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March 2017 Events

March 2017
Crazy Horse I Liked My Life The Inventors
His descendents discuss the famous leader's life and death Abby Fabiaschi visits with her debut novel, I Liked My Life Peter Selgin presents his latest, a memoir of his adolescent years
Making My Pitch What Algorithms Debbie and Leonard Gabby
Making My Pitch: A Woman's Baseball Odyssey with Ila Jean Borders Ed Finn talks about algorithms and modern society Debbie and Leonard Gaby visit and share their latest books
ayurveda A Conjuring of Light Dirt Roads
Acharya Shunya presents Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom V.E. Schwab visits with the last book in the Shades of Magic trilogy Barbara Jean Ruther shares her book of poetry and memoirs
Beauty and the Beast Peter Cozzens First Draft Cookbook Club
Join us at a magical fairy tale ball inspired by Beauty & the Beast Historian Peter Cozzens presents The Earth is Weeping March's Cookbook Club pick is Art of the Pie by Kate McDermott
Spent Saints yzaguirre The Gene Machine
Brian Smith visits with his debut collection of linked stories Stella Pope Duarte shares the memoir of Raul H. Yzaguirre Bonnie Rochman talks about technology and modern reproduction
Cheech Love and Friendship Hard to Grip
Counterculture legend Cheech Marin shares his memoir Whit Stillman presents his latest, a sharp comedy of manners Emil DeAndreis shares his memoir of a baseball career cut short
Sonora Cork Dork Tyler Knott Gregson
Debut author Hannah Assadi discusses Sonora with Matt Bell Journalist Bianca Bosker presents her latest, Cork Dork Bestseller Tyler Knott Gregson with his latest poetry collection
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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1
7pm | PHOENIX | ABBY FABIASCHI | I LIKED MY LIFE | Fabiaschi presents her debut novel about Maddy, a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch—until she commits suicide, leaving her husband Brady and teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling. As they sift through details of her last days, trying to understand the woman they thought they knew, Brady and Eve are forced to come to terms with unsettling truths. More »
7pm | TEMPE | WILLIAM MATSON, FLOYD CLOWN, AND DOUG WAR EAGLE | CRAZY HORSE: THE LAKOTA WARRIOR'S LIFE & LEGACY | Floyd Clown and Doug War Eagle, representatives of the Crazy Horse family, join author William Matson to share stories that illustrate the famous leader's life and death—stories about their family genealogy, what it means to be Lakota, and their legendary ancestor's often misunderstood motivations. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 2
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. As a special bonus, to celebrate Read Across America day, our March 2 Baby Time event will include Dr Seuss' infamous Cat in the Hat. Make sure to bring your camera! Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, March 9, 16, 23, and 30More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | PETER SELGIN | THE INVENTORS: A MEMOIR | The Flannery O'Connor Award winner presents a memoir of his adolescent years with an emotionally remote father and a passionate young teacher. The Inventors is the story of how these men shaped the author's journey to manhood, a story of promises fulfilled and broken as he uncovers the truth about both men, and about himself. Co-sponsored by ASU Master of Liberal Studies Program More »
7pm | TEMPE | ILA JEAN BORDERS WITH JEAN HASTINGS ARDELL | MAKING MY PITCH: A WOMAN'S BASEBALL ODYSSEY | The first woman to play men's collegiate baseball shares her memoir, discussing the challenges of being a groundbreaking pioneer and achieving self-acceptance. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 3
7pm | PHOENIX | ED FINN | WHAT ALGORITHMS WANT: IMAGINATION IN THE AGE OF COMPUTING | The founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU presents his latest. Algorithms tell us what to read, where to go and who to date . . . but do we really understand them? Join Finn for a lively conversation about Siri, Netflix, and the other magic machines quietly reinventing our lives. Find out what algorithms want and why we should work with computational intelligence for a better (human) future. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 4
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | ME AND MARVIN GARDENS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Printz Honor Award winner Amy Sarig King's latest novel, the story of an unusual friendship that could actually save the world. 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 »
4pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | STEPHANIE ELLIOT | SAD PERFECT | The local author shares her novel, inspired by her own daughter's journey with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder. For sixteen-year-old Pea, eating has always been difficult. Some might call her a picky eater, but she knows it's more than that, and it's getting worse. And now there's a monster raging inside of her, one that controls more than just her eating disorder. When Pea meets Ben and they fall crazy-mad in love, she tries to keep the monster hidden—but the monster wants out.  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, MARCH 5
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | READ ACROSS AMERICA STORYTIME WITH THE CAT IN THE HAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Dr Seuss' infamous feline. We're commemorating Read Across America Day on March 2nd—Dr Seuss' birthday!  More »

MONDAY, MARCH 6
7pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | JUMP START YOUR SPRING GARDEN | The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on spring gardening in the desert Southwest. Peterson shares three simple steps to make living and growing food through urban farming a lot easier. He also walks attendees through the process of starting an urban farm for the first time. More info: www.urbanfarm.org.  More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 7
7pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | GRACE LIN | WHEN THE SEA TURNED TO SILVER | The author of the Newbery Honor winning modern classic Where the Mountain Meets the Moon presents her latest bestseller, a full-color illustrated fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore. Pinmei's gentle, loving grandmother always has the most exciting tales for her granddaughter and the other villagers. However, the peace is shattered one night when soldiers of the Emperor arrive and kidnap the storyteller. Everyone knows that the Emperor wants something called the Luminous Stone That Lights the Night. Determined to have her grandmother returned, Pinmei embarks on a journey to find the Luminous Stone alongside her friend Yishan, a mysterious boy who seems to have his own secrets to hide. The two must face obstacles usually found only in legends to find the Luminous Stone and save Pinmei's grandmother before it's too late.  More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8
7pm | PHOENIX | DEBBIE GABY: IN MY WILDEST DREAMS | LEONARD GABY: THE ART OF THE MENSCH | The co-founder and president of Sleep America Charities shares the stories that have inspired her to become the woman she is today. Gaby's choices led her down an amazing road, from rural Texas to entrepreneurship and corporate boardrooms, and, finally, to a life that's centered around philanthropy. Her husband Leonard will also discuss his book, sharing a lifetime of business experience recounting how his decisions to follow "roads less traveled" resulted in the transition from impressionable employee to seasoned manager to corporate executive and to adventurous entrepreneur. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ACHARYA SHUNYA | AYURVEDA LIFESTYLE WISDOM: A COMPLETE PRESCRIPTION TO OPTIMIZE YOUR HEALTH, PREVENT DISEASE AND LIVE WITH VITALITY AND JOY | Renowned for her ability to make Ayurveda accessible and practical for Western audiences, Acharya Shunya presents a narrative-based guidebook that meticulously covers the how-to's of morning and evening self-care, daily contemplation, self-massage and skin care, cooking (including recipes), beauty rituals, and more. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 9
7pm | PHOENIX | V.E. SCHWAB | A CONJURING OF LIGHT | The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the epic Shades of Magic trilogy presents the final book in the beloved series. Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old foes. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 10
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | BARBARA JEAN RUTHER | DIRT ROADS AND PLACES THEY TAKE YOU | The poet and author of Saving Snowflakes in My Pocket shares her latest, a finalist in The New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards, a book of poetry and memoirs. Open reading follows.  More »
7-9pm | PHOENIX | HATE HURTS | CAIR AZ AND PUENTE AZ COMMUNITY DISCUSSION | Details to come. See online for more info.

SATURDAY, MARCH 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen's Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny.
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.
7-10pm | PHOENIX | BEAUTY AND THE BEAST BALL | Changing Hands Phoenix hosts a magical fairy tale ball in the spirit of Beauty and the Beast. Festivities include ballroom dance demonstrations, a DJ, enchanted rose make-and-take, costume contest, photo booth, and more! Cost: $10 by 3/5, $12 per person 3/6 and after. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

SUNDAY, MARCH 12
5-6:30pm | PHOENIX | UNWINE-D ADULT COLORING NIGHT | Coloring is the hottest new hobby for adults, and it's perfect for relaxation after a long day. So we figured, what could be better than pairing coloring with wine, beer, coffee, or tea? Pay the admission fee and get FREE coloring tools and sheets, plus a 20% off coupon good for our entire stock of coloring books. Cost: $5 per person. Register at 602.274.0067 or online.  More »

MONDAY, MARCH 13
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online.  More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | TEMPE | PETER COZZENS | THE EARTH IS WEEPING | The critically acclaimed historian presents the fullest account to date of how the West was won . . . and lost. With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail.  More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 14
6:30-9pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT COOKBOOK BOOK CLUB | ART OF THE PIE BY KATE MCDERMOTT | Love to cook and talk about food? Join the First Draft Cookbook Club and Potluck for a heaping serving of food and food talk. Buy the featured cookbook from Changing Hands Bookstore and sign up to attend the potluck meeting. Whip up your favorite recipe (or two) from the book, bring your dishes to the potluck to discuss and dine. All attendees must purchase the cookbook, but not all are required to cook. One book allows for up to two attendees.  More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15
3:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR STORYTIME | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Eric Carle's all-time classic hungry bug.
7pm | TEMPE | LECTURE WITH ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "OF DOGMA AND DESIRE: SAYING WHAT YOU BELIEVE ABOUT THE FIRST AMENDMENT" | Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter leads a timely discussion on religion and the First Amendment. The First Amendment says everyone can freely exercise their religion without the government establishing a religion over them. But what does this mean today with discussion of travel bans and Muslim registries? McWhirter charts the history not just of our right to speak, but our right to believe.  More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 16
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | ORGANIZING WORKSHOP WITH ANDREA BRUNDAGE | "CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSET" | Andrea Brundage, Professional Organizer and Productivity Expert, shares her secrets for organizing your closet and creating a space you'll love! Cost: $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 17 & SATURDAY, MARCH 18
PHOENIX | MOVEMENT SOURCE MODERN DANCE COMPANY | "BE. HERE. NOW." | The local multi-media dance company presents seven original dances including "Shrine," a contemplative piece on the power of remembering those who have gone before, choreographed by Brad Garner, dance professor at the University of Oregon, as well as two fresh and feisty flamenco pieces choreographed by Julia Chacon, internationally renowned flamenco dancer and director/founder of Inspiracion Flamenca. Three performances: Friday, March 17 at 8pm and Saturday, March 18 at 2pm and 8pm. Cost: $12 per person. Tickets available only at movementsourcedancecompany.org  More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | THE VALIANT | Teens meet to discuss Lesley Livingston's novel about a young woman's journey from fierce Celtic princess to legendary gladiator and darling of the Roman empire.  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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 19
6pm | PHOENIX | BRIAN SMITH | SPENT SAINTS | The award-winning former Phoenix New Times journalist and Beat Angels frontman visits with his debut collection of linked stories and an accompanying multimedia presentation. Smith screens eleven micro short films (one minute each) based on each of the stories in the collection, followed by live music and a reading from the book.  More »

MONDAY, MARCH 20
6:30-8pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH TOM LEVEEN PUBLISHING PITFALLS: WHAT ARE THEY AND HOW DO YOU AVOID THEM? | After almost a decade in the industry and nine novels with imprints at Random House and others, author Tom Leveen has a rap sheet of mighty highs and grievous lows. With just a little bit of warning, he could have avoided the worst parts—and so can you. In this class for writers of all genres and abilities, Tom will walk you through some of the many things no one is telling you about the publishing world. Part craft, part business, and all true, this event is in support of Tom's tenth novel, Hellworld. Bring a notepad or laptop for notes! Cost: one copy of Hellworld by Tom Leveen ($17.99 + tax). Registration and pre-payment/buy at 602.274.0067 or online.  More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.858.9440 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, MARCH 21
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TOM LEVEEN | HELLWORLD | The local author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) shares his latest YA novel about a teen struggling to discover what happened to her mother who disappeared during a ghost hunt. Five years ago, Abby Booth's mom, cohost of a ghost hunting reality show, went missing while filming in a 'haunted' cave in Arizona. Since then, Abby's life has all but fallen to pieces. But now, at seventeen, Abby plans to go to the same cave where her mom and the crew went missing and to find out, once and for all, what happened there. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | LINCOLN IN THE BARDO | 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 long-awaited first novel from George Saunders, author of Tenth of December. Lincoln in the Bardo is a moving and original father-son story featuring none other than Abraham Lincoln, as well as an unforgettable cast of supporting characters, living and dead, historical and invented. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Lincoln in the Bardo for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event.  More »
7pm | TEMPE | STELLA POPE DUARTE | RAUL H. YZAGUIRRE: SEATED AT THE TABLE OF POWER | The multi-award winning author shares her authorized biography of one of America's most distinguished civil rights leaders, Raul H. Yzaguirre. Stella Pope Duarte received the American Book Award in 2009. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 23
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.
7pm | TEMPE | BONNIE ROCHMAN | THE GENE MACHINE | The New York Times and Time magazine writer shares her latest, a sharp-eyed exploration of the promise and peril of having children in an age of genetic tests and interventions.  More »
7pm | OFFSITE | CHEECH MARIN | CHEECH IS NOT MY REAL NAME, BUT DON'T CALL ME CHONG | The comedian, actor, and activist shares his memoir. Cheech Marin came of age at an interesting time in America and became a self-made counterculture legend with his other half, Tommy Chong. This insightful memoir delves into how Cheech dodged the draft, formed one of the most successful comedy duos of all time, became the face of the recreational drug movement with the film Up in Smoke, forged a successful solo career with roles in The Lion King and, more recently, Jane the Virgin, and became the owner of the most renowned collection of Chicano art in the world. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available only at mesaartscenter.com  More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 24
8-10pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE | "WE NEED TO TALK..." | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a live storytelling event featuring local storytellers Katie Johnson, Mona Qafisheh, Mare Schumacher, Stina Sieg and Kaila White. With hosts Rachel Eseoghene Egboro and Dan Hoen Hull. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available online. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 25
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING | Teens meet to discuss Tricia Levenseller's debut, full of action, adventure, romance, and a little bit of magic all blended into a thrilling YA pirate tale. 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, MARCH 26
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION | Chanting vibrates body, mind, and spirit. To experience the healing power of sound, chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts a workshop focusing on the breath, vibrational seed mantras, and call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $20. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

MONDAY, MARCH 27
7pm | PHOENIX | WHIT STILLMAN | LOVE & FRIENDSHIP: IN WHICH JANE AUSTEN'S LADY SUSAN VERNON IS ENTIRELY VINDICATED | The writer-director of five films, including the major motion picture Love & Friendship (with Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny), and winner of France's Prix Fitzgerald for Les Derniers Jours du Disco, presents his sharp comedy of manners. Impossibly beautiful, disarmingly witty, and completely self-absorbed: meet Lady Susan Vernon. Recently widowed with a daughter who's coming of age as quickly as their funds are dwindling, Lady Susan makes it her mission to find them wealthy husbands. But when her attempts to secure their futures result only in the wrath of a prominent conquest's wife and the title of 'most accomplished coquette in England,' Lady Susan must rethink her strategy. More »
7pm | TEMPE | EMIL DEANDREIS | HARD TO GRIP: A MEMOIR OF YOUTH, BASEBALL, AND CHRONIC ILLNESS | The author of Beyond Folly shares his memoir of a baseball career cut short by rheumatoid arthritis and a life spent dealing with the consequences. Scarcely out of high school, where he was an up-and-coming star pitcher for his two-time championship team, Emil discovered the early signs of the disease were hampering his ability to compete. It became increasingly evident as he played throughout his freshman and sophomore years that his lifelong dream to go pro was to be only that—a dream, even as he was about to sign on to play pro ball. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 28
6pm | PHOENIX | PRIVATIZED PRISON DOCUMENTARY AND PANEL DISCUSSION | Abolish Private Prisons and Changing Hands present a screening of 13th, a documentary by Ava DuVernay that takes an in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality. Doors open at 5:45pm, film begins at 6:15pm followed by a facilitated panel discussion. Tickets are FREE and available online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | BILL KONIGSBERG | HONESTLY BEN | The multi award-winning author of Openly Straight and The Porcupine of Truth shares his latest, a smart, laugh-out-loud novel that will speak to anyone who's struggled to be "honestly ____________" in some part of their lives. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
6pm | TEMPE | URBAN GARDEN TALK AND TOUR LECTURE | DENNIS MCCLUNG | The president and founder of Garden Pool shares the story of how a single idea can transform the way we think about growing food. In 2009, McClung bought his first home in Mesa; it came with a big, broken pool, which he converted into a closed-loop, food-producing urban greenhouse. In the process, he inspired a community and created a nonprofit organization dedicated to researching and teaching sustainable ways of growing food. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | ASU GAMMAGE PRESENTS KYLE ABRAHAM | Join ASU Gammage and Changing Hands for a conversation on love, longing, and loss with choreographer and MacArthur "Genius" Award winner Kyle Abraham and the dancers of Abraham.In.Motion, whose signature choreography will come to life Saturday, April 1 on the ASU Gammage stage with Dearest HomeMore »
7pm | PHOENIX | HANNAH ASSADI IN CONVERSATION WITH MATT BELL | SONORA | The debut author, in conversation with Paula Anderson Book Award winner Matt Bell, presents her novel tracking the addictive, tempestuous relationship between Laura and Ahlam, the trauma they cause and endure in Arizona's mystical Sonoran Desert, and their impulsive escape to New York City. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! PRESENTS LEE BERGER | THE MYSTERY OF OUR HUMAN STORY | The paleoanthropologist who famously discovered Homo naledi visits Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series. Berger discusses the details of the discovery—which signaled a profound shift in our understanding of human evolution—and signs copies of his book Almost Human. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available only at mesaartscenter.com More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 30
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | STORYTELLING SECRETS WITH DAN HOEN HULL | The founder of TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a workshop on live, first-person storytelling. Through a series of simple exercises, Dan can help ease potential anxiety and take you from page to stage, exploring the steps to craft a sincere narrative, and an engaging performance. Cost: $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | BIANCA BOSKER | CORK DORK | The award-winning journalist for The Atlantic and Food & Wine presents her latest book—chronicles of her wine-fueled adventures from cellar rat to sommelier with the obsessive pros, tipsy hedonists, and mad scientists who live to taste. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 31
6:30pm | PHOENIX | TYLER KNOTT GREGSON | WILDLY INTO THE DARK: TYPEWRITER POEMS AND THE RATTLINGS OF A CURIOUS MIND | The bestselling author and online sensation visits with his latest poetry collection. Tyler's third collection includes more of his popular Typewriter Series poems (featured in his first book, Chasers of the Light) as well as never-before-published scenes that paint the world as only Tyler sees and experiences it. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ROSHANI CHOKSHI | A CROWN OF WISHES | The New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen presents her latest novel, an adventure about a young princess overcoming danger at every turn to win back her kindgom. More »

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March’s Pick:
Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 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 long-awaited first novel from George Saunders, author of Tenth of December.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Lincoln in the Bardo 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 »

Lincoln in the BardoABOUT THE BOOK | February 1862. The Civil War is less than one year old. The fighting has begun in earnest, and the nation has begun to realize it is in for a long, bloody struggle. Meanwhile, President Lincoln's beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill. In a matter of days, despite predictions of a recovery, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. "My poor boy, he was too good for this earth," the president says at the time. "God has called him home." Newspapers report that a grief-stricken Lincoln returns, alone, to the crypt several times to hold his boy's body.

From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state--called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo--a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul. More »


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Exit West

by Mohsin Hamid | Hardcover, $26.00 »

Exit West "There are a lot of things I could say about this book. I could say it's beautifully written, with gently meandering prose. At the same time, I could say it's instantly absorbing, with a plot that grabs the reader on the first page and doesn't release them until the last. Both are true, but the most important thing about this book is this: Exit West brings the refugee experience into sharp relief in a way that's bound to shake its readers out of complacency. It's impossible to read this story and not draw parallels between current events and the experiences of Nadia and Saeed. And it's impossible to read this book and not feel compassion for people forced to flee their homelands, people who often find that, though they've escaped present danger, they still aren't safe. Exit West is a book to read, savor, and learn from."  —Lauren

 

Becoming Leonardo: An Exploded View of the Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

by Mike Lankford | Hardcover, $28.99 »

Becoming Leonardo "Though wealth of Leonardo da Vinci's works were left behind, precious little about his personal life remains. In Becoming Leonardo, Mike Lankford captures the side of the Italian Renaissance that is rarely evidenced. Far from a dry accounting of da Vinci's life through his art and invention, this is instead a story depicting the adventure that life in a time rife with plague, warring nations, and tyrannical despots must have been. I found the reconstructions of the motives behind many of the great works of da Vinci to be particularly poignant — such as the juxtaposition of Vitruvius' point of view and da Vinci's. I think it is important to understand that Lankford himself does not view this as a work of scholarship, but rather a synthesis of the existing scholarship on da Vinci to form a cohesive and utterly captivating narrative."  —Scott

 

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

by Michael Finkel | Hardcover, $25.95 »

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit "Christopher Knight spent 27 years living outside, hidden and alone in central Maine, without once making a fire. The "how" and "why" of this unique and seemingly impossible existence make up Michael Finkel's excellent new book. A study of solitude across history and literature, fans of Into the Wild and Desert Solitude will enjoy this work even as questions of sanity and arrogance cloud the image of a man who was either heroic hermit or cunning thief, or perhaps both."  —Camilla


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