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May 2017
Jen Sincero Sarah J Maas Driving Miss NormaMeatLess
Jen Sincero presents You Are a Badass at Making Money Sarah J. Maas in conversation with Rae Carson about her latest Driving Miss Norma: One Family's Journey Saying "Yes" to Living
The Empath's Survival Guide Jessamyn StanleyThe Greatest Story Ever Told The Song and the SIlence
Bestseller Judith Orloff shares life strategies for sensitive people Yoga teacher and Instagram star Jessamyn Stanley visits Yvette Johnson talks about the pursuit of her family's past
Backbone Christopher Paolini Sonata
Neurosurgeon Volker K. H. Sonntag, M.D. presents his memoir Christopher Paolini with the first and only Eragon coloring book Local debut author Andrea Avery shares her memoir, Sonata
Phoenix: Past and Present The Radium Girls Some Rise By Sin
Three local historians share Phoenix Past and Present Kate Moore shares the true story of America's "Shining Women" New York Times bestseller Philip Caputo with his latest
The Story You Need to Tell Amy Goodman There Goes the Neighborhood
Sandra Marinella shares true stories about writing and healing Amy Goodman visits with the paperback release of Democracy Now! Social commentator Ali Noorani discusses the immigration debate
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MONDAY, MAY 1
7-8:30pm | PHOENIX | CHILDREN'S BOOK REP PICK | Of the many perks booksellers enjoy, one of the best is the opportunity to learn about (and read!) exciting new books months before they're published. Now we're offering this perk to you! Join our brilliant publishing sales reps for a sneak peek at this summer's forthcoming buzz books for children and teens, which you can pre-order for a 20% discount tonight only. Grab a beverage at First Draft and settle in for free snacks, advance reading copies, raffle prizes, and more! Free and open to the public. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 2
10-11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | FREE SEVEN-WEEK WORKSHOP | KINDERGARTEN BOOTCAMP | Author and Phoenix Public Library Early Literacy Specialist Tom Leveen hosts a seven-week workshop for parents and kids. In this series of hour-long sessions, Leveen offers parents tools, information, and activities to help prepare little ones for kindergarten success in a fun, educational, and interactive setting. RSVP for free at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH LYNNE AVRIL | Local illustrator Lynne Avril will lead this special Children's Book Week storytime. Lynne will read and create a drawing for the kids. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | HUNTER MARCH | TBH: 51 TRUE STORY COLLABS | The writer, producer, and on-screen personality of AwesomenessTV shares his debut collection of true stories featuring many of the creators who appear on AwesomenessTV's Youtube channel. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3
7pm | PHOENIX | JEN SINCERO | YOU ARE A BADASS AT MAKING MONEY: MASTER THE MINDSET OF WEALTH | The bestselling author and success coach shares her guide to overcoming the fears and stumbling blocks that can keep financial success out of reach. Drawing on her own experience, Jen knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in when it comes to money—as well as what it takes to dig your way out. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 4
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | An Early Literacy Specialist from Phoenix Public Library visits every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, May 11, 18, and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »
4:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | ADAM RUBIN | DRAGONS LOVE TACOS 2: THE SEQUEL | The New York Times bestselling picture book author visits with the sequel to his wildly popular Dragons Love Tacos.  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.
6:30pm | OFFSITE | TEEN EVENT | SARAH J. MAAS | A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN | The #1 New York Times bestselling author shares the latest installment of her popular Court of Thorns and Roses series, in conversation with local author Rae Carson. Location: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available in-store or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TIM BAUERSCHMIDT AND RAMIE LIDDLE | DRIVING MISS NORMA | When 90-year-old Miss Norma was diagnosed with uterine cancer, she was advised to undergo surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Instead, she packed what she needed and took off on an unforgettable cross-country journey with her son Tim, his wife Ramie, and their poodle Ringo. Tonight, Tim, Ramie, and Ringo visit to share a chronicle of their experiences on the road. Miss Norma passed away last year, but her spirit lives on in a Facebook community that continues to grow by those who are inspired by her story. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 5
7-9pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SQUARE DANCE WITH PICK & HOLLER AND CALLER GRACE ROLLAND | That's right, square dance! Join Pick & Holler with guest caller Grace Rolland for live music, lessons, and square dancing. All levels and all ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Cost: $8 per person. Kids under 12 are FREE. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RACHEL COHN IN CONVERSATION WITH AMY FELLNER DOMINY | KILL ALL HAPPIES | The New York Times bestselling author discusses her latest novel with fellow YA author Amy Fellner Dominy. This is it. Graduation. Vic Navarro is going to pull off the most memorable good-bye ever for her best friends, and give Happies—the kitschy restaurant that is her desert town's claim to fame—a proper send-off into bankruptcy. With the music thumping, alcohol flowing, and bodies mashing, Vic's party is a raging success. That is, until Happies fans start arriving in droves to say good-bye, and storm the deserted theme park behind the restaurant. The night is so not going as planned. And maybe that's the best plan of all. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 6
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME WITH MOLLY IDLE | Join us for a special costume (and crafts) storytime with Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Molly Idle. Molly will be joined by Olivia and Danny's Dinosaur so don't forget to bring your camera for pictures with the kiddos. Participants are encouraged to dress up in their favorite costumes! More »
1-6pm | PHOENIX | URBAN WINE WALK | First Draft Book Bar (the coffee, wine, and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) offers $3 wine samples and complimentary snacks.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | GEORGE | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Alex Gino's debut, George. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7pm | TEMPE | JUDITH ORLOFF | THE EMPATH'S SURVIVAL GUIDE: LIFE STRATEGIES FOR SENSITIVE PEOPLE | The New York Times bestselling author shares her guide for "empaths" and anyone who wants to nurture empathy and develop coping skills in this high-stimulus world, while fully embracing their gifts of intuition, compassion, creativity, and spiritual connection. More »

SUNDAY, MAY 7
4pm | PHOENIX | JESSAMYN STANLEY IN CONVERSATION WITH JES BAKER | EVERY BODY YOGA | Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all the stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized teacher and Instagram star by combining a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles. Tonight she discusses her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in a book that will help every reader discover the power of yoga and how to weave it seamlessly into his or her life. It's a book of inspiration for beginners of all shapes and sizes, a book that challenges the larger issues of body acceptance and the meaning of beauty. Most of all, it's a book that changes the paradigm, showing us that yoga isn't about how one looks, but how one feels. The workshop at 2pm is SOLD OUT. More »

MONDAY, MAY 8
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $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 | YVETTE JOHNSON | THE SONG AND THE SILENCE | Yvette Johnson, co-producer of the documentary Booker's Place, about her late grandfather Booker Wright, shares her memoir about the pursuit of her family's past. Born a year after Wright's death and raised in a wealthy San Diego neighborhood, Johnson admits she never had to confront race the way Southern blacks like her grandfather did in the 1960s. Compelled to learn more about her roots, she travels to Greenwood, Mississippi, a beautiful Delta town steeped in secrets and a scarred past, to interview family members and townsfolk about the real Booker Wright. As she uncovers her grandfather's compelling story and gets closer to the truth behind his murder, she also confronts her own conflicted feelings surrounding race, family, and forgiveness. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 9
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | VOLKER SONNTAG, MD | BACKBONE: THE LIFE AND GAME-CHANGING CAREER OF A SPINAL NEUROSURGEON |
The world-renowned neurosurgeon and vice-chairman emeritus at Barrow Brain and Spine shares his life story, from his youth as a German immigrant in Cold War America to the pioneering innovations that launched him to the forefront of spinal neurosurgery. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI | THE OFFICIAL ERAGON COLORING BOOK | The #1 New York Times bestselling author visits with the first and only coloring book to explore the world of Eragon and the Inheritance Cycle. This captivating book features more than forty pieces of art from award-winning fantasy illustrator Ciruelo. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
7pm | PHOENIX | ANDREA AVERY | SONATA: A MEMOIR OF PAIN AND THE PIANO | The local author shares her memoir of chronic illness and classical music. Andrea, already a promising and ambitious classical pianist at twelve, was diagnosed with a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis that threatened not just her musical aspirations but her ability to live a normal life. As Andrea navigates the pain and frustration of coping with RA alongside the usual travails of puberty, college, sex, and just growing-up, she turns to music—specifically Franz Schubert's Sonata in B-flat D960, and the one-armed pianist Paul Wittgenstein—for strength and inspiration. The heartbreaking story of this mysterious sonata—Schubert's last, and his most elusive and haunting—is the soundtrack of Andrea's story. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 11
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME ANNIVERSARY LUAU | Baby Time celebrates its one year anniversay with a special luau-themed party.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »

FRIDAY, MAY 12
6-8pm | PHOENIX | CRAFTS AND DRAFTS | PAPER FLOWERS | First Draft Book Bar presents a monthly crafting series. This month learn to make realistic crepe paper flowers that can highlight a special occasion, decorate a room, a special gift, or be used as a corsage. Cost: $5, includes instruction and all supplies. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | Join us for Friday Poetry featuring poet Jennifer Harmon with Celebrating Sound. Plus an open reading. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 13
9-10:30am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | READING ROAD TRIP KICKOFF PARTY WITH SCHOLASTIC | Bring the kids! The Scholastic Road Trip RV is touring the country with their favorite authors, illustrators, and characters—and we've got them! You'll also enjoy activity stations, giveaways, free treats, and more. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: OLIVIA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with Ian Falconer's classic character Olivia!
11:30am | TEMPE | BRAIN INJURY ALLIANCE OF AZ (BIAAZ) | Changing Hands Tempe hosts a Survivor Author Panel in cooperation with the Brain Injury Alliance of AZ, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of individuals with brain injuries and their families. More »
2-4pm | TEMPE | JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY MEETING | The Jane Austen Society visits to discuss Emma. Bring your ideas to share with fellow Austen enthusiasts! RSVP to jasnaphx@gmail.com. More »
3-5pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | READING ROADTRIP KICKOFF PARTY WITH SCHOLASTIC | Bring the kids! The Scholastic Road Trip RV is touring the country with their favorite authors, illustrators, and characters—and we've got them! You'll also enjoy activity stations, giveaways, free treats, and more. 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | PAUL SCHARBACH, ROBERT MELIKIAN, AND JOHN JACQUEMART | PHOENIX PAST AND PRESENT | Three local historians present Phoenix Past and Present, a hardcover photography book taking readers on a journey through the city's past and present, juxtaposing vintage photographs with their present-day counterparts. More »

SUNDAY, MAY 14 | HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY

MONDAY, MAY 15
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | OFF THE CUFF COMEDY IMPROV SHOW | The local comedy troupe performs an interactive show in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? 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, MAY 16
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH THE TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY | Join Micah, Tempe Public Library's Youth Services Librarian, for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »
7pm | TEMPE | KATE MOORE | THE RADIUM GIRLS: THE DARK STORY OF AMERICA'S SHINING WOMEN |
Kate Moore shares the true story of the women who fought America's "Undark" danger. As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive—until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TRAVEL WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROBERT ISENBERG | WISH YOU WERE HERE | The award-winning writer and actor teaches participants how to write about adventures on the road. Learn how to transform vacations into compelling stories, prescient cultural profiles, and lyrical love letters. Cost: $25 per person. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PHILIP CAPUTO | SOME RISE BY SIN | The New York Times bestselling author shares his latest novel, the story of a Franciscan priest struggling to walk a moral path through the shifting and fatal realities of an isolated Mexican village.  More »

THURSDAY, MAY 18
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners.  More »
10am | TEMPE | DEMENTIA CHAMPIONS TRAINING | Want to help community members understand dementia and help make Tempe a livable city for people with dementia? Dementia Friends Tempe will conduct Champion training at Changing Hands Tempe. This is a joint venture between the City of Tempe and Banner Alzheimer's Institute. This training will equip you with the knowledge and activities needed to facilitate a Dementia Friends Information Session. To register, call: 602-839-6850
7pm | PHOENIX | YOUR NOVEL YEAR | PUBLIC READING | Your Novel Year at the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University is the only online Certificate Program in the country for those looking to write Young Adult novels. Join us as graduating students read from their final manuscripts. Open to the public. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SANDRA MARINELLA | THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL: WRITING TO HEAL FROM TRAUMA, ILLNESS, OR LOSS | The award-winning author presents inspiring true stories that demonstrate how to use personal stories and writing to move past physical or emotional hardships toward resilience and renewal. Part of the profits from the book support Dr. Susan Love's Cancer Research Foundation, the Military Assistance Mission (MAM), and emerging writers by offering free personal writing workshops at the Integrative Medicine Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 19
8-10pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE | UNPACKING | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents Unpacking, a live storytelling event featuring Marnee Burris, Tanya Chakravarty, Melissa Dunmore, Augustine Edosomwan, Kelcie Grega, Dan Hoen Hull, and Sylvia Torrey. With host Rachel Eseoghene Egboro. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available only at changinghands.com More »

SATURDAY, MAY 20
10am-Noon | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BRAIN QUEST SUMMER KICK OFF | Local parenting blogger Bettijo Hirschi, co-creator of Paging Supermom, hosts a kick-off event for Brain Quest's summer line of workbooks. Explorers ages 5 and up will participate in crafts and activities designed to keep school skills sharp over the summer months. Purchase any of six new Brain Quest workbooks for a ticket to the event, good for a family of four. Once inside, kids can participate in as many or few activities as they like, while parents hang out at First Draft Book Bar or accompany kids from station to station. Cost: The purchase of one Brain Quest workbook ($12.95 + tax) admits a family of four (4). More »
10:30am-12pm | TEMPE | AMY GOODMAN & DENIS MOYNIHAN | DEMOCRACY NOW! TWENTY YEARS COVERING THE MOVEMENTS CHANGING AMERICA | Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan visit with the paperback edition of their bestselling book, focusing on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by corporate media. This important book looks back over the past twenty years of Democracy Now! news, and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.  More »
2pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | STRANGE THE DREAMER | Teens meet to discuss the new epic fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller Laini Taylor.  More »
4pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATE WATSON | SEEKING MANSFIELD | Young adult author Kate Watson shares her debut, a retelling of Jane Austen's classic Mansfield Park set in the modern day. 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.
6pm | PHOENIX | MUSIC @ THE NEWTON | Join us in Phoenix for a musical night featuring The SunPunchers and The Jon Rauhouse Combo. Tickets only available HERE.

MONDAY, MAY 22
7pm | TEMPE | ARIZONA WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT | RECRUITING NEW MENTORS | Arizona Women's Education and Employment (AWEE) is recruiting mentors for its Women Living Free program, which seeks to decrease recidivism and create stability for women being released from Perryville Prison. Mentors are involved in correspondence with the mentee (pre-release) and in either one-on-one or group mentoring (or both) for one year after release. The time commitment for mentors is 7 hours per month. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 23
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | PROJECT HUMANITIES | FILM SCREENING: REAL BOY |
As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | FLASH MEMOIR: WRITING THE FAMILY IN 750 WORDS OR LESS (2 SESSIONS) | The co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series leads a two-part creative writing workshop involving the reading and discussion of several works of flash memoir that focus on "family writing," as well as in-class writing exercise. The first session will conclude with an overview of a take-home writing prompt. Part two on May 30 requires participants to workshop an original, newly completed piece of flash memoir. Individualized feedback will focus on a wide range of issues such as style, voice, pacing, detail, development, diction, and syntax. Cost: $35 for two sessions. Attendees must sign up for both sessions. Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY | 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 Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley 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 | ALI NOORANI | THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: HOW COMMUNITIES OVERCOME PREJUDICE AND MEET THE CHALLENGE OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION | The Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum shares his book, a compelling approach to the immigration debate that takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity.  More »

THURSDAY, MAY 25
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
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.

SATURDAY, MAY 27
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED | Teens meet to discuss Becky Albertalli's latest, a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity. 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.

MONDAY, MAY 29 | MEMORIAL DAY

TUESDAY, MAY 30
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
ALL DAY | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT NEW MENU TASTING |
Join us at First Draft Book Bar in our Phoenix store to sample items off our new menu.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND DEVELOPING REPERTOIRE | Chanting vibrates body, mind and spirit. 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 developing repertoire of call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $20. Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205More »

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May’s Pick:
The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 24

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley 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 »

The Twelve Lives of Samuel HawleyABOUT THE BOOK | Samuel Hawley isn't like the other fathers in Olympus, Massachusetts. A loner who spent years living on the run, he raised his beloved daughter, Loo, on the road, moving from motel to motel, always watching his back. Now that Loo's a teenager, Hawley wants only to give her a normal life. In his late wife's hometown, he finds work as a fisherman, while Loo struggles to fit in at the local high school.

Growing more and more curious about the mother she never knew, Loo begins to investigate. Soon, everywhere she turns, she encounters the mysteries of her parents' lives before she was born. This hidden past is made all the more real by the twelve scars her father carries on his body. Each scar is from a bullet Hawley took over the course of his criminal career. Each is a memory: of another place on the map, another thrilling close call, another moment of love lost and found. As Loo uncovers a history that's darker than she could have known, the demons of her father's past spill over into the present--and together both Hawley and Loo must face a reckoning yet to come. More »


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Broken River

by J. Robert Lennon | Paperback, $16.00 »

Broken River "I am in awe of J. Robert Lennon. Bold, piercing, and powerful, he writes like lightning in the night, illuminating even as he obliterates. With an explosive flash, he burns away conventions and facades, and in the glow we can see a picture of human nature that is at once startling and undeniably real. The depth and precision of his insight is staggering. Right from the beginning, he took my breath away, never really letting me have it back until I turned the last page. As a thriller, Broken River is intense, compelling, and disturbingly ominous. But it is also more than a thriller. Strange and experimental, this is a brilliant work of fiction, one that casually ignores genre and defies expectations. I could write entire essays about how much I enjoyed this book, but I don't want to take up that much of your attention. Trust me: your time would be much better spent picking up a copy and reading it for yourself. "  —Jason

 

How to Be Human

by Paula Cocozza | Hardcover, $26.00 »

Often I Am Happy "Another (!) story of the life of a lonely woman rebounding from a controlling relationship. However, this particular heroine befriends ... a FOX... who wanders into her garden and seems to be communicating with her. We are taken into the mind of the animal, where the author speaks in the way animals might: in lovely, alliterative little fragments describing its sense experiences and memories. Fox and woman grow closer, the animal brings her little gifts, she discovers strengths she never knew she had, and the neighbors begin to worry. But really, it is THEIR lives that are unraveling. I'll be recommending this book to everyone, but especially to those of you who liked H is for Hawk."  —Georgeann

 

Based on a True Story

by Delphine De Vigan | Hardcover, $28.00 »

All the Birds in the Sky "From the minute I picked up this book, I was sucked in. An artful blurring of fact and fiction, Based on a True Story is an intriguing psychological drama that just so happens to be gorgeously written! Delphine is both the author and the narrator and her keen observations set this book apart. She muses on her place in the world, the nature of womanhood in general, her immediate, insidious friendship with L., and so much more--I was riveted! If you enjoyed Single White Female as a cautionary tale, if you disavow "squad goals," if you wish more authors inserted themselves in their narratives, then this is the book for you."  —Lauren

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