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How to make friends with the dark The Light Years Commander in Cheat
Kathleen Glasgow (Girl in Pieces) shares her latest YA novel Artist Chris Rush presents his debut memoir The Light Years Rick Reilly: Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump
My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple and Hold Sway Chelsea Clinton Don't Expect Me to Cry
Join Sally Ball and Jacqueline Osherow for a joint launch party The Phoenix Zoo and Changing Hands present Chelsea Clinton Janet Bentley discusses and signs copies of her book
Kwame Alexander TAB Return to the Wilds
Kwame Alexander discusses his two middle grade novels Teens meet at the Tempe store to discuss The Gilded Wolves Cindy C. signs copies of her independently published YA novel
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IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS RUSH, AUTHOR OF THE LIGHT YEARS

Michael Pollan: How to Change Your Mind

OFFSITE | 7PM WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

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Michael Pollan discusses his #1 New York Times bestseller How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence.

ABOUT THE BOOK
When Michael Pollan set out to research how LSD and psilocybin (the active ingredient in magic mushrooms) are being used to provide relief to people suffering from difficult-to-treat conditions such as depression, addiction and anxiety, he did not intend to write what is undoubtedly his most personal book. But upon discovering how these remarkable substances are improving the lives not only of the mentally ill but also of healthy people coming to grips with the challenges of everyday life, he decided to explore the landscape of the mind in the first person as well as the third. Thus began a singular adventure into various altered states of consciousness, along with a dive deep into both the latest brain science and the thriving underground community of psychedelic therapists. Pollan sifts the historical record to separate the truth about these mysterious drugs from the myths that have surrounded them since the 1960s, when a handful of psychedelic evangelists inadvertently catalyzed a powerful backlash against what was then a promising field of research.

A unique and elegant blend of science, memoir, travel writing, history, and medicine, How to Change Your Mind is a triumph of participatory journalism. By turns dazzling and edifying, it is the gripping account of a journey to an exciting and unexpected new frontier in our understanding of the mind, the self, and our place in the world. The true subject of Pollan's "mental travelogue" is not just psychedelic drugs but also the eternal puzzle of human consciousness and how, in a world that offers us both suffering and joy, we can do our best to be fully present and find meaning in our lives. More »
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"Birds and Bards: A Reading for Audubon Arizona featuring the Art of Wayne Lundgren"

TEMPE | 6PM SATURDAY, APRIL 13

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In honor of National Poetry Month and the legacy of the National Audubon Society, this event is a poetic homage to the flora and fauna of Arizona, and a celebration of the life and work of local artist, bird aficionado, and former member of the Changing Hands family Wayne Lundgren.

The event features Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, Arizona eco-poets David Chorlton and Chris Cokinos, and the work of Wayne's colleagues and friends Michelle Frost, Claudia Ibieta, and Pinna Joseph.

All proceeds from the sale of Wayne Lundgren's bird art benefit Audubon Arizona. More »

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IN CONVERSATION WITH RANDY PRESTON

Kwame Alexander: The Crossover and Booked

PHOENIX | 7PM TUESDAY, APRIL 16

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The New York Times bestselling author discusses his two middle-grade novels, now out in paperback, with his friend, singer and songwriter, Randy Preston!

About The Crossover: "With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . . The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. 'Cuz tonight I'm delivering," raps twelve-year-old Josh Bell. Thanks to their dad, he and his twin brother, Jordan, are kings on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood—he's got mad beats, too, which help him find his rhythm when it's all on the line. As their winning season unfolds, things begin to change. When Jordan meets a girl, the twins' bond unravels.Told in dynamic verse, this fast and furious middle grade novel that started it all absolutely bounces with rhythm and bursts with heart.

About Booked: In this follow-up to Newbery-winner The Crossover, soccer, family, love, and friendship take center stage. Twelve-year-old Nick learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams. Helping him along are his best friend and sometimes teammate Coby, and The Mac, a rapping librarian who gives Nick inspiring books to read. This electric and heartfelt novel-in-verse by poet Kwame Alexander bends and breaks as it captures all the thrills and setbacks, action and emotion of a World Cup match! Now in paperback. More »
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THURSDAY, APRIL 11
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 with Mr. Tom. 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, April 18 and 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | CHRIS RUSH | THE LIGHT YEARS | The award-winning artist and designer presents his debut, a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history. The Light Years is a prayer for vanished friends, an odyssey signposted with broken and extraordinary people. It transcends one boy's story to perfectly illustrate the slow slide from the optimism of the 1960s into the darker and more sinister 1970s. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATHLEEN GLASGOW | HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH THE DARK | The New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces shares her second novel, about love and loss and learning how to continue when it feels like you're surrounded by darkness. In conversation with Kelly DeVos (Fat Girl on a Plane). More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 12
7pm | PHOENIX | SALLY BALL (HOLD SWAY) AND JACQUELINE OSHEROW (MY LOOKALIKE AT THE KRISHNA TEMPLE) | Join ASU professor Sally Ball (Hold Sway) and special guest Jacqueline Osherow (My Lookalike at the Krishna Temple) for a joint launch party and reading from their new books. Through spiritual quest, ecological anxiety, and painful personal losses, they both seek ways we might live honest, open, receptive lives in a difficult, often chaotic, world. More »
7pm | TEMPE | RICK REILLY | COMMANDER IN CHEAT: HOW GOLF EXPLAINS TRUMP | Author Rick Reilly shares his latest, transporting readers onto the golf course with President Trump, revealing the absurd ways in which he cheats and lies about his feats, and what those behaviors can tell us about the way he leads off the course in the most important job in the world. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 13
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CORDUROY | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the classic children's book character Corduroy the bear.
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | APRENDE MIDDLE SCHOOL: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS DRAMA CLUB | The Jaguar Players, an after school drama club for 6th-8th graders at Aprende Middle School in the Kyrene School District, will be reading The Princess and the Pea and then perform excerpts from their upcoming production of Once Upon a Mattress. The musical tells the true story behind the Princess and the Pea. Songs will include "Many Moons Ago," "Shy," and "Happily Ever After." The cast will be in costume and available to take pictures. 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.
6pm | TEMPE | "BIRDS AND BARDS: A READING FOR AUDUBON ARIZONA FEATURING THE ART OF WAYNE LUNDGREN" | In honor of National Poetry Month and the legacy of the National Audubon Society, this event is a poetic homage to the flora and fauna of Arizona, and a celebration of the life and work of local artist, bird aficionado, and former member of the Changing Hands family Wayne Lundgren. The event features Phoenix Poet Laureate Rosemarie Dombrowski, Arizona eco-poets David Chorlton and Chris Cokinos, and the work of Wayne's colleagues and friends Michelle Frost, Claudia Ibieta, and Pinna Joseph. Proceeds from the sale of Lundgren's bird art benefit Audubon Arizona. More »

SUNDAY, APRIL 14
12-3pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH JAKE FRIEDMAN | "THE POETICS OF SPREADSHEETS: USING SPREADSHEETS TO COMPOSE POETRY" | In this practical, hands-on workshop, writer, editor and community organizer Jake Friedman introduces the spreadsheet as a powerful new tool for writing poetry. By the end, you'll come away not only with a powerful new tool for composition, revision, workshop, and completion, but a deeper understanding of poetic structure itself. Students should bring a poem in-progress along with a computer, tablet, or some other device with a spreadsheet application. Cost: $25 + fees. Register online. More »

MONDAY, APRIL 15
5:30pm | OFFSITE | CHELSEA CLINTON | DON'T LET THEM DISAPPEAR | The Phoenix Zoo and Changing Hands Bookstore present #1 New York Times bestseller Chelsea Clinton, discussing and signing Don't Let Them Disappear: 12 Endangered Species Across the Globe, a beautiful picture book about the animals who share our planet—and what we can do to help them survive. Please note: A portion of proceeds from the event will support the Zoo's native species conservation programs, which are actively boosting wild populations of threatened and endangered animals in Arizona. Ticket packages available online. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH SANDRA MARINELLA | "THE STORY YOU NEED TO TELL" | Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring the power of your personal stories to heal, grow, and transform your life. Your story matters. Ignite your passion for writing your experiences in ways that will embrace and guide you toward personal growth and transformation. This two-session workshop will help writers of a levels "find the stories you need to tell while giving you the chance to explore your resilient and creative self." Cost: $40 + fees for two sessions. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, APRIL 16
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TWEEN EVENT | KWAME ALEXANDER | BOOKED AND THE CROSSOVER | IN CONVERSATION WITH RANDY PRESTON |
The New York Times bestselling author discusses his two middle-grade novels, now out in paperback, with his friend, singer and songwriter, Randy Preston. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JANET BENTLEY | DON'T EXPECT ME TO CRY: REFUSING TO LET CHILDHOOD SEXUAL ABUSE STEAL MY LIFE | In support of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the local author and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse discusses and signs Don't Expect Me To Cry, which chronicles her journey of overcoming the pain of her "terrible secret." More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
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 with Mr. Tom. 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, April 25. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
6:30pm | TEMPE | SPANISH BOOK GROUP | POETRY READING BY ANNA FLORES FOR NATIONAL POETRY MONTH | Changing Hands Bookstore's Spanish Literature book club, "La Tertulia de Libros," invites poet Anna Flores to read from her book Pocha Theory. Open to the public.

FRIDAY, APRIL 19 | GOOD FRIDAY AND HAPPY PASSOVER!

SATURDAY, APRIL 20
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | THE GILDED WOLVES | Teens meet to discuss Roshani Chokshi's The Gilded Wolves—a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change—one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires. More »
4pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | CINDY C. | RETURN TO THE WILDS | Former environmental reporter and Forest Service Ranger Cindy C. discusses and signs her independently published YA novel Return to the Wilds. This dystopian fantasy envisions a Southwest megalopolis, a mysterious keeper, and some savvy tweens sent on a perilous mission to save remnant "Wilds" from an insidious plot. 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.
 
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The Red Scrolls of Magic

by Cassandra Clare, Wesley Chu | Hardcover, $24.99 »

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone No 'ship' name in the literary world is more known than 'Malec.' And finally, finally, together, Cassie and Wesley Chu write a book about our favorite couple, the quiet and strong Shadowhunter, Alec and the immortal warlock with the best sense of style in history, Magnus. This is set right after City of Glass while they are on their first romantic vacation across Europe. Unfortunately, their vacation quickly becomes derailed by demons (of course), necessary camping (Magnus style), and underlining everything are the difficulties of traveling with a new partner (even if WE know it's true love.) I've read all of Cassie's books and this is my favorite one. I basically happy-cried through the whole story.  —Leah

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