January 2018
Drink and Draw Mercy for Animals Found in Translation
Like to draw? Like to drink? Join us for an open studio workshop Mercy for Animals founder Nathan Runkle shares his book Join us as we discuss Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo
The Ageless Way Canyon Records Concert The Shape of Ideas
Leading "GeroFuturist" and bestselling author Karen Sands in Phoenix Canyon Records concert: Tony Duncan and Jonah Littlesunday Comics artist Grant Snider presents his new book of comics
The Forgetting Tree Susan Southard When They Call You a Terrorist
Rae Paris shares her book The Forgetting Tree: A Rememory Susan Southard: "Preventing Nuclear War in the Age of Trump" Patrisse Khan-Cullors shares her Black Lives Matter memoir
Read Dating The Deepest Well Norwich
Phoenix hosts a new Valentine's Day party for bookish singles Nadine Burke Harris visits Phoenix with her book The Deepest Well Valerie Bandura and Matt Bell read from their new work
Syrian Sweets Under Think It The Storyline Slam
Enjoy sweets by Syrian Sweets Exchange at both store locations Adam Pierno presents his take on marketing and strategy in his book Ten tellers share stories based on the theme "Choices"
The Line Becomes a River Buddist Meditation Center First Draft Book Club
Francisco Cantú shares his book The Line Becomes a River Kadampa Meditation Center Talk and Meditation in Phoenix Join us as we discuss Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine
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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1
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, February 8, 15, and 22. 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.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: OLIVIA | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and stories with Olivia the Pig. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | JUST LIKE JACKIE |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Lindsey Stoddard's Just Like Jackie. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
3pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | LISA MCMANN | DRAGON BONES (THE UNWANTEDS QUESTS) | Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in the second novel in the New York Times bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus Reviews called "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." 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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5
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 »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER" | Want to let someone know how much they mean to you? Let us help you count the ways: Forget the store-bought card and write something individual and heartfelt, with the help of instructors Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman. Cost: $30 per person. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | NATHAN RUNKLE | MERCY FOR ANIMALS: ONE MAN'S QUEST TO INSPIRE COMPASSION AND IMPROVE THE LIVES OF FARM ANIMALS | The founder of Mercy For Animals shares his latest, a compelling look at animal welfare and factory farming in the United States. Mercy For Animals examines how our country moved from a network of small local farms with more than 50 percent of Americans involved in agriculture to a massive coast-to-coast industrial complex controlled by a mere 1 percent of our population—and the consequences of this drastic change for animals as well as our global and local environments. We also learn how MFA strives to protect farmed animals in behind-the-scenes negotiations with companies like Nestlé and other brand names—conglomerates whose policy changes can spare countless lives and strengthen our planet. Co-presented by the ASU School of Sustainability. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | TROLL: A LOVE STORY | 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. Found in Translation Book Club will delve into a work of international literature in a small-group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine from our First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo, winner of the Finlandia Award. Angel, a young photographer, comes home from a night of carousing to find a group of drunken teenagers in the courtyard of his apartment building, taunting a wounded, helpless young troll. He takes it in, not suspecting the dramatic consequences of this decision. What does one do with a troll in the city? As the troll's presence influences Angel's life in ways he could never have predicted, it becomes clear that the creature is the familiar of man's most forbidden feelings. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
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, February 15 and 22. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KAREN SANDS | THE AGELESS WAY: IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO ROCK YOUR AGE! |
Leading "GeroFuturist" and bestselling author Karen Sands presents her new book. From the publisher: "Calling all evolving 'New-Agers'! Be part of shaping the new Ageless story for our times—one that transcends age in the workplace, the marketplace, and in your place! Sands will share hopes, goals, and heartfelt questions about the future and our place in it as we age. It's a must for anyone who wants to Rock Your AGE by radically redefining growing older and by reimagining the future together to transform our evolving world in visionary ways." More »
7pm | TEMPE | CANYON RECORDS CONCERT WITH TONY DUNCAN AND JONAH LITTLESUNDAY | Treat yourself to the best in live local music with a night of Native American flute. Canyon Records and Changing Hands present world champion hoop dancer and award winning artist Tony Duncan, as well as the label's newest artist, Jonah Littlesunday. Both perform selections from their recently released solo flute albums. Tony Duncan features selections from his new CD "Purify" and Jonah Littlesunday performs a collection of songs from his CD "Gratitude." Cost: $9.99 per CD. Purchase of any Canyon Records CD admits two people to the concert. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | JEANETTE SWAIN NICHOLAS| SEPARATE BIRDS, FRUIT STRANGE AS BLACKBERRY | Jeanette Swain Nicholas reads from her recently published collection Separate Birds, Fruit Strange as Blackberry, a semi-chronological study of differences. The book touches on many themes: "political correctness, segregation, racism, literacy, family, love, homelessness, poverty, drugs, homosexuality, incest, domestic violence, stereotypes, people we know, people we are, and other people." Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | VALENTINE'S PARTY AND COSTUME STORYTIME WITH OLIVIA | Celebrate Valentine's day at a special Olivia costume storytime and party! Bring the little ones for cupcake decorating, musical hearts, crafting and more. Cost: FREE. For ages toddler and up. Children ages 6 and under require parental assistance on the craft station. Parents must stay in the Commons, with their children, for the duration of the event. More »
3pm | PHOENIX | GRANT SNIDER | THE SHAPE OF IDEAS | Comics artist Grant Snider, whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, and The Best American Comics 2013, presents his new book. What does an idea look like? And where do they come from? Snider's illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers and, like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions. Whether you are a professional artist or designer, a student pursuing a creative career, a person of faith, someone who likes walks on the beach, or a dreamer who sits on the front porch contemplating life, this collection of one- and two-page comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process—no matter your age or creative background. More »
5:30—8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | TEMPE | RAE PARIS | THE FORGETTING TREE: A REMEMORY | Rae Paris visits with her new book, a blend of prose, poetry, and images, which she began writing while traveling the United States visiting sites of racial trauma, horror, and defiance. In it, she argues for a deeper understanding of past and present so that we might imagine a more hopeful, sustainable, and loving future. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | TEMPE | SUSAN SOUTHARD | "PREVENTING NUCLEAR WAR IN THE AGE OF TRUMP" | Amidst current international rhetoric and heightened threats of nuclear war, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize-winning author of Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War discusses how the past can inform us, and what's going on behind the scenes now to avert a nuclear catastrophe. Southard will read short excerpts from Nagasaki and link that historic attack on civilians to ongoing worldwide efforts to reduce the dangers we face today. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
7pm | OFFSITE | PATRISSE KHAN-CULLORS | WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A BLACK LIVES MATTER MEMOIR | The artist, organizer, and co-founder of Black Lives Matter shares her memoir, an emotional and powerful story of one of the co-founders of Black Lives Matter and how the movement was born. Necessary and timely, Patrisse Khan-Cullors' story asks us to remember that protest in the interest of the most vulnerable comes from love. Leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement have been called terrorists, a threat to America. But in truth, they are loving women whose life experiences have led them to seek justice for those victimized by the powerful. In this meaningful, empowering account of survival, strength, and resilience, Patrisse Khan-Cullors and asha bandele seek to change the culture that declares innocent black life expendable. Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | APRILYNNE PIKE | SHATTER | The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents the sequel to Glitter. Breaking Bad meets Marie Antoinette in a near-future world where the residents of Versailles live like it's the 1700s. Danica planned to use beauty, blackmail, and a glittering drug to control her own fate. Her escape from the twisted world of the Palace of Versailles was perfectly orchestrated and paid for. Or so she thought. Betrayed by the man who had promised her freedom, Dani is now married to the murderous king. It's a terrifying position to be in . . . and yet it's oddly intoxicating. Power may be an even stronger drug than Glitter—a drug Dani can't resist, in the form of secrets, manipulation, and sabotage. In her new position at the head of the court, Dani must ask herself who she really is. Can she use her newfound power to secure her real love, Saber's freedom, and a chance at a life together outside the palace? Or is being queen too addictive to give up? More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | VALENTINE'S DAY
7-9:30pm | PHOENIX | READ DATING | You've heard of speed dating, now try Read Dating! Meet your literary match at our non-traditional Valentine's Day party for bookish singles. Join our inclusive group of all romantic orientations for drinks, discussion, and bonding with fellow bibliophiles looking for a new friend or maybe—just maybe—that perfect companion. Cost: $10 per person, includes one glass of beer or wine from First Draft Book Bar. Doors open at 6:30pm. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
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, February 22. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | NADINE BURKE HARRIS, M.D. | THE DEEPEST WELL: HEALING THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD ADVERSITY | Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris shares her book linking adverse childhood experiences with harmful health effects later in life. Dr. Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego, a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual trauma, who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families. A survey of more than 17,000 adult patients' adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, showed that the higher a person's ACE score the worse their health, which led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough: childhood stress changes our neural systems and can last a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for change. More »
7pm | TEMPE | VALERIE BANDURA (HUMAN INTEREST) AND MATT BELL (A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL) | Poet Valerie Bandura and fiction writer Matt Bell read from their new work. Valerie Bandura's new collection of poems, Human Interest, offers a glimpse of failed gameshow contestants and bailed-out mortgage lenders, punk rockers and pop stars. A Tree or a Person or a Wall has Matt Bell at his most inventive and uncanny: parents and children, murderers and monsters, wild renditions of the past, and stunning visions of the present, all of which build to a virtuoso reimagining of our world. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.): INVICTUS | Teens meet to discuss Ryan Graudin's Invictus, an action adventure that defies time and space. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market, captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past. During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets—big ones—that will affect Far's life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out. More »
4pm | TEMPE | ALL AGES EVENT | POP-UP BOOK GROUP: A WRINKLE IN TIME | "It was a dark and stormy night." So famously begins Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic sci-fi adventure A Wrinkle in Time, in which child heroine Meg travels through space and time (and battles evil along the way) to find her father, a scientist who's mysteriously disappeared. This beloved children's book and Newbery Medal Winner is getting the Hollywood treatment with a big, splashy blockbuster starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. It looks awesome, but we're firm believers that you should always read the book before seeing the movie. And because reading with friends is more fun, we're holding a special book club to celebrate and discuss A Wrinkle in Time before the film's March 9 release. Join Arizona Republic reporter, First Draft Book Club moderator, and lifelong bookworm Barbara VanDenburgh for a guided conversation about A Wrinkle in Time (think English class, but fun). This event is for all ages, a perfect opportunity if you want to introduce a child to this literary classic or just refresh your own memory. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | LAUGHING DICE CLUB GAME NIGHT | Laughing Dice Club is an open gaming group for tabletop gamers. The group meets monthly to play classic card games, new board games, and everything inbetween. Future meets include special events, play-testing opportunities for new games, and presentations by local tabletop game designers. 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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 | PRESIDENTS' DAY
11am-4pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | SYRIAN SWEETS EXCHANGE | Share sweets. Share cultures. Share love! As Syrian refugees work to make Arizona their new home, Syrian Sweets Exchange is helping equip and empower them for long-term success. Join us at both Changing Hands locations to enjoy sweets, Turkish coffee, henna, and crafts made by these amazing bakers and artisans. We'll even have activities for children so the whole family can build understanding and friendships with the Syrian members of our community. All proceeds go directly to the families. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.858.9440 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
6:30pm | PHOENIX | ALL AGES EVENT | POP-UP BOOK GROUP: A WRINKLE IN TIME | "It was a dark and stormy night." So famously begins Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic sci-fi adventure A Wrinkle in Time, in which child heroine Meg travels through space and time (and battles evil along the way) to find her father, a scientist who's mysteriously disappeared. This beloved children's book and Newbery Medal Winner is getting the Hollywood treatment with a big, splashy blockbuster starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. It looks awesome, but we're firm believers that you should always read the book before seeing the movie. And because reading with friends is more fun, we're holding a special book club to celebrate and discuss A Wrinkle in Time before the film's March 9 release. Join Arizona Republic reporter, First Draft Book Club moderator, and lifelong bookworm Barbara VanDenburgh for a guided conversation about A Wrinkle in Time (think English class, but fun). This event is for all ages, a perfect opportunity if you want to introduce a child to this literary classic or just refresh your own memory. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TOM LEVEEN | MERCY RULE |
The author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) presents his latest YA novel, Mercy Rule. With quick cuts between a large cast of unforgettable characters, and razor-sharp plotting, Tom Leeven takes readers on a countdown to an inevitable, horrifying act. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
7pm | PHOENIX | ADAM PIERNO | UNDER THINK IT: A MARKETING STRATEGY GUIDEBOOK FOR EVERYONE | Strategy is the core of any successful ad agency or marketing team. Often in the chaos of creation, there's little time to cover the foundational aspects that transform strategy into actual change. To fill that void, Adam Pierno compiled a set of tools for planners and strategists. By mixing tried and true tools, real-world examples, and compelling insights, Adam brings authenticity to a world inundated with distractions. Whether you find yourself agency-side or working directly on a brand, his book aims to answer the questions creative and strategy staff ask on a daily basis. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUSAN DENNARD | SIGHTWITCH | New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard visits Tempe with her latest, an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber's journal entries and sketches. Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch, before Merik returned from the dead, Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber's misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she doesn't know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
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 | PHOENIX | LECTURE WITH ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD TRUMP, PART THREE" | Is the Mueller investigation Constitutional? Can the President punish somebody for kneeling at a football game? Did Trump's cease-and-desist letter to the publisher of Fire and Fury mean anything? Can a sitting President be charged with a crime? What's new with the travel ban? Trump and due process? Can Trump use his "bigger button" to launch the bomb? Tonight, author, attorney, and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter discusses what the greatest charter of government on earth—the United States Constitution—really says about what Trump wants to do as he claims to "make America great again." More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
7-9pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | CHOICES | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a monthly slam competition. Storytellers share six-minute true stories based on a common theme, and are judged by the audience. The story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize. Cost: $6 online, $8 at the door. Tickets available only at changinghands.com More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
10:30am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | JOSEPH KIMBLE | MR. MOUTHFUL LEARNS HIS LESSON | Kimble presents his new picture book and discusses the process by which it was made. Mr. Mouthful is a windbag whose highfalutin' talk causes trouble and confusion for kids. But he learns his lesson when a little girl wanders off a dock, falls into the water, and has to be rescued—fast. Kids will laugh at the misadventures of Mr. Mouthful and his monkey, Dupree. Along the way they'll learn some new words and love the jaunty illustrations of Kerry Bell. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzie Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | TEMPE | FRANCISCO CANTÚ | THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER | The award-winning author shares his book, documenting his time as a border patrol agent in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. For Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line. More »

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 25
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION | Chanting vibrates 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 required. Cost: $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
4:30pm | PHOENIX | BUDDHIST TALK WITH GEN-LA KELSANG JAMPA OF THE INTERNATIONAL KADAMPA MEDITATION RETREAT CENTER GRAND CANYON | HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE MIND | American Buddhist Monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa introduces How to Understand the Mind by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which offers deep insight into the mind, and shows how an understanding of its nature and functions can be used practically in everyday experience to improve our lives. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Gail Honeyman's debut novel Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes that the only way to survive is to open your heart. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine 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 »
this month at first draft

February's Pick:
Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gayle Honeyman

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 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, Gail Honeyman's debut Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine 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 »


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely FineABOUT THE BOOK | Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond's big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one. Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . The only way to survive is to open your heart. More »


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The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border

by Francisco Cantú | Hardcover, $26.00 »

The Line Becomes a River "The Line Becomes a River is an important, timely and insightful memoir. As a border agent, Franisco Cantú was trained to track humans in the Southwest desert. Eventually, Cantú leaves the position. As a civilian Cantú befriends an undocumented man who goes to Mexico to visit his dying mother, and then attempts to return to his family in America. Cantú writes about a complicated world in perfect and precise prose. He writes to understand. He writes to process the problematic world of borders, the people who cross them and live by them. Cantú comes to understand how every experience becomes a scar that fades, but never disappears. This memoir is reminiscent of Tim O'Brien's work, a gifted writer reporting from the front lines of the human experience."  —Cindy

Francisco Cantú will be at the Tempe store on Saturday, February 24 at 7pm. More info »
 

 

The Sky Is Yours

by Chandler Klang Smith | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Take Me with You "If you are a fan of post-apocalypes, satires of late capitalism, and Gothic romances, this is the book for you. The Sky Is Yours follows three young people in a decaying, futuristic New York-style city that is not too unfamiliar - apart from the two dragons that keep burning everything down. The story of how these dragons change the world is told in a fantastic book that leaps through styles and genres, and is at all times strange, disturbing, and hilarious. It's brilliantly written novel that has a ton of ideas."  —Dan
 



 

Homesick for Another World

The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money

by Chelsea Fagan, Lauren Ver Hage | Paperback, $19.00 »

"I've always considered myself responsible, but there's an age at which terms like IRA start getting thrown around, and you start to feel a bit under-prepared. You guys, there are SO MANY different types of IRAs! Fagan gives a crash course in financial planning for 20 and 30-somethings, she's never condescending, and always open to doing what's right for your personal financial health. The Financial Diet helps define terms, set organizational habits, and gives tips on how to take care of yourself, your home, your diet (yes, the food kind), and opens you up to having the kind of conversations about personal finance that will benefit you in the long-run. Consider this book a starter-guide for becoming best friends with your wallet."  —Amy

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