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Stuff the Truck for the Literacy Center and Northern Arizona Book Festival

Full Circle Trade & Thrift is supporting The Literacy Center and Northern Arizona Book Festival this month with their “Stuff the Truck” event.Bring your gently used belongings from 11am – 2pm to the parking lot of the National Bank of Arizona, 211 N. Leroux, – Hint: it’s kitty corner from Uptown Pubhouse! – and Stuff! That! Truck!

And stick around downtown for a few hours so you can join Thin Air at our community reading series kick-off held at Uptown Pubhouse. Before they head off on their reading tour this summer, local authors Eric Dovigi and John Quinonez will treat their hometown to this special sneak preview. The event runs one hour and starts promptly at 6pm. Grab a drink, hear some great literature by two awesome personalities, and meet the friendly staff at Thin Air. We’re always looking for writers to submit to our magazine and participate in our readings!

Thin Air Reading Series Kick-Off!

 

Thin Air is thrilled to kick off our community reading series this Saturday at Uptown Pubhouse with local authors John Quinonez and Eric Dovigi. Before they head off on their reading tour this summer, Eric and John are treating their hometown to this special sneak preview. The event runs one hour and starts promptly at 6pm. Grab a drink, hear some great literature by two awesome personalities, and meet the friendly staff at Thin Air. We’re always looking for writers to submit to our magazine and participate in our readings!

And be sure to support The Literacy Center and Northern Arizona Book Festival with their “Stuff the Truck” event, sponsored by Full Circle Trade & Thrift. Find Full Circle’s colorful truck in the parking lot of the National Bank of Arizona, 211 N. Leroux. (Hint: it’s kitty corner from Uptown Pubhouse!) Bring your gently used belongings from 11am – 2pm and support two great causes!

G.K. Lamb at Bookmans Saturday

By Christine Davis

I remember being seventeen in Ms. Knudsen’s AP Environmental Science class. She was Canadian and had purple streaks in her hair, so everyone wanted to enroll. Each day we learned that the planet was doomed. G.K. Lamb’s dystopian, debut novel is about this inevitable doom as told through the first-person lens of Evelyn, a young girl full of hope and fight. She might have done well in Ms. Knudsen’s course, but in Evelyn’s world free thought is rebellion, family is complicated, and answers come at the ultimate price.

World building is key in young adult fiction, and Filtered delivers in this arena. The novel centers on the premise that air pollution has resulted in toxicity so severe all citizens must wear masks while outside, and rely upon air filtration systems inside. Lamb creates images of tall buildings, tightly locked doors, and a billboard declaring, “Remember, a fresh filter everyday keeps death at bay!” The Great Society is responsible for regulating safety, but their regulations encroach upon almost every human right. Evelyn’s schooling is a perfect example of The Great Society’s stiff expectations. Students aren’t permitted to look authority figures in the eye, move out of synch, or question anything about their world. When Evelyn encounters her first taste of rebellion, she says, “There’s life here,” and her new companion retorts, “Uncomfortable, isn’t it?” Lines like this capture the psychological world-building Lamb accomplishes alongside the physical landscape.

Readers fall even deeper into the familiar landscape of family, but once again they find a filter. The family lives in an upscale apartment with plenty of fresh filters and store bought food. Her father works late. They watch T.V. However, any displays of “normalcy” are interrupted by the ever-present threat of death. In addition to communicating through literal filtration masks designed to protect them against pollution, they also must communicate through the masks of fear and ignorance. Evelyn’s mother falls deeper into isolation as the novel progresses, leaving Evelyn thinking, “I wish she were someone I could trust…one look at her and I know she can’t be any of the things I wish her to be. Her frame is already withering, no doubt from malnourishment and confinement.” She wonders, “How much of our imprisonment is self-inflicted?” but she is alone with this question, unable to include her family in any quest for answers.

Lamb’s plot and ultimate climax are nicely tied to both the world he creates, and the family Evelyn must break away from in order to come of age in a time of rebellion. Readers will want to engage in her fast-paced adventures, full of villains, broken heroes, and misguided youths. The more Evelyn commits to uncovering the truth, the more she finds herself entrenched in a historical tug-of-war that leaves her fighting for her life in more ways than one.

The result of reading a book like G.K. Lambs’s Filtered is not only to leave entertained, but also educated. At Evelyn’s age I had Ms. Knudsen to tell me about the perils of this world, but did I listen? Filtered provides young readers an intricate look at the results of environmental collapse through a character they will want to follow anywhere.

Saturday, February 27, G.K. Lamb is signing books at Bookmans from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., as part of the Bookmans Flag AZ Author Fair. Lamb joins Mark Bordner and Austin Aslan.

How To Read In Flagstaff

How To Read In Flagstaff by Natalie Rose

It’s funny how often the act of opening a book and seeing each word with your eyeballs and registering that word in your noggin does not actually lead to reading. It leads to scanning, which is to reading as consuming lunch at your desk is to enjoying a fine meal prepared with love. That is to say, it’s miles apart. Engulfed as we are in our busy lives, taking the time to find a cozy, quiet spot and block out conscientious space in our brains to consume what is on the page is near impossible. Engrossed as we are in our routines and people and places and things (I’m looking at you, iPhone), we find ourselves all too often reading, but not reading.

Sometimes, though, we must read. Reading, when we are, in fact, reading, giving our full attention to a text, being sucked into the rabbit hole, as it were, well… there is nothing quite like it, is there?

Fortunately, there are some books that demand my full attention. Not my half-assed reading-while-waiting-for-my-toes-to-dry-locked-in-the-bathroom-type reading attention, but my full reading attention, my drill sergeant reading attention, my school principal reading attention. Ander Monson’s book Letter To A Future Lover is one of those books. A collection of musings about the “ephemera” found in library books, his words, sentences and paragraphs are practically impenetrable to the distracted and the multi-tasking.

If you find yourself with one of these books, take a drive. My favorite places in Flagstaff are up Snowbowl Road, either Kachina Trail or Humphrey’s Peak trail, though Kachina is usually quieter.

Hike in. You require quiet for this exercise today, so find a spot not too close to the trails, maybe in one of the aspen meadows. Set up on a nice flat rock or a cushy blanket, looking out into nature.

Take out your book and open it, listening for the small crackling sound the cover makes, sort of like listening to a bowl of rice crispy cereal. Thumb through the pages like you’re looking at a flipbook. Feel the air on your face that the wave of pages creates. Smell the pages, a mix of glue and cardboard and ink. Find the place you have last left off. If you are reading Letter To A Future Lover, you can just open to a random page. The rule of order does not apply here.

Before you begin, close your eyes and take a deep breath, centering yourself for the upcoming mission. If you read effectively, you will no longer be in aspen meadow, you will be sucked into a worm hole through which you, dear reader, will commune with the author of your book, with their characters, places and things. You will experience, as Steven King once said, telepathy. You will be where the author is, whenever they are, with them, shoulder to shoulder. But only when we remove ourselves from our daily grind can we experience such a transformative communiqué. Only with time can we be free to read.

One-day Writing Retreat in Flagstaff

Saturday August 29, 2015 – 9am to 7pm

The Arizona Authors Association is sponsoring a one-day writing retreat in our beautiful city – Flagstaff, Arizona! Information from their website:

A retreat for everyone. Whether you already love writing or would like to find new ways to understand yourself and your world better. Writing in community opens up opportunities to tap into our unconscious minds and access the most creative parts of our brains. We will spend our time together writing in response to prompts and will practice various revising techniques. This retreat will also provide a chance to slow life down for a day in a beautiful setting and to have fun engaging in creative work with others.

Registration fee: $75 for members – $100 for non-members. Fee includes three meals and Arboretum entrance fee.

More info at azauthors.com.