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Space 55 American Hate You Ask Me to Talk about the Interior
Join us for a sample reading of Space 55's upcoming play Arjun Singh Sethi (and panel) discusses his book American Hate Poet Carolina Ebeid reads from her latest collection in Phoenix
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Instagram sensation Atticus shares his new poetry collection Brooke Bessesen with her latest nonfiction book, Vaquita Landscape Architect Steve Martino discusses his new book
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$2 Red Star Sale

PHOENIX | ALL DAY ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 31 AND SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1-3

 
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Four days only: Cheap books and cold drinks at our own First Draft Book Bar.

Books and booze! So cheap you'll weep . . .

Four days only: cold drinks and dirt-cheap books at our own First Draft Book Bar, the wine, beer and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix. Bring a friend, grab a drink at the bar, and start browsing our red-star book sale! We'll have THOUSANDS of great titles waiting for you in the event room, each for just $2. Fiction and nonfiction, hardcover and paperback, all genres, for all readers, all day and all night long. Join us! More »

 

Arjun Singh Sethi: American Hate: Survivors Speak Out

TEMPE | 7PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

 
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In partnership with CAIR-AZ
and Rep. Athena Salman.
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Changing Hands and CAIR-AZ present a panel discussion with Representative Athena Salman, Imraan Siddiqi, and Arjun Singh Sethi about Sethi's new book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out.

The panelists will discuss the spread of hate nationwide, recent incidents of hate at the Tempe mosque, and efforts to improve Arizona's hate crime statute. Audience Q&A and booksigning follows the discussion.


A moving and timely collection of testimonials from people impacted by hate before and after the 2016 presidential election.

In American Hate, Arjun Singh Sethi, a community activist and civil rights lawyer, chronicles the stories of individuals affected by hate. In a series of powerful, unfiltered testimonials, survivors tell their stories in their own words and describe how the bigoted rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration have intensified bullying, discrimination, and even violence toward them and their communities.

We hear from the family of Khalid Jabara, who was murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in August 2016 by a man who had previously harassed and threatened them because they were Arab American. Sethi brings us the story of Jeanette Vizguerra, an undocumented mother of four who took sanctuary in a Denver church in February 2017 because she feared deportation under Trump's cruel immigration enforcement regime. Sethi interviews Taylor Dumpson, a young black woman who was elected student body president at American University only to find nooses hanging across campus on her first day in office. We hear from many more people impacted by the Trump administration, including Native, Black, Arab, Latinx, South Asian, Southeast Asian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh, undocumented, refugee, transgender, queer, and people with disabilities.

A necessary book for these times, American Hate explores this tragic moment in U.S. history by empowering survivors whose voices white supremacists and right-wing populist movements have tried to silence. It also provides ideas and practices for resistance that all of us can take to combat hate both now and in the future. More »

 

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
7pm | TEMPE | FRANK DALY | ENJOY THE RIDE | Discover your true potential through the power you already possess. Wellness coach, public speaker, and author Frank Daly discusses his book Enjoy the Ride, offering practical daily techniques to enhance your ability to objectively explore your beliefs and determine if they are serving you well. More »

FRIDAY AUGUST 31 THROUGH MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
ALL DAY | PHOENIX | RED STAR BOOK SALE | Four days only: Cheap books and cold drinks at our own First Draft Book Bar. Bring a friend, grab a drink at the bar, and start browsing! We'll have thousands of great books waiting for you in the event room, each for just $2. Friday through Monday only at First Draft, the wine, beer, and coffee bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
10am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: SKIPPYJON JONES | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Skippyjon Jones. More »
2pm | PHOENIX / TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | CLUB READ | NIGHTBOOKS |
Calling all tweens! Join us for free pizza as we discuss J. A. White's Nightbooks. Alex's original hair-raising tales are the only thing keeping the witch Natacha happy, but soon he'll run out of pages to read from and be trapped forever. He's loved scary stories his whole life, and he knows most don't have a happily ever after. Now that Alex is trapped in a true terrifying tale, he's desperate for a different ending—and a way out of this twisted place. This modern spin on the Scheherazade story is perfect for fans of Coraline and A Tale Dark and Grimm. With interwoven tips on writing with suspense, adding in plot twists, hooks, interior logic, and dealing with writer's block, this is the ideal book for budding writers and all readers of delightfully just-dark-enough tales. Club Read Badge Members: Get 3 points for attending and 1 point for purchasing the month's pick from Changing Hands. Don't have a free Club Read badge? Ask a bookseller how to get one! More »
5:30-8:30pm | TEMPE | INSIGHTS 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.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4
7pm | PHOENIX | SPACE 55 | FIRST ANNUAL BOOKBURNERS CONVENTION SCRIPTED READING | Join us for a sample reading from Ashley Naftule's play The First Annual Bookburners Convention. When bookseller Francis Neville stumbles upon an unidentifiable grimoire in a book trade, his curiosity gets the better of him. Taking his work home with him proves to have profound consequences for Francis, his brother, and his friends. It turns out that the book is a hot commodity and there are people who are desperate to get their hands on it – people who may not be people at all. Set in a used bookstore in Phoenix, The First Annual Bookburners Convention is a story about workplace misadventures and cosmic horror. Cost: Free. The play runs September 7 through the 30 at Space 55. More »

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 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. 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, September 13, 20, and 27. More »
SOLD OUT | 10am-12pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN | MORNING MEMOIR | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) presents a five-session workshop series. Start the day with stories. Designed for everyone from published authors to secret journal-keepers, this workshop offers prompts and advice to get you writing, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to share your work. Cost: $100 for the five sessions; September 6, 13, 20, 27, and October 4. This workshop has SOLD OUT. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | YOGA STORYTIME | Join us in Tempe for a special storytime with yoga instruction from P.L.A.Y. (Play and Learn through Art and Yoga). Discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort, and fun through art and yoga. Cost: FREE. Please note: there is a three-part PLAY yoga workshop starting on Thursday, September 13. 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.
SOLD OUT | 6:30-8:30pm | PHOENIX | WRITING WORKSHOP WITH AMY SILVERMAN AND DEBORAH SUSSMAN | MOTHERS WHO WRITE | Amy Silverman (My Heart Can't Even Believe It) and Deborah Sussman (ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts) present a ten-session workshop series. Motherhood is the only experience necessary in this workshop for writers of all ages and levels of experience. From published authors to secret journal-keepers, "Mothers Who Write" offers prompts and advice to get you started, as well as a constructive, comfortable setting in which to workshop your writing. Cost: $200 for the ten sessions; September 6, 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1 and 8. This workshop has SOLD OUT. More »
7pm | TEMPE | PANEL DISCUSSION | ARJUN SINGH SETHI | AMERICAN HATE: SURVIVORS SPEAK OUT | Changing Hands and CAIR-AZ present a panel discussion with Representative Athena Salman, Imraan Siddiqi, and Arjun Singh Sethi about Sethi's new book American Hate: Survivors Speak Out. The panelists will discuss the spread of hate nationwide, recent incidents of hate at the Tempe mosque, and efforts to improve Arizona's hate crime statute. Audience Q&A and booksigning follows the discussion. More »

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
7pm | PHOENIX | POETRY READING | CAROLINA EBEID | YOU ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT THE INTERIOR | Changing Hands and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU present poet Carolina Ebeid. Carolina reads selections from her latest collection along with new and other work. Co-presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. More »
7pm | TEMPE | ATTICUS | THE DARK BETWEEN STARS | The Instagram poetry sensation and bestselling author of Love Her Wild shares The Dark Between Stars, a new illustrated collection of heartfelt, whimsical, and romantic poems. In his second collection of poetry, Atticus turns his attention to the dualities of our lived experiences—the inescapable connections between our highest highs and lowest lows. He captures the infectious energy of starting a relationship, the tumultuous realities of commitment, and the agonizing nostalgia of being alone again. While grappling with the question of how to live with purpose and find meaning in the journey, these poems offer both honest explorations of loneliness and our search for connection, as well as light-hearted, humorous observations. As Atticus writes poignantly about dancing, Paris, jazz clubs, sunsets, sharing a bottle of wine on the river, rainy days, creating, and destroying, he illustrates that we need moments of both beauty and pain—the darkness and the stars—to fully appreciate all that life and love have to offer. More »

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | COSTUME STORYTIME: SKIPPYJON JONES | Bring the kiddos and your camera, and join us for stories and pictures with popular children's book character Skippyjon Jones. 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.

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Mirage: A Novel

by Somaiya Daud | Hardcover, $18.99 »

Mirage: A Novel Amani is stolen from her home on the moon of Cadiz and forced to serve as the princess's double for the heartless Vathek, usurpers of her people. With her life at stake, Amani must now learn how to think and act like her enemies while trying to keep true to herself and her own people's outlawed customs and beliefs. Where some young women might become depressed and lose hope from these sudden events and loss of control, Amani boldly embraces her new circumstances with a rare surety; she waits, and she plans. The narration is poetic, the world building beautifully crafted. This Moroccan-influenced fusion of fantasy and science fiction is a positively stunning debut novel.  —Leah


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