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Ransom Riggs presents The Conference of the Birds sequel to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Rodo Sofranac shares Saved by the Burp: Rogilla Gorilla and the Great Escape Paul Yoon presents his latest novel Run Me to Earth
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Author George Lakey shares his guide to nonviolent direct action campaigning Celebrate the launch of The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert Susan Rice shares her memoir Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For
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Photographer Emily Matyas shares her book of photography    

Featured Event
TEEN EVENT

Ransom Riggs: The Conference of the Birds

TEMPE | 7PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

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Bestselling teen author Ransom Riggs presents The Conference of the Birds, the sequel to his #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster series Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

Come dressed in a costume fitting the world of the Peculiars to join the Instagram costume contest using #StayPeculiar and be entered to win prizes.


“Do you trust me?”
 
An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries.
 
Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds, the next installment of the beloved, bestselling Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series. More »


Featured Event

George Lakey: How We Win: A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning

TEMPE | 7PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 28

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Author George Lakey shares his new guide.

A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns.

Beginning as a trainer in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, George Lakey has been on the front lines of social change for decades. 

Now, in this timely and down-to-earth guide, he passes the torch to a new generation of activists hitting the streets. He looks to successful campaigns across the world to help us see what has worked and what hasn’t: from choosing the right target, to designing a creative campaign; from avoiding burnout within your group, to building a movement of movements to achieve real progressive victories. 

Drawing on the experiences of a diverse set of ambitious change-makers, How We Win shows us the way to justice, peace, and a sustainable economy. This is what democracy looks like.

Local Sponsors: Local to Global Justice (ASU), Phoenix Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and Arizona Interfaith Power and Light; along with a number of individuals. More »

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Paul Yoon: Run Me to Earth

PHOENIX | 7PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 28

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National Endowment for the Arts fellowship winner Paul Yoon presents his latest novel, about three kids orphaned in 1960s Laos—and how their destinies are entwined across decades, anointed by Hernan Diaz as “one of those rare novels that stays with us to become a standard with which we measure other books”.

Alisak, Prany, and Noi—three orphans united by devastating loss—must do what is necessary to survive the perilous landscape of 1960s Laos. When they take shelter in a bombed out field hospital, they meet Vang, a doctor dedicated to helping the wounded at all costs. Soon the teens are serving as motorcycle couriers, delicately navigating their bikes across the fields filled with unexploded bombs, beneath the indiscriminate barrage from the sky.

In a world where the landscape and the roads have turned into an ocean of bombs, we follow their grueling days of rescuing civilians and searching for medical supplies, until Vang secures their evacuation on the last helicopters leaving the country. It’s a move with irrevocable consequences—and sets them on disparate and treacherous paths across the world.

Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Paul Yoon crafts a gorgeous story that is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace. More »

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Susan Rice: Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For

OFFSITE | 7PM FRIDAY, JANUARY 31

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Susan Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—discusses her New York Times bestseller Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For.

Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Susan E. Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller.

Mother, wife, scholar, diplomat, and fierce champion of American interests and values, Susan Rice powerfully connects the personal and the professional. Taught early, with tough love, how to compete and excel as an African American woman in settings where people of color are few, Susan now shares the wisdom she learned along the way.

Laying bare the family struggles that shaped her early life in Washington, DC, she also examines the ancestral legacies that influenced her. Rice’s elders—immigrants on one side and descendants of slaves on the other—had high expectations that each generation would rise. And rise they did, but not without paying it forward—in uniform and in the pulpit, as educators, community leaders, and public servants.

Susan too rose rapidly. She served throughout the Clinton administration, becoming one of the nation’s youngest assistant secretaries of state and, later, one of President Obama’s most trusted advisors.

Rice provides an insider’s account of some of the most complex issues confronting the United States over three decades, ranging from “Black Hawk Down” in Somalia to the genocide in Rwanda and the East Africa embassy bombings in the late 1990s, and from conflicts in Libya and Syria to the Ebola epidemic, a secret channel to Iran, and the opening to Cuba during the Obama years. With unmatched insight and characteristic bluntness, she reveals previously untold stories behind recent national security challenges, including confrontations with Russia and China, the war against ISIS, the struggle to contain the fallout from Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, the U.S. response to Russian interference in the 2016 election, and the surreal transition to the Trump administration.

Although you might think you know Susan Rice—whose name became synonymous with Benghazi following her Sunday news show appearances after the deadly 2012 terrorist attacks in Libya—now, through these pages, you truly will know her for the first time. Often mischaracterized by both political opponents and champions, Rice emerges as neither a villain nor a victim, but a strong, resilient, compassionate leader.

Intimate, sometimes humorous, but always candid, Tough Love makes an urgent appeal to the American public to bridge our dangerous domestic divides in order to preserve our democracy and sustain our global leadership. More »

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THURSDAY, JANUARY 23
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 Thursday, January 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime 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.
POSTPONED | 7pm | PHOENIX | SHARON FLANAGAN-HYDE | FORGET THEY WERE EVER BORN | Sharon Flanagan shares her memoir, a deeply troubling yet inspiring memoir that recounts the appalling abuse of people with intellectual disabilities since the 1960s and the anguish of their families. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RANSOM RIGGS | THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS | Bestselling author Ransom Riggs presents The Conference of the Birds, the sequel to his #1 New York Times bestselling blockbuster series Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. An instant bestseller, A Map of Days launched readers into the previously unexplored world of American peculiars, one bursting with new questions, new allies, and new adversaries. Now, with enemies behind him and the unknown ahead, Jacob Portman’s story continues as he takes a brave leap forward into The Conference of the Birds. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | “AND THEN...” | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme “And Then...” 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 »

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | RODO SOFRANAC | SAVED BY THE BURP | Local author Rodo Sofranac presents his latest book for young readers, Saved by the Burp: Rogilla Gorilla and the Great Escape. Rodo will also bring Rowen, Rojo, Polly and the Peaputts, and other characters from his books to read, discuss, and, according to Rodo, “maybe even act out the stories from these fun books.” 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, JANUARY 26
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 Bravo, and Deborah Sussman. Cost: $125 per person. Register online. More »

MONDAY, JANUARY 27
6-7:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITE HERE, WRITE NOW | “REVOLUTIONARY POETRY” | 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, Fargo Tbakhi (Winner of the 2018 Ghassan Kanafani Resistance Arts Scholarship) continues the series with “Revolutionary Poetry.” Write Here, Write Now is co-presented by Changing Hands Bookstore, First Draft Book Bar, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, and The Creative Writing Program at Phoenix College. cost: $8 per person. Register online. More »
CANCELLED | 7pm | TEMPE | STEPHANIE LAND | MAID: HARD WORK, LOW PAY, AND A MOTHER’S WILL TO SURVIVE | Journalist Stephanie Land presents her memoir about working as a maid, a beautiful and gritty exploration of poverty in America. Maid explores the underbelly of upper-middle class America and the reality of what it’s like to be in service to them. “I’d become a nameless ghost,” Stephanie writes about her relationship with her clients, many of whom do not know her from any other cleaner, but who she learns plenty about. As she begins to discover more about her clients’ lives—their sadness and love, too—she begins to find hope in her own path.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | PAUL YOON | RUN ME TO EARTH | NEA fellow Paul Yoon (The Snow Hunters) presents his latest novel. Spanning decades and magically weaving together storylines laced with beauty and cruelty, Yoon crafts a gorgeous story that is a breathtaking historical feat and a fierce study of the powers of hope, perseverance, and grace. More »
7pm | TEMPE | GEORGE LAKEY | HOW WE WIN: A GUIDE TO NONVIOLENT DIRECT ACTION CAMPAIGNING | Author George Lakey shares his new guide. A lifetime of activist experience informs this playbook for building and conducting nonviolent direct action campaigns. Drawing on the experiences of a diverse set of ambitious change-makers, How We Win shows us the way to justice, peace, and a sustainable economy. This is what democracy looks like. More »

THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
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 | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | BALLET ARIZONA LECTURE | A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM | Ballet Arizona presents a FREE lecture to provide insight into the upcoming performance of Ib Anderson’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” February 13-16. This lecture covers ballets based on the works of Shakespeare, and provides some history of these ballets at other companies, some discussion of Ballet Arizona, and a discussion of the story presented within the ballet. One of Ballet Arizona’s principal ballerinas discusses her work in past performances as well as her role in the upcoming production. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIENDS OF THE SONORAN DESERT | THE ASTONISHING, ASTOUNDING, AMAZING SONORAN DESERT | Join the Friends of the Sonoran Desert as they celebrate the launch of The Astonishing, Astounding, Amazing Sonoran Desert. Co-presented by the ASU School of Sustainability. More »

FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
7pm | OFFSITE | SUSAN RICE | TOUGH LOVE | Susan Rice—National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama and US Ambassador to the United Nations—discusses her New York Times bestseller Tough Love: My Story of the Things Worth Fighting For. Recalling pivotal moments from her dynamic career on the front lines of American diplomacy and foreign policy, Rice reveals her surprising story with unflinching candor in this New York Times bestseller. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. More »
7pm | TEMPE | EMILY MATYAS | SOL Y TIERRA / SUN AND EARTH: VIEWS BEYOND THE U.S. - MEXICO BORDER, 1988-2018 | Photographer Emily Matyas shares her book of photography. This project explores Mexico over the last thirty years by highlighting the challenges and beauty of life just south of the border. Collectively, the photographs invite dialogue between Mexico and the United States as viewers on both sides may recognize something of themselves in the pictures. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: ESTEBAN | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Esteban the Crayon!
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | CLEAN GETAWAY | Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss Nic Stone’s Clean Getaway. 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 | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. “The Joy Detective.” Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Register at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.
 

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Serpent & Dove

by Shelby Mahurin | Hardcover, $18.99 »

The Night Masquerade I read this as an advanced reader copy and I finished it in one day! The backstory and complex relationships the main characters have sucks you in from the beginning. What clearly starts out as black and white. Right and wrong, quickly delves into a gray area where two opposing sides fall in love and are on different sides of a war. Who will win? Who will die? And in the end will this couple stay together or will their differences be insurmountable?  —Van-Lam




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