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First Friday Poetry City of Girls Social Empathy
First Friday Poetry featuring Benjamin Aleshire and Skye Jackson Bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert shares her latest novel ASU professor Elizabeth Segal presents Social Empathy
Tan France Calypso God is Bigger than a Juice Box
Fashion designer and Queer Eye star Tan France shares his memoir NYT bestseller David Sedaris celebrates the paperback release of Calypso Rebecca Nevius shares her new book, God is Bigger Than a Juice Box
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Featured Event

Elizabeth Gilbert: City of Girls

OFFSITE | 2PM SATURDAY, JUNE 8

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The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses her latest, a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person.

"Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are."

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest.

Now eighty-nine years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other. More »

Featured Workshop

Katrina Shawver presents "Expand Your Writer's Toolbox"

PHOENIX | 6:30-8:30PM MONDAY, JUNE 24

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Author Katrina Shawver (Henry: A Polish Swimmer's True Story of Friendship from Auschwitz to America) leads a workshop that covers tools and techniques that apply to all genres to help make your writing easier, polished, and tight.

Take home lists of key resources every writer should have and know. Practice new ideas for faster writing and using active versus passive tense and specificity to "show not tell." Come prepared to write! More »

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THURSDAY, JUNE 6
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, June 13, 20, and 27. 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, June 13, 20, and 27. More »
5:30pm | TEMPE | GETTING INVOLVED 101 | Volunteer orientation with HandsOn Greater Phoenix. A one-time tax deductible activation donation of $25 applies to ages 19 and older. Info: 602.973.2212 x231 or handsonphoenix.org.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7
7pm | TEMPE | FIRST FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING BENJAMIN ALESHIRE (CURRENCY) AND SKYE JACKSON (A FASTER GRAVE) | Poets Benjamin Aleshire and Skye Jackson read from their recent collections. Open reading follows. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: LITTLE CRITTER | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the popular children's book character Little Critter. More »
2pm | OFFSITE | ELIZABETH GILBERT | CITY OF GIRLS |
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love discusses her latest, a novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. Location: Mesa Arts Center (Ikeda Theater), 1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201. Ticket packages available at changinghands.com. More »
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.

MONDAY, JUNE 10
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 602.274.0067 or online. More »
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | GRIT: THE POWER OF PASSION AND PERSEVERANCE | Join us for "Mind Your Business," a book club for business leaders, managers, entrepreneurs—anyone interested in the art and science of doing business! On the second Monday of each month, Javelina CEO Catherine Alonzo leads a discussion of a business book at Changing Hands Phoenix, home of our First Draft Book Bar. Ranging from how to build and scale a business to how to lead a team, you'll read business book classics as well as new hits. (And get a discount when you purchase the selection of the month at Changing Hands.) This month's book is Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. The daughter of a scientist who frequently noted her lack of "genius," Duckworth is now a celebrated researcher and professor. It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance. More »
6:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: jedesign2004@yahoo.com.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. Also join us in Tempe at 10:15am on Tuesdays, June 18 and 25. More »

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | BLOOD OF THE DAWN | Whether you're a seasoned traveler, a voracious reader, or a dreamer who wants to see the world, all are invited to our newest book club focused on international literature. In Found in Translation we'll delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from our own First Draft Book Bar, located inside Changing Hands Phoenix. This month we discuss Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez. Blood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what's known as "the time of fear" in Peruvian history, when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak. The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ELIZABETH A. SEGAL | SOCIAL EMPATHY: THE ART OF UNDERSTANDING OTHERS |
ASU School of Social Work professor Elizabeth Segal presents her latest, Social Empathy, in which she explores the ways we can develop our ability to understand one another and have compassion toward different social groups. When we are socially empathic, we not only imagine what it's like to be another person, but we consider their social, economic, and political circumstances and what shaped them. Segal explains the evolutionary and learned components of interpersonal and social empathy, including neurobiological factors and the role of social structures. Ultimately, empathy is not only a part of interpersonal relations—it is fundamental to interactions between different social groups and can be a way to bridge diverse people and communities. A clear and useful explanation of an often misunderstood concept, Social Empathy brings together sociology, psychology, social work, and cognitive neuroscience to illustrate how to become better advocates for justice. More »

THURSDAY, JUNE 13
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, June 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »

FRIDAY, JUNE 14
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "SWEATING IT" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten storytellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Sweating It." 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. Register online. More »
7pm | OFFSITE | TAN FRANCE | NATURALLY TAN: A MEMOIR | Author and fashion designer Tan France, star of Netflix's overnight sensation Queer Eye, shares his memoir, telling the origin story of one of the few openly gay South Asian men on television. With his trademark wit, humor, and radical compassion, Tan reveals what it was like to grow up gay in a traditional South Asian family, as one of the few people of color in South Yorkshire, England. He shares his winding journey of coming of age, finding his voice (and style!), and how he finally came out to his family at the age of 34, revealing that he was happily married to the love of his life—a Mormon cowboy from Salt Lake City. In Tan's own words, "The book is meant to spread joy, personal acceptance, and most of all understanding. Each of us is living our own private journey, and the more we know about each other, the healthier and happier the world will be." Location: Orpheum Theatre, 203 W Adams St, Phoenix 85003. Ticket packages available at changinghands.com. More »

SATURDAY, JUNE 15
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | REBECCA NEVIUS | GOD IS BIGGER THAN A JUICE BOX | The author and illustrator shares her new book, God is Bigger Than a Juice Box, in which she "brings the bigness of God's love into a child's everyday world of juice boxes, grown ups, and imaginary things. Children ages 2-5 will learn that God loves everyone with a love so big, a heavy lifter machine can't even handle it!" More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | AURORA RISING | Teens meet to discuss Aimee Kaufman and Jay Kristoff's Aurora Rising. The year is 2380, and star pupil Tyler Jones is ready to recruit the squad of his dreams, but his own boneheaded heroism sees him stuck with the dregs. But Ty's squad isn't his biggest problem—that would be Aurora Jie-Lin O'Malley, the girl he's just rescued from interdimensional space. Trapped in cryo-sleep for two centuries, Auri is a girl out of time and out of her depth. But she could be the catalyst that starts a war millions of years in the making, and Tyler's squad of losers, discipline cases, and misfits might be the last hope for the entire galaxy. NOBODY PANIC. More »
4pm | TEMPE | DAVID SEDARIS | CALYPSO | David Sedaris, the bestselling author of Barrel Fever and Me Talk Pretty One Day, celebrates the paperback release of his personal and darkly hilarious new book Calypso. 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 best. Ticket packages available on changinghands.com. 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.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16 | HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Magic for Liars: A Novel

by Sarah Gailey | Hardcover, $25.99 »

Magic for Liars If you're in the mood for something odd, maybe with dark humor, some late night bar-visiting, and magic spells gone wrong, this book literally has it all. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it up, but it continued to surprise me. Despite the murder-mystery plot, the dark humor side of it wins; imagine Jessica Jones falls grudgingly into the world of The Magicians, and you have the tone of Magic for Liars. It is creative and genre-breaking. A good read for the cynic as well as the daydreamer.  —Leah

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