#ArtLitPhx: Found in Translation

Found in Translation: Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez

Changing Hands Book Club

found in translation

This month we’ll discuss Blood of the Dawn by Claudia Salazar Jimenez.

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. Sometimes visiting other countries doesn’t always give travelers an insider’s view into foreign cultures; sometimes we are still too outside, too different, to get at the heart of a place. Often the best way to understand distant lands and peoples is to read their literature, to get inside the head of a foreign author, to hear their myths and fairy tales molded around words they penned in their mother tongue.

In Found in Translation, we will delve into a work of international literature in a small group setting while enjoying coffee, beer, or wine drinks from First Draft Book Bar, located in Changing Hands Phoenix.

Stop by Changing Hands Phoenix or Tempe (or order online by clicking “add to cart” below) to get your copy of Blood of the Dawn for 10% OFF.

Then meet us at First Draft Book Bar to discuss the pick and enjoy happy hour prices all through the event.

FREE PARKING / LIGHT RAIL

  • Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

ABOUT THE BOOK 
Blood of the Dawn follows three women whose lives intertwine and are ripped apart during what’s known as “the time of fear” in Peruvian history when the Shining Path militant insurgency was at its peak. The novel rewrites the conflict through the voice of women, activating memory through a mixture of politics, desire, and pain in a lucid and brutal prose.

Claudia Salazar Jimenez (b. 1975, Lima, Peru), critic, scholar, and author, founded PERUFEST, the first Peruvian film festival in New York, where she lives, and won the 2014 Americas Narrative Prize for her debut novel, Blood of the Dawn.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix 

Date: Wednesday, June 12

Time: 7 p.m.

For more information about the event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: Read Better Be Better Film Screening

Read Better Be Better and Save Our Schools AZ are teaming up to host a free screening of the documentary, “Backpack Full of Cash,” for film lovers and education advocates.

This film, narrated by Matt Damon, examines the effects of the growing trend of privatizing public education. This film can only be accessed through private screening. Bring folding chairs, pillows or blankets to fully enjoy your spot in the gym as there is no formal seating. Read Better Be Better will serve popcorn and soft drinks.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Montecito Community School Gymnasium, 715 E. Montecito Ave., Phoenix

Date: Friday, May 31

Time: 7 to 9 p.m.

Click here to register.

#ArtLitPhx: Writing Workshop with Sandra Marinella

Writing Workshop with Sandra Marinella

The Story You Need To Tell: Embracing Your Creative Voice

book cover

Author Sandra Marinella (The Story You Need to Tell) leads a workshop on writing and exploring the power of your personal stories to heal, grow, and transform your life.

Your story matters. Ignite your passion for finding and writing down your stories in ways that will reveal your unique voice and unleash your personal creativity. This four-session workshop will share prompts to guide you to the stories you want to tell, explore writing that will show you how to develop your voice, and experiment with creative strategies to enhance your writing. This workshop will engage writers of all levels and provide opportunities to share your writing in a positive environment. Enrollment will be limited.

WORKSHOP DETAILS

  • Cost: $80 for four sessions, 10am-12pm Mondays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24
  • Register below or on the Eventbrite page.
  • No refunds within one day of the event.

ABOUT THE HOST 
A local, award-winning writing teacher and author SANDRA MARINELLA, MA, MEd, has taught thousands of students and fellow educators and presented hundreds of workshops to veterans, teachers, writers, and cancer patients about the power of our personal stories to heal, grow, and transform our lives. Sandra founded the Story You Need to Tell Project which provides workshops on the power of transformational story telling and personal writing. Profits from her book support cancer research and provide educational scholarships as well as writing workshops for those in need. She lives in Chandler, Arizona. Discover more at www.storyyoutell.com.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix 

Dates: June 3, 10, 17, and 24

Time: 10 a.m. to noon

For more information about the event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: LACDA Art Competition

Are you an artist? Enter the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

Forty artists and photographers will be selected! The selected winners receive one print up to 24×36 on museum quality paper to be shown in an international group exhibition in our gallery. The show will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artists. Multiple entries are permitted, separate entry fee required for each set of three images submitted.

photo of art gallery

Deadline for Entries: May 27, 2019
Winnners Announced: June 3, 2019
Exhibit Dates: June 13-July 6, 2019


LACDA Artists’ Reception: Saturday, June 15, 6-9pm

Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 13, 7-9pm

Curating Jurors: 

Bryan Barcena, 
MoCA, Museum of Contemporary Art

Nicholas Barlow
LACMA, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Complete information: http://lacda.com/juried/juriedshow.html

Online registration only. 
For questions email us at lacda@lacda.com

#ArtLitPhx: Lisa Windgate: Before We Were Yours

The bestselling author and former journalist shares her latest, a New York TimesUSA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling historical fiction.

Before We Were Yours book cover

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family’s Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge—until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents—but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility’s cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family’s long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Lisa Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

PARKING / LIGHT RAIL

  • Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.
headshot of Lisa Windgate

ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.

EVENT INFORMATION:

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix

Date: Friday, May 24

Time: 7 p.m.

For more information about this event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: KJZZ Arizona StoryFest and Authors Showcase

Date: Saturday, June 1, 2019, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: 
Mesa Convention Center, Building C, 201 N Center St, Mesa, AZ 85201
Type(s): 
Community Event, Reading, Talk, Workshop
Genre and Form(s): Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, Mixed Genre, Poetry, Storytelling
Cost: Free – $10

About this Event 

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing is partnering with local radio station and NPR affiliate KJZZ for their Arizona StoryFest & Authors Showcase, Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center, Building C, 201 N. Center St.

The event features storytelling, readings, workshops, activities for children, and more. While entry to the event is free, tickets for the main storytellers stage are $10. Proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, a non-profit organization providing audio access to information for people with disabilities. 

Table space is also available for local authors. Full tables are $80; half tables are $40. Exhibitor spaces are available for $100. To learn more about tabling, you can review the author guidelinessubmit an application, or visit KJZZ’s website at http://storyfest.kjzz.org.

StoryFest is produced in partnership with South Mountain Community College’s Storytelling Institute, the Arizona Storytellers Project, and the Arizona Republic. 

For more information about this event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: Our Hearts Go Out to You

Superstition Review is sad to share that Four Chambers Press is closing. Please join us in thanking this group for their strong support of the local literary community by attending the Four Chambers’ Final Farewell, “Our Hearts Go Out to You.”

A note from Four Chambers Press:

After five years of pumping literary blood through our local community, Four Chambers officially flatlined in January, 2019. But even though we’re gone, our stories and poems live on in you. Please. We don’t want your money. We just want your love. Let us give you a piece of our heart.

Join us on Sunday, May 19th from 4 to 6 pm at Changing Hands Phoenix and help us finally put this thing to rest. We have 1,000 books and artwork that we would like to give away for free. Maybe they’ll find a home on your coffee table, or in your bathroom, or your classroom, or your child’s Christmas stockings. Who knows. Wherever it may be, we hope Four Chambers can occupy a space in your life and the life of Phoenix as we all continue to work, collaborate, and create in the ever-growing Phoenix literary community. (There will also be a short reading at 5:30.) We’re so grateful to have been a part of it. We hope to see you there.

**If you are a local creative writing or literature professor or instructor and would like a specific Four Chambers title in bulk, please email kelsey.fcp@gmail.com for availability and reservation.

Event Information:

Day: Sunday, May 19

Time: 4 to 6 p.m.

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Suite 1, Phoenix

#ArtLitPhx: Images of America: Phoenix Television

Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink discuss and sign their book Phoenix Television, featuring stories and archival photos that let you experience the early days of TV—”a time when the flickering blue light from a new receiver first danced on the curtains of darkened living rooms all over Phoenix.”

Photo of book cover of Images of American: Phoenix Television

Immediately following World War II, television burst upon the American scene. Radio had been the popular way of receiving news and entertainment during the war years, but now, television could provide pictures to illustrate radio’s programs. It was like having your own personal movie theater in your living room. Although isolated in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix citizens were not to be denied the wonders of this new communication medium. KPHO-TV, Channel 5, signed on the air on December 4, 1949, with a selection of programs from all four television networks. Channels 12, 10, and 3 were soon to follow, and the lifestyles of the residents of Phoenix would never be the same. The flickering blue light from the Magnavox or RCA receivers danced on the curtains of the darkened living rooms all over town. Now Phoenicians could experience the televised dramas from New York City or view the films of Hollywood with just the flip of a switch—and maybe some careful adjustment of the rabbit ears.

Book sales help fund scholarships for journalism students at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

PARKING / LIGHT RAIL

  • Don’t want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS 
Dr. John E. Craft and Lisa Honebrink both are members of the Board of the House of Broadcasting Museum in Phoenix. Craft is a member of the faculty of the Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, and Honebrink has been a television producer and spokesperson as part of her public relations career in Arizona.

EVENT INFORMATION

Location: Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix

Date: Friday, May 17

Time: 7 p.m.

For more information about the event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: A Reading with Todd Mitchell

Join the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing for a community reading and book signing with young adult author Todd Mitchell on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 S. McClintock Drive, Tempe.

While encouraged, RSVPs are purely for the purposes of monitoring attendance, gauging interest, and communicating information about parking, directions, and other aspects of the event. You do not have to register or RSVP to attend this event. This event is open to the public and free.

Todd will be teaching his class, “Wild Transformations: Vital Secrets for Creating Compelling Narratives” on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House. To learn more about Todd’s class, visit our website at https://piper.asu.edu/classes/todd-mitchell/wild-transformations.

About the Book 

The Last Panther follows the adventures of Kiri, an eleven-year-old girl who lives in a post-climate disaster swamp with her scientist father and her pet rat, Snowflake. When Kiri helps her father capture the last known wild panther, her life in the swamp becomes threatened by poachers and collectors, and she embarks on a dangerous journey to save the panther and herself. Giant sea turtles, climate refugees, and mystical encounters with the Shadow that Hunts populate this fast-paced, heart-pounding tale. (For ages 9 & up.)

About the Author 

Photograph of Todd Mitchell with dog

Todd Mitchell

Todd Mitchell is the author of several award-winning books for young readers and teens including The Last Panther (2018 Colorado Book Award Winner and Green Earth Honor Book Award winner), The Traitor King, The Secret to Lying (Colorado Book Award Winner), and Backwards (CAL Award Winner). He created the graphic series Broken Saviors (available on Comixology), and co-wrote the graphic novel A Flight of Angels(Vertigo, a YALSA “Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens”). Currently, he serves as Director of the Beginning Creative Writing Teaching Program at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with his wife, dog, and two wise daughters. You can visit him (and learn about his squirrel obsession) at www.ToddMitchellBooks.com.

For more information about this event, click here.

#ArtLitPhx: Books | Beats | Bites with the Heard Museum

picture of stickers

Make stickers with Steven Paul Judd

Looking for enrichment, creativity, and fun? Join the Heard Museum on May 11 for the continuing 2nd Saturday Series.

This month the Heard Museum will host, Books | Beats | Bites: food, music, and interesting titles. Come and browse the many selections of cookbooks, children’s books, American Indian genre, Southwestern-themed novels, and many other tables throughout the marketplace. We will be joined by artist, Steven Paul Judd (Kiowa/Choctaw.) He will host a maker space to create stickers for your own sticker book. Also, try out a new delicious Native foods dish from our tasting table. Authors, Laura Tohe, and Evangeline Parsons Yazzie will be on-site with their wonderful books. Join Wasted Ink Zine Distro, and make and take your very own zine and express yourself during the open-mic session with authors and poets at 1 p.m.

Catch our continual Scene and Heard Film Series, for a showing of Taqwacore, Recommended for mature audiences, at 11:30 a.m.

Zines
Wasted Ink Zine Distro
rinky dink press

Bookstores and Publishers
Palabras Bookstore
Holum Press
Hoot N Waddle

Authors 
Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Laura Tohe

Poetry
Imogen Arate, Poets and Muses

Event Details:

Saturday, May 11
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location:
Heard Museum Campus, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix

For more information, visit the Heard Museum website.