August 2018
Space 55 American Hate You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior
Join us for a sample reading of Space 55's upcoming play Arjun Singh Sethi (and panel) discusses his book American Hate Poet Carolina Ebeid reads from her latest collection in Phoenix
Atticus Vaquila Desert Garden
Instagram sensation Atticus shares his new poetry collection Brooke Bessesen with her latest nonfiction book, Vaquita Landscape Architect Steve Martino discusses his new book
Storyline Slam James Frey Gretchen Bonaduce
Ten storytellers share stories based on the theme SKOOL'D James Frey presents his highly anticipated new novel Katerina Reality star Gretchen Bonaduce visits with her new memoir
Democracy in Chains Belong The Widower's Notebook
Nancy MacLean presents her latest: Democracy in Chains Radha Agrawal shares her latest book about connectedness Jonathan Santlofer with his memoir about marriage and grief
By Forces of Gravity Homelands Pure Land
Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir Alfredo Corchado discusses "The Border, the Epicenter of Our Homelands" Annette McGivney with her book about a Grand Canyon murder
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FRIDAY AUGUST 31 THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
ALL DAY | PHOENIX | RED STAR BOOK SALE | Four days only: Cheap books and cold drinks at our own First Draft Book Bar. Bring a friend, grab a drink at the bar, and start browsing! We'll have thousands of great books waiting for you in the event room, each for just $2. Friday through Monday only at First Draft, the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: SKIPPYJON JONES | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Skippyjon Jones. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | NIGHTBOOKS |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss J. A. White's Nightbooks. Alex's original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he'll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He's loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don't have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he's desperate for a different ending—and a way out of this twisted place. This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer's block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales. 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.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
7pm | PHOENIX | SPACE 55 | FIRST ANNUAL BOOKBURNERS CONVENTION SCRIPTED READING | Join us for a sample reading from Ashley Naftule's play The First Annual Bookburners Convention. When bookseller Francis Neville stumbles upon an unidentifiable grimoire in a book trade, his curiosity gets the better of him. Taking his work home with him proves to have profound consequences for Francis, his brother, and his friends. It turns out that the book is a hot commodity and there are people who are desperate to get their hands on it — people who may not be people at all. Set in a used bookstore in Phoenix, The First Annual Bookburners Convention is a story about workplace misadventures and cosmic horror. Cost: Free. The play runs September 7 through the 30 at Space 55. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
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, September 13, 20, and 27. More »
SOLD OUT | 10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | MORNING MEMOIR | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a five-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Cost: $100 for the five sessions; September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4. This workshop has SOLD OUT. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | YOGA STORYTIME | Join us in Tempe for a special storytime with yoga instruction from P.L.A.Y. (Play and Learn through Art and Yoga). Discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort, and fun through art and yoga. Cost: FREE. Please note: there is a three-part PLAY yoga workshop starting on Thursday, September 13. 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.
SOLD OUT | 6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | MOTHERS WHO WRITE | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a ten-session workshop series. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing. Cost: $200 for the ten sessions; September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8. This workshop has SOLD OUT. More »
7pm | TEMPE | PANEL DISCUSSION | ARJUN SINGH SETHI | AMERICAN HATE: SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT | Changing Hands and CAIR-AZ present a panel discussion with Representative Athena Salman, Imraan Siddiqi, and Arjun Singh Sethi about Sethi's new book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. The panelists will discuss the spread of hate nationwide, recent incidents of hate at the Tempe mosque, and efforts to improve Arizona's hate crime statute. Audience Q&A and booksigning follows the discussion. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
7pm | PHOENIX | POETRY READING | CAROLINA EBEID | YOU ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT THE INTERIOR | Changing Hands and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU present poet Carolina Ebeid. Carolina reads selections from her latest collection along with new and other work. Co-presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ATTICUS | THE DARK BETWEEN STARS | The Instagram poetry sensation and bestselling author of Love Her Wild shares The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems. In his second collection of poetry, Atticus turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: SKIPPYJON JONES | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Skippyjon Jones. 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, SEPTEMBER 10 | ROSH HASHANAH
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | WHO: THE 'A' METHOD FOR HIRING | Introducing "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. 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. (And get 20% off when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month's book is Who: The 'A' Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart and Randy Street. In business, you are who you hire. In Who, Geoff Smart and Randy Street offer simple, easy-to-follow steps that will put the right people in place for optimal success. 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: $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.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
6:30pm | PHOENIX | PANEL DISCUSSION | "SEX TURNED UP: ENGAGING MEN IN THE MOVEMENT" | Join us for a panel discussion about the important role of men in ending sexual harassment and moving from fear to healing in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Experts will discuss strategies to address sexual harassment and promote consent and healthy sexuality on the individual, interpersonal, and societal level. Panelists will also explore definitions of harassment and consent, techniques for interrupting sexual harassment, and methods for preventing sexual violence and having important conversations with kids. Don't miss this unique opportunity for men to collectively examine social norms around sex and sexuality, challenge injustice, and engage in action for positive social transformation. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | EVE OUT OF HER RUINS | This month we discuss Eve Out of Her Ruins by Ananda Devi, translated by Jeffrey Zuckerman. Awarded the prestigious Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie upon publication as the best book written in French outside of France, Eve Out of her Ruins is a harrowing account of the violent reality of life in her native country by the figurehead of Mauritian literature. More »
7pm | TEMPE | BROOKE BESSESEN | VAQUITA: SCIENCE, POLITICS, AND CRIME IN THE SEA OF CORTEZ | The author and longtime Phoenix Zoo veterinary technician presents her latest non-fiction book, Vaquita. Nicknamed "panda of the sea" for their small size and beguiling facial markings, vaquitas have been in decline for decades, dying by the hundreds in gill-nets intended for commercially valuable fish, as well as for an endangered fish called totoaba. When international crime cartels discovered a lucrative trade in the swim bladders of totoaba, illegal gillnetting went rampant, and now the lives of the few remaining vaquitas hang in the balance. Bessesen takes readers on a journey to Mexico's Upper Gulf region to uncover the story. In this fast-paced, soul-searing tale, she learned that there are no easy answers when extinction is profitable. Whether the rescue attempt succeeds or fails, the world must ask itself hard questions. When vaquita and the totoaba are gone, the black market will turn to the next vulnerable species. What will we do then? More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
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, September 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
10:15-11:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PLAY YOGA AND ART WORKSHOP |
Come discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort and fun through art and yoga classes. Parents and kids will learn different yoga poses based on each week's theme and do a coordinating art project. Cost: $15 for each parent/child unit for three sessions, September 13, 20, and 27. Ideal for ages 2-5 years. Parents are invited to bring yoga mats as they will be provided for children only. $5 for each additional child (for three sessions). Register at 480.730.0205 or online. Drop in fee for an adult and child is $5 per session, call for more details. More »
6:30pm | TEMPE | PRESENTATION ONLY | SASSAN AFSHIN AND FRANCES LECHNER | "21 DAYS IN IRAN" | Join us in Tempe for a double presentation, including a close-up view of Iran from a recent trip by a Tempe resident who was born in Ahvaz (in southwestern Iran) and a thumbnail sketch of the country by an American former Tempe resident. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STEVE MARTINO | DESERT GARDENS OF STEVE MARTINO | The award-winning landscape architect discusses landscaping for arid climates and signs copies of his new book. For more than 30 years, Martino's pioneering designs have combined dramatic man-made elements with native plants in gardens that honor the natural ecology of the desert. The book features 21 of Martino's projects, including his own Arizona home, which he dubs his "laboratory." Desert Gardens of Steve Martino is written by Caren Yglesias and photographed by Steve Gunther. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | SKOOL'D | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn from the Electronic Hat and posted the weekend before on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show on September 14. Ten tellers will then have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Skool'd." 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 the day of/at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
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. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
11am-12:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC | Join us for a Teddy Bear's Picnic! Bring a favorite fuzzy friend or doll for games, stories, and treats. For ages toddler and up. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.)| CRUEL PRINCE | Teens meet to discuss Holly Black's New York Times bestseller Cruel Prince, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | ALEX BEARD | THE LYING KING | Artist, conservationist, and now political activist Alex Beard visits with his latest children's book. Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat tomatoes? For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, tale from the watering hole. Will the truth catch up with the king? Find out as Beard's whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real-world truths for children of all ages. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 | YOM KIPPUR

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

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, September 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JAMES FREY | KATERINA |
The New York Times bestselling author of the notorious A Million Little Pieces presents his highly anticipated new novel Katerina. A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the new novel by America's most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018. At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ELLEN HOPKINS | PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE | The bestselling author shares her YA novel tackling gun violence and white supremacy. A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
7pm | PHOENIX | GRETCHEN BONADUCE | SURVIVING AGENT ORANGE | IN CONVERSATION WITH ALLISON DUBOIS | Reality star Gretchen Bonaduce visits with her new memoir. Gretchen came onto the scene in the mid-00s, starring in Breaking Bonaduce, a VH1 reality show with her former Partridge Family star husband Danny Bonaduce. Soon after the show ended, they divorced. Surviving Agent Orange focuses on the rest of the story: her eighteen-year marriage to Danny and all that entailed—addiction, infidelity, and the chaos of celebrity, as well as their divorce and her life as a single mother. In conversation with celebrity medium Allison DuBois, Gretchen and Allison will talk about surviving a difficult marriage, being in the spotlight, and much more! More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
4pm | PHOENIX | NANCY MACLEAN | DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS | The award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom is Not Enough presents her latest, an explosive exposé of "the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution." 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.
7pm | TEMPE | RADHA AGRAWAL | BELONG: FIND YOUR PEOPLE, CREATE COMMUNITY, AND LIVE A MORE CONNECTED LIFE | Social entrepreneur, impact investor, and inventor presents her book, a creative blueprint for bringing connectedness back into our lives. It's the great paradox of the digital age, what Radha Agrawal calls "community confusion"—the internet connects us to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people, and yet we feel more isolated than ever, with 1 in 4 Americans saying they have zero friends to confide in. Where are our people? The answer is found in Belong, a highly energetic and beautifully illustrated guide to discovering where and with whom you fit. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | FILM SCREENING | PHX FILM COLLECTIVE | RUSHMORE | FUNDRAISER FOR SAVE OUR SCHOOLS AZ | Changing Hands Phoenix hosts the PHX Film Collective, a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. This month we screen Wes Anderson's Rushmore—starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Olivia Williams. PHX Film Collective will donate 80% of the proceeds from this event to Save Our Schools Arizona. Jessica Wani from SOS AZ will speak before the film about the importance of supporting public schools in Arizona. Tickets free with donation (recommended donation: $8). Register online. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | JUMP START YOUR FALL GARDEN WITH FARMER GREG | The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest. He'll walk you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden to successfully grow your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible edible fall garden. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JONATHAN SANTLOFER | THE WIDOWER'S NOTEBOOK |
The author of the internationally bestselling The Death Artist visits with his powerful new memoir, the portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. On a summer day in New York, Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—writing, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years. Co-presented by Hospice of the Valley. More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | AMY LUKAVICS: NIGHTINGALE | ABIGAIL JOHNSON: THE FIRST TO KNOW | KELLY DEVOS: FAT GIRL ON A PLANE | Local YA horror author Amy Lukavics presents her latest thriller with special guests Abigail Johnson and Kelly Devos. More »
7pm | TEMPE | REBECCA FISH EWAN | BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY | Poet, cartoonist, and writer Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir, told through drawings and free verse. Set in 1970s Berkeley, California, Rebecca's story reflects on a childhood friendship cut short by tragedy. In an era of laissez-faire parenting, Rebecca drops out of elementary school and takes up residence in a kids' commune — no parents allowed! — and we follow her, bestie Luna, and their hippie cohorts as they search for love, acceptance, and cosmic truths. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
6:30pm | PHOENIX | ALFREDO CORCHADO | HOMELANDS | The prizewinning journalist and immigration expert presents the sweeping story of the great Mexican migration from the late 1980s to today. AP correspondent Anita Snow moderates a talk, "The Border, the Epicenter of Our Homelands," with Corchado. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | BEARSKIN |
Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, James A. McLaughlin's Bearskin. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Bearskin 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 »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
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 »
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.
6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | SHANNON HALE, DEAN HALE, & LEUYEN PHAM | THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SCARE |
Award-winning husband-and-wife team Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, along with illustrator LeUyen Pham, present the latest installment of their bestselling Princess in Black series. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
6:30-8pm | TEMPE | ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION GROUP TRAINING | The Alzheimer's Association is providing a monthly, drop-in, open support group for people living with Early Stage/Early Onset dementia and their care partners, and others providing care giving for those living with dementia. RSVP to Rose Urbano-Spencer or Melissa Del-Colle at 602.528.0545 and leave a voicemail with your name and a contact number. All Alzheimer's Association services, including support groups are free of charge. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ANNE MCGIVNEY | PURE LAND |
The award-winning journalist shares the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how her quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. More »
this month at first draft

September’s Pick:
Bearskin by James McLaughlin

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

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, James McLaughlin's Bearskin.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online) to get your copy of Bearskin 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 | Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He's found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It's hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he's so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice's obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice's employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.

James McLaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page. More »


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She Would Be King: A Novel

by Wayétu Moore | Hardcover, $26.00 »

She Would Be King: A Novel "'Wayétu Moore's debut novel is an incredible, mythical story of the founding of Liberia, as told through three unique and unforgettable characters: Gbessa, an African woman exiled from her community who cannot die; June Dey, a slave from Virginia with extraordinary strength; and Norman Aragon, half British and half Jamaican Maroon who can disappear at will. Moore weaves in history, magic realism, spirtuality, and just beautiful writing to create a real epic that is unlike any other book."  —Dan





An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel

by Hank Green | Hardcover, $26.00 »

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing " With the fortuitous combination of good timing and a photogenic personality, April May becomes a household name overnight when she films the appearance of a remarkable giant statue in New York City. Unbeknownst to her, this is one of dozens around the globe that appeared that day. April recounts her bizarre discovery in a series of crazy events which begin with her breaking up with her girlfriend, and end with an attempt on her life. Balancing snark and humor with relatable politics, Hank Green delves into the effects of instant internet fame, both psychological and material. April's account also features an unusual quest: think MR. PENUMBRA'S 24 HOUR BOOKSTORE, but with giant alien statues and on a global scale. Calling all humans, here's a story that's both noteworthy and fresh--you could say, a remarkable book."  —Leah


One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy

by Carol Anderson | Hardcover, $27.00 »

One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy "This book immediately puts to bed the silly myth that the results of the 2016 election were due to apathy on the part of African and Hispanic Americans. Their votes were suppressed, deliberately. This country has a long tradition of suppressing minority votes. Laws passed over the years have made it harder but the conservatives have responded with increasing ingenuity. And now with the gutting of the VRA there seems to be very little limit to how far they'll go to thwart the concept of one person, one vote. This book is insightful and rage inducing. You'll feel the decks stacked against you as you read it but Carol Anderson also offers blueprints of how to fight back and tells the stories of those who have been standing up against this oppression since the days after the Civil War."  —Danny

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