Originally from Spain, Olvido García Valdés is one of the most renowned poets in the Hispanic literary community. Last October, Phoenix-based Cardboard House Press published the translated version of her book And We Were All Alive/ Y Todos Estábamos Vivos. Local poet and translator Catherine Hammond will be presenting García Valdés’s award-winning poetry collection at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe this Friday, January 13 at 7 p.m.
If it’s true that “silence is golden,” then the trend of “silent reading clubs” around the Valley is rich indeed. The idea of people showing up at a bar or a coffee shop with books and simply sitting and quietly reading together has its appeal, especially considering how much “information” we’re barraged with these days. This month, two local silent reading groups are hosting events – and one is breaking the silence.
Award winning writer and Phoenix native Stella Pope Duarte’s new book, Raul H. Yzaguirre: Seated at the Table of Power, is the adventure tale we've loved reading since our first chapterbooks as kids... except hers is a nonfiction account of Raul Yzaguirre, prominent civil rights activist, former U.S. ambassador to the Domincan Republic, and presidential professor of practice in community development and civil rights at ASU. We spoke with Duarte ahead of her book signing, tomorrow, Dec. 1, in Mesa.
Though Mindy Tarquini’s debut novel Hindsight has nothing to do with hospitals, it was in a children’s hospital in Philadelphia where she realized her desire to write it. Tarquini was working as an ultrasound technician when she noticed a patient’s mother – who, considering the circumstances, hardly ever smiled – reading Peter Mayle’s “A Year in Provence” and bursting with laughter. She wondered what it would be like to write something so cheerful it could help someone transcend their current circumstances, as grim as they may be, for even a few moments. That thought guided her while writing Hindsight. Tarquini describes her novel as “a layered contemporary fable” about a woman from a tight-knit Italian American family who has the ability to remember all of her past lives and how the lessons learned therein dictate how she lives in the present.
Hindsight, released Tuesday, has already received high praise. Tarquini is originally a native of Philadelphia but now resides in the Valley. She will be hosting her first-ever book signing and reading at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix this evening (Wednesday) at 7 p.m. We chatted with the author about her inspirations for the novel.
The first PHX Zine Fest introduced Downtown Phoenix to dozens of West Coast zine makers Sunday afternoon.
Zines are self-published, DIY magazines – equal parts grandma’s craft closet and anarchic punk concert (basically, on the opposite end of the spectrum as PHOENIX magazine). Find them at art walks, festivals and independent bookstores and music venues (or, make your own in this easy how-to from Rookie magazinie).
Here are our five favorite zines, both for their unique qualities and for how they exemplified key zine traits: DIY spirit, advocacy, creativity and humor:
Several years ago, Laurie Notaro set her TiVo to record “Real Housewives of New Jersey.” In a stroke of luck, the DVR malfunctioned and instead recorded a BBC show about female pilots who had vanished trying to fly over the Atlantic. The largely untold story struck the veteran Valley journalist and “New York Times” bestselling author as something worth digging into, and this week, after years of research and recreating the true stories of three of these unsung aviatrixes and their race to cross the Atlantic, Notaro’s historical novel “Crossing the Horizon” hits shelves from Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books.
Notaro will read from and sign copies of the book, show a short film, and introduce a guest speaker from the Phoenix chapter of women pilots organization the 99s at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 6 (more info here). We recently caught up with the author to discuss “Crossing the Horizon.”
Back in the Golden Age of comic books (around 1940 to the mid ‘50s), comic books were mainly geared toward children. Little boys would save up their rainy day pennies and forgo an ice cream pop or new toy just to read Superman’s latest exploits. Thanks to more mature storylines and the rise of superhero movies, the comic book market eventually crossed age and gender lines.
The pen may be mightier than the sword, but in spoken word it’s a talented tongue that counts. “Spoken word is a form of storytelling,” says local poet Tomas Stanton, host of the annual Spoken World Series at Mesa Arts Center. “The only real difference is that stories can be longer form, and spoken word has the potential for group pieces.”
It takes a lot of money and hard work to run a magazine – we know from experience. So when we heard Four Chambers Press, the Valley's premier literary journal, established a Kickstarter to fund their projects – so much more than just the magazine – for the rest of the year, we thought it was a stroke of genius.
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