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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • FALL 2021


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AUTHOR EVENTS! See pages 67-71 and watch for updates

A Magazine For the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers


Books Unite Us. CENSORSHIP Divides Us. Celebrate Your Right to Read! September 26 – October 2, 2021 Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Launched in 1982, it was created in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. This year’s American Library Association’s Top 10 Most Challenged Books list includes titles that address racism and racial justice, as well as those that shared the stories of Black, Indigenous, or people of color. As with previous years, LGBTQ+ content also dominated the books on the list.

Most Challenged Books of 2020 George by Alex Gino Stamped :

Racism, Antiracism, and You

by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Stop by during Banned Books week to check out our display of challenged books then challenge YOURSELF to read one!


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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader,

As book lovers, we love good punctuation. We embrace a perfect comma, a clever parenthetical comment, or a well-placed semicolon. However, it feels like we have lived and are living in a land of asterisks, ellipses, and question marks. People often ask us “How is the store doing?” and our answer is often “Fine?” We are still here; our doors are still open. We are excited about the return of in-person events (which maybe should have an asterisk) and the potential of kid-distanced storytimes. We are delighted about our new managers – no caveats necessary—and we are excited about the abundance of new books and gifts. But we have also lived in the ellipses. We’ve omitted, we’ve elided, and we’ve simply lost time. And yet… We are cautiously optimistic and ultimately hopeful. We’ve had a few events in-store and have been overjoyed by seeing faces in our events space. We’re hiring and are buoyed by the number of applicants who tell us, “I love coming here and would love to work here.” And even though the future at the best of times is a gigantic question mark, we have no doubt that we have the support of you, dear Reader. Thank you.

–Sarah, Kelly, Paul,

and the Entire Team at Village Books & Paper Dreams


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Fall 2021 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Eric Bowen, Rick Bramham, Lillie Brown, Kendra Calitri, Kelly Carbert, Erin Chervenock, Gaye Davis, Ronnie Delgado, Peter Dyer, Kelly Evert, Chase Gartner, Paul Hanson, Chloe Hovind, Sarah Hutton, Maia Kreis, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Laura Picco, Hanna Reynolds, Emily Thomsen, Mariam Wolters Cover: This October Marks 17 Years in Our "New" Building! Time sure flies when you're having fun selling books and cool gifts. Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2021 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!

Village Books & Paper Dreams 1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA 98225 and 430 Front Street, Lynden, WA 98264

In This Issue... – Kelly, Paul, Sarah Banned Book Week–Challenge Yourself 2

and theReader Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family Dear 3 Round It Up for Opportunity Council 4 New Managers for Village Books & Paper Dreams 5-6 What's Going On? Fall Festivities 7-10 Subscribe to Our First Editions Club 11 Whatcom Reads 2022 - Greenwood 12 Fantastic Fiction, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Mystery 13-25 Chuckanut Writers - New Classes 26-27 The Chuckanut Radio Hour is Back! 29 Evolve Cafe - Sweets Sips Savories 30 Bookstore Bakers! See What Our Staff is Up To 31-32 Cooking, Eating 33-36 Shopping With Kelly - In the Kitchen! 37-38 Current Events, History, Biography 39-43 Custom Gift Packages 44 Performing Arts, Poetry, Self-Help, Humor, Sail 45-48 Nature of Writing Series Events & Titles 49-50 Nature, Science, Gardens, Mushrooms 51-52 Great Reads and Activities for Kids, Teens, Teachers 53-65 Live Events Update - Some Changes to Note 66 Virtual AND In-Person Events 67-72

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Opportunity Council

Join us in supporting this season’s Round It Up partner The Opportunity Council! The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. Their mission is to help people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities. For over 50 years, they have offered a broad scope of services that range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, eviction-prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-sufficiency in our community (early childhood education, home weatherization). Join us in supporting this wonderful local organization.

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. Ask a bookseller for details.

See to learn more what the Opportunity Council offers and to discover additional ways to support and utilize their services.

Be the Change

Open Mic & Spanish Open Mic with Seán Dwyer

Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems, and essays—or to read your own! Regular emcee and celebrated local author Seán Dwyer hosts. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so secure your spot by emailing Seán at When? Last Mondays of the month on Zoom AND now also in-person in the Village Books Readings Gallery. We're testing our hybrid event technology so thanks for your patience. Masks are required in the Readings Gallery. Join Us! In Spanish at 6pm • In English at 7pm


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hen someone asks, "How are you doing?", just like everyone else these days, a number of answers come to mind. Well, since Erin Chervenock and Maia Kreis became our new Store Manager and Assistant Manager (respectively) in June, we're happy to say that "We're managing!" As you'll see, each of them comes to us with a wealth of experience and varied interests and, together, they are indeed a dynamic duo of talents and expertise.

Erin is a Bellingham native, growing up on Telegraph Road before there was a mall, with two sisters, a number of cats, and a few dogs along the way. She recalls the first book she was able to read, a Little Golden Book called Lady (of Lady and the Tramp fame). Her mother recalls reading it over and over to 4-year old Erin, who memorized it and then was off on her lifetime reading adventure. Erin spent her school days in the library, her summers at the public library, and, as she got older, at Village Books or Tony's Coffeehouse with book in hand. She credits Chuck and Dee Robinson for inspiring her to become a bookseller, and when Erin (L) and Maia (R) she left Bellingham for college, began a 12 year career in bookselling with Barnes & Noble in the Seattle area. Erin's degree is in English Literature, with the plan to move into Library Sciences, but the pull of bookselling was strong, so she stayed with it. After too many years in Seattle and drained of the will to deal with Seattle traffic, she relocated to Bellingham to raise her son. She thought getting back into bookselling was a great idea, and applied to just one bookstore: Village Books and Paper Dreams. Just a few months later, she was delighted to become the Store Manager at the place that first inspired her to sell books. Village's previous Store Manager, Lauren Sommer, has moved on to pursue different passions, and her imprint on Village Books is still very palpable. Erin is eternally grateful to Lauren, for her open and sharing ways, and for embodying the culture and beliefs of Village so well. You can typically find Erin perusing the Fiction or Sci-Fi shelves. She is a fan of Anthony Doerr, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, Mark Z Danielewski, Haruki Murakami, and, in general, any authors that tell a quirky story well. Her favorite author is Franz Kafka, and thinks everyone should read The Trial. Continued... Shop 24/7 at

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Maia hails from Bothell, but has lived in numerous locations around the Pacific Northwest. As a young person, Maia wanted to be a teacher and read aloud to her bedroom every day. Her family likes to reminisce that it didn’t matter what book she read, it always had the same content: “and the bear went up the tree” [turns page] “and the bear went up the tree” [turns page]…and so on. Much like in her childhood, Maia still loves reading books about animals, whether they are children’s or adult books. She also likes mysteries, thrillers, and anything about snails. Yes, snails. You may find Maia perusing the nature book section, or over in Paper Dreams feeding her obsession with tiny bowls. The King County Library System is where Maia found herself in her first job, which morphed into multiple jobs over the years, only leaving to pursue her Biology degree and passion for teaching and science in Oregon, where she became an Outdoor Educator. Maia enjoyed many years in multiple locations leading science hikes; pointing out fossils, insects, flowers, and animals to elementary school students! Though fun and very enriching, it was time to put down roots. Maia now happily lives in Bellingham with her partner and two very sassy kittens. She is excited to start this new chapter in her life, combining her first love, reading, with her second loves, teaching and organizing, as the new Assistant Manager! We're happy to have them both on our management team and look forward to all of the fun and exciting things they'll help us do in our stores and with our community. Stop by, say hello to both Erin and Maia, swap book recommendations, and welcome them aboard in their new roles!


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Friday, October 1, 2021

Literacy Trivia Bee A Virtual Battle of Wits! ? ? ?  



Have you heard the buzz? 

The Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Trivia Bee is Friday, October 1st.

Join the Whatcom Literacy Council Friday, October 1 from 7pm to 9pm for the 2021 online Trivia Bee. Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio and Ken Jennings of Jeopardy! fame will co-host this battle of wits as teams of three compete once again for the traveling Totten Trophy. Ryan Budds returns with his slick virtual format which immediately calculates who answers correctly in the quickest amount of time.


by: Eric McCandless/ ABC

You’ll have a great night of fun while helping the WLC help others. All proceeds support the Whatcom Literacy Council’s efforts to provide literacy tutoring to adults in Whatcom County. Teams are forming now. Contact for team registration ($75 for three players) and information about sponsorships. It's always a blast!


Don't miss the ONLINE SILENT AUCTION in the week leading up to the TRIVIA BEE: September 25 through October 2.


One item you can bid on in the auction will be

TEA WITH NANCY PEARL! Seriously! Nancy is donating a book discussion for up to 12 people on the afternoon of December 11. She will come to your home to talk about BOOKS; holiday refreshments will be provided. This would make a lovely holiday treat for a book club! Watch for the links to the auction posted on the Literacy Council FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as well as the website. The auction is open to EVERYONE!

Funds raised will support adult literacy programs.

Register Now!

Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl Friday, November 5, 8am - 9am

This year's Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl will be a virtual event from 8am to 9am on Friday, November 5th. Bring your own coffee as the Literacy Council shares highlights of their services and author/librarian/NPR commentator Nancy Pearl offers her book recommendations for the year. Pearl's book list will be linked to the Village Books website for easy shopping­— a percentage of sales will be dontated to WLC. Registration is required and will be available via; a donation supporting the adult literacy programs of the Whatcom Literacy Council is expected. Thank You for Shopping Local. It Matters!

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Saturday, September 4, 10am - 5pm

in Fairhaven

Enjoy special offers throughout the district! From 10am-5pm, 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. You'll find special bargains, discontinued items, overstock, and things you never knew you couldn't live without.

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

2021 International Day of Peace Rad & Real Turning Imagination into Action

Tuesday, September 21 In Person at Maritime Heritage Park

& Sunday, September 19 A Virtual Gathering

In solidarity with people around the world, Whatcom Peace & Justice Center (WPJC) will host TWO International Day of Peace celebrations­— one in person AND one virtually! WPJC seeks to build a culture of peace by educating and empowering our community to action, so the theme for this year's “Rad & Real: Turning Imagination Into Action" bridges their capacity to radically reimagine a better future with the relationships, practices and follow-through necessary to make it possible. International Day of Peace is the WPJC signature event

of the year and will feature Swinomish and Visayan elder, peacemaker and educator, SHELLY V ENDIOLA as the keynote speaker. The program on the 19th will include the presentation of this year’s Lifetime Peacemaker Award, as well as inspiring performances by local artists and a community fair.

Congratulations to activist, educator, and anthropologist Dr. James Loucky­— this year's Rosemary and Howard Harris Lifetime Peacemaker Awardee!

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Sunday, September 26, 11am - 2pm

For the Love of Fairhaven


Fall Brunch


Fairhaven Fourth Friday

Art Walks

September 24, 5pm - 8pm October 22, 5pm - 8pm November 26, 5pm - 8pm

Celebrate the businesses and individuals that make a difference in the life of Fairhaven at the Fall Brunch–an annual awards celebration and fundraiser. With a live auction, silent raffle, mimosas, bloody marys, a delicious brunch buffet, and honorary awards.

Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Every fourth Friday of each month, except December, merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists. Come to the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk to meet the artists, see demonstrations, partake in refreshments, and enjoy entertainment. Each month features new exciting artists.

$45/person or $500/VIP table of eight. Watch for additional registration details.

It's a Peep Show!

New This Year! Saturday, October 16, 11am - 5pm


Chicken Festival on the Fairhaven Village Green Don't miss the very first Fairhaven Chicken Festival where you can mingle with our community's coolest chickens. There will be contests, vendors, and entertainment.

Art by Scott Ward

If you live in Fairhaven, Edgemoor, South Bellingham, Happy Valley, or South Hill and would like to show off YOUR hen, you can register your chicken(s) for a two-hour slot at There are 8 spaces available during three time slots so don't delay. Judges will be looking for the most impressive chickens and there will be a People's Choice Award. Dress yourself and/or your chicken(s) and you could win even more.

GOT CHICKEN ART? If you're an artist or crafts person with chicken themed creations, you can register for a vendor booth.

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EVERYONE is invited to come and enjoy the festivities! Fall 2021


Save the Date!

Sunday, November 14

Village Books & Paper Dreams


Open House Mark your calendars and be sure to join us for the festive annual Village Books & Paper Dreams pre-holiday open house! You'll get a jump on your holiday shopping while enjoying special offers, the always popular book walk, and much more on this day of celebration and fun.


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Enter the Fairhaven Winterfest

All Ages

“Tales of the Season” Writing Contest

Historic Fairhaven Association's Winterfest seeks 300-500 word stories expressing 'The Magic of the Season'. Selected stories will be featured in two live readings in December and printed posters of the works will hang in the windows of local businesses during Winterfest. There is a $5 entry fee. Authors can be of any age, 5 to 95 and beyond! Once you have registered you will receive submission instructions. Final submissions are due November 17th, 2021.

Art by Scott Ward

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Fairhaven Winterfest 2021 Mark your calendars for November 26 — the kick-off of Winterfest, Fairhaven's month-long celebration of the season!

It will be here before you know it so get ready to join us in celebrating the magic of the holidays. Prepare to shop among glimmering tree lights under winter sky, enjoy holiday decorations, listen to music, find holiday stories in shop windows, and stroll the candlelit path in the chilly air. A







With decorated windows, a holiday market, tree-lighting celebration, horse-drawn carriage rides, visits with Father Christmas, a lighted bike parade, holiday movie nights, and a caroling competition there is always something magical happening. Watch for updates.


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To Something New Do you love good books? Appreciate a nice surprise? Enjoy receiving packages in the mail or need a gift for someone who does? Then you should check out the Village Books First Editions Subscription Club­—it's a great and easy way to expand your library and to read things you might otherwise have missed. Receive a shipment six times per year! For the price of the current book pick + $5.00, you will now receive a package including: 1) A first edition hardcover title hand-selected by our buyers for their quality writing and collectability potential. 2) A randomly selected advanced reader copy of a recent book. 3) Fun additional goodies like bookmarks, buttons, stickers—a little something extra.



Note: Previously called Signed First Edition Club, we have renamed our club the First Edition Club with the acknowledgement that we curate the best titles available for our members and, with a decrease in touring authors, it is difficult to always find signed copies of these particular books.

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Join Whatcom’s Largest Book Group! Read the Book. Join the Conversation. Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. The 2022 reading selection is Greenwood by bestselling novelist Michael Christie.

Michael Christie Greenwood Greenwood charts a family’s rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes. And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath author Michael Christie’s effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival, for the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light. Christie is also the author of the highly regarded novel If I Fall, If I Die. Enjoy reading Greenwood and watch for upcoming 2022 events and book discussions culminating with a visit by the author in March, 2022.

Village Books donates 10% of sales of Greenwood to Whatcom READS. 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.

Whatcom READS ART Challenge Read. Create. Enjoy.

Participate! Read the book then get creative. All ages & mediums welcome. Watch for details. At the Allied Arts Gallery, 1418 Cornwall Ave. Downtown Bellingham, WA


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Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all

R ECONCILIATION ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by the Whatcom READS book each year. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology and contributors are invited to read at a public presentation. The theme for 2022 is

INTERCONNECTEDNESS, drawn from Michael Christie’s novel, Greenwood. Find submission guidelines at Building Community One Book at a Time

Jonathan Franzen In Conversation with Maria Semple Virtual Event

Tuesday, October 12, 6pm Village Books is teaming up with five stellar PNW bookstores to bring National Book Award-winner Jonathan Franzen to you on zoom! He will be joined by bestselling Seattle author, Maria Semple.

Crossroads – A Key to All Mythologies, Volume#1 available in October, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

The first volume in the trilogy A Key to All Mythologies, Crossroads is a sweeping yet deeply intimate story that encompasses all the "mythologies"—the political, religious, intellectual, social, and emotional crosscurrents that have swept like wildfire across American life in the past decades. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident.

Tickets: $35: Includes an autographed* copy of Crossroads (*autographs while supplies last)

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New Fiction The Every


available in October, hardcover, McSweeney’s Publishing

available in September, hardcover, Riverhead Books

by Dave Eggers

HARDCOVER EXCLUSIVE TO INDIE BOOKSTORES! Can you sense the irony here? When the world’s largest search engine/social media company, the Circle, merges with the planet’s dominant e-commerce site, it creates the richest and most dangerous–and, oddly enough, most beloved–monopoly ever known: the Every. Studded with unforgettable characters and lacerating set pieces, The Every blends satire and terror, while keeping the reader in breathless suspense about the fate of the company–and the human animal. The Every will be available in a dizzying array of cover variations. Pre-order your copy today.

by Lauren Groff Equally alive to the sacred and the profane, Matrix gathers currents of violence, sensuality, and religious ecstasy in a mesmerizing portrait of consuming passion, aberrant faith, and a woman named Marie de France that history moves both through and around. Lauren Groff’s new novel, her first since Fates and Furies, is a defiant and timely exploration of the raw power of female creativity in a corrupted world.

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New Fiction A Calling for Charlie Barnes by Joshua Ferris

available in September, hardcover, Little, Brown & Co.

Someone is telling the story of the life of Charlie Barnes, and it doesn't appear to be going well. When the twin calamities of the Great Recession and a cancer scare come along to compound his troubles, his dreams dwindle further, and an infinite past full of forking paths quickly tapers to a black dot. Then, against all odds, something goes right for a change: Charlie is granted a second act. With help from his storyteller son, he surveys the facts of his life and finds his true calling where he least expects it—in a sacrifice that resounds with selflessness and love—at last becoming the man his son always knew he could be.

Cracked Pots

by Heather Tucker available in October, hardcover, Misfit Book

If you’re like me, you read the last page of Heather Tucker’s The Clay Girl and needed to know what was to become of Ari Appleton, the novel’s young, resilient protagonist. Here we catch up with Ari as she traverses Canada protecting her little brother, managing her addict mother, and trying to just live. This book is peppered with gems of wisdom like, when bad sh*t happens, look for the treasures in the detritus. This book is a treasure. –Claire

Book Orders

Though we stock thousands and thousands of titles, we cannot carry everything on our shelves. Our friendly, knowledgeable booksellers are happy to get any available book for you. • in person seven days a week • by phone: Fairhaven - 360.671.2626 and Lynden - 360.526.2133 • or shop 24 hours a day online at

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

available in October, hardcover, Viking

Amor Towles, the acclaimed author of the bestselling novel A Gentleman in Moscow, is back and has gone a completely different direction with his latest story set in 1954 Nebraska. Emmett Watson is newly out of juvenile detention and goes home to the family farm that has been foreclosed to pick up his eight-year-old brother, Billy, and head to California to start over. They soon discover that two buddies from detention have followed him home and the four put together a completely different plan and head to New York City. The story spans just ten days but is packed full of characters, beautifully woven scenes, and nostalgia. –Kelly E.

The Women of Troy by Pat Barker

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

A daring and timely feminist retelling of The Iliad from the perspective of the women of Troy who endured it--an extraordinary follow up to The Silence of the Girls from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Regeneration Trilogy. An important, powerful, memorable book. –Emily Wilson, translator of The Odyssey.

Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

available in September, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A new novel by Sally Rooney, the bestselling author of Normal People and Conversations with Friends. Alice, a novelist, meets Felix, who works in a warehouse, and asks him if he’d like to travel to Rome with her. In Dublin, her best friend, Eileen, is getting over a break-up, and slips back into flirting with Simon, a man she has known since childhood. Alice, Felix, Eileen, and Simon are still young—but life is catching up with them. They desire each other, they delude each other, they get together, they break apart. Are they standing in the last lighted room before the darkness, bearing witness to something? Will they find a way to believe in a beautiful world?

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New Fiction Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr

available in September, hardcover, Scribner

This new novel will blow your mind. The story line spans centuries across time and space, to bring you incredible characters all united by an ancient book. It is a beautiful tribute to libraries, stories, and our precious and precarious planet. I haven’t consumed a book this fast since my reading by flashlight under the covers days. Please, for the love of books, make this your next read! –Emily

A new novel from the author of All the Light We Cannot See

With the same brilliant cadence and grace as All the Light We Cannot See, Doerr brings us the amazing life of a book, carried through the years and through different cultures. His book, titled after the book of his story, begins in medias res: in the middle of events we do not yet understand. With each turn of the page, the story twines through different times and different characters, all with one key similarity. This book will win many awards, deservedly. –Erin


Poison for Breakfast

by Richard Powers

by Lemony Snicket

available in September, hardcover, W.W. Norton

available now, hardcover, Liveright

The astrobiologist Theo Byrne searches for life throughout the cosmos while single-handedly raising his unusual nineyear-old, Robin, following the death of his wife. Robin is a warm, kind boy who spends hours painting elaborate pictures of endangered animals. He’s also about to be expelled from third grade for smashing his friend in the face. He learns of an experimental neurofeedback treatment to bolster Robin’s emotional control, one that involves training the boy on the recorded patterns of his mother’s brain.

The Mad Women’s Ball

Over the course of his long and auspicious career, Mr. Snicket has investigated many things, including villainy, treachery, conspiracy, ennui, and various suspicious fires. In this book, he is investigating his own death. It is different from other books Mr. Snicket has written. It could be said to be a book of philosophy, something almost no one likes, but it is also a mystery, and many people claim to like those. Certainly Mr. Snicket didn’t relish the dreadful task of solving it, but he had no choice. It was put in front of him, right there, on his plate.

The Reading List

by Victoria Mas, translated by Frank Wynne

by Sara Nisha Adams

available now, hardcover, William Morrow

available in September, hardcover, Overlook Press

The Salpetriere Asylum: Paris, 1885. Dr. Charcot holds all of Paris in thrall with his displays of hypnotism on women who have been deemed mad. But the truth is much more complicated—these women are often simply inconvenient. Genevieve is a senior nurse. After the childhood death of her sister, she placed her faith in both the celebrated psychiatrist Dr. Charcot and science. But everything begins to change when she meets Eugenie. Because Eugenie has a secret: she sees spirits. Eugenie is determined to escape from the asylum—and the bonds of her gender—and seek out those who will believe in her.

This is just a ver y sweet and heartwarming story about love and friendship. Set in London, widower Mukesh lives a quiet life after losing his wife. Aleisha is a young adult working at the local library when she discovers a list of books stuck in a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. It is a list of novels she has never heard of. Mukesh finds the library after deciding to honor his wife’s love of books. There the pair make a friendship over the list of books as they read through them and talk about them and life. –Kelly E.

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New Hardcover Fiction Harlem Shuffle

by Colson Whitehead available in September, hardcover, Doubleday

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys, a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 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.

Personal Librarian

by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray available now, hardcover, Berkley Books

Descended from freed slaves, Belle da Costa Green passes as white woman in the Jim Crow era in order to pursue her dreams, becoming J.P. Morgan's personal librarian for his collection of rare books and art. A woman of immense style, wit, and loyalty, Belle navigates a life of secrecy amongst city elites, risking everything should her true identity be discovered. Fans of historical fiction and memoirs will love this incredible black woman's story! –Chloe

Horror The Death of Jane Lawrence by Caitlin Starling

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

Practical, unassuming Jane Shoringfield has done the calculations, and decided that the most secure path forward is this: a husband, in a marriage of convenience, who will allow her to remain independent and occupied with meaningful work. Her first choice, the dashing but reclusive doctor Augustine Lawrence, agrees to her proposal with only one condition: that she must never visit him at Lindridge Hall, his crumbling family manor outside of town. Yet on their wedding night, an accident strands her at his door in a pitch-black rainstorm, and she finds him changed. Set in a dark-mirror version of post-war England, Starling crafts a new kind of gothic horror from the bones of the beloved canon. This story assembles, then upends, every expectation and will leave readers shaken, desperate to begin again as soon as they are finished.


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Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton

available now, hardcover, Hachette

What does ST do after the zombie apocalypse? How does he find other crows?  How does he care for the one human left? The follow up to the wonderful Hollow Kingdom is here.  And our brilliant domesticated crow ST has set out on a new adventure and has new friends (and foe). How does he keep from 'fowling' up his most important flock? –Kelly E.

d Thursday, September cance9,le7pm

The Chuckanut Radio Hour at the FireHouse Arts & Events Center featuring

Kira Jane Buxton

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The City of Mist : Stories by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

available in November, hardcover, Harper Perennial

Bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón conceived of this collection of stories as an appreciation to the countless readers who joined him on the extraordinary journey that began with The Shadow of the Wind. Comprising eleven stories, most of them never before published in English, The City of Mist offers the reader compelling characters, unique situations, and a gothic atmosphere reminiscent of his beloved Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet.


by Rachel Yoder available now, hardcover, Doubleday

A woman abandons her art career to become a mother, then soon finds herself in over her head to the point that she becomes a feral dog. The first page of the novel finds our narrator discovering a patch of coarse hair on the back of her neck and her canines getting sharper. It's all downhill from there in this wild, unhinged debut by Rachel Yoder, who deftly handles this outlandish plot. –Peter

Building Community One Book at a Time

Virtual Event


in conversation with

Karen Joy Fowler

Join us on Zoom as we welcome two amaazing authors! Ruth Ozeki is a filmmaker, Zen Buddhist priest, and the award-winning author of three novels including A Tale for the Time Being, a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Karen Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club, a New York Times bestseller. They will chat about Ozeki's latest novel.

The Book of Form and Emptiness available in September, hardcover, Viking

"Heart-breaking and heart-healing—a book to not only keep us absorbed but also to help us think and love and live and listen. No one writes quite like Ruth Ozeki and The Book of Form and Emptiness is a triumph." –Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library

Wednesday, September 22, 6pm

Tickets: $35: includes an autographed* copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness (while supplies last).

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The Sentence

The Apollo Murders

by Louise Erdrich

by Chris Hadfield

available in November, hardcover, Harper

In this unusual and forceful novel, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award–winning author Louise Erdrich creates a wickedly funny ghost story while asking what we owe to the living, the dead, to the reader, and to the book. In The Sentence, a small independent bookstore in Minneapolis is haunted from November 2019 to November 2020 by the store's most annoying customer, Flora, who dies on All Soul's Day, but simply won't leave the store. Tookie, who has landed a job selling books after years of incarceration that she survived by reading “with murderous attention,” must solve the mystery of this haunting while at the same time trying to understand all that occurs in Minneapolis during a year of grief, astonishment, isolation, and furious reckoning.

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available in October, hardcover, Mulholland Books

Kaz Zemeckis lost an eye while flying jets, ruining his astronaut career. Now he's using his expertise to help astronauts from NASA's manned space command. Intelligence learns that there's a Soviet space station spying on the Americans and Apollo 18 might be the only chance to stop it. After a deadly accident happens, it appears not everything is as it seems.... A thrilling debut novel by Astronaut Chris Hadfield. I was so excited to pick up this book! Who would know more about space than someone who's been there? Add murder, a covert mission to the moon during the space race, and the detail only a former astronaut can bring and, voila, you have an excellent book! –Hanna R.

The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

available in November, hardcover, Harper

Adrift in a raft after a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle for survival at sea. Three days pass. Short on water, food, and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him in.“Thank the Lord we found you,” a passenger says.“I am the Lord,” the man whispers. So begins Mitch Albom’s most beguiling and inspiring novel yet.

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Fall 2021


New & Upcoming Fiction A Single Rose

by Muriel Barbery available in September, hardcover, Europa

Rose has just turned forty when she gets a call from a lawyer asking her to come to Kyoto to be guided along a mysterious itinerary designed by her deceased and estranged father. As the reading of the will gets closer, Rose’s father finally, posthumously, opens his heart to his daughter, offering her a poignant understanding of his love and a way to accept all she has lost.

The Last Chance Library by Freya Sampson

available now, hardcover, Berkley

Lonely librarian June Jones has never left the sleepy English village where she grew up. Shy and reclusive, the thirty-year-old would rather spend her time buried in books than venture out into the world. But when her library is threatened with closure, June is forced to emerge from behind the shelves to save the heart of her community and the place that holds the dearest memories of her mother.


by Dolly Alderton

The Memoirs of Stockholm Sven by Nathaniel Ian Miller

available in October, hardcover, Hachette

Set in the decades between the two World Wars, this is the captivating story of one man who banishes himself to a solitary life in the Arctic Circle, testing himself against the elements. Then the arrival of an unlikely visitor changes everything. Written with wry humor, this book is a testament to the strength of our human bonds, reminding us that even in the most inhospitable conditions on the planet, we are not beyond the reach of love.

A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

When a young man is found murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women: Laura is the one-night stand last seen in the victim’s home. Carla is the grief-stricken aunt, and Miriam is the neighbor who found the body but also has secrets. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Nina thought that she and Max had amazing chemistry, but when Max ghosts her, Nina is forced to deal with everything she’s been trying so hard to ignore: her father’s Alzheimer’s is getting worse, and so is her mother’s denial of it; her editor hates her new book idea; and her best friend from childhood is icing her out. Funny, tender, and eminently, movingly relatable, Ghosts is a whip-smart tale of relationships and modern life.


by Gayl Jones available in September, hardcover, Beacon Press

Intricate and compelling, Palmares recounts the journey of Almeyda, a Black slave girl who comes of age on Portuguese plantations and escapes to a fugitive slave settlement called Palmares. Following its destruction, Almeyda embarks on a journey across colonial Brazil to find her husband, lost in battle. Her story brings to life a world impacted by greed, conquest, and colonial desire.


Fall 2021

The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All by Josh Ritter

available in September, hardcover, Hanover Square Press

A lyrical, sweeping novel about the last days of the lumberjacks from nationally bestselling author and acclaimed musician Josh Ritter. In the tiny timber town of Cordelia, Idaho, everyone has heard tales of the Applegates. Local legend says their family line boasts some of the greatest lumberjacks to ever roam the American West. As a child, he dreamed of joining the rowdy ranks of his ancestors in their epic, axe-swinging adventures. But at the beginning of the twentieth century, times are changing fast, and the jacks are dying out. On his deathbed nearly a century later, Weldon Applegate recounts his life in all its glory, filled with tall tales writ large with murder, mayhem, avalanches and bootlegging. Braided with haunting saloon tunes and just the right dose of magic, The Great Glorious Goddamn of It All is a novel bursting with heart, humor, and an utterly transporting adventure that is sure to sweep you away into the beauty of the tall snowy mountain timber.

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New & Upcoming Fiction The Guide by Peter Heller

available now, hardcover, Knopf

When Jack, who works for the elite Kingfisher Lodge, is assigned to guide a well-known singer, his only job is to rig her line, carry her gear, and steer her to the best trout he can find. But then a human scream pierces the night, and Jack soon realizes that this idyllic fishing lodge may be merely a cover for a far more sinister operation.

Carmilla, Deluxe Edition : The Cult Classic That Inspired Dracula

by Sheridan Le Fanu

available in September, hardcover, Pushkin Press

In an isolated castle deep in the Austrian forest, teenaged Laura leads a solitary life with only her father, attendant and tutor for company. Until one night, a horse-drawn carriage crashes into view, carrying an unexpected guest—the beautiful Carmilla. So begins a feverish friendship between Laura and her new companion. As Carmilla becomes increasingly strange and volatile, prone to eerie nocturnal wanderings, Laura finds herself tormented by nightmares and growing weaker by the day.

Oh William!

by Elizabeth Strout available in October, hardcover, Random House

Strout’s iconic heroine Lucy Barton, of My Name Is Lucy Barton, recounts her complex, tender relationship with William, her first husband—and longtime, on-again-off-again friend and confidant. Recalling their college years, through the birth of their daughters, the painful dissolution of their marriage, and the lives they built with other people, Strout weaves a portrait, stunning in its subtlety, of a decades-long partnership.


by Bernhard Schlink available in September, hardcover, HarperVia

By the author of The Reader, Schlink brings us another unforgettable woman. Olga is raised by her grandmother in a Prussian village, where she is far from living an affluent life. She falls in love with Herbert, the son of a local aristocrat. While Herbert heads out to pursue adventure all over the planet, Olga quietly waits for him as she works to take care of herself. But as she does she meets many people along the way that she cares for and touches with her intelligence, keen observance, and uncompromising personality. –Kelly E.


by Yeo-sun Kwon available in October, hardcover, Other Press

Teenager Kim Hae-on is killed in what becomes known as the High School Beauty Murder. But when the suspects alibis check out, the case goes cold. Seventeen years pass without any resolution, and the grief and uncertainty take a cruel toll on her younger sister. Unable to move on with her life, Da-on tries in her own way to recover some of what she’s lost, ultimately setting out to find the truth of what happened.


by John Le Carré available in October, hardcover, Viking

One evening, Julian is accosted by Edward, a Polish émigré living in Silverview, the big house on the edge of town, and seems to know a lot about Julian’s family and the inner workings of his modest new bookshop. When a letter turns up at the door of a spy chief in London warning him of a dangerous leak, the investigations lead him to this quiet town by the sea.

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Fall 2021





An Evening with

David Sedaris

Sunday | September 19, 2021 | 7:00PM


ith sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. His new book, The Best of Me, is a collection of 42 previously published stories and essays, about which novelist Andrew Sean Greer wrote in the New York Times: “You must read The Best of Me. It will be a new experience, knowing that enough time has passed to find humor in the hardest parts of life. More than ever— we’re allowed to laugh.”


Sunday | October 24, 2021 | 3:00PM


atapult yourself into a captivating and humorous world of shadow stories. Marvel as this talented troupe of world-class dancer-athletes create ever-changing shadow illusions using only their bodies. You will never know what’s coming next! Packed with hundreds of awe-inspiring shape transformations, the show is full of humor, music, and engaging stories. “There is no other act like them. I think they’re very unique, they’re very special.” —Heidi Klum, America’s Got Talent


Tickets starting at just $21.50*

Fran Lebowitz

Stunt Dog Experience



An Evening with Saturday | February 26, 2022 | 7:30PM uthor, journalist, and social observer Fran Lebowitz uses humor and her unique perspective to criticize city living, current events, and the everyday irritations of modern life. In a cultural landscape filled with endless pundits and talking heads, Lebowitz stands out as one of our most insightful social commentators. Catch her Emmy-nominated documentary series Pretend It’s a City, directed by Martin Scorsese, streaming now on Netflix.

Thursday | November 11, 2021 | 7:00PM heer on furry friends from animal rescues nationwide in big air acrobatics and athletic feats! Thrill at live entertainment for the whole family—for less than the movies! Back by popular demand, these stars will soar, spin, jump, and fly into your heart. This high-energy, interactive show features dogs who love their work and their trainers. Chris Perondi and his crew work tirelessly to put animals and humans together for uplifting fun. Tickets starting at just $8.50*

Tickets starting at just $29.50*

An Evening with

Amy Tan

Black Violin



Sunday | May 8, 2022 | 3:00PM my is the New York Times bestselling author of The Joy Luck Club, The Kitchen God’s Wife, The Hundred Secret Senses, The Bonesetter’s Daughter, The Valley of Amazement, memoir The Opposite of Fate, and a book about writing titled Where the Past Begins: A Writer’s Memoir. Amy Tan is the subject of a documentary directed by James Redford titled Amy Tan: Unintended Memoir now on Netflix. Tickets starting at just $29.50*

Friday | March 11, 2022 | 7:30PM enture into change as classical strings infused with hip-hop beats shatter stereotypes on- and off-stage. With their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” Black Violin overcomes stereotypes and encourages people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are joined by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. Tickets starting at just $8.50*

Mount Baker Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the perfoming arts.


Fall 2021



Building Community One Book at a Time

Paperback Fiction Cold Millions


available in September, paperback, Harper Perennial

available in October, paperback, Riverhead Books

by Jess Walter

A widely praised and exciting piece of historical fiction set in Washington. The Spokane of 1909 was a major crossroads of commerce and social upheaval. Workers were treated horribly. Walter creates an appealing pair of brothers who navigate the turmoil as the budding labor movement pushes back, and then gets pushed back- violently. Meticulously researched, fast-moving, and involving. –Rick

by Bryan Washington

A page-turner and a tear-jerker, Bryan Washington's novel accurately depicts gay relationships in the internet age. Holding absolutely nothing back, you'll find yourself growing an affinity for all the characters in the novel as if they are your own friends. I tore through this in a couple of days, and am so excited to see what Bryan Washington does next. –Peter

The Once and Future Witches

Anxious People

available in September, paperback, Hachette

This play on a crime caper is the perfect book to accompany your next long weekend getaway. A botched bank robbery and an apartment showing collide to bring together an unlikely yet lovable cast of characters who will have you questioning who the "bad guy" truly is. The plot and premise stray from what Backman has done before but the story unfolds with the same humor and pitch-perfect poignancy that we love him for. –Emily

by Alix E. Harrow

In the late 1800s, three sisters use witchcraft to change the course of history in this powerful novel of magic, family, and the suffragette movement. An homage to the indomitable power and persistence of women, The Once and Future Witches reimagines stories of revolution, motherhood, and women's suffrage—the lost ways are calling.

by Fredrik Backman

available now, paperback, Atria Books


by Catherine Lacey available now, paperback, Picador

A haunting, page-turning novel by the marvelous Catherine Lacey. A mysterious figure is found sleeping on a church pew in a small town in the South. When one family finds them, they name them Pew. Shrouded in secrecy, Pew moves through the town, and no one knows what to make of them. Lacey executes this story with slick prose and sly humor. –Peter


by Sayaka Murata available in September, paperback, Grove Press

Wildly different from her charming first novel Convenience Store Woman, Earthlings is an alarming tale of a woman who believes that she is an alien. The tension in the novel builds, resulting in a horrifying resolution that is just as disturbing as it is addictive. This is a perfect book for those spooky fall days. –Peter

Jane Austen and Shelley in the Garden : A Novel with Pictures

by Janet Todd

available in September, paperback, Fentum Press

Fran’s conversations with Jane Austen guide and chide her—but Fran is ready for change after years of teaching, reading and gardening. An encounter with a long-standing English friend, and an American writer, leads to new possibilities. Despite the appeal of solitude, the women open themselves socially to ways of living—outside partnership and family. Jane Austen, as always, has plenty of comments to offer.

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Fall 2021


Open to All

VB Reads

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 groups via Book Groups under the Readers Corner tab at

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Motherhood by the Book This book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm in the Fairhaven VB Readings Gallery 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. Join us!

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Armchair Historians 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.

September 13, 7pm - the 2nd of a two-month discussion of the book, –Chaucer: A European Life by Marion Turner

"Books of a Feather Should Be Read Together" Join Gaye from Village Books, Lynden, and the Front Streeters book group as they discuss classics & re-imagined classics. They currently meet on Zoom at 7pm, the third Wednesday of each month. All are welcome! Watch for possible changes.

VB Reads...

Sunday, September 12, 2pm –The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom

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Lynden Front Streeters

Wednesday, September 15 , 7pm –On Beauty: A Novel by Zadie Smith

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Virtual General Lit


Book Group

Book Chat

with Paul and Kelly

Join Sittrea in the Readings Gallery on the second Wednesday of the month.

Wednesday, September 8, 12pm* –News of the World by Paulette Jiles *This group will move back to it's regular 1pm meeting time in October.

Join Village Books co-owners Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson for a lively discussion of books from a variety of genres. We currently meet via Zoom the first Monday of the month at 7pm. Watch for changes.

Monday, September 6, 7pm –The Living by Annie Dillard

Join this virtual discussion whenever it fits into YOUR schedule!

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Climate Action Book Club Zoom link available at

Thursday, October 21, 8am –All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis edited by Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, Katharine K. Wilkinson


Fall 2021 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 discussion.

Participants receive 15% off all book group reading selections. Just mention the group when paying! Building Community One Book at a Time

Now in Paperback Graphic Novel

Mother Daughter Widow Wife

Far Sector

by Robin Wasserman

available now, paperback, Scribner

Robin Wasserman's latest novel is a fascinating study on memory, identity, and family. Wendy Doe turns up at a memory clinic having lost all trace of her past. A blank slate, she is studied by a young researcher named Lizzie. As she delves into what caused this amnesiac break, Lizzie is forced to look at her own life and identity and to ask, “Who am I, really?” This is a very compelling read. –Claire


by Lynn Steger Strong

by N.K. Jemisin, illustrated by Jamal Campbell

available now, paperback, Picador

available in October, paperback, DC Comics

Newly chosen Green Lantern S o j o u r n e r “J o” Mullein has been protecting the City Enduring, a massive metropolis of 20 billion people. The city has maintained peace for over 500 years by stripping its citizens of their ability to feel. As a result, violent crime is virtually unheard of. But that’s all about to change in this new graphic novel that gives a DC’s Young Animal spin to the legacy of the Green Lanterns!

One of my favorite books released in 2020, Want follows a mother living in Brooklyn who has just filed for bankruptcy. Meditative and quietly angry, Want shines a light on the seemingly ordinary moments in everyday life, and makes them grander in scope. Strong has a commanding presence on the page, one that makes Want a novel you must read in one sitting. –Peter

Science Fiction & Fantasy Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune

available in September, hardcover, Tor Books

When you realize you haven't ever really lived, what would you do if you woke up deceased? Meet Wallace, who just had that kind of day. The colorful cast of characters are like your favorite quirky aunt. Not unlike Klune's fabulous House in the Cerulean Sea, this new effort is sweet, empathetic, and funny. —Erin

A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow

available in October, hardcover, Tordotcom

I’m really selective when it comes to reading fairy tale re-tellings. This new feminist twist on the Sleeping Beauty tale was well worth the read for its fresh premise. Zinnia is doomed to die in her 21st year as a result of water poisoning in her Ohio town. On her 21st birthday, she’s transported to the world of the ‘real’ Sleeping Beauty where she’s determined to prevent the fatal prick of the finger. Filled with cool illustrations, this little novella is a delight. –Claire

The City We Became


available now, paperback, Orbit

available in September, paperback, AK Press

Get to know the physical embodiment of each of the boroughs of New York City as they band together (willingly or not) to defend the very soul of the city against something that only they can fully see and comprehend. This book lays the groundwork for what is sure to be another hit trilogy by N.K. Jemisin! –Emily

Dune’s mother is patient zero of a mysterious illness that stops people in their tracks—in mid-sentence, mid-action, midlife—casting them into a nonresponsive state from which no one recovers. Dune must navigate poverty and the loss of her mother as Detroit’s hospitals, morgues, and graveyards begin to overflow. As the quarantined city slowly empties of life, she investigates what caused the plague, and what might end it.

by N.K. Jemisin

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Fall 2021


Fantasy & Science Fiction Empire of the Vampire

by Jay Kristoff, illustrated by Bon Orthwick available in September, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

From the bestselling author of the Nevernight Chronicle comes the first illustrated volume of an astonishing new dark fantasy saga. It has been 27 long years since the last sunrise. For nearly three decades, vampires have waged war against humanity, building their eternal empire even as they tear down our own. Now, only a few tiny sparks of light endure in a sea of darkness. Gabriel de León is a silversaint: a member of a holy brotherhood dedicated to defending realm and church from the creatures of the night. But even the Silver Order couldn’t stem the tide once daylight failed us, and now, only Gabriel remains. Imprisoned by the very monsters he vowed to destroy, the last silversaint is forced to tell his story. A story of legendary battles and forbidden love, of faith lost and friendships won, of the Wars of the Blood and the Forever King and the quest for humanity’s last remaining hope: The Holy Grail.

Velvet Was the Night by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

available now, hardcover, Del Rey

Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume Mexico City, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger. Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

The Last Graduate : The Scholomance Book #2

by Naomi Novik

available in September, hardcover, Del Rey

At the Scholomance, El, Orion, and the other students are faced with their final year…and the looming specter of graduation: a deadly ritual that barely half the students survive. El is determined that her group will make it out alive, but their prospects are dimming by the day as the savagery of the school ramps up. Until El realizes that sometimes winning the game means throwing out all the rules.

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue, Special Edition by V. E. Schwab

available in October, hardcover, Tor Books

France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Enjoy this gorgeous new collector’s edition that includes six new pieces of art from Addie’s story new to North America readers and an exclusive note from the author. A life no one will remember. A story you will never forget.


by Alex Pheby available in September, hardcover, Tor Books

In the slums of the sea-battered city, a young boy called Nathan Treeves lives with his parents, eking out a meager existence by picking treasures from the Living Mud and the half-formed, short-lived creatures it spawns. Until one day his desperate mother sells him to the mysterious Master of Mordew who derives his magical power from feeding on the corpse of God. Thus begins a visceral story that’s a twisted version of Oliver Twist. Pheby’s writing grabs hold and doesn’t let go. Added bonus, the LIBRO.FM audiobook is amazingly performed. Even better news, it’s the first in a trilogy. This is a well-told tale that deserves to take its time in the telling. –Paul

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

available in September, hardcover, Tor Books

Shizuka Satomi is a brilliant, cursed violinist who must win her soul back from damnation. To do this, she must take seven prodigies as students, then entice each to trade their soul for fame. She has already delivered six. However, rather than the usual pampered genius, the seventh, Katrina Nguyen, is a young transgender runaway with a wild talent, who is fleeing an abusive home. Meanwhile, Lan Tran, a starship captain, has crossed the galaxy with her family to make a new life running a local donut shop. Though she saved them from a galactic war, nothing can stop the end of existence itself. Faustian bargain meets space opera in this genre-bending novel of three vastly different women. “A transformative marvel. I. Loved. This. Book.” –TJ Klune

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Mystery The Madness of Crowds

Echoes of the Dead :

available in September, hardcover, Minotaur Books

by Spencer Kope Lynden Author!

by Louise Penny

It starts innocently enough. While the residents of the Québec village of Three Pines take advantage of the deep snow to ski and toboggan, to drink hot chocolate in the bistro and share meals together, the Chief Inspector finds his holiday with his family interrupted by a simple request: He’s asked to provide security for what promises to be a non-event. A visiting Professor of Statistics will be giving a lecture at the nearby university. While he is perplexed as to why the head of homicide for the Sûreté du Québec would be assigned this task, it sounds easy enough. That is until Gamache starts looking into Professor Abigail Robinson.

A Line to Kill

by Anthony Horowitz available in October, hardcover, Harper

The New York Times bestselling author of the brilliantly inventive The Word Is Murder and The Sentence Is Death returns with his third literary whodunit featuring exDetective Inspector Daniel Hawthorne and his sidekick, author Anthony Horowitz. When they are invited to an exclusive literary festival on Alderney, an idyllic island off the south coast of England, they don’t expect to find themselves in the middle of a murder investigation—or to be trapped with a cold-blooded killer in a remote place with a murky, haunted past. Both a brilliant satire on the world of books and writers and an immensely enjoyable locked-room mystery, A Line to Kill is a triumph.


by John Banville

Now in Paperback!

available in September, paperback, Hanover Square Press

Detective Inspector St. John Strafford has been summoned to County Wexford to investigate a murder. A parish priest has been found dead in Ballyglass House, the family seat of the aristocratic, secretive Osborne family. The year is 1957 and the Catholic Church rules Ireland with an iron fist. Strafford—flinty, Protestant, and determined to identify the murderer—faces obstruction at every turn, from the heavily accumulating snow to the culture of silence in the tight-knit community he begins to investigate. As he delves further, he learns the Osbornes are not at all what they seem. And when his own deputy goes missing, Strafford must work to unravel the ever-expanding mystery before the community’s secrets, like the snowfall itself, threaten to obliterate everything.

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A Special Tracking Unit Novel

available in September, hardcover, Minotaur Books

Magnus “Steps” Craig is the best 'tracker' in the world, renowned for his ability to follow a person's trail anywhere—no matter the terrain or how old the trail. Steps utilizes his unique talent as part of the elite three-man Special Tracking Unit of the FBI, which is called in on cases that require his unparalleled skills. But there’s a secret to his success. Steps has a kind of synesthesia where he can see the ‘essence’ of a person—which appears to him as a unique color or pattern he calls "shine"—on everything they’ve touched. It's a secret Steps has shared with a rare few people and could, if revealed, endanger not only himself but the unit that he serves.

Clark and Division by Naomi Hirahara

available now, hardcover, Soho Crime

Set in 1944 Chicago, Edgar Awardwinner Naomi Hirahara’s eye-opening and poignant new mystery is the story of a young woman searching for the truth about her revered older sister’s death. It brings to focus the struggles of one Japanese American family released from mass incarceration at Manzanar during World War II.

April in Spain by John Banville

available in October, hardcover, Hanover Square Press

Booker Prize winner John Banville returns with a dramatic new mystery on the Spanish coast in this dark and evocative follow up to national bestseller Snow. On the idyllic coast of San Sebastian, Spain, Dublin pathologist Quirke is struggling to relax. When he glimpses a familiar face, it’s hard, at first, to tell whether his imagination is just running away with him. Because this young woman can’t be April Latimer. April was murdered by her brother, years ago—the conclusion to an unspeakable scandal that shook one of Ireland’s foremost political dynasties. Unable to ignore his instincts, Quirke makes a call back home to Ireland and soon Detective St. John Strafford is dispatched to Spain. But he’s not the only one en route. A relentless hitman is on the hunt for his latest prey, and the next victim might be Quirke himself.

Fall 2021



Classes for Your Writing Life

Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out these upcoming virtual classes:

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series Write Your Memoir in September!

Thursdays in September, 5pm-6:30pm As part of the seventh annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month (see Village Books and Red Wheelbarrow Writers' webpages for info), this series of workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words every day. At the end of September you will have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you have 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. Take all four workshops and SAVE! Instructors: Nancy Lou Canyon, Laura Kalpakian, and Cami Ostman Class meets Thursdays, September 2-23 from 5pm-6:30pm (4 sessions) Individual classes are $29 or register for the whole package at $99.

Take All Four Workshops and Save!

Sept. 2 WhaMemWriMo : The Past and the Page: Introduction to Writing Your Memoir

Sept. 9 WhaMemWriMo Series: Four Essential Practices for Successful Memoir Writing

Sept.16 WhaMemWriMo Series: The Scene and Three Acts

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Stand in your Character’s Shoes with Warren Read and Dinah Manoff In Person - Fairhaven Village Books Readings Gallery Friday, September 17, 2pm-5pm (1 session) Mining well-rounded and believable character is probably the most important element in fiction— every action and result depends upon it. Developing unique and complex characters is a process of not only creation, but discovery. In this workshop we’ll introduce a variety of activities that will help the writer do just this, providing a toolbox that will take your fiction to new levels. Warren Read is an award-winning writer and teacher. In addition to writing, Dinah Manoff is a Tony Award-winning actress, television director, and acting coach. Read more about them on page 68.


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Chuckanut Writers Unless otherwise noted, classes take place in a virtual classroom using Zoom Craft a Solid First Draft of Your Novel with Stephanie Dethlefs Virtual Mondays & Wednesdays, November 1-10, 2021, 10am-12pm (4 sessions) Writing the first draft of a novel is a thrilling experience...that sometimes feels like herding cats. How do you make the pieces fit together? How do you ensure that the story flows? How do you know if it makes any sense at all? Whether you're just nurturing the idea of a novel or you're kneedeep in the writing, writer and book coach Stephanie Dethlefs will guide you as you wrangle your ideas into a step-by-step roadmap for a solid first draft. Class size is limited—register early! 4 sessions

How to Choose and Work with an Editor with Roby Blecker Virtual Thursday, November 4, 6:30-9pm (1 session) As much as we'd like to think our story or book is perfect, we can learn a lot from the input of a skilled and respectful editor. Bring your concerns, experiences, and questions about the editor/writer relationship to this class, for a discussion on what makes for a productive relationship rather than a disappointing or painful one. Roby Blecker is a writer and editor and has been helping others perfect their craft for over 30 years.

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Putting Pressure on Characters with Becky Mandelbaum Virtual Wednesdays, November 3- 7, 6:30pm-8:30pm (3 sessions) Pressure is at the heart of any great story, but sometimes we instinctively protect our characters. Join instructor Becky Mandelbaum and learn to create a scene that keeps your reader turning the page. We'll look at how to increase narrative tension by applying pressure through plot, interiority, pacing, and more, taking guidance from examples in contemporary fiction and famous fairy tales. All participants will have a chance to workshop their writing. Becky has published two books including the recent novel, The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals, and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines.

Becoming a Published Author with Rachel Johnson & Chelanne Evans In Person Fairhaven Village Books Readings Gallery

Thursdays & Fridays, November 4 - November 12, 10am-11am (4 sessions) Join us for a crash course in how to publish a completed manuscript­—from prep work, to distribution, to finding your book's audience! Chelanne Evans & Rachel Johnson will cover both self-publication and traditional publication. Rachel Johnson graduated from WWU with a cum laude degree in Creative Writing and is currently working on her first novel. Chelanne Evans graduated from WWU with a degree in Creative Writing and leads an online writing community.

Thursdays, October 28 -November 18, 6pm-8pm (4 sessions) Spend four evenings discovering the power of "wild mind writing!" Based on Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, this intriguing class frees the mind through a unique practice that eliminates writer's block. Instructor Nancy Canyon will lead new and experienced students through a variety of exercises--rewarding participants with a daily practice-style, fundamentally changing one's writing forever. Ms. Canyon holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran University and has studied with Natalie Goldberg. She invites all inquisitive minds to enroll. Whatcom Community College 360.383.3200 Bellingham, Washington FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

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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. With Feral Creatures, Kira Jane Buxton continues S.T.’s story with another big-hearted, death-defying adventure. Hollow Kingdom was a finalist for the Audie Awards, the Washington State Book Awards and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. It was named a best book of the year by NPR, Book Riot, and Good Housekeeping.

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Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change Author and biologist Thor Hanson is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Switzer Environmental Fellow, and winner of the John Burroughs Medal. His books include Buzz, The Triumph of Seeds, Feathers, Bartholomew Quill, The Impenetrable Forest, and now he'll present, Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid. In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, Hanson explores the remarkable ways that plants and animals are responding to climate change: moving, adapting, and even evolving. A story of hope, resilience, and risk, sure to be remembered as the defining natural history of an unnatural time. A Nature of Writing Series Event!

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BAKERS There is no better time to release your inner baker than during the crisp cool months of Autumn­—the official season of comfort food. Get started by heading into Paper Dreams where you'll discover a fantastic selection of cookbooks­­— shelves full of culinary inspiration for every occasion and dietary need. Our multi-talented staff is always eager to share their favorite cookbooks and recipes. Check these out!


loves to bake! Especially pies, and when she does, she turns unfailingly to Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook. This book is her go-to at Thanksgiving for the pecan pie and pumpkin pie recipes and in the summertime? Lemon chess pie, of course!


loves to bake anything and everything! Right now she is all about bread, and mastering the perfect soft pretzel. Her go-to bread book is the Bread Bible and her favorite general cookbook is the Moosewood Cookbook. Very popular with the entire staff for all the delicious treats she leaves in the breakroom, has perfected a multitude of baked goods. Her goto cookbook for treats to share is Dessert Person by Claire Saffitz. Her favorite recipe from the book is the babkallah (a babka and challah hybrid) and her goal is to someday make the croquembouche, one of the hardest recipes in Dessert Person. In the winter months she spends her days off trying out different Polish stews and breads from Polska by Zuza Zak.


Yes, I love a cookie and lots of other sweets. I like making the best with what we have on hand. My go-to cookbook is The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman—I love her accessible approach to everything she does (+ butter!).



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BAKERS I love baking a little bit of everything! My favorites include pastries and cheesecakes since my brothers demand Cherry Delight constantly. A baking book I'd recommend is Rage Baking! It's a great cookbook for those who want amazing recipes and it teaches you how to harness the tranquility that baking can inspire.

continued from the previous page If you've never tried a Cardamom Bun, your truly missing out on one of life's best desserts! Being Danish and growing up in the Norwegian Town of Poulsbo: I've had many of these delicious treats and love making them! I especially enjoy making Pfefferneuse every year. For more tasty morsels, try Modern Scandinavian Baking by Daytona Strong. –Hanna



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Cooking Black Food :

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen :

Stories, Art, and Recipes from Across the African Diaspora

by Noor Murad, Yotam Ottolenghi

by Bryant Terry

available in October, hardcover, 4 Color Books

In this stunning and deeply heartfelt tribute to Black culinary ingenuity, Bryant Terry captures the broad and divergent voices of the African Diaspora through the prism of food. With contributions from more than 100 Black cultural luminaires from around the globe, the book moves through chapters exploring parts of the Black experience, from Homeland to Migration, Spirituality to Black Future, offering delicious recipes, moving essays, and arresting artwork.

Baking for the Holidays : 50+ Treats for a Festive Season by Sarah Kieffer

Shelf Love

available in October, paperback, Clarkson Potter

Led by Yotam Ottolenghi and Noor Murad, the revered team of chefs at the Ottolenghi Test Kitchen gives everyday home cooks the accessible yet innovative Middle Eastern-inspired recipes they need to put dinner on the table with less stress and less fuss. Shelf Love teaches readers how to flex with fewer ingredients, get creative with their pantry staples, and add playful twists to familiar classics.

Your Home Izakaya : Fun and Simple Recipes Inspired by the Drinking-and-Dining Dens of Japan

by Tim Anderson

available in October, hardcover, Hardie Grant

available in September, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Delight family and friends with yummy gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended. Recipes include: Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel. With cozy holiday imagery, a lovely, clean aesthetic, and easy yet innovative recipes, this is a go-to cookbook for baking enthusiasts, anyone who loves the holiday season, and, of course, fans of Sarah Kieffer and her hugely popular cookie book, 100 Cookies.

Izakaya began as sake stores that allowed their customers to drink on the premises, and, over time, they began to serve food as well. The food is simple to prepare but big on flavor, making it conducive to sociable snacking in between gulps of booze. From Radish and Watercress Salad and Sweetcorn with Soy Sauce Butter, to Spicy Sesame Ramen Salad and Udon Carbonara with Bacon Tempura, the recipes are impressive yet simple to achieve and no specialist equipment is needed. Plus, it includes a guide on how to stock a Japanese bar as well as how to whip up a few choice cocktails. Full of delicious dishes, Your Home Izakaya is perfect for anyone wanting to make show-off food fit for a dinner party with minimum fuss and maximum fun.


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Tuesday, October 19, 6pm

Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys Recipes, Techniques, and Traditions

Join our chat with Sandor Katz, the New York Times-bestselling author of The Art of Fermentation and the world’s most respected advocate of all things fermented. He will introduce his first new cookbook in nearly a decade; destined to become a modern classic. This event is co-sponsored by several bookstores along the West Coast. Register at Shop 24/7 at

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ALLI SHIRCLIFF The Smoothie Book Fresh ideas for100 plant-based smoothies from a certified nutritionist

Saturday, September 25, 4pm $5

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VILLAGEBOOKS.COM In Love with Paris : Recipes

The Zero Waste Chef :

& Stories From The Most Romantic City In The World

Plant-Forward Recipes and Tips for a Sustainable Kitchen and Planet

by Anne-Katrin Weber

available in October, hardcover, Hardie Grant

In Love with Paris is an irresistible combination of 50 mouth-watering sweet and savory recipes and heartmelting love stories. Take a culinary walk through the city of love and its most romantic spots, and enjoy classic French cuisine, from croque madame and coq au vin, to madeleines and lemon tarts. Immerse yourself in the city that inspired writers and photographers like Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, Francis Scott Fitzgerald and Victor Doisneau, and visit the iconic locations of films like The Lovers on the Bridge and Amélie.

by Anne-Marie Bonneau

available now, paperback, Avery

Rescue a loaf from the landfill by making Mexican Hot Chocolate Bread Pudding, or revive some sad greens to make a pesto. Save five bucks (and the plastic tub) at the supermarket with Yes Whey, You Can Make Ricotta Cheese, then use the cheese in a galette and the leftover whey to make sourdough tortillas. Containing 75 vegan and vegetarian recipes for cooking with scraps, creating fermented staples, and using up all your groceries before they become waste.

Bowls & Broths : Build a Bowl of Flavour from Scratch, with Dumplings, Noodles, and More

by Pippa Middlehurst

available now, hardcover, Quadrille Publishing

Pippa Middlehurst (aka @Pippy Eats) tells the story of building a bowl from the bottom up—with seasoning and sauce, crunchy bits and fresh herbs, aromatics, and toppings—and offers accessible recipes that use these building blocks to maximize the power of ingredients, texture, and flavor. Packed with mouthwatering recipes to make again and again, and chapters on dumplings, noodles, hotpots, rice and even sweet things. All are perfect to try at home for a weekend feast and for quick and easy weeknight dinners there’s handy batch cooking and freezer tips.

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The Official Harry Potter Baking Book by Joanna Farrow

available now, hardcover, Scholastic

Get ready to dive back into the Wizarding World with the Official Harry Potter Baking Book! You'll find a recipe for a Hogwarts Crest Tart, Luna's Spectraspec Cookies, and Hagrid's "Happee Birthdae" Cake among many of these tasty treats. A must have for any Harry Potter Fan who likes to bake! –Hanna R.

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Gastro Obscura : A Food Adventurer's Guide by Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura

available in September, hardcover, Workman

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Wonder is around every corner, and on every plate. The curious minds behind Atlas Obscura now turn to the hidden curiosities of food, which becomes a gateway to fascinating stories about human history, science, art, and tradition—like the first book, all organized by country, lavishly illustrated, and full of surprises. Taste the world! “Like a great tapas meal, Gastro Obscura is deep yet snackable, and full of surprises. This is the book for anyone interested in eating, adventure and the human condition.” –Tom Colicchio, chef and activist “This exquisite guide kept me at the breakfast table until dinner time.” –Kyle Maclachlan, actor and vintner

Let's Eat Italy! : Everything You Want to Know About Your Favorite Cuisine by François-Régis Gaudry

available in November, hardcover, Artisan

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From the same team that created Let’s Eat France! comes this celebration of Italian food in the form of an oversized, obsessively complete, visual feast of a book. With a mix of gastronomy, food science, history, cultural references, legend, lore, charts, graphs, photos, and illustrations, every one of the 400 pages in Let’s Eat Italy! is an alluring and amusing journey into Italian food. Shop 24 hours a day at



Village Books & Paper Dreams Owner & Gift Buyer Kelly Evert Shares Her Top Kitchen Picks for the Season

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” ~Julia Child


s I write this, the blackberries are ready for picking. I shared a patch of berries this morning with a mama deer and her baby that were also enjoying the berries just as much as I was. The nettlesome yet incredibly yummy (high in beneficial vitamins and minerals, fiber, and antioxidants) blackberry gives us that sweet smell that really lets us know autumn is around the corner. That also means the apples and pumpkins will be following close behind. And we all know what that means…baking! You can see on pages 31-32 that our employees are excited to get back to baking and we are sure you are as well. As we all get back into the kitchen and start cooking we have beefed up our cooking section. From rolling pins and mixing bowls, to tableware, and washing up, we have a selection to drool over. As seen on The Great British Bakeoff, Mason Cash have designed and created loved bowls for over 100 years. Mason Cash had been producing mixing bowls during the 1800’s, but in 1901 they designed and manufactured the very first iconic Mason Cash mixing bowl. The design of the bowl has endured the test of time and has become something of a design classic. In fact, the design has barely altered since then, which is why the brand is still renowned for its innovative, classic kitchenware today. Made from post-consumer recycled materials, Geometry towels have fast become one of our customer’s favorites. Geometry was created by entrepreneur brothers, Matt and Jason Gutierrez. Driven by their belief that through thoughtful design and creativity, everyday products can be elevated to new levels of utility and beauty, the brothers launched Geometry in the fall of 2019 to bring artistic and functional freshness to the world of home interiors.


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Thymes products have been cleaning up for nearly 30 years. Thymes was founded by two friends with a mutual curiosity and a common desire to make something meaningful and beautiful. Since then, the company has flourished thanks to a shared passion for creativity, botanical ingenuity, beauty, and friendship. We carry some of the most popular scents offered by Thymes… Fresh-Cut Basil, Mandarin Coriander, and Lemon Leaf. Thymes Countertop Sprays are a favorite among many! The effective, gentle formula is a great addition to your cleaning routine and helps turn chores into an enjoyable, or at least, good smelling experience. Thymes Dishwashing Liquid and handwashing soap are both deep cleansing products that will not dry out your skin. Their formula contains vegetable protein, botanicals and extracts that remove odors and create a clean, fragrant lather on hands. As always, we at Village Books and Paper Dreams would be glad to help you find the perfect product and cookbook for your home or as a gift for the cook in your life. Happy reading and happy baking!

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The Witches Are Coming

Talking to Strangers :

by Lindy West

available in September, paperback, Hachette

What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know

by Malcolm Gladwell

available in September, paperback, Hachette

Talking to Strangers is a classically Gladwellian intellectual adventure, a challenging and controversial excursion through history, psychology, and scandals taken straight from the news. He revisits the deceptions of Bernie Madoff, the trial of Amanda Knox, the suicide of Sylvia Plath, the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal at Penn State University, and the death of Sandra Bland—throwing our understanding of these and other stories into doubt.

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, firebrand author of the New York Times bestselling memoir and now critically acclaimed Hulu TV series Shrill, Lindy West, turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

Out of the Sun : On Race and Storytelling by Esi Edugyan

Abolition for the People :

available in September, hardcover, House of Anansi

The Movement for a Future without Policing & Prisons

by Colin Kaepernick

available in October, hardcover, Kaepernick

Abolition for the People brings together 30 essays representing a diversity of voices— political prisoners, grassroots organizers, scholars, and relatives of those killed by the anti-Black terrorism of policing and prisons. This collection presents readers with a moral choice: “Will you continue to be actively complicit in the perpetuation of these systems,” Kaepernick asks in his introduction, “or will you take action to dismantle them for the benefit of a just future?”

Graphic Edition! On Tyranny Graphic Edition : Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder illustrated by Nora Krug

available in October, paperback, Ten Speed Press

In this graphic edition, Nora Krug draws from her highly inventive art style to breathe new life, color, and power into Snyder’s riveting historical references, turning a quick-read pocket guide of lessons into a visually striking rumination. In a time of great uncertainty and instability, this edition of On Tyranny emphasizes the importance of being active, conscious, and deliberate participants in resistance.

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History is a construction. What happens when we begin to consider stories at the margins, when we grant them centrality? How does that complicate our certainties about who we are as individuals, as nations, as human beings? Through the lens of visual art, literature, film, and the author’s lived experience, Out of the Sun examines the depiction of Black histories in art, offering new perspectives to challenge the accepted narrative.

Business Collective Wisdom :

Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women over 50

by Grace Bonney

available in October, hardcover, Artisan

In the much-anticipated follow-up to the bestselling In the Company of Women, Grace Bonney turns her attention to older women in a celebration of intergenerational bonds between women, and the role those bonds play in sharing vital knowledge, stories, power, and history through generations. In this rich and multilayered collection of interviews, conversations, and intimate photographs, over 100 trailblazing women describe the ups, downs, and lessons learned while forging their unique paths. Collective Wisdom celebrates the stories of those who have been there and know the road—from an Olympic athlete and a NASA team member to award-winning artists, activists, writers, and filmmakers, from women in their fifties to centenarians.

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Vanderbilt : The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe available in September, hardcover, Harper

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty—his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts. This new book chronicles the lives of some of the most remarkable members of this famous and fractured family who re-defined conspicuous consumption. Drawing on never-before-seen documents, the often-rollicking narrative spans from the 18th century to today, from Cornelius Vanderbilt, the son of a Staten Island ferryman, whose pursuit of money bordered on the pathological, to what remains of the Vanderbilt dynasty now.

Nixon’s War at Home : The FBI, Leftist Guerrillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism by Daniel S. Chard

available in September, hardcover, University of North Carolina Press

Drawing on research in declassified FBI documents, Nixon’s War at Home explains how war with homegrown guerrilla groups like the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army helped bring down the presidency of Richard Nixon while prompting the FBI and White House to develop the preemptive policing practices of American counterterrorism. Daniel S. Chard is Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Western Washington University. His writing has appeared in outlets such as Jacobin and Washington Post.


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History About Time : A History of Civilization in Twelve Clocks by David Rooney

Travels With George : In Search of Washington and His Legacy

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Through the stories of twelve clocks, historian and lifelong clock enthusiast David Rooney takes us from the unveiling of al-Jazari’s castle clock in 1206, in present-day Turkey; to the Cape of Good Hope observatory at the southern tip of Africa, where nineteenth-century British government astronomers moved the gears of empire with a time ball and a gun; to the burial of a plutonium clock now sealed beneath a public park in Osaka, where it will keep time for 5,000 years. Rooney shows, through these artifacts, how time has been imagined, politicized, and weaponized over the centuries—and how it might bring peace.

available in September, hardcover, Viking

Philbrick paints a picture of eighteenth century America as divided and fraught as it is today, and he comes to understand how Washington compelled, enticed, stood up to, and listened to the many different people he met along the way—and how his all-consuming belief in the Union helped to forge a nation.

Graceland, At Last : Notes on Hope and Heartache From the American South by Margaret Renkl

available in September, hardcover, Milkweed

The Writing of the Gods :

The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone by Edward Dolnick

available in October, hardcover, Scribner

The discovery and decoding of the Rosetta Stone inscriptions was a monumental event in the history of archeology, as it enabled scholars to read Egyptian hieroglyphics illegible for some 1400 years. Far from dry history, Dolnick’s new chronicle of the event is utterly captivating; the players in the linguistic drama come to vivid life with their expertise and passions, as do the original writers of the texts living 4000 years ago. –Eric

Not “A Nation of Immigrants”: Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy, and a History of Erasure and Exclusion by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

available now, hardcover, Beacon Press

"A compelling counter-narrative to America's autobiography as the making of a 'nation of immigrants.' Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz not only chips away at this settler account but also provides the narrative glue for an emancipatory movement beyond the settler-native dichotomy." --Mahmood Mamdani, author of Neither Settler nor Native: The Making and Unmaking of Permanent Minorities

For the past four years, Margaret Renkl’s columns have offered readers of the New York Times a weekly dose of natural beauty, human decency, and persistent hope from her home in Nashville. Now more than sixty of those pieces have been brought together in this sparkling new collection. From the author of the bestselling TODAY Show book club pick Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss.

Veritas : A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

by Ariel Sabar

available now, paperback, Anchor

From award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard. In 2012, Dr. Karen King announced that she’d found an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene “my wife.” It threatened not just the priesthood, but centuries of sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women’s leadership. “It’s a story about journalism done right, about Sabar’s own capable, dogged sleuthing to get to the bottom of those famous headlines. . . . Veritas offers a vital lesson less about Christianity than about what happens when a scholar decides that the story is more important than the truth.” —Time Magazine

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True Stories Windswept : Walking the

Amazing Women Poet Warrior : A Memoir

Paths of Trailblazing Women

by Joy Harjo

available in September, hardcover, Tin House

Harjo, the first Native American to serve as U.S. poet laureate, invites us to travel along the heartaches, losses, and humble realizations of her "poet-warrior" road. She celebrates the influences that shaped her poetry, among them Audre Lorde, N. Scott Momaday, Walt Whitman, Muscogee stomp dance call-and-response, Navajo horse songs, rain, and sunrise. In absorbing, incantatory prose, Harjo grieves at the loss of her mother, reckons with the theft of her ancestral homeland, and sheds light on the rituals that nourish her as an artist, mother, wife, and community member.

by Annabel Abbs

In captivating and elegant prose, Abbs follows in the footsteps of women who boldly reclaimed wild landscapes for themselves, including Georgia O’Keeffe in the empty plains of Texas and New Mexico, Nan Shepherd in the mountains of Scotland, Gwen John following the French River Garonne, Daphne du Maurier along the River Rhône, and Simone de Beauvoir—who walked as much as twenty-five miles a day in a dress and espadrilles—through the mountains and forests of France. Part historical inquiry and part memoir, the stories of these writers and artists are laced together by moments in Abbs’ own life.

The Woman They Could Not Silence : One Woman, Her Incredible Fight for Freedom, and the Men Who Tried to Make Her Disappear

by Kate Moore

available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks

How did I not know about Elizabeth Packard?! As with Radium Girls, Kate Moore shines the spotlight on a littleknown bit of our history that should be taught in every school. A perfectly sane woman in 1860s Illinois is committed to an asylum by her husband because her intellect and original ideas are getting in his way. Little did he know that she would be unrelenting in her campaign for freedom and for women’s rights everywhere. A truly eye-opening read! –Claire

available in September, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Agatha Christie : First Lady of Crime

edited by H.R.F. Keating available now, hardcover, Pegasus Books

Agatha Christie was not only the most successful author of detective stories the world has ever known, she was also a mystery in herself, giving only the rarest interviews—declining absolutely to become any sort of public figure. Distinguished crime novelist H.R.F. Keating brings together a dozen noted writers from both sides of the Atlantic to throw light on the ever-intriguing Dame Agatha. The myriad of critical angles explored here are penetrating, affectionate, enthusiastic, analytical, and even funny. Together, they give an almost unique insight into the life and work of the First Lady of Crime.

All In : An Autobiography by Billie Jean King

Toufah : The Woman Who Inspired an African #MeToo Movement by Toufah Jallow

available in October, paperback, Truth to Power

Toufah Jallow, a promising student dreaming of a scholarship, became the first woman in The Gambia to make a public accusation of rape against Yahya Jammeh, the dictator who had ruled The Gambia all of Toufah’s life, sparking marches of support and a social media outpouring of shared stories among West African women under #IAmToufah.

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Billie Jean recounts her groundbreaking tennis career—six years as the top-ranked woman in the world, twenty Wimbledon championships, 39 grand-slam titles, and her watershed defeat of Bobby Riggs in the famous “Battle of the Sexes.” She poignantly recalls the cultural backdrop of those years and the profound impact on her worldview from the women’s movement, the assassinations and anti-war protests of the 1960s, the civil rights movement, and, eventually, the LGBTQ+ rights movement.

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Life Journeys Bourdain : The Definitive Oral Biography

Beautiful Country : A Memoir

available in September, hardcover, Ecco

In Chinese, the word for America, mei guo, translates directly to “beautiful country.” Yet when seven-year-old Qian arrives in New York City in 1994 full of curiosity, she is overwhelmed by crushing fear and scarcity. In China, Qian’s parents were professors; in America, her family is “illegal” and it will require all the determination and small joys they can muster to survive.

by Laurie Woolever

Now, for the first time, we have been granted a look into Bourdain’s life through the stories and recollections of his closest friends and colleagues. Laurie Woolever, Bourdain’s longtime assistant and confidante, interviewed nearly 100 of the people who shared Tony’s orbit—from members of his kitchen crews to his writing, publishing, and television partners, to his daughter and his closest friends—in order to piece together a remarkably full, vivid, and nuanced vision of Tony’s life and work.

Beauty in Breaking :

A Memoir

by Michele Harper available now, paperback, Riverhead Books

In her memoir, Beauty in Breaking, Dr. Michele Harper, a Black ER physician, mixes the often maddening scenes of the ER with honest meditations on matters of empathy, morality, and healing. This book comes at a time where we as a society are grappling with similar issues. Nevertheless, Dr. Harper has written a memoir that includes themes that will continue to withstand the passage of time. Now available in paperback! –Mariam

Straight Enough : A Memoir by Lorinda Boyer

available now, paperback, Sidekick Press

Lorinda Boyer strove continuously to be virtuous in the eyes of God and to live the life she believed He intended for her. She married her high school boyfriend at 18 and had two kids by 28. Although she created a perfect Christian home for her family, she never felt wholly content in her role as wife and mother. Then her life intersected with Robin's-the woman who would ultimately awaken her sexuality and show her true love for the first time. More than a coming-out story, this is a coming-into story-coming into an authentic life and self.

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by Qian Julie Wang

available in September, hardcover, Doubleday

Orwell’s Roses by Rebecca Solnit

available in October, hardcover, Viking

“In the year 1936 a writer planted roses.” So begins Rebecca Solnit’s new book, a reflection on George Orwell’s passionate gardening and the way that his involvement with plants, particularly flowers, and the natural world illuminates his other commitments as a writer and antifascist, and the intertwined politics of nature and power.

Dear Memory : Letters on Writing, Silence, and Grief by Victoria Chang

available in October, hardcover, Milkweed

Dear Memory is not a transcription but a process of simultaneously shaping and being shaped, knowing that when a writer dips their pen into history, what emerges is poetry. In carefully crafted missives on trauma and loss, on being American and Chinese, Victoria Chang shows how grief can ignite a longing to know yourself.

Memory Speaks : On Losing and Reclaiming Language and Self by Julia Sedivy

available in September, hardcover, Harvard

As a child Julie Sedivy left Czechoslovakia for Canada, and English soon took over her life. By early adulthood she spoke Czech rarely and badly, and when her father died, she lost not only a parent but also her firmest point of connection to her native language. In Memory Speaks, she takes on the psychological and social world of multilingualism, exploring the human brain’s capacity to learn—and forget—languages at various stages of life.

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Performing Arts

The Piano : A History in 100 Pieces

by Susan Tomes

available now, hardcover, Yale

An astonishingly versatile instrument, the piano allows just two hands to play music of great complexity and subtlety. For more than two hundred years, it has brought solo and collaborative music into homes and concert halls and has inspired composers in every musical genre. Charting the development of the piano from the late eighteenth century to the present day, pianist and writer Susan Tomes takes the reader with her on a personal journey through one hundred pieces including solo works, chamber music, concertos, and jazz.

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Hip Hop (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano, illustrated by Arturo Torres

available in October, hardcover, Twelve

Serrano’s And Other Things series has been an examination, a celebration, a thought-exercise, and a criticism of pop culture touchstones movies and basketball. Now he turns his eye to hip hop, the most dominant form of music for decades. Enjoy the next entry in the series that President Obama listed as a favorite read of that year.

Welcome back to live theatre!

Fluid Formations: The Legacy of Glass in the Pacific Northwest

We’re happy to announce our 92nd season. Come see the first two shows as we return to the stage.

Through Oct. 10 Lightcatcher building

El Zodíaco Familiar by George Rodriguez Through Oct. 24 Lightcatcher building

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Poetry Passion

by June Jordan, forward by Nicole Sealey available in September, paperback, Copper Canyon Press

This poetry anthology is a new edition of June Jordan's beloved Passion: New Poems, 1977-1980. Jordan's poetry on topics like race, gender, class, and activism are illuminating and accessible, and will continue to last the test of time. –Mariam

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I Hope This Finds You Well : Poems

by Kate Baer

available in November, paperback, Harper Perennial

Like countless other writers—particularly women—with profiles on the internet, as Kate’s online presence grew, so did the darker messages crowding her inbox. These missives from strangers have ranged from “advice” and opinions to outright harassment. At first, these messages resulted in an immediate delete and block. Until, on a whim, Kate decided to transform the cruelty into art, using it to create fresh and intriguing poems. These pieces, along with ones made from notes of gratitude and love, as well as from the words of public figures, have become some of her most beloved work. I Hope This Finds You Well is drawn from those works: a book of poetry birthed in the darkness of the internet that offers light and hope. By cleverly building on the harsh negativity and hate women often receive—and combining it with heartwarming messages of support, gratitude, and connection, Kate Baer offers us a lesson in empowerment, showing how we too can turn bitterness into beauty

A Carnival of Snackery :

Diaries 2003-2020 by David Sedaris


available in October, hardcover, Little, Brown

If it’s navel-gazing you’re after, you’ve come to the wrong place; ditto treacly self-examination. The entries here reflect an ever-changing background—new administrations, new restrictions on speech and conduct. At its best, A Carnival of Snackery is a sort of sampler: the bitter and the sweet. There’s no right way to keep a diary, but if there’s an entertaining way, David Sedaris seems to have mastered it.

Your Guide to Not Getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village by Maureen Johnson, Jay Cooper

available in September, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

In the England of murder mysteries and TV detectives, no destination is deadlier than a quaint country village, and you never know you’re in a murder village until it’s too late. No attraction or local character is safe—whether in the pub for a pint, or on the manicured grounds of the local estate for a shooting party, bodies can turn up anywhere. Beware, danger lurks around every cobblestone corner!


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The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of the Whole Stupid World by Matt Kracht

available in October, paperback, Chronicle Books

Let's face it—all birds are fascinating, wonderful, idiotic jerks—no matter where in the world they reside. Following in the footsteps of the bestselling book The Field Guide to Dumb Birds of North America, this hilarious sequel ventures beyond to identify the stupidest birds around the world. Featuring birds from North and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania, author Matt Kracht identifies the dumb birds that manage to live all over the freaking place with snarky, yet accurate, names and humorous, anger-filled drawings. Complete with a matching game, bird descriptor checklist, tips on how to identify a bird (you can tell a lot by looking into a bird's eyes, for example), this profanity-laden book offers a balance of fact and wit that will appeal to hardcore birders and casual bird lovers (and haters) alike.

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Psychology & Self Help The Art of Self-Improvement : Ten Timeless Truths

by Anna Katharina Schaffner hardcover, available in September, Yale

Self-help today is a multi-billion-dollar global industry. Far from being a recent phenomenon, the practice of selfimprovement has a long and rich history. For millennia, philosophers, sages, and theologians have reflected on the good life and devised strategies on how to achieve it. Focusing on ten core ideas of self-improvement that run through the world’s advice literature, Schaffner reveals the ways they have evolved across cultures and historical eras, and why they continue to resonate with us today.

Big Friendship : How We Keep Each Other Close

by Aminatou Sow and Anne Friedman available now, paperback, Simon & Schuster

Big Friendship profiles a friendship between two women whose very public relationship is the premise of their podcast “Call Your Girlfriend”. There’s a lot riding on this friendship and in their own words, they talk about the work it takes to maintain it and how it almost ended. I was totally inspired by this book. When was the last time you called your girlfriend? –Claire

The Book of Hope : A Survival Guide for Trying Times by Jane Goodall, Douglas Abrams

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

Looking at the headlines--a global pandemic, the worsening climate crisis, political upheaval--it can be hard to feel optimistic. And yet hope has never been more desperately needed. Told through stories from a remarkable career and fascinating research, The Book of Hope touches on vital questions including: How do we stay hopeful when everything seems hopeless? How do we cultivate hope in our children? Filled with engaging dialogue and pictures from Jane’s storied career, The Book of Hope is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in today’s world. There is still hope, and this book will help guide us to it.

Creations 52 Weeks of Socks : Beautiful Patterns for Year-round Knitting

by Laine

available now, paperback, Hardie Grant

What is more special than a pair of hand-knitted socks? Perfect for curling up at home on cosy winter evenings and crisp autumn mornings, or for hiking adventures over spring afternoons and summer nights, knitted socks are the ultimate small luxury. Whether they're a treat for yourself or a heartfelt gift, there's love in every stitch. Knitting is more than just knit, knit, purl. It is a feeling. This whimsical book contains a beautiful pair of socks for every week of the year. That's 52 sock patterns contributed by 46 leading knitwear designers from across the world, suitable for knitters of all abilities. Each uses different yarns and techniques, including projects with stunning stitch definition and classic slippers for beginners. From sole to toe, these easy-to-follow patterns will sweep you up with stunning photography and styling that evokes the inspiring Nordic landscape and slow living.

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Flower Flash by Lewis Miller

available in October, hardcover, The Monacelli Press

From Lewis Miller, the celebrated floral designer and "Flower Bandit" himself, an intimate and joyous behind-the-scenes look at his signature Flower Flashes—spontaneous floral installations Miller gifts to the city in an effort to spark joy. After New York City entered lockdown, Miller doubled down, creating Flower Flashes outside hospitals to express gratitude to frontline health workers and throughout the city to raise spirits and introduce bright moments of natural beauty when they were needed most. This gorgeous and poignant visual diary traces the phenomenon from the first, spontaneous Flower Flash to the even more profound installations of the pandemic through a kaleidoscopic collage of photos documenting the Flower Flashes, behind-the-scenes snapshots, Miller’s inspiration material, fan contributions, and more.

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All hands on deck! Book your cabin and join Village Books co-owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert, d special guest author leand e c n a c 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 days of sailing and book discussion amid the gorgeous San Juan Islands. 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. 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.

September 7-9, 2021

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Nature of Writing

Speaker Series

As the days grow shorter and nights longer, head into winter with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world. Join Village Books and North Cascades Instiitute in learning more about our wondrous planet through the voices of many our country's most gifted writers in this series of readings. Registration is required for ALL events—see I­n-person events will take place in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven unless otherwise noted. Don't miss out!

Katharine Hayhoe Thursday, September 30, 6pm Virtual Event Saving Us : A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World by Katharine Hayhoe

available in September, hardcover, Atria

Called “one of the nation's most effective communicators on climate change” Katharine Hayhoe knows how to navigate all sides of the conversation on our changing planet. She negotiates distrust of data, indifference to imminent threats, and resistance to proposed solutions with ease. Over the past 15 years Hayhoe has found that the most important thing we can do to address climate change is talk about it—and she wants to teach you how.

Thor Hanson

Thursday, October 21, 7pm

THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center in Fairhaven

Hurricane Lizards In-Person and Plastic Squid Event by Thor Hanson

available in September, hardcover, Basic Books

Village Books favorite Thor Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. A story of hope, resilience, and risk, it is also a reminder of how unpredictable climate change is as it interacts with the messy lattice of life. This will be a great show­—don't miss out!

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Molly Hashimoto Sunday, October 17, 4pm In-Person Event

Mount Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour

Follow along with award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto as she takes you on a journey through the exquisite beauty of Mount Rainier National Park. Molly Hashimoto explores parks and wildlife refuges all over the West, seeking inspiration for her sketches, paintings, and prints. Her work appears on calendars and cards, and she is the author and artist of Colors of the West and Birds of the West.

Mary M. Clare & Gary Ferguson Wednesday, October 27, 7pm Full Ecology : In-Person Event Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World

In Full Ecology, social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime nature writer Gary Ferguson suggest a path forward. Instead of inflaming environmental dread, they teach us to take heart and develop the inner resolve to confront the climate crisis. Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson have each dedicated more than 30 years to exploring the world’s social and natural ecologies—Clare as a graduate professor of psychology and education, Ferguson as a nature and conservation-science writer.

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Thursday, November 11, 7pm

Katie Ives In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

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Imaginary Peaks :

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The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams by Katie Ives

available in October, hardcover, Mountaineers Books

Using an infamous deception about a fake mountain range in British Columbia as her jumping-off point, Katie Ives examines the lure of blank spaces on the map and the value of the imagination. Imaginary Peaks details the mystery of the Riesenstein Hoax within the larger context of cartography, exploration, and climbing history. Katie Ives's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Outside, The Rumpus, and Adventure Journal. Ives is editor in chief at Alpinist magazine and lives in Cambridge, Vermont. This is her first book.

Hiking Washington's History (2nd Ed.)

In Person

by Judy Bentley and Craig Romano

Judy Bentley & Craig Romano

available now, paperback, University of Washington Press

In this new, full-color edition of the first-ever hiking guide to the state's historic trails, historian and hiker Judy Bentley teams up with veteran guidebook author Craig Romano to lead adventurers of all abilities along trails on the coast, over mountains, through national forests, across plateaus, and on the banks of the Columbia River.

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Science & Nature Immune : A Journey into the Mysterious System That Keeps You Alive by Philipp Dettmer

available in September, hardcover, Random House

In Immune, Philipp Dettmer takes readers on a journey through the fortress of the human body and its defenses. There is a constant battle of staggering scale raging within us, full of stories of invasion, strategy, defeat, and noble self-sacrifice. In fact, in the time you’ve been reading this, your immune system has probably identified and eradicated a cancer cell that started to grow in your body.


Geometry of Grief : Reflections on Mathematics, Loss, and Life

by Michael Frame

available in September, hardcover, University of Chicago Press

From a foundational investigation of grief as a response to an irrevocable change in circumstance, Frame builds a geometric model of mental states. An object that is fractal, for example, has symmetry of magnification: magnify a picture of a mountain or a fern leaf—both fractal—and we see echoes of the original shape. Similarly, nested inside great loss are smaller losses. By manipulating this geometry, Frame shows us, we may be able to redirect our thinking in ways that help reduce our pain.


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Across the Airless Wilds :

The Lunar Rover and the Triumph of the Final Moon Landings by Earl Swift

available now, hardcover, Custom House

With all the excitement about Mars, maybe you forgot about the moon! Pick up this book to learn more about everything you thought you knew about the building of the Lunar Rover, our missions to the moon, and the science that got us there. Earl Swift writes in a technical style, but ultimately draws you in with the vivid descriptions of the three lunar missions that utilized the Lunar Rover. –Hanna R.

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Science & Nature The Redemption of Wolf 302 : From Renegade to Yellowstone Alpha Male by Rick McIntyre

available in October, hardcover, Greystone

From the renowned wolf researcher and author of The Rise of Wolf 8 comes a stunning account of an unconventional alpha male. Recounted in McIntyre’s captivating stor ytelling voice and peppered with fascinating insights into wolf behavior, The Redemption of Wolf 302 is a powerful coming-of-age tale that will strike a chord with anyone who has struggled to make a change, big or small.

Regeneration : Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation

by Paul Hawken

available in September, paperback, Penguin Books

Regeneration offers a visionary new approach to climate change, one that weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, equity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation that can end the climate crisis in one generation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world.

Fuzz : When Nature Breaks the Law by Mary Roach

available in September, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Roach tags along with animal-attack forensics investigators, human-elephant conflict specialists, bear managers, and "danger tree" faller blasters. Intrepid as ever, she travels from leopard-terrorized hamlets in the Indian Himalaya to St. Peter’s Square in the early hours before the pope arrives for Easter Mass, when vandal gulls swoop in to destroy the elaborate floral display. She taste-tests rat bait, learns how to install a vulture effigy, and gets mugged by a macaque. When it comes to "problem" wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem—and the solution.

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Jungle : How Tropical Forests Shaped the World— And Us

by Patrick Roberts

available in September, hardcover, Basic Books

To many of us, tropical forests are the domain of movies and novels. These dense, primordial wildernesses are beautiful to picture, but irrelevant to our lives. Jungle tells a different story. Archaeologist Patrick Roberts argues that tropical forests have shaped nearly every aspect of life on earth. They made the planet habitable, enabled the rise of dinosaurs and mammals, and spread flowering plants around the globe. Humanity's fate is tied to the fate of tropical forests, and by understanding how earlier societies managed these habitats, we can learn to live more sustainably and equitably today.

How I Became a Tree by Sumana Roy

available now, hardcover, Yale

Drawn to trees’ wisdom, Roy movingly explores the lessons that writers, painters, photographers, scientists, and spiritual figures have gleaned through their engagement with trees. Her stunning meditations on forests, plant life, time, self, and the exhaustion of being human evoke the spacious, relaxed rhythms of the trees themselves. Hailed upon its original publication in India as “a love song to plants and trees,” How I Became a Tree blends literary history, theology, philosophy, botany, and more, and ultimately prompts readers to slow down and to imagine a reenchanted world in which humans live more like trees.

The Weather of the Pacific Northwest (2nd Edition) by Cliff Mass

available now, paperback, University of Washington Press

Powerful Pacific storms strike the region. Otherworldly lenticular clouds often cap Mount Rainier. Rain shadows create sunny skies while torrential rain falls a few miles away. The Pineapple Express brings tropical moisture and warmth during Northwest winters. The Pacific Northwest produces some of the most distinctive and variable weather in North America, which is described with colorful and evocative language in this book.

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Fancy Gardens

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Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest by Brian Coleman

available in September, hardcover, Gibbs Smith

Private Gardens of the Pacific Northwest is a stunning exploration of 20 lush private gardens. These sprawling estates, small sanctuaries, and artful retreats capture the natural beauty of the verdant Pacific Northwest, each one splashed with hints of boldness, modernity, artistry, and exquisiteness. Each garden is portrayed in a threeto six-page spread with colorful photographs, descriptions of the garden, and lists of its specific plants.

The Northwest Gardens of Lord and Schryver by Valencia Libby

available in September, paperback, Oregon State University Press

Lord & Schryver, the first landscape architecture firm founded and operated by women in the Pacific Northwest, designed more than two hundred gardens in Oregon and Washington, including residential, civic, and institutional landscapes. Elizabeth Lord and Edith Schryver met as young women and in 1929 established their highly successful firm in Salem; their work is acknowledged as one of the milestones in the history of garden design in the Northwest and beyond.

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by Jess Starwood

available now, hardcover, Countryman Press

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Peterson Field Guide to Mushrooms of North America , Second Edition by Karl B. McKnight, Kirsten McKnight Ward, Joseph R. Rohrer, Kent H. McKnight available now, paperback, Mariner Books

The Secret Life of Fungi : Discoveries From a Hidden World by Aliya Whiteley

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Little Homesteader : A Fall Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning, illustrated by AnneliesDraws, available in September, Ivy Kids

This charmingly illustrated seasonal treasury of nature-based crafts, baking recipes, and gardening projects for the fall celebrates the homesteading lifestyle with self-sufficient and eco-friendly fun. Part of the Little Homesteader Series!

Woodland Dance! by Sandra Boynton

available in September, Workman Publishing Company

Destined to be a read-aloud favorite, Woodland Dance is a mystical, waltzing story from beloved author and illustrator Sandra Boynton, and a magical book to share with a magical child.

A Cub Story

by Alison Farrell, Kristen Tracy available in September, Chronicle Books

Alison Farrell's The Hike meets Richard Scarry's I Am a Bunny in this delightful board book that combines sweetness and science.Timeless and nostalgic, quirky and fresh, lightly educational and wholly heartfelt, this autobiography of a bear cub will delight all cuddlers and snugglers.


by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Carson Ellis available in November, hardcover, Chronicle Books

At first, this story seems like a great story of adventure but in the end I found that it teaches you to “Love what you do, and do what you love.” I hope Mac Barnett continues to do what he loves by creating these marvelous books because I find such joy in reading them! –Kendra

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Always Everly by Nate Wragg

available in September, hardcover, HarperCollins

This cute book is about a tree that teaches children that not everyone grows at the same pace and that our differences make us shine. A little evergreen tree learns that self-acceptance and being yourself never goes out of season in this irresistible picture book.

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GALORE! Little Witch Hazel: A Year in the Forest by Phoebe Wahl

available in September, hardcover, Tundra Books

This earthy and beautiful collection of four stories celebrates the seasons, nature, and life. From award-winning author-illustrator Phoebe Wahl, this instant classic is one you'll love reading time and time again. A local author!

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Tuesday, September 7, 6:30pm

Padma Lakshmi in conversation with

JESSE TYLER FERGUSEN We are very excited to welcome this bestselling author and host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation to our Virtual Readings Gallery!


Joined by fellow author/celebrity Jesse Tyler Fergusen, she’ll present her brand new picture book, Tomatoes for Neela, a beautiful celebration of food and family.

Autographs Village Books will provide bookplates autographed by Padma Lakshmi to people who purchase her book at event registration (while supplies last!)

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Room for Everyone

by Naaz Khan, illustrated by Mercè López available in October, hardcover, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

There’s always room for one more! A young boy on a crowded bus discovers that, after some wiggles and giggles, there’s room for everyone in this lighthearted rhyming picture book set in Zanzibar. "This counting story that teaches compassion and community. Some elements of the story are unique to Zanzibar and Swahili words are included in parts of the story to make this book truly a fun and interesting read for your family." –Kendra

Picture Books Negative Cat

by Sophie Blackall available now, available now, Nancy Paulsen Books

This is a story about a love for books and cats from one of my favorite author/illustrators Sophie Blackall! Its also a good introduction for children to understand that not everyone learns the same way or does things in the same way you might. P.S. Please adopt your pets and give your cats attention. –Kendra

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Trick or Treat in Fairhaven


Sunday, October 31, 3pm-6pm Fairhaven business are offering treats (or, maybe tricks!) Walk through Fairhaven Village and fill your bag with candy. This is the perfect day to people watch. Oh, the costumes!! Pop on over to Finnegan’s Alley and get your photo taken against a spooky backdrop. Get a print out of your photo while you wait. Photos by Oh, Snap!

How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World Engaging in acts of social justice means doing your part to distribute power so everyone has a fair chance to live a full, productive life and it’s something we should all be able to agree on. In her work, Dr. Baxley has seen white people who want to do the work of anti-racism but know they have to do a better job of educating themselves and their children. Poised to become essential reading for all parents committed to social change, Social Justice Parenting offers parents everywhere the opportunity to nurture a future generation of humane, compassionate individuals. Join us on Zoom for a discussion on this important and timely topic. VIRTUAL EVENT with register today at

Dr. Traci Baxley in Conversation with Sara Dean

Wednesday, October 20, 6pm

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Beautifully Me

A Children's Anthem

by Nabela Noor, illustrated by Nabi H. Ali

by Amanda Gorman, illustrated by Loren Long

available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

available in September, hardcover, Viking Books for Young Readers

A lyrical picture book debut from presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long. "We’ve all been waiting so patiently for Amanda Gorman’s anthem to come out as a picture book and here it is so we can all sing along!" –Kendra

If there’s one book I would buy for any family I know, it's this book! Along with its gorgeous illustrations, this story teaches kids and adults alike so many important lessons such as body positivity, kindness, social awareness, and self-love. Zubi, the main character, makes my heart melt because they’re the absolute cutest. Another important thing to know is that the author is doing great things for girls education in Bangladesh—I cannot say enough reasons why I love this book! –Kendra

Picture Books Mr. Watson's Chickens by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Andrea Tsurumi

available in October, hardcover, Chronicle Books

Interrupting Chicken meets Click, Clack, Moo in this zany classic-in-themaking! "I've always loved books that show the cross-sections of buildings and with jam-packed illustrations similar to those in Where's Waldo, this book is a blast to read! Plus CHICKENS!!" –Kendra


by Elaine Vickers, illustrated by Samantha Cotterill available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

Stunning, diorama illustrations bring to life this lullaby of a picture book about celebrating everyday things that make life wonderful. "I really love the 3D aspect of the illustrations because they remind me of the I SPY books. Out in time for the holidays when we try are best to be “Thankful” and teach ourselves and the little ones that if you stop and breathe there are many, many beautiful things all around, and every day." –Kendra

Inside Cat

by Brendan Wenzel available in October, hardcover, Chronicle Books

A funny and wise celebration of observation, curiosity, and indoor life from Caldecott Medal-winning author/illutrator Brendan Wenzel. "I LOVELOVELOVE Brendan Wenzel books! With their repetition and rhyme, they are especially great for beginning readers. If you've read his book They All Saw a Cat, you know this is the next book you’ll want for bedtime!" –Kendra

Tales of the Mushroom Folk

by Signe Aspelin, translated by Polly Lawson available in September, hardcover, Floris Books

You may know Aspelin’s story The Story of the Root Children. This is a new edition of a book first published in 1909 that can now be shared with all of you. Plus mushrooms? Illustrates real mushrooms in the story like Toadstools, Slippery Jacks and Porcinis. Woodland folk? Omg yes, you’ll love this and want to live in this fairytale! —Kendra

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I Don't Want to Read This Book

by Max Greenfield, illustrated by Mike Lowery

Signed Copies Available While Supplies Last

available in November, hardcover, G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Do you love the tv show New Girl as much as I do? We now present to you Max Greenfield’s “Schmidt” first kids book! A picture book that sneakily gets you to read and enjoy it AND basically learn about how stories are written? AMAZING! –Kendra

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Saturday, October 16, 11am Bubbie's Magical Hair

available in October, hardcover, Sedro Publishing

Bubbie’s Magical Hair is a whimsical story of a grandmother playing with her grandchildren. Sparse in words, but deep in feeling, the lovely illustrations by Lynda Porter convey a story of magic and fun as Bubbie grows older and the children mature. Nature and imagination combine honoring the power of all grandparents and relationships that endure through life. This visual delight of adventure and a world united by love explores feelings, science, international customs, and imagination.


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The Secret of the Magic Pearl

Invasion of the Unicorns

by David Biedrzycki available in October, hardcover, Charlesbridge Publishing

I know right, another unicorn story? But seriously, you gotta read this one! This is one you and the kiddos will enjoy immensely and be so surprised by. From the author & illustrator of SumoKitty! He's just a cute little unicorn who wants to take over the world.


by Elisa Sabatinelli, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno translated by Christopher Turner available in October, hardcover, Red Comet Press

You must come see this book in person because it really will surprise you! Perfect to read alone or for family storytime, this gift-worthy tale full of mystery and adventure will blow you away with all the lovely nautical detail. The first thing I noticed when reading this book was that Hector, the main character on the cover, reminded me so much of Life Aquatic by Wes Anderson —I was hooked! –Kendra

SERIES Skunk and Badger #02: Egg Marks the Spot

by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Jon Klassen


Weenie Featuring Frank and Beans Book #01: Mad About Meatloaf

available in September, hardcover, Algonquin Young Readers

by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Alexandra Bye

The sequel to one of my favorite chapter books is here! I believe it will become one of your favorites as well­­—especially if you love the Frog & Toad tales. The author is from Seattle and you’ll want to hang Jon Klassen's black & white illustrations on your wall! –Kendra

available in October, paperback, Tundra Books

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Meet Weenie, a meatloaf-obsessed wiener dog, and his best friends Frank and Beans in this hilarious early graphic novel for fans of Narwhal and Jelly and The Bad Guys.

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Picture Books The Tiny Star It Fell from the Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

available in September, hardcover, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back—and the wonder that fell from the sky. “Are you a Fan of the Fan Brothers? The intricate and imaginative illustrations of their stories make these books my favorite gifts for children!” —Kendra

by Mem Fox, illustrated by Freya Blackwood available in October, hardcover, Random House Children's Books

In this touching and timeless story, a star falls to earth where it becomes a baby and is embraced and cared for by the community. Beautifully capturing the warmth and complexity of growing up, this is a unique and moving story to be cherished by all ages and shared for generations to come. "This is a beautiful story that proves that everyone deserves to be loved and if we take care of one another then we may live a fulfilled and happy life. It is also a good introduction to talk about the journey of life and grieving." –Kendra

This Is A Gift For You by Emily Winfield Martin

available in September, hardcover, Random House Children's Books

A stunning companion to the bestselling and beloved The Wonderful Things You Will Be, this picture book celebrates how we say “I love you” with gifts as heartfelt as a daisy, as magical as a dream, and as comforting as a place to belong. It is a poetic tribute to the simple joys of life and nature, and a reminder that the greatest gift we have is time spent together. "Some treasures are big and some are small but the things this book teaches are the most precious of all! Haha. I even impressed myself with that one." –Kendra

Step by Step

by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by Diane Goode available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

A tender and comforting book is about tackling life’s firsts. "As kids are heading back into the classroom or experiencing school for the first time, this story is a good reminder to take things one step at a time!" –Kendra

Opposites Abstract by Mo Willems

available in October, hardcover, Hyperion Books for Children

Is this dark? Is this light? Is this soft? Is this hard? Using colors, shapes, lines and textures, Willems invites readers to explore abstract concepts through eye-popping, emotive, and highly-accessible artwork.

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Jazz for Lunch!

by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Eugenia Mello available in September, hardcover, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Food and music were the two most important things in my house growing up and this heartfelt story just warms my heart and belly! It has the perfect combination of cooking up fun in the kitchen and teaching about some great musicians! Just having fun here! If you’ve spent time in NYC this will make you homesick for Harlem! –Kendra

Bright Star

by Yuyi Morales available in September, hardcover, Neal Porter Books

From the creator of the New York Times bestseller Dreamers comes a heartbreakingly beautiful story about growth, empowerment, and finding one's own voice. This is a wonderful book for young children looking for their place in a world full of uncertainty.

Love Was Inside by Andrew Joyner

available in October, hardcover, Random House Studio

From a New York Times bestselling illustrator comes a picture book to celebrate and remember the days we spent inside—the joys and the hardships, the bravery and the resilience, but most of all the love.

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The People Remember

RBG's Brave & Brilliant Women : 33 Jewish Women

by Ibi Zoboi, illustrated by Loveis Wise available in September, hardcover, Balzer + Bray

From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author Ibi Zoboi comes her debut picture book—a tour de force that uses the principles of Kwanzaa to talk about the history of African Americans. This lyrical, powerful tribute is sumptuously illustrated by New Yorker artist and rising star Loveis Wise. A beautiful gift for readers of all ages.

The 1619 Project:

Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith available in Novembe, hardcover, Kokila

The 1619 Project's lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson.

SCIENCE STEM Like a Girl : Empowering Knowledge and Confidence to Lead, Innovate, and Create


to Inspire Everyone

by Nadine Epstein, introduction by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, illustrated by Bee Johnson available in September, hardcover, Delacorte Press

This collection of biographies of brave and brilliant Jewish female role models­—selected in collaboration with Ruth Bader Ginsburg and including an introduction written by the iconic Supreme Court justice herself—provides young people with a roster of inspirational role models, all of whom are Jewish women, who will appeal not only to young people but to people of all ages, and all faiths.

Signs of Survival : A Memoir of the Holocaust

by Renee Hartman, Joshua M. Greene available in November, hardcover, Scholastic Nonfiction

As Jews living in 1940s Czechoslovakia, Renee, Herta, and their parents were in immediate danger when the Holocaust came to their door. As the only hearing person in her family, 10 year-old Renee had to alert her parents and sister whenever the sound of Nazi boots approached their home so they could hide. This is their true story.


by Sarah Foster

Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life

available in September, paperback, Black Dog & Leventhal

by DK

available in September, hardcover, DK Children

STEM Like a Girl empowers girls ages 8-12 with the knowledge and confidence to become future problem solvers and leaders in the scientific world and beyond. This fully illustrated and photographic book profiles 35 inspiring girls and offers 15 hands-on, STEM-based experiments that they can do at home.

From Tyrannosaurus and saber-toothed cats, to ferns and woolly mammoths, every page in this collection will captivate young readers as they travel through the history of the Earth.

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Middle Readers Pax, Journey Home

Amira & Hamza Book #1:

available in September, haardcover, Balzer + Bray

by Samira Ahmed

by Sara Pennypacker, illustrated by Jon Klassen

It’s been a year since Peter and his pet fox, Pax, have seen each other. Once inseparable, they now lead very different lives. From bestselling and award-winning author Sara Pennypacker comes the longawaited sequel to Pax. This is a gorgeously crafted, utterly compelling novel about chosen families and the healing power of love.

Paradise on Fire

by Jewell Parker Rhodes available in September, hardcover, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A new novel from local Seattle author Jewell Parker Rhodes, follows Abby, a young girl from the Bronx who is caught in a wildfire while spending the summer in the California wilderness in this new classic coming-of-age survival story. Paradise on Fire examines the intersection between racial justice and climate justice, in what readers have come to expect from Jewel: a thoughtful examination of important topics married to an emotional and gripping narrative.

Kiki Kallira Breaks a Kingdom by Sangu Mandanna

available now, hardcover, Hachette

Kiki Kallira is a creative, imaginative girl who loves to draw. One day, her fantastical drawings of the Hindu legends her mother has told her come to life. This fast-paced story follows Kiki as she unlocks inner strength and bravery as she battles fear and anxiety in the real world and her wondrous, imagined world. Great story for kids and adults alike! –Mariam

The War to Save the Worlds

available in September, hardcover, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

From bestselling author Samira Ahmed comes a thrilling fantasy adventure intertwining Islamic legend, history, mythology and astronomy­—perfect for fans of Rick Riordan.

Frankie & Bug by Gayle Forman

available in October, hardcover, Aladdin

If you've ever said the phrase, "That's not fair!" then this book is for you. If you long for summer fun including but not limited to, beach days, sleepovers, lemonade stands, roller skating, bomb pops, and catching a serial killer, then this book is for you. Join 10-year-old Bug as she navigates a summer like no other, surrounded by lovable characters both young and old that are full of personality and wisdom. Learn about what it means to be yourself and the importance of chosen family. –Chloe

The Great Bear : The Misewa Saga, Book Two

by David A. Robertson

available in September, hardcover, Puffin Canada

In the first book Barren Grounds, Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home­—until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom where a portal opens to another realit., In this second book in the Misewa Saga, Eli and Morgan journey once more to Misewa, travelling back in time! The author is a member of the Norway House Cree Nation.

Out of My Heart by Sharon M. Draper

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available in November, hardcover, Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books

Melody, the huge-hearted heroine of Out of My Mind, is a year older, and a year braver. And now with her Medi-talker, she feels nothing’s out of her reach, not even summer camp. There have to be camps for differently-abled kids like her, and she’s going to sleuth one out. A place where she can trek through a forest, fly on a zip line, and even ride on a horse! A place where maybe she really can finally make a real friend, make her own decisions, and even do things on her own—the dream!

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Middle Readers Obie Is Man Enough by Schuyler Bailar

available in September, hardcover, Crown Books for Young Readers

Obie knew his transition would have ripple effects. He has to leave his swim coach, his pool, and his best friends. But it’s time for Obie to find where he truly belongs. This is a coming-of-age story about a transgender tween who didn't think being himself would cause such a splash. Inspired by the author's own life story as the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on a men's NCAA Division I team.

The Other Side of Luck by Ginger Johnson

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

The lives of a young princess and pauper unexpectedly come together as both leave their homes in pursuit of a change of luck—Una to find her family, and Julien to heal his father. Facing perils and foes alike, their quest has them searching for a rare flower and along the way they discover the truth about not only luck, but also fate and belonging. A charming read for all ages! –Chloe

Reads for Young Adults

Dead Wednesday by Jerry Spinelli

available now, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

As the start of the new school year fast approaches, do you find yourself longing for simpler times? Allow this book to transport you back to June when the end of school was just days away and the excitement of summer was in the air. Follow main character Worm through his day participating in "Dead Wednesday" where he encounters an unexpected visitor, a cool hat and a new sense of how to be bold. Perfect for those who are always being told to speak up and try to blend into the background. –Emily

Dungeons & Dragons :

Dungeon Academy Book #1: No Humans Allowed!

by Madeleine Roux, illustrated by Tim Probert

available in November, hardcover, HarperCollins

Welcome to Dungeon Academy, where hundreds of monsters & creatures study vigorously, prepping for the dark world that awaits beyond the Dungeon walls. At the Academy, you do not excel by being the nicest or smartest. You excel by being the scariest. Get ready for humor, heart, magic and adventure as middle graders and beyond learn to embrace who they are, accept other’s differences and discover that making mistakes is OK—as long as you learn from them.

Call Me Athena : Girl from Detroit

Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults): 17 First-Person Stories for Today edited by Alice Wong

available in October, hardcover, Delacorte Press

The 17 eye-opening essays in Disability Visibility, all written by disabled people, offer keen insight into the complex and rich disability experience, examining life's ableism and inequality, its challenges and losses, and celebrating its wisdom, passion, and joy.


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by Colby Cedar Smith available now, hardcover, Andrews McMeel Publishing

Follow Mary as she navigates living as a teenager in Detroit during the 1930's. Her life is influenced by her French and Greek immigrant parents who have their own cultural traditions that Mary struggles to follow while she tries to find her own identity as an American teenager. Mary becomes an independent confident woman amidst a time of war, poverty, hunger, and inequality—not an easy task for the time. Beautifully written and heartfelt, this book was eye-opening with its many cultural aspects and inspiring story. It's even more amazing that this book is a loose retelling of the author's grandmother's story during the 1950s. –Hanna R.

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Reading Recommendations

VB's Young Adult Review Committee

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

Sisters of the Snake

The Witch King

by Sarena and Sasha Nanua

by H.E. Edgmon

available now, hardcover, HarperTeen

available now, hardcover, Inkyard Press

The Witch King is the best fantasy book I’ve read in a while. Wyatt Croft is a trans witch hiding in the human world from his arranged marriage with Prince Emyr North of the fae kingdom Asalin. Revolution and self-discovery quickly follow Wyatt as Emyr drags him back into the fae world. I loved the diversity and unique story, but my favorite part of this book was the characters. Wyatt’s hilarious, relatable, and mildly concerning inner monologue drives the story forward and leaves the reader wanting more. –Isabel F. age 17

The River Has Teeth

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe

by Erica Waters

available now, hardcover, HarperTeen

This book is an undeniable masterpiece. Della and Natasha are both lost in their search for something they have lost, and in their efforts, they manage to find each other. Typically, a book that features multiple perspectives is hard to fully engage in, but Waters has done an incredible job with capturing the very essence of these girls and baring their stories to the reader. A harsh yet compelling tale, The River Has Teeth is filled with heart and a feminist passion that keeps this genre fresh. –Claire V. age 17

Young Adult Reviews Established in 2014, this program offers teenagers and young adults 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!

Sisters of the Snake is steeped in Indian culture and magical powers. Readers follow the stories of twins separated at birth without knowledge of the other. Ria, raised an orphan, now lives on the streets as a thief. Rani is the princess, daughter of the ruthless Raja. But when Ria and her friend Amal try to rob the palace to prevent her conscription into the Raja's army, the twins finally meet and switch places in order to get what they want. Ria—to find out the truth of why she was given away, Rani—to escape the closeted life in the palace and learn the truth about the kingdom she'll run. –Kamden I. age 17

by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

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

Doomed to live in the shadow of her influencer sister, Moon Fuentez agrees to work at the merch table for a tour of famous social stars. Much to her chagrin, she is teamed with the irritable brother of a famous app creator, who happens to be annoyingly attractive. As they grow closer, Moon begins to believe more in herself and the world around her. Heart-wrenching and deeply romantic, this book perfectly weaves themes of religion and spirituality, love, and abuse. It is utterly unique and will stay with you long after you finish reading it. –Aria S. age 20


by Kimberly Vale available in October, hardcover, Wattpad Books

Crossbones is a tale of pure adventure! Royalty, bad blood, thievery and pirates are only some of the bubbling adventures you will find here as you follow the views of every character’s adventure! This book started off making me sweat with the possible death of Captain Csilla of The Scarlet Maiden but when her crew jumped in to steal their captain back, they stole me as well, and I never looked back! –Riley J. age 16

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The Hollow Heart

(Forgotten Gods #2)

The Lost Girls:

by Marie Rutkoski

A Vampire Revenge Story

available in June, hardcover, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

by Sonia Hartl

available in September, hardcover, Page Street Kids

The Lost Girls: A Vampire Revenge Story has the fun and sardonic vibes of early 2010s vampire books but make it queer. Follow along as Holly joins together in a murder revenge plot with other girls her ex turned and then dumped—as well as the enticing new girl he plans to turn next. Short but packing quite the punch, this is the sapphic vampire book I’ve been waiting for. –Gretal M. age 22

Act Cool

by Tobly McSmith

Young Adult Recommendations

Nirrim and Sid have parted ways. While Sid, called home due to her mother’s mysterious illness, can’t stop thinking of Nirrim; Nirrim has traded away her heart for power. She’s become a vengeful queen, determined to get retribution from those who’ve harmed god-children like her. This sequel to The Midnight Lie is a stunning conclusion to Marie Rutkoski’s latest duology. The Hollow Heart is full of intrigue and darkness with a touch of romance. This gorgeous read will have you on the edge of your seat until the end. –Emma W. age 25

available in September, hardcover, Quill Tree Books

Act Cool by Tobly McSmith is an authentic story about a transgender boy finding his truth and following his dreams in New York City. August gets the chance of a lifetime when he gets a spot at a prestigious performing arts school in New York. The problem is, August has promised his conservative parents he won’t transition while away. I really enjoyed seeing August explore what roles he wants to play both on stage, and in his life. This book also brought up the issues of transgender representation in theater, which I think needs to be talked about more. – Sarah K. age 19

Thanks and Farewell!

We want to wish a fond farewell to these four longtime members of the YARC. Emma and Stephanie have been members since the group's inception in 2014, and Gretal and Aria joined not long after. Thanks for the reviews and the memories, ladies! We'll miss you!

Left to Right: Emma, Gretal, Group Leader Claire, Stephanie, and Aria.

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Hunting By Stars: A Marrow Thieves Novel by Cherie Dimaline

available in October, hardcover, Amulet Press

This thrilling new story about hope and survival takes place in a dystopian world where the Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for their bone marrow and ability to dream. This engrossing, action-packed, deftly-drawn novel expands on the world of Cherie Dimaline’s award-winning The Marrow Thieves, and it will haunt readers long after they’ve turned the final page. The author is part of the Métis people and lives in Vancouver, BC.


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Take Me With You When You Go

by David Levithan, Jennifer Niven available now, hardcover, Knopf Books for Young Readers

Two of our favorite authors work together to create an epistolary story. As things unravel at home for Ezra, Bea will confront secrets about their past that will forever change the way they think about their family. Together and apart, broken by abuse but connected by love, this brother and sister must learn to trust themselves before they can find a way back to each other.

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Young Adult Terciel & Elinor : Old Kingdom Series Book 6 by Garth Nix

available in November, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

Bestselling novelist Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom Series for the never-beforetold love story of Sabriel’s parents, Tericel and Elinor, and the charter magic that brought them together—and threatened to tear them apart. A long-awaited prequel to a classic fantasy series. “One of the greatest living fantasy writers. I will never get enough of the Old Kingdom.” —Sarah J. Maas, bestselling author

A Snake Falls to Earth by Darcie Little Badger

available in November, hardcover, Levine Querido

Award winning author Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with her groundbreaking tale Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.

White Smoke

by Tiffany D. Jackson available now, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

The Haunting of Hill House meets Get Out in this chilling YA psychological thriller and modern take on the classic haunted house story! “The creeps come on slowly, then start to build. When the cold shivers ran down my back, I wanted to scream—but I was too busy turning pages. I had to know: Just how frightening will it get?” —R.L. Stine

You'd Be Home Now by Kathleen Glasgow

available in September, hardcover, Delacorte Press

From the New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces comes a breathtaking story about a town in crisis, its tragedies, and the quiet beauty of everyday life. Inspired by the American classic Our Town, this is a raw, modern tale of a girl struggling with the fallout of her brother's addiction .

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by Kimberly Vale available in October, hardcover, Wattpad Books

When the pirate king dies and leaves no heir, the Trials to compete for the Bone Crown are held. Each captain of the five fleets has a chance, but one secret can change everything, and even magical forces attempt to intervene. This book has everything you want from a pirate novel: secrets, romance, epic battles, and bravery in the face of danger. I couldn't put it down, and I cannot wait for the next one! –Chloe


by Alice Oseman available in November, hardcover, Scholastic Press

From the marvelous author of Heartstopper comes an incredible novel that covers the A in LGBTQIA+.This exceptional YA novel about discovering that there are plenty of other ways to find love and connection. Pre-order your copy today!

Major Detours : A Choices Novel by Zachary Sergi

available in September, hardcover, Running Press Kids

As a group of friends race to finish a mystical scavenger hunt across the West coast and uncover the mysteries of their unique tarot deck, it is you who will decide where to go next and how the story will end. With four possible final and romantic endings, you will get to make actual choices to further the friends’ road trip adventure in this unique mystical interactive novel.

Steelstriker: Skyhunter Duology Book #2 by Marie Lu

available in September, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

Explosive action and swoon-worthy suspense collide in Steelstriker, the riveting and smoldering sequel to the Skyhunter duet from #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu.

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EVENTS PROCEDURES by Claire McElroy-Chesson, Village Books Events Coordinator

Important Changes - Please Read We are pleased (excited, nervous, cautiously optimistic) to announce that we will be hosting in-person events beginning September 2! We know that there will be many questions around this so we’re going to try to give a clear picture of what in-person events will look like in the midst of an ongoing pandemic. Naturally, the number one question will be with regards to our Covid-19 safety protocol. We want to ensure the safety of our authors and attendees so here is our plan:

FAQS: 1) Will Village Books continue to host virtual events? YES! Our event listings will state very clearly whether an event is in-person or virtual.

2) Will any of the in-person events be hybrid? In other words, will folks be able to watch an inperson event via Zoom or another platform? Not yet.

Events that take place in our Readings Gallery will have 3) Why do we now have to pay $5 to reserve a capacity limit of 50. This is less than 50% of the room’s a seat when Village Books’ events have standard capacity. Our mask policy for events will be that all historically been free in the Readings Gallery? attendees wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. As we all know, nothing is as it used to be. Now that Pre-registration for all events will be required on we have a reduced capacity, it is more important than Eventbrite to reserve your seat. You will have two ticket ever that folks show up for our events and support the options. You may either purchase the featured book at authors and our programming. With limited seating registration (to be picked up at the event and signed by available, this will help ensure that seats get used. Note: the author) OR you may purchase a $5 ticket. This ticket the $5 entrance fee can be used towards the purchase of reserves your seat and is also a voucher toward a purchase the featured book or other merchandise at the event. of any merchandise on the day of the event. If you need Thank you for adapting with us. help registering on Eventbrite, one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you. For all event-related inquiries, please email We look forward to seeing you in the Readings Gallery!


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SEPTEMBER Thursday, September 2, 12pm-1pm Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett In-Person Event Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. Tim Burnett has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2010 and practicing meditation since 1986.


• In-Person Events • Two ticket options: Purchase the featured title at registration which includes entrance to the event OR purchase a $5 ticket and receive a voucher that can be used at the event. Want to attend at the last minute? Call Village Books, there may still be spots!

• Virtual • Enjoy from the comfort of your couch! Details vary. See details and registration for ALL events at: Thursday, September 9, 7pm (doors 6:30pm) THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR featuring KIRA JANE BUXTON In-Person Event - WATCH FOR UPDATES at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center


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Tuesday, September 7, 6:30pm PADMA LAKSHMI with Jesse Tyler Ferguson –Tomatoes for Neela Virtual Event Join us in welcoming bestselling author and host of Top Chef and Taste the Nation Padma Lakshmi to the Virtual Readings Gallery! She'll be joined by none other than Jesse Tyler Ferguson in presenting her brand new picture book, Tomatoes for Neela. A beautiful celebration of food and family, Tomatoes For Neela lovingly affirms how we can connect to other cultures, as well as to our own, through food. This event is a fundraiser for Common Threads.

Join us for our first Chuckanut Radio Hour this year! $5 entrance fee-can be applied to book purchase. Find registration information & details at 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. With Feral Creatures, Kira Jane Buxton continues S.T.’s story with another bighearted, death-defying adventure. Kira Jane Buxton’s debut novel, Hollow Kingdom, was a finalist for the Audie Awards, the Washington State Book Awards and the Thurber Prize for American Humor. It was named a best book of the year by NPR, Book Riot and Good Housekeeping.

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Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7pm MAGGIE HAMILTON –When We Become Strangers: How Loneliness Leaks Into Our Lives, and What We Can Do about It

Virtual Event

Join us for a discussion on how loneliness is shaping our lives today, in ways that we may not even be aware. We tend to assume loneliness is simply sitting at home alone feeling sad, but what if loneliness is more subtle than that? Maggie Hamilton, author of What's Happening to Our Boys? and What's Happening to Our Girls? explores our growing loneliness and proposes practical solutions and an uplifting vision to combat the increasing social isolation in our families and communities.

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Friday, September 24, 3pm ANDERSON COOPER –Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall

of an American Dynasty

Virtual Event

Friday, September 17, 7pm DINAH MANOFF –The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold and WARREN READ –One Simple Thing In-Person Event In The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold, award-winning actor and director Dinah Manoff offers an honest glimpse behind the red carpet in her novel about a Hollywood star, her improbable Malibu upbringing, and her closet full of tabloid-worthy secrets. Dinah Manoff has written for both stage and television has had numerous roles on stage television, and in film including Grease, Ordinary People, and Child's Play. A tense, layered story of misguided allegiances and sheer desperation, One Simple Thing is the kind of “grit lit” that belongs with such writers as Daniel Woodrell, Per Petterson, and Charles Portis. Warren Read is also the author of a 2008 memoir, The Lyncher in Me, about his discovery that his greatgrandfather had incited a lynching in 1920, and the 2017 novel, Ash Falls, which was called "a moody, haunting foray into rural Americana in the mold of Daniel Woodrell and Christian Kiefer," by Kirkus.

Saturday, September 25, 4pm ALLI SHIRCLIFF –The Smoothie Book In-Person Event Jump into a world of 100 plant-based smoothies with this colorful recipe book of fresh ideas by Certified Nutritionist Alli Shircliff. Shircliff is a also a yoga instructor and has been making smoothies for her family for many years. Don't miss out!

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Monday, September 27, 6pm Both In Person AND Virtual Spanish Open Mic with Seán Dwyer

& attend the event for free!

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

Take a Writing Workshop with these two great authors DINAH MANOFF & WARREN READ September 17, 2-5pm at Village Books­—see details on page 26.

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Sunday, September 19, 4pm JACK REMICK in conversation with Jes Stone –What Do I Know? Wisdom Essays Virtual Event Join us on Zoom for a great conversation between two talented local authors! The essays in What Do I Know? ask questions about love, wisdom, marriage, and knowledge. Jack Remick is a novelist, poet, and essayist. Jessica H. Stone (Jes) is the author of three books, including Blood on a Blue Moon: A Sheaffer Blue Mystery.

Wednesday, September 22, 6pm RUTH OZEKI in conversation with

Karen Joy Fowler –The Book of Form and Emptiness Virtual Event Join us on Zoom for a great event co-sponsored by Village Books, Elliott Bay Book Company, and Third Place Books! Ruth Ozeki­—novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest—will introduce her latest novel. Ozeki is the awardwinning author of three novels, My Year of Meats, All Over Creation, and A Tale for the Time Being, which was a finalist for the 2013 Booker Prize. Karen Joy Fowler is the author of seven novels, including The Jane Austen Book Club, a New York Times bestseller. Tickets are $35 and include a signed copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness.


New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary American dynasty— his mother’s family, the Vanderbilts. Written with a unique insider’s viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures. Anderson Cooper is an anchor at CNN and a correspondent for CBS’ 60 Minutes. Cooper has won 18 Emmys and numerous other major journalism awards. He has written two books which topped the New York Times bestsellers list. Dispatches From The Edge–A Memoir of Wars, Disasters, and Survival and The Rainbow Comes and Goes, which he co-wrote with his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt. Tickets include the book: $33 (local pick up) and $35 (shipped). No international shipments at this time.

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Monday, September 27, 7pm Both In Person AND Virtual Open Mic with Seán 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 at 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.

Wednesday, September 29, 6pm ARIEL SABAR in conversation with

William Brennan –Veritas: A Harvard Professor,

a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

Virtual Event

Don’t miss this discussion about an intriguing bit of history! From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard. In 2012, Dr. Karen King, a star religion professor at Harvard, announced a breathtaking discovery: she’d found an ancient scrap of papyrus in which Jesus calls Mary Magdalene “my wife.” It threatened not just the priesthood, but centuries of sacred teachings on marriage, sex, and women’s leadership, much of it premised on the hallowed tradition of a celibate Jesus. William Brennan is a freelance journalist and the winner of a 2020 National City and Regional Magazine Award for feature writing.

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Saturday, October 9, 4pm ANNE LIU KELLOR –Heart Radical : A Search

for Language, Love, and Belonging

and BRENDA MILLER –A Braided Heart :

Essays on Writing and Form

Nature of Writing Series! Thursday, September 30, 6pm KATHARINE HAYHOE –Saving Us: A Climate Scientist's Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World

Virtual Event

In Saving Us Hayhoe demonstrates that whether you’re a parent or a person of faith, a beach-goer or a dedicated foodie, climate change affects someone or something you already care about. While others offer doomsday scenarios and point fingers of blame, Hayhoe approaches this topic with optimism and inclusivity. Katharine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy.

OCTOBER Sunday, October 3, 4pm LAURA KALPAKIAN in conversation with Cami Ostman –Memory Into Memoir: A Writer’s Handbook

Virtual Event

Join us on Zoom as two master craftswomen of writing discuss Kalpakian's latest book! Memory into Memoir provides a lively guide for anyone looking to wrestle the unruly past onto the page. Laura Kalpakian is the author of thirteen novels and four collections of short fiction and is the winner of many awards including a Pushcart Prize, and the PEN West Award. She lives in the Pacific Northwest. Cami Ostman, founder of The Narrative Project, has published a memoir and has co-edited several anthologies.

Thursday, October 7, 7pm DAN CHARD –Nixon’s War at Home: The FBI, Leftist Guerrillas, and the Origins of Counterterrorism

In-Person Event

Drawing on research in declassified FBI documents, Nixon’s War at Home explains how war with homegrown guerrilla groups like the Weather Underground and Black Liberation Army helped bring down the presidency of Richard Nixon while prompting the FBI and White House to develop the preemptive policing practices of American counterterrorism. Daniel S. Chard is Visiting Assistant Professor of history at Western Washington University. His writing has appeared in outlets such as Jacobin, and Washington Post.

Unless otherwise noted, all in-person events take place in Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Virtual Event Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an event with two great regional authors! As a mixed-race woman, Anne Lui Kellor grew up unsure where she belonged. In her twenties, she took off to travel and live in China, her mother’s birthplace, a long, winding journey that ultimately teaches her to embrace her many layers, claim her voice, speak her truth, and live in the present. Anne Liu Kellor is a Chinese American writer, editor, and teacher based in Seattle. A Braided Heart provides a friendly, personal, and smart guide to the writing life. An acknowledged expert in these forms, Brenda Miller gives writers practical advice on how to sustain and invigorate their writing practice, while also encouraging readers to explore their own writing lives. Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and Associate Faculty with the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Tuesday, October 12, 6pm JONATHAN FRANZEN in conversation with Maria Semple –Crossroads Fiction! Virtual Event Village Books is pleased to team up with five stellar PNW bookstores to bring this great event to you on zoom! Tickets are $35 and each comes with an autographed copy of Crossroads (while supplies last!). Jonathan Franzen’s gift for wedding depth and vividness of character with breadth of social vision has never been more dazzlingly evident than in Crossroads. A tour de force of interwoven perspectives and sustained suspense, its action largely unfolding on a single winter day, Crossroads is the story of a Midwestern family at a pivotal moment of moral crisis. Jonathan Franzen’s gift for melding the small picture and the big picture has never been more dazzlingly evident. Jonathan Franzen is the author of five novels, including The Corrections, Freedom, and Purity, and five works of nonfiction, most recently Farther Away and The End of the End of the Earth. He lives in Santa Cruz, California. Maria Semple is the author of Where' d You Go Bernadette, This One is Mine and Today Will be Different. She lives in Seattle.

Wednesday, October 13, 7pm KERSTIN DECOOK –Break Loose and Fly: 10 Practical Tools for Mastering Life’s Challenges and Creating a Life You Love

In-Person Event

Ever wonder what heights you could soar to if you really tried? Kerstin Decook shares her life’s story of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles she has faced and how she overcame them. Break Loose and Fly lays out 10 simple steps that propelled her to higher heights and she shares how anyone can apply these principles to their lives.

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Lorinda Boyer strove continuously to be virtuous in the eyes of God and to live the life she believed He intended for her. Struggling to come to terms with her sexual identity within the confines of her strict fundamentalist Christian upbringing, Lorinda is pushed into living a double life: one part perfect housewife and mother, the other part sexual addict. More than a coming-out story, this is a coming-into story-coming into an authentic life and self.

Kids Event! Saturday, October 16, 11am ABBE ROLNICK –Bubbie's Magical Hair In-Person Event Nature and imagination combine to honor the power of all grandparents and their enduring relationships. A visual delight that can be read on many levels, exploring feelings, science, international customs, and imagination. Ribbons, stars, and dandelion dust spread magic. This is a universal story of passing on the essence of loved ones, as life continues. Abbe Rolnick is the author of the Generation of Secrets Series, Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation to Love Deeply, and Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way. Registration required. Kids Free!

Nature of Writing Series Sunday, October 17, 4pm MOLLY HASHIMOTO –Mount Rainier National Park: An Artist’s Tour

In-Person Event Follow along with award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto as she takes you on a journey through the exquisite beauty of Mount Rainier National Park. Hashimoto explores parks and wildlife refuges all over the West, seeking inspiration for her sketches, paintings, and prints. Her work appears on calendars and cards, and she is the author and artist of Colors of the West and Birds of the West. Molly Hashimoto explores parks and wildlife refuges all over the West, seeking inspiration for her sketches, paintings, and prints. Her work appears on calendars and cards, and she is the author and artist of Colors of the West and Birds of the West.

Tuesday, October 19, 6pm An Evening with SANDOR KATZ –Sandor Katz's Fermentation Journeys: Recipes, Techniques, and Traditions Virtual Event From Sandor Katz—New York Times–bestselling author of The Art of Fermentation and the world’s most respected advocate of all things fermented—comes his first new cookbook in nearly a decade, destined to become a modern classic. Sandor Ellix Katz, is a self-taught fermentation experimentalist and is the author of two best-selling books: Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation. Sandor and his work have appeared on NPR’s “Fresh Air with Terry Gross,” The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, PBS, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, and numerous other national and international media.


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October Thursday, October 14, 7pm LORINDA BOYER –Straight Enough In-Person Event

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Wednesday, October 20, 6pm DR. TRACI BAXLEY in Conversation with Sara Dean – Social Justice Parenting: How to Raise Compassionate, Anti-Racist, Justice-Minded Kids in an Unjust World

Virtual Event

Join us on Zoom for a discussion on an important and timely topic. Poised to become essential reading for all parents committed to social change, Social Justice Parenting will offer parents everywhere the opportunity to nurture a future generation of humane, compassionate individuals. Dr. Traci Baxley is a professor, consultant, parenting coach, speaker, mother to five bi-racial children, and the creator of Social Justice Parenting. Sara Dean is a mindset, business and leadership coach. She is also the creator and host of the "Shameless Mom Academy" Podcast.

Nature of Writing Series Thursday, October 21, 7pm (doors 6:30pm) THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR Featuring THOR HANSON at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center

In-Person Event –Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid: The Fraught and Fascinating Biology of Climate Change Join us at the Firehouse as we welcome biologist Thor Hanson BACK to the Radio Hour! You'll also enjoy live music, groaner jokes, perfomance poetry and more as we record this popular radio show. In Hurricane Lizards and Plastic Squid, Hanson tells the remarkable story of how plants and animals are responding to climate change: adjusting, evolving, and sometimes dying out. A story of hope, resilience, and risk, this is a reminder of how unpredictable climate change is as it interacts with the messy lattice of life.Thor Hanson is a conservation biologist, Guggenheim Fellow, and author of award-winning books including Buzz, Feathers, The Impenetrable Forest, and The Triumph of Seeds.

Sunday, October 24, 4pm BRET LUNSFORD –Sounding for Harry Smith In-Person Event Sounding for Harry Smith is a biography of Smith’s formative years in Bellingham and Anacortes during the Great Depression. Harry became “famous everywhere underground” - an influencer of folk, beat and DIY culture – from cannery row roots where his immersion in art, alchemy, music, film and Coast Salish studies began. Bret Lunsford is a founding member of the bands Beat Happening and D+. In addition to his own musical endeavors, Lunsford operates the loose collective of Knw-Yr-Own, an independent record and book maker based in his hometown of Anacortes, WA.

Interested in joining a Book Group? See page 22. Go to pages 26-27 to see check out Writing Classes. Building Community One Book at a Time

Registration required for both virtual AND in-person events. Go to for details. Monday, October 25, 6pm In Person AND Virtual Spanish Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Join us on Zoom and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by the traditional Open Mic at 7pm! Preregistration to read is required - see below for details. Don't miss out!

Monday, October 25, 7pm Open Mic with Seán Dwyer

In Person AND Virtual

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 at sean@seandwyerauthor. com 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.

Nature of Writing Series Wednesday, October 27, 7pm MARY M. CLARE and GARY FERGUSON –Full Ecology: Repairing Our Relationship with the Natural World

In-Person Event

In Full Ecology, social-cultural psychologist Mary M. Clare and longtime nature writer Gary Ferguson suggest a path forward. Instead of inflaming environmental dread, they teach us to take heart and develop the inner resolve to confront the climate crisis. Mary M. Clare and Gary Ferguson have each dedicated more than 30 years to exploring the world’s social and natural ecologies—Clare as a graduate professor of psychology and education, Ferguson as a nature and conservation-science writer.

Thursday, October 28, 7pm MIKE ROSTRON –The Roving Fitzgeralds: The Memoirs of Roy Madison Fitzgerald

In-Person Event

Birch Bay author Mike Rostron will introduce his latest book­—an edited version of his great-grandfather Roy Madison Fitzgerald’s memoirs detailing his time spent as a stage coach driver and saddle horse guide in early Yellowstone National Park. This true story of one of Montana’s prominent pioneer families has been described as “a treat for history lovers,” by Lee Whittlesey, Yellowstone Park Historian. Writer and musician Michael Rostron is the author of the novels Cape Decision and The Kabul Conscript, and the musical stage plays “Evermore,” and “Outro.”

Unless otherwise noted, in-person events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven. Masks required. Thanks for your support!

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EVENTS November Saturday, November 6, 7pm KERRY CLAIRE –The Orchid Mantis Fiction! In-Person Event The Orchid Mantis follows the turbulent lives of innocent, six-year-old Skye and her adopted older sister, Amber. At first, Skye is enthralled with her new sister, but soon finds herself caught in a web of lies, fear, and deceit. Over time, the stakes climb higher and higher for Skye, and just when she thinks she has the upper hand, COVID-19 strikes, the city is plunged into lockdown, and her world changes forever. Canadian-born author, Kerry Claire, has worked as a nurse practitioner and dog trainer for much of her life. She now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their collie, Annie.

Nature of Writing Series Thursday, November 11, 7pm KATIE IVES –Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams

In-Person Event

Using an infamous deception about a fake mountain range in British Columbia as her jumping-off point, Katie Ives examines the lure of blank spaces on the map and the value of the imagination. Imaginary Peaks details the mystery of the Riesenstein Hoax within the larger context of cartography, exploration, and climbing history. Katie Ives's writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Outside, The Rumpus, and Adventure Journal. Ives is editor in chief at Alpinist magazine and lives in Cambridge, Vermont. This is her first book.

Nature of Writing Series Saturday, November 13, 4pm JUDY BENTLEY and CRAIG ROMANO –Hiking Washington's History (2nd Ed.) In-Person Event In this new, full-color edition of the firstever hiking guide to the state's historic trails, historian and hiker Judy Bentley teams up with veteran guidebook author Craig Romano to lead adventurers of all abilities along trails on the coast, over mountains, through national forests, across plateaus, and on the banks of the Columbia River.

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