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Saguaro Friends Book Club

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Saguaro Library
Meeting Room

Join us on the second Thursday of each month for lively discussions of intriguing books and authors. The book for October is The Maid's Version by Daniel Woodrell. Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, Saguaro Chapter. Everyone is welcome!

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Inspiring Radical Creativity Empowering Young, Diverse Voices to Tell Their Own Stories

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Pulliam Auditorium

To Gabby Rivera, it’s vital to encourage people of all backgrounds to create, daydream, and tell their own stories—and in so doing, open a radical space for creativity. Now, in this affecting talk, Rivera unpacks how she navigates the world as a queer, Latinx, millennial woman; how she incorporates her heritage into her writing; how she strives to be a thoughtful ally for others, and how she celebrates the healing power of community. This is a talk about privilege and power, and what we can do to support the ideas of diverse artists working with progressive politics. It asks difficult questions: What if this country made everyone—people of all colors, cultures, orientations, abilities, and genders—feel at home? What if the traumas experienced by marginalized peoples could be reconciled and incorporated into a broader, richer definition of America? What if our non-white ancestors weren’t erased, but represented in pop culture, in our textbooks and classrooms? And what if we could privilege difference as a site of wonder, laughter and celebration, and not as something to fear? With Rivera’s smart, funny talks, we can start imagining these worlds as our reality. 


About the Author: Gabby Rivera is a young, charming speaker dedicated to empowering women and improving our marginalized communities. She’s currently making major waves for her new Marvel series starring America Chavez: a queer, Latinx superhero who’s been written and designed, crucially, by a queer Latinx. And while the series is “definitely going to tackle America’s ancestry and ethnicity,” Rivera tells The Washington Post, it’s also a comic book aimed at wide appeal: committed to snappy one-liners, blowing stuff up, and beating up the bad guys, naturally. 

 

Rivera is also the author of Juliet Takes a Breath, a YA novel listed by Mic as one of the 25 essential books to read for women’s history month. It’s a critically acclaimed coming-of-age story starring a queer puertorriqueña who leaves her native Bronx behind to intern, over one transformative summer, with one of her literary heroes: the feminist author Harlow Brisbane. “I strongly encourage you to read Juliet Takes a Breath,” writes Roxane Gay. “It’s quite dazzling, funny as hell, poignant, all the things.” Witty, authentic, and humming with the full complexities of modern life and radical politics, the book was called the “dopest LGBTQA YA book ever” by Latina magazine.

 

As an activist, Rivera also gives back. She’s the Youth Programs Manager at GLSEN (pronounced “glisten”): a leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for LGBTQ students. That means fewer incidents of bullying and harassment, and more students treated with respect. She’s also worked with Autostraddle.com for over five years as the QTPOC Speakeasy editor and A-Camp staff. As a film and multi-media teaching artist, she’s worked with social justice organizations like DreamYard Project, Inc. And she’s appeared as a featured panelist and counselor at the annual Autostraddle Queer Women’s Conference, and has presented at the Allied Media and Digital Media and Learning Conferences.


This program is provided in partnership with the Arizona State University Piper Center for Creative Writing. 


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An Evening with RL Stine

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
2nd Floor Gallery

In a legendary partnership, the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Phoenix Fan Fusion, Changing Hands Bookstore and Phoenix Public Library present a talk with iconic children's horror author R.L. Stine on Friday, November 1, 2019 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the 2nd floor of Burton Barr Central Library (1221 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004).


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. Please note that due to interest in this event and the capacity of the venue we will operate on a first-come, first-served basis. Once we have reached capacity no further attendees will be allowed to access this event due to fire safety and building code regulations. This event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.


About the Talk
Before there was J. K. Rowling, before there was Stephanie Meyer or Suzanne Collins, there was R.L. Stine. Witty, creepy, and compulsively readable: his books defined horror for a generation of young readers— readers who have now come of age. As recognized by USA Today, R.L. Stine was the best-selling author in America for three years in a row (1993- 95). The Guinness Book of World Records cited him as the best-selling series author in history.


About the Author
Stine’s Goosebumps series for young people has sold over 300 million copies in this country alone and has become a publishing phenomenon in 32 languages around the world. 2012 marks the twentieth anniversary of Goosebumps, which means that he has frightened several generations of kids. Many of his original readers are now in their twenties and thirties and have been demanding that he write something for them. Other popular children’s book series include Fear Street, Mostly Ghostly, The Nightmare Room, and Rotten School.


Stine’s anthology TV series of horror stories for the whole family, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, is beginning its third season on The Hub TV Network. The original Goosebumps TV series is also being shown daily by the same network.


Now Stine sets his sights on adults with a terrifying new horror novel centered on a town in the grip of a sinister revolt. In Red Rain, Stine uses his unerring knack for creating terror to tap into some very grownup fears. Travel writer Lea Sutter finds herself on a small island off the coast of South Carolina, the wrong place at the wrong time. A merciless, unanticipated hurricane cuts a path of destruction through the island and Lea barely escapes with her life.


Stine’s previous novels for adults include Superstitious, The Sitter, and Eye Candy. Stine lives in New York City with his wife Jane, an editor and publisher.


 About Our Partners
Virginia G. Piper Center For Creative Writing Distinguished Visiting Writers Series

This event is presented as part of the Distinguished Visiting Writers Series from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. To find more author talks and readings, visit our website at http://piper.asu.edu/events/visiting-writers.


Phoenix Fan Fusion
Phoenix Fan Fusion is the largest pop culture, comic, and gaming event in the Southwest. For more information on Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020, May 21-24, visit our website at https://phoenixfanfusion.com. Passes go on sale soon! 


Changing Hands Bookstore
Changing Hands is Arizona's leading independent bookstore, offering new and used books, unique gifts, toys, and more than 300 author events every year. In Tempe since 1974 (currently at 6428 South McClintock Drive), Changing Hands opened a second location in 2014 at The Newton, an innovative adaptive reuse project that re-purposed the iconic Beef Eaters restaurant in central Phoenix. This second location (at 300 West Camelback Road) is home to Changing Hands' own First Draft Book Bar, one of a small handful "book bars" in the U.S. that serve wine, beer, and coffee drinks in addition to book and event offerings. To keep up with everything ChangingHands, visit changinghands.com, like us on Facebook, or follow on Instagram @changinghands or Twitter @changinghands.

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NaNoWriMo Write In

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo


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READ LOCAL - Local Author Fair

11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
2nd Floor Gallery
Meet authors from all over the state of Arizona and learn about their books, including children, teen, adult fiction and non-fiction.  Books will be available for purchase and signing! 

Meet these authors: Gail Angeles, Jason Baker, Jana Bommersbach, Patricia L. Brooks, Susan Budavari, Darren Burch, Amy Carney, Elaine Cauley, Jan Cleere, Patricia Grady Cox, Ruth Harrison Cohen, Dennis J. Cooley, Debra Cunningham, Darryl Dawson, R.A. Douthitt, Carter Dreyfuss, Stella Pope Duarte, Dr. Sally, Katie Dunn, Sean Ellis, Geneva Maria Escobado, E.W. Farnsworth, Marcia Fine, A.J. Flick, Jimi Girdner, Eric Gregory, Earl L. Goldmann, Rose Gonsoulin, Sasha Graham, Lindsay Harrel, C.C. Harrison, Tyffany Howard, John Jacquemart, Avily Jerome, Liz Johnson, Rebekah Jones, Kendall Klym, Shari Lopatin, J. Oliver Madison, Barbara Marriott, Merle McCann, Kara McDowell, Robert Melikian, Timothy W. Moore, T.A. Munroe, Tahirah Ogletree, Melissa Price, Dr. Sian Proctor, Tina Radcliffe, Mirla G. Raz, Beth Ruggerio York, Daniel Sanchez, Paul Scharbach, Jodi Seitz, Annie Sezate, Katrina Shawver, Jennifer Spiegel, Judith Starkson, Jon Talton, Ted Tenny, James Turner, Debbie Veldhuis, Michele Venne, Laurie WJN, JoAnna Wahlund, Mark Williams, Matthew Brenden Wood, A.L. Waddington (also writing as Addison Winters), Ettie Zilber, and L.D. Zingg.
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NaNoWriMo Write In

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ironwood Library
Meeting Room
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo #Ironwood
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NaNoWriMo WriteIn

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cholla Library
Meeting Room - 2nd floor

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo Come Write-In (Teens)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Teen Central
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  
This write-in is for teens, ages 12-18. #NaNoWriMo
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NaNoWriMo

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Palo Verde Library
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  

#NaNoWriMo
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Poetry Center Presents: Matthew Zapruder

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Pulliam Auditorium
Poetry Center Presents: Matthew Zapruder

Poet, translator, professor and editor Matthew Zapruder is the author of the poetry collections, Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014), Come On All You Ghosts (Copper Canyon, 2010), The Pajamaist (Copper Canyon, 2006), and American Linden (Tupelo Books, 2002), His most recent book is Why Poetry (Ecco, 2017), an impassioned call for a return to reading poetry, which the New York Times Book Review called “a roaring success.” His new collection, Father's Day, will be published by Copper Canyon in Sept. 2019.

This program is provided in partnership with the University of Arizona Center Poetry Center.
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NaNoWriMo Write In

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo


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NaNoWriMo WriteIn

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cholla Library
Storytime Room-1st

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo Come Write-In (Teens)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Teen Central
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  
This write-in is for teens, ages 12-18. #NaNoWriMo
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NaNoWriMo

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Palo Verde Library
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  

#NaNoWriMo
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Saguaro Friends Book Club

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Saguaro Library
Meeting Room

Join us on the second Thursday of each month for lively discussions of intriguing books and authors. The book for November is The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani. Sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library, Saguaro Chapter. Everyone is welcome!

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Conversations with AZ Authors: Darren Burch, Dennis Cooley, E.W. Farnsworth and Michele Venne

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Join us for a conversation with Arizona authors Darren Burch, Dennis Cooley, E.W. Farnsworth and Michele Venne. Books sales and signings will occur after the program. 


Retired Sergeant Darren Burch is a 29-year veteran with the Phoenix Police Department, and was the Silent Witness Sergeant at the time of his retirement. As the face of Silent Witness he solicited anonymous tips as a regular guest on TV and radio. Today, he still hosts the “5-0 Info” radio show on KTAR. His investigative assignments included detective in the Sex Crimes Detail, detective sergeant in the Crimes Against Children's Unit and night detective sergeant in the Homicide Unit. With three decades of law enforcement experiences, having also held positions with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Military Intelligence, Darren received numerous accolades to include the Medal of Lifesaving, Army Commendation Medal, Arizona Attorney General’s Office - Investigator of the Year Award, the Phoenix Police Department’s Detective of the Year Award, and over 100 Commendations. His title is called Twisted but True.

Dennis J. Cooley is a native to Phoenix, who one day (due to his liking of stories by authors like J.R.R Tolkien and Terry Brooks) was led to writing an Epic Fantasy book of his own: The Prophecies of Rowe, which was the last thing he’d ever expected to do. Before writing, Dennis found enjoyment in playing drums and riding bicycles, thinking he’d be content forever. But writing has helped him find a completely different part of himself, one he enjoys sharing with his readers. His titles include The Prophecies of Rowe - Reappearance and The Prophecies of Rowe - Mouren’s War.

E. W. Farnsworth produces his work from his hometown in Arizona. He has published a multitude of short stories, poems, and fiction both online and in print. E. W. enjoys focusing on the thriller/suspense and sci-fi arena. His titles include: the seven volume John Fulghum, PI, mystery series, Baro Xaimos: A Novel of the Gypsy Holocaust, Among Waterfowl and Other Entertainments, Fairy Tales and Other Fanciful Short Stories, The Witch Games & Other Supernatural Tales, The Black Marble Griffon and Other Disturbing Tales, Pirate Tales, Engaging Rachel, The Wiglaff Chronicles, Volume 1 and 2.


Michele Venne is an award-winning author of novels, poetry, nonfiction, and short stories. She published her first novel in 2008. All of her books include an introductory “Dear Reader” letter and concludes with “Questions to Ponder”. She spends her days with the joyful practices of yoga, teaching, writing, and playing with her horses. She enjoys hearing from her readers! Titles by Michele Venne include: Novels- Of Gifts and the Goddess, Of Dolphins and Desires, The Stars Series - Titles by Michele Venne include the novels Of Gifts and the Goddess, Of Dolphins and Desires, the Stars Series (Of Stars and Secrets, Of Prophecies and Promises), the Tanner Trilogy (Of Art and Air, Of Hoof Prints and Heartbeats and Of Objects and Obsessions), the novellas Roanoak: Nyla’s Curse and Roanoak: Of Shapeshifters and Storms, the poetry collections Yogis All: A Journey of Transformation, Volume I, Lingering Hand of Creation, Cracked Heart: Poetic Thoughts on a Life, Flash Fiction Anthology and Flashes of Light on a Dark and Stormy Night: A Flash Fiction Anthology, the non-fiction title - Creative Play: A Guide for the Artistic Path and coming soon: Everything to Gain, An Asset, Inc. Novel, Roanoak: Of Warriors and Wisdom, Survivors in the After and Of Daggers and Dreamers.

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NaNoWriMo Write In

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo


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NaNoWriMo WriteIn

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cholla Library
Meeting Room - 2nd floor

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo

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NaNoWriMo Come Write-In (Teens)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Teen Central
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  
This write-in is for teens, ages 12-18. #NaNoWriMo
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NaNoWriMo

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Palo Verde Library
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  

#NaNoWriMo
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NaNoWriMo Write In

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Desert Broom Library
Meeting Room

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo


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NaNoWriMo WriteIn

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Cholla Library
Meeting Room - 2nd floor

Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  #NaNoWriMo

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Arizona 101: Chasing Centuries-The Search for Ancient Agave Cultivars Across the Desert Southwest

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mesquite Library
Meeting Room

Join Ron Parker, author of Chasing Centuries, as he examines the relationship between pre-Columbian Native Americans and agaves (century plants) in Arizona. These folks developed, gardened, and farmed their own unique agaves, and many of these plants are still found exactly where they were originally planted hundreds of years ago. It is a fascinating and uniquely Arizona story!  Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to the Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.

 

Chasing Centuries is a one-of-a-kind travel-history book that takes the reader along on an exciting and little known adventure at the crossroads of archaeology and botany. Travel with author Ron Parker as he explores the depth and duration of human/agave coevolution across the desert southwest, and discovers unusual agaves apparently associated with archaeological sites long since abandoned by residents of extinct ancient cultures. These agaves appear to be anthropogenic cultivars; living archaeological relics developed and planted by indigenous pre-Columbian Native Americans, and many are still growing exactly where they were planted hundreds of years ago.



Ron Parker is an outdoorsman, xeric plant enthusiast, and amateur botanist who spends half his time gardening and the other half exploring natural habitat across Arizona and neighboring states, primarily chasing agaves and archaeological sites. He has been studying agave populations in Arizona for many years, and has been out in the field with renowned botanists and regional archaeologists. When not under the open sky, Ron maintains the well-known xeric plant discussion forum, Agaveville.org, an impressive online repository for information on agaves and other succulent plants.  #arizona101  #seedlibrary


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NaNoWriMo Come Write-In (Teens)

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Burton Barr Central Library
Teen Central
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  
This write-in is for teens, ages 12-18. #NaNoWriMo
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NaNoWriMo

6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Palo Verde Library
Are you ready to write the great American novel? NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and takes place each year during the month of November. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world sign up to tackle the challenge of writing 50,000 words in one month. Join the local Phoenix writing community for a "Write In" to connect with other local authors, share ideas and network.  Just bring your notebook or your laptop and get ready to write!  

#NaNoWriMo
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