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Featured Event

Kathy Cano-Murillo: Forever Frida: A Celebration of the Life, Art, Loves, Words, and Style of Frida Kahlo

PHOENIX | 6-7PM THURSDAY, JULY 11

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Think you know all about Frida? In her new book, Forever Frida, Kathy Cano-Murillo shares fascinating trivia and intriguing details about the famed Mexican artist.

With her colorful style, dramatic self-portraits, hardscrabble backstory, and verve for life, Frida Kahlo remains a modern icon, captivating and inspiring artists, feminists, and art lovers more than sixty years after her death. Forever Frida celebrates all things Frida, so you can enjoy her art, her words, her style, and her badass attitude every day. Viva Frida! More »
 

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Writing Workshop with Rosemarie Dombrowski: Micro-Prose and Prose Poetry: The Art of Writing Concisely

PHOENIX | 6:30-8:30PM MONDAYS, JULY 15, 22, AND 29

AUTHOR PHOTOThe founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series hosts a three-part creative writing workshop.

Participants will examine the tools of each trade—both Micro-Memoir and Prose Poetry—read and discuss representative works in each genre, and produce writing that exemplifies these distinctions. The micro-memoir workshop will take place during the second session, and the prose poetry workshop during the third and final meeting. More »

Writing Workshop with Stella Pope Duarte: Three Easy Steps to Writing a Dynamic Short Story

PHOENIX | 6-8:30PM TUESDAYS, JULY 16 AND 23

AUTHOR PHOTOThe American Book Award-winning author of If I Die in Juárez hosts a two-part writing workshop for writers of all levels.

From the host: "Once upon a time, deep in a great dark forest, lived three bears. The beginning of one of the most beloved fairy tales on earth is about three bears and a little girl named Goldilocks. Stories that become part of our universal experience reveal the human heart. This workshop will zero in on what it means to write a dynamic short story." More »

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Complimentary Wine Tastings
(Hosted by Synergy & First Draft)

1-3PM SATURDAY, JULY 13

AUTHOR PHOTOMossie with Synergy Fine Wines will be pouring free samples of our latest wine options!

Available wines include Maison O.P.P. Pinot Gris, Leitz Riesling, Ruby Donna Moscato, Fiore Nebbiolo D'Alba, Sivas Sonoma Pinot Noir, and Reunion Malbec. 21 and over.

Modern Times Coloring Night (Hosted by Modern Times Brewing & First Draft)

5-8PM MONDAY, JULY 22

AUTHOR PHOTOLove coloring and craft beer? Join us for a Modern Times Coloring Night!

Our Modern Times representative will be on hand with coloring pages, crayons, and watercolor paints. There will be stickers, swag, and an extended Happy Hour pricing for all Modern Times beers! We will be tapping Divergent Paths Hazy Double IPA in addition to our current lineup of Modern Times canned beers. 21 and over.

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THURSDAY, JULY 11
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, July 18 and 25. 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, July 18 and 25. More »
6-7pm | PHOENIX | PRESENTATION AND SIGNING WITH KATHY CANO-MURILLO | FOREVER FRIDA: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE, ART, LOVES, WORDS, AND STYLE OF FRIDA KAHLO |
Think you know all about Frida? In her new book, Forever Frida, Kathy Cano-Murillo shares fascinating trivia and intriguing details about the famed Mexican artist. With her colorful style, dramatic self-portraits, hardscrabble backstory, and verve for life, Frida Kahlo remains a modern icon, captivating and inspiring artists, feminists, and art lovers more than sixty years after her death. Forever Frida celebrates all things Frida, so you can enjoy her art, her words, her style, and her badass attitude every day. Viva Frida! Following the presentation and signing is an art workshop themed around Frida. More »
SOLD OUT | 7:30-9pm | PHOENIX | CRAFT WORKSHOP WITH KATHY CANO-MURILLO | "FOREVER FRIDA" | Revel in the enduring legacy of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo—from the self-portraits to the flower crown, to her iconic eyebrows. Participants will create a mixed media collage of Frida, led by Kathy. All supplies included. Special bonus gift for those who purchase the book in addition to the workshop! Cost: $20 per person (does not include a copy of Forever Frida). Register online. More »

SATURDAY, JULY 13
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: CURIOUS GEORGE | Bring the kiddos and your camera for pictures and a storytime with the one and only Curious George! 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.
6pm | PHOENIX | MEREDITH JORDAN | BELOW THE LINE: ANATOMY OF A SUCCESSFUL MOVIE | Meredith Jordan presents her book, a nonfiction narrative about how major motion pictures are made today using one movie as a vehicle. The author, a journalist embedded with the production of "Last Vegas," follows the people behind the scenes and stops along the way to explain the process and different aspects of the business. The movie stars are well known (Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Mary Steenburgen), but in this book they play supporting roles. Instead, the leads are the people behind the camera, the director (Jon "The Meg" Turteltaub) and a huge cast of artists and artisans, designers, creators, overseers, office and logistical support, editors, and musicians. More »

SUNDAY, JULY 14
3pm | PHOENIX | GETTING THAT NOVEL ON THE PAGE: DESERT SLEUTHS PANEL | The goal of Desert Sleuths, the Phoenix chapter of Sisters in Crime, is to nurture, encourage, guide, and offer fellowship to new writers. New writers like you! From the Sleuths: "Maybe you're one of the thousands of people who would love to write a book but your career has been focused in a non-literary field. Here's your chance to get the lowdown on how to fulfill your dream of becoming an author. Changing Hands is hosting this presentation of beginning and newly published authors who also had writing dreams. They may have been police officers, service workers, lawyers, office workers, or elementary school teachers. Now they're involved in putting their stories on paper. A panel of newbie writers will detail how they have gone from dreamer to writer, including Deb J Ledford, an author and professional content editor who has worked extensively with the panelists. Get your questions answered, listen to the writers' stories, then go home and fire up your computer!" More »

MONDAY, JULY 15
6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH ROSEMARIE DOMBROWSKI | "MICRO-PROSE AND PROSE POETRY: THE ART OF WRITING CONCISELY" | The founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series hosts a three-part creative writing workshop. Participants will examine the tools of each trade (both Micro-Memoir and Prose Poetry), read and discuss representative works in each genre, and produce writing that exemplifies these distinctions. The micro-memoir workshop will take place during the second session, and the prose poetry workshop during the third and final meeting. Cost: $50, for three sessions: July 15, 22, and 29. Register online. More »

TUESDAY, JULY 16
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, July 23 and 30. More »
6-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH STELLA POPE DUARTE | "THREE EASY STEPS TO WRITING A DYNAMIC SHORT STORY" |
The American Book Award-winning author of If I Die in Juárez hosts a two-part writing workshop for writers of all levels. From the host: "Once upon a time, deep in a great dark forest, lived three bears. The beginning of one of the most beloved fairy tales on earth is about three bears and a little girl named Goldilocks. Stories that become part of our universal experience reveal the human heart. This workshop will zero in on what it means to write a dynamic short story." Cost: $40, for two sessions: July 16 and 23. Register online. More »

THURSDAY, JULY 18
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 Thursday, July 25. 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, July 25. More »

FRIDAY, JULY 19
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "MAGIC" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Magic." 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 »

SATURDAY, JULY 20
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | WE HUNT THE FLAME | Teens meet to discuss Hafsah Faizal's We Hunt the Flame. Set in a richly detailed world inspired by ancient Arabia, We Hunt the Flame—first in the Sands of Arawiya duology—is a gripping debut of discovery, conquering fear, and taking identity into your own hands. Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. If Zafira was exposed as a girl, all of her achievements would be rejected; if Nasir displayed his compassion, his father would punish him in the most brutal of ways. Both Zafira and Nasir are legends in the kingdom of Arawiya—but neither wants to be. War is brewing, and the Arz sweeps closer with each passing day, engulfing the land in shadow. When Zafira embarks on a quest to uncover a lost artifact that can restore magic to her suffering world and stop the Arz, Nasir is sent by the sultan on a similar mission: retrieve the artifact and kill the Hunter. But an ancient evil stirs as their journey unfolds—and the prize they seek may pose a threat greater than either can imagine. More »
5pm | PHOENIX | JASMINE GUILLORY | THE WEDDING PARTY |
The New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Date and The Proposal shares her exhilarating new romance. Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend. 2. They hate each other. After an "oops, we made a mistake" night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking, agreeing they would end it once the wedding is over. When it's suddenly pushed up and they only have a few months left of secret rendezvous, they find themselves regretting that the end is near. Two people this different can't possibly have a connection other than the purely physical, right? But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don't fall in love. 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.

 

Black Leopard, Red Wolf

by Marlon James | Hardcover, $30.00 »

Magic for Liars In this heart-pounding fantasy, we follow Tracker, aka Red Wolf, a two-gender outsider who rejects his father's name after he learns that his mother is also his sister. Today, we are blessed with a diverse abundance of queer stories, but there has been a hole in fantasy for rugged, anything-it-takes queers that James is happy to fill. There will be no self-scrutiny over identity here. The Leopard and the Wolf have greater dangers to face.  —Jalen



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