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Poet GennaRose Nethercott shares her debut collection Joanna Ruth Meyer discusses Echo North with Laura Weymouth Sherry Anshara shares her guide Take Back Your Power
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Tim Vasquez: The Taco Stand

TEMPE | 10AM SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

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Local owner and operator of his family's restaurants, Someburros and Isabel's Amor, Tim Vasquez shares his debut children' s book, a story of hard work and the love of family.

The story explores what happens when Isabel, known throughout Phoenix for her sensational, crave-able tacos, gets an offer to take those tacos mainstream and open a franchise, but the offer comes at the expense of time with family. As Isabel mulls her options and debates exactly just how much family time is truly worth, young readers will develop a better understanding of the fact that there are some things in life you simply can't put a price on. More »
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 11
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING MERLE NUDELMAN | THE SEEKER ASCENDS | Poet Merle Nudelman reads from her latest collection and discusses the creative process of art-inspired poetry as a means of healing and personal enrichment. The poems in The Seeker Ascends trace the emotional and spiritual journey of a woman whose son dies after an arduous battle with cancer. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 12
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: PETE THE CAT | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Pete the Cat.
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | TIM VASQUEZ | THE TACO STAND | Local author Tim Vasquez, owner and operator of his family's restaurants Someburros and Isabel's Amor, shares his debut children' s book, a story of hard work and love of family. Vasquez explores what happens when Isabel, known throughout Phoenix for her sensational, crave-able tacos, gets an offer to take her tacos mainstream and open a franchise—but the offer comes at the expense of time with family. As Isabel mulls her options and debates how much family time is truly worth, young readers will develop a better understanding of the fact that there are some things in life you simply can't put a price on. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KIERSTEN WHITE | SLAYER | New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White presents the first in a brand-new series set in the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer that introduces a new Slayer as she grapples with the responsibility of managing incredible powers that she's just beginning to understand. Into every generation a Slayer is born... Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It's hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher's Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina's mother is a prominent member of the Watcher's Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic. Until the day Nina's life changes forever. Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina's father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she's the last Slayer, ever. Period. As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there's plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina's dreams. But it's not until bodies start turning up that Nina's new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next. One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard. 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 | PHOENIX | VINCE BAILEY | PATH OF THE HALF MOON | The local author shares the first in a paranormal trilogy, winner of the Arizona Author Association's 2018 literary contest. When fifteen-year-old Curtis Jefferson is caught crossing the blurry line between prank and delinquency, he finds himself unjustly sentenced to a yearlong confinement at the notorious Fort Grant, a penal outpost in the middle of the Sonoran Desert. Unknown to Curtis, Fort Grant is built on the cursed site of a century-old massacre. The innocent young man's character and endurance are tested in the confines of a racially charged environment that includes a murderous inmate whose sudden hatred for Curtis is fueled by his openly declared racism. But it is the supernatural events arising from the curse that have him questioning his grasp on reality. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | FILM SCREENING | PHX FILM COLLECTIVE | BEING JOHN MALKOVICH | 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. January's event is a screening of Spike Jonze's feature-length debut Being John Malkovich, celebrating the 20th anniversay of its release. Cost: $8. Registration online.

MONDAY, JANUARY 14
6:30-7:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THE LEAN STARTUP | 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. This month's book is The Lean Startup by Eric Ries, who defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. Rather than creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it's too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in an age when companies need to innovate more than ever. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TWO-PART POETRY WORKSHOP WITH CYNTHIA SCHWARTZBERG EDLOW | "THOSE FIRST POEM MANUSCRIPTS: A VERY GOOD PLACE TO START" | This two-part workshop will focus on the enduring traditions and practical guides for getting your poems published in literary magazines that match your style. In session one, she'll  focus on resource materials that aid with highlighting literary opportunities, key questions regarding magazines' operation and structure, and participants' personal involvement with their poetry when it enters an artistic business realm. In session two, participants will learn tips and maneuvers for navigating literary journals specific to their poetry, how to prepare a professional manuscript fit to any journal, how to keep proper track of the sending of manuscripts, and how to build individualized ascension from successful acceptances. Beginners welcome. Cost: $35 (+ fees) for two sessions, January 15 and 22, 2019. Register online. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KAREN RUSSO | "YOU AND YOUR MONEY IN 2019: HOW TO GET CLEAR, CONFIDENT, AND CASH FLOWING" | Join Karen Russo, author of The Money Keys and Grow Yourself, Grow Your Wealth, for a free financial talk. Too many smart, hardworking creative folks, spiritual seekers, and entrepreneurs struggle with emotional blocks about money. These issues can cost you! Participants will walk away with an answer to the question, "What's the Money For?" They'll also set inspiring and realistic financial goals for the year, and learn weekly practices that accelerate financial results. Karen will also reveal the Money Map, a comprehensive framework for financial success, from her award-winning book The Money Keys: Unlocking Peace, Freedom, and Real Financial Power. This is a free talk. More »

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16
6pm | PHOENIX | GARY L. STUART | CALL HIM MAC: ERNEST W. MCFARLAND, THE ARIZONA YEARS | Lawyer and law professor Gary L. Stuart shares his latest book, a biography of Ernest W. McFarland, one of the "Fathers of the G.I. Bill" and the only Arizonan to serve in the highest office in all three branches of Arizona government. In Call Him Mac, Stuart renders a nuanced portrait of a young, ambitious, restless man on the verge of becoming a political force on his way to the highest levels of governance in Arizona and America. Stuart writes the little-known story of how Arizona's culture and citizens shaped this energetic, determined lawyer whose unparalleled political success was fermented during his early Arizona years—the bridge that brought him to his future as an approachable and likable elder statesman of Arizona politics. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT | THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE | GennaRose Nethercott shares her debut collection, winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series Competition. In The Lumberjack's Dove, Nethercott describes a lumberjack who cuts his hand off with an axe—a hand which then shape-shifts into a dove. The lumberjack, his hand, and the axe that separated the two all become participants in the story, with unique perspectives to share and lessons to impart. Inflected with the uncanny enchantment of modern folklore, and animated by the sly shifting of points of view, The Lumberjack's Dove is wise, richly textured poetry from a creative new voice. PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's reading includes an intricate shadow-puppetry "crankie box," animating segments of the text through 60 feet of scrolling, panoramic hand-cut paper images. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17
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, January 24 and 31. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | JOANNA RUTH MEYER | ECHO NORTH | IN CONVERSATION WITH LAURA WEYMOUTH (THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS) | The local author discusses her second novel, Echo North. Echo Alkaev's world falls apart when her father leaves for the city and mysteriously disappears. Believing he is lost forever, Echo is shocked to find him half-frozen in the winter forest six months later, guarded by a strange talking wolf. The wolf presents Echo with an offer: for her to come and live with him for a year. But there is more to the wolf than Echo realizes. In his enchanted house beneath a mountain, Echo discovers centuries-old secrets, a magical library full of books-turned-mirrors, and a young man named Hal who is trapped inside of them. As the year ticks by, Echo must solve the mystery of the wolf's enchantment before her time is up—otherwise Echo, the wolf, and Hal will be lost forever. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "MUSIC" | 10 storytellers. 6 minutes. 1 winner. Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Music." Sign up on TheStoryline.org December 29th through January 12th to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn on Sunday, January 13rd 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 in advance, $8 the day of/at the door. Register online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SHERRY ANSHARA | TAKE BACK YOUR POWER | The author and medical intuitive shares her latest independently published book, Take Back Your Power: You Becoming You - about evolving your life from the inside out. From the publisher: "What happens when you get all the answers you've been searching for? Does life make sense? Do you find meaning, purpose, happiness, even joy? Yes! And here's the great news: unlike Sherry Anshara, you don't have to experience a broken back, a broken neck, being homeless and down to your last $50, or have four near-death experiences to find out. Anshara went through all this and more, and healed herself and her life through her self-invented Anshara Method of Accelerated Healing and Abundance. The information shared in this book, expanded through 27 years of her journey, is intended to support and assist you in healing and moving beyond the beliefs you've been taught and which limit your Self. As you journey beyond the dualistic paradigm, you'll find that there is no veil, no curtain, no wall. Your power is within! It's time to take it back and become unlimited you!" More »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 19
2pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SARA ELLA, NADINE BRANDES, MARY WEBER, AND BETH REVIS IN CONVERSATION WITH ASHLEY TOWNSEND | Join YA authors Sara Ella, Nadine Brandes, Mary Weber, and Beth Revis for a panel discussion with fellow YA author Ashley Townsend as they discuss their latest books. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | GIVE THE DARK MY LOVE | Teens meet to discuss Beth Revis's epic fantasy Give the Dark My Love, about a young alchemist who turns to dark magic when a deadly plague sweeps through her homeland. Seventeen-year-old Nedra Brysstain leaves her home in the rural, northern territories of Lunar Island to attend the prestigious Yugen Academy with only one goal in mind: master the trade of medicinal alchemy. A scholarship student matriculating with the children of Lunar Island's wealthiest and most powerful families, Nedra doesn't quite fit in with the other kids at Yugen. Until she meets Greggori "Grey" Astor. Grey is immediately taken by the brilliant and stubborn Nedra, who he notices is especially invested in her studies. And that's for a good reason: a deadly plague has been sweeping through the north, and it's making its way toward the cities. With her family's life—and the lives of all of Lunar Island's citizens—on the line, Nedra is determined to find a cure for the plague. Grey and Nedra grow close, but as the sickness spreads and the body count rises, Nedra becomes desperate to find a cure. Soon she finds herself diving into alchemy's most dangerous corners. And when she turns to the most forbidden practice of all, necromancy, even Grey might not be able to pull her from the darkness. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | DIANE GOLDNER | YES, YOU CAN HEAL | Energy healer Diane Goldner presents her new book. From the publisher: "Have you ever wanted to really heal? Goldner takes you on a journey to release the deepest levels. Based on her 20 years of experience, Diane shows you how to access universal healing energies and awaken your own inner healer. With wisdom and love, she brings you into the inner sanctum of her healing room. She shares how to use subtle energy for any ailment—including cancer, heart disease, chronic illness, infertility, mystery illness, trauma, surgery, and other challenges—or simply to live a happier, more radiant life. Diane shows what is genuinely possible, so that you, too, can heal. "Through her work and her writing, Diane Goldner guides us on the path to true healing," says Bernie Siegel, M.D., author of the bestselling Love, Medicine & Miracles." More »
 
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Slayer

by Kiersten White | Hardcover, $18.99 »

Slayer I grew up watching Buffy, so the discovery of this book was music to my ears. While this takes place after the events of the TV show, the world is explained well enough for a new reader to jump right into, and there's a new Scooby gang to befriend. Nina and her sister are training as Watchers in rural Ireland, but normal life gives way to craziness when demons and hellhounds start appearing at the castle's doorstep. And Nina seems to have developed some...unusual self-defense instincts that include a skill with a stake. This story has lots of fun action, tragic romance (because everything is tragic when you're a teen with super powers), and nostalgia and cameos for those of us returning to the world of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.  —Leah

Kiersten White discusses and signs copies of Slayer Saturday, January 12, 2019 »

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