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Jonathan Santlofer with his memoir about marriage and grief Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir Amy Lukavics shares her latest thriller with special guest authors

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Gretchen Bonaduce: Surviving Agent Orange


Surviving Agent Orange
Gretchen Bonaduce

Reality star Gretchen Bonaduce visits Phoenix 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. Musician, reality star, and mother of two, Gretchen's story takes a fun and funny look at a life in and around the spotlight.

In conversation with celebrity medium Allison DuBois, Gretchen will talk about surviving a difficult marriage, being in the spotlight, and much more! More »

With talent, tenacity, and charisma, GRETCHEN BONADUCE has proven time and again that she can overcome adversity and make her dreams come true. She was the Executive Producer two seasons of the VH1 hit show, Breaking Bonaduce in 2005/2006. She has appeared on numerous talk shows over the years including, Oprah, Phil Donahue, The Other Half, Love Lounge, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Biography, and Dr. Phil. In her spare time, she fronts the Los Angeles based band The Fatal 80's. The band has opened for several 80's groups including Missing Persons, The Tubes, Flock of Seagulls, and the Motels. The Fatal 80's are currently being considered to play international resorts around the globe. She is the proud mother of two children, Countess Isabella, and Count Dante, two kitties, David Bowie and Ini kitty, dogs Harley, Joffrey, and Brooklyn, all rescues.

ALLISON DUBOIS's unique story, the inspiration for the pilot for the hit NBC TV series Medium, started during her senior year at Arizona State University while she was interning at the D.A.'s office. Soon after, researchers at the University of Arizona validated her ability through a series of tests that were published in academic journals. In addition to the television show and her New York Times best selling books, she writes a weekly advice column for New Idea Magazine in Australia. She has conducted hundreds of live events across the globe and tens of thousands of personal readings. She appears on television frequently, with the highlight being the Oprah Winfrey show. She still provides pro-bono assistance to Law Enforcement when she accepts a case. Allison happily resides in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband Joe.


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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 »

7-8:30pm | TEMPE | JUMP START YOUR FALL GARDEN WITH FARMER GREG | 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. He'll walk you through the three most important things to know about starting your garden to successfully grow your own veggies in the desert, and discover your way into an incredible edible fall garden. More »
The author of the internationally bestselling The Death Artist visits with his powerful new memoir, the portrait of a marriage, an account of the complexities of finding oneself single again after losing your spouse, and a story of the enduring power of familial love. On a summer day in New York, Santlofer discovers his wife, Joy, gasping for breath on their living room couch. After a frenzied 911 call, an ambulance race across Manhattan, and hours pacing in a hospital waiting room, a doctor finally delivers the fateful news. Consumed by grief, Jonathan desperately tries to pursue life as he always had—writing, social engagements, and working on his art—but finds it nearly impossible to admit his deep feelings of loss to anyone, not even his to beloved daughter, Doria, or to himself. As Jonathan grieves and heals, he tries to unravel what happened to Joy, a journey that will take him nearly two years. Co-presented by Hospice of the Valley. More »

7pm | PHOENIX | TEEN EVENT | AMY LUKAVICS: NIGHTINGALE | ABIGAIL JOHNSON: THE FIRST TO KNOW | KELLY DEVOS: FAT GIRL ON A PLANE | Local YA horror author Amy Lukavics presents her latest thriller with special guests Abigail Johnson and Kelly Devos. More »
7pm | TEMPE | REBECCA FISH EWAN | BY THE FORCES OF GRAVITY | Poet, cartoonist, and writer Rebecca Fish Ewan shares her illustrated coming-of-age memoir, told through drawings and free verse. Set in 1970s Berkeley, California, Rebecca's story reflects on a childhood friendship cut short by tragedy. In an era of laissez-faire parenting, Rebecca drops out of elementary school and takes up residence in a kids' commune — no parents allowed! — and we follow her, bestie Luna, and their hippie cohorts as they search for love, acceptance, and cosmic truths. More »

6:30pm | PHOENIX | ALFREDO CORCHADO | HOMELANDS | The prizewinning journalist and immigration expert presents the sweeping story of the great Mexican migration from the late 1980s to today. AP correspondent Anita Snow moderates a talk, "The Border, the Epicenter of Our Homelands," with Corchado. More »
Join us at First Draft Book Bar (the wine and beer bar inside Changing Hands Phoenix) for a discussion of this month's pick, James A. McLaughlin's Bearskin. Stop by either Changing Hands location or order online to get your copy of Bearskin 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 »

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
6pm | TEMPE | FAMILY EVENT | SHANNON HALE, DEAN HALE, & LEUYEN PHAM | THE PRINCESS IN BLACK AND THE SCIENCE FAIR SCARE | Award-winning husband-and-wife team Shannon Hale and Dean Hale, along with illustrator LeUyen Pham, present the latest installment of their bestselling Princess in Black series. More »

6:30-8pm | TEMPE | ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION GROUP TRAINING | The Alzheimer's Association is providing a monthly, drop-in, open support group for people living with Early Stage/Early Onset dementia and their care partners, and others providing care giving for those living with dementia. RSVP to Rose Urbano-Spencer or Melissa Del-Colle at 602.528.0545 and leave a voicemail with your name and a contact number. All Alzheimer's Association services, including support groups are free of charge. More »
The award-winning journalist shares the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how her quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. More »



by Hagar Peeters, Vivien Glass (Translator) | Paperback, $18.95 »

Malva His birth name, Neftali Reyes, is not as widely recognized as his pen name, Pablo Neruda; the name he gave his only child, Malva Marina Trinidad Reyes, is lesser known yet. Born with a grave disorder, she died a child, far from her father, and voiceless. But the voice and musings given to Malva's ghost, in this disarming novel by the Dutch poet Hagar Peeters (whose own father perished in an act of Chilean political violence), as well as the companions Malva finds in the beyond, lifted me across oceans and decades, effortlessly. The tumultuous decades, the pain turned poetry, are eased for us through Malva's sweetness; Peeters gives her such life, one can only be grateful.  —Claudia

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