November 2018
Losing the Nobel Prize Tad Van Wey When the Men Were There
Cosmologist Brian Keating shares Losing the Nobel Prize Local author Tad Van Wey presents his debut novel Marjorie Herrera Lewis presents her debut historical novel
AZ Oddities House of Government Road Map for Revolutionaries
Local historian and author Marshal Trimble presents his latest Yuri Slezkine visits with his book The House of Government Elisa Camahort Page presents Road Map for Revolutionaries
Crusoe the weiner dog Gregory Hull Born to Dance
Internet sensation Crusoe the wiener dog visits Tempe Artist Gregory Hull signs copies of his monograph YouTube star Jordan Matter shares his latest photograph collection
Seven Secrets to a Happy Relationship Alice Isn't Dead Code Girls
don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. presents his guide to happy relationships Joseph Fink (Welcome to Night Vale) shares his latest: Alice Isn't Dead Liza Mundy discusses the story of women code breakers in WWII
Pete Souza First Fiction Southern Belle
Pete Souza visits with his latest: Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents First Fiction with R. O. Kwon, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Karri J. McClure shares her guide to getting out and getting happy
King of Halloween Atlas of Men Listen to the Poet
Lori Leachman shares her memoir of a Southern childhood Join Dr. David Sklar for a talk and signing of his new novel Wendy R. Williams presents her book: Listen to the Poet
Betty Ford The Colorado Anne Montgomery
Bestselling author Lisa McCubbin presents her latest biography Author and river guide Christa Sadler discusses her latest TV personality Mary Jo West and author Anne Montgomery discuss A Light in the Desert
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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, November 8, 15, and 29. 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 | BRIAN KEATING | LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE: A STORY OF COSMOLOGY, AMBITION, AND THE PERILS OF SCIENCE'S HIGHEST HONOR | Cosmologist Brian Keating shares the inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. In Losing the Nobel Prize, Keating, the inventor of the BICEP experiment (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization), tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TAD VAN WEY | BETWEEN THE LAUGH TRACK | The local author presents his independently published debut novel. Doug Bradshaw and Taylor Smythe are seniors in college when young Mikey Pounds' broken body is found in the cornfield of his family's Michigan farm. After Mikey is buried, the memory of the murdered child remains—a memory resurrected years later when Doug and Taylor battle for political power in the state of Arizona. Ultimately the answer to a single question will determine the future: will the murder of an innocent child be avenged, or obscured? More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM SHOWCASE | The Storyline present its first Storyline Showcase! No hat. No judges. No bells. Just six winners from the past year coming back to share their stories with you. This year's lineup includes John Chako, Marilee Lasch, Angelica Lindsey-Ali, Ernesto Ortiz, Stina Sieg, and Dixie Walljasper. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 day of/at the door. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARJORIE HERRERA LEWIS | WHEN THE MEN WERE GONE | Marjorie Herrera Lewis presents her debut historical novel detailing the true story of high school teacher Tylene Wilson who becomes the first female high school football coach in Texas. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: TACO DRAGON | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character the Taco Dragon.
10am| PHOENIX | NANOWRIMO WRITE IN | Kick off National Novel Writing Month with a write in at First Draft Book Bar (inside Changing Hands Phoenix)! Bring your laptops and pencils and enjoy extended Happy Hour pricing at the bar until 5 pm.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | CITY OF GHOSTS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts. 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 | PHOENIX | MARSHAL TRIMBLE | ARIZONA ODDITIES | The local historian presents his latest. Arizona has stories as peculiar as its stunning landscapes. The Lost Dutchman's rumored cache of gold sparked a legendary feud. Kidnapping victim Larcena Pennington Page survived two weeks alone in the wilderness, and her first request upon rescue was for a chaw of tobacco. Discover how the town of Why got its name and how wild camels ended up in North America. Trimble unearths these and other amusing anomalies, outstanding obscurities, and compelling curiosities in the state's history. More »
7pm | TEMPE | YURI SLEZKINE | THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT: A SAGA OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION | History professor Yuri Slezkine shares his latest, telling the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin's purges. Co-presented by the Melikian Center at ASU - Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5
7pm | PHOENIX | ELISA CAMAHORT PAGE | ROAD MAP FOR REVOLUTIONARIES | Elisa Camahort Page presents her handbook for effective activism, advocacy, and social justice for people of all ages and backgrounds. Ready to take action and make your voice heard, but don't know how to go about it? If you want to start making a difference but don't know what to do next, Road Map for Revolutionaries provides the resources needed to help you feel safer, more empowered, invested in, and intrinsic to the American experiment. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA OPERA BOOK CLUB | HOW TO LISTEN TO JAZZ | The Arizona Opera's official book club meets to discuss Ted Gioia's How to Listen to Jazz, in which the award-winning author presents a lively introduction to the art of listening. He tells us what to listen for in a performance and includes a guide to today's leading jazz musicians. Gioia covers the music's history and reveals the building blocks of improvisation. How to Listen to Jazz is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to understand one of America's greatest contributions to music. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
6pm | PHOENIX | ARCHAEOLOGY SOUTHWEST CAFÉ — PHOENIX UNDERGROUND | LECTURE WITH DR. KAREN SCHOLLMEYER: "LIFE BEFORE A.D. 1500 ON THE UPPER GILA RIVER, SOUTHWEST NEW MEXICO" | Residents of the upper reaches of the Gila River in southwest New Mexico found successful ways of farming, hunting, and living together for over a millennium. Dr. Karen Schollmeyer discusses some of these past ways of living, including periods in which people gathered into large villages or dispersed into less archaeologically visible communities. The unique archaeological record of this area allows us to examine the challenges and benefits of these different ways of living. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-PART POETRY WORKSHOP WITH CYNTHIA SCHWARTZBERG EDLOW | "FOR THE LOVE OF THE POEM: ON INFUSING PERSUASION INTO YOUR POETRY" | Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow hosts a two-part poetry workshop focusing on the most powerful and perennial elements of the craft. These include the line, the sentence (and the relationship between the two), rhythm, diction (or word choice), tone, and imagery. In session one, students discuss and practice these elements along with selected poem handouts; in session two (Wednesday, November 14), students return with a newly drafted poem to workshop. Beginners are welcome. Cost: $35 + fees. Registration online. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, November 15 and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | CRUSOE AND RYAN BEAUCHESNE | CRUSOE THE WORLDLY WIENER DOG | The New York Times bestselling internet sensation Crusoe and the popular blogger Ryan Beauchesne visit Tempe to "pawtograph" their latest book. Join the photogenic Crusoe as he leaves fame and fortune behind to expand his horizons, get his passport stamped, and journey across the globe to eat delicious food, relax on beautiful beaches, dig lots of holes, and generally enjoy all that celebrity travel has to offer. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING PAUL LOWES | GLASS FRACTURED BY HEAVEN | Join us as teacher, activist, and outdoorsman Paul Lowes recites poetry from his new collection. Lowes also shares stories from his childhood growing up in the Sonoran Desert through many pursuits into his current life as writer, cancer survivor, and "happy young oldster." Open reading follows. Bring two poems, approximately one page each, to read to your fellow poets. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: TACO DRAGON | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character the Taco Dragon.
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH AMY DOMINY AND NATE EVANS | COOKIESAURUS CHRISTMAS | Join us for a special storytime with co-authors Amy Dominy and Nate Evans as they share their latest. Cookie decorating with Storybook Kitchen following the reading. More »
1pm | OFFSITE | TWEEN EVENT | SHANNON MESSENGER | FLASHBACK | The New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author presents the seventh installment of her Keeper of Lost Cities middle grade series. Sophie must let the past and present blur together, because the deadliest secrets are always the ones that get erased. Location: Burton Barr Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Co-presented by The Friends of the Phoenix Public Library. More »
2-4pm | TEMPE | MEET AND GREET SIGNING | GREGORY HULL | JOURNEY HOME TO THE AUTHENTIC SELF | Artist Gregory Hull visits to sign the monograph covering his painting career. Hull is among today's premier contemporary realists, achieving success across multiple genres: portraits, still life, and landscape. His journey offers a roadmap for those aiming to follow their heart and lead a fulfilling life. 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, NOVEMBER 12
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 »
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THE FOUR TENDENCIES | On the second Monday of each month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix, home of our First Draft Book Bar. Ranging from how to build and scale a business to how to lead a team, you'll read business book classics as well as new hits. This month's book is The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin. 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 | TEEN EVENT | MARISSA MEYER | ARCHENEMIES | Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles, presents the second installment of her New York Times bestselling Renegades Trilogy. In Renegades, Nova and Adrian fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist. It was a short-lived victory. The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City—and the world—as they know it. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
7pm | PHOENIX | JORDAN MATTER | BORN TO DANCE: CELEBRATING THE WONDER OF CHILDHOOD | YouTube star Jordan Matter, the New York Times bestselling author of Dancers Among Us, shares his latest book. In one dazzling photograph after another, he portrays dancers—ages 2 through 18—in ordinary and extraordinary pursuits, from hanging with friends to taking selfies, from leaping for joy to feeling left out. What they all share is the skill to elevate their hopes and dreams with beauty, humor, grace, and surprise. Paired with empowering words from the dancers themselves, the photographs convey each child's declaration that they were born to dance. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | KRISTINA PÉREZ | SWEET BLACK WAVES | IN CONVERSATION WITH KELLY DEVOS | Authors Kristina Pérez and Kelly DeVos (Fat Girl on a Plane) discuss Pérez's debut young adult novel, a lush fantasy about warring countries and forbidden romance. As best friend and lady-in-waiting to the princess, Branwen is guided by two principles: devotion to her homeland and hatred for the raiders who killed her parents. When she unknowingly saves the life of her enemy, he awakens her ancient healing magic and opens her heart. Branwen begins to dream of peace, but the princess she serves is not so easily convinced. Fighting for what's right, even as her powers grow, will set Branwen against her best friend and the only man she's ever loved. Kristina Pérez's debut features star-crossed lovers who changed the fate of two nations. Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, this is the story of the legend's true heroine: Branwen. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DON MIGUEL RUIZ, JR. | THE SEVEN SECRETS TO HEALTHY, HAPPY RELATIONSHIPS | The "Toltec Master of Transformation" and author of Mastery of Self shares his latest. In this one-of-a-kind book, bestselling authors don Miguel Ruiz, Jr. and HeatherAsh Amara share their seven secrets to healthy, happy relationships: Commitment, Freedom, Awareness, Healing, Joy, Communication, and Release. Understanding and enacting these principles can help you at any stage in your intimate partnering, whether you've been with someone for many years or are currently single and want to prepare for a relationship. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | THE RAINBOW TROOPS | In Found in Translation we'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss The Rainbow Troops by Andrea Hirata, translated by Angie Kilbane. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! | DAN BUETTNER AND DAVID MCCLAIN | "THE SEARCH FOR LONGEVITY" | Author Dan Buettner and photographer/filmmaker David McLain visit Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series. Their collaboration on "The Secrets of Longevity" cover story for National Geographic became the foundation for The Blue Zones, a global movement to live longer, better lives. Their book, The Blue Zones Kitchen, explores the world's longevity diets. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, November 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | POP-UP BOOK CLUB | THE HATE U GIVE | The bestselling young adult novel by Angie Thomas is getting the Hollywood treatment starring Amandla Stenberg. Early reviews are stellar, but we're firm believers that you should always read the book and not just see the movie. And because reading with friends is better, we're holding a special book club to celebrate and discuss The Hate U Give. Join Arizona Republic reporter, First Draft Book Club moderator, and lifelong bookworm Barbara VanDenburgh and ASU assistant Professor Mildred Boveda for a guided conversation about The Hate U Give. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16
7pm | PHOENIX | JOSEPH FINK | ALICE ISN'T DEAD | From the New York Times bestselling co-author of It Devours! and Welcome to Night Vale comes a fast-paced thriller about a truck driver searching across America for the wife she had long assumed to be dead. More »
7pm | TEMPE | LIZA MUNDY | CODE GIRLS | The New York Times bestselling author and former Washington Post reporter discusses the untold story of American women code breakers of World War II. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | NOCTURNALS STORYTIME PARTY | Join us for a special storytime party with The Nocturnals. Enjoy a reading of The Moonlight Meeting, Nocturnals games, crafts, and giveaways. Kids also receive bookplates signed by author Tracey Hecht! More »
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | RODO SOFRANAC | THE RED TAIL TALE ON THE ARIZONA TRAIL |
Join local author Rodo Sofranac, along with Rowen, Rojo, Polly and the Peaputts, and other "Rodo Writes" characters. Sofranac reads from his two adventure books, The Red Tail Tale on the Arizona Trail and Polly and the Peaputts Pull Together. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | GRIM LOVELIES | Teens meet to discuss Megan Shepherd's novel Grim Lovelies. 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 | OFFSITE | PETE SOUZA | SHADE: A TALE OF TWO PRESIDENTS | Changing Hands is proud to present Pete Souza with his new book Shade: A Tale of Two Presidents, the follow-up to his #1 New York Times bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Shade is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions—with Pete Souza's unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration. Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003 More »

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18
2pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | MICHELLE HODKIN | THE RECKONING OF NOAH SHAW | IN CONVERSATION WITH SUZANNE YOUNG | Authors Michelle Hodkin (the Mara Dyer trilogy) and Suzanne Young (The Program series) discuss the sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, in which legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. More »
3-5pm | PHOENIX | BENEFIT FOR IMMIGRANT CHILDREN SEPARATED FROM PARENTS |
Join us for an art, music, and cake benefit, in support of the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights. Enjoy Latin music from Beth Lederman and Joe Corral as well as a silent art auction. All money goes to the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights (theyoungcenter.org). More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST FICTION AT FIRST DRAFT | FEATURING R. O. KWON (THE INCENDIARIES), INGRID ROJAS CONTRERAS (FRUIT OF THE DRUNKEN TREE), NANA KWAME ADJEI-BRENYAH (FRIDAY BLACK) | It's back! First Fiction returns to Changing Hands, now at our own First Draft Book Bar. Three first-time fiction writers read excerpts from their novels while YOU enjoy happy hour prices at the bar. Afterwards, we'll open the floor to questions, then enjoy an informal mixer with the authors. R. O. Kwon reads from The Incendiaries, Ingrid Rojas Contreras presents Fruit of the Drunken Tree, and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah shares Friday Black. More »
7pm | TEMPE | KARRI J. MCCLURE | WHAT'S A SOUTHERN BELLE DOING IN A PLACE LIKE THIS? | Karri J. McClure, Life Coach and Reiki Master, presents her first book about getting out and getting happy. She shares personal experiences from her own journey to happiness, and how listening to your intuition, a strong support system, and loving yourself, leads you back to the person you want to be—and living the life you were born to live. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7pm | PHOENIX | LORI LEACHMAN | THE KING OF HALLOWEEN AND MISS FIRECRACKER QUEEN | Lori Leachman shares her debut, the memoir of a Southern childhood. The King of Halloween & Miss Firecracker Queen tells the story of a football life from a daughter's perspective. Kendra Stabler Moyes (daughter of Ken Stabler) will join the discussion. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 | HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
PHOENIX/TEMPE | CLOSED | First Draft Book Bar and both locations of Changing Hands Bookstore are closed to observe the holiday.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23
12:30-2:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SANTA EXPRESS | Join Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves for a festive holiday storytime! Reading of Christmas favorites in front of the fireplace, plus crafts and a hot chocolate station for kids, and photos with Santa! Following the in-store fun, it's all aboard the Lightrail for a trip downtown to CityScape, for the Tree lighting. Free event! More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | HOLIDAZE | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Holidaze." Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 day of/at the door. Register online. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24
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 25
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "SOUND HEALING, CHANTING, AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION" | Focus on the breath, create mantras using sacred sounds, feel the vibration of your own voice, and listen deeply to surrounding sounds as you sing call and response chants from various world cultures. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph will conduct this workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID SKLAR, M.D. | ATLAS OF MEN | David Sklar discusses and signs his new novel. Files from a secret research project show up on Dr. Robert Thames's doorstep, forcing him to think about something he's been avoiding—the degrading "study" at Danvers Academy, especially the naked photos of each student, including himself, taken at his prep school. He tracks down four close friends from school, and together they uncover the terrible truth of what was buried by the faculty, the school, and the boys themselves. More »
7pm | TEMPE | WENDY R. WILLIAMS | LISTEN TO THE POET: WRITING, PERFORMANCE, AND COMMUNITY IN YOUTH SPOKEN WORD POETRY | The author and ASU assistant English professor shares her book. Listen to the Poet investigates two Arizona spoken word poetry groups—a community group and a high school club—that are both part of the same youth organization. Exploring the writing lives and poetry of several members, Wendy R. Williams takes readers inside a writing workshop and poetry slam and reveals that schools have much to learn about writing, performance, community, and authorship from groups like these and from youth writers themselves. More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE MERE WIFE | 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 Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Mere Wife 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 | LISA MCCUBBIN | BETTY FORD: FIRST LADY, WOMEN'S ADVOCATE, SURVIVOR, TRAILBLAZER | The #1 New York Times bestselling coauthor of Five Presidents and Mrs. Kennedy and Me presents her latest biography. Based on intimate in-depth interviews with all four of her children, as well as family friends and colleagues, Betty Ford is a deeply personal, empathic portrait of an outspoken First Lady, who was first and foremost a devoted wife and mother. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. More »
7pm | TEMPE | CHRISTA SADLER | THE COLORADO |
Author and river guide Christa Sadler discusses John Wesley Powell: the man, the scientist, the explorer, and the visionary policy maker as presented in her new book The Colorado. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 30
6-8pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PICTURES WITH THE GRINCH | Pictures with Santa are a cool holiday need, but pictures with the Grinch are cooler indeed! Bring your camera and share a seat with Dr. Seuss' meanest and greenest creation, while a parent or friend (or Changing Hands bookseller) takes a holiday snapshot like no other. Also catch the Grinch Saturday morning (12/1) in Tempe and at Changing Hands Phoenix next Saturday morning (12/8) and Sunday afternoon (12/9).
7pm | PHOENIX | ANNE MONTGOMERY | A LIGHT IN THE DESERT | Arizona TV personality Mary Jo West and author Anne Montgomery discuss A Light in the Desert. In it, a former Special Forces sniper latches onto a lonely pregnant teenager and a group of Pentecostal zealots as he descends into a rare mental illness. When a passenger train is derailed in a deadly act of sabotage, their lives are upended, and a child is about to be born in the wilderness. More »
 
this month at first draft

November’s Pick:
The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

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, Maria Dahvana Headley's The Mere Wife.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of The Mere Wife 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 | From the perspective of those who live in Herot Hall, the suburb is a paradise. Picket fences divide buildings—high and gabled—and the community is entirely self-sustaining. Each house has its own fireplace, each fireplace is fitted with a container of lighter fluid, and outside—in lawns and on playgrounds—wildflowers seed themselves in neat rows. But for those who live surreptitiously along Herot Hall's periphery, the subdivision is a fortress guarded by an intense network of gates, surveillance cameras, and motion-activated lights.

For Willa, the wife of Roger Herot (heir of Herot Hall), life moves at a charmingly slow pace. She flits between mommy groups, playdates, cocktail hour, and dinner parties, always with her son, Dylan, in tow. Meanwhile, in a cave in the mountains just beyond the limits of Herot Hall lives Gren, short for Grendel, as well as his mother, Dana, a former soldier who gave birth as if by chance. Dana didn't want Gren, didn't plan Gren, and doesn't know how she got Gren, but when she returned from war, there he was. When Gren, unaware of the borders erected to keep him at bay, ventures into Herot Hall and runs off with Dylan, Dana's and Willa's worlds collide. More »


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