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Local author Andrea Lechner-Becker shares her debut Temple Grandin shares her new book for young inventors Rae Carson presents and signs copies of Star Wars: Most Wanted
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Featured Event

Sabaa Tahir (A Reaper at the Gates) and Renée Ahdieh (Smoke in the Sun)

TEMPE | 7PM WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13

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Bestselling authors Sabaa Tahir and Renée Ahdieh visit Tempe with their latest young adult novels.

Tahir presents the third installment of her Ember Quartet and Ahdieh shares the sequel to the bestselling Flame in the Mist. More »

Featured Workshop

Workshop with Suzi Coggins: "Learn to Read Rider-Waite Tarot Cards without Memorizing Anything"

TEMPE | 1-3:30PM SATURDAY, MAY 19

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Journey with Suzi to the place she goes to when doing her readings.

According to Suzi: "In the first part of the workshop, you'll be taken to meet your spirit guides through guided meditation. This is the most important part of reading Tarot. Most importantly, this is the place where your spirit guides can talk to you directly. The second part of the class will be learning how to read Tarot cards with the assistance of those guides." More »

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THURSDAY, MAY 17
6:30pm | PHOENIX | "RAMBUNCTIOUS PRESS" LAUNCH | Join us in Phoenix to celebrate the launch of The Leona Group's online literary arts journal. Rambunctious Press features poetry, artwork, stories, photography, and video production from students in the East Valley, and across Arizona. More »
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP | AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | WRITE NOW! | Amy Silverman and Deborah Sussman present a four-session workshop offering tips and tricks to get you started on a summer writing project. From prompts designed to get you writing in class to a brainstorming discussion that will help you figure out next steps (start a blog? submit a story for publication? write a book proposal? make a goal to journal? create a writing group?) and several opportunities to workshop essays, this class will help you figure out your next step. Cost: $80 for four sessions. May 17, 24, 31, and June 7. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | RYAN DALTON | THE GENESIS FLAME (TIME SHIFT TRILOGY #3) | The local author presents the third installment of his sci-fi mystery series. The timeline is burning. While teenage twins Malcolm and Valentine Gilbert struggle to reach their full potential, an enemy accuses them of attacking his future, and his quest for vengeance threatens the timeline. To survive, the twins must learn the truth about themselves and their mysterious accuser. Failure could mean the end of Time itself. More »

FRIDAY, MAY 18
7-9pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | SERVICE | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on TheStoryline.org to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn from the Electronic Hat and posted the weekend before on the TheStoryline.org SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show on May 18th. Ten tellers will then have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Service." Five members of the audience will be the judges, and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize! Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 19
1-3:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT WORKSHOP | SUZI COGGINS | "LEARN TO READ RIDER-WAITE TAROT CARDS WITHOUT MEMORIZING ANYTHING" | Journey with Suzi to the place she goes to when doing her readings. According to Suzi: "In the first part of the workshop, you'll be taken to meet your spirit guides through guided meditation. This is the most important part of reading Tarot. Most importantly, this is the place where your spirit guides can talk to you directly. The second part of the class will be learning how to read Tarot cards with the assistance of those guides." Cost: $30. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. 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.

SUNDAY, MAY 20
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP | PINNA JOSEPH |"TAPPING INTO THE POWER AND EXPRESSION OF OUR TRUE VOICES" | Gently massage body, mind, and spirit with the healing power of sound. Attendees will explore specific seed syllables and multi-ethnic chants, and create invocations to call in the quality each of us desires, touching greater depths of the heart and soul. Chantress, sound artist, Yoga of the Voice™ instructor, and Somatic Sounding™ co-founder Pinna Joseph conducts the workshop. No previous singing experience required. Cost: $25. Registration at 480.730.0205 or online. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 22
7pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | OFF THE CUFF COMEDY IMPROV SHOW | The local comedy troupe visits to perform an interactive, high-energy, family-friendly show created from audience suggestions in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB + HAPPY HOUR | AMERICA IS NOT THE HEART | Join Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Elaine Castillo's America Is Not the Heart, a sprawling, soulful debut about three generations of women in one family struggling to balance the promise of the American dream and the unshakeable grip of history. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of America Is Not the Heart for 20% off. Then meet us at First Draft to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices all night long! More »

THURSDAY, MAY 24
5:30pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at shariannegaylee@gmail.com.
7pm | PHOENIX | ANDREA LECHNER-BECKER | SIXTY DAYS LEFT: A NOVEL | Looking to replicate Oregon's pioneering Death with Dignity law, aid-in-dying bills are being drafted across the country, including in Arizona. This debate over one's right to a peaceful death is at the crux of Sixty Days Left, the debut novel from Phoenix-based author Andrea Lechner-Becker. The novel is the diary of Willow, who writes of her last sixty days. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING PANEL DISCUSSION | BETTY WEBB, DONIS CASEY, AND EILEEN BRADY | "WHAT'S A NICE GIRL LIKE YOU DOING WITH A MURDERER LIKE THIS?" |
Mystery writers kill for a living. Do they feel guilty about it? According to our mystery-writing panelists, they don't. In fact, they're having fun. In "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing with a Murderer Like This?" authors Betty Webb (The Otter of Death), Donis Casey (Forty Dead Men), and Eileen Brady (Chained), explain why they write mystery, and how you can too. Webb explains: "It's a great way to settle real-life scores without having to go to prison!" More »

FRIDAY, MAY 25
7-9pm | PHOENIX | BAD BUDDHIST FILM VIEWING PARTY | Storyline SLAM host Dan Hoen Hull turns 50 this month, and you're invited to join him at the debut screening of his film Bad Buddhist: A Trip Through the Divine and the Absurd. In it, Hull humorously explores his attempts at becoming a good Zen Buddhist and inadvertently stumbles into the question: What do you do when the ruthlessness of this world breaks your heart? Price includes the hour-long screening, popcorn, Q & A with the filmmaker—and of course, birthday cake! Cost: $6 in advance, $8 at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »

SATURDAY, MAY 26
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.

MONDAY, MAY 28 | MEMORIAL DAY

TUESDAY, MAY 29
7pm | OFFSITE | FAMILY EVENT | TEMPLE GRANDIN | CALLING ALL MINDS | Scientist, inventor, and renowned autism spokesperson Temple Grandin shares her book of personal stories, inventions, and facts that will blow young inventors' minds and make them soar. More than a blueprint for how to build things, in Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin creates a blueprint for different ways to look at the world. Co-presented by SARRC. Location: Mountain View High School, 2700 E Brown Rd, Mesa 85213. Registration online. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | RAE CARSON | STAR WARS: MOST WANTED | The New York Times bestselling author of the Gold Seer trilogy visits with her new Star Wars novel set before the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Han and Qi'ra don't have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They're street kids on the industrial planet Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia's criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi'ra are on the run—from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss—and will have to learn to trust each other if they are going to survive. More »

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The Ensemble

by Aja Gabel | Hardcover, $26.00 »

The Ensemble Aja Gabel's debut novel combines her background of playing classical music and her blossoming fiction career. She follows four members of a quartet through two decades as they start as strangers in college and their lives morph into much more complicated relationships. Gabel's standout skill is mixing earnest and witty dialogue with beautiful narration without one overpowering the other. As someone who knows next to nothing about competitive classical music, this book isn't just for those who love Beethoven or Mozart. It's incredibly accessible with realistic depictions of the highs and lows of friendship.  —Adam

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