#ArtLitPhx: A Reading with Yi Shun Lai

Time: Friday, April 26, 2019

Date: 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Location: Changing Hands Tempe, 6428 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, AZ 85283

Cost: Free

Event Details:

Join author Yi Shun Lai for a community reading from her novel, “Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu,” on Friday, April 26, 2019 at Tempe Changing Hands (6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283) at 6:30 p.m.

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.

Yi Shun will be teaching a class, “From Query Letter to Publication: Navigating the Publishing Eco-system” on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Piper Writers House (450 E Tyler Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287). For more information about Yi Shun’s class, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/classes.

About the Book

Marty hopes to someday open a boutique costume shop, but it’s hard to keep focused on her dream. First comes a spectacular career meltdown that sends her ricocheting between the stress of New York and the warmth of supportive relatives in Taiwan. Then she faces one domestic drama after another, with a formidable mother who’s impossible to please, an annoyingly successful and well- adjusted brother, and surprising family secrets that pop up just when she doesn’t want to deal with them.

Mining the comedic potential of the 1.5-generation American experience, NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK is an insightful and witty portrait of a young woman scrambling to balance familial expectations and her own creative dreams. Copies will be for sale at Changing Hands Bookstore or online at www.spdbooks.org.

About the Author

Yi Shun Lai is the co-publisher and fiction editor for the Tahoma Literary Review, a thrice-annual literary magazine that promotes literary citizenship, transparency, and sustainable literature. She teaches workshops and classes on creative writing and publishing at the Claremont Colleges, the University of La Verne, and other educational institutions, and in Southern New Hampshire University’s online MFA program. Her debut novel, Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu, is in its fourth printing. It was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize in American Humor. She writes regularly for The Writer magazine on the art of publishing and the craft of writing. Find her online @gooddirt on Twitter and on the web at http://www.thegooddirt.org.

#ArtLitPhx: Changing Hands Presents Jonathan Santlofer

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Date: September 24

Time: 7pm-9pm

Event Description:

FREE EVENT. Artist and bestselling author Jonathan Santlofer visits with his powerful new memoir THE WIDOWER’S NOTEBOOK, 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. (Event co-presented by Hospice of the Valley and Temple Chai.)

ABOUT THE BOOK
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 to his 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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jonathan Santlofer is a writer and artist whose work has ben translated into seventeen languages. His fourth novel, Anatomy of Fear, won the Nero Award for best novel of 2009. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. He is also the creator and editor of several anthologies including It Occurs to Me That I Am America, a collection of original stories and art. His paintings and drawings are included in many public and private collections. He lives in New York City.

MORE DETAILS

https://www.changinghands.com/event/september2018/jonathan-santlofer-widowers-notebook

#ArtLitPhx: Rosemarie Dombrowski presents “The Art of Memory in 750 Words or Less”

Rosemarie DombrowskiRosemarie Dombrowski will be hosting a two-part writing workshop on flash memoir, titled “The Art of Memory in 750 Words or Less.” The workshop will take place at Changing Hands in Tempe from 6pm to 8pm on September 11 and September 25. Admission is $35 for both sessions.

During the first class, attendees will read and discuss examples of flash fiction and participate in a writing exercise. They will then receive a take-home writing prompt. In the second class, attendees will workshop their new, original piece of flash memoir and receive individualized feedback.

Rosemarie Dombrowski is a writer with a long list of accomplishments. She is the co-founder of the Phoenix Poetry Series, a poetry editor for Four Chambers Press, the founder of Rinky Dink Press, a three-time Pushcart nominee, and the inaugural Phoenix Poet Laureate. She is also a Senior Lecturer at Arizona State University’s Downtown campus. You can read more about her accomplishments on her website.

For more information about the workshop and to register, click here.

Contributor Update: Come Together With Mary Sojourner

Good afternoon, everybody! Today, we are excited to announce that past contributor Mary Sojourner, featured in the Fiction section of both our 3rd and 10th issue, will be teaching a women’s writing circle at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe this Sunday, April 2, from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. Details can be found here. This wonderful opportunity coincides with a reading/book signing of Mary’s new book “The Talker,” out now from Torrey House Press. The price of admission is just purchasing a copy of “The Talker,” so if you’re at the reading and want your copy signed, joining the writing circle is a breeze! Come through, hear selections from “The Talker,” and come together as part of our wonderful writing community!

Go to this reading, buy this book!
The cover of Mary Sojourner’s new book “The Talker.”

#ArtLitPhx: Friday Poetry with Jeredith Merrin at Changing Hands

jeredith-merrinJeredith Merrin will be reading from her new book Owling this Friday, October 14 at 7 p.m. at Changing Hands Tempe. Her latest poetry collection won the 2016 Grayson Books Chapbook competition.

Merrin, brought up in the Pacific Northwest, took her MA in English (specializing in Chaucer), and a PhD from UC Berkeley in Anglo-American Poetry and Poetics. Cup, a special honoree in the 2013 Able Muse Book Award, is her third collection; her previous books are Shift and Bat Ode (University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets series). She’s authored an influential book of criticism on Marianne Moore and Elizabeth Bishop. Her reviews and essays (on Moore, Bishop, Clare, Mew, Amichai, and others), and poems have appeared in Paris Review, Slate, Ploughshares, Southwest Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. A retired Professor of English (The Ohio State University), Merrin lives near Phoenix.

For more information, please visit Changing Hands website.