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Changing Hands Bookstore

Map & Directions 6428 S. McClintock Drive
Tempe, AZ 85283
  • Monday-Friday : 10am-9pm Saturday : 9am-9pm Sunday : 10am-6pm


Merchant's Description

Changing Hands began as a dream on the porch steps of an alternative school for kids where Tom Brodersen, Gayle Shanks and Bob Sommer met each other as volunteers. One day we talked about what we'd really like to do with our lives and the idea hatched was a little socially responsible bookstore and community gathering place. A few years later, Tom bought a small bookstore for $500, all he had at the time! The store was losing its lease and the books were packed up until a new location could be found.

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  • on 05/06/09

    Bookstores may be a dime a dozen (the way novels used to be), but there's something priceless about Changing Hands Bookstore, the independently owned Tempe shop that's become a Valley destination for book lovers, shopaholics, and DIY types. Along with a stunning selection of new and used reads — many displayed with insightful comments from bibliophile employees — Changing Hands... More >>

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  • Phoenix New Times on 01/09/12

    Best of Phoenix Winner 2011: Best Bookstore. Changing Hands is not only the spot to get your book worm on, but you can ask for advice or discuss what to read next from the clerks.

  • Tempe Tourism on 02/14/11

    More than your average bookstore! Offering the best selection of new/used books, Changing Hands hosts a constant stream of author workshops, readings, signings & more. Embrace your inner bookworm!

  • Tom S. on 01/14/12

    I come here to smell books. E-readers don't provide that high!

  • Nick M. on 11/08/10

    Changing Hands is one of the few independent bookstores in Arizona. It might be the best, too. The selection is strong, but most impressive is the lineup of touring authors the store regularly hosts.

  • Patrick M. on 03/14/11

    it's nice to buy books from people who actually read them

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  • Fourth Sun. of every month, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. second Sun. of every month

  • 7:00 p.m. May 1

  • 7:00 p.m. May 2

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