5:30pm | PHOENIX | HEATHER HILLENBRAND | A GIRL'S MAGIC: THE JOURNEY INTO A GIRL'S LIFE CHANGES | Join author Heather Hillenbrand for a book launch party in Phoenix. A Girl's Magic is an empowering approach to educating girls about menstruation, puberty, and sex. Colorful symbolism, images, and poetry help parents and young girls (7-12) gain a deeper understanding of what it is to be a girl. Attendees will also hear a brief presentation about sex education, view original artwork from the book, and mingle during a cocktail hour over this important topic. A donation of book sales from the event will go to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV). Please note: This event is primarily for adults. More »

MONDAY, AUGUST 12
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: $10 per person. Purchase day of/at the door in Phoenix. More »
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | LOONSHOTS: HOW TO NURTURE THE CRAZY IDEAS THAT WIN WARS, CURE DISEASES, AND TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES | Join us for "Mind Your Business," a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business! 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 Loonshots by Safi Bahcall. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JOE SACKSTEDER | MAKE/SHIFT | Joe Sacksteder discusses and signs his debut story collection Make/Shift, winner of the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. These stories showcase a range of tones and techniques, from psychological narratives to highly experimental literary puzzles. ASU professor Matt Bell, author of Scrapper, moderates. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | JUMP START YOUR FALL GARDEN |
The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest. Gardening in Phoenix has a unique set of challenges, but by following some simple yet effective steps, growing will become a lot easier. Join Peterson as he walks you through the three most important things to know about growing your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible, edible fall garden. (And yes, August is the perfect time to start planting!) More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | CHINA DREAM | 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 will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from Changing Hands' own First Draft Book Bar. This month we discuss China Dream by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew. Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, is feeling pleased with himself. He has an impressive office, three properties, and multiple mistresses who text him day and night. After decades of loyal service, he has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with replacing people's private dreams with President Xi Jinping's great China Dream of national rejuvenation. But just as he is about to present his plan for a mass golden wedding anniversary celebration, his sanity begins to unravel. Plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, Ma Daode's nightmare visions from the past threaten to destroy his dream of a glorious future. This darkly comic fable exposes the damage inflicted on a nation's soul when authoritarian regimes, driven by an insatiable hunger for power, seek to erase memory, rewrite history, and falsify the truth. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
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, August 22 and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP: PART 10 |
Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter presents the next in his ongoing series about President Trump and the Constitution. As Trump claims to "make America great again," he finds himself repeatedly bumping up against the greatest charter of government on earth: the United States Constitution. Tonight, Robert McWhirter leads a presentation about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. Topics include the Mueller report, the Constitutionality of getting Trump's tax returns, charging (or not charging) a sitting president with a crime, and whatever else comes up from the headlines or Twitter. McWhirter is the author of Bills, Quills, and Stills and a candidate for Maricopa County Attorney. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
5-7pm | PHOENIX | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION NIGHT | Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU! Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Sixth-grade teacher Ginette Rossi, English department head at Arizona School for the Arts, will also speak about using her students' socio-cultural ideas, questions, and interests to build a sustainable curriculum. Through student surveys and programs like the "Book Bistro," attendees will leave with resources and materials to establish similar practices in any grade! More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | STEPSISTER | Teens meet to discuss Jennifer Donnelly's Stepsister. Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it. Isabelle should be blissfully happy—she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood. Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl. 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 | INSIGHTS 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 | THE SENATORS | Join us for storytelling and an intimate acoustic set with Phoenix-based folk band The Senators, who are preparing to release their sophomore album, recorded with Simone Felice (Felice Brothers, The Lumineers,The Avett Brothers). After an energetic EP release show in May, the band looks forward to presenting their new album in an acoustic, listening-room atmosphere with readings from some of Phoenix's best poets and writers weaved throughout the set. It will be a uniquely Arizona evening focused on stories about place, home, and the desert Southwest. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
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, August 27. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TUPELO HASSMAN | gods WITH A LITTLE g |
Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild, shares her latest, gods with a Little g, which Kirkus calls "a melancholy, triumphant, slightly magical coming-of-age tale. Weird and uncomfortable and glorious—just like adolescence." Unsinkable and wrecked by grief, motherless and aimless and looking for connection, Helen Dedleder is a girl with a gift she doesn't want to use and a pack of friends who are all just helping each other get by. So cut off from the rest of the world that even the internet is blocked (never mind traffic in and out), Rosary, California, is run by evangelicals but was named by Catholics. It's a town on very formal relations with its neighbors, one that boasts an oil refinery as well as a sizable population of teenagers. For Helen and her gang of misfits, the tire yard, sex, and beer help pass the days until they turn eighteen and leave town. Her best friends, Win and Rainbolene, late arrivals to Rosary, are particularly keen to depart—Rain because she'll finally be able to get the hormones she needs to fully become herself. Watching over them is Aunt Bev, an outcast like the kids, who runs the barely tolerated Psychic Encounter Shoppe and tries to keep Helen connected to her own psychic talents—a gift passed down from her mother. Tensions are building, though, in every way. Threats against the Psychic Encounter Shoppe become serious actions. One of the kids gets in trouble, and then another. And Helen can see some things before they happen, but somehow can't see the most important things happening right in front of her. More »
7-8pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | THE GONE DEAD AND THE MAN WHO SHOT MY EYE OUT IS DEAD | Long and Short of It is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme. Tonight the group discusses The Gone Dead and The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead, both by Chanelle Benz. The Gone Dead is a debut novel about a young woman who returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father's life and death.The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead is a debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copies of The Gone Dead for 20% off and The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead for 10% off. More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
7pm | TEMPE | K.A. BLEDSOE | THE KELTON CASES: THE LOST PRINCESS | K.A. Bledsoe presents her independently published debut novel The Kelton Cases: The Lost Princess, the first book in a new sci-fi series about a spacefaring family trying to make a living while staying out of the reach of enemies. Ex-mercenary Lenore Kelton can take care of herself in any dangerous situation. But when the danger involves her family, she begins to wonder if traveling around the galaxy taking odd jobs is the best career choice. Though her husband, Diarmin, seems content to tinker with his machines, their son Quinn, already a master-of-disguise, wants more challenging responsibilities. Their current case, found by computer genius daughter, Allison, sounds harmless enough. The mission is to find a long-lost princess and her companion before the current prince takes the throne. But during the search, the Kelton family find themselves involved in kidnapping, theft, planetary politics, assassinations, and entangled with a powerful, galaxy-wide slave organization. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
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, August 29. 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 Thursday, August 29. 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | JESSICA DUNHAM | MOON ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP | The author of the newly revised second edition of Moon Route 66 Road Trip discusses of the untold story of the women of Route 66, complete with a Powerpoint presentation of historical photos. Jessica Dunham has driven thousands of miles along the famed highway. Her practical guide links the existing highways that comprise the original Route 66, introducing travelers to the small towns, big cities, and local surprises along this "bucket list" road trip. But the story of Route 66 isn't complete without the illustrious women who contributed to the road's growth, success, and preservation. Inside every chapter, Dunham offers call-outs that focus on these little-known women doing amazing things. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "ADULTING" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Adulting." 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 »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
5pm | PHOENIX | DAVID LASTINGER | HOW TO DO THINGS YOUR PHONE WON'T: A COMMON-SENSE GUIDE TO REAL LIFE | Lastinger presents his independently published guide. From the author: "For those of you who are just getting out on your own and are wondering about how to do your own shopping, changing a flat tire, setting up house, and other life events that your phone can't do, this book will help you with quick no bones about it advice. If you are more booksmart than street smart, this will help level the field for you." More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS 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, AUGUST 25
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "THE WAY TO START YOUR CHANTING PRACTICE" | Focus on the breath. Choose simple sounds to correspond with the chakras / bija sounds / seed syllables. Sing a chant or two from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. Individualize the practice for each person. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480-730-0205. More »

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
7pm | PHOENIX | TÉA OBREHT | INLAND: A NOVEL | National Book Award finalist Téa Obreht, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife, discusses and signs her new novel Inland, which Entertainment Weekly calls "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West." In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Nora's and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely—and unforgettably—her own. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 27
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE NICKEL BOYS | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, The Nickel Boys by Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner Colson Whitehead. Based on the real story of a Florida reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Nickel Boys 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, AUGUST 29
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 | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
this month at first draft

August’s Pick:
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28

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, The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of The Nickel Boys 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 | As the Civil Rights movement begins to reach the black enclave of Frenchtown in segregated Tallahassee, Elwood Curtis takes the words of Dr. Martin Luther King to heart: He is "as good as anyone." Abandoned by his parents, but kept on the straight and narrow by his grandmother, Elwood is about to enroll in the local black college. But for a black boy in the Jim Crow South of the early 1960s, one innocent mistake is enough to destroy the future. Elwood is sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy, whose mission statement says it provides "physical, intellectual and moral training" so the delinquent boys in their charge can become "honorable and honest men."

In reality, the Nickel Academy is a grotesque chamber of horrors where the sadistic staff beats and sexually abuses the students, corrupt officials and locals steal food and supplies, and any boy who resists is likely to disappear "out back." Stunned to find himself in such a vicious environment, Elwood tries to hold onto Dr. King's ringing assertion "Throw us in jail and we will still love you." His friend Turner thinks Elwood is worse than naive, that the world is crooked, and that the only way to survive is to scheme and avoid trouble.

The tension between Elwood's ideals and Turner's skepticism leads to a decision whose repercussions will echo down the decades. Formed in the crucible of the evils Jim Crow wrought, the boys' fates will be determined by what they endured at the Nickel Academy.

Based on the real story of a reform school in Florida that operated for one hundred and eleven years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is a devastating, driven narrative that showcases a great American novelist writing at the height of his powers. More »


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First Cosmic Velocity

by Zach Powers | Hardcover, $26.00 »

First Cosmic Velocity "A deeply human tale of origins, duty, and the lies we tell ourselves and others to keep on going. First Cosmic Velocity reveals the tale of false cosmonauts and the space program that produced them, tailed by a mysterious agent of the Soviet government and pressured by Premier Khrushchev to produce more results to beat out the Americans—and all the while no one outside the program knows the truth."  —Jeffrey
 

 

The Art of Racing in the Rain

by Garth Stein | Paperback, $16.99 »

The Art of Racing in the Rain "I was unprepared for the sucker punch this book delivered straight to my heart. This is truly an unforgettable story, as I first read it several years ago and it has never left me. This book is brimming with life lessons, heartbreaking beauty, and many laugh out loud moments. Let Enzo, a Golden Retriever, take you deeper into what it truly means to be human. This book will leave you better than it found you."  —Kira




 

 

The World Doesn't Require You: Stories

by Rion Amilcar Scott | Hardcover, 25.95 »

The World Doesn't Require You "'Each story in this genre-blending collection is set in the fictional town of Cross River, Maryland. It may not be a real place, but Scott makes it feel like an additional character, giving it a history and mythology that informs the behavior of his protagonists. These stories are wildly different from one another — some are contemporary literary fiction, some cross fully into the realm of sci-fi — but still maintain a clear thematic unity. These are stories of complicated, even problematic, cultural legacies, of inherited trauma, of the perpetual struggle of realizing individual freedom, rendered with complexity and tenderness. It's one of the year's must-read books."  —Joseph

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