January 2020
Me and White Supremacy Animalkind Farm Sanctuary
Layla F. Saad discusses her book Me and White Supremacy President of PETA Ingrid Newkirk shares her book Animalkind Gene Baur discusses his work to combat factory farming
Ganbatte New Consciousness Forget They Were Ever Born
First Friday Poetry featuring Sarah Kortemeier (Ganbatte) and Tyler Meier Dee Ellsworth shares her self-published book New Consciousness in Transformation Sharon Flanagan-Hyde shares her memoir Forget They Were Ever Born
Free the Puddles Virga and Bone Snug
Pierre O'Rourke presents his independently published novel Craig Childs reads from his new collection of desert essays Catana Chetwynd presents her latest collection of comics
Hold On But Don't Hold Still Journal Your Way to Success Magic of Viral Energy
Kristina Kuzmic discusses and signs her new book Sandie Troup shares her self-published guide to organize your life with intention Penelope Jean Hayes presents her book The Magic of Viral Energy
First Draft Book Club Med School after Menopause Speak from Your Heart
Join us in Phoenix to discuss this month's pick, Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow. Ann Charlotte Valentin, N.M.D., shares her story about transformation, healing, and spirituality Dr. Kixx Goldman presents her new collection of short stories
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: ESTEBAN | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Esteban the Magnificent! More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | CLEAN GETAWAY | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Nic Stone's Clean Getaway, a middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds. 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 »
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, FEBRUARY 2
11am-1pm | PHOENIX | VALENTINE'S CRAFTERNOON WORKSHOP | Singles, couples, galentines: you're invited for an afternoon of valentine crafting! Bring your besties and your creativity, and we'll provide all the art supplies you'll need to create gorgeous valentines for your loved ones. Walk-ins welcome! Cost: $10 per person, includes instruction and supplies for three handcrafted Valentine's Day cards. Register online. More »
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | LISA MCMANN | DRAGON FIRE (THE UNWANTEDS QUESTS #5) | The New York Times bestselling author presents the fifth novel in the bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds, which Kirkus calls "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter." For attendees only, Lisa is bringing an extra special secret gift exclusive to the Changing Hands event. More »
3-5pm | PHOENIX | MILL AVE CHAMBER PLAYERS | The Mill Ave Chamber Players kick off their twelfth season with a literary themed concert, from depictions of a bacchanal from Saint Saens’s opera "Samson et Delilah" to the frenetic ending of a burlesque in Nancy Galbraith’s “Aeolian Muses." More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3
7pm | PHOENIX | LAYLA F. SAAD | ME AND WHITE SUPREMACY | Author Layla F. Saad discusses her book covering the subjects of white supremacy and racial injustice. Me and White Supremacy takes readers on a 28-day journey of how to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn help other White people do better, too. When Layla Saad began an Instagram challenge called #meandwhitesupremacy, she never predicted it would spread as widely as it did. She encouraged people to own up and share their racist behaviors, big and small. She was looking for truth, and she got it. Thousands of people participated in the challenge, and nearly 100,000 people downloaded the Me and White Supremacy Workbook. Updated and expanded from the original workbook, Me and White Supremacy, takes the work deeper by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and including expanded definitions, examples, and further resources. More »
7pm | TEMPE | INGRID NEWKIRK | ANIMALKIND | The founder and president of PETA explores the wonders of animal life and offers tools for living more kindly toward them. In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about who animals are—intelligent, aware, and empathetic. Studies show that animals are astounding beings with intelligence, emotions, intricate communications networks, and myriad abilities. In Animalkind: Remarkable Discoveries About Animals and Revolutionary New Ways to Show Them Compassion, Ingrid Newkirk and Gene Stone detail a range of surprising discoveries: that geese fall in love and stay with a partner for life, that fish “sing” underwater, and that elephants use their trunks to send subsonic signals, alerting other herds to danger miles away. Newkirk and Stone also show readers what they can do in their everyday lives to ensure that the animal world is protected from needless harm. Whether it’s medicine, product testing, entertainment, clothing, or food, there are now better options to the many uses animals once served in human life. Animalkind is a fascinating study of why our fellow living beings deserve our respect, and moreover, the steps every reader can take to put this new understanding into action. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4
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, February 18 and 25. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP: PART 12 | 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, McWhirter leads a presentation and question-and-answer session about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. Copies of McWhirter's book Bills, Quills, and Stills will be available. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GENE BAUR | FARM SANCTUARY AND LIVING THE FARM SANCTUARY LIFE |
Gene Baur, president and co-founder of Farm Sanctuary, discusses his work to combat factory farming. In Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food, he investigates the ethical questions involved in the animal agriculture system—and urges readers to extend the reach of human compassion and consume a kinder plate, making a better life for animals and for themselves. In Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, Baur and Forks Over Knives author Gene Stone explore the deeply transformative experience of visiting the sanctuary, and the basic tenets of Farm Sanctuary life, including eating in harmony with your values, connecting with nature wherever you are, reducing stress, and more. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
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. 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, February 13, 20, and 27. 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 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER | As seen on The Today Show! Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a special writing workshop at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix. How do I love thee? Count the ways—and put them on paper—in this one-night workshop filled with exercises, prompts, tips, and war stories from the letter-writing trenches. From lists to limericks, a love letter can take many forms, and you can write yours to just about anyone. Find the right words to let your mom, kid, best friend, or even your romantic interest know you care. Bring a friend! Attendees will also enjoy extended happy hour prices at the bar. Cost: $30 per person. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING SARAH KORTEMEIER (GANBATTE) AND TYLER MEIER PLUS OPEN READING Sarah Kortemeier reads from her debut collection, Ganbatte, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. Her poems "range across multiple continents and languages, querying what it means to experience history as a traveler." Tyler Meier, Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, also reads. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME AND COSTUME STORYTIME | LOVE IS LOVE | Drag Queen Storytime and Costume Storytime with Esteban the Magnificent combine to bring you Love is Love storytime! Nevaeh McKenzie, Sophia Sinclair, reigning Mister Phoenix Pride Gray Matter, and Esteban the Magnificent come together with books, crafts, and photos! Family of four tickets are available for a $5 donation benefiting the Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BRING ON THE BIRDS | The Maricopa Audubon Society presents a morning of hands-on interactive fun for kids ages 6-12 and their families. Learn how to recognize the myriad feathered friends that live among—and above!—us, and why they matter so much. Attendees will identify common birds of Arizona, make a bird-inspired craft, and enjoy poetry, stories, and a visit by Liberty Wildlife Rescue, who will attend with a very special feathered guest. More »
2-4pm | TEMPE | TEMPE CANDIDATES' FORUM | Featuring Tempe mayoral candidates Mark Mitchell and Corey Woods, as well as other candidates for local office. Details to be announced. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. “Your Angels Are Waiting.” Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Join us at Changing Hands Phoenix for Stitch-In. Inspired by the Tiny Pricks Project (@tinypricksproject), Sew Many Comments (@sewmanycomments), and countless other artists/activists using embroidery to make political points, we're gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch, bitch, and enjoy drink specials. Drink a mimosa or two—or a latte or three. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your own stitching project. Whether you're an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. More »
3pm | TEMPE | DEE ELLSWORTH | NEW CONSCIOUSNESS IN TRANSFORMATION | Ellsworth shares her self-published book about the grief of a mother losing a child suddenly of a heart attack, and "a spiritual awakening to an individual journey of life that speaks to us through miracles which occur if we are open to receive them from our loved ones." More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | Our own 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 | THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS: BUILDING A BUSINESS WHEN THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS | 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. This month’s book is The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz. Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, and one of Silicon Valley's most experienced entrepreneurs, offers "essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover," based on his popular Ben’s Blog. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ADALYN GRACE | ALL THE STARS AND TEETH | Adalyn Grace visits with her debut novel for young readers, All the Stars and Teeth. Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, it's a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stowaway she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | SHARON FLANAGAN-HYDE | FORGET THEY WERE EVER BORN |
Sharon Flanagan-Hyde shares her self-published memoir, a troubling yet inspiring book that recounts the appalling abuse of people with intellectual disabilities since the 1960s and the anguish of their families. When Sharon's sister Mary Jean was diagnosed with "severe mental retardation" in 1962, the toddler was sent away to an institution, but she was not forgotten. Decades of witnessing maltreatment and horrific conditions at Belchertown State School devastated the entire family. Mary Jean finally found a safe home, but shocking neglect and abuse continue throughout the United States. Forget They Were Ever Born calls for public policy changes to ensure compassionate care for all vulnerable people. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BROKEN GLASS | 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 will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from our First Draft Book Bar. This month we discuss Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson. A new edition of an irreverent, allusive, scatalogical, tragicomic masterpiece from one of our greatest living Francophone writers. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
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. 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, February 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CRAIG CHILDS | VIRGA & BONE: ESSAYS FROM DRY PLACES |
Writer and adventurer Craig Childs presents a night of storytelling, music, and a reading from his new collection of desert essays. From the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt collection focusing on a vivid series of desert icons: a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced, bones rolling on a skeleton coast. Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more-than-human, drawing on a lifetime of experiences in desert landscapes. Each essay is accompanied by an illustration from Utah artist Claire Taylor. More »
7pm | TEMPE | PIERRE O'ROURKE | FREE THE PUDDLES | Pierre O'Rourke presents his independently published novel. After eight years, many would assume that Brian and Allison have it all: a flourishing business, a stunning home, an amazing little boy. And yet, as they head for a "friendly divorce," they don't know why they failed. Meanwhile, as the storm clouds of divorce loom, two men leave the dry heat of Arizona to deliver a vintage '65 Mustang from the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. Traversing what remains of Route-66, they pass through the cool rains of Hinsdale, Illinois, where they accept temporary work with Brian and Allison's remodeling company. We often find we talk better with strangers than with people we know, and sometimes that's when the adventure begins. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
8pm | PHOENIX | VALENTINE'S DAY ADULT DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | Top off your Valentine's Day festivities with the Queens! Join the legendary Miss Gay Arizona America 2015 Nevaeh McKenzie and friends for our inaugural V-Day Adult Drag Queen storytime. Whether you're a diehard romantic or think V-Day is as cheesy AF, it'll be fifty shades of funny. Plus: don't miss your chance to win a massage gift prize from Lighten Up Laser to celebrate a little self love and pampering! Regular and VIP ticket packages available. Register online. Ages 18 and up. Perfect for couples, singles, and galentines. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE | Teens meet to discuss Life Is Short and Then You Die, the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home. And in this case, a very different type of “first”—murder. This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly. Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more! 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | WOMEN IN JAZZ CONCERT | Hear the culmination of a year of hard work promoting women in jazz through a grant provided by the AZ Commission on the Arts. From the organizers: "Claudia Bloom and Mary Petrich have spent the year researching and performing the music of women in jazz. They have also reached out to the female jazz community in Phoenix, some of whom will be performing at this concert. Also featured will be members of Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, an exciting new project that supports young female musicians learning to improvise. They are swinging!" Cost: $20. Buy your tickets online. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17
9:30am-4:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | WRITING WORKSHOP | SHOO FLIES BOOK CAMP | From the creators of the popular monthly reading series "Bar Flies" comes "Shoo Flies," a chance for teens to write and read their own true stories on stage—and hone personal essay writing skills for college essay season. This workshop will give participants a chance to brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse, and perform, all in a single day. Participants must be teens. No prior writing or performing experience is necessary. Drinks, snacks, and lunch will be provided by First Draft Book Bar. We’ll also provide plenty of instruction on everything from inspiration to writing to delivery from Bar Flies curators and contributors. Space is limited. Cost: $125 per person. Register online. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | CATANA CHETWYND | SNUG: A COLLECTION OF COMICS ABOUT DATING YOUR BEST FRIEND | Bestselling author Catana Chetwynd (Little Moments of Love) presents her latest collection of comics that captures the honest, playful, and relatable snapshots of romantic life. Why bother getting out of bed when you could stay bundled up with that special someone and a book of cozy, cute comics? Chetwynd’s second book has the same charming and inviting style as her first and includes 50 percent new, never-before-shared comics. Snug is a celebration of the quirks and peculiarities of every one of us—and the magic that happens when we find our matching puzzle piece. Location: Dobson High School Auditorium 1501 W Guadalupe Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18
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, February 25. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
7pm | OFFSITE | KRISTINA KUZMIC | HOLD ON, BUT DON'T HOLD STILL | YouTube superstar Kristina Kuzmic, winner of “Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star,” visits with her new book, one woman's story of ditching her fairytale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life. With a refreshingly unpretentious, funny, and galvanizing voice, Kuzmic goes behind the scenes to reveal how she went from broke and defeated to unshakably grounded and brimming with thankfulness. Illuminating the hard-won wisdom from a life always spent one step behind—whether it was as a high school student new to America, a suddenly single mother to two kids, remarried and juggling two teens and a toddler, or the unexpected recipient of Oprah's attention and investment—Hold On, But Don't Hold Still is the book every mother needs to reassure her that she's not only fine just as she is, but that she already has more tools and support than she can possibly imagine. Location: Orpheum Theatre 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! WITH KAKANI KATIJA | DESIGNED BY NATURE | Bioengineer and research diver Kakani Katija takes you deep into the midwaters of the ocean—one of the least explored ecosystems on our planet—and shares how its inhabitants could lead to breakthroughs in bio-inspired design. Katija’s work led to energy efficient jellyfish-inspired robotics. Now, she studies little-known sea creatures that have the potential to make a big impact on some of our world’s most critical problems. Tickets available at mesaartscenter.com. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20
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. 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, February 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SANDIE TROUP | JOURNAL YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS |
The local author shares her self-published guide to organize your life with intention. "Mindful self-care is the key to success at work or at home! It helps individuals prioritize self-care by taking one hour a day to engage in six activities and journal about the experience, plans, and ideas they inspire. The goal is to become more organized, more successful in your career, stronger physically, and find more balance and peace in both your personal and professional lives." More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21
6-8pm | TEMPE | CREATIVE NON-FICTION REVIEW | First meeting of a non-fiction critique group. RSVP to Al Fournier, algahman@gmail.com.
7pm | TEMPE | PENELOPE JEAN HAYES | THE MAGIC OF VIRAL ENERGY | Penelope Jean Hayes presents her book The Magic of Viral Energy and hosts a discussion about contagious energy and how to utilize this phenomenon for your best life. While meditating in 2007, Hayes experienced the contagious nature of energy and a phenomenon she calls “osmotic-energy-balancing.” Over the next decade, she intuited “viral energy” and a system of creation involving seven levels of energy ascending from dense and heavy upward to enlightenment. At this presentation, she'll also offer a sneak peek of her upcoming series Do Unto Earth, which deals with our environmental crisis and more. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22
10am | TEMPE | FREE WORKSHOP WITH MADHURI BAPAT | RANGOLEE ART | Author and educator Madhuri Bapat leads a free workshop on the ancient Indian folk art rangolee, based on her book Rangolee Art. This workshop is free. Please RSVP online. 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.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | "THREE WAYS TO THINK ABOUT PLOT" | Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group. Tonight, Suyi Okungbowa, author of the forthcoming novel David Mogo, Godhunter continues the series with "Three Ways To Think About Plot." From the presenter: "You might have heard people refer to some of your beloved stories as 'plot-heavy' or even 'plot-less,' while you're over here wondering what in the world 'plot' even is, and how to make your story have one (that works). In this workshop, we’ll explore new ways to think about plot. First in relation to character goals as cycles of trying and failing, acceptance and rejection, and cause and effect. Then, we’ll create our own plots or micro-stories in five minutes and rewrite them using each of these techniques. Finally, we’ll discuss how these exercises can be adapted for novellas, novels, and other longer works. By the end of the workshop, you'll leave with concrete ideas and actionable strategies for tackling plot in your stories." More »
7pm | PHOENIX | AZ OPERA BOOK CLUB | THE RAINBOW TRAIL | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Zane Grey's The Rainbow Trail. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | CATCH AND KILL | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow. In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family. All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain—until now. This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Catch and Kill for 20% off, then meet us and USA Today Books Editor Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ANN CHARLOTTE VALENTIN | MED SCHOOL AFTER MENOPAUSE: THE JOURNEY OF MY SOUL | Ann Charlotte Valentin, N.M.D., shares her story about transformation, healing, and spirituality. After coming close to death and experiencing an out of body experience in 1992, Dr. Valentin developed a serious blood disorder and walked a fine line between life and death. Two years later, as she struggled to heal, she again left her body, which resulted in a spiritual transformation and activated her life path. As a result of these experiences, she claims, she became clairvoyant, clairaudient, and clairsentient—and believes it's never too late for readers to find their own Divine Feminine, intuitive powers, and soul’s purpose. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27
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. 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 for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. 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.
SOLD OUT | 6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "MOTHERS WHO WRITE" | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a ten-session workshop series. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing. Cost: $250 per person, for 10 sessions. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DR. KIXX GOLDMAN | SPEAK FROM YOUR HEART AND BE HEARD: STORIES OF COURAGE AND HEALING | Author and psychologist Dr. Kixx Goldman presents her new collection of short stories inspired by her own experiences and those of her clients. A devoted father and his daughter find hope in rewriting their past. With remarkable grit, a teacher escapes a surprise attack. A man conquers his fears and heals his childhood wounds. A therapist defies the establishment to protect her clients, and another stands up to the church. As the characters in these stories find the courage to triumph over their challenges, they heal and grow. "You, too," the author says, "can follow your inner voice, speak from your heart, claim your power, and fulfill your life." More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "CRUSH" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Crush." 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 »
this month at first draft

February’s Pick:
Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

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, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Catch and Kill. Then join USA Today Books Editor 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 »

Catch and KillABOUT THE BOOK | In this instant New York Times bestselling account of violence and espionage, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Ronan Farrow exposes serial abusers and a cabal of powerful interests hell-bent on covering up the truth, at any cost.

In 2017, a routine network television investigation led Ronan Farrow to a story only whispered about: one of Hollywood's most powerful producers was a predator, protected by fear, wealth, and a conspiracy of silence. As Farrow drew closer to the truth, shadowy operatives, from high-priced lawyers to elite war-hardened spies, mounted a secret campaign of intimidation, threatening his career, following his every move, and weaponizing an account of abuse in his own family.

All the while, Farrow and his producer faced a degree of resistance they could not explain -- until now. And a trail of clues revealed corruption and cover-ups from Hollywood to Washington and beyond.

This is the untold story of the exotic tactics of surveillance and intimidation deployed by wealthy and connected men to threaten journalists, evade accountability, and silence victims of abuse. And it's the story of the women who risked everything to expose the truth and spark a global movement.

Both a spy thriller and a meticulous work of investigative journalism, Catch and Kill breaks devastating new stories about the rampant abuse of power and sheds far-reaching light on investigations that shook our culture. More »


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staffpicks Such a Fun Age

The Bard's Blade

by Brian D. Anderson | Paperback, $17.99 »

"Just when I was starting to get jaded with the fantasy genre, The Bard's Blade reels me back in. I love everything about this book, from the unique take of placing a bard as a protagonist to the mysterious, new world that Anderson has crafted. It has everything one could ask for from epic fantasy—romance, villainy, adventure, depth and characters that feel so real it's as if they are sitting right next to you."  —Tim
 

 

Infinity Son

The Regrets

by Amy Bonnaffons | Hardcover, $27.00 »

"What happens when a living, breathing woman engages in a love affair with a ghost? Amy Bonnaffons uses this as her premise in her debut novel, The Regrets which is a combination ghost story and love story. It is a treatise on human existence, desire, identity and memory. It's bizarre and masterful and a celebration of living. For anyone who has read Melissa Broder's The Pisces, I encourage you to pick this up. The Regrets is a thoughtful investigation of female desire, sex and intimacy. It's a story that will stay with you for days afterwards and keep you thinking, guessing and questioning what you know about love."  —Michelle
 

 

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

Everything I Know About Love

by Dolly Alderton | Hardcover, $22.99 »

"I'm not easily attracted to memoir-style literature, but I can say this novel has changed my mind. Everything I Know About Love was a joy to read and relatable to me as young woman in her early '20s. Dolly Alderton gives a transparent, brutally honest look at herself at the various stages of her 30 years of life. She accurately depicts the hedonistic nature of being young, somewhat clueless, and attempting to navigate though life's complexities. Mixed with that famous (and charming) British wit, this memoir is unequivocally a masterpiece."  —Jennifer

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