June 2019
100 Side Hustles First Friday Poetry City of Girls
Debut author Maxym M. Martineau shares her new fantasy novel Kimi Eisele visits with her debut The Lightest Object in the Universe Kathy Cano-Murillo presents her latest, Forever Frida plus workshop
Social Empathy Tan France First Draft Book Club
Meredith Jordan discusses how major motion pictures are made Jasmine Guillory shares her exhilarating new romance First Draft Book Club's July pick: On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
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PHOENIX / TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | FIND WALDO LOCAL | Join us for a month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in 20+ participating Phoenix and Tempe businesses. Get your "passport" at either Changing Hands location and get it stamped when you find the Waldo standee in each store. Earn enough stamps and win prizes! More »

TUESDAY, JULY 2
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, July 16, 23, and 30. More »

THURSDAY, JULY 4 | HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
TEMPE | CLOSED | Changing Hands Tempe is closed to observe the holiday.
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 with Mr. Tom. 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, July 11, 18, and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, July 11, 18, and 25. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | EARLY CLOSING | First Draft Book Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix close early at 5pm to observe the holiday.

SATURDAY, JULY 6
10am | OFFSITE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CURIOUS GEORGE | Bring the kiddos and your camera to Tempe Public Library for pictures and a special storytime with the one and only Curious George! Location: Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural Road, Suite 202, Tempe 85282. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | GREYSTONE SECRETS #1: THE STRANGERS |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Margaret Peterson Haddix's Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They've been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they're shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They're the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down. 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 | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.

MONDAY, JULY 8
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: $10. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | LEADERS EAT LAST: WHY SOME TEAMS PULL TOGETHER AND OTHERS DON'T | Join us for "Mind Your Business," a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business. This month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion about Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't by Simon Sinek. In his work with organizations around the world, Sinek noticed that some teams trust each other so deeply that they would literally put their lives on the line for each other. Other teams, no matter what incentives are offered, are doomed to infighting, fragmentation, and failure. Why? The answer became clear during a conversation with a Marine Corps general. "Officers eat last," he said. Sinek watched as the most junior Marines ate first while the most senior Marines took their place at the back of the line. What's symbolic in the chow hall is deadly serious on the battlefield: Great leaders sacrifice their own comfort—even their own survival—for the good of those in their care. Too many workplaces are driven by cynicism, paranoia, and self-interest. But the best ones foster trust and cooperation because their leaders build what Sinek calls a "Circle of Safety" that separates the security inside the team from the challenges outside. Sinek illustrates his ideas with fascinating true stories that range from the military to big business, from government to investment banking. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JULY 9
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | MAXYM M. MARTINEAU | KINGDOM OF EXILE
S | The debut author presents her new fantasy novel, described as Fantastic Beasts meets Assassin's Creed. Enter the world of the Beast Charmers, filled with Charmers, undead assassins, and grand conspiracies. Maxym unfolds the magical world of her Beast Charmers series with an engaging slideshow filled with illustrations of the beasts, a world map, and more. She talks about her inspiration for the series and what went into creating the bestiary for the book. Maxym will also bring trading cards featuring five different beasts so that readers can take home a special memento of the event! More »

WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
7pm | PHOENIX | KIMI EISELE | THE LIGHTEST OBJECT IN THE UNIVERSE | What if the end-times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, The Lightest Object in the Universe tells the story of what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down. In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they'll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. Meanwhile, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct a cooperative community that suggests the end could, in fact, be a bright beginning. Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson reach each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the cross-country lovers. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | MIRROR, SHOULDER, SIGNAL |
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'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from our own First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, a novel by Dorthe Nors, translated by Misha Hoekstra. Sonja is ready to get on with her life. She's over forty now, and the Swedish crime novels she translates are losing their fascination. She sees a masseuse, tries to reconnect with her sister, and is finally learning to drive. But under the overbearing gaze of her driving instructor, Sonja is unable to shift gears for herself. And her vertigo, which she has always carefully hidden, has begun to manifest at the worst possible moments. Sonja hoped her move to Copenhagen years ago would have left rural Jutland in the rearview mirror. Yet she keeps remembering the dramatic landscapes of her childhood—the endless sky, the whooper swans, the rye fields—and longs to go back. But how can she return to a place that she no longer recognizes? And how can she escape the alienating streets of Copenhagen? In Mirror, Shoulder, Signal, Dorthe Nors brings her distinctive blend of style, humor, and insight to a poignant journey of one woman in search of herself when there's no one to ask for directions. More »

THURSDAY, JULY 11
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 with Mr. Tom. 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, July 18 and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, July 18 and 25. More »
6-7pm | PHOENIX | PRESENTATION AND SIGNING WITH KATHY CANO-MURILLO | FOREVER FRIDA: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE, ART, LOVES, WORDS, AND STYLE OF FRIDA KAHLO |
Think you know all about Frida? In her new book, Forever Frida, Kathy Cano-Murillo shares fascinating trivia and intriguing details about the famed Mexican artist. With her colorful style, dramatic self-portraits, hardscrabble backstory, and verve for life, Frida Kahlo remains a modern icon, captivating and inspiring artists, feminists, and art lovers more than sixty years after her death. Forever Frida celebrates all things Frida, so you can enjoy her art, her words, her style, and her badass attitude every day. Viva Frida! Following the presentation and signing is an art workshop themed around Frida. More »
7:30-9pm | PHOENIX | CRAFT WORKSHOP WITH KATHY CANO-MURILLO | "FOREVER FRIDA" | Revel in the enduring legacy of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—from the self-portraits to the flower crown, to her iconic eyebrows. Participants will create a mixed media collage of Frida, led by Kathy. All supplies included. Special bonus gift for those who purchase the book in addition to the workshop! Cost: $20 per person (does not include a copy of Forever Frida). Register online. More »

SATURDAY, JULY 13
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CURIOUS GEORGE | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the one and only Curious George! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.
6pm | PHOENIX | MEREDITH JORDAN | BELOW THE LINE: ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL MOVIE | Meredith Jordan presents her book, a nonfiction narrative about how major motion pictures are made today using one movie as a vehicle. The author, a journalist embedded with the production of "Last Vegas," follows the people behind the scenes and stops along the way to explain the process and different aspects of the business. The movie stars are well known (Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen), but in this book they play supporting roles. Instead, the leads are the people behind the camera, the director (Jon "The Meg" Turteltaub) and a huge cast of artists and artisans, designers, creators, overseers, office and logistical support, editors, and musicians. More »

SUNDAY, JULY 14
3pm | PHOENIX | GETTING THAT NOVEL ON THE PAGE: DESERT SLEUTHS PANEL | The goal of Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix chapter of Sisters in Crime, is to nurture, encourage, guide, and offer fellowship to new writers. New writers like you! From the Sleuths: "Maybe you're one of the thousands of people who would love to write a book but your career has been focused in a non-literary field. Here's your chance to get the lowdown on how to fulfill your dream of becoming an author. Changing Hands is hosting this presentation of beginning and newly published authors who also had writing dreams. They may have been police officers, service workers, lawyers, office workers, or elementary school teachers. Now they're involved in putting their stories on paper. A panel of newbie writers will detail how they have gone from dreamer to writer, including Deb J Ledford, an author and professional content editor who has worked extensively with the panelists. Get your questions answered, listen to the writers' stories, then go home and fire up your computer!" More »

MONDAY, JULY 15
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | "MICRO-PROSE AND PROSE POETRY: THE ART OF WRITING CONCISELY" | The founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series hosts a three-part creative writing workshop. Participants will examine the tools of each trade (both Micro-Memoir and Prose Poetry), read and discuss representative works in each genre, and produce writing that exemplifies these distinctions. The micro-memoir workshop will take place during the second session, and the prose poetry workshop during the third and final meeting. Cost: $50, for three sessions: July 15, 22, and 29. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, JULY 16
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, July 23 and 30. More »
6-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH STELLA POPE DUARTE | "THREE EASY STEPS TO WRITING A DYNAMIC SHORT STORY" |
The American Book Award-winning author of If I Die in Juárez hosts a two-part writing workshop for writers of all levels. From the host: "Once upon a time, deep in a great dark forest, lived three bears. The beginning of one of the most beloved fairy tales on earth is about three bears and a little girl named Goldilocks. Stories that become part of our universal experience reveal the human heart. This workshop will zero in on what it means to write a dynamic short story." Cost: $40, for two sessions: July 16 and 23. Register online. More »

THURSDAY, JULY 18
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 with Mr. Tom. 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, July 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, July 25. More »

FRIDAY, JULY 19
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "MAGIC" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Magic" 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, JULY 20
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WE HUNT THE FLAME | Teens meet to discuss Hafsah Faizal's We Hunt the Flame. Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame—first in the Sands of Arawiya duology—is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands. Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be. War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | JASMINE GUILLORY | THE WEDDING PARTY |
The New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal shares her exhilarating new romance. Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend. 2. They hate each other. After an "oops, we made a mistake" night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it's suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvous, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can't possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right? But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don't fall in love. 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.

TUESDAY, JULY 23
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, July 30. More »

WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | ON EARTH WE'RE BRIEFLY GORGEOUS | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one's own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 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, JULY 25
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 with Mr. Tom. 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 with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, JULY 26
8pm | PHOENIX | HARRY POTTER PARTY | Grown-up muggles, wizards, and witches! Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for our fourth annual Harry Potter Parties. Are you champion enough? Show your moral fibre by competing in our Triwizard Tournament activities! Don your dress robes to learn ballroom dance steps at the Yule Ball and test your Potter prowess in our booklover's maze. If you don't attend you'll be sorely missed! Cost: $15 plus fees, per person. Register online. More »

SATURDAY, JULY 27
1-4pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS' HARRY POTTER PARTY Attention muggles, wizards, and witches! Join us for our fourth annual Kids' Harry Potter Party. Drop your name in the Goblet of Fire to compete in our Triwizard Tournament activities. Champions will enjoy butterbeer, a design-your-own-dragon craft, tea-leaf readings — and freeze-dance at our flash Yule Ball! Cost: $12 plus fees, per child. Register online. Ideal for ages 8-14. More »
8pm | PHOENIX | HARRY POTTER PARTY | Grown-up muggles, wizards, and witches! Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for our fourth annual Harry Potter Parties. Are you champion enough? Show your moral fibre by competing in our Triwizard Tournament activities! Don your dress robes to learn ballroom dance steps at the Yule Ball and test your Potter prowess in our booklover's maze. If you don't attend you'll be sorely missed! Cost: $15 plus fees, per person. Register online. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS 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, JULY 28
3pm | PHOENIX | CONCERT | A LITTLE MORE JAZZ ETCETERA WITH PINNA JOSEPH AND CHARLES LEWIS | Pinna Joseph (vocals) and Charles Lewis (piano) perform a concert of Jazz and Broadway tunes, as well as favorite songs, a number of songs/chants from various cultures, and a classical piece. Claribel Cone plays cello to introduce Summertime. Dennis Yee plays cello on Chanson D'Amour and Hallelujah. Cost: $15 plus fees, per person. Register online. Pinna is Changing Hands Community Events manager. More »

TUESDAY, JULY 30
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
this month at first draft

July’s Pick:
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 24

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, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 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 | Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a single mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity. Asking questions central to our American moment, immersed as we are in addiction, violence, and trauma, but undergirded by compassion and tenderness, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is as much about the power of telling one’s own story as it is about the obliterating silence of not being heard. 

With stunning urgency and grace, Ocean Vuong writes of people caught between disparate worlds, and asks how we heal and rescue one another without forsaking who we are. The question of how to survive, and how to make of it a kind of joy, powers the most important debut novel of many years. More »


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Deep River

by Karl Marlantes | Hardcover, $30.00 »

Deep River "Karl Marlantes' follow-up to Matterhorn does not disappoint. Deep River follows the lives of a family of Finnish immigrants who come to America in the late 1800s and tells the stories of their friends and family, from the beginning of the great American labor movements through the World Wars. Don't be deterred by its door-stopping 800 pages. Deep River is a page-turner. It's stunning, timely and all-consuming. The prose is exquisite. The characters are fierce and robust. And more than anything else, the novel is a history lesson and a warning, as its portrait of 1900s America is not that different from the America of today. Deep River is a revelation."  —Michelle
 

 

The Nickel Boys: A Novel

by Colson Whitehead | Hardcover, $24.95 »

The Nickel Boys "Colson Whitehead's Underground Railroad is a tough act to follow so i was hesitant to start his latest novel The Nickel Boys. This beautifully crafted story is based in part on real life events that took place at the Dozier reformatory school for boys in Florida during the Jim Crow era. To outsiders, the school is considered a place to help wayward boys find their way and become active members of society. This story is heavy but Colson's exquisite prose pulled me in and refused to let go. I was sad, angry, heartbroken and grateful for a story that left me breathless long after i turned the last page."  —Loretta
 

 

The Saturday Night Ghost Club: A Novel

by Craig Davidson | Paperback, $16.00 »

I Like to Watch "'Sometimes stories are the best we can hope for. They help us to simply get by...' Craig Davidson writes in the first chapter of The Saturday Night Ghost Club. I was smitten immediately and devoured this novel in one sitting. Set in 1980s Niagara Falls, Jake Baker sneaks around town with his friends Dove and Billy Yellowbird and his eccentric Uncle Calvin who takes them to haunted sites and reveals the dark secrets lying beneath the dilapidated town. However the stories told and the secrets revealed are those of the human heart more than they are monsters lurking inside abandoned lots and buildings. It's a coming-of-age story, a love story, a ghost story and a mystery. The Saturday Night Ghost Club is thoughtful, thrilling and positively brilliant!"  —Michelle

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