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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • SPRING 2017


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A Magazine for the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers

READING Recommendations

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NEW STORE OWNERS Author Events and much more!



Spring 2017

Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader,

In the spring of 1991, I wrote the introduction to our very first Chuckanut Reader, now more than two and a half decades and dozens of issues later I’m writing my last. As most of you know, in January Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton—our longtime Leadership Team—took ownership of the stores. In future issues you’ll hear from them on this page. In that first issue I promised stories about books, publishing, authors, bookselling, and our staff. This and future editions will continue to fulfill that promise. Here you’ll find reviews from Village Books and Paper Dreams staff members, previews of upcoming books, information about events in Fairhaven and Lynden, the lowdown on a couple of writers conferences, and the scoop on dozens of author events—including those with Alton Brown and Garrison Keillor as part of our Booked at the Baker series. It’s been nearly 37 years since Dee and I launched Village Books. It’s been a great run, and we couldn’t be more pleased in handing this all off to an awesome threesome. Your loyalty, support, and friendship over the years has meant the world to us and we thank you for that. Thanks, too, to those of you who have wished us well in our next chapter, and especially to those of you who have wished Kelly, Paul, and Sarah well and promised them your loyalty. You, dear reader, have helped build a community institution and it’s you who can, and will, keep it alive. With deep gratitude we wish you health, happiness, and great reading.

–Chuck Robinson

Village Books Owner, 1980-2016


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader Spring 2017

Publisher: Village Books & Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert

Contributors: Leah Atlee, David Beaumier, Amy Blackwood, Hana Boxberger, Rebecca Brown, Joe Buckley, Kelly Carbert, Charles Claassen, Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Kristen Morse, Trevor Oetgen, Laura Picco, Chuck Robinson, Dee Robinson, Lauren Sommer, Joan Terselich, Jonica Todd, Todd Warger, Cindi Williamson Cover: photo by Kelly Carbert Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2017 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste.

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In This Issue... Dear Reader – A Fond Farewell New Owners for Village Books & Paper Dreams Upcoming Fun in Fairhaven and Beyond Top Ten Stories from 2016 Fiction, Mystery, and Sci-Fi Books and Reviews Whatcom Reads! 2017 Chuckanut Writers Conference & Classes PNBA Book Awards 2017 Food & Drinks & Fun The Chuckanut Radio Hour—Great Spring Shows! What's Happening in Lynden? April is Poetry Month—20% off! Inspirational Non-Fiction Biography, Memoirs—True Tales Adventure. Nature, Science Books & Reviews History and Other Non-Fiction Current Events & Politics Great Reads & Activites for Kids and Teens Y.A.R.C. Young Adult Review Committee Literature Live! Author Events at VB What Whatcom Was Reading 2016

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New Owners by Chuck Robinson


he French have a a great phrase that captures the essence of the changes that happened recently at Village Books and Paper Dreams—Plus les choses changent, plus elles restent les mêmes. Now, I don’t speak French, but I’ve known the essence of that phrase for a long time. For those other monoglots (or those whose other glots are not French) it translates as “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” How does that fit the change of ownership of the stores from Chuck and Dee Robinson, who founded the business in 1980, to Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton? Well, truth be told, these are the three folks who’ve been overseeing the day-to-day operations for some time. As you may have seen elsewhere, Sarah has been with the stores for eleven years, and has been the store manager for seven of those years. Kelly and Paul came in the summer of 2011, both with extensive experience in retail and specifically in bookstores and bookstore management. So, while you will likely see changes—at least we certainly hope you will—these folks are not about to turn the place upside down. The only way this and other bookstores have survived the turbulent times, from the roll out of mall stores, to big boxes, to internet sellers, has been to constantly change to meet your (our readers) evolving needs.

Dee and I are very excited and proud to pass the torch, hand over the reins, pass on— quite simply, to entrust something that we’ve spent most of our adult lives building, to these three people.

If that’s the case, what will stay the same? Well, for one thing a passion for bringing you a curated collection of books, gifts, and other merchandise that the store’s buyers believe will pique your interest. They also bring the same solid belief in freedom of expression and will carry things that will challenge, and even enrage some of you. And, they believe they’re here to serve you, and you can continue to expect great customer service. Beyond all of those things, Kelly, Paul, and Sarah are committed to this community. They believe in supporting those organizations and institutions that make Whatcom County a wonderful place to live. They truly believe in building community in Fairhaven, in Lynden, and throughout Washington’s (and the U.S.A.’s) “Fourth Corner.” Dee and I are very excited and proud to pass the torch, hand over the reins, pass on—quite simply, to entrust something that we’ve spent most of our adult lives building, to these three people. The French also say “C'est parfait” —It’s all good.

-Chuck Robinson

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Spring into Action!

Fairhaven Activities

Saturday, March 25, 10am - 3pm

The 29th Annual Fairhaven Neighbors

Plant & Tree Sale in the Hillcrest Chapel Parking Lot

The Fairhaven Plant and Tree sale is a garden shopping extravaganza featuring more than a dozen local and regional nurseries and other delights for your home and garden. Annuals, perennials, blueberries, raspberries, garden art, ornamental trees and bushes, bamboo, veggie much variety and all quality, local plants! The event is sponsored by Fairhaven Neighbors and a portion of sale proceeds is allocated to help support the neighborhood association and also other local non-profits. Last years's beneficiaries included Skookum Kids and Northwest Youth Services. The plant sale will take place on Saturday, March 25th in the Hillcrest Chapel parking lot on the corner of 14th & Old Fairhaven Parkway. There is lots of parking on Larrabee Ave. and on side streets, and volunteers can help load your plant purchases (they'll have boxes, too). One day only, rain or shine!

Sunday, April 23, 10am - 5pm

Dirty Dan Harris Festival Celebrate the unscrubbed community founder of Fairhaven during this annual event-packed day! This year’s festivities will feature great food, contests, a rowing race, and family-fun activities including a fish toss for adults & kids, a donut eating contest, and Dirty Dan look-a-like & 1800's dress contests. There will be food and street vendors as well as live music on the Fairhaven Village Green. At "high noon," you won't want to miss the always exciting uphill piano race! After the race, swagger over to the Dirty Dan Sidewalk Saloon—serving wine and beer to those 21 and over. The Chuckanut Chili Cook-Off will also be back! Tickets to sample the chili will cover a taste of each on hand, and a bowl of your favorite with a piece of bread alongside. Tickets also allow for an opportunity to vote in the People’s Choice contest for best chili. Come in costume or come as you are! The Dirty Dan Harris Festival is produced by the Historic Fairhaven Association, a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the historical character of Fairhaven and also puts on the district festivals.

Dirty Dan’s amazing feats include traveling by rowboat between Fairhaven and Victoria, B.C. A shrewd business man, he once rolled his piano out of the Fairhaven Hotel in 1890 and straight down Harris Avenue into the bay after the hotel’s new owner wouldn’t pay for it.

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rom Bellingham to Brooklyn, booksellers and book lovers will celebrate Saturday, April 29th as Independent Bookstore Day.

For the third year in a row, we're throwing a party to celebrate the things that make independent bookstores special, and you're invited to spend the day at Village Books! This year we are especially excited to celebrate in both of our stores. Join us at 9am in Lynden or Fairhaven to be first in line for exclusive, limited-edition Independent Bookstore Day items like the ever-popular Literary Tea Towels, literary condoms, signed art prints from some of your favorite illustrators, Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie onesies for your favorite baby, and much more. Stick around for more fun throughout the day—it's not a party without presents, so keep your eye out for treats, prizes, games, and giveaways. And for those of you who make the trek to both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations that day, make sure to ask for an extra-special Two-Store Passport for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree! We can't wait to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with you!

Many EXCLUSIVE ITEMS go on sale at 9am on April 29th. Limited quantities - don't miss out!

Booked at the Baker Village Books and the Mount Baker Theatre are proud to announce two upcoming Booked at the Baker shows! Tickets may still be available at the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office and online at They're selling out!

Alton Brown Live:

Eat Your Science Tuesday, March 28, 2017, 7pm “You’ll see things I’ve never been allowed to do on TV.” –Alton Brown 360-671-2626 • 800-392-BOOK •

Garrison Keillor Sunday, April 9, 2017, 3pm Tour the imagination of one of America’s greatest storytellers, enjoying his unique and lauded blend of comedy, charisma, and wisdom.

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Get Out and Enjoy! Fairhaven

Pooch Scoot 5K Walk/Run

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 9am

This fun-run/walk will feature a 5K loop starting and ending at Fairhaven Fitness/Bellingham Tennis Club, leading you (and your pooch if you bring one) through nearby neighborhoods and trails. Prizes for top finishers AND best costumes. There are “Pooch Treat” aid stations along the way and goodies at the end. See for more information including how to register! 100% of the proceeds are donated to Animals as Natural Therapy.

2017 —14th Annual

Procession of the Species Parade

Saturday, May 6th Downtown Bellingham

Come one, come all, creatures great and small! Want to participate? Lineup is at 3:30pm behind the downtown library. Just follow these three simple rules: 1. No motorized vehicles (exceptions for mobility devices)

2. No words, written or spoken. 3. No live animals. Parade route follows Commercial Street to Holly and then down to Maritime Heritage Park where a celebration will ensue.

February 26-March 2, 2017

Fairhaven Food Fest

Check out all the great restaurants in Fairhaven during the Fairhaven Food Fest! The first ever Fairhaven Food Fest is a fiveday event inviting area residents and visitors to discover and dine at participating Fairhaven restaurants! Area restaurants and cafes will give out a Fairhaven Food Fest coaster "passport" at your first dine. With a minimum of three (3) stamps accumulated, diners will be eligible for a drawing (held at the end of the Fest) for a $100 gift card to a participating restaurant of their choice!

September 12-14, 2017

Schooner Zodiac Book Club Join the Books A'Sail Cruise through the San Juan Islands Take advantage of the late-summer days to get in three full days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands. You'll sail during the day, then drop the hook and bring out your books. Village Books Owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert will guide the literary journey this time out. Their first pick: local author Jim Lynch's novel Before The Wind, the story of a multi-generation boat building family set on the waters of Puget Sound. Bonus: Jim and his wife Denise will be joining the trip! There will be plenty of time to dip into all that the Schooner Zodiac has to offer, from kayaking to hiking to cocktails on deck at sunset—all accompanied by a variety of marine life from bald eagles to porpoises and maybe even whales! See or call (206) 719-7622 for more information and to book your cruise today!


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Friday, April 21, 2017

Literacy Trivia Bee ? ?  


and Silent Auction

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The Whatcom Literacy Council’s 21st Annual Trivia Bee will be Friday, April 21st. Now taking place in Bellingham Technical College's Settlemyer Hall, the Trivia Bee & Silent Auction is the Literacy Council’s annual spring fundraiser for know-it-alls, know-a-little-bits, and fun lovers of every stripe. Dozens of teams sponsored by local businesses––including Village Books’ team, The Village Idiots––compete against each other while the witty remarks of co-hosts Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings provoke laughter and competitive spirit. The evening begins with a Silent Auction offering tables full of great items. Bidding in the Silent Auction begins at 6pm and the Trivia Bee starts promptly at 7pm. Wine and beer will be available at a cash bar; pizza, cookies and coffee will be on hand for snacks. Miss Whatcom County will sell raffle tickets.  You’ll have a great night of fun, and you’ll help the WLC help others. All proceeds go to support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s efforts to provide literacy tutoring to adults in Whatcom County. Teams are forming now! Contact for more information.


Tickets are $15/person, $5/kids 12 and under and are available at Village Books and at the door.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Fairhaven Festival and Ski-to-Sea Race

Now in Settlemyer Hall at BTC!

Don't miss this all-day, multi-street party! • Live Music on Two Stages • Beer & Wine Garden • Food, Arts, Crafts, Exhibits • Children's Activities



The Fantastical Mr. Flip's Carnival of Wonders and Curiosities

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Saturday, July 22, 2017 At Village Books & on the Fairhaven Village Green Mark your calendar so you don't miss this day of music, vendors, author readings, food, and fun!

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Top Ten Stories for 2016 #10

Longtime Bookseller Becomes Ski Bum

Well, not exactly. But Robert Gruen, who spent forty-four years in the book business—a little more that eighteen of them at Village Books—is spending a fair amount of his time skiing. During his years at the store he performed a myriad of tasks, including managing ticket sales and buying both new and used books. In addition to skiing, Robert now spends his time snowshoeing, cooking, hiking, and traveling.

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Sarah Receives Holiday Bonus from James Patterson If you think you might have read this same headline in last year’s Top 10 Stories list, you’re not far from wrong. It was Joan last year who was the beneficiary of James Patterson’s benevolence. This year Sarah received a holiday bonus for the incredible work she’s been doing in the stores. Sarah first joined Village Books and Paper Dreams eleven years ago and has been the Store Manager for seven years, and until last year the Children’s Book Buyer. You’ll read more about her in the #1 story.

Hana and Alex Get Married

Though the headline may sound like the title of a Broadway Musical, and it did have a touch of that spectacle, it was a real live event starring two of the store’s employees. Hana Boxberger who was until recently the VB’s Children’s Book Buyer, and Alex Hatch, a VB veteran of seven years, were hitched in Glen Echo Garden in a ceremony at which many current and former staff members were present. They've very recently moved on to start the next chapter of their lives, and will be greatly missed. We wish them well!



Paul Dons Presidential Mantle In a quiet and orderly transition of power without the political drama in which the country has been steeped, Paul Hanson became the President of the Historic Fairhaven Association. The HFA is a volunteer organization that was founded in 1972 to promote the Fairhaven area while preserving its historic character. Paul has previous presidential experience, having served in that role for the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

Chuckanut Editions Publishes First Full-Color Book

Bob Kandiko’s vocation was as a teacher in the Ferndale Schools, but one of his avocations—pursued just as passionately and skillfully—has, and continues to be, as a photographer. When Chuck first saw Bob’s photos of Mt. Baker and the North County he was gobsmacked and offered to publish the book that became Nooksack Wanderings. Brendan Clark, VB’s Publishing Director, worked with Bob to create Chuckanut Editions’ first full-color publication.

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Lynden Store Celebrates Its First Anniversary November 22nd marked the one year anniversary of Village Books and Paper Dreams in the Waples Mercantile Building in Lynden. The building, renovated seven years after a devastating fire, has helped bring new life to Downtown Lynden, and the store, which combines the book and gift sides of the business, has had a great reception from the community. Folks in Bellingham now have another reason to make the short trek to Lynden.


A Year of Awards for Chuck and Dee First, the Whatcom Community College Foundation named them the 2016 Excellence in Educational Giving Honorees. Then the Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce named Dee Woman of the Year, and Chuck Man of the Year—the first time a couple, or even two people from the same company have received the honor. Finally, PubWest announced that the duo would be presented the Rittenhouse Award at the organization’s February conference. Given each year since 1990, the award has honored “those who have made a real contribution to the western community of the book,” including Tony Hillerman and Lawrence Ferlinghetti.


"Booked at the Baker" Going Full Steam Ahead

In its second year, Booked at the Baker, a partnership between Village Books and the Mount Baker Theatre, produced two big, well-attended shows—Sherman Alexie, with his book Thunder Boy Jr., and Terry Tempest Williams, with her book The Hour of the Land. Two big shows are scheduled soon—Alton Brown on March 28th and Garrison Keillor on April 9th (see page 7). The partnership looks forward to many more shows with well-known authors.


Claire Now Booking All Events

Claire McElroy-Chesson first came to work in Paper Dreams as a young new-totowner and worked there and in the office, before going off to work in the stained glass arts. She returned to the store several years ago and has served in a number of capacities over the years, including as Consignment Manager, Y.A.R.C. Coordinator, and most recently as Kids’ Activities Director. She has now become the Events Coordinator, booking and publicizing all author events for both the Fairhaven and Lynden stores, as well as author school visits, and other offsite events.



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The Torch Passes Of course the biggest story of the year for many was the sale, after thirty-six and a half years, of Village Books and Paper Dreams to its current management team—Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton. These are the folks who’ve been doing the difficult, everyday, hands-on management of the store for a long time, and who will take the store into the future. Paul and Kelly have each been with the stores for five and a half years. Both have extensive bookstore and retail experience, including Kelly’s design and merchandising work and Paul’s managing Eagle Harbor Books for fifteen years. Sarah, as mentioned above, also has extensive bookstore and management experience. In addition to their skills and talents, all three hold a deep belief in the importance of community.

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One of the Boys



Human Acts

by Daniel Magariel

by Han Kang

available in March, hardcover, Scribner

"This brilliant and beautiful novel is that rarest thing: an incredibly mature book about kids. The children act like loving, terrified parents; the parents behave like the most destructive of children. Yet Magariel has managed to tell the story of this failing family with so much love and gentleness that the lasting impression of this novel is of the unknowing courage unique to youth.” —Rivka Galchen, author of Atmospheric Disturbances

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

available now, hardcover, Hogarth

With The Vegetarian, Han Kang explored madness; now with her new novel, Human Acts, she explores what it means to be human. Told through the perspectives of several characters, both living and dead, the story revolves around the death of Dong-Ho, a young boy killed in a violent uprising in South Korea in 1980, as well as the lasting effect of this death and uprising over the following decades. Each character shows us how to hang on to our humanity during the darkest of hours and worst of oppressions. –Joe

Dead Letters

available in March, hardcover, Scribner

The author of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Lisa See, has done a wonderful job with this new novel. She has such an amazing gift of storytelling and pulling the reader into a far off land. This story is about a young girl, Li-yan, who lives with her family in the remote Yunnan village of China. Unmarried Li-yan finds herself with child and has to make the difficult choice of giving up her newborn, knowing that the only hope for survival for the baby is to leave her at the orphanage. Wrapped up in a blanket with a tea cake hidden in the swaddling Li-yan leaves her baby.  Years later we read about how Li-yan is doing and how Haley, the baby girl that was adopted by a family in America, is coping, and the questions that they both yearn to have answered. This is a powerful story of the connection between mothers and daughters. –Kelly E.

I pledge to buy one more book from an Indie and one less from online sellers & chain stores.

by Caite Dolan-Leach available now, hardcover, Random House

Zelda Antipova was the wild sister, notorious for her mind games. When Zelda is killed in a barn fire, Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. Then she receives a cryptic message—from Zelda. Just as Ava suspected, Zelda’s playing one of her games—leaving a series of clues to her disappearance. Ava follows the trail laid just for her, thinking like her sister, immersing herself in Zelda’s drama.

The Book of Joan by Lidia Yuknavitch

available in April, hardcover, Harper

From the author of the bestselling The Small Backs of Children, comes a strange, strange vision of our future, one where we have effectively destroyed the earth and the elite are hovering above it in vessels tethered to it for its remaining resources. Humans have been rendered genderless and unable to reproduce. Up from the ashes comes Joan, a new, yet familiar heroine. If you loved The Sparrow, this book is certainly for you. —Claire

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

available now, hardcover, Grove Press

The women in these stories live lives of privilege and of poverty, are in marriages both loving and haunted by past crimes or emotional blackmail. From a girls’ fight club to a wealthy subdivision in Florida where neighbors conform, compete, and spy on each other, Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist, delivers a wry, beautiful, and haunting vision of modern American women.

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Book Book Groups Groups

Village Books in Fairhaven

Groups are Open to Everyone Join us!

Y.A. for Adults

Two NEW Groups!

This is a book group for adults who are tired of always acting like an adult. We will be reading everything and anything across the Young Adult genre. Join Sarah and Rebecca on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

General Lit Discuss books from a variety of genres with Cindi at 7pm the 1st Monday of each month in the VB Reading Gallery. This group is open to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading and discussing books.

Bellingham Mysterians

Mystery Book Group Meets at 4pm the 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books. Do you love a mystery? So do we! This is a book group for adults who are fans of the genre in all its sub-categories and micro-niches.

Armchair Historians Chat about, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written the 2nd Monday of every month from 7pm to 8:30pm in the Writers' Corner at Village Books.

Engaged Citizens Book Group Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon in the Readings Gallery. Join Mary Dumas for a thoughtprovoking lunch hour discussing books that ask us to consider how we, as community members, can more skillfully contribute to the creation of a civilly engaged community.

Living With Meaning

This book group aims to learn and share perspectives on what makes a meaningful life. Through readings and discussions on faith, spirituality, and wellness it hopes to inspire within us a courageous curiosity and an intimate understanding of the diverse spiritual approaches and practices towards wellbeing and balance. Join us in the Readings Gallery the 1st Wednesday of each month at 2:00pm

Afternoon Book Chat

Bring your tea or latte and come discuss contemporary literature with Sittrea the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm in the Readings Gallery—open to all!

Motherhood by the Book Meet with Claire the 2nd Sunday of every month at 2pm for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood. Meetings take place in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

Speculative Fiction Book Group

This group meets the 3rd Monday of the month at 7pm to discuss thought-provoking speculative fiction in a group that welcomes diversity. Meetings take place in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

Cover to Cover Adventure For ages 8-12. Enjoy a book chat & activities with Trevor at 4pm the 2nd Tuesday of the month in the Readings Gallery at Village Books.

Groups are open to everyone • Authors do not attend VB Reads VB Reads book groups are open to anyone in the community. There is no group membership. However, those who attend are eligible for a 15% discount on that group's selections.

Each month, Rebecca, VB's Book Group Coordinator, sends out a fantastic e-newsletter, specifically geared for book groups. It often contains staff recommendations & fun facts about the reading habits of those of us here at the store! Sign up for the Book Group Newsletter at or by emailing

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

available now, hardcover, Random House

You have never read a book like this before. That is, unless you've read a book juxtaposing the choices of a president with his son's experience of death. That is, unless you've read a book written only in references to the source, mixing historical citations with fiction. That is, unless you've already read the debut novel of George Saunders. You have never read a book like this before. Now go read it. –David A Village Books Staff Favorite!



The Adventures of John Carson in Several Quarters of the World : A Novel of Robert Louis Stevenson by Brian Doyle

available in April, hardcover, Thomas Dunne Books

This is inspired by the lost first novel of Robert Louis Stevenson, which he was working on while living in San Francisco, waiting for his beloved to divorce so they could marry. The novel has never surfaced, so Brian has set out to imagine the novel, as well as Stevenson's life during this time, a time of being in love and exploring the city of San Francisco.

Men Without Women by Haruki Murakami

available in May, hardcover, Knopf

"He woke to discover that he had undergone a metamorphosis and become Gregor Samsa," begins "Samsa In Love," one of seven stories in Men Without Women, Haruki Murakami's newest collection. All seven tales revolve around lonely men, strange men, and in one: an insect turned into a lonely, strange man. Weaving together music and heartbreak and cats that go missing, this collection is Murakami at his finest. No one captures the hidden madness of the solitary life better. –Joe

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

available in May, hardcover, Pamela Dorman Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is the story of a quirky yet lonely woman whose social misunderstandings and deeply ingrained routines could be changed forever—if she can bear to confront the secrets she has avoided all her life. But if she does, she’ll learn that she, too, is capable of finding friendship—and even love—after all.

Kindred : A Graphic Novel Adaptation

by Octavia E. Butler, John Jennings, and Damian Duffy


available now, hardcover, Abrams

Butler’s most celebrated work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the pre–Civil War South. Traveling between worlds where she is a free woman and one where she is not, she becomes entangled in the stories of her own family through the slaveholder Rufus and the many people who are enslaved by him. Graphic adaptation by celebrated comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings.

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Taduno’s Song by Odafe Atogun

available in March, hardcover, Pantheon

Arriving from exile back to his homeland, Taduno the musician discovers that his people no longer recognize him and his girlfriend Lela has been abducted by government agents. He wanders through his house in search of clues but all traces of his old life have been erased and all that is left of himself is emptiness. But he finds a new purpose: to unravel the mystery of his lost life and find his lost love.

The Cutaway

by Christina Kovac available in March, hardcover, Atria/INK

A stunning work of psychological suspense for readers of Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn about a young television producer—a powerful force in her own right but pitted against a world run by men—drawn into a tangled world of corruption and cover-up related to the mysterious disappearance of a beautiful Georgetown lawyer.


by Peter Heller available in March, hardcover, Knopf

Working out of her jewel box of an apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, Celine has made a career of tracking down missing persons, and she has a better record at it than the FBI. But when a young woman, Gabriela, asks for her help, a world of mystery and sorrow opens up.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Rose and Pierrot are two of the most memorable characters I've read in a while. They are artistic, talented, flawed, passionate, and tragic. After falling in love at an orphanage they are separated and then must find each other, survive the Great Depression, and the Montreal underworld, all while trying to bring their art to the world. A compelling and entertaining read, packing a big emotional punch; I can't recall the last time I read a 400 page book so quickly. –Trevor


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The Fortunate Ones by Ellen Umansky

available now, hardcover, William Morrow

Rose Zimmer is a young girl as war hits her Austrian home. Her parents manage to send Rose and her brother on a kindertransport to live with strangers in England.  As an adult, the one item she remembers from childhood is the Chaim Soutine painting that her mother cherished. Many years later in Los Angeles, Lizzie Goldstein is guilt-stricken as she attends to her father's funeral. Lizzie still feels guilt over the painting that was stolen during a high school party. The painting was the Chaim Soutine.  This story spans decades and holds secrets, fears, and forgiveness. This is Ellen Umansky's first novel and she's written a story with pure human emotion. –Kelly E.

A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell

available in April, hardcover, Harper

"This is a psychological thriller that is as hip and relevant as it is gripping. Bell manages to satirize, hilariously, the ghastly self-righteousness of the online 'Mommy Bloggers' while at the same time pulling off a suburban mystery that ends with a twist that is as horridly satisfying as it is completely unexpected." –Plum Sykes, author of Bergdorf Blondes

A Horse Walks Into a Bar by David Grossman

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Whoa. This one took me by surprise. Picked up on a whim, I couldn't put it down. Told through the eyes of an audience member over the course of one night's performance, an aging comedian, terminally ill, tells what becomes a dark memoir about his childhood and the moment that shaped his life. Both the story of the audience and the performer, nobody is who they seem to be. This book is unlike anything I've ever read. –Joe

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The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley

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Claude says he wants to be a girl when he grows up. "One of those very rare, special novels that examines the way we live in our homes, in our families, in our bodies, with an astonishing balance of humor, complexity, and above all, kindness.” –Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being

available in March, hardcover, Random House

No One Is Coming to Save Us by Stephanie Powell Watts available in April, hardcover, Ecco

"Watts takes The Great Gatsby as her starting thread but spins a tapestry all her own: rich with wry and poignant observations on human nature, family, and black experience in America. A powerful— and, in today’s world, necessary— perspective on the American dream and the possibility of beginning again." –Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

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At last, a long-awaited novel from the author of The Good Thief! Another tale about a renegade father, this one told in bullets. Loo's father's body is riddled with twelve bullet wounds and the structure of the novel is set to reveal how he came by those. Loo is one of the best young female characters I have come across in her strength, intelligence, and her unflinching determination to learn the truth about her parents. Tinti's writing is top-notch, once again.  —Claire Fans of The Good Thief will enjoy this adventurous tale by the very talented Hannah Tinti. –Kelly E.

Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury USA

It’s the last day of 1984 and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she crosses the unsafe landscape of a rundown Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she encounters bartenders, bodega clerks, chauffeurs, security guards, bohemians, criminals, children, parents, and parentsto-be in surprising moments of generosity and grace.

The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck

available in April, hardcover, William Morrow

The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff

available in March, hardcover, Mira

"The Orphan's Tale is a wonderfully compelling story set in Europe under the Nazis, and with a beautiful, complicated friendship between two women at its heart. The story grips us from the very first page, and the characters are utterly believable—flawed, yet capable of great generosity and courage. And the atmosphere of the circus is entrancing." –Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife

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"Set primarily in WWII Germany, Shattuck's arresting novel focuses on three very different women who are forced to rely on one another as they attempt to survive the past and reclaim hope. The writing is magnificent, as is Shattuck's ability to render unimaginable circumstances with tremendous clarity and compassion." –Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

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The Refugees

by Chevy Stevens

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

available now, hardcover, St. Martin's Press

available now, hardcover, Grove Press

Viet Thanh Nguyen follows up his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer, with The Refugees, a collection of short stories written over the past twenty years. Where The Sympathizer was epic, sweeping, The Refugees takes on a more subdued, intimate approach. Nguyen follows the struggles of those forced to leave their country for another, either clinging to the past or trying to forget it altogether. Here, there's not a weak story to be found. –Joe

Eleven years ago, Lindsey Nash escaped into the night with her young daughter and left an abusive relationship. Her ex-husband, Andrew, was sent to jail and Lindsey started over with a new life. When Andrew is finally released from prison, Lindsey believes she has cut all ties and left the past behind her. But she gets the sense that someone is watching her, tracking her every move. With Never Let You Go, Chevy Stevens delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession. Join us for a Free Event

The Impossible Fortress

Chevy Stevens

by Jason Rekulak

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

At once a charming romance, a hilarious crime caper, a moving coming-of-age story, and a celebration of 8-bit computer programming. This novel chronicles one 14-year old boy whose plan to seduce the local convenience store owner's daughter (in order to secure a Playboy featuring Vanna White) goes sideways when she turns out to be his computer-loving soulmate. Think: Ready Player One meets The Rosie Project meets The Goonies.

The Midnight Cool by Lydia Peelle

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

"The Midnight Cool plunges you into the Tennessee of the 1910s, into the First World War, into high-stakes mule-trading, most affectingly into the ardors and errors of the people caught up in this extraordinary story. It makes you feel the urgency of every choice they make. The authority of Peelle's prose is total." –Salvatore Scibona, author of The End

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney

available now, hardcover, Ballantine

This thriller won't disappoint fans of The Girl on the Train or In a Dark, Dark Wood. After Jane moves into One Folgate Street, an ultra modern, technologically advanced super house, she discovers that the previous tenant, Emma, tragically passed away. Alternating between Jane and Emma's perspectives, the reader gets drawn into the mystery surrounding the house and its mysterious and controlling architect. Soon it's clear that there is a lot in common between Emma and Jane, and not just One Folgate Street. Soon to be a motion picture! –Lauren



by Brian Van Reet

available now, hardcover, Riverhead

"Former army tank-gunner Brian van Reet has written an intense anti-war novel set during the Iraqi War at the precise instant when victory and defeat hung in the balance for the American forces. Van Reet's prose possesses a rare musicality, while telling this compelling story from three perspectives, including a lifelong Jihadist who begins to question his own motivations." –Tom McIntyre, HBG Sales Rep

by Katie Kitamura “What Kitamura summons brilliantly is the sensation of a repressed and repressive society laid bare— erotically, psychologically and politically. She writes with equal authority about the weight of a man’s gaze on a disrobing woman and the sensation of being exposed by history’s glare—confirms Kitamura’s prodigious talent.” —New York Times Book Review


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What It Means When A Man Falls From The Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah available in April, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Believe the hype; I checked out this short story collection after seeing it on lists of 2017's anticipated books. This is a great debut from Nigerian-born author Arimah. It's incredible how in a few short pages Arimah can give you the entire relevant history of a character. Her stories, some realistic, some with elements of the supernatural, provide insight into the relationships in Nigerian culture, as well as American immigrant culture. –Trevor

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by Annie Hartnett available in March, paperback, Tin House

Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know—like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house.

Bitter Is the Wind by Jim McDermott

available in March, paperback, Rare Bird Books

Bitter Is the Wind is a coming-of-age novel that traces the lives of George Johnson, Jr., and his father from the rural blue collar landscape of upstate New York in the 1970s to the halls of Wharton Business School and the heights of Wall Street. After a family tragedy strengthens their familial bond, the Johnsons contend with assembly line monotony, unfulfilled dreams of baseball stardom, and learn what it means to be tempted, trapped, jailed and ignored by a seemingly uncaring God.

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Wicked Wonders by Ellen Klages

available in May, paperback, Tacheon Press

Inside these tales are memorable characters who are smart, subversive, and singular. A rebellious child identifies with wicked Maleficent instead of Sleeping Beauty; best friends Anna and Corry share a last melancholy morning before emigration to another planet; a prepschool girl requires more than mere luck to win at dice with a faerie; ladies who keep dividing that one last bite of dessert in the paradox of female politeness.

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault, translated by Liedewy Hawke available in March, paperback, Oneworld Publications

Bilodo lives a solitary life, daily completing his routine postal rounds and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. To break his loneliness, he has taken to stealing people's mail, and reading the letters inside. And so he comes across Ségolène's letters with Gaston, a master poet, corresponding through writing haikus. The elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her. But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident, and his next actions will change his life profoundly. Originally published in French in Canada, this reissue is timed to precede publication in June of The Postman's Fiancée.

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FICTION paperback Dragon Springs Road by Janie Chang

available now, paperback, Harper




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available now, paperback, Broadway Books

The North Water by Ian McGuire

available in March, paperback, Picador

"A fast-paced, gripping story set in a world of gruesome violence and perversity, where 'why?' is not a question and murder happens on a whim. A tour de force of narrative tension and a masterful reconstruction of a lost world that seems to exist at the limits of the human imagination." –Hilary Mantel, author of Wolf Hall


by Melissa Lenhardt available in April, paperback, Redhook

"Packs a big punch with grit and raw passion. There is mystery, murder, Indians, bounty hunters and intrigue. The women are brave, intelligent and don't take crap from anyone. Lenhardt is a talented, creative writer; she has a grand slam out of the park with Sawbones."—RT Book Reviews (Top Pick!)

Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

The Revolution of the Moon by Andrea Camilleri, translated by Stephen Sartarelli available in April, paperback, Europa

In Sicily, April 16, 1677, the new Marquis implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, re-opening women’s care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marry. The machinations of powerful men soon result in Donna Eleanora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, being recalled to Spain. Based on a true story.

Bright Air Black by David Vann

available in March, paperback, Grove Press

Jane Steele

by Lyndsay Faye available in March, paperback, G.P. Putnam's Sons

A re-imagining of Jane Eyre—if she was a bad ass serial killer! I loved this edgy rendition of the classic. It's a perfect spring-time read.  –Lauren


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An epic retelling of the 13th century story of Medea, author David Vann gives an electrifying portrait of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women. This re-imagining offers a realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress. Although you might think you already know the tale, the twists and turns of the story and Medea's reactions still fascinate and shock.

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The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

available now, paperback, Mira

"Once in a great while, a character like Arthur Pepper comes along and quietly steals your heart. Arthur might make you cry—but he'll also make you laugh, think, and feel grateful that you came along on his fantastical journey. I'll be buying copies [for everyone I know.]” –Sarah Pekkanen, author of Things You Won't Say


Mikhail and Margarita by Julie Lekstrom Himes

available in March, paperback, Europa

“In Mikhail and Margarita, Himes manages to perform the remarkable task of simultaneously paying homage to Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel and writing her own brilliant novel of love, betrayal and censorship. The result is an atmospheric, gripping, authoritative and deeply suspenseful narrative that utterly transports the reader.” —Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy and Mercury


The Big Green Tent

by Ludmila Ulitskaya, translated by Polly Gannon available now, paperback, Picador

A story of compromise and betrayal and courage and the unholy interactions of artists and spies. Like Russian novels of old, it introduces a wide cast of characters and savors the pleasures of storytelling in a grand manner. As with the most ambitious novels before her, Ulitskaya brings an era to life.

Science Fiction Walkaway

by Cory Doctorow available in April, hardcover, Tor Books

Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: an epic tale of revolution, love, postscarcity, and the end of death. Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multi-generation sci-fi thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences. Cory Doctorow is an author, activist, journalist and blogger—the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling Little Brother. Join us for a Free Event

Cory Doctorow Tuesday, May 16th, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

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Love Mysteries? Check out the Bellingham Mysterians: A Book Group for Mystery Readers! Meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 4pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven.

Baker Street Irregulars : Thirteen Authors with New Takes on Sherlock Holmes

edited by Michael A. Ventrella and Jonathan Maberry

available in March, paperback, Diversion Publishing

In this new anthology, thirteen authors present the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes in wildly entertaining new ways. In stories ranging from Russia in the nearfuture to a reality show, from a dystopian world to an orchestra, from a re-creation in a holodeck to vampires, these authors spin new webs of mystery around their own singular riff on one of fiction’s truly singular characters.

Death's Mistress : Sister of Darkness– The Nicci Chronicles, Volume I by Terry Goodkind

available now, hardcover, Tor Books

This will launch an entirely new series and cast of characters centered on one of the best-loved characters in the nowconcluded Sword of Truth. With the reign of Richard and Kahlan finally stabilized, Nicci, the converted former lieutenant of the evil Emperor Jagang, has set out on her own for new adventures. Her first job being to keep the unworldly prophet Nathan out of trouble...

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Science Fiction The Wanderers

The House of Fame

by Meg Howrey

by Oliver Harris

available in March, hardcover, G.P. Putnam's Sons

available now, paperback, Harper Paperback

Mars is my favorite object in space so whenever it is mentioned in a book description, I can't help but to pick it up. But as much as this is a "space book" about the first manned mission to Mars, it is not at all. It's a highly character-driven introspective narrative. Writing from a variety of viewpoints, Howrey explores and digs deep into the three astronauts' minds and those of their loved ones back on Earth. I appreciated how universal this book felt and I think Gene Roddenberry would have been impressed by how viscerally human nature is expressed. This book turned out way different than I had initially imagined, and I was notably surprised at every turn and it left me wanting more. The Wanderers is a book for people who are in love with space, life, and the unknown of both. –Leah

"A superb novel about the demonic detective who breaks all the rules. Oliver Harris has a rare ability to combine storytelling that has a freewheeling, improvisatory feel with a plot that has been long hours in the concocting. Nick Belsey is fast becoming the best anti-hero in British crime fiction." –Telegraph

The Burning World : A Warm Bodies Novel

by Isaac Marion

available now, hardcover, Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Star-crossed lovers R and J must grapple with life among the undead. Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn't want to find.

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

available now, hardcover, Dutton

Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

available now, paperback, Del Ray

I'll be the first one to admit it, the striking cover caught my eye. Then, the fact that this book is about giant alien robot parts buried across the globe...there was no way I'd pass on it. Epistolary novels have never been my favorite, but with the promise of giant robots, I abated my prejudices and quickly devoured the scientist's journal entries and interviews that make up the story, and I am very glad I did. Neuvel carries a strong new voice into literary sci-fi, creating a story that blends the speculative elements that blew our minds in VanderMeer's Area X trilogy, with the hardcore science nerd factor of The Martian. (The sequel, Waking Gods, comes out in April!!) –Leah

Heartbroken, but with a time machine, Tom finds himself stranded in what seems to him to be a terrible dystopian wasteland, but which we recognize as our all-too-familiar real world: the wrong 2016. Tom is desperate to fix his mistake until he discovers wonderfully unexpected versions of his family, his career, and the woman who might just be the love of his life.

The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

available in April, paperback, Orbi

Jack Sparks was known for his edgy journalism. His latest book was supposed to be a journey to debunk several occult staples, but the supernatural seems to have other ideas. Think The Blair Witch Project as written by Hunter S. Thompson.

Enjoy Speculative Fiction? Check out the VB Reads... Speculative Fiction Book Group Meetings are the 3rd Monday of each month at 7pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven. Go to for a full list of VB Book Groups and what they're all reading!


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Jonathan Evison Whatcom READS! is a community-wide reading and discussion program intended to encourage all Whatcom County residents to read the same book and create a county-wide book club experience.

Jonathan Evison's The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is the featured book for 2017. Simultaneously tragic and comic, this big-hearted and inspired novel is a story about forgiveness, especially about forgiving oneself. Adapted into an indie film starring Paul Rudd & Selena Gomez, it is a tale of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape. Jonathan Evison will visit us March 9-11, 2017 at events throughout Whatcom County. All events are free of charge and open to the public! Thursday, March 9 1pm: The Art of Caregiving, Bellingham Technical College 7-8:30pm: Think & Drink with Jonathan Evison & the North Fork Brewery, Van Zandt Hall, Deming Friday, March 10th 1pm: An Afternoon with Jonathan Evison, Bellingham Cruise Terminal 7pm: An Evening with Jonathan Evison, Mount Baker Theatre, Bellingham

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​Saturday, March 11th 10:30am: Book Discussion with the author, Ferndale Public Library 2pm: The Art & Craft of Writing, Wilson Library Reading Room, WWU in Bellingham

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Purchase The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving at Village Books and we will donate 10% of the proceeds to Whatcom READS!

Art Challenge Exhibit Whatcom READS! 2017 joined with Allied Arts of Whatcom County to sponsor an art challenge and exhibit in the Allied Arts Gallery inspired by The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. The challenge was open to any local artists working in any medium. There will be an opening reception on Friday, March 3, from 6-9pm. The exhibit will run from March 3-April 1, 2017. For more details see

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Inspiration into Action Opening event and master classes on Thursday, June 22

Faculty Alice Acheson Elizabeth Austen Paula Becker Daniel James Brown Jonathan Evison Waverly Fitzgerald Sean Fletcher Andrea Hurst Dan Larner Samuel Ligon Gary Copeland Lilley Priscilla Long Kelly Magee Tod Marshall Anis Mojgani Kathleen Dean Moore Ijeoma Oluo Rena Priest Andy Ross

Deeply grounded in the Pacific Northwest's rich abundance, the Chuckanut Writers Conference is a craft-centered, cross-genre celebration inspiring writers to bring forth their unique voices.

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CWC Early Bird Registration through May 22 Register for the Chuckanut Writers Conference and study with some of the best writing faculty anywhere. Practice your craft in a supportive, collegiate setting. Learn valuable writing techniques and gain new insights. Interact in person with dynamic authors, literary agents, marketing experts, and fellow writers. Enhance your knowledge of the business of writing. Return home energized, inspired and ready to write. Earn 16 clock hours if you’re a WA State K-12 teacher and you attend the entire conference (administrative fee applies). Register by May 22 for the early bird rate of $239. After May 22, the rate will be $279. Register by calling 360.383.3200, by visiting, or in person at the WCC Foundation Building, Suite 101.

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Conferences, classes, and retreats for your writing life

Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a variety of classes and seminars as part of our collaborative writing program, Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Sunday, March 5, 1-6pm Screenwriters' Workshop with Micky Neilson

Saturday, March 18, 9:30am-4:30pm Poetic Justice with Betty Scott & JP Falcon Grady

Fee: $69, Location: Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden.

Explore the poetic justice of collaboration when a musician and writer push against the boundaries of creative expression. Just Fee: $85. Location: WCC Added!

Mondays, March 6-27, 6-8pm (4 sessions) Keeping an Illustrated Journal with Nancy Canyon Keeping an illustrated journal of personal discoveries and life observations is a delightful way to record daily experiences and create an heirloom. Fee: $95. Location: WCC.

Saturday, March 11, 9am-3pm Designing Your Creative Strategy with Laurel Leigh Let's talk about what to do with those great ideas that remain jottings in your notebook and the half-finished stories that are lounging on your laptop. Fee: $79 Location: Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden.

Saturday, March 25, 9am-3pm Designing Your Creative Strategy with Laurel Leigh. Fee: $79. WCC Saturday, April 8, 10am-1pm Clearing Space to Write with Carolyn Koehnline Fee: $45, WCC

New Spring Classes

Mondays, April 10-24, 6-8:30pm Wild Mind Writing with Nancy Canyon (3 sessions)

Saturday, April 22, 10am-noon Publishing Choices: POD, Self-Publishing, Traditional Publisher with Alice Acheson Fee: $55, WCC

Saturday, April 22, 2-5pm Bound-for-Success Book Proposal with Alice Acheson Fee: $55, WCC Tuesdays, May 2-30, 6:30-10:30pm Creating and Sustaining a Writing Practice with Joel Gillman cost $129, WCC (5 sessions)

Saturdays, June 3-10, 10am-noon Eco-Poetics: A Poetry Writing Workshop with Kevin Murphy cost $59, WCC (2 sessions)

Fee: $95, WCC

Visit or call WCC at 360-383-3200 for more information and to register today!

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Writing Groups

Village Books hosts multiple writing groups. Choose which group most reflects your writing genre, then come and share your work in a supportive environment. Groups are free and open to everyone. They all meet on the mezzanine level of Village Books in our Writers' Corner.

Poetry I 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 5:30-7pm

Poetry II 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 10:15-12:15am

f Nontiction & Memoir 1st & 3rd Sundays, 3:15-5:15pm


2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

Prompts 2nd & 4th Mondays, 4-6pm

The Nooksack River Writing Group - In Lynden 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10am - group meets in the Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden.

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Each year since 1965, the PNBA Awards have celebrated exceptional books written by Northwest authors. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Bitch Planet

Book One: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick (Portland, OR) In a futuristic world ruled by a seemingly omnipotent patriarchal regime, women who don’t fit into the narrowly defined societal norm are sent to an extreme off-planet detention facility where they struggle to retain a sense of self. A smart, profane, and thoroughly terrifying examination of widespread intersectional oppression that feels all too familiar. Pick up this book and join the ranks of the Non-Compliant. Dare you.

To The Bright Edge Of The World by Eowyn Ivey

(Palmer, AK)

Returning to the same lush Alaskan landscape as The Snow Child, Ivey's second novel is as stunning and enchanting as her first. Telling the story of newly married Colonel Allen Forrester and his wife Sophie as they endure a long separation when he is charged with leading an expedition into the Alaskan wilderness, Ivey constructs an absorbing and beautiful epistolary novel of adventure, danger and discovery and a love story fraught with an equal fear of the unknown.

Marrow Island by Alexis M. Smith

(Portland, OR)

Marrow Island was once another jewel of the beautiful San Juans but has become the jagged memory of disaster—one that took the life of Lucie’s father. Her best childhood friend is now immersed in a mysterious commune on the island, and Lucie is drawn by Marrow on both counts. Addressing environmental issues, cult behavior, family loss and broken friendships, Marrow Island is an original and riveting read.

Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie (Seattle, WA)

On Trails: An Exploration

by Robert Moor (Halfmoon Bay, BC)

Moor's excellent debut is a bookseller’s dream, the kind of book we know is just the fit for that perfect customer—any reader who values superb writing, probing curiosity, and exploration. Moor guides the reader with evolution, anthropology, adventure and reflection through the literal and metaphorical trails that lead our lives.


by Annie Proulx

(Carnation, WA)

A sweeping saga spanning more than 700 pages and nearly 300 years, Proulx's magnum opus follows two families for generations as they attempt to tame their world and conquer the physical and metaphorical forests that surround them. A lush and ambitious piece of literature that may be her best work yet.

Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman by Lindy West

(Seattle, WA)

This brilliant book will make your sides hurt with laughter while inspiring empathy to the difficulties of living as a large, feminist woman in today's world. An important book for fostering perspective on the overweight population (over half of all Americans) and women's rights. West uses humor as a gateway to grab the attention of those who may not normally want to read a "feminist book." A conversation-starting read.


Alexie's first book for children is a picture book to cherish, starring a strong-willed little boy who just wants to make his mark on the world with a name all his own. The fun-to-read story is slyly irreverent yet full of love, and the bright, meaningful illustrations by Yuyi Morales tell a delightful story of their own while bringing out all the meaning in Alexie's words.

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elcome back to another spring! It’s the time of year when I am the most impatient for it to get lighter and warmer, and then all of a sudden it’s gone. This year, take time to appreciate the slowly changing hues of green, the growing light, and of course, some tasty food! Here are a few selections from the shelves of Village Books that are sure to inspire you!

Simple: Recipes and Crafts for Seasonal Celebrations and Potluck Parties

by Diana Henry available now, hardcover, Mitchell Beazley This is a great idea book for flavor combinations. There are no advanced cooking techniques, no days-long prep items, just big, exciting tastes in dishes influenced from all over the world. Easy recipes with good, clear instructions and maybe some introductions to unfamiliar pantry items will get your daily home cooking up to the next level.

Nourishing Fats: Why We Need Animal Fats for Health and Happiness

by Sally Fallon Morell available now, paperback, Grand Central Life & Style Sally Fallon, most famous for the standard reference Nourishing Traditions has brought us another thoughtful, insightful book that encourages our whole health through the way we eat and look at the world and food system as a whole. A fascinating look into some of the myths we hold around how we should eat.

Sheet Pan: Delicious Recipes for Hands-Off Meals

by Kate McMillan available now, hardcover, Weldon Owen Here’s a cookbook of the one-pot variety, only this time you just pop everything into the oven! This is actually a secret favorite technique of mine, so it’s fun to get some new ideas and recipes for the quick and easy meals that your family will be amazed by.

A Taste of Haida Gwaii: Food Gathering and Feasting at the Edge of the World

by Susan Musgrave available now, paperback, Whitecap Books Ltd. Called “Canada’s Galapagos,” the Haida Gwaii are the inshore islands that stretch along Canada’s Pacific coast. This glimpse into the food and culture of our neighbors is a funny, compelling story about how we eat to live. Foraging, fishing, preserving, and wild-crafting are just a few of the ways these charming folks get by with their meals. Recipes, stories, poetry, more! Charles Claassen is the chef/owner of the Book Fare Café on the mezzanine of Village Books. Through the seasonal menus at the café, teaching cooking and food classes in the community, and continuing to develop relationships with farmers and food artisans, he provides thoughtful, conscientious food that's quite tasty, too.

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Tartine All Day by Elisabeth Prueitt

available in April, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

Elisabeth Prueitt, cofounder of Tartine Bakery in San Francisco, wants this cookbook to be the go-to source for home cooks who don't want to spend all day preparing one dinner. And boy does she deliver! I loved that this cookbook has the ingredients listed right next to the corresponding steps in the recipe; you're not constantly flipping back and forth between pages or forgetting to add something in the confusion. She's included a wide array of recipes in this book, and many are gluten free. She makes cooking these delicious meals easy and stress free! I love it!  –Lauren

Pizza Camp : Recipes from Pizzeria Beddia

by Joe Beddia

available in March, hardcover, Abrams

Philadelphia's Joe Beddia unlocks the secrets to incredible homemade pizza, from making the perfect dough to inventive topping combos. Packed with humor and tips, all recipes are presented with options for variations and suggestions for further experimentation. A must-have for design fans with a mix of atmospherics from the shop, unusual process shots, hand-written notes and doodles, and beautiful photos.

The Poetry of Cooking

Eat This Poem : A Literary Feast of Recipes Inspired by Poetry

by Nicole Gulotta

available in March, paperback, Roost Books

The twenty-five inspiring poems in this book—from such poets as Marge Piercy, Louise Glück, Mark Strand, Mary Oliver, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield—are accompanied by seventy-five recipes that bring the richness of words to life in our kitchen, on our plate, and through our palate. Eat This Poem opens us up to fresh ways of accessing poetry and lends new meaning to the foods we cook.

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COOKING The Pho Cookbook : Easy to Adventurous Recipes for Vietnam's Favorite Soup and Noodles by Andrea Nguyen

available now, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

Andrea Nguyen dives deep into pho’s Vietnamese roots, visiting the dish’s birthplace and teaching Americans how to make several different versions, from 30-minute weeknight cheats to 4-hour weekend feasts with stock from scratch, as well as other dishes using the iconic pho noodles. With a primer on ingredients and techniques, plus location photography and deep historical knowledge, The Pho Cookbook will teach anyone how to make this comforting classic.

Vibrant India : Fresh Vegetarian Recipes from Bangalore to Brooklyn

by Chitra Agrawal

available in March, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

Focusing on classic dishes based around lentils, rice, and fresh produce, Agrawal helps home cooks learn the fundamentals of Indian cooking, from tempering spices to working with unusual ingredients. Rounding out the book are delightful sweet drinks, chutneys, and homemade spice blends. Vibrant India will show readers that Indian food goes beyond heavy curries to include food that is vibrant, bright, and beautiful.

Five Ways to Cook Asparagus (and Other Recipes) : The Art and Practice of Making Dinner by Peter Miller

available in April, hardcover, Abrams

Offering a detailed plan for getting dinner on the table no matter how busy your day has been, Peter Miller reveals five brilliant ways to cook a group of indispensable ingredients. A carefully curated range of vegetables, grains, legumes, pastas, and proteins form an adaptable toolbox for making simple, delicious meals. With five tried-and-tested methods, busy cooks can quickly focus on how to prepare whatever is on hand and in season. Author Peter Miller, a trained chef, has operated his bookshop in Seattle for more than 35 years.

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Food & Wine Literature A Really Big Lunch : Meditations on Food and Life from the Roving Gourmand by Jim Harrison

available in March, hardcover, Grove Press

time to garden! local • organic seeds • starts • ornamentals

Author Jim Harrison was one of the U.S.'s most beloved writers, a muscular, brilliantly economic stylist with a salty wisdom. He also wrote some of the best essays on food around, earning praise as “the poet laureate of appetite” (Dallas Morning News). Published on the one-year anniversary of Harrison’s death, A Really Big Lunch collects many of his food pieces for the first time, and taps into his larger-than-life appetite with wit and verve.

Eating Promiscuously : Adventures in the Future of Food by James McWilliams


available in May, hardcover, Grove Press

Humans have been practicing agriculture for only a tiny fraction of our existence, beginning to domesticate plants and animals about 10,000 years ago, and as McWilliams sees it, our efforts have failed. McWilliams’s search for a better and radically altered human diet leads him to those who are actively exploring the fringes of food, seeking nutrition innovation outside the industrial food system, and meeting with such culinarily curious characters as insect flour manufacturers, seaweed harvesters, road kill foragers, plant biologists, and a morbidly obese family who decides to go healthy.

Cork Dork : A Wine-Fueled Adventure Among the Obsessive Sommeliers, Big Bottle Hunters, and Rogue Scientists Who Taught Me to Live for Taste

by Bianca Bosker

available in March, paperback, Penguin Books

Bosker didn’t know much about wine until she stumbled on an alternate universe of master sommeliers who could, after a single sip, identify the grape a bottle was made from, in what year, and where it was produced, within acres. Astounded by their fanatical dedication and seemingly superhuman sensory powers, Bosker set out to discover what drove their obsession, and whether she, too, could become a “cork dork.”


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The Yoga Kitchen : Over 100 Vegetarian Recipes to Energize the Body, Balance the Mind & Make for a Happier You

by Kimberly Parsons

Salad for President :

available now, hardcover, Quadrille Publishing

The Yoga Kitchen teaches you that by eating holistic recipes you can nourish your mind, strengthen your body, and bring more balance into your life. All the recipes are vegetarian and gluten free, allowing you to improve your health, build your inner core, increase your energy, and support your spiritual development. Parsons brings her healthful recipes and yogic principles straight into your kitchen.

Eat Better Not Less: 100 Healthy and Satisfying Recipes by Nadia Damaso

A Cookbook Inspired by Artists by Julia Sherman

available in May, hardcover, Abrams

Salad, with its infinite possibilities, is a game of endless combinations. With that in mind, Julia Sherman offers a window into how artists approach preparing their favorite dishes, visiting sculptors, painters, photographers, and musicians in their homes and gardens, interviewing and photographing them as they cook. This is at once a practical resource for healthy, satisfying recipes and an inspiring look at everyday indulgence that can include cocktails, soups, family style brunch dishes, and dinner-party entrées.

available now, hardcover, Hardie Grant

Nadia Damaso loves food, but also loves to be healthy. In Eat Better Not Less she proves that healthy food isn't boring, and filling your body with the right ingredients can make you feel amazing. Instead of giving up on carbs and fats, Nadia shows that by choosing the right ones, you can still enjoy chocolate and pizza now and then. Her philosophy is all about moderation and making recipes easy for anyone with a busy life. Nadia self published and photographed all the pictures in her book. She has sold over 10,000 copies of her book in her native Switzerland.


Seasonable Sustainable... FLOWER ARRANGING Handpicked : Simple, Sustainable, and Seasonal Flower Arrangements

by Ingrid Carozzi, Paul Brissman, and Eva Nyqvist available in March, hardcover, Abrams

One of New York's most sought-after florists, Brooklyn-based Ingrid Carozzi reveals her secrets for creating flower arrangements that are modern, original, and organic in style. Organized by season, this book presents simple step-by-step instruction for making more than 35 arrangements. Full of natural floral compositions that marry the modern with the rustic, this is a lushly photographed, practical guide to creating your own exceptional flower arrangements at home.

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Nutrition Eat Wheat : A Scientific and Clinically-Proven Approach to Safely Bringing Wheat and Dairy Back Into Your Diet by John Douillard

available now, paperback, Morgan James Publishing

After 3.4 million years of eating wheat and only 500,000 years of hunting meat, humans are actually genetically better equipped to eat wheat than meat. New research shows that weak digestion, damage to the intestinal lining, and congestion of the lymph in the brain is the cause of the “grain brain” effect. Simply eliminating wheat and dairy from your diet, without healing the digestive system, may result in long-term health issues. But by rebooting and strengthening digestion and avoiding toxic foods, you can safely bring wheat and dairy back into your diet.

Grow It! The Little Book of Cacti and Other Succulents by Emma Sibley

available in April, hardcover, Quadrille Publishing

Cacti and succulents are a trendy and low maintenance way to bring nature into your home and this book is an essential user friendly guide to the most popular 60 varieties. Focusing on propagation and care, with a photograph accompanying each variety and the plant's essential needs shared in easy to follow text, the book includes details on size, growth, spread, flowering and extra handy tips.

Spring 2017


Chuckanut Radio Hour


The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham’s prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award, is a radio variety show recorded live and played on KMRE 102.3FM. Each Radio Hour features guest authors and musicians, performance poetry, a comedy skit, and some groaner jokes. It's a lot of fun, so check out our upcoming line-up and join us!

At the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, Downtown Lynden

Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm

Janie Chang – Dragon Springs Road

IN LYNDEN Located in the

The Chuckanut Radio Hour will be in Lynden for the very first time! We Dutch Village are excited to partner with the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden to welcome Mall, the Claire vg Janie Chang as our guest author for the March show. She will discuss her newest Thomas Theatre is novel, Dragon Springs Road. This is a vividly imagined and haunting new novel set home to the Lynden Performing Arts in early 20th century Shanghai—a story of friendship, heartbreak, and history that follows a young Eurasian orphan’s search for her mother. With musical guest Duo Guild and one of Whatcom County’s Lido accompanied on the piano by our very own Kelly Evert. preeminent cultural Receive one FREE TICKET to the show with each purchase of Dragon Springs Road—or with each venues. paid ticket, you'll receive a $5 voucher to spend on VB merchandise at that show!

Tickets $5.00

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm

Lawrence Millman

Tickets are available at Village Books and

In the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham

Receive one FREE TICKET to the show with each purchase of At the End A True Story of Murder in the Arctic of the World Considered one of the boldest writers of our era, Lawrence Millman has authored 16 books and will join us this April to introduce his latest, At the End of the World. Brilliant and original, it is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. In addition to being an award-winning adventure travel writer, he is a mycologist and explorer, having made over 40 trips and expeditions to the Arctic and Subarctic. He discovered a previously unknown lake in Borneo, and there is a mountain named after him outside Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland. He will be interviewed by John D'Onofrio of Adventures Northwest Magazine.

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OR with each paid ticket, you'll receive a $5 voucher to spend on VB merchandise at that show!

A HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors!

The Chuckanut Radio Hour airs every Friday morning at 7am Saturday at 7pm, and Sunday at 9pm on KMRE 102.3FM 34

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Throughout the year, the Lynden Chamber of Commerce teams up with local merchants to offer drawings for fantastic prizes. Stop in and register at Village Books and Paper Dreams and any of the other participating Lynden merchants in the weeks prior to each drawing. Next up? Love Lynden Moms! Enter to win two Lynden hanging baskets and a box of candy at 12 participating businesses around town—including your favorite bookstore! Limit one entry per business per day. No purchase necessary.

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The Goodness of Nature

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Lynden Store Hours: Mon.-Sat. • One Sun.Book 11am-5pm Building9am-8pm Community at a Time

Lots to do in Lynden There's Always Something Going on! • March 3-5: Whatcom County Home & Garden Show • March 16-18 Spring Craft & Antique Show • April 6-8 Whatcom County Youth Fair • May 17-22 Mt. Baker Kennel Club Dog Show

• June 3: Farmers Day Parade For over 100 years, agriculture in Whatcom County has been celebrated with a parade in downtown Lynden as a way for the community to express both pride and appreciation in our local farming community.

• July 14-15: Northwest Raspberry Festival • August 14-19: Northwest Washington Fair

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Get Out and Enjoy!

Sculpture Dedication Saturday, March 11th, 1pm

The unveiling and dedication of the Phoebe Judson sculpture, originally scheduled for December, had to be postponed due to problems at the foundry. The new date for the dedication is Saturday, March 11th, at 1pm. The placement will be at the corner of Front and 6th streets, just outside of the Chamber of Commerce office. The figure, honoring the “Mother of Lynden” is by renowned sculptor Robert McDermott, who sculpted the popular Dirty Dan and J.J. Donovan benches in Fairhaven. Phoebe was the founder of the city and gave it its name. Plans are to have her husband, Holden—the first mayor of Lynden—join her at a future date. Hot drinks will be served at the ceremony.

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Children's Book & Screen Free Week

May 1st-7th

Lynden Events!

Wednesday, May 3, 11am

Story Time featuring I Don't Want to Be Big! Poor Little Frog doesn't want to grow up. Join us as we read stories about our favorite frog with the big personality. Author not attending.

Saturday, May 6, 11am

Skippyjon Jones is Coming to Lynden!

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Join us for a rousing story time with everyone's favorite Siamese cat who dreams of being a Chihuahua. Skippyjon himself will be stopping in for a visit so bring your camera and have some fun. A great photo op! Author not attending.

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to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter! Saturday, March 4, 2pm Read Across America Story Time with a Visit from the Cat in the Hat!


Join us in the kids section of our Lynden store as we celebrate 20 years of NEA's Read Across America and Dr. Seuss' birthday. Be ready to hear stories, do an activity, and meet none other than the Cat in the Hat himself! "You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child."

Sunday, March 5, 1pm Hello & Goodbye Party

New Date!

Join us at our Lynden store to bid a fond farewell to Chuck and Dee Robinson as the Village Books & Paper Dreams owners of 36 years, and to congratulate and welcome our new owners: Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, and Sarah Hutton! We’ll raise a glass of cider and enjoy some cake in acknowledgment of all that these folks have done, and continue to do for our community. Fingers crossed that we don't get snowed out this time!

Saturday, March 18, 4pm SUSAN SLOAN –Yishar Koach: Forward with Strength, The Story of Shoah Survivor Ferdinand Fragner

Fred Fragner spoke some seven languages, sacrificed everything he had to fight the Nazi regime, survived five terrible years of hard labor and little sustenance in the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, and came out of the war with a heart to help the war orphans of Aglasterhausen to begin lives of renewed hope. Forward With Strength is the story of a man who shone brightly in response to his own personal challenges—a testimony to personal strength and perseverance in the face of overwhelming hardship. Author and communication specialist Susan Lynn Sloan lives in Maple Falls.

Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm IN LYNDEN! THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre 655 Front St. in the Dutch Village Mall

featuring JANIE CHANG –Dragon Springs Road

The Chuckanut Radio Hour will be taped in Lynden for the very first time! Tickets: $5 available at both Village Books locations and on Receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of Dragon Springs Road. Flip back to page 34 for more information about this unique and fun event!

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Saturday, April 29 Independent Bookstore Day Join us at 9am in Lynden or Fairhaven to be first in line for exclusive, limited-edition Independent Bookstore Day items and stick around for more fun throughout the day! See page 7 for more information.

Attention All Writers! Check out these

Chuckanut Writers Classes in Lynden See page 22 for more listings then call WCC at 360-383-3200 or visit to register today! Sunday, March 5, 1-6pm Screenwriters' Workshop with Micky Neilson Develop the tools necessary to elevate your screenwriting to the next level. Drawing on over twenty years of experience, New York Times Bestselling Author and produced screenwriter Micky Neilson will teach you to craft a script from the ground up. From formatting to industry submission, this comprehensive workshop for beginning to intermediate screenwriters will provide you with the knowledge and skills to compete with the pros. Fee: $69, Location: Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden.

Saturday, March 11, 9am-3pm Designing Your Creative Strategy with Laurel Leigh Let's talk shop about what to do with those great ideas that remain jottings in your notebook and the half-finished stories that are lounging on your laptop. This workshop will help you develop a purposeful creative strategy for focusing your writing without shuttering your ideas. Bring a list of stories you've written, started, or are thinking about and let's get to work! Laurel Leigh, MFA, is an award-winning writer and editor and has taught creative writing for several years. Thirty minute lunch break provided; feel free to bring a sack lunch. Cost: $79 Location: Location: Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden.

VB Writes….Nooksack River Writing Group in Lynden! This is a multi-genre group is open to anyone looking for a supportive space to share their work, receive and provide feedback, or connect with other local writers. All varieties of experience and expertise are welcome—just bring something to write with. This group meets in the conference room of the Inn at Lynden the 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the month at 10am.

See pages 73-78 for LitLive! Events in Fairhaven! Spring 2017


SPRING QUARTER CLASSES AND PROGRAMS CERAMICS Pottery, Sculpture, Raku, Sgriffito and Mishima and kids clay classes with Jesse Rasmussen, Brian O’Neill, Barbara Plasket, Trisha Dawn Coggins, Nicole Lockard and Jess Levine DANCE & MOVEMENT Ballet and Pre-Ballet with Northwest Ballet Academy, Ballroom Dance with Rachel Hutchins, Yoga with Mechelle Sieg and Samuri Arts with Doug Gallagher FINE ARTS Oil Pastels, Watercolor, Life Drawing, Collage, Oil and Acrylic painting with Elisabeth Larson, Lorna Libert, Deborah Haggman, Karen Hanrahan, Mary Michaelson, Joyce Noordman, Jessica Swindoll and Terry Redden JEWELRY Intro to Jewelry, How to Solder, ring, bracelet and earring workshops with Judith Gauthier and Debbie Moskowitz MUSIC Kids Musical Theater, drama, guitar and violin classes with Kathleen Dean, Mary Marshall and Danyale Tamminga. Adult Strings with Karen Visser and Jazz with Steve Herrick TEXTILES Felting, Rigid Heddle Weaving, Moosehair Tufting, Splnning, Lace Weaving and more with Donna Hunter, Kay Harradine, Susan Torntore, Marilyn Olson, Sheri Ward, and Chris Paul KIDS DO ART! Spring Break Workshops: April 4-6, 9am-noon, Ages 6-14 EXHIBITS Opening Reception: Thursday, March 2, 6-8pm Emerging Nature: Paintings by Mike Bathum, Haunts of the Heart: Landscapes of Lynn Zimmerman, Spring Juried Exhibit, J Student Show

Opening Reception: Thursday, May 4, 5:30-7:00pm Promising Futures, Whatcom County High School Exhibit

PERFORMANCES Pearl Django: March 11, 7:30pm, $25 Jansen Jazz Band: April 20, 7:30pm, $10 Sunday at 3 Young Performers Series:April 23, 3:00pm Jeffrey Gilliam (piano):April 22 7:30pm, $25 Greta Matassa Quartet: May 13, 7:30pm, $25

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naugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools, and poets around the country banding together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations, including Village Books, participate through readings, book displays, and other events. See our LitLive! calendar on pages 73-78 to see a plethora of awesome April poetry events scheduled at Village Books. Sign up to receive a poem-a-day by email by going to and clicking on the Poem-a-day link. All poetry books at Village Books will once again be 20% off for the entire month of April!

OFF 20% POETRY ! ALL April

Revise the Psalm : Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks by Quraysh Ali Lansana and Sandra Jackson-Opoku available now, hardcover, Curbside Splendor Publishing

This year marks the 100th birthday of the late poet Gwendolyn Brooks, whose depictions of poor and working class African Americans provides insight into the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the Great Migration, hard and necessary truths about race injustice and the Black Power movement, adding comment and context to current racial inequities and tensions. This collection of poetry, essays, and art inspired by the work of Miss Brooks celebrates her life, writing, and activism.

Upstream, Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

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Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine by Susan Erickson

available now, paperback, Brick Road Poetry Press

With masterful craft and a firecracker wit, Susan J. Erickson’s Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine explores the lives of women across centuries and continents. Employing narrators that range from Lady Godiva and Lucy Audubon to Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monroe, the poems in this collection give voice to women both well known and obscured by history. These poems give voice to the critical moments of women’s lives and dramatize the silence that many women still face today. Winner of the Brick Road Poetry Prize!

At Village Books in Fairhaven

Susan Erickson Saturday, April 22nd, 7pm We've got a LOT of great poetry events planned! Turn to our LitLive calendar on pages 73-78 and save the dates!

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Mary Oliver writes elegant poetic prose in this delightful collection of essays, some as short as one or two lines. In order to capture the full benefit, I suggest you read each one aloud, and slowly. Savoring this book has been such a pleasure during these cold winter afternoons. I know you will enjoy them too! –Cindi

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In honor of Poetry Month, VB Staff Poetry Picks! Here are some of our favorite authors and books. The Grace of Necessity by Samuel Green First Up by Samuel Green Given by Wendell Berry The Trouble with Poetry by Billy Collins Danger on Peaks by Gary Snyder Splitting an Order by Ted Kooser Winter Morning Walks by Ted Kooser The Apple Trees at Olema by Robert Hass New and Selected Poems #02 by Mary Oliver Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou The Poetry of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson The Selected Poems of Donald Hall by Donald Hall

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Hallelujah Anyway : Rediscovering Mercy

The Other Shore : A New Translation of the Heart Sutra with Commentaries by Thich Nhat Hanh available in April, paperback, Palm Leaves Press

by Anne Lamott

available in April, hardcover, Riverhead

It’s up to each of us to recognize the presence and importance of mercy everywhere and to use it to forge a deeper understanding of ourselves and more honest connections with each other. It's crucial, Lamott says, as “kindness towards others, beginning with myself, buys us a shot at a warm and generous heart, the greatest prize of all.”

In The Other Shore, Thich Nhat Hanh provides a new translation with commentaries based on his interpretation. Revealing the Buddha’s original intention and insight makes clear what it means to transcend duality and pairs of opposites, such as birth and death, and to touch the ultimate reality and the wisdom of nondiscrimination. By helping to demystify the term “emptiness,” the Heart Sutra is made more accessible and understandable.

The Power of Meaning : Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith


available now, hardcover, Crown

Everyone is crafting! And this book offers another opportunity to apply the principles of 'crafting' or designing to your own life story and experience. Happiness is the booby prize, when you can craft a life of meaning and purpose. Based on the four pillars of belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence, Smith outlines a philosophical approach to the big question: What is the purpose of my life? –Cindi

The Shape of Ideas : An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity by Grant Snider

available in April, hardcover, Abrams

What does an idea look like, and where do they come from? Grant Snider’s illustrations will motivate you to explore these questions, inspire you to come up with your own answers, and like all Gordian knots, prompt even more questions. Whether you are an artist, student, person of faith, or a dreamer contemplating life, this collection of one- and twopage comics will provide insight into the joys and frustrations of creativity, inspiration, and process.

Second Chances : An Inspiring Collection of Do-Overs That Have Made People’s Lives Brighter by Erin McHugh

available in April, hardcover, Abrams

Here is a hopeful and thoughtful collection of anecdotes from people who have wanted another chance at something. It’s the big stuff like going back to college after the kids have grown up, as well as the little things like getting a judo belt when you thought you could hardly manage a push-up. People who found a leg up, another spurt of energy, a hidden talent, or even an untapped strength, share their experiences as an inspirational guide to letting the future win over the past.

You Are Here : An Owner's Manual for Dangerous Minds by Jenny Lawson

available in March, paperback, Flatiron Books

A combination of inspiration, therapy, coloring, humor, and advice, this book is filled with Jenny's amazingly intricate illustrations, all on perforated pages that can be easily torn out, hung up, and shared. Drawing on the tenets of art therapy which you can do while hiding in the pillow fort under your bed. You Are Here is ready to be made entirely your own.

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The Card Catalog: Books,

Norse Mythology

Cards, and Literary Treasures

by Neil Gaiman

by The Library of Congress

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton & Co.

Much of Norse myth has been lost to us today, but now we have a comprehensive guide written with Gaiman's wit and attention to detail. It surprises you how much you can learn without realizing how much is being conveyed. The tales are familiar, but now fully thought out and filled with asides that will have you laughing out loud. –David


available in April, hardcover, Chronicle Books

The Library of Congress brings booklovers an enriching tribute to the power of the written word and to the history of our most beloved books. Featuring more than 200 full-color images of original catalog cards, first edition book covers, and photographs from the library's magnificent archives, this collection is a visual celebration of the rarely seen treasures in one of the world's most famous libraries and the brilliant catalog system that has kept it organized for hundreds of years. Packed with engaging facts on literary classics—from Ulysses to The Cat in the Hat to Shakespeare's First Folio to The Catcher in the Rye—this is an ode to the enduring magic and importance of books.

Gracious :A Practical Primer on Charm, Tact, and Unsinkable Strength by Kelly Williams Brown

available in April, hardcover, Rodale Press

This book sets out to revive graciousness in its most modern iteration, providing guidelines on everything from navigating a business networking event to diffusing a political argument. With the wisdom of gracious folk ranging from professional manners and etiquette experts to the author’s mother-in-law, this book explains the perspective that helps us move smoothly through whatever life tosses at us.



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The Creative Life Bleaker House : Chasing My Novel to the End of the World by Nell Stevens

available in March, hardcover, Doubleday

Awarded with a fellowship that could send her anywhere in the world to research and write her novel, 27-year-old Nell Stevens decides on the Falklands, and more specifically: cold, cold, cold Bleaker Island. Population? One (Population: Nell Stevens). Only in total isolation does she believe she can write her book, but isolation can be its own distraction. A love letter to the creative life and the things that get in this life's way, Stevensshows us how much we need the things that get in the way, how important they are. –Joe

Hamlet Globe to Globe by Dominic Dromgoole

available in April, hardcover, Grove Press

Two years, 193,000 miles, 190 countries, one play. For the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth the Globe Theatre undertook an unparalleled journey to take Hamlet to every country on the planet, to share this beloved play with the entire world, to perform in sweltering deserts, ice-cold cathedrals, and heaving marketplaces. The tour was the brainchild of Dominic Dromgoole, artistic director of the Globe.

Gauguin : The Other World by Fabrizio Dori

available in March, paperback, Abrams

In 1891, Paul Gauguin arrived in Tahiti. In this lush paradise, he is liberated from the concerns of a city-dwelling European to simply create. But in Copenhagen, Gauguin’s wife enjoys no such freedom. In a city resistant to the avant-garde, she is tasked with selling his extravagantly priced Tahitian paintings. This graphic biography is of an artist whose personality won him few admirers in his lifetime, but whose talents as a painter would have an enormous influence on future art and artists.

50 Years of Rolling Stone : The Music, Politics and People that Changed Our Culture

by Rolling Stone and Jann S. Wenner available in May, hardcover, Abrams

For the past fifty years, Rolling Stone has been a leading voice in journalism, cultural criticism, and above all, music. This landmark book documents the magazine’s rise to prominence as the voice of rock and roll and a leading showcase for era-defining photography. Includes interviews with rock legends, iconic photographs by Baron Wolman, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Seliger, and other leading image-makers, feature articles, excerpts, and exposés by such quintessential writers as Hunter S. Thompson, Matt Taibbi, and David Harris.

Gone : A Girl, A Violin, A Life Unstrung

by Min Kym

available in April, hardcover, Crown

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The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson : America's Favorite Recluse Just Got a Life! by Rosanna Bruno

available in March, paperback, Andrews McNeel Publishing

Emily Dickinson said: “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” Bruno does just that in a series of several dozen witty, hand-drawn cartoons inspired by what we know about Dickinson’s life and work. It explores—often hilariously, and always respectfully—the myth surrounding the reclusive poet using her own words to skew, or slant, a story that is already somewhat fuzzy in detail.

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Life Stories The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe : A Biography

The Revolutionary Life of Freda Bedi : British

by Elaine Showalter

available in March, paperback, Simon & Schuster

Showalter's masterly biography of this important feminist leader corrects the record. Julia Ward Howe is known as the author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic, but this work is the first to tell the story of her as an early and powerful feminist pioneer, a groundbreaking figure in the abolitionist and suffrage movements, as well as a successful published author and lecturer.

Feminist, Indian Nationalist, Buddhist Nun by Vicki Mackenzie

available in March, paperback, Shambhala

She was the first Western woman to become a Tibetan Buddhist nun—but that pioneering ordination was really just one in a life full of revolutionary acts. Freda Bedi broke the rules of gender, race, and religion—in many cases before it was thought that the rules were ready to be challenged. She was at various times a force in the struggle for Indian independence, scholar, journalist, social worker and mother of four children.

Insomniac City : New York, Oliver, and Me by Bill Hayes

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury USA

At age 48, Hayes unexpectedly fell in love again, with his friend and neighbor, the writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks, whose exuberance is captured in funny and touching vignettes throughout. What emerges is a portrait of Sacks at his most personal and endearing, from falling in love for the first time at age seventyfive to facing illness and death.

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True Tales How to Murder Your Life : A Memoir

by Cat Marnell available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Marnell gives readers insight into what it's like to live with addiction, how hard it is to resist, and why it feels so good to give in. She describes the well of loneliness, the shame, the feeling of spiraling down. Her current behavior is in line with research on "Harm Reduction," an approach to substance abuse that reduces risky health behaviors.

Hazard : A Sister's Flight from Family and a Broken Boy

by Margaret Combs

PERSEVERANCE Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson available now, paperback, Flatiron Press

Jenny Lawson tackles mental illness in the best way possible: with her humor. With her quirky stories, amusing anecdotes, and sage advice, her writing is a must-read for any non-fiction humor lover. There's a reason that this book was a hardcover bestseller for so long! –Brenda

available in March, hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing

Margaret Combs gives an unflinching look at how her Southern Baptist family coped with the reality of autism in an era of ignorance and shame, and shares her own tragedy and anguish of being torn between helping her brother and yearning for her own life. Like many siblings of disabled children, Conbs drove herself to excel in order to make up for her family’s sorrow. Initially fueled by a wish that her brother had never been born, the author eventually arrives in a deeper place of gratitude for this same brother.

Finding the HUMOR in it! One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter : Essays by Scaachi Koul

available in May, paperback, Picador

Koul deploys her razor sharp humor to share all the fears, outrages, and mortifying moments of her life as a child of Indian parents in Canada and dealing with the universal indignities of life alongside subtle and not-so-subtle racism and sexism. "Pants soakingly funny." –Kamal Al-Solaylee, author of Intolerable: A Memoir of Extreme

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Take Me With You : One Person's Journey to Find the Charity Within by Scott Jackson

available in March, hardcover, SelectBooks

Jackson's story begins during America’s Civil Rights movement, a time when his family fell apart, his father's abuse became too much, and his future became a struggle between parents and ways of life. During the spring of his fourteenth year, he ran away from home. From that beginning, he's risen to the highest levels of international charity, serving as senior vice president of World Vision U.S., vice president of PATH, and CEO of Global Impact. Jackson's childhood and escape from abuse has influenced his present work and driven a personal inspiration to leave a lasting mark on humanity.

Finding Oprah's Roots : Finding Your Own

by Henry Louis Gates

available in May, paperback, Skyhorse Publishing

By assembling an elite team of historians and geneticists, and using Oprah and her forebears as his chief example, Gates unveils a process akin to resurrection. Acting as a roadmap through the intricacies of public documents and online databases, nameless slaves have had their identities restored, and using genetic testing resources it becomes possible to know one’s distant tribal roots in Africa. Tracing a path back to the past is profoundly illuminating, connecting the narrative of family to the larger American narrative.

Spring 2017



Getting Out There

Off the Grid : My Ride from Louisiana to the Panama Canal in an Electric Car by Randy Denmon

available in April, hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing

Without any fanfare, two Louisianans slip quietly across the Rio Grande in Texas in an attempt to drive a factory electric car across seven Third World countries to Panama City, Panama. Without support and armed only with a toolbox, a bag of electrical adapters, and their wits, the author and his friend Dean trudge through jungles, deserts, volcanoes, rivers, and crater-sized potholes, trying to avoid the drug cartels and corrupt border guards. Through it all, the same enormous problem loomed daily: how to charge the car in such a primitive and desolate setting.

The Stranger In The Woods : The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit

by Michael Finkel

available in March, hardcover, Knopf

Imagine spending 27 years alone, never once speaking with another human. Christopher Knight, the subject of this way-too-crazy-to-be-fake book, doesn't have to imagine it, he did it. At the age of twenty, he left home for a life of solitude in the woods of Maine with nothing but a tent for shelter. What follows is a tale of crime and survival and close encounters of the human kind. This one is not to be missed. –Joe

Walking to Listen : 4,000 Miles Across America, One Story at a Time

by Andrew Forsthoefel

available in March, hardcover, Bloomsbury USA

At twenty-three, Forsthoefel walked out the back door of his home in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, with a backpack, an audio recorder, his copies of Whitman and Rilke, and a sign that read Walking to Listen. He had just graduated college and was ready to begin his adult life, but he didn't know how. So he decided he’d walk. And listen.


Spring 2017

The Yellow Envelope : One Gift, Three Rules, and a Life-Changing Journey Around the World Kim Dinan

available in April, paperback, Sourcebooks

This is a true story of Kim and her husband Brian. The two of them were living the dream in Portland. Nine to five job, nice car, a house in the suburbs. But something was missing.  So they sell everything except their backpacks and they head off to find adventure.  But their very wise and giving friends have given them an envelope.  An envelope with $1000 and three rules.  This is a tale of the power of giving, not just money, but of ourselves for others. –Kelly E.

The Amazing Story of the Man Who Cycled from India to Europe for Love by Per J Andersson, translated by Anna Holmwood available in March, paperback, Oneworld Publications

PK was born into a poor, untouchable family in a small village in eastern India. All his life he has kept an astrologer’s prophecy: “You will marry a girl who is not from the village, not from the district, not even from our country; she will be musical, own a jungle and be born under the sign of the ox.” But not until PK attends art school in New Delhi do his stars begin to align. This is the remarkable true story of how a young Indian man armed with nothing more than a handful of paintbrushes and a secondhand Raleigh bicycle made his way across Asia and Europe in search of the woman he loves.


Open Midnight : Where Ancestors and Wilderness Meet

by Brooke Williams

available in March, paperback, Trinity University Press

Weaving two parallel stories about wilderness, Brooke Williams tells of his year alone with his dog ground-testing wilderness maps of southern Utah, and that of his great-great-great-grandfather, who in 1863 made his way with a group of Mormons from England across the wilderness, dying a week short of reaching Utah. As Williams begins researching the story of his oldest known ancestor, he realizes that he has few facts, wondering if a handful of dates can tell the story of a life. Williams, along with his wife, writer and conservationist Terry Tempest Williams, recently leased rights to 1,120 acres of federal public lands near their home in Utah to protest oil and gas exploration in the area.

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Icefall: Adventures at the Wild Edges of Our Dangerous, Changing Planet by John All and John Balzar

available in March, hardcover, PublicAffairs

In May 2014, scientist John All fell into a crevasse near Everest, and took a series of videos as he struggled to climb out of 70 feet of ice and snow with fifteen broken bones. The videos of him went viral and appeared in newscasts all over the world--NPR called him "a badass for science.” Yet All's adventures are in pursuit of his true passion: the future of adaptation to our world’s changing climate. This is a report from Earth's extremes, which hold lessons about the impact of climate change. Bellingham Author!

NAUTICAL Rowing for My Life : Two

by Paul Watson

available in March, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Oceans, Two Lives, One Journey

by Kathleen Saville

available now, hardcover, Arcade Publishing

Just out of college and newly wed, Kathleen Saville quickly realized that an ordinary life would never satisfy her thirst for freedom and adventure. As she and her husband were veteran rowers, they decided to row across the Atlantic Ocean testing their own inexperience and accomplishing the near impossible. Three years later they attempted to row across the Pacific, confronting fatigue, storms, sharks, deadly reefs, the fissures in their marriage, and the difference between courage and foolhardiness.


Ice Ghosts : The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition Ice Ghosts weaves together the epic story of the lost Franklin Expedition of 1845 whose two ships and crew of 129 were lost to the Arctic ice with the modern tale of the scientists, divers, and local Inuit behind the incredible discovery of the flagship’s wreck in 2014. Paul Watson tells a fast-paced historical adventure story: Sir John Franklin and crew setting off in search of the fabled Northwest Passage and the decades of searching that turned up only rumors of cannibalism and a few scattered papers and bones until a combination of faith in Inuit lore and the latest science yielded a discovery for the ages.

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Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail : Washington: Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park by Tami Asars

available now, paperback, Mountaineers Books

From one of the state’s most experienced hikers, this stunning guide breaks down the state’s more than 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail into stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in four days, a week or more.

AND TRAVEL Duck Season : Eating, Drinking, and Other Misadventures in Gascony— France's Last Best Place by David McAninch

available in March, hardcover, HarperCollins

With wit and warmth, McAninch takes us deep into the enchanting world of Gascony, a place almost frozen in time, where eating what makes you happy isn't a sin but a commandment and where, to the eternal surprise of outsiders, locals' life expectancy is higher than in any other region of France.

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The New Paris : The People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement

by Lindsey Tramuta and Charissa Fay available in April, hardcover, Abrams

Long adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafés, Paris has even more to offer today. A flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused a once traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Offering insight into the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design, Tramuta spotlights new trends and people that are making France’s capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant, and curious place to explore.

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Climate Change

Witness Tree : Seasons of Change with a Century-Old Oak

by Lynda V. Mapes

available in April, hardcover, Bloomsbury USA

In the life of this one grand oak, we can see the results of one hundred years of rapid environmental change. It’s leafing out earlier, and dropping its leaves later as the climate warms. Even the inner workings of individual leaves have changed to accommodate more CO2 in our atmosphere. Through the lens of this one tree, climate science becomes immediate and intimate.

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Just Cool It! : The Climate Crisis and What We Can Do— A Post-Paris Agreement Game Plan by David Suzuki and Ian Hanington available in April, paperback, Greystone Books

Climate change is the most important crisis humanity has faced, but we still confront huge barriers to resolving it. The problem is complex, and there’s no single solution. But by understanding the barriers to resolving global warming and by employing a wide range of solutions, we can get the world back on track. This is David Suzuki at his most passionate, offering a comprehensive look at the current state of climate science and the many ways to resolve the climate crisis. When enough people demand action, change starts happening—and this time, it could be monumental.

Drawdown : The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming edited by Paul Hawken

available in April, paperback, Penguin Books

Drawdown illustrates one hundred practical measures for a comprehensive plan to reduce and reverse the growth of greenhouse gases. These are all “no regrets” approaches—actions that regardless of their climate value have intrinsic benefits to communities and economies. They improve lives, create jobs, restore the environment, enhance security, generate resilience, and advance human health.

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Join us for a presentation on how rain gardens and salmon can thrive in an urban environment. All three authors are advocates of urban ecology through rain gardens and their books offer both nonfiction inspiration and practical instruction.

Turning Homeward : Restoring Hope & Nature in the Urban Wild by Adrienne Ross Scanlan

available now, hardcover, Mountaineers Books

Adrienne Scanlan's personal story blends into the natural history of Puget Sound and the tangled issues around urban renewal and river restoration. In the process, readers move with her into a meaningful, hope-filled engagement with place and another understanding of the idea of home.

Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest: Design & Build Your Own by Zsofia Pasztor & Keri DeTore

available now, paperback, Skipstone

Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest shows you how to trap and filter dirty water safely in your yard and how to do that as a beautiful addition to your home. With photos and illustrations throughout, lists of best plants, and a comprehensive resources section, this easy-to-use guide shows Northwest gardeners, homeowners, and DIY-ers how to plan, design, install, and maintain their own healthy, natural, and beautiful rain garden.


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Nature The Songs of Trees : Stories from Nature's Great Connectors by David George Haskell

available in April, hardcover, Viking

Every living being is not only sustained by biological connections, but is made from these relationships. Haskell shows that this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature, and ethics. When we listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty.


Small Homes : The Right Size by Lloyd Kahn

available in March, paperback, Shelter Publications

Tiny homes (under 500 sq. ft.) have caught the public fancy of late, but small homes (400-1200 sq. ft.) are more practical and relevant for most people. The newest issue from Shelter Publications showcases some 75 builders who share their knowledge of building and design, with artistic, practical, and/or economical homes in the United States, Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Lithuania. Including over 1,000 photos, each two-page spread is laid out with a balance of graphics and clarity of information.

Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Daniel Matthews

Birds of the Northwest by Stan Tekiela

available in April, spiral, Adventure Publications

This tabbed booklet features Stan Tekiela's field guide of birds from the Northwest: Alaska, Northern California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. The booklet is organized by color for quick and easy identification, in a pocket-sized format, with tear-resistant pages.

Wild Lives : Leading Conservationists on the Animals and the Planet They Love

by Lori Robinson, Janie Chodosh, and Carl Safina

available in April, hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing

We are facing the alarming possibility that as many as 50 percent of species alive today will become extinct within this century. This statistic is so staggering that scientists have begun to refer to the twenty-first century as the “sixth extinction.” But while this is alarming, not all hope is lost as conservationists across the globe are working to preserve our planet and species for future generations. Coming from different countries, diverse cultures, and a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, twenty specialists share their stories.

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available in March, paperback, Timber Press

This guide is an engagingly written, portable history of the Cascade region identifying the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the region if you are looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors. Daniel Matthews comes from a line of botanically knowledgeable forebears, who began teaching him the names of trailside plants at an early age. His writing is informed by literally thousands of scientific papers as well as five decades on and off hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest.

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Science Exoplanets : Diamond Worlds,

The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far :

Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

Why Are We Here?

by Lawrence M. Krauss

by Michael Summers and James Trefil available in March, hardcover, Smithsonian Books

available in March, hardcover, Atria Books

Astronomer Michael Summers and physicist James Trefil explore these remarkable recent discoveries: planets revolving around pulsars, planets made of diamond, planets that are mostly water, and numerous rogue planets wandering through the emptiness of space. This captivating book reveals the latest discoveries and argues that the richness and complexity we are finding necessitates a change in our questions and mental paradigms.

Internationally renowned, award-winning theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss leads us to the furthest reaches of space and time, to scales so small they are invisible to microscopes, to the birth and rebirth of light, and into the natural forces that govern our existence. The Greatest Story challenges us to re-envision ourselves and our place within the universe, as it appears that ”God” does play dice with the universe.

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Wild Nights : How Taming Sleep Created Our Restless World

The Surprising Science of Tone Deafness and How We Hear Music

by Tim Falconer

by Benjamin Reiss

available now, hardcover, House of Anansi Press

available in March, hardcover, Basic Books

Author Tim Falconer is one of only 2.5 percent of the population that has amusia. In other words, he is scientifically tone-deaf. Here he chronicles his quest to understand the brain science behind tone-deafness and to search for ways to retrain the adult brain. He is tested by numerous scientists who are as fascinated with him as he is with them. He also investigates why we love music and deconstructs what we are really hearing when we listen to it. This is a fascinating, insightful, and highly entertaining journey.

Mouthfeel :

Written by an English literature professor interested in cultural and social changes expressed in writing, this is a fascinating look at how the social concepts and regulation of sleep have changed over the last 400 years. I was shocked to find out that much of what we think is 'scientific fact' about how and when we sleep is in fact made up and imposed upon us by industrial needs to have a work force available at scheduled times. This is a fun read, and I came away with a sense of relief and greater flexibility in my own sleeping habits. –Jonica

Deviate : The Science of Seeing Differently

How Texture Makes Taste

by Ole Mouritsen and Klaus Styrbaek

by Beau Lotto

available now, hardcover, Columbia University Press

Distinguishing flavor from taste, the authors suggest that what we call taste is actually interconnected to the sensation of having the food in our mouths as well as on our taste buds. They look at taste tests involving cheese, breads, fruits (a crisp apple vs. a mealy apple), and prepared foods (crispy duck skin, calcified tomatoes, French fries). From the perspective of a scientist and a chef, they look at the ways in which mouthfeel can be a greater factor in the preparation and enjoyment of food.

available in April, hardcover, Hachette

"This is a neuroscience book that explores the deeply personal issue of perception. Lotto's insights constitute a real breakthrough in our understanding of how we perceive (and react to, and imagine ourselves within) reality. And his capacity to make complex scientific concepts and research results easy to understand, and to explain their relevance to our life, makes this an utterly readable book."—Bruno Giussani, European director, TED

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Last Hope Island :

Hard to Believe but...

Britain, Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War

It's TRUE!

by Lynne Olson

available in April, hardcover, Random House

Olson’s deep research at long last uncovers the shadow war fought by Europe’s so-called defeated nations. If not for the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain, the gold reserves secreted out of Belgium, the French and Polish contributions to breaking the Enigma Code, Norway’s huge fleet of merchant ships, and other crucial support, the outcome of the war, she reveals, would have been very different.

Three Minutes to Doomsday : An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History

by Joe Navarro

available in April, hardcover, Scribner

"A gripping account of dogged intelligence professionals at work against a treacherous but brilliant cabal of American soldiers who, if never exposed, could have changed the course of the Cold War. Three Minutes to Doomsday is a breathtaking account of the most important spy case of the century told by the man who relentlessly pursued it to its conclusion." –Harry E. Soyster, former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency

At the End of the World : A

True Story of Murder in the Arctic

by Lawrence Millman available now, hardcover, Thomas Dunne Books

This is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. Those murders show that senseless violence in the name of religion is not only a contemporary phenomenon, and that a people as seemingly peaceful as the Inuit can become unpeaceful at the drop of a hat or, in this instance, a meteor shower. At the same time, the book is a warning cry against the destruction of what's left of our culture's humanity, along with the destruction of the natural world. Join us for

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City of Light, City of Poison : Magic, Murder, & the First Police Chief of Paris

by Holly Tucker

available in March, hardcover, Norton

Leave it to the French to have yet another period of their history that is so dark, strange and intriguing that it reads like a mystery novel. During the reign of Louis XIV, Nicolas de Reynie was the police chief of Paris for 30 years, its first. During his tenure, a bizarre murder scandal that came to be known as the Affair of the Poisons lasted for nearly five years in which the aristocracy were implicated in rampant poisonings and witchcraft. Truth really is sometimes stranger than fiction. —Claire

Killers of the Flower Moon : The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

by David Grann

available in April, hardcover, Doubleday

From the bestselling author of The Lost City of Z comes a tale of one of the FBI’s first major homicide investigations and one the bureau badly bungled. The young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery of the Osage Indian Murders. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection. Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.


The Spider Network : The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History by David Enrich

available in March, hardcover, Custom House

"A damning look at the culture of trader chicanery that spawned the Libor-rigging conspiracy and an expectations-defying portrait of its putative ringleader, Tom Hayes. Enrich has sidestepped the temptation to slip into author-as-prosecutor mode, instead going the wry tour guide route to lucidly (and often hilariously) usher readers through the Looney Tunes world that wrought l'affaire Libor." –John Helyar, coauthor of Barbarians at the Gate

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Making It : Why Manufacturing Still Matters

by Louis Uchitelle available in May, hardcover, The New Press

Sharing the stories that remind us why we love to live, work and play in Whatcom County

Over the past 55 years manufacturing has gradually declined from nearly 30 percent (in the 1950s) to less than twelve percent, at the same time that real estate, finance, and Wall Street trading have grown. While manufacturing shrinks in the U.S., it expands in countries such as China and Germany which have a strong industrial policy. Meanwhile Americans are only vaguely aware of the many consequences of the loss of that industrial base. Longtime New York Times economics correspondent Louis Uchitelle argues that the government has a crucial role to play in making domestic manufacturing more robust.

Hit Makers : The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction by Derek Thompson

available now, hardcover, Penguin Press

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History Caught in the Revolution : Petrograd, Russia, 1917 -A World on the Edge

October : The Story of the Russian Revolution

available now, hardcover, St Martins Press

available in May, hardcover, Verso

At the outbreak of the Russian revolution, a disparate group of journalists, diplomats, businessmen, bankers, governesses, volunteer nurses, and expatriate socialites filled the fashionable Nevsky Porspekt. Many kept diaries and wrote letters home. Helen Rappaport draws upon this rich trove of material, much of it previously unpublished, to carry us right up to the action.

Science fiction writer China Miéville has long been inspired by the ideals of the Russian Revolution and here, on the centenary of the revolution, he provides his own distinctive take on its history. In February 1917, in the midst of bloody war, Russia was still an autocratic monarchy: nine months later, it became the first socialist state in world history. How did this unimaginable transformation take place?

by Helen Rappaport

The World Remade : America in World War I

by G.J. Meyer

available in March, hardcover, Bantam

The World Remade is an engrossing account of America’s pivotal, still controversial, intervention into WWI, encompassing the prelude to war, its conduct abroad and at home, and its aftermath; and including the tumultuous politics and seismic shifts of the era and the towering personalities of the day—a briskly paced, timely treatment of the seminal conflict of the twentieth century.

And Then All Hell Broke Loose : Two Decades in the

by China Miéville

The True Flag : Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire by Stephen Kinzer

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt & Co.

Kinzer transports us to the dawn of the twentieth century, when the United States first found itself with the chance to dominate faraway lands. That prospect thrilled some Americans. It horrified others. Their debate gripped the nation. Their words are amazingly current. Every argument over America's role in the world grows from this one. It all starts here.

Homo Deus : A Brief History of Tomorrow

Middle East

by Yuval Noah Harari

available now, paperback Simon & Schuster

As the self-made gods of planet Earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake? Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twentyfirst century; from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here?

by Richard Engel This is an adventure tale; it is the riveting story of the Middle East revolutions, the Arab Spring, war, and terrorism seen close up—sometimes dangerously so. Engel's vivid descriptions are intimate and personal. Importantly, they are a succinct and authoritative account of the ever-changing currents in that dangerous part of the world.

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

Lake Samish Reflections : Historical Views and Memories by Lake Samish History Group


available now, hardcover, Whatcom County Historical Society

This is a beautiful book comprising over 1,500 photographs, 50 interviews, and a decade worth of research into the beautiful Lake Samish area. The book begins with the history of Coast Salish Native American group habitation and concludes with many recollections and stories straight from some of the people who helped develop the community. Don't miss this wonderful piece of local history! –Lauren

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A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea : One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival by Melissa Fleming



available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

Adrift in a frigid sea, no land in sight. Just debris from the ship's wreckage and bloated, floating corpses all around. Doaa Zamel floats with a child's water ring around her waist while two children, barely toddlers, cling to her neck. Doaa must stay alive for these children. She must not lose strength. She must not lose hope.

The Girl at the Baggage Claim : Explaining the East-West Culture Gap

by Gish Jen

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Never have East and West come as close as they are today, yet we are still baffled by one another. Is our mantra “To thine own self be true”? Or do we believe we belong to something larger than ourselves? Gish Jen—drawing on stories and personal anecdotes, as well as cutting-edge research in cultural psychology—reveals how this difference shapes what we perceive and remember, what we say and do and make.


City Club

The Global Refugee Crisis : How Should We Respond? The Munk Debates

by Louise Arbour and Simon Schama vs. Nigel Farage and Mark Steyn available in March, paperback, House of Anansi Press

The eighteenth semi-annual Munk Debate, which was held on April 1, 2016, debates the West’s response to the global refugee crisis. Over 300,000 are dead in Syria, and one and half a million are either injured or disabled. Four and a half million people are trying to flee the country. And Syria is just one of a growing number of failed or failing states in the Middle East and North Africa. How should developed nations respond to human suffering on this mass scale?

We Were Feminists Once : From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement

by Andi Zeisler

availalable in May, hardcover, PublicAffairs

Feminism’s splashy arrival at the center of today’s media and pop-culture marketplace hasn’t offered solutions to the movement’s unfinished business. Planned Parenthood is under sustained attack, women are still paid 77 percent—or less—of the man’s dollar, and vicious attacks on women, both on- and offline, are utterly routine. Witty, fearless, and unflinching, We Were Feminists Once is the story of how we let this happen.

A Colony in a Nation Join us for lively, non-partisan programs each month with interesting speakers on important issues in our community.

Everyone welcome Doors open: 11:30 a.m. Lunch program: 12 - 1:30 p.m. the 4th Wednesday of each month at Northwood Hall FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION AND PRICING 56

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by Chris Hayes

available in March, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Hayes contends our country has fractured in two: the Colony and the Nation. In the Nation, we venerate the law. In the Colony, we obsess over order, fear trumps civil rights, and aggressive policing resembles occupation. A Colony in a Nation explains how a country founded on justice now looks like something uncomfortably close to a police state. How and why did Americans build a system where conditions in Ferguson and West Baltimore mirror those that sparked the American Revolution?

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Current Events You're More Powerful than You Think : A Citizen's Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu

available in April, hardcover, Public Affairs

From the fracturing of the major political parties, to the spread of bottom-up movements like Black Lives Matter and $15 Now, citizens across the country and across the political spectrum are reclaiming power. Liu lays out the elements and the strategies of citizen power, showing when to create a hashtag, when to call your Congressman, and when to take to the streets. If you're not participating, you're surrendering.

Democracy Now! : Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America

by Amy Goodman, David Goodman, and Denis Moynihan available in April, paperback, Simon & Schuster

This important book looks back over the past twenty years of Democracy Now! and the powerful movements and charismatic leaders who are re-shaping our world. Goodman takes us along as she goes to where the silence is, bringing out voices from the streets of Ferguson to Staten Island, Wall Street, and South Carolina to East Timor—and other places where people are rising up to demand justice.

Strangers in Their Own Land : Anger & Mourning on the American Right

by Arlie Russell Hochschild available now, hardcover, The New Press

America is a diverse, toss-salad of cultures, which can be a strength as well as a challenge, especially in today's political upheaval. But this paradox is the very thing that makes us a unique country. This book takes the reader into Southern and Midwestern America, where factories, farmers, family and the church are at the heart of the heartland where we are introduced to good people. This book is a step toward deeper understanding of the "other," who is not the enemy, but the neighbor. What makes us the same? –Cindi

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POLITICS How the Hell Did This Happen?: The Election of 2016 by P. J. O'Rourke

available in March, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

As celebrated political satirist, journalist, and diehard Republican P. J. O’Rourke put it in his endorsement of Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton: “America is experiencing the most severe outbreak of mass psychosis since the Salem witch trials of 1692.” In a series of essays, P.J. eviscerates each frontrunner as he or she emerges from under the rock where they’ve all been living. He covers the dreadful key primaries and candidate debates, takes us through his come-to-Satan moment with Hillary, and leads the way into the Beginning of End Times in November.

What We Do Now : Standing Up for Your Values in Trump's America

edited by Dennis Johnson and Valerie Merians

available now, paperback, Melville House

This collection of 27 essays by American progressives will speak to the reader's question, What do we do now? By clarifying progressive values and providing "galvinizing answers" this broad spectrum of authors, such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Gloria Steinem and Bill McKibben will be a comfort and an inspiration for action. –Cindi

Class War : A Tale of Two Americas

by Evelyn Nieves

available in May, hardcover, Hot Books

As the wealth gap cuts deeper through the U.S., leaving the poor and an increasingly stressed middle class in growing misery on one side with an evermore bloated plutocracy on the far lofty perch, we are witnessing the making of a new America. It is a country of jagged contrasts, of enormous, careless, wealth alongside a brutal landscape of homeless encampments, the working poor, and a shrinking middle class. Author Evelyn Nieves has spent three decades as a staff writer for the New York Times, Washington Post and Associated Press.

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Spring 2017

Fairhaven Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm • Sunday 10am-7pm

YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators


Hello, Mr. Dodo!

by Kelly DiPucchio illustrated by Christian Robinson

by John Nicholas Frith

available now, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

available now, hardcover, Atheneum

Is there any bird that is sillier than the dodo? I don’t think so, which is half the charm and whimsy of this colorful new story. The other half consists of a heartwarming tale and incredibly vibrant, sweeping illustrations. When Martha sees a bird unlike any other in the woods behind her house, she seeks him out. But when the town learns of her new friend, can she keep the dodo safe? Precious. –Hana

When her friend Gaston’s sister goes missing, a very special poodle named Antoinette will not give up until she is found! In this charming companion to the beloved Gaston, Antoinette learns to follow her heart and what it is to be yourself.

We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio

available in March, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

The Giant Jumperee

We’re All Wonders is Palacio’s picture book debut, featuring her character Auggie from the beloved middle reader Wonder. Wonder has inspired a nationwide movement called Choose Kind, and younger readers can now be introduced to Auggie’s unique world.

by Julia Donaldson illustrated by Helen Oxenbury available in April, hardcover, Dial Books

Not Quite Narwhal

From the celebrated author of The Gruffalo comes a charming new animal fable. We find Rabbit arriving home one day, where he hears a strange voice shout from his burrow: “I’m the GIANT JUMPEREE and I’m scary as can be!” Soon, all the neighborhood is terrified of the Giant Jumperee. Will Mama Frog know what to do?

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster


by Jessie Sima

Kelp is a unicorn. Only, he is a unicorn who has been raised in the ocean amongst a pod of narwhals. When Kelp swims to land and sees unicorns for the first time (“Land narwhals!”) he starts to wonder where he really belongs. This book is just the sweetest, with gentle humor, stunning illustrations, and a heartwarming theme of love and acceptance. –Hana

IN FAIRHAVEN Every Tuesday & Saturday at 10:30am

in the Kids Section on the main floor

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by Ed Galing illustrated by Erin E. Stead available now, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

Experience this touching tale of a boy and his friendship with a horse, written by the late poet Ed Galing and remarkably illustrated by Caldecottwinning artist Erin Stead.

IN LYNDEN Every Wednesday at 11am & Saturdays at 2pm in the Kids Section


for Kids Spring 2017


Fun Easter Books The Easter Story

by Sophie Piper illustrated by Annabel Spenceley


by Kevin Henkes

available now, paperback, Lion Hudson

available now, hardcover, Greenwillow Books

A traditional retelling of this important story, starting with the entry to Jerusalem and ending with Jesus appearing to the disciples, and conveying the joyful Easter message of new life and everlasting love.

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise, and an unlikely friendship, by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes.

The Easter Bunny’s Helpers

The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s Easter Colors

by Anne Mangan illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

by Eric Carle

The Easter Bunny needs help delivering the Easter eggs this year and who better to help him than some Australian animals?

available now, board book, Grosset & Dunlap

Celebrate the bright and cheerful colors of Easter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt

Meet the Easter Beagle!

by Laura Hughes

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

by Charles M. Schulz illustrated by Vicki Scott

Join a family of bunnies as they set off on an exciting lift-the-flap Easter egg hunt. This delightful, interactive read-aloud is the perfect springtime story to share.

Join us for Two Very Special Story Times Featuring...

available now, board book, Simon Spotlight

Celebrate Easter with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang in this sweet shaped board book!

Saturday, March 11, 10:30am

BEN MANN –Friendly the Fox Bellingham's favorite local artist Ben Mann has illustrated AND written this lovely story, and it is filled with all of the vibrancy and color that we would expect from him. Don't miss this chance to hear Ben read his story of a fox who encounters a whole host of new friends as he goes adventuring.

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am

JESSIXA BAGLEY –Laundry Day What do two bored badgers do when they’ve done everything, including driving their mother around the bend? Laundry, of course. What could possibly go wrong? In this spirited picture book, Tic and Tac, two adorable badgers, get a little carried away while helping their mom out with the laundry. Jessixa Bagley is a picture book author/illustrator. Her two previous picture books are Before I Leave and Boats for Papa. 60

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A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham by Todd Warger


ig Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham is a true story about a beloved and revered mill whistle that once shrieked loudly across Bellingham Bay. Named by Scandinavian lumber mill workers, it was heard in communities as far as Blaine during the turn of the 20th Century until removed in 1942. This story is based on a previously unpublished children's manuscript by Ruth Tabrah titled, Big Ole: A Fictional Story about a Real Whistle, written in 1951. Ruth was a one-time Bellingham resident (now deceased). Moving to Hawaii in the 1950s, Ruth became one of that state's leading authors of folklore and children's books. Her son Joseph (Joe) Tabrah, living today in Hawaii has generously given Bellingham illustrator, Ellen Clark and myself permission to use his mother’s manuscript and complete Big Ole’s adventure. Joe remembers, as a Bellingham youth, the meaning of the whistle to the mill workers and to the community, and wants that memory and spirit to remain alive in the region.


Big Ole

Available Late April Written by Todd Warger Illustrated by Ellen Clark Based on a story by Ruth Tabrah

Join us for a Free Event

At Village Books in Fairhaven

TODD WARGER & ELLEN CLARK Sunday, May 7th, 4pm Join us in welcoming author Todd Warger and illustrator Ellen Clark to Village Books as they introduce all of us to BIG OLE!

In 1942 Big Ole was removed from the Bloedel-Donovan Cargo Mill at the foot of Cornwall Avenue and sent to the Bloedel-Stewart Welch Mill at Port Alberni, on Vancouver Island. In 2002 while reading about the famed whistle, I wondered, whatever happened to “Ole” and made some inquires, and in no time located the six-foot whistle still on Vancouver Island. It was a timely discovery, as it was no longer in use and Ole’s future was a scrap yard. After that, a long story-short, Big Ole was brought home to Bellingham where it was greeted with great enthusiasm and local fanfare. Big Ole was cast in Bellingham in 1899 and is today the last vestige of the city’s old waterfront lumber mill days. Big Ole was an intricate part of this community and is still remembered and beloved to this day. Even those who have never heard or seen Ole's bellowing steam cloud can tell you stories passed down to them about him. Whistles were very typical of mill towns in the Pacific Northwest with a working culture whose daily life is determined by the shriek of a factory/mill whistle. Today Ole sits atop the steam-power plant at Western Washington University, and is currently in use. Ruth Tabrah’s story ended with Big Ole wondering if he would ever return to Bellingham. Will the forests return? Would he be needed then? Ellen and I made the decision to finish the story where Ruth left Big Ole. And in doing so, we continued in her writing style, and were diligent to honor her previous work. We continue with Ole’s time at Port Alberni until returning fifty-years later. But what has happened to his town since departing? Where are all the mills? What is he to do? What will his future hold? (continued on page 62)

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ber Mill Whistl m i OleBcontinued) ellingham e T(Big n I More than just local history, there is a message of how the land was once stripped clean of its resources.

It continues with expanding urban growth, and ends with Big Ole returning to find the trees grown back. His little town is now a city. But there is another noticeable change: trees and homes blended together coexisting as one. A negotiated understanding by humans who once stripped the land, signifying that they can't sacrifice the environment they live in for living space. Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham is a 36-page story with colorful illustrations. What makes this story special, and sets it apart is the addition of a photo scrapbook at the end. This scrapbook is filled with true ephemera from Big Ole’s life. This includes: photographs of him, where he worked, logging in his day, and changes he saw and his travels to Port Alberni. It even includes newspaper clippings Illustrated by Ellen Clark rger him. Todd Waabout and Wr poems written This reminds the reader that Big Ole is a real story, and you can see him today. itten by Ruth Tabrah Based on a story by

Todd A. Warger is a Pacific northwest historian and documentary filmmaker. His latest film, The Mountain Runners, was an Emmy Award nominee. It was through Warger's efforts that Big Ole was returned to Bellingham and saved from the scrap heap. He is also the author of Murder in the Fourth Corner, More Murder in the Fouth Corner, and the co-author of Images of America: Mount Baker.

2017 AWARD WINNERS John Newbery Medal The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Michael L. Printz Award

Randolph Caldecott Medal

March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Story and illustrations by Javaka Steptoe

Kids Need Books — And You Can Help Kids Need Books (KNB) hands out new and gently used books to low-income Whatcom County families each week. KNB was developed in June of 2016 to help bridge the “summer slide,” the academic decline low-income students face during summer months away from school and books. The program proved so successful—particularly with very young children and their parents—it evolved into a year-round effort that is supported Gently used books by the Bellingham Food Bank, area schools, the Interfaith Coalition (KNB’s fiscal sponmay be dropped off at sor and tax-exempt umbrella organization), and by a recently received Neighborly Grant The Interfaith from the Whatcom Community Foundation. Since its inception, the program has handed out more than 3000 books and, in the words of a local school volunteer, “It has fundamentally changed the reading culture of our neighborhood.” KNB needs books ranging from picture books to young adult novels. High demand books include: board books (for toddlers), books in English and Spanish, graphic novels, contemporary novels (Harry Potter, Hunger Games, etc.), and adventure or fantasy books. Your tax-exempt donation of books or money to KNB may help area children become more proficient readers and have a greater likelihood of graduating from high school. 62

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Coalition of Whatcom County’s office at: 910 14th Street in Bellingham (St James Presbyterian Church). Note: Although we donate a small percentage of gently used books to the program, Village Books is NOT a drop off.

Building Community One Book at a Time


Children’s Book & Screen-Free Week May 1st-7th, 2017


Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes—wherever young readers and books connect! And for the first time, National Screen-Free Week coincides with CBW to create the perfect pairing! Check out the variety of free events we have planned to keep kids engaged and having fun with books:

VB donates 10% of all kids’ book purchases made during Children's Book Week to the children’s departments of the city and county libraries!

Tuesday, May 2, 10:30am

Story Time featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends! This will be a very special Tuesday story time in the Kids section, celebrating our favorite blue engine, Thomas. Author not attending.

Thursday, May 4, 2pm

The Story Starts Here Picture Book Event The good folks at Scholastic have provided us with supplies to create a great event that celebrates the love of reading, including a giant book and some goodies to give away! Join us for an hour of fun activities, stories, and games! Author not attending.

Friday, May 5, 4pm

Skippyjon Jones is Coming to Village Books in Fairhaven!

Holy Guacamole!

Join us for a rousing story time with everyone's favorite Siamese cat who dreams of being a Chihuahua. This will be a great opportunity for some fun photos with Skippy himself! Author not attending.

Saturday, May 6, 10:30am

Story Time featuring The Littlest Family's Big Day Join us in the Kids section for a special Saturday story time where we will read the beautiful books of Emily Winfield Martin. Author not attending.

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More Children's Book Week Events! Saturday, May 6, noon


Screen-Free Activity Hour featuring 150 Screen-Free Activities by Asia Citro Let's wind up National Screen Free Week with a bang! Join us for an hour of activities taken from this bestselling book and staff favorite by one very crafty mom, Asia Citro. *author not attending*

Sunday, May 7, 4pm

Todd Warger & Ellen Clark –Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham Join us in welcoming local historian and author Todd Warger and local illustrator Ellen Clark for this fun Bellingham event! Come enjoy the true story about a revered mill whistle that once shrieked loudly across Bellingham Bay. See page 61 to learn more about this new book.


Meet the Author & Illustrator!

A Mother's Day Treat!

Sunday, May 14, 2pm in the Book Fare Café

TEA with Mom or Grandma In celebration of Mother's Day, we will be hosting a tea-time in Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven. Bring your children and enjoy some tasty treats, a few stories, a craft, and good company. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the main counter at Village Books in Fairhaven or by calling 360-671-2626. Join us for a fun celebration of moms and grandmas and all they do for us! Seating is limited so buy your tickets today.

Don't miss the 3rd Annual

Bham Fam Fair Saturday, March 25, 10am-3pm at the Bellingham Sportsplex Don't miss this day of family fun! Over 30 businesses— including Village Books—will be on hand, sharing information on products, services and activities for local families. Enjoy live music with Bellingham favorite Baby Cakes at noon plus check out the Bellingham Circus Guild, face painting, photo booth, ice skating, bounce houses, and more all day! $1 from every ticket goes to Communities in Schools of Whatcom County, helping to keep kids in school and give them the skills they need to succeed in life. Kids 2 and under are free. See for more ticket and event information. 64

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FAMILY Whoa, Baby! : A Guide for New Moms Who Feel Overwhelmed and Freaked Out (and Wonder What the #*$& Just Happened) by Kelly Rowland, M.D. Bickman, and Tristan, Laura Moser available in April, hardcover, DeCapo Lifelong Books

After the major medical experience that is childbirth, women's bodies are different in delicate & sometimes embarrassing ways that aren't often discussed. Kelly Rowland, former Destiny's Child member, sets out here to very candidly explain the honest truth about women's postpartum bodies, with the help of her personal OB-GYN. (Yes, she assures overwhelmed women, you will walk normally again!)

Building Community One Book at a Time

Middle Readers



Unicorn Crossing :

by Ru Xu

Another Phoebe and Her Unicorn Adventure by Dana Simpson

available in March, paperback, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Phoebe and Marigold are back! Follow the lovable pair as they experience Halloween, snow days, and the doom of summer reading assignments. Although growing up can be hard, Phoebe and Marigold find their one-of-a-kind friendship transcends goblin fads, unicorn spa vacations, and even a Spell of Forgetting.

available now, paperback, Graphix

Blue is an orphan who disguises herself as a newsboy. There’s a war going on, but Blue loves living and working at the Bugle, the only truthful newspaper in town, rather than selling cookies like girls are expected to do. Blue’s secret weighs on her, and she worries that she’ll lose the Bugle and the family she found there if they find out she’s a girl. But when she befriends a strange boy named Crow, they may just help each other find freedom.

Staff Favorites Now In Paperback!

Shadow Magic by Joshua Khan

illustrated by Ben Hibon

available in March, paperback, Disney-Hyperion

The Charmed Children of Rookskill Castle by Janet Fox

available in March, paperback, Puffin Books

An outlaw’s son, a giant bat, and a pleasant princess of darkness make for a thrilling adventure praised by Rick Riordan himself.

When Kat’s classmates begin to vanish from Rookskill Castle, she must face the mystery of what the spooky place may be holding.

Simon Thorn and the Wolf’s Den by Aimee Carter

When the biggest mistakes of their lives bring them together, cousins Jet and Kai look for the one thing they thought they had lost forever—hope.

available now, paperback, Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children’s Books

Fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, look no further for your next book.

The Turn of the Tide

by Rosanne Parry

available now, paperback, Yearling Books


by Wesley King

available in April, paperback, Simon &Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

With great voice and grand adventure, OCDaniel is about feeling different and finding those who understand.

The Thickety : The Last Spell by J.A. White

available in April, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

If you have yet to discover the brilliance of The Thickety, now is the perfect time. The Last Spell marks the fourth and final installment in this dark, deliciously twisted series, and it couldn’t have finished on a stronger note! Follow Kara Westfall as she continues to hone her powers as a witch, and her younger brother Taff on the epic, nail biting journey to the finish. –Hana

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LIT CAMP Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is just for you! Each day of the week has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day's activities will be inspired by its respective book. For example, on The Mysterious Benedict Society day, we will practice our Morse Code skills and head out on a scavenger hunt, and for My Side of the Mountain, we will learn foraging skills with a local outdoor adventurer! There will be a short writing exercise every day, as well as a healthy snack. Other activities will include playing games, solving mysteries, and a craft or two.

0 Ages 7-1

July 17-21, 1-5pm

Ages 8-11

Daily activities will be inspired by these beloved middle-grade titles: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Stewart Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg Village Books Lit Camp is $129 per child. Each child will receive a discount on all 5 bundled titles upon registration.**Purchase of books is NOT required and kids do NOT have to have read the books in advance to participate.**

July 31-August 4, 1-5pm



Village Books is hosting a week-long, half-day summer camp, Monday, July 31stFriday, Aug. 4th from 1-5pm each day. A Village Books staffer will lead each day of themed activities with hands-on projects, book-related topics, and field trips around Fairhaven. Snack included. Camp Village Books is $129 per child. Register at the VB main counter or download a form from and mail it and a check to: Village Books, Camp VB, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. If you have questions you can email Claire, or you can call our store at 360-671-2626.

Village Books is proud to be a partner and supporter of Common Threads Farm and School Garden Collective, a Bellingham-based nonprofit on a mission to connect young people with healthy food through hands-on, seed-to-table educational experiences. Registration Open for their Spring Break & Summer Camps:


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Fairhaven Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm • Sunday 10am-7pm

Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Middle Readers

edited by Ellen Oh

available now, hardcover, Crown Books for Young Readers

In partnership with the We Need Diverse Books movement, ten distinguished authors bring you a humorous and heartfelt story collection. Whether it is basketball dreams, first crushes, or new neighborhoods, this anthology celebrates the uniqueness and universality in each of us.

Me and Marvin Gardens by Amy Sarig King

available now, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

Me and Marvin Gardens marks the first middle reader written by acclaimed author A.S. King, and it does not disappoint! Obe spends his days at the creek behind his house, the last speck of nature left on his family’s land, picking up litter. On one of these days, he spots an animal. This creature is completely off the books, a weird cross between a big dog and a boar of some kind, and it eats only plastic. This is a secret, a MAJOR secret, and Obe and the strange creature he dubs Marvin Gardens possess all the heart and charming weirdness which King brings to her brilliant YA books. –Hana

The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All The Way Home by Catherynne Valente

available in March, paperback, Square

The final book of the terrific Fairyland series is now out in paperback. Although written for kids, Valente's writing is enchanting for readers of all ages. If you haven't yet, start with The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland In a Ship of Her Own Making, in which September is whisked away by the Green Wind to Fairyland and meets a wyvern, a marid, and plenty more outrageous characters. Entering the final book September is stuck in Fairyland and crowned queen, a fact many others are not too pleased about. Trust me, you won't be able to put this series down. –Trevor

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by Alex Gino available in April, paperback, Scholastic

George is a sweet and unassuming story about a kid who just wants to be accepted and known openly for who they are. It shows the strength of true friendship, and the importance of loving yourself no matter what other people think of you. I love this little book, and ten-year-old George's experiences immediately pulled at all my heartstrings. It's sincere, unique, and I couldn't help but read it in one sitting. –Leah

The Trials of Apollo : The Dark Prophecy

by Rick Riordan

available in May, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

Zeus has punished his son Apollo by casting him down to earth. Now, in the second installment of The Trials of Apollo, Apollo must embark on a journey across North America, to a place in the Midwest where the most dangerous Oracle from the ancient times resides. An Oracle who may just hold the answers Apollo needs in his quest to become a god again.

A Crack in the Sea by H.M. Bouwman

available now, hardcover, G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

A Crack in the Sea is a grand, sweeping adventure, one I would love to see take home every award in the book. There is a portal between worlds, a portal which only opens when it is least expected. There is a Raft King, a king who rules over a city built on rafts, and he wants to find the portal and lead his people to their native home of Africa. There are two other stories as well, one told in the style of a myth, another of runaway refugees, and all three collide in a brilliant, breathtaking way. There is also a kraken. We can’t forget the kraken. –Hana

This book group for kids 8-12 years of age led by Trevor of Village Books. We meet every second Tuesday of the month from 4-5pm in the Readings Gallery. When we get together, we examine and explore the story we have read through discussions, crafts, activities, and games. Don't miss out on the fun!

Spring 2017


Join us in Welcoming

Jewell Parker Rhodes

to Town

April 19th-20th - Two FREE Public Events! We at Village Books are very excited to join the Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, WWU’s Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, and The Whatcom Museum in welcoming Jewell Parker Rhodes to Bellingham for two very special public events. Wednesday, April 19, 6:30pm - at the Bellingham Public Library, Lecture Room Here, Rhodes will feature her new middle grade novel, Towers Falling—a look at how children who were born after 2001 can learn to understand the impact that this disaster had on their communities and this country. Rhodes’ handling of this difficult subject is thoughtful, sensitive, and ultimately, hopeful. Thursday, April 20, 3:30-5pm - at the Lightcatcher Museum Coinciding with the current exhibit at the Museum, The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City, Rhodes will present her book The Ninth Ward— a celebration of resilience, love, family, and friendship, and a deeply emotional story of transformation. Art preview at 3:30, presentation starts at 4pm. Jewell Parker Rhodes is the Piper Endowed Chair and founding artistic director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University. She has won numerous awards for her books for children and adults. Ninth Ward, her first novel for young readers, was named a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a Notable Book for a Global Society, and a Today show Al's Book Club for Kids selection. As part of her visit, Ms. Rhodes will also visit two Bellingham schools and has generously donated her honorarium of $1000 to area Title I schools’ libraries. This money will be used to purchase books by her and others that celebrate diversity, equality, and community.

Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson

available now, hardcover, Walden Pond Press

It is the year 2213, and Liam SaundersChang is one of the last humans on Mars. The Earth has been burned to a cinder by the sun. Mars was only a temporary solution, and now that the sun has mysteriously started going supernova, all of humanity must relocate.

A Middle and Young Reader EXTRAVAGANZA! Thursday, May 25, 7pm KEVIN EMERSON -Last Days on Mars SUZANNE SELFORS -Spirit Riding Free GARTH STEIN -Enzo & the 4th of July Race THREE rock star authors will join us for a FREE EVENT at Village Books in Fairhaven to celebrate the release of their new books for kids. Join us!

Saturday, April 1, 6pm

Love’s Fool Celebration featuring TOM ROBBINS

Ages 12 and Up!

at Boundary Bay Brewery Rooted Emerging presents their second annual, “Love’s Fool” event—a feast for the heart to celebrate the divinely imperfect journey. Music, vaudeville, games and stories of romantic folly from adults ages 18-108. Ages 12 & up are welcome. Author Tom Robbins will share an excerpt from his recent memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. Village Books will be on hand selling copies. Village Books is a proud sponsor of this event!


Spring 2017

Tickets available soon at Village Books $10/$5 youth 12-17. All proceeds benefit Rooted Emerging—Celebrating Youth Rites of Passage.

Fairhaven Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm • Sunday 10am-7pm


Library Books

Check out these new versions of some favorite Hogwarts library books—the perfect additions to the bookshelf of every Harry Potter fan.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Quidditch Through the Ages

The Tales of Beedle the Bard

available in March, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

available in March, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

by Kennilworthy Whisp/ J.K. Rowling

by Newt Scamander/ J.K. Rowling

available in March, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

Out of print until now, a book of magical creatures that resides in almost every wizarding household. Now Muggles too have the chance to discover where the Quintaped lives, what the Puffskein eats, and why it is best not to leave milk out for a Knarl.

The most checked-out book in the Hogwarts Library, and a volume no Quidditch player or Harry Potter fan should be without! If you have ever asked yourself where the Golden Snitch came from or how the Bludgers came into existence, you need this book.

by J.K. Rowling

A wizarding classic! Now, thanks to Hermione Granger's new translation from the ancient runes, a stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J.K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Reading these tales gives new insight into the wizarding world.

Young Adult The Girl in the Blue Coat

Blood Rose Rebellion

available in April, paperback, Little, Brown

available in March, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

Don't miss this heart-wrenching story about Hanneke, a girl in 1943 Amsterdam, reluctantly trying to solve the mystery of a missing Jewish teenager, who disappeared while in hiding. However, she soon finds herself engrossed in finding the girl, as well as becoming involved in the Nazi resistance movement. This is a beautifully written coming-ofage story and one you won't forget for a long time. –Lauren

Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood, unable to perform the simplest of spells despite her family being powerful users of magic. She would do anything to belong, but a fateful accident sees her exiled to the family’s native (but now desolate) Hungary. Nothing is as it seems in Hungary, even her lack of magic, and as rebellion spreads, Anna becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking.

by Monica Hesse

by Rosalyn Eves


Y.A. for Adults This is a book group for adults who are tired of always acting like an adult. We will be reading everything and anything across the Young Adult genre. Join Sarah and Rebecca on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

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by Amy Plum

available in May, hardcover, Harper Teen

Seven insomniatic teens sign up for an experimental sleep study hoping to find a cure for their various disorders. But when something goes terribly wrong, they find themselves navigating nightmare dreamscapes one after another like a gauntlet. Now they have to find out what happened, and how to wake up--if they can. Think: The Matrix meets Stranger Things. This is the perfect classic horror book; definitely one best enjoyed in the midnight hour. –Leah

Spring 2017


Young Adult

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


available now, hardcover, Dutton

Marin hasn’t spoken to anyone from her old life since the day she left. No one knows the truth, not even her best friend Mabel. Now, months after tragedy struck, Marin is alone in her empty New York dorm for winter break, and Mabel is coming to visit, forcing Marin to face everything she left behind. Aching and beautiful, We Are Okay will have you reaching to reconnect with the people you love.

Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

by Stephanie Garber available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

Grandiose and extravagant, Caraval has the feel of a Tim Burton film, full of magic, heartbreak, intrigue, and of course, a twisted kind of darkness. Legend is the mastermind of Caraval, a grand performance that is put on but once a year, and he has finally invited Scarlett to attend. Scarlett has dreamed of seeing Caraval her entire life, but when her wish finally comes true, all is not as she thought it would be. –Hana

edited by Kirsty Murray, Payal Dhar, and Anita Roy

City of Saints & Thieves

available in March, hardcover, Margaret K. McElderry Books

available now, hardcover, G.P. Putnam’s Son

by Natalie C. Anderson

A stunning collection of sci-fi and fantasy tales, Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean features feminist tales that reimagine what girls (and boys) can be. Throughout short stories, graphic novellas, and a play, new worlds will be discovered. Worlds where the strengths of women and men are celebrated and honored, and where connections, whether it be between boys and girls, or the past, the present, and the future, are forged.

In the shadows of Sangui City, there lives a girl who doesn’t exist. This girl is called Tina, and she is out for revenge. Four years prior, her mother was shot in the personal study of the prominent Roland Greyhill, which leaves Tina with no doubt as to who murdered her. Now an expert thief, she finally gets the chance she’s been waiting for to avenge her mother’s death, but Tina soon learns just how dangerous the past can be.

Strange the Dreamer

If I Was Your Girl

by Laini Taylor

available in March, hardcover, Little, Brown

by Meredith Russo

Junior librarian Lazlo Strange has long been obsessed with the city of Weep, a mythical place that was cut off from the rest of the world two hundred years prior. When he finally reaches the mysterious land, his dreams are filled with visits from a blue goddess, even though all the gods are supposed to be dead. The only word I have for Strange the Dreamer is this: stunning. Stunning. STUNNING. This is an epic to sink your teeth into and I am clamoring for the sequel. –Hana

available in May, paperback, Flatiron Books

Amanda just wants a normal life as a teenage girl, because that's what she knows she's always been, even if it wasn't on her birth certificate. Now in a new town, she's falling for a boy, but in every new stage of their relationship, she becomes more worried about how he would feel if he knew her history. It was heart-wrenching to read about simple daily things most of us take for granted that Amanda justifiably finds nervewracking. This is a beautifully told love story that needs to be read, and I didn't expect the deep effect it would have on me; it reached into my soul and brought me to tears. –Leah

Girl Rising Changing the World One Girl at a Time by Tanya Lee Stone

available now, hardcover, Wendy Lamb Books


A global campaign for girls’ education, Girl Rising created a film that follows nine girls in the developing world. Stone’s new research illuminates the facts by examining the barriers to education the girls in the film and many others experience, whether it be early child marriage, slavery, poverty, or gender discrimination, and shows how removing these barriers will create safer and healthier communities in addition to bettering the lives of these girls.


Spring 2017

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Reading For Teens, By Teens Recommendations

Enjoy these reviews of the latest and greatest Young Adult books to hit the streets in recent and upcoming months. Don't miss our in-store Y.A.R.C. display which is always up-to-date and evolving with reviews by teens, for teens! What better way to find out what teens are reading than to go straight to the source?

The Book Jumper

Optimists Die First

available now, hardcover, Feiwel and Friends

available now, hardcover, Random

A unique and beautifully captivating read. It follows the story of a young Amy Lennox and her mother, as they travel to her mother's home on the island of Stormsay to reinvent themselves as individuals. What is meant to be a short holiday from the world, turns into the adventure of a lifetime; filled with love, delightful characters, and deep, centuries old secrets. I loved the nuances and the literary ideas woven into the book. I would definitely recommend to fantasy lovers and those interested in the world of literature. –Rosie T. age 16

“Optimists don’t see the dangers till it’s too late. Pessimists are more realistic. They take more precautions,” says Petula de Wilde. Scarred by a death she blames herself for, she spends her time avoiding every danger in life, whether it's taking a rape-whistle to school or never walking through construction zones. Her sad, safe life shatters, however, when Jacob Cohen joins her therapy group and as Petula falls in love with Jacob, she starts becoming more optimistic. But Jacob has a secret that might destroy Petula’s world. A beautiful book and a great read, this is a must-read. –Brayden W. age 17

by Metchthild Gläser

The Careful Undressing of Love by Carol Ann Haydu

available now, hardcover, Penguin

A neighborhood of girls are told their lovers are doomed for death: intrigue and skepticism, obviously, comes with any superstitious rumor about romance. But when the Devonairre curse proves true in a horrific way, and when they least expect it, who really can say they know the rules? A truly introspective and interesting story painted against a vivid New York backdrop, The Careful Undressing of Love is not a YA book to miss. –Nich V. age 15

Wild Lily

by K.M. Peyton available now, hardcover, Scholastic

Normally a girl like Lily wouldn’t get the opportunity to ride in a car, much less an airplane. However, the man who owns the land her father works on has a son, Antony, who Lily is enamored by. For his birthday Antony’s father gets him a plane, and when he asks who will be the first to go up with him, Lily is the only one to respond. While risking her personal safety, Lily continues to share adventures with Antony and his friends without considering how the results would impact her. Wild Lily addresses how young love can sometimes cloud our judgement, while also providing opportunities for us to truly live. I would recommend this novel to anyone with an interest in historical fiction, and a few worthwhile misadventures. –Hanna N. age 16

Young Adult• Review Committee 360-671-2626 800-392-BOOK •

by Susin Nelsen


by Sarah Cohen-Scali translated by Penny Hueston available in March, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

Max is a riveting story about a little boy in Germany during World War II. Part of the Lebensborn Program, Max—birth name Konrad—is the perfect specimen. He is made to kill those who Hitler deems “unworthy.” As a 6-year-old boy, he travels with doctors and the Brown Sisters everywhere in Poland to find children to recruit. But then Konrad meets Lucas, a 13-yearold Jewish boy who he is supposed to despise. Konrad becomes friends with Lucas and travels with him to a military academy. Max is an extremely intense story based on true events that happened under Hitler’s tyranny. –Kamden I. age 13

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

available in March, hardcover, Random House

Jeff Zentner’s Goodbye Days is the sort of book that will tear you to pieces while simultaneously building you up. It’s just that powerful, beautifully written, and heartwrenching. It follows one friend in the time after his three best friends die in a car accident—a car accident that was the result of the driver texting back to the one friend who was not in the car. It deals with grief, guilt, fear, and so many other raw emotions. I highly recommend this book to everyone, but especially those who love dark, deep contemporaries. –Gretal M. age 17

Spring 2017



The Y.A.R.C. Life VB's Young Adult Review Committee By Hannah M., Village Books Y.A.R.C. Member


eading has always meant a lot to me. It’s a way that I can be in someone else’s shoes, to see things from their perspective, to understand what it is like to live a life that is not my own. I started to share my love of books with the world when I started my own book blog a couple of years ago.

When I first heard about the Young Adult Review Committee at Village Books I jumped at the chance to join. After all, there were free books (and pizza), other teens who loved books, and the chance to read books before they even hit the shelves. It sounded exactly like my kind of club—and it definitely turned out to be. At meetings, we always talk about the books we’ve been reading. And trust me: stereotypes and tropes hardly ever fly. We laugh and discuss and write, so that we can help others find these fantastic books. My time with the Y.A.R.C. has been amazing. I’ve read so many books that have honestly changed my life. These books are unique and innovative. They’re books that I never would’ve found without the Y.A.R.C. My top-three favorite books that I’ve read over the past year or so have been The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, When We Collided by Emery Lord, and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. These books do what all good books are supposed to do: they change lives. The Female of the Species made me see the world in a completely new way; When We Collided gave me a better understanding of mental illness; and The Upside of Unrequited restored the hope that I was beginning to lose. I’ve discovered authors and stories that have become some of my favorites. I’ve become a better, kinder person. And I cannot wait to see what’s next for this amazing group of teen readers. •


by Katie Cotugno available in April, hardcover, Harper Teen Katie Cotugno has been one of my favorite authors since her first novel How to Love debuted in 2013. Her sophomore novel, 99 DAYS, offered a raw, emotional take on relationships—and Fireworks does the same for friendships.Fireworks follows best friends Olivia and Dana as they set out to Orlando to become pop stars. But quickly, the pressure of their new lives gets to both girls, driving a wedge between their friendship. Dana has to find out how far she’s willing to go to escape her small town life—and how far she’s willing to go to preserve her rapidly changing friendship with Olivia. Just like Cotugno’s other works, Fireworks is perfectly plotted, entertaining, and powerful. –Hannah M., age 18





Established in September of 2014, this program offers teenagers 13-18 the opportunity to read yet-to-be-published books, also known as ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). In exchange for this privilege, they write reviews for Village Books to use in print and social media, as well as for recommendations to our customers. What better way to find out what teens are reading than to go straight to the source? 72

Spring 2017

Literature LIVE!


Wednesday, March 8, 7pm Memoir CAROLYN WOOD –Tough Girl: An Olympian's Journey

VB’s Literary Events Program

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MARCH Friday, March 3, 7pm POLLY BUCKINGHAM –The Expense of a View

Short Story Fiction

Winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction 2016! This poignant, exquisite, and compelling story collection explores the psyches of characters under duress. Polly Buckingham is founding editor of StringTown Press and Associate Director of EWU's Willow Springs Books. Author of the award winning A Year of Silence, her poetry and fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Threepenny Review, and elsewhere.

Saturday, March 4, 7pm Poetry! CHRISTOPHER HOWELL –Love's Last Number: Poems From celebrated poet Christopher Howell, Love’s Last Number is a series of musings on time’s arrow: on both the relentless march that divides each moment into past, present, and future—before and after—and the ultimately porous and recursive nature of time itself. Howell is author of eleven collections of poems, has received the Washington State Governor’s Award, the Washington State Book Award, two National Endowment Fellowships, as well as other numerous fellowships and prizes. Join us!

Sunday, March 5, 4pm Travel Fiction DEBU MAJUMDAR –Sacred River: A Himalayan Journey An Indian-American journeys to mystical Gangotri Glacier in the Himalayas, searching for peace and renewal. Threads from multiple stories of suspense, mythology, and intercultural romance weave together to create a colorful tapestry that will touch your soul. From the author of From the Ganges to the Snake River and the Viku and the Elephant children's book series.



Tough Girl recounts two journeys taken almost sixty years apart. One is the coming-of-age story of a rambunctious and closeted Northwest swimmer during the 1950s as she learns to train, race, and ultimately compete for gold in the 1960 Rome Olympics. The other follows her memories and meditations along the Camino de Santiago in 2012 as alone she comes to accept the end of a decades long relationship. Carolyn Wood, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, won a gold medal in swimming in the 1960 Rome Olympics at age fourteen.

March 9 -11 WHATCOM READS! Jonathan Evison is visiting Whatcom County: One Book Together Read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving then join in welcoming bestselling author Jonathan Evison at events throughout Whatcom County. See page 23 for a schedule and go to for details. All events free-of-charge and open to the public!

Saturday, March 11, 10:30am Special Story Time Featuring BEN MANN KIDS! –Friendly the Fox Bellingham's favorite local artist Ben Mann has illustrated AND written this lovely story, and it is filled with all of the vibrancy and color that we would expect from him. Don't miss this chance to hear Ben read his story of a fox who encounters a whole host of new friends as he goes adventuring.

Tuesday, March 14th, 7pm ZOEY LEIGH PETERSON –Next Year For Sure


In this moving and enormously entertaining debut novel, longtime romantic partners Kathryn and Chris experiment with an open relationship and reconsider everything they thought they knew about love. Zoey Leigh Peterson's fiction has been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and Best Canadian Stories. She is the recipient of the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction and the Peter Hinchcliffe Fiction Award. This is her first novel.

Thursday, March 16, 7pm SILVANA and ALLAN CLARK House Sit Your Way Around the World Info Session Want to travel and stay in chateaus, manor houses and haciendas...for free? Allan and Silvana Clark have traveled the world, house and pet sitting. They'll share secrets on where and how to find house sitting positions. You can live for free while traveling plus have use of kitchens and free internet! Village Books will have books on hand that will help you get inspired and informed about this creative way to travel.

Keep turning for more events!

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven and are FREE.

Fairhaven: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30am Lynden: Wednesdays at 11am & Saturdays at 2pm-NEW TIME!

Join us in the kids section for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

If you can’t make it to an event, just call us to arrange for autographed copies!

Spring 2017


Literature LIVE!

EVENTS Friday, March 17, 7pm CHARLES SHELDON –Strong Heart

Events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven and are FREE unless otherwise noted.


Deep in the Olympic Peninsula wilderness, 13 year old Sarah Cooley takes a wrong step. What happens next is impossible. A sea adventure, a journey through Olympic National Park, an adventure through time. Strong Heart, a breathtaking celebration of the wild Northwest and North Pacific, startles, yet challenges us to think.

Saturday, March 18, 7pm RANDY HENDERSON –Smells Like Finn Spirit (Familia Arcana, vol. 3)

Finn Graymare is back in the final installment of Randy Henderson's Familia Arcana series. Randy Henderson is the author of the darkly humorous urban fantasy series that includes Finn Fancy Necromancy and Bigfootloose & Finn Fancy Free. He is the Golden Pen Grand Prize winner of Writers of the Future for 2014, and his short fiction has appeared in numerous professional publications.

Sunday, March 19, 4pm DIANA F. LEE –Rustproof Relationships and Therapy Dogs & the Stories They Can Tell Diana Lee is an accomplished counselor with four decades of experience empowering people to resolve issues and make positive changes. Filled with fascinating cases from her counseling practice, Therapy Dogs & The Stories They Can Tell goes right to the heart of any dog lover, or reader considering animal-assisted therapy. Rumor has it she will be bringing along her own therapy puppy, Jack, to the reading!

Thursday, March 23, 6:30pm IN LYNDEN! THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR at the Claire vg Thomas Theatre in Lynden 655 Front St. in the Dutch Village Mall

featuring JANIE CHANG –Dragon Springs Road

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is heading to Lynden for the very first time! We are thrilled to welcome the author of Three Souls, Janie Chang, back to discuss her newest novel, Dragon Springs Road. With live music, fun skits, and humor. Tickets: $5 available at both Village Books locations and on Receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of Dragon Springs Road. Co-sponsored by the Claire vg Thomas Theatre, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza. See page 34 for more!

Friday, March 24, 7pm SERGE ALTERNÊS -Live Souls:

Citizens & Volunteers of Civil War Spain

The people in the Spanish Civil War come alive in humanitarian volunteer Alec Wainman’s memoir which includes a collection of compassionate photographs. This IPPY Award-winning book offers a stirring account of the opening act of WWII within a modern context. After a 40-year search for his father’s (Alec Wainman) 1,650 photos, Serge Alternês is delighted to be able to share them with readers.

Sunday, March 26, 4pm CHEVY STEVENS –Never Let You Go


Chevy Stevens’ 2010 breakout bestseller, Still Missing, was at the forefront of the trend towards psychological thrillers featuring heroines at the helm, long before Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. With Never Let You Go, she delivers a chilling, twisting thriller that crackles with suspense as it explores the darkest heart of love and obsession. Join us!

Monday, March 27, 7pm Open Mic Night with Laurel Leigh Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee. Graphic

Wednesday, March 22, 7pm Excellence Northwest Workshop with Dawn Harju Saying Yes When I Want To Say No:

Friday, March 31, 7pm Novel/Comics! JON MORRIS –The Legion of Regrettable Supervillains: Oddball Criminals From

How To Make Agreements I'll Keep

Comic Book History (Comic Book History #2)

Have you ever gotten into a situation where you've agreed to something and later wished you didn't? Or agreed to something you had no interest in actually doing? Dawn has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill.

Every hero needs a villain. But not all villains are dangerous—some are incompetent, comical, or just . . . weird. In his follow-up to The League of Regrettable Superheroes, author Jon Morris presents over a hundred of the strangest, most stupefying supervillains to ever see print in comics.

Thursday, March 23, noon-1pm TIM BURNETT Mindfulness Workshop Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of practices that promote awareness and well being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

There is no charge for most Village Books Literature Live events.  Event costs are offset by customer book purchases; in order to maintain our robust program, we urge you to purchase those event books that interest you. Thank you for supporting Literature Live Events!

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven and are FREE.


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April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with 20% off poetry all month long at Village Books! We have quite a line-up of celebrated poets this month so be sure to check the LitLive! Calendar of events to see what’s happening!

Saturday, April 1, 6pm Ages 12 & Up Love’s Fool Celebration at Boundary Bay Brewery featuring TOM ROBBINS Rooted Emerging presents their second annual, “Love’s Fool” event Saturday April 1, 2017 in Boundary Bay Brewery’s Mountain Room—a feast for the heart to celebrate the divinely imperfect journey. Music, vaudeville, games and stories of romantic folly from adults ages 18-108. Ages 12 & up are welcome. Author Tom Robbins will share an excerpt from his recent memoir, Tibetan Peach Pie. Sponsored by Village Books. Tickets will be available soon at Village Books $10/$5 youth 12-17. All proceeds benefit Rooted Emerging—Celebrating Youth Rites of Passage.

Sunday, April 2, 4pm Fiction! JOHN & RICHARD EKSTEDT –Song of Eramus Eramus leaves a place of innocence and immortality to enter a world of beings who also originated in this place but who, for some reason, separated themselves from it. These beings are known to Eramus as the Separated. Eramus risks both his innocence and his immortality to try to relieve the Separated from their desire to persist in performing the ritual of war. This is a search for peace and is supported by heroes from among the Separated. We follow Eramus and his heroes through a world of wars from antiquity to the present.

Wednesday, April 5, 7pm MARY PNEUMAN –Nature of Things


In Nature of Things, Mary Pneuman brings together selected poems that reflect on life in the Pacific Northwest, the Illinois prairie, and some of the more distant parts of the world. Mary’s affinity for the natural world is central to her need to express herself and provides the subject matter of much of her writing.

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Village Books hosts multiple book and writing groups in the Fairhaven store. These groups are open to anyone in the community and are free to attend. Find details at

• Chucknaut Writers Workshops & Classes

Presented in partnership with WCC Community & Continuing Education, these programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. See page 25 for information on upcoming classes!

Friday, April 7, 7pm Now May 19 JONATHAN ROSENBLUM –Beyond $15: Immigrant Workers, Faith Activists, and the Revival of the Labor Movement SeaTac, Washington gained national recognition as the first successful $15 minimum wage battleground. Driven by captivating narrative and insightful analysis, Beyond $15 is a blunt assessment of the daunting problems within today’s unions; a blueprint for a powerful, all-inclusive labor movement; and a call for workers to reclaim their power and voice in the new economy. Jonathan Rosenblum has been a labor organizer for more than thirty years, playing key roles including SeaTac Airport campaign director.

Saturday, April 8, 10:30am JESSIXA BAGLEY –Laundry Day


What do two bored badgers do when they’ve done everything, including driving their mother around the bend? Laundry, of course. What could possibly go wrong? In this spirited picture book, Tic and Tac, two adorable badgers, get a little carried away while helping their mom out with the laundry. Jessixa Bagley is a picture book author/illustrator. Her two previous picture books are Before I Leave and Boats for Papa. NCI Nature of Saturday, April 8, 4pm Writing Series ADRIENNE ROSS SCANLAN, –Turning Homeward: Restoring Hope & Nature in the Urban Wild

ZSOFIA PASZTOR & KERI DeTORE –Design & Build Your Own Rain Gardens for the Pacific NW The health of our water systems and preservation of salmon habitats are pressing environmental issues for the Pacific Northwest. Many small steps to tackle these issues are springing up around the Sound, one of the most influential being rain gardens. Join us in welcoming three authors whose works deal directly with these issues: Adrienne Ross Scanlan with her new narrative nonfiction, Turning Homeward, and Zsofia Pasztor & Keri DeTore with Rain Gardens for the Pacific Northwest, which details best practices for building your own rain garden. The authors will discuss the impact of rain gardens and the intersection of their recently published books: how salmon inspire us to understand and improve the human relationship to nature. Come participate in a great environment and rain garden-related discussion!

Saturday, April 8, 7pm Poetry! Group Reading by World Peace Poets –Peace Poems, Vol. 2 A group of poets began a World Peace Poets Annual "ReadIn" event on peace and justice four years ago. In 2015, they published a collection named Peace Poems Volume 1 for the first two years and now they are pleased to present Volume 2! This couldn’t be a more timely event. More information coming so keep an eye on for details.

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Wednesday, April 12, 7pm HARI KUNZRU –White Tears

On a National Tour!

White Tears is a ghost story, a terrifying murder mystery, a timely meditation on race, and a love letter to all the forgotten geniuses of American music. Hari Kunzru is the author of four previous novels. His work has been translated into twenty-one languages, and his short stories and journalism have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, and The New Yorker. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, The New York Public Library, and the American Academy in Berlin.

Thursday, April 13, 7pm RICK HERMANN –Nooksack: Poems & Prose


Nooksack is a River, a People, a Spirit of Place. It is shadow and cloud, glacier and bay. In this realm, even the stones have spirits. Bellingham author Rick Hermann employs close-listening and observation to shape a notably original perspective in this new book of poetry and prose. Hermann is the author of two previous books: The Bright World of Dandelion Court and Parkinson's Dreams About Me: My Dance With the Shaking Palsy.

Slide Show!

This guide breaks down the state’s more than 500 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail into stunning routes that can be easily knocked off in four days, a week or more. Tami Asars is the author of the book Hiking the Wonderland Trail and Day Hiking Mount Adams & Goat Rocks Wilderness, Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, Washington, as well as a Regional Correspondent/Columnist for Washington Trails Magazine, contributor to hiking blogs and various outdoor publications.

Saturday, April 15, 7pm LYNDA MAPES –Witness Tree:

NCI Nature of Writing Series

Seasons of Change with a Century Old Oak

Witness Tree is an intimate look at one majestic hundred-yearold oak tree through four seasons—and the reality of global climate change it reveals. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail. It is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people's connection to nature. Lynda V. Mapes is an environmental reporter at The Seattle Times and the author of several books, including Elwha: A River Reborn and Breaking Ground.

Sunday, April 16, 4pm Poetry! DANIEL EDWARD MOORE –Confessions of a Pentecostal Buddhist Confessions of a Pentecostal Buddhist beckons you into the imaginative, meditative world of poet Daniel Edward Moore, offering a sample of works that illustrate his versatility and ability to illuminate truths about the human condition. The twenty-three poems in the collection, all of which are pre-published in Literary Journals focus on religion, gender, and sexual identity, among other topics.


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A True Story of Murder in the Arctic in the Heiner Theatre at WCC

At the End of the World is the remarkable story of a series of murders that occurred in an extremely remote corner of the Arctic in 1941. Lawrence Millman is the author of more than a dozen books, including such titles as Last Places, Lost in the Arctic, A Kayak Full of Ghosts, Hiking to Siberia, and Fascinating Fungi of New England. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with pre-purchase of At the End of the World. Co-sponsored by 12th Street Shoes, Westside Pizza. and Adventures NW Magazine. Read more on page 34.

Wednesday, April 19 & Thursday, April 20 JEWELL PARKER RHODES Village Books, The Friends of the Bellingham Public Library, WWU’s Children’s Literature Interdisciplinary Collection, and The Whatcom Museum are pleased to welcome Jewell Parker Rhodes to Bellingham for two very special public events—both are free to attend. Wednesday, April 19th, 6:30pm: At the Bellingham Public Library. Ms. Rhodes will present her latest novel, Towers Falling. Thursday, April 20, 3:30pm: At the Lightcatcher Museum. Coinciding with the current exhibit at the Museum, The Katrina Decade: Images of an Altered City, will be a public event at the museum on which will focus on Rhodes’ book The Ninth Ward. Read more on page 68.

Thursday, April 20, 7pm JESS THOMSON –A Year Right Here

Friday, April 14, 7pm NCI Nature of Writing Series TAMI ASARS -Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Washington: Section Hiking from the Columbia River to Manning Park

Tuesday, April 18, 6:30pm The CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring LAWRENCE MILLMAN –At the End of the World:

Armed with “The Here List” and a Type-A personality, Seattlebased writer and cookbook author Jess Thomson sets out to spend a year exploring the food of the Pacific Northwest with her family. Planning to revel in the culinary riches of the region, her plans are complicated by life. With touching, funny, sometimes devastating stories that we all can relate to, Jess pulls the reader in as she abandons the list and learns that letting go can be just as important as holding on.

Friday, April 21, 7pm NCI Nature of Writing Series DANIEL MATTHEWS –Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains This guide is an engagingly written, portable history of the Cascade region identifying the flora, fauna, and geology of the region. Packed with 800 color photographs, this is the perfect overview of the region if you are looking for a simple way to discover the great outdoors. Daniel Mathews comes from a line of botanically knowledgeable forebears, who began teaching him the names of trailside plants at an early age. His writing is informed by literally thousands of scientific papers as well as five decades on and off hiking trails in the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday, April 22, 4pm ABBE ROLNICK –Tattle Tales: Essays & Stories Along the Way This collection explores the whimsy and profound, from the basement of a young girl learning about the Holocaust via a repairman, to a literal and psychological deep dive in the Caribbean, to the humble truths of a dung beetle in Africa, and all points in between. Abbe Rolnick’s other books include: River of Angels, Color of Lies, and Cocoon of Cancer.

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Saturday, April 22, 7pm Poetry! SUSAN J. ERICKSON –Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine With masterful craft and a firecracker wit, Susan J. Erickson’s Lauren Bacall Shares a Limousine explores the lives of women across centuries and continents. Employing narrators that range from Lady Godiva and Lucy Audubon to Janis Joplin and Marilyn Monroe, the poems in this collection give voice to women both well known and obscured by history. These poems give voice to the critical moments of women’s lives and dramatize the silence that many women still face today. Winner of the Brick Road Poetry Prize!

Sunday, April 23, 4pm SANDRA NOEL –Into the Green


These poems represent a journey through the natural world as the author has experienced it, from her island home on Vashon in the Pacific Northwest to Sulalwesi Island in Indonesia. These places are fragile ecosystems; as one poem describes, unraveling hour by hour all over the earth because of human activities. Sandra Noel works as a freelance illustrator, graphic designer and interpretive writer developing award-winning environmental education posters, brochures, exhibits and interpretive signs.

Monday, April 24, 7pm Open Mic Night with Laurel Leigh Everyone welcome! Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

Friday, April 28, 7pm NCI Nature of MARK LEIREN-YOUNG Writing Series The Killer Whale Who Changed the World Journalist, filmmaker, playwright, and author Mark LeirenYoung shares the fascinating and heartbreaking account of Moby Doll, the first publicly exhibited captive killer whale—a story that forever changed the way we see orcas and sparked the movement to save them. Leiren-Young will share rare film footage of Moby Doll and other orcas, and discuss how the capture of Moby Doll led to the captivity and exhibition of other whales. Mark Leiren-Young is currently finishing a feature length film documentary on Moby Doll.

Saturday, April 29 Independent Bookstore Day Come join the party! Join us at 9am in Lynden or Fairhaven to be first in line for exclusive, limited-edition Independent Bookstore Day items like the ever-popular Literary Tea Towels, and Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie onesies. Stick around for more fun throughout the day! See page 7 for more. There is no charge for most Village Books Literature Live events.  Event costs are offset by customer book purchases; in order to maintain our robust program, we urge you to purchase those event books that interest you.

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Children's Book and Screen Free Week May 1-7, 2017 Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of children's books and reading. For the first time, National Screen Free Week coincides with CBW to create the perfect pairing! Check out the variety of free events we have planned to keep kids engaged and having fun with books. Note: authors do NOT attend unless authorwise stated.

KIDS! Tuesday, May 2, 10:30am Story Time featuring Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends! Thursday, May 4, 2:00-3:00pm The Story Starts Here Picture Book Event Friday, May 5, 4-5pm SKIPPYJON JONES is coming to Village Books in Fairhaven! Saturday, May 6, 10:30am Story Time featuring The Littlest Family's Big Day Saturday, May 6, noon-1pm Screen-Free activity hour featuring 150 Screen-Free Activities Sunday, May 7, 4pm Author Todd Warger & illustrator Ellen Clark Big Ole: A Timber Mill Whistle in Bellingham This is a true story about a truly revered mill whistle that once shrieked loudly across Bellingham Bay. It was heard in communities as far as Blaine during the turn of the 20th Century until removed in 1942. A scrapbook at the end is filled with photographs from Big Ole’s life. It even includes newspaper clippings and poems written about him.

Friday, May 5, 7pm Nature of Writing Series JOSHUA STILTS –Whatcom Fish Tales: A Historical Look at the County's Seafood Industry

This is a local narrative on Whatcom County fishing history. Firsthand accounts and historic photos shed light on the importance of the industry to the community. Joshua Stilts, a Bellingham native and son of a commercial fisherman spent nearly four years as an editor and lead reporter covering crime, education, business, arts, politics, and breaking news in Vermont and Massachusetts. He and his wife now live in Seattle with their daughter Emmeline.

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Friday, May 12, 7pm BRENDA MILLER & MARCIA ALDRICH –Waveform:

Literature LIVE!

Twenty-First-Century Essays By Women

A celebration of the the role of women essayists in contemporary literature! With thirty essays by distinguished and diverse women writers, this carefully constructed anthology incorporates work ranging from the traditional to the experimental. Contributors include Cheryl Strayed, Brenda Miller, Marcia Aldrich, Meghan Daum, Barrie Jean Borich, Leslie Jamison, Roxane Gay, Joy Castro, and Bich Minh Nguyen. From Booklist: “This collection offers something for every reader, whether one seeks the calm of a contemplative voice or the catharsis of anger…. It’s all here, just as it should be: birth, death, sex, longing, regret, anger, love.”

Sunday, May 14, 2-3pm Tea with Mom or Grandma in the Book Fare Cafe


In celebration of Mother's Day, we will be hosting a tea-time in Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of the bookstore. Bring your children and enjoy some tasty treats, a few stories, a craft, and good company. Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the main counter at Village Books. Join us for a fun celebration of moms and all they do for us!

Tuesday, May 16, 7pm CORY DOCTOROW –Walkaway: A Novel

Sci-Fi Thriller!

Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years: an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. Fascinating, moving, and darkly humorous, Walkaway is a multigeneration sci-fi thriller about the wrenching changes of the next hundred years…and the very human people who will live their consequences. Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger —the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling Little Brother, which was recently optioned by Paramount. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, May 17, 7pm ENW Workshop with Pete Johnson: Procrastination The things that we tell ourselves we must get done but never do, create a huge emotional and energetic drain on our lives. Explore what keeps us from moving forward and accomplishing the tasks we seem to never get done. Examine your comfort zone and habitual tendencies.

Saturday, May 20, 7pm STEPHEN GRAY –Cannabis & Spirituality: An Explorer's Guide to an Ancient Plant Spirit Ally

Truly a medicine for body and soul, one of cannabis’s greatest gifts is its remarkable potential for spiritual healing and awakening. In this authoritative guide, editor Stephen Gray and 17 other influential voices of the modern cannabis movement explore the spiritual benefits of cannabis and offer guidance on how to interact with the intelligence of this plant ally, a companion and supporter of humanity for millennia.

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EVENTS Thursday, May 25, 7pm A Middle and Young Reader Extravaganza!


THREE rock star authors will join us to celebrate the release of their new books for kids. There are rumors of treats and prizes. Whatever the case, adventure awaits and WE ARE SO EXCITED!!! You don't want to miss this one so mark your calendar today.

SUZANNE SELFORS -Spirit Riding Free The latest from the bestselling author of the Ever After High School Stories series, the Imaginary Veterinary series, and the Smells Like Dog series.

KEVIN EMERSON -Last Days on Mars All remaining humans are leaving Mars for a distant planet, but departure day goes sideways. A new book from the author of the Exile series, and the Atlanteans series.

GARTH STEIN -Enzo and the Fourth of July Races The bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain returns with his latest picture book. Yep, Enzo the adorable puppy is back for another rollicking and heartwarming adventure.

Monday, May 29, 7pm Open Mic Night with Laurel Leigh Everyone welcome! Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

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Thursday, June 1, 7pm KIRSTEN & CHRISTOPHER SHOCKY –Fiery Ferment: 70 Stimulating Recipes for Hot Sauces, Spicy Chutneys, Kimchis with Kick, & Other Blazing Fermented Condiments

Add both health and heat to your plate! The best-selling authors of Fermented Vegetables present an all-new array of techniques and formulas to make naturally fermented spicy sauces, relishes, and spreads — plus dozens of recipes that use your hot ferments. Come enjoy some delicious samples!

Saturday, June 3, 7pm JERRY & JULIE BROWN –Psychadelic Gospels: The Secret History of Hallucinogens in Christianity Does Christianity have a psychedelic history? Providing stunning visual evidence from their anthropological journey throughout Europe and the Middle East, including visits to Roslyn Chapel and Chartres Cathedral, authors Julie and Jerry Brown document the role of visionary plants in Christianity.

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READING VB’s Top Sellers

11. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 12. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi 13. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs 14. The Hour of Land by Terry Tempest Williams 15. Bellingham Impressions by Mark Turner 16. The Wit & Wisdom of Donald Trump A Blank Book 17. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande 18. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 19. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins 20. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates 21. The Geology of the San Juan Islands by Ned Brown 22. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 23. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante 24. Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie 25. The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 26. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


1. Hiking Whatcom County 6th Edition by Ken Wilcox 2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2 by J.K. Rowling 3. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 4. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman 5. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George 6. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki 7. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi 8. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison 9. I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 10. Fairhaven: A History by Brian Griffin

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27. The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown 28. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough 29. The Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig 30. Over Bellingham by Bob Pritchett 31. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow 32. In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware 33. The Salish Sea by Audrey DeLella Benedict and Joseph K. Gaydos 34. Dead Wake by Erik Larson 35. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline 36. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben 37. Before the Wind by Jim Lynch 38. H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald 39. You are a Badass by Jen Sincero 40. Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

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