January 2020
Clear the Clutter Phoenix Beer Whole30
Donna Smallin visits Tempe with her guide to decluttering your home Dave Clark discusses local breweries with an interactive beer tasting Melissa Hartwig Urban presents her latest Whole30 cookbook
When Love meets Dementian Successful Aging Hattie's Book
Ada Anbar discusses her book When Love Meets Dementia Neuroscientist and author Daniel Levitin presents Successful Aging Beverly Jane Phillips discusses the life of Hattie Kay Williams
Rainwater Harvesting Arizona Wine Forget They were ever Born
Brad Lancaster: "Turn Water Scarcity into Abundance by Planting the Rain" Join author Christina Barrueta to learn about Arizona's wine history POSTPONED • Sharon Flanagan-Hyde shares her memoir Forget They Were Ever Born
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Journalist Stephanie Land presents her memoir about working as a maid Paul Yoon presents his latest novel Run Me to the Moon Author George Lakey shares his guide to nonviolent direct action campaigning
Sonoran Desert Tough Love Sol / Tierra
Celebrate the launch of The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert Susan Rice shares her memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For Photographer Emily Matyas shares her book of photography
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WEDNESDAY, 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. All sales are final. More »
PHOENIX / FIRST DRAFT | CLOSED | Changing Hands Phoenix and First Draft Book Bar will be closed today.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 2
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 9, 16, 23, and 30. 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.

FRIDAY, JANUARY 3
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING ROXANNE DOTY | Local fiction writer and poet Roxanne Doty reads a selection of new and older poems. “Themes relate to people observed on the streets of Phoenix and the East Valley, our desert and borders, and memories.” Open reading follows. Readers may bring two pages (double-spaced) of poetry to share. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | EVENTOWN | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Corey Ann Haydu’s Eventown. 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.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Inspired by the Tiny Pricks Project (@tinypricksproject), Sew Many Comments (@sewmanycomments), and countless other artist-activists using embroidery to make political points, we’re gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch and bitch. Drink a mimosa or two (or a latte or three). Whether you’re an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your stitching project. Registration is free. More »

TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
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, January 21 and 28. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DONNA SMALLIN | CLEAR THE CLUTTER, FIND HAPPINESS | Whether your home is a cluttered a little or a lot, you’ll want to join us for some decluttering wisdom from Donna Smallin, author of Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness. She’ll be dishing up proven strategies, simple tips, and practical advice to refresh and de-stress your home and life. Say goodbye to clutter and hello to a happier you! More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 8
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD | 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 delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Drive Your Plow Over The Bones Of The Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 9
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 16, 23, and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | 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 ten sessions. More »
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | CREATIVE PRACTICE | Facilitated by Amy Silverman (co-founder of Mothers Who Write, Bar Flies and Fly Paper), each session of this four-week workshop will feature a guest instructor and a different exercise, along with a chance to work on your writing. From vision boards to time management tips, we’ll give you tips to help you make your New Year’s resolutions stick. Instructors include Cindy Dach, Kathy Cano-Murillo, and Deborah Sussman. Space is limited. Cost: $125 per person, for four sessions. Co-presented by Fly Paper. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVE CLARK | PHOENIX BEER: A HISTORY RISING TO NEW PEAKS | An interactive beer sampling and deep-dive into the local brewing scene of Phoenix! Dave Clark, author of Phoenix Beer: A History Rising to New Peaks, will lead you on a beer-inspired journey to discuss many of your favorite local breweries, how they came to be, and the story of the people behind them. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ABIGAIL JOHNSON IN CONVERSATION WITH SUZANNE YOUNG | EVERY OTHER WEEKEND | The local author discusses her latest novel with YA author Suzanne Young (Girls with Sharp Sticks). Forced to spend every other weekend in the same apartment building, the boy who thinks forgiveness makes him weak and the girl who thinks love is for fools begin an unlikely friendship. The weekends he dreaded and she endured soon become the best part of their lives. But when one’s life begins to mend while the other’s spirals out of control, they realize that falling in love while surrounded by its demise means nothing is ever guaranteed. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 10
7pm | PHOENIX | MELISSA HARTWIG URBAN | THE WHOLE30 FRIENDS & FAMILY | Five-time New York Times bestselling author Melissa Hartwig Urban presents her latest Whole30 cookbook featuring menus and recipes for everyday social occasions, from birthday parties to baby showers, movie night, tailgating, and more. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
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.
6-8pm | PHOENIX | COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES WITH MODERN TIMES BEER | Love coloring and craft beer? Join us for a Modern Times Coloring Night! Our Modern Times representative will be on hand with coloring pages, crayons, and markers. There will be stickers, swag, and extended Happy Hour pricing for all Modern Times beers! 21 and over. More »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 12
3:30pm | TEMPE | ADA ANBAR | WHEN LOVE MEETS DEMENTIA: FRONTOTEMPORAL DEGENERATION AND THE FAMILY | Ada Anbar presents her late husband’s cruel struggle with FTD and how it affected the entire family. It’s the story of a loving couple married for 61 years who became victims of a vicious brain disease that destroys a person’s personality, judgment, and relationships, a disease often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem, until recent medical innovations found the real cause—a degenerative process in the brain. More »

MONDAY, JANUARY 13
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 | GIVE AND TAKE | 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 Give and Take by Adam Grant, a groundbreaking look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success, from the bestselling author of Originals. More »

TUESDAY, JANUARY 14
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | JOANNA RUTH MEYER (BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH) AND CHARLIE HOLMBERG (THE WILL AND THE WILDS) | YA authors Joanna Ruth Meyer and Charlie Holmberg visit Tempe to celebrate the release of their latest novels. Moderated by YA author Hanna Howard. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15
7pm | PHOENIX | DANIEL LEVITIN | SUCCESSFUL AGING | Neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel Levitin (The Organized Mind, This Is Your Brain on Music) presents his new book, providing insights to what happens in our brains as we age, why we should think about health span instead of life span, and what you can do to make the most of your seventies, eighties, and nineties today—no matter how old you are now. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16
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 23 and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | BEVERLY JANE PHILLIPS | HATTIE’S BOOK: A WOMAN’S LIFE IN A CITY’S HISTORY | Beverly Jane Phillips, author of Hattie’s Book, A Woman’s Life in a City’s History, discusses the life of Hattie Kay Williams and the history of racism in the United States. Hattie lived on the South Side of Chicago her whole life and was dedicated to helping her neighbors with both charity and political action. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | BRAD LANCASTER | RAINWATER HARVESTING | Join us for “Turn Water Scarcity into Abundance by Planting the Rain,” a presentation by Brad Lancaster, author of the revised full-color editions of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond, Volumes 1 and 2 and co-author of Eat Mesquite and More: A Cookbook for Sonoran Desert Foods and Living. Learn how to easily and joyfully harvest free on-site waters such as rainwater, stormwater, greywater, even air conditioning condensate to grow wild food forests, living air conditioners, and more! More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 17
6-8pm | TEMPE | CREATIVE NON-FICTION REVIEW | First meeting of a critique group. RSVP to Al Fournier, algahman@gmail.com.
7:30pm | PHOENIX | COWBOY BOOTS TO THE REVOLUTION | ALL STAR SPOKEN WORD EVENT | All star spoken word event with special performances by Rachel Egboro, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, Rep. Jen Longdon, Molly McCloy, and many others. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THIRTEEN DOORWAYS, WOLVES BEHIND THEM ALL | Teens meet to discuss Laura Ruby’s Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All, the story of two young women—one living, one dead—dealing with loss, desire, and the fragility of the American dream during WWII. More »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KIERSTEN WHITE IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDRA BRACKEN | CHOSEN | Kiersten White discusses the second novel in her bestselling series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, in conversation with YA author Alexandra Bracken. More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | 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.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | CHRISTINA BARRUETA | ARIZONA WINE | Freelance food and travel writer Christina Barrueta discusses her new book about Arizona’s extensive wine history. Arizona’s flourishing wine industry may surprise those who think of the Grand Canyon State as a desert landscape dotted with cacti. From the high-country vineyards of the Verde Valley to the rolling plateaus of Sonoita and Wilcox, pioneering winemakers are producing nationally acclaimed, award-winning wines. More »

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | THE WAY TO START YOUR CHANT PRACTICE | Focus on the breath. Choose simple sounds to correspond with the chakras. Sing chants from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, JANUARY 20
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ADAM SILVERA | INFINITY SON | Adam Silvera, bestselling author of They Both Die at the End, shares his latest YA novel, a fast-paced adventure about two brothers caught up in a magical war generations in the making. More »

TUESDAY, JANUARY 21
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, January 28. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | REBECCA ROANHORSE | RACE TO THE SUN | Rebecca Roanhorse presents her debut "Rick Riordan Presents" middle grade novel. Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he's Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss, and he's alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he's a threat, but her father won't believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving a message that says "Run!", the siblings and Nizhoni's best friend are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATE WATSON IN CONVERSATION WITH ABIGAIL JOHNSON | OFF SCRIPT | Kate Watson shares her latest YA novel, in conversation with local YA author Abigail Johnson. Emma gets a Hollywood-tinged, feminist update in this funny and fierce retelling of Austen’s classic about a well-intentioned but tragically misguided matchmaker. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE DUTCH HOUSE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett, a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Dutch House 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 23
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 30. 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.
POSTPONED | 7pm | PHOENIX | SHARON FLANAGAN-HYDE | FORGET THEY WERE EVER BORN | Sharon Flanagan shares her memoir, a deeply troubling yet inspiring memoir that recounts the appalling abuse of people with intellectual disabilities since the 1960s and the anguish of their families. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RANSOM RIGGS | THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS | Bestselling author Ransom Riggs presents The Conference of the Birds, the sequel to his #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries. Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | “AND THEN...” | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme “And Then...” Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 online / $8 at the door. Register online. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | RODO SOFRANAC | SAVED BY THE BURP | Local author Rodo Sofranac presents his latest book for young readers, Saved by the Burp: Rogilla Gorilla and the Great Escape. Rodo will also bring Rowen, Rojo, Polly and the Peaputts, and other characters from his books to read, discuss, and, according to Rodo, “maybe even act out the stories from these fun books.” 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, JANUARY 26
9am-4:30pm | PHOENIX | 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 Bravo, and Deborah Sussman. Cost: $125 per person. Register online. More »

MONDAY, JANUARY 27
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | “REVOLUTIONARY POETRY” | 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, Fargo Tbakhi (Winner of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship) continues the series with “Revolutionary Poetry.” Write Here, Write Now is co-presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, First Draft Book Bar, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Creative Writing Program at Phoenix College. cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | STEPHANIE LAND | MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE | Journalist Stephanie Land presents her memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients’ lives—their sadness and love, too—she begins to find hope in her own path. More »

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PAUL YOON | RUN ME TO EARTH | NEA fellow Paul Yoon (The Snow Hunters) presents his latest novel. Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Yoon crafts a gorgeous story that is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GEORGE LAKEY | HOW WE WIN: A GUIDE TO NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION CAMPAIGNING | Author George Lakey shares his new guide. A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns. Drawing on the experiences of a diverse set of ambitious change-makers, How We Win shows us the way to justice, peace, and a sustainable economy. This is what democracy looks like. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
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 »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | BALLET ARIZONA LECTURE | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM | Ballet Arizona presents a FREE lecture to provide insight into the upcoming performance of Ib Anderson’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” February 13-16. This lecture covers ballets based on the works of Shakespeare, and provides some history of these ballets at other companies, some discussion of Ballet Arizona, and a discussion of the story presented within the ballet. One of Ballet Arizona’s principal ballerinas discusses her work in past performances as well as her role in the upcoming production. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIENDS OF THE SONORAN DESERT | THE ASTONISHING, ASTOUNDING, AMAZING SONORAN DESERT | Join the Friends of the Sonoran Desert as they celebrate the launch of The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert. Co-presented by the ASU School of Sustainability. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
7pm | OFFSITE | SUSAN RICE | TOUGH LOVE | Susan Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—discusses her New York Times bestseller Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Rice reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. More »
7pm | TEMPE | EMILY MATYAS | SOL Y TIERRA / SUN AND EARTH: VIEWS BEYOND THE U.S. - MEXICO BORDER, 1988-2018 | Photographer Emily Matyas shares her book of photography. This project explores Mexico over the last thirty years by highlighting the challenges and beauty of life just south of the border. Collectively, the photographs invite dialogue between Mexico and the United States as viewers on both sides may recognize something of themselves in the pictures. More »
this month at first draft

January’s Pick:
The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.

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

The Dutch HouseABOUT THE BOOK | From the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, comes Ann Patchett’s most powerful novel to date: a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go. The Dutch House is the story of a paradise lost, a tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance, love and forgiveness, of how we want to see ourselves and of who we really are.

At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to begin an enormous real estate empire, propelling his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves.

The story is told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve by their stepmother are exiled from the house where they grew up. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.

Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested. More »


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Such a Fun Age

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"Kiley Reid's debut novel Such a Fun Age is smart, witty, thoughtful and thought provoking. Reid tackles race, class and privilege in the age of social media and surveillance with wit and thoughtfulness. When Emira, a young African American nanny, is out late at night with Briar, the caucasian two year she looks after, a bystander videotapes them and Emira is then accused of kidnapping and the rest of the story unfolds from there. Reid deftly captures the nuances of racism and classism that occur in the everyday with critical empathy. For anyone who wants to read a less dark and murderous version of The Nanny by Lelia Slimani, then read this book. You won't regret it."  —Michelle
 

 

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Infinity Son

by Adam Silvera | Hardcover, $18.99 »

"I am decidedly not a fantasy reader. That being said, once I started Infinity Son, I was immediately hooked and could not put it down. That's how good it is. Silvera manages to weave in the lore of phoenixes in a new and creative way that sets Infinity Son apart from any other fantasy title I've read. Read this. Now."  —Heather H.



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A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

by Isabel Allende | Hardcover, $28.00 »

"That long petal of sea and snow, in the words of Neruda - Chile - is roiling today, like never before, and Allende’s new novel arrives in time to raise up that hope that Chile embodied, in 1939, in the face of fascism, when a poet led the operation to rescue over two thousand Spaniards fleeing from their civil war and persecution, and took them across the oceans to the land that would welcome them, Chile. Today, seventy years later, a new conflict plays out in Chile, between building a new and more just nation, or, the opposite, a series of grave and shattering errors and crimes. I don’t doubt Allende is documenting the unprecedented current events in Chile, in order to plunge her quill into them, and all her soul, just as she has done in these pages. The Long Petal of the Sea is the story that completes a circle opened by The House of the Spirits and which brings us almost up to date with the country the author so loves. As we enjoy the story Allende articulates so well, with her usual heart-and-soul-felt affection and in finest form, I feel certain a future novel will pick up where this one leaves us, in the timeliest way."  —Claudia

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