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November 2017
White Wash Santa Muerte Jackson Galaxy
Veteran journalist Carey Gillam shares her book about pesticides Tracey Rollin on the history and influence of Santa Muerte Jackson Galaxy presents his latest guide Total Cat Mojo
Singing and Wellbeing John Hodgman Carl Lentz
ASU professor Kay Norton, PhD discusses and signs her new book John Hodgman in Mesa with George R.R. Martin via Skype Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz visits Changing Hands
Perfectly Undone Friday Poetry: Nature The Familiar Volume 5
Jamie Raintree shares her debut and leads a writing workshop Torie Cooper reads from her new poetry collection Nature Mark Danielewski visits Tempe with The Familiar Volume 5
Mold Money Edgar and Lucy James Van Praagh & Melinda Vail
Daniel Stih shares industry secrets of mold remediation PEN Center USA Award-winner Victor Lodato shares his latest Spiritual teachers James Van Praagh and Melinda Vail in Tempe
Refocusing My Family Phoenix Past and Present Henry
Amber Cantorna shares her memoir Refocusing My Family Three local historians share Phoenix Past and Present Katrina Shawver shares the story of a Holocaust survivor
Sustainable in Stilettos Hope Healing and Miracles Your Messy Brilliance
Tracey Martin discusses her guide: Sustainable in Stilettos Alex J. Hermosillo: "Messages of Hope and Healing from Heaven" Kelly McNelis presents her book Your Messy Brilliance
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Join us for Local First Arizona's Arizona Fall Fest on Saturday, November 4!

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1
6:30pm | TEMPE | CAREY GILLAM | WHITEWASH: THE STORY OF A WEED KILLER, CANCER, AND THE CORRUPTION OF SCIENCE | Veteran journalist and researcher Carey Gillam shares the eerily familiar story of the pesticide glyphosate, and how the powerful influence of a multi-billion-dollar industry can keep consumers in the dark. Whitewash is the capstone of 20 years of meticulous reporting and an important reminder that we've forgotten Rachel Carson's life-saving message about the dangers of unchecked pesticide use. It is not a feel-good story. But it's one that needs to be heard. Co-presented by ASU School of Sustainability. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2
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, November 9, 16, and 30. 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 | PHOENIX | TALK WITH BEN'S BELLS FOUNDER JEANNETTE MARÉ | FIND YOUR KIND | Ben's Bells founder Jeannette Maré leads a talk exploring the power of intentional kindness to transform our communities. Using humor and storytelling, Jeannette shares her experiences with the life-changing practice of kindness, showing how we can work together to make our communities stronger and more connected. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3
7pm | TEMPE | TRACEY ROLLIN | SANTA MUERTE: THE HISTORY, RITUALS, AND MAGIC OF OUR LADY OF THE HOLY DEATH | Tracey Rollin, administrator of the Bone Mother Facebook group and a twenty-year practitioner of "chaos magic," shares her latest, analyzing the history and cultural influence of Santa Muerte, the central figure of the world's fastest growing new religious movement. Rollin details a simple approach to working with this fascinating folk saint, a feminine form of the Grim Reaper who is believed to have great power and influence over the lives of her devotees. According to Rollin, she is as friendly as she is powerful, accepting and aiding those who feel rejected by mainstream culture. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: WILD THING | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Wild Thing.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | WISHTREE | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Newbery Medal winner Katherine Applegate's Wishtree. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
4pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA AUTHORS' ASSOCIATION BOOK SIGNING | Arizona Authors' Association is partnering with Changing Hands Bookstore to sell this year's finalists' titles! Purchase in-store on November 4, then meet the authors to get your book(s) signed and personalized. Attending authors include Marie Joy, Mark D. Walker, Elvis Bray, Emily Pritchard Cary, Marcia Fine, Jan Krulick-Belin, Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, Brad Graber, Terryl Warnock, Mike Thompson, and Ron Osborn. 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, NOVEMBER 5
3:30pm | OFFSITE | JACKSON GALAXY | TOTAL CAT MOJO | Jackson Galaxy, star of the hit Animal Planet show My Cat from Hell, discusses and signs his new book, which shows readers how to eliminate feline behavioral problems by understanding cats' instinctive behavior. Cat Mojo is the confidence that cats exhibit when they're at ease in their environment and in touch with their natural instincts—to hunt, catch, kill, eat, groom, and sleep. Problems like litter box avoidance and aggression arise when cats lack this confidence. Galaxy's number one piece of advice? Help your cats harness their mojo! Total Cat Mojo addresses the head-to-toe physical and emotional needs of cats. Location: Dobson High School Auditorium 1501 West Guadalupe Road, Mesa 85202. More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 6
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | SHANNON MESSENGER | NIGHTFALL | The New York Times bestselling author presents the sixth installment of her Keeper of Lost Cities middle grade series. Pre-order from Changing Hands Bookstore to receive exclusive swag when you pick up your book! More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
6pm | PHOENIX | ARCHAEOLOGY CAFÉ — PHOENIX UNDERGROUND | LECTURE WITH TODD BOSTWICK PH.D.: "ARCHAEOLOGY UNDER THE FREEWAYS" | Knowledge seekers of every kind are welcome at Archaeology Café, where experts share their latest research on Phoenix's deep and diverse history in a jargon-free zone. Former City Archaeologist Todd Bostwick kicks off the series with an exploration of Archaeology Under the Freeways. Learn more about what was found under the freeways we all travel daily. Presented by Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit organization working across the Southwest to explore and protect the places of our past. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | JOHN HODGMAN AND GEORGE R.R. MARTIN | VACATIONLAND | The bestselling author, comedian, and Daily Show contributor shares his latest, a memoir of his travels in New England. In conversation via Skype with George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater) 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. More »
7pm | TEMPE | KAY NORTON | SINGING AND WELLBEING: ANCIENT WISDOM, MODERN PROOF | ASU musicology professor Kay Norton PhD. discusses and signs her new book. Singing and Wellbeing, draws on research from disciplines including anthropology, philosophy, medical history, and the new neuroscience, to document the many ways that singing, chanting, and vocalizing are good for you. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8
4pm | PHOENIX | CARL LENTZ | OWN THE MOMENT | Hillsong Church NYC pastor Carl Lentz visits Phoenix to sign copies of his debut, a powerful book that redefines not just Christianity but spirituality as a whole. As lead pastor of the first United States branch of global megachurch Hillsong, the former college basketball player is on a mission to make Christianity accessible in the twenty-first century. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-PART WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JEREDITH MERRIN | "JEREDITH'S POETRY BANDITS" |
The author of Cup, a special selection by X.J. Kennedy for the Able Muse Book Award, leads a two-part writing workshop in which participants will "read like robbers." The first session pays close attention to how some terrific poems are made. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite poem to the first class (8 copies to share, please), and also to bring the book Singing School (by Robert Pinsky), available at Changing Hands. The first class concludes with writing prompts and suggestions for stealing writing strategies from old poems. For the second session, Wednesday, November 15, participants will bring their newly completed poems for individual feedback and for a final class reading. Cost: $35 for both sessions. Required book: Singing School: Learning to Write (and Read) Poetry by Studying with the Masters. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | "HOW TO WRITE STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS" | Join us in Phoenix as YA novelists Erin Bowman (Retribution Rails), Alexandra Bracken (The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding), and Rae Carson (Into the Bright Unknown) discuss writing strong female characters across different genres. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9
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. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | JACK GANTOS | WRITING RADAR: USING YOUR JOURNAL TO SNOOP OUT AND CRAFT GREAT STORIES | The Newbery Award-winning author of Joey Pigza Swallows the Key and Dead End in Norvelt shares creative writing advice for kids—and grown-ups!—who dream of seeing their name on the spine of a book. With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, Gantos instructs young writers on using their "writing radar" to unearth story ideas from their everyday lives. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who inspired Gantos's own writing career. More »
7pm | TEMPE | LECTURE WITH ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD TRUMP, PART II" | 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. And there is every reason to believe that this will continue as his presidency progresses beyond the first year. Tonight, attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter leads a presentation and question-and-answer session about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. Copies of McWhirter's book Bills, Quills, and Stills: An Annotated, Illustrated, and Illuminated History of the Bill of Rights will be on hand at the event. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10
5-6:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JAMIE RAINTREE | "OPTIMIZE YOUR WRITING WEEK FOR BALANCE AND PRODUCTIVITY" | Accomplishing as much as you'd like each week is a constant struggle for writers who juggle writing, promoting, work, school, and family. Somehow, writing often ends up last on the list. In this workshop, learn how to track your current habits and routines, the art of prioritizing, how to strike a healthy balance between your responsibilities, and design a weekly schedule that provides structure with flexibility. Cost: one copy of Perfectly Undone ($15.99 + tax) by Jamie Raintree. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JAMIE RAINTREE | PERFECTLY UNDONE | Debut author Jamie Raintree shares her novel rife with intoxicating family secrets and dazzling insights into our most basic desires. Perfectly Undone offers an intimate, uncensored exploration of forgiveness and fidelity in all its forms, as a young doctor struggles with her sister's death—and the role she played in it—while her own picture-perfect relationship and promising career unravel around her. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | TORIE COOPER | NATURE: A COLLECTION OF POEMS | Torie Cooper reads from her new poetry collection Nature, which highlights the magnificent biodiversity of earth's plants and animals. Bring a friend and immerse yourself in all things wild as Torie reads and presents an accompanying slide show. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: WILD THING | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Wild Thing.
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MARIE JOY | BUDDY THE SOLDIER BEAR | The local author shares her debut children's book, the endearing story of a lonely stuffed bear who sits on a shelf in a toy store dreaming of being part of a family and going on adventures. After a long wait, he is bought by a kind old lady who packs him in a care package and sends him to a deployed soldier. More »
1pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | GINO CAMPAGNA | CHEF GINO'S TASTE TEST CHALLENGE | The celebrated chef visits Phoenix with his latest cookbook for kids. Chef Gino Campagna knows a BIG secret: ANY KID CAN COOK! The recipes in this book are simple, easy to follow, and best of all—TASTY! They're also open-ended so you can add your favorite flavors and creative flair. Young cooks will find delicious and nutritious dishes that the entire family will enjoy preparing together. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | GENUINE FRAUD | Teens meet to discuss E. Lockhart's Genuine Fraud, a masterful new psychological suspense novel—the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge. More »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ABIGAIL JOHNSON | THE FIRST TO KNOW | The local author discusses and signs her new YA novel. Dana Fields's father never knew his parents. When Dana secretly does a DNA test for her dad, hoping to find him some distant relatives for his birthday, her entire world implodes. Instead of a few third cousins, Dana discovers a half-brother her age whose very existence means her parents' happy marriage is a lie. Dana's desire to know her half brother, Brandon, and the extent of her dad's deception, clashes with her wish not to destroy her family. With her family crumbling around her, Dana must own up to her actions and find a way to heal the breach—for everyone—before they're torn apart for good. 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, NOVEMBER 12
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "FREEING AND RELAXING THE VOICE" | Enjoy the freedom of expressing your own voice! Singing sacred sounds and relaxing body, mind, and spirit, we'll explore ancient and modern chants and create invocations with seed syllables and improvised vocalizations. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts this workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 13
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | AZ OPERA BOOK CLUB | TOSCA'S ROME | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Tosca's Rome. A timeless tale of love, lust, and politics, Tosca is one of the most popular operas ever written. In Tosca's Rome, Susan Vandiver Nicassio explores the surprising historical realities that lie behind Giacomo Puccini's opera and the play by Victorien Sardou on which it is based. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARK Z. DANIELEWSKI | THE FAMILIAR, VOLUME 5: REDWOOD | The National Book Award finalist and author of the cult-classic House of Leaves visits with the fifth installment of his ambitious multivolume project. The astonishing series about a young girl who befriends a cat hunting humanity continues with Volume 5, and the Season One finale, in which the consequences of how we encounter one another come into poignant and terrifying relief. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
6pm | TEMPE | URBAN GARDEN TALK | "CREATING A SUSTAINABLE URBAN GARDEN WITHOUT A SOIL FOOTPRINT" | Desert Marigold High School teachers Christie Martin and Linda Roessler present experiences, research, findings, and results from their first year of growing produce utilizing aeroponic tower gardens. In addition to this talk, there will be a tour of Desert Marigold High School at 10am on Saturday, November 18th. Please RSVP separately for the tour online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | NEW TIMES LIVE | Phoenix New Times and First Draft Book Bar present New Times Live!—a chance to interact with the characters, subjects, and authors of the alternative newsweekly's cover stories.
7pm | PHOENIX | DANIEL STIH | MOLD MONEY & HEALTHY LIVING SPACES | Microbial Consultant (CMC) and Aerospace Engineer Daniel Stih shares industry secrets of the mold remediation and inspection business and tells how to know if you have mold in your home and why treating mold doesn't work. He shares tips and stories from his latest, Mold Money: How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Mold Remediation and Make Sure the Mold is Gone. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7pm | PHOENIX | VICTOR LODATO | EDGAR AND LUCY | The playwright and the author of the PEN Center USA Award-winning novel Mathilda Savitch presents his latest, a stunning examination of family, love, and betrayal. Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear, not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16
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. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | TEMPE | JAMES VAN PRAAGH (WISDOM FROM YOUR SPIRIT GUIDES) AND MELINDA VAIL (DIARY OF A MAD MEDIUM) TALK AND BOOK SIGNINGS | Authors and spiritual mediums James Van Praagh and Melinda Vail discuss and sign their new books. In Wisdom from Your Spirit Guides, world-renowned spiritual medium James Van Praagh teaches readers the benefits and rewards of having a conscious relationship with their guides. The work includes exercises and meditations (along with a description of the various guides who help us on this earthly adventure), to enrich and assist readers during their physical journey. Diary of a Mad Medium serves as a guide to understanding Karmic Profile. This new offering is a very personal story in which Melinda Vail shares her journey to understanding the challenges she has found in her own life. By sharing her Karmic Profile in a poignant and touching way, readers will learn how to take a more objective understanding in the gifts, difficulties, and opportunities that you attract within the Universe's Law of Attraction. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | GLITTER MAGIC STORYTIME | Put the rainbow in reading! Join us for Glitter Magic Storytime featuring Arizona's best, brightest, and brilliant gender non-conforming storytellers. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7pm | PHOENIX | AMBER CANTORNA | REFOCUSING MY FAMILY | Amber Cantorna, founder of Beyond—a nonprofit organization that supports LGBTQ people through their coming-out process—shares her personal story of hope and survival. As the daughter of a Focus on the Family executive, Cantorna grew up homeschooled by parents who seemed to model the group's conservative Christian values. In 2012, after struggling for years with the fear of rejection, Amber came out to her family as gay. That transparency cost her everything. In Refocusing My Family, she shares her journey of self-discovery and exposes the dark truths of how the values of Focus on the Family tore her family apart. More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study the cultures of Italy and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information, call 480.650.9509 or email carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MICAH Storyteller Micah from the Tempe Public Library joins us for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles! More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | THE FOX WAS EVER THE HUNTER | Join us as we discuss this month's pick, Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller's The Fox Was Ever the Hunter, a haunting early novel of surveillance and paranoia. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | BRIAN FLATGARD | THE WIND ON MY GRANDMOTHER'S GRAVE | The local poet and founder of Chiswell Street Press shares the re-release of his book of poetry. For 20 years, readers have cherished these poems of family, humor, and the cycle of life. The Wind on My Grandmother's Grave is a remembrance of growing up in the prairie farmlands of southwest Minnesota, as well as observations from road trips across the American West. The re-release of these well-loved poems—along with some new writing—will win over a whole new generation to Brian Flatgard's brand of down-home, evocative, and accessible poetry. Whether pondering the world's fleeting moments or exclaiming our common humanity, Flatgard's poetry invites the reader to travel together on "the web of long roads that connect us all." More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 | HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | HOLIDAZE | TheStoryline.org presents their monthly slam competition in which storytellers share six-minute true stories based on a common theme. They are judged by the audience, and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize! Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Register online or call 602.274.0067. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25
ALL DAY | PHOENIX / TEMPE | SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY | SHOP AND SHARE | Support local charities while you shop! Changing Hands Bookstore and First Draft Book Bar will donate a percentage of Small Business Saturday sales to three local charities. At 1pm, members of our kids team and gift department present the hottest books of 2017, and a overview of our favorite toys for the holidays. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH SANTA | Santa visits Changing Hands for storytime by the fire before he hops on the "Phoenix Solar Express" (otherwise known as the light rail). The "Phoenix Solar Express" ends at CitySkate to watch Santa and Phoenix city officials turn on the lights for the holiday tree at the rink. More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MOLLY IDLE | SANTA REX | Join us for a special storytime with Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator Molly Idle with a special dinosaur guest. More »
2-4pm | PHOENIX | BOOK SIGNING ONLY | ROBERT MELIKIAN, PAUL SCHARBACH, AND JOHN JACQUEMART | PHOENIX PAST AND PRESENT | Three local historians sign their book Phoenix Past and Present, which juxtaposes vintage photographs spanning the late 1880s to the early 1960s—many rare images never seen before—with their present-day counterparts. 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.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TRACEY MARTIN | SUSTAINABLE IN STILETTOS | Tracey Martin discusses and signs her stylish guide to navigating the evolving world of fashion and beyond. In Sustainable in Stilettos, she explores the truth behind the current fashion industry and how doing business in a more sustainable manner would benefit everyone. She also asks readers to "step into sustainability" and transition into a more conscious, ethical, and mindful way of living—and dressing! Co-presented by ASU School of Sustainability. More »
7pm | TEMPE | KATRINA SHAWVER | HENRY: A POLISH SWIMMER'S TRUE STORY OF FRIENDSHIP FROM AUSCHWITZ TO AMERICA | Local author Katrina Shawver shares her debut, the true story of a Polish swimmer who survived three years in Auschwitz and Buchenwald, and went on to live the American dream. When Katrina Shawver met eighty-five year-old Henry Zguda, he possessed an exceptional memory, a surprising cache of original documents and photos, and a knack for meeting the right people at the right time. Couched in the interview style of Tuesdays with Morrie, Henry relates his life as a champion swimmer, interrupted by three years imprisoned in Auschwitz and Buchenwald as a Polish political prisoner. With hope and a pragmatic sense of humor, he showed the author how to truly live for today, preferably with a shot of good Polish vodka. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | SING, UNBURIED, SING | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power—and limitations—of family bonds. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Sing, Unburied, Sing 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 | FAMILY EVENT | OLIVER JEFFERS | HERE WE ARE: NOTES FOR LIVING ON PLANET EARTH | New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers (Lost and Found, The Day the Crayons Quit) shares his latest picture book, a rare personal look inside his own hopes and wishes for his child. Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers' user's guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet's terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it's big), or a guide to all of humanity (don't be fooled, we are all people), Oliver's signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30
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. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ALEX J. HERMOSILLO | "MESSAGES OF HOPE AND HEALING FROM HEAVEN" | The founder of the Mastery of Energy Healing center in Phoenix shares his memoir, which chronicles "his journey to Heaven through a near-death experience where he gained wisdom from the beings of Light." He shares stories and techniques which he claims can help heal others from "painful past experiences, negative thought patterns, emotional distress, and physical pain and disease." More »
7pm | TEMPE | KELLY MCNELIS | YOUR MESSY BRILLIANCE: 7 TOOLS FOR THE PERFECTLY IMPERFECT WOMAN | The author and founder of Women for One presents her latest, which overturns one of the most harmful myths in our culture: that there is a recipe for perfection. There are no magic pills or formulas to get you the "perfect" life, but there's something even better: your own messy brilliance! Through a combination of personal experiences, relatable stories from everyday women, and practical wisdom, you'll learn more about the most important journey you will ever take: the journey back home to your messy brilliance. More »
 
this month at first draft

November’s Pick:
Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

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, Jesmyn Ward's Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Sing, Unburied, Sing 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 »

Sing, Unburied, SingABOUT THE BOOK | In Jesmyn Ward's first novel since her National Book Award-winning Salvage the Bones, this singular American writer brings the archetypal road novel into rural twenty-first-century America. An intimate portrait of a family and an epic tale of hope and struggle, Sing, Unburied, Sing journeys through Mississippi's past and present, examining the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power--and limitations--of family bonds. More »


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The City of Brass

by S. A. Chakraborty | Hardcover, $25.99 »

The City of Brass "I haven't read a fantasy debut this promising in years! Set in the 18th century Middle East, Chakraborty builds a mesmerizing, detail-rich world that transports you directly into the heart of the story. The characters are remarkably complex, almost painfully so at times. Much like reality, they all have both light and darkness inside them and there are few clear distinctions between good and evil. This book has it all, magical characters steeped in meticulously researched folklore, political strife, social injustice, betrayal and a tasteful sprinkling of romance. I was hooked from page one, and after putting aside all other life responsibilities, I devoured it in less than 48 hours. I cannot recommend it highly enough, take this book home, you will not regret it."  —Madeline

 

This Mortal Coil

by Emily Suvada | Hardcover, $18.99 »

This Mortal Coil "'When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,/Must give us pause'...and here is another Hamlet-esque story of burden and identity. A virus has taken over the world; it causes spontaneous combustion and the only known immunity is to eat the flesh of the affected fallen before the explosion of red mist. Catarina is a gifted hacker determined to find and retrieve her hostage father from Cartaxus, a large organization that is believed to be withholding a vaccine. Set in an age of gene hacking, DNA mods and upgrades through implants, the tech is radical and formidable and the story speeds forward with non-stop explosive action amidst writing as piercing as shrapnel."  —Leah

 

Sisters of Glass

Sisters of Glass

by Naomi Cyprus | Hardcover, $16.99 »

"Right from the very first page, this book captivated me with all of its magic, mystery, and excitement. I liked the names the author chose for the main characters Halan and Nalah because they reflected each other and their unique personalities of peasant and princess. The choice Halan made at the end of the book surprised me and made me think of the real definition of home. To me, home is wherever your heart wants to be."  —Sienna, (12), Lil' B.I.T. reader

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