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Political activist Alex Beard visits with his latest children's book James Frey presents his highly anticipated new novel Katerina Ellen Hopkins shares her YA novel tackling gun violence
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Sassan Afshin and Frances Lechner: "21 Days in Iran"


Sassan Afshin
Frances Lechner

Join us in Tempe for a double presentation, including a close-up view of Iran from a recent trip by a Tempe resident who was born in Ahvaz (in southwestern Iran) and a thumbnail sketch of the country by an American former Tempe resident who visited Iran in 2015. Both trips lasted 21 days. More »

FRANCES LECHNER, former resident of Tempe and Phoenix, spent three weeks in Iran in 2015. She holds an Iranian passport, and plans to return for a month for the Persian New Year in spring of 2019. Frances taught junior high school students, worked at Tempe's Gentle Strength Co-op during some of its most tumultuous years, and then worked for the United Dairymen of Arizona for 27 years. She is a graduate of Project CENTRL, a rural and agricultural leadership organization. Frances and her husband Emad Mohit now live in Yarnell, Arizona, where both are involved in community organizations. They and their cat Meshki , and their home survived the Yarnell Hill Fire of 2013.

Iran is in the headlines on a daily basis. A president called it one of "the axis of Evil." The Arizona senator sang a new version of the Beach Boys song: "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran!" What do we really know about Iran and its people? Hello, my name is Sassan Afshin. I was born in Ahvaz, Iran. I live in Tempe AZ. I am a teacher. In spring of 1976, when I was 12 years old, I found out I was coming to the U.S. I was in junior high in one of the top schools in Tehran and decided not to bother studying anymore. Two days before my departure in June 1976, I had failed four out of my six classes. Four days later, I was sitting on grass in a park in Chicago eating Kentucky Fried Chicken (original recipe). 30 years pass. It's 2006, I just received my renewed Islamic Republic of Iran passport and I am ready to go! After 2 kids and a failed marriage I was yearning to go back to my country. I had so much fun, I decided to go back again six months later. Fast forward to 2018, and I have just made another trip to my homeland. This time I paid more attention to details. I looked at everyday life. Opened a bank account. Signed a business contract. Visited many homes and paid attention to people's daily lives. I'd like to share these images, memories and stories with you. This will be a personal perspective with observations about the economy and the impact of the sanctions.


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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 20 and 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
Come discover mindfulness skills that you and your child can learn and share to create happiness, comfort and fun through art and yoga classes. Parents and kids will learn different yoga poses based on each week's theme and do a coordinating art project. Cost: $15 for each parent/child unit for three sessions, September 13, 20, and 27. Ideal for ages 2-5 years. Parents are invited to bring yoga mats as they will be provided for children only. $5 for each additional child (for three sessions). Register at 480.730.0205 or online. Drop in fee for an adult and child is $5 per session, call for more details. More »
6:30pm | TEMPE | PRESENTATION ONLY | SASSAN AFSHIN AND FRANCES LECHNER | "21 DAYS IN IRAN" | Join us in Tempe for a double presentation, including a close-up view of Iran from a recent trip by a Tempe resident who was born in Ahvaz (in southwestern Iran) and a thumbnail sketch of the country by an American former Tempe resident. More »
7pm | PHOENIX | STEVE MARTINO | DESERT GARDENS OF STEVE MARTINO | The award-winning landscape architect discusses landscaping for arid climates and signs copies of his new book. For more than 30 years, Martino's pioneering designs have combined dramatic man-made elements with native plants in gardens that honor the natural ecology of the desert. The book features 21 of Martino's projects, including his own Arizona home, which he dubs his "laboratory." Desert Gardens of Steve Martino is written by Caren Yglesias and photographed by Steve Gunther. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | STORYLINE SLAM | SKOOL'D | 10 STORYTELLERS. 6 MINUTES. 1 WINNER. Sign up on to tell a story. Eight names will be drawn from the Electronic Hat and posted the weekend before on the SLAM lineup page. Two more names will be drawn at the beginning of the show on September 14. Ten tellers will then have six minutes each to share a story based on the theme "Skool'd." Five members of the audience will be the judges and the story with the most points at the end of the show receives a $30 cash prize. Cost: $6 in advance, $8 the day of/at the door. Registration at 602.274.0067 or online. More »
7pm | TEMPE | FRIDAY POETRY FEATURING PAUL LOWES | GLASS FRACTURED BY HEAVEN | Join us as teacher, activist, and outdoorsman Paul Lowes recites poetry from his new collection. Lowes also shares stories from his childhood growing up in the Sonoran Desert through many pursuits into his current life as writer, cancer survivor, and "happy young oldster." Open reading follows. More »

11am-12:30pm | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | TEDDY BEAR'S PICNIC | Join us for a Teddy Bear's Picnic! Bring a favorite fuzzy friend or doll for games, stories, and treats. For ages toddler and up. More »
3pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | TEEN ADVISORY BOARD (T.A.B.)| CRUEL PRINCE | Teens meet to discuss Holly Black's New York Times bestseller Cruel Prince, the first book in a stunning new series about a mortal girl who finds herself caught in a web of royal faerie intrigue. 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.

6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | ALEX BEARD | THE LYING KING | Artist, conservationist, and now political activist Alex Beard visits with his latest children's book. Can warthogs fly? Do tigers eat tomatoes? For answers, follow along as Warthog lies his way to the throne in this timeless, yet most timely, tale from the watering hole. Will the truth catch up with the king? Find out as Beard's whimsical animals come to life to illuminate real-world truths for children of all ages. More »


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 Thursday, September 27. More »
10am | PHOENIX | FAMILY EVENT | STORYTIME | Join us for interactive storytime for pre-schoolers and kindergarteners. More »
The New York Times bestselling author of the notorious A Million Little Pieces presents his highly anticipated new novel Katerina. A kiss, a touch. A smile and a beating heart. Love and sex and dreams, art and drugs and the madness of youth. Betrayal and heartbreak, regret and pain, the melancholy of age. Katerina, the new novel by America's most controversial writer, is a sweeping love story alternating between 1992 Paris and Los Angeles in 2018. At its center are a young writer and a young model on the verge of fame, both reckless, impulsive, addicted, and deeply in love. Twenty-five years later, the writer is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior. Written in the same percussive, propulsive style as A Million Little Pieces, Katerina echoes and complements that most controversial of memoirs, and plays with the same issues of fiction and reality that created, nearly destroyed, and then recreated James Frey in the American imagination. More »
7pm | TEMPE | TEEN EVENT | ELLEN HOPKINS | PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE | The bestselling author shares her YA novel tackling gun violence and white supremacy. A gun is sold in the classifieds after killing a spouse, bought by a teenager for needed protection. But which was it? Each has the incentive to pick up a gun, to fire it. Was it Rand or Cami, married teenagers with a young son? Was it Silas or Ashlyn, members of a white supremacist youth organization? Daniel, who fears retaliation because of his race, who possessively clings to Grace, the love of his life? Or Noelle, who lost everything after a devastating accident, and has sunk quietly into depression? One tense week brings all six people into close contact in a town wrought with political and personal tensions. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | GRETCHEN BONADUCE | SURVIVING AGENT ORANGE | IN CONVERSATION WITH ALLISON DUBOIS | Reality star Gretchen Bonaduce visits with her new memoir. Gretchen came onto the scene in the mid-00s, starring in Breaking Bonaduce, a VH1 reality show with her former Partridge Family star husband Danny Bonaduce. Soon after the show ended, they divorced. Surviving Agent Orange focuses on the rest of the story: her eighteen-year marriage to Danny and all that entailed—addiction, infidelity, and the chaos of celebrity, as well as their divorce and her life as a single mother. In conversation with celebrity medium Allison DuBois, Gretchen and Allison will talk about surviving a difficult marriage, being in the spotlight, and much more! More »

4pm | PHOENIX | NANCY MACLEAN | DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS | The award-winning author of Behind the Mask of Chivalry and Freedom is Not Enough presents her latest, an explosive exposé of "the right's relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution." 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:
7pm | TEMPE | RADHA AGRAWAL | BELONG: FIND YOUR PEOPLE, CREATE COMMUNITY, AND LIVE A MORE CONNECTED LIFE | Social entrepreneur, impact investor, and inventor presents her book, a creative blueprint for bringing connectedness back into our lives. It's the great paradox of the digital age, what Radha Agrawal calls "community confusion"—the internet connects us to hundreds, thousands, even millions of people, and yet we feel more isolated than ever, with 1 in 4 Americans saying they have zero friends to confide in. Where are our people? The answer is found in Belong, a highly energetic and beautifully illustrated guide to discovering where and with whom you fit. More »
7:30-9:30pm | PHOENIX | FILM SCREENING | PHX FILM COLLECTIVE | RUSHMORE | FUNDRAISER FOR SAVE OUR SCHOOLS AZ | Changing Hands Phoenix hosts the PHX Film Collective, a group of film fans dedicated to bringing culturally relevant cinema to Central Phoenix, to share movie-going experiences with other film buffs. This month we screen Wes Anderson's Rushmore—starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Olivia Williams. PHX Film Collective will donate 80% of the proceeds from this event to Save Our Schools Arizona. Jessica Wani from SOS AZ will speak before the film about the importance of supporting public schools in Arizona. Tickets free with donation (recommended donation: $8). Register online. More »


She Would Be King: A Novel

by Wayétu Moore | Hardcover, $26.00 »

She Would Be King: A Novel Wayétu Moore's debut novel is an incredible, mythical story of the founding of Liberia, as told through three unique and unforgettable characters: Gbessa, an African woman exiled from her community who cannot die; June Dey, a slave from Virginia with extraordinary strength; and Norman Aragon, half British and half Jamaican Maroon who can disappear at will. Moore weaves in history, magic realism, spirtuality, and just beautiful writing to create a real epic that is unlike any other book.  —Dan

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