October 2019
Felicia Day Rakim Debbie Harry
Meet-and-Greet booksigning with Felicia Day in Tempe Meet-and-Greet booksigning with celebrated MC Rakim Debbie Harry discusses her memoir with Chris Stein and Rob Roth
Earl Swift Augusten Burroughs More Life with Deth
Author and journalist Earl Swift presents his latest book Augusten Burroughs visits Changing Hands with a new memoir Stephen Chbosky presents his long-awaited second novel
Future Tense Fiction Mindful Loving Seane Corn
Paolo Bacigalupi and Maureen McHugh with Future Tense Fiction Authors Diana Basinger and Kathleen Todd visit with Mindful Loving Celebrated yoga teacher Seane Corn shares Revolution of the Soul
Lines Between Us Start Finishing No Crying in the Newsroom
Lawrence Lanahan visits with his book, The Lines Between Us Charlie Gilkey discusses his new book Start Finishing Julia Wallace visits with her book about women newsroom leaders
Mind Training Rachael Ray Debe Branning (Haunted Phoenix) and Susan Tatterson (Abandoned Arizona)
Tibetan Buddhist Master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche in Phoenix Rachael Ray discusses her new memoir-inspired cookbook A spooky presentation with Debe Branning and Susan Tatterson
Simplify Your Life Heirloom Stitch-In
Professional organizer Andrea Brundage shares her book Author and baker Sarah Owens presents her new cookbook Stitch-In: using embroidery to make political points
First Fiction Stitch-In A Field Guide to the Jewish People
Three debut novelists, one night at Changing Hands Phoenix Yale University Press presents Poet Richard Siken Humorists Dave Barry and Adam Mansbach discuss their new book
Arizona State Parks Poetry Reading Flying ALone
Roger Naylor presents his latest guide to Arizona State Parks Poetry reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos Local author Beth Ruggiero York shares her new memoir
Alexander McCall Smith Big Wonderful Thing Elizabeth Bernays
Alexander McCall Smith presents To the Land of Long Lost Friends Stephen Harrigan discusses his new book Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas Entomologist Elizabeth Bernays visits Tempe with her new book
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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesdays, October 15, 22, and 29. More »
6pm & 7pm | TEMPE | MEET-AND-GREET BOOKSIGNING | FELICIA DAY | EMBRACE YOUR WEIRD |
Join us at Changing Hands Tempe for a meet-and-greet booksigning with New York Times bestselling author, producer, actress, TV writer, and award-winning web series creator Felicia Day! In Embrace Your Weird: Face Your Fears and Unleash Creativity, Day takes you on a journey to find, rekindle, or expand your creative passions. Whether you enjoy writing, baking, painting, podcasting, playing music, or have yet to uncover your favorite creative outlet, Embrace Your Weird will help you unlock the power of self-expression. Register online. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | MADAME VICTORIA | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature. In Found in Translation we'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from Changing Hands' own First Draft Book Bar. This month we discuss Madame Victoria by Catherine LeRoux, translated by Lazer Lederhendler. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3
9:15am & 10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BALLET ARIZONA STORYTIMES | It's storytime with Ballet Arizona! Costumed dancers from Ballet Arizona's professional company read their favorite seaside stories in honor of Napoli, their upcoming full-length production. 9:15am: The Little Fisherman by Margaret Wise Brown. 10:00am: The Secret of Black Rock by Joe Todd Stanton. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | RAKIM | SWEAT THE TECHNIQUE: REVELATIONS ON CREATIVITY FROM THE LYRICAL GENIUS | Join us at Changing Hands Phoenix for a meet-and-greet booksigning event with celebrated MC and BET Hip Hop Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Rakim to celebrate his new memoir. Rakim is not just a great songwriter—he's one of the great writers in modern America, period. This part memoir, part practical writing guide shows anyone how to write better, while entertaining them with rich, engaging stories from Rakim's life that shaped him as a writer. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4
7pm | OFFSITE | PHOENIX POETRY SERIES FAREWELL EVENT | Changing Hands celebrates a decade of monthly poetry readings in downtown Phoenix. Some of Changing Hands' Friday Poets will be reading at this farewell event. Cost: FREE. Location: 407 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, 85004.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: ESTEBAN THE MAGNIFICENT | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Esteban the Magnificent (the crayon formerly known as Pea Green) from The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE| TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | THE MIRACULOUS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Jess Redman's debut The Miraculous about a young boy who must regain his faith in miracles after a tragedy changes his world. Club Read Badge Members: Get three points for attending the meeting and one point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands Bookstore. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | 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 | DEBBIE HARRY | FACE IT | The name Debbie Harry evokes many images: seminal rock 'n' roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman, actor and fashion icon. Now, after decades as a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie Harry recounts her journey from an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to a bona fide international ambassador of New York cool in her long-anticipated memoir, Face It. Join Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry for an illuminating evening with Blondie co-founder and renowned photographer, Chris Stein, and multidisciplinary artist and director, Rob Roth—accompanied by a visual presentation. Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. Register online. More »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
3-5pm | PHOENIX | MILL AVE CHAMBER PLAYERS | Join the Mill Ave Chamber Players at Changing Hands Phoenix for a literary themed concert. From depictions of a bacchanal from Saint Saens's opera Samson et Delilah to the frenetic ending of a burlesque in Nancy Galbraith's "Aeolian Muses," the Mill Ave Chamber Players' twelfth season starts off as hot as Phoenix's summer weather. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7
7pm & 8pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CHRIS COLFER | A TALE OF MAGIC... | #1 New York Times bestselling author and former Glee star Chris Colfer visits to meet fans and sign copies of a his brand new series for young readers, A Tale of Magic. When Brystal Evergreen stumbles across a secret section of the library, she discovers a book that introduces her to a world beyond her imagination and learns the impossible: She is a fairy capable of magic! But in the oppressive Southern Kingdom, women are forbidden from reading and magic is outlawed, so Brystal is swiftly convicted of her crimes and sent to the miserable Bootstrap Correctional Facility. But with the help of the mysterious Madame Weatherberry, Brystal is whisked away and enrolled in an academy of magic! Adventure comes with a price, however, and when Madame Weatherberry is called away to attend to an important problem, she doesn't return. Do Brystal and her classmates have what it takes to stop a sinister plot that risks the fate of the world, and magic, forever? Fall in love with an all-new series from Chris Colfer, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Land of Stories, filled with adventure, imagination, and wonderfully memorable characters both familiar and new. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 | YOM KIPPUR STARTS AT SUNSET
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9
7pm | TEMPE | AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS | TOIL & TROUBLE: A MEMOIR | The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Running with Scissors visits with a stunning new memoir that is tender, touching ... and just a little spooky. For as long as Augusten Burroughs could remember, he knew things he shouldn't have known. He manifested things that shouldn't have come to pass. And he told exactly no one about this, save one person: his mother. His mother reassured him that it was all perfectly normal, that he was descended from a long line of witches, going back to the days of the early American colonies. And that this family tree was filled with witches. From the hilarious to the terrifying, Toil & Trouble is a chronicle of one man's journey to understand himself, to reconcile the powers he can wield with things with which he is helpless. There are very few things that are coincidences, as you will learn in Toil & Trouble. Ghosts are real, trees can want to kill you, beavers are the spawn of Satan, houses are alive, and in the end, love is the most powerful magic of all. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | EARL SWIFT | CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM: A YEAR WITH THE WATERMEN OF VANISHING TANGIER ISLAND | Author and journalist Earl Swift presents his latest book, a "brilliant, soulful, and timely portrait of a 200-year-old crabbing community in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay as it faces extinction." This nonfiction work was named among the best books of 2018 by the Washington Post, NPR, Christian Science Monitor, Outside, Smithsonian, as well as the best nonfiction book of the year by Bloomberg's Stephen L. Carter. Co-presented by the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, October 17, 24, and 31. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, October 17 and 24. More »
10:30am-12:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SANDRA
MARINELLA | THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL: WOMEN WRITING THROUGH CHANGE | Author Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring how writing your story can support you as you face all kinds of life changes—a move, a job change, an empty nest, the loss of a loved one, a change in health, or the process of aging. This four-session interactive workshop will allow you to delve into change and positive ways to manage it. There will be opportunities to share your writing in a nurturing environment. Writers of all levels, novice to advanced, are welcome. Cost: $80 for four sessions, 10:30am-12:30pm Mondays, October 10, 17, 24, and 31. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PAOLO BACIGALUPI AND MAUREEN F. MCHUGH | IN CONVERSATION WITH ASU'S DIANA BOWMAN AND VICTORIA JACKSON | FUTURE TENSE FICTION: STORIES OF TOMORROW | ASU Center of Science and the Imagination brings authors Paolo Bacigalupi and Maureen F. McHugh to Changing Hands Phoenix to celebrate the launch of Future Tense Fiction. This dynamic, dud-free anthology of 14 short stories written by some of speculative fiction's greats provides gripping, convincing glimpses into various near futures that explore the interrelated advancement of technology, society, and human nature. Each author cleverly and thoroughly explores the benefits and consequences of change, making this essential reading for anyone intrigued by what might come next for humankind. Co-presented by ASU Center for Science. More »
7pm | TEMPE | STEPHEN CHBOSKY | IMAGINARY FRIEND | The #1 international bestselling author of The Perks of Being a Wallflower presents his long-awaited second novel, an epic work of literary horror. Single mother Kate Reese is on the run. Determined to improve life for her and her son, she flees an abusive relationship in the middle of the night with Christopher at her side. Together, they find themselves drawn to the tight-knit community of Mill Grove, Pennsylvania. It's as far off the beaten track as they can get. Just one highway in, one highway out. At first, it seems like the perfect place to finally settle down. Then Christopher vanishes. For six awful days, no one can find him. Until Christopher emerges from the woods at the edge of town, unharmed but not unchanged. He returns with a voice in his head only he can hear, with a mission only he can complete: Build a tree house in the woods by Christmas, or his mother and everyone in the town will never be the same again. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11
7pm | TEMPE | DIANA BASINGER AND KATHLEEN TODD | MINDFUL LOVING: A GUIDE TO LOVING WITH PASSION AND PURPOSE | Basinger and Todd share ways to create mindful loving relationships. Are you ready to take your relationship up a notch? Mindful Loving is designed to help you make an honest assessment of where you are in your relationship and where you want to be. Mindful Loving is "more than a concept; it's a practice that translates loving into one of life's greatest sources of joy and fulfillment." More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: ESTEBAN THE MAGNIFICENT | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Esteban the Magnificent (the crayon formerly known as Pea Green) from The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | TEMPE | SEANE CORN | REVOLUTION OF THE SOUL | Celebrated yoga teacher and activist Seane Corn shares pivotal accounts of her life with raw honesty―enriched with in-depth spiritual teachings―to help us heal, evolve, and change the world. "My first lessons in spirituality and yoga had nothing to do with a mat, but everything to do with waking up. They included angels, seeing God, and being in Heaven. But, believe me, not the way you might think." So begins Revolution of the Soul. What comes next reads like a riveting memoir filled with uncensored moments of joy, pain, wonder, and humor. Except, this book is so much more than that. Seane's real purpose is to guide us into a deep, gut-level understanding of our highest Self through yoga philosophy and other tools for emotional healing—not just as abstract ideas but as embodied, fully felt wisdom. Co-presented by Inner Vision Yoga. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | LAWRENCE LANAHAN IN CONVERSATION WITH STEVEN HSIEH (PHOENIX NEW TIMES) | THE LINES BETWEEN US | Author Lawrence Lanahan discusses The Lines Between Us: Two Families and a Quest to Cross Baltimore's Racial Divide, a narrative chronicle of segregation and inequality in Freddie Gray's Baltimore. In conversation with Phoenix New Times' Steven Hsieh, with whom Lanahan reported on the downfall of Arizona Rep. David Stringer. More »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13
3pm | PHOENIX | CHARLIE GILKEY IN CONVERSATION WITH PAMELA SLIM | START FINISHING | Charlie Gilkey discusses his new book Start Finishing: How to Go From Idea to Done, which shows readers how to thrive by completing the projects that manifest the soul-deep dreams and goals that seem to remain eternally out of reach. Those who finish their best work, win. But it's impossible to do that by yourself — you have to build a team and ecosystem that gets you going, keeps you going, and helps amplify your work and success in ways that you simply can't do by yourself. Building this team and ecosystem is neither mysterious nor as difficult as it seems, and during this event, Charlie Gilkey and moderator Pamela Slim will show you what kinds of people to approach and how to do so. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 14
6pm | TEMPE | JULIA WALLACE | THERE'S NO CRYING IN NEWSROOMS | Julia Wallace discusses and signs her book There's No Crying in Newsrooms, which tells the stories of remarkable women who broke through barrier after barrier at media organizations around the country over the past four decades. They started out as editorial assistants, fact checkers, and news secretaries and ended up running multi-million-dollar news operations that determine a large part of what Americans read, view and think about the world. More »
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: $10 per person. Purchase day of/at the door in Phoenix. More »
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS | Join us for "Mind Your Business," a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business! 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. This month's book is Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesdays, October 22 and 29. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | RINGU TULKU RINPOCHE | MIND TRAINING |
Tibetan Buddhist Master Ringu Tulku Rinpoche teaches powerful lessons on how to train the mind for success in all areas of life. Mind Training focuses on transforming self-centered thinking into compassion, egoistic feelings into altruism, desire into acceptance, and resentment into joy. Co-presented by Bodhicharya.org. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DEBE BRANNING (HAUNTED PHOENIX) AND SUSAN TATTERSON (ABANDONED ARIZONA: GHOST TOWNS AND LEGENDS) Gear up for Halloween with a spooky presentation by Debe Branning, author of Haunted Phoenix, and Susan Tatterson, author of Abandoned Arizona: Ghost Towns and Legends. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | RACHAEL RAY | RACHAEL RAY 50 | Changing Hands is proud to welcome Food Network star Rachael Ray to Phoenix to discuss her new book Rachael Ray 50: Memories and Meals from a Sweet and Savory Life. America's favorite self-taught cook opens up about the most memorable moments of her life in this candid memoir-inspired cookbook featuring 125 all-new recipes. Location: Orpheum Theatre 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. Register online. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16
7pm | TEMPE | ANDREA BRUNDAGE, MBA | SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE | Local author and professional organizer Andrea Brundage shares her book, Simplify Your Life: 8 Simple Principles to Turn Your Chaos into Calm. Andrea says: "This book was written to empower, educate, and equip anyone who wants to simplify life—and turn their chaos into calm." She will also present the companion book, Simplify Your Life: Journal. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, October 24 and 31. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, October 24. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ERIN STEWART | SCARS LIKE WINGS | Stewart shares her debut YA novel Scars Like Wings, a story of resilience perfect for readers of powerful contemporary fiction like Girl in Pieces and Every Last Word. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THE MERCIFUL CROW | Teens meet to discuss Margaret Owen's The Merciful Crow, a saga of vengeance, survival, and sacrifice—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake. More »
4pm | PHOENIX | SARAH OWENS | HEIRLOOM: TIME-HONORED TECHNIQUES, NOURISHING TRADITIONS, AND MODERN RECIPES | Author, baker, and horticulturist Sarah Owens presents her new cookbook, Heirloom, which presents ingredient-focused cooking and bread baking that emphasizes sourcing quality ingredients and relies on traditional techniques that extend the use of in-season produce and fresh food. 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.
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Inspired by the Tiny Pricks Project (@tinypricksproject), Sew Many Comments (@sewmanycomments), and countless other artists and activists using embroidery to make political points, we're gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch and bitch. Drink a mimosa or two, or a latte or three. Whether you're an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your own stitching project. More »
2pm | PHOENIX | BONNIE APPERSON JACOBS AND TERRI MAINWARING | MITCHELL THE DOG: THE STORY OF A CONFUSED SCHNAUZER | Join Jacobs and Mainwaring for a fun and energetic reading of this endearing children's book. Mitchell is confused! He wants to know his full name. Everyone else has two names. Mitchell is just Mitchell. Could his name be NONO Mitchell? Or could it be Treat Mitchell? Grandparents, parents, children, and dog-lovers, please stop by for a cookie and time with Mitchell! More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesday, October 29. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST FICTION AT FIRST DRAFT | FEATURING LARA PRESCOTT, MADELINE FFITCH, AND TOPE FOLARIN |
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. Lara Prescott reads from The Secrets We Kept, Madeline Ffitch presents Stay and Fight, and Tope Folarin shares A Particular Kind of Black Man. More »
7pm | TEMPE | YALE UNIVERSITY PRESS YOUNGER POETS READING | To mark the publication of Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets, Richard Siken reads from this prize-winning collection as we celebrate the centennial of this country's longest-running poetry prize. He also reads from his collection, Crush. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | RED AT THE BONE | Join USA Today Books Editor Barbara Vandenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson, about an unexpected teenage pregnancy pulling together two families from different social classes, and exposing the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Red at the Bone 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 | DAVE BARRY AND ADAM MANSBACH | A FIELD GUIDE TO THE JEWISH PEOPLE | Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry and co-author Adam Mansbach (#1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F**k to Sleep) share their hilarious guide to everything you need to know about Jewish history, holidays, and traditions. Why do random Jewish holidays keep springing up unexpectedly? Why are yarmulkes round? Who was the first Jewish comedian? Who is "the Golem" and whom do you want it to beat up? In A Field Guide to the Jewish People the authors dissect every holiday, rite of passage, and tradition, unravel a long and complicated history, and tackle the tough questions that have plagued Jews and non-Jews alike for centuries. Combining the sweetness of an apricot rugelach with the wisdom of a matzoh ball, this is the last book on Judaism that you will ever need. Register online. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEO LIVE! | DAMIEN MANDER AND VIMBAI KUMIRE | "AKASHINGA: THE BRAVE ONES" | Damien Mander left behind a career in Australian special forces to form Akashinga—Zimbabwe's first all-female ranger unit. Vimbai Kumire leads this squad of inspiring women protecting Africa's wildlife from poachers. Together, they'll share the incredible story of how the group is altering stereotypes and establishing a new model for conservation efforts. Location: Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available online. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24
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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursday, October 31. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at janiemae1083@gmail.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | ROGER NAYLOR | ARIZONA STATE PARKS: A GUIDE TO AMAZING PLACES IN THE GRAND CANYON STATE | Roger Naylor presents his latest guide, revealing the scenic wonders, rich history, and recreational opportunities contained within the extensive park system. Here you'll find some of the best hiking, camping, fishing, boating, stargazing, and wildlife watching in Arizona—all accessible as easy day trips and weekend getaways. More »
7pm | TEMPE | POP-UP BOOK CLUB | PARENTS FOR EQUITY IN EDUCATION | SO YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT RACE BY IJEOMA OLUO | How do we talk about race with each other? What is White Privilege? What the heck is intersectionality anyway? Parents for Equity in Education invite you to come for an open, honest conversation about race. The featured book is So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo. Moderated by Dr. Mildred Boveda, assistant professor of special education and cultural and linguistic diversity at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. Co-sponsored by Parents for Equity in Education, in partnership with Changing Hands Bookstore. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25
6pm | TEMPE | DIANA DELGADO (TRACING THE HORSE) AND JUSTIN PETROPOULOS (EMINENT DOMAIN) | Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a poetry reading with Diana Marie Delgado and Justin Petropoulos. More »
7-8pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | EXHALATION AND ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY | Long and Short of It is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme. Tonight the group discusses Exhalation by Ted Chiang and All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copies of Exhalation for 20% off and All the Birds in the Sky for 10% off. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "SPOOKY" | Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Spooky." Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn and posted on the TheStoryline.org. At least two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show. Five members of the audience will be the judges. The storyteller with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 online / $8 at the door. Register online. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | KIM TOMSIC | THE 12TH CANDLE | The middle grade author of 11:11 Wish visits with her follow up, The 12th Candle. Middle school meets magic in this hilarious and heartfelt novel about a girl whose life flips when she wishes on an enchanted candle--perfect for fans of Sarah Mlynowski and Wendy Mass. Sage Sassafras's life is cursed! No, really. Since birth, Sage has been plagued by the Contrarium Curse that's set her at odds with classmate Priscilla Petty. Every time something goes right for Priscilla, it goes terribly, horribly wrong for Sage. And things always go well for Priscilla. Sage blames the curse for all her middle school misery--from losing a friend to failing gym to gaining a reputation as the girl whose daddy's in trouble. So when Sage is given a magical candle on her twelfth birthday, she seizes the chance to turn her luck around--with a wish to reverse the curse. But when the consequences of her wish take a terrible turn, Sage has to team up with her worst enemy--before she's doomed to a life of opposites forever. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS |
Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.
7pm | TEMPE | BETH RUGGIERO YORK | FLYING ALONE | The local author celebrates the launch of her independently published memoir, Flying Alone. At thirteen years old, Beth's heart was broken when her father died suddenly. But there was a bigger challenge ahead when doctors told her she probably had multiple sclerosis at 22 years old. Beth vowed that this new challenge would not put restrictions on her life and embarked on a lifelong dream to fly for the airlines. Told with soul-baring candor, Flying Alone takes readers on a suspenseful journey through the terror, romance, and ultimate victory of those years. More »

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | HEALING CHANTS AND DEVELOPING REPERTOIRE | Chanting vibrates the body, mind, and spirit. To experience the healing power of sound, chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts a workshop focusing on the breath, vibrational seed mantras, and developing repertoire of call-and-response chants from various world cultures. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | Need ideas to help you start writing? Join us for a monthly pop-up workshop co-presented by Phoenix College and ASU's Piper Center for Creative Writing. Tonight, award-winning YA novelist Tom Leveen (Party, Zero, Mercy Rule, manicpixiedreamgirl) presents "Write Rocking Dialogue." Learn the basics of what makes dialogue between two characters really stand out, taught by an acclaimed novelist with more than two decades of live stage experience, where the spoken word is so essential. Tom will discuss methods of improving first- and third-person narrative, how to manipulate white space on the page, and more. Write Here, Write Now is co-presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, First Draft Book Bar, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Creative Writing Program at Phoenix College. Cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH | TO THE LAND OF LONG LOST FRIENDS | The #1 New York Times bestseller discusses and signs the latest installment of his beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Precious Ramotswe takes on a case for a childhood acquaintance and finds that family relationships are always a tricky proposition—even for Botswana's premier female detective. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | STEPHEN HARRIGAN | BIG WONDERFUL THING: HISTORY OF TEXAS |
Arizona and Texas have always been linked. By the Colorado River, by First Nations, by Mexico, by war, and by the modern interests of the United States. Join New York Times bestselling writer Stephen Harrigan (The Gates of the Alamo, A Friend of Mr. Lincoln) for a discussion of his new book Big Wonderful Thing: A History of Texas and the ways in which our shared histories reverberate through our present. More »

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30
7pm | TEMPE | ELIZABETH BERNAYS | SIX LEGS WALKING: NOTES FROM AN ENTOMOLOGICAL LIFE | Entomologist Elizabeth Bernays discusses and signs her memoir Six Legs Walking: Notes from an Entomological Life. Like the painted lady butterflies that fascinated her as a child in Queensland, Australia, Bernays has lived a migratory adventure, following her scientific curiosity around the world before landing at the University of Arizona. In Six Legs Walking, she takes us along on her evolution from backward child to accomplished biologist as she explores scholarship, culture, and love, all while immersed in the wonders of some of the smallest creatures on earth. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT POP-UP BOOK CLUB | THE TESTAMENTS: THE SEQUEL TO THE HANDMAID'S TALE BY MARGARET ATWOOD | Join USA Today Books Editor and First Draft Book Club moderator Barbara VanDenburgh for a community conversation about the literary importance of The Testaments and its current social relevancy. Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of The Testaments. More »

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | HAPPY HALLOWEEN 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. Today's Baby Time celebrates Halloween. Children are encouraged to come in their favorite costumes. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. More »
this month at first draft

October’s Pick:
Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23

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, Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Red at the Bone 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 | An unexpected teenage pregnancy pulls together two families from different social classes, and exposes the private hopes, disappointments, and longings that can bind or divide us from each other, from the New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming.

Moving forward and backward in time, Jacqueline Woodson's taut and powerful new novel uncovers the role that history and community have played in the experiences, decisions, and relationships of these families, and in the life of the new child.

As the book opens in 2001, it is the evening of sixteen-year-old Melody's coming of age ceremony in her grandparents' Brooklyn brownstone. Watched lovingly by her relatives and friends, making her entrance to the music of Prince, she wears a special custom-made dress. But the event is not without poignancy. Sixteen years earlier, that very dress was measured and sewn for a different wearer: Melody's mother, for her own ceremony-- a celebration that ultimately never took place.

Unfurling the history of Melody's parents and grandparents to show how they all arrived at this moment, Woodson considers not just their ambitions and successes but also the costs, the tolls they've paid for striving to overcome expectations and escape the pull of history. As it explores sexual desire and identity, ambition, gentrification, education, class and status, and the life-altering facts of parenthood, Red at the Bone most strikingly looks at the ways in which young people must so often make long-lasting decisions about their lives--even before they have begun to figure out who they are and what they want to be. More »


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staffpicks

The Butterfly Girl: A Novel

by Rene Denfeld | Hardcover, $26.99 »

The Butterfly Girl "Denfeld's story is both poetic and heart-wrenching, filled with emotional truth even though it is a fictional story. Investigator Naomi is known as 'The Child Finder.' While searching for her own missing sister she befriends a 12 year old Celica living on the streets. You get a real sense of the bleak lives of street kids in heart-wrenching detail. I was enthralled, a real page turner for me."  —Kim




 

 

The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History

by Nathalia Holt | Hardcover, $29.00 »

The Queens of Animation "Historically, the achievements of women in film have been diminished by the misogyny of the men that run the entertainment industry, but have no fear! Nathalia Holt brings these unsung heroes into the limelight they rightly deserve. The strength of this book is that we focus, not only on the art, but the women's lives and how their experiences have helped shape their work which has resonated with so many people."  —Tim



 

 

The Factory

by Hiroko Oyamada | Paperback, $13.95 »
The Factory
"'This short, surrealist novel is for anyone who's ever been a temp (like me). Three protagonists work menial jobs at the same factory, not knowing why they're doing what they're doing or why it matters. Things soon begin to get strange, and time and reality start to warp as the factory takes over their lives. This is a fantastic, absurdist book and a brilliant English language debut for Hiroko Oyamada."  —Dan





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