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Join us in Phoenix for an intimate concert with The Senators Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild, shares her latest novel K.A. Bledsoe presents her independent debut The Kelton Cases
Moon Route 66 How to do Things Your Phoone won't do Inland
Author Jessica Dunham discusses the untold story of the women of Route 66 David Lastinger presents his independently published guide National Book Award finalist Téa Obreht shares her latest novel
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Educators' Appreciation Night

PHOENIX | 5-6:30PM FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

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FREE EVENT! Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU!

Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Sixth-grade teacher Ginette Rossi, English department head at Arizona School for the Arts, will also speak about using her students' socio-cultural ideas, questions, and interests to build a sustainable curriculum. Through student surveys and programs like the “Book Bistro,” attendees will leave with resources and materials to establish similar practices in any grade! No need to RSVP. Just grab a fellow educator friend—or three, or six, or ten—and join the fun! More »


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The Senators

PHOENIX | 7PM SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

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Join us for an intimate evening with The Senators of stories and stripped-back songs from their upcoming album.
 

"Each of us grew up with music in very different ways. We were high-school band geeks, we spun our parents' Beatles vinyl as loud as we could get away with, playing in garage bands.

Music brought us together in Phoenix, and we gave life to melodies that had been in my head for years. It took some time to realize that our songs, at their core, stem from the the stories we share with each other and the city we're from. These songs speak to love, family, community and the simple beauty of the Southwest.

Now, we want to share with you what we've found together."

- Jesse

The band is currently preparing to release their sophomore album, recorded with Simone Felice in his Catskill Mountain studios in Fall ‘19.

The Senators have showcased in major US markets, opened for Phillip Phillips and other national acts, are licensed for overhead play in all N. America Starbucks locations and have been featured on Billboards Next Big Sound charts. More »

Visit them online at thesenatorsmusic.com

 


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Debbie Harry: Face It

OFFSITE | 7PM SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5

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The name Debbie Harry evokes many images: seminal rock ’n’ roll figure, complex songstress, incandescent front woman, actor and fashion icon. Now, after decades as a vibrant global force and a shaper of pop culture, Debbie Harry recounts her journey from an irreverent Lower East Side punk goddess to a bona fide international ambassador of New York cool in her long-anticipated memoir, Face It.

Join Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry for an illuminating evening with Blondie co-founder and renowned photographer, Chris Stein, and multidisciplinary artist and director, Rob Roth—accompanied by a visual presentation.


DEBBIE HARRY is a musician, actor, activist, and the iconic face of New York City cool. As the frontwoman of Blondie, she and the band forged a new sound that brought together the worlds of rock, punk, disco, reggae and hip-hop to create some of the most beloved pop songs of all time. As a muse, she collaborated with some of the boldest artists of the past four decades. The scope of Debbie Harry’s impact on our culture has been matched only by her reticence to reveal her rich inner life—until now.

In an arresting mix of visceral, soulful storytelling and stunning visuals that includes never-before-seen photographs, bespoke illustrations and fan art installations, Face It upends the standard music memoir while delivering a truly prismatic portrait. With all the grit, grime, and glory recounted in intimate detail, Face It re-creates the downtown scene of 1970s New York City, where Blondie played alongside the Ramones, Television, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

Following her path from glorious commercial success to heroin addiction, the near-death of partner Chris Stein, a heart-wrenching bankruptcy, and Blondie’s breakup as a band to her multifaceted acting career in more than thirty films, a stunning solo career and the triumphant return of her band, and her tireless advocacy for the environment and LGBTQ rights, Face It is a cinematic story of a woman who made her own path, and set the standard for a generation of artists who followed in her footsteps—a memoir as dynamic as its subject. More »

 

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 15
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, August 22 and 29. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime with Mr. Tom for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | ROBERT MCWHIRTER | THE CONSTITUTION AND DONALD J. TRUMP: PART 10 |
Attorney and Bill of Rights expert Robert McWhirter presents the next in his ongoing series about President Trump and the Constitution. As Trump claims to "make America great again," he finds himself repeatedly bumping up against the greatest charter of government on earth: the United States Constitution. Tonight, Robert McWhirter leads a presentation about what the Constitution really says about what Trump wants to do. Topics include the Mueller report, the Constitutionality of getting Trump's tax returns, charging (or not charging) a sitting president with a crime, and whatever else comes up from the headlines or Twitter. McWhirter is the author of Bills, Quills, and Stills and a candidate for Maricopa County Attorney. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16
5-7pm | PHOENIX | EDUCATORS' APPRECIATION NIGHT | Teachers, educators, and librarians, we're celebrating YOU! Enjoy a 20% storewide discount, free refreshments, chair massages, tarot readings, and swag for your classrooms. You'll get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Sixth-grade teacher Ginette Rossi, English department head at Arizona School for the Arts, will also speak about using her students' socio-cultural ideas, questions, and interests to build a sustainable curriculum. Through student surveys and programs like the "Book Bistro," attendees will leave with resources and materials to establish similar practices in any grade! More »

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.) | STEPSISTER | Teens meet to discuss Jennifer Donnelly's Stepsister. Don't just fracture the fairy tale. Shatter it. Isabelle should be blissfully happy—she's about to win the handsome prince. Except Isabelle isn't the beautiful girl who lost the glass slipper and captured the prince's heart. She's the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderella's shoe . . . which is now filling with blood. Isabelle tried to fit in. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty. Sweet. More like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous, and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly stepsisters have always known: it takes more than heartache to break a girl. 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.
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.
7pm | PHOENIX | CONCERT | THE SENATORS | Join us for storytelling and an intimate acoustic set with Phoenix-based folk band The Senators, who are preparing to release their sophomore album, recorded with Simone Felice (Felice Brothers, The Lumineers,The Avett Brothers). After an energetic EP release show in May, the band looks forward to presenting their new album in an acoustic, listening-room atmosphere with readings from some of Phoenix's best poets and writers weaved throughout the set. It will be a uniquely Arizona evening focused on stories about place, home, and the desert Southwest. More »

TUESDAY, AUGUST 20
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 Tuesday, August 27. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | TUPELO HASSMAN | gods WITH A LITTLE g |
Tupelo Hassman, author of Girlchild, shares her latest, gods with a Little g, which Kirkus calls "a melancholy, triumphant, slightly magical coming-of-age tale. Weird and uncomfortable and glorious—just like adolescence." Unsinkable and wrecked by grief, motherless and aimless and looking for connection, Helen Dedleder is a girl with a gift she doesn't want to use and a pack of friends who are all just helping each other get by. So cut off from the rest of the world that even the internet is blocked (never mind traffic in and out), Rosary, California, is run by evangelicals but was named by Catholics. It's a town on very formal relations with its neighbors, one that boasts an oil refinery as well as a sizable population of teenagers. For Helen and her gang of misfits, the tire yard, sex, and beer help pass the days until they turn eighteen and leave town. Her best friends, Win and Rainbolene, late arrivals to Rosary, are particularly keen to depart—Rain because she'll finally be able to get the hormones she needs to fully become herself. Watching over them is Aunt Bev, an outcast like the kids, who runs the barely tolerated Psychic Encounter Shoppe and tries to keep Helen connected to her own psychic talents—a gift passed down from her mother. Tensions are building, though, in every way. Threats against the Psychic Encounter Shoppe become serious actions. One of the kids gets in trouble, and then another. And Helen can see some things before they happen, but somehow can't see the most important things happening right in front of her. More »
7-8pm | PHOENIX | LONG AND SHORT OF IT BOOK CLUB | THE GONE DEAD AND THE MAN WHO SHOT MY EYE OUT IS DEAD | Long and Short of It is a new bimonthly club that explores one book and one story collection connected by a theme. Tonight the group discusses The Gone Dead and The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead, both by Chanelle Benz. The Gone Dead is a debut novel about a young woman who returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father's life and death.The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead is a debut collection about lives across history marked by violence and longing. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copies of The Gone Dead for 20% off and The Man Who Shot My Eye Out is Dead for 10% off. More »

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
7pm | TEMPE | K.A. BLEDSOE | THE KELTON CASES: THE LOST PRINCESS | K.A. Bledsoe presents her independently published debut novel The Kelton Cases: The Lost Princess, the first book in a new sci-fi series about a spacefaring family trying to make a living while staying out of the reach of enemies. Ex-mercenary Lenore Kelton can take care of herself in any dangerous situation. But when the danger involves her family, she begins to wonder if traveling around the galaxy taking odd jobs is the best career choice. Though her husband, Diarmin, seems content to tinker with his machines, their son Quinn, already a master-of-disguise, wants more challenging responsibilities. Their current case, found by computer genius daughter, Allison, sounds harmless enough. The mission is to find a long-lost princess and her companion before the current prince takes the throne. But during the search, the Kelton family find themselves involved in kidnapping, theft, planetary politics, assassinations, and entangled with a powerful, galaxy-wide slave organization. More »

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
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, August 29. 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, August 29. 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.
7pm | PHOENIX | JESSICA DUNHAM | MOON ROUTE 66 ROAD TRIP | The author of the newly revised second edition of Moon Route 66 Road Trip discusses of the untold story of the women of Route 66, complete with a Powerpoint presentation of historical photos. Jessica Dunham has driven thousands of miles along the famed highway. Her practical guide links the existing highways that comprise the original Route 66, introducing travelers to the small towns, big cities, and local surprises along this "bucket list" road trip. But the story of Route 66 isn't complete without the illustrious women who contributed to the road's growth, success, and preservation. Inside every chapter, Dunham offers call-outs that focus on these little-known women doing amazing things. More »

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | "ADULTING" | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER! Ten tellers will have 6 minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Adulting." 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, AUGUST 24
5pm | PHOENIX | DAVID LASTINGER | HOW TO DO THINGS YOUR PHONE WON'T: A COMMON-SENSE GUIDE TO REAL LIFE | Lastinger presents his independently published guide. From the author: "For those of you who are just getting out on your own and are wondering about how to do your own shopping, changing a flat tire, setting up house, and other life events that your phone can't do, this book will help you with quick no bones about it advice. If you are more booksmart than street smart, this will help level the field for you." 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.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
2-3:30pm | TEMPE | CHANTING WORKSHOP WITH PINNA JOSEPH | "THE WAY TO START YOUR CHANTING PRACTICE" | Focus on the breath. Choose simple sounds to correspond with the chakras / bija sounds / seed syllables. Sing a chant or two from a variety of world cultures. Improvise with your favorite sounds. Individualize the practice for each person. Cost: $25. Register online or at 480-730-0205. More »

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
7pm | PHOENIX | TÉA OBREHT | INLAND: A NOVEL | National Book Award finalist Téa Obreht, the New York Times bestselling author of The Tiger's Wife, discusses and signs her new novel Inland, which Entertainment Weekly calls "a bracingly epic and imaginatively mythic journey across the American West." In the lawless, drought-ridden lands of the Arizona Territory in 1893, two extraordinary lives collide. Nora is an unflinching frontierswoman awaiting the return of the men in her life—her husband, who has gone in search of water for the parched household, and her elder sons, who have vanished after an explosive argument. Nora is biding her time with her youngest son, who is convinced that a mysterious beast is stalking the land around their home. Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. The way in which Nora's and Lurie’s stories intertwine is the surprise and suspense of this brilliant novel. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer, as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West, making them entirely—and unforgettably—her own. More »

The Women of the Copper Country

by Mary Doria Russell | Hardcover, $27.00 »

The Women of Copper Country Ms. Russell's fictionalized account of America's Joan of Arc, Annie Clements, is a revelation. It's everything you could hope for from good historical fiction. Meticulously researched, compulsively readable, timely, and relevant -- with so much emotion and heart I found myself weeping more than a few times and having to pause to catch my breath. Ms. Russell has written an utterly beautiful account of a long forgotten chapter in America's history of labor organizing. The Women of the Copper Country deserves to be talked about in the same breath as Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath and Sinclair's The Jungle. I swear to God if Annie Clements isn't already included in Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls she needs to be STAT! Definitely a contender for my favorite book of 2019.  —Elisa

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