April 2019
Phoenix Fan Fusion
Reading T.S. Eliot to a Bird Call Me American The Mister
David Chorlton reads from his newest poetry collection in Tempe Abdi Nor Iftin signs copies of his memoir Call Me American Join us for a meet-and-greet booksigning with bestseller E.L. James
Becoming Dr Suess In love with the world How to change your mind
Bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones shares Becoming Dr. Suess Buddhist monk Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche shares his memoir Michael Pollan discusses his latest bestseller with Chris Rush (The Light Years)
brown white black Everything is f*cked Arizona Television
Nishta J. Mehra shares her collection of essays on motherhood, love, and acceptance Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not giving a F*ck, presents his latest book Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink discuss their book Phoenix Television
I Cried. And People loved me anyhow Working with Churchhill A Life Stolen
Lysa Allman-Baldwin shares her debut, I Cried. And People Loved Me Anyway Cita Stelzer signs copies of her book Working with Winston Jana Bommersback shares A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story
Outsiders FDBC Moonlight Love Songs
Law professor Zachary Kramer discusses his latest Outsiders First Draft Book Club's May pick: Normal People by Sally Rooney Join us for a Canyon Records Concert with Aaron White in Tempe
Before We were Yours The Leap of Your Life FD 5th Anniversary
Lisa Wingate shares her NYT bestselling historical novel: Before We Were Yours Tommy Baker discusses his latest book about living boldly Join us to celebrate five years of Changing Hands Phoenix and First Draft Book Bar
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1
2-4pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | "MIDDAY MEMOIR" | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can’t Even Believe It) presents a seven-session memoir writing workshop series. Designed for everyone from secret journal-keepers to published authors, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Class size is limited. Cost: $175 per person, for seven sessions. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 2
CBW | 9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, and 30. More »
CBW | 10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, May 9, 16, and 23. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.

FRIDAY, MAY 3
CBW | 7:45am-3:15pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | ASA BOOK BISTRO | We’re partnering with Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) to host their fourth annual Book Bistro! Kids in grades 5 and 6 have piloted this supplemental reading program by selecting books of their choice and writing illustrated reviews in class. At the Bistro, they pitch their favorite new books to fellow students and discuss the reasoning behind their choices. This is a private event, but educators are welcome to stop in to speak to Ginette Rossi, teacher-researcher and faculty member about how to start a Book Bistro at your school! In partnership with Arizona School for the Arts. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING DAVID CHORLTON | READING T. S. ELIOT TO A BIRD | David Chorlton reads from his newest poetry collection, Reading T. S. Eliot to a Bird, published by Hoot ’n Waddle in Phoenix. The themes relate to the natural world, changes in weather, creatures great and small, and our human impact on them. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 4
CBW | 10am-3pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MOTHER’S DAY SUCCULENT PLANTING PARTY | Mothers, grandmothers, godmothers, and aunts—let’s celebrate them all! Join us in Tempe for a Succulent Planting Party. Select from a range of mini succulents and cheerful mugs from Natural Life. We’ll provide potting materials, gift tag, and a cute Natural Life bag for a Mother’s Day gift like no other. Cost: $3 to $5 for your choice of succulent and $10-17 for your choice of planter mug. More »
CBW | 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. More »
CBW | 12:30-1:30pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | READ-A-THON | Kids ages 8 to 18 are invited to join our first ever Read-a-thon in honor of Children’s Book Week! Don’t miss your chance for a peek at some of this season’s hottest forthcoming books. Participants will select an advanced reader copy (ARC) and take ten minutes to read the first chapter. When the gong rings, we’ll come together to discuss what we liked, what we didn’t, and which books we’d keep reading. Then it’s time to pick another ARC and do it again. At the end of the event, each child gets an ARC to keep. More »
CBW | 2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | TO NIGHT OWL FROM DOGFISH | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Holly Goldberg Sloan and Meg Wolitzer’s To Night Owl From Dogfish, a laugh-out-loud novel about friendship and family, told entirely in emails and letters. 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 |
Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 5
4:30pm | PHOENIX | ABDIN NOR IFTIN | CALL ME AMERICAN | Join us for a reading and booksigning with visiting author Abdi Iftin in partnership with the Piper Distinguished Visiting Writers Series and the Law Offices of Snell and Wilmer. Abdi’s novel Call Me American is a gut-wrenching story of immigration from his home in Somalia to Kenya and finally America after the rise of the radical Islamic group Al- Shabaab. Co-presented by Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing partnering with the Law Offices of Snell and Wilmer. More »

MONDAY, MAY 6
6:30pm and 7:30pm | TEMPE | E.L. JAMES | THE MISTER | Join us at Changing Hands Tempe for a meet-and-greet booksigning event with E.L. James to celebrate The Mister, the new novel by the international bestselling author of Fifty Shades of Grey. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 7
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, May 14, 21, and 28. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | ARCHAEOLOGY SOUTHWEST CAFÉ — "THE GREATER GILA RIVER: PUBLIC LANDS, TRIBAL LANDS, AND OUR CONNECTIONS TO THESE PLACES" | Dr. Bill Doelle challenges us to think big with a presentation entitled "The Greater Gila River: Public Lands, Tribal Lands, and Our Connections to These Places." Now home to nearly six million people, the Greater Gila River basin is tamed by dams and pumped such that stretches of its watercourses are usually dry. But it was not always this way. The river and its tributaries were once lifelines and travel corridors for diverse peoples of the southern Southwest. Tribal and public lands (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and others) make up much of the river basin today. Dr. Doelle will explore the relationships of modern groups, including today’s tribes, to these lands. Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | KATHERINE APPLEGATE | ENDLING #2: THE FIRST | The author of the Newbery Medal award-winner The One and Only Ivan presents the sequel to her middle grade animal fantasy series. In this sequel to the New York Times bestselling first book—which received four starred reviews—Katherine Applegate once again delivers an action-packed middle grade fantasy with a unique setting, enthralling characters, and gripping adventure that is perfect for fans of Rick Riordan, Brian Jacques, and Tui T. Sutherland. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 8
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BRIGHT | Whether you’re a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature. In Found in Translation we’ll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Bright by Duanwad Pimwana, translated by Mui Poopoksakul. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | STEPHANIE GARBER | FINALE | IN CONVERSATION WITH SUZANNE YOUNG | New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Garber discusses—with fellow YA author Suzanne Young (Girls with Sharp Sticks)—the third and final book in her #1 bestselling Caraval series. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 9
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, May 16, 23, and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, May 16, and 23. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 10
7pm | TEMPE | BRIAN JAY JONES | BECOMING DR. SUESS | Bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones (Jim Henson: The Biography and George Lucas: A Life) discusses and signs his definitive biography of Dr. Suess. Whimsical and wonderful, Dr. Suess’ work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books—remember the environmentalism of The Lorax? He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 11
10am | PHOENIX | 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. More »
2pm | PHOENIX | "MOTHERS WHO WRITE" READING | Join current and former members of the Mothers Who Write workshop for a reading of their new work. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – and, in Mothers Who Write’s new location at the Newton, you’ll be able to enjoy beer, wine, coffee, tea, and snacks from the First Draft Book Bar. Some material not suitable for children (which is usually what happens when mothers speak freely). Bring a mother, your own or someone else’s, and buy her a nice glass of something festive! Free and open to the public. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WICKED SAINTS | Teens meet to discuss Emily A. Duncan’s Wicked Saints. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy. More »
4pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | MATT MENDEZ | BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING | Matt Mendez presents his debut young adult novel. In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores "how difficult it is to make it in life when you—your life, brown lives—don’t matter." More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 12 | HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

MONDAY, MAY 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 the door. More »
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, MAY 14
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH THANK-O-RAMA TOUR | Join Mr. Tom for a special Thank-O-Rama themed storytime featuring Mo Willems’ beloved characters Elephant & Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and Pigeon. Kids can also partake in a Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus craft, win fun prizes at the Thank-O-Rama Prize Wheel, and take a memorable photo with Elephant and Piggie! More »
7:30pm | PHOENIX | YONGEY MINGYUR RINPOCHE | IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD: A MONK’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE BARDOS OF LIVING AND DYING | The world-renowned Buddhist monk shares the intimate account of his near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with fellow travelers or even the screeching of a railway car. When he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest, and soon became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. His meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and now he had the opportunity to test the strength of his training. Now, by sharing the meditation practices that sustained and sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
7pm | OFFSITE | MICHAEL POLLAN | HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND | IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS RUSH (THE LIGHT YEARS) | Michael Pollan discusses his #1 New York Times bestseller How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence. When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research. A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 16
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, May 23 and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, May 23. More »
6pm | OFFSITE | MARK MANSON | EVERYTHING IS F*CKED: A BOOK ABOUT HOPE | The bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck shares his latest, a fresh approach to understanding why modern comforts and conveniences are also harming our ability to find meaning in our lives. Tickets available online »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "WRITE NOW: JUMP-START YOUR SUMMER WRITING" | Silverman and Sussman present a four-part workshop for writers of all genders working in any genre. In this workshop, they’ll offer tips and tricks to get you started on a summer writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion that will help you figure out your next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?) and several opportunities to workshop essays, this class will help you figure out your next step. Cost: $80 for four sessions. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | NISHTA J. MEHRA | BROWN WHITE BLACK: AN AMERICAN FAMILY AT THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND RELIGION | Nishta J. Mehra shares her new book, a collection of intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptance. Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra’s family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America’s rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family’s daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America’s most fraught issues. Mehra argues passionately for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of identity and family. Both poignant and challenging, Brown White Black is a remarkable portrait of a loving family on the front lines of some of the most highly charged conversations in our culture. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 17
6pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | TODD MITCHELL | THE LAST PANTHER | Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and incoming Distinguished Visiting Writer Todd Mitchell for a reading from his newest YA novel The Last Panther. Co-presented by Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | IMAGES OF AMERICA: PHOENIX TELEVISION | Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink discuss and sign their book Phoenix Television, featuring stories and archival photos that let you experience the early days of TV—"a time when the flickering blue light from a new receiver first danced on the curtains of darkened living rooms all over Phoenix." Book sales help fund scholarships for journalism students at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "FAVORITES" | 10 tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Favorites." Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 online / $8 at the door. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 18
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | COSPLAY PREVIEW HAPPY HOUR | Have a costume you want to test drive before taking it out on the Fan Fusion convention floor? Have more ideas than you can fit into one four-day weekend? Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for Cosplay Happy Hour. Mingle with other cosplayers, enjoy happy hour pricing and a playlist created for your geeky listening pleasure. More »

SUNDAY, MAY 19
4pm | PHOENIX | OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO YOU: FOUR CHAMBERS FINAL FAREWELL | Last January, "after five years of publications and events, Four Chambers officially flatlined as the heart of literature in Phoenix, AZ. But our stories and poems live on in your hearts." Join local literary journal and small press Four Chambers for a final farewell, and take a piece of their heart with you. Four Chambers will have a variety of books and artwork that were published throughout their lifetime all available for free. There will be a short reading at 5:30pm to celebrate the life of Four Chambers Press and finally put it to rest. More »

MONDAY, MAY 20
7pm | TEMPE | CITA STELZER | WORKING WITH WINSTON | Cita Stelzer discusses and signs her new book detailing the women who worked with Winston Churchill throughout his life. Many reflect upon their years working for him as the best years of their lives. Intelligent and hard-working, these women were far from sycophants. Just as Churchill was no ordinary Prime Minister, these women were not ordinary secretaries. Indeed, in today’s terms their titles would be much grander, as their work encompassed ultra-secret documents and decrypting and reading enemy codes. A treasure trove of insight and research, Working with Winston reveals the man behind the statesman and brings long-overdue recognition to the "hidden army" that, like Churchill, was never off-duty. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LYSA ALLMAN-BALDWIN | I CRIED. AND PEOPLE LOVED ME ANYWAY | Motivational speaker and freelance writer Lysa Allman-Baldwin shares her debut book. Lysa Allman-Baldwin’s almost 25 years of freelance and travel writing have led her on many amazing journeys. A few years ago, her travels crossed paths with a very personal, inner journey resulting in her new book, I Cried. And People Loved Me Anyway. In it, Allman-Baldwin teaches us how to overcome emotional trauma by living with passion, authenticity and purpose. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 21
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, May 28. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ZACHARY KRAMER | OUTSIDERS: WHY DIFFERENCE IS THE FUTURE OF CIVIL RIGHTS | What is the future of civil rights law? Join Zachary Kramer, a law professor at ASU, for a conversation about his new book, Outsiders: Why Difference is the Future of Civil Rights. Mixing legal doctrine and theory, art, and personal narrative, Outsiders offers a new way to think about identity, equality, and discrimination. It argues for civil rights for everyone. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JANA BOMMERSBACH | A STOLEN LIFE: THE DEBRA MILKE STORY | The local author and journalist discusses her latest novel. Arizona decided Debra Milke was a "confessed" babykiller who deserved to die. But 25 years later, federal and state courts demanded she go free. A Stolen Life: The Debra Milke Story is Jana Bommersbach’s latest in-depth investigative book. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | NORMAL PEOPLE | Join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, Normal People by Sally Rooney, a new novel about a universal story of love, friendship, and growing up. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Normal People for 20% off, then meet us at First Draft to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 23
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers 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.
7pm | TEMPE | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP - PART NINE" | Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter presents the next in his ongoing series about President Trump and the Constitution. As Trump claims to "make America great again," he finds himself repeatedly bumping up against the greatest charter of government on earth: The United States Constitution. Tonight, the author of Bills, Quills, and Stills leads a presentation and question-and-answer session about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 24
7pm | TEMPE | CANYON RECORDS CONCERT | NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE PLAYER AARON WHITE | Canyon Records and Changing Hands Bookstore present GRAMMY nominee Aaron White performing selections from his latest CD Moonlight Love Songs. Join us for a night of music featuring the sounds of White’s original songs about the many facets of love—hope, yearning, commitment—through melodies of the traditional Native American flute. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LISA WINGATE | BEFORE WE WERE YOURS | The bestselling author and former journalist shares her latest, a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling work of historical fiction. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 25
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.

SUNDAY, MAY 26
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "CHANTING, DEEP RELAXATION, AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION" | Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Sound artist, chantress, and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents an afternoon of attention to the breath, deep listening, exploring the voice as an instrument, vocal meditation (connecting with the sound between the sounds), and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register and pre-pay at 480.730.0205. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 28
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 29
7pm | PHOENIX | TOMMY BAKER | THE LEAP OF YOUR LIFE | Tommy Baker, author of Unresolution, shares his latest, a guide to making bold life choices. There’s a bold decision in your life you’ve been waiting to make, and every day passing by is a reminder of what hasn’t happened. Conveniently tucked in a box labeled ‘someday,’ the fear of the unknown has taken a grip on your life and put your dreams on hold. Until now. Whether your leap is quitting the soul sucking job and starting your own business, taking a bold chance on love or finally going all in on your dreams, The Leap of Your Life is the ticket to get you there. All while having the time of your life and ensuring you don’t wake up years down the line with a sinking feeling of regret. Author and high-performance coach Tommy Baker has helped thousands of everyday people identify and take their leap, step into courage and create a life they can’t wait to wake up for. After interviewing 250+ of the world’s most powerful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, experts, spiritual teachers and athletes he discovered a common theme: They all took a leap, even if they were full of fear—and it radically transformed their experience of life. More »

THURSDAY, MAY 30
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session with Mr. Tom. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 31
5-7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK BAR 5TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION | Join us to celebrate five years of Changing Hands Phoenix and First Draft Book Bar. Enjoy complimentary beer and wine tastings, extended happy hour, poetry-on-demand from Phoenix poet laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, coloring activities (that’s right), and a toast at 5pm. We’ll also look back through the years with photos from the history of Changing Hands, and share your favorite bookstore memories on vintage typewriters! More »
5pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | PAJAMA PARTY STORYTIME WITH MR. TOM | It’s a special Pajama Party Storytime with Mr. Tom! Come in your pjs for songs, bedtime stories, and cookies and milk. Parents, stop by The Commons after for grown-up treats celebrating the Phoenix store’s fifth anniversary. More »
 
this month at first draft

May’s Pick:
Normal People by Sally Rooney

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 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, Normal People by Sally Rooney.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Normal People for 20% OFF. Then join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) to discuss and enjoy HAPPY HOUR prices all through the event! More »

Book CoverABOUT THE BOOK | At school Connell and Marianne pretend not to know each other. He's popular and well-adjusted, star of the school football team, while she is lonely, proud, and intensely private. But when Connell comes to pick his mother up from her job at Marianne's house, a strange and indelible connection grows between the two teenagers—one they are determined to conceal.

A year later, they're both studying at Trinity College in Dublin. Marianne has found her feet in a new social world while Connell hangs at the sidelines, shy and uncertain. Throughout their years at university, Marianne and Connell circle one another, straying toward other people and possibilities but always magnetically, irresistibly drawn back together. And as she veers into self-destruction and he begins to search for meaning elsewhere, each must confront how far they are willing to go to save the other.

Sally Rooney brings her brilliant psychological acuity and perfectly spare prose to a story that explores the subtleties of class, the electricity of first love, and the complex entanglements of family and friendship. More »


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A Job You Mostly Won't Know How to Do

by Pete Fromm | Hardcover, $26.00 »

Last of the Name "Pete Fromm's A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do is a tender novel of family, fatherhood and second chances. When Taz's wife Marnie dies during childbirth, Taz is left not only broken-hearted but left to care for their newborn daughter Midge. Although, he feels very much alone, he is not. A host of friends and family come to his side, to help him adjust to fatherhood, single parenthood and his new life. The prose is direct and honest and hits your gut. A Job You Mostly Won't Know How To Do is a love story supreme: the love of a man for his wife and child, a mother for her daughter, platonic love, new love and the love of a community for their neighbors and for the land they call home."  —Michelle

 

I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution

by Emily Nussbaum | Hardcover, $28.00 »

I Like to Watch "Emily Nussbaum is on the proverbial Mount Rushmore of television criticism. She created New York Magazine's Approval Matrix. She has been the lead critic at The New Yorker since 2011 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 2016. Her insight, written with such wit and breeziness, makes this a must for any TV fanatic or just the casual watcher who wants to know more. In this book, you'll connect with her as she explores her own likes and dislikes as she navigates the changing landscape of what's on the tube and how we talk about it."  —Adam
 

 

Red, White & Royal Blue: A Novel

by Casey McQuiston | Paperback, $16.99 »

The Collected Schizophrenias: Essays "I absolutely loved every second of this book! It's also more than your average 'romance' novel. Yes, there is twue wuve which is amazeballs and adorable and had me giggling, but of course, because this lush, romantic affair is between the First Son and the Prince of England... there's going to be some politics involved. Their relationship, the international logistics, everything was all so maturely handled and emotionally raw that I had all the feels. I have more lines and passages stickied in this book than any other because there are so many hilarious and witty conversations. If you find yourself losing hope in romance and true love, pick this up and your dreams will be restored."  —Leah


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