The Chuckanut Reader - Summer 2022

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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • SUMMER 2022


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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader, "The answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything is 42." So we have been told by Douglas Adams, and here we are, celebrating year 42 at Village Books. So maybe the universe is telling us something for this summer. A little antigravitational levity may be due to us, it's summer, don't panic — time to play! Romance books are packing themselves onto the shelves, as are books and guides celebrating the nature of the northwest. Games and puzzles are also cosmically popular as we sit down to play with friends, neighbors, and family during the long evenings. Our ever popular summer camp for youth will be back so this must mean the planets are aligning in our favor. We wish you and yours a happy and safe summer with wherever your adventures take you, but remember, "you've got to know where your towel is."

– Kelly, Sarah, Paul, and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family

In This Issue...

The Chuckanut Reader • Summer 2022 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production & Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Kiana Allen, Lillie Brown, Kendra Calitri, Erin Chervenock, Erica Davis, Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Chloe Hovind, Sarah Hutton, Jean Jackman, Troy Luginbill, Madison Marko, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Laura Picco, Allison Sowder, Emily Thomsen Summer! Check out the new arrivals of books and fun decor at Village Books and Paper Dreams. Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2022 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste.

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Don't Miss Our Storewide Anniversary Sale Dear Reader Movies, Festivals, Summer Activities Galore Books a'Sail - A Book Group at Sea VB Owners Summer Reading Suggestions Shopping with Kelly New Fiction, Mystery, Sci-Fi Whatcom Reads 2023 Writing & Literature Lynden – A New Manager & Much More! The Chuckanut Radio Hour In the Kitchen – Baking & Evolve Life Stories & History Current Events, Arts, Humor, Poetry Nature & Science Dive Into to Swimming-themed Reads with Emily Where's Waldo Local is Back! Great Reads and Activities for Kids, Teens, Parents Lit Live Author Events – Virtual and In Person Round It Up for Wild Whatcom VB Reads... Join a Book Group

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Read with Pride June is Pride Month and we're celebrating! Look for the rainbow tags on our shelves throughout the store with suggestions of great LGBTQ+ themed reads for all ages. Love is love is love. Celebrate your true colors! FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

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CHICKEN FESTIVAL Saturday, June 18, noon-4pm Head to the Fairhaven Village Green for a whimsical and family friendly afternoon with a live chicken show contest…"best feathers," and all! The festival will be full of chicken-themed games, prizes, storytelling, prizes, exhibits, vendors, art, and entertainment ( yes, the chicken dance)! Listen to local musicians, take part in the Rubber Chicken Scavenger Hunt, enjoy treats, check out the chicken mascot, and enter the chicken costume contest – open to all! If you are a backyard chicken farmer and would like to show off your hen, go to to find a link to the registration page.

Art by Scott Ward

Schedule of Events Noon: Market Opens, Carnival Games begin 12:30pm: Band “Bayou Opossums” and the Chicken Dance 3:00pm: Live Chicken Show #2 and awards 12:45pm: Funky Chicken Game 3:15pm: Chicken Stories 1pm: Live Chicken Show and Awards #1 3:30pm: Chicken Costume Winners 1:15pm: Chicken Stories 3:45pm: Funky Chicken Game 1:30pm: Funky Chicken Game 4:00pm: Rubber Chicken Scavenger Hunt Winners 2pm: Chicken calling contest 2:30pm: Band “Bayou Opossums” and Chicken Dance

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Art Walk Friday, June 24, 5-8pm

Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Art Walk this summer. Enjoy a stroll through the neighborhood, stop by Paper Dreams for a fudge sample, then head behind Village Books on the Village Green to meet our featured artist!

Travis Skinner, Sculptor

Anglerfish Sauna: Material Based Design and Deep Sea Sculpture Village Books is excited to host multimedia sculptor, woodworker, metalsmith, philosopher, and author Travis Skinner. In addition to displaying his work, Travis will be carving on-site, answer questions, and signing copies of his book, Anglerfish Sauna. Stop by! Shop 24/7 at

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Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl Thursday, November 17

Hey Book Lovers, mark your calendar! The Whatcom Literacy Council shares highlights of their services and author/librarian/NPR commentator Nancy Pearl offers her book recommendations for the year. Registration is required and will be available via; donations to attend support the adult literacy programs of the Whatcom Literacy Council. Watch and the Literacy Council Facebook page for more information.


Funky Bizarre Bazaar

August 6, 2022

It's funky AND it's bizarre? Sounds like a win-win all around! Mark your calendars and get ready for something new.


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See You at the Ball Game! Join us as we cheer on the Bellingham Bells on August 7

Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? On Sunday, August 7, we’ll be rooting for the Bellingham Bells at their last home game of the regular season as they take on the Kamloops Northpaws at Joe Martin Field and we hope you’ll join us. It’s the Village Books sponsored game, so stop by our booth and spin the wheel for your chance at fun prizes and give-aways. WIN TICKETS: Keep an eye out for Village Books and Paper Dreams Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications for your chance to win free tickets to the game. Kids 12 and under receive free admission to Sunday Bells games this summer but those participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can still receive two free tickets – a little gift for Mom, Dad, or older siblings. See you at the game!


Vino in the Village

Thursday, August 18, 2022 Mark your calendars, it's almost time for the annual Fairhaven Wine Walk — Vino in the Village! Stroll, sip, and savor a variety of Pacific Northwest wines as many of Fairhaven's unique and special businesses host wineries. Come rain or come shine, it's bound to be an evening to remember. Watch for registration information.


SIDEWALK SALE in Fairhaven

Saturday, September 3 10am - 5pm

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Enjoy special offers throughout the district! Books, decor, gifts, art, clothing, toys, shoes, and many other items will be offered at discount pricing from Historic Fairhaven establishments during the annual district-wide Sidewalk Sale! Thank You for Shopping Local

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All hands on deck! Book your cabin and join Village Books co-owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert, and special guest author KIRA JANE BUXTON on a seabound book-club adventure of a lifetime with the Schooner Zodiac Books A'Sail Cruise. We’ll take advantage of the late-summer days to get in three full September days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands, accompanied by a variety of marine life from bald eagles to porpoises and maybe even whales! We’ll dip into all that the Schooner Zodiac has to offer, from kayaking to hiking to top-notch meals to wine on deck at sunset. Passengers will even have an opportunity to navigate and sail this classic ship.

12-14, 2022

When the anchor drops, the books come out! Paul and Kelly will guide your literary journey with the help of guest author, Kira Jane Buxton, whose novel Hollow Kingdom, made big waves in the literary world. You can join also us at the September Chuckanut Radio Hour where we'll celebrate the paperback release of Feral Creatures — Buxton's stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom. See page 35 for details.

Check Out Our Fun Reading Selection! • Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton • Crow Planet by Lyanda Lynn Haupt • My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell Participants receive 15% off the reading selections at Village Books.

Space is limited so book today! The Schooner Zodiac also offers many day cruises and themed multi-day cruises to choose from throughout the summer! Visit their website and explore!

Space is limited so register today!

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Great Summer Reads

Check out these fun summer reading recommendations from store owners Kelly, Paul, and Sarah! The Summer Place by Jennifer Weiner

available now, hardcover, Atria Books

A summer would not be complete without a Jennifer Weiner novel! She knows how to write books for those of us of a certain age; those of us that grew up drinking Tab, wearing Guess jeans, and listening to mix tapes. You know who you are. Her books are fun and sassy and still have layers of complicated relationships both in friends and family. So grab a beach chair and a Chardonnay, and settle in. –Kelly E.


by Valérie Perrin, translated by Hildegarde Serle available in June, hardver, Europa Editions

Valérie Perrin is back with another book just in time for summer. Moving between 1986 and 2017, we get to know three friends and learn of their relationships and the love and loss they endure. Perrin is a fantastic writer who really knows how to get to the soul and heart of a character. –Kelly E.

Blacktongue Thief

by Christopher Buehlman available now, paperback, Tor Trade

A wholly original rollicking and ribald fantasy with depth and profundity. Escape to another world! –Paul


River of the Gods : Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candace Millard

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

Remember River of Doubt ? Millard returns with another gripping true-life adventure...this time on the Nile. –Paul

Love & Saffron : A Novel of Friendship, Food, And Love

by Kim Fay

available now, hardcover, G.P. Putnam's Sons

"It's like dinner with friends you won't want to end." –J. Ryan Stradal, author of Kitchens of the Great Midwest

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Check out what the Village Books Owners are Enjoying!

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman

availabel now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

I'm enjoying Four Thousand Weeks. Its subtitle contains the words "time management" but it's more a contemplation of time itself and its finiteness. –Sarah

Flying Solo

by Linda Holmes

available in June, hardcover, Ballantine Books

I'm also enjoying Flying Solo, the new book from NPR's Linda Holmes. It's a great book about love and family and what it means to actively choose our own selves. –Sarah

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Village Books & Paper Dreams Owner & Gift Buyer Kelly Evert Shares Her Top Picks for the Season “I’ d like to do just whatever I like the whole day long.”

–Audrey Hepburn, Roman Holiday

It seems as if we've waited a long time for summer this year. We deserve some days of fun, relaxation, and play. I sure remember non-scheduled summer days – outside all day, playing until twilight when mom called us back in. Before cell phones (this was only possible on Star Trek) and computers, adventure, and imagination were all we needed. And like Audrey Hepburn’s character in Roman Holiday, we all need a scooter ride every once in a while. Feel the wind and the freedom in our face. This summer we have the most adorable scooters for little ones. The PRIMO ride-on toy is the ultimate scooter for kids. It is a combination of a classic Italian design, with fine handmade craftsmanship to create a timeless ride for toddlers. It has durable double back wheels for stability. Time to roll! And once you have rolled into the perfect spot for a picnic it is food and drink time. Whether you find your picnic spot at Boulevard Park, Lake Padden, or up at Mt. Baker, having your food make it there is extremely important. Dutch made Mepal are food storage heroes! That salad and those delicately picked berries will be safe and sound in these containers. Each Mepal container and bento box are BPA free, microwave and dishwasher safe. Deciding on which modern color to take on your adventure will be the most difficult task.

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Summer Gifts

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Shopping With Kelly! How do you chill wine without an ice bucket? Corckcicle Co. obsessed and perfected their way to the original Corckcicle Air, the in-bottle wine chiller. A perfect accompaniment to a picnic or a summer patio book club. How else to keep those drinks cool while looking hot? Rifle Paper Co and Corckcicle tumblers paired beautiful floral patterns with high performing hydration insulation. The best part though is that Corckcicle has partnered with charity: water to ensure that every purchase made on Corckcicle products they will donate to help fund clean water project around the world. I hope you have a wonderful summer filled with laughter, friendship, and play.

Kelly Evert, Owner of an Independent Business Building Community Since 1980

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New Fiction Elektra

by Jennifer Saint available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

The retelling of classic Greek myths and stories continues in this spellbinding reimagining of the story of Elektra, one of Greek mythology’s most infamous heroines, from the author of the beloved international bestseller, Ariadne. Three women, tangled in an ancient curse. Clytemnestra is betrayed by Agamemnon on the eve of the Trojan War… no one believes Princess Cassandra’s prophecies of the downfall of Troy… and Elekra strives to escape her family’s bloody history.

Fire Season by Leyna Krow

available in July, hardcover, Viking

Spokane writer Leyna Krow writes with dark humor about the American west in the 1800s. Specifically, she writes about three scheming misfit opportunists and coincidentally during fire season. This is a debut novel by a wickedly talented writer. –Kelly E.

You Made a Fool of Death with Your Beauty by Akwaeke Emezi

All the Things We Don’t Talk About by Amy Feltman

available now, hardcover, Grand Central

Morgan has grown up haunted by the absence of their mysterious mother Zoe, especially now, as they navigate their gender identity and the turmoil of first love. Their father Julian has raised Morgan with care, but he can’t quite fill the gap left by the dazzling and destructive Zoe. And when Zoe is dumped by her girlfriend Brigid, she suddenly comes crashing back into Morgan and Julian’s lives. Through it all, Julian and Brigid have become unlikely pen-pals and friends, united by the knowledge of what it’s like to love and lose Zoe.

available now, hardcover, Atria

It’s been five years since the accident that killed Feyi’s love of her life and she’s almost a new person now — an artist with her own studio and sharing a brownstone apartment with her ride-or-die best friend, Joy, who insists it’s time for Feyi to ease back into the dating scene. Feyi isn’t ready for anything serious, but a steamy encounter at a rooftop party cascades into a whirlwind summer she could have never imagined: a luxury trip to a tropical island, decadent meals in the glamorous home of a celebrity chef, and a major curator who wants to launch her art career. She’s even started dating the perfect guy, but their new relationship might be sabotaged before it has a chance by the overwhelming desire Feyi feels every time she locks eyes with the one person who is most definitely off-limits — his father.

The Children on the Hill

Big Girl

available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

available in July, hardcover, Liveright

This is the first book by Jennifer McMahon that I have read, I'll definitely be seeking out her previous novels! This suspenseful story is told in alternating timelines, covering childhood dreams and nightmares, the importance of family, the dangers of playing God, and the consequences of doing so. This was by far, one of the best psychological thrillers I have read. I really enjoyed this modern take on a classic monster book. –Erica

Growing up in a rapidly changing Harlem, eight-year-old Malaya hates when her mother drags her to Weight Watchers meetings; she’d rather paint alone in her bedroom or enjoy forbidden street foods with her father. As she comes of age in the 1990s, she finds solace in the music of Biggie Smalls and Aaliyah, but her weight continues to climb — until a family tragedy forces her to face the source of her hunger, ultimately shattering her inherited stigmas surrounding women’s bodies, and embracing her own desire.

By Jennifer McMahon

by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

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New Fiction This Time Tomorrow


available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

available in June, hardcover, Penguin Press

With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story — about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.

In a village buffeted by natural disasters, a motherless shepherd boy finds himself part of a power struggle that puts the community’s faith to a savage test, in a spellbinding novel that represents Ottessa Moshfegh’s most exciting leap yet!

by Emma Straub

All This Could Be Different by Sarah Thankam Mathews available in August, hardcover, Viking

A beautiful and capacious novel rendered in singular, unforgettable prose, All This Could Be Different is a wise, tender, and riveting group portrait of young people forging love and community amidst struggle, and a moving story of one immigrant’s journey to make her home in the world.

When Women Were Dragons by Kelly Barnhill

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

A rollicking feminist tale set in 1950s America where thousands of women have spontaneously transformed into dragons, exploding notions of a woman’s place in the world and expanding minds about accepting others for who they really are. The first adult novel by the Newbery award-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

The Falcon's Eyes by Francesca Stanfill

by Ottessa Moshfegh


by Geraldine Brooks available in June, hardcover, Viking

This novel centers around Lexington, one of the greatest American racehorses, and Jarret, the slave who was his devoted companion and trainer. Based on truth but crafted into a beautiful story, Horse takes us from pre-Civil War to the present day when the skeleton of Lexington is found languishing in storage at the Smithsonian and restored. I loved this book. –Claire


by Elif Batuman available now, hardcover, Penguin Press

It’s sophomore year, 1996, and Selin knows she has to make it count. The first order of business: to figure out the meaning of everything that happened over the summer. Why did Selin’s elusive crush, Ivan, find her that job in the Hungarian countryside? Why is Ivan’s weird exgirlfriend now trying to get in touch with Selin? On the plus side, it feels like the plot of an exciting novel. On the other hand, why do so many novels have crazy abandoned women in them?

available in July, hardcover, HarperCollins

A sweeping tale about marriage, freedom, identity, and motherhood, The Falcon’s Eyes not only illuminates a brilliant century and the notorious queen who dominated it, but also brings to life the characters whom the heroine encounters on her journey to selfhood. The various settings — Château Ravinour, Fontevraud Abbey, and Queen Eleanor’s exiled court in England — are depicted as memorably as the noblewomen, nuns, servants, falconers, and courtiers who inhabit them. With a series of twists and turns, the story pulses forward as Isabelle confronts one challenge, one danger, after another, until it hurtles to its final, enthralling, page.


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Dele Weds Destiny by Tomi Obaro

available in June, hardcover, Knopf

The story of three once-inseparable college friends in Nigeria who reunite in Lagos for the first time in thirty years —a sparkling debut novel about mothers and daughters, culture and class, sex and love, and the extraordinary resilience of female friendship. “The bonds between women — as friends, and across the generations — are the jewels that make this story shine.” —Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage.

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New Fiction The Measure

The It Girl

by Nikki Erlick

by Ruth Ware

available in June, hardcover, William Morrow

available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

“It” girl, April, beloved by all (or is she?) is found dead in her dorm at Oxford and the murderer is obvious, thanks to the testimony of our protagonist, Hannah. Ten years pass and as new questions come to light that cast doubt on whether they got the right person, Hannah is thrust into the limelight once again and must determine what really happened that night. This novel is pure FUN! –Claire

Fellowship Point by Alice Elliott Dark

available in July, hardcover, Scribner

Author Agnes Lee is determined to complete the final volume of her series. Even more consuming, she wants to permanently protect the peninsula of majestic coast in Maine known as Fellowship Point. To donate the land, Agnes must convince shareholders to dissolve a generations-old partnership. And one of those shareholders is her best friend, Polly. Polly Wister has led a different kind of life than Agnes: that of a well-off married woman with children, defined by her devotion to her husband. Polly soon finds her loyalties torn between the wishes of her best friend and the wishes of her three sons. Agnes’s designs are further muddied when a book editor sets out to convince Agnes to write her memoirs. Agnes’s resistance cannot prevent long-buried memories and secrets from coming to light with far-reaching repercussions for all.

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The Angel of Rome : And Other Stories by Jess Walter

Would you choose to find out the length of your life? One spring day, small wooden boxes arrive for every person, all over the world, from suburban doorsteps to desert tents. All the boxes feature the same inscription, “The measure of your life lies within,” and vary in only two ways: the name of the recipient and the length of the single string inside. Instantly, the world is thrust into a collective frenzy, first to ascertain their origin and meaning, and then to confront the truth of the strings. The Measure is a sweeping, ambitious meditation on life, family, and society that challenges us to consider the best way to live life to the fullest.

Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt

available now, hardcover, Harper Collins Publishing

Let me introduce my new favorite 'feelgood' book of the year. Marcellus the octopus is quite possibly the best character I have ever encountered, he left my heart so full. The plot moves and develops cleverly, which kept me interested the whole way through. Plus, it takes place in the Snohomish and Bellingham area! So fun! –Kiana An absolutely wonderful book! Told by Tova, a woman who works the night shift at the Sowell Bay Aquarium, and by Marcellus, a giant Pacific octopus living at the aquarium. Tova needs a friend and Marcellus is just the octopus for her. Marcellus needs someone to wash the fingerprints off his tank, and Tova is just the human for him. Their relationship is one to envy. From summer read on holiday, to book-clubs, this is one of those books that everyone will enjoy. –Kelly E.

Jess Walter's bestselling book The Cold Millions is the 2023 Whatcom READS Selection

available in June, hardcover, Harper

Our 2023 Whatcom READS author presents a riveting collection of stories. A teenage girl tries to live up to the image of her beautiful, missing mother. An elderly couple confronts the fiction writer eavesdropping on their conversation. A son must repeatedly come out to his senile father while looking for a place to care for the old man. A famous actor in recovery has a one-night stand with the world's most surprising film critic. And in the romantic title story, a shy 21-year-old studying Latin in Rome during “the year of my reinvention” finds himself face-to-face with the Italian actress of his adolescent dreams.

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New Fiction City of Orange

The Latecomer

by David Yoon

by Jean Hanff Korelitz available now, hardcover, Celadon Books

Wow, what an incredible book. There were so many layers in this book it was like peeling a never-ending onion. The characters of the triplets were each so different and fun to follow as they journeyed out separately into the world. The plot was so well thought out with pieces being carried through from exposition to epilogue, evolving the whole way. This is my favorite Korelitz book by far! –Kiana

available now, hardcover, G.P. Putman's Sons

A man who doesn't know his name wakes up in a place that's not familiar to him. He's injured, but he's not sure how he got that way. The world seems to have suffered some sort of apocalypse, but he can't remember it. As he hunts for food, water, and shelter, memories start to manifest themselves: small snippets at first, followed by longer recollections of his past life.

Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow

The Mermaid of Black Conch

by Gabrielle Zevin

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

by Monique Roffey

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

Aycayia must relearn what it is to be human, navigating not only her new body but also her relationship with others on the island, a difficult task after centuries of loneliness. As David and Aycayia grow to love each other, they juggle both the joys and dangers of life on shore. But will the former mermaid be able to escape her curse? Taking on many points of view, this mythical adventure tells the story of one woman’s return to land, her healing, and her survival.

Gabrielle Zevin, writer of the superb The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, once again voices the fragility of love and the enduring nature of friendship. I was immediately drawn in to the book, and bonded with each of these characters as they told their tale. The book swings between past and present, trading vignettes around two sad and lonely childhoods, and blossoming with time into a deep love steeped in understanding. There are fall-outs, and successes, and everything in between. I want to read this again. And again. –Erin

The Lost Kings by Tyrell Johnson

available in August, hardcover, Anchor

A riveting psychological thriller with a killer twist about a woman forced to confront the darkest moment in her childhood in order to move on from her past and open her heart to love. The Lost Kings is a propulsive read that will transport, move, and shock you.

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Horror What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

available in July, hardcover, Tor Nightfire


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From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher." When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania. What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

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Tracy Flick Can't Win by Tom Perrotta

available in June, hardcover, Scribner

by Jonas Jonasson

Tracy Flick is back and, once again, the iconic protagonist of Tom Perrotta’s Election—and Reese Witherspoon’s character from the classic movie adaptation—is determined to take high school politics by storm. Still ambitious but feeling a little stuck and underappreciated in midlife, Flick, a hardworking assistant principal at a public high school, becomes energized by the prospect of her long-overdue promotion. But nothing ever comes easily to Tracy Flick, no matter how diligent or qualified she happens to be. In classic Perrotta style, Tracy Flick Can’t Win is a sharp, darkly comic, and pitch-perfect reflection on our current moment. Flick fans and newcomers alike will love this compelling novel chronicling the second act of one of the most memorable characters of our time.

The fifth novel from the author of The Hundred Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared. This time, the cast of oddballs includes Ole Mbatian Jr., a Maasai warrior; Kevin, his sortof-son; Agneta, a wronged and penniless ex-wife; Johan, an unscrupulous Stockholm ad-man whose company specializes in revenge services; a goat called Molly; and the Pope. Jonasson's unique worldview is presented through a fresh, funny new angle as he takes on the evergreen ills of capitalism and colonialism.

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Join us for an evening of live entertainment of music, poetry, comedy, and literature. Seating is limited so buy your ticket today at: Snowstorm In August by Marshall Karp

available in June, hardcover, Blackstone Publishing

available now, hardcover, HarperVia

The Many Daughters of Afong Moy by Jamie Ford

available in June, hardcover, Atria Publishing

Jamie Ford, author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, has written another beautiful book about the relationship between mothers and daughters shifting throughout time. Set in the past, the present, and future, generations of women who descended from Afong Moy, the first Chinese women to set foot in America, tell their tale of trauma, self-reliance, and adventure. Epigenetic inheritance, the pain that follows one generation to another is as real as is healing and hope. A great book for book clubs. –Kelly E.


Imagine Central Park buried under tons of snow. Only it's not snow. It's cocaine. It came down in powdery funnels. Four thousand pounds of it. Uncut. Blanketing meadows and treetops. Knocking birds from the sky, dropping carriage horses to the pavement, and cutting a swath of death through the thousands of unsuspecting joggers, cyclists, and picnickers enjoying a summer afternoon in Central Park. So begins the war between Joaquín Alboroto, the most powerful drug lord on the planet, and his most hated enemy: the city of New York. "Talk about your killer snowstorm. Don't flake out, but Marshall Karp has written one stonecold mystery!" - Al Roker

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Open Mic

with Seán Dwyer! In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven AND online - a hybrid event Join emcee and celebrated local author, Seán Dwyer as he hosts the monthly Village Books open mic. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so secure your spot by emailing Seán at Last Mondays of the month. In Spanish at 6pm • In English at 7pm Summer 2022


It's a Mystery The Maker of Swans by Paraic O’Donnell

available in June, hardcover, Tin House

In the dead of night, shots ring out over the grounds of a sprawling English estate. The world-weary butler Eustace recognizes the gunman — his longtime employer, Mr. Crowe — and knows he must think and act quickly. Who is the man lying dead on the lawn? Who is the woman in his company? Can he clean up his master’s mess like he always has before? Or will this bring a new kind of reckoning?

The Last to Vanish by Megan Miranda

available in July, hardcover, S&S Publishing

The quiet serene mountain town where this book takes place seems like a beautiful place to live but it can be deadly for visitors. Miranda's plot is fast-paced and filled with clever twists you will not be able to see coming. This book is great for when you want a quick read that will keep you engaged the whole way through. –Kiana

All Good People Here by Ashley Flowers

available in August, hardcover, Bantam

In this propulsive debut novel from the host of the #1 true crime podcast Crime Junkie, a journalist uncovers her hometown’s dark secrets when she becomes obsessed with the unsolved murder of her childhood neighbor — and the disappearance of another girl twenty years later.

Graphic Novel Verissimus : The Stoic Philosophy of Marcus Aurelius by Donald J. Robertson, illustrated by Zé Nuno Fraga

The Maidens

by Alex Michaelides available now, paperback, Macmillan Publishing

Paperback release! This is one of those great mysteries that leave you guessing until the very end. Only a year after psychotherapist Mariana's husband Sebastian has drowned, she pursues a serial killer on a campus her niece attends. Characters dead and alive are woven together in intriguing ways where only one thing is clear; no one is who they seem. I am an avid mystery reader so I have very high expectations, and Michaelides did not disappoint. –Kiana

The Murder of Mr. Wickham by Claudia Gray

available now, paperback, Vintage

A summer house party turns into a thrilling whodunit when Jane Austen's Mr. Wickham — one of literature’s most notorious villains — meets a sudden and suspicious end in this brilliantly imagined mystery featuring Austen’s leading literary characters.

The Retreat

by Sarah Pearse available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A curse on Reapers Rock Island thought to be left in the past comes back to terrorize a group of siblings and their partners while staying at a retreat. The detective assigned to the case soon finds her own life may be connected to the curse in a way she could have never guessed. Pearse breathes new life into the classic 'whodunit' mystery genre with her second book following the Sanatorium. –Kiana

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

Verissimus reimagines the life and philosophy of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius. Based closely on historical sources and weaving them into a thrilling historical epic, Verissimus teaches readers a philosophy of life through illustration. It opens with Aurelius's death and tells the story of his entire journey: his education, relationships, wars, plague, and civil war — all leading up to his remarkable death. Verissimus illustrates key Stoic ideas, and focuses on developing love, empathy, and overcoming anger — ­ all emotions with which he struggled.


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The Littlest Library

available now, paperback, Harper Perennial

When librarian Jess Metcalf loses her job and her grandmother at the same time, she packs up her grandmother's books and moves to a country cottage with an old red phone box on the property. She creates a little library in it where her grandmother's books slowly bring the town together. Fans of Jenny Colgan will enjoy this heartwarming story.

The Final Revival of Opal and Nev by Dawnie Walton

available now, paperback, 37 Ink

Is music fiction a genre? If not, it should be, and this would be a great example. It’s about the rise and fall and maybe rise again, of 70’s punk duo Opal and Nev, an unlikely pair whose career barely got off the ground before it crashed at a concert-turned-riot. When Opal disrespects a Confederate flag belonging to another band, chaos ensues. It’s a story about race, friendship, authenticity, and above all, music. Thank you Nancy Pearl for this recommendation! –Claire


by Claire Oshetsky available in August, paperback, Ecco

When Chouette is born small and brokenwinged, Tiny works around the clock to meet her daughter’s needs. Left on her own to care for a child who seems more predatory bird than baby, Tiny vows to raise Chouette to be her authentic self. Even in those times when Chouette’s behaviors grow violent and strange, Tiny’s loving commitment to her daughter is unwavering. When she discovers that her husband is on an obsessive and increasingly dangerous quest to find a “cure” for their daughter, Tiny must decide whether Chouette should be raised to fit in or to be herself — and learn what it truly means to be a mother. Arresting, darkly funny, and unsettling, Chouette is a brilliant exploration of ambition, sacrifice, perceptions of ability, and the ferocity of motherly love.

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Fish Swimming in Dappled Sunlight by Riku Onda

available in July, paperback, Bitter Lemon

Aki and Hiro have decided to be together one last time in their shared flat before parting. Their relationship has broken down after a mountain trek during which their guide died inexplicably. Now each believes the other to be a murderer and is determined to extract a confession before the night is over. Who is the murderer and what really happened on the mountain? In the battle of wills between them, the chain of events leading up to this night is revealed in a gripping psychological thriller that keeps the reader in suspense to the very end.

Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

available in June, paperback, Grand Central Publishing

Once upon an apocalypse, there lived an obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. . . . In this stunning follow-up to Hollow Kingdom​, the animal kingdom's favorite hero is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic. Joined by a fabulous new cast of animal characters, S.T. faces many new challenges plus his biggest one yet: parenthood.

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The great scholar W.E.B. Du Bois once wrote about the problem of race in America and what he called “doubleconsciousness,” a sensitivity that every African American possesses to survive. Since childhood, Ailey Pearl Garfield has understood Du Bois’s words all too well. Bearing the names of two formidable Black Americans — the revered choreographer Alvin Ailey and her great-grandmother Pearl, the descendant of enslaved Africans — Ailey carries Du Bois’s problem on her shoulders. Ailey is reared in the North, in the City, but spends summers in the small Georgia town of Chicasetta, where her mother’s family has lived since their ancestors arrived from Africa in bondage. Since she was a child, Ailey has fought a battle for belonging. Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction.

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Jess Walter The Cold Millions The Cold Millions by Spokane-based author Jess Walter is the Whatcom READS 2023 book selection. Winner of the Washington State Book Award and named to numerous “Best Book of the Year” lists, The Cold Millions follows the lives of orphaned brothers, Gig and Rye Dolan, as they struggle to realize their dreams of a better life. Spokane’s Free Speech Riots of 1909 form the backdrop of the novel and historical figures Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and Police Chief John T. Sullivan anchor the plot. An intimate exploration of love, family, betrayal and loyalty, this book presents a wide range of discussion and programming opportunities leading up to the author’s visit in March of 2023. A former National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Jess Walter is the highly regarded author of seven novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book. Village Books is donating a portion of proceeds from sales of The Cold Millions to Whatcom READS through March, 2023. Whatcom READS is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

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Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore the theme, BETWEEN FACT AND FICTION, inspired by Jess Walters’ novel, The Cold Millions. Poetry, fiction, and non-fiction are all welcome. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology and contributors are invited to read at a public presentation. See for submission guidelines. Have fun!

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Persephone's Choice by Yihan Sim

available now, Marshall Cavendish Editions

What if the gods were condemned to immortality due to the continued storytelling by mortals? What if Hades met Persephone in contemporary Singapore? Would their story still arrive at its age-old conclusion? As far as she knows, Sophie is an ordinary florist living an ordinary mortal life. One day, a peculiar man with the same name as the ancient Greek god of the Underworld crashes into her life. As time goes by, she grows accustomed to his company. Absurd, comedic, and tender at the same time, this whimsical variation of the classic Greek myth will not fail to amuse and delight.

by Laura Stanfill

available now, paperback, Lanternfish Press

When I met this author, she had real cool shoes on and was carrying a serinette (please do Google that one). With these two insights, I knew this was going to be a book that was going to take me on a journey, and sure enough, it did. Set in early 19th century and taking the reader to a different world of mechanical music makers, it was not only a book that gave a story, I also learned a lot of history. This is a lovely book, with luscious writing just perfect for a summer day. –Kelly E.

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Afterparties : Stories

available in June, paperback, Dutton

available in June, paperback, Ecco

by Anthony Veasna So

by Jason Mott

An author is on a publicity tour for his new book. As he crisscrosses the country, drinking too much and approaching burn-out, a young boy keeps popping up in the strangest places to chat. Who is this Kid who looks remarkably like the boy from the news that was shot by police? Is the author hallucinating? This National Book Award-winner is a compelling take on what it is to be a Black male in America. I could not put it down. –Claire

Transitioning bet ween the absurd and the tenderhearted, balancing acerbic humor with sharp emotional depth, Afterparties offers an expansive portrait of the lives of CambodianAmericans. As the children of refugees carve out radical new paths for themselves in California, they shoulder the inherited weight of the Khmer Rouge genocide and grapple with the complexities of race, sexuality, friendship, and family.

Manga Our Colors

by Gengoroh Tagame

available in June, hardcover, Pantheon

Set in contemporary suburban Japan, Our Colors is the story of Sora Itoda, a 16-year-old aspiring painter who experiences his world in synesthetic hues of blues and reds and is governed by the emotional turbulence of being a teenager. He wants to live honestly as a young gay man in high school, but that is still not acceptable in Japanese society.

Blue Lock 1

by Muneyuki Kaneshiro, Yusuke Nomura available in June, paperback, Kodansha Comics

A mad young coach gathers soccer players from across the country to compete in a series of bizarre challenges in a high-tech colosseum he calls Blue Lock. It's an extreme battle to become Japan's next top striker, in this Squid Game–meets–World Cup manga. Anime coming soon!

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Afro Samurai Vol. 1

by Takashi Okazaki available in July, paperback, Titan Manga

In a feudal, futuristic Japan, a samurai battles to become No.1 and rule the world, but when his father, who holds the coveted position, is challenged and killed, the young Afro Samurai vows vengeance. Relentlessly pursued by murderous assassins, will he stay alive long enough to keep his promise?

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Fevered Star

by Rebecca Roanhorse

The Ballad of Perilous Graves

available now, hardcover, Gallery / Saga Press

by Alex Jennings

If you like books with intricate fantasy settings, well-constructed histories, and ever-evolving characters, you need to read Rebecca Roanhorse's Between Earth and Sky series RIGHT NOW. The first book, Black Sun is a truly fantastic read, and Fevered Star does not disappoint as a sequel. The characters, twisty plot, and increasingly tense political developments all build perfectly on the events of the first book and kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. –Allison

available in June, hardcover, Redhook

Nola is a city full of wonders where haints dance the night away and Wise Women help keep the order. To those from Away, Nola might seem strange. Perilous Graves knows Nola’s rhythm as intimately as his own heartbeat. So when the city’s Great Magician starts appearing in odd places and essential songs are forgotten, Perry realizes trouble is afoot. Nine songs of power have escaped from the piano that maintains the city’s beat, and without them, Nola will fail. Unwilling to watch his home be destroyed, Perry will sacrifice everything to save it.

A Mirror Mended by Alix E. Harrow

available in June, hardcover, Tordotcom

Announcing our 2022‒2023 Season!

One of my favorite rogue anti-heroines, Zinnia Gray is back in the follow-up to A Spindle Splintered! She saves the day in every iteration of “Sleeping Beauty” across the multiverse. Until one day, she looks into a mirror and sees a face she doesn’t recognize and is yanked into a different story altogether. One with an angry, desperate queen who will do anything to escape her particular tale. –Claire

Crimes of the Heart September 23‒October 9, 2022

Pride and Prejudice November 25‒December 11, 2022

The Royal Society of Antarctica January 27‒February 12, 2023

Casa Valentina March 24‒April 9, 2023

She Loves Me June 9‒25, 2023


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Fantasy & Science Fiction Clockwork Destiny (Clockwork Trilogy #3)

The Valley : The Druid Chronicles, Book Two

available in June, hardcover, ECW Press

available in June, paperback, She Writes Press

by Kevin J. Anderson, Neil Peart The final volume in the New York Times bestselling, award-winning steampunk trilogy by Kevin J. Anderson and legendary Rush drummer Neil Peart. Owen Hardy is pulled into one last adventure that will take him to the frozen lands of Ultima Thule and the ends of the earth. The Clockwork trilogy is based on the story and lyrics from the last album of musical titans Rush, with Anderson and Peart expanding the world, stories, and characters. The two developed the final novel in the trilogy in the last years of Peart’s life, and more than a year after his passing, Anderson returned to that unfinished project, with the full support of Peart’s wife, bringing Owen and Marinda’s stories to a satisfying and stirring conclusion.

Juniper & Thorn by Ava Reid

available in June, hardcover, Harper Voyager

A gruesome curse. A cit y in upheaval. A monster with unquenchable appetites. Marlinchen and her two sisters live with their wizard father in a city shifting from magic to industry. They spend their days with clients who treat their magic as an entertainment. By night they risk their father's wrath to enjoy the bustling new world of the city. But a monster lurks­— born of intolerance and suffused with old-world power. Caught between history and progress, Marlinchen must draw upon her own magic to keep her city safe and find her place.

Ordinary Monsters by J. M. Miro

available in June, hardcover, Girl Friday Books

I confess, any book of fantasy that has a raven on the cover will entice me to pick it up. Imagine my delight when I found that the story within both defied and surpassed my high expectations. In Victorian London, two children with mysterious powers are hunted by a figure of darkness—a man made of smoke. What follows is a story of wonder and betrayal, from the gaslit streets of London to post Civil War Mississippi, and from the wooden theaters of Meiji-era Tokyo to an eerie estate outside Edinburgh where other children with gifts are forced to combat the forces that threaten their safety. This ensemble of wayward and memorable characters come together in a struggle where the world of the dead and the world of the living threaten to collide. First in a series! –Paul

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The second installment in The Druid Chronicles series, The Valley describes protagonist Caelym’s boyhood and coming of age in a secluded society where oracles are called on to mediate the rifts between the mortal and the spirit worlds, physicians do their healing with amulets and incantations, and bards cite ancient myths to settle villagers’ disputes.

Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

available in July, paperback, Tor Books

I can’t be more thrilled that TOR Essentials has re-released this classic. I read it upon its release in 1984 and it remains one of my very favorite books after all this time. The mystery of Ryhope Wood, Britain's last fragment of primeval forest, consumed George Huxley's entire, and long, life. Now, after his death, his sons have taken up his work. But what they discover is beyond anything they ever could have expected. For the Wood is a realm where myths gain flesh and blood, tapping primal fears and desires subdued through the millennia. A realm where love and beauty haunt your dreams—and may drive you insane. Looking back, I realize this is one of my own essential books that helped shape me into the person I am today. –Paul

A Prayer for the Crown-Shy : A Monk and Robot Book

by Becky Chambers

available in July, hardcover, Tordotcom

After A Psalm for the Wild-Built comes this tale of hope and acceptance in the second volume of the beloved Monk and Robot series. After touring the rural areas of Panga, Sibling Dex (a Tea Monk of some renown) and Mosscap (a robot sent on a quest to determine what humanity really needs) turn their attention to the villages and cities of the little moon they call home. They hope to find the answers they seek, while making new friends, learning new concepts, and experiencing the entropic nature of the universe. Chambers' new series continues to ask: in a world where people have what they want, does having more even matter?

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Literature Praying With Jane Eyre :

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay

available in August, paperback, Algonquin Books

This favorite among Village Books booksellers and customers is coming in paperback! The winner of the NBCC Award for Poetry offers up a spirited collection of short lyrical essays, written daily over a tumultuous year, reminding us of the purpose and pleasure of praising, extolling, and celebrating ordinary wonders. “Ross Gay’s eye lands upon wonder at every turn, bolstering my belief in the countless small miracles that surround us.” —Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winner and U.S. Poet Laureate

Reflections on Reading as a Sacred Practice

by Vanessa Zoltan

available in July, paperback, TarcherPerigee

Atheist chaplain Vanessa Zoltan blends memoir and personal growth as she grapples with the notions of family legacy and identity through the lens of her favorite novel, Jane Eyre. Informed by her training at the Harvard Divinity School and filtered through the pages of Jane Eyre as well as Little Women, Harry Potter, and The Great Gatsby, Zoltan explores topics ranging from the trauma she has inherited as the granddaughter of four Holocaust survivors to finding hope,



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Write Your Memoir in September Since 2014, September has been declared Washington Memoir Writing Month (WaMemWriMo) by the Red Wheelbarrow Writers in conjunction with Village Books and Whatcom Community College. Throughout the month there are classes, write-outs, readings and encouragement to write 1666 words every day, resulting in 50,000 words of your memoir — a book — by the end of September. As a part of WaMemWriMo, this series of workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear. These workshops, all taught or led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. Class sizes are limited—register early

Four Sessions: Thursdays, September 8- 29, 5pm-6:30pm Thursday, September 8 • The Past and the Page: Introduction To Writing Your Memoir with Laura Kalpakian Hybrid - at Village Books in Fairhaven or Virtual Memoirs begin with memory. Writing a memoir means shaping memories— places, people, relationships, family stories, events both big and small—into a coherent narrative. This class will offer ideas, strategies, and suggestions to help you meet that challenge. We’ll discuss how (and where) to begin putting the past on the page, how to develop and sustain your work, and how to use family materials – journals, letters, photographs–to enhance your story.

Thursday, September 22 • The Scene and Three Acts with Nancy Canyon Hybrid - at Village Books in Fairhaven or Virtual Aristotle's Incline — a three-act plotting device, along with the literary scene — the building block of any book, provide writers with two easy tools for penning and organizing a memoir. Literary scenes locate along the timeline and big scenes — ­ or turning-points — ­ build dramatic tension and move the story forward. We'll examine pacing, flashback, action, dialogue, and learn how conflict is essential to writing a dramatic story. In this introductory class, we'll generate a beginning time-line and several scene ideas to write at your leisure. Nancy Canyon, MFA, an award-winning writer, is the author of Dark Forest (short fiction), Saltwater (poetry), Celia's Heaven (novel), and Struck, a memoir detailing her work as a fire lookout attendant in the 70s.

Thursday, September 15 • Four Essential Practices for Successful Memoir Writing with Cami Ostman Hybrid - at Village Books in Fairhaven or Virtual No matter how long you've procrastinated or how many times you've tried to write your memoir, this class will give you the tools you need to get it done. Hear about the top three roadblocks most memoir writers face, and the four essential (and simple) practices you need to put in place in order to complete your memoir. Walk out of this class with a plan that will carry you through the rest of your writing life. Cami Ostman is the founder of The Narrative Project, author of Second Wind: One Woman's Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, and editor of several anthologies.

Thursday, September 29 • Gaining Freedom from Your Inner Critic with Cami Ostman Hybrid - at Village Books in Fairhaven or Virtual Do you hear a voice in your head telling you you’re wasting your time, or that you're not a good enough writer, or that no one will be interested in your story? These are the voices of the inner critic and the most important thing you can do for your writing is learn how to quiet these voices. Join author and writing coach Cami Ostman to learn how to work with the inner critic so that you can find the freedom, enthusiasm, and confidence to keep your fingers on the keyboard.

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TROY LUGINBILL - Lynden Manager -


ll of us at Village Books and Paper Dreams are excited to welcome Troy Luginbill as manager of our Lynden location. Since he started in February, we've all enjoyed getting to know him better and sharing our mutual love of puns, community, and period clothing.

Troy's life has been surrounded by stories. He began his reading career at a local bookstore in Port Orchard. His mother could not take him enough and he went to sit and look at books most Saturdays. His first job was at the Little Professor Book Center in Gig Harbor. From there he went to Western for an Archaeology Degree. While there he took an internship at the Lynden Pioneer Museum. This developed into him leading the organization for 27 years. At the museum he researched and learned the many stories of Whatcom County and its settlers and builders. He served as an elected commissioner at the Whatcom Cemetery District 10. There he learned the stories of those that passed into history. Now as the manager of the Lynden Village Books and Paper Dreams he has returned to his roots helping seekers to find and tell the stories important to them. His passions include collecting WW2 militaria and restoration of his 1943 Dodge WC-55. His primary book interest is in sci-fi and history, although lately he has been reading illustrated novels by fantasy artists. Troy is married to his great love, Jerrie, and has a son, Archer. Born in Bloomington Indiana, he loved running through the May apples in spring, catching crawdads in the creek, and riding his bike with his childhood cat Natasha. His family moved to Gig Harbor and there he graduated from Peninsula High School.

We're so pleased that Troy's story is now intertwined with our own...

Stories have always fascinated Troy. The discovery and telling of stories continued through his tenure as the Director/Curator of the Lynden Pioneer Museum. While he was there he wrote and published Footsteps on Front Street collecting the many stories of the businesses of downtown Lynden. Currently he is writing a tale for his father, "The Adventures of Lucius Stone." The character in the title sprang forth from a portrait he (continued on page 32)

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found at the Lynden Pioneer Museum. The portrait was simply labelled "Lucius Stone" on the back. The story of this fellow immediately sprang to life and demanded to be written. As manager of the Lynden Village Books and Paper Dreams he is once more surrounded by stories and tales from the lives of the world around him. Surrounded by stories is a great place to be. We're so pleased that Troy's story is now intertwined with our own and we look forward to discovering where it will lead!

–Paul, Kelly, and Sarah

Troy's Reading Recommendations

Mythago Cycle #1

How Civil Wars Start and How To Stop Them

The Velveteen Rabbit

Straight Enough : A Memoir

The Book Thief


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Lots to Do in Lynden Mark Your Calendars! July 15-16 • Downtown Lynden Celebrating North America’s largest raspberry harvest, the Northwest Raspberry Festival includes activities throughout the town including 3-on-3 basketball tournament, classic car show, community salmon barbecue, live music and entertainment on two stages and food and crafts vendors. Don't miss the famous $2 raspberry sundaes!

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Sunday, July 31, 2pm - Find Waldo in Lynden Celebration We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the 20-store search, eat treats, and find Waldo hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time!

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary Vintage Farming Days by Puget Sound Antique Tractor & Machinery Association! Daily events include parade, threshing, gas & steam engines, sawmills, tractor pulls, antique tractors, trucks, & cars. Children enjoy pedal tractor & lawn/garden tractor pulls, kiddie train, youth driver training & daily candy scramble which include $250 in coins each day. Food booths, swap meet/ antiques/handcrafts, farm toy displays/dioramas/sales, pioneer cabin & country church. Something for everyone! Admission: Adults $10 / 8-12 yrs $3 / under 7 yrs Free Seniors 65+ $7 / Season Pass $25 / Dry Camping $50/week

August 11-20 • Lynden Fair Grounds Now expanded to ten full days of excitement means you'll experience the Fair like never before! Enjoy a carnival, grandstand entertainment, a variety farm animals, exibits, shopping, delicious food, and so much more. Make memories. See for a schedule and details.

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RON POLINDER Saturday, June 11, 1pm

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Establish the Work of Our Hands: A Memoir Join us at Village Books in Lynden to hear about this new memoir from local Lynden author Ron Polinder. Intended for extended family, this book is full of stories and perspectives from two different cultures and geographies, different decades, and histories. Polinder writes with voice. To know him will be to hear him telling his stories. Honest, insightful, warm and funny — you will learn much about leadership, relationships and partnership, most often with a smile.

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"Variety is the spice of life!" Join Gaye from Village Books, Lynden, and the Front Streeters book group as they discuss books from a variety of genres. We meet on Zoom at 7pm the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome! Registration is required –­ see

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Jamie Ford In Person at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center, Fairhaven

–The Many Daughters of Afong Moy The New York Times bestselling author of the Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations told in the matrilineal voices of generations of Chinese women from 1834 to 2045. Join us for an evening of entertainment as Jamie Ford introduces this new novel.

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–Feral Creatures Join us in welcoming author Kira Jane Buxton with her stunning follow-up to bestselling Hollow Kingdom. In Feral Creatures, the animal kingdom's favorite apocalyptic hero – obscenely handsome American crow named S.T. – is back with a renewed sense of hope for humanity, ready to take on a world ravaged by a viral pandemic. Don't miss out!

Performed live and recorded for radio, each Radio Hour includes a guest author, live music, performance poetry by Kevin Murphy, and an episode of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy. Hosts Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert are joined by announcer Rich Donnelly for an evening of entertainment. Tickets $5 available at Seating is limited so don't delay. W ­ e'll see you there!

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Cooking In Praise of Veg : The Ultimate Cookbook for Vegetable Lovers by Alice Zaslavsky

available in July, hardcover, Appetite by Random House

Food writer Alice Zaslavsky has written the definitive guide for everyone — from vegan to carnivore — who is ready to open their kitchen to a world of vegetable possibilities. More than 450 pages detail how to handle any vegetable you might pick up at the farmers' market or store — including a rainbow of more than 150 recipes that put vegetables at the center of the plate.

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West Winds : Recipes, History, and Tales from Jamaica

By Riaz Phillips

available in August, hardcover, DK

With a mix of location and recipe photography by Phillips, West Winds fully immerses readers in the spirit and food of Jamaica. From the "waste not, want not" approach instilled in Riaz by his grandmother, to the Ital food he was introduced to living with the Rastafari community, working at eco-farms as well as reconnecting to his grandfather's birthplace of downtown Kingston, the 100 plus mouthwatering meals, hearty soups, bakes, and refreshing drinks cover all the different elements of Jamaican cooking.

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Lunchbox : 75+ Easy and Delicious Recipes for Lunches on the Go by Aviva Wittenberg

available in August, hardcover, Random House

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Say goodbye to the same boring, limited lunch rotation, and hello to everyone's new favorite meal of the day! Lunchbox has literally months' worth of recipes for flavorful, filling, nutritious, and delicious meals — guaranteed to stay fresh until lunch. With chapters on Soups, Sandwiches, Salads, Warm Bowls, Cold Bowls, Handpies, and Brunch for Lunch — these straightforward recipes will get you out of your lunch rut for good. C.R. Gibson Pocket Page

Recipe Books Keep all of your favorite family recipes at the tips of your fingers. Available in a variety of styles, each includes 40 recipe cards perfect for building your recipe collection.


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Let's Bake Breadsong : How Baking Changed Our Lives

Baking Science :

by Kitty and Al Tait

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing

Kitty Tait grew up a chatty redhead who made everyone in her family laugh. But around the time she turned 14, Kitty began experiencing anxiety. She slowly disconnected from everyone around her, and soon struggled to leave her house. Then, one day, Kitty stood on a stool watching her dad stir flour, water, and salt. As the mix began to bubble and pop, Kitty came to a stunning realization: bread is alive. Al asked her if she’d like to try baking bread herself, and their lives were never the same again. Within nine months, Kitty and Al opened the Orange Bakery — and they haven’t stopped since. Breadsong is a cookbook drawn from Kitty’s journey learning to bake her now world-famous bread. It includes tips and tricks for baking sourdough, focaccia, pita, flatbread, and more, as well as Kitty’s favorite recipes.

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Foolproof Formulas to Create the Best Cakes, Pies, Cookies, Breads and More

by Dikla Levy Frances

available in June, paperback, Page Street Publishing

The scientifically guaranteed guide to better baked goods! For every flawless cake you bake, are there three that come out of the oven dry, deflated, or dense? Do your cookies crumble and cheesecakes crack? You’re not alone! A lot of bakers struggle with selecting the right ingredients or choosing the right method and temperature to yield flawless end results. With this book, One Sarcastic Baker creator Dikla Levy Frances is here to help you recognize your baking mistakes and learn how to get the best results — the scientific way. She teaches you the chemistry behind successfully baking everything from cakes to cookies to breads with approachable explanations and simple formulas so easy that anyone can create these sweet experiments.

100 Easy-Peasy Recipes for Exceptionally Scrumptious Sweets and Treats by Jessie Sheehan

available now, hardcover, Countryman Press

Sheehan’s fuss-free approach, dynamic energy, and kitchen-savvy advice are all on display in this must-have new cookbook. Here, Sheehan explodes the snackable sweets scene with 100 recipes that minimize time but maximize fun. Peppermint Stick No-Churn Ice Cream, Summer Peach Fritters, Extra Crumb Snacking Cake, and Deeply Chocolaty Baked Donuts with Buttermilk Glaze and Sprinkles are just some of the treats that come to life in this crave-worthy cookbook.

BAKE: My Best Ever Recipes for the Classics by Paul Hollywood

available in July, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing


The ultimate baking book from internationally beloved baker Paul Hollywood, judge of The Great British Baking Show. In BAKE, Hollywood shares his best ever recipes for classic bakes: cakes, biscuits and cookies, breads and flatbreads, pizza and doughnuts, pastries and pies, and showstopping desserts. With more years as a professional baker than he'd care to remember and over ten years judging the best baking show on TV, he has created, tested and tasted a huge number of bakes. Here, Hollywood combines every tip and trick he has learned together with his incredible technical know-how to create the ultimate collection of incredible treats.

Good & Sweet : A New Way to Bake With Naturally Sweet Ingredients by Brian Levy

available in July, hardcover, Avery

Groundbreaking recipes for real desserts — sweetened entirely by fruit and other natural, unexpectedly sweet ingredients — from a pastry cook who’s worked at acclaimed restaurants in New York and France.

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Biography/Memoir Agent Josephine : American Beauty, French Hero, British Spy by Damien Lewis

available in July, hardcover, PublicAffairs

Prior to World War II, Baker was a singer and dancer, renowned for her beauty and sexuality; she was the most highly-paid female performer in Europe. When the Nazis seized her adopted city of Paris, she was banned from the stage. Yet, instead of returning to America, she vowed to stay and to fight the Nazi evil. Overnight she went from performer to Resistance spy. Drawing on a plethora of new historical material and rigorous research, including previously undisclosed letters and journals, Lewis upends the conventional story of Josephine Baker, revealing that her mark on history went far beyond the confines of the stage.

Normal Family : On Truth, Love, and How I Met My 35 Siblings

by Chrysta Bilton

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown

Bilton’s magnetic, larger-than-life mother, Debra, yearned to have a child, but as a single gay woman in 1980s California, she had few options. One day she met a man and instantly knew he was the one she’d been looking for. But how much did Debra really know about the man she’d chosen to father her daughters? And as a single mother torn between ferocious independence and abject dependence, what secrets of her own was she keeping? It wasn’t until Chrysta was a young adult that she discovered just how much her parents had hidden from their daughters — and each other — including a shocking revelation with far-reaching consequences not only for Debra, Chrysta, and her sister, but for dozens and possibly hundreds of unsuspecting families across the country.

His Name is George Floyd :

One Man's Life and the Struggle for Racial Justice

by Robert Samuels, Toluse Olorunnipa available now, hardcover, Viking

A landmark biography by two prizewinning Washington Post reporters that reveals how systemic racism shaped George Floyd's life and legacy — from his family’s roots in the tobacco fields of North Carolina, to ongoing inequality in housing, education, health care, criminal justice, and policing — telling the singular story of how one man’s tragic experience brought about a global movement for change.

Mother Noise : A Memoir by Cindy House

available now, hardcover, Scribner

Cindy House is a recovering heroin addict with 20 years of sobriety. In her new memoir, she describes being torn between telling her young son about her past, weighing the harm it could do with being open and transparent about who she is. In essays and illustrations, House takes us through her years of use and sobriety in honest and spare language. It’s about mother love and how we navigate the ugly truths with our kids. –Claire

Tales of Al :

The Water Rescue Dog

by Lynne Cox

available now, hardcover, Knopf

The moving, inspiring story of Al, the ungainly, unruly, irresistible Newfoundland puppy who grows up to become a daring rescue dog and super athlete — part of Italy's elite, highly specialized corps of water rescue dogs who swoop out of helicopters and save lives.

Northwest First Nations

Where the Language Lives : Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed by Janet Yoder

available now, paperback, Girl Friday Books

The life and work of Upper Skagit tribal elder Vi Hilbert, who, more than anyone, revitalized her native language—Lushootseed—and shared it and the culture it expresses with the world. Drawn from thirty years of friendship and interviews, Where the Language Lives is a tribute to Vi Hilbert’s life, work, and her quest to preserve her native language. Vi carried her culture by the example of her life as she shared her beloved Lushootseed language through her teaching, speaking, storytelling, recording, and publishing. Without her diligent research and her transcription and translation of early recordings in Lushootseed, much of the language could have been lost to the world.

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Public Faces, Secret Lives :

Village and the Secret Club that Sparked Modern Feminism

A Queer History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement

available in June, hardcover, Seal Press

available now, hardcover, NYU Press

On a Saturday in New York City in 1912, a group of women gathered, all of them convinced that they were going to change the world. It was the first meeting of “Heterodoxy.” Its members were passionate advocates of free love, equal marriage, and easier divorce. They were socialites and socialists; reformers and revolutionaries; artists, writers, and scientists. Their club, at the heart of America’s bohemia, was a springboard for parties, performances, and politics. But it was the women’s extraordinary friendships that made their unconventional lives possible, as they supported each other in pushing for a better world.

Rouse posits that, contrary to popular belief, the suffrage movement included a variety of individuals who represented a range of genders and sexualities. However, owing to the constant pressure to present a “respectable” public image, suffrage leaders publicly conformed to gendered views of ideal womanhood in order to make suffrage more palatable to the public. Rouse argues that queer suffragists did take meaningful action to assert their identities and legacies by challenging traditional concepts of domesticity, family, space, and death in both subtly subversive and radically transformative ways.

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Asian American Histories of the United States by Catherine Ceniza Choy

available in August, hardcover, Beacon Press

Asian American Histories of the United States is a nearly 200-year history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the US. Reckoning with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and the surge in anti-Asian hate and violence, award-winning historian Catherine Ceniza Choy presents an urgent social history of the fastest growing group of Americans.

Mountaineering History

Into the Great Emptiness : Peril and Survival on the Greenland Ice Cap

by David Roberts

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River of the Gods : Genius, Courage, and Betrayal in the Search for the Source of the Nile by Candice Millard

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

For millennia the location of the Nile River’s headwaters was shrouded in mystery. In the 19th century, there was a frenzy of interest in ancient Egypt. At the same time, European powers sent off waves of explorations intended to map the unknown corners of the globe – and extend their colonial empires. Candice Millard has written another peerless story of courage and adventure, set against the backdrop of the race to exploit Africa by the colonial powers.

France : An Adventure History

by Graham Robb

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

In August 1930, no place in the world was less well explored than the east coast of Greenland. Henry George Watkins, a 23-year-old British explorer, led an expedition into its vast and forbidding interior to set up a permanent meteorological base on the icecap. When they arrived, there were not enough provisions for a two-man shift, so the station would have to be abandoned. Then team member August Courtauld made an astonishing offer — he would monitor the station solo through the winter. When a team went up in March to relieve Courtauld, after weeks of brutal effort to make the 130-mile journey, they could find no trace of him or the station. On April 21, four months after Courtauld began his solitary vigil, Watkins set out inland with two companions to find and rescue him.

Beginning with the Roman army’s first recorded encounter with the Gauls and ending in the era of Emmanuel Macron, France takes readers on an endlessly entertaining journey through French history. Robb conveys with wit and precision what it felt like to look over the shoulder of a young Louis XIV as he planned the vast garden of Versailles, and the dangerous thrill of having a ringside seat at the French revolution. Frequently hilarious, always surprising, Graham Robb’s France combines the stylistic versatility of a novelist with the deep understanding of a scholar.

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Current Events The Destructionists :

The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at his Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened by Bill McKibben

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

McKibben grew up believing — knowing — ­ that America was the greatest country on earth; that for all its obvious flaws, it was history’s most dynamic machine, pushing steadily towards a better future. Postwar suburban prosperity; the emerging movements for human equality — the escalator seemed to be heading steadily up. But new understandings of history have cast shadows on that picture — and over the past half century, over consumption and hyper-individualism have wrought havoc on three of America’s most distinctive features: our intertwined sense of history and patriotism, our kindness and generosity, and the promise of prosperity for all. But perhaps something of that old world—of the flag, the cross, the station wagon—can be summoned up again to help us face a difficult future. But if so we’ll need to deal honestly with some serious questions. We can, and we will, be able to tell an American story—a truer one this time.

The Twenty-five Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party by Dana Milbank available in August, hardcover, Doubleday

Dana Milbank sees a clear line from the Contract with America to the coup attempt. In the quarter century in between, Americans have witnessed the crackup of the party of Lincoln and Reagan, to its current iteration as a haven for white supremacists, political violence, conspiracy theories, and authoritarianism.

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Humor & Games Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

Back when restaurant menus were still printed on paper, and wearing a mask was a decision made mostly on Halloween, David Sedaris spent his time doing normal things. But then the pandemic hits, and like so many others, he’s stuck in lockdown, unable to tour and read for audiences, the part of his work he loves most. As the world gradually settles into a new reality, Sedaris too finds himself changed. Newly orphaned, he considers what it means, in his seventh decade, no longer to be someone’s son. And back on the road, he discovers a battle-scarred America.


The Office BFFs: Tales of The Office from Two Best Friends Who Were There

by Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey

available now, hardcover, Dey Street Books

Receptionist Pam Beesly and accountant Angela Martin had very little in common when they toiled together at Scranton’s Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But, in reality, the two actors bonded in their very first days on set and, over the nine seasons of the series’ run, built a friendship that transcended the show and continues to this day. Sharing everything from what it was like in the early days as the show struggled to gain traction, to walking their first red carpet.

The Game Master's Book of Traps, Puzzles and Dungeons : A Punishing Collection of Bone-Crunching Contraptions, Brain-Teasing Riddles and Stamina-Testing Encounter Locations for 5th Edition RPG Adventures by Jeff Ashworth, Kyle Hilton, Jasmine Bhullar, Three Black Halflings available in June, hardcover, Media Lab Books

All the information Game Masters needs to create compelling dungeon crawls, deadly fortress traps, and clever riddles or puzzles to activate players’ critical thinking skills alongside their critical rolls during tabletop RPG play. With intricate technical illustrations, beautifully rendered top-down location maps and three one-shot adventures, written by RPG inflencers including Jasmine Bhullar and the creators of the Three Black Halflings podcast, this is the ideal tool for any GM hoping to put the fun back in fun-geon*. *not a word.


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The Art and Science of Arrival by Tanya Lapointe

available in June, hardcover, Titan Books

This lavish hardback volume recounts the genesis of this modern classic, from Ted Chiang’s short story "The Story of Your Life" to its premiere in Venice and its subsequent eight Academy Award nominations. It explores the film’s concept of non-linear time and showcases the remarkable concept art that brought the aliens, their ships, and their startling logogram language to life.

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Junji Ito Collection : A Horror Coloring Book by Junji Ito

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available in July, paperback, Titan Books

The Junji Ito Collection: A Horror Coloring Book is the perfect gift for fans of manga’s master of the macabre. This officially licensed compendium features dozens of terrifying scenes from the Junji Ito Collection to color, showcasing Ito’s uniquely twisted brand of horror. Ghosts, demons, monsters and more await your pencils inside!

Poetry The Necessity of Wildfire : Poems by Caitlin Scarano

available now, paperback, Blaire Publishing

This little book packs such an emotional punch. Scarano’s words are p owe r f u l, b e a u t if u l, brutal, scathing, and gorgeous. Yes, all of those descriptors. I dare you to pick this up and not feel something. One thing you will not feel: comfortable. –Claire

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The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón

available now, hardcover, Milkweek Editions

An astonishing collection about interconnectedness — between the human and nonhuman, ancestors and ourselves — from National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist Ada Limón. “I have always been too sensitive, a weeper / from a long line of weepers,” writes Limón. “I am the hurting kind.” What does it mean to be the hurting kind? To be sensitive not only to the world’s pain and joys, but to the meanings that bend in the scrim between the natural world and the human world? To divine the relationships between us all? To perceive ourselves in other beings — and to know that those beings are resolutely their own, that they “do not / care to be seen as symbols”? With Limón’s remarkable ability to trace thought, The Hurting Kind explores those questions—incorporating others’ stories and ways of knowing, making surprising turns, and always reaching a place of startling insight.

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Nature An Immense World : How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us

by Ed Yong

available in June, hardcover, Random House

The Earth teems with sights and textures, sounds and vibrations, smells and tastes, electric and magnetic fields. But every animal is enclosed within its own unique sensory bubble, perceiving but a tiny sliver of an immense world. This book welcomes us into a previously unfathomable dimension — the world as it is truly perceived by other animals.

Nature True Crime

Tree Thieves : Crime and Survival in North America’s Woods by Lyndsie Bourgon

available now, hardcover, Little,Brown

Old-growth trees are invaluable and irreplaceable for both humans and wildlife and are the oldest living things on earth. But the morality of tree poaching is not as simple as we might think. As she traces three timber poaching cases, she introduces us to poachers, law enforcement, forensic wood specialists, the enigmatic residents of former logging communities, environmental activists, international timber cartels, and indigenous communities along the way. Featuring excellent investigative reporting, fascinating characters, logging history, political analysis, and cutting-edge tree science, Tree Thieves takes readers on a thrilling journey into the complexity sheltered under the forest canopy.

Forest Walking : Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America

by Peter Wohlleben and Jane Billinghurst available now, hardcover, Little,Brown

When you walk in the woods, do you use all five senses to explore your surroundings? For most of us, the answer is no — but when we do engage all our senses, a walk in the woods can go from pleasant to immersive and restorative. With Forest Walking, German forester Peter Wohlleben teams up with his longtime editor, Jane Billinghurst, as the two write their first book together, and the result is nothing short of spectacular. Together, they will teach you how to listen to what the forest is saying, no matter where you live or which trees you plan to visit next.


Summer 2022

Embrace Fearlessly the Burning World: Essays by Barry Lopez

available now, hardcover, Random House

This deeply moving final work of nonfiction from an icon whose writing, fieldwork and mentorship inspired generations of writers and activists is an urgent cri de coeur about the natural world and a memoir of both immense pain and tremendous wonder­— one that opens our minds and souls to the urgency of being wholly present for, and preserving, the beauty of life all around us.


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Nature The Monster’s Bones : The Discovery of the T. Rex and How It Shook Our World by David K. Randall

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

In the dust of the Gilded Age Bone Wars, two vastly different men emerge with a mission to fill the empty halls of New York’s struggling American Museum of Natural History: Henry Fairfield Osborn, a privileged socialite whose reputation rests on the museum’s success, and intrepid Kansas-born fossil hunter Barnum Brown. When Brown unearths the first T. Rex fossils in the Montana wilderness, Osborn sees a path to save his museum from irrelevancy. With a wide-ranging cast of robber barons, eugenicists, and opportunistic cowboys, Randall reveals how a monster of a bygone era ignited a new understanding of our planet and our place within it.

Northwest Know How : Beaches

by Rena Priest, Illustrated by Jake Stoumbos available now, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

Entertaining, educational and highly giftable, Northwest Know-How: Beaches showcases the majestic, quirky, and unique beaches of the Washington and Oregon coastline through facts, history, legend, and lovely illustrations.

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Kraken : The Curious, Exciting, and Slightly Disturbing Science of Squid by Wendy Williams

available in July, paperback, Abrams

Williams introduces one of the ocean’s most charismatic, monstrous, enigmatic, and curious inhabitants: the squid. Squid species are fascinatingly odd creatures, with much to teach us about our own species, not to mention the obsessive interest so many of us can't help but have for the enormous beast that is the giant squid, which is quick to attack sperm whales, and even submarines and boats. Kraken takes the reader on a wild ride through the world of squid science and adventure, along the way answering some riddles about how the human brain works, what intelligence really is, and what monsters lie in the deep.

The Hawk’s Way : Encounters with Fierce Beauty by Sy Montgomery

available now, hardcover, Atria

When Sy Montgomery went to spend a day at falconer Nancy Cowan’s farm, home to a dozen magnificent birds of prey, it was the start of a deep love affair. Nancy allowed her to work with Jazz, a feisty, four-year-old, female Harris’s hawk with a wingspan of more than four feet. Not a pet, Jazz was a fierce predator with talons that could pierce skin and bone and yet, she was willing to work with a human to hunt. In this mesmerizing account, Montgomery passionately and vividly reveals the wonderous world of hawks and what they can teach us about nature, life, and love.

The High Sierra : A Love Story

by Kim Stanley Robinson available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

78 Beaches

by Lynda Burgan available now, paperback, Chuckanut Editions

This Chuckanut Edition features photographs that began as a yearlong project from author Lynda Burgan to visit 78 beaches in the Northwest and collect a sampling of what one might find there. Great for inspiring visits to local beaches for beach-combing, and a great gift for beach-lovers young and old! –Chloe

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Kim Stanley Robinson first ventured into the Sierra Nevada mountains during the summer of 1973. He has made more than a hundred trips since and this is his lavish celebration of this exceptional place. The High Sierra is a gorgeous, absorbing immersion in a place, born out of a desire to understand and share one of the greatest rapture-inducing experiences our planet offers. Packed with maps, gear advice, more than 100 breathtaking photos, and much more, it will inspire veteran hikers, casual walkers, and travel readers to prepare for a magnificent adventure.

Summer 2022


Science Before The Big Bang : The Origin of the Universe and What Lies Beyond

by Laura Mersini-Houghton

available in July, hardcover, Mariner Books

Mersini-Houghton is one of the world’s leading experts on the multiverse and the origins of the universe. She is one of the first scientists to explain what happened before our universe ‘banged’ into existence. She also shows that her theories about what's outside of our universe are now starting to be backed by observational evidence. What's out there? A quantum energy landscape filled multiverses. (Mind blown!)

A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman by Lindy Elkins-Tanton

available in June, hardcover, William Morrow

One part Lab Girl, one part Wild. Amidst a childhood of extraordinary trauma, Elkins-Tanton fell in love with science as a means of healing and consolation. But still she wondered, was science “for her”? In answering that question, she takes us from the wilds of the Siberian tundra to the furthest reaches of outer space, from the Mayo Clinic, where Elkins-Tanton battled ovarian cancer while writing the Psyche proposal, to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where her team brought that proposal to life. A Portrait of the Scientist as a Young Woman is a beautifully constructed memoir that explores how a philosophy of life can be built from the tools of scientific inquiry. It teaches us how to approach difficult problems by asking the right questions and listening in return — and how we may find meaning through exploring the world around us.

There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness by Carlo Rovelli

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Written with his usual clarity and wit, this journey ranges widely across time and space: from Newton's alchemy to Einstein's mistakes, from Nabokov’s epidopterology to Dante’s cosmology, from mind-altering psychedelic substances to the meaning of atheism, from the future of physics to the power of uncertainty. Charming, pithy and elegant, this book is the perfect gateway to the universe of one of the most influential minds of our age.


Summer 2022

Virology : Essays for the

Living, the Dead, and the Small Things In Between

by Joseph Osmundson

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

I really haven’t had the bandwidth for a “pandemic book” but I’ve been looking forward to this one for months. Osmundson is a queer microbiologist and his essays explore the links and differences between Covid and AIDS; what it means to have community care and self care; and what risk really means when we are perpetually at risk. Virology is a hug of solace, a call to action, a confessional over a glass of rose’, and a celebration of the queerness of our whole wide world. –Sarah

Proving Ground : The Untold Story of the Six Women Who Programmed the World’s First Modern Computer by Kathy Kleiman

available in July, hardcover, Grand Central

After the end of World War II, the race for technological supremacy sped on. Top-secret research into ballistics and computing continued across the United States as engineers and programmers rushed to complete their confidential assignments. Among them were six pioneering women, tasked with figuring out how to program the world's first general-purpose, programmable, allelectronic computer. While most students of computer history are aware of the ENIAC, the great contributions of the women who programmed it were never told — until now.

The Elephant in the Universe : Our Hundred-Year Search for Dark Matter

by Govert Schilling

available now, hardcover, Belknap Press

Physicists have devised huge, sensitive instruments to search for dark matter, which may be unlike anything else in the cosmos. Yet so far dark matter has escaped every experiment. Indeed, dark matter is so elusive that some scientists are beginning to suspect there might be something wrong with our theories about gravity or with the current paradigms of cosmology. Schilling interviews both believers and heretics and paints a colorful picture of the history and current status of dark matter research, with astronomers and physicists alike trying to make sense of theory and observation.

Building Community One Book at a Time

Dive In! eading R n u F ly g in m im Sw ily Selections by Em by Julie Otsuka

The Swimmers

Hardcover Fiction

available now, hardcover, Knopf

This short but powerful novel plays with form, starting out with a communal narrative surrounding a beloved community pool and the swimmers who frequent it. Then we shift focus to one woman and we learn her story as her memory fades leaving the reader with lots to contemplate.

Picture Book

Waiting for High Tide

by Nikki McClure available now, hardcover, Abrams Books

For readers and beach lovers alike this book will be a delight!

Picture Book

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

A great story about all the feelings that come with being brave and doing something new. You'll be rooting for Jabari from beginning to end!


Why We Swim by Bonnie Tsui available now, paperback, Algonquin Books

This collection of essays and musings takes you across the world to bring stories of courage, determination and our relationship to the water. I cannot recommend this beautiful book enough!

Kids Fiction

Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman

available now, hardcover, Aladdin

This story of summer fun and friendship has it all ­— beach days, rollerskating and lemonade stands. Throw in some family drama and this makes for a great summer read!

The Union of Fiction Synchronized Swimmers by Cristina Sandu

available now, paperback, Scribe Us

This novella follows the women of an Olympic synchronized swimming team and how they bring a country together and find freedom in their own lives. A quick read, but not to be taken lightly!


Swimming Holes of Washington

by Anna Katz & Shane Robinson available now, paperback, Mountaineers Books

Why spend the whole summer reading about swimming when you can get out there and dive in yourself! This book details good swimming spots by region, full of all the information you need to have fun in your own neighborhood or on a trip across the state.

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Summer 2022


FIND WALDO LOCAL in Fairhaven and Lynden! July 1 - 31, 2022

All Ages!

Have You Seen Waldo? He's an elusive fellow, but rumor has it that he'll be hanging around Whatcom County again this summer. If you're looking carefully, you might just spot him. Yes, you read that right: “Find Waldo Local” is back in July! As we've done in the past, multipal local businesses in Fairhaven and Downtown Lynden will participate in a scavenger hunt all month long. Do you think YOU can find Waldo? Pick up a passport from either location of Village Books and Paper Dreams or one of the other participating merchants, then look for the guy in stripes. He'll be hiding somewhere in each of the businesses listed on the passport. If you can find Waldo in 10 different stores, you can come back to Village Books for a cool Waldo temporary tattoo (while supplies last). If you find Waldo in all the participating stores, you'll be entered in a raffle for the chance to win all sorts of great prizes! Fairhaven and Lynden will each have their own passport.


Join our Grand Celebrations at Village Books in Fairhaven AND in Lynden Sunday, July 31, 2pm Stop by for games, treats, and the prize drawing for scavenger hunt participants. Come in your red stripes and glasses! We hope you'll join us as we search for Waldo all around Fairhaven and Downtown Lynden in July!


Summer 2022

Building Community One Book at a Time

YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators

Picture Books Supposing...

The Wildwood Elves by Anne-Marie Chapouton, illustrated by Gerda Muller

by Alastair Reid, illustrated by Joohee Yoon

available now, paperback, Floris Books

available in July, hardcover, Enchanated Lion

"SUPPOSING I looked in the mirror one day and saw someone who wasn’t me at all… SUPPOSING I sailed around the world and when I was a mile from my hometown, I just turned the boat and sailed round again the other way… SUPPOSING..." Supposing leads to pondering a chain of hypothetical events that dare us to imagine a world beyond the laws of physics and unbeholden to societal conventions. Still as delightful and fresh as it was in 1960, Alastair Reid’s text is accompanied by new, dazzlingly vibrant illustrations from JooHee Yoon.

Deep in the forest, the Wildwood elves live happily in their little village, making pottery, chopping wood and growing vegetables. But when a friendly seagull makes a flying visit, they are astonished to hear of a mysterious thing called 'the sea'... and so begins a wonderful seaside adventure. Charmingly written by popular French children's author Anne-Marie Chapouton, and full of lively and characterful illustrations by world-renowned artist Gerda Muller, this classic tale is available in English for the first time.

The Lantern House by Erin Napier, illustrated by Adam Trest

Knight Owl

by Christopher Denise

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

available now, hardcover, Christy Ottaviano Books

Since the day he hatched, Owl dreamed of becoming a real knight. He may not be the biggest or the strongest, but his sharp nocturnal instincts can help protect the castle. While holding guard during Knight Night Watch, Owl is faced with the ultimate trial — a frightening intruder (dragon!). It’s a daunting duel, but what Owl lacks in size, he makes up for in good ideas (pizza!). Full of wordplay and optimism, this surprising display of bravery proves that cleverness (and friendship) can rule over brawn.

Imagine a house's early days as a home: A young family builds a picket fence and plants flowers in its yard, children climb the magnolia tree and play the piano in the living room, and there is music inside the house for many happy years. But what happens when its windows grow dark, its paint starts to crumble, and its boards creak in the winter wind? The house dreams of a family who will love it again...and one day, a new story will emerge from within its walls. From the nationally beloved co-host of the #1 hit show Home Town comes the quintessential celebration of home.

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Summer 2022

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Picture Books The Language of Flowers

Berry Song

by Dena Seiferling

by Michaela Goade

available now, hardcover, Tundra Books

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown

Deep within a magical meadow, some lonely flowers receive a very special gift: a baby bumblebee in need. The flowers name her Beatrice. They care for her and help her find her wings. As she grows older, Beatrice learns the language of her floral family — messages of kindness and appreciation that she delivers between them. With each sweet word, the flowers bloom until the meadow becomes so big that Beatrice needs help delivering her messages and decides to set out in search of her own kind. What happens when this little bee’s quest takes her beyond the safety of the meadow? This gently fanciful tale of the miracle of pollination and the important relationship between flowers and bees, inspired by the Victorian practice of floriography, suggests the secret to flourishing is kindness and appreciation.

Growing up along Alaska’s wild coast where she picked berries with every season, Caldecott-Medalist Michaela Goade's first self-authored picture book is a gorgeous celebration of the land she knows well and the powerful wisdom of elders. On an island at the edge of a wide, wild sea, a girl and her grandmother gather gifts from the earth. Salmon from the stream, herring eggs from the ocean, and in the forest, a world of berries. Salmonberry, Cloudberry, Blueberry, Nagoonberry. Huckleberry, Snowberry, Strawberry, Crowberry. Through the seasons, they sing to the land as the land sings to them. Brimming with joy and gratitude, in every step of their journey, they forge a deeper kinship with both the earth and the generations that came before, joining in the song that connects us all.

Daddy Speaks Love

The Blur

by Leah Henderson, illustrated E. B. Lewis

by Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat

available now, hardcover, Nancy Paulsen Books

available now, hardcover, Knopf

A moving tribute to the joy and grounding that fathers bring to their children's lives. What does a daddy do? From day one, this daddy speaks love to his little one. And along with that love, his words and actions speak many other things, too: like truth, joy, comfort, and pride. Like many dads, he sets an example for the future, speaking out for equality and justice, while sharing lessons from the past. But most of all, daddies encourage their young ones to fight for a better world, with the comfort of knowing their dads are right beside them. Daddy Speaks Love speaks to that everlasting bond between children and their fathers

Meet a child with superherolike abilities . . . and the parents who are racing to keep up with her in this sweetly funny picturebook about the blur of childhood, from the award-winning creators of Drawn Together. A perfect gift to celebrate all of our special milestones ­— from graduations to birthdays and beyond!

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Paige's Picks Summer 2022


Take the Village Books

Summer Reading

Challenge Hey Kids!

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Picking up a Summer Reading Challenge form at either our Fairhaven or Lynden location or download one at We have three different challenges: one for pre-readers, another for young readers, and Book Bingo for for everyone else. Choose the appropriate form for your reading level and read your way to rewards. Rewards? Return your completed challenge by Wednesday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and Paper Dreams PLUS a delicious cookie from our good friends at the Colophon Café. Turn it in by August 6 and receive 2 tickets to the Bellingham Bells game on Aug. 7. Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. BONUS! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your name, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY! If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice.

Happy Reading!

Attention Big K ids!

BOOK Village Books Y.A. & Adult Summer Reading


Summer 2022

A Summer Reading Challenge for Y.A. and Adults Why let the kids have all the fun? Village Books Summer Reading Bingo Challenge for teens and adults is back. Grab a bingo sheet and track your summer reading. Fill the board and we'll enter you in drawing to win a Village Books & Paper Dreams gift card! Join in the fun.

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Middle Readers The Two Wrong Halves of Ruby Taylor

The Summer of June

available in August, hardcover, Roaring Brook

From the acclaimed author of Tune It Out and Roll with It comes an inspirational and engaging middle grade book about a young girl who sets out to overcome her anxiety over the course of one lifechanging summer. Twelve-year-old June Delancey is kicking summer off with a bang. She shaves her head and sets two goals: she will beat her anxiety and be the lion she knows she can be, instead of the mouse everyone sees. She starts a secret library garden but when her anxiety becomes too much, everything begins to fall apart. It’s going to take more than a haircut and some flowers to set things right. It’s going to take courage and friends and watermelon pie. Forget second chances. This is the summer of new beginnings.

by Amanda Panitch

A new spooky and heartwarming middlegrade novel about a young Jewish girl who must battle a wandering spirit and her own identity. When Ruby Taylor's perfect cousin Sarah starts acting out and getting in trouble, Ruby is afraid that Sarah might be possessed. . . by a dybbuk, an evil spirit, that she accidentally released from her Grandma Yvette's basement. Ruby is determined to save her cousin, but can she?

Chester Keene Cracks the Code by Kekla Magoon

available in July, hardcover, Wendy Lamb Books

Cracking the code isn't all it's cracked up to be in this scavenger hunt adventure from a Coretta Scott King Honor-winning author of The Seasons of Styx Malone. Eleven-year-old Chester and his classmate Skye, tasked with a complex puzzlesolving mission, discover the key to their spy assignment is to stop a heist, but cracking the code could mean finding out things are not always what they seem.

Cookies & Milk by Shawn Amos

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

Partially based on Shawn Amos's own experiences growing up the son of Wally “Famous” Amos in a mostly white area, and packed with humor, heart, and fun illustrations, this debut novel sings with the joy of self-discovery, unconditional love, and belonging – as irresistible as a fresh-baked cookie.

My Own Lightning by Lauren Wolk

available now, hardcover, Dutton

The sequel to Newbery-Honor winner Wolf Hollow is My Own Lightning. Set in Pennsylvania in the 1940’s we meet up again with Annabelle McBride.The story starts with a summer storm and Annabelle’s brother’s dog Buster goes missing (don’t worry, they find him!). But she again runs into her adversary – Andy Woodberry. Annabelle is going to have to decide how to handle difficult situations and through this, learn more about herself. –Kelly E.

Thank You for Shopping Local

by Jamie Sumner

available now, hardcover, Atheneum Books

The Clackity by Lora Senf

available in June, hardcover, Atheneum Books

If you're a fan of Coraline, or just craving a spooky read this summer, this is the perfect book. It is filled with great descriptive imagery and a super brave main character Evie. Armed with her bird sidekick, Evie goes through a series of strange houses in another dimension to save her aunt who has become trapped there. Each house presents problems that Evie has to solve with her wit and some help from friends. –Kiana

Answers in the Pages by David Levithan

available now, hardcover, Knopf

When Donovan left his copy of The Adventurers on the kitchen counter, he didn't think his mom would read it — much less have a problem with it. It's just an adventure novel about two characters trying to stop an evil genius...right? But soon the entire town is freaking out about whether the book's main characters are gay, Donovan's mom is trying to get the book removed from the school curriculum, and Donovan is caught in the middle. Donovan doesn't really know if the two boys fall in love at the end or not — but he does know this: even if they do, it shouldn't matter. The book should not be banned from school. Interweaving three connected storylines, bestselling author David Levithan delivers a bold, fun, and timely story about taking action (whether it's against book censors or deadly alligators...), being brave, and standing up for what's right.

Summer 2022


Hey, Parents!

How to Raise an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

available in June, hardcover, One World

The Musical Child :

Following the model of his bestselling How to Be an Antiracist, Kendi combines vital scholarship with a compelling personal narrative of his own journey as a parent to create a work whose advice is grounded in research and relatable real-world experience. The chapters follow the stages of child development and don't just help parents to raise antiracists, but also help to create an antiracist world for them to grow and thrive in.

Using the Power of Music to Raise Children Who Are Happy, Healthy, and Whole by Joan Koenig

available in July, paperback, Mariner Books

Since opening her famed Parisian conservatory, Joan Koenig has led a global movement to improve children’s lives and minds with the transformative power of music. With a curriculum and philosophy drawn from cutting-edge science, L’École Koenig has educated and empowered even its youngest students — to targeted songs and dance routines, to older children, who nourishes empathy, creativity, and memory while practicing music from other cultures. In The Musical Child, Koenig shares stories from her classrooms, along with tips about how to use the latest research during the critical years when children are most sensitive to musical exposure and most receptive to its benefits.

Essential Labor : Mothering as Social Change

by Angela Garbes

available now, hardcover, Harper Wave

The Covid-19 pandemic shed fresh light on a longoverlooked truth: mothering is among the only essential work humans do. In response to the increasing weight placed on mothers and caregivers — and the lack of a social safety net to support them — acclaimed author Angela Garbes ( Like a Mother) found herself pondering a vital question: How, under our current circumstances that leave us lonely, exhausted, and financially strained, might we demand more from American family life? Part galvanizing manifesto, part poignant narrative, Essential Labor is a beautifully rendered reflection on care that reminds us of the irrefutable power and beauty of mothering.

Family Fun

Live Event for Kids!

In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Saturday, June 18, 11am

Mime Story Time with Margie Kimberley Caps for Sale Join us for a very special Saturday Story Time featuring local author Margie Kimberley as she pantomimes her way through beloved childrens' book, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Margie Kimberley is the author of Village Books bestselling kids book, What Makes You Smile as Big as the Moon? and has been delighting children with her story time mimes for years.

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Summer 2022

Building Community One Book at a Time


Ages 8-11 TWO SESSIONS! Session I: July 18-22 Session II: August 1-5 Monday-Friday, 1-4pm

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is just for you! Each day of the week has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day's activities will be inspired by its respective book. There will be a short writing exercise every day, as well as a healthy snack. Other activities will include field trip adventures around Bellingham, solving mysteries, and arts and crafts.

Daily activities will be inspired by these beloved middle-grade titles: Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart A Whale of the Wild by Rosanne Parry Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Each day has a specific book as its focus and all of that day's activities, games, and crafts will be inspired by

Borders by Thomas King • illustrator Natasha Donovan will visit Village Books in Fairhaven June 28. Read more on page 62.

$150 per camper. Each child will receive a discount on all five titles upon registration. See for details. – Purchase of books is NOT required and kids do NOT have to have read the books in advance to participate. –

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Summer 2022


Non-Fiction for Young Readers How To Make a Mountain : In Just 9 Simple Steps and Only 100 Million Years!

by Amy Huntington, illustrated by Nancy Lemon

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Geology and earth science made easy (to learn) and super quick (to read about). You, too, can make a mountain—just grab this nonfiction picture book and start today! From shaping peaks and crafting a glacier to nurturing your own plants and animals, these nine simple steps cover everything you need to know to make your very own mountain. In this book, you'll learn how to • Crush a piece of continent into a mountain range; • Freeze and melt glaciers; • Carve ravines, valleys, rivers, and mountain lakes; • Foster plants and develop a fertile layer of soil; and • Fill your mountain with a wide variety of animals that will work together to keep your mountain ecosystems healthy YES—YOU, TOO, CAN MAKE A MOUNTAIN! It is a big job, but it's also a thrilling adventure! Pack your snacks, load up your gear, and get ready for the challenge of a lifetime! *Tectonic plates, tools, and wildlife not included. Some restrictions apply. The authors assume no responsibility for frostbite, landslides, or accidental volcanoes.

Graphic Novel

Expedition Backyard : Exploring Nature From Country To City

by Rosemary Mosco, Binglin Hu available in June, hardcover, Random House Graphic

Join two best friends — a mole and vole — on their everyday expeditions to find beautiful plants, meet new animals, and learn more about the world all around them in this graphic novel. Each day, Mole and Vole venture out into the world – never forgetting their nature journal — to see what they can find in their own backyard. From pigeons and jumping spiders to swamp milkweed and maple trees, these two explorers get to know every part of their local environment. But after an accidental move from the country to the city, Mole and Vole worry that everything will be different. As they explore, they discover plants to look at and animals to meet in their new home as well. The story of these two best friends brings to life a nonfiction adventure of finding wonder in nature everywhere — no matter where you live. This book concludes with fun activities for kids to do at home.


The Sea-Ringed World : Sacred Stories Of The Americas by María García Esperón, translated by David Bowles, illustrated by Amanda Mijangos available in June, paperback, Levine

A collection of stories from nations and cultures across our two continents-the Sea-Ringed World, as the Aztecs called it—from the Andes all the way up to Alaska. Fifteen thousand years before Europeans stepped foot in the Americas, people had already spread from tip to tip and coast to coast. Like all humans, these Native Americans sought to understand their place in the universe, the nature of their relationship with the divine, and the origin of the world into which their ancestors had emerged. The answers lay in their sacred stories.

Explore the Shore West Coast Wild : At Low Tide

by Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Karen Reczuch available now, hardcover, Groundwood Books

Explore the wild shoreline of the majestic Pacific west coast and discover the spectacular array of colorful creatures living in rhythm with the tides. Readers will meet brightly colored sea stars, a giant Pacific octopus, busy hermit crabs, delicate sand dollars, fish that camouflage and other intriguing marine animals that a child might see on a beach walk at low tide.


Summer 2022

Board Book

West Coast Wild : ABC by Deborah Hodge, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

available now, board book, Groundwood Books

Explore the wild and wonderful Pacific west coast from A to Z. Bears amble, cougars prowl and eagles nest in this beautiful nature alphabet book celebrating the Pacific west coast. Babies and toddlers will delight in the gorgeous watercolor illustrations and fascinating creatures that inhabit the ancient rainforest, rugged beach and majestic Pacific Ocean. Large upper and lowercase alphabet letters on each page encourage letter recognition.

Building Community One Book at a Time

Read with

• Educate •  Reflect • Accept Celebrate


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At Village Books, we believe in acceptance, inclusion, and respect for the diversity of human life. We strive to promote and advocate for equal rights. In honor of National Pride Month, you'll find displays and shelftalkers highlighting books that explore themes of gender, sexuality, queerness, and community throughout our stores. With these titles, our hope is to help expand visions of love, family, and selfhood in order to cultivate a safe and healthy space for LGBTQ+ community members to live, work, and thrive. Join us as we embrace and celebrate pride throughout our community.

Picture & Board Books

Middle Grade Fiction Small Town Pride by Phil Stamper

available now, hardcover, Harper Collins

The Science of Being Angry by Nicole Melleby

Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

available now, board book, Dial

Prince & Knight available now, hardcover, Little Bee

available now, hardcover, Algonquin

Different Kinds of Fruit by Kyle Lukoff

available now, hardcover, Dial

Juvenile Graphic Novel

Plenty of Hugs

by Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Kate Alizadeh available now, hardcover, Dial

Bathe the Cat

Princess Princess Ever After by K. O'Neill

available now, paperback, Oni Press

by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts available now, hardcover, Chronicle

You-Ology : A Puberty Guide For EVERY Body

Growing Up

by Trish Hutchison, Kathryn Lowe, Melisa Holmes

ABC of Gender Identity

available now, paperback, American Academy of Pediatrics

(Illustrated) by Devika Dalal available now, hardcover, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

The Every Body Book: The Lgbtq+ Inclusive Guide for Kids About Sex, Gender, Bodies, and Families

by Rachel E. Simon, illustrated by Noah Grigni

My Own Way: Celebrating Gender Freedom For Kids

by Joana Estrela, Jay Hulme available now, hardcover, Quarto Group

availaible now, hardcover, Jessica Kingsley Publishers

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Turn for More Summer 2022


Read with Pride

Young Adult Fiction



Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda

available now, hardcover, Feiwel & Friends

We All Fall Down by Rose Szabo

available in June, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

 Graphic Novel Memoir

Gender Queer : A Memoir Deluxe Edition by Maia Kobabe

available in June, hardcover, Oni Press

The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

available now, Balzer + Bray

The Many Half-Lived Lives of Sam Sylvester by Maya Macgregor

available now, hardcover, Astra Young Readers

Unite Against Book Bans Book bans harm communities. Students cannot access critical information to help them understand themselves and the world around them. Parents lose the opportunity to engage in teachable moments with their kids. And communities lose the opportunity to learn and build mutual understanding. We trust individuals to make their own decisions about what they read and believe. Parents have the right to guide their children's reading, but parents should not be making decisions for other parents' children. Specifically, a small group of parents should not dictate what books other people's children are allowed to read.

The American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFE) — ABA’s free expression initiative — and over 25 organizations have joined the American Library Association’s (ALA) Unite Against Book Bans campaign with the goal of raising awareness about the recent rise in book challenges in public libraries and schools and to empower readers everywhere to push back against censorship.

Learn more at:


Summer 2022

Building Community One Book at a Time

The Simple Joys of

SUMMER Schylling

Rainbow Ball Kickball anyone? The traditional playground ball with a colorful twist.

For ALL Ages!

Jumbo Octopus Kite It comes in its own handy storage bag.

Treat yourself to a cool retro libation!

Bigmouth Giant Jellyfish Road Trip Bingo Travel Game See the world, not a screen. Pool Float Hit the water Plus a Great Selection of in style. Activity Books, Travel Games, Crafts, STEM Kits

Celebrate Dad

Father's Day is June 19, 2022

Surprise Dad and Grandpa with something fun - they deserve it!

Plus cards, t-shirts, treats, journals, and more. FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

Summer 2022


Young Adult Vampires


Bloody Fool for Love :

Ballad & Dagger

A Spike Prequel

(An Outlaw Saints Novel)

by William Ritter

available in August, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

Bloody Fool for Love from New York Times best-selling author William Ritter marks the beginning of an all-new series that explores prequel stories about fanfavorite Buffy characters. This rompy, action-packed novel inspired by one of Buffy’s most infamous bad boys is part Bonnie and Clyde, part Sherlock and Watson, with just a bit more bloodsucking.

Young Adult Nonfiction Unequal : A Story of America

by Michael Eric Dyson, Marc Favreau available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

New York Times bestselling author Michael Eric Dyson and critically acclaimed author Marc Favreau show how racial inequality permeates every facet of American society, through the lens of those pushing for meaningful change. The true story of racial inequality — and resistance to it — is the prologue to our present. You can see it in where we live, where we go to school, where we work, in our laws, and in our leadership. Unequal presents a gripping account of the struggles that shaped America and the insidiousness of racism, and demonstrates how inequality persists. As readers meet some of the many African American people who dared to fight for a more equal future, they will also discover a framework for addressing racial injustice in their own lives.

by Daniel José Older

available now, hardcover, Rick Riordan Press

"Brimming with mystery, mayhem, and heart, Ballad and Dagger gives us wondrous new magic steeped in deep traditions. It's a gorgeous romance, a wild adventure, and a powerful story that unravels not only the pain of diaspora, but the strength of community and the ways we provide refuge for one another." –Leigh Bardugo, New York Times #1 best-selling author of Shadow and Bone


The Drowned Woods by Emily Lloyd-Jones

available in August, hardcover, Hachette

Once upon a time, the kingdoms of Wales were rife with magic and conflict, and 18-year-old Mererid “Mer” is wellacquainted with both. She is the last living water diviner and has spent years running from the prince who bound her into his service. With a motley crew of allies, including a fae-cursed young man, the lady of thieves, and a corgi that may or may not be a spy, Mer may finally be able to steal precious freedom and peace for herself. After all, a person with a knife is one thing…but a person with a cause can topple kingdoms. Part heist novel and part dark fairy tale, The Drowned Woods is set in the same world as The Bone Houses but with a whole new, unforgettable cast of characters.

New, Used, and Bargain Books Our shelves are packed with a wonderful variety of books including new, used, and bargain titles. How can you tell the difference? Look at the Labels! • White Labels mean that book is brand new. • Green Labels grace our Used Books. READcycle! It's good for the earth and your wallet. • Yellow Labels signify a Bargain Book – a publisher remainder. These titles are new but offered at a sale price. A win-win! Look for new arrivals on displays throughout the store. Interested in selling good condition used books for store credit? See for guidelines and instructions. 60

Summer 2022

Open Daily - See for store hours

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

A Show for Two

Our Crooked Hearts

available now, hardcover, Inkyard Press

available in June, hardcover, Flatiron Books

Mina Rahman dreams of becoming a film director, leaving New York City and her parents behind. Wanting to leave with a mark, she recruits Emmitt Ramos, a small indie actor, to use him as clout to win the Golden Ivy student film competition. With a budding relationship between the two, not exactly strictly business, Mina ends up rethinking everything she’s lived for. I recommend this book especially for fellow South Asians out there, hitting home hard for so many struggling to find their voice, who need some hope for their dreams. –Suhani K. age 16

Our Crooked Hearts weaves a brilliant tale of secrets, witchcraft, and lies, creating a gripping book that is eerie, strange, and mysterious in all the right ways. Though it moves around in time, this book was still easy to follow, with a good flow, and a romantic side plot that didn’t feel forced or last minute. If you are interested in fantasy, horror, or simply enjoy books with intriguing plotlines and dark, rich writing, then give this book a try. –Nora L. age 14

by Melissa Albert

by Tashie Bhuyian

Sofi and the Bone Song

by Joya Goffney

by Adrienne Tooley

available now, hardcover, Harperteen

available now, hardcover, Margaret K McElderry Books

Sofi and the Bone Song is the perfect book to read in a cozy chair by the fire with a warm cup of tea. This is a refreshing take on fantasy, centered around music rather than war, with decently creative world building and plenty of LGBTQ+ representation (including main characters)! It is wholesome and comforting without shying away from discussing abuse and suffering. Overall, a beautiful, well-written story for anyone who loves music and fantasy. –Louisa M. age 18

Young Adult Review Committee Established in 2014, this program offers teenagers and young adults ages 13-19 the opportunity to read yet-to-be-published books, also known as ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies). In exchange for this privilege, they write reviews as recommendations for Village Books customers. Enjoy these and find many more on our Y.A.R.C. web page. Find them under Book Picks in the Readers Corner at!

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Confessions of an Alleged Good Girl This book is literally about sex…and self-love, unlikely friendships, and defining you for yourself; all so masterfully bundled in this entertaining book. Follow church “good girl” Monique as she embarks on the rocky road of putting herself first when it comes to her body, her heart, and her morals. Although the ending was better than the beginning, I very much enjoyed reading this book, as it kept me smiling and rooting for the protagonist the whole time! –Kaatri G. age 16

The Ghosts of Rose Hill by R. M. Romero

available now, hardcover, Peachtree Teen

Caught between her music and the dreams of success her parents held, Illana is exiled to Prague for the summer. However, despite her constraints, she manages to break away and find herself in a dilapidated cemetery. She is haunted by pain, passion, and of course, ghosts and bogey monsters alike. The Ghosts of Rose Hill is a stunning story in verse depicting the contradictions we face in coming home to ourselves. I found myself comfortable and enthralled by each line just as you may. The touching characters, vibrant scenery, and historical accents will surely ensnare you as the ghosts of Rose Hill did Illana. –Abby S. age 17

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What's Coming to Me

by Francesca Padilla

available in August, hardcover, Soho Teen

Green Eyes and Ham by Mary Penney

available now, hardcover, Harper Collin

Green Eyes And Ham is that one story that just makes you want to say, we’ve all met that bad boy. Told through the eyes of Ham, a shy homeschooled kid who is just now entering public school, the story goes through his ups and downs with the mysterious, green eyed Micah. Discovering feelings and just learning how to be a person, this story made me think back. Although no one really wants to go back to middle school, I enjoyed this one last trip. –Riley J. age 17

What’s the T?

Miner va wants out of her seemingly dead end life…she has the plans, she just needs the cash. What better moment to seize than when the ice cream stand she works at experiences an armed robbery that suggests a hidden horde of money on the property? Told with hints of suspense, get ready to feel for this young woman's honest effort to make a future for herself while working through her struggles from the past...just as I immensely did! –Kaatri G. age 16


The Guide to All Things Trans and/or Non-Binary by Juno Dawson

available in June, paperback, Sourcebooks Fire

A companion to This Book Is Gay, Juno Dawson draws on her own experiences and the experiences of other transgender people to produce an informative, funny, and relatable guide to the world of trans/ nonbinary people. This should be read by everybody, regardless of their identity. –Kaatri G. age 16

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Join us in welcoming illustrator

NATASHA DONOVAN to Village Books in Fairhaven

Tuesday, June 28, 4pm Village Books and Western Washington University’s College for Canadian-American Studies are pleased to welcome Natasha Donovan for a special event. Seats are limited so reserve your spot today. Borders is a masterfully told story of a boy and his mother whose road trip from Alberta to Salt Lake City is thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as either American or Canadian first leaves them in limbo between countries where they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other. Natasha Donovan is a Métis illustrator with a focus on comics and children's illustration. She has illustrated several award-winning children's books including The Sockeye Mother by Brett Huson and the graphic novel Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett-Sumner. Register to save your seat at! Registration/attendance for this event comes with A COMPLIMENTARY COPY OF BORDERS, generously provided by the Center for Canadian-American Studies! 62

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Young Adult Bad Things Happen Here by Rebecca Barrow

available in June, hardcover, Margaret K. McElderry Books

Luca has always been on the outskirts as a plus size, mixed-race girl in her predominately white island town. After her best friend died suspiciously three years earlier her only confidant is her sister. But when she suddenly dies too, Luca vows to stop any more women in her town from meeting the same fate. With the help of the very cute new girl next door, Luca uncovers secrets that her town has worked hard to keep hidden. –Kiana

The Days of Bluegrass Love

by Edward Van De Vendel, translated by Emma Rault available now, hardcover, Levine Querido

The Days of Bluegrass Love, originally published in the Netherlands in 1999 and now a beloved classic throughout Europe, is masterfully presented to American readers for the first time — a tender, intense, unforgettable story of first love. Tycho Zeling is drifting through his life. Everything in it – school, friends, girls, plans for the future – just kind of . happens. Like a movie he presses play on, but doesn't direct. So Tycho decides to break away from everything. He flies to America to spend his summer as a counselor at a summer camp, for international kids. It is there that Oliver walks in, another counselor, from Norway.And it is there that Tycho feels his life stop, and begin again, finally, as his.

Hotel Magnifique by Emily Taylor

available now, hardcover, Razorbill

Jani despairs of ever escaping her dreary existence in Durc for a life of adventure. Then the Hotel Magnifique comes to town, a marvelous place where part of the price of admission is your memories of your time there. As Jani and Zosa get hired on as staff it seems their dreams are coming true but all inside the hotel is not as wonderful as people think. If you loved The Night Circus, this book is for you! –Claire

Hell Followed with Us by Andrew Joseph White

available in June, hardcover, Peachtree Teen

This is one of the best LGBTQ+ reads of the year. Finally, a novel that combines both my love of monsters and slow-burn romance. All of White's characters hold such emotion and raw humanity to them- you'll be rooting for the protagonist till the very end. Hell Followed with Us breaks your heart in all of the most bittersweet ways. You absolutely need to pick up a copy and then yell at your friends to get a copy too so you can all talk about how much you absolutely loved this book. –Lillie

We All Fall Down : The River City Duology #1

by Rose Szabo

available in June, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

This first book in a dark fantasy YA duology by the author of What Big Teeth, is about the power and danger of stories and the untold costs of keeping magic alive, perfect for fans of Alexandra Bracken and Claire Legrand. In River City, where magic used to thrive and is now fading, the witches who once ruled the city along with their powerful King have become all but obsolete. When a corrupt police officer, an enforcer of the New City's oppressive rules, turns up dead, four people are brought into each others' orbits as they uncover a deeper magical conspiracy. They do not realize that they have been selected as archetypal figures — The Maiden, the Hero, the Monster, and the Witch, intended to act out an ancient ritual that will revive the flow of magic through their world.

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Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre 3 different plays, six nights a week | June 28- July 24th Pump Boys and Dinettes The musical, every weekend | July 8th - 31st

BUY TICKETS: Village Books is a proud sponsor of Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre Three Plays - See One or All!

Big, Scary Animals | The Children Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Re-read the novel or discover it for the first time. Village Books is donating 10% of sales of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time to the Fairhaven Summer Repertory Theatre through July!

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BOB WOODWARD How We Got Here — Lessons from Ten Presidents

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JUNE Friday, June 10, 7pm RENA PRIEST –Northwest Know-How: Beaches

Saturday, June 11, 4pm CHRISTINA A. KEMP –Across the Distance:

Reflections on Loving In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Book Launch!

In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven A Nature of Writing Series Event

We're so excited to welcome Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest back to the Readings Gallery for the launch of her latest book! She will be joined by the illustrator of the book, Jake Stoumbos! Entertaining, educational and highly giftable, Northwest Know-How: Beaches showcases more than 30 coastal and island beaches in Washington and Oregon, providing tips for visiting, fun facts, natural history, poetry, and lore. Sure to delight locals and visitors alike, this makes the perfect gift and guide for beach-lovers and nature enthusiasts. Rena Priest is a local author and member of the Lummi Nation. She currently serves as the 2022 Maxine Cushing Gray Distinguished Writing Fellow. Jake Stroumbos is a designer, animator, and illustrator living in Seattle WA.

Saturday, June 11, 1pm RON POLINDER –Establish the Work of Our Hands: A Memoir:

Stories from the Grey and the Green to the Blue and the Brown In Person at Village Books in LYNDEN

Join us at Village Books in Lynden to hear about this new memoir from local author, Ron Polinder. Intended for extended family, this book is full of stories and perspectives from two different cultures and geographies, different decades and histories. Polinder writes with voice. To know him will be to hear him telling his stories. Honest, insightful, warm and funnyyou will learn much about leadership, relationships and partnership, most often with a smile.


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Christina A. Kemp weaves poetic language and piercing wisdom into this intimate exploration of relationships, grief, and loss. In her memoir, she reflects on eight significant relationships in her life, including those with her late father, her mother and younger brother, a childhood best friend, a coming-of-age mentor, two former lovers, and finally, with herself. Christina A. Kemp grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She has a small, private practice and teaches dance to children. Across the Distance is her first book. She lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington.

Sunday, June 12, 4pm DAVID SPANER –Solidarity: Canada’s Unknown Revolution of 1983 In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

The year 1983 began like any other year in Canada’s West Coast province. Then suddenly everything changed when the newly elected provincial government announced an avalanche of far-right legislation that shocked the country. In response, a resistance movement called Solidarity quickly formed across British Columbia uniting people who had never protested before. Solidarity chronicles the history of 20th century British Columbia, exploring its great divides and alliances, cultures and subcultures, and conflicts that continue into the 21st century. David Spaner is the author of Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest and Shoot It! Hollywood, Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film. He lives in Vancouver.

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Thank you for your support of Village Books and our long-standing and ever evolving Literature Live programming. We couldn't do it without you. Monday, June 13, 5pm MARK KURLANSKY –The Importance of Not Being Ernest: My Life with the Uninvited Hemingway A Virtual Event

Village Books is pleased to team up with indies across the country for another great virtual event! In his latest book, bestselling author Mark Kurlansky focuses on the sprawling life and work of Ernest Hemingway while drawing parallels to his own. Mark Kurlansky's books include Havana, Cod, Salt, Paper, The Basque History of the World, 1968: The Year That Rocked the World, and The Big Oyster, among other titles. He lives in New York City.

Tuesday, June 14, 6pm JANE BILLINGHURST –Forest Walking: Discovering the Trees and Woodlands of North America Join us on Zoom for this Virtual Event

Village Books, the Whatcom Million Trees Project, and the North Cascades Institute are pleased to bring you this special event on Zoom as part of our Nature of Writing Series! Join Jane Billinghurst as she presents her latest collaboration with Peter Wohlelleben, bestselling author of The Hidden Life of Trees. Forest Walking is a guide to awakening your senses and engaging deeply with the forest as it takes readers on a sensory tour of forests around North America. Together, they show you how to become a forest detective and make the most of your next walk in the woods. Jane Billinghurst lives in Anacortes, WA next to 2,800 acres of community forest lands. Bonus event, registration required: Take a walk in the forest with Jane! Join Jane on Saturday, June 18 at 10:30am for a forest walk in Bellingham to delve into the forest ecosystem, find clues about the trees' history, and track down seasonal treasures. Suitable for ages 8+. Participation limited to 16. A $10 donation per adult is suggested, which will fund Whatcom Million Trees Project.

Friday, June 17, 7pm TONI MIROSEVICH in conversation with Tele Aadsen –Spell Heaven: And Other Stories In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

In Spell Heaven, a couple moves to a coast town and unexpectedly finds a sense of belonging with a group of outsiders. A modern story about a band of free spirits — not unlike characters found in Steinbeck’s Cannery Row — and the queer female narrator who yearns to get in with this out crowd, Spell Heaven is for readers who are looking for a human connection in today’s increasingly isolated world. Toni Mirosevich is the author of a book of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest, winner of the First Series Award for Creative Nonfiction, and five books of poetry. Tele Aadsen is a writer, commercial fisherman, fishmonger, and lapsed social worker. She performs annually with Oregon’s FisherPoets Gathering, and is a member of Bellingham's Red Wheelbarrow Writers.


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Saturday, June 18, 11am Kids! Mime Story Time with MARGIE KIMBERLEY Caps for Sale! In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us for a special Saturday Story Time featuring local author Margie Kimberley as she pantomimes her way through beloved childrens' book, Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. Margie Kimberley is the author of Village Books bestselling kids book, What Makes You Smile as Big as the Moon? and has been delighting children with her story time mimes for years.

Saturday, June 18, 7pm ANNE WHITNEY PIERCE –Down to the River In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a presentation of what Tom Perrotta calls, “…a deeply absorbing family saga that unfolds in the vicinity of Harvard Square during the turbulence of the late 60s and early 70s.” Anne Whitney Pierce is a lifelong Cantabrigian and the author of two books, Galaxy Girls: Wonder Women and Rain Line. Her work has been included in the O’Henry Prize Story Collection and has won several awards, including the Willa Cather Fiction Prize.

Tuesday, June 21, 7pm Poetry! Group Poetry Reading RICHARD WIDERKEHR, –Night Journey GAYLE KAUNE, –Noise From Stars, and BARBARA BLOOM, –Pulling Down the Heavens In the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven OR online. See villagebooks. com for details.

You don't want to miss this hybrid event featuring three celebrated poets. Richard Widerkehr’s work has appeared in Writer’s Almanac, Crab Creek Review, Atlanta Review, and over 50 others. Night Journey is his fourth book of poems. Gayle Kaune's latest book is Noise from Stars. She has been published widely in literar y magazines including Poet and Critic, Seattle Review, Milkweed Editions, and Centennial Review. Barbara Bloom’s latest book is Pulling Down the Heavens. Her poems have appeared in various literary journals, and three of her poems from her first book, On the Water Meridian, were read by Garrison Keillor on “The Writer’s Almanac.”

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Thursday, June 23, 7pm BOB SCHOBER –Uncorking a Wonderful Life:


My Path from Drunk to Sober In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Don’t miss a timely story of one man’s dark journey into addiction and how author Bob Schober created a sober, wonderful life through 12 Step Programs. He also talks about addiction for those who want and need to know more about its causes, effects and recovery. Bob Schober has been clean and sober for 36 years. He and his wife Rene Laventure moved to Bellingham from Pittsburgh in 2011 and now live in Blaine. Schober retired from several careers as journalist, handyman, and woodworker.

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Friday, June 24, 5pm-8pm Fairhaven Art Walk featuring Sculptor TRAVIS SKINNER –Anglerfish Sauna :

Both Virtual and In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Material Based Design and Deep Sea Sculpture Book Signing & Demonstrations Village Books in Fairhaven

7pm: Open Mic with Séan Dwyer

6pm: Spanish Open Mic with Séan Dwyer

Join us and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by our English Open Mic at 7pm! Pre-registration to read is required – see below for details. Don’t miss out!

Head on down to the back entrance of Village Books on the Village Green where you can find the work of Travis Skinner on display and meet the artist! Travis will do some demonstrations, answer questions about his art, and sign copies of his book, Anglerfish Sauna. On the book: What inspired us to make a 17 foot model of a female Anglerfish that is a wood-fired sauna on wheels? These pages will lead you on a multimedia journey through the conceptual design, the process of construction, and meaning within the sculpture. There will not be instructions on how each part is made, as all of the techniques reflect a nuanced relationship between the artist and the material. This relationship is explored through a process of design that allows the characteristics of the media to guide the construction. Travis Skinner has always been comfortable and inspired being outside. The woods are a refuge for his creativity and a provider of his materials. His soul is deeply fulfilled when his hands are able to commune with mud, sticks, and rocks.

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Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email sean@ to secure your spot! Our Open Mic is held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery on the bottom floor of Village Books in Fairhaven, and on Zoom. Please note that each reader is allotted a firm time limit of 5 minutes to read.

Tuesday, June 28, 4pm NATASHA DONOVAN –Borders

In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Village Books and Western Washington University’s College for Canadian-American Studies are pleased to welcome Natasha Donovan for a special event. Registration for this event comes with a complimentary copy of Borders, provided by the Center for Canadian-American Studies! Seats are limited so reserve your spot today. Borders is a masterfully told story of a boy and his mother whose road trip from Alberta to Salt Lake City is thwarted at the border when they identify their citizenship as Blackfoot. Refusing to identify as either American or Canadian first bars their entry into the US, and then their return into Canada. In the limbo between countries, they find power in their connection to their identity and to each other. Natasha Donovan is a Métis illustrator with a focus on comics and children's illustration. She has illustrated several award-winning children's books including The Sockeye Mother by Brett Huson and the graphic novel Surviving the City by Tasha Spillett-Sumner.


Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26 We're celebrating 42 years as your community bookstore with our annual sale! Save 20% on almost eveything in both our Fairhaven and Lynden stores. Books, gifts, candy, cards — stock up! Offer good in-store and through paid phone orders. *Some exceptions do apply – ask your bookseller for details.

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JULY Monday, July 4 Happy 4th of July Have fun, be safe, and thanks for always celebrating your local Independents! Please note our altered hours for the day: • Fairhaven: open 9am-5pm • Lynden: closed for the day

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Wednesday, July 6, 7pm DIANE M. SUE –Remarkable Resilience: The Life and Legacy of Noémi Bán Beyond the Holocaust In Person at Congregation Beth Israel


In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is just for you! Each day of the week (July 18-22) has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day's activities will be inspired by its respective book. There will be short a writing exercise every day, as well as a healthy snack. Other activities will include field trip adventures around Bellingham, solving mysteries, and arts and crafts.

Monday, July 25 Both Virtual and In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

6pm: Spanish Open Mic with Séan Dwyer

Join us and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by our English Open Mic at 7pm! Pre-registration to read is required – see below for details. Don’t miss out!

Monday-Friday, August 1-5, 1-4pm Village Books Lit Camp: Session II


In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is just for you! Each day of the week (Aug. 1-5) has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day's activities will be inspired by its respective book. There will be short a writing exercise every day, as well as a healthy snack. Other activities will include field trip adventures around Bellingham, solving mysteries, and arts and crafts. See more on page 55.

Wednesday, August 3, 7pm THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring JAMIE FORD In Person at the FireHouse Arts & Events Center in Fairhaven

–The Many Daughters of Afong Moy Village Books is pleased to welcome Jamie Ford to the Chuckanut Radio Hour! The New York Times bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet returns with a powerful exploration of the love that binds one family across the generations. A tale of inherited trauma, but also inherited hope, told in the matrilineal voices of generations of Chinese women from 1834 to 2045. The past, the present, and the future, woven together like a strand of DNA, this epigenetic love story is designed to break your heart, but also designed to put the pieces back together again in better working condition. Jamie Ford’s debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the The Chuckanut New York Times bestseller list and went on to win the RADIO 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature. HOUR Seating is limited so get your ticket and reserve your space at ag



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Join us at Congregation Beth Israel for a presentation on this book celebrating the amazing life of Noémi Bán. Remarkable Resilience, written in Noémi’s voice by one of her closest friends, preserves Noémi’s legacy and messages of hope and healing. Noémi’s story provides a unique historical perspective from which to view current national and international political events. The author will be joined by Noémi’s son, pediatrician Dr. Steven Ban, and by Dr. Ray Wolpow, Professor Emeritus and former Director of the Ray Wolpow Institute for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Crimes against Humanity at Western Washington University. Diane M. Sue received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has taught adjunct courses at Western Washington University. Diane first met Noémi in the early 1990s and they developed a close and lasting friendship, in part because of their common love of teaching and their belief in educating students about kindness, compassion, and resilience.

7pm: Open Mic with Séan Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email sean@ to secure your spot! Our Open Mic is held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery on the bottom floor of Village Books in Fairhaven, and on Zoom. Please note that each reader is allotted a firm time limit of 5 minutes to read.

Sunday, July 31, 2pm Two Find Waldo Celebrations Fairhaven AND Lynden Locations We're having parties at BOTH of our stores - in Fairhaven AND in Lynden! Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our “Find Waldo Local” programs. We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the 20-store search, eat treats, and find Waldo hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time!


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Sunday, August 7, 1:05pm Bellingham Bells Game sponsored by Village Books

Family Event!

Come on out to the final game of the Bells’ season at Joe Martin Field when the Bells take on the Kamloops NorthPaws! Village Books will be there doing giveaways and a raffle. Stop by our booth and say hi!

Saturday Storytime in Fairhaven AND in Lynden - 11am Stop by for a half hour of stories and fun.

Literature Tuesday, August 9, 5pm COLSON WHITEHEAD –Harlem Shuffle




A Virtual Event

Village Books is pleased to team up with bookstores across the country to welcome author Colson Whitehead as he discusses his latest novel, Harlem Shuffle. Harlem Shuffle’s ingenious story plays out in a beautifully recreated New York City of the early 1960s. It’s a family saga masquerading as a crime novel, a hilarious morality play, a social novel about race and power, and ultimately a love letter to Harlem. Colson Whitehead is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Underground Railroad, which in 2016 won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the National Book Award. He is also a Pulitzer Prize finalist and a recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships. He lives in New York City.

Saturday, August 27, 4pm ANN HUMPHREYS –The Tao of Hoop: On the Transformational Practice of Hula-Hooping In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a presentation of Ann Humphreys' spiritual journey through Hula-Hooping. And if weather permits, we'll adjourn outside to the Village Green where Ann will give us some pointers on best practices for hooping! Ann Humphreys grew up in North Carolina and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with high honors from Barnard College. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Which Lies Are Necessary? was published by Hollyridge Press in 2005. Since 2007, she has traveled all over the world teaching hula-hooping as a meditative dance.

Head into Fairhaven and find deals galore during the annual neighborhood sidewalk sale! Stop by Village Books and Paper Dreams and check out our tables full of treasures.

Wednesday, September 14, 7pm THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring Kira Jane Buxton In Person – Location TBA

–Feral Creatures

Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom, introduced the world to S.T., a foulmouthed, Cheeto®-loving crowtagonist on a quest to save humankind from extinction. The book received critical acclaim and burrowed into the hearts of countless readers. With Feral Creatures, Kira Jane Buxton continues S.T.’s story with another bighearted, death-defying adventure that will take our hero from the wilds of Alaska and across the Bering Sea on the backs of orcas, returning to S.T.’s beloved homeland of Seattle where an epic battle between the animal kingdom and a new mutant threat will be waged. The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of "As the Ham Turns" serial radio comedy performed by the Chuckanut Radio Players Les Campbell, Tonja Meyers, Lisa Colburn, Dee Robinson, and Robert Muzzy. Not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available on Eventbrite. The The Chuckanut Radio Hour airs every Sunday at 10am on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM. Co-sponsored by 12th RADIO HOUR Street Shoes and KMRE102.3FM. Doors open and music begins at 6:30pm! ag



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Saturday, September 3, Fairhaven Annual Sidewalk Sale


Book Groups

Village Books currently hosts multiple book groups both in person and online. See page 71 for details and find additional meeting times, reading selections, and register to join in at All are welcome!

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Chuckanut Writers

Workshops & Classes Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education program have created a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers to support writers at all stages of their writing journey throughout the year. Turn to page 27 for upcoming classes and go to for more information and to register.

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Join us in supporting this season’s Round It Up partner Wild Whatcom - fostering lifelong connections to nature. Round It Up, our amazingly simple giving program, was designed to support local non-profits. Join Village Books and Paper Dreams customers who are supporting our community by rounding up your next purchase to the nearest dollar.

Wild Whatcom fosters lifelong connections to nature. They do this to promote the health and well-being of young people, and to support our community in raising a generation of environmental stewards who care about each other and the planet. They are committed to closing the nature gap by creating pathways to comfort, connection, and discovery for people who have barriers to accessing outdoor programs. Their free, school-based programs for low-income, rural, and special needs students, free loaner gear, and scholarships make that possible! Wild Whatcom offers a variety of programs for ALL ages: visit to explore and sign up!

• Community Field Trips • Ladies Night Out • Explorers Club At Wild Whatcom, kids don’t just learn about • After School Outings the earth, they experience it with wonder. • Wild Things (ages 0-6) – Parent, Wild Whatcom Participant • Summer Camps

See to learn more about their many programs and outings, to discover volunteer opportunites and additional ways you can be a sponsor or donate – including a wish list for new or gently used gear.


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Building Community One Book at a Time



Village Books is now hosting some book groups in person while other groups continue to meet online. Whatever the format, we'd love for you to join in! Groups are open to everyone. See additional reading selections & register for the online group via Book Groups under the Readers Corner tab at

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Motherhood by the Book

Lynden Front Streeters

Join Claire from Village Books for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood—both fiction and non-fiction. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home. This group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm in the Fairhaven VB Readings Gallery.

"Variety is the spice of life!" Join Gaye from Village Books, Lynden, and the Front Streeters book group as they discuss books from a variety of genres. They currently meet on Zoom at 7pm, the third Wednesday of each month.

Sunday, June 12, 2pm –In Search of Pink Flamingoes: A Woman's Quest for Forgiveness and Unconditional Love by Susan Greisen


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Wednesday, June 15 , 7pm –The Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mysteryby Agatha Christie


Armchair Historians

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Afternoon Book Chat

Join Sittrea in the Readings Gallery on the second Wednesday of the month at 1pm for a lively early afternoon book chat. Everyone welcome. Wednesday, July 13, 1pm –The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman

Let's chat, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written. We meet in person in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven the second Monday of the month at 7pm.

Climate Action Book Club

Monday, June 13, 7pm –Grant by Ron Chernow - Such a great subject, they started the discussion in May and are continuing in June.

Village Books is excited to join with Sustainable Connections in presenting this exciting virtual book group.

Participants receive 15% off all book group reading selections. Just mention the group when paying!

Thursday, June 16, 8am on Zoom! –A Field Guide to Climate Anxiety: How to Keep Your Cool on a Warming Planet by Sarah Jaquette Ray

In-Person Book Group Meetings: No registration required. Unless otherwise note, authors do not attend VB Reads.

Join Mandy’s Book Club, powered by Village Books, and escape into a new book each month! See Mandy’s Book Club Facebook Page to stay up to date on what book they're reading and to join the written discussion. Join this virtual discussion whenever it fits into YOUR schedule!

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