Diane Keaton on Her Dream Home, Inspiring Women, and Pinterest Addiction

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Ruven Afanador
Diane Keaton's Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty is now out in paperback.

"Certainly things have changed," Diane Keaton says. "They always do."

Taking in what she describes as a sunny California morning looking out on the patio of her current Los Angeles home, Keaton's considering what's happened in her life since publishing 2014's Let's Just Say It Wasn't Pretty. In it, her second memoir, the Academy Award-winning actress and perennial style icon writes about her lifelong search for and appreciation of beauty.

She writes about discovering the difference between pretty and beautiful as a kid and considering where she fit in on that scale. A pretty dress or smile were perfectly fine, but beauty? Another level entirely.

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Phoenix Author Kevin Wayne Williams on How The Walking Dead Inspired His Zombie Novel

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Williams spent months of research and practice to get the voice of his 9-year-old heroine down.
"In 2004, I died in a scuba accident," Kevin Wayne Williams says nonchalantly over the phone.

"My last memory is going unconscious 20 feet from the top, so whether [my heart] clinically stopped or not, it's tough to say," the long-time Phoenix resident goes on to explain. "If I had died that day, it wouldn't have been a problem, and there was a part of me that realized that itself was a problem."

That accident was the catalyst for Williams to leave his career as an executive in Silicon Valley during the early 2000s and becoming an author, after "fleeing the country" and owning a hotel on the Caribbean island of Bonaire for a short time.

Now, Williams' first novel, Everything I Know About Zombies, I Learned in Kindergarten, has been named as a Horror (Adult Fiction) and Multicultural (Adult Fiction) finalist for Foreword Reviews' 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards.


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Four Chambers Press Brings Roving Readings to Phoenix Art Museum

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March First Friday Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum reading at Phoenix Art Museum.
During Phoenix Art Museum's recent Exploding Plastic Inevitable celebration of Andy Warhol's work, held on March 6 as part of this month's First Friday, Four Chambers Press presented readings of works featured in their latest chapbook, titled Poetry and Prose for the Phoenix Art Museum.

Two dozen writers with pieces published in the chapbook read their work in front of the artwork that inspired it. About 60 museum-goers participated in each of two Four Chambers Press roving readings at the museum that night, according to Kelsey Pinckney, assistant director for Four Chambers Press.


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Jake Friedman on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Karen Loschiavo
Jake Friedman of Four Chambers weighs in on the state of the arts in Phoenix.
When Jackalope Ranch issued a survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is Jake Friedman of Four Chambers.

What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Rich, fragmented, diverse

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David Zyla on Personal Style, Ditching Fashion Trends, and How to Win at Shopping

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Get your style on with David Zyla Thursday, March 5, at Frances.
At 5 years old, David Zyla told his mother, who was getting dressed for a night out with his father, to wear a different necklace than the one she had on. He then told his dad to switch ties.

"You can mix patterns?" his dad asked.

"Of course," Zyla said.

That was the first time Zyla remembers styling someone else. Years later, his client base stretches far beyond his parents. Zyla's made a name for himself as an Emmy award-winning stylist for movies, television, and people like Hillary Clinton, Neil Patrick Harris, and Susan Lucci.


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Melissa Dunmore on the State of the Arts in Metro Phoenix

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Performing artist Melissa Dunmore weighs in on what's happening in Phoenix's art scene.

When Jackalope Ranch issued a 10-question survey asking Phoenicians (and anyone with an opinion of Phoenix) to sound of on the state of the arts in the Valley of the Sun, dozens provided insights on what's happening in the city's creative realm. We'll present a selection of survey responses here over the next three weeks. Up today is poet, performer, and writer Melissa Dunmore of Phoenix's Mujeres del Sol.

1. What are three words that describe the arts in Arizona?
Cultural, visible, and amassing.


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Phoenix Playwright Beth May's Poetry Album, The Family Arsonist, Explores Bipolar Disorder and Feminism

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Beth May's second spoken work album, The Family Arsonist, is out now.
Beth May has a way with words. And having just graduated from Arizona State University's screenwriting program, there's no telling where or in what medium those words might land her.

At 23, May has already sold her first screenplay, a possible movie adaptation of her end-of-days play, Earthlings, which she wrote, co-directed, and debuted at Binary Theatre Company in April 2014. But it's not just plot lines that are propelling her career forward. May is also making a name for herself as a poet, having just released her second spoken word album, The Family Arsonist.


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Logan Phillips' Sonoran Strange Poetry Book Release to Feature Alberto Álvaro Ríos

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ASU will be sponsoring a release party for Logan Phillips' first full-length poetry collection and performance piece, Sonoran Strange, on February 11.

This week ASU's Performance in the Borderlands Project will host an event celebrating the release of Tucson poet Logan Phillips' first full-length collection, Sonoran Strange. The evening will feature readings and performances by a variety of local writers and artists, including Arizona's first Poet Laureate, Alberto Alvaro Rios.

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Marissa Meyer on the Lunar Chronicles, NaNoWriMo, and Why She Loves YA Books

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Julia Scott
Marissa Meyer will bring her Lunar Chronicles world to Phoenix during the Lunar Ball on February 2.
For author Marissa Meyer, it all started with Sailor Moon. Through that lunar soldier, she found a spark within herself that eventually ignited into a passion for writing young-adult fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

With the release of Fairest: Levana's Story, her newest installment in the New York Times bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Meyer returns to Changing Hands on Monday, February 2, for a Lunar Ball complete with costumes, dancing, and of course a talk and book signing with Meyer.


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Water Logged: Scottsdale Public Art and New Times to Present Storytelling Event on Feb. 27

Categories: Events, Literary

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Sarah Hurwitz
Water Logged is coming to Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Public Art and New Times are teaming up for a spoken word event -- and the premise is all wet.

Presented in conjunction with public art celebration Canal Convergence at the Soleri Bridge and Plaza, Water Logged includes stories centered on water and canals from Michael Grady, Tania Katan, Laurie Notaro, Kim Porter, and Tom Zoellner.

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