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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • SUMMER 2018


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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader,

Ah, summertime in the Northwest! After our long, gray winter, the return of brilliant sunshine on blue water and the deep green calm of tree-lined trails is incredibly welcome. We’re out with friends and family hiking and camping near Mount Baker, flying kites at Zuanich Point Park, or simply relaxing (with a good book!) at one of our wonderful county parks. Our bookstore family has exciting summer adventures to share as well. The Bellingham Farmers Market returns to the Village Green with new hours. There’s a fantastic line-up for the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema. The Chuckanut Writers Conference is June 22-23. Lynden launches Hot Thursday Nights. And – thanks to your amazing support – we celebrate 38 years in business at our June 16 and 17 anniversary sale! Please join us for the celebration. We cover these fun events and more in this issue. The peace and beauty of our corner of the world is a major selling point when we pitch Bellingham and Lynden as stops on author tours. Sarah and Mary did just that in May when they met with publishers and authors at BookExpo America in New York City. You’re going to love the writers who will be coming to town! And to top it all off: there’s a new cafe upstairs in the Fairhaven store. We are honored that the award-winning Evolve Chocolate will open their first cafe on the mezzanine. (Chocolate martini at the end of a hot summer day? Yes, please!) We’re also re-imagining the mezzanine with new areas for writers and events. Books and chocolate – they really do make life better! Wishing you a summer full of delicious, local food, happy adventures, and good books,

– Kelly, Sarah, Paul

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& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Summer 2018 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Hana Boxberger, Stephanie Douglas, Hannah Emory, Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Donna Marcantonio, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Autumn Skye Moore, Kristen Morse, Laura Picco, Abbie Schollmeier, Lauren Sommer, Kaitlyn Teer, Joan Terselich, Caprice Teske, Mary Vermillion, Terri Weiner, Cindi Williamson, Hayden Winn Cover: Wednesday Farmers Market in Fairhaven and Evolve Chocolate + Cafe opening in Village Books Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2018 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!

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In This Issue... Storewide SALE - 20% off both stores June 16 & 17 Dear Reader Outdoor Summer Movies on the Village Green Evolve Chocolate + Cafe to Open This Summer There's SO Much Going On - Don't Miss Out! Firsts, Seconds, and a Farewell to Erika Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Mystery Books & Reviews All Things Writing Farmers Market & New Cooking Book Group Cooking and Gardening All Things Lynden The Chuckanut Radio Hour Upcoming Shows Current Events Biography and History Books & Reviews Get Out & Explore Get into Nature and Science Indies Choice Book Awards 2018 Mind & Body, Humor & Arts Round It Up for the Animals Poetry - Books & Events Great Reads and Activites for Kids & Teens Literature Live! Author Events at VB

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New Evolve Chocolate + Cafe on the mezzanine of Village Books promises a sensory blend of sweets, sips, and savories with a spectacular view. by Mary Vermillion, Marketing Director, Village Books and Paper Dreams


new restaurant will open soon on the mezzanine of Village Books and Paper Dreams in Fairhaven. Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, co-owned by Chef Christy Fox and Shannon Fox, will offer an array of sweets, sips and savories in the cozy space tucked among the book shelves, overlooking the Village Green and Bellingham Bay. Evolve Chocolate is known for its award-winning truffles, sipping chocolates and unique flavor profiles. The Foxes have sold their small-batch chocolate confections at wine, food and chocolate festivals from Seattle to San Francisco as well as the Bellingham and Edison farmers markets, Washington wineries, and at their popular “pop-up” chocolate lounges around Bellingham for the past five years. Chef Christy Fox’s experience goes beyond chocolate; she has a nearly 30-year background working in regional fine dining restaurants. The co-owners with the help of the community have been searching for a permanent home to offer a full sensory experience with a savory menu that highlights regional bounty, handcrafted cocktails, and desserts from scratch. “The Village Books team approached us to see if we were interested in the space. Humbled by their inquiry, we knew immediately that it was Evolve’s new home,”

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Shannon Fox says. Christy Fox adds: “Being housed inside Village Books is like being given a big hug with mutual value structure and belief in community.” “When we heard Shannon and Christy’s plans for the space and read their proposed menu, it confirmed they are absolutely the right fit,” says Village Books co-owner Kelly Evert. “They are designing an experience that will encourage community, celebrate local food, and create memories.” Adds co-owner Sarah Hutton, “We have a shared goal to welcome our community to Fairhaven and to encourage conversation inspired by great food and great books. We think our customers are going to love it!”

“We have a shared goal to welcome our community to Fairhaven and to encourage conversation inspired by great food and great books. We think our customers are going to love it!” –Sarah Hutton, Village Books and Paper Dreams Co-owner

The Foxes will continue to support both Bellingham Farmers Markets by shopping there for fresh ingredients as well as maintaining a working booth at Saturday market. They’ll open a sidewalk cafe at Village Books’ parkside entrance near the Village Green during the Wednesday Fairhaven Market and Saturdays for Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema movies. Special events such as champagne soirees, high tea and author/book-themed dinners will be housed in their private event space.

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Evolve Coming to Village Books - continued from page 5 The Foxes will launch a Kickstarter campaign so community members can support their cafe. While cafe construction is underway, Village Books owners will re-imagine the rest of the mezzanine level with new areas for writers and events. The bookstore and Evolve are working with The RE Store to upcycle fixtures, tables and seating. When it opens, Evolve Chocolate + Cafe’s hours will be open the same hours as Village Books and Paper Dreams. Watch our website and Facebook page for grand opening events. The Foxes are the fourth owners of the cafe space in Village Books. When Village Books founders Chuck and Dee Robinson designed the new Village Books, they made sure to incorporate a cafe where the community could gather. They approached local restaurateurs Fred and Lynn Berman, who created and opened Book Fare Cafe Oct. 25, 2004, the same day the new Village Books location opened. The Bermans sold Book Fare to Rachel Vasak in 2007. She ran it for two years then passed ownership to Lori Calderhead-Wetzel, who operated the cafe from 2009 to 2010. Chef Charles Claassen took the reins in late 2010. He is selling the cafe to pursue other interests. “With our continued long-term relationship with our neighbor Colophon Cafe and the exciting new addition of Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, Village Books and Paper Dreams remains Bellingham’s place to feed your mind, body and soul,” says co-owner Paul Hanson.

Read. Eat. Repeat. Indulge your palate and your mind in the new Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, perched deliciously above Village Books, Fairhaven.


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Saturday, June 23, 10am-5pm 16th Annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour

SELF-GUIDED Prices are $10 for self-guided tour. For those looking for a casual way to view the stops in any order, choose the self-guided option and go at your own pace. Spend as much time as you wish talking to experts at each stop. Includes access to all tour stops. Advance tickets available online or in person at Village Books, The RE Store, and Community Food Co-op. Each site will have tickets available for purchase via cash or check only on the day of the event. Supervised children are welcome.

Sustainable Connections is celebrating the 16th anniversary of the Imagine This Home & Landscape Tour this year! With guided and self-guided options, tour participants will learn how to create eco-friendly homes and landscapes and connect with the businesses that can make it happen. Do-it-yourselfers and those looking for great contractors for an upcoming project will delight in a day of exploring beautiful, innovative and ecofriendly homes and landscapes during the 16th annual Imagine This! Home & Landscape Tour. This year's tour includes eight amazing locations featuring the best in eco-friendly homes and landscapes.

Choose to go at your own pace with the traditional self-guided tour ($10) or hop on a bus for a special VIP tour. VIP tickets $45 - advance purchase ONLY at • A fun day with local experts in green building Tickets, map, and more information available at • One-on-one discussions with builders & designers • Delicious local food and drinks • Hassle-free transportation • In-depth green building education



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Friday & Saturday, June 22 - 23, 2018 Artists, musicians and performers will gather at the Fairhaven Village Green for Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s new Cultural Arts Festival, June 22-23. Allied Arts is working with organizations throughout Whatcom County to plan the event, which will include booths and performances by cultural organizations. Fairhaven businesses will welcome visitors with special activities. The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. Acts include Caixa Seattle, performing classic Afro-Brazilian sambas; Millie & The Mentshn, a group of classically trained musicians who play world music; and Swil Kanim, a native storyteller and violinist. Other participants include the Finlandia Foundation, who will showcase traditional wife carrying races and Finnish pastries. The artists of the Morgan Block Studios will open their studios, and visitors can watch them work in a variety of mediums focusing on the techniques and styles of Italy. Village Books will highlight diverse voices in the Chuckanut Writers Conference June 23 open mics hosted at a variety of Fairhaven locations. For a schedule of events, visit A collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective and the Whatcom Artist Guild and others, the festival is funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation - Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.

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See you at the Ball Game! Join us as we cheer on the Bellingham Bells on August 2nd! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? On Thursday August 2nd, we’ll be rooting for the Bellingham Bells as they take on the Cowlitz Bears at Joe Martin Field and we hope you’ll join us. It’s the Village Books sponsored game night, so stop by our booth and spin the wheel for your chance at fun prizes and give-aways. Kids participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can receive two free tickets to the game if they complete the first two books in the challenge before August 1st! (While supplies last—see page 64 for the inside scoop on this year's Summer Reading Challenge.) Adults, keep an eye out for Village Books and Paper Dreams Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications for your chance to win free tickets as well. See you at the game!


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

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Celebrating its seventh year in Fairhaven, the festival will deliver the strange and wondrous through a menagerie of all that is Steampunk. Watch for...

At Village Books & on the Fairhaven Village Green Don your goggles and join us for an afternoon of spectacular Steampunk entertainment! It will be a day of music, vendors, food, contests, and fun!

What IS Steampunk? Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books to find out! Saturday, July 28, 11am JEFFREY COOK "What is Steampunk? An Explanation" With four events in the Pacific Northwest, and all of its costumes, books, crafters, music, and so many other aspects, it's safe to say that steampunk has caught on in the region. But what is it? In this presentation, author Jeffrey Cook will discuss the history of the genre, its roots in 1960s literature and movies, its predecessors and inspirations, and where some of the modern explosion came from. If you're lucky, he might even read a passage or two from his best-selling Dawn of Steam series.

• Music Headliners ROGUES' END • Additional Entertainment includes MC and performer, Strangely Doesburg — a one-man cabaret. • Vendors Galore of Steampunk garb, art, jewelry, books, punked treasures, and other steamy treats. • Beer Garden • Costume Contests with prizes for all ages • Kids Activities • The Find Flip Raffle—no fee to participate — amazing prizes!

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Whether you love reading, collecting books, both, or simply the idea of a surprise in novel form, consider joining our Signed First Editions Club. As a member, you’ll receive six newly published first edition fiction books signed by the authors (and an occasional nonfiction title) over the course of one year. Our qualified buyers work together to select books based on literary quality and potential collectability. Each selection also comes with a protective dust jacket cover. Many past selections have gone on to receive critical acclaim, win major awards, and become book group favorites. When you’re ready to join Village Books’ Signed First Edition Club, we can help you register at the store or you can go to and click the Book Recommendations tab to find everything you need to get started. After paying the one-time enrollment fee of $1, you will be charged as each book is shipped and may cancel your membership at any time. The price of each book will vary but will never exceed $30. If you have questions, please read our Signed First Editions Club FAQ at If you have further questions, please email us at Be ahead of the reading curve and be the first to discover the next great book! Here are a few examples of past Signed Do you love picture books or want to First Edition get a gift for a child who does? selections. Learn about our picture book subscription program on page 62.

The Village Idiots Take Second Place What do Renaissance history, banana Twinkies, and Carli Lloyd have in common? They are all answers that contributed to the second place victory of the Village Idiots! At the 22nd annual Whatcom Literacy Council Trivia Bee, which reached its fundraising goal of $30,000, teams competed for glory, honor, and an awesome bee statue. The Village Idiots were represented by Hayden Winn, Kristen Morse, and Sarah Hutton. Village Books is proud to support programming to promote adult literacy programs in Whatcom County. Congratulations to the other winning teams: First place: Saturna Capital - "Know Loads" Third Place: Unity Care NW - "We Thought This Was Speed Dating" 12

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So long, farewell

N E H E S R E D E I W AUF goodbye... Erika Set to Retire in August by Stephanie Douglas, Village Books and Paper Dreams


f you have been a regular customer at Paper Dreams over the course of the past 10 years, you are probably very familiar with Erika. A former chocolatier for Chocolate Necessities, you can usually find her on Mondays making vast amounts of fudge while running registers, tidying up the store, and occasionally designing our small window display. Originally from Germany, she loves chatting with tourists who speak her native tongue and her fellow German Club members. Though she is one of the hardest-working employees we have, she fills her free time with dancing, cooking, Zumba, and travelling, and every time I see her she always has a new funny story to share. We have come to depend on Erika’s keen eye and talent for merchandising, and her high standards for even small details encourages us all to live up to her meticulousness. But with her upcoming retirement, it is her energy and spirit that will be the biggest loss. While many people come and go, Erika has stayed all these years not just because she needs a job, but because she cares so much about Paper Dreams and wants to make it the best she can. She has put so much of her heart into her work, and in turn she has taken a place in all of our hearts. Though the swirls on our fudge will never be quite so perfect, and the many scarves never so neatly folded in her absence, we hope for many more years of seeing her as a customer and friend.

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Book Groups

Village Books Groups are Open to Everyone Join us!

Groups are open to everyone Authors do not usually attend VB Reads

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!

General Lit

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

Bellingham Mysterians

Mystery Book Group

Living With Meaning This book group aims to learn and share perspectives on what makes a meaningful life. Join us in the Readings Gallery the 1st Wednesday of the month at 2:00pm

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

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.

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.

Armchair Historians

Engaged Citizens Book Group

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

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 Young Adult. Join us on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon in the Readings Gallery. Join Mary Dumas for a thought-provoking 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.

Lynden Front Streeters Join Cherie and Hannah at 6pm on the last Thursday of each month in the Waples Room in the Inn at Lynden. Good books, good people, good times! Join us.

VB Reads book groups are open to anyone in the community. Those who attend are eligible for a 15% discount on that group's selections. All groups with the exception of the Lynden Front Streeters meet at Village Books in Fairhaven. Each month, VB's Book Group Coordinator sends out a fantastic e-newsletter, specifically geared for book groups. Sign up for this newsletter at or by emailing

Regional Cookbooks & Cooking Lit


Join Caprice Teske from the Bellingham Farmers Market and Mary Vermillion from Village Books at 4pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month on the mezzanine at Village Books in Fairhaven to explore the wonders of food. Guest chefs and farmers will often attend! Read more on page s 29-30.

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FICTION New & Upcoming Hardcover FICTION The Occasional Virgin by Hanan al-Shaykh

available in July, hardcover, Pantheon

On a sunny beach in Italy, Yvonne and Huda relax by the sea. But as their vacation unfolds, their troubled pasts seep through to the present. Both women spent their childhoods in Beirut — Yvonne raised in a Christian family and Huda raised in the Muslim faith — and find that while they left their families behind, they are still unable to escape their families' reach.


Some Trick : Thirteen Stories by Helen DeWitt

available now, hardcover, New Directions

Helen DeWitt is back (!!!!!!!!) with this meditation on the nature of genius — an apt subject for the genius author of The Last Samurai and Lightning Rods — two completely unique and just really, really funny novels. If you're a fan of Margaret Atwood or George Saunders, you absolutely need to read Helen DeWitt! –Laura P.

The Last Samurai

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

available now, paperback, New Directions

available now, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Martha travels to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War, and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself falling in love with Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. Set during the shadow of the impending Second World War and against the tumultuous backdrops of Europe, China, but especially Cuba, Martha and Ernest's relationship and professional careers ignite.

Motherhood by Sheila Heti

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt & Co.

For most women, the question of whether or not to become a mother is a fairly straightforward one. You either know or you don't know that it's what you want to do, or well, it just happens. However, for a great many women, the answer is not so obvious and such is the case with the narrator of Sheila Heti's new novel. So much so, that she devoted this entire book to the wrestling match between the two opposing choices. By turns funny, angsty, and very moving, we follow her as she tries to make one of the biggest decisions of her life and weighs all aspects. Well, does she or doesn't she? That's the ultimate question and you have to read it to find out. And yes, you will find yourself caring deeply about the answer. –Claire

Lightning Rods available now, paperback, New Directions

The Outsider by Stephen King

available now, hardcover, Scribner

An 11-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. Detective Ralph Anderson orders a quick and very public arrest. The case seems ironclad. But as the investigation expands, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. It will shock you as only Stephen King can.

Mr. Flood's Last Resort by Jess Kidd

available now, hardcover, Atria

Maud Drennan is a dedicated caregiver whose sunny disposition masks a deep sadness. Cathal Flood is a menace by all accounts. Maud is this impossible man’s last chance to prevent his son's plan to place him in a nursing home. Packed with eccentric charms, twisted comedy, and a whole lot of heart, this is a mesmerizing tale that examines the space between sin and sainthood.

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The King’s Witch : Frances Gorges Historical Trilogy, Book 1

by Sayaka Murata, translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori

by Tracy Borman

available in June, hardcover, Grove Press

available in July, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

Keiko adores her dead-end job at a convenience store in Tokyo and doesn't understand the concern of her friends and relatives who want her to settle down. Murata brilliantly captures the atmosphere of the familiar convenience store that is so much part of life in Japan. With some laugh-out-loud moments prompted by the disconnect between Keiko's thoughts and those of the people around her, she provides a sharp look at Japanese society and the pressure to conform.

In March of 1603, Frances Gorges, a much-loved healer, is happy to stay at home when intolerant King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. But when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to the palace, she is a ready target for the twisted scheming of the court. As a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathers pace, Frances is surrounded by danger. Acclaimed as a brilliant historian, Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller.

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Still Lives

by Maria Hummel available now, hardcover, Counterpoint

Set against a culture that often fetishizes violence, Still Lives is a page-turning exodus into the art world's hall of mirrors, and one woman's journey into the belly of an industry flooded with money and secrets. This is a deeply satisfying, smart, and rapid-paced thriller where each potential suspect will have the reader looking over their shoulder.

The House Swap by Rebecca Fleet

available now, hardcover, Pamela Dorman Books

When Caroline and Francis receive an offer to house swap, they jump at the chance for a week away from home, their son, and the tensions that have pushed their marriage to the brink. But Caroline slowly begins to uncover subtle clues. It seems the person they have swapped with is someone who knows her, someone who knows the secrets she’s desperate to forget.


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by Michael Ondaatje available now, hardcover, Knopf

Nobody writes like Michael Ondaatje and he proves it with every single book he releases. Warlight is no exception and it captivated me from the start. It's a strange story. Two children, a brother and sister, are left in the care of a man they don't know as their parents depart for top-secret war work. The years spent with this man, who they call the Moth, are filled with gatherings of strangers in their house at night. These people seem to have something in common that is all very mysterious. And then one day, their mother returns. Enigmatic is the best word I can use to sum up this one. I will definitely be reading it again. –Claire

Pick up or pre-order your copies today! Pirata

by Patrick Hasburgh available in June, hardcover, Harper Perennial

Part thriller, part family novel about an expat American living and surfing in Mexico, the family he loves, and the murder he witnesses. “Pirata is a great summer ride. It’s rare to find a novel that’s so harrowing, funny and touching at the same time, but Patrick Hasburgh somehow pulls it off. His surf-bum narrator is a new classic — think of Philip Marlowe, on a longboard.” –Carl Hiaasen

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The Ensemble by Aja Gabel

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

My favorite book thus far for 2018. The story starts as a group of talented college students prepare their quartet. Brit, the second violinist, grew up on an island off of Bellingham.  Henry, a musical prodigy, seems to always have it easy.  Cellist Daniel is angry and unsettled. And Jana, who is the first violinist and leader of the Van Ness String Quartet. We follow the four musicians as they age, and they navigate success, marriage, betrayal and loyalty. Following these four unforgettable characters, Gabel's debut novel gives a behind the scenes look into the competitive, stressful world of being a professional musician. Octet in E Flat Major, op.20 –Felix Mendelssohn –Kelly E.

Confessions of the Fox by Jordy Rosenberg

available in June, hardcover, One World

Set in the 18th-century London of notorious thieves and queer subcultures, this daring, genre-bending novel is a bold reimagining of Brecht’s The Threepenny Opera.  Confessions of the Fox  blends high-spirited adventure, subversive history, and provocative wit. Writing with the narrative mastery of Sarah Waters and the seductive intimacy of Jeannette Winterson, Jordy Rosenberg is an audacious storyteller of extraordinary talent.

The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner

available now, hardcover, Scribner

Kushner’s protagonist is a single mother who ends up in jail, separated from her young son and convicted of murder committed in his (and her own) defense. Romy is a strong and desperate person, trying to be a good mother but caught up in a mess of bad circumstances and bad life decisions. Not fully a victim, she is not totally culpable for the way her life turned out either. This is a novel whose thoughtfulness saves it from being as dark as it could be, and it’s impressive how Kushner makes it look so easy. –Stephanie

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

When Willa receives a startling phone call from a stranger, she flies across the country to look after a young woman she’s never met, her 9-year-old daughter, and their dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory. Surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of self-discovery written by an author at the height of her powers.

There There

by Tommy Orange available in June, hardcover, Knopf

Tommy Orange writes of the plight of the urban Native American, the Native American in the city, in a stunning novel that grapples with a complex and painful history, with an inheritance of beauty and profound spirituality, and with a plague of addiction, abuse, and suicide. An unforgettable debut, destined to become required reading in schools and universities across the country.

Social Creature

by Tara Isabella Burton available in June, hardcover, Doubleday

Louise has nothing. Lavinia has everything. After a chance encounter, the two spiral into an intimate, intense, and possibly toxic friendship. A Talented Mr. Ripley for the digital age, this seductive story takes a classic tale of obsession and makes it irresistibly new. For readers of Gillian Flynn and Donna Tartt, a dark, propulsive and addictive debut thriller, splashed with all the glitz and glitter of New York City.

The Lido

by Libby Page available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A tender, joyous debut novel about a cub reporter assigned to cover the closing of the local pool and her 86-year-old subject who has swum at the pool since a child — and the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them. The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations.

Summer 2018





Dear Mrs. Bird


available in July, hardcover, Scribner

available now, hardcover, ECCO

by AJ Pearce


by James A. McLaughlin

London, 1940 — Emmy is disappointed in her job as typist for an advice columnist but she can't resist secretly responding to the poignant notes of readers who pour out their troubles. The irrepressible Emmy keeps writing letters in this hilarious and enormously moving tale of friendship, the kindness of strangers, and ordinary people in extraordinary times.

Rice Moore has found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

The Verdun Affair by Nick Dybek

Pretend I'm Dead

available now, hardcover, Scribner

by Jen Beagin

A sweeping, romantic, and profoundly moving novel, set in Europe in the aftermath of WWI and Los Angeles in the 1950s, about a mysterious amnesiac, and the doomed romance between a former soldier and a war widow. It is a cinematic, masterful, and deeply engaging story about the tragedy and compromises of war.

available now, hardcover, Scribner

"Pretend I'm Dead is a shambling, lyrical dispatch from the dive bars and the flop houses where the downtrodden, divested of hope, livelihood, good health, and any number of other markers of respectability, nevertheless retain full possession of their hearts and minds, their integrity, their souls. Rare is...the humor and compassion that Beagin manages to locate in some of the country's, and the psyche's, darkest corners." –Joshua Ferris

My Year of Rest and Relaxation


available in July, hardcover, Penguin

available in July, hardcover, Pamela Dorman Books

With each new book she writes, Moshfegh tackles a completely new genre. After a mystery and a collection of short stories (both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize), she takes on contemporary fiction with a characterdriven novel whose construction is centered completely around a rather unlikeable, privileged, directionless young woman. The payoff comes at the end when you realize how masterfully Moshfegh has been leading her protagonist to a kind of redemption, an acknowledgment of a need for human connection after an experiment in its total rejection. –Stephanie

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn’t call. Weeks go by and she discovers there is a reason for Eddie’s disappearance, and it’s the one thing they didn’t share with each other: the truth.

by Rosie Walsh

by Ottessa Moshfegh

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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

available now, hardcover, Viking

“The Great Believers is by turns funny, harrowing, tender, devastating, and always hugely suspenseful. It reminds us, poignantly, of how many people, mostly young, often brilliant, were lost to the AIDS epidemic, and of how those who survived were marked by that struggle. This is Rebecca Makkai at the height of her powers.” —Margot Livesey, author of Mercury

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FICTION new FICTION FICTION Florida : Stories by Lauren Groff

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Groff brings her electric storytelling and intelligence to a world in which storms, snakes, and sinkholes lurk at the edge of everyday life, but the greater threats and mysteries are of a human, emotional, and psychological nature. Among those navigating it all are a resourceful pair of abandoned sisters; a lonely boy, grown up; a restless, childless couple; a searching, homeless woman; and an unforgettable, recurring character.

What Should Be Wild by Julia Fine

available now, hardcover, Harper

In this darkly funny, literary debut, a highly unusual young woman must venture into the woods at the edge of her home to remove a curse that has plagued the women in her family for centuries. Julia Fine unabashedly explores feminist themes, from women’s independence and agency to the struggle to control their own bodies.

The Wild Birds by Emily Strelow

available now, hardcover, Rare Bird Books

Many people are interwoven in this story that spans years. It is 1870 and Olive is a young woman dressed as a boy looking for work outside San Francisco. In 1941, Victor is homeless and looking for a place to feel safe.  And in 1994, Lily is an angry teenager living with her mother who she just can't understand. All these stories blend together effortlessly as we read how they are held together like egg shells. –Kelly E.

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Tell the Machine Goodnight by Katie Williams

available in June, hardcover, Riverhead Books

I enjoyed Tell the Machine Goodnight because it explores through the lens of speculative fiction that hairline boundary between what we believe will make us happy/contented and what we may not know will bring us actual joy/fulfillment. Katie Williams’ writing blends science fiction, family drama, philosophy, social commentary, and keen poetic prose in a story that feels very close to real life, with people who are not far away from being us. –Hannah

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A Lucky Man : Stories by Jamel Brinkley

available now, hardcover, Graywolf Press

Jamel Brinkley’s stories, in a debut that announces the arrival of a significant new voice, reflect the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all. "Jamel Brinkley writes like an angel.” —Charles Baxter

Our Story : A Memoir


of Love and Life in China

by Rao Pingru translated by Nicky Harman available now, hardcover, Pantheon

Our Story is Pingru and Meitang’s epic but unassuming romance. When Meitang passes away in 2008, Pingru memorializes his wife and their relationship the only way he knows how: through painting. In an outpouring of love and grief, he puts it all on paper. Spanning 1922 through 2008, this is the tale of love that is at once tragic and inspiring: an old-fashioned story that unfolds in a nation undergoing cataclysmic change.

Summer 2018





by Roxane Gay

available now, paperback, Open Road Media

New York Times bestselling author Roxane Gay’s debut is finally widely available! Ayiti is a powerful collection exploring the Haitian diaspora experience. Originally published by a small press, this new paperback edition now includes several new stories. This early work showcases Gay's prowess as one of the great voices of our age.

available in June, paperback, Grove Press

by Madeleine L’Engle Out of print for nearly six decades, this rare and sought-after novel is a portrait of a remarkable woman bound by both the stifling conventions of her time and place, and her own sense of honor and purpose. A departure from L’Engle’s later works, Ilsa is a dark, intriguing novel about passion, fixation, and the real price of unrequited love by an author renowned for her children’s classics as well as her candid personal memoirs.

The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison


available now, paperback, Counterpoint

by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover available now, paperback, Europa Editions

Kimiâ fled Iran at the age of 10 to join her father in France. Now 25 and facing the future she has built for herself, Kimiâ is inundated by her own memories and the stories of her ancestors. In this highspirited story, key moments of Iranian history, politics, and culture punctuate stories of family drama and triumph. Yet it is Kimiâ herself — a modern woman divided between family traditions and her own “disorientalization” — who forms the heart of this beloved novel.

The Widow Nash is a riveting narrative, filled with a colorful cast of characters, rich historical details, and epic set pieces. Europe in summer. New York in fall. Africa in winter. The lively, unforgettable town of Livingston, Montana. And in Dulcy, Jamie Harrison has created an indelible heroine sure to capture the hearts of readers everywhere. Plus, it's a Nancy Pearl favorite!

The Iconoclast’s Journal by Terry Griggs

available now, paperback, Biblioasis

Interrupted during his preparations for the conjugal duties of his wedding night by a mysterious glowing ball of light, Griffith Smolders jumps out the window and flees across the countryside of Victorian Ontario. With his bride hot on his heels, Grif’s madcap adventures come to an end when Avice, intent on exacting her revenge, finally runs him aground. This is a bawdy, backwoods, Victorian picaresque that's funny, dark, and outrageous. A great summer read.

Waiting for Tomorrow by Nathacha Appanah

available now, paperback, Graywolf Press

A beautifully written story by Nathacha Appanah, born in Mauritius and now living and writing in France. The emotions from the characters in this story are so raw and so true. This is a search for beauty when the world feels like it is crumbling. –Kelly E.

The Boy Who Belonged to the Sea

A Bright Moon for Fools

by Denis Thériault

available in July, paperback, Skyhorse Publishing

available now, paperback, One World

Harry Christmas is unable to cope with the death of his wife and has been bouncing from one bad decision to the next. After a terrifying assault by someone he has conned, he leaves the country. On a mission to track down his wife's ancestral village, he is forced into yet more deceit— with devastating consequences. A comic novel that is as funny as it is heartbreaking, Jasper Gibson's debut marks the arrival of a bold new voice in fiction.

by Jasper Gibson

Two young boys who have both suffered the loss of a parent come together in their grief and take refuge in a world of their own creation, a magical undersea realm inhabited by fantastical beings. Their imaginations take them on a wild adventure, but as the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur, their search for belonging takes them on a perilous journey that threatens to end in tragedy.


Summer 2018

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The Unit

The History of Bees

by Ninni Holmqvist, translated by Marlaine Delargy

by Maja Lunde

availble now, paperback, Touchstone

I am filled to the brim with exuberance at the release of this book in paperback! It is a thought-provoking and heartwrenching tale that delves into the vast expanse of time and the pivotal role that bees have continued to play in the shaping of our home. Whether traveling or needing a cheaper good read, this is it! For both nonfiction and fiction readers. –Autumn Skye

available in July, paperback, Other Press

Holmqvist’s uncanny dystopian novel envisions a society in the not-so-distant future, where women over 50 and men over 60 who are unmarried and childless are sent to a retirement community called the Unit. They’re given lavish apartments set amongst beautiful gardens; they’re fed gourmet meals, surrounded by others just like them. It’s an idyllic place, but there’s a catch: the residents must donate their organs, one by one, until the final donation.

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread : A Novel in Bass Riddim by Marcia Douglas

available in July, paperback, New Directions

Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston. The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire. No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, Leenah, and, in the way of this otherworldly book, when Bob steps into the street each day, five years have passed. From Kingston’s ghettoes to London, from Haile Selaisse’s Ethiopian palace and back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas’s mythical reworking of 300 years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history.

Who is Vera Kelly? The Lost Ones by Sheena Kamal

available in June, paperback, William Morrow & Co.

It begins with a call that Nora has dreaded for 15 years — since the day she gave up her newborn daughter for adoption. Bonnie has vanished. The police consider her a chronic runaway and aren’t looking for her, leaving her desperate adoptive parents to reach out to her birth mother as a last hope. “Utterly compelling, rich with voice and psychological insight, populated with heartbreakingly real characters.” –Jeffery Deaver

Imperfect Delight by Andrea De Carlo

available in June, paperback, Atria

Two very different people — Nick, the charismatic lead singer of the Bebonkers, who is preparing for his third marriage, and Milena, who creates, develops, and produces one-of-a-kind ice cream with artistic perfection and is about to undergo fertility treatments — are on a collision course, struggling to make sense of their futures amid the beauty of Provence, France.

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by Rosalie Knecht

available in June, paperback, Tin House

New York City, 1962. Vera Kelly is struggling to make rent and blend into the underground gay scene in Greenwich Village. She's working night shifts at a radio station when her quick wits, sharp tongue, and technical skills get her noticed by a recruiter for the CIA. Next thing she knows she's in Argentina, tasked with wiretapping a congressman and infiltrating a group of student activists in Buenos Aires. When a betrayal leaves her stranded in the wake of a coup, Vera learns the Cold War makes for strange and unexpected bedfellows. An exhilarating page turner and perceptive coming-of-age story, Who Is Vera Kelly? introduces an original, wry, and whip-smart female spy.

A Secret History of Witches by Louisa Morgan

available now, paperback, Red Hook

The Orchieres fight to keep the old ways alive, practicing half-remembered spells and arcane rites in hopes of a revival. And when their youngest daughter comes of age, magic flows anew. New generations struggle not only to master their power, but also to keep it hidden. But when World War II looms on the horizon, magic is needed more urgently than ever.

Summer 2018



by Jamie Ford

Young Jane Young

available in June, paperback, Ballantine Books

by Gabrielle Zevin

available now, paperback, Algonquin Books

From the author of The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry comes a sharp, witty story looking at our culture of political scandals, victim-blaming, slut-shaming, and a hard look at the double standards women face. This is a fantastic read, especially right now. Pick this up for your next book group, but also if you just need to read a book that's not afraid to tackle and shutdown hypocrisy. I loved this book so much. –Lauren S.

by John Straley

See What I Have Done

available in July, hardcover, Soho Crime

Criminal defense investigator Cecil Younger spends his days coaching wouldbe felons on how to avoid incriminating themselves. So when Sherrie, a returning client, asks him to track down some evidence to clear her of a domestic violence charge, Cecil agrees. Maybe he’ll find something that will get her abusive boyfriend locked up for good. When Cecil discovers the “evidence” is a large pile of cash, events take a dangerous turn.

True Crime

by Sarah Schmidt

available in June, paperback, Grove Press

In this riveting debut novel, Schmidt recasts the fascinating murder case of Andrew and Abby Borden into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love. Shifting among the perspectives of several characters, the events of that fateful day are slowly revealed through a high-wire feat of storytelling. Selected as an Indie Next Pick, now out in paperback!

The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

Conan Doyle for the Defense : The True Story of a

available in June, hardcover, Harper

Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer

By Margalit Fox

available in June, hardcover, Random House

Conan Doyle for the Defense immerses readers in the science of Edwardian crime detection, telling the story of how Conan Doyle managed to overturn a murder conviction in the era before modern forensics — simply by employing the methods of his most famous creation. Along the way, Margalit Fox illuminates a watershed moment in the history of criminal justice, when reflexive prejudice began to be replaced by reason and the scientific method.

Summer 2018

Jamie Ford, author of The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has crafted a touching, heart-wrenching story about Ernest, the half Chinese orphan who was raffled off at the first Seattle World's Fair in 1909, and his relationship with two girls who become his family. Set in two different time periods in Seattle's history, he's created wonderfully real, brave, and hopeful characters in Ernest, Maisie, and Fahn. Ford is a truly talented storyteller, and I loved every page. –Lauren S.


Baby's First Felony


Love and Other Consolation Prizes

A woman goes into a funeral parlor to plan her own service. Six hours later the woman is dead. Enter disgraced police detective Daniel Hawthorne, a brilliant, eccentric man as quick with an insult as he is to crack a case. And Hawthorne has a partner, the celebrated novelist Anthony Horowitz, curious about the case and looking for new material.

Love a good mystery? Join the VB Reads Mystery 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.

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Science Fiction

Star Wars : The Rebel Files by Daniel Wallace

available in July, hardcover, Chronicle Books

This top-secret cache reproduces highly sensitive intelligence that traces the Rebel Alliance from its formation through its tireless fight against the empire and the First Order. From its earliest beginnings in covert opposition to Imperial operations, the Alliance could not leave its most sensitive information open to the risk of digital interception. Instead, it was kept in a secure case, traveling with key senior Rebel personnel. Lost in the chaos surrounding the Battle of Endor, it was rediscovered many years later by the newly formed Resistance. Richly illustrated and full of strategic detail and history, the files also feature additional annotation by Resistance members such as General Leia Organa, Mon Mothma, Poe Dameron, and Admiral Ackbar, making this a crucial read for fans seeking a deeper understanding of the saga.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

available in July, hardcover, Random House

Novik has crafted an exceptional reimagining of the Rumpelstiltskin story by drawing upon the Eastern European fairy tales her grandmother told her, as well as her Lithuanian Jewish heritage, and the story of her family's search for freedom. Six characters tell the story, ranging from peasants to royalty, human to something more sinister, as they are drawn further into a struggle for survival and their very souls. Spinning Silver is a genuinely magical read. –Hayden Also recommended by Terri!

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by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth

Jade City

available in June, hardcover, Harper Voyager

The U.S. President and NYC’s elite gather 300 feet below the Hudson River for the inaugural run of the Z Train. Passengers expected to step into the Visitor’s Pavilion with rave reviews for the controversial subway expansion never arrive. Instead, a destroyed train car rolls into view, devoid of passengers and drenched with blood. The horror has just begun as the crowd learns of what dwells in the deepest, darkest caverns of our planet. –Kristen

by Fonda Lee available now, paperback, Orbit

"Fast cars, brilliant characters, and gangster kung-fu! Swift, intricate, and vicious as a talon knife, Fonda Lee's Jade City will pull you into a world of deft intrigue, hard choices, and bloody loyalty. Lee's written the postcolonial Godfather hiding under the surface of the Avatar: the Last Airbender universe — and it's a fantastic read." –Max Gladstone

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.


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Writing Groups

VB Writes... Village Books Groups meet in the Writers' Corner

on the mezzanine level of VB unless otherwise noted

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.


Non F tiction & Memoir

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

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

1st & 3rd Sundays, 3-5pm

Poetry II


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

Fiction II


1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm

2nd & 4th Mondays, 4-6pm

The Nooksack River Writing Group - In Lynden 2nd & 4th Saturdays, 10-11am - group meets in the Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden. Read more about each group at Please note that meeting times may vary on occasion. Check our events calendar to confirm meeting times. Contact for more information.


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Want to Get Published?

Wonderbook : The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Revised and Expanded)

by Jeff VanderMeer


available July, paperback, Abrams Image

Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.


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Register Today for the 8th Annual

at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA

Friday & Saturday, June 22-23, 2018 by Kaitlyn Teer, Chuckanut Writers Conference Chair


n behalf of Village Books and Whatcom Community College, I’m pleased to invite you to the eighth annual Chuckanut Writers Conference, June 22-23, 2018.

This year, Washington State Poet Laureate Claudia Castro Luna and world-renowned writing teacher Natalie Goldberg will deliver keynote addresses. We’ll also welcome to the stage returning faculty members Paula Becker, a memoirist and staff historian for, and novelist Jonathan Evison. Claudia Castro Luna first attended the conference several years ago and we are delighted to welcome her to our faculty. “The Chuckanut Writers Conference was very fruitful for me,” Castro Luna recalls. “I thought the workshops were varied and interesting, and I made connections that I have to this day.” Taking place at WCC, our breakout sessions, panel discussions, and keynote addresses promise to inspire writers at all stages of their careers. Whether you write thrillers or prose poems, profile essays or young adult novels, whether you want to learn more about working with editors or teaching writing—you’ll find a schedule packed with opportunities to hone your craft. Optionally, you can register for pre-conference master classes with Kathleen Alcalá, Robert Wilder, and Jane Wong, as well as pitch sessions with literary agents Clelia Gore, Gary Luke, and Elizabeth Wales. Village Books will host a ticketed pre-conference special event, “An Evening with Natalie Goldberg,” on Thursday, June 21, and is one of several Fairhaven venues that will host the postconference open mic series.

Teaching Faculty

Kathleen Alcalá Daemond Arrindell Paula Becker Kate Carroll de Gutes Claudia Castro Luna Janie Chang Charmaine Craig William Dietrich Jonathan Evison Natalie Goldberg Clelia Gore Iris Graville Jourdan Imani Keith Gary Luke Frances McCue Kevin Murphy Kate Troll Elizabeth Wales Ian Weir Robert Wilder Jane Wong

Perhaps best of all, built into the conference schedule are plenty of opportunities to converse with faculty and to connect with fellow conference participants. The sense of community among writers that emerges at the Chuckanut Writers Conference as we gather around a shared love of words is memorable and energizing, and I hope you’ll join us. Kaitlyn Teer is delighted to serve as conference chair for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. She teaches writing at WWU and has also taught for the Loft Literary Center and as a teaching assistant at the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop.

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Summer 2018


Chuckanut Writers 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. Check out these upcoming classes: • Home to the Wilderness with Barbara Bloom Saturday, July 14, 9am -4pm at WCC (1 session) $85 Through reflections on the poems of others and a series of writing exercises, we'll explore how to keep a wild place within in the midst of the demands of the 21st century. Appropriate for poets at all levels of experience.

• Make Writing a Business: The Nitty-Gritty of Being an Author Entrepreneur with Maya Sullivan Saturday, July 28, 10am-12pm at WCC (1 session) $39 Expand your writing passion to embrace entrepreneurship, and discover resources to help manage your writing ventures. Learn the basics of a writing enterprise such as home office deductions, sales taxes, and tax reseller agreements. Topics include websites, domain names, accepting credit cards, bank accounts, crowdfunding, paperless filing systems, business plans, and more.

• Amplify Your Writing with a Song with Betty Scott & JP Falcon Grady Monday, July 23 & Tuesday, July 24, 6-9pm at WCC (2 sessions) $89 Create a word pool of sounds, choose a structure, and experience what happens when your free write is accompanied by a musician. Join poet Betty Scott and guitarist, singer, and songwriter JP Falcon Grady in this workshop for both writers and musicians, designed to lift your creative spirits.

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Write your Memoir in September! September is your opportunity to turn your memories into memoir. Join all of Whatcom County in the 4th annual WhaMemWriMo: Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, presented by Chuckanut Writers and Red Wheelbarrow Writers. What do you do? Commit to writing 1,666 words a day for the month of September. At the end of September you’ll have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear.

Get Inspired!

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series As a part of the 4th annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, this series of weekly workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. All classes will take place in the Village Books Readings Gallery from 5-6:30pm on Thursdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th.


Summer 2018

September 6: Cami Ostman "Four Essential Practices for Successful Memoir Writing" September 13: Laura Kalpakian "Writing Dialogue in Memoir" September 20: Nancy Canyon "Bringing Memoir Alive Through a Sense of Place"

September 27: Jennifer J. Wilhoit "Journeying Through Emotions in Memoir Writing"

Chuckanut Writers

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MARK TWAIN Returns to Fairhaven In August 1895, Samuel Clemens – better known as Mark Twain – visited Fairhaven. Now, he's back. Or at least his likeness is. Like Fairhaven founder Dirty Dan Harris and community leader J.J. Donovan, a life-sized bronze sculpture of Twain seated on a bench, reading a book, has been installed on 11th Street in front of the bookstore. Donated by local community members Anne and Michael Botwin to the City of Bellingham and Village Books and dedicated at a May 26 ceremony, the bench has space so you can sit awhile with the legendary writer and humorist.


Freelancers Wanted! Village Books Publishing Services needs freelance editors, graphic designers, illustrators, formatters, and beta readers.

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Please email • Resume • Cover letter — include 1) a brief bio, 2) ideal projects, and 3) describe your passion for the work • Project samples (pdfs — separate from resume and cover letter) Your email subject line must include your last name, desired position Questions? Contact Village Books Publishing Team, We look forward to hearing from you! Candee Blanc, Jes Stone, Kelli Terpsma Village Books Publishing Team

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Summer 2018

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

It's MARKET TIME! Bellingham Farmers Market returns to Fairhaven with new hours and a Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit Book Group


o create a win-win for employees working in the area and residents returning to Fairhaven at the end of the day, the Fairhaven Market will shift from mid-day to 3-7pm every Wednesday in June, July and August. (The Market will not be open July 4.) This year, 11 farms are participating in the Market, providing a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, meat, honey and plants. New this year, Wild Acre Farms will be selling their own farm-fresh chicken in sandwiches as well as rotisserie style for convenient take-home preparation. Other ready-to-eat options include breads, pastries, Indian foods and frozen treats. The Fairhaven Market also features crafters providing local, hand-crafted jewelry, all-natural bath and beauty products, henna tattoos and more. The popular Fresh Local Music series will continue with live music from 4-6pm each week. “Each year, we count the days to the return of the Bellingham Farmers Market to the Fairhaven Village Green,” says Village Books co-owner Paul Hanson. “It’s pretty incredible to walk out Village Books' back door and into the vibrancy of the Wednesday Market. It’s a great amenity for the people who live and work in Fairhaven, but we hope everyone – no matter where they live in Whatcom County – will experience this intimate, welcoming Market this summer.”

WEDNESDAY FAIRHAVEN FARMERS MARKET June July August NEW HOURS 3pm - 7pm Enjoy Fresh Local Music weekly from 4-6pm

Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit Book Group - NEW! Village Books is strengthening its Market partnership with the launch of a new Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit Book Group, co-hosted by Market Director Caprice Teske and Village Books Marketing Director and Farmers Market Board President Mary Vermillion. “This book group is something I’ve wanted to do for many years,” Teske says. “I’m happy to have the support of Mary, who loves the Market, food, and books about cooking as much as I do. We’re going to have some fun!” The book group will meet 4-5pm the first Wednesday of each month. (The July 4 meeting will shift to July 11.) At each gathering, book group members will discuss the assigned cookbook or cooking literature. Special guests such as local farmers and chefs will attend. (Continued...) Shop 24/7 at

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Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit Book Group NEW Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit BOOK GROUP First Wednesdays at 4pm at Village Books in Fairhaven ALL WELCOME!

(Continued from previous page) Mention that you’re a member of the Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit Book Group to receive 15% off that month's title. Inspired by the cookbook and the discussion, members will shop the Fairhaven Market at the close of the meeting.

Join Us!

Wednesday, July 11*, 4pm

*please note: this meeting has been delayed one week due to the 4th of July.

Six Seasons:

A New Way with Vegetables by Joshua McFadden In Six Seasons, McFadden channels both farmer and chef, highlighting the evolving attributes of vegetables throughout their growing seasons — an arc from spring to early summer to midsummer to the bursting harvest of late summer, then ebbing into autumn and, finally, the earthy, mellow sweetness of winter. Winner, James Beard Award for Best Book in Vegetable-Focused Cooking. A local farmer will join the June meeting to discuss what’s growing in the fields and available at the Market.

Wednesday, August 1, 4pm

The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen : 80 Authentic, Healthy Recipes Made Quick and Easy for Everyday Cooking by Samantha Ferraro

Samantha Ferraro’s fresh and simple dishes make it easy to eat healthy food throughout the week. Enjoy all of the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean diet, no matter how busy your schedule. Author Samantha Ferraro will join the book group discussion.

3:30pm - Ferrao will present a special cooking demo at the Wednesday Farmers Market that day!

Wednesday August 8, 7pm: Join Ferraro for a book presentation, signing, and Q&A in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Yoga on the Green is Back! In Honor of Internatonal Yoga Day Wednesday, June 20th at 5:30pm on the Fairhaven Village Green Bring your mat and come ready to stretch and strengthen in this free, 30-minute yoga class led by Yoga Northwest instructors. After rolling up your mat, shop for dinner at the Wednesday Market.


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Building Community One Book at a Time

Flavor Bombs : The Umami Ingredients That Make Taste Explode

by Adam Fleischman

available now, hardcover, Rux Martin

Why does everyone love burgers and pizza? When Adam Fleischman investigated, he discovered what they — and many other ultra-flavorful dishes have in common: umami. A renegade self-taught cook, Fleischman deployed this savory “fifth dimension of taste” to ratchet up flavor using ingredients naturally rich in umami, such as Parmesan, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and anchovy paste. In so doing, he created ultimate versions of icons, including Umami Burger with Port and Stilton, Sweet and Savory Brisket, and Parmesan Fondue.

How to Taste : The Curious Cook's Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond — With Recipes by Becky Selengut

available now, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

This engaging and approachable (and humorous) guide to taste and flavor will make you a more skilled and confident home cook. How to Taste outlines the underlying principles of taste, and then takes a deep dive into salt, acid, bitter, sweet, fat, umami, bite (heat), aromatics, and texture. You'll find out how temperature impacts your enjoyment of the dishes you make as does color, alcohol, and more. How to Taste will ultimately help you feel confident about why and how various components of a dish are used to create balance, harmony, and deliciousness.


Paris Picnic Club:

More Than 100 Recipes to Savor and Share

COOKING Find the cookbooks along with fun food and cooking items in Paper Dreams! The Cook's Atelier : Recipes, Techniques, and Stories from Our French Cooking School by Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini

available now, hardcover, Harry N. Abrams

Mother and daughter American expats Marjorie Taylor and Kendall Smith Franchini always dreamed of living in France. With a lot of hard work and a dash of fate, they realized this dream and co-founded The Cook's Atelier, a celebrated French cooking school in the storybook town of Beaune. Featuring more than 100 market-inspired recipes and 300 exceptional photographs, this comprehensive reference is an extension of their cooking school, providing a refreshingly simple take on French techniques and recipes that every cook should know.


The Minimalist Kitchen : 100 Wholesome Recipes, Essential Tools, and Efficient Techniques

by Melissa Coleman

available now, hardcover, Oxmoor House

If you’re ready to apply some “life changing magic” to your current kitchen organization and food prep, or just starting out, this book could be your go-to guide. The author offers helpful advice on the most versatile basic kitchen tools and pantry staples, then follows up with scores of inspiring recipes for a variety of tastes. –Donna

by Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt available now, hardcover, Rux Martin

Every Friday for a year in a small town tucked into the hillsides south of Paris, Shaheen Peerbhai and Jennie Levitt made a delicious picnic-style meal for their friends, and it grew into a clandestine pop-up restaurant, serving much-anticipated lunches to 80 hungry guests. Soon they moved their picnic club to parks and hidden spots across Paris. In this charmingly illustrated book, Shaheen and Jennie offer a collection of their flavorful recipes, taking inspiration from the diverse cuisines of Paris. You'll delight in eclectic small plates and sharing platters, abundant tartines, creative drinks, indulgent desserts, and more — to savor and share in your favorite picnic spot or at your dinner table.

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Let's Go Dutch : Easy Recipes for Outdoor Cooking by Vernon Winterton

available now, hardcover, Gibbs Smith

Whether you are camping in the great outdoors or in your backyard, when it comes to meal planning, cooking in a Dutch oven offers a world of options beyond tin foil dinners. Eat like the king of the forest instead of a trail mix-starved hiker. So fire up the coals and let's go Dutch!

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JUNE 23 10AM - 5PM

Self-guided $10 VIP bus tour $45







CULTURAL PERFORMANCES The Last Friday of every month this summer in the Old Albertsons parking lot on Northwest Ave.

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Taste of Home Make It Take It Cookbook

Up the Yum Factor at Everything from Potlucks to Backyard Barbeques edited by Taste of Home

available now, paperback, Simon & Schuster

This cookbook is packed with more than 375 simply impressive bring-a-dish classics that serve 10 or more. Each recipe is guaranteed to travel well, come together easily and satisfy everyone at the party. At-aglance icons help you find the recipes that cook up in a slow cooker or freeze well for make-ahead ease.

Cookies in a Pan: Over 30 Indulgent Giant Cookie Recipes by Sabrina Fauda-Role

Perfectly Creamy Frozen Yogurt : 56 Amazing Flavors plus Recipes for Pies, Cakes & Other Frozen Desserts

available now, hardcover, Hardie Grant Books

by Nicole Weston

Cookies in a Pan is a new take on how to create the much-loved treat. This book brings together a collection of one-pan cookie recipes — from start to finish, cookies have never been so simple. From classic chocolate chip and hazelnut cookies to inventive flavor combinations like matcha and white chocolate, and lemon and coconut, Sabrina Fauda-Role provides a whole range of delicious cookie ideas. There are even gluten-free and vegan versions so anyone can enjoy a cookie in minutes, with hardly any dishes to wash. Quick and easy, this is the perfect go-to snack.

available now, paperback, Workman

Learn to make frozen yogurt at home that’s just as light, smooth, and delightful as what you buy. You’ll use Greek yogurt as a base and a basic ice cream machine to make these 56 flavor recipes that range from traditional to artisanal, including black cherry vanilla, toasted coconut, and peach. An additional 50 recipes for treats like blueberry sugar cookie sandwiches, brownie baked Alaska, Neapolitan semifreddo, cinnamon bun pops, and salted caramel swirl bonbons ensure this is the sweetest guide ever to making and enjoying frozen yogurt.

Fairhaven WINE WALK

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 16, 2018 Plans for the first annual Fairhaven Wine Walk are underway and we couldn't be more excited. With 20 stops including Village Books and Paper Dreams, it's bound to be an evening to remember. Watch for details and ticket information at — coming soon! Shop 24/7 at

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Take a Book With You To the Garden Torn between finishing your book or spending time in your garden? Now you can do both thanks to our partnership with, the first digital audiobook company to directly support independent bookstores. When you buy audiobooks through, you can rest assured knowing that publishers, authors, and our bookstore are being treated fairly. From best sellers to sci-fi, romance to memoir ... heck, they even have gardening books! ... you'll find great titles to listen to while you're outside this summer.

Discover digital audiobooks for yourself and support Village Books! Learn more at

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Mindful Thoughts for Gardeners:

Peonies : Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden

Sowing Seeds of Awareness by Clea Danaan

by Jane Eastoe photographs by Georgianna Lane

available now, hardcover, Leaping Hare

available now, hardcover, Gibbs Smith


This guide to over 60 varieties of peonies presents an eclectic selection of specimens — from those with the best visual appearance and the most fragrant perfume, to those that are easiest to grow and produce the best cutting flowers. With commentary on each bloom, easy-to-follow growing advice, and glorious photography, Peonies will appeal to anyone who appreciates the romance of this majestic flower.




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Embracing gardening as a spiritually enriching activity lovingly reconnects us to nature everyday — this beautifully illustrated little book reminds us how to do it. Rooting each blossoming thought in deep ecology and conscious living, we unearth the power inherent in mindfully lifting the soil; it lifts our souls as well. Mindful Thoughts for Gardeners sows a series of meditations about tending the Earth wholeheartedly. Author Clea Danaan explores the interconnectedness of nature in this carefully crafted small volume that any green-fingered grower will want to dig into.


Sat. & Sun. June 16th & 17th

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SUMMER READING OUTDOOR MOVIES, Waldo, books, cards, jewelry, toys, unique gifts, and more!

We now sell USED BOOKS at our Lynden store! LOOK FOR THE GREEN LABELS and low, low prices!

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Summer... Lynden Style Fun events coming up in Lynden that you might want to check out.

Have fun!


KIDS' FISHING DERBY Fishtrap Creek, Lynden City Park

Friday, July 20 & Saturday, July 21

Event registration 8-9am Kids ages 5 -7: 9:15-9:45am Kids ages 8-10: 10:00-10:30am Kids ages 11-13: 10:45-11:30am

NORTHWEST RASPBERRY FESTIVAL Front Street (Between 3rd & 12th Streets)

Don't miss this 77th annual fishing derby! There is no participation fee. Children under age 5 are invited to fish after the above derby times. Children over age 13, by state law, are not allowed to fish in this section of Fishtrap Creek.


Get ’em ready to go! The Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association (PSAT&MA) has held an annual threshing bee and tractor show at Berthusen Park on the outskirts of Lynden for 47 years! Also known as Vintage Farming Days, the show includes threshing demonstrations, antique tractors, steam engines, daily parades, steam powered saw mill demonstrations, swap meet, kids candy scramble, tractor pulls, and so much more! The 2018 show features Oliver Tractors as well as Hart-Parr, Cockshutt and Cletrac Tractors.

Monday, August 13 - Saturday, August 18

Enjoy the summer sunshine and a variety of familyfriendly activities at this annual downtown celebration. The festivities include kids' activities, live concerts and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament. Visitors will have a chance to stroll through the classic cars & trucks on display at the "Razz & Shine" cruise-in car show, race in the Raspberry Festival 5K Fun Run/Walk, and enjoy a delicious raspberry pancake breakfast.

Wednesday, August 1 - Saturday, August 4 Puget Sound


Celebrate the largest harvest of raspberries in North America right here in Lynden, Washington!

Dine on luscious raspberry and ice cream sundaes, as well as smoothies and pies made from local products. Purchase a flat of raspberries, picked fresh daily from nearby farms, to take home. Don't forget to stop by Village Books and Paper Dreams to say hello! We're sure you'll have a “berry” good time!

New Carnival!

The Fair is an annual celebration of community and local agricultural history. Guests can enjoy live music, a professional rodeo, and classic carnival eats as well as various classes and demonstrations that explore different aspects of the agricultural industry. Join in this local favorite that will have the entire family coming back for more. See for details. 36

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HOT Thursday in Lynden Nights

July 26th • August 2nd • August 9th

A Night Market and Free Outdoor Movies! It’s not just the weather that will be hot on these three summer nights in Downtown Lynden. The Lynden Downtown Business Association is heating things up as well. Front Street — between Third and Fourth Streets — will host a lively Night Market with craft and food vendors, face painting, street performers, live music at the Jansen Art Center, and much more. The market will take place from 5pm until 8:30pm, and shortly after the music ends at 9pm, films will be shown on the west wall of Jo Fish. Bring your lawn chairs, set up early, and enjoy!




Love Lynden is a chance to win fabulous prizes to share with ones you love. Throughout the year, the Lynden Chamber of Commerce teams up with local merchants to offer drawings for fantastic prize packages full of unique offerings from Lynden businesses! 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. Look for the buckets on counters and Love Lynden!

Thursday, July 26 Wonder Thursday, August 2 Spider-Man Homecoming Thursday, August 9 Wonder Woman

Weekly Story Times in Lynden! Join us at Village Books in Lynden

Wednesday at 11am and every

Saturday at 2pm for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

The remaining 2018 drawings are: Lynden Loves Dads – June 15 Lynden Loves Grandparents - September 6 Limit one entry per business per day. No purchase necessary.

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Literature LIVE!


VB’s Literary Events Program IN


Additions & changes will occur so check out

to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter! June 1 - August 31 Kids Summer Reading Challenge


Have fun reading and get rewarded — you can't ask for more! See page 64 for details. Ready, set... GO! 38th Anniversary Two-Day 20% OFF

STOREWIDE SALE! Saturday, June 16 Fairhaven 9am-9pm • Lynden 10am-7pm Join us for a storewide sale at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations. Receive 20% off throughout Village Books and Paper Dreams!

Sunday, June 17 Fairhaven 10am-7pm • Lynden 11am-5pm The sale continues at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations. Stock up for summer and save 20% storewide!

July 1 - 31 Find Waldo Local LYNDEN

All Ages!

Waldo is hiding in businesses throughout downtown Lynden and you need to find him — grab a passport and start the hunt! Participating businesses will have a Waldo decal displayed. Find all of them and receive a coupon and button (while supplies last) and be entered to win the grand prize at the end of the month!

Tuesday, July 31, 2pm Find Waldo in LYNDEN Celebration Join us at Village Books and Paper Dreams for a celebration to wrap up our Lynden “Find Waldo Local” program. We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the multi-store search, eat treats, and find Waldo hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time.

VB Writes….Nooksack River Writing Group in Lynden! This 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.

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VB Book Group Open to All! Lynden Front Streeters Our first Lynden book group! Join Cherie and Hannah at 6pm on the last Thursday of each month in the Waples Room in the Inn at Lynden. Good books, good people, good times — don't miss out! Our upcoming reads include: Thursday, June 28, 6pm –The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich In a masterwork that both deepens and enlarges the world of her previous novels set on the same reservation, Louise Erdrich captures the essence of a time and the spirit of a woman who felt compelled by her beliefs to serve her people as a priest. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse is a work of an avid heart, a writer's writer, and a storytelling genius.

Thursday, July 26, 6pm –Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying. Willie Lincoln, son of Abraham Lincoln, finds himself in a strange purgatory where ghosts mingle, gripe, commiserate, quarrel, and enact bizarre acts of penance. Within this transitional state — called, in the Tibetan tradition, the bardo — a monumental struggle erupts over young Willie's soul.

Thursday, August 30, 6pm –Human Acts by Han Kang In the midst of a violent student uprising in South Korea, a young boy named Dong-ho is shockingly killed. The story of this tragic episode unfolds in a sequence of interconnected chapters as the victims and the bereaved encounter suppression, denial, and the echoing agony of the massacre. From Dong-ho's best friend who meets his own fateful end; to an editor struggling against censorship; to a prisoner and a factory worker, each suffering from traumatic memories; and to Dong-ho's own grief-stricken mother; and through their collective heartbreak and acts of hope is the tale of a brutalized people in search of a voice.

Come to one meeting or all! Those who attend are eligible for a 15% discount on book group selections. See page 14 for a full list of book groups offered through Village Books and how to sign up for our Book Group e-newslettet — full of great reading recommendations.

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Chuckanut Radio Hour


The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show recorded live and played on KMRE 102.3FM and KAVZ-LP 102.5. 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!

In the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham

Jonathan White

Tuesday, June 19, 6:30pm Receive one FREE TICKET with each purchase of Tides

– TIDES The Science and Spirit of the Ocean

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover the science and spirit of ocean tides. With lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry, Tides explores the force that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion — being released in paperback just in time for the show! Join us! Event co-sponsored by the Northwest Straits Foundation

Tickets $5.00 Tickets are available at Village Books and

Doors open and music starts at 6:30pm • Recording starts promptly at 7pm.

Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm

Thor Hanson

– BUZZ: The Nature & Necessity of Bees From the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers, a natural and cultural history of the buzzing wee beasties that make the world go round. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again. Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Guggenheim fellow, and always a Village Books favorite!

Tickets $5.00

Receive one FREE TICKET to the show with each purchase of Buzz

We periodically stream the Chuckanut Radio Hour on Facebook Live. Check our Facebook page at VillageBooks. A HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors! The Chuckanut Radio Hour airs every Friday morning at 7am, Saturday evening at 7pm, and Sunday at 9pm on KMRE 102.3FM and every Monday & Friday at 8pm on KAVZ-LP 102.5

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The Darkening Web : The War for Cyberspace by Alexander Klimburg

available in July, paperback, Penguin Books

Klimburg brings us face-to-face with the range of threats the struggle for cyberspace presents, from an apocalyptic scenario of debilitated civilian infrastructure to a 1984-like erosion of privacy and freedom of expression. He reveals the extent to which the battle for control of the Internet is as complex and perilous as the one surrounding nuclear weapons during the Cold War — and quite possibly as dangerous for humanity as a whole.

Rendezvous with Oblivion : Essays  by Thomas Frank

available in June, hardcover, Metropolitan Books

Frank's accounts of folly and exploitation are here brought together in a single volume unified by Frank’s distinctive voice, sardonic wit, and anti-orthodox perspective. They capture a society where every status signifier is hollow, where the allure of mobility is just another con game, and where rebellion too often yields nothing. It is a booster shot of energy, reality, and moral outrage.

PLAY! The Nasty Woman Game : A Card Game for Every Feminist

#NeverAgain : A New Generation Draws the Line by David Hogg, Lauren Hogg

available in June, paperback, Random House

This book is a manifesto for the movement begun that day, one that has already changed America — with voices of a new generation that are speaking truth to power, and are determined to succeed where their elders have failed. With moral force and clarity, a new generation has made it clear that problems previously deemed unsolvable due to powerful lobbies and political cowardice will be theirs to solve.

Messing with the Enemy : Surviving in a Social Media World of Hackers, Terrorists, Russians, and Fake News

by Clint Watts

available now, hardcover, Harper

Business executives have coughed up millions in fraudulent wire transfers, seemingly good kids have joined the Islamic State, and staunch anti-communist Reagan Republicans have cheered the Russian government’s hacking of a Democratic presidential candidate’s e-mails. As a former FBI Special Agent and leading cyber-security expert, Watts knows how they do it because he’s mirrored their methods to understand their intentions, combat their actions, and co-opt their efforts.

The Perfect Weapon : War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age by David E. Sanger

available in June, hardcover, Crown

Behind the Russian cyberattacks that may have thrown the 2016 election; behind the Sony hack; behind mysterious power outages around the world and the disappearance of thousands of personnel records from poorly guarded government servers are the traces of a new and powerful weapon, one that has the potential to remake global conflict like nothing since the invention of the atomic bomb.

by Amanda Brinkman available in July, game, Clarkson Potter

Amanda Brinkman is the creator of the T-shirt that became a rallying cry for women all over the world, and now she’s back with an addictively fun card game. Through a series of prompts and actions, the Nasty Woman Game gets your crew talking, laughing, and thinking about politics and social issues. And because it’s based on your improvised responses, you set the tone: serious, irreverent, or downright offensive.


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Sh*tshow!... The Country's Collapsing and the Ratings Are Great by Charlie LeDuff


available now, hardcover, Penguin

I first became a fan of Leduff's when I read Detroit: An American Autopsy back in 2013. Follow LeDuff as he travels the country between 2014 and November 2017, visiting spots like Flint and Detroit, Michigan, the Mexican/U.S. border at the Rio Grande, and Ferguson, Missouri. His scathing social commentary is in full swing here as he dissects the state of the Union as he sees it, choosing no side except that of the Everyman/woman. He is the thorn in every politician's side at press conferences and sure, he's prone to antics, but behind the sh*tshow truth is to be found. He's one ballsy journalist. Can I say ballsy here? Too late. –Claire

The Retreat of Western Liberalism

The Death of Truth : Notes on Falsehood in the Age of Trump

by Michiko Kakutani

available in July, hardcover, Tim Duggan Books

How did truth become an endangered species? This decline began decades ago, and in The Death of Truth, former New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani takes a penetrating look at the cultural forces that contributed to this gathering storm. In social media and literature, television, academia, and political campaigns, Kakutani identifies the trends — originating on both the right and the left — that have combined to elevate subjectivity over factuality, science, and common values.

by Edward Luce

available now, paperback, Grove Press

From Financial Times chief US columnist and commentator Edward Luce, The Retreat of Western Liberalism offers a sharp and insightful look at why the values the West has long championed are now in danger, with a new afterword. Combining on-the-ground reporting with intelligent analysis, Luce makes a powerful statement about the weakening of Western hegemony and gives a forward-thinking analysis of what those who believe in enlightenment values must do to defend them.

How Not to Get Shot : And Other Advice From White People 

by D. L. Hughley available in June, hardcover, William Morrow   This book was born out of conversations D.L. has had with his children, and crystalized during a fiery debate between Hughley and then-Fox anchor Megyn Kelly about the shootings of young black men by police officers.  Race relations, especially in connection to policing, is one of the defining social issues of our era, and Hughley has already established himself as a major voice on this topic.

A Higher Loyalty : Truth, Lies and Leadership by James Comey

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

Ah, controversy! James Comey tells a persuasive story with hard truths and exposing the damage that lies produce in our turbulent culture; it is thought provoking and insightful. Like a living mystery, his story brings us up to date and to the brink of tomorrow — will it unfold in justice or catastrophe? Well worth reading and discussing. –Cindi

Planet Funny : How Comedy Took Over Our Culture by Ken Jennings

available now, hardcover, Scribner

Ken Jennings traces the history of funnyness — from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets to Colbert's conservative persona. Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and social media, and where a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship.

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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

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Upcoming Trainings & Events Understanding Conflict Workshop, Aug. 22nd & 29th Boundary Bay Cribbage Tournament, Sept. 8th Wander to Wander 1K, Sept. 9th Family Mediation Training, Sept 12th-14th

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16th Annual Peace Builder Awards Friday, November 16th, 2018

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Chosen Country : A Rebellion in the West 


by James Pogue

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt & Co.

Pogue was granted unmatched access to the 2016 armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, where he met ranchers ready to die fighting the federal government. He witnessed the fallout of communities riven by politics and the danger (and allure) of unyielding belief. The occupation ended in the shooting death of one rancher, the imprisonment of dozens more, and a firestorm over the role of government.

The World as It Is : A Memoir of the Obama White House

by Ben Rhodes

available in June, hardcover, Random House

Rhodes reveals what it was like to be there — from the early days of the Obama campaign, to the final hours of the presidency, standing next to Obama and reading a hand-written copy of the Gettysburg Address. It is a story populated by characters like Susan Rice, Samantha Power, Hillary Clinton, Bob Gates, and — above all — Barack Obama, who come to life on the page in moments of great urgency and disarming intimacy.


Out of the Wreckage : A New Politics for an Age of Crisis

by George Monbiot

available now, paperback, Verso

Monbiot shows how new findings in psychology, neuroscience and evolutionary biology cast human nature in a radically different light: as the supreme altruists and cooperators. He shows how we can build on these findings to create a new politics: a “politics of belonging.” Both democracy and economic life can be reorganized from the bottom up, enabling us to take back control and overthrow the forces that have thwarted our ambitions for a better society.

The Fox Hunt: A Refugee’s Memoir of Coming to America

by Mohammed Al Samawi available now, hardcover, William Morrow

Give People Money : How a Universal Basic Income Would End Poverty, Revolutionize Work, and Remake the World by Annie Lowrey

available in July, hardcover, Crown

In this sparkling and informative book, economics writer Annie Lowrey gives us the first thoroughly reported, global investigation of universal basic income (UBI), which many economists believe could end decades of income inequality and restore social stability and mobility. Lowrey travels to Korea, Kenya, Finland, and many other places to reveal the promises and challenges of UBI, and the prospects for a country like the United States.

Engaged Citizens Book Group

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Born to a traditional Shia Muslim family in Yemen, Mohammed Al Samawi was distanced from his peers early in life by impairment resulting from a stroke. In compensation, he studied hard. His active mind led him to closer relationships with teachers, fluency in English, the gift of a bible, and a strong will to bring a fractured world together. He attended interfaith, international peace conferences. Then came the death threats and a horrific civil war. This memoir tells the harrowing and uplifting story of Al Samawi’s escape from Yemen, aided by a small group of tireless Western interfaith activists. Knowing he survived, I was still scared as I read this book. But knowing that so many young people strive for a better world gives me hope. –Terri

Read and discuss a variety of books exploring how to create a more civil and engaged community. Join us on the third Wednesday of the month from noon to 1:30pm. Anyone interested in exploring their role as an engaged citizen is welcome.

Summer 2018


History God, War, and Providence : The Epic Struggle of Roger Williams and the Narragansett Indians against the Puritans of New England

Hue 1968 : A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam by Mark Bowden

available now, paperback, Grove Press

by James A. Warren

available in June, hardcover, Scribner

At the heart of God, War, and Providence are the tangled relations in 17thcentury New England between the aggrandizing Puritan oligarchy, the powerful Narragansetts and their affiliated tribes, and the most "modern" figure of the era, Roger Williams. The Narragansetts' courageous resistance campaign, aided by Williams, serves as a telling precedent for white-Native American encounters along the North American frontier for the next 250 years.

With unprecedented access to war archives and interviews with participants from both sides, Bowden narrates each stage of this crucial battle through multiple viewpoints. Played out over 24 days and ultimately costing 10,000 lives, the Battle of Hue was the bloodiest of the entire war. When it ended, the American debate was never again about winning, only about how to leave. Hue 1968 is a gripping and moving account of this pivotal moment.

Ritz and Escoffier :

Homelands :

The Hotelier, the Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class

Four Friends, Two Countries, and the Fate of the Great Mexican-American Migration

by Luke Barr

available now, hardcover, Random House

by Alfredo Corchado

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

Homelands merges the political and the personal, telling the story of the last great Mexican migration through the eyes of four friends at a time when the Mexican population in the United States swelled from 700,000 people during the 1970s to more than 35 million people today. A deeply moving book full of colorful characters searching for home, it is essential reading.

What a delightful telling of how these two icons of cuisine and luxury hotels rose to stardom in Paris and London! This is a wonderful portrait of fin de siecle Europe, complete with detailed menus! If only I had a time machine that could whisk me back. I would love to have witnessed the magnificence first-hand, but this book is the next best thing. –Claire

Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic

The Perfectionists : How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

available in June, hardcover, Liveright

available now, hardcover, Harper

When Dr. David Hosack tilled the country’s first botanical garden in the Manhattan soil more than 200 years ago, he didn’t just dramatically alter the New York landscape; he left a monumental legacy of advocacy for public health and wideranging support for the sciences. A charismatic dreamer admired by the likes of Jefferson, Madison, and Humboldt, and intimate friends with both Hamilton and Burr, the Columbia professor devoted his life to inspiring Americans to pursue medicine and botany with a rigor to rival Europe’s.

Simon Winchester takes us back to the origins of the Industrial Age, to England where he introduces the scientific minds that helped usher in modern production. It was Thomas Jefferson who later exported their discoveries to the fledgling United States, setting the nation on its course to become a manufacturing titan. Winchester moves forward through time to today’s cuttingedge developments occurring around the world.

American Eden : David Hosack,

by Simon Winchester

by Victoria Johnson

Armchair Historians Book Group


Summer 2018

Discuss and dissect the most current and interesting history being written. Join us the 2nd Monday of the month at 7pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven. All welcome!

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A History of Women in 100 Objects

Bikes and Bloomers : Victorian

by Maggie Andrews, Janis Lomas

Women Inventors and Their Extraordinary Cycle Wear

available in June, hardcover, The History Press

What are the items that symbolize the journey of women from second-class citizens with no legal rights, no voting rights, and no official status to the powerful people they are today? And what are the objects that still oppress women? From the corset to the Pill, the typewriter to the first pair of women’s trousers and the invention of IVF ­— there are objects through history that document the developing role of women in society.

Empress : The Astonishing Reign of Nur Jahan

by Ruby Lal

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

by Kat Jungnickel

available now, hardcover, Goldsmiths Press

Despite its benefits, cycling was a material and ideological minefield for women. Conventional fashions were unworkable, with skirts catching in wheels and tangling in pedals. Yet wearing "rational" cycle wear could provoke verbal and sometimes physical abuse from those threatened by newly mobile women. Seeking a solution, pioneering women not only imagined, made, and wore radical new forms of cycle wear but also patented their inventive designs. Drawing on in-depth archival research and inventive practice, Kat Jungnickel brings to life in rich detail the little-known stories of six inventors of the 1890s.

When it came to hunting, she was a master shot. As a dress designer, few could compare. An ingenious architect, she innovated the use of marble in her parents’ mausoleum that inspired her stepson’s Taj Mahal. She was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill. In 1611, 34-year-old Nur Jahan, daughter of a Persian noble and widow of a subversive official, became the twentieth and most cherished wife of the Emperor Jahangir. While other wives were secluded behind walls, Nur ruled the vast Mughal Empire alongside her husband, and governed in his stead as his health failed and his attentions wandered from matters of state.

2019 Whatcom Reads Selection Announced!

The Big Burn

Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America Read the Book, Join the Conversation!

by Timothy Egan

The Big Burn tells the story of the largest-ever forest fire in America and the tragedy that cemented Teddy Roosevelt's legacy in the land. His epic telling paints a moving portrait of the people who lived it, and offers a critical cautionary tale for our time. New York Times columnist, Pulitzer Prize–winning reporter, and National Book Award-winner Timothy Egan is scheduled to visit Mount Baker Theatre and Mount Baker High School on March 7 & 8, 2019. These events will be free-of-charge and open to the public — more details in the months ahead at Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. It is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations. Shop 24/7 at

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Life Stories Autism in Heels : The Untold Story of a Female Life on the Spectrum

by Jennifer O’Toole

available July, hardcover, Skyhorse Publishing

At the age of 35, Jennifer was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, and for the first time in her life, things made sense. Now, Jennifer exposes the constant struggle between carefully crafted persona and authentic existence, editing the autism script with wit, candor, passion, and power. Whether it's bad perms or body image, sexuality or self-esteem, Jennifer's is as much a human journey as one on the spectrum.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg : In Her Own Words

by Helena Hunt

available now, paperback, Agate B2

This little treasure offers a unique look into the mind of one of the world’s most influential women by collecting 300 of Ginsburg’s most insightful quotes. Meticulously curated from interviews, speeches, court opinions, dissents, and other sources, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: In Her Own Words creates a comprehensive picture of RBG: her wisdom and her legacy.

How Not To Be a Boy by Robert Webb

Old in Art School : A Memoir of Starting Over by Nell Painter

available June, hardcover, Counterpoint

Following her retirement from Princeton University, celebrated historian Dr. Nell Irvin Painter surprised everyone in her life by returning to school — in her 60s — to earn a BFA and MFA in painting. Bringing incisive insights from two careers, Painter weaves a frank, funny, and often surprising tale of her move from academia to art.

From the Corner of the Oval :

available June, hardcover, Canongate Books

Looking back over his life, from schoolboy crushes (on girls and boys) to discovering the power of making people laugh, from losing his beloved mother, and to becoming a husband and father, Robert Webb considers the absurd expectations boys and men have thrust upon them at every stage of life. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this book explores the relationships and lessons learned through life that make Robert who he is as a man.

Against Memoir : Complaints, Confessions & Criticisms

A Memoir

by Michelle Tea

by Beck Dorey-Stein

available now, paperback, Amethyst Editions

available in July, hardcover, Spiegel & Grau

A queer countercultural icon divulges on all things artistic, romantic, and neurotic in this collection of essays. Delivered with her signature honesty and dark humor, this is Tea’s first-ever collection of journalistic writing. As she blurs the line between telling other people’s stories and her own, she turns an investigative eye to the genre that’s nurtured her entire career — memoir — and considers the price that art demands be paid from life.

Dorey-Stein was scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate DC outsider, she joined the team who accompanied the president wherever he went. On whirlwind trips across time zones, Beck forged friendships with a group of fellow travelers who, like her, left their lives behind to hop aboard Air Force One in service of the president.

Priestdaddy : A Memoir by Patrica Lockwood

available now, paperback, Riverhead

Patricia Lockwood’s cutting skill for social commentary and observation of family dynamic is probably only surpassed by Jane Austen. She the lively Elizabeth Bennet, her husband the good-natured Jane (with a strong dose of good humor himself), they can do nothing but marvel and document the experience of moving back in with Lockwood’s larger-than-life parents. A lifelong poet, nothing escapes Lockwood’s attention, and her balance of hilarity and substance propel Priestdaddy to the realms of the very best memoirs. –Stephanie


Summer 2018

Building Community One Book at a Time

True Tales

Happily Ever Esther : Two Men, a Wonder Pig, and Their Life-Changing Mission to Give Animals a Home

The Chicken Who Saved Us : The Remarkable Story

by Steve Jenkins, Derek Walter, and Caprice Crane

of Andrew and Frightful by Kristin Jarvis Adams

available in July, hardcover, Grand Central

available now, paperback, Behler Publications

A heartwarming story of a little boy who struggles with autism and the incredible love and connection he has with his pet chicken, Frightful. Frightful calmly listens and helps navigate his friend through life's difficult challenges. Everyone will enjoy this story of an amazing family and the power of an animal touching a human soul.  –Kelly E.

Derek and Steve quickly realized the realities of being a farmer — especially when you have never lived on a farm let alone outside of the city — can be frantic, crazy, and even insane. Before they knew it their sanctuary grew to as many as 42 animals, including: pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, chickens, cows, roosters, a peacock, a duck, a horse, a donkey, and a barn cat named Willma Ferrell. Find this book in our Pets section!

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot

Adrift : A True Story of Love, Loss, and Survival at Sea 

by John Callahan and David Kelly

by Tami Oldham Ashcraft

available now, paperback, William Morrow

available in June, paperback, Dey Street

Adrift is the story of Tami's miraculous 41-day journey to safety on a ravaged boat with no motor and no masts, sustained by the memory of her fiance who went overboard in a hurricane. It’s an unforgettable tale of love, loss, and survival on the high seas, and an inspiring reminder that even in our darkest moments, we are never truly alone.

In 1972, at the age of 21, John Callahan was involved in a car crash that severed his spine and made him a quadriplegic. The accident could have been the beginning of a downward spiral. Instead, it sparked a personal transformation. Featuring more than 60 of Callahan's cartoons, this is a compelling look at art, addiction, disability, and fame. “When people laugh like hell and then say, ‘That’s not funny,’ you can be pretty sure they’re talking about John Callahan.” –P.J. O’Rourke

Join us for a Free Event at Village Books in Fairhaven with journalist, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer


Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers are thrilled to announce that Diana Nyad will be passing through Bellingham with her EverWalk Team on their walk from White Rock, B.C. to Seattle! Join us as she discusses her work with the biggest walking initiative in America, and her memoir, Find A Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream. “When you’re facing big challenges in your life, you can think about Diana Nyad getting attacked by the lethal sting of box jellyfishes. And nearly anything else seems doable in comparison.” –Hillary Clinton

Monday, August 6, 7pm

Find A Way : The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream available now, paperback, Vintage

When Diana Nyad arrived on the shore of Key West after 53 hours of grueling swimming across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record — becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection — she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age 28 and at long last achieved when she was 64. She is a national fitness icon, a talented linguist, and is one of today's most powerful and engaging public speakers. This event co-sponsored by Fairhaven Runners & Walkers

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September 11-13, 2018

Books A'Sail A Book Group at Sea with Paul, Kelly and biologist Thor Hanson, author of Feathers All hands on deck! Book your cabin and join Village Books co-owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert, with special guest author and biologist Thor Hanson, on a seabound book-club adventure of a lifetime with the Schooner Zodiac Books A'Sail Cruise. We’ll take advantage of the late-summer days to get in three full days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands. The reading list includes Feathers by our guest author Thor Hanson, Mink River by Brian Doyle, and Wind by Jan Deblieu. Thor is a conservation biologist whose depth of knowledge and work exploring the interface between natural and human systems make him the ideal cruise mate.

Space is filling fast! Buy the selected books with Village Books and receive a 15% discount by entering the coupon code VBSAILS when you submit your online order, or just tell us it's for the Books A'Sail cruise in-store or with phone orders!

Thor Hanson will introduce his new book, BUZZ at the Chuckanut Radio Hour

Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm in the Heiner Theater at WCC

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Swimming Holes of Washington : Perfect Places to Play

by Anna Katz and Shane Robinson available now, paperback, Moutaineers Books

Finally a guidebook for swimmers! There is no shortage of guides for places to hike, climb, and paddle in western Washington, but not much on how to find perfect places to swim. Now Swimming Holes of Washington fills that, er, hole. It’s the ultimate list for water lovers who want to find gorgeous and fun places to make a splash.

Cruise Ports Alaska : A Guide to Perfect Days on Shore

by Lonely Planet

available in June, paperback, Lonely Planet

For anyone heading on a cruise around Alaska, Lonely Planet's new Cruise Ports series is packed with top sights and experiences. This book includes the best shops and cafes, self-guided walking tours, sample day itineraries, and transport hints to make the most of your time. Full of inspiring images, engaging essays and clear, easy-to-use maps, Cruise Ports is essential packing for those embarking on their first or next cruise.

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Explore Travel Lit — Take A Journey Our Towns : A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America

by James Fallows and Deborah Fallows available now, hardcover, Pantheon

For the last five years — 2012 to 2017 — James and Deborah Fallows have been traveling across America in a singleengine prop airplane, visiting smaller and medium-sized cities and meeting civic leaders, factory workers, recent immigrants, and young entrepreneurs to take the pulse and understand the prospects of places that usually draw notice only after a disaster or during a political campaign.

Northland : A 4,000-Mile Journey Along America’s Forgotten Border

by Porter Fox

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border bet ween Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. Here he blends a deeply reported story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; tracks America’s fur traders through the Boundary Waters; and traces the 49th parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.

See You Again in Pyongyang : A Journey into Kim Jong Un's North Korea

· 60,000 Readers

by Travis Jeppesen

· Affordable Rates

In See You Again in Pyongyang, Travis Jeppesen culls from his experiences living, traveling, and studying in North Korea to create a multi-faceted portrait of the country and its idiosyncratic capital city. Not quite memoir, not quite travelogue, not quite history book, Jeppesen offers a poignant and utterly original examination of the world's strangest country.

· Beautiful, World-Class Content · A Perfect Fit for Our Community

available now, hardcover, Hachette Books

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Nature Spying on Whales : The Past, Present, and Future of Earth's Most Awesome Creatures

Orca : How We Came

by Nick Pyenson

available in June, hardcover, Viking

Pyenson takes us deep inside the Smithsonian’s unparalleled fossil collections, to frigid Antarctic waters, and to the arid desert in Chile, where scientists race against time to document the largest fossil whale site ever found. Full of rich storytelling and scientific discovery, Spying on Whales spans the ancient past to an uncertain future — all to better understand the most enigmatic creatures on Earth.

Buzz : The Nature and Necessity of Bees

by Thor Hanson

available now, hardcover, Basic Books

While we might overlook them, bees lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. They have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They've given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing.

available in June, hardcover, Oxford University Press

Historically reviled as dangerous pests, killer whales were dying by the hundreds, even thousands, by the 1950s. In the Pacific Northwest, fishermen shot them, scientists harpooned them, and the Canadian government mounted a machine gun to eliminate them. But that all changed in 1965, when Seattle entrepreneur Ted Griffin became the first person to swim and perform with a captive killer whale. Over the following decade, live display transformed views of Orcinus orca. The public embraced killer whales as charismatic and friendly, while scientists enjoyed their first access to live orcas. In the Pacific Northwest, these captive encounters reshaped regional values and helped drive environmental activism. This is the definitive history of how the feared and despised "killer" became the beloved "orca.”

Paperback Release!

and Spirit of the Ocean

by Jonathan White

Join us for

available in June, paperback, Trinity University Press

Featuring author

Thor Hanson Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm In the Heiner Theater at WCC

Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Buzz.

A Year Without a Winter

In Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, writer, sailor, and surfer Jonathan White takes readers across the globe to discover one of the great mysteries of the ocean. Tides combines lyrical prose, colorful adventure travel, and provocative scientific inquiry into the elemental, mysterious paradox that keeps our planet’s waters in constant motion. Photographs, scientific figures, line drawings, and 16 color photos dramatically illustrate this engaging, expert tour of the tides. Join us for

edited by Dehlia Hannah

The Chuckanut Radio Hour

available now, paperback, Columbia Books

Featuring author

A Year Without a Winter brings together science fiction, history, visual art, and exploration. Inspired by the literary ‘dare’ that would give birth to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein amidst the aftermath of a massive volcanic eruption, and today, by the utopian architecture of Paolo Soleri and the Arizona desert, expeditions to Antarctica and Indonesia, this collection reframes the relationship among climate, crisis, and creation.

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by Jason Colby

Tides : The Science

The Chuckanut Radio Hour


to Know and Love the Ocean’s Greatest Predator

Jonathan White Tuesday, June 19, 6:30pm In the Heiner Theater at WCC Event co-sponsored by NW Straits Foundation

Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Tides.

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When Einstein Walked with Gödel : Excursions


to the Edge of Thought

The Order of Time

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Holt offers a painless and playful introduction to many of our most beautiful but least understood ideas.

We all experience time, but the more scientists learn about it, the more mysterious it remains. Weaving together ideas from philosophy, science and literature, Rovelli suggests that our perception of the flow of time depends on our perspective, better understood starting from the structure of our brain and emotions than from the physical universe.

by Jim Holt

Happy Brain : Where Happiness Comes From, and Why

By Dean Burnett

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

The pursuit of happiness is one of the most common and enduring quests of human life. It’s what drives us to get a job, fall in love, watch stand-up comedy, go to therapy, have questionable obsessions, and come home at the end of the day. But where does happiness come from, and why do we need it so much? Is lasting, permanent happiness possible — or should it be? Dean Burnett explores these questions from a neuroscientific perspective. He combines the latest research and theories about how the brain works with interviews and contributions from relevant individuals, such as relationship experts, psychology professors, comedy writers, celebrities, millionaire gurus, and pretty much anyone else involved in bringing about happiness in others.

by Carlo Rovelli

The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life When Robots Rule the Earth by Robin Hanson

available in June, paperback, Oxford University Press

Many think the first truly smart robots will be brain emulations or ems. Scan a human brain, then run a model with the same connections on a fast computer, and you have a robot brain, but recognizably human. Train an em to do some job and copy it a million times: an army of workers is at your disposal. In this new economic era, the world economy may double in size every few weeks. Some say we can't know the future, especially following such a disruptive new technology, but Professor Robin Hanson sets out to prove them wrong.


VB Bookseller Receives a BINC SCHOLARSHIP A hearty congratulations to Village Books' own Autumn Skye Moore, recipient of a 2018 Binc Higher Education Scholarship! Imagined and built by booksellers, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s (Binc) mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. One of their goals is to strengthen bookselling by keeping booksellers financially healthy, supporting their educational goals and nurturing a caring community of book people. Autumn Skye is currently a student at WWU working towards degrees in Linguistics and Psychology with a minor in French. A traveler and artist, she moved most recently from the east coast and started working for Village Books in 2017. Bookseller extraordinaire and magazine guru, you might see her at offsite events taking photos and always eager to recommend your next great read.

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Indies Choice BOOK AWARDS


Getting Out There


Reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide, the 2018 Indies Choice Book Award winners, chosen by the owners and staff at American Booksellers Association member stores are:

• Young Adult

• Adult Fiction Sing, Unburied, Sing

The Hate U Give

by Jesmyn Ward

by Angie Thomas (Balzer + Bray)


• Adult Debut Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

• Adult Nonfiction Killers of the Flower Moon

by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)

by David Grann

• Audio Book of the Year Lincoln in the Bardo


George Saunders, read by Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, George Saunders, and a full cast (Random House Audio)

E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

Reflecting the playful, well-paced language, engaging themes, and universal appeal to a wide range of ages embodied by E.B. White’s collection of beloved books.

• Middle Reader The Wishtree by Katherine Applegate (Feiwel & Friends)

• Picture Book The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)

Indie Champion Award - Jason Reynolds Presented to the author or illustrator who has both the best sense of the importance of independent bookstores to their communities at large and the strongest personal commitment to foster and support the mission and passion of independent booksellers. 54

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Body & Soul The Simplicity of Cozy :

Surfing With Sartre: An Aquatic Inquiry Into a Life of Meaning

Hygge, Lagom & the Energy of Everyday Pleasures

by Melissa Alvarez

by Aaron James

available now, paperback, Llewellyn Publications

Make cozy your way of life with this inspiring guide on connecting to the positive energy of simple, everyday moments. The Simplicity of Cozy is a beginner's guide to self-care that presents a variety of topics, including mindfulness, simple ritual, home environment, relationship connections, and being in nature. Easy exercises and practical techniques are featured throughout, helping you make more soulful connections and find appreciation in all you are and all you experience.

Trip : Psychedelics, Alienation, and Change by Tao Lin

available now, paperback, Vintage

Tao Lin's first nonfiction work is as much a memoir of an artist at work as it is an exploration of drug culture. Part memoir, part history, part journalistic exposé, Trip is a look at psychedelic drugs, literature, and alienation from one of the twenty-first century's most innovative novelists — The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test for a new generation.

The Decision Book : Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking

What can philosophy have to say about fun? Professor and avid surfer Aaron James would like for us to reconsider our work ethic. Comparing surfer culture with the canon of existential philosophy, interpersonal psychology and economic theory, he makes a convincing argument for the ways in which taking time out to play with a passion might actually build character, improve social relations, and save the planet. –Donna

The Three Questions : How to Discover and Master the Power Within You

by Don Miguel Ruiz and Barbara Emrys available now, hardcover, HarperOne

In The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz introduced seekers on the path to enlightenment to the tenets of Mesoamerican spiritual culture. Now, he takes us deeper into Native American practice and asks us to consider essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power. Who am I? What is real? How do I express love?


By Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschäppeler

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Every day, we face the same questions: How do I make the right decision? How can I work more efficiently? And, on a more personal level, what do I want? This updated edition of the international bestseller distills into a single volume the fifty best decision-making models used in MBA courses, and elsewhere, that will help you tackle these important questions. Stylish and compact, this little book is a powerful asset. Whether you need to plan a presentation, assess someone's business idea, or get to know yourself better, this unique guide—bursting with useful visual tools — will help you simplify any problem and make the best decision.

Living With Meaning Book Group

available now, paperback, Anchor Books

How to Fall in Love with Anyone : A Memoir in Essays by Mandy Len Catron

available in June, paperback, Simon and Schuster

Mandy Len Catron has the incredible ability to peer into your heart when she writes. She captures the moments of her life with eloquence and unflinching honesty that this collection of essays seems like they could be snapshots from my own life rather than that of a stranger. How to Fall in Love with Anyone is an enchanting exploration of love and companionship that is perfect for anyone who has seen or experienced a romantic relationship. –Hayden

This group meets in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Fairhaven on the 1st Wednesday of most months at 2:00pm. Open to all! You can find all VB Reads book group reading selections at

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Silver Anniversary Season B E L L I N G H A M Michael Palmer, Artistic Director





Humor Maeve in America : Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else


by David Sedaris

by Maeve Higgins

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown, and Co.

available in August, paperback, Penguin

This book is right up my alley and I loved it to pieces. Maeve Higgins is hilarious and really insightful, delivering really keen insights about American and Irish culture with a lot of humor and grace. I relate to the journey of going somewhere else to really find yourself, and I highly recommend Maeve’s unique perspective on roaming in order to really find your home. –Hannah

This is a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter is unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

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The Arts Frida Kahlo : Making Her Self Up

by Claire Wilcox

available in June, hardcover, Victoria & Albert Museum

Through this incredible archive, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up gives readers a unique window into Kahlo’s life. It focuses on the personal, combining her prosthetics, jewelry, and clothes with selfportraits, diary entries, and letters to build an intimate portrait of the artist through her possessions, setting this in the context of her political and social beliefs.

Reading Art :

Art for Book Lovers by David Trigg

available in June, hardcover, Phaidon Press

Books are depicted as indicators of intellect in portraits, as symbols of piety in religious paintings, as subjects in still lifes, and as the raw material for contemporary installations. Reading Art spotlights artworks from museums and collections around the globe, creating a gorgeous, inspiring homage to both the written word and to its pivotal role in the visual world.

Pick up or pre-order your copies today!

On Color

by David Kastan available now, hardcover, Yale University Press

In 10 lively and wide-ranging chapters, each devoted to a different color, Kastan examines the various ways colors have shaped and continue to shape our social and moral imaginations. Each individual color becomes the focal point for a consideration of one of the extraordinary ways in which color appears and matters in our lives. Beautifully produced in full color, this book is a remarkably smart, entertaining, and fascinating guide to this elusive topic.

Somewhere West of Lonely :

My Life in Pictures by Steve Raymer

available now, hardcover, Indiana University Press

In his travels around the globe, National Geographic photojournalist Steve Raymer has often been the first on the scene, recording unfolding events and revealing the connections that tie us together. Somewhere West of Lonely, with 150 photographs from countries across the globe, reveals our world and time as it is — everyday people caught up in life-changing events; acts of resilience and corruption; and, always, lingering moments of transcendence and beauty.


by Sophie Harris-Taylor available now, hardcover, Hoxton Mini Press

This is a sweet little book of portraits that I felt really exe m p lif i e d s o many different sibling relationships, not just the on-screen/social media perfection that I see everyday. The photos and simple descriptions of complicated sister bonds struck me as very real. Thank you to this book for reminding me that every relationship is different and to be grateful of the sister that I have. – Lauren S.

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Summer 2018


community, arts & entertainment

Summer baseball is back!

all northwest, all the time


Summer 2018

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


for the

Whatcom Humane Society this Summer


ave you been rounding it up at Village Books and Paper Dreams? Last year, we launched Round It Up, our amazingly simple giving program to support local nonprofits. Each season, we feature a new partner that will benefit when you choose to Round It Up, increasing your purchase to the nearest dollar. The non-profit will receive the Round It Up difference. Our partner this summer is the Whatcom Humane Society (WHS)! As the oldest non-profit animal welfare organization in Whatcom County (formed in 1902), WHS is an open-admission shelter committed to caring for any animal in need. The dedicated staff and volunteers at the Whatcom Humane Society cared for approximately 5,000 domestic and native wild animals last year. WHS provides animal control and rescue services for Bellingham, Blaine, Ferndale, Sumas, and Everson/Nooksack and has working agreements with the Nooksack and Lummi Indian Reservations. Check out the following special Humane Society events coming up this summer and thank you for supporting them with your purchase. Previous Round It Up partners who benefited from your generosity are Recreation Northwest, Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center, and the Whatcom Literacy Council.

Sunset Cruise Monday, June 18, 6pm - 8pm Join the WHS for a two hour cruise on the Victoria Star! Tickets will include beer & wine tasting, snacks, live music, raffle prizes and beautiful views on Bellingham & Chuckanut Bay. On sale now!

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Dog Days of Summer Sunday, August 26, 10am - 3pm at the Whatcom Humane Society 2172 Division St., Bellingham, WA



Calling all dogs and the people they love! Dog Days of Summer transforms the property behind the Whatcom Humane Society into a giant playground for dogs and their people. The Dog Days of Summer festival will feature over 50 pet-related vendors, interactive doggie games and contests, an animal caricaturist, canine demonstrations, kids area, a food court, and much more!

"Meowga" – Yoga with Kittens! Saturday, July 14, 3pm - 4pm at 8 Petals Yoga Studio Back by popular demand, this (fun!!) class will benefit WHS and many animals in their care. Arrive at 2:30pm to meet the kittens. Pre-registration only. $25/$40 with tote. Must be 18.

Village Books is a Dog-Friendly Store!

In Paper Dreams Summer 2018



Then Come Back : The Lost Neruda Poems

by Pablo Neruda, translated by Forrest Gander

Water and Salt

by Lena Khalaf Tuffaha

available now, paperback, Copper Canyon Press

available now, paperback, Red Hen Press

Neruda’s lost poems, never before translated, are presented in a SpanishEnglish edition and illustrated with full-color reproductions of handwritten originals. Then Come Back presents Neruda’s mature imagination and writing: signature love poems, odes, anecdotal narratives, and poems of the political imagination. Written on any paper imaginable — napkins, playbills, receipts — and found scattered throughout the Neruda Estate, these poems offer heartache, Chilean pride, and hope found in the changing of the seasons.

Tuffaha is an American poet of Palestinian, Jordanian, and Syrian heritage. She now lives in Redmond, WA.  Her poems speak of a place that is mysterious to most of us but she writes from the heart and her voice celebrates her land and the people that live there.  –Kelly E.

A Dog Runs Through It : Poems by Linda Pastan

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Pastan’s poems are profound meditations on the meaning of life, family, and the passage of time… and then, along comes a dog in each one to remind us to not take life too seriously and to always love deeply. This book is a tribute to our furry friends, the way they give our lives meaning and are always in our hearts. –Hannah

Sisters’ Entrance

Join us for a FREE EVENT with poet

by Emtithal Mahmoud

available now, paperback, Andrews McMeel

2015 World Poetry Slam Champion and Woman of the World Co-Champion Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud presents her defiant and empowering debut poetry collection. Brimming with rage, sorrow, and resilience, this collection traverses an expansive terrain: genocide, diaspora, survivor's guilt, racism and Islamophobia, the burdens of girlhood and the solace of sisterhood. Sisters' Entrance explores how to speak the unspeakable.

Join us for a FREE EVENT with poet

Harvey Schwartz Saturday, June 7, 7pm at Village Books in Fairhaven Join us as we welcome local poet Harvey Schwartz to the Readings Gallery to read from his collection, Hampden Road. Harvey will be accompanied by musical guests Paul and Allison Anders, a father/ daughter duo.They will be singing and playing the mandolin, guitar, fiddle — starting before the reading at 6:30pm.

Jordan Bubin Slam Poetry!

Thursday, June 14 , 7pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

Naughty Mouse & Fine White Powders 60

Summer 2018

Jordan Bubin is a slam poet and teacher based in Phoenix. He hops on microphones as Naughty Mouse to educate, and entertain, and he has floored audiences from Los Angeles to Boston.

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

YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators


Brave Enough for Two

Loves to Read

by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan illustrated by Anna Dewdney available now, hardcover, Viking Books

Our beloved Llama Llama is growing up and learning to read! Teacher helps the children throughout the school day practice their letters, reads them stories, and brings them to the library where they can all choose a book. Llama Llama can’t wait to show Mama Llama what he’s learned!

by Jonathan D. Voss

available in June, hardcover, Henry Holt & Co.

Olive is a girl who likes the types of adventures that exist in books, but her best friend Hoot prefers the ones in the real world, and it’s his turn to choose the day’s activities. When Hoot gets hurt, Olive steps up and discovers that not only is she brave, but she is brave enough for two in this lush story for fans of Frog and Toad.

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

by Ryan T. Higgins

available in June, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From the author-illustrator of the beloved Mother Bruce books comes the hilarious story of Penelope Rex. It’s Penelope’s first day of school and she can’t wait to meet her classmates. But how is she supposed to make friends with human children when they’re so darn tasty? When Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine she learns she may not be at the top of the food chain after all…

Finn and his grandfather had always planned to sail together to the place where the ocean meets the sky. With his grandfather gone, Finn decides building his own boat and sailing to the magical place himself is the best way to honor him. Every single page of Ocean Meets Sky is a breathtaking treat, making this newest from The Fan Brothers one NOT to be missed. –Hana

Drawn Together

by Minh Le illustrated by Dan Santat

A Stone for Sascha

available in June, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion and silence. But when they sit down and start to draw, they forge a bond through art and storytelling that is a powerful language of its own.


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by Aaron Becker

This year’s summer vacation will be very different for a young girl and her family without their beloved dog. But a wistful walk along the beach to collect stones becomes a turning point in the girl’s grief. From the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Journey comes a stunningly layered tale of loss and the untold histories of every day objects.

IN FAIRHAVEN Every Tuesday & Saturday at 10:30am

in the Kids Section on the main floor

IN LYNDEN Every Wednesday at 11am & Saturdays at 2pm in the Kids Section Summer 2018


KIDS! Grumpy Monkey


by Suzanne Lang illustrated by Max Lang

by Mac Barnett illustrated by Jon Klassen available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. Square’s friend Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius, but is he really? Acclaimed author-illustrator duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen emphasize the importance of keeping your mind open to the wonder around you where others may only see rubble.

available now, hardcover, Random House Books for Young Readers

When Jim is in a grumpy mood for no reason, his jungle friends offer their best advice. But putting on a smile and doing the things they suggest doesn’t make him feel any better, so what’s next? I am in LOVE with this story. Everyone has their grumpy days, and you know what? A grumpy day now and then is absolutely okay. –Hana

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There's not much that is more exciting for a child than getting a package delivery. Especially if that package contains a picture book!

Paige's Picture Book Picks is a Village Books subscription program that celebrates the best in picture books. You can now have a beautifully illustrated book, hand-selected by our Children's Book Team, delivered directly to yourself or to that special child in your life once every month. Let us do all the work for you! Selections include the finest of the new with a few past favorites peppered in­—something for every budding book lover. Visit the book recommendations tab at for more information and to sign up today! Let the smiles begin! Hey grown ups! Don't forget we also offer our Signed First Editions Club just for you! Turn to page 12 for more information.

Magnificent Creatures


Animals on the Move! by Anna Wright

available in July, hardcover, Faber & Faber Children’s

This is not your average animal book! Many of the animals Wright has featured are not often depicted in other books, such as the snow goose, the firefly, or the springbok, and the stunning artwork throughout will make this tome of magnificent creatures one to delight adults and children alike.


Summer 2018

Wind Up Wooly Walker

Take Me Home!

Wind me up, Watch me walk!

Building Community One Book at a Time

KIDS School's Out - Story Times in Fairhaven

Purple Friday Series Need something to do when school is out? We've got you covered!

Friday, June 8, 10:30am Purple Friday Story Time featuring the book

If You Had a Jetpack Come on down to the Readings Gallery and share with us what YOU would do if you had a jetpack! We'll read stories, do a small craft, and enjoy a snack. Author does not attend.


Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center



Youth getting creative about conflict resolution. Young people are key to putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution. The Youth Peace Poetry Contest encourages kids to write a poem, song, rap, or story about peace. Selected poets receive public recognition, a gift card, and have the opportunity to read their poems aloud at the WDRC's annual Peace Builders Awards Gala and at a reading in the Village Books Gallery. Who: Kids ages 4-18 When: Submit poems now through September 2018 via

Indie booksellers chose these three classic picture books for induction into the Picture Book Hall of Fame. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

I Have a Dream by Martin Luther King Jr. illustrated by Kadir Nelson

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

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TEACHERS! Interested in submitting poems from your students? A 30-minute curriculum is available! This short lesson includes an overview of three poetry styles, a vocabulary brainstorm, and time for students to construct their own poem on submission forms. All you do is mail them in! Contact for the free lesson plan.

Summer 2018


Take our

Summer Reading


Early Reader Bonus!

Hey Kids!

of the Complete the first two spaces ive challenge by August 1st and rece ham 2 FREE TICKETS to the Belling Bells game on August 2nd!

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities— READING! Pick up your Reading Challenge form in either Fairhaven or Lynden (or print out the form from our website) then read your way along the path to receive prizes.

(while supplies last)

There are three prizes to win this year! 1.) Complete the first two spaces by August 1st and win two tickets to the Bellingham Bells game on August 2nd (while supplies last). 2.) Complete the first six spaces and receive a coupon for 20% off a store purchase. 3.) Read all 10 books on the challenge and return your completed form by Friday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and Paper Dreams AND a cookie from our good friends at the Colophon Café in Fairhaven or, for those in Lynden, from the Lynden Dutch Bakery! Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store! FOR THE THIRD YEAR IN A ROW! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your name, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY! If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice. Our 2017 winner was Zofi Sanders from Fairhaven Middle School. Stumped about what to read? Check out the great selections in this issue of the Chuckanut Reader or ask any of us at the store for help and suggestions.

Happy Reading! Wednesday, August 1, 3-4pm

DINGER at the Fairhaven Wednesday Farmers Market! Baseball fans, bring your kids to the Fairhaven Farmers Market to see and hang out with Dinger, the beloved mascot to the Bellingham Bells — a great photo op!


Summer 2018

Join Us!

Building Community One Book at a Time

Freya and the Magic Jewel Thunder Girls #01

by Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams available now, hardcover, Aladdin

From the authors of the Goddess Girls series comes the first book in a brandnew series steeped in Norse mythology, magic, adventure, and friendship. When 11-year-old Freya hears a prophecy from her magical jewel, she isn’t sure what to make of it. Doomsday? With encouragement from her twin, Frey, Freya heads out on a new adventure. When the jewel is lost, Freya thinks she is powerless, but with the help of her friends, she discovers a world that is bigger and more mysterious than she ever imagined.

The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker by Matilda Woods, illustrated by Anuska Allepuz

available now, hardcover, Philomel Books

In the town of Allora, a lonely old man builds coffins for the town’s residents. When a scared and lonely boy arrives at the man’s home, they find what they have been missing in each other. With striking illustrations in various shades of blue, The Boy, the Bird, and the Coffin Maker has the timeless feel of a sweet and innocent classic. –Hana

Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty

available in July, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

Willa is a young nightspirit, and her clan’s best thief. She creeps into the homes of the day-folk under cover of darkness and takes what they won’t miss. When Willa’s curiosity leaves her hurt and stranded in the day world, she calls upon an ancient, unbreakable bond to escape. Only then does she discover the truth: not all dayfolk are the same, and the foundations that have guarded her people for eons are under attack.

Middle Readers Endling : The Last

by Katherine Applegate available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

From the author of the Newbery Medalwinning The One and Only Ivan comes a new adventure following Byx, the youngest and smallest member of her dairne pack, a doglike species believed to possess remarkable abilities. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx worries she may be the endling, the last of her species, and the journey that follows could bring her world to the brink of war.

The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty

available now, hardcover, Random House Books for Young Readers

Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn’t remember it, but it changed her life forever by giving her genius-level math skills. At 12, Lucy is technically ready for college, but her grandma insists on the following: Go to middle school for a year, make one friend, join one activity. Lucy’s unsure. After all, what on earth can a girl who does calculus homework for fun learn in seventh grade?

Front Desk by Kelly Yang

available now, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. First, she lives in a hotel and manages the front desk while her immigrant parents clean the rooms. Second, her parents hide immigrants in the hotel. Finally, she wants to be a writer, but how can she when her mom thinks she can’t because English isn’t her first language? It will take all of Mia’s courage and hard work to get through this year and to go for her dreams.

Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

available in July, hardcover, HarperCollins

Baldwin’s vivid and heartfelt debut is one of the best of 2018 so far. Where the Watermelons Grow follows 12-year-old Della, who is afraid. She is afraid that Mama’s schizophrenia is getting worse again. She is afraid of her mother having to go back into the hospital and leave them for months. She wants to fix her before that happens, but what starts as a mission to heal Mama’s brain turns into a stunning mission to heal Della’s own heart. –Hana

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Summer 2018


Middle Readers Code Word Courage Dogs of World War II

From Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant!


by Kirby Larson

by Cynthia Rylant

available now, hardcover, Scholastic Press

Billie’s big brother, Leo, is about to leave for the warfront. But first, she gets one more weekend with him at the ranch. When Billie brings home a fellow Marine named Denny, he brings with him something special: a gorgeous, but injured, stray dog she names Bear. Soon, it’s time for Leo and Denny, who is a Navajo Code Talker, to ship out. Can Bear help Billie, and Denny, find what’s most important?

available now, hardcover, Beach Lane Books

Rosetown, Indiana, is home to Flora Smallwood. Her mom works at the local bookstore with the big purple chair. Flora's dad lives down the street in the yellow house and she has a friend, Yury, who is a super good friend. Flora is just starting 4th grade and she has also started piano lessons!  Soon she will have another new friend and an exciting new home. –Kelly E.

Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor by Temple Grandin

available now, hardcover, Philomel Books


Have you ever wondered what makes a kite fly? Or ever tried to build a pair of stilts? In Calling All Minds, Temple Grandin explores the ideas behind these questions and many more, focusing on the ways young inventors can dive into tinkering and understand what it means to innovate, and that an open and inquisitive mind is always the key to solving any given problem.

New Installments in Your Favorite Series! Perfect Summer Reads!

The Burning Maze: The Trials of Apollo #03 by Rick Riordan

The Penderwicks at Last by Jeanne Birdsall

available now, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

Bursting with heart and brimming with charm, this perfect finale is a joyful, hilarious ode to the family we love best.

Waste of Space: Moon Base Alpha #03 by Stuart Gibbs

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

In the third installment of the hilarious Moon Base Alpha series, 13-year-old Dash must solve the mystery of how Lars was poisoned before the base loses oxygen.


Summer 2018

available now, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

The formerly glorious god Apollo, cast down to earth in punishment by Zeus, is now an awkward mortal teenager. In order to regain his place on Mount Olympus, Apollo must restore five Oracles that have gone dark.

The Lost Continent: Wings of Fire #11 by Tui T. Sutherland

available in June, hardcover, Scholastic Press

For centuries there have been rumors of another continent on the dragons’ planet; rumors dismissed as fairy tales. But it turns out the stories are true. And the other tribes are coming.

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

FIND WALDO LOCAL in Fairhaven and Lynden!

July 1st - 30th, 2018

Have you seen Waldo? He's an elusive fellow, but rumor has it that he'll be hanging around Whatcom County again this summer. If you're looking carefully, you might just spot him. Yes, you read that righ: “Find Waldo Local” is back in July! For the seventh year in a row, up to 25 local businesses in Fairhaven will participate in a scavenger hunt all month long. Again this year, local businesses in Lynden will be joining in the search as well. Do you think YOU can find Waldo? Pick up a passport from either location of Village Books and Paper Dreams or one of the other participating merchants, and spend some time looking around for the guy in stripes. He'll be hiding somewhere in each of the businesses on the passport. If you can find Waldo in 10 different stores, you can come back to Village Books for a special Waldo button (while supplies last). If you find Waldo in 20 different stores, you'll be entered in a raffle for the chance to win all sorts of great prizes! Fairhaven and Lynden will each have their own passport.

PARTIES! On Tuesday, July 31st at 2pm, we'll be hosting TWO Parties — one in our Fairhaven store and another in our Lynden store!

All Ages!

Grand Celebrations at Village Books in Fairhaven AND in Lynden Tuesday, July 31st, 2-4pm Stop by for games, treats, and the prize drawing for scavenger hunt participants. Come in your red stripes and glasses!

We hope you'll join us as we search for Waldo all around Fairhaven and Lynden in July!

Where’s Waldo? Games on the Go! Puzzles, Activities, and Searches by Martin Handford available now, paperback, Candlewick

Take it on the road! Waldo’s activities will challenge and entertain fans for hours in a format perfect for travel. Dial up the brainpower and dive into this crazy collection of mazes, memory games, spot-the-difference activities, matching exercises, quizzes, doodles, tangled line teasers, and more.

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Summer 2018


VILLAGE BOOKS Register Today!

0 Ages 7-1

August 6-10, 1-5pm



Join us for themed activities with hands-on projects, book-related topics, and field trips around town. Snack included. NEW THIS YEAR! We're tying a different favorite MAGIC TREE HOUSE adventure into each day!

Check Out Our Themes! • Science Fun • Marine Life Day with a visit to the Marine Life Center • Food & Farm Day visit to Common Threads Farm • Art Day visit to an Artist's Studio • Fun in the Sun Day

$129 per child. Register at VB in Fairhaven or download a form from and mail it and a check to: Village Books, Camp VB, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Registration is due by Saturday, August 4. If you have questions you can email or you can call our store at 360-671-2626.


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 activities will be inspired by its respective book. Enjoy short writing exercises, playing games, solving mysteries, and fun crafts. A healthy snack will be provided.

July 16-20, 1-5pm

Ages 8-11

Daily activities will be inspired by these beloved middle-grade titles: The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee 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

$129 per child - due by Saturday, July 14. Each child will receive a discount on all five bundled titles upon registration. **Purchase of books is NOT required and kids do NOT have to have read the books in advance to participate.**

Village Books is proud to be a camp partner and supporter of Common Threads Farm and School Garden Collective. Check out their


at Boundary Bay Brewery Beer Garden

Wednesday, July 11, 5-8pm

Kid-friendly entomologist and science educator Don Ehlen presents his astounding collection of live and preserved specimens! Common Threads' Americorps food educators will be on hand with crafts, etc! Admission is FREE for kids; suggested donation for adults = $10 to benefit Common Threads seed-to-table gardening and cooking programs!


Summer 2018

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




Reading . Recommendations

VB's Young Adult Review Committee

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?

Fatal Throne : The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All

Concept by Candace Fleming available now, hardcover, Random House

Fatal Throne is a historical fiction story about the wives of Henry VIII. Each queen is written by a bestselling YA author. Each queen attempts to survive Henry's power-hungry court as well as their king. The first-person accounts let you imagine what England's most perilous times meant to the six queens of Henry VIII. Contributors are M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Donnelly, Candace Fleming, Linda Sue Park, Stephanie Hemphill, Deborah Hopkinson, and Lisa Ann Sandell. –Kamden I. age 13

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The Way You Make Me Feel is the delightful diverse summer read you need in your life. After a prom prank taken too far, Clara Shin is forced to work at her father’s Korean-Brazilian food truck, the KoBra, with a classmate she hates. Over the summer, she comes to discover more about herself and those around her. One thing is for sure, The Way You Make Me Feel makes me feel very happy, and I hope you will pick it up and enjoy the ride Maurene Goo’s most recent novel will take you on. –Gretal M. age 18

Bobby Sky: Boy Band Or Die by Joe Shine

Jazz Owls :

A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots

by Margarita Engle & Rudy Gutierrez Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez available now, hardcover, Dutton

Spurred by obvious passion and boundless knowledge, Engle's Jazz Owls is an incredibly riveting and meaningful expression of verse and raw power. Engle colors the passion, desperation, frustration, and grief that spurred and calmed the infamous Zoot Suit Riots of 1943. Her novel takes on a mind of its own as it draws insight and character from multiple different perspectives, and highlights the devastation left in the wake of such a deeply abominable act. In addition, it celebrates what it means to be Mexican and to be proud of your heritage. –Abby D. age 18

For Teens, By Teens Established in 2014, this program offers teenagers 13-19 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 on social media, as well as for recommendations to our customers.

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available now, hardcover, Soho Teen

This book happily surprised me. With the name Boy Band or Die, I wasn't expecting the smart and intriguing novel that it was. This fast-paced story will take you on a journey with Hutch, a 14-year-old who can't catch a break. After being incarcerated again, Hutch is given an ultimatum, die or become an agent for FATE. After choosing the latter he is sent out to protect Ryu Enomoto, a Future Important Person. YAs will love the twist and turns of this book and won't be able to put it down till they know how everything unfolds. –Sam T. age 17

Save the Date

by Morgan Matson available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster Teen

Morgan Matson’s Save the Date is an incredibly fun read. She paints a loud family who has reunited after spreading out across the country. Matson portrays the struggles of Charlie, a young adult about to go to college who is unwilling to leave the familiar behind. Her indecision, love life, and dedicated love for her family play out across the backdrop of a chaotic family wedding. You feel for the stubbornness of Matson’s heroine as she tries to determine what she wants for herself. Matson has created another heartfelt and lighthearted picture of a witty young heroine. –Kira M. age 16

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Young Adult Review Committee


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne

available now, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin

Young engineer Stella Ainsley jumps at the chance to teach a young girl aboard the Rochester, a spaceship orbiting the moon that is also rumored to be haunted. Far from her previous life and friend, she grows close to the ship's captain, Hugo Fairfax, all while conspiracies erupt and threats are made personal. The question is: what will Stella do to fix these problems? A modern take on Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Brightly Burning is both mysterious and swoon-worthy, sure to keep readers up late into the night. –Aria S. age 17

Brightly Burning

Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne is a stunning debut. The story is a retelling of the classic Jane Eyre, only set in space. Stella Ainsley is an engineer who dreams of being a teacher. She is ecstatic when she is offered a governess position on board the private ship, Rochester. There she meets the mysterious Captain Hugo Fairfax. Against her better judgement, she begins to fall for him. The space setting really adds a lot to the story and I enjoyed all the little nods to the original Jane Eyre. This was a beautiful read and I would recommend it. –Sarah K. age 16


Beautiful prose fills in the outlines of a deeply touching story in Janice Lynn Mather’s gorgeous debut novel Learning to Breathe. Sixteen-year-old Indy has lived life by the book, trying to escape the reputation of her mother and be faithful to her grandmother. But when she’s sent away to Nassau to live with distant relatives, she must find a place in the new world she now lives in―and conceal her unwanted pregnancy. Indy is trying to find home: a home that’s not defined by where you are, but by who you’re with. This bittersweet, painfully true and brilliantly written novel will warm the hearts of any upper-teen reader. –Nich V. age 17

available in July, hardcover, Soho Teen

From Brendan Kiely, co-author of All American Boys, comes a powerful book discussing rape culture and the role tradition plays in it. At Fullbrook Academy there are numerous traditions from the seniors rating first year girls by their looks in the student handbook, to athletes stacking hockey pucks in their dorm windows to count their “conquests,” to perhaps one of the most dangerous traditions of all: the expectation that first year girls will go to and leave from the school-sponsored dance with senior boys. Tradition serves as an excellent reminder that we shouldn't let dangerous traditions go unchecked. – Gretal M. age 18

55% of young adult books are read by people over the age of 18.

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available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

by Emily France

available now, hardcover, Margaret K. McElderry Books


by Janice Lynn Mather

Zen & Gone

by Brendan Kiely

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Learning to Breathe

Emily France's Zen and Gone made me cry. As someone who actively pursues Buddhism, this novel really hit home. France's story is a powerful conglomeration of family, spirituality, and struggle, and depicts the determination and passion of a group of young adults who are still trying to figure out who they are. Her story keeps nothing hidden in its relatableness and frankness, and is a complex, hilarious, and heart-wrenching read. –Abby D. age 18





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 Young Adult. Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

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Young Adult Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth

available now, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine Books

Carson Mastick is starting senior year of high school and desperately wants to make his mark on the reservation and off. Winning Battle of the Bands is his best shot. Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation and is dying to stop making the traditional artwork her family sells to tourists. Carson and Maggi will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference.

Neverworld Wake

The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold available now, hardcover, Viking Books

Is there much better than a bizarre concept told incredibly well? This is exactly what Arnold has achieved with the story of Noah Oakman, a teen facing the harsh realities of the future. When Noah gets hypnotized, he starts seeing strange changes everywhere, including in his own family and friend group. Stick with Noah to find out what happened, and how we can get so hung up on the little things that we miss the bigger picture. –Hana

By Marisha Pessl

available now, hardcover, Delacorte Press

This was a fun and creepy read! How could you pick between yourself and your friends if only one of you could survive? This is the very basic premise... it gets much more complicated and twisty. Pessl kept me in suspense right up until the end, so I had to finish the book all in one go. Now I want to read her other books; this one had me hooked! –Lauren S. Claire and Stephanie also love this book!

Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

available now, hardcover, Tor Teen

Six years ago, Moss’s father was murdered by a police officer. The media’s vilification of him and lack of accountability has left Moss with near-crippling panic attacks. Now, Moss and his classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school and decide to organize and push back. When tensions hit a fever pitch, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate, or realize that anger can actually be a gift.


by Julie Murphy available now, hardcover, Balzer & Bray

Millie has gone to fat camp every year since she was a little girl. But not this year. Callie is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

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Furyborn The Empirium Trilogy #1 by Claire Legrand

available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks

Furyborn is an amazing tale of two young women in volatile times, as they fight for themselves and the ones they love. While this book may begin like a typical YA fantasy, it quickly draws you deep into a complex and beautifully written story of war and destiny. Rielle and Eliana are formidable heroines whose journeys mirror one another while pulling each young woman toward great and terrible fates. Easily one of the best YA books I've read in a while! –Hayden

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Young Adult VB Staff Recommends... Jazz Owls : A Novel of the Zoot Suit Riots by Margarita Engle Illustrated by: Rudy Gutierrez

available now, paperback, Simon & Schuster

This poem-history grabbed my heart immediately and showed me a part of World War II history that I was unaware of. Margarita Engle’s poetry blends music and sobering experiences, joy and uncertainty, historical events and the life of fiction together so well — this is historical fiction at its finest. Please take a turn through her verses. –Hannah See page 69 for a YARC recommendation of this book!


by Jennifer Sommersby available now, hardcover, Sky Pony Press

What is it that fascinates me so about circus folk? I think it's their inherently unsettled existence that is based on magic and illusion that keeps me watching. And this book does just that, it keeps me reading. Naturally, it begins with a mystery and the death of the young heroine's aerialist mother. What force caused her to plummet from such heights doing a routine she had done thousands of times? It turns out, there are dark forces at work that have been hunting her, and now her daughter must take up the fight. Compelling, magical, and just the beginning, I can't wait for the next installment. –Claire

The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Clara Shin tries not to take anything too seriously. When her too-cool-for-school attitude gets her into deep trouble, Clara finds herself working in her father’s food truck. For the entire summer. And as it turns out, finding the people and the something you care about may not be so bad after all. With its humor, heart, and wonderful introspection, this newest from Maurene Goo goes straight to the feel-good part of your being. –Hana See page 69 for a YARC recommendation of this book!


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From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

Sandhya Menon so wonderfully captures what it's like to be 17 and still trying to figure yourself out. From Twinkle, With Love is a superb story about first love, friendship, and figuring out what makes each of us sparkle. Menon is such a talented writer and Twinkle and Sahil are so relatable and authentic I can not recommend this book enough! –Hayden

Now in Paperback!

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

available now, paperback, Simon and Schuster

It's not often that a book makes me want to read it slowly to make it last longer, but Dimple and Rishi demanded my time and attention. Menon has made such a charming love story it will capture your heart and leave you with a serious craving to watch more Bollywood movies. It is a perfect summer read! –Hayden

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings : 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends

by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman available in June, hardcover, Greenwillow Books

This is a fantastic interpretive collection based on Asian mythology and folktales. In these stories, wonders unfold like a mountain falling in love with a hunter, two sisters shape-shifting their way out of imprisonment, and the sun saving the moon from death. My poet’s brain was inspired by these stories which were new to me, and I feel this is a group of tales everyone can glean something from. –Hannah

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What’s Better than Prom? Photos at Village Books! Ferndale High School seniors Laurel Brinson-Larrabee, Ashlyn Cearns, Mari Nordeen and Emma Olson have known each other since grade school. So they wanted to remember their senior prom with special photos at their favorite bookstore, Village Books. With their OK, we shared their images on Facebook, and, not surprisingly, the beautiful scenes of the young women and their dates in formal wear among the stacks went viral. The post was shared more than 1,000 times, liked by more 1,300 people, and seen by close to 200,000. “We’re passionate about local businesses,” Cearns says. “Books were influential in our childhood, and we thought it would be special to reflect on that.” Despite all the online buzz for their prom-inspired photos, ironically, they didn’t go to the dance. After taking their photos in Fairhaven, they went to a show at The Upfront Theatre.

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From left: Emma Olson, Mari Nordeen, Laurel Brinson-Larrabee and her date, Dirk, and Ashlyn Cearns and her date, Evan.


How I Resist : Activism and Hope for a New Generation by Maureen Johnson

available now, paperback, Wednesday Books

Now more than ever, young people are motivated to make a difference in the world they’ll inherit. But where to begin? This book is the response, and a way to start the conversation. In How I Resist, readers will find hope and support through voices that are at turns personal, funny, irreverent, and instructive. It is the kind of book people will be discussing for years to come and a staple on bookshelves for generations.

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How to Deal : Tarot for Everyday Life

by Sami Main

available now, paperback, HarperCollinsPublishers

If you want to get a working knowledge of what’s up with tarot, this is your book. Sami Main goes through all 78 cards with easy-to-digest descriptions and helpful hints about how to get more comfortable with tarot as a selfdevelopment tool. Plus, the artwork by Marisa de la Pena alone is worth the journey through these pages. –Hannah

Summer 2018


Bellingham Traverse September 15th

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

Literature LIVE!


VB’s Literary Events Program

Additions & changes to this schedule will occur so check out

to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter!

JUNE Thursday, June 7, 7pm Poetry! HARVEY SCHWARTZ –Hampden Road                    Join us for an evening of poetry and music with this celebrated local poet. "Hampden Road is a place of sardine can row houses with spiked hair antennae looking down to sneakers hanging on telephone wires. It’s where Sputnik slowly crawling across the sky dropped cinders on us. Caddys, Chevs, and Fords spun out on curves to scare us kids and impress the chicks. I grew up on Hampden Road, which is a part of me. But so are my ancestors. Grandpa drove a Chevy Wagon, called it his machine, but he never shared his thoughts or what his eyes had seen. And so is history. Crystal sky impales goose-stepping troops with blood-stained feet." BONUS! Live music will be provided by Paul and Allison Anders, a father-daughter musical duo — starting at 6:30pm!

Friday, June 8, 10:30am PURPLE FRIDAY STORYTIME AND CRAFT featuring the book If You Had a Jetpack by Lisl Detlefsen


School's out so come on down to the Readings Gallery and share with us what YOU would do if you had a jetpack! We'll read stories, do a craft, and enjoy a small snack.*author not attending*

Sunday, June 10, 4pm KYMBERLY CUMMINGS –Will You Remember Me… Time Shared This book is about the purpose and value of human life. It was born out of Cummings' desire to honor her parents’ lives so she made a book that expresses anecdotes of their time shared together. Originally from Federal Way, Kymberly Cummings has lived in Bellingham for over 30 years. She is a graduate of Western Washington University and taught in the Blaine School District for 27 years. She is currently retired from 30 years of public school service and while working on her writing is also substitute teaching in the Bellingham and Ferndale School Districts.

Respond-ability and the Pause. It's all about slowing down. When confronted we can do more than flight, fight or freeze. As humans we have choice when responding to stimulus (things outside ourselves). We can be reactive — respond by reflex — or we can be proactive and pause — check in with ourselves — before giving our response. Taking deep breaths, counting to 10, trying to figure out what is going on with the other person and with ourselves will benefit us during conversation. Pausing especially when we are in a tense situation or experiencing conflict, but it's also a great way to learn communication in all aspects of our lives. Join Dawn Harju in the Readings Gallery for this free mini-workshop sponsored by Excellence NW. Harju has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International.

Thursday, June 14, 7pm Slam Poetry JORDAN BUBIN Slam Poetry Show          and Pulp Storytelling! Naughty Mouse & Fine White Powders Slam poet and teacher Naughty A. Mouse mixes slams and storytelling. The Naughty Mouse EP has nine slam poems, with illustrations from Graham Sisk and Jeff Otto. It links the beauty of children’s dreams, with the pain Skywalker felt when he found his family blown to smithereens, and the bells built into our personal pleasure machines. Jordan Bubin is a slam poet and teacher based in Phoenix. He hops on microphones as Naughty Mouse to educate, and entertain, and he has floored audiences from Los Angeles to Boston. A graduate of both Princeton and USC Law, he never let schooling get in the way of his education, and his passion is making knowledge accessible and exciting to everyone.

Friday, June 8, 7pm Fiction! PETER DONAHUE –Three Sides Water               In  Three Sides Water, award-winning author Peter Donahue portrays the lives of three young people who seek meaning in an often violent, insensible world. Across the dramatic landscape of the Pacific Northwest’s Olympic Peninsula, Donahue’s characters take extraordinary actions to transcend the limitations imposed upon them. In his newest work of literary fiction, Donahue distills the raw and vivid world of the Olympic Peninsula into a stunning work that challenges what it means — in three distinct eras — to live life with purpose and integrity. Peter Donahue is the author of the novels Clara and Merritt and Madison House, winner of the 2005 Langum Prize for American Historical Fiction, and the short story collection The Cornelius Arms. He teaches at Wenatchee Valley College at Omak and lives in Winthrop, Washington.

Free Workshop!

Tuesday, June 12, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju "Responsibility"

STOREWIDE SALE - 20% OFF Saturday, June 16 & Sunday, June 17 at Village Books and Paper Dreams! Join us as we celebrate 38 years of building community one book at a time with a storewide sale, at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations on June 16 & 17! Receive 20% off most items throughout Village Books and Paper Dreams!

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven and are FREE. Keep turning for more events!

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

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Tuesday, June 19, 6:30pm THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR In the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College

featuring JONATHAN WHITE –Tides: The Science & Spirit of the Ocean

Paperback Release!

Join us for the live taping of our radio variety show! Enjoy an author interview, live music, fun skits, groaner jokes, performance poetry, and much more. This month, we're welcoming author and marine conservationist Jonathan White to the show. After nearly losing his 65’ wooden schooner in a large Alaskan tide, White vowed to understand the tide. He knew the moon had something to do with it, but what exactly? He read a book, then two. Ten years later, he had read 300 books and criss-crossed the seven seas to see the largest, fastest, scariest, and most amazing tides in the world. With photographs, stories, and short readings, Jonathan takes his audiences on an enthralling journey into the surprising and poetic workings of the tide. Jonathan may also briefly discuss his newest project, tracking the story of the recently discovered Western Flyer, the boat that carried John Steinbeck and Ed Rickets to the Sea of Cortez, and their journey as documented by Steinbeck in The Log of the Sea of Cortez. Don't miss out! Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket each purchase of Tides — out in paperback June 15. Pre-order your copy today! Co-sponsored by Northwest Straits Foundation.

Thursday, June 21, 7pm NATALIE GOLDBERG –Let the Whole Thundering World Come Home: A Memoir *A special TICKETED kick-off event for the Chuckanut Writers Conference at Village Books in Fairhaven. Please note: Chuckanut Writers Conference participants receive a ticket to the event as part of their registration fee. They must reserve their ticket through WCC by June 15 at 360-383-3200 or by emailing Seating is limited. Any remaining available tickets will cost $5 and will be sold at the door only. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m. When longtime Zen practitioner and world-renowned writing teacher Natalie Goldberg learns that she has a life-threatening illness, she is plunged into the challenging realm of hospitals, physicians, unfamiliar medical treatments, and the intense reality of her own impermanence. In navigating this foreign landscape, Natalie illuminates a pathway through illness that is grounded in the fierce commitment to embrace the suffering directly. In the middle of this, her partner discovers that she too has cancer. The cancer twins, as Natalie calls them, must together and apart grapple with survival, love, and the rawness of human connection. This book is a moving meditation on living a genuine life in full bloom. Natalie Goldberg is the author of Writing Down The Bones: Freeing The Writer Within (1986), which broke open the world of creativity and started a revolution in the way we practice writing in this country. The book has sold over one million copies and been translated into 14 languages. Since then she has written nine other books. She currently lives in northern New Mexico. 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.

Hearfor more at KMRE 102.3 FM Mondays at noon! Thank you supporting Literature Live Events!


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Friday, June 22 - Saturday, June 23 CHUCKANUT WRITERS CONFERENCE

Inspiration into Action

The Chuckanut Writers Conference is a two-day conference featuring world-renowned faculty, presented by Village Books and Whatcom Community College. We invite you to take part in this unique event, one we hope you’ll remember for years to come. To register, call (360)383-3200 or visit Read more on page 25.

Friday June 22 - Saturday, June 23 Fairhaven Solstice Art Walk 5-8pm It's the longest weekend of the year - perfect for a stroll in Fairhaven! Look for "yellow sunshine flags" at the entrance of each participating location and don't miss this tradition of community and art. New for 2018, the Historic Fairhaven Association, area businesses, and Bellingham's Allied Arts are partnering to make this annual festival extra special with a cultural arts festival. See below.

The Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival Friday June 22 - Saturday, June 23

All Day!

The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances. See page 9 for more information.

Saturday, June 23, 7pm Chuckanut Writers Conference Open Mic In conjunction with the Art Walk and Festival, join us as Conference participants read their work at Village Books, Lovitt Restaurant, Magdalena's Creperie, and Evolve Chocolate + Cafe. See for details.

Inspiration into Action

Monday, June 25, 7pm Open Mic Night Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Open mic is usually held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Village Books is pleased to announce that the emcee mantle for our monthly Open Mics has passed to local author Sean Dwyer. We are grateful to our former host, Andy McBride, and wish him well on his next ventures. A little bit about Sean: Dwyer is the award-winning author of short stories that have appeared in several anthologies and journals. He is the author of a memoir, A Quest for Tears, the story of his recovery from a brain injury. He is a champion of writing in our community and often hosts writing retreats. A native of Gary, Indiana, Sean lives in Bellingham with his wife, his hairless cat, and an assortment of musical instruments.



Fairhaven: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30am Lynden: Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm Join us in the kids section for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

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Friday, July 6, 7pm        Poetry! SUSAN CHASE-FOSTER –Xie Xie Taipei               After her son, Moshe Foster, moved to Taiwan in the winter of 2005, Susan Chase-Foster began a series of visits during which the pair explored remote areas of the island, as well as the maze of lanes, alleys, mountains, markets, parks and architecture of Taipei, a city of nearly 3 million people, and a million scooters. In Xie Xie Taipei, moments of geographical and cultural discovery are captured in what Susan calls “poemoirs,” and in Moshe’s finely rendered black and white photographs. Susan Chase-Foster travels the world recording observations in poems and watercolor journals. Susan lives joyfully in Bellingham but delights in sauntering through the remarkable island of Taiwan with her son.

Thursday, July 12, 6:30pm THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR at WCC's Heiner Theater featuring THOR HANSON –Buzz: The Nature and Necessity of Bees

Join the audience for the taping of our live radio show featuring monthly interviews with noteworthy authors, live music, fun skits, groaner jokes, performance poetry, and more! This month we're excited to welcome the award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers to the show. Thor Hanson will introduce us to his latest book, Buzz. Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz, Thor Hanson takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They’ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you’ll never overlook them again. Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist and Guggenheim fellow. He lives with his wife and son on an island in Washington State. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Buzz.

Book & Writing Groups • VB Reads Book Groups (see page 14) • VB Writes Writing Groups (see page 24)

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

• Chuckanut 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 26 for information on upcoming classes!

Monday, July 16 - Friday, July 20, 1-5pm Village Books Lit Camp! AGES 8-11


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. Registration closes Saturday, July 14th. Space is limited and filling up! Go to for more information.

Wednesday, July 18, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Pete Johnson "Integrity"

Free Workshop!

Pete Johnson is a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest. He has an extensive background in personal growth seminars and is strongly rooted in a lifetime of meditation modalities. He has a passion for personal connection and practices that honesty and acceptance of the self and others is the key to emotional growth.

Friday, July 20, 7pm A Poetry Celebration with Egress Studio Press! Award-winning Seattle poet Jed Myers will read from his book: Between Dream and Flesh — the latest handmade limitededition from Egress Studio Press. Poets from Egress Studio Press and MoonPath Press will add their voices to the night in honor of Washington State poets.

Friday, July 27, 5-8pm Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk Wander the Fairhaven Historic District and take in a variety of local art exhibits and demonstrations — all mediums — featured in many of Fairhaven's galleries, shops and restaurants! At some locations, you'll meet artists or enjoy refreshments (or both). Look for "yellow sunshine flags" at the entrance of each participating location.


Saturday, July 28, 10am-5pm FAIRHAVEN STEAMPUNK FESTIVAL

It’s time once again for the Fairhaven Steampunk Festival! Don your finest goggles and meet us on the Fairhaven Village Green for a day of revelry and merriment with featured Steampunk authors, a costume contest, musical guests Rogue’s End, and vendors from far and wide.

Saturday, July 28, 11am JEFFREY COOK What is Steampunk? With four events in the Pacific Northwest, and all of its costumes, books, crafters, music, and so many other aspects, it's safe to say that steampunk has caught on in the region. But what is it? In this presentation author Jeffrey Cook will discuss the history of the genre, its roots in 1960s literature and movies, its predecessors and inspirations, and where some of the modern explosion came from. Author Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley with his wife and three large dogs. He has written sports pieces for the Bellingham Herald and RPG books for Seattle's Deep7 Press, but the Dawn of Steam series were the first of his novels.

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Monday, July 30, 7pm Open Mic Night Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Open mic is usually held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

Tuesday, July 31, 2pm Find Waldo in Fairhaven Celebrations TWO PARTIES! In our Fairhaven store AND in our Lynden store!

Village Books and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers are thrilled to host Diana Nyad. Join us as she discusses her work with EverWalk, the biggest walking initiative in America, and her memoir, Find A Way. For her maverick open-water performance of the 1970s, Diana Nyad was known as the world's greatest long-distance swimmer. For the next 30 years, Nyad was a prominent sports broadcaster and journalist, filing compelling stories for National Public Radio, ABC's Wide World of Sports, and others. She is a national fitness icon, has written three other books, is a talented linguist, and is one of today's most powerful and engaging public speakers.  This event co-sponsored by Fairhaven Walkers & Runners  

Wednesday, August 1, 3-4pm Fairhaven Wednesday Farmers Market A Visit by Dinger on the Village Green! Baseball fans, bring your kids to the Fairhaven Farmers Market and meet Dinger, the beloved mascot to the Bellingham Bells!

Wednesday, August 1, 3:30pm Cooking Demo on the Village Green by SAMANTHA FERRARO at the Wednesday Farmers Market –The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen: 80 Authentic, Healthy Recipes Made Quick & Easy for Everyday Cooking

Enjoy a cooking demo at the Wednesday Fairhaven Farmers Market with local cookbook author Samantha Ferraro before heading inside to join the new VB Cookbook and Cooking Lit Book Group at 4pm. Read more on page 30.

Thursday, August 2, 6:35pm VB Sponsors Bellingham Bells Ball Game! On August 2 we’ll be rooting on the Bellingham Bells as they take on the Cowlitz Black Bears at Joe Martin Field. It’s the Village Books sponsored game night, so stop by and visit our booth to spin the wheel for prizes! We'll be giving away free tickets via our social media so keep an eye out. Kids participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can receive two free tickets to the game – see page 64 for details. See you at the game!


Let Camp Village Books become part of your kids' fond summer memories! Each day includes themed activities with hands-on projects, outdoor activities, and field trips around Fairhaven and Bellingham. New this year – we'll tie a different Magic Tree House adventure into each day! Registration closes Saturday, August 4. Space is limited so go to villagebooks. com for more information and sign up today!

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


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One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream


Monday, August 6 - Friday, August 10, 1-5pm Camp Village Books AGES 7-10


Monday, August 6, 7pm DIANA NYAD –Find A Way: The Inspiring Story of

Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our “Find Waldo Local” programs. At each store, we’ll play games, eat treats, enjoy a drawing for prizes, and, yes, find Waldo! The grand prize winners will also be drawn from participants in our multi-store searches. Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time!

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

Wednesday, August 8, 7pm SAMANTHA FERRARO –The Weeknight Mediterranean Kitchen: 80 Authentic, Healthy Recipes Made Quick & Easy for Everyday Cooking

Samantha Ferraro’s fresh and simple dishes make it easy to eat healthy food throughout the week. Enjoy all of the amazing benefits of the Mediterranean diet, no matter how busy your schedule. Lean proteins, bright produce and heart-healthy oil make for light meals full of zesty, aromatic spices that leave you nourished and satisfied. Ferraro is the founder of the food blog The Little Ferraro Kitchen. Her recipes have been featured in PBS Food, The Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, Babble, Yummly and The Washington Post. She has been the Los Angeles Times Food Holiday Baking Winner. Samantha lives right here in Bellingham. •She' ll be at the Wed. Fairhaven Farmers Market and joining the VB Cookbook & Cooking Lit book group on Aug. 1!

Thursday, August 16, 7pm ENW Workshop featuring Dawn Harju "Choice"

Free Workshop!

What am I making important? The biggest choice we make is what we choose to make important. How can you tell what you're making important? First we have to understand that we are a choice. 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? “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself ” –Sonya Parker. Dawn Harju has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit (501c3) organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.

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There is no excuse. If you want to write, write. This is your life, you are responsible for it. You will not live forever. Don't wait. Make the time now.

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Chuckanut Reader – Summer 2018  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers A Village Books Publication, Bellingham, WA

Chuckanut Reader – Summer 2018  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers A Village Books Publication, Bellingham, WA