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A Magazine for the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers


BOOKED at the

Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer.

A Village Books & Mount Baker Theatre Production

Gloria Steinem

Expect uncontrollable laughter in the presence of “the master of satire.”


Tickets available at the Mount Baker Theatre box office and online at (not at Village Books)

David Sedaris

Engage in a lively, moderated conversation and Q&A session with a legendary voice in women’s rights. Premier ticket purchase includes an unsigned copy of Ms. Steinem's new book: The Truth Will Set You Free, But First it Will Piss You Off - A Lifetime of Quotes. Village Books will be onsite selling Ms. Steinem's new release and previous titles. Ms. Steinem will sign books (firstcome, first-served basis) in the lobby after the event for one hour.

Following the success of his bestselling book Calypso, critically acclaimed author and humourist David Sedaris will visit with storytelling, observations, unpublished tales, audience Q&As, and book signings.

May 18, 7pm

November 22, 7:30pm

Peace Builder Awards

people putting the pieces together for creative conflict resolution in our neighborhoods, schools, and communities


Fall 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader, After the sun-filled, fruit-filled summer, we’re glad we’re looking at an abundant autumn here at the store. Not only do we have some amazing books we’re excited to tell you about, we also have a fresh lineup of exciting authors (see more on pages 39 and 73-78). We also have a couple of new book groups to share with you (pages 15 and 20) that we think will fill your newly chilly evenings with some great reads. To top it all off, Dear Reader, we have YOU to be excited about—we’re glad you’re here with us.

– Sarah, Kelly, Paul,

and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Fall 2019

Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Kristen Morse, Diana Clayton, Stephanie Douglas, Mel Ericson, Kelly Evert, Emma Fitzpatrick, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Rachel Johnson, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Autumn Skye Moore, Laura Picco, Abbie Schollmeier, Lauren Sommer, Hayden Winn Cover: We're welcoming an amazing array of author to town in the upcoming months. Turn to pages 73-78 for details! Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2019 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!

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In This Issue... Get Booked at the Baker with Us ! Dear Reader and This—the Content List Mixers, Sales, Open Houses, and More Farewell to Carol and Charlie Fun Activities You Don't Want to Miss Get Hooked on FisherPoets Whatcom Reads 2020 Annual Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl What Whatcom is Reading—Fairhaven Round It Up at Village Books and Paper Dreams New Book Group—Community Conversations Fiction, Sci-Fi, Zusak, Stradel, and The Testaments Poetry, Writing Classes, and Book Groups Evolve, Cooking, and Wine Check out What's Going on in Lynden The Chuckanut Radio Hour Upcoming Shows Current Events, History, Biography, and Memoirs Book A'Sail—A Book Group on the Sea Journeys, Travel, Nature, and Science Inspiration, Psychology, Crafts, Art, Games Explore Paper Dreams and Treat Yourself—Gifts Great Reads and Activites for Kids & Teens Literature Live! Author Events at VB We've Got Flea! Famed Rock Bassist is Coming

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I N E VITE D R A U O Y to VB’s Fall Book Group Mixer! A night of books and booze!

Wednesday, October 16, 5:30pm Evolve Chocolate + Cafe on the Mezzanine Level of Village Books in Historic Fairhaven — Bellingham


Thursday, October 17, 5:30pm Overflow Taps - Lynden adjacent to Village Books and Paper Dreams - 430 Front St.

This October, Village Books will have a treat for all members of our book groups and clubs. For one night in each of our locations, we're hostLynden: October 18th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. ing a pair of our Book Group Mixers! Join the party for drinks, discussion, Fairhaven: October 19th, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. and much mirth and merriment. Owners Sarah, Paul, and Kelly willLibations! be Literature! What more could one want? in attendance along with some invaluable VB Reads leaders to dish(Locations on TBD) favorite books, the world of literature at large, and anything the evening may bring. You don't have to be in a book group to attend—everyone is Foote Alec invited. Libations! Literature! What more could one want? Attendance $5 - with one drink provided and some available for purchase. Tickets available at both Village Books locations.

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

Join Us! Annual


SIDEWALK Saturday, August 31, 10am - 5pm Enjoy special offers throughout the district! From 10am-5pm, household, gift, art, clothing, recreation, and many other items will be offered at special pricing from nearly every establishment in Historic Fairhaven during the annual district-wide Sidewalk Sale!

Save the Date!

Sunday, November 10 at our Fairhaven Location

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Open House Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for our festive annual open house at Village Books and Paper Dreams in Fairhaven! You'll get a jump on your holiday shopping while enjoying • special offers • product demonstrations • tasty samples • and the always-anticipated book walk on this day of celebration and fun.

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HONORING VETERANS Monday, November 11 This Veterans Day (observed) we are offering a storewide 20% off discount for active military and veterans with I.D. at both Village Books and Paper Dreams locations. Thank you for your service.


Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark Keep the Light On


Banned Book Week - September 22-28, 2019

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools. It brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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A Fond Farewell to Carol & Charlie! After over 20 years of keeping the books and paying our bills, Carol Hamilton recently joined the ranks of the happily retired. A true behind-the-scenes hero, Carol is leaving with Charlie, her loyal pup, who spent the past 14 years "working" alongside her in the business office. As they do with all employees who reach the 20 year mark, Village Books and Paper Dreams owners Sarah Hutton, Kelly Evert, and Paul Hanson are giving Carol a trip as a thank you for her many years of service. Wisely, Carol selected Hawaii as her choice destination and will enjoy a beach-filled vacation there this October. Aloha, Carol and Charlie—we miss you!

Village Books offers a wide variety of new, used, AND bargain books.


Fall 2019

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So Much Going On! For the Love of Fairhaven Fall Brunch An Awards Celebration and Fundraiser

Sunday, September 29, 2019, 11am- 2pm Bellingham Ferry Terminal

Join us as we celebrate the businesses and individuals that make a difference in Fairhaven. With a live auction, silent raffle, mimosas, bloody marys, a delicious brunch buffet and honorary awards. $45/person • $500/VIP table of eight. Register at

Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walks Take a monthly art walk through Historic Fairhaven! Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Every fourth Friday of each month (except December) merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists. Stop by Village Books to say hi and to check out our featured artist in the Readings Gallery. Mark your calendars for 5-8pm Fridays, September 27, October 25, and November 22!

Whatcom Peace & Justice Center 16th annual


Day of Peace Celebration

Saturday, September 21, 2019 Climate Action for Peace 6-9pm at The Majestic - 1027 North Forest, Bellingham, WA

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A fun tradition of community and art in Fairhaven!

The evening includes a silent auction, live music by the Sweet Goodbyes, an information fair, the 2019 Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker award presentation, keynote address by Women of Color Speak Out. Entry free of charge! Donations encouraged—cash or check. Childcare provided. Read more at

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Fall 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

An Invitation... GET HOOKED on FisherPoets by Sierra Golden


bout fishing, I once wrote, “I’m overwhelmed and exhausted by piling gear and shoveling fish, but I’m also too stubborn to say it, so there is nothing but surviving, day after day. I don’t think much about who I am, just wait to see who ends up on the other side of the summer.” What I love about fishing poems: they’re the inverse experience to losing one’s self in fish scales, knots, winches, tidebooks, saltwater, calluses, gales, sunrises, fogbanks, anchor chains, cast iron pans, biscuits and gravy, Xtratufs, raingear, jellyfish, and the god-given blessing of a single long hot shower. Poems mean I get to find out just who ended up on the other side of summer. Come fall, I make sense of this world and my place in it with a wily bunch of FisherPoets on stage in bookshops and bars. And, it’s not just about the individual. There’s a real sense of community. At any FisherPoets event you can expect a warm, welcoming crowd and all kinds of poems: funny poems and sad poems, poems about good years and bad, shenanigans, rabblerousing, feminism, philosophy, and life-changing moments. We’ll mourn our losses, celebrate our victories, and pass wisdom from generation to generation. All in all, this makes for a great show, and so, whether you’re a fisher or not, I hope you’ll join us at SeaFeast 2019! We love telling stories, and like any bunch of performers, we love an audience that hoots, hollers, and sighs at just the right moment.

Sierra Golden is an award-winning poet. Although she calls Washington State home, Golden spent many summers in Alaska, working as a commercial fisherwoman. She now works in communications at Agros International, a nonprofit working to break the cycle of poverty among rural farmers in Central America. Her first poetry collection, The Slow Art, has been nominated for a 2019 Washington State Book Award!

Don't Miss the


at Three Venues in Downtown Bellingham

Saturday, September 21, 2019

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay at Boundary Bay, Honey Moon, and Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room

Join the renowned FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay celebrating commercial fishing through poetry, prose, and song. Starting at 5:30pm at each venue and carry-on into the not-so-wee-but-likely-late hours.

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Fall 2019



EOWYN IVEY Read the Book, Join the Conversation!

To The Bright Edge of the World

March 5-7, 2020

by Eowyn Ivey

Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Join your neighbors in reading To The Bright Edge of the World this year, an atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It features explorers charting the Alaskan wilderness in the late 19th century and the endurance that entailed, along with Native American mythology, love, courage and wonder. It’s a thrilling, moody and mysterious tale that we expect you will find a rich and rewarding read. Author Eowyn Ivey is scheduled to visit Whatcom County in March 2020. Events will be free-of-charge and open to the public—watch for details in the months ahead at Purchase To Tbe Bright Edge of the World at Village Books and we will donate 10% of each book sold to Whatcom READS!

Whatcom WRITES Annual Writing Contest

Theme = Discovery Read the book, write on the theme, and enter your work for a chance to be published in the 2020 Whatcom WRITES Anthology. In up to 1,500 words, submit your poem, fiction, or nonfiction work on the theme of discovery due by midnight, October 15, 2019. Winners of the contest will be published in a printed and electronic anthology and invited to read their work at events in both Village Books locations. All ages and levels of writing experience are welcome. One entry per person please. For all the rules and details including where and how to submit, go to

Whatcom Reads

Art Challenge & Exhibit The Art Challenge offers artists of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to this year’s Whatcom READS title and present their work for public display. Details, dates, and entry forms available soon at

Whatcom READS 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.


Fall 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Literacy Matters's Legal Care Academy presents the

LITERACY BREAKFAST Featuring Author & NPR Commentator

NANCY PEARL Thursday, November 7th

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7am - 9am • Bright and Early! The Whatcom Literacy Council will host the annual Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl on Thursday, November 7 from 7am-9am at Bellingham Technical College’s Settlemyer Hall and you are invited to join in on the early morning fun. Each year, Whatcom Literacy Council helps hundreds of adults in Whatcom County build their literacy skills through free tutoring and small group classes which help them get jobs and take care of their families. The funds raised at the Annual Literacy Breakfast help make that possible. A $15 registration fee (available via is required to reserve a seat. This event typically sells out over a month in advance, so early registration is advised. Because this is a fundraiser for the adult literacy programs offered by the Whatcom Literacy Council, it is expected that guests will make a donation at the event. This year the witty and wonderful Nancy Pearl, NPR commentator and author of Book Lust, More Book Lust, Book Crush, Book Lust To Go and, most recently, the novel George and Lizzie, will return to share her thoughts on some of the best reads available. Village REGISTATION Books will be on hand to sell Nancy’s recommendations. Advance registration of $15 Bonus! Opening remarks will be by Clyde Ford, author of Think Black, a memoir of his father, the first Black software engineer in America. Don't miss out!

The Whatcom Literacy Council


Recruitment Session

Change Wednesday, September 11th, 5-6pm a Life. in the Bellingham Public Library ea Becom Lecture Room Tutor.

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TUTORS NEEDED! Change someone's life by tutoring just a few hours a week. Come hear a short presentation on volunteer opportunities with the Whatcom Literacy Council, and mingle with current volunteers who can share their experiences. Check out for more information.

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Sept. 13 – 29, 2019

CRAZY FOR YOU® The Gershwin Musical

Nov. 29 – Dec. 15, 2019

THE GOOD DOCTOR Neil Simon & Anton Chekhov

Jan. 24 – Feb. 9, 2020


Mar. 20 – Apr. 5, 2020


James Lapine & Stephen Sondheim

June 5 – 21, 2020



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

Whatcom WHAT IS READING Top Sellers at Village Books in


1. Urban Trails Bellingham by Craig Romano 2. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan 3. The Mueller Report from The Washington Post 4. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 5. Becoming by Michelle Obama 6. The Overstory by Richard Powers 7. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles 8. Educated by Tara Westover 9. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari 10. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

11. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morrisi 12. Hiking Whatcom County 6/E by Ken Wilcox 13. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer 14. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 15. Wild Mercy by Mirabai Starr 16. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey 17. Horizon by Barry Lopez 18. Thirst by Heather Anderson 19. Geology of the San Juan Islands by Ned Brown 20. Power by Naomi Alderman

21. Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat 22. White Fragility by Robin Diangelo 23. The Woman’s Hour by Elaine Weiss 24. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff 25. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery 26. A Home on the South Fork by Margaret Hellyer 27. The Great Pretenders by Laura Kalpakian 28. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin 29. Devotions by Mary Oliver 30. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

It's always interesting to see what our friends and neighbors are reading. This list represents the 40 top-selling books at Village Books in Fairhaven so far this year. As usual, the books on the list reflect the eclectic and locally-oriented tastes of our community's readers. Learn a bit more about your neighbors' tastes in literature and try a few books on the list. 31. There There by Tommy Orange 32. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett 33. I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson 34. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan 35. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje 36. Circe by Madeline Miller 37. The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk 38. Six Seasons by Joshua McFadden 39. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz 40. This is How It Always Is by Laurie Frankel

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ROUND IT UP for the Bellingham


& Project Hope Food Bank


ur Round It Up program has been going strong for over two years and we’re elated to share our newest partners, Bellingham Food Bank and Project Hope Food Bank in Lynden! For far too many families in the Whatcom community, hunger is a real and ever-present struggle. Finding enough fresh, healthy, and affordable food is a constant concern from one day to the next. For the last 45 years, the hardworking staff and dedicated volunteers at the Bellingham Food Bank have been working tirelessly to meet the community need for good food. Every week, they pull their efforts together to feed over 3,500 Whatcom county families. In Bellingham alone, more than 1,350 families make a weekly trip to the food bank, and nearly 20 percent of its residents regularly use the food banks' services. Why donate funds? Because the food bank can buy food for a lot less than you and your friends can. They can take

"I never thought I would need to use the food bank to feed my family. Six months ago I had a great job." — New BFB Client

a $100 donation and turn it into 1,000 pounds of food. That’s a good thing for Whatcom County. Bellingham Food Bank partners with and supports food banks throughout Whatcom County, including Project Hope which serves families living within the Lynden School District. Round It Up dontations made in Lynden will go directly to Project Hope Food Bank. In addition to food, these food banks provide a small source of peace of mind. When families are fed, they can focus on being successful in their day-to-day lives.

Round your next purchase up to the nearest dollar and make a difference!

To learn more about their programs and find volunteering opportunities, please visit Meanwhile, we’ll see you in the stores to Round It Up!

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Book Group Inspired by Unity Village, the HomesNOW! project in Fairhaven, we invite you to join us for a limited run book group focusing on topics concerning homelessness. We'll meet from 5-6pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, September through April (except December). Meetings take place in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Tuesday, September 17 Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond Winner of the Pulitzer Prize • One of the most acclaimed books of our time, this modern classic “has set a new standard for reporting on poverty.” –Barbara Ehrenreich

Tuesday, October 15 Scarcity: The New Science of Having Less and How It Defines Our Lives by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir See how scarcity leads us astray but also how we can better manage it for greater satisfaction and success.

Tuesday, November 19 Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan Kozol Based on the months the author spent among America’s homeless, this is an unforgettable record of the desperate voices of men, women, and especially children caught up in the nightmarish situation.

Unity Village is a temporary tiny home community for the homeless in Bellingham and Whatcom County. It is being created in Fairhaven near the Post Point Wastewater Treatment Plant. HomesNOW! is in the process of building 20 tiny homes to provide a safe place for homeless people to live and keep their belongings while they look for permanent housing. Unity Village will provide access to basic necessities, such as bathrooms, showers, drinking water, and garbage service. HomesNOW! is 100% funded by donations and operated by volunteers and committed to being good neighbors!

Word is just getting out and we are receiving a great amount of community support for this group. Sponsors include—but not limited to—the following:


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Olive, Again

The Water Dancer

available in October, hardcover, Random House

available in September, hardcover, One World

Whether with a teenager coming to terms with the loss of her father; a young woman about to give birth during a hilariously inopportune moment; a nurse who confesses a secret high school crush; or a lawyer who struggles with an inheritance she does not want to accept, the unforgettable Olive will continue to startle us, to move us, and to inspire moments of transcendent grace.

This is a bracingly original vision of the world of slavery, written with the narrative force of a great adventure. Driven by the author’s bold imagination and striking ability to bring readers deep into the interior lives of his brilliantly rendered characters, The Water Dancer is the story of America’s oldest struggle—the struggle to tell the truth—from one of our most exciting thinkers and beautiful writers.

by Elizabeth Strout


by Téa Obreht available now, hardcover, Random House

Lurie is a former outlaw and a man haunted by ghosts. He sees lost souls who want something from him, and he finds reprieve from their longing in an unexpected relationship that inspires a momentous expedition across the West. Mythical, lyrical, and sweeping in scope, Inland is grounded in true but little-known history. It showcases all of Téa Obreht’s talents as a writer as she subverts and reimagines the myths of the American West.

Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris

available in October, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

From the author of the bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz comes a new story of heartbreak and healing, based on an incredible true story of love and resilience. Cilka is just 16 years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in 1942, where the commandant immediately notices how beautiful she is. Forcibly separated from the other women prisoners, Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly taken, equals survival.

Stay and Fight

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa

available now, hardcover, Pantheon

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, a draconian organization that “disappears” personal sentimental objects, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her outstanding memory as the last way of preserving the past.

Out of Darkness, Shining Light by Petina Gappah

available in September, hardcover, Scribner

This is the captivating story of the loyal men and women who carried explorer and missionary Dr. Livingstone's body with his papers and maps, 1500 miles across the continent of Africa, so his remains could be returned home to England and his work preserved there. Narrated by Halima, the doctor's sharp-tongued cook, and Jacob Wainwright, a rigidly pious freed slave, this is a story that encompasses all of the hypocrisy of slavery and colonization—the hypocrisy at the core of the human heart—while celebrating resilience, loyalty, and love.

by Madeline Ffitch

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Absorbingly spun, perfectly voiced, and disruptively political, Madeline Fffitch's Stay and Fight forces us to reimagine an Appalachia—and an America—we think we know. It takes us, laughing and fighting, into a new understanding of what it means to love and to be free. "A Contemporary Feminist Spin on the Traditional Pioneer Novel." –New York Times


Fall 2019

Join us for a free event with

Madeline Ffitch Saturday, October 26, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

She's an IndieNext author and founding member of the punk theater company, The Missoula Oblongata! Building Community One Book at a Time



Ithaca Forever:



This Tender Land

Penelope Speaks

by Luigi Malerba, translated by Douglas Grant Heise available in October, hardcover, University of California Press

After 20 years, Odysseus finally returns to Ithaca, but instead of receiving the homecoming he had hoped for, he finds himself caught in an intense battle of wills with his faithful and long-suffering wife Penelope. In this captivating retelling of The Odyssey, Penelope rises as a major force with whom to be reckoned. Shifting between first-person reflections, Ithaca Forever reveals the deeply personal and powerful perspectives of both wife and husband as they struggle for respect and supremacy within a marriage that has been on hold for 20 years.

Going Dutch

by William Kent Krueger available now, hardcover, Atria

1932, Minnesota—the Lincoln School is a pitiless place where hundreds of Native American children, forcibly separated from their parents, are sent to be educated. It is also home to an orphan named Odie O’Banion. Forced to flee, he and his brother Albert, their best friend Mose, and a girl named Emmy steal away in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, these four orphans will cross paths with others who are adrift, from struggling farmers and traveling faith healers to displaced families and lost souls of all kinds.

The Women of the Copper Country by Mary Doria Russell

by James Gregor

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Exhausted by dead-end forays in the gay dating scene, surrounded constantly by friends but deeply lonely in New York City, and drifting into academic abyss, twenty-something graduate student Richard has plenty of sources of anxiety. But at the forefront is his crippling writer’s block, which threatens daily to derail his graduate funding. Enter Anne: his brilliant classmate who offers to “help” Richard write his papers in exchange for his company. What begins as an initially transactional relationship blooms gradually into something more complex.

The Institute by Stephen King

available in September, hardcover, Scribner

In the middle of the night, in a house on a quiet street in suburban Minneapolis, intruders silently murder Luke Ellis’s parents and load him into a black SUV. The operation takes less than two minutes. Luke will wake up at The Institute, in a room that looks just like his own, except there’s no window. And outside his door are other doors, behind which are other kids with special talents—telekinesis and telepathy—who got to this place the same way Luke did.

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available now, hardcover, Atria

In July 1913, 25-year-old Annie Clements had seen enough of the world to know that it was unfair. She’s spent her whole life in the copper-mining town of Calumet, Michigan where men risk their lives for meager salaries—and had barely enough to put food on the table and clothes on their backs. The women labor in the houses of the elite and send their husbands and sons deep underground each day, dreading the fateful call of the company man. When Annie decides to stand up for herself, and the entire town of Calumet, nearly everyone believes she may have taken on more than she is prepared to handle.

Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia

available in October, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Tuesday Mooney is a loner. She keeps to herself, begrudgingly socializes, and spends much of her time watching old Twin Peaks and X-Files DVDs. But when Vincent Pryce, Boston’s most eccentric billionaire, dies—leaving behind an epic treasure hunt through the city, with clues inspired by his hero, Edgar Allan Poe—Tuesday’s adventure finally begins. Puzzle-loving Tuesday searches for clue after clue, joined by a ragtag crew: a wisecracking friend, an adoring teen neighbor, and a handsome, cagey young heir.

Thank You for Shopping Local! Fall 2019






Where the Light Enters

Join us for a free event with

by Sara Donati

Sarah Donati

available in September, hardcover, Berkley

Saturday, September 14, 4pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

The Warlow Experiment by Alix Nathan

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

I'm not going to lie. This book is weird and the fact that it's based on an actual ad that the author came across from the 18th century only makes it more fascinating. What kind of person would sign on to live underground for seven years with no human contact, and no chance to leave? It turns out just one person, John Warlow. Herbert Powyss creates this experiment to test how man survives alone, without contact with others and the result is astonishing. This one's dark, folks. So delightfully dark. –Claire

From Bellingham’s own international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour, comes Sara Donati's enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in 19th-century New York. Dr. Sophie Savard, obstetrician and daughter of free people of color, returns home to Washington Square Park in 1884 to resume her life after the death of her husband and childhood love. Awaiting her is her dearest friend and fellow physician Dr. Anna Savard—and also a city whose starved, desperate pleas go unanswered, forsaken by Lady Liberty’s cold copper gaze, drowned out by the dazzling splendor of New York’s Gilded Age. Sara Donati is also the author of the Wilderness series, which includes Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest.

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The Warehouse

by Emma Donoghue

available now, hardcover, Crown

Noah is a retired professor, days away from a trip to the south of France, when he receives word that he is the closest relative to an 11-year-old great nephew he has never met. A boy who is about to be a ward of the state unless Noah becomes his guardian, effective immediately. Reluctantly, Noah brings Michael with him to France on a pilgrimage to piece together clues left about his family during WWII. This is an homage to family, history, and love. –Claire

available in September, hardcover, Little Brown

by Rob Hart

Cloud isn't just a place to work. It's a place to live. And when you're here, you'll never want to leave. "On the surface, The Warehouse is a thrilling story of corporate espionage at the highest level, but dig a little deeper and you'll find a terrifying cautionary tale of the nightmare world we are making for ourselves." --Blake Crouch, New York Times bestselling author of Dark Matter.

Who Are You, Calvin Bledsoe?

Agent Running in the Field

available now, hardcover, Algonquin

available in October, hardcover, Viking

Can you imagine John Calvin having a conversation with a gerbil? Our author can. Meet Calvin Bledsoe named for the theologian a pellet stove blogger, divorced from the only other pellet stove blogger in the industry. Travel to Stockholm and beyond with Calvin and his mysterious Aunt (?) Beatrice. I read this book based on its comparison to a Wes Anderson movie alone. I was not disappointed. –Diana

Set in London in 2018, Agent Running in the Field follows a solitary figure who, in a desperate attempt to resist the political turbulence swirling around him, makes connections that will take him down a dangerous path. In his plot and characterization, le Carré is as thrilling as ever, and in the way he writes about our times he proves himself, once again, to be the greatest chronicler of our age.

by John le Carré

by Brock Clarke


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A Tall History of Sugar

Imaginary Friend

available October, hardcover, Akashic Books

available in October, hardcover, Hachett

"A Tall History of Sugar is captivating from the very first page. Mythic in dimension yet movingly human in its details, alive with atmospheric richness, it heralds a fascinating new voice in English-language fiction." --Jennifer Egan, Pulitzer Prize– winning author of Manhattan Beach

20 years after Stephen Chbosky brought us The Perks of Being a Wallflower, he comes out of hiatus with a novel that propels us into the darkest recesses of the horror genre. Say goodbye to the days of Rocky Horror and delve into this suspenseful thriller that follows a young boy and his mother as they navigate the perils of both the natural and supernatural realms. Echoing the stylistic storytelling of Stephen King, Chbosky weaves a tale that will keep you immersed in an intricate battle for good and evil. Don't miss one of the most anticipated books of 2019. –Autumn Skye

by Curdella Forbes

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett   

available in September, hardcover, Harper

Ann Patchett always knows how to tell a good story and she does it again with The Dutch House.  This story is told between two siblings, Danny and Maeve, through five decades. Their family home is the tie between them and their past.  Equally suspenseful and heart warming, this is a perfect novel. –Kelly E.


by Jeanette Winterson available October, hardcover, Grove Press

Since her astonishing debut at 25 with Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Jeanette Winterson has achieved worldwide critical and commercial success. Her new novel, Frankissstein, is an audacious love story that weaves together disparate lives into an exploration of transhumanism, artificial intelligence, and queer love. Funny and furious, bold and clear-sighted, Frankissstein is a love story about life itself.

Dominicana by Angie Cruz  

available in September, hardcover, Flatiron Books

An enduring story of Ana Canción, a 15-year-old that is married off to a much older man. She moves to New York with her new husband and learns a new life and struggles between her true desires and her duty to her family.  Set in the 1960s this is a story told from the heart and based on the author's mother.  –Kelly E.

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by Stephen Chbosky


by John Englehardt available in September, hardcover, Dzanc Books

In this richly textured debut, John Englehardt explores how the origin and aftermath of a school shooting impacts the lives of three characters: a disillusioned student, a grieving professor, and a young man whose valuation of fear and disconnection funnels him into the role of the aggressor. As the community wrestles with the fallout, Bloomland interrogates social and cultural dysfunction in a nation where mass violence has become all too familiar.

On Division

by Goldie Goldbloom available in September, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When Surie, a Chasidic Jewish mother and grandmother, discovers that she has miraculously become pregnant with twins in her late 50s, she finds herself unable to tell her family out of shame and disbelief. Torn between joy and exhaustion, as she contemplates plunging back into parenting infants at an age her community considers elderly, she has to re-examine her notions of unconditional love. Faith, tradition, shame, and devotion are lovingly explored in this beautiful novel. –Stephanie

Pre-order your book and we'll call you as soon as it arrives! Fall 2019


PRE-ORDER The Testaments Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Village Books will donate a portion of pre-sales to "Dear Readers: Everything you've ever asked me about Gilead and its inner workings is the inspiration for this book. Well, almost everything! The other inspiration is the world we've been living in." —Margaret Atwood

THE WAIT IS (almost) OVER! Thursday, September 10, 2019


ATWOOD Live in Cinemas Margaret Atwood will launch the worldwide release of The Testaments with an exclusive cinema broadcast from London. The global event will feature Ms. Atwood in conversation about the new book and will feature readings and special guests.

Release Day!

Tues. Sept. 10, 7:30pm at the Lincoln Theatre

Mount Vernon, WA

Wed. Sept. 18, 8pm Pickford Film Center Bellingham, WA 20

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Bonus Bundle Get The Testaments for only $25 when you purchase a ticket to the show at either venue!

A Year of

New Book Group!

Reading Atwoodly We're wrapping up a fantastic year of Reading Kingsolverly in October but do not despair. Starting this November, we'll delve into a full year of everything Margaret Atwood! Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven.

Tuesday, November 12, 5:30pm –The Handmaid's Tale An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon, from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). We can't think of a better way to start off a Margaret Atwood book group —join us!

Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm –The Penelopiad Margaret Atwood's shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. "Half-Dorothy Parker, half-Desperate Housewives.” –The Independent (UK)

Watch for additional reading selections.

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A Door in the Earth by Amy Waldman

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Amy Waldman, who reported from Afghanistan for the New York Times after 9/11, has created a taut, propulsive novel about power, perspective, and idealism, brushing aside the dust of America's longest-standing war to reveal the complicated truths beneath. A Door in the Earth is the rarest of books, one that helps us understand living history through poignant characters and unforgettable storytelling.




by Philippa Gregory available now, hardcover, Atria Books

It is midsummer 1648 in the far reaches of England that is in civil war. Our heroine Alinor is a single mother trying to pull herself out of poverty when she finds herself helping a young man on the run. Beautifully written and transcendent by best-selling author Philippa Gregory. –Kelly E.


The Secrets We Kept

available in September, hardcover, Knopf

available in September, hardcover, Knopf

Inspired by the author’s own visit to Uruguay in 2001, where she met a group of women like the ones in Cantoras, De Robertis gives us not just one or two, but five inspirational and vital queer women who make a family of each other. When a military coup in 1973 puts a government in power that bans homosexuality, these women find ways so push themselves, their families, and their country back towards wholeness. –Stephanie

At the height of the Cold War, two secretaries are pulled out of the typing pool at the CIA and given the assignment of a lifetime. Sally Forrester is a seasoned spy with a gift for deceit. Irina is a novice, and under Sally’s tutelage. Their mission: to smuggle Doctor Zhivago out of the USSR, where no one dare publish it, and help Pasternak’s magnum opus make its way into print around the world.

by Carolina De Robertis

Three Flames by Alan Lightman

available in September, hardcover, Counterpoint

The stories of one Cambodian family are intricately braided together in Alan Lightman’s first work of fiction in six years. Three Flames portrays the struggles of a Cambodian farming family against the extreme patriarchal attitudes of their society and the cruel and dictatorial father, set against a rural community that is slowly being exposed to the modern world and its values.

by Lara Prescott

How Long ‘til Black Future Month? : Stories by N. K. Jemisin

available now, paperback, Orbit

N. K. Jemisin, the author of the acclaimed Broken Earth series, is one of my favorite authors and I was so excited to hear that she had published a new book! I don't usually read short stories, but I couldn't turn this one away and boy I was not disappointed. Her writing is so incredible; the way she draws you into the worlds she creates in just a few short pages is truly astounding. –Lauren

The Last Train to London by Meg Waite Clayton    

available in September, hardcover, Harper

Based on the true story of Truus Wijsmuller—a little-known Dutch woman who risked her life to save up to 10,000 children from Nazi occupied Europe. An amazing story of heroism and courage, she was recently honored in Holland!  –Kelly E.

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Author Dinner with

J. RYAN STRADAL at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe! Thursday, November 7, 6-8:30pm Join us at Evolve Cafe for a celebration of women and beer, and a great new book! We’re hosting a meal with the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Chef Christy will fashion a meal where each course is inspired by the book and we’ll have a guest brewer on hand pairing tasty beers with different elements of the story. This is truly a book-crafted meal and it’s sure to be delicious! His new novel, The Lager Queen of Minnesota, centers around a family of women and their special relationship with beer. Two sisters, one farm. Here we meet a cast of lovable, funny, quintessentially American characters eager to make their mark in a world that’s often stacked against them. J. Ryan Stradal is a contributing editor at Taste Magazine. Born and raised in Minnesota, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he co-hosts a culinary-themed reading series called Hot Dish. Tickets $75: Each includes a signed copy of The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Tickets are available at Village Books and on Seating is limited so reserve your seat now!

Graphic Novels

Cats of the Louvre

by Taiyo Matsumoto, translated by Michael Arias available in September, hardcover, VIZ Media

From the creator behind Tekkonkinkreet! The worldrenowned Louvre museum in Paris contains more than just the most famous works of art in history. At night, within its darkened galleries, an unseen and surreal world comes alive—a world witnessed only by the small family of cats that lives in the attic … until now.

Saga : Compendium One

by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples available in October, paperback, Image Comics

Finally! After seven years, the first compendium of my favorite graphic novel series of all time is here! Within these pages, Vaughan crafts a world that is wildly innovative with a harmonious mix between sci-fi and fantasy, while writing a story of intergalactic war and the family caught between the two sides in a way that is complex, dynamic and achingly human. Fiona Staples has paired it with over 1300 pages of the most beautiful full-color illustrations I have seen in years. –Emma


Fall 2019

Paper Girls : Volume 6

by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson available in October, paperback, Image Comics

The final volume of Brian K. Vaughan's epic about four newspaperdelivering preteen girls from 1988 will take them all on one last adventure through time and space. Perfect for fans of Stranger Things (though this predecessor is no copycat). Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson's bright illustrations perfectly capture the pastel aesthetic of the late 80s and early 90s. If you haven't started this series yet, you better get started, it will be over soon! –Emma

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Fantasy & Science Fiction

Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo available in October, hardcover, Flatiron Books

By the author of the Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows, Bardugo's adult debut features secret societies, occult activities, ghost sightings, all happening on the Yale campus! Reading this made me want to fly straight to New Haven and explore all the fascinating places she describes. Besides all that, the story of Galaxy "Alex" Stern and how she gets involved with the Ninth House was addicting and unputdownable. I can't WAIT for more more more! –Lauren

Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas

Gideon the Ninth By Tamsyn Muir

available in September, hardcover, Tor

This necromantic science fantasy debut is the most fun you’ll ever have with a skeleton. Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword and her dirty magazines and prepares to launch her daring escape. But she can’t go free without one more service to the emperor who has called his necromancers to action. If Gideon survives, she’ll be a hero, and a free woman. If not, she can look forward to eternity as a shambling bone-servant.

available now, hardcover, Atria

For fans of World War Z and the Southern Reach Trilogy, a suspenseful oral history commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Pulse—the alien code that hacked the DNA of Earth’s population—and the response team who faced the worldchanging phenomenon. Discovered by Dr. Dahlia Black, the mysterious Pulse was sent by a highly intelligent intergalactic species that called themselves the Ascendants. They aren’t just interested in communication—they are capable of rewriting human DNA, in an astonishing process they call the Elevation.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

available in October, paperback, Orbit

I loved Ann Leckie's space saga Ancillary Justice and was thrilled to find out that she delved into the realms of epic fantasy! Her world building and characters are mesmerizing and the way she tells this story was captivating. Perfect for fans of N. K. Jemisin (The Broken Earth trilogy) as well! –Lauren


by Frank Herbert

A Little Hatred

available in October, hardcover, Ace

by Joe Abercrombie

available September, hardcover, Orbit

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever. From bestselling author Joe Abercrombie comes the first book in a new blockbuster fantasy trilogy where the age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die.

Dune is the story of Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” Melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, Melange is a prize worth killing for … Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece—one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time is now available in a beautiful new hardcover package. "I've loved this book for 40 years—I'm so glad it's now in hardcover!" –Paul Hanson, VB Owner

Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow

available in September, hardcover, Redhook

This startlingly beautiful novel makes me want to believe in magic again. Reading it feels like waking up and realizing your bedtime stories somehow grew up alongside you. This is a story for people who love books, who adore fairy tales and folklore. It is for people who used to sit in front of mirrors when they were seven years old and whisper magic words, hoping that they would eventually take them somewhere else. –Emma

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Join us for a FREE EVENT at Village Books with the one and only

M ARKUS ZUSAK Village Books is thrilled to welcome Markus Zusak to the Readings Gallery for the trade paperback release of Bridge of Clay, the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. Written in powerfully inventive language and bursting with heart, Bridge of Clay is signature Zusak. Markus Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international bestseller The Book Thief, which has sold 16 million copies worldwide, is published in 42 foreign language territories, and has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Markus lives in Sydney, Australia, with his wife and children.

Tuesday, October 15, 7pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

Signing line guideliness: Mr. Zusak will personalize an unlimited number of copies of Bridge of Clay. He will autograph (signature only) up to two back-list titles purchased at Village Books. He will autograph (signature only) one book from home.

The Dishwasher by Stéphane LaRue

available now, paperback, Biblioasis

The comparisons to Kitchen Confidential are inevitable and that's just fine. I love a good behind-thescenes-at-the-restaurant story. Our hero is an art student whose dream is to design album covers for heavy metal bands, and he would be well on his way but for a debilitating gambling addiction. Gritty, harsh, and utterly compelling, I loved the inside look at the kitchens of Montreal. –Claire

Deep River

by Karl Marlantes

Join us for the live taping of

available now, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring bestselling author

KARL MARLANTES Tuesday, September 24

doors & music 6:30pm, show 7pm

in the Heiner Theater at WCC TICKETS $5: available at Village Books and Receive one free ticket with each pre-event purchase of Deep River.


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Escaping oppressive Russian rule in the early 1900's, three Finnish siblings immigrate to America and join other Finns and Swedes on the coast of southern Washington working in the logging industry. The sister was associated with left-wing revolutionaries in Finland and in America works to organize labor unions. I learned much about the Wobblie movement in the PNW including the Bloody Sunday Everett Massacre in 1916. –Mel

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paperback FICTION

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger

A Ladder to the Sky

available now, paperback, Grove Press

by John Boyne

The first novel in ten years from author Leif Enger, Virgil Wander is a sweeping story of new beginnings against all odds that follows the inhabitants of a hard luck town in their quest to revive its heart. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures of kite-flying, movies, fishing, baseball, necking in parked cars and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked upper Midwest.

available now, paperback, Hogarth Press

Oooh boy, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Maurice Swift is a fascinating and downright villainous character; I could not stop reading until the very end to find out what else this dastardly man would do to get a story. Boyne's scarily plausible tale had me gasping aloud at times, and I bet you might, too. –Lauren

The Dollmaker

The Winter Soldier

by Nina Allan

by Daniel Mason

available in October, paperback, Other Press

available in September, paperback, Back Bay Books

An unusual friendship is at the center of this strange story. Andrew makes beautiful, detailed dolls and is a collector too. Bramber also appreciates dolls and they strike up a correspondence, he from his home and she from the mental hospital where she has lived for the last 20 years. Andrew decides to rescue her and begins a road trip like no other. Peppered throughout this tale are the stories of their shared favorite author and doll-maker, Ewa Chaplin. Remember Daphne du Maurier's Don't Look Now? This one reminds me of that classic. –Claire

From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone. "A dream of a novel... Part mystery, part war story, part romance." --Anthony Doerr, author of All the Light We Cannot See


by Barbara Kingsolver available in October, paperback, Harper

The New York Times bestselling author of Flight Behavior, The Lacuna, and The Poisonwood Bible and recipient of numerous literary awards—including the National Humanities Medal, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Orange Prize—returns with a timely novel that interweaves past and present to explore the human capacity for resiliency and compassion in times of great upheaval.“I felt almost bereft closing the cover on this book… With a spellbinding narrative and its exquisitely accurate evocation of two eras, Barbara Kingsolver’s novel is itself a shelter of sorts. One doesn’t want to leave it.”—Wall Street Journal

Join us as we complete our year of

Reading Kingsolverly Book Group Final two meetings! We'll discuss Small Wonders on September 10th and Unsheltered on October 8th at 5:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the Mezzanine of Village Books in Fairhaven.

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Fu Ping

by Wang Anyi, translated by Howard Goldblatt available now, paperback, Columbia University Press

Wang Anyi, one of contemporary China’s most acclaimed authors, explores the daily lives of migrants from rural areas and other people on the margins of urban life in the early years of the People’s Republic of China. Soon-to-be-arranged-bride Fu Ping arrives in Shanghai and the more she explores the residential lanes and courtyards behind Shanghai’s busy shopping streets, the less she wants to return to the country as a dutiful wife. As Fu Ping wavers over her future, she learns the city through the stories of the nannies, handymen, and garbage collectors whose labor is bringing life and bustle back to postwar Shanghai.

Starting November 12th...

A Year of Reading Atwoodly! 2nd Tuesdays at 5:30pm. Read more on page 20.

Fall 2019


POETRY The Poetry Remedy : Prescriptions for the Heart, Mind, and Soul


by Rose McLarney available in September, paperback, Penguin

by William Sieghart

available in October, hardcover, Viking

When in need of a lift, consider the power of poetry to sooth, inspire, and heal. With poems for the fearful, the insecure, the lethargic, and more, this book of poetry prescriptions has something useful for your journey. Open the pharmacy that is this book, and select a balm for your soul. –Diana

I spent an afternoon in my hammock savoring M cLarney's beautiful ecopoetry. Her observations sway between mourning and giving thanks. She writes about home - the house, the South, the planet. Be still and feel the seasons changing. Make room for another. Consider an animal's perspective. Ponder our water supply. My favorite line: "One swallow of good liquor enough to scent the whole." –Diana

Join us for a FREE EVENT with author

DAVID GUTERSON Thursday, September 26, 7pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

Turn Around Time

A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest


At long last, David Guterson is coming back to Village Books to present his book of poetry and we're thrilled. Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase “turn around time” as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home—regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives. His new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington’s mountain ranges which he hiked while growing up. David Guterson is a bestselling novelist, short story writer, poet, journalist, and essayist. He is best known as the author of the novel Snow Falling on Cedars (1994), which won the 1995 PEN/Faulkner Award. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Hey YOUth!

Write a poem and submit it to the Youth Peace Poetry Contest. Submissions due by September 27. See page 68 for details.


Fall 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time


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: • Freelance Writing & Editing : How • Storyham : A Storytelling • Type-ins for Writers to Become a Professional Wordsmith with Scott Calhoun Mondays, October 7 - 28, 1pm-2pm at WCC (4 sessions) Unlease your creativity! Discover the amazing curitive properties analog writing can have for the frustrated creative — on a typewriter!

• The Open Road : Writing Poems of Travel and Reflection with Barbara Bloom Saturday, October 12, 9am-4pm, at WCC (1 session) We will explore our own travel narratives in a variety of poetic styles and approaches.

• Finish Your Book (And Get it Published)

Workshop and Event with Stephanie Dethlefs Thursdays, October 10 & 17, 5:30pm-8:30pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

AND Wednesday, October 23, 7pm-9pm at Evolve Cafe + Chocolate (3 sessions) Bring your work in progress! We'll craft stories then you'll have the opportunity to read your work at a live showcase.

• Where Do You Get Your Ideas? with Roby Blecker Thursdays, October 17 & 24, 6:30pm-8pm at WCC (2 sessions) Look at the sources for ideas and the ways to turn those ideas into mouth-watering stories.

• Poetry as Memoir

with Daniel Levine Tuesday, October 15, 6pm-8pm at WCC (1 session)

with Barbara Bloom Saturday, November 2, 9am-4pm, at WCC (1 session)

Identify what's preventing completion, find solutions, and prepare for the next steps.

Explore how you can write about important moments in your life in poems.

with Charles Hoppe Tuesdays, November 5 & 12, 6pm-8pm, at WCC (2 sessions) Learn to build the foundation of a thriving freelancing career.

• Introduction to Fiction Writing with Roby Blecker Thursdays, November 7 - 21, 6:30pm-9pm at WCC (3 sessions) This class will provide the basics for someone who wants to dip their toe into creating fiction for the first time.

• Business, Health, and Self-Help Books : Share Your Expertise with the World with Charles Hoppe Thursday, November 21, 5:45pm-8:45pm, at WCC (1 session) Learn to build the foundation of a thriving freelancing career.

The Writer’s Toolbox: Fiction Join Roby Blecker for this series of practical exercises that will provide you with tools for your writing toolbox. Series can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. Each class runs from 9:30am - 4:30pm with a lunch break from 12 - 1pm at WCC - Foundation Building. Individual classes $95 ea. or take all six workshops for $495.

Building Strong Characters

Working with Story and Plot I

Wednesday, October 16

Wednesday, November 6

Writing Compelling Dialogue Wednesday, October 23

Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood Wednesday, October 30

Working with Story and Plot II Prerequisite: Working with Story & Plot I.

Chuckanut Writers

Wednesday, November 13

Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller Prerequisite: one or more of the preceding workshops in The Writer’s Toolbox Series to receive the greatest value in this final class.

Wednesday, November 20

Read more and reserve your space today at You can also register by calling 360-383-3200 FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

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Chuckanut Writers

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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 5th 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. Mabanglo-Mayor September 19 Get Inspired! POETRY Turning People READING September 5 WhaMemWriMo You Know into Sept. 8, 4pm "Did he really say that?” Characters Workshop Series at Village Books Creating Effective on the Page in Fairhaven Dialogue in the Memoir by Rebecca As a part of the annual Whatcom Memoir Writing with Laura Kalpakian Mabanglo-Mayor Month, this series of weekly workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. These workshops, all taught or led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole ($99), or you can select from the individual workshops ($29) to suit your needs and schedule.

These classes take place in the Village Books Readings Gallery from 5-6:30pm on Thursdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26.

September 12 Three Acts & Scene Generation with Nancy Canyon

September 26 Gaining Freedom from Your Inner Critic with Cami Ostman

Visit for registration information.

Don’t Wait Too Long!

Chuckanut Writers classes are self-supporting and require a minimum number of students to run. Unless we hear from you in time, we may be forced to cancel a class you were planning to take due to low enrollment. Please register early.

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

on the mezzanine level of VB unless otherwise noted

Writing Groups

Village Books hosts multiple writing groups. Choose which group most reflects your writing genre, then come and share your work in a supportive environment. Groups are free and open to everyone.

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

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

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

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

Fiction I

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

Fiction II

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm

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. 28

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Returns to WCC next summer! Friday and Saturday June 26 - 27, 2020 WCC and Village Books would like to thank all attendees and our valued sponsors for making this year's conference a success. Please join us next year.

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Book Groups

VB Reads...

Village Books Groups are Open to Everyone 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. With the exception of Books & Brews and Lynden Front Streeters, groups meet at Village Books in Fairhaven. Each month, we send out a fun e-newsletter, specifically geared for book groups. Sign up for this newsletter at villagebooks. com or by emailing NEW!

Community Conversations

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!

A Year of Reading Kingsolverly Final two meetings! We'll discuss Small Wonders on September 10th and Unsheltered on October 8th at 5:30pm. In the Writers' Corner on the Mezzanine of Village Books in Fairhaven.

A Year of Reading Atwoodly Starting in November we're celebrating all that is Margaret Atwood. Will meet the 2nd Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm. Read more on page 20.

Discuss books that allow us to better understand issues of homelessness. 5pm the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Readings Gallery. See page 15 for more information.

General Lit

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

Cookbook & Cooking Lit Join Diana at 4pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month on the mezzanine at Village Books in Fairhaven to explore the wonders of food.

Bellingham Mysterians


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 2pm.

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.

Engaged Citizens Book Group 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.

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

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

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

Lynden Front Streeters In the North County? Join our Lynden book group! We meet at 2pm on the 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Waples Room in the Inn at Lynden. Good books, good people, good times! Join us.

Books & Brews

l at Overfeow Taps in Lynden Join us the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7pm for a casual book conversation and a pint of beer! Ahhhh... the perfect pairing! See page 37 for selections.

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read. eat. repeat.

With two laughing wives…

If Gandhi was a chef, he would cook the change we wished to see ... if Lewis Carroll was a chef, he would transform the menu six ways before tea time ... if Leo Tolstoy was a chef, he would cook an epic 20-course menu ... when Chef Christy Fox cooks, it’s with intuitive prowess, elevated palate + love of the Upper Left USA!

EVOLVE CELEBRATES ONE YEAR AT VILLAGE BOOKS! September 1, 2019 marks one year since we opened our doors for the official soft opening of our beloved cafe with a million dollar view. Many of our community members, friends, and family all jumped in to help build our nest, giving Chef Christy and I the opportunity to create some wildly popular events...From our Sensorial Book Club to our full service three-course weekend dinners, the collaborative author events, to the private soirées catered right here on the mezzanine! Thank YOU! –Shannon

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Every Fourth Thursday EC+C hosts a sensorial book club with food & cocktail pairings. What started as an inspibooks... ration of the deeper meaning of flavor profiles by Chef Owner Christy and wife Shannon Fox, Life Between the Pages came alive with food + drink + books! Each month Special Guest bartenders and moderators join in the literary frivolity. Fourth Thursday | 6-8:30pm | $60 | 21+ Purchase tickets at EC+C and

September 26 A remarkable The Food of a portrait of American Younger Land food before WWII by by Mark Kurlansky Special Guest TBA

the bestselling author of Cod and Salt.

October 24 The Drawing of the Dark by Tim Powers Special Guests Monica + Josh, owners of Atwood Ales

January-October 2020 Now taking book suggestions & sign ups!

Fourth Friday Fairhaven Art Walk! View work by EC+C artist Joules Martin and monthly guest artists.


Weekly Prix Fixe Dinners • Friday & Saturdays 5-8pm Reservations recommended | 3 Courses | $30

Indulge your palate and your mind! 9am-9pm Mon-Sat 10am-7pm Sun 360.220.1898 Deliciously perched above Village Books - 1200 11th St. in Historic Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA

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Pinot & Prose

Willamette Valley Wine Tour

Info Session Monday, October 21, 6pm in the Fairhaven Readings Gallery Optional Book List:

• The Vineyard Years : A Memoir with Recipes by Susan Sokol Blosser The author will present to the group.

• The Scent Keeper

October 21, 2019 | 6:00 –7:00 PM

by Erica Bauermeister She will be on the trip with us!

• The Grail : A Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World by Brian Doyle Who will be with us in spirit.

Drinks The NoMad Cocktail Book by Leo Robitschek

available in October, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

An idyllic afternoon spent in New York City's Flatiron District: people watching in Madison Square Park, browsing in the gorgeous Rizzoli Bookstore, and lunch at The Library Bar in the NoMad Hotel (non-guests allowed before 4:00pm) The next best thing? Mining this book for cocktail inspiration. Dowse watermelon with Aperol, shave a hazelnut over that drink with Frangelico in it, or infuse buttermilk with lemon verbena. Can you resist a drink called the Mad Gnome? Me neither. –Diana


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

COOKING Find the cookbooks along with fun food and cooking items in Paper Dreams!

Home Made in the Oven : Truly Easy, Comforting Recipes for Baking, Broiling, and Roasting by Yvette van Boven

available in October, hardcover, Abrams Books

Filled with more than 80 simple and seasonal recipes for dishes you can make in the oven! Alongside the recipes are van Boven’s annotated illustrations and photographs of finished dishes. For van Boven, everything belongs in the oven: vegetables, meat, fish, pizza, stews, and of course, sweets! The recipes are sure to provide you with plenty of tips, tricks, and inspiration for cooking in your oven.

The Forest Feast Mediterranean : Simple Vegetarian Recipes Inspired by My Travels

Quick and Simple Recipes by Spruce

available in September, paperback, Spruce

This cookbook gives you more than 200 quick, cheap and tasty recipes that will impress all your mates, as well as indispensable tips on everything the new student needs to know. Each recipe has a cost breakdown to help with budgeting and detailed instructions to make them accessible to even the most novice cook. This book will help you get through your first year away from home!

The Noodle Soup Oracle :

by Erin Gleeson

available in September, hardcover, Abrams Books

Reimagining the flavors and signature dishes of this part of the Mediterranean, Gleeson presents 100 vegetarian recipes for creating effortless, unforgettable meals. Filled with atmospheric images of coastal villages, charming watercolor illustrations, and mouthwatering food photography, The Forest Feast Mediterranean is an irresistible escape from the everyday, no matter where you might live.


Eat Joy : Stories & Comfort Food from 31 Celebrated Writers

edited by Natalie Eve Garrett, available in October, hardcover, Black Balloon Publishing

Reflect on food's ability to comfort, console, and welcome. Join 31 celebrated authors from Lev Grossman to Anthony Doerr and Colum McCann as they remember childhood sack lunches, vegan cleanses, divorce recovery food ruts, a father's ashes stealthily sprinkled beneath a refrigerator at a favorite grocer, and meringues toasted over a gas flame with an indulgent grandmother. Laugh. Cry. Relive your own food memories. Each essay includes a recipe. –Diana

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The Hungry College Student Cookbook : 200+

Hundreds of Possibilities for the World’s Favorite Comfort Food

by Michele Hurnes

available in October, hardcover, Running Press Adult

This isn't your traditional noodle soup cookbook. It's a mix-and-match guide to building the dish you want to eat. Within these pages, you'll find tried-and-true flavor combinations and start-to-finish bowl recipes, but they're here to entice and inspire, not constrain. Add to them, subtract from them, and shatter the boundaries between ramen, saimin, and pho.

Cooking Lit!


This Is a Book for People Who Love Hot Sauce by Matt Garczynski

available in October, hardcover, Running Press Adult

An introduction to the condiment's storied history and traditional producing regions, as well as its significance in popular culture, is paired with engaging profiles of more than two dozen of the world's most tongue-singeing sauces. Fiery facts and spicy asides add a dash of context, while vintage-inspired illustrations capture the essence of each iconic bottle. Deeply researched, but not too serious!

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Milk Street : The New Rules: Recipes That Will Change the Way You Cook by Christopher Kimball

available in October, hardcover, Voracious

Cannelle et Vanille :

Nourishing Gluten-Free Recipes for Every Meal and Mood by Aran Goyoaga

available in September, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

From the James Beard-recognized creator of Cannelle et Vanille comes 100 recipes that show us how to bring more joy and mindfulness to the kitchen through family-friendly meals that are satisfying, yet decidedly unfussy. Filled with Goyoaga’s gorgeous photographs, you will also find suggestions for creating a welcoming space with lighting, linens, flowers, and flatware, along with gentle encouragement to spend time in the kitchen nourishing yourself as well as those you love.

In Milk Street: The New Rules, Chris and his team of cooks and editors deliver a book full of game-changing recipes powered by a simple technique, tip, or trick that will transform your cooking life. For example, you'll learn that surface area is the key to crispy skin and evenly cooked chicken! Each of these dishes features step-by-step photography and clear instructions to make it perfect every time.

The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting

by Kathryn Lukas, Shane Peterson available in August, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

The Farmhouse Culture Guide to Fermenting provides you with the history, health information, and safest methods for preserving, along with 115 recipes for krauts, pickles, kimchi, fermented vegetables, hot sauces, preserved fruits and jams, kombucha, and even mead. With trusted authors Kathryn Lukas and Shane Peterson, owners of mega-brand Farmhouse Culture, and their thoroughly tested recipes, this is the fermentation book that every home fermenter needs.




Explore the Wonders of Food Hosted by Diana, this book group meets from 4-5pm the first Wednesday of most months on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven to explore the wonders of food. Go to for a full list of VB Book Groups and what they're all reading!

Join us for an Author Dinner with J. RYAN STRADAL Thursday, November 8, 6-8:30pm –The Lager Queen of Minnesota

Food & Fiction! at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe

Join us in the cafe for a celebration of women, beer, and a great new book! Chef Christy will fashion a meal where each course is inspired by the book and we’ll have a guest brewer on hand pairing tasty beers with different elements of the story. See page 22 for more information and how to register.


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

Village Books and Paper Dreams

LYNDEN FALL FUN! ADRIA LIBOLT September 7 BOOK GROUP MIXER October 17 CAROLYN KOEHNLINE October 26 Join Us! Visit Us Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm


We sell USED BOOKS! LOOK FOR THE GREEN LABELS and low, low prices!

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Top Sellers at Village Books in

1. The Big Burn by Timothy Egan 2. Hiking Whatcom County 6/E by Ken Wilcox 3. Urban Trails Bellingham by Craig Romano 4. Pacific Northwest Best Trips by Lonely Planet 5. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 6. Still Life by Louise Penny 7. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 8. Educated by Tara Westover 9. Becoming by Michelle Obama 10. The Mueller Report from The Washington Post

11. The Success Lie by Janelle Bruland 12. Eye of the Beholder by Luci Shaw 13. A Home on the South Fork by Margaret Hellyer 14. A Deadly Wind by John Dodge 15. To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey The Whatcom Reads 2020 Selection! See page 10 for more!



Thursday, October 17, 5:30pm At Overflow Taps in Lynden adjacent to Village Books and Paper Dreams

Historic Hospitality Historic Hospitality

We're hosting a pair of Book Group Mixers– one in each of our locations–and would love for you to join us for drinks, discussion, and much mirth and merriment. You don't have to be in a book group to attend – everyone (21+) is invited to attend! Tickets: $5–includes a drink. Available now!

35 Luxury Rooms / Meeting Room / Shopping & Dining 360-746-8597 • • 100 5th Street


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Book Groups Lynden Style Meet at Overflow Taps to casually discuss the book selection and share a pint! Fourth Tuesdays at 7pm.

September 24: Beloved by Toni Morrison October 22: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann November 26: Border Songs by Jim Lynch Get an exclusive Books and Brews growler free with the purchase of a fill. Just let the beertender know you are part of Books and Brews!

Open to All Spend the afternoon with “The Front Streeters,” led by VBPD staff members. We explore a variety of reads from different genres and have a lot of fun. Grab a friend and let’s chat about books — and whatever else comes up! We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden — adjacent to Village Books. Open to all.


Join Us!

Lynden Front Streeters

September 18: The Seas by Samantha Hunt October 16: Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles November 20: Music of the Ghosts by Vaddey Ratner

Attendees are eligible for a 15% discount on that group's selections. FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

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New Crew

at Village Books and Paper Dreams in Lynden! We're excited to welcome four new members to our Lynden team. Pictured left to right: • Hannah Jennings • Pam Vincent • Rielley Rogers and • Sally Bowen Owners Sarah Hutton (pictured far right) Paul Hanson, and Kelly Evert have greatly enjoyed getting to know them—we know you will too. Stop in and say hi!

Village Books and Paper Dreams

Check-in Chats Fun, Brief, Casual Book Conversations

Designed for guests checking in to the Inn at Lynden but

DAILY at 3:30pm Meet in the Lobby of the Inn at Lynden

open to everyone,

our daily Check-in Chats are fun, casual conversations with our Lynden booksellers.

They’ll share favorite books and hot, new releases, introduce you to regional artisans and authors, share gift giving tips, or dish on upcoming events.

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StoreStore Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pm Sun. 11am-5pm Fairhaven Lynden StoreLynden Hours: Monday-Saturday Hours: Mon.-Sat. 9am-9pm 10am-7pm •• Sunday • Sun. 10am-7pm 11am-5pm

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! Saturday, September 7, 4pm ADRIA LIBOLT –Food: An Appetite for Life

Saturday, October 26, 4pm in Lynden CAROLYN KOEHNLINE –Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act: Essays, Poems, & Practices

Carolyn Koehnline has been sharing her decluttering wisdom long before Marie Kondo came on the scene! Join us in the Waples room of the Inn at Lynden for a presentation of her latest book. Carolyn Koehnline shares a warm and accessible gathering of essays, poems, and illustrations to deepen your understanding of the clutter-clearing process, mixing reverence with playful exploration. The suggested practical actions and writing prompts gently support honoring past transitions, accessing clarity, releasing the excess, and making room for what matters to you most. Carolyn Koehnline is a local author, artist, psychotherapist and the creator of Gentle Approach Coaching. She offers coaching and journal therapy to support clutter clearing, navigating transitions, befriending time, and tending an artful life. Carolyn has two other books: Confronting Your Clutter and The Bear's Gift. Visit her website is

We want to eat in healthy and just ways. Is there a right way to eat, or is eating a product of our beliefs? Is food a language? If so, what does it say? Food invites interaction. Adria Libolt's new book suggests that our hunger for food is a longing for goodness. Food: An Appetite for Life is a collection of humorous experiences and reflective essays illustrating how hunger for food is part of a longing for abundance and goodness of life. "Who I am and how I approach the subject of food is deeply rooted in the far corner of northwest Washington State in a land of dairy farms and berry fields, where for the month of August one could live off the profusion of wild black berries. I grew up on a small dairy farm with a mother who often milked the cows, made pies for Sunday and a dad who made fishing a high priority when he wasn’t working. Out of such abundance grew my love for food and a hunger for life." ~Adria Libolt

Weekly Story Times in Lynden!


Join us at Village Books in Lynden

Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

See pages 73 - 78 for LitLive! events taking place in Bellingham.

HALLOWEEN Fun!!! Wednesday, October 30, 11am

HALLOWEEN EVE Dress up for Story Time! Here is an opportunity to test out those costumes before trickor-treating! Join us for a special story time in the the kids section where we will read spooky (but not TOO spooky) Halloween tales and sing some songs. KIDS! See page 64 for our Fairhaven Halloween events

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Thursday, October 31, 3-6pm


throughout Lynden Visit us at Village Books and Paper Dreams in Lynden for a community trick-or-treat afternoon! Keep an eye out for the orange balloons in front of participating Lynden Chamber of Commerce member businesses throughout town.

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Lynden Store Hours: Mon.-Sat.9am-9pm 9am-8pm• •Sunday Sun. 11am-5pm Fairhaven Store Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm

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 All Shows - Doors open and music at 6:30pm • Recording starts at 7pm

Karl Marlantes Tuesday, September 24

–Deep River: A Novel Karl Marlantes’s debut novel Matterhorn has been hailed as a modern classic of war literature. In his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes turns to another mode of storytelling—the family epic—to craft a stunningly expansive narrative of human suffering, courage, and reinvention. This tale of Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest, is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity. With featured musical guest Saloon!

Receive one FREE TICKET to the show with each purchase of the featured book.

Tickets $5.00 Tickets are now available at Village Books and

Friday, October 25

Christopher McDougall –Running with Sherman The Donkey With The Heart of a Hero From the bestselling author of the book Born to Run comes a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America. In the course of Sherman's training, McDougall would have to recruit several other runners, both human and equine, and call upon the wisdom of burro racers, goat farmers, Amish running club members, and a group of irrepressible female long-haul truckers. Along the way, he shows us the life-changing power of animals, nature, and community. Co-sponsored by Fairhaven Runners & Walkers and Animals as Natural Therapy

A HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Community & Continuing Education

The Chuckanut Radio Hour airs every Saturday morning at 7am & evening at 5pm, and Thursdays at 9pm on KMRE 102.3FM and every Monday at 8pm & Friday at 6pm on KAVZ-LP 102.5

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On Fire : The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

by Naomi Klein

available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

For more than 20 years, Naomi Klein has been the foremost chronicler of the economic war waged on both people and planet—and an unapologetic champion of a sweeping environmental agenda with justice at its center. In lucid, elegant dispatches from the frontlines of contemporary natural disaster, she pens surging, indispensable essays for a wide public: prescient advisories and dire warnings of what future awaits us if we refuse to act, as well as hopeful glimpses of a far better future.

Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters by Rebecca Solnit

available in September, paperback, Haymarket Books

Who gets to shape the narrative of our times? The current moment is a battle royale over that foundational power, one in which women, people of color, nonstraight people are telling other versions, and white people and men and particularly white men are trying to hang onto the old versions and their own centrality. In Whose Story Is This? Rebecca Solnit appraises what's emerging and why it matters and what the obstacles are.



Inconspicuous Consumption :

The Environmental Impact You Don’t Know You Have by Tatiana Schlossberg

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Cataloging the complexities and frustrations of our carbon-intensive society with a dry sense of humor, Schlossberg makes the climate crisis and its solutions interesting and relevant to everyone who cares, even a little, about the planet. She empowers readers to think about their stuff and the environment in a new way, helping them make more informed choices when it comes to the future of our world.

Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues : Education for the Liberation of Black and Brown Girls by Monique W. Morris


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available now, hardcover, The New Press

Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues reimagines what education might look like if schools placed the flourishing of Black and Brown girls at their center. Grounding each chapter in interviews, case studies, and testimonies of educators who work successfully with girls of color, Morris blends research with real life to offer a radiant manifesto on moving away from punishment, trauma, and discrimination toward safety, justice, and genuine community in our schools.

Blowout : Corrupted Democracy, Rogue State Russia, and the Richest, Most Destructive Industry on Earth by Rachel Maddow

available in October, hardcover, Crown

With her trademark dark humor, Maddow reveals the greed and incompetence of Big Oil and Gas and draws a surprising conclusion about how and why the Russian government hacked the 2016 U.S. election. She deftly shows how Russia’s rich reserves of crude have, paradoxically, stunted its growth, forcing Putin to maintain his power by spreading Russia’s rot into its rivals, its neighbors, the West’s most important alliances, and the United States.

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The Problem with Everything : My Journey Through the New Culture Wars by Meghan Daum

available in October, hardcover, Gallery 9

In this gripping new work, Daum examines our country’s most intractable problems with clear-eyed honesty instead of exaggerated outrage. With passion, humor, and most importantly nuance, she tries to make sense of the current landscape—from Donald Trump’s presidency to the #MeToo movement and beyond. In the process, she wades into the waters of identity politics and intersectionality, thinks deeply about the gender wage gap, and tests a theory about the divide between Gen Xers and millennials.

Our Women on the Ground :

Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World by Zahra Hankir

available now, paperback, Penguin Books

In Our Women on the Ground, 19 of these women tell us, in their own words, about what it’s like to report on conflicts that (quite literally) hit close to home. Their daring and heartfelt stories, told here for the first time, shatter stereotypes about the region’s women and provide an urgently needed perspective on a part of the world that is frequently misunderstood.

How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

How to Start a Revolution : Young People and the Future of American Politics by Lauren Duca

available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A columnist at Teen Vogue, Lauren Duca has become a fresh and authoritative voice on the experience of millennials in today’s society. Duca investigates and explains the issues at the root of our ailing political system and reimagines what an equitable democracy would look like. It begins with young people getting involved—people like Alexandria OcasioCortez, the youngest woman ever to be elected to Congress; David and Lauren Hogg, two survivors of the Parkland, Florida shooting who went on to become advocates for gun control; Amanda Litman, who founded the nonprofit organization Run For Something, to assist progressive young people in downballot elections; and many more.

Represent : The Woman’s Guide to Running for Office and Changing the World

by June Diane Raphael and Kate Black available in September, paperback, Workman

A comprehensive, lively, interactive woman's guide to running for office that comes with a sense of humor and of style. Practical, how-to text is combined with elements of a workbook/planner to inspire potential female candidates, whether they're running for office on the local, state, or national level (from school board to senator). “Over the last few years we’ve seen a remarkable surge of women running for office, and even better, winning. Running takes courage, passion, and commitment, but it also takes books like this. June and Kate have created a wonderful resource for women as they think about taking the leap.”—Hillary Rodham Clinton

So You Want to Talk About Race

available now, hardcover, One World

by Ijeoma Oluo

In this book, Kendi weaves an electrifying combination of ethics, history, law, and science, bringing it all together with an engaging personal narrative of his own awakening to antiracism. How to Be an Antiracist is an essential work for anyone who wants to go beyond an awareness of racism to the next step: contributing to the formation of a truly just and equitable society.

In So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

available in September, paperback, Seal Press

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Historical Island of the Lost : An Extraordinary Story of Survival at the Edge of the World

The Bastard Brigade :

by Joan Druett

available now, paperback, Alqonquin

It is 1864, and Captain Musgrave’s schooner, the Grafton, has just wrecked on Auckland Island, a forbidding piece of land 285 miles south of New Zealand. Battered by year-round freezing rain and constant winds, it is one of the most inhospitable places on earth. Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island, another ship runs aground during a storm. Separated by only twenty miles and the island’s treacherous, impassable cliffs, the crews of the Grafton and the Invercauld face the same fate, but they respond very differently. Using the survivors’ journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings to life this extraordinary untold story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.

The True Story of the Renegade Scientists and Spies Who Sabotaged the Nazi Atomic Bomb

by Sam Kean

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown, and Company

Two weeks after the beginning of World War II the German military summoned eight physicists and chemists to a secret conference in Berlin to begin a project to develop an atomic bomb. Belatedly, the Allies realized that the Axis had a two year start on that vital arms race, and sabotaging the German progress became as important or more than the Allied Manhattan Project. This book is a non-fiction nail-biter. –Mel

Threads of Life : A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle

by Clare Hunter

available in October, hardcover, Abrams Press

Threads of Life is a chronicle of identity, protest, memory, power, and politics told through the stories of needlework. Clare Hunter, master of the craft, threads her own narrative as she takes us over centuries and across continents—from medieval France to contemporary Mexico and the United States, and from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland—to celebrate the age-old, universal, and underexplored beauty and power of sewing.

Metaphysical The Ghost : A Cultural History by Susan Owens

available now, paperback, Tate Publishing

The enduring popularity of ghosts in literature, art, folklore, and film attests to their continuing power to fascinate, terrify, and inspire. Our conceptions of ghosts— the fears they provoke, the forms they take—are connected to the conventions and beliefs of each particular era, from the marauding undead of the Middle Ages to the psychologically charged presences of our own age.


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Unbreakable : The Woman Who Defied the Nazis in the World’s Most Dangerous Horse Race by Richard Askwith

available now, hardcover, Pegasus Books

Notoriously dangerous, the Czechoslovakian Grand Pardubice steeplechase is considered the ultimate test of manhood and fighting spirit. In 1937, the Nazis have sent their paramilitary elite—SS officers on a mission to crush the “subhuman Slavs." The local Czech cavalry officers have no hope of stopping them. But there is one other contestant in the race: a countess riding a little golden mare. Filled with eccentric aristocrats, socialite spies, daredevil jockeys—and a race so brutal that some consider merely taking part in it a sign of insanity, Unbreakable brings to life a unique hero.

Katie Gale : A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay by Llyn de Danaan

available now, paperback, Bison Books

Katie Kettle Gale was born into a Salish community in Puget Sound in the 1850s, just as settlers were migrating into what would become Washington State. With her people forced out of their traditional hunting and fishing grounds into illprovisioned camps and reservations, Gale sought her fortune in Oyster Bay. In that early outpost of multiculturalism—where Native Americans and immigrants from the eastern United States, Europe, and Asia vied for economic, social, political, and legal power—a woman like Gale could make her way.

In the Country of Women :

Women in History No Stopping Us Now : A History of Older Women in America

by Gail Collins

available in October, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Acclaimed columnist Gail Collins illustrates the ways in which age is an arbitrary concept that has swung back and forth over the centuries. From Plymouth Rock when a woman was considered marriageable if "civil and under fifty years of age" to the first female nominee for president, American attitudes towards age have been a moving target. Collins gives women reason to expect the best of their golden years.

Big Sister, Little Sister, Red Sister : Three Women at the Heart of Twentieth-Century China

by Jung Chang

available in October, hardcover, Knopf

One of the best-known modern Chinese fairy tales is based on the story of three real-life sisters from Shanghai. It was sometimes said that “One loved money, one loved power and one loved her country,” but there was far more to the Soong sisters than these caricatures. As China battled through a hundred years of wars, revolutions and seismic transformations, each sister played an important, sometimes critical role, and left an indelible mark on history.

A Memoir

by Susan Straight available now, hardcover, Catapult

"Straight's In the Country of Women is an American epic about what the United States could be and in fact already is for so many people like those of her extended family. Straight's kin—by blood and by choice—embody the complicated, painful history of this country and its tremendous, hopeful diversity. This is an enriching, inspiring, and moving account of how a writer chose her family and her destiny." —Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of The Sympathizer

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200 Women : Who Will Change the Way You See the World (Abridged) edited by Geoff Blackwell, Ruth Hobday, Sharon Gelman photographs by Kieran E. Scott

available in October, paperback, Chronicle Books

In this ambitious global project, 200 women share their inspiring stories of success and courage, love and pain, redemption and generosity. Brimming with stunning photographs and empowering stories, this is an illuminating read for the modern woman and a lovely gift for mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends. "You cannot empower women without listening to their stories." –Gloria Steinem

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TIMOTHY EGAN at Bellingham High School

Friday, November 1, 7pm

A Pilgrimage to Eternity From Canterbury to Rome in Search of Faith At a time when America and Europe have never been so secular—and when his mother’s death and his Catholic family’s history with the church prompted a reckoning with his own beliefs— Pulitzer prize-winning author Timothy Egan decided to follow in the footsteps of centuries of seekers. He embarked on a thousand-mile pilgrimage through the cradle of Christianity, to explore one of the biggest stories of our time: the collapse of religion in the world that it created. Egan sets out along the Via Francigena, once the major medieval trail leading the devout to Rome, and makes his way overland via the alpine peaks and small mountain towns of France, Switzerland and Italy. The goal: walking to St. Peter's Square, in hopes of meeting the galvanizing pope who is struggling to hold together the church through the worst crisis in half a millennium. Join us as we welcome National Book Award-winning author Timothy Egan back to Bellingham as he shares this thrilling journey, family story, and a revealing history and peek at the future of Christian faith. Tickets are available at Village Books or online at Choose from two ticket options: $35 admits one person and includes a hardcover copy of A Pilgrimage to Eternity OR $45 admits two people and one hardcover copy of A Pilgrimage to Eternity. All seating is general admission. Books will be distributed at the event. Please see for more information or call the store at 360-671-2626.

Personal Journeys High School

This Particular Happiness :

by Tegan Quin and Sara Quin

A Childless Love Story

available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of Sara and Tegan Quin, identical twins from Calgary, Alberta, growing up in the height of grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ+ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters, the book is a raw account of the drugs, alcohol, love, music, and friendships they explored in their formative years.


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by Jackie Shannon Hollis

available in October, paperback, Forest Avenue Press

When Jackie Shannon Hollis marries Bill, a man who does not want children, she joyfully commits to a childless life. But soon after the wedding, Jackie falls deep into baby love and longing and begins to question her decision. As she navigates the overlapping roles of wife, daughter, aunt, sister, survivor, counselor, and friend, she explores what it really means to choose a different path.

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Life Stories

Eyes to the Wind by Ady Barkan

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s by Tiffany Midge

available now, hardcover, Bison Books

Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s is a powerful and compelling collection of Tiffany Midge’s musings on life, politics, and identity as a Native woman in America. Artfully blending sly humor, social commentary, and meditations on love and loss, Midge weaves short, standalone musings into a memoir that stares down colonialism while chastising hipsters for abusing pumpkin spice. Midge goes on to ponder Standing Rock, feminism, and a tweeting president, all while exploring her own complex identity and the loss of her mother.

The Pretty One : On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me by Keah Brown

available now, paperback, Atria

Keah Brown loves herself, but that hadn’t always been the case. Born with cerebral palsy, her greatest desire used to be normalcy and refuge from the steady stream of self-hate society strengthened inside her. But after years of introspection and reaching out to others in her community, she has reclaimed herself and changed her perspective. In The Pretty One, Brown gives a contemporary and relatable voice to the disabled, exploring everything from her relationship with her able-bodied identical twin (called “the pretty one” by friends) to navigating romance, her deep affinity for all things pop culture—and her disappointment with the media’s distorted view of disability.

Motherhood So White : A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America

by Nefertiti Austin

available in September, hardcover, Sourcebooks

When Nefertiti Austin decided to adopt a black baby as a single black woman, she realized that she was seen as an anomaly, that virtually no narratives existed of her experience. So she wrote this book, a trailblazing manifesto on the ups and downs of following your heart no matter what the world says. Through sheer love and determination, she became a mother and a role model for anyone who wants to follow in her path. –Stephanie

available in September, hardcover, Atria

Eyes to the Wind is a rousing memoir featuring intertwining storylines about determination, perseverance, and how to live a life filled with purpose and intention. The first traces Barkan’s battle with ALS: how he turned the initial shock and panic from his diagnosis into a renewed commitment to social justice—not despite his disability but because of it. The second, told in flashbacks, illustrates Barkan’s journey from a political nerd to a prominent figure in the enduring fight for equity and justice who is “willing to give [his] last breath to save our democracy” (CNN).

Well, That Escalated Quickly : Memoirs and Mistakes of an Accidental Activist by Franchesca Ramsey

available in October, paperback, Grand Central Publishing

In her first book, full of sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space: the internet.

A House on Stilts : Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction by Paula Becker

available in September, paperback, University of Iowa Press

A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe, nurturing home by his writer/ historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. This intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis. Join us for a free event with

Paula Becker Saturday, November 2, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

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Face It

by Debbie Harry available in October, hardcover, Harper

The much anticipated autobiography from rock icon and lead singer of Blondie, Debbie Harry. From her days as the adopted daughter of a middle class family in Hawthorne, NJ until now as she continues to amaze audiences well into her seventies. The heart of the book will be the story of Blondie, and the relationships that defined her life—with Chris Stein, with her fans, and with New York City.

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Art • Artists Sontag : Her Life and Work by Benjamin Moser

available in September, hardcover, Harper

The definitive portrait of one of America's most towering intellectuals: her writing and her radical thought, her public activism and her hidden private face. Utilizing hundreds of interviews conducted from Maui to Stockholm and from London to Sarajevo, Sontag is the first book based on the writer’s restricted archives, and on access to many people who have never before spoken about Sontag, including Annie Leibovitz. It is a definitive portrait—a great American novel in the form of a biography.

True Stories From Secret Rooms

Performing Arts

by John Hodgman

available in October, hardcover, Viking

John Hodgman knows many things: how to prepare for a nude scene with an oboe, and what it feels like to go to a Hollywood party and realize that you are not nearly as famous as those two corgis from Instagram. He also knows that when your television gig is canceled, you can console yourself with the fact that all of that travel at least left you with a prize: platinum medallion status with your airline.

Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano

available in October, hardcover, Twelve

Many, many things happen in Movies (And Other Things), some of which are funny, others of which are sad, a few of which are insightful, and all of which are handled with the type of care and dedication to the smallest details and pockets of pop culture that only a book by Shea Serrano can provide.

Solid State : The Story of Abbey Road and the End of The Beatles by Kenneth Womack

available in September, hardcover, Cornell University Press

Womack's colorful retelling of how this landmark album was written and recorded is a treat for Beatles fans. Solid State takes readers back to 1969 and into EMI's Abbey Road Studio, which boasted an advanced solid state transistor mixing desk. Womack focuses on the dynamics between John, Paul, George, Ringo, producer George Martin, and his team of engineers, who set aside (for the most part) the tensions and conflicts that had arisen on previous albums to create a work with an innovative, and controversial, studiobound sound.

Over the Top : A Raw Journey to Self-Love

by Jonathan Van Ness

available in September, hardcover, Harper

Year of the Monkey by Patti Smith

available in September, hardcover, Knopf

In February, a surreal lunar year begins, bringing with it unexpected turns, heightened mischief, and inescapable sorrow. In a stranger’s words, “Anything is possible: after all, it’s the Year of the Monkey.” For Patti Smith—inveterately curious, always exploring, tracking thoughts, writing—the year evolves as one of reckoning with the changes in life’s gyre: with loss, aging, and a dramatic shift in the political landscape of America.


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A laugh-and-cry-out-loud memoir from the beloved star of Netflix’s Queer Eye, Jonathan Van Ness, sharing never before told, deeply personal stories of growing up gay, transforming pain into positivity, and embracing what makes you gorgeously different. This book is funny, dishy, and provocative while showing how he transformed pain into a relentlessly positive spirit. VB Owner Kelly Evert got to meet Jonathan Van Ness at a recent American Booksellers Association conference—So Cool!

Building Community One Book at a Time

Life Stories Edison

by Edmund Morris available in October, hardcover, Random House

Edmund Morris has spent seven years exploring the prodigious, five-million-page archive of papers preserved under a bomb proof concrete shell at Edison’s laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey—an archive supplemented by thousands of audio and film records and artifacts. In the process he has not only resurrected Edison, literarily speaking, as a human being, but as a polymath of staggering variety.

The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom  

available now, hardcover, Grove

The Yellow House tells the story of the Broom family and their relationship to their home in a neglected area of New Orleans. One hundred years of generations have lived in the Yellow House until it was wiped off the map after Hurricane Katrina.  A memoir to touch your heart and soul. –Kelly E.

Life Undercover : Coming of Age in the CIA

by Amaryllis Fox

available in October, hardcover, Knopf

Amaryllis Fox was deployed as a spy under non-official cover—the most difficult and coveted job in the field as an art dealer specializing in tribal and indigenous art and sent to infiltrate terrorist networks in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia. Life Undercover is exhilarating, intimate, fiercely intelligent—an impossible to put down record of an extraordinary life, and of Fox’s astonishing courage and passion.

CLYDE FORD Think Black : A Memoir of Sacrifice, Success, and SelfLoathing in Corporate America

by Clyde W. Ford

available in September, hardcover, Armistad

This memoir from Bellingham resident Clyde Ford relates growing up in NYC where his father was the first black systems engineer for IBM. Clyde came of age during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements and had very different perspectives than his father about work, politics, and social issues. Ford also takes some time to discuss the complicity of IBM in the Holocaust and in supporting Apartheid. A very interesting read! –Mel

Launch Party! Sunday, September 15, 4pm Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven for a presentation by Clyde Ford. After the event, everyone is invited upstairs to Evolve Chocolate + Cafe for the book signing and music provided by Skip Williams & Soul Shadows, and Swil Kanim! BONUS: The first 75 people to prepurchase a copy of Think Black will be invited to the pre-event reception at 3pm in Evolve where there will be music and food inspired by the book, created by Chef Christy. Space is limited so order your copy today and get on the list!

A Free Event!

Many Hands Make Light Work by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

CHERYL MCCARTHY Thursday, September 12, 7pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

available now, paperback, She Writes Press

"Love is the bedrock of human interaction..." reminisces McCarthy, about the last Christmas that she and her eight siblings and parents would share before the eldest sister leaves for college. This family of eleven is extraordinary. The innovation, cooperation, and love at their foundation are evident in every tale she weaves in this delightful book. You'll marvel at how they all truly work together in every endeavor, as a family, as a team. This is a feel-good book of the very best kind. –Claire

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Join us for

A Book Group at Sea with Nancy


September 16-18, 2019

All hands on deck! Book your cabin and join Village Books co-owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert and special guest author and librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl on a seabound book-club adventure of a lifetime with the Schooner Zodiac Books A'Sail Cruise. We'll sail during the day through the San Juan Islands, where passengers will have an opportunity to navigate and sail this classic ship. 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, accompanied by a variety of marine life from bald eagles to porpoises and maybe even whales! In between we’ll dip into all that the Schooner Zodiac has to offer, from kayaking to hiking to top-notch meals to cocktails on deck at sunset. Then the anchor drops and the books come out! Nancy Pearl is a best-selling author, librarian, and literary critic, but first and foremost, she is a reader and has spent her life promoting reading as one of the most beneficial and joyful experiences anyone can have. We are very excited to announce the 2019 books we’ll be discussing during the cruise. We will be very honored to explore George and Lizzie by Nancy Pearl with the author herself. Swashbuckling favorite Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian and nautical adventure Passage to Juneau by Jonathan Raban will also be discussed.


Rreceive 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!

It's hard to imagine a better setting or better book group leader than the one and only Nancy Pearl. This is going to be amazing. Space is limited so book today! BONUS: Reader Reward members get the Village Books discount of their booking using the code "VBSAILS" at the Schooner Zodiac’s checkout.

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See or call 206.719.7622 for more information and to book your cruise today!


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Building Community One Book at a Time

Journeys The Outlaw Ocean : Journeys

Across the Last Untamed Frontier by Ian Urbina

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Smugglers, pirates, vigilante conservationists and elusive poachers, seabound abortion providers, clandestine oildumpers, shackled slaves and cast-adrift stowaways—drawing on five years of perilous reporting, Ian Urbina introduces us to the inhabitants of this hidden world. Through their stories of astonishing courage and brutality, survival and tragedy, he uncovers a globe-spanning network of crime and exploitation that emanates from the fishing, oil and shipping industries, and on which the world’s economies rely.

Into the Planet : My Life as a Cave Diver

by Jill Heinerth

available now, hardcover, Harper

More people have died exploring underwater caves than climbing Mount Everest, and we know more about deep space than we do about the depths of our oceans. From one of the top cave divers working today—and one of the very few women in her field—Into the Planet blends science, adventure, and memoir to bring readers face-to-face with the terror and beauty of earth’s remaining unknowns and the extremes of human capability.

Travel Lit A Beginner’s Guide to Japan :

Observations and Provocations by Pico Iyer

available in September, hardcover, Knopf

A Beginner’s Guide to Japan is a playful and profound guidebook full of incisive glimpses into Japanese culture. Iyer’s adventures as he travels from meditation hall to love hotel, from West Point to Kyoto Station, make for a constantly surprising series of provocations guaranteed to pique the interest and curiosity of those who don’t know Japan, and to remind those who do of the wide range of fascinations the country and culture contain.

Nautical Erebus : One Ship, Two Epic Voyages, and the Greatest Naval Mystery of All Time by Michael Palin

available in October, paperback, Greystone Books

Driven by a passion for travel and history and a love of ships and the sea, former Monty Python stalwart and beloved television globe-trotter Michael Palin explores the world of HMS Erebus, last seen on an ill-fated voyage to chart the Northwest Passage. Expertly researched and illustrated with maps, photographs, paintings, and engravings, Erebus is an evocative account of two journeys: one successful and forgotten, the other tragic yet unforgettable.

Travel Epic Runs of the World by Lonely Planet

available now, hardcover, Lonely Planet

In t his comprehensive runner’s companion, you’ll find 50 of the world’s greatest running routes plus a further 150 courses around the globe to satisfy runners of all abilities. Each run is accompanied by stunning photos and a map and toolkit of practical details to help you plan the perfect trip. Put on your running shoes—it’s time to hit the road, the trails and the great outdoors.

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Good News! We now SELL used books at our Lynden store as well as in Fairhaven. Looks for the green lables and save.

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Join Chuck and Dee on a Journey to Two of Their Favorite Cities—A msterdam and London !

AMSTERDAM Netherlands

The tour will begin in Amsterdam on May 10th, 2020. We’ll spend five nights in “Venice of the North,” visiting museums, taking walking and canal tours, and soaking up the history and atmosphere of one of Europe’s most popular cities. Then we’ll take the Eurostar to London where we’ll spend another five nights enjoying much of what the U.K.’s capital city has to offer, including a West End theatre performance and a visit to the Globe Theatre. The tour is limited to 18 people and is ideal for those who like to travel with others, but never want to follow an umbrella. In addition to organized outings there will be plenty of free time to explore personal interests in each city. Travelers should be prepared to walk three to four miles, at times on cobblestones or other uneven surfaces, and to use public transportation.

LONDON England

The trip includes 10 hotel nights with all breakfasts, opening and closing dinners, guided walking tours, museum entrances, transportation passes, and Eurostar transfer between the cities.


Cost is $2995, $600 single supplement. Deduct $100 if you have travelled with Chuck and Dee before and deduct $100 if you reserve by 10/15/19. $500 deposit reserves your place and is refundable until 11/15/19. $750 is due 11/15 and $750 due 1/15/20. The balance is due 4/1/20. Checks may be made out to Chuck Robinson and sent to 173 Rosemary Way, Lynden, WA 98264. Questions about the trip may be sent to NOTE: Chuck and Dee’s most recent tour to Paris sold out quickly and five of those travelers, and several others, have already committed to this trip. So, don’t delay. Make your reservation now. 52

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Nature of Writing

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Connecting people, nature & community since 1986

As the days grow shorter and nights stretch longer, head into fall with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world! Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming awardwinning writers to Fairhaven to share their latest works. From memoir to natural history, travelogue to nature poetry, regional history to environmental issues, you’ll learn more about our wondrous planet through the voices of our country’s most gifted authors in this series of free readings. SEPT 14 Fred Brown The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

SEPT 20 Heather Hansman Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West

SEPT 24 Karl Marlantes at the Chuckanut Radio Hour

Deep River

OCT 6 OCT 2 SEPT 28 Jack Nisbet Monika Shields Adrienne Lindholm The Dreamer & the It Happened Like Endangered Orcas: Doctor This: A Life in The Story of the Alaska Southern Residents

SEPT 26 David Guterson Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

NOV 1 Tim Egan at BHS A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of Faith

SEPT 27 Caroline Van Hemert The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey Into the Alaskan Wilds

NOV 16 Tess Gallagher Is, Is Not

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Erosion : Essays of Undoing by Terry Tempest Williams

available in October, hardcover, Sarah Crichton Books

Buzz : The Nature and Necessity of Bees

by Thor Hanson

available in September, paperback, Basic Books

The award-winning author of The Triumph of Seeds and Feathers presents a natural and cultural history of bees: 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.

Fierce, timely, and unsettling essays from an important and beloved conservationist and one of our staunchest and most impassioned defenders of public lands. A naturalist, a fervent activist, and a skilled and stirring writer, she has spoken to us, and for us, again and again her in books. In this latest collection of essays, Williams explores the concept of erosion: of the land, of the self, of belief, of fear. She is overwhelmed and exhausted by the current state of American politics, the dire environmental implications of the current administration’s choices, and the drought she sees outside her door and feels within herself.

The Little Book of Bees : An Illustrated Guide to the Extraordinary Lives of Bees by Hilary Kearney

available in September, hardcover, Abrams Image

This is a lovely, informative book of all things bee—from evolution and communication to honey, beekeeping, and saving the bees—all in a beautifully illustrated gift book. Bees continue to fascinate and charm us all—from novice gardeners and nature-lovers to dedicated environmentalists—and today, bees need our help more than ever. Discover the story of these incredible creatures with The Little Book of Bees.

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Science Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? : Big Questions from Tiny Mortals About Death

by Caitlin Doughty, illustrated by Dianne Ruiz

Where the River Flows :

Scientific Reflections on Earth’s Waterways by Sean Fleming

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

available now, paperback, Princeton University Press

Doughty blends her mortician’s knowledge of the body and the intriguing history behind common misconceptions about corpses to offer factual, hilarious, and candid answers to 35 distinctive questions posed by fans. In her inimitable voice, Doughty details lore and science of what happens to, and inside, our bodies after we die. Readers will learn the best soil for mummifying your body, whether you can preserve your best friend’s skull as a keepsake, and what happens when you die on a plane.

Rivers are essential to every aspect of civilization, from brewing beer to building computers, yet how many of us understand how they work? Where the River Flows takes you on a journey along our planet’s waterways, providing a scientist’s reflections on the profound interrelationships that rivers have with landscapes, ecosystems, and societies. He explains how river flows fluctuate like stock markets, what “digital rainbows” tell us about climate change and its effects on water, how building virtual watersheds in silicon may help avoid water wars, and more.

The Nature of Life and Death :

Every Body Leaves a Trace by Patricia Wiltshire

available in September, hardcover, Putnam’s Sons

The Nature of Life and Death details Wiltshire’s journey from college professor to crime fighter: solving murders, locating corpses, and exonerating the falsely accused. Along the way, she introduces us to the unseen world all around us and underneath our feet: plants, animals, pollen, spores, fungi, and microbes that make up the hidden world we all traverse. Her story reveals how our relationship with the vast natural world reaches far deeper than we might think.


The Body :

A Guide for Occupants

by Bill Bryson

available in October, hardcover, Doubleday

Full of extraordinary facts (your body made a million red blood cells since you started reading this) and irresistible anecdotes, The Body will lead you to a deeper understanding of the miracle that is life in general and you in particular. As Bryson writes, “We pass our existence within this wobble of flesh and yet take it almost entirely for granted.” The Body will cure that indifference with generous doses compulsively readable facts and information.

A History & Fascination

Village Books is a Dog-Friendly Store!

Land of the Rising Cat : Japan’s Feline Fascination by Manami Okazaki

available in September, paperback, Prestel

In this lively, tip-to-tail cat compendium, Japanese culture maven Manami Okazaki shares the weird and wonderful realities of Japan’s cat shrines, temples, and festivals; interviews toy artisans, fashion designers, and even an architect; and looks at cat-centric social media, manga, and mascots. From ubiquitous manekineko dolls and Doraemon collectibles to Maro, a cosplaying internet celebrity, every aspect of Japan’s ongoing love affair with cats springs to life.

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The History of the World in Fifty Dogs by Mackenzi Lee

available in October, hardcover, Abrams Image

From the ancient Egyptians mummifying their pups, to the Indian legend of the king who refused to enter the afterlife unless his dog was allowed there too, humans are undeniably obsessed with their dogs. Told in short, illustrated essays that are interspersed with both historical and canine factoids, this book brings to life some of history’s most memorable moments through the stories of the dogs that saw them happen.

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Be Your Best Our Better Angels : Seven Simple Virtues That Will Change Your Life and the World

Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

by Jonathan Reckford,

available in October, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

by Melissa Wagner

available in September, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

Touching on themes of kindness, empathy, self-care, respect, and love, this is the feel-good book for our times. With colorful illustrations of Mister Rogers and the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, including Daniel Tiger, King Friday XIII, X the Owl, Henrietta Pussycat, and more, this little guide to life from the world of Mister Rogers will inspire and delight both adults and children.


For Small Creatures Such as We :

“When the waters rise, so do our better angels.” —President Jimmy Carter Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity, has seen time and again the powerful benefits that arise when people from all walks of life work together to help one another. In this uplifting book, he shares true stories of people involved with Habitat as volunteers and future homeowners who embody seven timeless virtues—kindness, community, empowerment, joy, respect, generosity, and service—and shows how we can all practice these to improve the quality of our own lives as well as those around us.

Rituals for Finding Meaning In Our Unlikely World by Sasha Sagan

available in October, hardcover, Putnam

Sasha Sagan has managed to write a book that I didn’t even realize I needed. She has created a kind of secular spirituality that is deeply rooted in science and the art of ritual. It makes me feel so much more a part of the world around me while still staying true to my agnostic atheist roots. –Emma

Literature Make It Scream, Make It Burn : Essays

Humor Dear Girls : Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets & Advice for Living Your Best Life by Ali Wong

available in October, hardcover, Random House

Ali Wong shares the wisdom she’s learned from a life in comedy and reveals stories from her life off stage, including the brutal singles life in New York (i.e. the inevitable confrontation with erectile dysfunction), reconnecting with her roots (and drinking snake blood) in Vietnam, tales of being a wild child growing up in San Francisco, and parenting war stories. Though addressed to her daughters, Ali Wong’s letters are absurdly funny, surprisingly moving, and enlightening.

by Leslie Jamison

available in September, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

With the virtuosic synthesis of memoir, criticism, and journalism for which she has become known, Leslie Jamison offers us 14 new essays that are by turns ecstatic, searching, staggering, and wise. In its kaleidoscopic sweep, Make It Scream, Make It Burn creates a profound exploration of the oceanic depths of longing and the reverberations of obsession.

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I Might Regret This : Essays, Drawings, Vulnerabilities, and Other Stuff

by Abbi Jacobson

available in September, paperback, Grand Central Publishing

In this collection of anecdotes, observations and reflections—all told in the sharp, wildly funny, and relatable voice that has endeared Abbi to critics and fans alike--readers will feel like they're in the passenger seat on a fun and, ultimately, inspiring journey. With some original illustrations by the author. From the co-creator and co-star of the hit series Broad City, now available in paperback!

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Psychology Untrue : Why Nearly Everything

On Being Human :

We Believe About Women, Lust, and Infidelity Is Wrong and How the New Science Can Set Us Free

A Memoir of Waking Up, Living Real, and Listening Hard by Jennifer Pastiloff

by Wednesday Martin, PhD

available now, hardcover, Dutton

Fair warning: this is the Thug Kitchen of self-help books, with f-bombs aplenty. Get inside Pastiloff's head as she suffers a multitude of losses, including that of her hearing, struggles with her eating disorder, dead end waitress job, depression, and numerous attempts at love. Learn how she wrestles her inner jerk to the ground, and becomes a beauty hunter. I was in with a recommend by Cheryl Strayed. –Diana

The Intelligence Trap :

available in September, paperback, Little, Brown Spark

In Untrue, feminist author and cultural critic Wednesday Martin takes us on a bold, fascinating journey to reveal the unexpected evolutionary legacy and social realities that drive female faithlessness, while laying bare our motivations to contain women who step out. Blending accessible social science and interviews with sex researchers, anthropologists, and real women from all walks of life, Untrue challenges our deepest assumptions about ourselves, monogamy, and the women we think we know.

Why Smart People Make Dumb Mistakes

Making Space, Clutter Free : The Last Book On

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

by Tracy McCubbin

Decluttering You'll Ever Need

by David Robson

Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else, they may be even more susceptible to them. The Intelligence Trap explores cutting-edge ideas in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, including "strategic ignorance," "meta-forgetfulness," and "functional stupidity." Robson reveals the surprising ways that even the brightest minds and most talented organizations can go wrong— from some of Thomas Edison’s worst ideas to failures at NASA, Nokia, and the FBI.

Talking to Strangers

Determine which of the Seven Clutter Blocks got you into this mess in the first place, so that you can prevent it from ever happening again. This is clutter therapy. There is no prescribed folding method, or thanking items that you purge. The goal is a functional space, not a magazine worthy room. Tracy will not coddle you, but she is incredibly likable. Sort out your issues while you sort your belongings. –Diana

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by Malcolm Gladwell  

available in September, hardcover, Little Brown

Malcolm Gladwell brings us another fascinating look at human nature. In this book he examines the interactions of strangers and why these often go wrong.  From everyday meetings to high court drama - what is it at first glance that makes us give a false impression on someone?  It is so interesting! –Kelly E.

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Seasons of the Moon : Folk Names and Lore of the Full Moon by Michael Carabetta

This exhibition features six decades of relentless, creative work, including Bereal’s journal sketches, self-portraits, sculptures, collage, and his radical street theater work of the 1960s and ’70s. Bereal unflinchingly explores inequity, gun violence, corporate greed, and political power structures—issues that came into sharp relief for him during the Watts Rebellion and persist at the forefront of our national discourse today.

Bereal; Untitled, c. 1989; Oil and mixed Fri., Sept. 6, 5-7EdPM media on board; Courtesy of the artist. Lightcatcher building by Amy Join us for a Curated sneak peek of Chaloupka this Sept. wine, 7, 2019light - Jan. 5, 2020 exhibition. Enjoy Whatcom Museum appetizers, and music.

Lightcatcher building left: Ed Bereal; The Birthing of the American Middle Class, 1999; O 250 Flora Street Please RSVP by Sept. 2 to material; 80 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed b Generous funding for Wanted has been provided by: Larry Bell, City of Bellingham, RiverStyx Foundation, Michael and Barbara Ryan, Whatcom Museum Foundation, with additional support from Sharron Antholt, Antonella Antonini & Alan Stein, Patricia Burman, Heritage Bank, Galie Jean-Louis & Vincent Matteucci, Janet & Walter Miller Fund for Philanthropic Giving, Ann Morris, Peoples Bank, Charles & Phyllis Self, Mary Summerfield & Mike O’Neal, Jane Talbot & Kevin Williamson, Nancy Thomson & Bob Goldman, the Whatcom Community Foundation, and the Whatcom Museum Advocates.


Literary Puzzle Book :

left: Ed Bereal; The Birthing of the American Middle Class, 1999; Oil on composite material; 80 x 50 in. Courtesy of the artist. Photographed by David Scherrer.

120 Classic Crosswords, Sudoku, and Other Puzzles for Book Lovers

Whatcom Museum

by Neil Somerville

available in September, paperback, Skyhorse

Literary Puzzle Book offers puzzles of varying difficulty levels and literary themes that will amuse, excite, and inform. This handy book features 120 craft conundrums that will keep you scratching your head over famous author pen names and obscure literary terms as you exercise your knowledge. For all book-loving puzzle solvers or puzzle-loving book readers, Literary Puzzle Book is the perfect avenue to unwind, or be challenged.

Dungeons and Dragons Guides and Expansions Hey Dungeon Masters! Expand on your D&D playing experience with books filled with monsters and magic.

Xanathar's Guide to Everything by Wizards RPG Team

available now, hardcover, Dungeons and Dragons

Explore a wealth of new rule options for both players and Dungeon Masters in this supplement for the world’s greatest role playing game.


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Generous funding for Wanted has been provided by: Larry Bell, City of Bellingham, RiverStyx Foundation, Michael and Barbara Ryan, Whatcom Museum Foundation, with additional support from Sharron Antholt, Antonella Antonini & Alan Stein, Patricia Burman, Heritage Bank, Galie Jean-Louis & Vincent Matteucci, Janet & Walter Miller Fund for Philanthropic

— Ed Bereal, “Ed Bereal,” Artforum, February 12, 2016

In museums, galleries, and the art market, previously overlooked female artists, past and present, are now gaining recognition and value. Featuring more than 400 artists from more than 50 countries and spanning 500 years of creativity, each artist is represented here by a key artwork and short text. This essential volume reveals a parallel yet equally engaging history of art for an age that champions a greater diversity of voices.

I’m not into art for art’s sake. I think art can instruct, and I think it can destruct. It can be a weapon.


available in September, hardcover, Phaidon Press


by Phaidon

This exhibition features six decades of relentless, creative work, including Bereal’s journal sketches, self-portraits, sculptures, collage, and his radical street theater work of the 1960s and ’70s. Bereal unflinchingly explores inequity, gun violence, corporate greed, and political power structures—issues that came into sharp relief for him during the Watts Rebellion and persist at the forefront of our national discourse today. CURATED BY AMY CHALOUPKA




Great Women Artists



From Strawberry to Dragon, Harvest to Storm, the full moon is known by many names around the world and across the seasons, and each name has a story behind it. This beautiful photographic celebration of our closest celestial neighbor captures the visual wonder and the connection we feel to the moon.

Member Preview Reception Fri., Sept. 6, 5-7 PM Lightcatcher building Museum members, join us for a sneak peek of this exhibition. Enjoy wine, light appetizers, and music.


available in September, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Volo's Guide to Monsters by Wizards RPG Team available now, hardcover, Dungeons and Dragons

Immerse yourself in monster lore! Dungeon Masters and players will get some much-needed guidance as you plan your next venture, traipsing about some dusty old ruin in search of treasure, lore, and let’s not forget ... dangerous creatures whose horns, claws, fangs, heads, or even hides might comfortably adorn the walls of your trophy room. If you survive.

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Crafts & Home Naomiki Sato’s Origami Roses : Create Lifelike Roses and Other Blossoms by Naomiki Sato

available in September, paperback, Tuttle Publishing

This stunning book presents detailed instructions for 11 elegant and lifelike paper flower projects that will enhance any home or occasion. Each of the 11 projects has detailed step-by-step photographs, diagrams and instructions that make these sophisticated-looking blossoms easy to make even for beginning origami folders. The book includes basic guides to paper and tools, as well as an introduction to basic origami folding techniques for novices.

Embroidered Life : The Art of Sarah K. Benning by Sara Barnes

available in September, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Embroidered Life shows that illustrations created with needle and thread can be strikingly contemporary. From beautiful botanicals to bold affirmations, the work of self-taught fiber artist Sarah K. Benning gives any embroidery enthusiast, art lover, or plant fanatic a new appreciation for the craft of needlework.

Woodworking Reclaimed Wood :

Why We Quilt : Contemporary Makers Speak Out by Thomas Knauer

available in October, hardcover, Storey Publishing

In this tribute to today’s vibrant quilting community, prize-winning quilter and teacher Thomas Knauer showcases a stunning collection of quilts from a wide range of contemporary makers, accompanied by their testimonials about what inspires and imbues their craft with meaning. From temperance quilts to the AIDS quilt, there’s a rich history of individuals and communities using fabric and thread to connect with others and express themselves, both personally and politically.

A Field Guide

by Klaas Armster and Alan Solomon available in October, hardcover, Abrams

Wood reclaimed from old houses, factories, barns, water tanks, and boardwalks has become a valuable commodity, treasured for the patina that gives witness to its history. Reclaimed Wood: A Field Guide is the first complete visual handbook to this popular resource, covering history, culture, salvage, sources, contemporary uses (in buildings and furniture), and practical advice.

Architecture Cabin Porn : Inside by Zach Klein

Decorating Biblio-Style : How We Live at Home With Books

by Nina Freudenberger, Sadie Stein and Shade Degges available in October, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

Interior designer Nina Freudenberger, New Yorker writer Sadie Stein, and Architectural Digest photographer Shade Degges give readers a peek at the private libraries and bookshelves of passionate readers all over the world, including Larry McMurtry, Silvia Whitman of Shakespeare and Co., Gay and Nan Talese, and Emma Straub. Throughout, gorgeous photographs of rooms with rare collections, floor-toceiling shelves, and stacks upon stacks of books inspire readers to live better with their own collections.

available in October, hardcover, Voracious

In this hotly anticipated extension of the Cabin Porn series, the creators give their fans what they ask for most: a look inside the most beloved cabins they have featured over the past ten years. Cabin Porn: Inside is the definitive guide for the cabin builder, as well as anyone seeking perspective on how to create spaces that just work--the ones that spellbind us in their warmth and ingenious simplicity.

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Trends & Lifestyles • Attire, Cards, and Jewelry We are so excited to be able to share this clothing line with you! This 100% organic cotton clothing is designed in Portland, Oregon and handmade in Kathmandu, Nepal. It's all washer & dryer friendly with applique detail in fun colors. Elevation Trade is a proud members of the fair trade community, so not only will you look adorable in the clothing, you can also feel good about wearing it! Stop in to check out our selection of dresses and skirts and treat yourself to something new this fall!

Celebrate the Unexpected!

Founded by two naval architects, Lovepop creates beautiful laser-cut pop-up cards designed on ship-building software and handcrafted in the ancient art form of kirigami. An intricate and delicate paper sculpture emerges from every LovePop card as it’s opened. Made of beautiful paper and put together by hand, these one-of-a-kind, popup cards come in a huge variety of designs and themes perfect for any occassion. A little note card tucks away so you can ad your own personal touch. These cards are a thrill to both give and receive!

Stop in and check out A Tea Leaf Jewelry—modern and affordable jewelry handmade by Portland's Alissa Thiele. Her line of cut-out brass necklaces and earrings are inspired by nature in the Pacific Northwest as well as vintage design styles like Art Deco and Art Nouveau. These pieces allow Thiele to combine her background in graphic design with her love of jewelry. Enjoy!

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YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators

PICTURE BOOKS Bruce’s Big Storm

This Book of Mine

by Ryan Higgins

available now, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

Bruce's home is already a full house. But when a big storm brings all his woodland neighbors knocking, he'll have to open his door to a crowd of animals in need of shelter—whether he likes it or not. And someone is missing! Don’t miss the next installment in the hilarious Bruce series!

Bunny In The Middle

by Anika A. Denise illustrated by Christopher Denise available now, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

Do you know a middle child who would treasure their own special book? Reading this sympathetic book with its sweet artwork is like receiving a hug. It can be hard to be in the middle sometimes. "But the best part of the middle is you are loved all around." –Diana

Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess

by Anna Dewdney and Reed Duncan

by Sarah Stewart illustrated by David Small available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

This Book of Mine is a celebration of the power of reading, of the ways in which books launch our adventures, give us comfort, challenge our imaginations, and offer us connection. From new mothers to fantasy lovers, butterfly hunters to musicians, diverse readers all share a common passion for their favorite books—whether freshly discovered at the library or bookstore or saved from childhood and reread across a lifetime.

Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum by Dr. Seuss

available now, hardcover, Random House

Taking inspiration from Dr. Seuss’s original sketches, acclaimed illustrator Andrew Joyner has created a look that is both subtly Seussian and wholly his own. His whimsical illustrations are combined throughout with “real-life” art. Cameo appearances by classic characters make Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum a playful picture book that is totally unique. Explore how different artists have seen horses, and maybe even find a new way of looking at them yourself.

available now, hardcover, Viking Books

Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama is growing up, but he still loves to play with all his toys! When Mama Llama says it’s time to clean up, Llama responds like any child more interested in playing than cleaning…by ignoring her! But Mama has an imaginative response of her own. What if she never cleaned? What would happen then? Well, Llama Llama is going to find out!


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Spencer’s New Pet by Jessie Sima

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon. And that means No. Sharp. Objects. No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys!

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The Scarecrow

by Beth Ferry and The Fan Brothers available now, hardcover, Harper Collins

All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing— he saves the tiny baby crow. Soon, a loving and protective bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons? This tender and affectionate story reminds us of the comforting power of friendship and the joy of helping others—a tale that will inspire and delight children for generations to come.


by Jean Reidy illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins available now, hardcover, Atheneum Books for Young Readers

Oh, Truman, you darling little turtle. It's hard to wait for your girl to come home, especially when you've seen her pack more than the usual amount of provisions in her backpack. You're a very brave turtle to attempt an escape and rescue operation. I feel another classic coming on. –Diana

How To Light Your Dragon

by Fred Benaglia and Didier Lévy available now, hardcover, Thames and Hudson

Perhaps your dragon has lost his spark? How can you help him rekindle his flame? Can you tickle it out of him? Appeal to his vanity? Anger him into a fiery outburst? Alas, what your dragon needs most is your unwavering love, and assurance that you accept him just as he is. –Diana

A Stone Sat Still by Brendan Wenzel

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Brendan Wenzel tells the story of a seemingly ordinary stone. But it isn't just a stone—to the animals that use it, it's a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world. With stunning illustrations in cut paper, pencil, collage, and paint, and soothing rhythms that invite reading aloud, A Stone Sat Still is a gorgeous exploration of perspective, perception, sensory experience, color, size, function, and time, with an underlying environmental message that is timely and poignant.

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School's Out - Story Times in Fairhaven

Purple Friday Series Friday, September 20, 10:30am Purple Friday

Mindfulness Workshop for Kids! We're all learning the importance of mindfulness - learning to quiet the mind and focus on the present moment. This is just as vital for kids as it is for adults and we are going to spend an hour doing activities that do just that. We'll read stories, learn some breathing exercises, practice some yoga, and create a glitter jar! Ages 6-11. featuring the books


School is out! Come have FUN!

Friday, October 18, 10:30am Purple Friday Story Time

Folk Tales and Magical Creatures! Let's get ready for Halloween by reading stories about some traditional beasties from folklore. We'll encounter magical creatures like fairies, ogres, unicorns, and abominable snowmen. The sky's the limit! We'll read, sing, do a craft, and enjoy a small snack. Ages 6-11 featuring the books

• Mindfulness for Children

• The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson • Julia's House for Lost Creatures

by Tracy Daniel, Ph.D.

by Ben Hatke

• Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli • I Am Peace by Susan Verde • Zen Shorts by Jon Muth

• I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt featured books

Friday, November 1, 10:30am Purple Friday Story Time

Hooray for Fall!

by Kenard Pak

• Hungry Bunny by Claudia Rueda

Now that the temperatures are dropping and the leaves are starting to turn, let's get together and celebrate this bountiful season. We'll read stories and do a fun craft with leaves and enjoy a small snack. Ages 5-10. Authors do not attend Purple Fridays

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HALLOWEEN Fun!!! Tuesday., October 29, 10:30am

HALLOWEEN Dress up for Story Time! Here is an opportunity to test out those costumes before trickor-treating! Join us for a special story time in the kids section where we will read spooky (but not TOO spooky) Halloween tales and sing some songs.

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Thursday October 31, 3-6pm

Trick-or-Treat in Fairhaven

Thurs., October 31, 3-6pm

HALLOWEEN STORIES Bellingham Storytellers Guild

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While you’re trick-or-treating in the Fairhaven district this year, stop by the Readings Gallery and stay for our annual Halloween story time,with featuring ghoulish tales from the the Bellingham Storytellers Guild. All Ages!


Come to Fairhaven for a huge community Trick-or-Treat afternoon! During this annual event in Fairhaven, join all sorts of small (and not-so-small – yes, all ages in costume welcome!) goblins, princesses, wizards, heroes, animals—and undoubtedly some unidentified creatures—on the streets.

All Things SPOOKY!!! Pick a Pumpkin

Snowmen at Halloween

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

available in September, hardcover, Dial Books

The creators of Pick a Pine Tree are back with a joyful, energetic celebration of a Halloween tradition.

The snowmen are getting their Halloween costumes ready for the latest picture book in this New York Times bestselling series.

I Spy Spooky Night

Trick or Treat in Washington

by Patricia Toht

by Jean Marzollo

available now, hardcover, Cartwheel Books

Kids of all ages will enjoy a fun and spooky exploration as a trickster skeleton beckons readers from room to room to I Spy for mice, spiders, candles, bats, jack-o'-lanterns, bones, and so much more!

Dr. Seuss’s Spooky Things by Dr. Seuss

available now, board book, Random House Books for Young Readers

A Halloween board book featuring Thing One and Thing Two from Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat!


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by Caralyn Buehner

by Eric James

available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks Wonderland

Watch as a mysterious and unexpected visitor travels through places you know and love throughout Washington State. Come along and celebrate an unforgettable Halloween night!

Paint by Sticker Kids: Halloween from Workman Publishing

available in September, paperback, Workman

Paint a world of spooky fun with stickers— including stickers that glow in the dark!

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Middle Grade

My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

Beverly, Right Here

by Ibi Zoboi

by Kate DiCamillo

available now, hardcover, Dutton

Ebony-Grace Norfleet, the sci-fi-obsessed granddaughter of one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, makes the trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem, where she’ll spend a few weeks with her father. Her grandfather nurtured her love of all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she’s watched dozens of times. But Harlem in 1984 is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville. Soon, 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible.

available in September, hardcover, Candlewick Press

Beverly has run away from home plenty of times. Determined to make it on her own, she finds a job and a place to live. She tries to forget about her dog, Buddy, now buried underneath the orange trees back home; her friend Raymie, whom she left without a word; and her mom, Rhonda, who has never cared about anyone but herself. Beverly doesn’t want to depend on anyone, and she doesn’t want anyone to depend on her. But despite her best efforts, she can’t help forming connections with the people around her.


The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Riddle of Ages

by Thomas Taylor, illustrated by Tom Booth available in September, hardcover, Candlewick Press

by Trenton Lee Stewart

available in September, hardcover, Little, Brown

Some time has passed since the inimitable quartet of Reynie, Sticky, Kate, and Constance have had a mission together. But with the arrival of a new Society member— and a new threat—they must reunite to face dilemmas more dangerous than ever before, including the villainous Mr. Curtain and a telepathic enemy tracking their every move, not to mention a dramatically preteen Constance.

It’s winter in the town of Eerie-on-Sea, where the mist is thick and the salt spray is hitting the Grand Nautilus Hotel. Inside, young Herbert Lemon, Lost and Founder for the hotel, has an unexpected visitor. It seems that Violet Parma, a fearless girl around his age, lost her parents at the hotel and she’s sure that the nervous Herbert is the only person who can help her find them. And the town legend of the Malamander—a part-fish, part-human monster whose egg is said to make dreams come true—is rearing its scaly head.

Strange Birds : A Field Guide to Ruffling Feathers by Celia Perez

available now, hardcover, Kokila

When three very different girls find a mysterious invitation to a lavish mansion, the promise of adventure and mischief is too intriguing to pass up. Ofelia Castillo (a budding journalist), Aster Douglas (a bookish foodie), and Cat Garcia (a rule-abiding birdwatcher) meet the kid behind the invite, Lane DiSanti, and it isn’t love at first sight. But they soon bond over a shared mission to get their local Scouts to ditch an outdated tradition. In their quest for justice, independence, and an unforgettable summer, the girls form their own troop and find something they didn’t know they needed: sisterhood.

New & Upcoming


Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

available now, paperback, Rick Riordan Presents


Ghost Boys

by Jewell Parker Rhodes available in September, paperback, Little, Brown Books

A contemporary adventure based on A heartbreaking and powerful story about a Mayan mythology from Rick Riordan black boy killed by a police officer, drawing connections through history, from award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes. Presents!

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Shannon Messenger Saturday, November 9, 4pm

At Sehome High School! 2700 Bill McDonald Pkwy, Bellingham, WA

Doors open at 3pm Please be seated by 3:45pm

Calling all Middle Grade Fantasy Fans! Shannon Messenger is coming to Bellingham! She’ll present the eighth installment in her award winning, bestselling series: Keeper of the Lost Cities. Legacy follows Sophie, a girl who discovers she’s from another world that exists side by side with ours—and one that has given her amazing abilities. With over one million books in print, this magical, blockbuster series continues to grow with each book, thanks to its diehard fan base! With a special first edition printing that includes an exclusive extra scene from Tam’s point of view as well as beautifully illustrated endpapers from Shannon Messenger, Legacy delivers some critical information that will drive fans into a frenzy! Shannon Messenger is NOT going to Seattle so this event is likely to sell out! Get your tickets soon and arrive early to get your seats. Please see for more information and signing line procedures. Tickets are $25 and include two seats and one copy of Legacy! Doors open at 3pm and seating is general admission. This event is likely to sell out so please get there by 3:30pm to get seats together. Doors close promptly at 4pm!

Family How to Raise a Reader

Connoisseur Kids : Etiquette,

by Pamela Paul and Maria Russo

Manners, and Living Well for Parents and Their Little Ones

available in September,, hardcover, Workman

by Jennifer L. Scott illustrated by Clare Owens

available in September, hardcover, Chronicle Books

A playful take on manners and being a good global citizen. Parents and younger children work together to read about a wide range of topics: communication, table manners, tidiness, thinking of others, grooming, and health. Activities, learning games, fill-in-the-blanks, letter-writing exercises, recipes (for food and for slime!), and some fun songs and rhymes help kids learn concepts and practice good behaviors.


Fall 2019

From the editors of The New York Times Book Review comes an indispensable guide to welcoming children—from babies to teens—to a lifelong love of reading. Combining clear, practical advice with inspiration, wisdom, tips, and curated reading lists, How to Raise a Reader shows you how to instill the joy and time-stopping pleasure of reading. Divided into four sections, from baby through teen, and each illustrated by a different artist, this book offers something useful on every page, whether it’s how to develop rituals around reading or build a family library, or ways to engage a reluctant reader.

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Middle Readers Guts

by Raina Telgemeier available in September, paperback, Graphix

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long grossout session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

GRAPHIC NOVELS The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

available in September, paperback, Aladdin

Trust me, this book is more than "okay". This lovely little graphic novel tells the story of a thirteen year-old girl who doesn't quite fit in, but learns one day she has magical powers! After her mother reveals to young Moth Hush that she is from a long line of powerful witches, the young girl proceeds on a wonderfully magical adventure to find the truth about her family history. –Cherie

Charlotte Brontë Before Jane Eyre by Glynnis Fawkes

available in September, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

The young Brontes were close knit siblings who lost their mother at a young age. Yet with access to good books, the freedom to run on the moors, and their heads full of stories, they created their own imaginary worlds and miniature handmade magazines. A worthy introduction to the famous and tragic literary family. –Diana

New in Your Favorite Graphic Novel Series! Best Friends

by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham available now, paperback, First Second

Bestselling creators of Real Friends Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham are back with a true story about popularity, first crushes, and finding your own path in the graphic novel, Best Friends.

Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

available in September, paperback, First Second

It's the middle-grade team-up of the century as the heroes of New York Times bestselling author Ben Hatke join forces to save the world in Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl.

Baby Sitters Club #07: Boy Crazy Stacey by Ann M. Martin and Gale Galligan available in September, paperback, Graphix

A brand-new graphic novel adapted by bestselling author Gale Galligan!

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The Seventh Voyage

by Stanislaw Lem illustrated by Jon Muth available in October, hardcover, Graphix

What to do when you need an extra set of hands to make a repair in outer space? Could you coordinate with a past or present form of yourself as you go through a series of time loops? Beautifully illustrated by Caldecott award winning artist Jon J. Muth (Zen Shorts), this book is at once amusing and thought provoking. –Diana

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Visit the Kids section for teen & tween selections. Fall 2019


Middle Readers The League of Super Heroes #01: Cape

Tunnel of Bones

by Kate Hannigan hardcover, available now, Aladdin

Hidden Figures meets Wonder Woman! Josie O’Malley does a lot to help Mam after her father goes off to fight the Nazis, but she wishes she could do more. After an official tosses out her puzzler test because she’s a girl, it soon becomes clear that an even more top-secret agency has its eye on Josie, along with two other applicants: Akiko and Mae. The trio bonds over their shared love of female superhero celebrities. During one extraordinary afternoon, they find themselves transformed into the newest (and youngest!) superheroes in town.


(City of Ghosts #2) by Victoria Schwab 

available in September, hardcover, Scholastic

Cassidy Blake is back. We first saw her in City of Ghosts where she gained the ability to see and talk to ghosts. Now, she and her ghost-hunting parents are headed for Paris to film their TV show and naturally, there is plenty of material in the City of Lights. Visiting sites like Père Lachaise cemetery, the Catacombes, and Notre Dame Cathedral, Cass learns that there's a poltergeist on the loose and if she and her ghost-pal Jacob don't stop him, there's no end to the mayhem he will cause.  –Claire

Nordic Tales : Folktales from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland, and Denmark illustrated by Ulla Thynell

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

This collection of 16 traditional tales transports readers to the enchanting world of Nordic folklore. Translated and transcribed by folklorists in the 19th century, and presented here unabridged, the stories are by turns magical, hilarious, cozy, and chilling. They offer a fascinating view into Nordic culture and a comforting wintertime read. Ulla Thynell's glowing contemporary illustrations accompany each tale, conjuring dragons, princesses, and the northern lights. This special gift edition features an embossed, textured case and a ribbon marker.


Fall 2019

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Young Adult

YA Fantasy Spark : Ember of Elyssia #2 by Anna Holmes

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Anna Holmes

available now, paperback, IngramSpark

The island of Elyssia has settled into quiet peace—until a mysterious intruder assails Queen Caelin's castle and Alain's powerful magic begins to devour him. All the while, the Rosalian Legion circles. In order to save Alain's life, Caelin must find an ally in her worst enemy and face the most difficult decision she has had yet as queen.

Friday, October 18, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven Join us in welcoming the author of Ember as she presents the latest in the series.

Frankly in Love

Juliet Takes a Breath

available in September, hardcover, Putnam

available in September, hardcover, Dial Books

by David Yoon

There has been so much buzz around this book and after reading it, I understand why. David Yoon captures teen angst perfectly as two KoreanAmericans fake-date each other so that their parents won't find out about their real non-Korean girlfriend/boyfriend. Yoon is so funny I was laughing out loud throughout, but here's the kicker; he can also write about the heart. About realizing the sacrifices our parents make for us out of pure love. I alternately laughed and cried my way through this book and it was great. –Claire

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin Craig

available now, hardcover, Delacorte

Once there were 12 daughters, but loneliness fills the grand halls now that four of the girls’ lives have been cut short. Disturbed by a series of ghostly visions, Annaleigh becomes increasingly suspicious that her sister’s deaths were no accidents. The girls have been sneaking out every night to attend glittering balls, dancing until dawn in silk gowns and shimmering slippers, and Annaleigh isn’t sure whether to try to stop them or to join their forbidden trysts. Because who—or what—are they really dancing with?


by Rainbow Rowell, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks

by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Milagros Palante is a self-proclaimed closeted Puerto Rican baby dyke from the Bronx. Only, she’s not so closeted anymore after coming out to her family the night before flying to Portland, Oregon to intern with her favorite feminist writer. When Juliet’s coming out crashes and burns, she’s not sure her mom will ever speak to her again. But Juliet has a plan—sort of. Her internship with legendary author Harlowe Brisbane is sure to help her figure out this whole “Puerto Rican lesbian” thing. Except Harlowe’s white. And not from the Bronx. And she definitely doesn’t have all the answers.


by Brittney Morris available in September, hardcover, Simon Pulse

Kiera by day is one of the few black students at her fancy academy. By night, she’s the creator of Slay, an online game highlighting touchpoints like Satchmo or That One Auntie’s Potato Salad. IRL, a boy gets killed and it’s linked to the game. Kiera has to now navigate whether she should come forward in a world where a young black woman surely can’t be the creator of a massive online world. What an awesome read! –Sarah

YA Graphic Novel

available now, paperback, First Second

Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1st. But this Halloween is different—Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him—she’s got a plan.

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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?


by Jenni Hendriks & Ted Caplan available in September, hardcover, Harper Teen

Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan is both a funny road trip story and a complex novel about friendship and choice. Veronica Clarke is a senior in high school with a bright future: straight A's, debate team and admission to a good university. She’s also pregnant. In order to secure her future Veronica needs to travel 900 miles to get an abortion. That’s how she ends up spending a weekend trapped in a car with her ex-best friend Bailey and being chased by her crazy ex-boyfriend. Throughout their journey Veronica and Bailey encounter stolen cars, shotguns, aliens, ferrets, and a friendship that fell apart years ago. –Sarah K. age 17

I’m Not Dying With You Tonight

by Gilly Segal & Kimberly Jones available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks Fire

I’m always on the lookout for YA books that can spark the conversations I want to see in a younger audience, and I’m excited to announce that I’m Not Dying With You Tonight is a perfect addition to their shelves. Moving quickly from one fraught situation (sudden violence erupting at a Friday night football game) to the next (Campbell and Lena, a white girl and a black girl who aren’t friends, forced to stick together to find a safe path home), I’m Not Dying With You Tonight will sweep you up and inspire deep thought about race, violence, and safety at any age. –Nich V. age 18

Containment : A Sanctuary Novel by Caryn Lix

available now, hardcover, Simon Pulse

Containment is a continuation of a thrilling story-line that tells of Kenzie's journey beyond the Sanctuary. Kenzie and her friends must race against the clock to destroy an alien ship and to prevent its beacon from calling an entire race of aliens from invading. The protagonist knows that the aliens will show no mercy to those who stand in their way, and must work together with her friends to cope with the evolution of their powers and to prevent the destruction of all they hold dear. With its endearing characters and exciting plot twists, this book was a great read and I would recommend it to all. –Noah G. age 17

Destroy All Monsters by Sam J. Miller

available now, hardcover, Harper Teen

Sam J. Miller has done it again. Destroy All Monsters is a return to Miller’s signature style: a gritty puzzlebox of a novel that asks us to rethink the way we see difficult issues like child abuse and PTSD as the main characters battle the monsters inside them as well as the ones they share space with, both formidable and very real. Miller writes with wisdom and magic, and, while hard to confront at times, Destroy All Monsters is a book that you’ll enjoy figuring out as the story unravels. –Nich V. age 18

I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi

available in October, hardcover, Harper Teen

For Teens, By Teens Established in 2014, this program offers teenagers 13-18 the opportunity to read yet-to-be-published books, also known as ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). In exchange for this privilege, they write reviews for Village Books to use in print and on social media, as well as for recommendations to our customers.


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I Hope You Get This Message is the story of what would happen if Earth was just an alien experiment, and the aliens were deciding if humanity was worth saving. After Earth decodes a message that confirms the world could be ending in a week, everything falls into chaos. The story follows three teens, Jesse, Cate and Adeem, all trying to find something during their last week on Earth. This was a beautifully heartbreaking book filled with both loss and also hope for the future. I would recommend this to anyone looking for the good of Community humanity in uncertainBuilding times. –Sarah K. ageOne 17 Book at a Time

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by Akwaeke Emezi

The Fountains of Silence

available in September, hardcover, Make Me a World

by Ruta Sepetys

available in October, hardcover, Philomel Books

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys is a historical fiction novel about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War and the dictatorship in Spain in the 1950s. The novel follows multiple main characters during a summer in Spain where political tensions are high. Daniel, a tourist from America dives deep into the world of Spain and connects with many of the locals, including a maid named Ana. This was a beautifully written book about a period of history that is not often talked about. – Sarah K. age 17

This One is a Gem!

If you've talked to me within the last year, I've likely recommended Salt to the Sea to you. Now Ruta Sepetys is back with a tale of a young American photographer in Franco's Spain in the 1950s. Sepetys's skill with historical fiction is unparalleled and this one is a gem. –VB Owner, Sarah Hutton

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owens

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt

Any reader can enjoy this dazzling young adult debut from Akwaeke Emezi. Set in the fictional town of Lucille, the postmodern novel tackles contemporary issues through the gentle eyes of Jam, a teenage girl. There aren’t supposed to be any monsters left in Lucille; the angels defeated them long ago. Yet, when strange and disturbing events begin occurring, Jam questions what everyone else is so keen to maintain. Could it be that the deadliest monsters are those disguised as friends? –Isabel F. age 15

Young Adult Rules For Vanishing

Look after your own–that's the Crow way, and as a Crow Witch, young Fie must follow in her Pa's footsteps to become the next chief of their roaming band of undertakers. But when a plague beacon burns in the palace and they call to answer, they get more than the pay they've bargained for. They get a prince, his body-double, a cat named Barf, and a hefty price on their heads. Can Fie save her family, or will she lose everything to the fire? –Rachel

by Kate Alice Marshall

The Good Luck Girls


by Charlotte Nicole Davis

available in October, hardcover, Tor Teen

There's nothing lucky about being a Good Luck Girl. Sold to a welcome house and branded with "favors", Aster and her younger sister Clementine escape one night, bringing a few other girls with them. But the woods beyond the welcome house are riddled with violent ghosts, monsters, and lawmen. The west is an unforgiving place, but with the help of a friendly rangeman named Zee, Aster and Clementine just might make it out alive. Glory to the Reckoning. –Rachel

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available in September, hardcover, Viking Books for Young Readers

The road appears only once per year and people who venture on it don't return. Two sisters become obsessed with striking out on the road for different reasons, one year apart. Once on the road, there are rules to be followed and if the rules are broken, there is a heavy price to pay. If you love creepy thrillers with just the right amount of gross, this book is for you. NOT for the faint of heart. –Claire

by Thomas Wheeler illustrated by Frank Miller available in October, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

For fans of the Arthurian legend, this is the origin story of Nimue, the Lady of the Lake, as imagined by this talented duo. It's a fast-paced tear through the days of Nimue as a teen as she tries to return The Sword (yes, that sword) to Merlin. She's a sword-wielding, butt-kicking revolutionary and the action just doesn't stop. Peppered throughout with cool illustrations by Miller, this book is pure fun all the way to the end. –Claire

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OCTOBER 5–6 Cloud Mountain Farm Center in Everson Fruit tasting, kids activities, cider pressing, live music, pumpkin patch, caramel apples, and plant sales!


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Literature LIVE!


VB’s Literary Events Program

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to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter! Friday, August 30, 7pm BOOKED AT THE BAKER An Evening with LOUISE PENNY –A Better Man Louise Penny is coming to the Mount Baker Theatre. All tickets include a signed hardcover copy of Penny's latest novel, A Better Man, to be handed out at the show. Reserved seating. Buy tickets at Mount Baker Theatre and online at

SEPTEMBER Friday, September 6, 7pm JOHN KEEBLE –The Appointment:


The Tale of Adaline Carson

Join John Keeble as he presents his book which, while about the daughter of the famed frontiersman Kit Carson, is not a western, nor is it a biography. Set in the time of the California gold rush, it is a detailed and graphic elegy for America’s wide open plains, rivers, and mountains, and the people who lived in and passed through them, both for good and ill. John Keeble is the author of seven previous books, including Yellowfish, Broken Ground, and The Shadows of Owls.

Saturday, September 7, 7pm STEVE TOUTONGHI –Side Life


Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur, takes a job house-sitting an ultramodern Seattle mansion. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. When Vin decides to enter one of the caskets himself, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life. A native of Seattle, Steve Toutonghi is the author of a previous novel, Join.

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Sunday, September 8 at 4pm Poetry and Music! REBECCA MABANGLO-MAYOR –Dancing Between Bamboo Poles Filipino-American Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor— whose parents did not teach her to speak or understand their native Tagalog language—uses redaction and disclosure to explore what has been hidden, even within herself, as she navigates a world where skin color, heritage, and language exert powerful and often divergent claims on identity. Rebecca will be joined by local musicians Swil Kanim and Peter Ali so this is an event you do not want to miss!

Wednesday, September 11, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop Free Workshop with PETE JOHNSON Topic: Authenticity: Being Unapologetically You The principles of Excellence have always held that the greatest gift we have to offer is the gift of ourselves. Authenticity goes hand in hand with congruence, knowing and accepting our self, and ferreting out our unique purpose. 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.

Thursday, September 12, 12pm Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing wellness and full engagement with life. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

Thursday, September 12, 7pm CHERYL MCCARTHY –Many Hands Make Light Work This is the rollicking true story of a family of nine children growing up in the college town of Ames, Iowa in the ’60s and ’70s. Inspiring, full of surprises, and laugh-out-loud funny, this real-life family champions diversity and inclusion long before such concepts become cultural flashpoints. Free-wheeling and contagiously cheerful, Many Hands Make Light Work is a winsome memoir of a Heartland childhood unlike any other. Cheryl McCarthy is a freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. Previously from Ohio, she now lives with her husband in Bellingham. Read a book review on page 49.

Friday, September 13, 7pm DIANA DODDS –Secrets: Family, Friends, and Mental Illness Join us in the Readings Gallery as Diana Dodds presents her memoir written to demonstrate how and why families keep secrets related to mental illness. Dodds uses her life’s story and the story of her father’s extended family to shed light on this common dilemma, and express hope in exposing it to light. Diana Dodds was born and raised in Northwest Kansas. She became an RN who worked in hospital-based care for 35 years. She and her husband moved to Western Washington where they raised two children. Diana has been diagnosed as bipolar type 1 for 40 years.

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Thursday, September 19, 7pm JOY WIGGINS –From Sabotage to Support:

Saturday, September 14, 4pm SARA DONATI Fiction! –Where the Light Enters From Bellingham’s own international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour, comes Sara Donati's enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in 19th-century New York. Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget. Sara Donati is the author of the Wilderness series, which includes Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest.

Saturday, September 14 at 7pm FRED BROWN –The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

Cities like Seattle would not exist without animals. Although usually absent from history books, creatures such as cows, horses, chickens, dogs, and salmon have played crucial roles in struggles over property and power in the changing city. They have accompanied humans on their urban journey as property, as symbols, and as friends. Frederick L. Brown holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington and works as an independent historian and book indexer in Seattle. The City is More Than Human won the 2017 Hal K. Rothman book prize from the Western History Association for best new book in Western environmental history. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Sunday, September 15, 4pm CLYDE FORD Think Black Launch Party! Village Books and Evolve Chocolate + Cafe are pleased to announce this special event celebrating the long-awaited memoir from Bellingham favorite, Clyde Ford. Join us for a book presentation by the author and music provided by Skip Williams & Soul Shadows, and Swil Kanim! BONUS the first 75 people to pre-purchase a copy of Think Black will be invited to the pre-event reception at 3pm in Evolve where there will be music and food inspired by the book, created by Chef Christy. Space is limited so order your copy today and get on the list! In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, award-winning Bellingham author, Clyde W. Ford, tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first Black software engineer in America. Think Black reveals how racism at IBM insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship. For questions about the pre-event party and how to get on that list, please call (360)671-2626 or email

Wednesday, September 18, 7pm SHEPHERD SIEGEL –Disruptive Play:

Into the Future of Water in the West

In Downriver, Heather Hansman chronicles the history and contemporary problem of water usage along the Green River, the major tributary of the Colorado River. Hansman tells this story from the river itself as she paddles the Green from source to confluence interviewing farmers, government officials, and activists along the way. Heather Hansman is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Outside, California Sunday, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. After a decade of raft guiding across the United States, she lives in Seattle. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Saturday, September 21, 7pm MATT PENTZ –The Sound and the Glory: How the Seattle Sounders Showed Major League Soccer How to Win Over America

To reach the ambitious goals the club set for itself, the Seattle Sounders needed the jolt of a championship. To get there would require tumult previously unknown to a club built on stability, a clash of egos, and a title run so unlikely it could have hardly been scripted. Matt Pentz is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and ESPN, among other publications. As an award-winning beat reporter at the Seattle Times, he covered the Sounders’ historic run to their first MLS Cup championship.

Saturday, September 21, 5:30pm FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay


Join the renowned FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay celebrating commercial fishing through poetry, prose, and song. Read more on page 9.

Disruptive Play: The Trickster in Politics and Culture journeys from ancient folkloric appearances of Tricksters such as Raven and Èsù-Elegba, to their confined role in Western civilization, and then on to Trickster’s 20th century jailbreak as led by dada and the hippies. Disruptive Play bears witness to how this spirit informs social progress today, whether by Anonymous, Banksy, Bugs Bunny, or unrevealed mischief-makers and culture jammers. Such play is revolutionary and lights the path to a transformed society. Dr. Shepherd Siegel is a writer, a rock and jazz musician, and educator. He returned to his countercultural roots to write Disruptive Play and spread its message of playfulness and progressive change.

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Friday, September 20, 7pm HEATHER HANSMAN –Downriver:

at Boundary Bay, Honey Moon, and Mount Baker Theatre’s Encore Room

The Trickster in Politics and Culture


A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

From Sabotage to Support offers vital strategies for not only working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand patriarchy’s toll and learn how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone. Along with research, interviews, actions and tools, chapters feature candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege and power play out in their own lives, work and friendship. Wiggins is the founder and CEO of Joy Wiggins, PhD: Equity and Inclusion Consulting which provides speaking, facilitation and mentorship opportunities on the topics of power, privilege, racial and gender justice and liberation. Her consulting centers around understanding biases and women supporting women in the workplace. She teaches multicultural children’s literature, literacy and English language learning in the Elementary Education department at Western Washington University.



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Sunday, September 22, 4pm BETSY BELL –Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss, & Anti-War Activism

It is 1983, and the anti-war movement Target Seattle is preparing for a trip to Tashkent, Seattle’s Sister City in Uzbekistan. Travelling with 3,000 copies of a peace petition, as well as her husband, 17-year-old daughter and 30 others, Betsy sees first-hand the risks of travelling as an American to the USSR. She also sees the heart-warming stories of people-topeople connections across political boundaries. With honesty and poise, Betsy chronicles a history of a time when ordinary citizens were transformed into agents of peace. Betsy Bell is a mother, grandmother, business woman, and a longtime justice activist.

Tuesday, September 24, 7pm (music and doors at 6:30pm) THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring KARL MARLANTES –Deep River Fiction! in the Heiner Theatre at WCC

Karl Marlantes made his name with the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, the powerful and moving Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Now with his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes applies the epic narrative sweep of Matterhorn to a family saga about Finnish immigrants to the Pacific Northwest. Featuring musical guest, Saloon! Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Deep River. This event is part of the North Cascades Institute’s Nature of Writing Series. Read a review on page 24.

Wednesday, September 25, 7pm JOHN LOVCHIK –Racism: Reality Built on a Myth This book is a concise history of racism, written by a white man who spent a lifetime trying to understand racism before he found that history held the key. This book shows that racism is not a natural response to human differences. It was man-made deliberately implemented and carefully nurtured. It is an illness that has been passed down for generations; and continues to infect every one of us and all of our institutions. John Lovchik has been an anti-racism activist for more than 20 years as a member of a number of white collectives and people of color led organizations.

Thursday, September 26, 7pm DAVID GUTERSON –Turn Around Time:


A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

Join us as we welcome award-winning author of Snow Falling on Cedars David Guterson as he reads from and discusses his new book-length poem Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest. David's newest work is a narrative poem in elegant verse about trails and hiking, wilderness and wonder, aging and myth that will appeal to lovers of literature and poetry as well as nature and the outdoors. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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Friday, September 27, 7pm CAROLINE VAN HEMERT –The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

The Sun is a Compass tells the story of Caroline Van Hemert's human-powered 4,000-mile trip—by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe—from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. Along the way she rediscover birds, the natural world, and her love of science. Van Hemert is an Alaskan biologist, adventurer, and author whose travels have taken her from the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. Her research and expeditions have been featured by the New York Times, MSNBC, National Geographic, and more. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Saturday, September 28, 4pm J.A. JANCE –Sins of the Fathers: A J.P. Beaumont Novel

New York Times best-selling author J.A. Jance is back with another thrilling instalment of the J.P. Beaumont mysteries! Former Seattle homicide cop J.P. Beaumont is learning to enjoy the new realities of retirement doing morning crossword puzzles by a roaring fireplace; playing frisbee with his new dog; having quiet lunches with his still working wife. But then his past comes calling. With more than 20 million copies of her books in print, J.A. Jance is also the author of the Ali Reynolds series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family.

Saturday, September 28, 7pm MONIKA WIELAND SHIELDS –Endangered Orcas:

The Story of the Southern Residents

The Southern Resident killer whales are icons of the Pacific Northwest, a beloved population of orcas that are considered the most-watched whales in the world. Despite decades of research and focused conservation efforts, they are on the brink of extinction. With more challenges on the horizon, one question looms: can we still create a sustainable future for humans and orcas in the Salish Sea? Monika Wieland Shields is the cofounder and president of the non-profit Orca Behavior Institute, which conducts non-invasive behavioral and acoustic research on the orcas of the Salish Sea. She lives on San Juan Island, Washington. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Sunday, September 29, 4pm JOHN BALABAN –Empires


Empires is about tremors in history as imperial eras come to their ends ... those interludes when the understood order of things has changed. John Balaban served as a conscientious objector during the war in Vietnam. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, he is a translator of Vietnamese poetry, and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association.

Monday, September 30, 7pm OPEN MIC Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems, and essays! Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings

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OCTOBER Wednesday, October 2, 7pm ADRIENNE LINDHOLM –It Happened Like This: A Life in Alaska It Happened Like This is, on the surface, a memoir about what it means to live and love in one of the wildest places on the planet. In an authentic and honest voice, writer Adrienne Lindholm recounts her move to Alaska as a young woman eager to begin her career in environmental and wildlife studies. Lindholm oversees the Wilderness Stewardship Program for the national parks in Alaska. In addition to a memoir about thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, she’s the author of several backpacking guidebooks, and her essays and articles have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Thursday, October 3, 7pm E. W. FINKE –The Sweet Bounty


Estranged from his Mi’kmaw First Nations homeland, Peter Joe is living in Montreal when he receives a confused and desperate call from the once-beloved godfather he hasn’t seen or heard from in nearly 20 years. Peter returns to Newfoundland and the remote Reserve of his past where he finds his godfather near death with a mysterious illness decimating his Tribe. Peter must find out why before the remainder of his People vanish. Author Eric Finke worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency investigating environmental crimes, cleaning up environmental waste, and working to prevent further harm for nearly 35 years. He makes his home in the Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham.

Friday, October 4, 7pm SEÁN DWYER –A Quest for Tears:

Seán Dwyer was driving home to finish editing his novel. A moment later, a car accident left him unable to read, write coherent sentences, or even cry. This memoir of Dwyer’s slow but inspiring recovery will help Traumatic Brain Injury Survivors and their caregivers understand how to cope with healing and change. Seán Dwyer teaches Spanish at Western Washington University and has published a number of short stories. As an advocate for other writers, he hosts the open mic at Village Books. Fiction!

With humor, compassion, a sprinkling of irreverence, and a sharp eye on contemporary life, Sanelli explores, through Lucy, what it means to be a daughter, a teacher, and a friend at a moment in her life when she is forced to approach life as a lesson in forgiveness in an attempt to understand why haters hate. Mary Lou Sanelli, author, speaker, and dance teacher has published seven collections of poetry and three works of non-fiction.

Sunday, October 6, 4pm JACK NISBET –The Dreamer & the Doctor: A Forest Lover & a Physician on the Edge of the Frontier

In The Dreamer and the Doctor, Jack Nisbet turns his attention to American pioneers Dr. Carrie and John Leiberg, whose lives and passions helped shape our region in the turn of the 20th century. Their adventures spilled out of the Northwest to touch issues of public health, government control, and personal freedom; what they accomplished emerged as touchstones of character and identity for an entire region. Jack Nisbet is the author of several collections of essays that explore the human and natu(cont.)


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ral history of the Northwest, including Purple Flat Top, Visible Bones, and Ancient Places. He has also written award-winning biographies of fur agent and cartographer David Thompson (Sources of the River) and naturalist David Douglas (The Collector). This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Friday, October 11, 7pm SPENCER ELLSWORTH –The Great Faerie Strike We are pleased to welcome local favorite Spencer Ellsworth back to the Readings Gallery! A revolution in Faerie! Ridley Enterprises has brought industry to the Otherworld, churning out magical goods for profit. But when they fire Charles the gnome, well, they've gone too far. And against a gnome's respectable nature, he takes to the streets, fighting for workers' rights. Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. He is the author of the Starfire Trilogy of space opera novels from Tor. He lives in Bellingham, WA, with his wife and three children, writes, edits and works at a small tribal college, and would really like a war mammoth if you’ve got one lying around.

Saturday, October 12, 7pm JENNIFER GOLD –The Ingredients of Us and KATE KAUFMANN –Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No

Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury

Saturday, October 5, 7pm MARY LOU SANELLI –The Starstruck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs


Join us in the Readings Gallery for this dual event centered on women who do not have children. From debut author Jennifer Gold comes a delicious novel about the sweet and sour ingredients of life and love. After learning of her husband’s infidelity, Elle, an accomplished baker, bakes her way through her collection of favorite recipes to awaken old memories and revisit key moments in her life. Do You Have Kids? Life When the Answer is No: Imagine having your own team of honest childless aunties, wise childfree godmothers, and savvy experts describe life's options and challenges when you don't have kids. This book weaves together perspectives of non-moms aged 24 to 91, a growing body of research, and the author's own story into a practical guide to what life without kids can entail.

Sunday, October 13, 4pm CHRISTOPHER HOWELL –The Grief of a Happy Life


The Grief of a Happy Life explores the interplay between memory and imagination, celebrating the ways that happiness and grief inform one another and give our lives fullness and vitality. Aeneas, Saint Theresa, Ovid, Kierkegaard, a German submarine, and so much more are woven together with Howell’s trademark precision and accessibility into exquisite tableaux, each providing a view of both what we must live with and what we must not live without. Born in Portland, Oregon, Christopher Howell is author of a dozen poetry collections, including Love’s Last Number, Gaze, and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected. There is no charge for most Village Books Literature Live events.  Event costs are offset by customer book purchases; in order to maintain our robust program, we urge you to purchase those event books that interest you.

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Tuesday, October 15, 7pm MARKUS ZUSAK –Bridge of Clay


Village Books is thrilled to welcome Markus Zusak to the Readings Gallery for the trade paperback release of Bridge of Clay, the breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. Zusak is the author of the extraordinary international bestseller and Printz Award Honor book, The Book Thief, which has sold 16 million copies worldwide, is published in 42 foreign language territories, and has spent over 500 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

BOOK GROUP MIXERS Wednesday, October 16, 5:30pm at Evolve Chocolate + Cafe! & Thursday, October 17, 5:30pm at Overflow Taps in Lynden Village Books has a treat for all members or those interested in joining our book groups and clubs! For one night in each of our locations, we’ll host a Book Group Mixer. Join the party for drinks, discussion, and much mirth and merriment. Owners Sarah, Paul, and Kelly will be in attendance, along with some of our invaluable VB Reads leaders. They will be there to dish on favorite books, the world of literature at large, and anything the evening may bring. You don’t have to be in a book group to attend—everyone 21+ is invited. Libations! Literature! What more could one want? Admission is $5 which includes a beverage. See for details and ticketing information.

Thursday, October 17, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju Topic: Comfort Zones Dawn 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. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.

Friday, October 18, 7pm Young Adult Fantasy! ANNA HOLMES –Spark (Ember of Elyssia #2) The island of Elyssia has settled into quiet peaceuntil a mysterious intruder assails Queen Caelin's castle and Alain's powerful magic begins to devour him. All the while, the Rosalian Legion circles. In order to save Alain's life, Caelin must find an ally in her worst enemy and face the most difficult decision she has had yet as queen. Anna Holmes is a writer, library worker, disability and accessibility advocate, costumer, D&D player, and all-around geek. Her previous work includes Ember, the first book in the Ember of Elyssia series.

Saturday, October 19, 7pm ROMNEY HUMPHREY –How I Learned I'm Old How I Learned I'm Old is a collection of humorous essays embedded with a smattering of serious insights. The book tells the tale of what happens when middle age mysteriously departs and old age mischievously claims its territory, delving into the important benefits, downsides, and realizations of the aging process. A former writer/producer at KVOS Television and marketing consultant, Humphrey is a nationally produced playwright and has won several awards for her media work.

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

Sunday, October 20, 4pm VICTORIA DOERPER –What If We All Bloomed?


Join us in the Readings Gallery for a reading from what Laura Kalpakina calls "…an enticing garden, Victoria Doerper’s debut volume of poems is full of surprises: tumbling insight tucked in somber reflection, the celebratory alongside the cautionary. Open this book anywhere and find poems that chart pain, evoke pleasure, offer whimsy and describe nature in short, bright, stunning metaphors. In form, these poems are eclectic. In content, they are magical, full of astute observation worthy of Emily Dickinson. Lucky you, reader." Victoria Doerper writes poetry and creative nonfiction from her cottage near the shore of the Salish Sea. Illustrator John Doerper is also an author of award-winning books about food, wine, and travel.

Thursday, October 24, 7pm Fiction! DAN GREEN –Blue Salt Water and –Teeth, Lies & Consequences Join us in the Readings Gallery for a presentation on both novels by Canadian author, Dan Green! His first novel, Blue Saltwater, chronicles an aboriginal teenager's struggle to escape the Indian Residential School System and return to his ancestral homeland of Haida Gwaii. His second novel, Teeth, Lies & Consequences, tells the story of a German dentist, Friedrich Mueller, who after being discovered concealing his Jewish ancestry, takes an oath never to reveal a secret but goes back on his word to save the life of his son. After a career practicing dentistry in West Vancouver, BC, Dan Green studied creative writing at the University of British Columbia.

Friday, October 25, 7pm (music and doors at 6:30pm) THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL –Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero

Join us as we welcome Christopher McDougall back to the Chuckanut Radio Hour to discuss this heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America. Christopher McDougall covered wars in Rwanda and Angola as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press before writing his best-selling book Born to Run. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Running with Sherman. This event co-sponsored by Fairhaven Runners and Walkers and Animals as Natural Therapy.

Monday, October 28, 7pm OPEN MIC Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems, and essays! Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

Saturday, October 26, 7pm MADELINE FFITCH –Stay and Fight


Join us for a reading from this breakout sensation and Indie Next Great Read selection. Set in Appalachia, a region known for its independent spirit, Stay and Fight shakes up what it means to be a family, to live well, to make peace with nature, and to make deals with the system. Absorbingly spun, perfectly voiced, and disruptively political, Stay and Fight forces us to reimagine an Appalachia—and an America—we think we know. And it takes us, laughing and fighting, into a new understanding of what it means to love and to be free. Madeline Ffitch cofounded the punk theater company Missoula Oblongata and is part of the direct-action collective Appalachia Resist! She is the author of the story collection Valparaiso, Round the Horn.

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Sunday, October 27, 4pm ROBERT STORMS –School Stories:


The Funny Thing About Music

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a presentation of this updated memoir by a local veteran school teacher! School Stories is a collection of unusual experiences that covers the entire length of Storms’ 40 years as a band and choir teacher in Ferndale, teaching two schools that were rivals in every sport. The problems and their funny solutions are what make the book entertaining.

Thursday, October 31, 3-6pm Halloween Stories by the Bellingham Storytellers Guild! While you’re trick-or-treating in the Fairhaven district this year, stop by the Readings Gallery for our annual Halloween story time, featuring ghoulish tales from the Bellingham Storytellers Guild.

Mark Your Calendars


Friday, November 1, 7pm at Bellingham High School

TIMOTHY EGAN –A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome in Search of Faith

A Pilgrimage to Eternity traces Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Timothy Egan's deeply personal, modern pilgrimage through a European dreamscape—the 1,000-mile-long Via Francigena. Tickets are available at Village Books or on Eventbrite and are $35 for one person, which includes a copy of A Pilgrimage to Eternity OR $45 for two people and one copy of A Pilgrimage to Eternity. Seating is general admission. Please see for more information or call the store at (360) 671-2626.

Saturday, November 2, 7pm PAULA BECKER –A House on Stilts: Mothering in the Age of Opioid Addiction

A House on Stilts tells the story of one woman's struggle to reclaim wholeness while mothering a son addicted to opioids. Paula Becker's son Hunter was raised in a safe nurturing home by his writer/historian mom and his physician father. He was a bright curious child. And yet, addiction found him. More than 2.5 million Americans are addicted to opioids, some half-million of these to heroin. This intensely personal account of trauma and survival offers a timely exploration of a family forced to grapple with America's opioid crisis.

Sunday, November 3, 4pm Jack Straw Writers Anthology Group Reading The Jack Straw Writers Program was created in 1997. Each year, 12 writers are selected by a curator out of dozens of applicants. The program features voice and presentation training, in-studio interviews, public readings, a published anthology, and podcasts. The 2019 Jack Straw Writers were selected by curator Kathleen Flenniken. Featured readers will include Dianne Aprile, Christianne Balk, Leanne Dunic, Sylvia Byrne Pollack, Rena Priest, and Suzanne Warren.

Tuesday, November 5, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop featuring Monique Stefens - "Gratitude" D. Monique Stefens is an international facilitator and coach with a Masters in Adult & Higher Education (WWU) This, combined with life experience and a decade of life coaching lay the foundation for transformative conversations within interactive workshops.


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Thursday, November 7, 6-8:30pm Author Dinner with J. RYAN STRADAL at Evolve Chocolate + Café –The Lager Queen of Minnesota


Join us in the café for a celebration of women and beer, and a great new book! We’re hosting a meal with the author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest. Chef Christy will fashion a meal where each course is inspired by the book and we’ll have a guest brewer on hand pairing tasty beers with different elements of the story. This is truly a book-crafted meal and it’s sure to be delicious! Tickets $75: All include a signed copy of The Lager Queen of Minnesota. Tickets are available at Village Books & Seating is limited so get your tickets now!

Friday, November 8, 7pm LARRY CRAWFORD –Kangaroo House


The mystique of the 1900s provides the backdrop for a close-knit island community located in the San Juan Islands. A fatherless youth seeks to explore the fringe beyond his sparse upbringing. Delving into the margins of lawlessness of the 1920s prohibition years offers him a way forward. The discovery of an unrighteous stronghold of Nazis thought to be annihilated has dire consequences. L.G. Crawford grew up in a San Juan Island community where his ancestors migrated in the 1890’s.

Saturday, November 9, 4pm at Sehome High School

Middle Grade Fiction!

SHANNON MESSENGER –Legacy: Keeper of the Lost Cities #8 Shannon Messenger will present the eighth installment in her award winning, bestselling series: Keeper of the Lost Cities. With over one million books in print, this magical, blockbuster series continues to grow with each book, thanks to its diehard fan base! Tickets are $25 and include 2 seats and a copy of Legacy! Please see for more information and signing line procedures. This event will likely sell out so get your tickets now!

Saturday November 9, 7pm LATISHA GUTHRIE and JOANNA POWELL COLBERT –The Herbcrafter's Tarot The Herbcrafter’s Tarot celebrates the handicrafts, tools, and timehonored folk skills related to herbs, trees, flowers and other plants that share their gifts with us. This deck and book set explores the relationship between herbs and how people use them for medicine, creativity, ceremony, magic, and spiritual guidance. It also considers herbs as archetypes and explores our partnership with the botanical realm. Herbcrafter’s Tarot is an engaging introduction to herbalism and plant spirit magic and can be used as a profound divinatory tool.

Monday, November 18, 7pm at Bellingham High School

FLEA in conversation with Jonathan Evison –Acid for the Children We are so pleased to welcome Flea, the iconic bassist and cofounder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Bellingham for the release of his new memoir. Tickets available at Village Books and (standard taxes and fees apply). $35 for one person which includes a copy of Acid for the Children OR $45 for two people and one copy of Acid for the Children.

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The iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers will share his fascinating origin story, complete with all the dizzying highs and the gutter lows you'd want from an L.A. street rat turned world famous rock star. In conversation with Jonathan Evison.

at Bellingham High School

Monday, November 18, 7pm, 2019 Tickets available at Village Books and (standard taxes and fees apply) $35 Admits one • $45 Admits two. Both ticket options include one hardcover first edition copy of Acid for the Children to be distributed at the event. Festival Seating.

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The Chuckanut Reader – Fall 2019  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers – A Village Books Publication

The Chuckanut Reader – Fall 2019  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers – A Village Books Publication