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September 2017
Rigor Mortis 500 Hidden Secrets of Rome Alejandro Zambra
NPR contributor Richard Harris presents his new book Grigoletto and Livesay discuss their new guide to Rome Bilingual Reading with Chilean novelist Alejandro Zambra
Loudon Wainwright Side Hustle The Phoenix Fridas
Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright shares his memoir Chris Guillebeau shares his guide to launching a side hustle Dia de Los Muertos Craft Night with The Phoenix Fridas
Bearing the Unbearable Smart Baseball The Oral Instructions of Mahamudra
Dr. Joanne Cacciatore presents her new book on the path of grief ESPN analyst Keith Law on the numbers game of baseball Join us in Phoenix for a Buddhism Discussion with Gen-La Jampa
Collision Ageless Soul Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?
Local author Debra M. Cooper shares her novel Collision Bestseller Thomas Moore visits with Ageless Soul Dr. Timothy Gerhart: Why Am I Not Right Since My Concussion?
Booked 4 Murder After the Flare How to be a Muslim
Husband and wife writing team J.C. Eaton with Booked 4 Murder Deji Olukotun presents the anticipated sequel to Nigerians in Space Haroon Moghul shares his memoir How to Be a Muslim
Canyon Records Concert Found in Translation Spirits of Jerome
Canyon Records Concert: Tony Duncan and Jonah Littlesunday

This month's pick: No Knives in the Kitchens of This City

Local author Ryan Clark shares spooky stories from Spirits of Jerome
Cameron Colvin Quintum Concert Country Grit
Former NFL player Cameron J. Colvin shares his new book Quintum Jazz Concert celebrating the release of their new CD Former Tempe resident Scottie Jones shares her "farmoir"
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | RICHARD HARRIS | RIGOR MORTIS: HOW SLOPPY SCIENCE CREATES WORTHLESS CURES, CRUSHES HOPE, AND WASTES BILLIONS | Award-winning NPR science correspondent Richard Harris presents his new book about the challenges with current biomedical research, and what it will take to bring about a revolution in the system. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4
7pm | TEMPE | LUISA GRIGOLETTO AND CHRISTOPHER LIVESAY | THE 500 HIDDEN SECRETS OF ROME | Luisa Grigoletto and Christopher Livesay discuss their new guide to the Eternal City in conversation with Chiara Dal Martello. Which are the five most beautiful churches in Rome? Where can you discover the five most secret squares? Which are the five best places for Sunday brunch? The 500 Hidden Secrets of Rome reveals these good-to-know addresses and many more. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5
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. Baby Time on October 26 includes a special Halloween costume parade. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, October 12, 19, and 26. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | BILINGUAL READING AND CONVERSATION WITH CHILEAN WRITER ALEJANDRO ZAMBRA | Internationally renowned Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra reads from his acclaimed novels Multiple Choice, Bonsai, The Private Lives of Trees, Ways of Going Home and My Documents. Zambra also leads a bilingual conversation about his work. Lectura y Charla Bilingüe is presented as part of Alejandro Zambra's artist residency in Phoenix, October 1-8, 2017. Co-presented with the CALA Alliance. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6
7pm | TEMPE | LOUDON WAINWRIGHT | LINER NOTES | Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright shares his memoir, a captivating meditation on relationships and creativity from the patriarch of one of America's great musical families. Wainwright reflects on the experiences that have influenced his work, including boarding school, the music business, swimming, macrobiotics, sex, incarceration, and something he calls Sir Walter Raleigh Syndrome. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LLAMA LLAMA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories by Anna Dewdney and pictures with Llama Llama! More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POKY LITTLE PUPPY |
Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with the Poky Little Puppy! More »
11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL | LA PRINCESA AND THE PEA | The local Illustrator of La Madre Goose shares her latest picture book, a charming bilingual fairy tale retelling. El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn't agree. The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa. But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too. Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | JACK DEATH | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss M. L. Windsor's Jack Death. With story elements reminiscent of Percy Jackson and Lemony Snicket, flavored with a smattering of Harry Potter and Terry Pratchett and recounted in an arch, tongue-firmly-in-cheek style, this story will find an eager audience in upper elementary through middle school. 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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8
3pm | PHOENIX | CHRIS GUILLEBEAU | SIDE HUSTLE | The author of the New York Times bestseller The $100 Startup shares his latest, a guide to launching a profitable side hustle in just 27 days. More »
6-7pm | PHOENIX | TIME MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING WORKSHOP |
Community member Catherine Alonzo leads a workshop teaching techniques and tools to better organize your time to reach your goals. Catherine is the co-founder of Javalena, a brand management company for ballot measures, candidates, and non-profits. Cost: $5. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
7pm | TEMPE | TALK WITH MARYANNE KREMER-AMES | TERGAR CENTER: INTRO TO MEDITATION | Maryanne Kremer-Ames discusses Yongey Minygur Rinpoche's approach to meditation. Learn what meditation is, what its benefits are, and explore how any life experience can be used as a support for inborn awareness. This class is open to everyone regardless of philosophy, religion, or previous meditation practice. The program is led by Maryanne Kremer-Ames, a practice leader with the Tergar Meditation Community since 2010. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | AUTHORLESS EVENT | TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN RELEASE PARTY | Join us to celebrate the release of John Green's new novel. Pre-order Turtles All the Way Down and attend the open mic release party, where fans can read aloud their favorite passages from Green's books and share how Green has inspired them. Enjoy John Green-themed food, trivia, and more! Please note: this is an authorless event. John Green will NOT be in attendance. RSVP with book purchase. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
5:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CRAFT NIGHT WITH THE PHOENIX FRIDAS | Four hours, four crafts, for just $40. Learn to make a mini sugar skull piñata, decorated prayer candle, stitched felt skull brooch, and matchbox shrines. Bring a photo of a passed loved one for our community ofrenda (a collection of objects placed on a ritual altar during the Día de Muertos celebration). Also enjoy free face-painted designs and a mini swag gift! Cost: $40, instructions and supplies included (attendees can bring color copies of photos to use in some of the crafts). Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MAC BARNETT AND JON KLASSEN | THE WOLF, THE DUCK, AND THE MOUSE | Multi-award-winning, New York Times bestselling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen share their latest picture book. With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, Barnett and Klassen offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine about a mouse and a duck who get swallowed by a wolf. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
7pm | PHOENIX | JOANNE CACCIATORE | BEARING THE UNBEARABLE: LOVE, LOSS, AND THE HEARTBREAKING PATH OF GRIEF | Dr. Joanne Cacciatore, bereavement educator, researcher, and Zen priest, presents her new book on the heartbreaking path of love, loss, and grief. Bearing the Unbearable is a companion for life's most difficult times, revealing how grief can open our hearts to connection, compassion, and the very essence of our shared humanity. Through moving stories of her encounters with grief over decades, Cacciatore opens a space to process, integrate, and deeply honor our grief. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY | DAVID CHORLTON | BIRD ON A WIRE AND SHATTER THE BELL IN MY EAR | David Chorlton reads from his new book, Bird on a Wire, featuring poems drawing on life in Phoenix and the Southwest. He'll also read selections from Shatter the Bell in my Ear, his translations of poetry by the celebrated Austrian Christine Lavant, her first collection to appear in English. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LLAMA LLAMA | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories by Anna Dewdney and pictures with Llama Llama! More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH SHARON SKINNER | ROCKET SHOES | Join us in Tempe for a special storytime with author Sharon Skinner and her new picture book, a rhyming story for every kid who wants to fly--and wonders when it's okay to break the rules. More »
11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SANDRA BOYNTON'S HOG WILD! PARTY |
Go HOG WILD! at a barnyard dance celebrating Sandra Boynton's newest book and record, Hog Wild! Join us for line dancing to the new tunes, plus games, crafts, and snacks. For ages pre-K and under; co-hosted by Paging Supermom blogger Bettijo Hirsch, in collaboration with Workman publishing. Please Note: this is an authorless event. Boynton will NOT be in attendance. More »
2pm | PHOENIX | KEITH LAW | SMART BASEBALL | ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer Keith Law presents his new book, an iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport. 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, OCTOBER 15
12pm | PHOENIX | WINE TASTING AND PLANT SALE | Changing Hands Phoenix and Southwest Gardener host a wine tasting with California's Bee's Box Wine. Enjoy wine and take home flower seed packets that work well with local plants. A portion of the profits from Bee's Box will be donated to organizations that are working to save the bee population. Southwest Gardener's plant sale runs from noon til 3pm. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | BUDDHISM DISCUSSION WITH GEN-LA JAMPA | THE ORAL INSTRUCTONS OF MAHAMUDRA: THE VERY ESSENCE OF BUDDHA'S TEACHINGS OF SUTRA AND TANTRA |
American Buddhist Monk Gen-la Kelsang Jampa introduces The Oral Instructions of the Mahamudra by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, which explains how profound meditation techniques can transform the mind at its most subtle level to help us reach our fullest potential: the supreme bliss of enlightenment. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16
7pm | TEMPE | DEBRA M. COOPER | COLLISION | The local author presents her second self-published novel Collision, the story of four inextricably intertwined, yet diverse, characters who are all passengers on a plane flight from San Diego to New York. More »
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, OCTOBER 17
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 | POP-UP DISCUSSION GROUP | Join Arizona Republic reporter and First Draft Book Club moderator Barbara VanDenburgh for a community conversation about Hillary Clinton's 2016 election memoir, What Happened — because reading it with friends (and maybe some alcohol) is better than reliving the election alone. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DR. TIMOTHY GERHART, D.C. | WHY AM I NOT RIGHT SINCE MY CONCUSSION? A PROGRAM FOR INJURED BRAIN RECOVERY | Dr. Timothy Gerhart presents his book, providing an understanding of brain decline post-concussion and effective approaches to support brain healing. Dr. Gerhart's research-based presentation teaches how our fragile brain is constructed and provides reader-friendly tools to pursue brain recovery. More »
7pm | TEMPE | THOMAS MOORE | AGELESS SOUL | The New York Times bestselling author of Care of the Soul discusses his latest, which explores a fresh, optimistic, and rewarding path toward aging, one that need not be feared, but rather embraced and cherished. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18
7pm | TEMPE | J.C. EATON | BOOKED 4 MURDER | Husband and wife writing team Ann Goldfarb and James Clapp (who together publish under the name J.C. Eaton) share the first installment in a new mystery series. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6pm | TEMPE | URBAN GARDEN LECTURE | JOSEPH MARTINEZ FROM ARIZONA MICROGREENS | Joseph Martinez, co-founder of Arizona Microgreens, discusses the challenges, myths, and opportunities in urban agriculture, social enterprise, and sustainability. Located within the greenhouse at the Brooks Community School, Arizona Microgreens operates as a social enterprise that creates employment opportunities for the local community and contributes to the financial sustainability of the Community School. Co-presented by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at ASU. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DEJI BRYCE OLUKOTUN | NIGERIANS IN SPACE AND AFTER THE FLARE | Deji Bryce Olukotun presents the sequel to his thriller Nigerians in Space. A catastrophic solar flare reshapes our world order as we know it — in an instant, electricity grids are crippled, followed by devastating cyberattacks that paralyze all communication. With America in chaos, former NASA employee Kwesi Bracket works at the only functioning space program in the world, which just happens to be in Nigeria. With Europe, Asia, and the U.S. knocked off-line, and thousands of dead satellites about to plummet to Earth, the planet's only hope rests with the Nigerian Space Program's plan to launch a daring rescue mission to the International Space Station. With the clock ticking down, Bracket must confront the looming threats to the spaceport in order to launch a harrowing rescue mission into space. Olukotun will be in conversation with Ed Finn, founding director of the Center for Science and the Imagination at ASU. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
7pm | PHOENIX | HAROON MOGHUL | HOW TO BE A MUSLIM: AN AMERICAN STORY | Haroon Moghul shares his memoir about his struggles to forge an American Muslim identity. How to Be a Muslim is the story of a young man coping with the crushing pressure of a world that shuns and fears Muslims, struggling with his faith and searching for intellectual forebears, and suffering the onset of bipolar disorder. It's also the story of a second-generation immigrant, of what it's like to lose yourself between cultures, and how to pick up the pieces. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | JEN REICH & KRISTINE KOLLASCH | WHEN MISS BLUEBIRD DIED | Author Jen Reich and illustrator Kristine Kollasch read from their new picture book. Through rhyming verse and delightful illustrations, When Miss Bluebird Died explores how the memories and stories of our loved ones can keep them close forever. More »
2pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | AUTHORLESS BOOK RELEASE PARTY | HARRY POTTER: A JOURNEY THROUGH A HISTORY OF MAGIC | Join us as we celebrate the release of Harry Potter: A Journey Through A History of Magic. Participate in Harry Potter themed activities the whole family can enjoy! Please note: this is an authorless event. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THIS MORTAL COIL | Teens meet to discuss Emily Suvada's gripping debut This Mortal Coil. Seventeen-year-old Cat must use her gene-hacking skills to decode her late father's message concealing a vaccine to a horrifying plague. 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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
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: $20. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23
6pm | TEMPE | CONVERSATION WITH TEMPE CITY COUNCILMEMBER KOLBY GRANVILLE | The Tempe City Councilmember and co-chair of the Neighborhoods and Education Committee hosts a "Community Conversation" open forum. Granville asks attendees to bring their own ideas, thoughts, and suggestions on how to build a better Tempe. More »
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WORKSHOP WITH DIANA SOROKA AND BILL SOROKA | THE POWERFUL MORNING ROUTINE | Diana Soroka and her WILDD Hearts team along with business coach and entrepreneur Bill Soroka host a lifestyle workshop about maximizing your morning. Morning routines, when used effectively, can improve your life and make your day more productive. Diana and Bill share why morning routines are important, give examples of powerful morning routines, provide specific strategies that will guarantee success, and give you support as you create a routine that works for you! Cost: $20. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | WORKSHOP WITH MARLENE PONTRELLI AND ROBERT SCHWARTZ | DIVORCE IN ARIZONA 101: A WORKSHOP ON YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES | Attorneys Marlene Pontrelli and Robert Schwartz present their book, Divorce in Arizona: The Legal Process, Your Rights, and What to Expect, and provide an overview of the procedural and legal issues for obtaining a divorce in Arizona. They also discuss Pontrelli's Healing from Divorce: Discovering the New You, a collection of daily meditations designed to help readers move through the divorce process and ultimately discover the endless possibilities this new chapter can bring. Cost: FREE for attendees. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick. Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood — and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | CRAFTS AND DRAFTS | FALL FOIL GREETING CARDS | First Draft Book Bar presents a monthly crafting series. This month learn how to use a foil machine and watercolor techniques to decorate greeting cards for the fall. All supplies will be provided. Cost: $5, supplies and instruction included. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | NO KNIVES IN THE KITCHENS OF THIS CITY | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, an armchair traveler yearning to see the world, or just a lover of great books, all are welcome at our new international book club. Join us as we discuss this month's pick, Khaled Khalifa's No Knives in the Kitchens of This City, a novel set between the 1960s and 2000s, unraveling the systems of fear and control under Assad. With eloquence and startling honesty, it speaks of the persecution of a whole society. More »
7pm | TEMPE | CANYON RECORDS CONCERT WITH TONY DUNCAN AND JONAH LITTLESUNDAY | Canyon Records presents Native American flute player and world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan in performance with the label's newest artist Jonah Littlesunday. Duncan will play selections from his new album Purify, and Littlesunday will play songs from his debut flute album Gratitude. Ticket with any Canyon CD—$9.99 each. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27 - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
ALL DAY | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT CANDY PAIRED WINE AND BEER FLIGHTS | With Halloween right around the corner, it's time to pair candy with wine and beer for the perfect adults-only pairing! More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | HAUNTED | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents the first in a monthly slam competition. 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 »
7pm | TEMPE | RYAN B. CLARK | SPIRITS OF JEROME |
The local author visits to share spooky stories from his new self-published book. Spirits of Jerome explores the haunted legends of Jerome, Arizona through ten loosely connected short stories. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 28
10-11am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS HALLOWEEN CARNIVAL | Bring the whole family and join us for a free Halloween Carnival in Phoenix! Enjoy carnival-style games, ghost crafts, cookie decorating, a costume contest for kids, and more! More »
10-11am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MUSICAL STORYTIME PRESENTED BY ARIZONA OPERA | HANSEL AND GRETEL | Join us for a special storytime based on Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm. Costumed actors read from the book version of the story, sing selections from the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck, and do some fun witch-y crafts. More »
CANCELLED | 1pm | PHOENIX | CAMERON COLVIN | NEVERSTOP: THE POWER OF DAILY AFFIRMATIONS | Author former NFL player Cameron J. Colvin shares his new book of insights and tips gathered along his journey to success.
3pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WARCROSS | Teens meet to discuss #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu's latest, Warcross, an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all. 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.
7:30pm | PHOENIX | QUINTUM JAZZ CONCERT | Celebrate the release of The Doghouse Sessions by the Phoenix area's newest jazz quintet, Quintum. Featuring Ken Hales (horns), Chuck Bellman (sax and flute), Kevin Gazzara (drums), Jamie Bludworth (bass and guitar), and Rod Ibieta (keyboards), Quintum combines some of the the best elements of pop, rock, and jazz to create a new and unique blend of musical styles. Ticket Package 1: $10, includes admission for one person and one CD. Ticket Package 2: $15, includes admission for two people and one CD. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29
5pm | PHOENIX | SCOTTIE JONES | COUNTRY GRIT | Former Tempe resident and executive director of US Farm Stay Association recounts her transition from urbanite to sheep farmer in the green hills of Oregon. In a world increasingly filled with questions of where our food comes from and dissatisfactions about our modern lives, Country Grit is a story that will resonate with countless people itching to get back to the land. Told with humor and hard-earned wisdom, it is also an account of what small-scale farmers across the country experience every day and a warning that the farming life is not for everyone. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | SING AND SIGN HALLOWEEN STORYTIME | Early Childhood Education Specialist Mischel Powell will lead parents and toddlers in a song-heavy baby-sign instruction class themed for Halloween. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | MAGGIE STIEFVATER | ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS | The author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle presents her new YA stand-alone novel, a masterful tale of love, fear, darkness, and redemption. More »

this month at first draft

October’s Pick:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

Barbara Vanderburg Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Celeste Ng's Little Fires Everywhere.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Little Fires Everywhere 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 »

Stephen FloridaABOUT THE BOOK | In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town--and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs. More »


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The Tiger's Daughter

by K. Arsenault Rivera | Paperback, $15.99 »

The Tiger's Daughter "Badass ladies slaying demons, defying conventions, saving the world on their own terms? Count me in. The Tiger's Daughter is something truly special, it is an honest-to-goodness sweeping epic fantasy unlike any I have read. I don't remember ever being so excited for a new series. The characters in this book are so fully realized, the landscapes so vivid, I didn't even realize I'd been so swept away until I turned the last page and mourned it's passing. I endured with O Shizuka, princess, the divine made flesh, and finest blade in all Hokkaro; I raged with Barsalai Shefali Alsharyaa, demon slayer, horse whisperer, and infamous Qorin warrior. I didn't want to leave them and I can't wait for the next installment."  —Heather

 

Last Star Burning

Last Star Burning

by Caitlin Sangster | Hardcover, $18.99 »

"When someone blames you for something you had no part in, you feel a sense of unfairness. Caitlin Sangster brings this feeling to life in her story of people trying to find a new life that is fair for everyone. In this book, everyone is ranked by their birth, or their family, or their mistakes. The people in the upper classes have all the power and get whatever they want while the lower classes are suffering. This story made me realize how grateful I am to have a family and friends that will support and stand up for me. I loved this book's plot so much that when I finished, I was crying and ready for book two."  —Marina, (12), B.I.T. reader

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