June 2019
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Chris Guillebeau presents his latest guide 100 Side Hustles First Friday Poetry featuring Benjamin Aleshire and Skye Jackson Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert shares her latest novel
Social Empathy Tan France Calypso
ASU professor Elizabeth Segal presents Social Empathy Fashion designer and Queer Eye star Tan France shares his memoir NYT bestseller David Sedaris celebrates the paperback release of Calypso
Own Your Everyday SheFactor Pale-Faced Lie
Jordan Lee Dooley with her "girlfriend’s guide to a purpose-driven life" Founder and CEO of SheFactor Heidi Ganahl signs copies of her book David Crow shares his new memoir The Pale-Faced Lie
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SATURDAY, JUNE 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LITTLE CRITTER | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the popular children's book character Little Critter. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | ENDLING #2: THE FIRST |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Katherine Applegate's latest novel Endling #2: The First. In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling first book—which received four starred reviews—Katherine Applegate once again delivers an action-packed middle grade fantasy with a unique setting, enthralling characters, and gripping adventure. Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.

MONDAY, JUNE 3
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | SANDRA MARINELLA | THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL - EMBRACING YOUR CREATIVE VOICE | Your story matters. Ignite your passion for finding and writing your stories in ways that reveal your unique voice and unleash your creativity. In this four-session workshop, Marinella will share writing prompts, explore writing that shows you how to develop your voice, and offer creative strategies to enhance your work. This workshop is appropriate for writers of all levels. Cost: $80 for four sessions, 10am-12pm Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CHRIS GUILLEBEAU | 100 SIDE HUSTLES | The author of the New York Times bestseller The $100 Startup shares his latest guide featuring 100 stories of regular people launching successful side businesses that almost anyone can do. More »

TUESDAY, JUNE 4
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST FICTION AT FIRST DRAFT | FEATURING
BRYAN WASHINGTON (LOT), ISABELLA HAMMAD (THE PARISIAN), KALI FARJADO-ANSTINE (SABRINA & CORINA) | It's back! First Fiction returns to Changing Hands Phoenix, now at our own First Draft Book Bar. Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their buzz-worthy novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then enjoy an informal mixer with the authors, who will meet attendees, take photos, and sign books. Bryan Washington reads from Lot, Isabella Hammad presents The Parisian, and Kali Farjado-Anstine shares Sabrina & Corina. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 6
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session 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, June 13, 20, and 27. 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, June 13, 20, and 27. 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, JUNE 7
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING BENJAMIN ALESHIRE (CURRENCY) AND SKYE JACKSON (A FASTER GRAVE) | Poets Benjamin Aleshire and Skye Jackson read from their recent collections. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LITTLE CRITTER | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the popular children's book character Little Critter. More »
2pm | OFFSITE | ELIZABETH GILBERT | CITY OF GIRLS |
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses her latest, a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. Ticket packages available at changinghands.com. 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.

MONDAY, JUNE 10
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE | 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. 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. (And get a discount when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month's book is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of "genius," Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11
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, June 18 and 25. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BLOOD OF THE DAWN | 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 Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez. Blood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what's known as "the time of fear" in Peruvian history, when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak. The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ELIZABETH A. SEGAL | SOCIAL EMPATHY: THE ART OF UNDERSTANDING OTHERS |
ASU School of Social Work professor Elizabeth Segal presents her latest, Social Empathy, in which she explores the ways we can develop our ability to understand one another and have compassion toward different social groups. When we are socially empathic, we not only imagine what it's like to be another person, but we consider their social, economic, and political circumstances and what shaped them. Segal explains the evolutionary and learned components of interpersonal and social empathy, including neurobiological factors and the role of social structures. Ultimately, empathy is not only a part of interpersonal relations—it is fundamental to interactions between different social groups and can be a way to bridge diverse people and communities. A clear and useful explanation of an often misunderstood concept, Social Empathy brings together sociology, psychology, social work, and cognitive neuroscience to illustrate how to become better advocates for justice. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 13
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session 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, June 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 14
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "SWEATING IT" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten storytellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Sweating It." 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 »
7pm | OFFSITE | TAN FRANCE | NATURALLY TAN: A MEMOIR | Author and fashion designer Tan France, star of Netflix's overnight sensation Queer Eye, shares his memoir, telling the origin story of one of the few openly gay South Asian men on television. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He shares his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. In Tan's own words, "The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be." Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. Ticket packages available at changinghands.com. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 15
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | REBECCA NEVIUS | GOD IS BIGGER THAN A JUICE BOX | The author and illustrator shares her new book, God is Bigger Than a Juice Box, in which she "brings the bigness of God's love into a child's everyday world of juice boxes, grown ups, and imaginary things. Children ages 2-5 will learn that God loves everyone with a love so big, a heavy lifter machine can't even handle it!" More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | AURORA RISING | Teens meet to discuss Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Aurora Rising. The year is 2380, and star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs. But Ty's squad isn't his biggest problem—that would be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might be the last hope for the entire galaxy. NOBODY PANIC. More »
4pm | TEMPE | DAVID SEDARIS | CALYPSO | David Sedaris, the bestselling author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, celebrates the paperback release of his personal and darkly hilarious new book Calypso. When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself. With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny—it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future. This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet—and it just might be his best. Ticket packages available on changinghands.com. 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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 | HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

MONDAY, JUNE 17

7pm | PHOENIX | JORDAN LEE DOOLEY | OWN YOUR EVERYDAY | The author and podcaster shares her new book, "a girlfriend's guide to a purpose-driven life." Jordan Lee Dooley has built a massive online following, and her "SHE" podcast garnered over one million downloads within 12 weeks of its debut. Widely recognized for her tagline "Your Brokenness is Welcome Here," Jordan has become a go-to source that women around the world look to for daily inspiration to find their purpose in life. Now for the first time in book form, she is helping you—and them—discover how to chase after something more while also finding contentment where you are, with what you have. Ticket packages available on changinghands.com. More »

TUESDAY, JUNE 18
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, June 25. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | LONG LIVE THE TRIBE OF FATHERLESS GIRLS AND HOW TO WRITE AN AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOVEL |
Join us for a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme. This month we discuss T. Kira Madden's Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls, a debut memoir about coming of age and reckoning with desire as a queer, biracial teenager amidst the fierce contradictions of Boca Raton, Florida, a place where she found cult-like privilege, shocking racial disparities, rampant white-collar crime, and powerfully destructive standards of beauty hiding in plain sight. We'll also discuss Alexander Chee's How to Write an Autobiographical Novel, an essay collection exploring Chee's education as a man, writer, and activist—and how we form our identities in life and in art. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls for 20% off (hardcover) and How to Write an Autobiographical Novel for 10% off (paperback). More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 20
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session 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, June 27. 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, June 27. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PRESENTATION ONLY | SASSAN AFSHIN AND FRANCES LECHNER | "21 DAYS IN IRAN: AN ENLIGHTENING AND ENTERTAINING LOOK AT ITS PEOPLE, POLITICS, ECONOMICS, AND CULTURE" |
Join us for a double presentation, including a close-up view of Iran from a recent trip by a Tempe resident who was born in Ahvaz (in southwestern Iran) and a thumbnail sketch of the country by a former Tempe resident who visited the country in 2015 and in 2019. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 21
7pm | PHOENIX | HEIDI GANAHL | SHE FACTOR | Join us for a talk, Q and A, and booksigning with the founder and CEO of the SheFactor. SheFactor is a book and app that helps young women find their passion, focus on goals, and achieve balance in their personal and professional lives. The book outlines a letter to any woman's younger self, showing that every path is unique and there is no "right" way to achieve your own form of success. Ganahl doesn't tell us what to do—she gives a microphone to the inner voice that already knows what to do. The encouragement in the book corresponds to the more tactical accountability that is game-ified in the SheFactor companion app, which readers can use to track each factor in her own life, or locate a mentor or group of friends to help keep her accountable to her new, balanced life goals. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 22
10am-5pm | PHOENIX | EMANCIPATION MARATHON | Storytellers continue a 20-year literary tradition of commemoration of the victims of American Chattel Slavery. Volunteers read historic and contemporary pieces about slavery — the definition, the laws, the human condition and the legacy it left behind. More »
12pm | OFFSITE | FAMILY EVENT | SCHOLASTIC SUMMER READ-A-PALOOZA | Join us at Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix for Scholastic's summer Read-a-Palooza, a campaign that celebrates reading and empowers kids to unlock book access for other kids across the country. Enjoy activities, giveaways, photos with Dog Man and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and more! Attendees are encouraged to bring gently used children's books (for ages 5-7), which will be donated to young readers in need through the library's Books for Good program. You can also donate at Changing Hands' Phoenix location June 1 through June 20. Location: Burton Barr Central Library 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004. 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, JUNE 23
11am-3pm | PHOENIX | NATIONAL TYPEWRITER DAY TYPE-IN | Changing Hands and First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) celebrate National Typewriter Day. Join us as we celebrate all things typewriter, with a display of different typewriters, demos, a discussion of the history of typewriters, and coffee drink specials at our bar. More »

MONDAY, JUNE 24
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH KATRINA SHAWVER | EXPAND YOUR WRITER'S TOOLBOX | Author Katrina Shawver (Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America) leads a workshop that covers tools and techniques that apply to all genres to help make your writing easier, polished, and tight. Take home lists of key resources every writer should have and know. Practice new ideas for faster writing and using active versus passive tense and specificity to "show not tell." Come prepared to write! Cost: $25. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, JUNE 25
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID CROW | THE PALE-FACED LIE |
David Crow shares his new memoir. Growing up on the Navajo reservation, Crow and his siblings idolized their dad. Tall, strong, smart, and brave, the self-taught Cherokee regaled his family with stories of his World War II feats. But as time passed, David discovered the other side of Thurston Crow, the ex-con with his own code of ethics that justified cruelty, violence, lies—even murder. A shrewd con artist with a genius IQ, Thurston intimidated David with beatings to coerce him into doing his criminal bidding. David's mom, too mentally ill to care for her children, couldn't protect him, and when he finally found the courage to stop helping his father with his criminal activities, he unwittingly triggered a plot of revenge that would force him into a showdown with Thurston Crow. With lives at stake, including his own, David would have only twenty-four hours to outsmart his father—the brilliant, psychotic man who bragged that the three years he spent in the notorious San Quentin State Prison had been the easiest time of his life. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | DISAPPEARING EARTH | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips. One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls—sisters, eight and eleven—go missing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women. Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty—densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska—and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused. In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Disappearing Earth 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, JUNE 27
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session 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 »
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.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28
5:30-10:30pm | PHOENIX | CRAFT RAVE | Changing Hands hosts five non-stop hours of crafting, featuring one-on-one instruction from Arizona artisans. Enjoy music, hourly raffle giveaways, and refreshments at our own First Draft Book Bar and our next door neighbors at Southern Rail Restaurant. Admission: $4 + fees per person. Register at the door, at 602.274.0067, or online. Once inside, buy any number of $5 tickets at the ticketing table and exchange a set number of tickets (varies by craft) to participate in a crafter's hands-on project. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 29
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, JUNE 30
7:30pm | OFFSITE | JOHN WATERS | "THIS FILTHY WORLD" | Celebrity Theatre presents the John Waters lecture "This Filthy World." The new John Waters book, Mr. Know It All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder, released on May 21, 2019 and will be available to purchase at this event. John Waters will be available for a meet and greet booksigning for all attendees following the show. Book sales and meet & greet sponsored by Changing Hands Bookstore. Location: 440 N 32nd St, Phoenix 85008. Tickets available at celebritytheatre.com. More »
this month at first draft

June’s Pick:
Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26

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, Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Disappearing Earth 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 | One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the Kamchatka peninsula at the northeastern edge of Russia, two girls--sisters, eight and eleven--go missing. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with the fear and loss felt most deeply among its women.

Taking us through a year in Kamchatka, Disappearing Earth enters with astonishing emotional acuity the worlds of a cast of richly drawn characters, all connected by the crime: a witness, a neighbor, a detective, a mother. We are transported to vistas of rugged beauty--densely wooded forests, open expanses of tundra, soaring volcanoes, and the glassy seas that border Japan and Alaska--and into a region as complex as it is alluring, where social and ethnic tensions have long simmered, and where outsiders are often the first to be accused.

In a story as propulsive as it is emotionally engaging, and through a young writer's virtuosic feat of empathy and imagination, this powerful novel brings us to a new understanding of the intricate bonds of family and community, in a Russia unlike any we have seen before. More »


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City of Girls: A Novel

by Elizabeth Gilbert | Hardcover, $28.00 »

Magic for Liars "City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is absolutely transcendent! It's a fun, sensual and a sensory story about 1940s showgirls in New York during the war. When 19-year-old Vivian is sent to live with her Aunt Peg in Manhattan, she becomes ensconced in her aunt's business, the Lily Playhouse. There she becomes close friends with Celia Ray, one of the showgirls, and a heady romp through 40s theater life and female desire ensues. Toss aside your previous notions of what an Elizabeth Gilbert book is supposed to be and pick up this book. City of Girls is full of verve, sex and vitality. It's a book not to be missed!"  —Michelle

Changing Hands is bring Elizabeth Gilbert to Mesa on Saturday, June 8. More »

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous: A Novel

by Ocean Vuong | Hardcover, $26.00 »

I Like to Watch "Ocean Voung once said that all history is myth. All we have of history, especially our own, is memory. And the only way to share memory is to speak it, write it, convert it into some other form. Communication becomes a practice of belief. Do you believe in the same world I do? Do you believe me? And when communication is impossible, what becomes of us? In the book, its narrator, Little Dog, writes a letter to his mother that he knows she'll never read. This letter moves through both Little Dog's past and that of his family's, discussing queerness, the Vietnam War, and how to make a life among and after violence. This past then becomes myth—not in the sense that it isn't true—but because it's shared and because it's active. After reading, Voung's work will live through you and reorder your world; it will follow you, not like a ghost, but like a belief."  —Connor

Wild and Crooked

by Leah Thomas | Hardcover, $18.99 »

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays "This is not a love story. But it is a story full of love. Kalyn's father is in prison for murdering Gus’s father decades ago in the rural town of 'Shitsboro.' This small town harbors deep-rooted prejudices, and old disputes run strong. Equal parts laugh-out-loud funny and dead serious, this story heralds no apology in its execution. The vibrant Kalyn and warmhearted Gus become friends despite the surrounding politics of their families, and they aren’t afraid of searching for what really happened all those years ago. Leah Thomas’ writing is flawless and the story is unpredictable. Already I wish I could read it again for the first time. "  —Leah


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