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Ganbatte Beyond Earth Chosen
First Friday Poetry featuring Sarah Kortemeier (Ganbatte) and Tyler Meier The Maricopa Audubon Society presents hands-on interactive fun for kids ages 6-12 Drag Queen Storytime and Costume Storytime combine to bring you Love is Love storytime
New Consciousness Infinity Son Forget They Were Ever Born
Dee Ellsworth shares her self-published book New Consciousness in Transformation Debut YA author Adalyn Grace visits with her novel All the Stars and Teeth Sharon Flanagan-Hyde shares her memoir Forget They Were Ever Born
Free the Puddles Virga and Bone Off Script
Pierre O'Rourke presents his independently published novel Craig Childs reads from his new collection of desert essays Teens meet in Tempe to discuss Life Is Short and Then You Die

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WRITING WORKSHOP

"How to Write a Love Letter" with Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman

PHOENIX | 6:30-8:30PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6

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Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a special writing workshop at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix.

How do I love thee? Count the ways—and put them on paper—in this one-night workshop filled with exercises, prompts, tips, and war stories from the letter-writing trenches. From lists to limericks, a love letter can take many forms, and you can write yours to just about anyone. Find the right words to let your mom, kid, best friend, or even your romantic interest know you care. More »

AS SEEN ON THE TODAY SHOW

Bring a friend! Attendees will also enjoy extended happy hour prices at the bar.


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Drag Queen Storytime and Costume Storytime: Love is Love

PHOENIX | 10AM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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Drag Queen Storytime and Costume Storytime with Esteban the Magnificent combine to bring you Love is Love storytime!

Nevaeh McKenzie, Sophia Sinclair, reigning Mister Phoenix Pride Gray Matter, and Esteban the Magnificent come together with books, crafts, and photos! Proceeds from donations will benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »


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Bring on the Birds! And the Kids!

TEMPE | 10AM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

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The Maricopa Audubon Society presents a morning of hands-on interactive fun for kids ages 6-12 and their families.

Learn how to recognize the myriad feathered friends that live among—and above!—us, and why they matter so much. Attendees will identify common birds of Arizona, make a bird-inspired craft, participate in the reading of poetry and stories with the crew of the kids' podcast Buttons and Figs, and a visit by Liberty Wildlife Rescue, who will attend with very special feathered guests - a vulture, a kestrel and an EAGLE! More »

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Tempe Candidates' Forum

TEMPE | 2-4PM SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8


Join Tempe mayoral candidates Mark Mitchell and Corey Woods, and Tempe City Council candidates Randy Keating and Casey Clowes, for an open Q&A session and a robust discussion about issues vital to the city of Tempe.

Since there are no more than two candidates for each vacancy, the 2020 General Election will take place March 10. If needed, a run-off election will be held May 19. Elected candidates will be sworn in to four-year terms in July 2020. More »

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6
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, February 13, 20, and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. 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.
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | HOW TO WRITE A LOVE LETTER | As seen on The Today Show! Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a special writing workshop at our First Draft Book Bar in Phoenix. How do I love thee? Count the ways—and put them on paper—in this one-night workshop filled with exercises, prompts, tips, and war stories from the letter-writing trenches. From lists to limericks, a love letter can take many forms, and you can write yours to just about anyone. Find the right words to let your mom, kid, best friend, or even your romantic interest know you care. Bring a friend! Attendees will also enjoy extended happy hour prices at the bar. Cost: $30 per person. Register online. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING SARAH KORTEMEIER (GANBATTE) AND TYLER MEIER PLUS OPEN READING Sarah Kortemeier reads from her debut collection, Ganbatte, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press. Her poems "range across multiple continents and languages, querying what it means to experience history as a traveler." Tyler Meier, Executive Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, also reads. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME AND COSTUME STORYTIME | LOVE IS LOVE | Drag Queen Storytime and Costume Storytime with Esteban the Magnificent combine to bring you Love is Love storytime! Nevaeh McKenzie, Sophia Sinclair, reigning Mister Phoenix Pride Gray Matter, and Esteban the Magnificent come together with books, crafts, and photos! Family of four tickets are available for a $5 donation benefiting the Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BRING ON THE BIRDS! AND THE KIDS! | The Maricopa Audubon Society presents a morning of hands-on interactive fun for kids ages 6-12 and their families. Learn how to recognize the myriad feathered friends that live among—and above!—us, and why they matter so much. Attendees will identify common birds of Arizona, make a bird-inspired craft, and enjoy poetry, stories, and a visit by Liberty Wildlife Rescue, who will attend with very special feathered guests. More »
2-4pm | TEMPE | TEMPE CANDIDATES' FORUM | Join Tempe mayoral candidates Mark Mitchell and Corey Woods, and Tempe City Council candidates Randy Keating and Casey Clowes, for an open Q&A session and a robust discussion about issues vital to the city of Tempe. Since there are no more than two candidates for each vacancy, the 2020 General Election will take place March 10. If needed, a run-off election will be held May 19. Elected candidates will be sworn in to four-year terms in July 2020. 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, FEBRUARY 9
10am-12pm | PHOENIX | 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're gathering our needles and thread and heading to First Draft to stitch, bitch, and enjoy drink specials. Drink a mimosa or two—or a latte or three. Embroidery kits will be available for sale, or bring your own stitching project. Whether you're an embroidery pro or have never tried, all are welcome. More »
3pm | TEMPE | DEE ELLSWORTH | NEW CONSCIOUSNESS IN TRANSFORMATION | Ellsworth shares her self-published book about the grief of a mother losing a child suddenly of a heart attack, and "a spiritual awakening to an individual journey of life that speaks to us through miracles which occur if we are open to receive them from our loved ones." More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | Our own 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: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | THE HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS: BUILDING A BUSINESS WHEN THERE ARE NO EASY ANSWERS | 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 Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz. Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, and one of Silicon Valley's most experienced entrepreneurs, offers "essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover," based on his popular Ben’s Blog. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ADALYN GRACE | ALL THE STARS AND TEETH | Adalyn Grace visits with her debut novel for young readers, All the Stars and Teeth. Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice, it's a thrilling fantasy for fans of Stephanie Garber’s Caraval and Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder—and more peril—than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stowaway she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. More »

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | SHARON FLANAGAN-HYDE | FORGET THEY WERE EVER BORN |
Sharon Flanagan-Hyde shares her self-published memoir, a troubling yet inspiring book that recounts the appalling abuse of people with intellectual disabilities since the 1960s and the anguish of their families. When Sharon's sister Mary Jean was diagnosed with "severe mental retardation" in 1962, the toddler was sent away to an institution, but she was not forgotten. Decades of witnessing maltreatment and horrific conditions at Belchertown State School devastated the entire family. Mary Jean finally found a safe home, but shocking neglect and abuse continue throughout the United States. Forget They Were Ever Born calls for public policy changes to ensure compassionate care for all vulnerable people. More »

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BROKEN GLASS | 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 will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from our First Draft Book Bar. This month we discuss Broken Glass by Alain Mabanckou, translated by Helen Stevenson. A new edition of an irreverent, allusive, scatalogical, tragicomic masterpiece from one of our greatest living Francophone writers. More »

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13
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, February 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CRAIG CHILDS | VIRGA & BONE: ESSAYS FROM DRY PLACES |
Writer and adventurer Craig Childs presents a night of storytelling, music, and a reading from his new collection of desert essays. From the author of The Secret Knowledge of Water and Atlas of a Lost World comes a deeply felt collection focusing on a vivid series of desert icons: a sheet of virga over Monument Valley, white seashells in dry desert sand, boulders impossibly balanced, bones rolling on a skeleton coast. Childs delves into the primacy of the land and the profound nature of the more-than-human, drawing on a lifetime of experiences in desert landscapes. Each essay is accompanied by an illustration from Utah artist Claire Taylor. More »
7pm | TEMPE | PIERRE O'ROURKE | FREE THE PUDDLES | Pierre O'Rourke presents his independently published novel. After eight years, many would assume that Brian and Allison have it all: a flourishing business, a stunning home, an amazing little boy. And yet, as they head for a "friendly divorce," they don't know why they failed. Meanwhile, as the storm clouds of divorce loom, two men leave the dry heat of Arizona to deliver a vintage '65 Mustang from the Barrett-Jackson Car Auction. Traversing what remains of Route-66, they pass through the cool rains of Hinsdale, Illinois, where they accept temporary work with Brian and Allison's remodeling company. We often find we talk better with strangers than with people we know, and sometimes that's when the adventure begins. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY
8pm | PHOENIX | VALENTINE'S DAY ADULT DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | Top off your Valentine's Day festivities with the Queens! Join the legendary Miss Gay Arizona America 2015 Nevaeh McKenzie and friends for our inaugural V-Day Adult Drag Queen storytime. Whether you're a diehard romantic or think V-Day is as cheesy AF, it'll be fifty shades of funny. Plus: don't miss your chance to win a massage gift prize from Lighten Up Laser to celebrate a little self love and pampering! Regular and VIP ticket packages available. Register online. Ages 18 and up. Perfect for couples, singles, and galentines. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | LIFE IS SHORT AND THEN YOU DIE | Teens meet to discuss Life Is Short and Then You Die, the Mystery Writers of America's first teen anthology, edited by #1 New York Times bestseller Kelley Armstrong. Adolescence is a time of “firsts.” First kiss. First love. First loss. First job. The first taste of adult responsibilities, and the first look at an independent life away from both the restrictions and the security of home. And in this case, a very different type of “first”—murder. This short story collection of murder mysteries adds a sinister spin to the joy and pain of firsts that have always been a major part of life, whether it be high school cliques who take the term “backstabbing” too seriously, stumbling upon a body on the way home from school, or receiving a Snapchat message that promises something deadly. Contributors include Barry Lyga, Caleb Roehrig, Emmy Laybourne, Jonathan Maberry, R.L. Stine, Rachel Vincent, Y.S. Lee, and more! 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.
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Tarot readings by Sonya Lee Stockhaus, a.k.a. “The Joy Detective.” Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205. More info: actualizejoy.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | WOMEN IN JAZZ CONCERT | Hear the culmination of a year of hard work promoting women in jazz through a grant provided by the AZ Commission on the Arts. From the organizers: "Claudia Bloom and Mary Petrich have spent the year researching and performing the music of women in jazz. They have also reached out to the female jazz community in Phoenix, some of whom will be performing at this concert. Also featured will be members of Phoenix Jazz Girls Rising, an exciting new project that supports young female musicians learning to improvise. They are swinging!" Cost: $20. Buy your tickets online. More »

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Half Broke

by Ginger Gaffney | Hardcover, $25.95 »

The Night Masquerade This book is a perfect 10. It is first and foremost the most beautiful writing you could wish to read. A memoir that centers on horses, a ranch that is an alternative to prison filled with damaged but remarkable people seeking recovery from addiction and past crimes, and an author who, through her work with the inmates, finds redemption and a strong sense of her own worthiness. In describing a horse, Gaffney writes, 'This is how she began to teach me her language...Her legs were sentences that ended at each hoof. Her body needed the touch of the earth to be heard. I began to see every movement she made as a long paragraph, a story, a way to understand each other. I learned to listen with my eyes.' This is poetry disguised as memoir. Exquisite prose that puts you in the saddle, reins you in, and takes you on a remarkable emotional ride.  —Gayle

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