THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15
7pm | PHOENIX | NADINE BURKE HARRIS, M.D. | THE DEEPEST WELL: HEALING THE LONG-TERM EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD ADVERSITY | Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris shares her book linking adverse childhood experiences with harmful health effects later in life. Dr. Burke Harris was already known as a crusading physician delivering targeted care to vulnerable children. But it was Diego, a boy who had stopped growing after a sexual trauma, who galvanized her to dig deeper into the connections between toxic stress and the lifelong illnesses she was tracking among so many of her patients and their families. A survey of more than 17,000 adult patients' adverse childhood experiences, or ACEs, showed that the higher a person's ACE score the worse their health, which led Burke Harris to an astonishing breakthrough: childhood stress changes our neural systems and can last a lifetime. For anyone who has faced a difficult childhood, or cares about the millions of children who do, the innovative health interventions outlined in The Deepest Well represent vitally important hope for change. More »
7pm | TEMPE | VALERIE BANDURA (HUMAN INTEREST) AND MATT BELL (A TREE OR A PERSON OR A WALL) | Poet Valerie Bandura and fiction writer Matt Bell read from their new work. Valerie Bandura's new collection of poems, Human Interest, offers a glimpse of failed gameshow contestants and bailed-out mortgage lenders, punk rockers and pop stars. A Tree or a Person or a Wall has Matt Bell at his most inventive and uncanny: parents and children, murderers and monsters, wild renditions of the past, and stunning visions of the present, all of which build to a virtuoso reimagining of our world. More »
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.): INVICTUS | Teens meet to discuss Ryan Graudin's Invictus, an action adventure that defies time and space. Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market, captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past. During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets—big ones—that will affect Far's life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out. More »
4pm | TEMPE | ALL AGES EVENT | POP-UP BOOK GROUP: A WRINKLE IN TIME | "It was a dark and stormy night." So famously begins Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic sci-fi adventure A Wrinkle in Time, in which child heroine Meg travels through space and time (and battles evil along the way) to find her father, a scientist who's mysteriously disappeared. This beloved children's book and Newbery Medal Winner is getting the Hollywood treatment with a big, splashy blockbuster starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. It looks awesome, but we're firm believers that you should always read the book before seeing the movie. And because reading with friends is more fun, we're holding a special book club to celebrate and discuss A Wrinkle in Time before the film's March 9 release. Join Arizona Republic reporter, First Draft Book Club moderator, and lifelong bookworm Barbara VanDenburgh for a guided conversation about A Wrinkle in Time (think English class, but fun). This event is for all ages, a perfect opportunity if you want to introduce a child to this literary classic or just refresh your own memory. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | LAUGHING DICE CLUB GAME NIGHT | Laughing Dice Club is an open gaming group for tabletop gamers. The group meets monthly to play classic card games, new board games, and everything inbetween. Future meets include special events, play-testing opportunities for new games, and presentations by local tabletop game designers. 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.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 19 | PRESIDENTS' DAY
11am-4pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | SYRIAN SWEETS EXCHANGE | Share sweets. Share cultures. Share love! As Syrian refugees work to make Arizona their new home, Syrian Sweets Exchange is helping equip and empower them for long-term success. Join us at both Changing Hands locations to enjoy sweets, Turkish coffee, henna, and crafts made by these amazing bakers and artisans. We'll even have activities for children so the whole family can build understanding and friendships with the Syrian members of our community. All proceeds go directly to the families. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | CLUB ITALIANO | Study Italian, the cultures of Italy, and Italian travel with Carla Langille. For more information call 480.858.9440 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
6:30pm | PHOENIX | ALL AGES EVENT | POP-UP BOOK GROUP: A WRINKLE IN TIME | "It was a dark and stormy night." So famously begins Madeleine L'Engle's 1962 classic sci-fi adventure A Wrinkle in Time, in which child heroine Meg travels through space and time (and battles evil along the way) to find her father, a scientist who's mysteriously disappeared. This beloved children's book and Newbery Medal Winner is getting the Hollywood treatment with a big, splashy blockbuster starring Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine. It looks awesome, but we're firm believers that you should always read the book before seeing the movie. And because reading with friends is more fun, we're holding a special book club to celebrate and discuss A Wrinkle in Time before the film's March 9 release. Join Arizona Republic reporter, First Draft Book Club moderator, and lifelong bookworm Barbara VanDenburgh for a guided conversation about A Wrinkle in Time (think English class, but fun). This event is for all ages, a perfect opportunity if you want to introduce a child to this literary classic or just refresh your own memory. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TOM LEVEEN | MERCY RULE | The author of Random, Sick, manicpixiedreamgirl, Party, and Zero (a YALSA Best Book of 2013) presents his latest YA novel, Mercy Rule. With quick cuts between a large cast of unforgettable characters, and razor-sharp plotting, Tom Leeven takes readers on a countdown to an inevitable, horrifying act. More »
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 21
7pm | PHOENIX | ADAM PIERNO | UNDER THINK IT: A MARKETING STRATEGY GUIDEBOOK FOR EVERYONE | Strategy is the core of any successful ad agency or marketing team. Often in the chaos of creation, there's little time to cover the foundational aspects that transform strategy into actual change. To fill that void, Adam Pierno compiled a set of tools for planners and strategists. By mixing tried and true tools, real-world examples, and compelling insights, Adam brings authenticity to a world inundated with distractions. Whether you find yourself agency-side or working directly on a brand, his book aims to answer the questions creative and strategy staff ask on a daily basis. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUSAN DENNARD | SIGHTWITCH | New York Times bestselling author Susan Dennard visits Tempe with her latest, an illustrated novella set in the Witchlands and told through Ryber's journal entries and sketches. Before Safi and Iseult battled a Bloodwitch, before Merik returned from the dead, Ryber Fortiza was a Sightwitch Sister at a secluded convent, waiting to be called by her goddess into the depths of the mountain. There she would receive the gift of foretelling. But when that call never comes, Ryber finds herself the only Sister without the Sight. Years pass and Ryber's misfit pain becomes a dull ache, until one day, Sisters who already possess the Sight are summoned into the mountain, never to return. Soon enough, Ryber is the only Sister left. Now, it is up to her to save her Sisters, though she does not have the Sight—and though she doesn't know what might await her inside the mountain. On her journey underground, she encounters a young captain named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he got there. Together, the two journey ever deeper in search of answers, their road filled with horrors, and what they find at the end of that road will alter the fate of the Witchlands forever. More »
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 22
9:15am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BABY TIME | Early Literacy Specialists from Phoenix Public Library visit every Thursday to share songs, rhymes, books, and activities to promote movement in toddlers and infants. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | LECTURE WITH ROBERT MCWHIRTER | "THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD TRUMP, PART THREE" | Is the Mueller investigation Constitutional? Can the President punish somebody for kneeling at a football game? Did Trump's cease-and-desist letter to the publisher of Fire and Fury mean anything? Can a sitting President be charged with a crime? What's new with the travel ban? Trump and due process? Can Trump use his "bigger button" to launch the bomb? Tonight, author, attorney, and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter discusses what the greatest charter of government on earth—the United States Constitution—really says about what Trump wants to do as he claims to "make America great again." More »
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23
7-9pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | CHOICES | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents a monthly slam competition. Storytellers share six-minute true stories based on a common theme, and are judged by the audience. The story with the most points at the end of the show receives a cash prize. Cost: $6 online, $8 at the door. Tickets available only at changinghands.com More »
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24
10:30am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | JOSEPH KIMBLE | MR. MOUTHFUL LEARNS HIS LESSON | Kimble presents his new picture book and discusses the process by which it was made. Mr. Mouthful is a windbag whose highfalutin' talk causes trouble and confusion for kids. But he learns his lesson when a little girl wanders off a dock, falls into the water, and has to be rescued—fast. Kids will laugh at the misadventures of Mr. Mouthful and his monkey, Dupree. Along the way they'll learn some new words and love the jaunty illustrations of Kerry Bell. 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 | TEMPE | FRANCISCO CANTÚ | THE LINE BECOMES A RIVER | The award-winning author shares his book, documenting his time as a border patrol agent in the deserts of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. For Cantú, the border is in the blood: his mother, a park ranger and daughter of a Mexican immigrant, raised him in the scrublands of the Southwest. Haunted by the landscape of his youth, Cantú joins the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Cantú tries not to think where the stories go from there. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story. Searing and unforgettable, The Line Becomes a River makes urgent and personal the violence our border wreaks on both sides of the line. More »