January 2019
Found in Translation The Seeker Ascends The Path of the Half-Moon
This month we discuss Disoriental by Négar Djavadi Friday Poetry featuring Merle Nudelman: The Seeker Ascends Vince Bailey with the first in a trilogy: Path of the Half Moon
Mind Your Business Book Club Call Him Mac The Lumberjack's Dove
Join us in Phoenix to discuss The Lean Startup by Eric Ries Gary L. Stuart shares his biography of Ernest W. McFarland Poet GennaRose Nethercott shares her debut collection
Take Back Your Power Yes You Can Heal Jennifer Adams
Sherry Anshara shares her guide Take Back Your Power Energy healer Diane Goldner visits Tempe with her new book Jennifer Adams presents her guide to transforming your home
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TUESDAY, JANUARY 1 | NEW YEAR'S DAY
Noon-9pm | TEMPE | CUSTOMER APPRECIATION NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE | Didn't get what you want for the holidays? Visit our annual Customer Appreciation Sale when virtually everything in the store is 25% off! Discount excludes online and special orders, reserved books, workshops and classes, gift certificates, and digital audio books. With this generous discount, we must suspend Readers' Club stamps for the day. More »
PHOENIX / FIRST DRAFT | CLOSED | Changing Hands Phoenix and First Draft Book Bar will be closed today.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3
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, January 10, 17. 24, and 31. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 5
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Pete the Cat.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | NEW YEAR, NEW READ, A DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | Changing Hands is excited to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie, Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, to bring you the family-friendly "New Year, New Read." It's a Drag Queen Storytime also featuring Dee Jae Galaxy-Broadway (former Mister Phoenix Pride) and Sophia Sinclair (former Empress to the Imperial Court of AZ)! Children and adults are invited to come together for activities promoting inclusiveness and love. Join us for stories, arts and crafts, and brunch hosted by Southern Rail Restaurant. $5 donation per family of four (does NOT include brunch). All donations benefit One-N-Ten. Registration online. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | WICKED NIX | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Lena Coakley's Wicked Nix, a visually stunning middle-grade classic in the making about Wicked Nix, the foulest of the fairies. Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: He must protect the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans. When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix's skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But when his efforts don't go quite according to plan, it becomes clear that this intruder—and this sprite—may not be at all what they seem. 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 | 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.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
6pm | PHOENIX | ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ — PHOENIX UNDERGROUND: "SONORAN DESERT FOOD AND LIFEWAYS, PAST AND PRESENT" | Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Phoenix's deep and diverse history in a jargon-free zone. Dr. Melissa Kruse-Peeples and Bernard Siquieros will explore "Sonoran Desert Food and Lifeways, Past and Present." The Sonoran Desert is definitely not a food desert, but has dozens of edible wild plants and ancient arid-adapted agricultural food crops. In this talk, Kruse-Peeples and Siquieros will provide an overview of the food history of the Sonoran Desert and ways you can enjoy many of the flavors of the desert today. Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ABIGAIL JOHNSON | EVEN IF I FALL | IN CONVERSATION WITH APRILYNNE PIKE (GLITTER)| The local author shares her third YA novel. Brooke and Heath should never have become friends, let alone fallen in love. A year ago, Brooke Covington lost everything when her beloved older brother, Jason, confessed to the murder of his best friend, Calvin. Brooke and her family became social pariahs, broken and unable to console one another. Brooke's only solace remains the ice-skating rink where she works, but she no longer lets herself dream about a future skating professionally. When Brooke encounters Calvin's younger brother, Heath, on the side of the road and offers him a ride, everything changes. She needs someone to talk to . . . and so does Heath. No one else understands what it's like. Her brother, alive but gone; his brother, dead but everywhere. Soon, they're meeting in secret, despite knowing that both families would be horrified if they found out. In the place of his anger and her guilt, something frighteningly tender begins to develop, drawing them ever closer together. But when a new secret comes out about the murder, Brooke has to choose whose pain she's willing to live with—her family's or Heath's. Because she can't heal one without hurting the other. In conversation with fellow YA author Aprilynne Pike. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | MICHELLE FROST | "ORGANIZE THIS! DIY TIPS FROM A PROFESSIONAL" | There's no better time for getting organized than now! Kickstart 2019 with a motivating presentation by organizer Michelle Frost, who shares professional tips for living simply and staying clutter-free in the new year. When the stuff of life becomes a mountain to climb, an organizer will help you tackle big projects and create new habits for easier living! This is a free event. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | DISORIENTAL | In Found in Translation we'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Disoriental by Negar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover. Kimiâ Sadr fled Iran at the age of ten in the company of her mother and sisters to join her father in France. Now twenty-five and facing the future she has built for herself, as well as the prospect of a new generation, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors, which come to her in unstoppable, uncontainable waves. In the waiting room of a Parisian fertility clinic, generations of flamboyant Sadrs return to her, including her formidable great-grandfather Montazemolmolk, with his harem of fifty-two wives, and her parents, Darius and Sara, stalwart opponents of each regime that befalls them. In this high-spirited, kaleidoscopic story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimiâ herself—punk-rock aficionado, storyteller extraordinaire, a Scheherazade of our time, and above all a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own "disorientalization"—who forms the heart of this bestselling and beloved novel. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
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, January 17, 24, and 31. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "WRITE NOW: JUMP START YOUR WRITING FOR 2019" |
Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman present a two-part workshop offering tips and tricks to get you started on a writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion that helps you figure out your next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?) and several opportunities to workshop essays, this class will help writers of all genders working in any genre figure out next steps! Cost: $40 (+ fees) for two sessions, January 10 and 17, 2019. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING MERLE NUDELMAN | THE SEEKER ASCENDS | Poet Merle Nudelman reads from her latest collection and discusses the creative process of art-inspired poetry as a means of healing and personal enrichment. The poems in The Seeker Ascends trace the emotional and spiritual journey of a woman whose son dies after an arduous battle with cancer. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Pete the Cat.
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | TIM VASQUEZ | THE TACO STAND | Local author Tim Vasquez, owner and operator of his family's restaurants Someburros and Isabel's Amor, shares his debut children' s book, a story of hard work and love of family. Vasquez explores what happens when Isabel, known throughout Phoenix for her sensational, crave-able tacos, gets an offer to take her tacos mainstream and open a franchise—but the offer comes at the expense of time with family. As Isabel mulls her options and debates how much family time is truly worth, young readers will develop a better understanding of the fact that there are some things in life you simply can't put a price on. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KIERSTEN WHITE | SLAYER | New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White presents the first in a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing incredible powers that she's just beginning to understand. Into every generation a Slayer is born... Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It's hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher's Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina's mother is a prominent member of the Watcher's Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until the day Nina's life changes forever. Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina's father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she's the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there's plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina's dreams. But it's not until bodies start turning up that Nina's new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | VINCE BAILEY | PATH OF THE HALF MOON | The local author shares the first in a paranormal trilogy, winner of the Arizona Author Association's 2018 literary contest. When fifteen-year-old Curtis Jefferson is caught crossing the blurry line between prank and delinquency, he finds himself unjustly sentenced to a yearlong confinement at the notorious Fort Grant, a penal outpost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Unknown to Curtis, Fort Grant is built on the cursed site of a century-old massacre. The innocent young man's character and endurance are tested in the confines of a racially charged environment that includes a murderous inmate whose sudden hatred for Curtis is fueled by his openly declared racism. But it is the supernatural events arising from the curse that have him questioning his grasp on reality. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | FILM SCREENING | PHX FILM COLLECTIVE | BEING JOHN MALKOVICH | Changing Hands Phoenix hosts the PHX Film Collective, a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. January's event is a screening of Spike Jonze's feature-length debut Being John Malkovich, celebrating the 20th anniversay of its release. Cost: $8. Registration online.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THE LEAN STARTUP | On the second Monday of each month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix, home of our First Draft Book Bar. Ranging from how to build and scale a business to how to lead a team, you'll read business book classics as well as new hits. This month's book is The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, who defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. Rather than creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-PART POETRY WORKSHOP WITH CYNTHIA SCHWARTZBERG EDLOW | "THOSE FIRST POEM MANUSCRIPTS: A VERY GOOD PLACE TO START" | This two-part workshop will focus on the enduring traditions and practical guides for getting your poems published in literary magazines that match your style. In session one, she'll  focus on resource materials that aid with highlighting literary opportunities, key questions regarding magazines' operation and structure, and participants' personal involvement with their poetry when it enters an artistic business realm. In session two, participants will learn tips and maneuvers for navigating literary journals specific to their poetry, how to prepare a professional manuscript fit to any journal, how to keep proper track of the sending of manuscripts, and how to build individualized ascension from successful acceptances. Beginners welcome. Cost: $35 (+ fees) for two sessions, January 15 and 22, 2019. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KAREN RUSSO | "YOU AND YOUR MONEY IN 2019: HOW TO GET CLEAR, CONFIDENT, AND CASH FLOWING" | Join Karen Russo, author of The Money Keys and Grow Yourself, Grow Your Wealth, for a free financial talk. Too many smart, hardworking creative folks, spiritual seekers, and entrepreneurs struggle with emotional blocks about money. These issues can cost you! Participants will walk away with an answer to the question, "What's the Money For?" They'll also set inspiring and realistic financial goals for the year, and learn weekly practices that accelerate financial results. Karen will also reveal the Money Map, a comprehensive framework for financial success, from her award-winning book The Money Keys: Unlocking Peace, Freedom, and Real Financial Power. This is a free talk. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
6pm | PHOENIX | GARY L. STUART | CALL HIM MAC: ERNEST W. MCFARLAND, THE ARIZONA YEARS | Lawyer and law professor Gary L. Stuart shares his latest book, a biography of Ernest W. McFarland, one of the "Fathers of the G.I. Bill" and the only Arizonan to serve in the highest office in all three branches of Arizona government. In Call Him Mac, Stuart renders a nuanced portrait of a young, ambitious, restless man on the verge of becoming a political force on his way to the highest levels of governance in Arizona and America. Stuart writes the little-known story of how Arizona's culture and citizens shaped this energetic, determined lawyer whose unparalleled political success was fermented during his early Arizona years—the bridge that brought him to his future as an approachable and likable elder statesman of Arizona politics. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT | THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE | GennaRose Nethercott shares her debut collection, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition. In The Lumberjack's Dove, Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—a hand which then shape-shifts into a dove. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart. Inflected with the uncanny enchantment of modern folklore, and animated by the sly shifting of points of view, The Lumberjack's Dove is wise, richly textured poetry from a creative new voice. PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's reading includes an intricate shadow-puppetry "crankie box," animating segments of the text through 60 feet of scrolling, panoramic hand-cut paper images. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
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, January 24 and 31. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | JOANNA RUTH MEYER | ECHO NORTH | IN CONVERSATION WITH LAURA WEYMOUTH (THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS) | The local author discusses her second novel, Echo North. Echo Alkaev's world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "MUSIC" | 10 storytellers. 6 minutes. 1 winner. Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Music." Sign up on TheStoryline.org December 29th through January 12th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn on Sunday, January 13rd 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 in advance, $8 the day of/at the door. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SHERRY ANSHARA | TAKE BACK YOUR POWER | The author and medical intuitive shares her latest independently published book, Take Back Your Power: You Becoming You - about evolving your life from the inside out. From the publisher: "What happens when you get all the answers you've been searching for? Does life make sense? Do you find meaning, purpose, happiness, even joy? Yes! And here's the great news: unlike Sherry Anshara, you don't have to experience a broken back, a broken neck, being homeless and down to your last $50, or have four near-death experiences to find out. Anshara went through all this and more, and healed herself and her life through her self-invented Anshara Method of Accelerated Healing and Abundance. The information shared in this book, expanded through 27 years of her journey, is intended to support and assist you in healing and moving beyond the beliefs you've been taught and which limit your Self. As you journey beyond the dualistic paradigm, you'll find that there is no veil, no curtain, no wall. Your power is within! It's time to take it back and become unlimited you!" More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
2pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SARA ELLA, NADINE BRANDES, MARY WEBER, AND BETH REVIS IN CONVERSATION WITH ASHLEY TOWNSEND | Join YA authors Sara Ella, Nadine Brandes, Mary Weber, and Beth Revis for a panel discussion with fellow YA author Ashley Townsend as they discuss their latest books. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE | Teens meet to discuss Beth Revis's epic fantasy Give the Dark My Love, about a young alchemist who turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland. Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen. Until she meets Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life—and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens—on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners. And when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | DIANE GOLDNER | YES, YOU CAN HEAL | Energy healer Diane Goldner presents her new book. From the publisher: "Have you ever wanted to really heal? Goldner takes you on a journey to release the deepest levels. Based on her 20 years of experience, Diane shows you how to access universal healing energies and awaken your own inner healer. With wisdom and love, she brings you into the inner sanctum of her healing room. She shares how to use subtle energy for any ailment—including cancer, heart disease, chronic illness, infertility, mystery illness, trauma, surgery, and other challenges—or simply to live a happier, more radiant life. Diane shows what is genuinely possible, so that you, too, can heal. "Through her work and her writing, Diane Goldner guides us on the path to true healing," says Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of the bestselling Love, Medicine & Miracles." More »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "THE WAY TO START YOUR CHANTING PRACTICE" | Focus on the breath and your choice of simple sounds—bija sounds and seed syllables—to correspond with the chakras. Sing a chant or two from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. 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 »

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
7pm | PHOENIX | JENNIFER ADAMS | LOVE COMING HOME | The author, award-winning designer, and TV personality shares her guide to transforming your environment and transforming your life. Home is your base. Home is your sanctuary. It's where your best life begins. This friendly guide will give you the tools and knowledge, and empower you to make wherever you live a place where you will absolutely love coming home to. In Love Coming Home, Jennifer Adams—designer and founder of the international home décor company Home by Jennifer Adams®—combines her professional designer's tool kit of proven tips and resources with her inspirational coaching experience, motivating and empowering you to turn your ideas of a dream home into reality. Her step-by-step, room-by-room, guidance will help you create a welcoming and functioning space that expresses your individuality throughout even the smallest to largest of floor plans. Your dwelling can become an environment that supports and inspires you, because home is where your best life begins! More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23
10:30am-12:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SANDRA MARINELLA | "WRITING TO TRANSFORM YOUR STORY" | The award-winning author presents inspiring true stories that demonstrate how to use personal stories and writing to move past physical or emotional hardships toward resilience and renewal. Your story matters. Ignite your passion for writing your experiences in ways that will embrace and guide you toward personal growth and transformation. This two-session workshop will help you find the stories you need to tell while giving you the chance to explore your resilient and creative self. There will be opportunities to share your writing in a nurturing environment. This workshop will engage writers of all levels, novice to advanced. Come and fill your new year with a wonderful dose of inspiration to help you find and write your best stories. Cost: $40 (+ fees) for two sessions, January 23 and 30, 2019. Registration online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | BECOMING | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Becoming by Michelle Obama, an intimate and powerful memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare. In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. Becoming for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24
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, January 31. 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.
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | "SHOO FLIES PAGE TO STAGE" | 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. Led by Bar Flies curators and contributors, this workshop will give participants a chance to brainstorm, write, workshop, revise, rehearse and perform. Students must be teens; no prior writing or performing experience is necessary. Cost: $100 per person (+ fees), for four sessions: 6:30-8:30pm Thursdays, January 24, 31, and February 7 and 21. Registration online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ROSHANI CHOKSHI | THE GILDED WOLVES | The New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes presents her latest, a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires. It's 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance. To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood. Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history--but only if they can stay alive. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 26
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, JANUARY 27
9am-5pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | "BAR FLIES BOOT CAMP" | Valley Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix collaborate to bring you a one-day writing workshop that ends with you on stage at Valley Bar. Are you a Bar Flies fan who wants to make the leap from the audience to the stage? Here's your chance, with our all-day (and night!) boot camp. Join the Bar Flies team at The Newton (inside Changing Hands Phoenix) early on a Sunday morning, laptop or notebook in hand. Get a prompt and instructions, write a draft, workshop it, rehearse it, workshop and rehearse some more, and perform that evening at Valley Bar. Coffee, 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 Amy Silverman, Katie Johnson, and Deborah Sussman. Cost: $100 per person (+ fees). Registration online. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP: PART EIGHT" | Attorney Robert McWhirter, an award-winning author and Bill of Rights expert, leads a discussion on "The Constitution and Donald J. Trump, Part Eight." 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 »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
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 »
this month at first draft

January’s Pick:
Becoming by Michelle Obama

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23

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, Becoming by Michelle Obama, an intimate and powerful memoir by the former First Lady of the United States.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Becoming. 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 »

BecomingABOUT THE BOOK | In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same. More »


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staffpicks

Book Love

by Debbie Tung | Hardcover, $14.99 »

Book Love "This is the perfect gift for the book lover in your life. The person who always has to stop in every bookshop they pass, the person who has a towering TBR pile, and who can go on and on about their favorite books and characters. Tung gives us another highly relatable and incredibly cozy collection of comics, this time about having a passion for books."  —Amy
 



 

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country

Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country by Pam Houston | Hardcover, $25.95 »

"Deep Creek is a love letter to the natural world; the world of creeks and forests, bumpy unpaved roads, wild and domesticated animals like bluebirds and wolfhounds. Pam Houston is one of our best writers of all things personal and natural. She unzips herself and reveals the horrors of an abusive childhood and shares with us how she continues to heal every day by taking long walks, writing, snuggling with her animals, stacking wood, sharing food with friends. Reading this book was like having a glass of wine with a dear friend whose life you having been sharing for years; but today revealed new layers and intimacies. I didn't want it to end. "  —Gayle
 

 

An Orchestra of Minorities

An Orchestra of Minorities

by Chigozie Obioma | Hardcover, $28.00 »

"You might be familiar with Obioma's first book, the stellar The Fisherman. It could be hard for writers to follow up an outstanding debut, but I am pleased to report this second novel builds on his gorgeous writing and skill for tapping into the inner workings and desires of his characters. Don't expect a straight forward saga about Africa, immigration, and love. Obioma uses a chi (a guardian spirit and force within a person) to narrate the story. This will take you beyond the simple question of 'what is happening' and truly explore the 'why' of it all. The characters, the locations, and the events make this novel a can't miss, but the prose of the chorus narration makes this novel one you should push to the top of your to be read pile."  —Adam

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