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David Sedaris: Calypso
TEMPE | 4PM SATURDAY, JUNE 15
Join #1 international bestseller David Sedaris to celebrate the paperback release of his most personal and darkly hilarious book, Calypso.
David Sedaris returns with his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious book.
If you've ever laughed your way through David Sedaris's cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you're getting with Calypso. You'd be wrong.
When he buys a beach house on the Carolina coast, Sedaris envisions long, relaxing vacations spent playing board games and lounging in the sun with those he loves most. And life at the Sea Section, as he names the vacation home, is exactly as idyllic as he imagined, except for one tiny, vexing realization: it's impossible to take a vacation from yourself.
With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny--it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.
This is beach reading for people who detest beaches, required reading for those who loathe small talk and love a good tumor joke. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet--and it just might be his very best.
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Pierce Brown: Dark Age
OFFSITE | 7PM THURSDAY, AUGUST 1
An evening with #1 New York Times bestseller Pierce Brown, author of the Red Rising saga, to celebrate the release of the next installment, Dark Age.
For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded Society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages a rogue war on Mercury in hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains? Or will another legend rise to take his place?
Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.
But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.
On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the Republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?
Once a Red refugee, young Lyria now stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.
Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, Pax and Electra, the children of Darrow and Sevro, must trust in Ephraim, a thief, for their salvation—and Ephraim must look to them for his chance at redemption.
As alliances shift, break, and re-form—and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed—every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.
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THURSDAY, MAY 9
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, May 16, 23, and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursdays, May 16, and 23. More »
FRIDAY, MAY 10
7pm | TEMPE | BRIAN JAY JONES | BECOMING DR. SEUSS | Bestselling biographer Brian Jay Jones (Jim Henson: The Biography and George Lucas: A Life) discusses and signs his definitive biography of Dr. Seuss. Whimsical and wonderful, Dr. Seuss’ work has defined our childhoods and the childhoods of our own children. Theodor Geisel, however, had a second, more radical side. He had a successful career as an advertising man and then as a political cartoonist, his personal convictions appearing, not always subtly, throughout his books—remember the environmentalism of The Lorax? He introduced generations to the wonders of reading while teaching young people about empathy and how to treat others well. Agonizing over word choices and rhymes, touching up drawings sometimes for years, he upheld a rigorous standard of perfection for his work. Geisel took his responsibility as a writer for children seriously, talking down to no reader, no matter how small. And with classics like Green Eggs and Ham, Geisel delighted them while they learned. Suddenly, reading became fun. More »
SATURDAY, MAY 11
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: POUT-POUT FISH | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with Deborah Diesen’s Mr. Fish who discovers that spreading "dreary wearies" isn’t really his destiny. More »
2pm | PHOENIX | "MOTHERS WHO WRITE" READING | Join current and former members of the Mothers Who Write workshop for a reading of their new work. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – and, in Mothers Who Write’s new location at the Newton, you’ll be able to enjoy beer, wine, coffee, tea, and snacks from the First Draft Book Bar. Some material not suitable for children (which is usually what happens when mothers speak freely). Bring a mother, your own or someone else’s, and buy her a nice glass of something festive! Free and open to the public. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WICKED SAINTS | Teens meet to discuss Emily A. Duncan’s Wicked Saints. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy. More »
4pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | MATT MENDEZ | BARELY MISSING EVERYTHING | Matt Mendez presents his debut young adult novel. In the tradition of Jason Reynolds and Matt de la Peña, this heartbreaking, no-holds-barred debut novel told from three points of view explores "how difficult it is to make it in life when you—your life, brown lives—don’t matter." More »
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.
SUNDAY, MAY 12 | HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!
MONDAY, MAY 13
6:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | DRINK AND DRAW | First Draft Book Bar presents a night of drinking and drawing for all skill levels, featuring a local model for a three-hour pose. Bring your own supplies. Cost: $8. Registration at the door. More »
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 14
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME WITH THANK-O-RAMA TOUR | Join Mr. Tom for a special Thank-O-Rama themed storytime featuring Mo Willems’ beloved characters Elephant & Piggie, Knuffle Bunny, and Pigeon. Kids can also partake in a Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus craft, win fun prizes at the Thank-O-Rama Prize Wheel, and take a memorable photo with Elephant and Piggie! More »
7:30pm | PHOENIX | YONGEY MINGYUR RINPOCHE | IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD: A MONK’S JOURNEY THROUGH THE BARDOS OF LIVING AND DYING | The world-renowned Buddhist monk shares the intimate account of his near-death experience and the life-changing wisdom he gained from it. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with fellow travelers or even the screeching of a railway car. When he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest, and soon became deathly ill from food poisoning—and his journey took a startling turn. His meditation practice had prepared him to face death, and now he had the opportunity to test the strength of his training. Now, by sharing the meditation practices that sustained and sustain him, he shows us how we can transform our fear of dying into joyful living. More »
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
7pm | OFFSITE | MICHAEL POLLAN | HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND | IN CONVERSATION WITH CHRIS RUSH (THE LIGHT YEARS) | 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. 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, 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. 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. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Piper Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa 85201. More »
THURSDAY, MAY 16
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, May 23 and 30. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Phoenix at 10am on Thursday, May 23. More »
6pm | OFFSITE | MARK MANSON | EVERYTHING IS F*CKED: A BOOK ABOUT HOPE | The bestselling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck shares his latest, a fresh approach to understanding why modern comforts and conveniences are also harming our ability to find meaning in our lives. Tickets available online »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | "WRITE NOW: JUMP-START YOUR SUMMER WRITING" | Silverman and Sussman present a four-part workshop for writers of all genders working in any genre. In this workshop, they’ll offer 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 your 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. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | NISHTA J. MEHRA | BROWN WHITE BLACK: AN AMERICAN FAMILY AT THE INTERSECTION OF RACE, GENDER, SEXUALITY, AND RELIGION | Nishta J. Mehra shares her new book, a collection of intimate and honest essays on motherhood, marriage, love, and acceptance. Brown White Black is a portrait of Nishta J. Mehra’s family: her wife, who is white; her adopted child, Shiv, who is black; and their experiences dealing with America’s rigid ideas of race, gender, and sexuality. Her clear-eyed and incisive writing on her family’s daily struggle to make space for themselves amid racial intolerance and stereotypes personalizes some of America’s most fraught issues. Mehra argues passionately for a more nuanced and compassionate understanding of identity and family. Both poignant and challenging, Brown White Black is a remarkable portrait of a loving family on the front lines of some of the most highly charged conversations in our culture. More »
FRIDAY, MAY 17
6pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | TODD MITCHELL | THE LAST PANTHER | Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and incoming Distinguished Visiting Writer Todd Mitchell for a reading from his newest YA novel The Last Panther. Co-presented by Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | IMAGES OF AMERICA: PHOENIX TELEVISION | Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink discuss and sign their book Phoenix Television, featuring stories and archival photos that let you experience the early days of TV—"a time when the flickering blue light from a new receiver first danced on the curtains of darkened living rooms all over Phoenix." Book sales help fund scholarships for journalism students at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "FAVORITES" | 10 tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Favorites." 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. More »
SATURDAY, MAY 18
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.
5:30-8pm | TEMPE | WRITERS, INK. | Share and critique two to four pages of writing with a group of peers. RSVP (required) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7pm | PHOENIX | COSPLAY PREVIEW HAPPY HOUR | Have a costume you want to test drive before taking it out on the Fan Fusion convention floor? Have more ideas than you can fit into one four-day weekend? Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for Cosplay Happy Hour. Mingle with other cosplayers, enjoy happy hour pricing and a playlist created for your geeky listening pleasure. More »
The Bride Test
by Helen Hoang | Paperback, $15.00 »
“Both Khai and Esme are unexpectedly heartwarming characters to meet in this quick summer read. Khai just wants his mother to stop flying in women from Vietnam to marry him; he may be autistic but he is still an adult. On the other hand, Esme is willing to seduce this quiet young man for a marriage visa if that's what it takes to provide for her family back home...and it is helpful he looks like a movie star. I'll be perfectly honest, I stayed up to an ungodly hour reading most of this book because I just couldn't go to sleep with their story unfinished. If you're a fan of The Kiss Quotient, welcome back to the family. If you're new to Helen Hoang's writing, prepare for a knee-buckling, blush-inducing read.” —Leah
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