Arizona State Library Now Offers Digital Versions of 500-Plus Books About Arizona

Categories: Books, News

Reading Arizona offers digital copies of hundreds of books about Arizona.

Believe it or not, things got pretty wild at the Arizona Library Association conference, held November 13 and 14.

During the event, the Arizona State Library launched Reading Arizona, a new ebook platform which allows members to "check out" digital copies of hundreds of state-centric published works.

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Frank Warren on The World of PostSecret, Confessions on a Rubik's Cube, and the Currency of Intimacy

Categories: Books, Interviews

Courtesy of K.C. Morisseau Jr.
Frank Warren founder and curator of PostSecret is known as "the most trusted man in America."
"I am in love with my boyfriend's cousin." "My bulimia has made me better at giving blowjobs." "I always order chicken fingers when I go out with my friends... Because I still can't cut my own meat."

About a million strangers have told Frank Warren their secrets like these. And he's shared them with the world.

Ten years ago, Warren set out to give strangers the chance to confess their most-protected secrets anonymously for a community art project. On Monday, December 1, the Tuscon-born Warren will return to the Grand Canyon State for a live event and signing of his latest book, The World of PostSecret at Changing Hands Tempe.

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5 Gifts for the Sneakerhead

Gingko Press Inc.
If you're looking for this somewhat-rare book at Changing Hands, make sure to call ahead so they can get it from their warehouse.

Not sure what to get the sneakerhead in your life? You want to get them something sneaker-related, but don't want to shell out $200 for those shoes they've been looking at. Or, worse yet, you're pretty sure they have every pair of sneakers ever made and you wouldn't even know where to start when shopping for them.

Look no further, here's a list of five items from local shops to get the sneakerhead of any age.

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Cary Elwes on Acting, As You Wish, and Andre the Giant's Awesome Hugs

Miranda Penn Turn
Cary Elwes brings As You Wish to the Valley on December 2.

I was elated when I found out that actor Cary Elwes had written a book about The Princess Bride. "Great," I thought, "Now he's not just my first love, not just the star of my favorite movie of all time, now he's gotta go and be a goddamn writer, too."

You can imagine that I just about peed my pants when I was asked to interview Elwes about his upcoming Changing Hands Bookstore signing of his book, As You Wish.

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5 Tips for Being a Thanksgiving Date

Categories: Fun

Elliott P. / Flickr
That moment when you show up to your date's house for Thanksgiving and they already have their Christmas decorations up.

So you're going to your significant other's family Thanksgiving gathering. It either will be a great way to get to know your partner better, or it could be an absolute nightmare.

While some of that depends on the situation you're headed to, a lot of your enjoyment of the evening (and possibly the future of your relationship) depends on how you handle the potentially uncomfortable situation.

Family gatherings like Thanksgiving can be a make-or-break moment for relationships. So here's a quick rundown of dos and don'ts to give you some guidance that will (hopefully) save you from ruining your current love life over some turkey.

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3 Free Events in Metro Phoenix This Week

Categories: Events

United Artists
Between grocery shopping for Thanksgiving and hitting the stores on Black Friday, it might be wise to put some affordable activities on this week's agenda. From complimentary movie screenings to all-ages comedy nights and neighborhood art fairs, there are plenty of no-cost happenings to complement your more pricey engagements. Make some room on your plates, people, because here are our top three picks for three events this week.

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5 Gifts for the Photographer

Evie Carpenter
A vintage camera is definitely on our photographer's wish list.
We haven't crunched the numbers or anything, but we're pretty sure that photography is one of the most expensive jobs or hobbies to sustain. Just think about it. An aspiring photographer is going to spend close to a grand just to acquire all the basic equipment to get started. Then down the road when he or she is ready to upgrade, well, we just don't really like to think about how much that'll cost. Let's just say us photographers do it for the love of it and believe that everything else is worth it.

But lucky for you, you're just buying the photographer in your life a gift, and that definitely does not mean you have to promise away your first-born child to do so. Here are five presents that your shutterbug will love -- and that you'll love giving to them.

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"Shifting Sands" Transports Viewers to Middle East at ASU Art Museum

Categories: Review, Visual Art

Courtesy of the artist and Galeria SENDA.
Isabel Rocamora, "Horizon of Exile," U.K., 2007. (detail of film still). Dual channel film for installation, 16 mm transferred to digital.

It's dark.

The walls are black, the carpeting is black, and even the beanbags offered as seating are black. This dark environment pulls you in as you pass by. It's hard to ignore the images on the screens and the sounds of revving engines and children screaming.

This is the opening scene to "Shifting Sands: Recent Videos from the Middle East" at the ASU Art Museum. The exhibition presents the film and video works of four international artists in their quest to show the changing cultural, political, and geographical environments across the Middle Eastern landscape.

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25 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Phoenix

Categories: Fun

Happy Thanksgiving, Phoenix.

Thanks, Phoenix.

No, really.

We know it's not like us to get all mushy and stuff. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving (and inspired by the mushiness of stuffing), we're reflecting on why we're thankful to live in the Valley of the Sun.

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Big Hits and Big Misses at The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival in Scottsdale

Categories: Shopping

Katie Johnson
The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival came to Salt River Fields over the weekend.
Another day, another vintage market.

The Big Heap Vintage and Handmade Festival came to Salt River Fields over the weekend, featuring over 80 vendors hand-picked from 15 different cities across Arizona as well as nine other states around the country. While the three-day event brought in a fair amount foot traffic, bringing out the big guns like live music, a fashion parade, and a raffled off playhouse on Saturday on Sunday, like any of the many junk jubilees happening around town these days, it wasn't without its ups and downs.

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