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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader, Though it's a little chilly as I write this, I thank my lucky stars that I'm here in the Pacific NW. Friends on the East Coast, having already survived Sandy, are battening down the hatches for an expected blizzard. But beyond the weather, there are so many other great things taking place in our community. You'll find many of them recounted in the pages of this Reader, including upcoming happenings in Fairhaven and beyond, and dozens of author events here in the store and around the community. One of those events is part of a new partnership with The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. Nancy Pearl, of NPR fame, will be conducting a two-day getaway book club at the inn (see page 8). This is the first of what we hope will be many events at this celebrated venue. Another piece of big news is the move of the Chuckanut Radio Hour to its new home in the Heiner Auditorium at Whatcom Community College (see page 47). As you'll see, we'll also be helping the college celebrate its 45th Anniversary with a special edition of the Radio Hour on May 3rd. This edition of the Reader is packed with previews of books just published or about to arrive in the store, as well as reviews by staff members of some of the favorite books they've read recently. There truly is something here for everyone and it's not too early to begin thinking about those gifts for Mother's Day, graduations, Father's Day and just about any other special occasion. After all, books are gifts that will be opened again and again. As always, we are extremely grateful to you for your continued business. Communities with healthy bookstores (and other independently operated local businesses) are healthier communities. Thank you!

–Chuck, Dee,

In This Issue... Dear Reader 3 Spring Activities You Don't Want to Miss 4-5 TopTen Stories for 2012 6-7 Join Nancy Pearl at the Willows Inn plus Lit/Writing books 8 The 2013 Chuckanut Writers Conference 9 Fiction, Mystery, and Sci Fi (highlights & reviews) 10-19 What Whatcom Was Reading in 2012 20 We Sell Kobo eReaders & eBooks! 21 Food, Food, Food (book reviews & much more) 22-27 Green Living, Science, and Nature (books) 29-31 Bios and Memoirs (highlights & reviews) 32-34 History & Current Events (books) 35-37 Poetry Month, Arts, and Craft (highlights & reviews) 38-40 2013 PNBA Book Awards 41 Performing Arts and Humor (books) 43-45 The Spring Chuckanut Radio Hour Line-up 47 Take the One Book Pledge 49 Behavior, Spirituality, and Travel (books) 51 Great Reads for Kids AND Adults 53-55 National Children's Books Week Events 56-57 VB Reads—Join a VB Book Group 58 Literature Live! Author Events at VB 59-62

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The Chuckanut Reader Spring 2013

Publishers: Chuck and Dee Robinson Production Design: Kelly Carbert

Contributors: Jenny Blenk, Kelly Carbert, Charles Claassen, Christina Claassen, Brendan Clark, Kelly Evert, Robert Gruen, Rachel Hanley, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Sam Kaas, Donna Marcantonio, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Lindsey McGuirk, Laura Picco, Chuck Robinson, Dee Robinson, Rem Ryals, JoanTerselich, Jonica Todd, Terri Weiner, Jessica Williams, and Cindi Williamson Cover: Enjoy shopping at your favorite bookstore using one of the many reusable shopping bags/baskets available at Paper Dreams! Photo by Kelly Carbert Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2013 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste

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Village Books & Fairhaven Runners


5K Walk/Run for Literacy




including a Free Kids’ (10 & under) 1/2 mile Run

Pre-Register at Village Books or Fairhaven Runners! We hope all runners, walkers, readers, and literacy advocates will come and participate in the 14th Annual Anniversary Walk/Run for Literacy. Registration forms will be available at both stores AND online at and in April.

Co-presented by Village Books & The Western Washington University Libraries

VOLUNTEER! If you’re not up for walking or running and still want to help the cause, join us as a volunteer! Contact Dylan Wirkkala at Fairhaven Runners or VB’s Dave Lippiatt for more information.

Literacy Trivia Bee ? Friday, April 26th



and Silent Auction

Have you heard the buzz? 


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The Whatcom Literacy Council’s 17th Annual Trivia Bee is happening on Friday, April 26th. The Trivia Bee is the Literacy Council’s annual spring fundraiser for know-it-alls, know-a-little-bits, and fun lovers of every stripe. Dozens of teams sponsored by local businesses––including Village Books’ team, The Village Idiots––converge at Bellingham High School and compete against each other while the witty remarks of co-hosts Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings provoke laughter and competitive spirit.   The evening begins with a Silent Auction offering tables full of great items. Bidding in the Silent Auction begins at 6pm and the Trivia Bee starts promptly at 7pm.  You’ll have a great night of fun and you’ll help the WLC help others.  All proceeds go to support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s efforts to provide literacy tutoring to adults in Whatcom County.   Tickets are $10—or $25 for a family—and will be available online through or at the door.  For more information regarding the 17th Annual Trivia Bee and Silent Auction or to learn more about other ways you can promote literacy, call Katherine at the Whatcom Literacy Council at (360) 647-3264 or visit



Spring 2013

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Spring into Action!

Fairhaven Activities...

Saturday, March 30th, 10am - 3pm

The 25th Annual Fairhaven Neighbors


Now celebrating its silver anniversary, the plant sale that the Fairhaven Neighbors stage each year has become a real community tradition. With more than a dozen vendors, the sale provides a wide variety of plant material from bedding plants to trees. But beyond the gardening aspects, the event also gives folks a chance to get together and raise money for the neighborhood association. The plant sale will take place on Saturday, March 30th, in the parking lot on Mill Ave. across from the Fairhaven Village Green, adjacent to the South Bay Trail. For more information about the event or about being a vendor, contact Thom Prichard at 671-5517 or at

Girls Night Out

Sunday, April 28th

Dirty Dan

in Fairhaven Friday, June 28th


Save the Date!

Seafood Festival

Have an evening of fun in Fairhaven and help raise money for the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Research Center at this year's Girls Night Out. Look for details in the Summer Chuckanut Reader.

Celebrate the unscrubbed founder of Fairhaven during this event-packed day! The Dirty Dan Festival is Fairhaven’s annual celebration of seafood and of the community founder, Dirty Dan Harris. This year’s festivities will feature great food, contests, and other family-fun activities including a salmon toss for adults, a trout toss for kids, a Dirty Dan look-a-like contest and a cupcake eating contest.

Before they were MOVIES, they were BOOKS!

There will be rowing and paddling races on the waterfront in the morning, vendors, and live music on the Fairhaven Village Green between 10am and 4pm. At noon, the always exciting piano race will take place!


2nd Fridays of the Month from 4-6pm in the Fairhaven Library Fireplace Room

You also don't want to miss the ever-popular Chuckanut Chowder Cook-off and beer garden from noon to 4pm next to the Green on 10th St.

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For a schedule and details visit

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All ages are welcome to enjoy a movie with the whole family—FREE! Check with the library for titles. Fridays, March 8, April 12 & May 10

Spring 2013


Top Ten Stories for 2012 #10

1st Annual Steampunk Festival

Don't know what Steampunk is? The people who showed up for the First Annual Steampunk Festival last July sure do. Think Jules Verne, think brass goggles, embroidered corsets and vests, leather jack-boots and other accoutrements of the Victorian era, think science fiction at the time the 19th century became the 20th—during the age of steam. Scores of folks visited the Fairhaven Village Green for entertainment and to visit vendors of steampunk attire and accessories. They came into the Village Books Readings Gallery to hear authors Nick James, Karina Cooper, and Kris Saknussemm. And, they gathered at the Spark Museum of Radio and Electricity to hear Seattle steampunk band Abney Park. The Second Annual Steampunk Festival will take place on July 13. Look for details in the summer Chuckanut Reader.

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Chuckanut Writers Conference Becomes Annual Event

Nearly two years ago the Community Education folks at Whatcom Community College hatched the idea of creating a writers conference and invited Village Books to partner with them in the effort. VB enthusiastically said yes and the team began planning the conference that took place at the end of June 2011. No one knew whether it would become an ongoing conference, but after successfully completing a second one last year, the partnership decided to make it an annual event. This year's conference will be held on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22. You can find more information and register at

Camp Village Books Expanded to Full Week

After two years of operating Camp Village Books as separate daily camps, Claire launched a week-long version last year. Each day, campers explored a different theme—science, nature, art, etc. Every afternoon involved some physical activity, a hands-on project, and something book-related. The camp was limited to 10 boys and girls, ages 7 to 10, and it sold out quickly. Claire will once again offer the half-day, week-long camp August 5th through 9th, 2013. Registration is $129 per camper. Sign up for this fun camp at the store or online beginning May 1st.


Whatcom Reads Begins 5th Year With the announcement of David Guterson's novel Snow Falling on Cedars as the next county-wide read, Whatcom Reads launched its 5th year in February. The program, inspired by Nancy Pearl's Seattle Reads and organized by all of the local libraries and Village Books, began in 2008 with Sherman Alexie's book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, followed by Old School by Tobias Wolff, Border Songs by Jim Lynch, and In the Presence of the Enemy by Elizabeth George. Each author has come to the community to give presentations. For more information about Whatcom Reads and the 2014 author,

go to


VB/Pickford Partner for Writers in the Limelight

Though the store presents more than 250 author events each year, it's not possible to get some authors to Bellingham. So, just a year ago Village Books partnered with the Pickford Film Center to present "Writers in the Limelight," a series of on-screen author interviews and talks. The series began with Susan Orlean, author of Rin Tin Tin: The Life & Legend and has included authors Stacy Schiff, Marc Bittman, Chris Matthews and David Brooks, among others. See page 44 for information about upcoming presentations.


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Paper Dreams Celebrates 30th Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but our childlike sister store Paper Dreams turned 30 in October. With an interest in bringing more cards, paper and gifts to Fairhaven and a concern about diluting Village Books' "bookstore" atmosphere, Chuck and Dee—with lots of help from JoAnn Hanesworth—opened Paper Dreams. Over the past three decades the store has more than doubled in size and added innumerable fun products—most recently wearables such as scarves, gloves, socks and, yes, even Coobie Bras. Novelty toys and many cards perpetuate smiles and chuckles throughout the store. It's been a great 30 years of bringing fun to Fairhaven.

VB Partners with The Willows Inn Many of you were likely surprised when Gisella Williams included The Willows Inn on Lummi Island in her New York Times article "10 Restaurants Worth a Plane Ride." Especially since it was one of only three restaurants in the United States. If you've eaten there and have experienced the unique cuisine of Chef Blaine Wetzel (Food & Wine Magazine named him one of the 10 top new chefs in 2012) it's probably not a surprise. Village Books is thrilled to have forged a partnership with The Willows Inn to produce ongoing author events at the facility. The first event, coming up March 20th - 22nd will be with NPR book reviewer and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl. See more information on page 8.


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Realizing how difficult it can be to choose books, and how disappointing it is to purchase a book and be unhappy with it, Village Books began Risk-Free Reads last fall. Any book that is reviewed or previewed in one of our Chuckanut Readers is guaranteed for 90 days from purchase. So if you don't like one of our featured books, simply bring it back with your receipt and we'll give you your money back. If you like our book recommendations, tell everyone you know. If you don't like one, tell us and get a refund.




Tom Robbins Lauds Village Books in My Bookstore

Claiming that a good book shop "serves as a temple, a cathedral, a holy shrine, a sacred grove, a gypsy caravan, a Tijuana nightclub, an amusement park, a mental health spa, a safari camp, a space station and an indoor field of dreams," Tom Robbins, in the book My Bookstore, went on to note that "Over the years, Village Books of Bellingham has functioned as all of those things for me…" Tom, who has been coming to the store since its first year in business, goes on to talk about his favorite experience, when he brought backup singers for his reading of Wild Ducks Flying Backwards. And, he reprised the backup singer routine at the publication party for My Bookstore.


Partnership with Kobo eBooks and Readers Among the most exciting things to happen with the store this year has been the partnership with Kobo to sell eBooks and eReaders. For a couple of years readers have been able to purchase eBooks from Village Books through a partnership with Google. That partnership has ended. But as the saying goes, "when one door closes, another one opens." A much more robust partnership—including 18-hour toll-free customer service—has begun with Kobo. But, in addition to selling eBooks, VB now sells Kobo eReaders in three models, including a brand new tablet edition. Stop in and ask for a member of the eTeam. Any one of them will be happy to show you the eReaders and answer your questions. They may also be reached at

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Spring 2013


Would you like to be in a

Book Club with

Nancy Pearl at the

Willows Inn? REGISTER NOW for Wednesday, March 20 & Thursday, March 21

Nancy Pearl has handpicked two books to discuss with you,* and will share some of her favorite books over dinner. The Nancy Pearl Book Club package includes a Wednesday afternoon Book Club meeting hosted by Nancy; a specially catered dinner with Nancy; followed by a Thursday morning Book Club discussion after breakfast. Thursday evening you will experience the famous tasting menu by Chef Blaine Wetzel, named One of Ten Best New Chefs of 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Whatcom Literacy Council. For details see *each registrant will be sent a copy of both books Keep an eye out for future VB partnership events with The Willows.

Writing & Literature The True Secret of Writing: Connecting Life with Language by Natalie Goldberg

available in March, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

With luminous reflections on the rich life of the mind and heart that writing awakens, Goldberg guides readers through their own personal or group retreat, illuminating the steps of sitting in silent open mind, walking anchored to the earth, and writing without criticism. Just as Goldberg cuts through her students' resistance with her no-nonsense instructions "Shut up and write," The True Secret of Writing cuts to the core of self-understanding and connecting with the world.

VB Writes... Spec/SciFi Writing Group

This group meets 2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 6-8pm.

Poetry Writing Group

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursdays of each month from 5:30 to 7pm.


Spring 2013

When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays by Marilynne Robinson

available now, paperback, Macmillan

Robinson tackles the charged political and social climate in this country, the deeply embedded role of generosity in Christian faith, and the nature of individualism and the myth of the American West. "Robinson is that rare essayist whose sentences make you sit up and pay attention.... The greatest pleasures of this book are its provocations, which are inseparable from its prose....Her essays are psalms to an indivisible America." —The Wall Street Journal

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 meet on the Mezzanine Level of VB


Whatcom Young Writers

Friday Night Writes for Teens

This group meets most Fridays during the school year from 6 to 7pm. See for a schedule.

Fiction Writing Group

This group meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays from 6-8pm.

NonFiction Writing Group

This group meets the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month from 6:15-8:15pm.

Building Community One Book at a Time

Register Today for the 3rd Annual



In 2011, Village Books and Whatcom Community College came together to produce the first Chuckanut Writers Conference. Between WCC's deep commitment to continuing education and lifelong learning, and Village Books' mission of building community and fostering writers, this was a natural fit and the beginning of a beautiful partnership. From the start, and at every step along the way, the conference planners have put themselves into the shoes of both the faculty and the attendees to ensure that everyone will come away from the conference feeling both nurtured and energized. Evidence of the success of the first two conferences has been the overwhelmingly positive evaluations gathered from attendees as well as testimonies we’ve received long after it’s passed. Here’s just one of those stories: For me the conference truly lived up to its motto of "Inspiration into Action." I've written more in the last six months than in the previous six years! Maybe at this year's conference I'll even share at one of the open mics. What was so inspiring were the people I met and heard at the conference—the attendees were such a wonderful, diverse group, and the authors, poets and publishers you brought together were fantastic: down-to-earth, intelligent, motivating, supportive, encouraging, and funny (very important). We are looking forward to seeing who is in this year's line-up and to getting our literary batteries recharged. ~Rayma Haas, 2012 Attendee While many may prefer not to mess with perfection, each year we tweak the programming of the conference based on what we experienced the previous year, attendee and faculty feedback, and magical opportunities. For example, last year, the inclusion of Terry Tempest Williams as the conference opener on Thursday evening was definitely one of those opportunities. As those who attended can confirm, it was a powerful and inspirational event. This year, we will continue two features that were introduced last year: one-on-one marketing consultations with industry professional Alice Acheson, and our Writer’s Studio in which we spotlight faculty from the previous year who distinguished themselves as presenters in breakout sessions. Frances McCue, Wendy Call, and Naseem Rakha will rejoin us in this capacity so that all attendees will be able to hear them. In addition to the many stellar writers, poets, teachers and book industry professionals, our conference keynote speakers will be Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Washington Poet Laureate, Kathleen Flenniken.  Though there are changes from year to year, the Chuckanut Writers Conference remains, at its core, a cross-genre, craftfocused conference that will serve the needs of writers of all skill levels and experience. Come one, come all, and prepare to be inspired.

Register Now!

For more information about the Chuckanut Writers Conference, including registration, conference schedule, teaching authors, literary agents, and sponsorship opportunities, visit the conference website at Register by May 15th for the early bird rate of $229. After May 15th, the rate will be $259.

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Spring 2013


Woke Up Lonely: A Novel

Being Esther

by Fiona Maazel

by Miriam Karmel

available in April, hardcover, Macmillan

available in March, hardcover, Milkweed Editions

In this beautiful vignette, the 85year-old protagonist, Esther Lustig, engages in time travel, the kind we all do every day. Through Esther’s lapses into the past, the reader experiences the life of a daughter of Yiddish immigrants, widow of a steady, reserved pharmacist, mother of a once rebellious daughter and a busy son. Esther fends off her daughter’s attempts to move her to assisted living, as she scratches names from her address book and checks in daily with her neighbor. I was charmed by Esther’s wonderful observations of life, her love of literature and clarity of vision. Karmel has created a character I will not soon forget. –Terri

With fiery, ecstatic prose, Maazel takes us on a ride through North Korea's guarded interior, a city of vice beneath Cincinnati, and a commune housed in a Virginia factory. Woke Up Lonely is a sprawling and original novel that reminds us our nation's deepest problems cannot be fixed by the simple formulas that so frequently beguile us. "Woke Up Lonely is the novel equivalent of a sonic boom; it builds, it explodes, it leaves your ears, mind, and soul ringing for days." —Heidi Julavits

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

See Now Then: A Novel by Jamaica Kincaid

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

In See Now Then, a marriage is revealed in all its joys and agonies. This piercing examination of the manifold ways in which the passing of time operates on the human consciousness unfolds gracefully, and Kincaid inhabits each of her characters as they move, in their own minds, between the present, the past, and the future.

This astonishing and riveting tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon steals its shape from the business self-help books devoured by ambitious youths all over rising Asia. It follows its nameless hero to the sprawling metropolis where he begins to amass an empire built on that most fluid, and increasingly scarce, of goods: water. From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the boldly imagined tale was cited by numerous publications as a most-anticipated novel of 2013.



by Brian Kimberling available in April, hardcover, Pantheon

Laura P. also highly recommends this book!

The songbirds in Southern Indiana are dying because timber corporations are deforesting their habitat and one lone ornithologist activist, Nathan Lochmueller, attempts in vain to fight the system. Sensitive, feckless, and turbulent, his story is filled with a curious band of brothers, friends in their late 20's who, like the vulnerable bluebirds, are wandering through the hostile environment of youth. Another delightful collection of quirky characters and well worth the read! —Cindi

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra

available in May, hardcover, Hogarth

In Chechnya, young Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of five days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the mystery of coincidence, betrayal, and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them.


Spring 2013

Paris: The Novel

by Edward Rutherfurd available in April, hardcover, Doubleday

This saga takes readers on a journey through thousands of years of Parisian history: its founding under the Romans, the building of Notre Dame; the gilded glories of Versailles and the horrors of the French Revolution. You'll encounter the conquests of Napoleon, the optimism of the Belle Époque, the art scene of the 1920s and '30s, the Nazi occupation, and the incredible efforts of the French Resistance.

Building Community One Book at a Time

FICTION brand new


hardcover FICTION

Life After Life: A Novel

Vampires in the Lemon Grove: Stories

by Kate Atkinson

available in April, hardcover, Hachette

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

Habits of the House by Fay Weldon

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

As the writer of the pilot episode of the original Upstairs, Downstairs, Fay Weldon brings a deserved reputation for magnificent storytelling. With wit and sympathy, and no small measure of mischief, Habits of the House plots the interplay of restraint and desire, manners and morals, reason and instinct in a 1899 British household.

The Marlowe Papers: A Novel by Ros Barber

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

On May 30, 1593, a celebrated young playwright was killed in a tavern brawl in London. That, at least, was the official version. Now Christopher Marlowe (aka Shakespeare) reveals the truth. With the grip of a thriller and the emotional force of a sonnet, this remarkable novel in verse gives voice to a man who was brilliant, passionate and mercurial.

The Carriage House: A Novel by Louisa Hall

available in March, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

"Louisa Hall writes about the wars waged between neighbors and family members with extraordinary sympathy and a keen sense of humor. Part Jane Austen, part John Cheever, this tale of upheaval in a suburban Philadelphia household marks the debut of a stunning new writer." —Philipp Meyer, author of American Rust

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by Karen Russell

available now, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

From the author of the best-selling book Swamplandia! comes a collection of short stories that are both fascinating and fantastical. Not quite a fantasy book, Russell's stories are more like fables and allegories. Her characters might be vampires, young girls who turn into silk worms, or scarecrows, but the emotions and circumstances of their lives reflect universal themes of loneliness, loss, and freedom. It was a quick and interesting read. —Christina

The Colour of Milk: A Novel by Nell Leyshon

available now, hardcover, Harper

A surprisingly powerful novel told in the fierce, urgent voice of an irrepressible and empathetic young woman, an illiterate farmer's daughter whose introduction to the written word leads to tragic consequences. "It is once in a blue moon that an author creates a voice quite as alive and as startling as Mary's." —Sunday Express (London)

Finding Camlann: A Novel

by Sean Pidgeon available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton Having long been obsessed with all things Arthurian, I was immediately drawn to this book. Although it is part scholarly detection and part crashcourse in the Welsh bardic tradition, it is, at its heart, a love story that carries the reader through history and across the picturesque landscapes of Britain in search of the origins of the Arthurian legends. I couldn't put this book down. —Paul

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A young woman befriends a beloved older gentleman in the community. One day, he asks Sage to do him a favor and kill him. He says he deserves to die because he was a Nazi SS guard and to make matters more difficult, Sage's grandmother is a Holocaust survivor. Is it murder or justice?

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Honor: A Novel

Thursday, April 4th, 7pm

by Elif Shafak

Jennie Shortridge

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

Elif Shafak's new novel is a dramatic tale of families, love, and misunderstandings that follows the destinies of twin sisters born in a Kurdish village. While Jamila stays to become a midwife, Pembe follows her Turkish husband, Adem, to London, where they hope to make new lives for themselves and their children.


In the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College Tickets $5—available now at Village Books & Receive one FREE TICKET with each purchase of Love Water Memory.

Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge

available in April, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Waking up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay, thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker discovers she has no memories of her past or her loving fiancé, Grady. After being diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia, Lucie returns to her previous life with Grady in Seattle only to find evidence of the "old" Lucie, an insecure and shallow personality she no longer recognizes, or wants to.

The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz

available in April, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A passionate and engaging novel set in the late 1800's about a woman flung from high society and into the world of being a lighthouse keeper's wife off the coast of San Francisco. While living on the island with two other families she discovers secrets of the island's history that will keep your pages turning.

Benediction: A Novel


by Kent Haruf

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Three families face heartrending travails, yet together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way. A favorite of both Chuck and Dee!

Ghana Must Go by Taiye Selasi

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

In the wake of Kwaku's death, the family gathers in Ghana, at their mother's new home. The eldest son and his new wife; the mysterious, beautiful twins; their baby sister, now a young woman, all come together for the first time in years, each carrying secrets of his own. What is revealed in their coming together is the story of how they came apart.


Spring 2013

Mary Coin

by Marisa Silver available in March, hardcover, Penguin

In 1936, Dorothea Lange took a photograph that would become the most iconic image of American poverty. Mary Coin is a novel inspired by that photograph. In luminous, exquisitely observed prose, Silver deftly weaves the few known facts of the famous photograph and its subject with a captivating plot and multigenerational narrative, and burnishes this remarkable fiction with profound explorations of memory and identity.

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

available in April, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Set in Rome and New York, featuring the Italian Red Brigade movement and the activists on New York's Lower East Side, with flashbacks to earlier protests and movements during World War II, this is an ambitious and riveting novel about the idealism and hypocrisy of people involved in the intersection of art, politics and violence.

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma

available in March, hardcover, Viking

Debut author Jansma delivers an incredible globetrotting tale, told through the warped filter of his brilliantly elusive narrator. As this failed novelist, compulsive liar, and hopeless dreamer searches for friendship and fulfillment, he embodies the arrogance and desperation felt by all who seek to create. Cleverly told, deeply personal, Unchangeable Spots convicts us and forgives us for our need to stretch the truth. I'm extremely jealous of Jansma's skill, but I'm very glad he used it to make this book—the perfect novel for writers, adventurers, artists, and storytellers of every stripe. —Brendan

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The Supremes at Earl's All-You-Can-Eat

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

Edward Kelsey Moore

available in April, hardcover, Knopf

Nora Eldridge, a teacher, long ago abandoned her ambition to be an artist, has become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and tidy neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her classroom walks Reza Shahid, a bullied child called "terrorist" by his schoolmates. As Nora is drawn into the world of the Shahid family she begins to fall in love with them.


available in March, hardcover, Knopf

Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean: dubbed "the Supremes" by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life's storms together for the next four decades. Through marriage, children, happiness, and the blues, these strong, funny women gather each Sunday at the same table at Earl's diner for delicious food, occasional tears, and uproarious banter.

A Tale for the Time Being

Tuesday, March 19th, 7pm

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

Ruth Ozeki

by Ruth Ozeki

A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki. In Tokyo, sixteenyear-old Nao has decided there's only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates' bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao first plans to document the life of her great- grandmother, a Buddhist nun who's lived more than a century. A diary is Nao's only solace, and will touch lives in ways she can scarcely imagine.


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The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin

Harvest: A Novel

available now, hardcover, Delacorte Press

by Jim Crace

available now, hardcover, Nan A. Talese

After the harvest, an English village anticipates enjoying a day of rest and feasting. But two mysterious columns of smoke mar the sky, raising alarm and suspicion. Walter Thirsk, an outsider in the village, casts his eye on three local boys and blames their careless tomfoolery. The rest of the villagers, though, close ranks against the stranger rather than accuse one of their own.

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

available now, hardcover, Penguin

This novel scales great heights of obsession and desire, both on the face of Mount Everest and in the loving bond between doomed explorer George Mallory and his wife, Ruth. Rideout offers a gripping depiction of the harsh and beautiful Himalayan heights, the physical drain of the climb, the bitter, brutal cold and thin, grudging air, while Ruth's own longings and fears offer a counterpoint of a more settled but no less intensely sensual interior landscape.

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It was the most famous marriage of the twentieth century—that of Charles Lindbergh, the handsome young aviator who changed the course of history and Anne Spencer Morrow, the shy, naive ambassador's daughter. It was a picturebook marriage that prevailed through wild international acclaim and vilification, death-defying flights, and a kidnapping that stunned the world.

Stonemouth by Iain Banks

available now, hardcover, Norton

Iain Banks is such a superb storyteller that he can take a fairly ordinary tale of young lovers and make it suspenseful, thrilling, and fascinating. Not only was I caught up in following the bread-crumb clues to an answer for all the drama and mysteries, I also loved the portrait of growing up in Scotland. It seems self-evident to me that the natural landscape seeps into our personas and personal histories--perhaps that is why we here in the Northwest love these stories of bleak, grey winters and warm, messy relationships. —Jonica

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by Jean-Marie Blas de Robles, translated by Mike Mitchell available in March, hardcover, Other Press

When retired correspondant Eleazard von Wogau begins editing a strange, unpublished biography of 17th century Jesuit scholar Athanasius Kircher, the rest of his life seems to unravel: his ex-wife goes on a dangerous geological expedition; his daughter abandons school to travel with her professor; and Eleazard himself starts losing his sanity, escalated by loneliness and his work on the biography.

Child of Vengeance: A Novel by David Kirk

available in March, hardcover, Doubleday

Bennosuke has been raised by his uncle Dorinbo, a Buddhist monk who urges the boy to forgo the violence of the samurai and embrace the contemplative life. But Bennosuke worships his absent father, and when Munisai returns, gravely injured, Bennosuke is forced to confront truths about his family's history and his own place in it.

Truth in Advertising by John Kenney

The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Söderberg

available in March, hardcover, Crown

Sophie Brinkmann never thought she'd date one of her patients, but Hector Guzman had a quiet charm she couldn't refuse. She learns, however, that his smooth facade masks something much more sinister—Guzman is the head of a powerful crime organization with a reach into drugs and weapons that extends from Europe to South America.

A Chain of Thunder:

We meet Finbar Dolan in the midst of his middle-aged, white-collar hell. We walk with this wisecracking, disillusioned, lonely man, as all the absurdities of his New York advertising job and all the shadows of his fractured family come crashing down on him. Kenney's corporate satire rivals Office Space, Dilbert, and The Office in its snarky humor, but it achieves a level of emotional depth that none of those comedies could ever hope for. At times tragically real, at times really hilarious (though both brought tears to my eyes). —Brendan

A Novel of the Siege of Vicksburg

A Nearly Perfect Copy: A Novel

available in May, hardcover, Ballantine Books

available in April, hardcover, Nan A. Talese

In this gripping sequel to A Blaze of Glory, Shaara moves to the Siege of Vicksburg. In May of 1863, Union General Ulysses Grant and his Army of the Tennessee successfully crossed the Mississippi river and forced the remaining quarter of Lt. Gen. John C. Pemberton's Confederate Army to retreat to the city of Vicksburg.

Elmira Howells has a loving family and a distinguished career at an elite Manhattan auction house. But after a tragic loss throws her into emotional crisis, she pursues a reckless course of action that jeopardizes her personal and professional success. Meanwhile, talented artist Gabriel Connois wearies of remaining at the margins of the capricious Parisian art scene.

by Jeff Shaara

The City of Devi: A Novel by Manil Suri

available now, hardcover, Norton

A dazzling, multilayered novel that not only encompasses a searing love story but, with its epic reach from quarks to mythology to geopolitics, also encapsulates the fate of the entire world. Fearlessly provocative, wickedly comedic, and propelled with rocket-fuel energy, The City of Devi exuberantly upends assumptions of politics, religion, sex, and India's global emergence.


available now, hardcover, Touchstone

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by Allison Amend

A Thousand Pardons: A Novel by Jonathan Dee

available in March, hardcover, Random House

Helen can no longer hold together the family she dreamed of—her husband Ben is acting out at work and nearly catatonic at home. When he brings all their lives crashing down in unexpectedly spectacular fashion, Helen is forced back to work and finds a kind of calling in the world of public relations, with a remarkable gift for getting powerful men to apologize.

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The Rainbow Troops: A Novel

Tenth of December

by Andrea Hirata, translated by Angie Kilbane

by George Saunders

available now, hardcover, Random House

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

The Rainbow Troops is an exuberant look at a merry band of young Indonesian students as they face threats from every angle: skeptical government officials, greedy corporations hardly distinguishable from the colonialism they've replaced, deepening povert y and crumbling infrastructure, and their own low self-confidence. This is classic storytelling—an engrossing depiction of a milieu we have never encountered before, bursting with charm and verve.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

This is the first collection of stories in six years for Saunders, whom David Foster Wallace once referred to as 'the most exciting writer in America.' It was worth the wait, just for pithy, hardhitting stories like 'Home,' in which a soldier, recently returned from Iraq, is perfunctorily thanked 'for his service' while getting evicted from his house, as well as for more ambitious explorations of modern thought and old-fashioned human nature in stories like 'Escape From Spiderhead.' Smart, prophetic, provocative and unapologetically tongue-in-cheek, it is simply a brilliant book. —Sam


by Jennifer Chiaverini

available now, hardcover, Penguin

In March 1861, Mrs. Lincoln chose freedwoman Elizabeth Keckley to be her personal modiste, responsible not only for creating the First Lady's gowns but also for dressing Mrs. Lincoln in the beautiful attire Keckley had fashioned. The relationship between the two women quickly evolved as Keckley was drawn into the intimate life of the Lincoln family. In this impeccably researched, engrossing novel, Jennifer Chiaverini brings history to life with a rich, moving style.


The Death of Bees   by Lisa O'Donnell available now, hardcover, Harper

I n t h e p roje c t s of Glasgow live two sisters who have a secret. They have just buried their junkie parents in the back yard and they're really hoping that no one finds out. However, someone next door is paying attention and notices that these girls seem to suddenly be very much on their own. Can they keep anyone from finding out, particularly the neighbor's dog who just won't quit digging around in their garden?  This darkly comic story is by turns gruesome, heartbreaking, and oddly sweet.  I fell in love with these girls and their reclusive neighbor Lennie, as they attempt to stave off the increasingly inquisitive world that threatens to tear them apart. Did I mention it's dark? —Claire

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The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow   

Girl Reading: A Novel

available now, paperback, HarperCollins

Each chapter of Katie Ward's novel immerses readers into the intimate tales behind the creation of seven portraits by artists, ranging from Simone Martini to a Flickr photographer. In gorgeous prose, Ward explores our points of connection, our relationship to art, the history of women, and the importance of reading.

by Rita Leganski

Every once in a great while, a very special book comes along that is so magical and engaging, that I am utterly captivated and think to myself, "THIS is why I read." A little boy in 1950's New Orleans named Bonaventure Arrow is born unable to speak, but with an uncanny sense of hearing that allows him to pick up the sounds of flowers growing, various shades of blue, and the voice of his deceased father who converses with him regularly. The characters who surround him are so rich and well-developed that they lingered with me long after I (reluctantly) turned the last page. —Claire

The Enchanted Life of Adam Hope: A Novel by Rhonda Riley

available in April, paperback, HarperCollins

In the waning months of World War II, young Evelyn Roe's life is transformed when she finds what she takes to be a badly burned soldier on her family's farm in North Carolina. Evelyn rescues him and it quickly becomes clear he is not a man, and not one of us. Adam and Evelyn build a rich and full life together and, as they grow older, it becomes apparent that Adam's difference is far greater than they had imagined.

Gone: A Novel

by Cathi Hanauer available in March, paperback, Simon & Schuster

Gone is about change and about redefining, in middle age, everything from one's marriage to one's career to one's role as a best friend, parent, and spouse. It is a novel about passion and forgiveness and knowing when to let something go and when to fight to hold on to it, about learning to say goodbye.

by Katie Ward

available now, paperback, Simon & Schuster

Season of the Rainbirds: A Novel by Nadeem Aslam

available in March, paperback, Vintage

In a small town in Pakistan a corrupt and prominent local judge is murdered. When a sack of letters that were thought to have disappeared in a train crash nineteen years earlier reappears under mysterious circumstances, the villagers wait anxiously to see what secrets may come to light. Could the letters hold any information about Judge Anwar's murder?


by Andre Brink available now, paperback, Vintage 

The time is 1832, the place is Cape Town, South Africa and this is the story of a young slave girl named Philida. She is the mother of four children, all of whom were fathered by Philida's master's son, Francois. After he reneges on a promise to buy her freedom, and plans instead to sell her to new owners, she goes to the city to lodge a complaint against him. So begins the journey of this brave woman who dares to finally say "no" to her oppressors. Based on true events of the author's ancestors, this is a brutal, yet beautiful story of the resiliency and triumph of the human spirit. —Claire

Last Friends

by Jane Gardam

available in April, paperback, Penguin

The third installment in the Old Filth trilogy, Last Friends will surprise and delight Gardam fans and appeal to new readers as it concludes a portrait of a marriage equal to any in the English language. Filth, which stands for "Failed in London Try Hong Kong," is a successful barrister who has spent most of his career practicing law in Southeast Asia. He met his wife, Betty, after she was released from an internment camp at the close of World War II. Last Friends is the magnificent and deeply moving story of Edward (aka Old Filth) and Betty's life together as told by her sometimes-lover and his longtime nemeis, Terry Veneering.


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Donnybrook: A Novel by Frank Bill

available in March, paperback, Macmillan

The Donnybrook is a three-day bareknuckle tournament held on a thousandacre plot out in the sticks of southern Indiana. Twenty fighters. One wire-fence ring. Fight until only one man is left standing. We meet a cast of nasty, ruined characters driven to all sorts of evil, all in the name of getting their fix—drugs, violence, sex, money, honor.

The Gods of Gotham by Lyndsay Faye

available in March, paperback, Penguin

Timothy Wilde is a reluctant, newlyminted officer of the New York City Police Department. One night while making his rounds, he runs into, literally, a little slip of a girl covered head to toe in blood. She claims she knows where dozens of bodies are buried. "Intriguingly complex yet deliciously smooth, The Gods of Gotham is, in a word, stunning." —Laurie King

Bitter Almonds by Laurence Cossé

available in April, paperback, Penguin

Edith can hardly believe it when she learns that Fadila, her sixty-year-old housemaid, is completely illiterate. She decides to become Fadila's French teacher. Their lessons are rather more challenging than she thought, yet the oh-so-Parisian Edith and Fadila, an immigrant from Morocco, begin to understand one other as never before, and from this understanding will blossom a surprising and delightful friendship.



Girlchild: A Novel by Tupelo Hassman

available now, paperback, Macmillan

Rory Hendrix, the least likely of Girl Scouts, hasn't got a troop or a badge to call her own. But she constantly checks out the Handbook from the elementary school library to pore over its advice for tips to get off the Calle, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother. "It takes real talent to make something beautiful out of a trailer park...A voice as fresh as hers is so rare that at times I caught myself cheering...I'd go anywhere with this writer." —The New York Times

American Odysseys: Writings by New Americans

by Daniel Alarcon, Téa Obreht, Ismet Prcic, and foreword by Charles Simic available in March, paperback, Norton

Running the gamut from desperate realism to whimsical fantasy, from Miho Nonaka's poetry, inspired by fourteenth-century Noh theater, to Ismet Prcic's wrenching stories set in the aftermath of the Bosnian war‚ American Odysseys is proof, if any be needed, that the heterogeneity of American society is truly its greatest asset.

A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa by Elaine Neil Orr

available in April, paperback, Penguin

In 1853, twenty-year-old Emma Bowman follows her husband, Henry, to West Africa, as the continent's first white woman missionary. A tale of social and spiritual awakening, and a meditation on faith, desire, and freedom, A Different Sun is an epic story of a profoundly life-changing journey and two complicated, fascinating souls.

MYSTERY The Disciple of Las Vegas: An Ava Lee Novel by Ian Hamilton

available now, paperback, Macmillan

Fifty million dollars has disappeared into thin air from the accounts of one of the richest men in the Philippines, Tommy Ordinez. His one hope is Ava Lee, a Chinese-Canadian Catholic lesbian martial arts practitioner and forensic accountant with a taste for luxury and a mind like a steel trap. This is the first book of an electrifying new series.

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by Julianna Boggott available now, hardcover, Abrams

This is the second book of the 'Pure' trilogy, and continues the dystopian adventure. What I love about this series are the finely portrayed characters and their sometimes complicated relationships. A person's best intentions often hold some darker motive, and it is refreshing to find stories that include the entire reality and not just the edited and simplified version. This book was engrossing and agonizing at the same time, as the characters struggle with trying to accomplish the impossible to save their world and their friends. —Jonica

Scent of Magic

Gay Fantasy

Shattered Gates by Ginn Hale

available now, paperback, Blind Eye Books

Hale's Rifter series was previously only available as ebooks, but now comes cause for celebration: the entire series is coming out in print form! I immediately connected with her characters and she does an admirable job imagining the thought patterns of a skeptic faced with the fantastical. There's much more worldbuilding here than in her Lord of the White Hell duology, but this is a much longer series, and one that promises to be an intriguing, enjoyable epic. I already cannot wait for book number two, coming out March 2013. —Rachel H.

by Maria V. Snyder

available now, paperback, Harlequin Mira

If you loved Snyder's Poison Study trilogy and/or read Touch of Power, you'll want to snatch up your copy of Scent of Magic, the second in her newest trilogy. The world thinks Avry has died and she's determined to keep up that illusion while doing her part to stop Tohon and his army. —Rachel H.

Blood of Dragons: Volume Four of the Rain Wilds Chronicles

by Robin Hobb

available in April, hardcover, Harper Voyager

I’ve always been a fan of Robin Hobb, and her fantastic storytelling and complex world-building are continued in Blood of Dragons, the final volume of the Rain Wilds Chronicles. Hobb perfectly balances multiple story arcs with wildly diverse characters, ranging from the despicable Trader Hest to the enigmatic Keeper Rapskal and tempestuous dragon Sintara. She weaves the disparate lines together into a highly satisfying and somewhat unexpected ending. I’m not the only one who will be hoping for more tales from the wonderful world of the Dragons and Elderlings. —Jessica

Speculative Fiction Writing Group Does your fiction writing lean toward the fantastic? Do any of these terms apply to your stories: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mythic, Magical, Horror, Folk/Fairy Tales, Magical Realism, Slipstream, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Space Opera, Alternative History, or any of the hundreds of other sub-genres of Speculative Fiction? Then come join this supportive group of like-minded writers of this wide-ranging and diverse genre for your creative writing outlet. The Speculative Fiction Writing Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 6-8pm on the Mezzanine next to the Book Fare Café. Let's get writing! 360-671-2626 • 800-392-BOOK •

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1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 2. 50 Shades of Grey by E. L. James 3. I Could Pee on This by Francesco Marciuliano 4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 5. The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht 6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett 7. Wild by Cheryl Strayed 8. Game of Thornes by George R. R. Martin 9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 10. Haunted Fairhaven by Taimi Gorman 11. When Women Were Birds by Terry Tempest Williams 12. Bellingham Impressions by Mark Turner 13. In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson 14. Bossypants by Tina Fey 15. Aliens on Vacation by Clete Smith 16. Alien on a Rampage by Clete Smith 17. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern 18. Unlikely Friendships by Jennifer Holland 19. Oxford American Dictionary edited by Eugene Erlich et al 20. 1st Up by Samuel Green


Each year it becomes clearer that folks here really do "read local"—40% of this year's top 40 were written by NW authors, including six who are or have been Bellingham residents. Two of the books—Haunted Fairhaven and 1st Up—were published by our own Chuckanut Editions, and 13 of the authors have been part of our Literature Live series. Two titles that are not listed below bear mentioning. First, had we counted Where the Locals Go, Sustainable Connections coupon book, it would have appeared at number 40 on the list. And, had Mountain Runners, the story of the Mt. Baker Marathon, been a book and not a DVD it would have been our number six bestseller this year. It is an eclectic list, just as folks in Whatcom County are eclectic readers. It runs the gamut from erotica, to science fiction, to humor, to serious fiction and nonfiction titles. If you're looking for a reading list, there are some great choices here.

21. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot 22. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt 23. Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher by Timothy Egan 24. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell 25. 50 Shades Darker by E. L. James 26. Hiking Whatcom County by Ken Wilcox 27. A Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes 28. How to Tell if Your Cat is Plotting to Kill You by The Oatmeal, Matthew Inman 29. Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed 30. 75 Classic Rides: Washington by Mike McQuaide

31. 50 Shades Freed by E. L. James 32. The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown 33. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver 34. Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie 35. Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars by Nick James 36. Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin 37. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks 38. The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 39. Tiny Homes by Lloyd Kahn 40. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin

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’ve been working with eReaders intensively since 2007, when they just started being used widely. (Was that ONLY 6 years ago?!?) Since then, I’ve had literally hundreds of conversations with people about their features and usefulness. When I’ve been asked which eReader I’d recommend, I’ve had to honestly answer that I wouldn’t recommend any of them. None of them had all the features that people were wanting. The technology just wasn’t there. If you were an “early adopter” back then, you would probably want to upgrade in just a couple of years. And worse, if you got yourself strapped with a Kindle, you could only buy your eBooks from Amazon and not from your favorite local independent bookstore. Now here we are present day. I’m so happy to finally see that there are devices that have the whole package. The fact that we are able to sell them at Village Books makes it doubly good. With our partnership with Kobo, we’re now able to offer their new, award-winning eReaders. Here’s just some of their features:

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In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys: 100 Recipes and Tips from the World-Famous Crew of Pike Place Fish by Leslie Miller, Bryan Jarr


available in March, hardcover, Penguin

In the Kitchen with the Pike Place Fish Guys serves up more than 100 savory seafood recipes and tips answering the most popular question the Fish Guys get: "How do you cook that?" It features a unique primer on sustainability, with inspiring words from the fishmongers who made Pike Place Fish entirely sustainable in 2011.

Plum: Gratifying Vegan Dishes from Seattle's Plum Bistro

by Makini Howell

available in April, hardcover, Sasquatch

In 2005, Howell moved to Seattle aiming to take her family's restaurant business in a fresh direction with a new perception of veganism. Makini focuses on using organic and non- GMO seasonal produce and herbs from family-owned farms in combinations that are both familiar and surprising. As an entrepreneur she has developed a sustainable business model using what the earth provides to supply wholesome, nourishing food.

Home Made Summer by Yvette van Boven

available in April, hardcover, Stewart Tabori & Chang

Her first two Home Made books blew readers away with their delicious recipes, step-by-step instructions, and hand-drawn artwork throughout. Now van Boven presents her absolute favorite recipes for spring and summer. Inspired by her childhood in Ireland and travels in France, she has created a collection of yummy recipes using such seasonal ingredients as hand-picked berries, summer lettuces, and fresh herbs.

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation by Michael Pollan

available in April, hardcover, Penguin

Pollan discovers the enduring power of the four classical elements—fire, water, air, and earth—to transform the stuff of nature into delicious things to eat and drink. Apprenticing himself to a succession of culinary masters, Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment everything from cheese to beer.

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Homemade with Love: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie's Kitchen by Jennifer Perillo

available in April, hardcover, Perseus

From the blogger of In Jennie's Kitchen, comes a new cookbook by Jennifer Perillo. Jennifer's book is full of wholesome comfort foods that are made from scratch. Her recipes make me want to sit by a fire to eat, or have a candlelit dinner with my family. The book starts out with some basic recipes for baking mixes, bouillon, ricotta and nut butters, which are later used as ingredients in other recipes. While the recipes take time, they are not overly complex, and this book is great for those interested in making wholesome meals at home. Some tempting recipes: slow-roasted beet, feta & farro salad, french onion cheese buns, and sweet potato, leek & ricotta souffle. —Christina

Vietnamese Street Food by Tracy Lister, Andreas Pohl

available now, paperback, Hardie Grant Books

Stepping onto the streets of Vietnam is like entering a big, bustling kitchen-pots of hot, fragrant pho sit over coal burners and balls of peanut-studded sticky rice are steamed and wrapped in newspaper. The food is fast, fresh, fragrant, and second to none in terms of its diversity. Vietnamese Street Food represents everything enticing there is to eat on the streets of Vietnam. Recommended by Charles from the Book Fare Café. See page 24 to read his review!

The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook by Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman

available now, paperback, Workman

Two giants of the locavore movement have written an instant classic: a combination farming book/cookbook that shows you how to grow what you eat and then cook what you grow. From their extraordinary Four Season Farm in Maine, Damrosch and Coleman present instructions on how to grow everything from cabbage to berries to essential herbs; and then 120 fabulous seasonal recipes to serve them up.

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Mr. Wilkinson's Favourite Vegetables A Cookbook to Celebrate the Seasons by Matt Wilkinson

available in May, hardcover, Murdoch Books

Matt Wilkinson and I have something in common. We both look to the seasonal garden first when we plan our menus. Although certain proteins have their seasons, like salmon or crab, most menus are built around the year-round availability of chicken, pork, and beef. I have a deep appreciation for the earthy winter-time sweetness of beetroot, the delightful snap of spring's first asparagus spears, and for the long-awaited summer tomatoes. Pair this philosophy with Wilkinson's innovative recipes that are rooted in European traditions and you have a lovely, informative, delicious cookbook.

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Recipes and Stories from a New Southern Kitchen by Edward Lee

available in May, hardcover, Artisan

All I can say is WOW! This is the sexiest fusion I have ever come across. East meets West, Southeast Asia meets American South, with an easygoing streak of continental flair, these are recipes for the cook who's tired of the same old thing. Filipino Adobo Fried Chicken and Waffles? That's soul food!

Vietnamese Street Food

by Tracey Lister and Andreas Pohl available now, paperback, Hardie Grant Books

I love cookbooks that are organized in a fresh way. This colorful, flavorful exploration of the street foods from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City is categorized by cooking method. Rolled, grilled, steamed, and fried; the flavors and textures of everyday food come through beautifully in this gorgeous, easy-to-follow recipe book. A bit of the history and culture of Vietnamese street food from knowledgeable author Lister accompanies the great recipes.

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Bellingham Farmers Market is celebrating its 20th season! Back in 1992, it was just a dream for a few farmers and community members. With help from the city of Bellingham, the first Market was successfully launched with a couple dozen vendors. Through the years, the Market has evolved and grown as the community has embraced it. While the Wednesday Fairhaven Market is a quarter the size of the iconic Saturday Market, it delivers the same assortment of local food, gifts and fun in a more intimate experience on the Fairhaven Village Green, right behind Village Books. This beloved gathering place offers families and visitors the perfect location to spend an afternoon (noon to 5 pm) relaxing, putting together a picnic or enjoying lunch from the market's food and produce vendors, and soaking up the festive atmosphere. Circle June 5 on your calendar— it's opening day this season for the Wednesday Market! If you miss it, not to worry— there will be 16 more opportunities to relish the Wednesday Market, as it runs through September 25.* More than 25 vendors gather to offer market-goers a diverse range of products, from fresh produce to fine jewelry, vibrant flowers to tasty treats, and much more. Many customers find this Market to be more convenient for their weekly shopping as it offers a wide array of fresh, local produce in an easy-to-access location and perfectly timed for their much-earned breaks from work. And families love the kid-friendly atmosphere that the Village Green offers them. With the great success of the Fresh Local Music series started in 2011 and expanded in 2012, the market will continue to showcase free, live music every Wednesday afternoon. One of the most popular features from the Saturday Market has been added to our Summer Wednesday programming— Kids Vending Day! It's always exciting to see what the creative young entrepreneurs have made or grown themselves. In recent seasons, their products have ranged from duct tape wallets, paperweights, fabric bags, and toys for pets to original cards, jewelry, bath products, plants, and baked goods. Kids are invited to try their hand at running a business every Wednesday when school is out, July-August. "During the more relaxed days of summer, folks enjoy taking a mid-week break at the Wednesday Market," said Caprice Teske, Market Director. "It's an ideal place to meet a friend for lunch, or have a picnic on the grass with your kids. And the fact that you can pick up fresh fixings for dinner is an added bonus!"

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GREEN LIVING with Jessica The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve Soloman

available now, paperback, New Society

Drawing on personal experience and years of gardening expertise and experimentation, Soloman explains why just eating homegrown produce is not enough to lead a healthier life. The key is the underlying health and nutrient profile of the soils. Soloman presents a step-bystep method of improving that baseline and your health in the process, all in an easy-to-read and understand style that isn’t bogged down in jargon. —Jessica

The Vegetable Gardener’s Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem by Christopher Shein

available now, paperback, Timber Press

Permaculture is a growing gardening movement that is steadily gaining strength in the USA after its birth in Australia. This is a good introduction to the concepts and practices involved in permaculture with a focus on small food gardens. Short, digestible sections are interspersed with project ideas and inspiring photographs, a wonderful way to start this year's garden. —Jessica

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier

available now, paperback, Chelsea Green

An incredible journey 12 years in the making, Paradise Lot is part memoir and part how-to as two friends attempt to turn a barren urban lot into a permaculture paradise. The story follows their dream from conception to implementation with plenty of humor in the form of experimental vegetables, runaway livestock and budding plant-geek romance. A wonderfully inspirational book that really shows what you can do with dedication, good humor and a lot of creative gardening. —Jessica

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Top-Bar Beekeeping: Organic Practices for Honeybee Health

by Les Crowder and Heather Harrell available now, paperback, Chelsea Green , Finally a book detailing Top - Bar beekeeping, a method that is more natural for the bees, and more economical for the beekeeper. The authors have a very reader-friendly style that explains everything from the basics of keeping a hive to the intricacies of management for health and production. I was most impressed with the discussion of selecting queens for disease resistance without resorting to chemicals. If you’re considering bees this spring, consider this book! —Jessica

Farms with a Future: Creating and Growing a Sustainable Farm Business by Rebecca Thistlethwaite

available now, paperback, Chelsea Green

This book is not for romantics—you won’t find glossy pictures of perfectly ripe produce or frolicking livestock. You WILL find solid, practical advice and case studies from the new generation of farmers. Each chapter opens with some poignant, relevant advice, moves on to a brief case-study and closes with ‘takehome messages.’ The case studies come from across the US, and Thistlethwaite covers topics like finding land, soil and water conservation, and regulations. If you dream of farming, this is a must read. —Jessica

Rebuilding the Foodshed: How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems by Philip Ackerman-Leist

available now, paperback, Chelsea Green

Ackerman-Leist has put together a critical look at not only what is wrong with our industrial food system, but more importantly how a local food system would serve us better. His discussions on the challenges of local food systems, the benefits of the same and finally a solid look at developing and successful trends around the country are eye-opening. Overall a fantastic handbook for implementing real and lasting change to our broken food system. —Jessica

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Science Scatter, Adapt, and Remember:

Space Chronicles:

How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction

Facing the Ultimate Frontier by Neil deGrasse Tyson

available in May, hardcover, Doubleday

Provocative, humorous, and wonderfully readable, Space Chronicles represents the best of Tyson's recent commentary, including a must-read prologue on NASA and partisan politics. Reflecting on topics that range from scientific literacy to space-travel missteps, Tyson gives us an urgent, clear-eyed, and ultimately inspiring vision for the future. He reminds us why NASA matters now as much as ever.

by Annalee Newitz

Climate change. Pandemics. Catastrophic volcanoes. Should we just give up and accept our doom? Absolutely not. Homo sapiens will survive the next mass extinction. Annalee Newitz's brilliantly speculative work of popular science focuses our attention on humanity's long history of dodging the bullet and suggests practical ways to keep doing it.

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander

available in April, hardcover, Basic

The popular author of Gödel, Escher, Bach is back with an ambitious new book that argues that analogy is the basic building block of thought. Working from the simplest forms like words to infinitely complex constructions like idioms or algorithms, the authors show how analogies are the tools our brains use to interpret and master daily life.

available in March, paperback, Norton

Physics on the Fringe: Smoke Rings, Circlons, and Alternative Theories of Everything by Margaret Wertheim

available now, paperback, Macmillan

For the past fifteen years Margaret Wertheim has been collecting the works of mavericks and outsiders who invent alternate theories of the universe. Deeply human, literally fantastical, infused with wit and humor, Physics on the Fringe challenges our conception of what science is, how it works, and who it is for.

Math Towing Icebergs, Falling Dominoes, and Other Adventures in Applied Mathematics by Robert B. Banks

available in March, paperback, Princeton

The book's twenty-four concise chapters, each centered on a real-world phenomenon, are presented in an informal and engaging manner. Banks shows how math and simple reasoning together may produce elegant models that explain everything from the federal debt to the proper technique for ski-jumping. All will be rewarded with a myriad of interesting problems and the know-how to solve them.


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Trigonometric Delights by Eli Maor

available in March, paperback, Princeton

Maor, whose previous books have demystified the concept of infinity and the unusual number "e," begins by examining the "proto-trigonometry" of the Egyptian pyramid builders. He shows how Greek astronomers developed the first true trigonometry. The book is richly illustrated, including rare prints from the author's own collection.

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Butterfly People: An American Encounter with the Beauty of the World by William R. Leach

Facing the Wave: A Journey

available in April, hardcover, Pantheon

This elegantly illustrated history describes how Americans from all walks of life passionately pursued butterflies and through their discoveries and observations transformed the character of natural history. Leach focuses on a half dozen of the pioneer lepidopterists who traveled across the country and then the world, collecting and studying unknown and exotic species.

Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods by Christine Byl

available in April, hardcover, Beacon Press

A lively account of one woman's apprenticeship on a national park trail crew and what she discovers about nature, gender, and the value of hard work: Byl expected that her tenure at the parks would be temporary, but she found the work more fulfilling than any job she'd ever had and eventually led her own trail crews, mentoring other young trail dogs along the way.

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise by David Rothenberg

available in April, hardcover, Macmillan

"Bug Music is a cool groove of biology, music, and human culture from an interspecies musician and scholar fully in tune with nature. It is engaging, wideranging, and profound in suggesting that the thrum of insects is a primordial musical beat. This book is for everyone who has ever marveled at nature or delighted in the sounds of her insect choirs, and especially for those who have done neither." —John Marzluff, author of Gifts of the Crow


in the Wake of the Tsunami

by Gretel Ehrlich

available now, hardcover, Pantheon

A student of Japanese poetry and art, Ehrlich was compelled to return to the earthquake and tsunami devastated Tohoku coast to bear witness to the survivors. In an eloquent narrative that blends reportage, poetic observation, and deeply felt reflection, she introduces us to fishermen, farmers, teachers, monks and outcasts. Their harrowing and inspirational stories are set against a shattered landscape with the ever-present specter of the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex.

Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas by Eva Saulitis

available now, hardcover, Beacon Press

Eva Saulitis paints Prince William Sound in wonderful detail with equal parts scientific observation and profound spirituality. Her depiction of the orcas there, and their story, is at once both sorrowful and beautiful. Anyone with a love for the Pacific Northwest will appreciate this history of loss and survival. —Jenny

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature by David George Haskell

available in March, paperback, Penguin

Biologist David George Haskell uses a one-square-meter patch of old-growth Tennessee forest as a window onto the entire natural world. Beginning with simple observations—a salamander scuttling across the leaf litter, the first blossom of spring wildflowers—Haskell spins a brilliant web of biology, ecology, and poetry, explaining the science binding together ecosystems that have cycled for thousands—sometimes millions—of years.

The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think by Brian Hare, Vanessa Woods

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Dogs are intelligent; no other animal comes as close to human levels. The Genius of Dogs is a journey across a phenomenal scientific career, told with boyish enthusiasm and a personal, engaging voice. Hare's research has led him to work with every kind of dog, from the tiniest shelter puppy to the exotic New Guinea singing dog, from his own mutt, Oreo, to the most fashionable schnoodle.

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REAL PEOPLE TRUE TALES Raising Cubby: A Father and Son's Adventures with Asperger's, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives

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by John Elder Robison

available in March, hardcover, Crown

Robison wasn't a model child: he ran away from home; he threatened people with knives. As an adult, he learned he had Asperger's syndrome, which explained a lot, and his youthful shenanigans made for riotous stories. But it wasn't so funny when his son, Cubby, started having trouble in school and seemed like he might be headed the same way.

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir

Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-up World, One Long Journey Home

by Leigh Newman

available in March, hardcover, The Dial Press

Leigh Newman can face down a black bear and remain calm when her family's single-prop plane stalls out and falls toward the earth. She can charm a Mafia boss in Russia, track a tiger in Nepal, and swim with a pod of wild dolphins. But what she still can't do is unpack her duffle and open up, even to the man she married.

by Nicole J. Georges

available now, paperback, Houghton Mifflin

In Calling Dr. Laura, Nicole Georges tells the story of how she discovered her "dead" father really wasn't dead after all. This touching memoir illustrates her struggles to accept that her family withheld the truth about her father's life. It also shows how hard it was to be honest with her judgmental mom about her feelings and sexuality. I could feel Nicole's pain and struggle to be true to herself, without hurting the feelings of those in her life. Her illustrations are sweet and help to tell the story. Even if her personal history is different from mine, I still felt I could relate to the difficulty of being yourself when that doesn't match the wishes of the most important people in your life. —Christina

Maverick Genius: The Pioneering Odyssey of Freeman Dyson by Phillip F. Schewe

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

From quantum physics to national defense, from space to biotechnology, Dyson's work has cemented his position as a man whose influence goes far beyond the field of theoretical physics. Recently, Dyson has made headlines for his controversial views on global warming, and he continues to make waves in the science community to this day.

The Real Jane Austen: How to Create the Perfect Wife: Britain's Most Ineligible

A Life in Small Things

Bachelor & His Enlightened Quest to Train the Ideal Mate

This thoroughly engaging biography of Jane Austen dispells any notion of Jane as a quiet homebody who knew nothing of the world. Bryne presents us with several everyday objects of Jane's and gives us the fascinating back stories of each and how they relate to her era: a muslin shawl stands for colonialism in India; vellum notebooks show us her wicked sense of humor. A treasure for any Austen fan! —Laura P.

By Wendy Moore

available in April, hardcover, Basic Books

Unable to find the pure wife of his dreams, Thomas Day adopted two young orphans and, using the teachings of Rousseau, attempted to create his model wife. He would then marry her. Acclaimed biographer Moore tells this captivating and disturbing true story, and in the process explores the deep contradictions at the heart of the Enlightenment.


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by Paula Bryne

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

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Gypsy Boy: My Life in the Secret World of the Romany Gypsies


by Mikey Walsh

available now, paperback, Macmillan

Mikey Walsh was born into a Romany Gypsy family. They live in a secluded community, and little is known about their way of life. After centuries of persecution, Gypsies are wary of outsiders, and if you choose to leave you can never come back. Gypsy Boy shows, for the first time, what life is really like among the Romany Gypsies.

Carry On, Warrior: Thoughts on Life Unarmed by Glennon Doyle Melton

available in April, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

As a mother and wife, sometimes I feel overwhelmed by all of the responsibility and emotions that come with these roles. In Glennon's book, Carry On, Warrior, she tells us that it's OK to feel overwhelmed, in both positive and negative ways, and she encourages us to be more honest and open about our experiences as women. This book gave me permission to accept the challenges of being a mom and a wife, and also to love myself through it all. This story isn't just about honesty, acceptance and forgiveness though, it is also about celebrating the blessings that come from having children and partners. Glennon has a great blog,, that readers can follow for more snippets and inspiration from her life. —Christina

Captain Phil Harris: The Legendary Crab Fisherman, Our Hero, Our Dad

by Jake Harris, Josh Harris, Steve Springer available in April, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Prior to his untimely death in 2010, Captain Phil Harris was a star of Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch, the show that records the exhilarating lives of Alaskan King Crab fishermen. But Capt. Phil's life on shore—from his rebellious days to his tempestuous marriages, from his addictive habits to his fundamental American success story—could serve as a reality show in itself.

Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953 by Elizabeth Winder

available in April, hardcover, HarperCollins

Whitey Bulger: America's Most Wanted Gangster and the Manhunt that Brought Him to Justice

by Kevin Cullen and Shelley Murphy available in March, hardcover, Norton

In this riveting story, rich with family ties and intrigue, Cullen and Murphy follow Whitey's extraordinary criminal career‚ from teenage thievery to bank robberies to the building of his underworld empire and a string of brutal murders. This is a gripping story of wise guys and cops, horrendous government malfeasance, and a sixteen-year manhunt that climaxed in Whitey's dramatic capture in Santa Monica in June 2011.

Biographies & Memoirs

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Winder has written a biography of a moment in time: A compelling portrait of the young Sylvia Plath and the month she spent as guest editor at Mademoiselle in New York City—June 1953—that would transform her as a woman and an artist, and lay the groundwork for her classic work, The Bell Jar.

After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story by Michael Hainey

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

"As much an elegy to a once-upon-atime era in American newspapers as it is a journey back into a family and its past to find truth. With poetic grace and taut investigative storytelling, Michael Hainey's After Visiting Friends shows how to keep going we sometimes need to pause and look back at where and who we come from." –Nick Flynn, author of The Reenactments

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Lifesaving Lessons: Notes from an Accidental Mother by Linda Greenlaw

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

Country Girl: A Memoir by Edna O'Brien

available in April, hardcover, Hachette

In 1960 Edna O'Brien's first novel, The Country Girls, so scandalized the O'Brien's local parish that the book was burned by the priest; her family disgraced. Country Girl comes twenty-one books later, a rich and heady accounting of the events, people, emotions, and landscape that imprint upon and enliven one lifetime.

Famed swordfish boat captain Linda Greenlaw faces her greatest battle with nature—a newly adopted teenage daughter. A remarkably candid and tenderly funny memoir, Lifesaving Lessons follows this unexpected mother-daughter pair as they navigate their new life together, learning to trust themselves and each other and forge the loving family that neither of them knew they needed.

Her: A Memoir

by Christa Parravani available in March, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou

available in April, hardcover, Random House

Anyone who's read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings knows Maya Angelou was raised by her paternal grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas. In this very personal memoir, Angelou details what brought her mother to send her away and unearths the well of emotions Angelou experienced long afterward as a result.

Christa and her sister Cara are identical twins and fit some of the stereotypes to a T, but when Cara is brutally raped, Christa must take the first step down a long road of loss. Her explores the shared world of two sisters who must learn who they are individually, and carries the reader heavily through Christa's path toward letting go. Heartbreaking but ultimately healing and insightful, this is at once a memoir of an individual and a tribute to an unforgettable sisterhood. —Rachel M.

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Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History


by Eduardo Galeano

available in April, hardcover, Nation Books

Galeano's new book is his richest and most poetic yet, a joyous calendar of the trials and tribulations of workers, slaves, social movements, misfits and the mad. Each page has an illuminating story that takes inspiration from that day of the calendar year. It's a book, as Galeano says, to reunite head and heart.

Cain at Gettysburg by Ralph Peters

available in April, paperback, Macmillan

Peters has studied the Battle of Gettysburg since childhood, when his parents took him on annual pilgrimages to that hallowed ground. Combining years of walking those fields and painstaking research with insight into the souls of generals and privates gleaned from his own military career, Ralph Peters tells this great American tale in a masterful style.

Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home

by Walter Cronkite IV, and Maurice Isserman, forward by Tom Brokaw available in May, hardcover, National Geographic

Betsy Cronkite's carefully saved letters reveal little known facts about this storied public figure and about his World War II experiences. They chronicle both a great love story and a great war story, as told by the reporter who would go on to become anchorman for the CBS Evening News, with a reputation as "the most trusted man in America."

Hell Above Earth: The Incredible True Story of an American WWII Bomber Commander and the Copilot Ordered to Kill Him by Stephen Frater

available in March, hardcover, Macmillan

U.S. Captain Werner Goering was an exceptional pilot—and the nephew of Hermann Goering, leading member of the Nazi party and commander-in-chief of the Luftwaffe. The FBI and the American military would not risk the propaganda coup that his desertion or capture would represent for Nazi Germany. J. Edgar Hoover issued a top-secret order that if Captain Goering's plane was downed for any reason over Nazi-occupied Europe, someone would be there in the cockpit to shoot Goering dead.

Masters of the Word: How Media Shaped History

Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland's HistoryMaking Race Around the World

by Matthew Goodman

available now, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Well, the subtitle of this book says it all. Picture yourself, a young woman, alone in 1890, traveling with ONE hand bag, in dusty train cars and sea-sickening ships for two and a half months, just to set a record globe-circling, as a newspaper marketing ploy. Fascinating as a travel literature book, biography, feminist experience and cultural survey. —Cindi

by William J. Bernstein

available in April, hardcover, Grove Press

In A Splendid Exchange Bernstein presented a dazzling history of how trade shaped the world; now he does the same with communication technologies. He tracks the growth of writing and shows how it has been used to foster literacy but also consolidate empires. From Mesopotamia to the Pentagon Papers, this is a history that will change the way you look at power and technology. 9




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The Deadly Sisterhood: A Story of Women, Power, and Intrigue in the Italian Renaissance, 1427-1527 by Leonie Frieda

available in April, hardcover, HarperCollins

The Deadly Sisterhood is the story of eight women of the Italian Renaissance whose vitality, daring, and ambition rival that of the most accomplished and successful women today.It is a tale rich with drama, passion, intrigue, and duplicity, full of inspired and corrupt monarchs, the finest thinkers, brilliant artists, and the greatest beauties in Christendom.

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The Outsourced Self: What Happens When We Pay Others to Live Our Lives for Us


by Arlie Russell Hochschild

available in April, paperback, Macmillan

"What happens to us as we outsource more and more of our personal—even intimate—tasks to paid 'coaches,' caretakers, companions, event planners and third world surrogate mothers? It takes a social thinker of great stature and scope to tackle this question, and a writer of immense charm to make the answer riveting. Arlie Hochschild is both, and this may be her best book ever." —Barbara Ehrenreich

Little America: The War Within the War for Afghanistan Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Hacking Your Education: Ditch the Lectures, Save Tens of Thousands, and Learn More Than Your Peers Ever Will

by Dale J. Stephens

available in March, paperback, Penguin

Hackademics abandon society's linear path to success and bend institutions to fit their reality. The rules are quickly changing, and this is a handbook for the new order, packed with practical tips to succeed. Stephens helps readers thrive in a modern global economy by preparing them with the skills that schools aren't teaching but are requisite for success in the real world.

available in March, paperback, Vintage

Rajiv Chandrasekaran focuses on southern Afghanistan in the year of Obama's surge, and reveals the epic tug of war that occurred between the president and a military that, once on the ground, increasingly went its own way. This political battle's profound ramifications for the region and the world are laid bare through a cast of fascinating characters.

Race to Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling

by Marc Mauer and Sabrina Jones available in April, paperback, The New Press

More than 2 million people are now imprisoned in the U.S., the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Michelle Alexander, author of the bestselling The New Jim Crow, calls the original edition of this book‚ "utterly indispensable." Comic artist Jones has collaborated with Mauer to update the book into a vivid comics narrative of the four decades of destructive prison expansion.


America's Deadliest Export: Democracy—The Truth About U.S. Foreign Policy and Everything Else by William Blum

available now, paperback, Macmillan

For over 65 years, the United States war machine has been on auto-pilot. Since World War II, the world has believed that U.S. foreign policy means well, and that America's motives in spreading democracy are honorable, even noble. William Blum demonstrates that nothing could be further from the truth.

The International Bank of Bob: Connecting Our Worlds One $25 Kiva Loan at a Time by Bob Harris

available in March, hardcover, Macmillan

After making hundreds of microloans online, Bob wanted to see the results first-hand, and in The International Bank of Bob he travels from Peru and Bosnia to Rwanda and Cambodia, introducing us to some of the most inspiring and enterprising people we've ever met, while illuminating day-today life—political and emotional—in parts of the world that Americans never see.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

available now, hardcover, Random House

This is the troubling story of the rise of the processed food industry and how it used salt, sugar and fat to addict us. From a Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative reporter at The New York Times, this eye-opening book reveals how the makers of these foods have chosen to double down on their efforts to increase consumption and profits, gambling that consumers and regulators wouldn't figure them out.

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The Ecopoetry Anthology edited by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street

available now, paperback, Trinity University Press

Definitive and daring, this is the authoritative collection of American poetry about nature and the environment. From praise to lament, from Whitman to Roethke to Bishop, the editors cover the range of human response to our fragile and mysterious natural world.

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edited by Robert Hass & Paul Ebenkamp available in April, hardcover, Counterpoint

The 20th century was a time of great change, particularly in the arts, but seldom explored were the female poets of that time. Now Hass and Ebenkamp have put together a comprehensive anthology featuring the poems of Amy Lowell, Hazel Hall, Marianne Moore, Djuna Barnes, and many others.

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ast August, Mark Twain in Fairhaven finally made it to Fairhaven. The play, written by Bellingham resident Joseph Lenz, had played at the Theatre Guild and at the Lynden Pioneer Museum, but Christopher Key, determined to get the show to its rightful place, brought the production to The Firehouse Performing Claire McElroy-Chesson Arts Center. He directed the show and also starred as Mark Twain. Key has now handed the reins to director Judith Owens-Lancaster, who recently directed The Pajama Game at the Guild. Judith has tapped Leon Charbonneau to reprise the role of Twain from previous iterations of the show, and is in the process of casting the rest of the musical. Performances will be held over three weekends in August, beginning on Thursday, August 1st, and continuing each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon through August 18th. Tickets and more information will be available soon. Presented by the Old Fairhaven Association


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naugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April, when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations, including Village Books, participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events. There's a full listing of our events in our Literature Live schedule on pages 59-62. You can sign up to receive a poem-a-day by email by going to and clicking on Poem-a-day in the left column of the main page. The great news is that you can get a poem-a-day everyday, not just in April. Last year the Academy of Poets began the "Poem In Your Pocket" program. Everyone is encouraged to celebrate national Poem In Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 18. Select a poem you love and then carry it with you to share with friends, family and co-workers that day.

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Strong.Female.Character by Rose McAleese

Walking Home:

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A Poet's Journey

Rose McAleese poems fill the space with staccato rhythm. She peels back the outer skin of being female and looks deeper, into what we're really made of inside. She writes, "The surface, is tender color." She explores what it means to be a "strong female," and while surely that is different for each of us, many of her pieces resonate. A poet and filmmaker from Seattle, she writes from a powerful, searching place within. —Christina

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Nineteen days, 256 miles, and one renowned poet walking the backbone of England, Simon Armitage reflects on the inextricable link between freedom and fear as well as the poet's place in our bustling world. In Armitage's own words,to embark on the walk is to surrender to its lore and submit to its logic, and to take up a challenge against the self.

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CRAFT Playing With Paper: Recycled Home: Transform Your Home Using Salvaged Materials by Rebecca Proctor

available now, paperback, Laurence King Publishers

ReCraft: How to Turn Second-Hand Stuff into Beautiful Things for Your Home, Family, and Friends

by Nicola Kent

available now, paperback, Frances Lincoln

Illuminating, Engineering, and Reimagining Paper Art by Helen Hiebert

available now, paperback, Quayside

I've perused every paper art book that's come through the bookstore, so when I see one with fresh, original ideas, I've got to share the love! Many different paper artists have contributed to this book for a range of styles and difficulty levels that will inspire and challenge. I especially like the folding screen made out of envelopes, the whimsical inflatable hot air balloon and the elegant Japanese style kite. —Laura P.

Paper Made!: 101 Exceptional Projects to Make Out of Everyday Paper


by Kayte Terry

available now, paperback, Workman Publishing

This season there's a wealth of craft books that can inspire you to create projects with recycled materials. Everything from scrap yarn, paper, and fabric to tree twigs and tin cans can be re-purposed into charming gifts, garments and household accessories following the simple and lighthearted instructions you'll find in these books, as well as many others on our shelves. —Donna

The Impressionist Line from Degas to Toulouse-Latrec: Drawings and Prints from the Clark

edited by Jay A. Clarke with essays by Mary Weaver Chapin, Jay Clarke, Anne Higonnet, Richard Kendall, and Alastair Wright available in March, paperback, Yale

Decorating Past & Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History & 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them

Essays by five prominent scholars consider the political, social, cultural, and market conditions that governed and motivated printmaking and drawing and examine how key artists contributed to the development of the graphic arts in 19th-century France. Color reproductions of fifty-eight works‚ ranging from chalk drawings by Edgar Degas to woodcuts by Paul Gaguin illustrate this beautiful volume.

Daily Rituals:

by Amy Azzarito

How Artists Work

available in March, paperback, Stewart Tabori & Chang

available in April, hardcover, Knopf

In this fascinating book, Design*Sponge editor Azzarito presents craft projects that explore the connection between decorative arts history and present-day design trends. From a Wedgwood-inspired headboard made using molding from the hardware store to an art nouveau-style tree-branch chandelier, the projects celebrate their roots yet fit perfectly into our contemporary living spaces.


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edited by Mason Currey This book describes how artists work; how they ritualize their days with the comforting and mundane details of their lives: their daily routines, fears, dreams, naps, eating habits, and other prescribed, finely calibrated "subtle maneuvers" that help them use time, summon up willpower, exercise self-discipline and keep themselves afloat with optimism.

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


by Sherman Alexie

(Seattle, WA)

Alexie gives the reader a blazingly straight-on view of Native life while at the same time suffusing his work with powerful humor that touches the tragedy of the human condition. Blasphemy is wide ranging, wildly entertaining, and heartfelt. Grove Press

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison

(Bainbridge Island, WA)

Fortune has not smiled on Benjamin as of late and he's down to his last dollar when forced to take a job as a caregiver for Trevor, a 19-year-old kid confined to a wheelchair. The friendship that unexpectedly—and sometimes painfully—grows inspires an audacious adventure of healing and forgiveness. Wickedly funny, daring and heartwarming, this book will surprise you. Paperback available in May. Algonquin Books

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

(Palmer, AK)

Beautiful prose brings dreamlike imagery to life and vivid yearnings percolate in the minds of these finely wrought, hardscrabble homesteaders following moose tracks along glacier-fed rivers as the isolation of a woodland winter looms. This quiet, magical story is unmistakably Alaskan at its heart. Little, Brown

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On the Spectrum of Possible Deaths by Lucia Perillo

(Olympia, WA)

Lucia Perillo's relentless curiosity, deep intelligence and dark wit are all on powerful display here in poems that flow with subtle music and a deceptively casual tone. A Perillo poem may seem innocuous at first, but it soon enters the mind and the heart, expanding both. Her poetry moves gracefully from the personal to the universal, generously inviting her readers to join her as she contemplates the vagaries of nature, culture, family and the body. Fearless, wise, humorous and touching, the poems in this volume are a bracing tonic. Copper Canyon Press


by Cheryl Strayed (Portland, OR) A beautiful, powerful memoir about a young woman who moves through grief by hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and proves she is the daughter to make her mother proud. Strayed's love/hate relationship with her hiking boots and monstrous pack, her inner strength, and the beauty and power of her 1,100-mile trek kept us riveted. Out in paperback March 26th. Knopf

Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson

(Seattle, WA)

Grounded in the modern Middle East but bridging virtual reality, history, and mythology, this well-paced novel brings together a thoughtprovoking array of characters, each with a unique and powerful moral compass. Paperback available in April, Grove Press

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PERFORMING ARTS In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran

by John Taylor with Tom Sykes available now, hardcover, Dutton Yep, I was a teenage girl in the 1980's and I had it bad for English boy band Duran Duran.  My first MT V video announced by VJ Martha Quinn was Planet Earth. You remember, big hair, exotic vixens and  new wave cool.  So you can imagine my shriek of delight when I learned there was a new book out about Duran Duran.  The author, bassist John Taylor, wrote this autobiography, I believe, to let readers know that with humble beginnings in a quiet British home a young lad named Nigel had fun rising to the top of the music charts and into young girls' dreams. However, his own personal struggles due to all this popularity were very real. He writes candidly about the bands disagreements, breakups, and reunions; pulling himself out of depression and substance abuse, and the redemption that comes whenever he gets back to his music. So grab your jazz shoes, your Aqua Net, and hang your Nagels once more and enjoy this fun read while listening to a little Rio. —Kelly E.


The Ordinary Acrobat: A Journey into the Wondrous World of the Circus, Past and Present by Duncan Wall

available now, hardcover, Knopf

So great was the author's enthusiasm for the circus he applied to the training program at the École Nationale des Arts du Cirque—and was, to his surprise, accepted. Thus begins the story of a young man's plunge into a unique and wonderful world. The author delves into circus history and its renaissance as a contemporary art form, and takes us behind the walls of France's most prestigious circus school.

Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Jonathan Cott available now, hardcover, Doubleday

That exceedingly rare thing: a book about a Beatle that is fresh, fair-minded, and written by someone intimately acquainted with the subject and his wife. Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death. He has kept in touch with Yoko since then, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon.

NPR Discover Music It isn't customary for us to write reviews for things other than books, but I want to share my enthusiasm for our NPR Discover Music program. Every six weeks we are sent a new selection of six albums, selected for their popularity on NPR. Whenever I open a new delivery, I am amazed at how little I know about current music and artists, but after delving onto the NPR website for information, I wonder how I could have missed these wonderful artists. We are consistently sent absolutely top-notch music, and I soon discover these artists winning awards or playing at the White House. I am delighted that I can expand my music tastes and am relishing my hours at home singing along to my new faves. So check it out! If you, like me, are not familiar with a particular group, we will be happy to play the demo CD so you can get a taste. —Jonica

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MARCH 19 & 20








Village Books, in partnership with the Pickford Film Center, presents


On-screen Author Talks & Interviews

The increasingly popular "Writers in the Limelight" series continues through spring! Starting in April, we'll begin a series with an emphasis on HISTORY. Village Books will host a discussion after each film for those interested in staying. We will have the corresponding books for sale at the cinema. Tickets for each show are available at Village Books and through the Pickford Film Center. Check out for more information! Please note: authors do NOT attend. Saturdays, March 16, noon: Oliver Sacks –The Mind's Eye April 20, noon: Joseph J. Ellis –First Family: Abigail & John Adams May 18, noon: Madeleine Albright –Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948 June 15, noon: David Eisenhower –Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D Eisenhower, 1961-1969


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HUMOR Point Your Face at This: Drawings

by Demetri Martin available in March, paperback, Hachette

Like an indie stepchild of Gary Larson and Jack Handey, Point Your Face at This contains hundreds of drawings, jokes, and page-long bits, showcasing Martin's particular penchant for brevity and a sensibility all its own. It is a great gift book and a must-have for fans of the brainy, ambidextrous, comedian, palindromist (and author), Demetri Martin.

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Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

available in April, hardcover, Hachette

David Sedaris takes his readers on a bizarre and stimulating world tour. From the perils of French dentistry to the eating habits of the Australian kookaburra, from the squat-style toilets of Beijing to the particular wilderness of a North Carolina Costco, we learn about the absurdity and delight of a curious traveler's experiences.

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Chuckanut Writers Conference

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Inspiration into Action Friday and Saturday June 21 and 22, 2013 Whatcom Community College Bellingham, Washington Early Bird Registration: $229 Registration after May 15: $259


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KMRE 102.3 FM A non-commercial, community-based radio station licensed to and operated by the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention since 2005. KMRE is a powerful and entertaining extension of the Spark Museum’s world-class media collection. Underwriting a show here at KMRE supports independent local radio and connects your business, group or event to one of Bellingham’s best independent media outlets.

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The Chuckanut Radio Hour Makes a BIG MOVE As it rolls into its seventh year, the Chuckanut Radio Hour is also making a big physical move. The show began in January of 2007 in the studio space of the Museum of Radio and Electricity (now the Spark Museum). When the program outgrew the space at the museum, it moved to the Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold Retirement Center where it has been comfortably ensconced for the past few years. On March 19th, with the prospect of having a full stage with auditorium seating, and the ability to engage students and faculty in production of the program, the Radio Hour will take up residence in the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College. Author Ruth Ozeki will join us for our first of what we hope will be dozens of shows in that venue with our new sponsoring partner, Whatcom Community College.

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Tuesday, March 19th, 6:30pm

Ruth Ozeki in the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College

–A Tale for theTime Being: A Novel A brilliant, unforgettable, and long-awaited novel from bestselling author Ruth Ozeki. Live music by Laura Overstreet and poetry by Anna Wolff.

Tickets $5.00 Receive one FREE ticket with each pre-event purchase of Love, Water, Memory.

Receive one FREE ticket with each pre-event purchase of A Tale for the Time Being

Tickets for these two shows are available at Village Books &

Thursday, April 4th, 6:30pm

Jennie Shortridge in the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College

–Love, Water, Memory: A Novel From the highly acclaimed author of When She Flew and Riding with the Queen, a powerful new novel about thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker who wakes up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay with no understanding of how she got there.

Friday, May 3rd, 5:30pm

Whatcom Community College 45th Anniversary Gala featuring the Chuckanut Radio Hour in the Whatcom Community College Pavilion Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of Whatcom Community College, featuring a special edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour. The evening will consist of gourmet food, local beer & wine and special activities to benefit the WCC Foundation.

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One Book Pledgers


aurel Cook has been an avid book reader for nearly as long as she can remember. Her husband, "Cactus," not so much. She studied French and English

and taught both at St. Paul's for years. She's also been a member of a book group (now two) for most of her adult life. He, on the other hand, studied science and became an OB/GYN. Reading literature was not part of his education or routine. When asked about what got him reading, and especially the classics, Laurel and Cactus share a smile. "We went to see a play in Chicago," he says. "Metamorphosis," Laurel adds. "Over drinks after the play Laurel and our friends were discussing the play and the symbolism in it," Cactus continues. "Wait a minute, I said to them, I grew up in Nebraska where a cockroach is a cockroach. Did I miss something, and do you think I missed anything else in my education?" Curiosity led him to Harold Bloom and reading of the Western canon, trying to fill the gaps in his education. The Cooks moved to Bellingham in 1981. Laurel soon joined a book group that was later named Erleichda, after a word from Tom Robbins' 1984 novel, Jitterbug Perfume. The word is explained in a line from the novel : "The word was a transitive verb, an exclamation, a command, of which an exact English translation is impossible. The closest equivalent probably would be the phrase 'Lighten up!" It's a word that likely has to be regularly remembered by a group of serious readers who have long focused on reading intentionally. "I read differently when I read a book for my book group. I think more carefully about it," Laurel comments. A recent The book favorite of hers is Mink River, "It's the best novel I've read for a long time," she says.

knowledge of the staff and the store's community outreach are what keep the Cooks coming back to Village Books.

Cactus has more recently joined a book group, and while he leans more to nonfiction (he cites Team of Rivals as a recent favorite), he also reads fiction. David Ignatius has become a favorite and he has recently drifted into "cyberpunk," reading Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon. Cactus recently retired—but not before delivering Kelly Carbert's daughter Winslow (Kelly is the person who makes this magazine look good). He says his day is made up of the "big four." "I walk for about an hour, work out in the gym for an hour, read, and practice the piano. I never seem to get them all done," he admits with a grin. He bought a very nice grand piano some years ago and began to learn to play. "Then for years I'd sneak through the living room, trying not to make eye contact with the piano," he says. Now he's back to lessons and really enjoying playing in what he calls "a recital-free arrangement" with his teacher.

The book knowledge of the staff and the store's community outreach are what keep the Cooks coming back to Village Books. Laurel loves saying to VB staff, "I just finished reading X, what should I read now?" "Cactus and I are both loyal to Village Books in no small part because of the contributions, both financial and philosophical, that you make to the community. Bellingham is a better place due to your presence," says Laurel. Cactus and Laurel have also contributed much to the cultural fabric of the community, especially since Cactus has learned that a cockroach is not always a cockroach. You can learn more about the One Book Pledge at

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Daring Greatly: How the Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown,

available now, hardcover, Gotham

If you've seen Brené Brown's TED talks, you will appreciate this in-depth look at what it means to be fully "open" in your life and relationships. She explores shame and the ways it shuts us down. Then, she explores vulnerability. What is so great about being vulnerable, you wonder? This is surprising to most of us, who have avoided it; it is a courageous position. Results? How do you feel about connectivity, healing, freedom? Sound good? Read this gentle book for more insights and tools. —Cindi

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces that Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave by Adam Alter

available in March, hardcover, Penguin

The human brain is fantastically complex, having engineered space travel and liberated nuclear energy, so it's no wonder that we resist the idea that we're deeply influenced by our surroundings. Drunk Tank Pink is full of revelatory facts, riveting anecdotes, and cutting-edge experiments that collectively explain how the most unexpected factors lead us to think, feel, and behave the way we do.

Meditation & Zen The Cushion in the Road: Meditation and Wandering as the Whole World Awakens to Being in Harm's Way by Alice Walker

available in April, hardcover, The New Press

In her newest collection of wide-ranging essays, Walker revisits such themes as career-racism, her solidarity with the Palestinian people, and the work of Aung San Suu Kyi. She explores her conflicting impulses to retreat in contemplation or remain deeply engaged in the world. Through the evocative image of the meditation cushion in the road, she finds a delicate balance between them.

The Dude and the Zen Master

by Jeff Bridges & Bernie Glassman available now, hardcover, Blue Rider Press

For those of you who, like me, view The Big Lebowski as something of an expert guide to life and living, this book is a dream come true. Bridges and Glassman weave a loose, informal collection of conversations on spirituality and the nature of dudeness into a volume that is part Zen commentary, part oral history and part cultural manifesto (a very laid-back manifesto, mind you). The result is a natural, zesty enterprise that even the staunchest Nihilist will enjoy. But that's just, like, my opinion, man. —Sam

Travel Strange Stones:

Here, There, Elsewhere:

Dispatches from East and West

Stories from the Road

available in April, paperback, HarperCollins

available now, hardcover, Hachette

Strange Stones is a far-ranging, thoughtprovoking collection of Hessler's best reportage over the past decade. During this time, Hessler lived in Asia and the United States, writing as both native and knowledgeable outsider in these two very different regions. This unusual perspective distinguishes Strange Stones, which showcases Hessler's unmatched range as a storyteller.

Here, There, Elsewhere draws together for the first time William Least Heat-Moon's greatest short-form travel writing. Taking us from Japan, England, Italy, and Mexico to Long Island, Oregon, Arizona, and more, Here, There, Elsewhere is a sharply observed, funny, and touching series of uncommon adventures narrated by America's keenest writer of place, people, and sublime connection.

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YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators

PICTURE BOOKS Emeraldalicious


by Victoria Kann

by Bob Staake

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, decide to take a trip to their favorite park. But when they arrive, they discover that the park isn't as clean and green as it used to be. To make matters worse, Pinkalicious's favorite wand breaks! Luckily, Pinkalicious knows just what to do. Using some sticks and flowers, she creates a beautiful, pinkerrific wand perfect for the park—a wand she soon discovers has magical powers. Together, Pinkalicious and Peter take turns using the wand to make wishes—showing their love for all things green and making the park a more pinkatastic place.

Otis and the Puppy by Loren Long

available in March, hardcover, Philomel

Otis is back! A new friend has joined the farm- a puppy! He sleeps and gives wet kisses but also, during a game of hideand-seek, he gets lost. Otis has to brave his own fears to go help the puppy back home. A beautiful addition to the Otis series! —Sarah

At Village Books

available in April, hardcover, Schwartz & Wade

I have been a huge fan of Staake’s work since I first saw The Donut Chef and then found out that he has done covers for The New Yorker among other things. His newest book, a wordless parable about bullying and loneliness, is beautiful and inspiring, sad and wonderful all at the same time. Pick it up and take a look! —Sarah

Exclamation Mark

by Amy Krause Rosenthal illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld available in March, hardcover, Scholastic

From the illustrator of Cloudette! It's not easy being seen, especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU. Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink, twist, bend, until—!—a friend shows the way to endless possibilities. In this bold and highly visual book, an emphatic but misplaced exclamation point learns that being different can be very exciting! Period.

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How To Be a Cat by Nikki McClure

available in March, hardcover, Abrams Appleseed

In cut-paper artist Nikki McClure’s latest picture book, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. A single word of text per spread teaches readers “how to be a cat”—how to stretch, clean, pounce, feast—while the striking paper cuts illustrate the kitten’s attempts to imitate an adult cat’s mastery of each skill. At times the kitten triumphantly succeeds, and at other times the kitten struggles, in vignettes that range from whimsical to profound. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.

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2013 AWARD WINNERS Newbery Medal

Randolph Caldecott Medal

The Newbery Medal for children’s literature was awarded to Katherine Applegate for The One and Only Ivan, which tells the story of an artistic gorilla that lives a caged life in a shopping center and hardly ever misses the jungle. But Ivan’s world is changed when he’s joined by a baby elephant that helps him to see things differently. We were thrilled to host Katherine for a February event!

The 2013 Caldecott Medal, which recognizes picture books, was awarded to Jon Klassen for This Is Not My Hat, a follow-up to his popular story, I Want My Hat Back. This Is Not My Hat is the tale of a small fish with a zealous attitude and what happens when he steals a hat from a larger creature.

Aliens in Disguise by Clete Barrett Smith

available in April, hardcover, Hyperion

When David's grandma wins an hotelier award and goes to accept it on another planet, David and his friend Amy are left home alone. Running the B&B should be a breeze, especially for two kids who saved the universe just a few weeks ago. But soon David and Amy are faced with such problems as a lost alien, a pair of gatecrashers, and a potential horde of UFO-watchers descending on the inn. Middle grade readers will be over the moon about this third kooky comedy featuring an assortment of hapless humans and admirable aliens.

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Seven Wonders #01 The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

The day after Jack McKinley is told he only has months to live, he awakens on a mysterious island, where a secret organization promises to save his life— with one condition. With his three friends, Jack must lead a mission to retrieve seven lost magical orbs, which can save their lives only when combined together. The challenge: The orbs have been missing for thousands of years, somewhere in the ruins of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. With no one else to turn to and no escape in sight, the four kids have no choice but to undertake the quest.


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Middle Readers The Fellowship for Alien Detection by Kevin Emerson

available now, hardcover, Walden Pond Press

Haley and Dodger don't have much in common. On paper, the two could not be further from each other on the middle-school spectrum. But they both want something. Haley's looking for a new map, a new adventure, her own path. And Dodger, too, is looking for a place where he belongs, the kind of place that he might, for the first time, be able to call "home." Of course, this was all before they heard about the town of Juliette, Arizona, the missing people, the untraceable radio signals, the unexplained phenomena. Before they discovered that their fledgling theories about extraterrestrial life were 100% accurate.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff

available now, hardcover, Philomel

Told from multiple viewpoints, A Tangle of Knots is a magnificent puzzle. In a slightly magical world where everyone has a Talent, eleven-year-old Cady is an orphan with a phenomenal Talent for cake baking. But little does she know that fate has set her on a journey from the moment she was born. And her destiny leads her to a mysterious address that houses a lost luggage emporium, an old recipe, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.

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Young Adult Sever

by Lauren DeStefano

Pretty Girl-13

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

by Liz Coley

available in March, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

This very creepy, very mature look at a girl who returns after being missing for three years is a head trip of a book. Angie can’t remember anything that has happened, doesn’t understand why her favorite clothes don’t fit her anymore. As she starts to work on remembering, we find that not all is as it seems. Not for the timid or the faint of heart—but a very compelling read. —Sarah

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Rhine is still searching—for the virus, for her brother, for a way to escape Dr. Ashby. Where her searches take her is a journey I never forsaw. If I could give a little yelp of delight, I absolutely would. I am so glad this trilogy came to such a satisfying conclusion with Sever. —Sarah It's here! The final installment in the Chemical Garden trilogy! DeStefano has crafted a painful, heartbreaking world that forces its human inhabitants to grow up too fast and Rhine's personal story isn't any less tragic than her world's story. There's no easy ending for her, but Rhine's tale presents infinite questions worth musing over for years to come. —Rachel

available now, hardcover, Philomel

Unless… —Sarah

A great read set in New Orleans. Josie has college dreams but a prostitute mother who only scorns her. Josie has been saving her money, living above a bookstore, trying to escape her past but her mother seems to be involved in a murder at the brothel and Josie just can’t get out from under.


Fridays from 6-7pm riters Whatcom Young W ” “Friday Night Writes Learn more about the craft of writing at “Friday Night Writes.” The group meets weekly next to Book Fare Café on the mezzanine level of Village Books, and is free and open to students ages 15-18.

Teen Writers, Save the Date!

Fury's Fire

by Lisa Papademetriou avilable in May, paperback, Ember

Papademetriou certainly stands out in the crowded YA fantasy genre. She takes a realistic approach to magic with characters who are reluctant to buy into what's really going on and remain invested in their everyday lives even in light of extraordinary circumstances. She's also amazingly skilled with vivid sensory detail that can make you feel like you're actually there. The story's more suspense than fantasy focused and builds to a dramatic, violent, and surprising conclusion. —Rachel

Whatcom Young Writers


Coming Sun., June 23 is the first ever Teen Writing Conference hosted by Whatcom Young Writers and Village Books. This day-long event will help teen writers, ages 13-18, practice their writing skills and get expert advice from the pros. From hands-on workshops, to Q&A with professionals, to keynote addresses from popular local writers, this day is going to be full of creative energy. Check in the coming months for information about this great program and how to register. 360-671-2626 • 800-392-BOOK •

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Children’s Book Week May 13th-19th, 2013

A week dedicated to celebrating children’s books!


oin us at Village Books this week as we celebrate Children's Book Week through a variety of in-store events. From story times to author events, we will be celebrating youth literacy throughout the week. Check for updates.

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast! Administered by Every Child A Reader, the CBC Foundation, and sponsored by the Children's Book Council, Children's Book Week celebrates the transformative power of literacy.

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

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Kling, based on the book by Kevin Henkes

May 3rd–May 12th at The Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Ave.

This enchanting, whimsical, fun-filled adaptation of the book by Kevin Henkes will delight audiences of all ages. The Neighborhood Playhouse is making a name for itself as Bellingham’s Theatre for Young Audiences—come find out why and bring the whole family to kick off this year’s National Children’s Book Week! Tickets $8/$12 on sale March 15th at Village Books and on For more information, go to 56

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Store Hours: Mon–Sat • Sun Building10am–8:30pm Community One Book11am–7pm at a Time

Check Out These Awesome

Book Week Events! Tuesday, May 14th, 11-11:30am

Curious George Preschool Storytime & Craft Celebrate Children’s Book Week with a preschool storytime in the Readings Gallery featuring everyone’s favorite monkey, Curious George. A craft activity will follow.

Thursday, May 16th 11-11:30am

Preschool Story Time and Craft Activity Bring your preschooler to the Readings Gallery for stories and a craft. We’ll read Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse and other Kevin Henkes books.

Friday, May 17th, 5pm

Clete Barrett Smith —Aliens in Disguise: Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast #3 Bellingham’s favorite middle reader author, Clete Barrett Smith, will talk about the latest in his Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast series.

Saturday, May 18th, 4pm

Sarai Stevens


—Seeds for a New Day In this picture book, beautifully illustrated by Sarai using papercuts, she guides Earth's children as they learn to live more meaningful and connected lives. This talk is geared toward parents so they can offer their children tools to respect Earth's limits by using less energy and resources. Co-sponsored by Chuckanut Transition and Transition Whatcom.

Sunday, May 19, 4pm

Karen Robbins —Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing Children’s author Karen Robbins will lead kids in shoe print art activities based on her new book. Karen is the author of the picture book Care for Our World and has been an elementary school teacher and university instructor.

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Join a VB Book Group!

Groups meet in the VB Readings Gallery (unless otherwise noted)

environmental conservation book group Join the Village Books/Whatcom Land Trust co-sponsored Environmental Conservation Book Club that meets the 2nd Monday of each month from 5-6pm. We discuss contemporary and classic texts on conservation, agriculture, and environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest.

Afternoon Book Chat Come discuss contemporary literature with Sittrea the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm. Open to all!

Motherhood by the Book Meet with Claire the 2nd Sunday of every month at 2pm for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood. Meetings are next to the BOOK FARE CAFÉ on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

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

Engaged Citizens Book Group 3rd Wednesdays of the month at noon. 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.

Go to to see the monthly book selections for these groups!

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Store Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–8:30pm • Sun 11am–7pm

Literature LIVE!


Mon., March 4, 4:30-6:30pm Info Session with YERDA YEARSLEY and BRUCE TAYLOR Luxemotor Rival: Cruise the Canals of France

VB’s Literary Events Program

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Sat., March 2, 10:30-11am Kids of all Ages! Read Across America Day—Celebrating Dr. Seuss Join Village Books as we celebrate the National Education Association’s “Read Across America Day” with Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat. Kids of all ages are welcome to the Readings Gallery to listen to some of Dr. Seuss's stories and then decorate a cardboard hat. Preschool storytime will join in the Dr. Seuss fun with our bookseller Claire at this special storytime event in the VB Readings Gallery.

Sat., March 2, 10:30am Free event at Book Fare Café JULIA PANDL

—Memoir of the Sunday Brunch Join Village Books and Book Fare Café for a free event at the Café with author Julia Pandl, as she talks about her book, Memoir of the Sunday Brunch. Part coming-ofage story, part window into the mysteries of the restaurant business, Pandl provides tender wisdom about the bonds between fathers and daughters, and the simple pleasures in the daily ritual of breaking bread. Book Fare will have a special brunch menu available for purchase at the event.

Sun., March 3, 3-4:30pm Free event at the Red Cedar Dharma Hall NORMAN FISCHER —Training In Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong Norman Fischer, Zen priest, teacher, poet, and former abbot of San Francisco Zen Center, will discuss Lojong, the Tibetan Buddhist practice that involves working with short phrases, called "slogans," as a way of generating bodhichitta, the heart and mind of enlightened compassion. This free event will be held at the Bellingham Red Cedar Dharma Hall on 1021 N. Forest Street.

Join Bruce and Yerda for a slide presentation highlighting their travels along the canals of France in their historic 1925 Dutch Canal Barge. Bruce & Yerda offer cruising trips on their barge. Visit for more info.

Tues., March 5, 7pm JOSIE ISELIN —Heart Stones and Sea Glass Hearts Come see Josie Iselin as she shares slides from her books Heart Stones and Sea Glass Hearts. Josie is also the author of Beach: A Book of Treasures. She encourages participants to bring their own sea glass or found objects from nature to share at the event.

Thurs., March 7, 7pm ROBERTA ZENKER —TransMontana: A Memoir of Transformation in Body, Mind & Spirit In Roberta Zenker's book, she tells the remarkable story of her transition from a male, popularly elected public official, to a modern, professional woman. Zenker emerged from her box through a courageous and sometimes dangerous journey that involved not only physical transition, but also alcohol recovery and a spiritual transformation.

Sat., March 9, 4pm All Ages! GARY STROUTSOS “Remembering the Songs” short film and music presentation Join Seattle flutist and storyteller Gary Stroutsos as he shows clips from a short film, “Remembering the Songs,” which looks at the music traditions of American Indians. Gary will also perform songs on his flute and talk about his work with mentor Paul Thompson.

Wed., March 13, 7pm TAMI ASARS —Hiking the Wonderland Trail: The Complete Guide to Mount Rainier's Premier Trail Wondering about the Wonderland? Join author, professional outdoor photographer, and Washington Trails Association correspondent Tami Asars as she discusses her new book Hiking the Wonderland Trail, published by Mountaineers Books. Through a visual presentation, Asars will introduce attendees to Mount Rainier's 93 mile Wonderland Trail loop and some of its tricky logistics, such as securing a permit, seasonal weather woes, and wilderness camping suggestions.

Thurs., March 14, 7pm BEN THOMPSON –Badass: Ultimate Deathmatch Come listen to the latest from the author of Badass and the creator of the epic Web site Hear unstoppable true stories of the most hardcore showdowns, last stands, and military engagements of all time. When only one can live, it's an ultimate death match!

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Sun., March 3, 4pm Whatcom Writes! Contest Winner Readings

KAVZ 102.5 FM ,

Come listen to the winners of the Whatcom WRITES! contest read their entries. The theme of the contest this year was "loyalties." Winners of the contest will be reading in the Readings Gallery, and the top 30 entrants will be published in an anthology. Whatcom WRITES! is a part of the Whatcom READS! annual county-wide reading program.

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

the Voice of the South Fork Valley, proudly broadcasts Lit Live programs four times a week Monday - Thursday at noon! Hear more at KMRE 102.3 FM Mondays at noon!

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

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Sat., March 16, noon-1pm Film Showing at the Pickford Film Center's Limelight Cinema 1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham

Oliver Sacks: The Mind's Eye Watch author Oliver Sacks discuss his book, The Mind's Eye, in this special film showing. We will have a Village Books hosted discussion after the showing. Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books and through the Pickford Film Center. Village Books will provide books for sale at the event. *Authors do not attend.

Sat., March 16, 6:30pm With Wine Tasting! JOEL BUTLER —Divine Vintage: Following the Wine Trail From Genesis to the Modern Age From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of Western Civilization's religious and cultural experience for millennia. In Divine Vintage, wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical scholar Randall Heskett for a remarkable journey that explores how wine has significantly influenced the evolution of human society through the lenses of historical fact and the interpretation of Biblical texts about wine. A wine tasting will follow Joel's presentation at the Book Fare Café on the Mezzanine level of Village Books for $5.

Wed., March 20, 7pm AMY HATVANY –Heart Like Mine


In her latest, Heart Like Mine, a young mother dies, forcing her ex-husband’s new fiancé into a parenting role that she never expected or desired. Amy Hatvany lets us experience this poignant family story in a way that hits home for anyone who has been subject to life’s surprises and serendipities.

Thurs., March 21, 7pm DAVID MOSKOWITZ –Wolves in the Land of Salmon David Moskowitz’s vivid imagery and insider knowledge bring the story of the wolf ’s return to the Pacific Northwest to life. His daring photography, accounts of young wolves at play, and stories of the psychological power wolves have had across cultures and generations make this a balanced look at the ecological role wolves play in the wild, as well as a true wilderness adventure.

Sat., March 23, 4pm NIKKI MCCLURE —How to Be A Cat


Mon., March 18, 1:30-3:30pm Info Session with YERDA YEARSLEY and BRUCE TAYLOR Luxemotor Rival: Cruise the Canals of France

In Nikki McClure’s latest picture book How to be a Cat, a kitten practices the basics of feline behavior over the course of a day. The book tells a universal story of mastering life skills, and of the sometimes tender, sometimes stern relationship between parent and child, teacher and pupil. Cat lovers of all ages will connect to this loving portrayal of a mentor-student relationship.

Join Bruce and Yerda for a slide presentation highlighting their travels along the canals of France in their historic 1925 Dutch Canal Barge. Bruce & Yerda offer cruising trips on their barge. Visit for more info.

Mon., March 25, 7pm OPEN MIC with Laurel Leigh

Tues., March 19, noon-1pm Mindfulness Practices with TIM BURNETT

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) 6712626. Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee.

Join Bellingham mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett for an exploration of practices that promote awareness and well-being. Tim will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing.

Tues., March 19, doors & music at 6:30pm, show at 7pm THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR with special guest RUTH OZEKI —A Tale for the Time Being Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College This month's special guest is Ruth Ozeki with a new beguiling story of our shared humanity and the search for home. In her new novel, she writes about a teenage girl in Tokyo who is ready to end it all, but not before documenting the story of her Buddhist great grandmother. Across the Pacific Ocean, this girl's journal, stored in a Hello Kitty lunchbox, washes ashore and into the hands of a novelist. Full of Ozeki’s signature humor, the story creates a relationship between writer and reader. Ozeki is an award-winning author and filmmaker. Tickets are $5 on sale now at VB and online at Receive one FREE ticket w/ each pre-event purchase of A Tale for the Time Being.

Wed., March 20-Fri., March 22 Book Discussion Getaway with NANCY PEARL at The Willows Inn on Lummi Island Village Books and The Willows Inn on Lummi Island present a two-day getaway at the Inn with librarian extraordinaire and NPR book reviewer Nancy Pearl. Immerse yourself in two books recommended by Nancy . The getaway includes meals, lodging and a variety of chances to talk books with Nancy and other book-loving participants. For more information about the itinerary and event pricing, visit or

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Fri., March 29, 7pm AMY STEWART —The Drunken Botanist: The Plants that Create the World's Great Drinks Who knew that horticulture was such an intoxicating subject? In this follow-up to the New York Times bestsellers Wicked Bugs and Wicked Plants, Amy Stewart explores the odd, unusual, and surprisingly common plants that have produced the world’s greatest spirits. Christianson's Nursery of Mount Vernon will be at the event with a selection of plants from the special "Drunken Botanist Plant Collection." Participants will have the chance of winning a few small plant starts!

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Wed., April 10, 7:30-8:30pm at WWU Performing Arts Center WESTERN READS featuring REBECCA SKLOOT —The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks


In conjunction with Western Reads, author Rebecca Skloot will be discussing her book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Western Reads is a campus-wide reading program designed to promote intellectual engagement, community, and conversation at Western Washington University. It is sponsored jointly by The Office of Undergraduate Education and Enrollment & Student Services Division. Tickets will go on sale at the WWU Box Office, March 11, 2013; $8 WWU students; $15 general.


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Sat., April 13, 4pm Mystery WAVERLY FITZGERALD & CURT COLBERT, AKA WAVERLY CURTIS —Chihuahua Confidential


Wed., April 3, 7pm PAMELA OLSON —Fast Times in Palestine: A Love Affair with a Homeless Homeland Pamela Olson's new book is a powerful, deeply moving account of her life in the midst of Palestine, encompassing not only the political tension that disrupts the region, but its historical richness, culture and the day-to-day existence of its civilians. From indecisive college graduate to international journalist, Olson also traces the personal transformation she endured over the two-year span she spent in Occupied Territory.

Thurs., April 4, doors & music at 6:30pm, show at 7pm Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR with special guest JENNIE SHORTRIDGE —Love, Water, Memory This month's special guest is Jennie Shortridge, the highly acclaimed author of When She Flew and Riding with the Queen, a powerful new novel about thirty-nine-year-old Lucie Walker who wakes up knee-deep in the San Francisco Bay with no understanding of how she got there and discovers she has no memories of her past or her loving fiancé, Grady. After being diagnosed with a rare form of amnesia, Lucie returns to her previous life with Grady in Seattle only to find evidence of the "old" Lucie—an insecure and shallow personality she no longer recognizes, or wants to. This is a powerful new novel that asks how well we know the people we love—and how well we know ourselves. Tickets are $5 on sale now at VB and online at Receive one FREE ticket w/ each pre-event purchase of Love, Water, Memory.

Sat., April 6, 10:30-11am Preschool Story Time with Claire


Join Village Books bookseller Claire for our preschool story time, for ages 3-5 years old. Our preschool story time takes place the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11am on the bean bags in the Kids' Section.

Mon., April 8, 7pm MICHELLE RAY —Lead Yourself First: Breakthrough Strategies to Live the Life You Want Michelle Ray's new book is filled with engaging stories and advice to help people everywhere to live life to the fullest and take the lead in any professional or personal challenge. By applying the simple, powerful lifechanging lessons, readers can discover how to influence and improve the quality of their choices. Michelle Ray is an international business keynote speaker, consultant, author and educator who teaches self-leadership for business and life.

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

From the authors of Dial C for Chihuahua comes the second book of the series, starring Pepe, a talking Chihuahua who has a nose for detective work and a weakness for bacon. Pepe is Hollywood-bound to star in the reality show “Dancing with Dogs.” Fitzgerald and Colbert are Seattle-based authors.

Mon., April 15, 5:30-6:30pm Knockout Editing: From Polish to Publish with Laurel Leigh Join Laurel Leigh, instructor, at Village Books for an informational session to learn more about Western Washington University's exciting editing program.

Sat., April 20, noon-1pm "Writers in the Limelight" Film Showing at the Pickford Film Center's Limelight Cinema 1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham

Joseph J. Ellis: First Family: Abigail and John Adams Watch author Joseph J. Ellis discuss his book, First Family, in this special film showing. We will have a Village Books hosted discussion after the showing. Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books and through the Pickford Film Center. Village Books will provide books for sale at the event. *Authors do not attend.

Sat., April 20, 7pm LEIGH NEWMAN —Still Points North: One Alaskan Childhood, One Grown-Up World, One Long Journey Home Part adventure story, part love story, part homecoming, Still Points North is a page-turning memoir that explores the extremes of belonging and exile, and the difference between how to survive and knowing how to truly live. The book is a love letter to an unconventional Alaskan childhood of endurance and affection, one that teaches us that no matter where you go in life, the truest tests of courage are the chances you take, not with bears and blizzards, but with other people.

Tues., April 23 World Book Night Keep your eyes out throughout the community today as World Book Night givers will be handing out free copies of their favorite books to light readers. Village Books is the pick-up location for many registered volunteers. For more info visit

Sat., April 27, 4pm Multi-author reading —Conversations Across Borders (Cab) Literary Journal Cab is a literary monthly that publishes literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and donates the proceeds of sales to schools and writing programs around the world. Cab is affiliated with Conversations Across Borders, which connects writers across borders of all kinds, encouraging and nurturing the creation of new work and new conversations.

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Sat., April 27, 7pm Poetry ROSE MCALEESE —Strong.Female.Character. While carrying the entire spectrum of a hundred turbulent peoples draped across the bones of her verse, Rose McAleese remains neither intimidated nor embittered by her plunge into constant future unknowns. This book, by a renowned spoken word poet, marks her graceful, first-time assent to the freezing of her kinetic verbal images into tomorrow’s bookshelf treasure.

Sun., April 28, 4pm CAMI OSTMAN, SUSAN TIVE, ELISE BRIANNE CURTIN, COLLEEN HAGGERTY & PAM HELBERG —Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions Edited by Bellingham natives Susan Tive (a former Orthodox Jew) and Cami Ostman (a de-converted fundamentalist born-again Christian), this powerful collection of personal stories is written by women of varying ages, races, and religious backgrounds who share one commonality: they’ve all experienced and rejected extreme religions. Listen to the editors and three contributors read from their stories.

Mon., April 29, 7pm OPEN MIC with Laurel Leigh Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee.

Tues., April 30, 7pm URBAN WAITE —The Carrion Birds


Set in a town once rich with oil, now forgotten and struggling, The Carrion Birds is filled with refreshingly realistic and vulnerable characters. With its masterfully orchestrated suspense and unexpected bursts of lyricism, this is a remarkably unsettling and indelible work written by the author of The Terror of Living.

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Fri., May 1, 7pm JOHN MARZLUFF & TONY ANGELL —Gifts of the Crow: How Perception, Emotion, and Thought Allow Smart Birds to Behave Like Humans Join us as we welcome John Marzluff and Tony Angell back to the Readings Gallery for the paperback release of Gifts of the Crow. Scientist Marzluff teams up with artist-naturalist Angell to tell amazing stories of these brilliant birds.

Fri., May 3, 7pm Whatcom Community College 45th Anniversary Gala featuring THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR In the Whatcom Community College Pavillion Join us as we celebrate the past, present and future of Whatcom Community College, featuring a special edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour. The evening will consist of gourmet food, local beer & wine and special activities to benefit the WCC Foundation. TICKETS $100—Available in April! Tickets will be available at, Village Books and Call (360)383-3320 or email for more information.


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Sat., May 4, 10:30-11am Preschool Story Time with Claire


Join Village Books bookseller Claire for our preschool story time, for ages 3-5 years old. Our preschool story time takes place the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-11am on the bean bags in the Kids' Section.

Wed., May 8, 7pm WILLIAM DIETRICH —The Barbed Crown: An Ethan Gage Adventure


Fans of William Dietrich’s prose will be delighted to see Ethan Gage back in action in The Barbed Crown, the sixth novel in his internationally acclaimed series. Filled with the romanticism and glitter of the period, such as Napoleon’s coronation, which packed 20,000 people into Notre Dame and cost twenty million francs, The Barbed Crown is Dietrich’s glorious tale that sees Ethan once again embroiled in European history and the fate of the modern world. William Dietrich is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, historian, naturalist, and winner of the PNBA Book Award.


Join us in celebrating youth literacy during this annual celebration of kids and books. See pages 56-57 to read more about these amazing events for kids and parents alike!

Tues., May 14, 11-11:30am Ages 3-5 years old Curious George Preschool Storytime & Craft


Thurs., May 14, 11-11:30am Ages 3-5 years old Preschool Storytime & Craft —Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse Fri., May 17, 5pm CLETE BARRETT SMITH —Aliens in Disguise: Intergalactic Bed & Breakfast #3 Sat., May 18, 4pm For Parents! SARAI STEVENS —Seeds for a New Day Sun., May 19, 4pm KAREN ROBBINS —Shoe Print Art: Step Into Drawing Tues., May 14, noon-1pm WESTERN CONNECTIONS BROWN BAG SERIES Presenter: Julene Sodt Topic: Breaking Knitting Stereotype in the Digital Age WWU Library Reference Specialist Julene Sodt will talk about her experiences knitting with students and her efforts to help start a knitting club on campus. Western Connections is a partnership between WWU Libraries and Village Books to connect faculty and staff to the community through a lunch-time, brown-bag series.

Sat., May 18, noon-1pm "Writers in the Limelight" Movie Showing at the Pickford Film Center's Limelight Cinema 1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham

Madeleine Albright: Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War Watch author Madeleine Albright discuss her book, Prague Winter, in this special movie showing. We will have a Village Books hosted discussion after the showing. Tickets are $5 and are available at Village Books and through the Pickford Film Center. Village Books will provide books for sale at the event. *Authors do not attend.

Mon., May 27, 7pm OPEN MIC with Laurel Leigh Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 6712626. Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee.

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PFC’s Limelight is at 1416 Cornwall

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Buy at either PFC’s or The Limelight’s box office. Gift cards come in various amounts starting at $10.00 and can be used for concession items, movie tickets or PFC swag.

PFC Swag

Did we mention we have some serious swag? PFC made-in-the-USA hoodies and t-shirts are available at either box office—come check out our selection! Prices: T-shirts—$20 non-members, $16 PFC members. Hoodie—$42 non-members, $38 PFC members.

PFC Memberships

A great gift for movie lovers (and struggling students)! Benefits include discounted admission ($6.75, and only $6 at The Limelight!), free popcorn on Mondays and your birthday, PFC’s film calendar in your mailbox, no fees on advance order tickets—and more. Order online: Membership.aspx, or at either of our box offices. Like paper and mailing things? Fill out the form below and send it in!

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Chuckanut Reader - Spring 2013  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers

Chuckanut Reader - Spring 2013  

A Magazine for the Northwest's Most Avid Readers