THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
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, November 14 and 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 Thursdays, November 14 and 21. 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.
7pm | OFFSITE | FLEA | ACID FOR THE CHILDREN | The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers shares his fascinating origin story, complete with “all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you’d want from an LA street rat turned world famous rock star.” In Acid for the Children, Flea takes readers on a tour of his formative years, spanning from Australia to the New York City suburbs to, finally, Los Angeles, where the young Flea, looking to escape a turbulent home, spent most of his time partying and committing petty crimes. But it was in music where he found a higher meaning, a place to channel his frustration, loneliness, and love. This left him open to the life-changing moment when he and his best friends, soul brothers, and partners-in-mischief came up with the idea to start their own band—the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Location: Orpheum Theatre 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. More »
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
CANCELLED | 5pm | PHOENIX | WILLIAM HUNG | CHAMPION BY CHOICE | American Idol hopeful William Hung shares his self-published memoir. Imagine mustering the courage to try out for a reality TV show only to bomb the audition in front of millions of viewers. That level of nationwide humiliation would be enough to make even the most confident among us admit defeat. This story is proof that dreams can come true. Although William, with his off-key rendition of Ricky Martin’s “She Bangs,” never did make it to Hollywood, he overcame the odds to define his own version of success. For anyone who’s been booed off the stage of life, William will inspire you to tap into your true potential, turn negativity into something amazing, and reach for the stars. More »
6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | KARAMO BROWN | I AM PERFECTLY DESIGNED | Changing Hands and Kids Need to Read present a special family storytime and booksigning with Queer Eye star Karamo Brown and Jason “Rachel” Brown. Can’t make the storytime? Join us afterwards at 8pm for the meet-and-greet booksigning! I am Perfectly Designed is an exuberant celebration of loving who you are, exactly as you are. In this empowering ode to modern families, a boy and his father take a joyful walk through the city, discovering all the ways in which they are perfectly designed for each other. More »
7:30pm | PHOENIX | IRON CITY ISSUE 4 LAUNCH | Celebrate the latest issue of Iron City Magazine: Creative Expressions By and For the Incarcerated with a reading, panel, and community conversation around creative writing, mass incarceration, and the role of the arts in advancing human rights. Featuring Ken Lamberton, Lindsey Saya, Corri Wells, and Jacqueline Aguilar. Presented with the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. More »
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: WILD THING | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the character from Maurice Sendack’s classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. 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.
6pm | TEMPE | PATRICIA COLLEEN MURPHY | BULLY LOVE | Patricia Colleen Murphy discusses her second poetry collection Bully Love, winner of the 2019 Press 53 Award for Poetry. The poems in Bully Love examine the long-term effects of displacement: a mother displaced from her home by mental illness, a woman displaced from the Midwest to the Southwest, a Girl Scout camp displaced by a Uranium processing plant, desert wildlife displaced by urban sprawl and mining, solitude displaced by companionship, fear displaced by joy. The collection examines how humans form relationships with both landscapes and lovers, all through the eyes of a woman who leaves a forlorn home, suffers relentless loss, and falls in love in and with one of the world’s harshest ecosystems. More »
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11
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: email@example.com.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THE CREATIVE CURVE | 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. This month’s book is The Creative Curve by Allen Gannett. Big data entrepreneur Allen Gannett overturns the mythology around creative genius, and reveals the science and secrets behind achieving breakout commercial success in any field. More »
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | KARINE JEAN-PIERRE | MOVING FORWARD | MSNBC political analyst Karine Jean-Pierre, Chief Public Affairs Officer for MoveOn, discusses and signs copies of her new book Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America. Most political origin stories have the same backbone. A bright young person starts reading the Washington Post in elementary school. She skips school to see a presidential candidate. In middle school she canvasses door-to-door. The story can be intimidating. It reinforces the feeling that politics is a closed system—if you weren’t participating in debate club, the Young Democrats, and Model UN you have no chance. Karine Jean-Pierre’s story breaks the mold. In Moving Forward, she tells how she got involved, showing how politics can be accessible to anyone, no matter their background. More »
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | CELESTIAL BODIES | 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 delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi, translated by Marilyn Booth, winner of the 2019 Man Booker International Prize. The first novel originally written in Arabic to ever win the Man Booker International Prize, and the first book by a female Omani author to be translated into English, Celestial Bodies marks the arrival in the United States of a major international writer. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP: PART 11 | Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter presents the next in his ongoing series about President Trump and the Constitution. As Trump claims to “make America great again,” he finds himself repeatedly bumping up against the greatest charter of government on earth: the United States Constitution. Tonight, McWhirter leads a presentation and question-and-answer session about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. Topics will include the Constitutionality of getting tax returns, the Mueller Report, can a sitting president be charged with a crime, and whatever else comes up from the headlines and Twitter. More »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 »