Phoenix Public Library and Changing Hands Bookstore present Pitchapalooza, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. Pitchapalooza is a free event, giving randomly selected writers one minute (and one minute only) to present their best “elevator pitch” to a panel of book experts. One lucky author will win an introduction to a literary agent in their genre.
The panel of judges includes author David Henry Sterry, literary agent Arielle Eckstut, Poisoned Pen Press acquisitions editor Annette Rogers, Changing Hands Bookstore co-founder Gayle Shanks and Knopf Random House Canada senior editor Paul Taunton. Pitchapalooza follows an Indie Author Publishing Conference, offered by Changing Hands Bookstore, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at Burton Barr Central Library. For more information about the conference, call 480-730-0205 or visit


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