Pure Land book cover

Annette McGivney's new book, Pure Land.

Award-winning local author Annette McGivney will read from her newest book, Pure Land, on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. at Bookmans. The short reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Copies of Pure Land will be available for purchase before the event and guests can enjoy a 10 percent discount on coffee and tea in the cafe.

According to McGivney’s website, "Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of the Grand Canyon and how McGivney's quest to investigate the victim's life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and of the resiliency of the human spirit."

Pure Land was published through Aquarius Press in October 2017, after McGivney spent 10 years researching the Grand Canyon murder.

McGivney holds a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a master of Liberal Studies degree from Northern Arizona University. She has been a member of the journalism faculty at NAU since 2002, focusing on creative non-fiction, environmental journalism and magazine editing.

The Flagstaff Arts Council named McGivney a 2018 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Storytelling.

Anger Management Stand-up Comedy Show

The longest running northern Arizona comedy show is returning to the Orpheum Friday, Jan. 11. Starting at 7:30 p.m., the Orpheum will transform into a Los Angeles style comedy club, featuring comedians from L.A., Las Vegas and Arizona.

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For $10, you can see headliner Jill Kimmel, Michael Turner of NBC 12 Sports, JC Anderson, the producer of the Big Pine Comedy Festival, Vince Passalacqua, Phyllis Voren and more special guests.

Headliner Jill Kimmel is a divorced mother of two who has always had an appreciation for performing and making people laugh, but didn't discover her true calling of stand-up comedy until July of 2006. Since then, she's worked with Tom Papa, Greg Fitzsimmons, Jim Norton, Jeffrey Ross, Tig Notaro and many other great comedians.

Anger Management will also be hosting a toy drive: if guests bring a used, unwrapped toy to the show, they can get $3 off the ticket.

Centennials Cocktail Party

On Friday, Jan. 11, the American Historical Society will be hosting a centennial cocktail party at the Pioneer Museum at 2340 N. Fort Valley Road. The event, which goes from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., will be a big birthday party celebrating significant Arizona historical events, sites and people turning 50, 100 and 150 in 2019.

There will be a game of jeopardy to test attendees’ knowledge of history related to the events. A cash bar will be available serving local craft beer with wine and cocktails dating back to 1919.

The party is free, but an RSVP is required. Call Jill Hough at 928-774-6272 or email jhough@azhs.gov.

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