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Dylan Thuras She Would Be King Of Silence and Song
Dylan Thuras: Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid Wayétu Moore presents her debut She Would Be King Poet Dan Beachy-Quick reads from his latest, Of Silence and Song
Three Little Ghosts Armentrout Elliot Neff
Join us for Halloween Storytime with K. M. Waldvogel: Three Little Ghosts Jennifer L. Armentrout shares the first installment of her new sci-fi series National Chess Master Elliott Neff presents his new novel
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Renee Simms: Meet Behind Mars

TEMPE | 7PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

 
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The author and associate professor of African American Studies presents her debut story collection.

In many of her stories, Simms exposes her own interest in issues concerning time and space. For example, in "Rebel Airplanes," an L.A. engineer works by day on city sewers and by night on R-C planes that she yearns to launch into the cosmos. The character-driven stories in Meet Behind Mars offer beautiful insight into the emotional lives of caretakers, auto workers, dancers, and pawn shop employees. In "High Country," a frustrated would-be novelist considers ditching her family in the middle of the desert. In "Dive," an adoptee returns to her adoptive home, still haunted by histories she does not know. Simms writes from the voice of women and girls who struggle under structural oppression and draws from the storytelling tradition best represented by writers like Edward P. Jones, whose characters have experiences that are specific to black Americans living in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries. One instance of this is in "The Art of Heroine Worship," in which black families integrate into a white suburb of Detroit in the 1970s.

The stories in this collection span forty years and two continents and range in structure from epistolary to traditionally structured realism, with touches of absurdity, humor, and magic. Meet Behind Mars will appeal to readers interested in contemporary literary fiction.
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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
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.
7pm | PHOENIX | WAYÉTU MOORE | SHE WOULD BE KING | Wayétu Moore presents her debut novel, reimagining the dramatic story of Liberia's early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. Moore's intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. "If she was not a woman," the wind says of Gbessa, "she would be king." In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | DYLAN THURAS | THE ATLAS OBSCURA EXPLORER'S GUIDE FOR THE WORLD'S MOST ADVENTUROUS KID | The co-author of Atlas Obscura presents a kid's illustrated guide to 100 of the world's most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders, both natural and man-made, in 47 countries and on every continent on earth. More »

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
7pm | PHOENIX | DAN BEACHY-QUICK | OF SILENCE AND SONG | Poet Dan Beachy-Quick reads from his latest book. Midway through the journey of his life, Dan Beachy-Quick found himself without a path, unsure how to live well. Of Silence and Song follows him on his resulting classical search for meaning in the world and in his particular, quiet life. Co-presented by ASU Piper Center. More »
7pm | TEMPE | COMMUNITY MUSIC NIGHT 2018 | Local musicians share acts representing a variety of styles. If you are interested in performing, please send a YouTube link or other recording to pinna.joseph@changinghands.com. More »

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | HALLOWEEN STORYTIME WITH K. M. WALDVOGEL | THREE LITTLE GHOSTS | K.M. Waldvogel reads her Halloween picture book and engages little ones in a lively discussion about the antics of three ghosts who decide how to spend their Halloween evening. A fun Halloween craft follows the reading! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Mystic Journeyz with Suzi Coggins. "Your Angels Are Waiting." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: mysticjourneyz.com.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
1pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | HALLOWEEN PARTY | Visit our mad scientist's laboratory for Halloween-themed experiments, crafts, and treats (get ready for "ooze" and ahhs)! Costume contest for ghouls and boos! More »

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDRA BRACKEN AND SUZANNE YOUNG | THE DARKEST STAR | #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout shares the first installment of her new sci-fi series. A girl pulled into a world she doesn't understand finds herself confronted by long buried secrets and a betrayal that could tear her life apart. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ELLIOTT NEFF | A PAWN'S JOURNEY | National Chess Master Elliott Neff presents his novel inspired by true-life stories of students' journeys through life, influenced by the game of chess. He demonstrates his "blindfold chess." More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Babies (accompanied by a favorite adult) enjoy songs, activities to promote movement, rhymes, books, and playtime in each lively session. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. Also join us in Phoenix at 9:15am on Thursdays, November 8, 15, and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | BRIAN KEATING | LOSING THE NOBEL PRIZE: A STORY OF COSMOLOGY, AMBITION, AND THE PERILS OF SCIENCE'S HIGHEST HONOR | Cosmologist Brian Keating shares the inside story of a quest to unlock one of cosmology's biggest mysteries, derailed by the lure of the Nobel Prize. In Losing the Nobel Prize, Keating, the inventor of the BICEP experiment (Background Imaging of Cosmic Extragalactic Polarization), tells the inside story of BICEP2's mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TAD VAN WEY | BETWEEN THE LAUGH TRACK | The local author presents his independently published debut novel. Doug Bradshaw and Taylor Smythe are seniors in college when young Mikey Pounds' broken body is found in the cornfield of his family's Michigan farm. After Mikey is buried, the memory of the murdered child remains—a memory resurrected years later when Doug and Taylor battle for political power in the state of Arizona. Ultimately the answer to a single question will determine the future: will the murder of an innocent child be avenged, or obscure? More »

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

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: TACO DRAGON | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character the Taco Dragon.
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | CITY OF GHOSTS | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Victoria Schwab's City of Ghosts. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS TAROT READINGS | James R. Betz offers advice on life, relationships, and career choices. Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: 602.840.2222.
7pm | PHOENIX | MARSHAL TRIMBLE | ARIZONA ODDITIES | The local historian presents his latest. Arizona has stories as peculiar as its stunning landscapes. The Lost Dutchman's rumored cache of gold sparked a legendary feud. Kidnapping victim Larcena Pennington Page survived two weeks alone in the wilderness, and her first request upon rescue was for a chaw of tobacco. Discover how the town of Why got its name and how wild camels ended up in North America. Trimble unearths these and other amusing anomalies, outstanding obscurities, and compelling curiosities in the state's history. More »
7pm | TEMPE | YURI SLEZKINE | THE HOUSE OF GOVERNMENT: A SAGA OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION | History professor Yuri Slezkine shares his latest, telling the true story of the residents of an enormous Moscow apartment building where top Communist officials and their families lived before they were destroyed in Stalin's purges. Co-presented by the Melikian Center at ASU - Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies. More »

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Little

by Edward Carey | Hardcover, $27.00 »

Little Hands down, my favorite literary diversion of 2018. This work of historical fiction chronicles the life of Madame Tussaud, the namesake of the famous wax museums. Yes, she was indeed a real person and lived at the time of the French Revolution. She narrates her own story here and quite the charming narrator she is. It's a captivating, bewitching, and sometimes horrifying story. (And big bonus! It is lovingly illustrated throughout by our storyteller's own drawings!) Can't recommend this book highly enough. It was a total pleasure. Those of you who enjoyed A Gentleman in Moscow should find this book to be another literary feast! Partake at your earliest opportunity.  —Walt


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