THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
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 15, 22, and 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 Thursdays, August 15, 22, and 29. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | RICK UNKLESBAY | ARBITRARY DEATH: A PROSECUTOR'S PERSPECTIVE ON THE DEATH PENALTY | Deputy Pima County Attorney Rick Unklesbay presents his book, Arbitrary Death. In a career spanning four decades, Unklesbay tried over one hundred murder cases that ended with sixteen men and women receiving the death sentence. His book offers an insider's view from someone who has spent decades prosecuting murder cases and who now argues that the death penalty doesn't work and that our system is fundamentally flawed. Arbitrary Death is for anyone who wonders why and when its government seeks to legally take the life of one of its citizens—and may have you questioning whether you can support a system that applies death as an arbitrary punishment, often decades after the sentence was given. More »
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
5-7pm | TEMPE | 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 also get a sneak peek at forthcoming buzz books, learn about in-store book fairs, and discover how to get acclaimed authors into your school. Afterwards, join us for a meet-and-greet with Gilly Segal and Kimberly Jones, authors of the YA debut I'm Not Dying with You Tonight. Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give, calls it "an absolute page turner . . . a compelling and powerful novel that is sure to make an impact." You can get your books pre-signed and stick around for VIP access to their public event at 7pm! More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | GILLY SEGAL AND KIMBERLY JONES | I'M NOT DYING WITH YOU TONIGHT | The YA authors discuss their new novel in Tempe. Lena and Campbell aren't friends. Lena has her killer style, her awesome boyfriend, and a plan. She knows she's going to make it big. Campbell, on the other hand, is just trying to keep her head down and get through the year at her new school. When both girls attend the Friday-night football game, what neither expects is for everything to descend into sudden mass chaos. Chaos born from violence and hate. Chaos that unexpectedly throws them together. They aren't friends. They hardly understand the other's point of view. But none of that matters when the city is up in flames, and they only have each other to rely on if they're going to survive the night. More »
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME | FEATURING BRUCE THE BEAR | Bring the kids to the mother of all storytimes! Changing Hands is proud to partner with Nevaeh McKenzie (Miss Gay Arizona America 2015) to present special guest star Bruce, a grumpy bear who finds himself mothering three baby geese, as featured in Ryan T. Higgins' E.B. White Read-Aloud Award winning picture book Mother Bruce. Families are invited to come together for activities promoting inclusivity and love. Proceeds from donations will benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. $5 donation per family of four. All donations benefit Phoenix Pride Scholarship. More »
2pm | TEMPE | TWEEN EVENT | HEATHER KASSNER | THE BONE GARDEN | The local debut author presents her illustrated fantasy novel about a girl made of dust and bone and imagination who seeks the truth about the magic that brought her to life. Irréelle fears she's not quite real. Only the finest magical thread tethers her to life—and to Miss Vesper. But for all her efforts to please her cruel creator, the thread is unraveling. Irréelle is forgetful as she gathers bone dust. She is slow returning from the dark passages beneath the cemetery. Worst of all, she is unmindful of her crooked bones. When Irréelle makes one final, unforgivable mistake by destroying a frightful creature just brought to life, Miss Vesper threatens to imagine her away once and for all. Defying her creator for the very first time, Irréelle flees to the underside of the graveyard and embarks on an adventure to unearth the mysterious magic that breathes bones to life, even if it means she will return to dust and be no more. 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.
5:30pm | PHOENIX | HEATHER HILLENBRAND | A GIRL'S MAGIC: THE JOURNEY INTO A GIRL'S LIFE CHANGES | Join author Heather Hillenbrand for a book launch party in Phoenix. A Girl's Magic is an empowering approach to educating girls about menstruation, puberty, and sex. Colorful symbolism, images, and poetry help parents and young girls (7-12) gain a deeper understanding of what it is to be a girl. Attendees will also hear a brief presentation about sex education, view original artwork from the book, and mingle during a cocktail hour over this important topic. A donation of book sales from the event will go to the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence (ACESDV). Please note: This event is primarily for adults. More »
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
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: $10 per person. Purchase day of/at the door in Phoenix. More »
6:30–8:30pm | TEMPE | POETRY ROUNDTABLE | Workshop one of your poems with a group of peers. More info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
6:30pm | PHOENIX | MIND YOUR BUSINESS BOOK CLUB | LOONSHOTS: HOW TO NURTURE THE CRAZY IDEAS THAT WIN WARS, CURE DISEASES, AND TRANSFORM INDUSTRIES | 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 Loonshots by Safi Bahcall. More »
7pm | TEMPE | JOE SACKSTEDER | MAKE/SHIFT | Joe Sacksteder discusses and signs his debut story collection Make/Shift, winner of the 2017 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. These stories showcase a range of tones and techniques, from psychological narratives to highly experimental literary puzzles. ASU professor Matt Bell, author of Scrapper, moderates. More »
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
10:15am | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | BILINGUAL STORYTIME WITH SEÑORA LIBROS | Join us for interactive bilingual storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
7-8:30pm | TEMPE | GREG PETERSON | JUMP START YOUR FALL GARDEN | The founder of the Urban Farm and author of The Urban Farm's Simple Sustainability Series leads a discussion on fall gardening in the desert Southwest. Gardening in Phoenix has a unique set of challenges, but by following some simple yet effective steps, growing will become a lot easier. Join Peterson as he walks you through the three most important things to know about growing your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible, edible fall garden. (And yes, August is the perfect time to start planting!) More »
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
7pm | PHOENIX | FOUND IN TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB | CHINA DREAM | 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 will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from Changing Hands' own First Draft Book Bar. This month we discuss China Dream by Ma Jian, translated by Flora Drew. Ma Daode, a corrupt and lecherous party official, is feeling pleased with himself. He has an impressive office, three properties, and multiple mistresses who text him day and night. After decades of loyal service, he has been appointed director of the China Dream Bureau, charged with replacing people's private dreams with President Xi Jinping's great China Dream of national rejuvenation. But just as he is about to present his plan for a mass golden wedding anniversary celebration, his sanity begins to unravel. Plagued by flashbacks of the Cultural Revolution, Ma Daode's nightmare visions from the past threaten to destroy his dream of a glorious future. This darkly comic fable exposes the damage inflicted on a nation's soul when authoritarian regimes, driven by an insatiable hunger for power, seek to erase memory, rewrite history, and falsify the truth. More »
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 email@example.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 »