February 2019
Work at Hand And So We Die Having First Slept Found in Translation
Olivia Simpson Ellis reads from her selected poems Jennifer Spiegel discusses her latest with writer Matt Bell Scholar Sir Jonathan Bate presents "The End of the World as We Know It"
Living Brave Madeleine Albright Life Lessons
Dr. Hilda Villaverde and Mary Beth Stern: Living Brave: Women in Business Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses her new book Join David Romanelli and his special guest speakers for "Drinks with Your Elders"
The Forgetting Tree Thrive Jasmine Guillory
Jan Groenemann discusses her latest novel in Tempe Cyndi Coon shares her guide to help people in creative fields Jasmine Guillory (The Wedding Date) presents her latest
Read Dating Go Ahead in the Rain Birding Arizona
Tania Katan shares her creativity and imagination guide Hanif Abdurraqib with his book about A Tribe Called Quest Charles J. Babbitt signs copies of his guide: Birding Arizona
Arizona Chimichangas Broad Band Handbook
Rita Connelly shares recipes and Arizona's love of chimichangas Claire Evans discusses the women who made the internet what it is today Robin Marty shares her manual for understanding reproductive rights law
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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING OLIVIA SIMPSON ELLIS | THE WORK AT HAND: SELECTED POEMS | Olivia Simpson Ellis reads from her selected poems in The Work at Hand. Set in the village of Academy, California, readers find themselves "in the center of a pioneer family whose long walk across the Santa Fe Trail took them in the 1800s to a place they named after the school they built, The Academy, known throughout California as an exceptional place to learn, where classical poetry was the foundation for education." More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Little Golden Book character the Poky Little Puppy. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE LETTER FOR THE KING |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Tonke Dragt's The Letter For The King. Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7pm | PHOENIX | JENNIFER SPIEGEL | AND SO WE DIE HAVING FIRST SLEPT | Jennifer Spiegel discusses her latest novel with writer Matt Bell. It's a novel about marriage, youth, middle-age, Gen X, and fidelity. Brett is older than Cash by a decade; both are world-weary—one from negotiating brain trauma and rehab and the absence of pretty boys, the other from addiction and road trips and even a Billy Graham crusade. Bath salts and babies work on their ten-year relationship, forcing them to begin again one way or another. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER" | 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: $20 per person. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | SIR JONATHAN BATE | TALK: "THE POETRY OF EARTH FROM OVID TO MODERNITY" | Biographer, critic, broadcaster, and scholar Sir Jonathan Bate, Professor of English Literature in the University of Oxford, presents "The End of the World as We Know It" as part of a "How the Humanities Can Save the Planet" series. In almost every culture there is a story of how one day a time of catastrophe will come, when some powerful force precipitates an apocalypse that will bring an end to our species and environment. During the last 200 years, that narrative has often been of ecological catastrophe. Sir Jonathan Bate expounds on how the humanities can help us to understand this narrative and apply it to the present and immediate future. Afterwards, Bate signs copies of his books Stressed, Unstressed: Classic Poems to Ease the Mind as well as The Song of the Earth. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | LISA MCMANN | DRAGON GHOSTS | The New York Times bestselling author presents the third novel in the bestselling sequel series to The Unwanteds. Ten years after Alex and Aaron Stowe brought peace to Quill and Artimé, their younger twin sisters journey beyond Artimé in Dragon Ghosts. Devastated by loss and hampered by war, Fifer struggles to regroup and continue the search for her twin. Meanwhile Thisbe, pounded by images of Grimere's dark history, contemplates her abandonment and considers leaving Rohan behind in a risky move that could take her home...or to her death. Pre-order from Changing Hands to receive exclusive swag! While supplies last. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
7pm | PHOENIX | DR. HILDA VILLAVERDE AND MARY BETH STERN | LIVING BRAVE: WOMEN IN BUSINESS | Villaverde and Stern present their book Living Brave, compelling stories of how one can make a difference. Several of the "voices" from the book, including Cindy Dach, co-owner of Changing Hands Bookstore, share their stories of passion and purpose—the constant motivators in living braver lives and answering poignant questions of struggles, successes, and fears in being an entrepreneurial woman. Be inspired by the panel as they explore the concept that women do not necessarily seek to take over the world as much as they strive to take hold of who they are and what they can offer. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
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 14, 21, and 28. 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID ROMANELLI | LIFE LESSONS FROM THE OLDEST AND WISEST | Join David Romanelli and his special guest speakers at First Draft Book Bar (the coffee, wine, and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for "Drinks with Your Elders," an evening of stories and conversation inspired by Romanelli's Life Lessons from the Oldest and Wisest. Elder Americans in their eighties, nineties, and even hundreds, have survived the Holocaust, endured the Great Depression, fought in World War II, lived through the Civil Rights Movement, and endured countless booms and busts. Yet unlike other parts of the world where elders are respected and revered, many American elders tend to be lonely and feel irrelevant, without a voice in American culture. These elders need our attention and love—and we need their stories and wisdom. Like tonight's special guests, the elders featured in Life Lessons from the Oldest and Wisest share a mix of history, wisdom, and joie de vivre. It's a reminder to cherish the elders all around you—before it's too late. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | MADELEINE ALBRIGHT | FASCISM: A WARNING | Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright discusses her new book — a personal and urgent examination of Fascism in the twentieth century and how its legacy shapes today's world. Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003 More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
7pm | TEMPE | JAN GROENEMANN | WOMAN ALONE: ONE WOMAN'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE MURKY AND MAGICAL | The artist and author of Through the Inner Eye: Awakening to Your Creative Spirit discusses her latest novel. Even though her childhood dreams of being wife, mother, and artist have been realized, Jude instinctively knows something is missing. So when her mother suddenly dies, she sets out on a quest to find herself. As her search for meaning in an unpredictable world takes her from rural Illinois into the international art world, from Christian traditions to a universal spirituality that encompasses even her Native American heritage, and from the belief that she needs a man to be whole, Jude must learn to embrace her vulnerability, the joy of self-discovery, and most importantly, her purpose. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | VALENTINE'S PARTY AND COSTUME STORYTIME WITH THE POKY LITTLE PUPPY | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Little Golden Book character the Poky Little Puppy. 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 10
5pm | PHOENIX | CYNDI COON | THRIVE!: THE CREATIVE'S GUIDEBOOK TO PROFESSIONAL TENACITY | Entrepreneur Cyndi Coon shares her guide to help people in creative fields acquire the skills and tools needed to successfully market their talents and manage their careers. Thrive! The Creative's Guidebook to Professional Tenacity understands the importance of speaking to creative professionals in their own language, and showing them how to leverage their outside-the-box skills to achieve professional and financial success. The book is ideal for anyone studying or working in the fields of art and design, or any creative endeavor. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THRIVE: THE THIRD METRIC TO REDEFINING SUCCESS AND CREATING A LIFE OF WELL-BEING, WISDOM, AND WONDER | This month's book is Thrive by Arianna Huffington, in which the author makes an impassioned and compelling case for the need to redefine what it means to be successful in today's world. Drawing on the latest groundbreaking research and scientific findings in the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology that show the profound and transformative effects of meditation, mindfulness, unplugging, and giving, Huffington shows us the way to a revolution in our culture, our thinking, our workplace, and our lives. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH MERLE NUDELMAN | "EKPHRASIS POETRY" |
Ekphrastic poems, which date back to Homer's description of Achilles' shield in The Iliad, are written in response to works of art and engage directly with the subject piece. Tonight Merle Nudelman will discuss the ekphrastic process, illustrating the form with some of her own pieces from The Seeker Ascends accompanied by the paintings that inspired them. Participants will write their own ekphrastic poems in dialogue with original paintings that will be displayed at the workshop, and will have the option of sharing their work with the group. Cost: $25 + fees per person. Register online. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | THE END OF DAYS | This month we discuss The End of Days by acclaimed German author Jenny Erpenbeck, translated by Susan Bernofsky. Winner of the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and the Hans Fallada Prize, The End of Days consists essentially of five "books," each leading to a different death of the same unnamed female protagonist. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | "JUMP START YOUR SPRING GARDEN" | Join Greg as he walks you through the most important things to know about starting your spring garden. Being a lifelong Phoenix gardener, it is often assumed that he has growing all figured out — so much so that when people tell him they have two black thumbs he just laughs, then promises them that he has killed more plants, including trees, than they probably ever will. In reality, gardening in the desert is simple if you know the rules. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
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 21 and 28. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "CRUSHING IT!" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme of "Crushing It!" Sign up on TheStoryline.org January 19 through Saturday, February 9 to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn on Sunday, February 10 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, FEBRUARY 16
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | DARK OF THE WEST | Teens meet to discuss Joanna Hathaway's YA fantasy debut Dark of the West. T.A.B. will be reading advanced copies provided by the publisher. If you are interested in reading the book beforehand and joining in our discussion on February 16, please contact our T.A.B. coordinator Leah with your request. Limited copies available. 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 18 | PRESIDENTS' DAY
7pm | PHOENIX | JASMINE GUILLORY | THE PROPOSAL AND THE WEDDING DATE | The New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date presents her latest, a novel about what happens when a public proposal doesn't turn into a happy ending, thanks to a woman who knows exactly how to make one on her own... When freelance writer Nikole goes to a Dodgers game with her actor boyfriend, his man bun, and his bros, the last thing she expects is a scoreboard proposal. Saying "no" isn't the hard part—they've only been dating for five months, and he can't even spell her name correctly. The hard part is having to face a stadium full of disappointed fans... At the game with his sister, Carlos Ibarra comes to Nik's rescue and rushes her away from a camera crew. He's even there for her when the video goes viral and Nik's social media blows up—in a bad way. Nik knows that in the wilds of LA, a handsome doctor like Carlos can't be looking for anything serious, so she embarks on an epic rebound with him, filled with food, fun, and fantastic sex. But when their glorified hookups start breaking the rules, one of them has to be smart enough to put on the brakes. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | WHERE THE DEAD SIT TALKING AND FRIDAY BLACK |
Long and Short of It Book Club is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a single theme. Tonight we discuss racial identity in America through two of 2018's best releases. Brandon Hobson's Where the Dead Sit Talking is a coming-of-age drama about a young Cherokee boy in 1980s Oklahoma. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah's Friday Black is a collection of surreal short stories about race, violence, and consumerism. Hobson was a finalist for the National Book Award, while Adjei-Brenyah was a recipient of the "5 Under 35" award. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copies of Where the Dead Sit Talking for 20% off and Friday Black for 10% off. Then meet us at First Draft Book Bar to discuss the picks. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KARA MCDOWELL | JUST FOR CLICKS | Local author Kara McDowell shares her debut young adult novel. Mommy blogs are great...unless the blog happens to belong to your mom. Twin sisters Claire and Poppy are accidental social media stars thanks to Mom going viral when they were babies. Now, as teens, they're expected to contribute by building their own brand. Attending a New York fashion week and receiving fan mail is a blast. Fending off internet trolls and would-be kidnappers? Not so much. Poppy embraces it. Claire hates it. Will anybody accept her as "just Claire?" And what should Claire do about Mom's old journals? The handwritten entries definitely don't sound like Mom's perfect blog persona. Worse, one of them divulges a secret that leaves Claire wondering what else in her life might be nothing but a sham. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! PRESENTS CHRISTINA MITTERMEIER | Photographer Cristina Mittermeier visits Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series. Cristina is a Mexican-born marine biologist and photographer specializing in conservation issues surrounding the ocean and indigenous cultures. Her work centers on the delicate balance between human well-being and healthy ecosystems. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
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 28. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JEREDITH
MERRIN | "POETIC IMAGERY AND INSIGHT: HOW LOOKING OUTSIDE YOURSELF HELPS YOU SEE (AND SAY) WHAT'S GOING ON INSIDE" | In session one of this two-part workshop, participants will explore the relation between Looking and Making, and discuss examples of imagery—especially visual imagery—in a selection of poems. Attendees are invited (but not required) to bring a short poem (by a poet other than themselves) or a stanza from a longer poem that contains imagery they find moving or striking. In the second session, participants return with newly drafted poems to workshop. Beginners welcome. Cost: $35 + fees for two sessions, February 21 and 28. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22
7pm | OFFSITE | TANIA KATAN | CREATIVE TRESPASSING | Creative disruptor, inspirational speaker, and co-creator of the internationally viral campaign #ItWasNeverADress shows how to sneak more creativity and imagination into your work and life in her new book Creative Trespassing. Whether you're an entrepreneur seeking new ways to innovate, a newbie trying to spice up routine entry-level work, a free spirit with a rich creative life outside the office looking to bring more of that magic into your job, or just someone who occasionally feels the urge to scream "Why does it say paper jam when there is no paper jam!," Katan will show you how to transform monotony into novelty and get your freakin' spark back between the hours of nine and five. Location: Virginia G. Piper Theater, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets available online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | HANIF ABDURRAQIB | GO AHEAD IN THE RAIN | Poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib discusses and signs copies of his latest book. How does one pay homage to A Tribe Called Quest? The seminal rap group brought jazz into the genre, resurrecting timeless rhythms to create masterpieces such as The Low End Theory and Midnight Marauders. Seventeen years after their last album, they resurrected themselves with an intense, socially conscious record, We Got It from Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service, which arrived when fans needed it most, in the aftermath of the 2016 election. Abdurraqib digs into the group's history and draws from his own experience to reflect on how its distinctive sound resonated among fans like himself. The result is as ambitious and genre-bending as the rap group itself. Abdurraqib seeks the deeper truths of A Tribe Called Quest; truths that—like the low end, the bass—are not simply heard in the head, but felt in the chest. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23
5pm | TEMPE | CHARLES J. BABBITT | BIRDING ARIZONA: WHAT TO KNOW, WHERE TO GO | Third-generation Arizonan Charles J. Babbitt shares his guide for beginning and experienced birders who want to enjoy some of the best bird watching in Arizona. Arizona is recognized as one of America's foremost birding destinations, with almost half of all the birds of North America seen in our state. Birders come from across the country to see our local birds and the occasional Mexican rarity. This book features some of the best birding locations in Arizona, with maps and descriptions of the birds that can be seen at each site. 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 24
2pm | PHOENIX | RITA CONNELLY | ARIZONA CHIMICHANGAS | Join author Rita Connelly as she presents recipes and behind-the-scenes stories from the Grand Canyon State's beloved chimichangas. Many claim to be the first to turn a plain burrito into a crispy chimichanga, but everyone agrees that it happened in Arizona. Fried to golden brown perfection at iconic restaurants like Casa Molina, El Charro, and Macayo's, these crunchy wonders are favorites from Flagstaff to Bisbee, Safford to Yuma and all parts in between. Discover the disputed history of how chimichangas got their name and whether Chinese immigrants really invented them. Learn what goes into making a chimi, down to creating the perfect tortilla, as well as the variety of creative ingredients—from seafood to strawberries—that have been wrapped up in this delightful dish. More »
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA
JOSEPH | "FREEING AND RELAXING THE VOICE" | Enjoy the freedom of expressing your own voice! Singing sacred sounds and relaxing the body, mind, and spirit, attendees will explore ancient and modern chants and create invocations with seed syllables and improvised vocalizations. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph will conduct this workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register and pre-pay at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | BILL KONGISBERG | THE MUSIC OF WHAT HAPPENS | The multi award-winning author of Openly Straight and Honestly Ben shares his latest. It's summer in Phoenix and seventeen-year-old Maximo offers to help Jordan, a fellow high school student, with the food truck that belonged to Jordan's deceased father—which may be the only thing standing between homelessness for Jordan and his mom. The boys are strongly attracted to each other, but as their romance develops it is threatened by the secrets they are hiding—and by the racism and homophobia of those around them. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CLAIRE EVANS | BROAD BAND: THE UNTOLD STORY OF WOMEN WHO MADE THE INTERNET |
VICE reporter and YACHT lead singer Claire L. Evans finally gives the women who brought you the internet—written out of history, until now—their proper due with her breakthrough history of the women who made the internet what it is today. The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha-nerds and "bro"grammers. But female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation. In fact, women turn up at the very beginning of every important wave in technology. They may have been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don't even realize, but they have always been part of the story. This inspiring call to action shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore. Co-presented by ASU's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI | THE FORK, THE WITCH, AND THE WORM | The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents his collection of brand-new stories set in the world of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | MY SISTER, THE SERIAL KILLER | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite, a brief, darkly funny hand grenade of a novel about a Nigerian woman whose younger sister has a very inconvenient habit of killing her boyfriends. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of My Sister, the Serial Killer 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 »
7pm | TEMPE | ROBIN MARTY | HANDBOOK FOR A POST-ROE AMERICA | Writer, reporter, and activist Robin Marty discusses her latest, Handbook for a Post-Roe America, a comprehensive and user-friendly manual for understanding and preparing for the looming changes to reproductive rights law, and getting the healthcare you need—by any means necessary. The only guidebook of its kind, Handbook for a Post-Roe America includes an extensive, detailed resource guide for all pregnant people (whether cis, trans, or non-binary) of clinics, action groups, abortion funds, and practical support groups in each state, so wherever you live, you can get involved. Co-presented by the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW), Arizona Section, and NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
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 | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every fourth Thursday. More »
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | "MORNING MEMOIR" |
Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a ten-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Class size is limited. Cost: $250 per person, for 10 sessions. Register online. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
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. Cost: $200 per person, for 10 sessions. This workshop is sold out. More »
this month at first draft

February's Pick:
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27

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, My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of My Sister, the Serial Killer 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 | "Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer."

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola's third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede's practicality is the sisters' saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her "missing" boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she's exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola's phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she's willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite's deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening. More »


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Courting Darkness

by Robin LaFevers | Hardcover, $17.99 »

Courting Darkness "Returning to the world of His Dark Assassins and the convent of St. Mortain's daughters, where nuns train as assassins, more evil is afoot in fifteenth century Brittany. There are new faces and old, but don't hesitate to pick this up if you haven't read the companion trilogy yet. Courting Darkness is full of action, poison, and romance. And those are usually happening all on the same page. LaFevers knows how to write complex characters of every variety and her villains will get under your skin. Basically this book screams: down with the patriarchy!"  —Leah

 

American Spy

by Lauren Wilkinson | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Take Me with You "Do you love spy novels but hate that they all seem to be about white men? This beautifully written book about an African-American female intelligence agent in the middle of a coup d'état in West Africa is for anyone looking for a diverse and refreshing spy story. Told as an intimate reveal to her sons, the plot jumps through time to keep an already thrilling story even more edge-on-your-seat. Wilkinson brilliantly weaves in the metaphor regarding a spy's double life and 'double consciousness.' She elevates would could be a traditional spy story, but shatters expectations with her literary prose and strong grasp for diverse characters."  —Adam
 

 

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays

by Esmé Weijun Wang | Paperback, $16.00 »

"This collection of essays astonished me with its honest and thoughtful depiction of schizoaffective disorder. From the struggle to a diagnosis, to being involuntarily institutionalized, to the sense of reality starting to blur, Esmé Weijun Wang never lets herself off the hook, and with clear prose analyzes her own experiences and the context in which they fall. This isn't just a remarkable collection of well-researched and well-written essays on schizophrenia (though it is), it's also a striking personal reflection."  —Dan

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