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Everything We Don't Know Under the Influence Taco Cleanse
Aaron Gilbreath shares his latest collection of essays Singer-songwriter Cat Mac visits with her first collection of poetry Join Dan Hoen Hull in conversation with storyteller Liz Warren
Colleen Oakes and Victoria Aveyard Viking Economics Drink and Draw
Colleen Oakes and Victoria Aveyard with their latest YA novels George Lakey shares his latest book, Viking Economics Like to draw? Like to drink? Join us for an open studio.
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Aaron Gilbreath: Everything We Don't Know

PHOENIX | 7PM THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9

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The essayist and journalist for New York Times, Harper's, and Vice (amongst others) shares his latest collection of essays examining the false starts and free falls that often accompany growing up in contemporary America.

With keen journalistic instincts and his signature unrelenting curiosity, Gilbreath takes on topics both personal and prescient, such as mental illness, the environmental impact of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished "Googie" architecture of his youth, drug use and addiction, interning at age 30, falling in love and breaking up, and more. Deftly crafted and surprisingly wise, Everything We Don't Know is just the beginning of Gilbreath's bold and bright career. More »
tonight

Arizona Told: An Evening with Liz Warren

PHOENIX | 8PM FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10

AZ told
"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."
— Ursula K. Le Guin


Join Dan Hoen Hull, co-founder of the storytelling collective TheStoryline.org, in conversation with Master Storyteller Liz Warren. A fourth-generation Arizonan, Liz tells a variety of stories but finds herself returning to those tales that reflect the heroic journey of personal transformation—whether they are stories of growing up in Arizona, folktales, or myths from ancient traditions. She is a storyteller, teacher, writer, mentor, and Director of the SMCC Storytelling Institute. More »

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
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.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every second Thursday.
7pm | PHOENIX | AARON GILBREATH | EVERYTHING WE DON'T KNOW | The essayist and journalist for New York Times, Harper's, and Vice shares his new collection of essays examining the false starts and freefalls that often accompany growing up in contemporary America. Gilbreath contemplates, among other things, the ocean-bound debris from Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster, his nostalgia for the demolished buildings of his youth, quitting smoking, the etymology of the word "radical," and more. More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY WITH CAT MAC | UNDER THE INFLUENCE | The Milieu Emerging Writers' Award winner visits with her first collection. Set in Vancouver, B.C. and Mexico, Under the Influence explores the life of a poet growing up in the sixties, in a home of multiple addictions, who comes out as a lesbian and, eventually, becomes a healthy, happy poet-singer-songwriter. Open reading follows. More »
8pm | PHOENIX | ARIZONA TOLD: AN EVENING WITH LIZ WARREN | Join Dan Hoen Hull, co-founder of the storytelling collective TheStoryline.org, in conversation with Master Storyteller Liz Warren. A fourth-generation Arizonan, Liz tells a variety of stories but finds herself returning to those tales that reflect the heroic journey of personal transformation—whether they are stories of growing up in Arizona, folktales, or myths from ancient traditions. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available online. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: MADELINE | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the beloved main character in Ludwig Bemelmans' classic series of the same name.
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 12
3pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | COLLEEN OAKES: BLOOD OF WONDERLAND | VICTORIA AVEYARD: KING'S CAGE | Rae Carson moderates a panel discussion with Colleen Oakes and Victoria Aveyard, who present their new YA novels Blood of Wonderland, which continues the twisted reimagining of the Queen of Hearts origin story, and King's Cage, book three in the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen series. More »
4pm | TEMPE | GEORGE LAKEY | VIKING ECONOMICS: HOW THE SCANDINAVIANS GOT IT RIGHT - AND HOW WE CAN, TOO | The Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award winner shares his new book, about real change and how to get it. Liberals worldwide invoke Scandinavia as a promised land of equality, while many conservatives fear it as a hotbed of liberty-threatening socialism. But the left and right can usually agree on one thing: that the Nordic system is impossible to replicate elsewhere. The US and UK are too big, or too individualistic, or too . . . something. In Viking Economics—perhaps the most fun economics book you'll ever read—George Lakey dispels these myths. He explores the inner-workings of the Nordic economies that boast the world's happiest, most productive workers, and explains how, if we can enact some of the changes Scandinavians fought for surprisingly recently, we, too, can embrace equality in our economic policy. More »

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13
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: $8. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 | HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16
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.
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Thursday.
6:30pm | TEMPE | ROBERT CRANE IN CONVERSATION WITH JOHN HOOK | CRANE: SEX, CELEBRITY, AND MY FATHER'S UNSOLVED MURDER | On June 29, 1978, Bob Crane, known to millions of Hogan's Heroes fans as Colonel Hogan, was discovered brutally murdered in his Scottsdale, Arizona, apartment. His eldest son, Robert Crane, was called to the crime scene. In this poignant memoir, Crane discusses that terrible day and how he has lived with the unsolved murder of his father. But this storyline is just one thread in his tale of growing up in Los Angeles, his struggles to reconcile the good and sordid sides of his celebrity father, and his own fascinating life. Crane will be in conversation with Fox 10 news anchor John Hook, who will be signing his own book Who Killed Bob Crane?  More »

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17
7-9pm | PHOENIX | SQUARE DANCE | That's right: Square Dance! Join local band Pick & Holler with guest caller Grace Rolland for live music, lessons and square dancing. All levels and all ages are encouraged to attend this family friendly event. Cost: $8 per person. Kids under 12 are free (no ticket needed). Tickets available online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MARK LITTELL | ON THE EIGHTH DAY, GOD MADE BASEBALL |
The former Kansas City Royals and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher visits with his memoir, a candid, humorous journey through his wild and woolly career as a baseball player, from his very first at-bat when he was six years old through his career in the major leagues. More »

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | FROSTBLOOD | Teens meet to discuss Elly Blake's first book in a planned trilogy about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies . . . but together create a power that could change everything.  More »
5pm | PHOENIX | ICONICA GAME NIGHT | Iconica is a turn-based, tabletop card game featuring characters from the World of Rynaga, a fictional setting imagined by Eric Torres and developed right here in Phoenix. Join us as the creators demonstrate and play Iconica. Games usually last about 30-40 minutes. Iconica enthusiasts and newcomers welcome! 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.

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Arizona Beer Week is HERE!

az beer week

Wednesday, February 8

12 West Tap Takeover
12 West Brewing company will be taking over our taps with some of their featured brews: Mijo Triple IPA - abv: 10.4% IBU: 120 - a juicy explosion of peach and mango with rounded bitterness balanced by the sweetness. Fox on a Shelf - abv: 6% IBU: 37 - malty, biscuit, toffee, subtle brown sugar sweetness. Shwifty - abv: 7.2% IBU 12.8 - this wheat ale gives off flavors of melon and banana with a crisp medium-dry finish.
 

Friday, February 10

Storyline / Superstition Meadery Tasting
Try Superstiton Meadery's latest batches of mead inside the Commons during our event, Arizona Told: An Evening with Liz Warren. A wide range of bottles will be available through First Draft Book Bar that night.
 

Sunday, February 12

Bell's Hopslam tapping
We will be tapping Bell's Hopslam at 11am. This is a limited brew that any beer-hunter will love. Come grab a pint before it's all gone.

 

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Universal Harvester

by John Darnielle | Hardcover, $25.00 »

CaravalJohn Darnielle is a subtle genius at scaring the absolute shit out of me, not with overt violence, but with half-seen horrors, terrible incongruities glimpsed in the periphery. The narrator unspools the story slowly, meandering through a small town and its inhabitants, dropping strange, disarming hints that all is not as it seems. I would find myself getting lost in the story, relishing the small details of Iowa in the '90s, only to come across a sentence that made me profoundly uneasy. It was like peeking between my fingers at a scary movie: I couldn't look directly at it, but I couldn't look away. Universal Harvester is a discomfiting book, but I didn't want it to end."  —Lauren

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