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Dream On Buttermilk Graffiti The Popul Vuh
Mountainside Fitness founder Tom Hatten shares his memoir Author, chef, and restaurateur Edward Lee visits Phoenix Poet Michael Bazzett reads from his new verse translation of The Popol Vuh
Suzanne Young A Desert Harvest A Hospice Heart
Suzanne Young signs copies of her new book Girls with Sharp Sticks Bruce Berger in conversation with James Anderson Terry Mills shares stories of patients' journeys with hospice
School for Good and Evil Love You Hard Let's Have a Dog Party
Soman Chainani with the fifth installment of his bestselling series Abby Maslin shares her memoir of resilience and commitment Join us for storytime with Mikela Prevost : Let's Have a Dog Party
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Neil Patrick Harris: The Magic Misfits: The Second Story

OFFSITE | 7PM THURSDAY, APRIL 4

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Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris presents the magical second book in his New York Times bestselling Magic Misfits series.

Growing up in an orphanage, Leila was bullied for being different. She turned her hardship into skill by becoming an escape artist--a valuable trait when you belong to a group of magical best friends. But when a famous psychic comes to town, Leila and her pals can't escape the big mystery heading their way. Whether chasing mad monkeys or banishing ghosts from haunted hotels, these six friends will do their best to keep their home of Mineral Wells safe--but can they protect themselves?

Join the Magic Misfits as they discover adventure, friendship, and more than a few hidden secrets in this delightful new series. Whether you're a long-time expert at illusion or simply a new fan of stage magic, hold onto your top hat!

...have more questions? I thought you might. Here are some answers:

WHERE? A sleepy town in New England. Within the town is a magic shop, run by the friendly but mysterious Dante Vernon--the gang's caped and top-hatted mentor.

WHO? Carter, who can make things vanish. Leila, who can escape from anything. Theo, who can make things levitate. Ridley, who can invent anything. And twins Olly and Izzy, who can make anyone laugh.

WHY? Because together, these six magical misfits will discover adventure, friendship, and the town's long-hidden secrets.

(Psst. Hey, you! Yes, YOU! Congratulations on reading this far down. As a reward, I'll let you in on a little secret... This book isn't just a book. It's a treasure trove of secrets and ciphers and codes and even tricks. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll discover more than just a story--you'll learn how to make your own magic!) More »

Location: Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater) 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201
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Laurie Halse Anderson: SHOUT

PHOENIX | 4PM SUNDAY, MARCH 31

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The New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Speak shares her new book, SHOUT – a searing poetic memoir for the #MeToo era.

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice -- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore. More »
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THURSDAY, MARCH 14
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, March 21 and 28. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TOM HATTEN | DREAM ON | Mountainside Fitness founder and CEO Tom Hatten shares his memoir. This true story takes readers "to heady highs and crashing lows, including bankruptcy, jail time, and a horrific personal tragedy. It leaves no stone unturned, both personally and professionally, inspiring you to discover your own hidden strengths, and giving each of us the courage to Dream On." More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 15
7pm | TEMPE | READING OF DRIFT 2019 - A JOURNAL FROM FOOTHILLS ACADEMY | Join Scottsdale's Foothills Academy Juniors for a reading of Drift, their compilation book of prose and poetry that attempts to answer the questions that keep so many young adults up at night. According to the editor, "It's heart-wrenching, joyous, hopeful, and wise. Taken as a whole, it is a glimpse into the hearts of a generation." More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 16
5:30pm | 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 | INSIGHTS 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 | VICTORIA LOMASKO | "OTHER RUSSIAS" | The Melikian Center at ASU co-presents a talk by Victoria Lomasko, a graphic artist and writer born in Russia, who has lectured and written widely on graphic reportage. She is author of the book, Other Russias, winner of the Pushkin House Prize for the Best Book in Translation 2018 (Thomas Campbell, translator), and co-author of the book, Forbidden Art, nominated for the Kandinsky Prize in 2010. Lomasko has also co-curated two major art exhibitions, The Feminist Pencil and Drawing the Court. More »

MONDAY, MARCH 18
6pm | PHOENIX | EDWARD LEE | BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI | Author, chef, and restaurateur Edward Lee shares his latest, delving into the intersection of food and culture on an epic trip across America where he finds exceptional food in unconventional places. PLEASE NOTE: Southern Rail restaurant is hosting a dinner with Chef Lee at 7pm, featuring recipes from Buttermilk Graffiti and Smoke & Pickles. (One autographed copy of Buttermilk Graffiti included with ticket price.) Tickets available online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | MICHAEL BAZZETT | THE POPUL VUH | Michael Bazzett reads from his new verse translation of the Mayan creation epic. The book was selected by the New York Times as a top ten poetry book of 2018 and hailed by the Wall Street Journal for offering "a welcome path into the power of The Popol Vuh as beautiful literature." More »

TUESDAY, MARCH 19
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS | Teens meet to discuss Suzanne Young's Girls with Sharp Sticks before the author event at 7pm. T.A.B. will be reading advanced copies provided by the publisher. If you are interested in reading the book beforehand and joining in our discussion on March 19, please contact our T.A.B. coordinator Leah with your request. Limited copies available. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUZANNE YOUNG | GIRLS WITH SHARP STICKS | The New York Times bestselling author and local high school teacher presents her new novel. The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them "better." Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. But the girls' carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what's actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back. Bringing the trademark plot twists and high-octane drama that made The Program a bestselling and award-winning series, Suzanne Young launches a new series that confronts some of today's most pressing ethical questions. More »
7:30pm | OFFSITE | ANNE LAMOTT | Presented by Mesa Arts Center as part of their Performing Live series. "Anne Lamott writes and speaks with self-effacing humor. She is laugh-out-loud funny. She writes about what most of us don't like to think about. In all her novels, she writes about loss; loss of loved ones and loss of personal control. She doesn't try to sugar-coat the sadness, frustration, and disappointment, but tells her stories with honesty, compassion, and a pureness of voice." Location: Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available at MesaArtsCenter.com. More »

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
7pm | PHOENIX | BRUCE BERGER | A DESERT HARVEST: NEW AND SELECTED ESSAYS | IN CONVERSATION WITH JAMES ANDERSON | Award-winning nonfiction writer Bruce Berger, author of the new essay collection A Desert Harvest, and James Anderson, critically-acclaimed author of The Never-Open Desert Diner, read and discuss their writing and fondness for the American desert. Friends for three decades, Berger and Anderson will explore the ways Berger's nonfiction and Anderson's fiction connect, often in surprising ways. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | NATIONAL GEO LIVE! | THOMAS PESCHAK | "WILD SEAS, SECRET SHORES" | To Thomas Peschak, sharks aren't a reason to get out of the water. They're a reason to get in. In this talk, the marine biologist-turned-National Geographic photographer takes audiences around the world with his award-winning images and engaging take on the ocean's charismatic creatures. Location: Mesa Arts Center, One East Main St, Mesa 85201. Tickets available at MesaArtsCenter.com. More »

THURSDAY, MARCH 21
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, March 28. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TERRY E. MILLS | A HOSPICE HEART: THE PAINFUL JOURNEY TO JOY | Terry E. Mills shares stories of patients and their journeys in hospice. She also shares the poetry that was inspired by—and written for—those with whom she traveled through uncertainty and end of life. "Terry's stories reveal the unfolding relationship between poet and patient. Their stories are waiting to be heard." More »
7pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | SOMAN CHAINANI | THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: A CRYSTAL OF TIME | IN CONVERSATION WITH ALEXANDRA BRACKEN | Chainani discusses the fifth installment of his New York Times bestselling School for Good and Evil fantasy series in conversation with author Alexandra Bracken. More »

FRIDAY, MARCH 22
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "DARE" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme of "Dare." 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 »
7pm | TEMPE | ABBY MASLIN | LOVE YOU HARD | Maslin shares an inspiring story of resilience and commitment in her deeply affecting new memoir. After her husband suffered a traumatic brain injury, the couple worked together as he recovered—and they learned to love again. More »

SATURDAY, MARCH 23
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH MIKELA PREVOST | LET'S HAVE A DOG PARTY | WITH JUANA MARTINEZ-NEAL | Join us in Tempe for a special storytime with author Mikela Prevost as she reads from her debut picture book that celebrates friendship and encourages empathy. Mikela is joined by author and illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal. 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.
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The River: A novel

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Gingerbread Gayle and I both loved Heller's earlier novel, The Dog Stars, so I started this one with great anticipation. I was not disappointed. It was the perfect mix of literary fiction, action thriller and nature writing with the leading characters showing wisdom, wit and compassion. My son's girlfriend borrowed my copy and read it non-stop, staying up late into the night. Then my son did the same.  —Bob




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