August 2019
The Earth Book There's No Crying in Newsrooms Incredibull Stella
ASU planetary scientist Jim Bell discusses his latest The Earth Book Authors Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace discuss their new book Marika Meeks and Stella the pit bull present Incredibull Stella
Life is a Country Western Song Stitch-In More Life with Deth
H. Lee Barnes visits with his latest short story collection Stitch-In: using embroidery to make political points Megadeth bassist David Ellefson discusses his new memoir
Deep River Love meets Dementia Winter
Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, shares his latest novel Author Ada Anbar discusses When Love Meets Dementia Sarah Vap shares her latest, Winter: Effulgences and Devotions
Chasing Diets Governors and the Progressive Movement Saints Everywhere
Craig Primack, MD and Robert Ziltzer, MD present Chasing Diets Author David R. Berman reads from Governors and the Progressive Movement Mary Lea Carroll shares Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints
First Draft Dog is Love Red at the Bone
First Draft Book Club: Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner Clive Wynne presents Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You Bestselling author Jacqueline Woodson presents her new novel
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
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, September 17 and 24. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
6pm | TEMPE | JIM BELL | THE EARTH BOOK | ASU planetary scientist Jim Bell discusses his new book, a photo-rich chronological history of Earth science. Join Bell as he explores 250 wide-ranging milestones in the history of our home planet, from the birth of our planet some 4.54 billion years ago to a glimpse into what the near and far future might hold. The timeline covers such diverse topics as the birth of the Moon, the oldest signs of life on Earth, the first mines, the invention of agriculture, women in Earth science, reaching the South Pole, plant genetics, earthlike exoplanets, and rising CO2 levels. Some of the key scientists and inventors from around the world who have shaped our modern understanding of planet Earth—such as Leonardo da Vinci and Johannes Kepler—are also included. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KRISTIN GRADY GILGER AND JULIA WALLACE | THERE’S NO CRYING IN NEWSROOMS | Kristin Grady Gilger and Julia Wallace, both faculty at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, discuss and sign copies of their book about women newsroom leaders. There’s No Crying in Newsrooms tells the stories of remarkable women who broke through barrier after barrier at media organizations around the country over the past four decades. The female pioneers in There’s No Crying in Newsrooms have many lessons to teach about what it takes to succeed in media or any other male-dominated organization, and their message is more important now than ever before. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 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. Program supported by a grant from First Things First, a local early literacy program. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, September 12, 19, and 26. 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, September 12, 19, and 26. More »
SOLD OUT | 10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | AMY SILVERMAN | MORNING MEMOIR | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can’t Even Believe It) presents a ten-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. Class size is limited. Cost: $250 per person, for ten sessions. 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 | AMY SILVERMAN & 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: $250 per person, for ten sessions. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | MARIKA MEEKS | INCREDIBULL STELLA: HOW THE LOVE OF A PIT BULL RESCUED A FAMILY | Meet co-author Marika Meeks —and Stella—at Changing Hands Phoenix as Meeks discusses and signs copies of her book, the inspiring story of how she survived cancer but didn’t learn to live again until she adopted Stella. More »
7pm | TEMPE | H. LEE BARNES | LIFE IS A COUNTRY WESTERN SONG | In these twelve stories, Barnes writes of vastness and distance, of the separate, small inches and whole histories that occupy equal measures of the western spirit. Each of the stories in Life Is a Country Western Song reveals a character longing to close a gap, or who, for better and for worse, has come to terms with estrangement and exile. A divorcee rekindles a doomed romance over the internet; a locksmith absorbs broken dreams in foreclosed homes; a boy learns how to love and hate in Juarez, Mexico; because he has no one else, a Nevada Patrolman confides his marital troubles to a dog. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Join us for a bonus storytime with Mr. Tom for toddlers and infants. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | RYAN HIGGINS | BRUCE’S BIG STORM |
Bestselling author and illustrator Ryan Higgins presents a special storytime and booksigning for the latest installment of his award-winning Mother Bruce series. Bruce’s home is already a full house. But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he’ll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter-whether he likes it or not. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY | Join us for Friday Poetry at Changing Hands Tempe. Tonight is an open reading. Readers may bring 3 pages (double-spaced) of poetry to share. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Clifford the Big Red Dog!
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | MAXIMILLIAN FLY | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Angie Sage’s Maximillian Fly. This compelling novel delves into family dynamics and themes of prejudice, making the case for tolerance, empathy, and understanding. 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.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | STITCH-IN | Join us at Changing Hands Phoenix for 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. Registration is free. More »
3-5pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS INTERFAITH EXPERIENCE | Kids ages 7-12 are invited to learn about four major world religions: Islam, Sikhism, Judaism, and Hinduism. Discover the origins of each, learn basic belief structures and practices, and celebrate cultural aspects like language and music. Kids will also discuss and celebrate cultural and religious differences, and the commonalities many faith traditions share. They’ll even learn to write their names in the languages traditionally associated with each faith! The founders of Kids Interfaith Experience believe that when children come together in love and understanding, no hate can keep them apart. Join them in building bonds of friendship, understanding, and love. Cost: $10 per child, ages 7-12. Purchase online. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 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: $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 | PRINCIPLES: LIFE AND WORK | 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. 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 a discount when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month’s book is Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio. More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | DAVID ELLEFSON IN CONVERSATION WITH THOM HAZAERT | MORE LIFE WITH DETH |
Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson discusses his new memoir with co-author Thom Hazaert. In this follow-up to his 2013 memoir My Life With Deth, Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson carries on where he left off, charting his mid-2000s departure from Megadeth through his triumphant return in 2010, and offering an inside look at the continuing saga of one of the world’s biggest and most enduring heavy-metal bands. Co-written with his business partner, Thom Hazaert—a celebrated music-industry figure, radio personality, and music journalist—More Life With Deth chronicles Megadeth’s record-shattering ‘BIG 4’ shows alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, and the release of their Grammy-winning Dystopia—their highest-charting record in over twenty-five years—and the massive two-year world tour supporting it. More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
7pm | TEMPE | KARL MARLANTES | DEEP RIVER | Karl Marlantes, author of Matterhorn, shares his latest, a narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. In the early 1900s, as the oppression of Russia’s imperial rule takes its toll on Finland, the three Koski siblings are forced to flee to the United States. Not far from the majestic Columbia River, the siblings settle among other Finns in a logging community in southern Washington, where the first harvesting of the colossal old-growth forests begets rapid development, and radical labor movements begin to catch fire. The brothers face the excitement and danger of pioneering this frontier wilderness—while Aino, foremost of the book’s many strong, independent women, devotes herself to organizing the industry’s first unions. As the Koski siblings strive to rebuild lives and families in an America in flux, they also try to hold fast to the traditions of a home they left behind. At its heart, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BLUE LABEL |
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 will 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 Blue Label by Eduardo Sánchez Rugeles, translated by Paul Filev. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12
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, September 19 and 26. 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, September 19 and 26. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
7pm | PHOENIX | THE LADIES | “LET YOUR LADY OUT! AN EVENING OF UNSOLICITED ADVICE” | Join The Ladies at Changing Hands Phoenix for a life-changing journey of self-embetterment At Let Your Lady Out! a panel of self-appointed (and self-published) experts, led by professional LifeBooster™ Guy Coxwell, will offer audiences unsolicited advice on topics ranging from personal finance to romance. Presented in the same immersive style as their hit 2018 production Ladies Gone Mild, Let Your Lady Out! invites audience members on an open-ended, self-guided tour with surprises around every corner. Along the way they’ll encounter a cast of absurd characters and opportunities to engage in one-of-a-kind, selfie-ready activities. It all leads up to the grand finale, as our panel of self-help gurus join forces to help The Ladies (and adventurous audience members) live their best lives (even if it kills them). You don’t watch Let Your Lady Out; you experience it. No need to silence your phone for this performance. The Ladies encourage audiences to explore, laugh, chat, snap, text, and share. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | MOLLY IDLE | PEOPLE SHARE WITH PEOPLE | The Caldecott Honor-winning author and illustrator of Flora and the Flamingo visits Changing Hands. In this hilariously instructive follow-up to Lisa Wheeler and Idle’s People Don’t Bite People, this cheeky and charming picture book reminds little ones that sharing is caring. Learning good behavior has never been so fun! More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CLIFFORD | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Norman Bridwell's Clifford the Big Red Dog!
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 | PHOENIX | THE LADIES | “LET YOUR LADY OUT! AN EVENING OF UNSOLICITED ADVICE” | Join The Ladies at Changing Hands Phoenix for a life-changing journey of self-embetterment At Let Your Lady Out! a panel of self-appointed (and self-published) experts, led by professional LifeBooster™ Guy Coxwell, will offer audiences unsolicited advice on topics ranging from personal finance to romance. Presented in the same immersive style as their hit 2018 production Ladies Gone Mild, Let Your Lady Out! invites audience members on an open-ended, self-guided tour with surprises around every corner. Along the way they’ll encounter a cast of absurd characters and opportunities to engage in one-of-a-kind, selfie-ready activities. It all leads up to the grand finale, as our panel of self-help gurus join forces to help The Ladies (and adventurous audience members) live their best lives (even if it kills them). You don’t watch Let Your Lady Out; you experience it. No need to silence your phone for this performance. The Ladies encourage audiences to explore, laugh, chat, snap, text, and share. More »

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
9am-4:30pm | PHOENIX | BAR FLIES BOOT CAMP | Valley Bar and Changing Hands Phoenix collaborate to bring you a one-day writing workshop that ends with you on stage at Valley Bar. Are you a Bar Flies fan who wants to make the leap from the audience to the stage? Here’s your chance, with our all-day (and night!) boot camp. Join the Bar Flies team at The Newton (inside Changing Hands Phoenix) early on a Sunday morning, laptop or notebook in hand. Get a prompt and instructions, write a draft, workshop it, rehearse it, workshop and rehearse some more, and perform that evening at Valley Bar. Coffee, snacks, and lunch will be provided by First Draft Book Bar. We’ll also provide plenty of instruction on everything from inspiration to writing to delivery from Bar Flies curators and contributors Amy Silverman, Katie Johnson, and Deborah Sussman. Cost: $125 per person. Register online. More »
11am-1pm | PHOENIX | FIRECREEK COFFEE TASTING | Looking to try some incredible coffee roasted right here in Arizona? Join us to celebrate the launch of our French Press program with a sampling of Colombian and Zambian single origin coffee from Firecreek Coffee Company (Flagstaff, AZ). Ian from Firecreek will be brewing up French Press in The Commons and First Draft Book Bar will be providing retail beans (or grounds) to-go. More »
3:30pm | TEMPE | ADA ANBAR | WHEN LOVE MEETS DEMENTIA: FRONTOTEMPORAL DEGENERATION AND THE FAMILY | Author Ada Anbar discusses her late husband’s struggle with FTD and how it affected their entire family. It’s the story of a loving couple married for 61 years who became victims of a vicious brain disease that destroys a person’s personality, judgment, and relationships. A disease often misdiagnosed as a psychiatric problem, until recent medical innovations found the real cause—a degenerative process in the brain. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | SARAH VAP | WINTER: EFFULGENCES AND DEVOTIONS | Sarah Vap discusses her latest book, an effort to locate the origins of insidiousness in the era of Late-Capitalism. Taking the form of journal entries, lists, fragments, self examinations, and an accumulation of failed starts to a poem called “Winter,” Vap’s seventh book is a sustained thought about “susceptibility, porousness, interruption, tenderness, encroachment, extinction, invisibility, the exquisite, innocence, tenderness, and scales of violence.” More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
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, September 24. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | DUSTI BOWLING | MOMENTOUS EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF A CACTUS | Local author Dusti Bowling presents the sequel to her critically acclaimed Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, following Aven Green as she confronts yet another challenge: high school. Just as Aven starts to feel comfortable in Stagecoach Pass, with her friends and schoolmates accustomed to her lack of “armage,” everything changes once again. She’s about to begin high school . . . with 3,000 new kids to stare at her. And no matter how much Aven tries to play it cool, nothing prepares her for the reality. In a year filled with confusion, humiliation, and just maybe love, can Aven manage to stay true to herself? More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | KELLY NELSON | FOUND POETRY | From the instructor: “Think of this two-part workshop as a maker space where you’ll be playing with existing texts to create new work. Each night we’ll experiment with several different techniques and you’ll leave with more techniques to try on your own. By re-mixing, sculpting, and combining these existing lines, we’ll transform them into something new. These techniques can be used to create found or experimental work, to jump start your creative process, or to strange up the language in your own poems.” All ages, experience levels and genres welcome. Bring paper and pencil or a laptop. Cost: $35 for two sessions, September 18 and 25. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT ZILTZER, MD, AND CRAIG PRIMACK, MD | CHASING DIETS | Join doctors Craig Primack, MD, and Robert Ziltzer, MD, as they discuss the shortcomings of self-help diets, “and more importantly show you how to find a weight loss program that works—for life.” Founders of Scottsdale Weight Loss Center in Arizona, they have worked with thousands of patients who have found that medical management is the essential ingredient to success. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
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, September 26. 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, September 26. More »
7pm | TEMPE | DAVID R. BERMAN | GOVERNORS AND THE PROGRESSIVE MOVEMENT | Author David R. Berman reads from and discusses his new book, Governors and the Progressive Movement, the first comprehensive overview of the Progressive movement’s unfolding at the state level. Learn more about the personalities, ideas, activities, and policies of governors—especially some lesser known but important characters—during this time of major changes in US history. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STEVEN KING | HAVE YOU EVER MET A MORPHOSIS? | Author and illustrator Steven King presents his independently published picture book. Concealed beneath a garden in a suburban backyard, a miracle is revealed. Experience the journey of a caterpillar as he undergoes nature’s little miracle of complete metamorphosis of an egg into a caterpillar into a chrysalis into a shiny butterfly! The many exciting details of a butterfly’s life cycle are brought to life, tapping into children’s natural sense of wonder and discovery—all composed in a book to help make learning science fun. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WILDER GIRLS |
Teens meet to discuss Rory Power’s Wilder Girls, a feminist Lord of the Flies about three best friends living in quarantine at their island boarding school, and the lengths they go to uncover the truth of their confinement when one disappears. 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, SEPTEMBER 22
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | TAPPING INTO THE POWER AND EXPRESSION OF OUR TRUE VOICES | Gently massage the body, mind and spirit with the healing power of sound. To move to an open and relaxed space, attendees will explore specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and we create invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of heart and soul. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph will conduct this workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | 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. Each session includes a 30-minute mini-class and a writing prompt exploring some aspect of craft—setting, dialogue, character development, etc.—followed by focused writing time and the opportunity to read your work to the group. Tonight, Piper J. Daniels (Ladies Lazarus) kicks off the series with “At the Intersection of Personal and Cultural Memory.” As writers, we all have stories to tell. But what makes those stories interesting, relatable, and impactful to others? How do we use our life experiences to connect to a larger cultural memory and render those experiences relevant to the world at large? Armed with examples from established writers and informed by intensive exercises, we’ll define the personal stories that only we can tell and learn how to make them engaging and meaningful to a larger readership. Cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARY LEA CARROLL | SAINT EVERYWHERE: TRAVELS IN SEARCH OF THE LADY SAINTS | Author Mary Lea Carroll visits with her book about learning from women saints. While visiting Siena, Italy, Mary Lea Carroll grew fascinated with the story of St. Catherine of Siena and made a resolution: whenever she was lucky enough to travel, if a shrine dedicated to a female saint was nearby, she’d visit it and learn about her. What started as a hobby grew into a journey she never expected, one rich with challenges and cappuccinos, doubts and inspiration, glasses of wine with strangers and moments of transcendence. Over eight quests, Carroll takes readers along with her as she seeks to learn something from a few great women of history, while looking for ways to be a better citizen of the world. More »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CHANGING HANDS BOOKSTORE FALL BOOKS PREVIEW WITH PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE | Of the many perks booksellers enjoy, one of the best is the opportunity to learn about (and read!) exciting new books months before they’re published. Now we’re offering this perk to you! Join our brilliant publishing sales reps for a sneak peek at fall’s forthcoming buzz books, which you can pre-order for a 20% discount tonight only. Grab a drink at the bar and settle in for advance reading copies, tons of raffle prizes, and more! More »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | FLEISHMAN IS IN TROUBLE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Fleishman Is in Trouble 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 26
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. 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 | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | AMY FELLNER DOMINY (ANNOUNCING TROUBLE), ABIGAIL JOHNSON (EVEN IF I FALL), CHEYANNE YOUNG (THE LAST WISH OF SASHA CADE), AND KARA MCDOWELL (JUST FOR CLICKS) | Changing Hands hosts a panel of YA romance authors to discuss Amy Fellner Dominy’s latest novel, Announcing Trouble. Book signing with all four authors follows. You can also pre-order Abigail Johnson’s new book, Every Other Weekend, which releases in January. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | “ROOMMATES” | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme “Roommates.” 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 »
7pm | TEMPE | CLIVE WYNNE | DOG IS LOVE: WHY AND HOW YOUR DOG LOVES YOU | Clive Wynne, founding director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at Arizona State University, discusses Dog is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You, his new book drawing on cutting-edge research to show that a single, simple trait—the capacity to love—is what makes dogs such perfect companions for humans, and to explain how we can better reciprocate their affection. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
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.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 | ROSH HASHANA BEGINS AT SUNDOWN

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
7pm | PHOENIX | IN CONVERSATION WITH NATALIE DIAZ | JACQUELINE WOODSON | RED AT THE BONE | The New York Times-bestselling and National Book Award-winning author of Another Brooklyn and Brown Girl Dreaming presents her new novel about the influence of history on a contemporary family. Two families from different social classes are joined together by an unexpected pregnancy and the child that it produces. Moving forward and backward in time, with the power of poetry and the emotional richness of a narrative ten times its length, Jacqueline Woodson’s extraordinary 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 this child. Event moderated by poet and MacArthur Fellow Natalie Diaz. More »
 
this month at first draft

September’s Pick:
Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

PHOENIX | 7PM WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 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, Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner.

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Book CoverABOUT THE BOOK | A finely observed, timely exploration of marriage, divorce, and the bewildering dynamics of ambition from one of the most exciting writers working today.

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he and his wife of almost fifteen years separated: weekends and every other holiday with the kids, some residual bitterness, the occasional moment of tension in their co-parenting negotiations. He could not have predicted that one day, in the middle of his summer of sexual emancipation, Rachel would just drop their two children off at his place and simply not return. He had been working so hard to find equilibrium in his single life. The winds of his optimism, long dormant, had finally begun to pick up. Now this.

As Toby tries to figure out where Rachel went, all while juggling his patients at the hospital, his never-ending parental duties, and his new app-assisted sexual popularity, his tidy narrative of the spurned husband with the too-ambitious wife is his sole consolation. But if Toby ever wants to truly understand what happened to Rachel and what happened to his marriage, he is going to have to consider that he might not have seen things all that clearly in the first place.

A searing, utterly unvarnished debut, Fleishman Is in Trouble is an insightful, unsettling, often hilarious exploration of a culture trying to navigate the fault lines of an institution that has proven to be worthy of our great wariness and our great hope. More »


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