SATURDAY, JULY 21
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | CHILDREN OF BLOOD AND BONE | Teens meet to discuss Tomi Adeyemi's instant #1 New York Times bestseller Children of Blood and Bone. More »
5-6:30pm | PHOENIX | SAFWAT SALEEM | "CONCERNED BUT POWERLESS" RECEPTION | Changing Hands Bookstore and R. Pela Contemporary Art gallery host a reception celebrating local artist and longtime friend of the bookstore Safwat Saleem's show "Concerned but Powerless" offering the artist's satirical artwork about adversity that combines several media to create multimedia storytelling experiences. "Using humor as one of the key ingredients allows me to design works that are approachable," Saleem says. "The levity is a crucial starting point for discussions about issues of race, identity, religion and stereotypes — topics that are important to me as a Pakistani-American." R. Pela Contemporary Art is a curatorial project that presents exhibitions by local artists in galleries throughout Arizona. 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.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
7pm | PHOENIX | FIRST DRAFT BOOK CLUB | THERE THERE | Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, Tommy Orange's There There. Here is a voice we have never heard—a voice full of poetry and rage, exploding onto the page with stunning urgency and force. Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of There There 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 »
THURSDAY, JULY 26
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. Baby Time gives your baby the opportunity to hear lots of language while you get to know other families with young children. More »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 27
5:30-10:30pm | PHOENIX | CRAFT RAVE | Changing Hands hosts five non-stop hours of crafting, featuring one-on-one instruction from Arizona artisans. Enjoy music, hourly raffle giveaways, and refreshments at our very own First Draft Book Bar and our neighbor, Southern Rail Restaurant. Admission: $4 (plus fees) per person. Register at the door or online. Once inside, buy any number of $5 tickets at the ticketing table and exchange a set number of tickets (varies by craft) to participate in a crafter's hands-on project. More »
7pm | TEMPE | COLLEEN HOOVER | ALL YOUR PERFECTS | The #1 New York Times bestselling author of It Ends with Us presents her latest novel about a troubled marriage and the one old forgotten promise that might be able to save it. Quinn and Graham's perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair. All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people? More »
SATURDAY, JULY 28
2-4pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS' HARRY POTTER PARTY | Attention muggles, wizards, and witches! Changing Hands Tempe is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone with an epic Harry Potter Party for kids! (We'll have a kids' party in Phoenix as well, and a "Defense Against the Dark Arts" party for grown-ups at our First Draft Book Bar.) Which character are you? Are you prefect material? Quidditch team captain? Test your skill at History of Magic, Charms, Potions, and much more with games, activities, and crafts. You'll even earn galleons to spend at our pop-up Honeydukes! Wizards who pass their end-of-term report will earn an exclusive collectible 2018 button. So grab your wand, dust off your broom, and don't forget to come dressed as your favorite character! Cost: $8 plus fees. Register at 480.730.0205 or online. More »
5-7pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | KIDS' HARRY POTTER PARTY | See above for details. Cost: $8 plus fees. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | TAROT READINGS | Sonya Stockhaus "The Joy Detective." Cost: $20 for 15 minutes. Registration at 480.730.0205.
8-11pm | PHOENIX | DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS: A HARRY POTTER PARTY FOR GROWN-UPS | An evil is rising in the land. Are you prepared? Can you pass your Defense Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. examination? Come dressed in your best wizarding (or muggle) clothes and enjoy magical activities, including Magical Creatures, Charms, Potions, and more. Complete enough activities to achieve your O.W.L. in Defense Against the Dark Arts and earn an exclusive collectible button! We'll also conjure up a Potter-inspired menu, including Butter Beer, Polyjuice Potion, Amortentia Lavender's Love Potion (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), a non-alcoholic Butter Beer Float, and Harry Potter cupcakes! Cost: $10 plus fees. Register at 602.274.0067 or online. More »