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Embark on a learning adventure at this family-friendly event Amy Goodman visits with the paperback release of Democracy Now! Teens meet in Tempe to discuss Laini Taylor's Strange the Dreamer
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Kate Watson visits Tempe with her debut, Seeking Mansfield Social commentator Ali Noorani discusses the immigration debate Teens meet in Phoenix to discuss The Upside of Unrequited
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Cosplay Happy Hour

PHOENIX | 5-7PM SUNDAY, MAY 21

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Have a costume you want to test drive before taking it out on the convention floor? Have more ideas than you can fit into one four-day weekend? Not going to Phoenix Comicon at all this year but still want to show off your geekery?

Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for our first ever Cosplay Happy Hour. Mingle with other cosplayers, enjoy happy hour pricing and a playlist created for your geeky listening pleasure. We'll be giving away free Thursday Phoenix Comicon passes to everyone who attends in costume, along with prizes for the crowd favorites! More »

FREE PARKING / LIGHT RAIL
  • There is plenty of free public parking west of Changing Hands Phoenix, at 400 and 444 West Camelback. Additional free public parking across Camelback to the south.
  • Don't want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

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Rosemarie Dombrowski presents "Flash Memoir: Writing the Family in 750 Words or Less"

TEMPE | 6:30-8:30PM TUESDAYS, MAY 23 AND 30

Rosemarie Bombrowski
The founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series and three-time Pushcart nominee hosts a two-part creative writing workshop on flash memoir.

In the first session, she walks participants through reading and discussing several works of flash memoir, teaches an in-class writing exercise, and concludes with a take-home writing prompt. In the second session, she helps participants workshop their writing prompts and offers individualized feedback focusing on a wide range of issues such as style, voice, pacing, detail, development, diction, and syntax. More »

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Teen Book Swap

Crafts and DraftsWe're hosting our first Teen Book Swap!

TEMPE | 2PM SATURDAY, MAY 20
PHOENIX | 4PM SATURDAY, MAY 20

Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »

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FRIDAY, MAY 19
8-10pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE | UNPACKING | TheStoryline.org, a Phoenix storytelling collective, presents Unpacking, a live storytelling event featuring Marnee Burris, Tanya Chakravarty, Melissa Dunmore, Augustine Edosomwan, Kelcie Grega, Dan Hoen Hull, and Sylvia Torrey. With host Rachel Eseoghene Egboro. Cost: $8 per person. Tickets available only at changinghands.com More »

SATURDAY, MAY 20
10am-Noon | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BRAIN QUEST SUMMER KICK OFF | Local parenting blogger Bettijo Hirschi, co-creator of Paging Supermom, hosts a kick-off event for Brain Quest's summer line of workbooks. Explorers ages 5 and up will participate in crafts and activities designed to keep school skills sharp over the summer months. Kids can participate in as many or few activities as they like, while parents hang out at First Draft Book Bar or accompany kids from station to station. Cost: FREE). More »
10:30am-12pm | TEMPE | AMY GOODMAN & DENIS MOYNIHAN | DEMOCRACY NOW! TWENTY YEARS COVERING THE MOVEMENTS CHANGING AMERICA | Democracy Now's Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan visit with the paperback edition of their bestselling book, focusing on the issues and movements that are too often ignored by corporate media. This important book looks back over the past twenty years of Democracy Now! news, and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world.  More »
2pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD | STRANGE THE DREAMER | Teens meet to discuss the new epic fantasy novel from New York Times bestseller Laini Taylor.  More »
4pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN BOOK SWAP | We're hosting our first Teen Book Swap! Teens are encouraged to bring a favorite book from home (or purchase a copy at Changing Hands) to swap with a fellow book lover. We'll talk about why we love the books we love, and afterwards participants can select a book to take home! More »
4pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | KATE WATSON | SEEKING MANSFIELD | Young adult author Kate Watson shares her debut, a retelling of Jane Austen's classic Mansfield Park set in the modern day. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS 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.
6pm | PHOENIX | MUSIC @ THE NEWTON | Join us in Phoenix for a musical night featuring The SunPunchers and The Jon Rauhouse Combo. Tickets only available HERE.

MONDAY, MAY 22
7pm | TEMPE | ARIZONA WOMEN'S EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT | RECRUITING NEW MENTORS | Arizona Women's Education and Employment (AWEE) is recruiting mentors for its Women Living Free program, which seeks to decrease recidivism and create stability for women being released from Perryville Prison. Mentors are involved in correspondence with the mentee (pre-release) and in either one-on-one or group mentoring (or both) for one year after release. The time commitment for mentors is 7 hours per month. More »

TUESDAY, MAY 23
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Interactive storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners, every Tuesday. More »
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | PROJECT HUMANITIES | FILM SCREENING: REAL BOY |
As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given, but chosen. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | WRITING WORKSHOP | ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | FLASH MEMOIR: WRITING THE FAMILY IN 750 WORDS OR LESS (2 SESSIONS) | The co-founder and host of the Phoenix Poetry Series leads a two-part creative writing workshop involving the reading and discussion of several works of flash memoir that focus on "family writing," as well as in-class writing exercise. The first session will conclude with an overview of a take-home writing prompt. Part two on May 30 requires participants to workshop an original, newly completed piece of flash memoir. Individualized feedback will focus on a wide range of issues such as style, voice, pacing, detail, development, diction, and syntax. Cost: $35 for two sessions. Attendees must sign up for both sessions. Registration and pre-payment at 480.730.0205. More »

WEDNESDAY, MAY 24
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THE TWELVE LIVES OF SAMUEL HAWLEY | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley, a coming-of-age novel and a literary thrill ride about the price we pay to protect the people we love most. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley for 20% off, then meet us and Arizona Republic reporter Barbara VanDenburgh at First Draft Book Bar at 7pm to discuss and enjoy happy hour prices during the event. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ALI NOORANI | THERE GOES THE NEIGHBORHOOD: HOW COMMUNITIES OVERCOME PREJUDICE AND MEET THE CHALLENGE OF AMERICAN IMMIGRATION | The Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum shares his book, a compelling approach to the immigration debate that takes the reader behind the blaring headlines and into communities grappling with the reality of new immigrants and the changing nature of American identity.  More »

THURSDAY, MAY 25
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME | Interactive bilingual storytime for preschoolers and kindergarteners. More »
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.

SATURDAY, MAY 27
5:30pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (TAB) | THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED | Teens meet to discuss Becky Albertalli's latest, a funny, authentic novel about sisterhood, love, and identity. 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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Moon Shadow

by Erin Downing | Hardcover, $17.99 »
The Spectacular Sisterhood of Superwomen: Awesome Female Characters from Comic Book History
When I read Moon Shadow, I got pulled into its exciting plot and story. Reading this book made me think about the two sides and personalities one person can have. You can be shy on the outside, but deep inside is courage that you have to reach inside to pull out. Moon Shadow made me realize how much I depend on, and need my friends, and how hard it can be to put a friendship back together. Moon Shadow is filled with friendship, love, anger, and magic. The true meaning that I found in this book was no one can control you because you are your own person and can do whatever you want.  —Marina (12), B.I.T. reader


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