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Eddie Izzard
An intimate evening celebrating his book Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death, and Jazz Chickens

OFFSITE | 3PM SUNDAY, JUNE 18

Eddie Izzard
The beloved British actor and comedian does a bit of stand-up, shares personal photos, discusses his personal and professional life, reads from Believe Me, and answers questions from the audience.

Unlike any event he's done before!


In Believe Me, the critically acclaimed, award-winning British comedian, actor and creative chameleon recounts the dizzying rise he made from the streets of London to West End theatres, to Wembley Arena, Madison Square Garden and The Hollywood Bowl. Writing with the same candor and razor-sharp insight evident in his comedy, he reflects on a childhood marked by the loss of his mother, boarding school and alternative sexuality, as well as a life in comedy, film, politics, running and philanthropy. Honest and generous, Izzard's Believe Me is an inspired account of a very singular life thus far. More »

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THURSDAY, APRIL 13
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ROSALYN EVES | BLOOD ROSE REBELLION | IN CONVERSATION WITH APRILYNNE PIKE | Debut novelist Rosalyn Eves joins local author Aprilynne Pike to discuss the first book in a YA fantasy trilogy for fans of Red Queen. In a world where social prestige derives from a trifecta of blood, money, and magic, one girl has the ability to break the spell that holds the social order in place. More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 14
6pm | PHOENIX | MUSIC @ THE NEWTON | The Newton hosts an evening of live music with Robin Vining (Sweetbleeders / Jimmy Eat World), joined by pedal steel/ multi-instrumentalist Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case, Jon Rauhouse Orchestra). This show celebrates Robin's newest solo CD release, "Is there Someone For Everyone?"
7pm | TEMPE | FOUR CHAMBERS PRESENTS KEVIN LICHTY | Join us for Friday Poetry featuring local poet Kevin Lichty, whose work has appeared in Green Briar Review, Hawaii Pacific Review, the Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2015, and Palooka. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 15
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | PERFORMANCE OF JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH BY JAGUAR PLAYERS | The Jaguar Players, an after school drama club for 6th-8th graders at Aprende Middle School, perform excerpts from their upcoming production of James and the Giant Peach, a musical based the Roald Dahl classic. The Jaguar Players will be performing 15 minutes worth of songs from the musical including "Right Before Your Eyes," "On Your Way Home," "Shake It Up," and "Floatin' Along." Q&A with the actors to follow. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE BEAST IS AN ANIMAL | Teens meet to discuss Peternelle Van Arsdale's haunting debut novel about a girl with a secret talent who must save her village from the encroaching darkness. 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.
7pm | TEMPE | DIANA TAYLOR HART | STOPPING INJUSTICE | The local author shares the fourth novel in her independently-published Old Pueblo series. Samantha Ryan, an elementary school principal in the barrio, is back in court, only this time she's fighting for justice—for her adoptive daughters Megan and Cara—and all the children in her community. More »

SUNDAY, APRIL 16 | HAPPY EASTER!

MONDAY, APRIL 17
7pm | TEMPE | DAVID OWEN | WHERE THE WATER GOES: LIFE AND DEATH ALONG THE COLORADO RIVER | The staff writer for The New Yorker presents his new book, an eye-opening account of how a patchwork of engineering marvels, byzantine legal agreements, aging infrastructure, and neighborly cooperation enables life to flourish in the desert—and the disastrous consequences we face when any part of this tenuous system fails. 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 carlastro123@gmail.com to RSVP.

TUESDAY, APRIL 18
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH TEMPE PUBLIC LIBRARY | Join Micah Corporaal, Tempe Public Library's Youth Services Librarian for a thematic storytime including fingerplays, storyboards, songs, rhymes, interactive stories, and bubbles!
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | SUZANNE YOUNG | THE ADJUSTMENT | The New York Times bestselling author of The Program visits with the latest installment in the popular series. Tatum Masterson never went through The Program. She never had her memory stripped, never had to fight to remain herself. But when Weston, her longtime boyfriend and love of her life, was taken by handlers, she hoped he'd remember her somehow—that their love would be strong enough. It wasn't. Regardless of his memory loss, Tatum fights to get Weston to remember her. And just as they start to build a new love, they hear about the Adjustment, a new therapy that implants memories from a donor. Despite the risks, Tatum and Weston agree to go through the process. But the problem with memories is that they are all a matter of perspective. So although Weston can now remember dating Tatum, his emotions don't match the experiences, and the discrepancy is slowly starting to unravel him, worse than anything The Program could have done. More »

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
7pm | TEMPE | JOSEPH SCAPELLATO IN CONVERSATION WITH MATT BELL | BIG LONESOME | Author and ASU creative writing professor Matt Bell leads a conversation with Joseph Scapellato, who shares a debut story collection hailed by Claire Vaye Watkins as "Wallace Stegner on peyote, Nathanael West in a sweat lodge, Larry McMurtry on a vision quest." Big Lonesome navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between—exploring place, myth, masculinity, and what it means to be whole or to be broken. More »

THURSDAY, APRIL 20
7pm | PHOENIX | VIET THANH NGUYEN | THE REFUGEES | The 2016 Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Sympathizer visits Changing Hands Phoenix with his new short story collection The Refugees, a captivating testament to the dreams and hardships of immigration. Co-presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. More »
7pm | TEMPE | SARAH MCLEAN | THE POWER OF ATTENTION: AWAKEN TO LOVE AND ITS UNLIMITED POTENTIAL WITH MEDITATION | The meditation teacher and bestselling author of Soul-Centered shares her latest, a thoughtful exploration into the power of attention. McLean shows readers how to direct attention toward those aspects of self and life that you most want to flourish, expand, and thrive. Each chapter offers practical ways to apply the practices of meditation and mindfulness "so that you become more intimately connected to yourself, honor your feelings and desires, and express your unique talents and gifts in the world." More »

FRIDAY, APRIL 21
7pm | PHOENIX | JILL SCHIEFELBEIN | DYNAMIC COMMUNICATION: 27 STRATEGIES TO GROW, LEAD, AND MANAGE YOUR BUSINESS | The business communication expert shares her guide to building a communication-savvy business that retains employees, secures investors, and increases your bottom line. Telling the story of your business is about more than writing grammatically correct proposals and emails or speaking to investors without using "ums" and "uhs." To get your message across, you have to find a dynamic way to reach your vast audience of stakeholders, consumers, and competitors. More »

SATURDAY, APRIL 22
4pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | ANDREW KNAPP | LET'S FIND MOMO! A HIDE-AND-SEEK BOARD BOOK | The popular Instagram photographer behind GoFindMomo.com presents a new board book designed specifically for young readers. Perfect for the car, bedtime, or reading time together, the bright and welcoming environments of Momo's world will keep kids coming back to play with Momo again and again. More »
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE BONE WITCH | Teens meet to discuss the first book in Rin Chupeco's darkly lyrical fantasy series. 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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Often I Am Happy

by Jens Christian Grondahl | Hardcover, $23.00 »
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There is no room for error when it comes to novels as slim as this one. Fortunately, Jens Christian Grøndahl is impeccable! Often I Am Happy opens after the death of Ellinor's husband Georg: she feels a mixture of emotions and a need to confide in someone. That someone is her long-deceased friend, Georg's first wife Anna. Ellinor goes back and forth in time, telling Anna about her life now, her relationships with the sons Anna never saw to adulthood, her new home. But she keeps going back to their tangled past and her own murky background. I enjoyed this beautiful, sorrowful, occasionally funny story immensely--this is a book to read and re-read in quick succession!  —Lauren

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