March 2020
Diane Rehm Watergate Girl Dizzy Cook
Bestselling author and renowned radio host Diane Rehm presents her latest book Jill Wine-Banks shares The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President Meet Dizzy Cook blogger Alicia Wolf with her new cookbook
Sissy Panda of Death and The Wrong Girl Writers & Lovers
Gender nonconforming writer Jacob Tobia shares their memoir Betty Webb and Donis Casey present their latest novels Award-winning author Lily King (Euphoria) presents her latest
Deep Creek and Half Broke David Plouffe James Rallison
Pam Houston and Ginger Gaffney visit with their latest novels David Plouffe discusses and signs copies of his new book YouTube artist James Rallison presents his second comic collection
Bridging Differences for Better Mentoring Your Voice First Draft Book Club
Lois Zachary and Lisa Fain discuss their guide for mentoring Dr. Martha Burk presents her new guide for women voters Join us in Phoenix to discuss this month's pick, Apeirogon by Colum McCann
Cancer, I'll Give You One Year Storyline Slam Living Brave
Jennifer Spiegel reads from her memoir Cancer, I'll Give You One Year Storyline Slam: Ten tellers share stories based on the theme "Rivalry" Mary Beth Stern and Hilda Villaverde lead a half-day conference
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SUNDAY, MARCH 1
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Inspired by the Tiny Pricks Project (@tinypricksproject), Sew Many Comments (@sewmanycomments), and countless other artists/activists using embroidery to make political points, we're gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch, bitch, and enjoy drink specials. Drink a mimosa or two—or a latte or three. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your own stitching project. Whether you're an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. More »
2pm | OFFSITE | DIANE REHM | WHEN MY TIME COMES | Renowned radio host Diane Rehm presents her latest, a book of candor and compassion, addressing the urgent, hotly contested cause of the Right-to-Die movement, of which she is one of our most inspiring champions. Through interviews with terminally ill patients, and with physicians, ethicists, spouses, relatives, and representatives of those who vigorously oppose the movement, Rehm gives voice to a broad range of people who are personally linked to the realities of medical aid in dying. The book presents the fervent arguments—both for and against—that are propelling the current debates across the nation about whether to adopt laws allowing those who are dying to put an end to their suffering. With characteristic even-handedness, Rehm skillfully shows both sides of the argument, providing the full context for this highly divisive issue. Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 3
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, March 17, 24, and 31. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JILL WINE-BANKS | THE WATERGATE GIRL: MY FIGHT FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE AGAINST A CRIMINAL | Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire as a Watergate prosecutor. It was a time, much like today, when Americans feared for the future of their democracy, and women stood up for equal treatment. At the crossroads of the Watergate scandal and the women's movement was a young lawyer named Jill Wine Volner (as she was then known), barely thirty years old and the only woman on the team that prosecuted the highest-ranking White House officials. Called "the mini-skirted lawyer" by the press, she fought to receive the respect accorded her male counterparts—and prevailed. In The Watergate Girl, Wine-Banks opens a window on this troubled time in American history. At once a cautionary tale and an inspiration for those who believe in the power of justice and the rule of law, The Watergate Girl is a revelation about our country, our politics, and who we are as a society. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | JEWELL PARKER RHODES | BLACK BROTHER, BLACK BROTHER | Award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes presents the powerful coming-of-age story about two brothers, one who presents as white, the other as black, and the complex ways in which they are forced to navigate the world, all while training for a fencing competition. Donte wishes he were invisible. As one of the few black boys at Middlefield Prep, he feels as if he is constantly swimming in whiteness. Most of the students don't look like him. They don't like him either. Dubbed the "Black Brother," Donte's teachers and classmates make it clear they wish he were more like his lighter skinned brother, Trey. Quiet, obedient. When an incident with "King" Alan leads to Donte's arrest and suspension, he knows the only way to get even is to beat the king of the school at his own game: fencing. With the help of a former Olympic fencer, Donte embarks on a journey to carve out a spot on Middlefield Prep's fencing team, and maybe learn something about himself along the way. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 5
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, March 12, 19, and 26. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | DHARMA TALK | LAMA KHENPO TENZIN WITH GARCHEN INSTITUTE IN CHINO VALLEY | How does karma work and why is compassion such a powerful force for awakening? Khenpo Tenzin—a Buddhist scholar, meditation practitioner, and resident teacher at Garchen Buddhist Institute in Chino Valley— examines the power of karma and compassion in our lives. He'll highlight wisdom from the DVD Every Thought, Every Word, Every Action for the Benefit of All Beings, and introduce filmmaker Christina Lundberg, who will show the trailer of her documentary film on the life of Garchen Rinpoche. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 6
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY OPEN POETRY READING | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe. Tonight is an open reading. Readers may bring 3 pages (double-spaced) of poetry to share. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 7
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | NESSIE QUEST |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Melissa Savage's Nessie Quest, a middle-grade story about two friends who head off on an adventure to find the Loch Ness Monster. Author Melissa Savage joins Club Read in Phoenix to discuss the book. 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.

SUNDAY, MARCH 8
4pm | PHOENIX | ALICIA WOLF | THE DIZZY COOK: MANAGING MIGRAINE WITH MORE THAN 90 COMFORTING RECIPES AND LIFESTYLE TIPS | Meet Dizzy Cook blogger Alicia Wolf, sample some of her delicious food, learn tips for avoiding migraines, and get a signed copy of her new lifestyle cookbook. With mouth-watering full-color photographs, The Dizzy Cook features more than 90 delicious recipes and dozens of helpful tips to help combat migraine symptoms through diet and lifestyle. More »

MONDAY, MARCH 9
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 | REAL IMPACT: THE NEW ECONOMICS OF SOCIAL CHANGE | Join us for "Mind Your Business," a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business! Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix. This month's book is Real Impact: The New Economics of Social Change by Morgan Simon. Impact investment—the support of social and environmental projects with a financial return—has become a hot topic on the global stage. But the field is at a tipping point: Will impact investment empower millions of people worldwide, or will it replicate the same mistakes that have plagued both aid and finance? In Real Impact, Simon shares her experience as both investor and activist to offer clear strategies for investors, community leaders, and entrepreneurs alike. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 10
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30-8pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | SHANNON WILKINSON | THIS YEAR REACH YOUR GOALS |
Do you set big goals or resolutions and fail to reach them? Maybe you've quit setting goals because you can't stand the thought of being disappointed—again. It doesn't have to be so hard. In this workshop, life coach Shannon Wilkinson teaches you the three reasons why traditional goal-setting (and resolution-making) doesn't work, and what to do instead. Learn her "Good Enough Goal-Setting" process so you won't get tripped up by perfectionism. Then the real magic happens! Cost: $40 per person. Register online. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | THE STORY OF A GOAT | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our book club focused on international literature. This month we discuss The Story of a Goat by Perumal Murugan, translated by N. Kalyan Raman. From one of India's best-known writers and the author of the National Book Award-longlisted One Part Woman comes a charming and surprising tale of an orphaned goat and the family that decides to take care of her, despite the potential cost to them. Murugan explores a side of India that is rarely considered in the West: the rural lives of the country's farming community. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JACOB TOBIA | SISSY | Gender nonconforming writer, producer, and performer Jacob Tobia shares their new memoir, Sissy: A Coming-of-Gender Story. As a young child in North Carolina, Jacob Tobia wasn't the wrong gender, they just had too much of the stuff. Barbies? Yes. Playing with bugs? Absolutely. Getting muddy? Please. Princess dresses? You betcha. Jacob wanted it all, but because they were "a boy," they were told they could only have the masculine half. Acting feminine labelled them "a sissy" and brought social isolation. It took Jacob years to discover that being "a sissy" isn't something to be ashamed of. It's a source of pride. Following Jacob through bullying and beauty contests, from Duke University to the United Nations to the podiums of the Methodist church—not to mention the parlors of the White House—this unforgettable memoir contains multitudes. A deeply personal story of trauma and healing, a powerful reflection on gender and self-acceptance, and a hilarious guidebook for wearing tacky clip-on earrings in today's world, Sissy guarantees you'll never think about gender—both other people's and your own—the same way again. More »
7pm | TEMPE | BETTY WEBB (THE PANDA OF DEATH) AND DONIS CASEY (THE WRONG GIRL) | California cast its spell on Betty Webb and Donis Casey, two Arizona authors whose latest mysteries, set exactly one hundred years apart, are so different despite being set in the same state. Webb's Panda of Death is a contemporary mystery featuring happily married California zookeeper Theodora Bentley, who is celebrating the arrival of an adorable red panda named Poonya to the Gunn Zoo. Webb will discuss how she got the idea for the book, the most personal she's ever written, and explain why the animal on the cover isn't black and white. Casey's The Wrong Girl features Blanche Tucker, a headstrong teenager who runs away from home and becomes a silent movie star in Roaring Twenties Hollywood.  Casey will explain why, after a dozen years writing a mystery series about Alafair Tucker—who raised ten rambunctious children on a farm in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s—she decided to send one of them reeling into the 1920s. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 12
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, March 19 and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
CANCELLED 7pm | TEMPE | LILY KING | WRITERS AND LOVERS |
Award-winning author Lily King (Euphoria) presents her latest novel. Blindsided by her mother's sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she's been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey's fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 14
CANCELLED ALL DAY | BUS PICKUP AT PHOENIX AND TEMPE LOCATIONS | BUS RIDE TO THE TUCSON FESTIVAL OF BOOKS | Join us for a bus ride to and from the Tucson Festival of Books with fellow book lovers all while avoiding driving, traffic, and parking! More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT |
Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with illustrator James Dean's famous picture book cat. 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 15
CANCELLED 2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | TAPPING INTO THE POWER AND EXPRESSION OF OUR TRUE VOICES | Gently massage body, mind, and spirit with the healing power of sound. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph helps attendees move to an open and relaxed space, exploring specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and creating invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of the heart and soul. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, MARCH 16
CANCELLED 7pm | TEMPE | PAM HOUSTON (DEEP CREEK) AND GINGER GAFFNEY (HALF BROKE) | Authors Pam Houston and Ginger Gaffney visit with their latest novels. About Deep Creek: On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, beloved writer Pam Houston learns what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Houston's ranch becomes her sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of parental abuse and neglect. Deep Creek delivers Houston's most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief . . . to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive." About Half Broke: An alternative prison ranch in New Mexico conducts a daring experiment—setting the troubled residents out to retrain an aggressive herd of horses. The horses and prisoners both arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many: the horses often abandoned and suspicious, the residents—some battling drug and alcohol addiction—emotionally, physically, and financially shattered. Gaffney's job is to retrain the untrainable. With time, the horses and residents form a profound bond, and teach each other patience, control, and trust. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
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, March 24 and 31. More »
CANCELLED7pm | TEMPE | DAVID PLOUFFE | A CITIZEN'S GUIDE TO BEATING
DONALD TRUMP | David Plouffe, campaign manager for President Barack Obama, discusses and signs his new book. If you've asked yourself the question, "What more can I do to make sure Donald Trump does not continue to occupy the Oval Office on January 20, 2021?"—this book is for you. A playbook for the common citizen, A Citizen's Guide to Beating Donald Trump addresses the many things individuals can do in 2020 every day, without having to leave their jobs, move to Iowa, or spend every waking moment on the election. Plouffe's message is simple: the only way change happens, especially on scale, is one human being talking to another. It won’t happen magically, it won’t happen because of debates and conventions, it won’t happen because of ads. It will happen because citizens take action. And Plouffe is here to help, with specific strategies and tailored talking points to make sure your time and energy aren’t wasted. He lays out why different activities the average citizen can take can make a difference to getting to 270 electoral votes, how people can go about doing them, and examples of where it’s worked in the past. There are at least 65 million Americans who are likely committed to voting against Trump. It is entirely in our control to grow that number and make sure the support materializes in actual votes. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18
CANCELLED 7pm | OFFSITE | JAMES RALLISON | ODD 1S OUT: THE FIRST SEQUEL | The YouTube artist and storyteller presents his latest collection, with all new and never-before-seen content featuring opinions, stories, and signature characters. James Rallison has always felt like he was on the outside looking in. His YouTube videos are all about his "odd" behavior, and with over 13 million subscribers and millions more followers on social media, these animations have found their way into the hearts of fans who also feel like a bit of an odd one. In this second installment in the Odd 1s Out series, James is back with characters, stories, and opinions, including the upside of the robot uprising, questionable pizza toppings, strange yet completely reasonable fears, and inventions that don’t exist, but should. Offering advice on accepting your quirks and growing up in the Internet age, The Odd 1s Out: The First Sequel is sure to be a must-have for old and new fans alike. Location: McClintock High School, 1830 E Del Rio Dr, Tempe, 85282. More »
CANCELLED 7pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | JUMPSTART YOUR GARDEN | Join Greg as he walks you through the most important things to know about starting your spring garden. And yes, it REALLY is quite simple. The big secret in Greg’s life is that although he has been a gardener in the Southwest since 1975, he is still discovering how to grow food in the desert. Being a lifelong Phoenix gardener, it is often assumed that he has growing all figured out—so much so that when people tell him they have two black thumbs he just laughs, then promises them that he has killed more plants, including trees, than they probably ever will. In reality, gardening in the desert is simple if you know the rules. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 19
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, March 26. More »
CANCELLED 10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH KEVIN NOBLE MAILLARD AND JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL | FRY BREAD | Join us for a special storytime with the author and illustrator of Fry Bread. Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal. More »
POSTPONED 7pm | PHOENIX | LOIS ZACHARY AND LISA FAIN | BRIDGING DIFFERENCES FOR BETTER MENTORING |
Lisa Fain and Lois Zachary discuss their new book, a comprehensive guide to helping mentors and mentees bridge gaps between and among cultures to make genuine connections and to learn from each other. They offer an array of accessible tools and practical strategies to increase self-awareness and embrace differences and make genuine connections. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 20
6-8pm | TEMPE | CREATIVE NON-FICTION ROUNDTABLE | A review group focused on short-form creative non-fiction, including, but not limited to, flash, micro-memoir, and personal essay. Bring your work for feedback and offer constructive critiques to other writers. RSVP to Al Fournier, algahman@gmail.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21
POSTPONED 10am | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | DIANNE WHITE | GREEN ON GREEN | Local author Dianne White shares her latest picture book about discovering the joys of nature, seasons, family, and the vibrant colors of them all. A child is on a colorful journey through the seasons, filled with yellow flowers and blue coral in spring and summer, and orange pumpkins and green pine forests in fall and winter. All the while, there is another colorful change on the horizon—the birth of a new sibling. More »
CANCELLED 3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | ARE YOU LISTENING? | Teens meet to discuss Are You Listening?, a graphic novel written and illustrated by Tillie Walden. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. This chance encounter sends them on a journey through West Texas, where strange things follow them wherever they go. The landscape morphs into an unsettling world, a mysterious cat joins them, and they are haunted by a group of threatening men. To stay safe, Bea and Lou must trust each other as they are driven to confront buried truths. The two women share their stories of loss and heartbreak—and a startling revelation about sexual assault—culminating in an exquisite example of human connection. 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, MARCH 23
CANCELLED 6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | "WRITING FROM ANOTHER TIME AND PLACE" | 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, followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group. Tonight, Judith Starkston (Hand of Fire, Priestess of Ishana) continues the series with "Writing from Another Time and Place." Digging deep into a letter, prayer, or offering of advice from another time or place exercises our imaginations and allows us to write inside a different viewpoint and world in a more authentic, empathetic, and responsible way. We will look first at a model of a document and a fictional scene arising from it, and discuss an overview of the creative opportunities and challenges of writing a world/time/place other than the writer’s own. Then participants will pair up for a three-part immersion. Cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 24
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, March 31. More »
CANCELLED 7pm | PHOENIX | MARTHA BURK | YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE |
Dr. Martha Burk presents her new book Your Voice, Your Vote: The Savvy Woman’s Guide to Politics, Power, and the Change We Need. In a presidential election year with our currently divided political climate, it’s more important than ever for women voters to be educated and informed about issues that affect them deeply. Your Voice, Your Vote is a manifesto for every woman voter and for male voters who care about the women in their lives. Martha Burk empowers the reader to cut through the double talk, irrelevancies, and false promises, and focuses directly on what’s at stake for women not only from now through the 2020 election, but also in the years beyond. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25
CANCELLED 6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-PART POETRY WORKSHOP WITH JEREDITH MERRIN | "THE VERY SHORT POEM" | As the American poet Marianne Moore once wrote, "Compression is the first grace of style." Tonight and on April 1, Jeredith Merrin, the author of Cup (a special selection by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award), leads a two-part workshop on short poems, which Merrin says "have a way of waking us up! What we observe and what we compose during our time together will also help us to make stronger long poems." Attendees will read a selection of poems, talk about what gets compressed into the short space, and then write some of their own. Cost: $40 per person, for two sessions. Register online. More »
CANCELLED 7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | APEIROGON | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, Apeirogon by National Book Award-winning and bestselling author Colum McCann. Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate. Their worlds shift irreparably after ten-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace. McCann crafts Apeirogon out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material. He crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Apeirogon for 20% off, then meet us and USA Today Books Editor Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 26
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 »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
CANCELLED 7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SARA FUJIMURA | EVERY REASON WE SHOULDN’T | The award-winning young adult author and creative writing teacher presents her novel, a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell. Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of trying to live up to expectations of being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashima . . . until Jonah Choi starts training at her family’s struggling rink. Jonah’s driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying... and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia’s got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart? More »
CANCELLED 7pm | PHOENIX | JENNIFER SPIEGEL | CANCER, I’LL GIVE YOU ONE YEAR | Jennifer Spiegel reads from her memoir, Cancer, I’ll Give You One Year: A Non-Informative Guide To Breast Cancer, A Writer’s Memoir In Almost Real Time. Embracing candor as an aesthetic, this real-time story hits upon the sacred, the profane, a trip to Epcot, a colonoscopy, Spiegel’s kids’ responses to everything, and OJ Simpson’s parole hearing. "Writing-centric, voice-driven, and conscious of a death sentence . . . no diets or exercises are offered, but the author may give horrible parenting advice. It’s undoubtedly funny, but also a meditation on meaning." Lara Smith, with whom Spiegel reviews books on Snotty Literati, emcees/moderates the discussion. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 27
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "RIVALRY" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Rivalry." Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell your story. Eight names will be drawn online, at least two more will be drawn at the beginning of the show, and 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, MARCH 28
POSTPONED 9am-12:15pm | PHOENIX | CONFERENCE WITH MARY BETH STERN AND HILDA VILLAVERDE | LIVING BRAVE . . . FINISHING STRONG | Villaverde and Stern, co-authors of the Living Brave series of stories, bring the "voices" of Living Brave. . . Finishing Strong to life at a half-day conference and book launch. Meet some of the book’s contributors from ages 7 to 95, who will give voice and a glimpse into the pages of this unique book featuring 45 women whose stories inspire, motivate, and encourage to finish strong in any quarter of life. Cost: $50 per person, includes a copy of Living Brave...Finishing Strong. Register online. More »
CANCELLED 2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | ADRIANNE COSTNER | MY LIFE AS A POTATO | Local author Adrianne Costner presents her debut tween novel. Ben Hardy believes he’s cursed by potatoes. And now he’s moved to Idaho, where the school’s mascot is Steve the Spud! Yeah, this cannot be good. After accidentally causing the mascot to sprain an ankle, Ben is sentenced to Spud duty for the final basketball games of the year. But if the other kids know he’s the Spud, his plans for popularity are likely to be a big dud! Ben doesn’t want to let the team down, so he lies to his friends to keep it a secret. No one will know it’s him under the potato suit—right? Life as a potato is all about not getting mashed! 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 29
CANCELLED 10:30am-5:45pm | TEMPE | KELLY LARSEN | REIKI LEVEL ONE CLASS | Begin to transform your life! In this one-day class, learn how to unlock the transformational power of Reiki therapy, an ancient energy healing technique. Attendees will receive a class book and a Level One Reiki attunement. Cost: $185 per person. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 31
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

March’s Pick:
Apeirogon by Colum McCann

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

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, Apeirogon by Colum McCann.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Apeirogon. Then join USA Today Books Editor 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 »

Catch and KillABOUT THE BOOK | From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.
 
Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on to the schools their children attend to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate.
 
But their lives, however circumscribed, are upended one after the other: first, Rami’s thirteen-year-old daughter, Smadar, becomes the victim of suicide bombers; a decade later, Bassam’s ten-year-old daughter, Abir, is killed by a rubber bullet. Rami and Bassam had been raised to hate one another. And yet, when they learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them. Together they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace—and with their one small act, start to permeate what has for generations seemed an impermeable conflict.
 
This extraordinary novel is the fruit of a seed planted when the novelist Colum McCann met the real Bassam and Rami on a trip with the non-profit organization Narrative 4. McCann was moved by their willingness to share their stories with the world, by their hope that if they could see themselves in one another, perhaps others could too.
 
With their blessing, and unprecedented access to their families, lives, and personal recollections, McCann began to craft Apeirogon, which uses their real-life stories to begin another—one that crosses centuries and continents, stitching together time, art, history, nature, and politics in a tale both heartbreaking and hopeful. The result is an ambitious novel, crafted out of a universe of fictional and nonfictional material, with these fathers’ moving story at its heart. More »


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staffpicks The Yellow Bird Sings

The Yellow Bird Sings

by Jennifer Rosner | Hardcover, $25.99 »

"This lovely, devastatingly sad novel broke my heart but also reminded me that the capacity of the human spirit to survive is beyond the capacity of madmen to try and kill it. The bond between mothers and daughters, music, and the power of storytelling are themes that will bring this book a wide audience."  —Gayle


 

 

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue

Mimi Lee Gets a Clue

by Jennifer J. Chow | Paperback, $16.00 »

"The classic cozy mystery gets a millennial twist here with thoroughly enjoyable results. Twenty-something Mimi’s adventures with her snarky talking cat Marshmallow are charming and humorous in turns. Mimi has recently opened her own pet grooming salon in LA and in trying to drum up customers, she accidentally embroils herself in a murder investigation. It’s up to Mimi and Marshmallow’s deductive skills to get the lead investigator off Mimi’s back, clear her name, and find the real murderer, all while dodging her mother’s increasingly ridiculous blind date setups and swooning over her lawyer neighbor Josh. If this first book is an indicator about the rest of the series to come, I might be a new fan of the genre."  —Cortney
 

 

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel

The Glass Hotel

by Emily St. John Mandel | Hardcover, $26.95 »

"The Glass Hotel is positively brilliant! You weave in and out of time and character voices but at the center of it all is Vincent, a woman forever marked by her mother's disappearance, and Jonathan, a man inspired by Bernie Madoff. It might seem bizarre to have these very distinct events woven together. But that is where Emily St. John excels. The worlds of Vincent and Jonathan collide in devastating ways that on the page are breathtaking. The Glass Hotel is ethereal and mesmerizing and completely different from Station Eleven so put aside any comparisons. I dare you to not fall under her spell. Everything about this book is impeccable. Prepare to be awed."  —Michelle

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