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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Four Chambers and Phoenix Art Museum Want Your Poetry, Prose

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Lynn Trimble
Jurassic Age by Sui Jianguo, who is considered a key artist in the Chinese pop movement.
Four Chambers, a Phoenix-based literary magazine and small press, has partnered with Phoenix Art Museum to "assemble a small collection of poetry and prose responding to exhibits and collections within the Phoenix Art Museum."

There's a lot to respond to these days, with a total of seven exhibits currently on view -- exploring everything from migrant lives to images of the Buddha. Even love, death, and fashion are fair game.


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Four Chambers Literary Magazine Is a Pleasant, Thought-Provoking Read

Categories: Literary, Review

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Lynn Trimble
Four Chambers issues spotted at Stinkweeds on Small Business Saturday last month.
Shoving your nose in a favorite bit of reading material is a beloved coping mechanism this time of year, so we're tickled with the timing of the latest issue of Four Chambers, released in October.

The Four Chambers folk, who are based in Phoenix, describe their work as an "independent community literary magazine." They're all about raising the visibility of literary arts and increasing community engagement with the local literary scene.


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Sprawlr, a Digital Magazine For All Things Arizona, Launches December 15

Categories: Literary

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Sprawlr fuses Arizona-centric stories and non-fiction in a fresh online format.

We here at Jackalope Ranch have been following Sprawlr for the past few months. We're excited to announce that the eagerly anticipated digital magazine will finally launch on Monday, December 15.


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Phoenix to Host Individual World Poetry Slam October 8-11

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Red Greg
Phoenix is about to get a whole lot Slam-mier.

Seventy-two competitive slam poets walk into a coffee shop in Phoenix. This is not a joke. There will be no punchline.

The Arizona Humanities Council will play host to the 2014 Individual World Poetry Slam, a four-day event that pits "presentative poets" against one another. The competition itself exists as a series of timed bouts, each judged by five randomly selected audience members. The top 12 competitors will move on to the final round on Saturday, October 11, hosted at Marquee Theatre.


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HomeBase Poetry to Host Show with Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey at New Location

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Ed Mabrey's performing in Phoenix.
HomeBase Poetry has a new home base.

The local organization, which has been hosting poetry open mics on the first Sunday of the month for more than five years, has left the downtown Phoenix Renaissance Hotel and moved north to the Sheraton Crescent off Dunlap Avenue and the Black Canyon Freeway.

On Sunday, October 5, HomeBase will be kicking things off at its new performance venue with special guest and three-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion Ed Mabrey.


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Poet Sherman Alexie to Speak at Scottsdale Community College September 18

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If you want to know "How to Write the Great American Indian Novel," you might want to turn to Sherman Alexie. The award-winning poet, author, and screenwriter best known for his personal portrayal of native American culture in society will be making a visit to Scottsdale Community College on Thursday, September 18, as part of the school's ongoing American Indian Program speaker series.


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Daniel Levitin on Why Being Organized Is More Important Than Ever Before

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Daniel Levitin's at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix this week.

Daniel Levitin was in his 30s when he went back to college and got a degree in cognitive psychology, launching the career that has made him a best-selling author. His first book, This Is Your Brain on Music: Understanding a Human Obsession (2006), spent more than a year on The New York Times Bestseller List.

Not that Levitin was a slacker before that. He'd racked up more than a dozen gold and platinum records as a music producer and consultant, working with Steely Dan, Blue Oyster Cult, and Stevie Wonder. He also did pretty well as a stand-up comedian and joke writer, performing at the 1984 Democratic National Convention in San Francisco with Robin Williams and at comedy clubs in California. And he played bass in a San Francisco punk band that opened for Bad Religion.

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Phoenix Center for the Arts to Host Summer Author Event August 16

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Looks like your summer reading list is about to get a little longer.

On Saturday, August 16, Phoenix Center for the Arts is inviting bookworms and writers to meet and greet more than 30 local authors for the one-day-only Summer Author Event hosted by Write Market Design and the Phoenix Publishing and Book Promotion Meetup. This free gathering will give the literary community a chance to mix and mingle with veteran authors and recently published ones who are making their debut.


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