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Joyful Vegan Oscar Charleston The Color of Rock
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses her latest on joyful veganism Jeremy Beer with Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player Local author Sandra Cavallo Miller shares her debut novel
Ghosts of Sheridan Circle People Share with People A Dog's Promise
Alan McPherson presents Ghosts of Sheridan Circle Kelly DeVos, Amy Trueblood, and Sara Ella discuss their latest YA novels W. Bruce Cameron presents his latest, A Dog's Promise
Where I Come From Thriving as an Empath First Draft
Food Network star Aarón Sánchez visits for a meet-and-greet booksigning Dr. Judith Orloff shares her new guide for empathic people First Draft Book Club: All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg
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Jeremy Beer: Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball's Greatest Forgotten Player

PHOENIX | 7PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

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As we approach the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League, Jeremy Beer visits to discuss and sign his book Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player.

Buck O’Neil once described him as “Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker rolled into one.” Among experts he is regarded as the best player in Negro Leagues history. During his prime he became a legend in Cuba and one of black America’s most popular figures. Yet even among serious sports fans, Oscar Charleston is virtually unknown today.

In a long career spanning from 1915 to 1954, Charleston played against, managed, befriended, and occasionally fought men such as Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Lefty Grove, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Jesse Owens, Roy Campanella, and Branch Rickey. He displayed tremendous power, speed, and defensive instincts along with a fierce intelligence and commitment to his craft. Charleston’s competitive fire sometimes brought him trouble, but more often it led to victories, championships, and profound respect.

While Charleston never played in the Major Leagues, he was a trailblazer who became the first black man to work as a scout for a Major League team when Branch Rickey hired him to evaluate players for the Dodgers in the 1940s. From the mid‑1920s on, he was a player‑manager for several clubs. In 1932 he joined the Pittsburgh Crawfords and would manage the club many consider the finest Negro League team of all time, featuring five future Hall of Famers, including himself, Cool Papa Bell, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, and Satchel Paige.

Charleston’s combined record as a player, manager, and scout makes him the most accomplished figure in black baseball history. His mastery of the quintessentially American sport under the conditions of segregation revealed what was possible for black achievement, bringing hope to millions. Oscar Charleston introduces readers to one of America’s greatest and most fascinating athletes. More »

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Colleen Patrick-Goudreau: The Joyful Vegan

TEMPE | 7PM THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

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Bestselling cookbook author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses her latest, The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Keep Eating Meat, Dairy, and Eggs.

Co-presented by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.


Finding plant-based recipes? Easy. Dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan in a non-vegan world? That’s the hard part. The Joyful Vegan is here to help. Patrick-Goudreau explores the social, emotional, and cultural challenges people face staying vegan and offers solutions and strategies to stay the course. More »


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W. Bruce Cameron: A Dog's Promise

TEMPE | 7PM SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

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The #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose visits Tempe with his latest novel.

A Dog's Promise continues the story of Bailey, the good dog whose journey started in A Dog's Purpose and continued in A Dog's Journey (both major motion pictures). This time, Bailey is joined by Lacey, another very special dog, who helps Bailey fulfill his promise over the course of several lives.

This charming, wise canine soul brings joy, laughter, and comfort as he unites a family fractured by life's inevitable obstacles. The love and loyalty of these two memorable dogs shows us the incredible power of hope, truth, and unending devotion in this moving novel by award-winning author W. Bruce Cameron. More »

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Aarón Sánchez: Where I Come From: Life Lessons from a Latino Chef

PHOENIX | 6PM MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18

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Judge on Fox’s hit show MasterChef, Aarón Sánchez visits for a meet-and-greet booksigning to celebrate the release of his new memoir.

Before Chef Aarón Sánchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican-American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In many ways, Sánchez, who lost his father at a young age, was destined to follow in his mother Zarela’s footsteps. He spent nights as a child in his family’s dining room surrounded by some of the most influential chefs and restaurateurs in New York. At 16, needing direction, he was sent by his mother to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans. 

In this memoir, Sánchez delves into his formative years with remarkable candor, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world. Sánchez shares the invaluable lessons he learned from his upbringing and his training—both inside and outside the kitchen—and offers an intimate look into the chaotic and untraditional life of a professional chef and television personality. This memoir is Sánchez’s highly personal account of a fatherless Latino kid whose talent and passion took him to the top of his profession. More »
 

coming soon
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14
9am-1pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | MAKING MEMOIRS | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can’t Even Believe It) presents a mini-boot camp on memoir writing. The workshop will cover many aspects of memoir, starting with exercises, brainstorming, and critiques to get you writing and continuing with a nuts and bolts discussion of when to share personal stories (and when not to), how to publish (and self-publish), and how to create a writing practice. Class size is limited. Cost: $50. More »
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, November 21. More info: FirstThingsFirstAZ.gov. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, November 21. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | JEREMY BEER | OSCAR CHARLESTON: THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF BASEBALL’S GREATEST FORGOTTEN PLAYER | As we approach the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League, Jeremy Beer visits to discuss and sign his book Oscar Charleston: The Life and Legend of Baseball’s Greatest Forgotten Player. Buck O’Neil once described him as “Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, and Tris Speaker rolled into one.” Among experts he is regarded as the best player in Negro Leagues history. Charleston’s combined record as a player, manager, and scout makes him the most accomplished figure in black baseball history. His mastery of the quintessentially American sport under the conditions of segregation revealed what was possible for black achievement, bringing hope to millions. Oscar Charleston introduces readers to one of America’s greatest and most fascinating athletes. Please note: The event is free, but attendees will have the opportunity to make a tax-deductible donation in support of SABR and its Negro Leagues Grave Markers Project, which funds headstones for Negro Leagues players buried in unmarked graves. Event moderated by Nick Piecoro, Diamondbacks beat writer for the Arizona Republic. More »
7pm | TEMPE | COLLEEN PATRICK-GOUDREAU | THE JOYFUL VEGAN | Bestselling cookbook author Colleen Patrick-Goudreau discusses her latest, The Joyful Vegan: How to Stay Vegan in a World That Wants You to Keep Eating Meat, Dairy, and Eggs. Finding plant-based recipes? Easy. Dealing with the social, cultural, and emotional aspects of being vegan in a non-vegan world? That’s the hard part. The Joyful Vegan is here to help. Patrick-Goudreau explores the social, emotional, and cultural challenges people face staying vegan and offers solutions and strategies to stay the course. Co-presented by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15
7pm | PHOENIX | SANDRA CAVALLO MILLER | THE COLOR OF ROCK: A NOVEL | Local author Sandra Cavallo Miller shares her debut novel. A young physician, Dr. Abby Wilmore, attempts to escape her past by starting over at the Grand Canyon Clinic. Silently battling her own health issues, Abby struggles with adjusting to the demands of this unique rural location. She encounters everything from squirrel bites to suicides to an office plagued by strong personalities. While tending to unprepared tourists, under-served locals, and her own mental trials, Abby finds herself entangled in an unexpected romance and trapped amidst a danger even more treacherous than the foreboding desert landscape. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ALAN MCPHERSON | GHOSTS OF SHERIDAN CIRCLE: HOW A WASHINGTON ASSASSINATION BROUGHT PINOCHET’S TERROR STATE TO JUSTICE | Alan McPherson presents Ghosts of Sheridan Circle. On 9/21/1976, a car bomb killed former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier and his colleague Ronni Moffitt. With interviews from three continents, previously unused documents, and recently declassified sources that conclude that Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet ordered the hit and covered it up, McPherson has produced the definitive history of one of the Cold War’s most consequential assassinations. This page-turning real-life political thriller combines a police investigation, diplomatic intrigue, courtroom drama, and survivors’ tales of sorrow and tenacity. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING STEVEN DEFRATES | Local poet Steven DeFrates reads from a new selection of his poetry. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16
1pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KELLY DEVOS (DAY ZERO), AMY TRUEBLOOD (ACROSS A BROKEN SHORE), SARA ELLA (CORAL) | Join us in Tempe for a YA author panel with Kelly DeVos, Amy Trueblood, and Sara Ella as they discuss their latest novels. Kelly DeVos reads from Day Zero, Amy Trueblood presents Across a Broken Shore, and Sara Ella shares Coral. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | SERPENT & DOVE | Teens meet to discuss Shelby Mahurin’s Serpent & Dove, book one of a stunning fantasy duology. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | W. BRUCE CAMERON | A DOG’S PROMISE | The #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of A Dog’s Purpose visits Tempe with his latest novel. A Dog’s Promise continues the story of Bailey, the good dog whose journey started in A Dog’s Purpose and continued in A Dog’s Journey (both major motion pictures). This time, Bailey is joined by Lacey, another very special dog, who helps Bailey fulfill his promise over the course of several lives. This charming, wise canine soul brings joy, laughter, and comfort as he unites a family fractured by life’s inevitable obstacles. More »

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17
10am-12pm | 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/activists using embroidery to make political points, we are 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, you're welcome. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your stitching project. Registration is free and there will be drink specials. More »
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | CHANTING, DEEP RELAXATION AND THE POWER OF VIBRATION | Chanting is a road to relaxing the body and soul, a way to a peaceful inner self. Sound artist, chantress, and Yoga of the Voice™ instructor Pinna Joseph presents an afternoon of attention to the breath, deep listening, exploring the voice as an instrument, vocal meditation (connecting with the sound between the sounds), and call-and-response chanting from many world cultures. No previous singing experience necessary. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480.730.0205. More »

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18
6pm | PHOENIX | MEET-AND-GREET BOOKSIGNING WITH AARÓN SÁNCHEZ | WHERE I COME FROM: LIFE LESSONS FROM A LATINO CHEF | Judge on Fox’s hit show MasterChef, Aarón Sánchez visits for a meet-and-greet booksigning to celebrate the release of his new memoir. Before Chef Sánchez rose to fame on shows like MasterChef and Chopped, he was a restless Mexican-American son, raised by a fiercely determined and talented woman who was a successful chef and restaurateur in her own right—she is credited with bringing Mexican cuisine to the New York City dining scene. In many ways, Sánchez, who lost his father at a young age, was destined to follow in his mother’s footsteps. He spent nights as a child in his family’s dining room surrounded by some of the most influential chefs and restaurateurs in New York. At 16, needing direction, he was sent by his mother to work for renowned chef Paul Prudhomme in New Orleans. In this memoir, Sánchez delves into his formative years, injecting his story with adrenaline and revealing how he fell in love with cooking and started a career in the fast-paced culinary world. More »

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19
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, November 26. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JUDITH ORLOFF, MD | THRIVING AS AN EMPATH AND THE EMPATH’S EMPOWERMENT JOURNAL | Dr. Judith Orloff shares her new book, which offers daily inoculations against stress. Thriving as an Empath provides a full year’s worth of meditations, reflections, and journaling topics to help you thrive as a caring, empathic person. Accompanying the book is The Empath’s Empowerment Journal: Your Self-Care Companion. This paperback journal of personal exploration is beautifully designed “to delight the senses of sensitive people.” More »

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month’s pick, All This Could Be Yours by Jami Attenberg, a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of All This Could Be Yours for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JIM WALLIS | CHRIST IN CRISIS: WHY WE NEED TO RECLAIM JESUS | Preacher and New York Times bestseller Jim Wallis, former faith advisor to President Barack Obama, discusses and signs his new book, Christ in Crisis. In it, the author of God's Politics—"which electrified Americans disenchanted with how the right had co-opted all talk about integrating religious values into our politics by offering an alternative voice"—now responds to our current constitutional crisis, urging Christians "to return to the tenets of Jesus once again as a means to save us from the polarizing bitterness and anger of our tribal nation." Wallis argues that Christians have become disconnected from Jesus and need to revisit their spiritual foundations. By pointing to eight questions Jesus asked or is asked, Wallis provides a means to measure whether Christians are truly aligned with the moral and spiritual foundations of the Christian faith. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! | JOEL SARTORE | BUILDING THE PHOTO ARK | Joel Sartore visits Mesa Arts Center as part of the National Geographic Live! series. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 8,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving. More »

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21
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 »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | VICTOR SHAMAS | DEEP CREATIVITY: INSIDE THE CREATIVE MYSTERY | Want to be more creative? Let your body lead and your mind follow, says Dr. Victor Shamas, author of Deep Creativity: Inside the Creative Mystery. The University of Arizona psychologist discusses his 30-year exploration of real-world creativity and shows you two practical ways that your body can lead you into the life-changing experience of creative inspiration. More »

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22
5-7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT THANKSGIVING WINE TASTING | Need help picking wine for Thanksgiving dinner? Stop by First Draft and taste some wines that are perfect for parties.
7pm | TEMPE | LISA HONEBRINK AND JOHN CRAFT | IMAGES OF AMERICA: PHOENIX TELEVISION |
Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink discuss and sign their book Phoenix Television, featuring stories and archival photos that let you experience the early days of TV in Phoenix. More »

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | SESAME STREET EVENT | Join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street! Discover and learn about different musical instruments and join in a sing-a-long. We’ll have Sesame Street stories, puppets, crafts, and a special raffle for nostalgic parents. How do you get to Sesame Street? Meet us at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix! More »
2pm | PHOENIX | AMERICAN TRAVELER PRESS 40TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY | Local publisher American Traveler Press celebrates 40 years in Arizona. Starting with one book, ATPress has grown to more than 200 titles. Come join the party! Bringing recent titles/authors: Bacon Lovers by Lisa Liddy, Cooking with Herbs by Dennis Ellingson, and Happy Dog Phoenix by Jodie Snyder. Want to know more about book publishing? Publisher Bill Fessler will talk about the business of publishing. 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.


Coming Soon

Community Music Night 2019

TEMPE | 7-8:40PM FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29

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Local musicians share acts representing a variety of styles.

If you're interested in performing, please send a YouTube link or other recording to pinna.joseph@changinghands.com More »

 

The Crying Book

by Heather Christle | Paperback, $16.95 »

The Crying Book Heather Christle's The Crying Book is positively brilliant. Christle weaves memoir, history and criticism together in her investigation of tears and the reasons why we cry. From mentions of tears in poetry, letters, film and pop culture, Christle asks why we cry, to what end and what does it mean. She discusses the gendered and racial undertones to certain acts of crying, and the way tears have both enabled and disabled women's agency throughout history. Her prose is poetic and the book is smart, thoughtful and wise. For anyone who enjoys off-the-beaten path histories, read this book!  —Michelle


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