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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • SUMMER 2019


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A Magazine for the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers

JUNE 15-16

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Find Waldo Local VOLUME 26, ISSUE 2

39th Anniversary





at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven and Lynden!

June 15th & 16th Saturday & Sunday

Fairhaven: 9am-9pm Lynden: 10am-7pm

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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader,

It must be summer in the northwest. Front doors are opened wide, lawn mowers are humming, the sweet smell of raspberries fills the air, and the telltale signs of deer garden destruction are all around. We love the summer! And we the staff love to see you come into the stores during your family walks or with your muddy legs after a ride around Galbraith or a hike among our many mountain trails. And with the change of the season we too have changes quietly happening within our store family. As we write, our children’s buyer Hana is eagerly awaiting her first baby. We have a new manager in the Fairhaven store. And we have high school and college student staff that are graduating and moving towards their next chapter. But as some things change, some stay the same as we get our Summer Reading Challenge under way and we hunt for Waldo in the annual Find Waldo Local hide and seek game. During this 39th summer of Village Books and Paper Dreams, we could not be more grateful for the beautiful home we have here in Whatcom County. But also for you, dear reader, as you are also part of our bookstore family — our front door will always be open to you and yours so come on in and we will share with you that perfect beach read.

– Kelly, Paul, Sarah


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Summer 2019

Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Hana Boxberger, Diana Clayton, Stephanie Douglas, Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Rachel Johnson, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Autumn Skye Moore, Laura Picco, Abbie Schollmeier, Lauren Sommer, Mary Vermillion, Terri Weiner, Cindi Williamson, Hayden Winn Cover: Passports, Pride Month, Anniversary Sale — Here comes summer! Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2019 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!

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and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family

In This Issue... Don't Miss our Storewide Sale * 20% Off * June 15&16 2 Dear Reader 3 Explore and be rewarded with the VBPD Passports 5 Fun Activities You Don't Want to Miss 6-9 10 Whatcom Reads 2020 Selection Announced A Literary Trip to Ireland with Paul and Kelly 11&13 Fiction, Sci-Fi, and Mystery Books & Reviews 15-26 Pre-Order Local 20 Book Groups and All Things Writing 27-31 Cooking and Wine 32-33 Check out What's Going on in Lynden 34-40 The Chuckanut Radio Hour Upcoming Shows 41 Current Events, History, and Biography Books 43-48 Indies Choice Book Award Winners 2019 49 Book A'Sail – A Book Group on the Sea 50 Get Out and into Nature and Science 51-55 Crafts, Art, and Design Books & Reviews 56-57 Transitions, Games, Gifts 58-59 Great Reads and Activites for Kids & Teens 60-74 Literature Live! Author Events at VB 75-78 Louise Penny has been Booked at the Baker back

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Jun 22 FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF 8:15 - Cirque with Strangely __________________________________________________

Jul 27 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU 8:00 - Azara Tribal Bellydance __________________________________________________

Jun 29 SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 8:15 - Cirque with Wren & Della __________________________________________________

Aug 3 JURASSIC PARK 7:30 - Music by Aaron J. Shay __________________________________________________

Jul 6 TOP GUN 8:15 - Music by The Sweet Goodbyes __________________________________________________

Aug 10 HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: HIDDEN WORLD 7:30 - Music by Havilah Rand __________________________________________________

Jul 13 BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY 8:15 - DJ Westwood __________________________________________________ Jul 20 MARY POPPINS RETURNS

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The Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema is a bring your own seating event. Blankets are the best option and are allowed on the grass. Lawn chairs on the brick area only. No hammocks. Hot food and snacks will be available for sale at the events. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. Movies show at dusk following event entertainment–see schedule above. Admission: $5 per person. Five and under free. Village Books and Paper Dreams is proud to sponsor Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (look for Dinger!), Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Mary Poppins Returns, 10 Things I Hate About You, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, and The Princess Bride.


Summer 2019

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

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of Village Books and Paper Dreams Purchase the Village Books and Paper Dreams Passport at the Fairhaven or Lynden store and let the journey begin! Since its opening in 1980, Village Books and Paper Dreams has become a world unto its own. Now you can discover the many experiences we have to offer while earning rewards along the way with our new passport! The 32-page, whimsical passport includes a range of experiences that passport holders will complete to earn a stamp and come one step closer to prizes, including T-shirts, special discounts, journals, candy, treats at Evolve Chocolate + Café, books, games, and more. Upon completion of the passport, you’ll be inducted into the exclusive League of Extraordinary Readers. Honors include a year supply of fudge, tickets for a literary-themed dinner at Evolve, a behind-thescenes party at the bookstore, and a chance to win an overnight stay at the Fairhaven store, ghosts and all!

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Congratulations to Sittrea and the Afternoon Book Chat! This popular VB Reads group recently celebrated their 10th anniversary of meeting at Village Books—a decade of great conversation and camaraderie! Interested in chekcing out the Afternoon Book Group. Join them in the Fairhaven Readings Gallery the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm. Upcoming reading selections can be found at

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Friday & Saturday, June 28 - 29, 2019 Artists, musicians and performers will gather at the Fairhaven Village Green for Allied Arts of Whatcom County’s second Cultural Arts Festival, June 28-29. The festival will kick off with the Historic Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk and run throughout the weekend. Activities and events will focus on the arts, music, performance, food, presentations and workshops highlighting the diverse cultural communities in Whatcom County with the goal of promoting cultural diversity. The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances with Fairhaven businesses hosting specials and activities throughout Fairhaven. Stop by the Readings Gallery in Village Books and check out the beautiful work by flower artist Nancy Craig. She preserves each flower and captures its natural state by layering resin gently on and over the delicate petals. Each Wall Decor piece is a one of a kind expression of her love for flowers. For a schedule of events, visit


The Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival is a collaborative project with the Historic Fairhaven Association, Bellingham/ Whatcom Tourism Bureau, Sculptures NW, Native Arts Collective, and the Whatcom Artist Guild and more. The festival is funded in part by City of Bellingham Tourism, Whatcom Tourism, Whatcom Community Foundation – Project Neighborly Grants, and other local contributions.



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Two Days Only - Lynden and Fairhaven! Summer 2019


Saturday, June 22, 10am- 5pm Each year Sustainable Connections is excited to showcase innovative, creative, and eco-friendly homes and landscapes within our community. It is their goal to inspire you to make your home a healthy, sustainable, happy place that contributes to a thriving community.

Tickets Purchase $10 tickets ahead of time at the downtown Community Food Co-op, Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven, and the RE Store. Tickets are also available on the day of the tour at all tour stops (cash/check only).

Tour inside some of Whatcom County’s new and remodeled houses on the 17th annual NW Green Home Tour and meet the people who created them. Spend as much time as you wish talking to experts at each stop about green features and cutting edge technology. Site locations and descriptions available at



Summer 2019

General Admission $10 • Students $5

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Building Community One Book at a Time

See You at the Ball Game! Join us as we cheer on the Bellingham Bells on August 4th! Who doesn’t love a good baseball game? On Sunday August 4th, we’ll be rooting for the Bellingham Bells as they take on the Victoria HarbourCats at Joe Martin Field and we hope you’ll join us. It’s the Village Books sponsored game night, so stop by our booth and spin the wheel for your chance at fun prizes and give-aways. Kids participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can receive two free tickets to the game if they complete the first two books in the challenge by August 3rd! (While supplies last–see page 60 for the inside scoop on this year's Summer Reading Challenge.) Adults, keep an eye out for Village Books and Paper Dreams Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram notifications for your chance to win free tickets as well. See you at the game!



SIDEWALK SALE in Fairhaven

Saturday, August 31st 10am - 5pm

Save the Date!

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!



Hey Steampunk Fans. Please note that the 2019 Festival has been cancelled. Thanks for your support over the last seven years. A hugeshout out to the organizers for your many years of dedication and hard work.

July is Independents Month Independents Month is an annual celebration to engage local independent businesses and citizens in celebrating the entrepreneurial spirit and freedom our local businesses embody. Independents Month is also an occasion to recognize small businesses’ contributions to the community–and to affirm citizens’ role in shaping their community’s future. THANK YOU for thinking local first by supporting and celebrating your independents!

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2020 Whatcom Reads Selection Announced!

To The Bright Edge of the World Read the Book, Join the Conversation!

by Eowyn Ivey

Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Join your neighbors in reading To The Bright Edge of the World this year! To the Bright Edge of the World is an atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. It features explorers charting the Alaskan wilderness in the late 19th century and the endurance that entailed, along with Native American mythology, love, courage and wonder. It’s a thrilling, moody and mysterious tale that we expect you will find a rich and rewarding read. New York Times bestselling author Eowyn Ivey is scheduled to visit Whatcom County in March 2020. Events will be free-of-charge and open to the public – more details in the months ahead at Whatcom READS is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

Purchase To Tbe Bright Edge of the World at Village Books and we will donate 10% of the proceeds to Whatcom READS!

Inspired by Fire

The Big Burn Sparks Creativity by Kelly Evert, VB Co-Owner

The Big Burn by Timothy Egan was the Whatcom Reads book for 2018-19. If you were able to attend one of the discussions with the author you will know how important this book is especially to the Northwest. In 1910, the largest fire in American history raged in the Northern Rockies. In 23 hours, a firestorm burned more than three million acres and killed at least 78 firefighters. Local artist Anita Boyle was inspired by the story and created a "quilt" for the Allied Arts showing that coincided with the author visit. This artwork is made of papers handmade with 100% cotton rug yarn, (remnants cut from rugs made at True North Textiles, a local loom-woven rug business). Boyle printed historical photos onto the paper, and added some of her favorite quotes from the book. There are some buttons sewn in to represent items lost in the fire. Jeni Cottrell, a local fan of both Village Books and Allied Arts purchased the piece and lovingly donated the art to the store. It hangs upstairs in the fiction section for everyone to enjoy (we put it up higher on the wall as the paper is delicate and we want to keep it safe). We truly are honored to have such a beautiful piece of art so lovingly created by Anita Boyle and donated by Jeni Cottrell. 10

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Busman’s Holiday by Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert, Co-Owners, Village Books and Paper Dreams

When bookstore owners go on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to Ireland, what do they do? Why they visit every bookstore they can find, of course!


ast fall, when our friend invited us to visit her in Ireland the following March, Kelly and I immediately booked a flight to the country that’s been at the top of our list of places to travel since we first met. The attractions were many: from the bucolic scenery peppered with more castles than you can shake a shillelagh at, to the traditional music that hearkens one back to simpler times. But the rich tradition of storytelling that underpins every aspect of the Emerald Isle called to us the strongest. So as we researched and planned, bookshops served as our stepping stones throughout our journey. We landed in Dublin the day after St. Patrick’s Day—yes, just in time for the hangover—and our first stop after we unpacked our bags was The Winding Stair, one of the oldest bookstores in Dublin and overlooking the River Liffey that runs through the heart of the city. It’s a small shop that is extremely well curated. Coincidentally, they used to be three floors with a restaurant on the third floor, just like Village Books. There we struck up a conversation with the lovely bookseller Michelle and compared recent favorites that we happened to have in common: Little by Edward Carey and Circe by Madeline Miller. After each sharing our wonder at meeting kindred readers from across the pond, we asked her favorite book. “Oh my. That’s a most difficult question. But today, I’d have to say my favorite book is The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.” Great! One we haven’t read yet! We added that to the stack of books we purchased.

Paul, Michelle, and Kelly at the Winding Stair in Dublin

There were many more in Dublin that we visited—like Hodges Figgis near Trinity College, Stokes Books in the Arcade, and Ulysses Rare Books (bring a handkerchief for the all drooling you’ll do) and yet we still missed a number of gems including Books Upstairs, the shop that everyone who’s visited Dublin asks us about. (continued on page 13)

A busman's holiday — a vacation or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work.

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Featuring The Snowman and cocoa for the kids! FEB 9


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(An Irish Holiday – continued from page 11)

Visits and conversations continued as we toured the southern half of Ireland. There’s Bantry Books, newly purchased by two sisters with boundless energy who are helping to continue the tradition of the West Cork Literary Festival. (Recommending Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger.) Far to the west is the Dingle Bookshop where owner Michael is from Britain and, at the moment, “a bit ashamed of it” (thanking you very much, Brexit). He’s put together a core section of his recommendations he calls “Vital Titles” and his recent favorites are Pachinko, Orphan Master’s Son, and Sisters Brothers.

St. Patrick, beautiful blue bookshops, and reading recommendations from our new friends.

Then our last and finest stop was at Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in the heart of the college town of Galway, home of Cúirt International Festival of Literature. It was just voted Bookshop of the Year, deservedly so, and they are celebrating 30 years. This is a bookstore to get yourself good and lost in and we enjoyed a long visit with Charlie himself, the charming Vinnie, and the waggish Noreen (whose answer to “How are you?” was, “Very well, thank God.”) Kelly and I left Ireland with a great many new friends, pages of recommended reading, phones full of photos, a stack of books that we needed an extra bag to carry back, and enough memories to fill the pages of the Chuckanut Reader. But space won’t allow any more so we’ll just have to stop here. Wait! Kelly just reminded me … we didn’t even mention the Book of Kells, the Trinity College Library, or the Chester Beatty Library. And the pubs! Good golly, the PUBS! Well now, that’s an article unto itself, isn’t it? You’ll just have to ask us about it next time you see us. Unless we go back to Ireland for good, that is. Then you’ll just have to come visit. –Paul and Kelly Charlie Byrne's Bookshop in Galway, Ireland's bookstore of the year!

Socrates at Trinity College Library

Noel, teacher of Gaelic whom we met at Darkey Kelly’s Pub in Dublin

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ur Round It Up program has been going strong for over two years and we’re elated to share our newest partner, Lydia Place! You might know them from their innovative fundraisers around the county such as Handbags for Housing and Bowling for Beds, or you might know them from the hard work that they have done to fight homelessness in Whatcom County since 1989. Now, we’re glad to help support their profound mission “to disrupt the cycle of homelessness and promote sustained independence for current and future generations,” with your help of course.

A nonprofit, community-based agency serving homeless families since 1989, Lydia Place is an active participant in our community’s effort to end homelessness in Whatcom County.

From a single safe-housing location 30 years ago, Lydia Place has developed into a full-service organization. Over the years they’ve recognized housing is merely the first step, and families who are experiencing homelessness have greater needs and high barriers they must face on their paths to stability and independence. As a response, Lydia Place has developed wide-ranging programs designed to go beyond emergency and permanent supportive housing, and dive deeper into their mission of breaking the generational cycle of poverty, by including supportive wrap around services. In addition to intensive housing case management, Lydia Place has a Parent Support Program that offers in-home early childhood development and parent education, and a Mental Health Program with high quality, low barrier, in-home clinical mental health services to support clients to living a life where they feel mentally and emotionally healthy. With all of these offerings available for clients, their needs are great. In 2018 alone, Lydia Place spent $45,000 on emergency sheltering for vulnerable families with children due to housing shortages and affordability, and they have already exceeded this amount for 2019. We are happy to partner with Lydia Place in two ways. First, we can round your purchase at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations to the nearest dollar. That small change can make a big difference! BONUS: If you pre-purchase your copy of The Testaments by Margaret Atwood before the release date of September 10th, Village Books will donate a portion of the sales to Lydia Place in honor of the work they have done to improve the lives of families in our community. This sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale has been years in the making and is one of the most anticipated books of the year. Pre-order yours today!

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

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Light from Other Stars

The Electric Hotel

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

available in June, hardcover, Sarah Crichton Books

Eleven-year-old Nedda Papas is obsessed with becoming an astronaut. In 1986 in Easter, a small Florida Space Coast town, her dreams seem almost within reach—if she can just grow up fast enough. Theo, the scientist father she idolizes, is consumed by his own obsessions. Laid off from his job at NASA and still reeling from the loss of Nedda’s newborn brother several years before, Theo turns to the dangerous dream of extending his living daughter's childhood just a little longer. The result is an invention that alters the fabric of time. Light from Other Stars is about fathers and daughters, women and the forces that hold them back, and the cost of meaningful work. It questions how our lives have changed, what progress looks like, and what it really means to sacrifice for the greater good.

For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films who started out as a concession agent for the Lumière brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard. But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel—the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose—the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude’s memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.

by Erika Swyler

Join us for a live taping of

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring author

Erica Bauermeister Thursday, July 18

doors & music 6:30pm, show 7pm

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

The Lightest Object in the Universe by Kimi Eisele

available in July, hardcover, Algonquin

What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, this novel tells the story of what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down. It’s a story about resilience and adaptation, a testament to the power of community, where our best traits, born of necessity, begin to emerge.

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The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister

available now, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

The national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients is back! If you’ve read her before, you know how skillfully Bauermeister evokes the senses and weaves them through her characters. The center of this comingof-age novel is about how fragrances conjure memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Emmeline lives an enchanted childhood on a remote island with her father, who teaches her about the natural world through her senses. What he won’t explain are the mysterious scents stored in the drawers that line the walls of their cabin, or the origin of the machine that creates them. –Paul

Big Sky

by Kate Atkinson available in June, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Iconoclastic detective Jackson Brodie has relocated to a quiet seaside village. His current job, gathering proof of an unfaithful husband for his suspicious wife, is fairly standard-issue, but a chance encounter with a desperate man on a crumbling cliff leads him into a sinister network. Old secrets and new lies intersect in this breathtaking novel by one of the most dazzling and surprising writers at work today.

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by David Szalay available in July, hardcover, Scribner

A woman strikes up a conversation with the man sitting next to her on a plane after some turbulence. He returns home to tragic news that has also impacted another stranger, a shaken pilot on his way to another continent who seeks comfort from a journalist he meets that night. Her life shifts subtly as well, before she heads to the airport on an assignment that will shift more lives in turn. Szalay’s diverse protagonists circumnavigate the planet in 12 flights, en route to see lovers or estranged siblings, aging parents, grandchildren, or nobody at all.

Mostly Dead Things



Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

available in June, hardcover, Atria Books

If you have read Jennifer Weiner you know you are in for a treat from this gifted story teller. This is a novel about two very different sisters that were born in the 1940s and come of age in the 1960s, who marry, have children or not, get divorced, fall in love again. As poet and activist Muriel Rykeyser was quoted: What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open. –Kelly E.

Riots I Have Known by Ryan Chapman

by Kristen Arnett

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

available now, hardcover, Tin House Books

An unnamed Sri Lankan inmate has barricaded himself inside a prison computer lab in Dutchess County, N.Y. A riot rages outside, incited by a poem published in the house literary journal. This, our narrator’s final Editor’s Letter, is his confession. As he awaits imminent and violent interruption, he takes us on a roller coaster ride of plot and language, determined to share his life story. How did he end up here? Should he have remained a quiet Park Avenue doorman? Or continued his rise in the black markets of postwar Sri Lanka?

One morning, Jessa-Lynn Morton walks into the family taxidermy shop to find that her father has committed suicide, right there on one of the metal tables. Shocked and grieving, Jessa steps up to manage the failing business, while the rest of the family crumbles. Her mother starts to make aggressively lewd art with the taxidermied animals. Her brother Milo withdraws. And Brynn, Milo’s wife—and the only person Jessa’s ever been in love with—walks out without a word. Suddenly, her mother’s art escalates and the Mortons reach a tipping point.

More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

On the morning of her 70th birthday, Georgianna Grove receives an unexpected letter that calls her back to Missing Lake, Wisconsin, where her mother was murdered 66 years earlier. Georgie’s father had confessed to the murder the next morning and was carted off to a state penitentiary. Haunted by the night that took both her parents away and determined to unearth the truth, Georgie takes her reluctant family on what will become a dangerous canoe trip up the swollen Bone River to return to Missing Lake.


by Nicole Dennis-Benn available in June, hardcover, Liveright

When Patsy gets her visa to America, it comes after years of yearning to leave Pennyfield, Jamaica. More than anything, Patsy wishes to be reunited with her oldest friend, Cicely, whose letters arrive from New York steeped in the promise of a happier life and the possible rekindling of their young love. But Patsy’s plans don’t include her mother or her daughter. Patsy gives voice to a woman who looks to America for the opportunity to choose herself first—not to give a better life to her family back home.

Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch

available in July, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

If you're inclined to judge a book by it's first sentence, give this one the test, and it will sell you from there. You may even find yourself reading it all in one day like I did. Perhaps when finished, you'll vow to take up knitting, or plant an asparagus patch. You certainly won't forget the memorable characters, or their 20 acres in the woods of Appalachia. –Diana


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Chimes of a Lost Cathedral by Janet Fitch

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown and Co.

The Revolution of Marina M. continues in Janet Fitch's sweeping epic about a young woman's coming into her own against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution. Chimes of a Lost Cathedral finishes the epic story of Marina's journey through some of the most dramatic events of the last century—as a woman and an artist, entering her full power, passion, and creativity just as her revolution reveals its true direction for the future.

Deep River

by Karl Marlantes available in July, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

From the bestselling author of Matterhorn comes a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle the Pacific Northwest. Layered with fascinating historical detail, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity. Join us at the

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring author

Karl Marlantes Tuesday, September 24

doors & music 6:30pm, show 7pm

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

Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Julia Phillips's lyrical debut recounts the disappearance of two young girls and the impact of their disappearance on various characters living in this wild land of volcanoes and forests. The natural beauty of Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is so evocatively written, after reading this novel, you’ll feel as if you’ve visited this isolated place. –Laura P.

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The Nickel Boys

by Colson Whitehead available in July, hardcover, Doubleday

Colson Whitehead writes another masterful novel, this time focusing on Jim Crow era Florida and a horrific reform school where thoughtful, studious Elwood is sent purely for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. As Elwood tries to live by the words of Martin Luther King, "Throw us in jail and we will still love you”, he is tested again and again by cruelty and indifference. The twist ending will leave you reeling! –Laura P.

Cari Mora

by Thomas Harris available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Twenty-five million dollars in cartel gold lies hidden beneath a mansion. Ruthless men like Hans-Peter Schneider have tracked it for years. Cari Mora, caretaker of the house, catches the eye of HansPeter as he closes in on the treasure. But Cari has surprising skills, and her will to survive has been tested before. From the creator of Hannibal Lecter comes a story of evil, greed, and the consequences of dark obsession.

The Vexations by Caitlin Horrocks

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

A kaleidoscopic debut novel about love, family, genius, and the madness of art, circling the life of eccentric composer Erik Satie and La Belle Époque Paris. With her buoyant, vivid reimagination of an iconic artist's eventful life, Caitlin Horrocks has written a captivating and ceaselessly entertaining novel about the tenacious bonds of family and the costs of greatness, both to ourselves and to those we love.

Donna Has Left the Building by Susan Jane Gilman

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Forty-five-year-old Donna Koczynski is an ex-punk rocker, a recovering alcoholic, and the mother of two teenagers whose suburban existence detonates when she comes home early from a conference to the surprise of a lifetime. As her world implodes, she sets off on an epic road trip to reclaim everything she believes she's sacrificed. But as she careens across the U.S., nothing turns out as she imagines.

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Family of Origin

available in July, hardcover, Del Rey

available in July, hardcover, Doubleday

by Chuck Wendig

by CJ Hauser

Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes an astonishing tapestry of humanity that Harlan Coben calls, "a suspenseful, twisty, satisfying, surprising, thought-provoking epic."

Evvie Drake Starts Over

by Marjan Kamali

available in June, hardcover, Ballantine Books

available in June, hardcover, Gallery Books

From the host of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast comes a heartfelt debut about the unlikely relationship between a young woman who’s lost her husband and a major league pitcher who’s lost his game. “Charming, hopeful, and gently romantic…Evvie Drake is great company.”—Rainbow Rowell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.

This is the blossoming love story of Roya and Bahman, teenagers living in Tehran in 1953 in the time leading up to the Iranian coup d’état. The characters are so beautiful and so magnificent in how they relate with one another and with the country they love. –Kelly E.

Haunting Paris by Mamta Chaudhry

City of Girls

available in June, hardcover, Nan A. Talese

by Elizabeth Gilbert available in June, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love.

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous

A timeless story of love and loss is transformed when a bereaved pianist discovers a mysterious letter among her late lover’s possessions, launching her headlong into a decades-old search for a child who vanished in the turbulence of wartime Paris. Mamta Chaudhry’s gorgeously written and profoundly moving debut novel explores the grief of mourning a partner, the protective conspiracies of family secrets, and the undeniable power of memory.

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton

by Ocean Vuong

available in August, hardcover, Hachette

available in June, hardcover, Penguin Press

Little Dog finds a letter that unearths his family’s history that began before he was born—a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam—and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation. At once a witness to the fraught yet undeniable love between a mother and her son, it is also a brutally honest exploration of race, class, and masculinity.

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Welcome to Leap's Island, where scientists study a rare species of duck whose loss of waterproof feathers proves, they say, that evolution is running backward. Into this world come Elsa and Nolan, a half brother and sister whose father has recently drowned while trying to prove his own theories. His children find themselves on a pilgrimage to reclaim his belongings, and to try to understand the stakes of the research he abandoned them to pursue.

The Stationery Shop

by Linda Holmes



A tech virus has zombified humans, and now the animals are roaming free. Narrated by a foul-mouthed crow (he can't help it, he learned English from his human, Big Jim), we follow the crow and his best friend Dennis the hound through the streets of Seattle. Narrated entirely by animals, Buxton's debut is hilarious, touching, and sweet, despite the gruesome zombie-ness. The chapters narrated by a cat are priceless. –Claire

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The Most Fun We Ever Had


by Claire Lombardo

by Mona Awad

available in June, hardcover, Doubleday

available in June, hardcover, Viking

What is the deal with the painfully cutesy Bunny clique? What nefarious secrets do they obscure behind their twee dresses, elaborately braided hair, and exuberant hugs? Maybe the Bunnies are just the avant-garde of their creative writing program! Mona Awad’s deliciously dark novel will keep you up to the wee hours of the night cackling with glee… and maybe hunting bunny rabbits? –Laura P.

Set against the quintessential American backdrop of Chicago and its prospering suburbs, Lombardo’s debut explores the triumphs and burdens of love, the fraught tethers of parenthood and sisterhood, and the baffling mixture of affection, abhorrence, resistance, and submission we feel for those closest to us. In painting this portrait of a family’s becoming, Lombardo joins the ranks of writers such as Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, and Jonathan Franzen as visionary chroniclers of our modern lives.

Very Nice

How Not to Die Alone

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

available now, hardcover, Putnam’s Sons

Zigzagging between the circles of Manhattan investment banking, the selfserious MFA programs of the Midwest, and the bedrooms of Connecticut, Very Nice is a wickedly smart take on the way we live now. "Very Nice is so sexy and reads so smooth that I was utterly addicted. Trenchantly observed and darkly funny, it will stick with you long after you finish its final, ferocious sentence." –Maria Semple, bestselling author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

A misunderstanding has left Andrew trapped in his own white lie and his lonely apartment. When new employee Peggy breezes into the office like a breath of fresh air, she makes Andrew feel truly alive for the first time in decades. But telling Peggy the truth could mean losing everything. For twenty years, Andrew has worked to keep his heart safe, forgetting one important thing: how to live. Maybe it’s time for him to start.

by Richard Roper

by Marcy Dermansky

The Porpoise

The Travelers

by Mark Haddon

by Regina Porter

available in June, hardcover, Doubleday

available in June, hardcover, Hogarth

Bearing witness to the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the first term of Obama’s presidency, The Travelers is both an intimate family portrait and a searing examination of the hauntings and traumas still reverberating in America today and the wounds in our history we have not healed. With its assured prose, memorable dialogue, and remarkable sense of place, The Travelers introduces Regina Porter as a rising literary star.

The Supper Club by Lara Williams

In The Porpoise, a contemporary story that mirrors the ancient legend of Antiochus, Angelique comes to terms with a life imprisoned on her father’s estate and Darius morphs into Pericles, voyaging through a mythic world. In a bravura feat of storytelling, Haddon recounts his many exploits in thrilling fashion, mining the meaning of the old legends while creating parallels with the monstrous modern world Angelique inhabits.

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available in July, hardcover, Putnam

An alternately intense and hilarious examinaton of female friendships, a love story between two young women who become obsessed with each other, but are still unable to be truly open and emotionally honest with each other. Williams navigates a minefield of difficult subjects including sexual assault, cutting, body shaming, and all the baggage food and appetite brings to female identity, bringing catharsis to her characters in the most beautiful ways. This book is a treasure. –Stephanie

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Keep it Local


By Laura Picco, VB


One of the many wonderful things about working in an independent bookstore is the opportunity to read “Advanced Reading Copies” which gives the staff the ability to love and recommend upcoming books before and on the day they are

published. For example, behold our enthusiasm for a novel coming out in July: • “A heartbreaking story of the Jim Crow era, a masterpiece of writing, a must-read for our times.”–Laura P. • “Devastating at times to read, with a shocking twist that had me in tears. An astounding piece of writing.” –Lauren

• “When Whitehead’s book The Underground Railroad won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award, the world was sure he had written a masterpiece. But the world was wrong—The Nickel Boys is even better.” –Stephanie • “Brace your heart.” –Diana

Oftentimes, we are so terribly excited about recommending a book, we can hardly wait until it’s out for the general public to read – the wait seems very long! This is why we are happy to announce our new Pre-ordering Campaign, including (you guessed it!) The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead and another little book that will probably get some attention: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (the sequel to A Handmaid’s Tale). Now we can share our love of upcoming books before they are published! Pre-ordering is not just something that, *ahem*, certain large online retailers can do, we are also happy to provide this service to you, our lovely customers. Not only will you be ahead of the game, you might receive some fun little add-ons, like a bookmark, or a pin, or you’ll be helping local charities. For example, we will be donating a percentage of the sales of The Testaments to Lydia Place when you pre-order and pre-pay for the book. Find out about upcoming special promotions through our social media, website, and in-store displays. So how do you place a pre-order? Just drop by the store and pre-purchase with a bookseller or order at That’s all there is to it. We hope you will join us in our enthusiasm for new books! Thanks for buying local!

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

Release Day!

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

Mount Vernon, WA

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

Bonus Bundle: Get The Testaments for only $25 when you purchase a ticket to the show at either venue! 20

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

available September 10, hardcover, Nan A. Talese

When the van door slammed on Offred's future at the end of The Handmaid's Tale, readers had no way of telling what lay ahead for her — freedom, prison or death. With The Testaments, the wait is over. Margaret Atwood's brilliant sequel picks up the story 15 years after Offred stepped into the unknown.

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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna



Orange World and Other Stories

by Juliet Grames

by Karen Russell

available now, hardcover, Ecco

available now, hardcover, Deckle Edge

For Stella Fortuna, death has always been a part of life. Her childhood is full of strange, life-threatening incidents — moments when ordinary situations like cooking eggplant or feeding the pigs inexplicably take lethal turns. Even her own mother is convinced that Stella is A VB cursed or haunted. In her rugged Italian village, Signed First Stella is considered an oddity — beautiful and Editions Club smart, insolent and cold. She uses her peculiar Selection! toughness to protect her baby sister Tina from life’s harshest realities. A richly told debut full of family transgressions and needful healing.

In her newest short story collection, Karen Russell continues to prove she is one of the most masterful and commanding authors writing today. Her sweet spot is in slightly off-kilter pieces (ghosts, zombie-like creatures, and tornado farmers all make appearances) with emotionally complex characters you’ll root for despite all reasons to the contrary. You’ll find yourself so drawn in you almost forget how impeccable her talent is. –Stephanie

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Paris, 7 A.M.

available in June, hardcover, Grove Press

by Liza Wieland

available in June, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

Paris, 7A.M. is a breathtaking story of a young woman who journeys to France in June of 1937 with her college roommates. After they graduate they go to Paris in a desperate attempt for excitement and romance but end up in an unexpected act of rebellion where they smuggle Jewish "orphans" so they can be baptized and saved from the Holocaust... but wait it gets better! This young woman is Elizabeth Bishop, a famous poet who kept a journal of her life for every year except 1937. Author Liza Wieland took this unknown year of Elizabeth Bishops life and wrote a fictionalized and fantastic story of that year that any fiction lover or fan of Elizabeth Bishop will not be able to put down. –Sophy D. Conversations, private thoughts and narrator commentary intermingle in this American in Paris version of Winnie The Pooh for adults. There's poetry. There's tea. There's cheese fueled dreams. And yet there's an underlying layer of dark intrigue. This is a historical fiction attempt to fill a gap year in the journals of American poet abroad, Elizabeth Bishop. –Diana

The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

Each day Abby is taunted from the magazine racks by the success of her former best friend Elise, a rising Hollywood starlet. When Abby encounters Elise again at their high school reunion, she is surprised that Elise still considers her a friend. Soon Abby becomes enmeshed in Elise’s world, even as she guards her own dark secret and burning desire for greatness. An electrifying debut novel, and a riveting knife-edge story.

The Last

by Hanna Jameson available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

An American is staying at a luxury hotel in the remote forests of Switzerland when the world blows up. All major cities are nuked and the people who choose to stay at the hotel are left eking out an isolated existence based on uncertainty and mistrust. Just how bad is it? Should they try to get to civilization or are they safest where they are? Meanwhile, a child's body has been discovered in one of the water tanks. Is the murderer still at the hotel? This post-apocalyptic mystery is near impossible to put down. So grim and so satisfying. –Claire

available now, hardcover, Harper

All of London is abuzz with the scandalous case of servant and former slave Frannie Langton—accused of the brutal double murder of her employers. Crowds pack the courtroom, eagerly following every twist, while the newspapers print lurid theories about the killings and the mysterious woman being held. This breathtaking murder mystery travels across the Atlantic and through the darkest channels of history. A brilliant, searing depiction of race, class, and oppression that penetrates the skin and sears the soul.

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new & upcoming

The Brink : An Awakened Novel

by James S. Murray and Darren Wearmouth

available in June, hardcover, Harper

In this continuation of the Awakened series, Murray and Wearmouth raise the stakes for our heroes from the first book. The subterranean creatures that terrorized the subway systems of New York have expanded globally. Now it’s up to the Z-train survivors to fight bigger forces than they ever could have imagined. Secret organizations, cover-ups, and disaster of the apocalyptic kind unfold as we learn more about the monsters, human and not, that they are up against. As fun and eerie as it’s predecessor! –Kristen

Death and Other Happy Endings

A Bend in the Stars

by Melanie Cantor

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

by Rachel Barenbaum

available in July, hardcover, Penguin

Don’t let the premise of this book be deceiving. Yes, the main character, Jennifer, has been warned that she only has about three months to live. Instead of checking items off of a bucket list, she decides to write letters to the significant people in her life and say ALL of the things she always wished she had said. The truth does indeed set you free. I had some good laughs and there are pleasant, fun twists along the way. A fast-paced, entertaining little book. –Kristen

For fans of All the Light We Cannot See and The Women in the Castle comes a riveting literary novel that is at once an epic love story and a heart-pounding journey across WWI-era Russia, about an ambitious young doctor and her scientist brother in a race against Einstein to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the universe.

In the Shadow of Wolves by Alvydas Šlepikas, translated by Romas Kinka

available in July, hardcover, Oneworld Publications

Join us at

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring bestselling author

Terry Brooks Thursday, June 20, 7pm doors/music 6:30pm in the Heiner Theater at WCC Tickets $5 - available now at Village Books &

WWII is drawing to a close. Left to fend for themselves, women and children are forced out of their homes in East Prussia. Facing critical food shortages and the onset of a bitter cold winter, the women send their children into the nearby forests where they secretly cross the border into Lithuania. This stunning debut novel tells the story of the "wolf children" and the measures many families were forced to take in order to survive. Join us for a FREE EVENT with

We're excited to welcome Terry Brooks for our kick-off event to the Chuckanut Writers Conference. The author of more than 30 books, he has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. Check out his upcoming release:

The Stiehl Assassin: The Fall of Shannara #3 by Terry Brooks

available now, hardcover, Del Rey

After The Black Elfstone and The Skaar Invasion comes the next chapter in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making.


Summer 2019

Meg Tilly Saturday, June 8, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

Cliff's Edge by Meg Tilly

Romantic Suspense

available in May, paperback, Berkley

Meg Tilly returns with a second gripping romantic suspense novel set on idyllic Solace Island in the Pacific Northwest. Meg Tilly is an award-winning author and actress known for her performances in Agnes of God and The Big Chill. Her books include Gemma, Singing Songs, and Porcupine.

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Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey

available in June, hardcover, Tor

This darkly enchanting debut novel from the Hugo-award-winning Sarah Gailey combines the fantasy of The Magicians with the twists of Tana French's investigative noir series. Ivy Gamble has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. When a gruesome murder is discovered at The Osthorne Academy of Young Mages, where Ivy’s estranged twin sister teaches Theoretical Magic, reluctant detective Ivy Gamble is pulled into the world of untold power and dangerous secrets. She will have to find a murderer and reclaim her sister—without losing herself.

God’s Demon : Barlowe’s Inferno #1

by Wayne Barlowe

available in June, paperback, Tor

Hell’s denizens struggle for redemption in this evocative epic fantasy, inspired by Barlowe’s own artwork. Lord Sargatanas, Brigadier-general in Beelzebub's host, is restless. He has never forgotten what he lost in the Fall. He is sickened by what he has done and what he has become. Now, after a confrontation with a damned soul, he makes a decision that will reverberate through every being in Hell. And you won’t have long to wait for the continuation of the story...

The Heart of Hell : Barlow’s Inferno #2 available in July, hardcover, Tor

“Barlowe’s primary interest seems to be to repaint his landscapes in words and to breathe life, or afterlife, into his characters. In those aims, he succeeds; at some points, his depictions of both the grandeur and the horror of Hell even surpass his original paintings and drawings.” –Kirkus Reviews

Fantasy & Science Fiction Rotherweird

by Andrew Caldecott available in July, hardcover, Jo Fletcher Books

400 years ago an English village town was purposefully isolated. The townspeople know the outside world exists, but few Outsiders know of Rotherweird, a town abundant in natural resources and talent. What happened to Rotherweird so very long ago? Magic? Science? And what do the four stones in an ancient manor house have to do with it all?

The Rage of Dragons : The Burning Book #1 by Evan Winter

available in July, hardcover, Orbit

"The Rage of Dragons takes the best parts of epic fantasy and sets them in a refreshing and inventive new world, a gripping tale that makes clear the true cost of war and colonialism with one of the most enthralling hero's journeys I've read." –S. A. Chakraborty, author of City of Brass

The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

available in June, paperback, Redhook

What I loved most about this book was not only the fairytale-esque story, but that its core is about sisterhood, family and navigating one's own path in the world. I found it refreshing that Judaism plays a huge role for the sisters in this tale, but it's not about the Holocaust! Told in alternating chapters of prose and verse, the language captured Liba and Laya perfectly and made for a really enjoyable read. –Lauren

Exhalation : Stories

The Heads of Cerberus

available now, hardcover, Knopf

available now, paperback, Modern Library

The much-anticipated second collection of stories from Ted Chiang, full of revelatory ideas and deeply sympathetic characters. In this fantastical and elegant collection, Chiang wrestles with the oldest questions on earth: what is the nature of the universe? What does it mean to be human? And, each in its own way, the stories prove that complex and thoughtful science fiction can rise to new heights of beauty, meaning, and compassion.

This rediscovered 1919 classic by Stevens is an intriguing and political time-travel adventure. Three friends discover a mysterious powder that transports them 200 years into the future. The capricious regime of 2118 uses murderous public competitions to keep the population subjugated, and the oppressed are forced to wear large yellow buttons; though the text predates Nazi Germany by decades, modern readers will find those connotations inescapable.

by Ted Chiang

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by Francis Stevens

Summer 2019



The Sentence Is Death by Anthony Horowitz

The Darwin Affair

available now, hardcover, Harper

by Tim Mason

available in July, hardcover, Algonquin

Get ready for one of the most inventive and entertaining novels of 2019—an edge-of-your-seat Victorian-era thriller, where the controversial publication of On the Origin of Species sets off a string of unspeakable crimes. With ingenuity, intelligence, and wit, debut novelist Tim Mason has created a powerfully entertaining thriller. For fans of Caleb Carr and Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Darwin Affair is a rousing page-turner that both Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would relish and envy. –Paul

This fast paced, whodunit murder mystery featuring Anthony Horowitz himself as a Watson-type figure to private detective Daniel Hawthorne definitely lived up to my expectations after loving The Word is Murder, the first book in the series. Lots of twists and turns and I was continuously second guessing myself up until the last moment. A very fun read all the way through! –Lauren

Bellingham Mysterians

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

A Better Man : A Chief

Inspector Gamache Novel

by Louise Penny

available in August, hardcover, Minotaur Book

Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the latest novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny.

Hope Rides Again : An Obama Biden Mystery by Andrew Shaffer

available in July, paperback, Quirk Books

You don't want to miss

Louise Penny Friday, August 30, 7pm At Mount Baker Theatre

The New Girl

Tickets available now!


Lethal White: A Cormoran Strike Novel

by Daniel Silva

available in July, hardcover, Harper

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva comes a stunning new thriller of vengeance, deception, and betrayal. At an exclusive private school in Switzerland, mystery surrounds the identity of the beautiful girl who arrives each morning and leaves each afternoon in a heavily protected motorcade fit for a head of state. She is said to be the daughter of a wealthy international businessman. She is not. And when she is brutally kidnapped across the border in the Haute-Savoie region of France, Gabriel Allon, the legendary chief of Israeli intelligence, is thrust into a deadly secret war with an old enemy that will determine the future of the Middle East — and perhaps the world.


Summer 2019

Hope Never Dies, you guys. It continues! In this second installment of the Obama Biden Mystery series, Shaffer captures Barry and Joe’s unique friendship while letting them jump back into the fold as action heroes! When a cell phone gets stolen, it leads the pals into a dangerous conspiracy and more mystery unfolds on the streets of Chicago! A humorous second dive into political fanfiction. –Kristen

by Robert Galbraith

available in June, paperback, Mulholland Books

I am hooked on the Cormoran Strike books! We last left the detective Strike and his assistant-turned-business partner Robin on the day of Robin’s wedding, both of them supremely unhappy. Now, they must turn to a new investigation, suddenly much more difficult as their last case threw Strike into the spotlight, making him inconveniently recognizable to the general public. Perhaps my favorite of the Strike stories so far, Lethal White takes you on twists and turns almost too fast to keep up with. –Hana

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FICTION paperback


The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion

available now, paperback, Text Publishing Company

Don and Rosie's son, Hudson, is having trouble at school. Meanwhile, Rosie is battling Judas at work, and Don is in hot water after the Genetics Lecture Outrage. For Don, learning to be a good parent and partner will require the help of friends old and new. It will mean letting Hudson make his way in the world, and grappling with truths about his own identity. Don't miss the final installment of this beloved series!



My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh

available in June, paperback, Penguin

You might hate this book as some people do. Regardless, it's original, well written, and memorable. The New York Post described it as "a mean-spirited, tenderhearted masterpiece.” Your chances of finding a Village Books staff member who has read it are high, should you feel the need to discuss it with someone. You will. –Diana

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Ayesha At Last

available now, paperback, Penguin

available in June, paperback, Berkley

I'm a sucker for a good family saga and this one has all of the best components; secrets, lies, startling revelations, romance, a captivating setting, you name it. Suzanna has always believed that she is the unwanted daughter, the black sheep, the disappointment in her traditional English family. Her very birth is a blight on the family tree. This book begs the question, what makes a mother? Blood? Or is it something deeper and more profound? –Claire

Though Ayesha is lonely, she doesn’t want an arranged marriage. Then she meets Khalid who is just as smart and handsome as he is conservative and judgmental. When his engagement is announced, Ayesha is torn between how she feels about Khalid and the unsettling new gossip she hears about his family. She finds she has to deal with not only what she discovers about Khalid, but also the truth she realizes about herself.

by Jojo Moyes

The Ten Loves of Nishino

by Hiromi Kawakami, translated by Allison Markin Powell available now, paperback, Europa Editions

The beloved author of The Nakano Thrift Shop tells the story of an enigmatic man through the voices of ten remarkable women who have loved him. This humorous, sensual, and touching novel is a powerful and embracing portrait of the human comedy. Driven by desires that are at once unique and common, the women in this book are modern, familiar to us, and still mysterious.

French Exit

by Patrick deWitt available in June, paperback, Ecco

It's time to get out of town, off the continent, rather—mother, adult son, and cat. A ship is embarked. Sail is set. The dysfunctional trio arrives in Paris. Will they learn to live with less? Cease to manipulate? Mend any of their ways whatsoever? Read, wince, chuckle, give thanks. –Diana

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by Uzma Jalaluddin

The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson

available in July, paperback, Penguin

This book reminds me so much of Dandelion Wine and Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, two of my all-time favorites. A 12-year-old boy in Niagara Falls joins his friend and his uncle in ghost-chasing. Sweet and sinister, this book is about memory, the brain, parenthood, and ghosts real or imagined. Favorite quote: "Parents owe their children everything, always and unconditionally and that's just the way it goes." –Claire

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

available in June, paperback, Flatiron

Sabrina is baffled to find herself celebrating her birthday with guests (dead or alive) from a fantasy list that she drafted. Over the course of the evening, you will learn the significance of each one. Perhaps some issues will be sorted. –Diana

Summer 2019


paperback FICTION The Overstory

Vintage 1954

available now, paperback, W.W. Norton & Company

available in June, paperback, Gallic Books

by Antoine Laurain

by Richard Powers  

This epic, acclaimed, American novel is now out in paperback. If you enjoyed Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, consider moving into deeper territory here with another discussion of our relationship to our planet. Many people appreciate reading several titles simultaneously, including both a fluffy, and a challenging book. This is your beautiful, heavy read that will give you something significant to digest. –Diana

After drinking a bottle of vintage Beaujolais, a group of Parisian neighbours find themselves waking up in 1950s Paris. After their initial shock, the city begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence…

Southernmost The Ensemble

by Silas House

available in June, paperback, Riverhead Books

An Appalachian preacher is cast out of his church when he announces he can no longer shun people who are deemed unacceptable in their religion. In so doing, he sacrifices his position, his marriage, and unfettered access to his son. In a desperate act, he violates a court order and takes his son, heading for Key West in search of his estranged gay brother. House's articulation of parental love, the ache and beauty of loving our children so much that it hurts, is perfect. –Claire

available in June, paperback, Algonquin

by Aja Gabel

Jana. Brit. Daniel. Henry. They would never have been friends if they hadn’t needed each other. They would never have found each other except for the art which drew them together. They would never have become family without their love for the music, for each other. Following these four unforgettable characters, Aja Gabel's debut novel gives a riveting look into the high-stakes, cutthroat world of musicians, and of lives made in concert.

The Bookshop on the Shore

Loudermilk : Or, the Real Poet; Or, the Origin of the World by Lucy Ives

available now, paperback, Soft Skull

Loudermilk is a semi-farce inspired partly by the movie Roxanne, partly by Ives’ own thoughts and experiences of being a poet, with a titular character that feels like a modern, rich, handsome Ignatious J. Reilly. Honestly, I think most of what’s going on in this book went over my head, but I still loved every bit of it. –Stephanie

by Jenny Colgan

available in June, paperback, William Morrow

A grand baronial house on Loch Ness, a quirky small-town bookseller, and a single mom looking for a fresh start all come together in this witty and warmhearted novel by New York Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan. Single mother Lottie answers an ad for a nanny job in the Scottish Highlands — the job description asks for someone capable of caring for two…well, the advertisement says “gifted children”; the reality is more like “feral wolverines.” Are books, fresh air, and kindness enough to heal this broken family — and her own?

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson

available now, paperback, Sourcebooks Landmark

Appalachia during the Great Depression was tough. But what gave many struggling families entertainment was the librarian and her pack horse, bringing a library book. In this novel, Cussy is a proud librarian. However, a condition from an enzyme deficiency has left her blue. If Cussy is going to bring the beloved books to people, she is going to have to endure prejudice and trouble. I was inspired by this story of a tough woman as she brought books to her community despite her struggles. –Kelly E.


Summer 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Chuckanut Writers Conferences, classes, and retreats for your writing life


Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a variety of classes and seminars as part of our collaborative writing program, Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out these upcoming classes: • Copyediting for Yourself & Others with Roby Blecker Wednesdays, July 10 - 31, 9am-11:30am at WCC (4 sessions) $149 The key to diamond-clear writing is the editing! Learn how best to copyedit and work with a writer to make a story or article the best it can be, whether you are the author or someone else is.

• Home to the Wilderness: A Poetry Workshop with Barbara Bloom Saturday, July 13, 9am-4pm at WCC (1 session) $95 Through reflections on the poems of others and a series of writing exercises, we'll explore how to keep a wild place within in the midst of the demands of the 21st century. Appropriate for poets at all levels of experience.

• Plein Air Writing with Laurel Saville Mondays, July 15-Aug. 5, 10am-noon Multiple locations (5 sessions) $125 Sharpen your descriptive skills and learn to make place a character in your writing. Writing prompts and exercises, along with analysis of great writing, will demonstrate how to bring the beauty, mystery, and power of place to life on the page. First session meets in the Writers Corner at Village Books in Fairhaven; subsequent outdoor meeting places will be discussed at first class.

• StoryHam : A Storytelling Workshop and Event

with Stephanie Dethlefs Thursdays, August 1-8, 9:30am-12:30pm and Wed, Aug. 14, 7pm - 9pm at Village Books (3 sessions) $95 Bring your work in progress! You'll have the opportunity to read your own stories or articles as well as listen to and comment on everyone else's. Be surprised by how quickly you learn what works and what doesn't, and how strangers can polish your prose!

• Writing Home with Molly Dwyer Fri., July 12, 6-9pm, Sat. July 13, 9am-4pm, Sun. July 14, 9am-noon Multiple locations (3 sessions) $179 Writing Home provides tools for exploring your ancestry and developing satisfying ways to chronicle your discoveries. Learn to research, organize and write family history. Discover tricks for exploiting Internet resources. Gather fundamentals for creating story – including how to build characters, use dialogue, and establish place and time. First session meets at Village Books in Fairhaven; remaining sessions meet at WCC Foundation Building, Room 201C. One hour lunch break provided during Saturday session.

You can also register by calling 360-383-3200. Note: additions and changes to the schedule may occur.

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

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Writing Groups

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

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

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

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

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

Fiction I

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

Fiction II

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm

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Write your Memoir in September! September is your opportunity to turn your memories into memoir. Join all of Whatcom County in the 5th annual WhaMemWriMo: Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, presented by Chuckanut Writers and Red Wheelbarrow Writers. What do you do? Commit to writing 1,666 words a day for the month of September. At the end of September you’ll have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear.

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series

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

As a part of the annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, this series of weekly workshops will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. These workshops, all taught or led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole ($99), or you can select from the individual workshops ($29) to suit your needs and schedule.

Get Inspired!

September 5 “Did he really say that?” Creating Effective Dialogue in the Memoir with Laura Kalpakian

September 12 Three Acts & Scene Generation with Nancy Canyon

Memoirs begin with memory. Writing a memoir means shaping memories—places, people, relationships, family stories, events both big and small—into a coherent narrative. This class will offer ideas, strategies, and suggestions to help you meet that challenge. We’ll discuss how (and where) to begin putting the past on the page, how to develop, and sustain your work, how to use journals, letters, and photographs to enhance your story. Bring your ideas, your thoughts, your hopes and questions. Leave with a handout to guide you, and a sense of direction.

Aristotle’s Incline—a three act plotting device, along with the literary scene— the building block of any book, provide writers with two easy tools for penning and organizing a memoir. We’ll examine pacing, flashback, action, dialogue, and learn how conflict is essential to writing a dramatic story. In this intro class, we’ll generate a scene list that will help you flush out your narrative. You’ll leave class with a beginning time-line, Aristotle’s Incline, and several scene ideas to write at your leisure.

September 19 Turning People You Know into Characters on the Page with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor Wr i t i n g a b o u t family and friends can be a daunting task when writing memoir. Using techniques drawn from traditional storytelling and modern improvisational theater, join Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor in exploring how gesture, vocal quality, and silence can turn the people in our lives into vibrant characters on the keyboard.

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September 26 Gaining Freedom from Your Inner Critic with Cami Ostman Do you hear a voice in your head telling you that you’re not a good enough writer, that you're wasting your time? These are the voices of the inner critic and the most important thing you can do for your writing is learn how to quiet these voices. Join author and writing coach Cami Ostman to learn how to work with the Inner Critic so that you can find the freedom, enthusiasm, and confidence to keep your fingers on the keyboard.

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Book Groups

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Village Books Groups are Open to Everyone Join us!

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

Afternoon Book Chat Bring your tea or latte and come discuss contemporary literature with Sittrea the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 1pm in the Readings Gallery – open to all!

A Year of Reading


Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm for a limited run open book group that delves into the amazing books by Barbara Kingsolver. In the Writers' Corner on the Mezzanine of Village Books in Fairhaven.

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

Motherhood by the Book Meet with Claire the 2nd Sunday of every month at 2pm for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood. Meetings take place in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books.

Engaged Citizens Book Group Meets the 3rd Wednesday of each month at noon in the Readings Gallery. Join Mary Dumas for a thought-provoking lunch hour discussing books that ask us to consider how we, as community members, can more skillfully contribute to the creation of a civilly engaged community.

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

General Lit

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

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

Bellingham Mysterians

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

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

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

Books & Brews

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

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


Life Between the Pages

Every fourth Thursday book club with five courses of food + five cocktails paired with five senses inspired by characters from the book of the month. Each month introducing a new bartender from a local bar/restaurant in collaboration with Chef Christy Fox bringing your senses to life! 6-8:30pm| $60 | 21 and over Seating is limited to this popular event, Check out for event details. Tickets on sale at the cafe or online • receive 15% off each title at Village Books.

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July 25 The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara

August 22 Everything is Illuminated

September 26 The Food of a Younger Land by Mark Kurlansky

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WINE Yes Way Rosé : A Guide to the Pink Wine State of Mind

by Erica Blumenthal and Nikki Huganir

available now, hardcover, Running Press Adult

From Rosé 101, tasting notes, and recipes, to tips on maintaining "rosé vibes" and throwing an incredible soiree, Blumenthal and Huganir translate their vibrant, humorous, and well-informed passion for rosé into an irresistible gift book. Overflowing with full-color photographs and cheeky illustrations, Yes Way Rosé is the perfect read for anyone who has ever fallen under the alluring spell of pink wine.

SAVE THE DATE Thursday, August 8, 2019 Mark your calendars, it's almost time for the 2nd annual Fairhaven Wine Walk—Vino in the Village! Stroll, sip, and savor a variety of Washington wines in 20 of Fairhaven's unique and special shops—including Village Books and Paper Dreams. Once you've tasted the wines you can purchase bottles of your favorite at the onsite store. Come rain or come shine, it's bound to be an evening to remember.

Fairhaven WINE WALK

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The Peach Truck Cookbook : 100 Delicious Recipes for All Things Peach

by Jessica Rose and Stephen Rose available in June, hardcover, Scribner

Lucky for you, this cookbook is released during peach season. Envision grilled peach and shishito pepper skewers, peach and sausage empanadas, savory peach fritters, BLPs, peach milkshakes with almond cookie crumbs, and gin and peach tonics. Throughout the book are woven tips on everything from pruning peach trees, to which nearby restaurants to eat at when attending the Georgia Peach Festival. For the love of peaches, buy this book! –Diana




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

Find the cookbooks along with fun food and cooking items in Paper Dreams! Genuine Pizza : Better Pizza at Home by Michael Schwartz

available now, hardcover, Abrams

This cookbook makes the pizza process approachable and fun, giving the reader the tools they need to make better pizza. First providing a clear and simple view of the fundamentals— with detailed step-by-step methods for making the best pizza doughs—Schwartz then empowers home cooks to mix and match ingredients, playing with different sauces, cheeses, meats, vegetables, and more, to build pies both classic and innovative.

Let's Make Ramen! A Comic Book Cookbook

by Hugh Amano and Sarah Becan available in July, paperback, Ten Speed Press

Did you know that the Japanese traditionally brought a bucket of eggs to the hot springs to soft boil while they enjoyed a soak? If you're a ramen fan, you will enjoy reading about the soup's history in a graphic novel format. In addition, learn how to make your own homemade broths, noodles, flavored oils, and toppings. As the authors say, "Full slurp ahead!" –Diana

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Vegetables Illustrated :

Cooking Lit Save Me The Plums by Ruth Reichl

available now, hardcover, Random House

You fell in love with the restaurant critic who disguised herself on assignment, so as not to receive special treatment and skew the experience. Follow her into the lavish land of Condé Nast during her decade as editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine. Baked potatoes are heaped with caviar, and parties START at midnight.  –Diana

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An Inspiring Guide with 700+ Kitchen Tested Recipes

Edited by America's Test Kitchen

available now, hardcover, America's Test Kitchen

Loads of invaluable kitchen tips and insights make it easy to eat more veggies every day. For example, you'll learn how to use radishes and their peppery leaves; how to char avocados in a skillet; and how to turn sunchokes into a chowder and kale into a super slaw. Every chapter, from Artichokes to Zucchini, includes shopping, storage, seasonality, and prep pointers, including hundreds of step-by-step photographs and illustrations.


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Check-in Chats Fun, Brief, Casual Book Conversations

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

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

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Entertainment at The Claire!

July 19-20 Northwest Raspberry Festival

July 25, Aug. 1 & 8 Hot Thursday Nights

the Claire vg Thomas Theatre Lynden - 655 Front Street, in the Dutch Village Mall

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

June 25: Fool by Christopher Moore Discussion host: VB Owner Paul Hanson

July 23: Split Second by David Baldacci Discussion host: VB's Claire McElroy-Chesson

(21+) August 27: The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Discussion host: VB Owner Kelly Evert Get an exclusive Books and Brews growler free with the purchase of a fill. Just let the beertender know you are part of Books and Brews!

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

Join Us!

Lynden Front Streeters

June 19: Sold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris July 17: The Power by Naomi Alderman August 21: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel Brown

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

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HOT Thursday in Lynden Nights

July 25 • August 1 • August 8 Free Movies!

Night Market and Free Movies Return! With the great success of last year’s Hot Thursday Nights, the Downtown Lynden Business Association will, once again, sponsor this fun summer event. A lively Night Market with craft and food vendors, FREE face painting and other kids activities, dance performances, and music at the Jansen Art Center will take place on each evening between 5:30pm and 8:30pm. At dusk FREE movies will be shown on the west wall of Jo Fish. Bring lawn chairs and blankets, set up early and enjoy. More information can be found at

Thursday, July 25 Coco Thursday, August 1 E.T. Thursday, August 8 Three Wishes

Hops Down Front Street On Thursday, August 1st, in addition to all of the Hot Thursday Night activities, a special beer-tasting event will take place in a number of businesses along Front Street including Village Books and Paper Dreams! It’s called Hop(s) Down Front Street. A limited number of tickets will be sold for the event. More information and a link to purchase tickets can be found at This event will benefit Backpack Buddies whose mission is to send children home from school on Fridays with nutritious kidfriendly, easy to prepare food for the weekend, so they start school Monday nourished and ready to learn.

Art Walk

Kids Activities

Face Painting

Craft & Food Vendors Painting


And, on Thursday, August 8th you can follow an Art Walk map down Front Street and visit several businesses who will be displaying art by local artists.

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Join us at Village Books in Lynden

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

to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter! KIDS! Saturday, June 15, 2pm Story Time Featuring Dr. Seuss's I Love Pop!: A Celebration of Dads Join us in the kids section for a special story time where we celebrate Father's Day Eve. Illustrated with art from the books Hop on Pop, Horton Hatches the Egg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and many others, this little gift book about fatherly love is ideal for Father's Day! Also at 10:30am in our Fairhaven stores!

See pages 75 - 78 for LitLive! events taking place in Bellingham.

Thursday, July 4, We're OPEN! Happy Independence Day! Both stores are OPEN on the 4th so stop by and say hello! We will be closing early—at 3pm in Lynden and 6pm in Fairhaven. Have fun and be safe!

Wednesday, July 31, 2pm Find Waldo in Fairhaven Celebrations TWO PARTIES! In our Fairhaven store AND our Lynden store! Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our “Find Waldo Local” programs. At each store, we’ll play games, eat treats, enjoy multiple drawings for prizes and yes, find Waldo! The grand prize winners will also be drawn from participants in our multi-store searches. Come in your red stripes and glasses, ready to have a good time! All ages are welcome to join in!

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Chuckanut Radio HOUR


The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show recorded live and played on KMRE 102.3FM and KAVZ-LP 102.5. Each Radio Hour features guest authors and musicians, performance poetry, a comedy skit, and some groaner jokes. It's a lot of fun, so check out our upcoming line-up and join us!

In the Heiner Theater at Whatcom Community College, Bellingham

Thursday, June 20


Terry Brooks

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

–The Stiehl Assassin Terry Brooks has thrilled readers for decades with his powers of imagination and storytelling. He is the author of more than 30 books, most of which have been New York Times bestsellers. Everyone is welcome to join us at this kick-off event to the Chuckanut Writiers Conference.

Tickets $5.00

Thursday, July 18

Erica Bauermeister –The Scent Keeper Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients, presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives.

Tuesday, September 24

Tickets for all shows are now available at Village Books and Receive one FREE TICKET with each purchase of the featured books!

Karl Marlantes –Deep River: A Novel

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Matterhorn and What It Is Like to Go to War, a rich family saga about Finnish immigrants who settle and tame the Pacific Northwest.

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The Macho Paradox : Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help by Jackson Katz

available in June, hardcover, Sourcebooks

Revised to include current studies, politics, and discussions, The Macho Paradox is the first book to show how violence against women is a male issue as well as a female one–and how we can come together to stop it. It incorporates the voices and experiences of women and men who have confronted the problem from all angles, the discussions surrounding currents events in politics and pop-culture, and where the violence is ignored or encouraged in our upbringing.

Dopesick : Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy

by Lisa Taddeo

available in July, hardcover, Avid Reader Press

Over the past eight years, Taddeo embedded herself with three American women in different parts of the country to write a deeply immersive account of their sexual lives and longings. American women are embarking on a new age of owning their desire, and this is the book that will be a must-read for that movement. The women in this book are real, three-dimensional people, with strengths, flaws, opinions, and needs and the book itself is raw, unfiltered, and unapologetic.

Gender and Sexual Diversity Pride : Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times by The New York Times

available now, hardcover, Abrams Image

Here, collected for the first time, is a powerful visual history of five decades of parades and protests of the LGBTQ rights movement. These photos, paired with descriptions of major events from each decade as well as selected reporting from the Times, showcase the victories, setbacks, and ongoing struggles for the LGBTQ community.

available in August, paperback, Back Bay Books

In this masterful work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of America's twentyplus year struggle with opioid addiction. From distressed small communities in Central Appalachia to wealthy suburbs; from disparate cities to once-idyllic farm towns; it's a heartbreaking trajectory that illustrates how this national crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched. But in a country unable to provide basic healthcare for all, Macy still finds reason to hope.

The Mueller Report

by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller with additional reporting from the Washington Post available now, paperback, Scribner

This has been described as one of the most important documents of our lifetimes, and no matter what side of the issues you fall on, this book is a mustread for actively engaged citizens. To participate in a democracy, one must be informed and thoughtful. I will be reading every page and footnote carefully to make my own conclusions. Will you? –Cindi

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Fight Like a Mother : How a Grassroots Movement Took on the Gun Lobby and Why Women Will Change the World

by Shannon Watts

available now, hardcover, HarperOne

Born out of the Sandy Hook tragedy, the founder of Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety tells her story of how one voice on Facebook grew into a powerful women's movement to protect children from gun violence. This is about the power of women to make change happen. It is organized around inspirational principles and offers lessons for others who want to make a difference in their community. A portion of proceeds from the book will be donated to Moms Demand Action.

Engaged Citizens Book Group Explore and discuss how to create a more civil and engaged community. Join us the 3rd Wednesday of the month at noon in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven. All welcome!

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History History The Death of Democracy : Hitler's Rise to Power and the Downfall of the Weimar Republic

The Ghost Ships of Archangel : The Arctic Voyage

by Benjamin Carter Hett

available in June, paperback, St. Martin’s Griffin

That Defied the Nazis

by William Geroux

available now, hardcover, Viking

In 1942, four Allied ships traversing the Arctic are separated from their convoy and head north into the ice field of the North Pole, seeking safety from U-boats in the perilous white maze of ice floes and giant bergs. Despite the risks, they have a better chance of survival than the rest of Convoy PQ-17, a fleet of 35 cargo ships carrying $1 billion worth of war supplies to the Soviet port of Archangel.

A riveting account of how the Nazi Party came to power and how the failures of the Weimar Republic and the shortsightedness of German politicians allowed it to happen. Why did democracy fall apart so quickly and completely in Germany in the 1930s? How did a democratic government allow Adolf Hitler to seize power? In The Death of Democracy, Benjamin Carter Hett answers these questions, and the story he tells has disturbing resonances for our own time.

Auschwitz :

Not Long Ago. Not Far Away.

The Bastard Brigade :

edited by Robert Jan van Pelt, with Luis Ferreiro and Miriam Greenbaum

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

available now, hardcover, Abbeville Press

by Sam Kean

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown and Co.

From bestselling author Sam Kean comes the gripping, untold story of a renegade group of scientists and spies determined to keep Adolf Hitler from obtaining the ultimate prize: a nuclear bomb. The details of their mission rival the finest spy thriller, but it's the incredible characters — both heroes and rogues alike — who make this story sing.

The Vagabonds : The Story

More than 280 objects and images from the first-ever traveling exhibition about the Auschwitz concentration camp are illustrated herein. Drawn from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum and other collections around the world, all are eloquent in their testimony. An authoritative yet accessible text weaves the stories behind these artifacts into an encompassing history of Auschwitz and it is an essential volume for everyone who is interested in history and its lessons.

Down the Up Staircase : Three Generations of a Harlem Family by Bruce Haynes and Syma Solovitch

of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip

available in June, paperback, Columbia University Press

by Jeff Guinn

available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

The fascinating story of two American giants whose annual summer sojourns introduced the road trip to our culture and made the automobile an essential part of modern life, even as their own relationship changed. Although the Vagabonds traveled with an entourage of chefs, butlers, and others, this elite fraternity also had a serious purpose: to examine the conditions of America’s roadways and improve the practicality of automobile travel.

The authors trace the social history of Harlem through the lens of one family across three generations, connecting their journey to the historical and social forces that transformed Harlem. This story is told against the backdrop of a crumbling threestory brownstone in Sugar Hill and captures the tides of change that pushed blacks forward through the 20th century — the Great Migration, the Harlem Renaissance, the early civil rights victories, the Black Power and Black Arts movements — as well as the many forces that ravaged black communities.

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Summer 2019

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History Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense : The Courtroom Battle to Save His Legacy by Dan Abrams

available now, hardcover, Hanover Square Press

Teddy Roosevelt, the boisterous and mostly beloved national hero, had accused his former friend and political ally, now turned rival, the Republican Party leader William Barnes of corruption. The furious Barnes responded by suing Roosevelt for an enormous sum that would have financially devastated him. But the trial wasn’t about money, it was a fight for reputation. For Roosevelt this was to be his last hurrah. He still harbored political dreams, and there were strong indications he intended to make one more run for the White House. Barnes had his own political ambitions, planning to run for the United States Senate. Those hopes would be dashed if he could not defeat a man so widely respected as “Colonel Roosevelt.” Following the case through court transcripts, news reports, and other primary sources, New York Times bestselling authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher present a high-definition picture of the former president, still fighting for his own political career and, just as importantly, the patriotic ideals he held dear.

History of War Sea Stories :

My Life in Special Operations

by William H. McRaven

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Admiral William H. McRaven, author of Make Your Bed, is back with amazing stories of adventure during his career as a Navy SEAL and commander of America's Special Operations Forces. Sea Stories is an unforgettable look back on one man's incredible life, from childhood days sneaking into high-security military sites to a day job of hunting terrorists and rescuing hostages. This is truly a remarkable memoir.

Milk! :

A 10,000-Year Food Fracas

by Mark Kurlansky

available now, paperback, Bloomsbury

Kurlansky’s newest addition in food history since Cod and Salt; the fascinating cultural, economic, and culinary story of milk and all things dairy — with recipes throughout. Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, Milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid’s diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

One Giant Leap : The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon

by Charles Fishman

available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

On the day of Kennedy’s historic 1961 speech, America had a total of 15 minutes of spaceflight experience — with just five of those minutes outside the atmosphere. Russian dogs had more time in space than U.S. astronauts. Each hour of space flight would require 1,000,000 hours of work on Earth to get America to the Moon and back on July 20, 1969. From the research labs of MIT, to the factories where dozens of women sewed spacesuits, parachutes, and even computer hardware by hand, Fishman captures the exceptional feats of these ordinary Americans.

Sports History The World’s Fastest Man :

The Extraordinary Life of Cyclist Major Taylor, America’s First Black Sports Hero by Michael Kranish

available now, hardcover, Scribner

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

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In the 1890s, the nation’s promise of equality had failed spectacularly. Amidst this backdrop arrived Major Taylor, a young black man who wanted to compete in the nation’s most popular and mostly white man’s sport, cycling. Twelve years before boxer Jack Johnson and 50 years before Jackie Robinson, Taylor faced racism at nearly every turn — especially by whites who feared he would disprove their stereotypes of blacks. In The World’s Fastest Man investigative journalist Michael Kranish reveals new information about Major Taylor based on a rare interview with his daughter and other never-before-uncovered details.

Summer 2019


History The Impeachers : The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation

Black Death at the Golden Gate : The Race to Save America

by Brenda Wineapple

from the Bubonic Plague

available now, hardcover, Random House

by David Randall

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Wong Chut King’s passing on March 6, 1900, would have been unremarkable if a city health officer hadn’t noticed a swollen black lymph node on his groin. Empowered by racist pseudoscience, officials rushed to quarantine Chinatown. If the devastating disease was not contained, San Francisco would become the American epicenter of an outbreak that had already claimed 10,000,000 lives worldwide. As local press, railroad barons, and elected officials mounted a cover-up, it fell to federal health officer Rupert Blue to save a city that refused to be rescued.

A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

The Last Wilderness: A History of the Olympic Peninsula by Murray Morgan

available now, paperback, University of Washington Press

Morgan’s history of the Olympic Peninsula, published in 1955, evokes a remote American wilderness “as large as the state of Massachusetts, more rugged than the Rockies, its lowlands blanketed by a cool jungle of fir and pine and cedar, its peaks bearing hundreds of miles of living ice that gave rise to swift rivers alive with giant salmon.” Redesigned with a new introduction by Tim McNulty, this saga will engage a new generation of readers.

The Pig War : The Most Perfect War in History

As the vast Roman Empire disintegrated, so did appreciation of important Greek texts. Christianity cast a shadow over so-called pagan thought, books were burned, and the library of Alexandria, the greatest repository of classical knowledge, was destroyed. The Map of Knowledge follows three key texts — Euclid’s Elements, Ptolemy’s The Almagest, and Galen’s writings on medicine — on a perilous journey driven by insatiable curiosity about the world.

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Camp Glacier F-12 : A History of CCC Camp Glacier from 1933-1941 by Michael G. Impero

available now, paperback, Michael Impero

by E. C. Coleman

available now, paperback, The History Press

The 1859-1872 "Pig War" broke out when an American living on a quietly disputed island in the Gulf of Georgia shot a British pig. The nearby Vancouver Island authorities and the military leadership of the Washington Territory both wanted to escalate the trivial incident into a fullblown war between the US and Great Britain. The hot-heads decided that the problem should become one of the earliest examples of international arbitration.

Summer 2019

The Map of Knowledge :

by Violet Moller

Northwest History


Devastated by war, many white Southerners hoped to restore a pre-Civil War society — just without slavery — and Andrew Johnson seemed to share their goals. He ignored Congress, pardoned rebel leaders, and promoted white supremacy. Congress had to stop the American president who acted like a king. Brenda Wineapple dramatically portrays this period when the country, on the heels of a brutal war, was rocked by the first-ever impeachment of a sitting American president.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps — a two-part program whose goals were to refurbish the timberlands and farmlands of the country and to put unemployed young people to work. One result was the establishment of Camp Glacier in Whatcom County. In a short period of time, there were 200 enrollees stationed there and they helped to shape areas of Mount Baker that we all know and love. Perfect for all Whatcom County history buffs! –Lauren

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Life Stories Out East : Memoir of a Montauk Summer Haben : The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

by Haben Girma

available August, hardcover, Twelve

Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, defines disability as an opportunit y for innovation. She learned non-visual techniques for everything from dancing salsa to handling an electric saw. She developed a text-tobraille communication system that created an exciting new way to connect with people and now uses her talents to advocate for people with disabilities. This is her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.

by John Glynn

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

A gripping portrait of life in a Montauk summer house--a debut memoir of first love, identity and self-discovery among a group of friends who became family. "An unforgettable story told with feeling and humor and above all with the razor-sharp skill of a delicate and highly gifted writer." –Andre Aciman, bestselling author of Call Me by Your Name

Rough Magic : Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race by Lara Prior-Palmer

available now, hardcover, Catapult

The White Devil’s Daughters : The Women Who Fought Slavery in San Francisco’s Chinatown

by Julia Flynn Siler

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Beginning in 1874, the Occidental Mission Home in San Francisco's Chinatown served as a gateway to freedom for thousands of enslaved young Chinese women and girls. Run by a group of female abolitionists, it survived earthquakes, bubonic plague, and violence directed against its occupants and supporters. With an investigative historian's sharp eye, Siler tells the story of both the abolitionists who challenged anti-Chinese prejudices and the young women who dared to flee their fate.

Beneath the Tamarind Tree : A Story of Courage, Family, and the Lost Schoolgirls of Boko Haram

by Isha Sesay

available in July, hardcover, Dey Street Books

In the early morning hours of April 14, 2014, the militant Islamic group Boko Haram violently burst into a small town of Nigeria and abducted 276 young schoolgirls. From poor Nigerian families, these girls had defied the odds and pursued an education. In this book award-winning CNN journalist Isha Sesay shares an intimate account of the kidnapping and the daring tales of escape. The girls have been through absolute terror and still they want to sing, to laugh, to go to school and hope. –Kelly E.

Even though you know how it ends, Prior-Palmer's story kept me tearing through the pages, eager to read every word of her extraordinary journey. She captures the magic of riding and her surroundings as well as the stark loneliness of the race in her beautiful poetic prose. Fellow riders, beware! You may be tempted to try this race yourself! –Lauren

Travel Light, Move Fast by Alexandra Fuller

available in August, hardcover, Penguin

Suffering the sudden loss of her father, Fuller decided to take on his legacy and put pen to paper. Tim Fuller was a unique man who marched to the beat of his own drum, moving to Zambia to become a banana farmer and raise his family after fighting in the Rhodesian Bush War. Anybody who has suffered grief and loss could take up this book and heal alongside Fuller as she wades through the waters of her father’s overwhelming absence. A lovely tribute to a well-loved man. –Kristen


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Summer 2019


Art • Artists The Last Leonardo : The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting by Ben Lewis

available in June, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Controversy surrounds this artwork: did the auction house actually have the right painting, or is there another? Did Leonardo even paint a Salvator Mundi? Was the painting restored to such an extent that it became a Leonardo, though it was in fact the work of his apprentices? In short: Is it the genuine artifact, the result of a frenzied marketing genius — or perhaps a little of both?


by David Sedaris available now, paperback, Back Bay Books

Interesting Lives No Walls and the Recurring Dream : A Memoir by Ani DiFranco

available now, hardcover, Viking

Ani’s coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence – unwaveringly building a career through appearances at clubs and festivals, releasing her first album at the age of 18, and consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to question established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of integrity that has inspired and challenged.


With Calypso, Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny — it's a book that can make you laugh 'til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris's powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. Calypso is simultaneously Sedaris's darkest and warmest book yet — and it just might be his very best.

June 1 - August 25, 2019 Lightcatcher building

See 60 powerful, innovative, and inspiring quilts that break the rules and make a statement by members of the Modern Quilt Guild. Luke Haynes; [The American Context #68] Double Elvis, 2012; 60 × 71 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Summer 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Indies Choice BOOK AWARDS


Getting Out There


Reflecting the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide, the 2019 Indies Choice Book Award winners, chosen by the owners and staff at American Booksellers Association member stores are:

• Adult Fiction Circe

• Audio Book of the Year

by Madeline Miller

read by Perdita Weeks

(Lee Boudreaux Books)

(Hachette Audio)


• Adult Debut There There: A Novelby Carmen

• Adult Nonfiction Educated: A Memoir

by Tommy Orange (Knopf )

by Tara Westover

• Young Adult The Poet X

(Random House)

Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)

E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

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

• Middle Reader Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

• Picture Book We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion)

Indie Champion Award - Jacqueline Woodson Presented to the author or illustrator who has both the best sense of the importance of independent bookstores to their communities at large and the strongest personal commitment to foster and support the mission and passion of independent booksellers. FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 •

Summer 2019


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September 16-18, 2019

Books A'Sail A Book Group at Sea with Nancy Pearl!

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

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Summer 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Journeys Literary Paris : A Photographic Tour by Nichole Robertson

available in June, hardcover, Chronicle

"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast." —Ernest Hemingway An essential addition to the library of every booklover and Francophile, this unique love letter to Paris offers an immersive photographic stroll through its literary delights, from historic bookstores to hidden cafes. Paris in Color author Nichole Robertson turns her lens onto spots both legendary and littleknown, highlighting quiet moments that every booklover savors — inviting cafe scenes, comfy chairs, enticing book nooks — and the weathered charm of places steeped in centuries of literary history. Quotes by great writers such as Balzac and Colette are interspersed throughout, while a timeline and an index of featured locations round out the volume. This bijou treasure of a book will inspire every creative soul who dreams of following in the footsteps of their literary heroes.

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Michael Benanav Thursday, June 13, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven Join us for a slide show featuring remarkable images of Benanav's nomadic life in the jungles and mountains of North India.

Himalaya Bound : One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life

by Michael Benanav

available now, paperback, Norton

A gorgeous work of literary journalism that follows a nomadic family’s fraught migration to the high Himalayan plains, as a changing world closes in around them. Michael Benanav brings us along on a journey with a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads in India. Welcomed into a family of nomadic water buffalo herders, he joins them on their annual spring migration into the Himalayas. More than a glimpse into an endangered culture, this superb adventure explores the relationship between humankind and wild lands, and the dubious effect of environmental conservation on peoples whose lives are inseparably intertwined with the natural world. Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more.

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Alpine Lakes Wilderness : The Complete Hiking Guide

by Nathan Barnes, Jeremy Barnes available now, paperback, Mountaineers Books

· 60,000 Readers · Affordable Rates · Beautiful, World-Class Content · A Perfect Fit for Our Community Contact John @ 360.319.1614 or 360.671.2626 •

The lush Alpine Lakes Wilderness in Washington's Central Cascades contains a plethora of trails, rugged glaciercarved mountains, and more than 700 sparkling alpine lakes and ponds. It is one of the most popular and beloved places for hikers in this region. The all-new guide, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, features a wide range of hikes that vary in difficulty, geography, and theme so that hikers of any age and skill level will find trails that fit their taste. Easy to use, the guide includes details on overnight permits, car-camping options near wilderness access points, detailed maps, elevation gain/ loss, and turn-by-turn mileage and directions. Interesting historical background and natural history round out the trail descriptions.

Summer 2019


You Can Do It Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest : How to Grow Abundant, Organic Fruit in Your Backyard by Tara Austen Weaver

available now, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

Growing fruit is rewarding and loweffort, and Master Gardener Tara Austen Weaver is a clear and capable guide for backyard growers. A beautiful guide to growing delicious fruit in Pacific Northwest climates, complete with selection, planting, and organic care for more than 75 cultivars of berries and fruit trees, as well as master recipes with variations for preserving your bountiful harvest. Join us for a free event with

Tara Austen Weaver Sunday, June 9, 4pm At Village Books in Fairhaven

The Purpose Path : A Guide to Pursuing Your Authentic Life's Work

by Nicholas Pearce


available now, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

Some of the most successful companies are not simply profit-driven, but purpose-driven. They identify the purpose behind why they do what they do, and let their "why" drive what they do every day. Pearce argues that we all should do the same: discover our "why" and commit to the journey of aligning our daily work with our life's work. The Purpose Path is for people in any field who long to have more than just a job or a career, but a true vocation that allows them to connect their soul with their role.

Eat Like a Fish : My Adventures as a Fisherman Turned Restorative Ocean Farmer

by Bren Smith

available now, hardcover, Knopf

The home furnishing industry has a problem: singleuse culture and fast fashion are incredibly wasteful. We envision a world in which people value sustainably built home furnishings. To that end, we created Revision Division – handcrafted home goods made from reclaimed materials made right here in Bellingham.



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Bren Smith, a former commercial fisherman turned restorative ocean farmer, shares a bold vision for the future of food: seaweed. Through tales that span from his childhood in Newfoundland to his early years on the high seas aboard commercial fishing trawlers, from pioneering new forms of ocean farming to surfing the frontiers of the food movement, Smith introduces the world of sea-based agriculture, and advocates getting ocean vegetables onto American plates.

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Nature The Way Through the Woods : On Mushrooms and Mourning by Litt Woon Long

available in July, hardcover, Spiegel & Grau

Long’s search for mushrooms takes her from idyllic Norwegian forests and urban flowerbeds to the sandy beaches of Corsica and New York’s Central Park, uncovering an abundance of surprises often hidden in plain sight: gelatinous, straight-from-a-fairy-tale Witches’ Cauldrons; salmon-pink Bloody milk caps, which ooze red liquid when cut; delectable morels — prized for their earthy yet delicate flavor; and bioluminescent mushrooms that light up the forest at night.

Giants of the Monsoon Forest : Living and Working

Emperors of the Deep : Sharks—The Ocean’s Most Mysterious, Most Misunderstood, and Most Important Guardians by William McKeever

available in June, hardcover, HarperOne

Just in time for Shark Week! While we are conditioned to see sharks as terrifying underwater super-predators, they are much misunderstood and play a integral part in maintaining the health of the world's oceans. Written by the founder of Safeguard the Seas, McKeever is determined to dispel misplaced fear and correct common misconceptions, as he explores in-depth the secret lives of sharks—magnificent creatures who play an integral part in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans and ultimately the planet.

with Elephants

by Jacob Shell

Nature Writing

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

For more than 1000 years, people in Burma and India have worked with elephants to log otherwise impassable forests and move people and goods (often illicitly) under cover of the forest canopy. The relationship between elephant and rider is an intimate one that lasts for many decades. Though not bred to work with humans, these elephants can lift and carry logs, save people from mudslides, break logjams in raging rivers, and navigate dense mountain forests with passengers on their backs.

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In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond : In Search of the Sasquatch

by John Zada

available in July, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

Set in a wild and immaculate landscape threatened by industry and environmental degradation, a compassionate and gripping exploration of one of the world’s most baffling mysteries — the existence of the Sasquatch. Teeming with gorgeous nature writing and a driving narrative that takes us into a remote and seldom visited region, In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond sheds light on what our decades-long pursuit of the Sasquatch can tell us about ourselves.

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In Oceans Deep : Courage, Innovation, and Adventure Beneath the Waves by Bill Streever

available in July, hardcover, Little, Brown and Co.

In this dramatic and thrilling account, acclaimed biologist and deep sea diver Bill Streever shows us the incredible adventures happening in earth's almost incomprehensibly vast oceans. With shipwrecks, the echoing pings of trapped submariners, and the vast expanse of otherworldly rigs that dominate the oceanic landscape, In Oceans Deep is a rare and fascinating trip to the wild, strange, night-dark place that lies beneath the waves.

Stronghold : One Man’s Quest to Save the World’s Wild Salmon by Tucker Malarkey

available in July, hardcover, Spiegel & Grau

Stronghold takes us on a wild and at times dangerous adventure with unlikely visionary Guido Rahr — from Oregon and Alaska to the Russian Far East: one of the world’s last remaining salmon strongholds, a landscape of ecological richness and diversity that is rapidly being developed for oil, gas, minerals, and timber. As Rahr befriends and navigates scientists, conservationists, corrupt officials, Russian oligarchs, unexpected allies, and impenetrable bureaucracies, he reveals the astonishing natural history of the endangered salmon.

Summer 2019


Pets to Achieving Mindfulness

Tiny But Mighty : Kitten Lady’s Guide to Saving the Most Vulnerable Felines

available now, hardcover, Quercus

available in August, hardcover, Plume

Human beings love to create problems for themselves. I observe this on a daily basis, as do all my feline friends. We cats know the art of living. We eat when we're hungry, sleep when we're tired. And we know how to please ourselves. Catfulness is a seven-week mindfulness program for human beings. If they can live their lives more like us, the world will be more serene.

Hannah Shaw has dedicated her life to saving the tiniest felines, but one doesn’t have to be a professional kitten rescuer to change — and save — lives. In Tiny But Mighty, Hannah not only outlines the dangers newborn kittens face and how she combats them, but how you can help every step of the way, from fighting feline overpopulation on the streets to fostering unweaned kittens, from finding a vet to finding the purrfect forever home.

Catfulness : A Cat’s Guide by A Cat

by Hannah Shaw

Zak George's Guide to a Well-Behaved Dog : Proven Solutions to the Most Common Training Problems for All Ages, Breeds, and Mixes by Zak George and Dina Roth Port available in July, paperback, Ten Speed Press

I am a huge fan of Zak George's dog training techniques. His positive, reward based training methods have really helped me with my dog, Denali. This guide is super easy to use and refer back to when you need to problem-solve a specific issue; his instructions are very clear and easy to follow and I've seen real improvement when I work with my dog using this guide! –Lauren

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When Einstein Walked with Gödel : Excursions to the Edge of Thought

by Jim Holt

available now, paperback, Farrar Straus and Giroux

Does time exist? What is infinity? Why do mirrors reverse left and right but not up and down? In this scintillating collection, Holt explores the human mind, the cosmos, and the thinkers who’ve tried to encompass the latter with the former. With his trademark clarity and humor, Holt probes the mysteries of quantum mechanics, the quest for the foundations of mathematics, and the nature of logic and truth. Along the way, he offers intimate biographical sketches of celebrated and neglected thinkers, from the physicist Emmy Noether to the computing pioneer Alan Turing and the discoverer of fractals, Benoit Mandelbrot. An entertaining guide to the most profound scientific and mathematical problems — and personalities — of recent centuries.

Science Underland : A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Macfarlane takes us on a journey into our relationship with darkness, burial, and what lies beneath the surface of both place and mind. Traveling through “deep time” — the dizzying expanses of geologic time that stretch away from the present — he moves from the birth of the universe to a post-human future, from the prehistoric art of Norwegian sea caves to the blue depths of the Greenland ice cap, from Bronze Age funeral chambers to the catacomb labyrinth below Paris, and from underground fungal networks to a deep “hiding place” where nuclear waste will be stored for 100,000 years to come.

Chasing the Moon : A Science Graphic Novel! The Imitation Game : Alan Turing Decoded

by Jim Ottaviani, illustrated by Leland Purvis available in July, paperback, Abrams ComicArts

Alan Turing was the mathematician credited with cracking the German Enigma code during World War II, enabling the Allies to defeat the Nazis. In this original graphic novel, Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis show Turing to be an eccentric, persecuted genius and a groundbreaking theoretician whose seminal work still plays a role in the science and telecommunication systems that fuel our modern world.

The People, the Politics, and the Promise That Launched America Into the Space Age

by Robert L. Stone and Alan Andres available in June, hardcover, Ballantine Books

In 1961, President Kennedy proposed the nation spend twenty billion dollars to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. For the first time, Chasing the Moon reveals the unknown stories of the individuals whose imaginative work across several decades culminated in America’s momentous achievement. More than a story of engineers and astronauts, the moon landing grew out of the dreams of science fiction writers, filmmakers, military geniuses and rule-breaking scientists.

Reader, Come Home : The Reading Brain in a Digital World

by Maryanne Wolf

available in August, hardcover, Harper

From the author of Proust and the Squid comes a lively, ambitious, and deeply informative epistolary book that considers the future of the reading brain and our capacity for critical thinking, empathy, and reflection as we become increasingly dependent on digital technologies. Concerns about attention span, critical reasoning, and over-reliance on technology are never just about children — Wolf herself has found that, though she is a reading expert, her ability to read deeply has been impacted as she has become, inevitably, increasingly dependent on screens. Provocative and intriguing, Reader, Come Home is a roadmap that provides a cautionary but hopeful perspective on the impact of technology on our brains and our most essential intellectual capacities — and what this could mean for our future.

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Aroused : The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

by Randi Hutter Epstein available in June, paperback, W.W. Norton

Metabolism, behavior, sleep, mood swings, the immune system, fighting, fleeing, puberty, and sex: these are just a few of the things our bodies control with hormones. Armed with a healthy dose of wit and curiosity, medical journalist Epstein reveals the intricacy of hormones and the age-old quest to control them through the back rooms, basements, and labs where endocrinology began.

Summer 2019


Be Your Best The Nocturnal Brain : Nightmares, Neuroscience, and the Secret World of Sleep

Emotional Advantage :

by Guy Leschziner

Embracing All Your Feelings to Create a Life You Love

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

by Randy Taran

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

Many books have broached the subject of self-help over time, but I found myself really impressed with this one. All people typically aim for happy, positive lives. Our emotions are a powerful part of the human experience. Randy Taran explores how negative emotions even have something to offer. For example, fear can help us discover courage and anger can help us understand personal limits and set healthy boundaries. A positive and uplifting guide for all of those feelings! –Kristen

Neurologist and sleep physician Leschziner shares true stories and experiences from some of the people he’s treated in this revealing and curious book about sleep disorders. Subjects discussed include sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and nocturnal epilepsy. What I appreciated the most was how the author helped to define the disorders in relatable ways. He expands upon the methods used to treat patients and the critical role that sleep plays in our overall health. A very fascinating read! –Kristen

A Beginner’s Guide to the End : Practical Advice for Living


Life and Facing Death

by BJ Miller and Shoshana Berger

The World According to Mister Rogers :

available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Important Things to Remember

by Fred Rogers

available now, hardcover, Hachette Books

An inspiring collection of stories, anecdotes, and insights, this book reminds us that there is much more in life that unites us than divides us. Culled from Fred Rogers' speeches, program transcripts, books, letters, and interviews, along with some of his never-before-published writings, The World According to Mister Rogers is a testament to the legacy of a man who served and continues to serve as a role model to millions.

Miller and Berger present a clear-eyed and big-hearted plan for approaching the end of life, written to help readers feel more in control of an experience that often seems anything but controllable. Their book offers everything from instructions for how to do your paperwork and navigate the healthcare system to answers to questions you might be afraid to ask your doctor. There are also lessons for survivors, like how to shut down a loved one’s social media accounts and write a great eulogy. An honest, surprising, and detailed-oriented guide to the most universal of all experiences.

A Free Event at Village Books in Fairhaven

The World Could Be Otherwise : Imagination and the Bodhisattva Path by Norman Fischer

available now, paperback, Shambhala

Norman Fischer Saturday, June 22, 4pm

In frightening times, we wish the world could be otherwise. With a touch of imagination, it can be. Imagination helps us see what’s hidden, and it shape-shifts reality’s roiling twisting waves. In this inspiring reframe of a classic Buddhist teaching, Zen teacher Norman Fischer writes that the paramitas, or “six perfections”— generosity, ethical conduct, patience, joyful effort, meditation, and understanding — can help us reconfigure the world we live in. “This book gives me hope. In times like these, when we cannot afford to indulge in hopelessness, Norman Fischer offers us a vision of the human imagination as a spiritual practice and a source of courage and love. Now, more than ever, we need his vision of ourselves and of the world.”—Ruth Ozeki


Summer 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Art & Crafts Design Queer X Design : 50 Years of Signs, Symbols, Banners, Logos, and Graphic Art of LGBTQ

A Craftsman's Legacy : Why Working with our Hands Gives Us Meaning

by Eric Gorges

by Andy Campbell

available now, hardcover, Workman

available now, hardcover, Black Dog & Leventhal

Have you ever walked into a clockmaker's shop? Or a violin maker's studio? It's magical. Perhaps you've seen the PBS show of the same name, A Craftsman's Legacy, now in its 5th season? When Eric Gorges left his high paying IT job to follow a different path and work with his hands, he immersed himself in his craft of making motorcycles and discovered a spiritual joy that his previous job had not given him. In this book, he interviews a series of other craftspeople and artisans and reflects on their master skills, and how it gives meaning to their lives. For a master craftsman, art meets function. –Cindi

The first-ever illustrated history of the iconic designs, symbols, and graphic art representing LGBTQ pride and activism — from the evolution of Gilbert Baker's rainbow flag to the NYC Pride typeface launched in 2017 and beyond. Queer X Design is an empowering, uplifting, and colorful celebration of the hundreds of graphics that have stood for the powerful and ever-evolving LGBTQ movement over the last five-plus decades.

Art Literature The Art of Noticing : 131 Ways to Spark Creativity, Find Inspiration, and Discover Joy in the Everyday by Rob Walker

available now, hardcover, Knopf

Learn how to approach your life as an artist, without the formal training. Map the sounds in your neighborhood, interview an object, attend a random Facebook event, race a stranger the next time you find yourself in stride on the sidewalk. This book is full of ideas to nudge you towards a greater awareness of your life experience. Open yourself to the wonder filled world around you. –Diana

Raffia Crochet : 10 Contemporary Crochet Patterns with Raffia Yarn

by Wool and the Gang

Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary : 125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways

by Dora Ohrenstein

available now, paperback, Abrams

This hefty collection, ranging from lace and filigree to shells and textured stitches, is loaded with beautifully photographed swatches of each pattern, plus charted and text instructions. A focus on the ins and outs of shaping makes working stitch patterns more accessible and allows the creative crocheter to make many items without patterns. This stitch dictionary is an invaluable go-to resource that will inspire crocheters to use stitch patterns in new and exciting ways.

That Handmade Touch : 20 Simple Sewing Projects for You and Your Home

available in July, paperback, SewandSo

by Svetlana Sotak

Welcome to crocheting with raffia, a breakthrough new yarn that is great for a wide range of summery projects! Light and eco-friendly, raffia yarn is made of 100% long wood fibre that adds structure to your projects, making it perfect for hats, bags and accessories. This book includes 10 crochet projects which are then further embellished with embroidery in raffia yarn too. General techniques are covered as well, with instructions accompanied by clear illustrations.

available now, paperback, Lucky Spool

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That Handmade Touch showcases Svetlana Sotak’s talent for creating everyday essentials with a signature style, through the use of thoughtful fabrics, clean patchwork, and precise construction techniques. She teaches how to create cohesive, sophisticated projects, ranging from small to large and featuring quilt-as- you-go, basic piecing, and expert bag-making instructions. With Svetlana's guidance, sewists can create delightful sewing designs that will rival what can be found at any upscale boutique.

Summer 2019



Congratulations, Lauren! New Fairhaven Store Manager

Thank You and Farewell to Terri Weiner We’re always a mix of happy and sad when we say goodbye to a longtime employee but Terri is someone who you might have never actually seen on the sales floor. She’s worked in the office for ten years, helping keep the books balanced and reports updated. Her knowledge has been essential to us and we wish her dry roads and excellent music!

You’ve likely seen her behind the counter or read one of the books she has chosen for the store, but we’re pleased to announce that Lauren Sommer has been promoted to Store Manager of our Fairhaven location. Lauren has been part of the Village Books and Paper Dreams team for four years and in this time her relations with customers and staff, her cool head under pressure, and her understanding nature make her a natural fit for our Store Manager. Stop by and extend your congratulations to Lauren!

COOL GAME Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell : A Board Game of English Magic based on the book by Susanna Clarke available in June, Board Game, Osprey Games

Set during the events of the cult-classic book, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell sees players delve into the world of English magic, developing their talents and expanding their social reach as they aim to become the most celebrated magician of the age. Take on the role of an aspiring magician, including the titular characters Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell themselves, and start down the path to greatness. Build up your power and status by traveling across Europe and London, performing feats of magic, and attending social engagements. The most celebrated magician will face the gentleman with the thistle-down hair, but only the strongest will defeat him.


Summer Fun! Check out our Great Selection of Puzzles and Games. Something for All Ages & Interests!




39th Anniversa s our ry s i m


Summer 2019

Sat. & Sun. June 15th & 16th

20% OFF

at Village Books and Paper Dreams!

Two Days Only - Lynden and Fairhaven!

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

Trends & Lifestyles Gifts & Home Decor This summer we are excited to introduce you to HOME by Thymes–a new collection of scents inspired by nature for your home. Mandarin Coriander is a lively blend of mandarin oil, robust coriander and vibrant grapefruit with calming lemon balm, green rosemary leaf, and warm cedarwood. Fresh. Clean. Green. The greeness of Fresh-Cut Basil with tomato leaf, delicate sage, is touched with sweet notes of black currant and blood orange in this clean and invigorating scent that cultivates a backyard herb garden indoors in any season. Both of these scents will be offered as a countertop spray and handwash.

A.I. Root was inspired to start a beekeeping business when a swarm of bees landed on the window of his jewelry store in 1869. The Root Company remains true to its past by focusing on what they know best – beeswax. With fragrances containing essential oils and wooden wicks, Root Candles’ Seeking Balance line combines the science of aromatherapy with color therapy, allowing the stresses of your day to fade away. Clean burning, long lasting, elegantly designed, and luxurious... a candle burning experience unlike any other.

A new recent find is the line Mata Traders. Mata Traders is a design driven, ethical fashion company that merges uncommonly vibrant style with fair trade practices to make an impact on global poverty. They work directly with artisan producer groups in India and Nepal, which provide a safe and supportive environment offereing living wages, tight-knit communities and benefits like medical checkups, day care, and financial literacy workshops. We carry a collection of their earrings and necklaces that are consciously crafted and beautifully unique.

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Summer 2019


Take our

Summer Reading


Hey Kids!

Early Reader Bonus!

of the Complete the first two spaces ive rece challenge by August 3rd and ham ing 2 FREE TICKETS to the Bell Bells game on August 4th!

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

(while supplies last)

There are three prizes to win this year! 1.) Complete the first two spaces by August 3rd and win two tickets to the Bellingham Bells game on August 4th (while supplies last). 2.) Complete the first six spaces and receive a coupon for 20% off a store purchase. 3.) Read all 10 books on the challenge and return your completed form by Saturday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and Paper Dreams AND a cookie from our good friends at the Colophon Café in Fairhaven or, for those in Lynden, from the Lynden Dutch Bakery! Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store! FOR THE 4th YEAR IN A ROW! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your name, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY! If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice. Our 2018 winner was homeshooler Henry Nuckolls who selected Agape Home for Women and Children as the recipient of the donation. Stumped about what to read? Check out the great selections in this issue of the Chuckanut Reader or ask any of us at the store for help and suggestions.

Happy Reading! Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm

DINGER Visits the Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema! Baseball fans, don't miss the first movie of the summer at the Outdoor Cinema! They'll be showing Ferris Bueller's Day Off and you can meet Dinger, the beloved mascot of the Bellingham Bells — a great photo op!


Summer 2019

Join Us!

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

YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators


The Little Green Girl

by Richard T. Morris illustrated by Leuyen Pham

by Lisa Anchin

available in June, hardcover, Little, Brown Books

Once there was a river flowing through a forest. The river didn’t know it was capable of adventures until a big bear came along. But adventures aren’t any fun by yourself. And so six very different animals take off downstream, not knowing they needed one another until thankfully, the river came along.

The Pigeon Has to Go to School!

by Herve Tullet

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

available in July, hardcover, Hyperion Book

Why does the Pigeon have to go to school? He already knows everything! And what if he doesn’t like it? Or what if the teacher doesn’t like him? What if NOBODY likes him? What if he learns TOO MUCH?!

If I Was the Sunshine by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Loren Long

available now, hardcover, Atheneum Books

“If you were a bird and I was a tree, you’d call me home and I’d call you free.” This new picture book is just too lovely! With gorgeous, rhythmic text paired with the soft, gentle illustrations throughout, If I Was the Sunshine is the perfect read-aloud for a slow afternoon or to soothe right before bedtime. –Hana

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Mr. Aster is a homebody; a man of habit. Daily he does his morning stretches, has his toast and tea, then goes out to the garden to work. Into his world one day floats The Little Green Girl, a tiny seedling whom he plants and cares for. As their friendship blooms, she coaxes him to travel. Perhaps he is capable of "branching out" and trying new things after all. –Diana

I Have an Idea!

by Mo Willems


available now, hardcover, Dial Books

Sparkling with visual wit and bubbling with imagination, I Have an Idea! is a richly emotional exploration of the creative process: from an initial inkling, to the frustration of chasing the wrong notion, to finally the exhilaration of capturing, and nurturing, just the right idea. This lovely cloth-spined book is equally at home on a child’s bookshelf, in a new graduate’s backpack, or atop a creative desk.

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo illustrated by Chris Van Dusen

available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press

Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive, and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.

IN FAIRHAVEN Every Tuesday & Saturday at 10:30am

in the Kids Section on the main floor

IN LYNDEN Every Wednesday at 11am & Saturdays at 2pm in the Kids Section Summer 2019


Cyclops Witch And The Heebie-Jeebies by Kyle Sullivan and Derek Sullivan

available now, hardcover, Hazy Dell Press

Face your fears with Cyclops Witch. Not much can "make her shiver, quiver, or twitch". There is one thing though – kids really freak her out! During her attempt to scare off the children, you'll meet hobgoblins roasting marshmallows, a vampire hula-hooping, and a mothman stargazing. The distinction is made that while some fears are valid, most can be solved through greater understanding. –Diana


by Ame Dyckman illustrated by Charles Santoso available now, hardcover, Little, Brown Books

When Daddy spots a solitary weed in his lawn, he's appalled (along with all of his neighborhood friends). But his daughter Sweetie has fallen in love with the beautiful flower, even going so far as to name it Charlotte. Racing against time and the mockery of his friends, Daddy has to find a way to get rid of the errant dandelion without breaking his little girl's heart.

KIDS! Little Juniper Makes It Big by Adian Cassie

available in July, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

What Juniper lacks in size, she makes up for in heart. And her heart is deadset on growing up and getting taller. Everything in Juniper’s world seems to be made for adults. Ugh! It isn’t until she makes a fun new friend at school who is even smaller than Juniper, that she is able to see her world from a new perspective.

Paper Mice

by Megan Wagner Lloyd illustrated by Phoebe Wahl available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

When the cutouts of two paper mice come to life in the night, what sorts of adventures do they get up to? With gentle and whimsical illustrations from local artist and favorite Phoebe Wahl, Paper Mice will enchant and spark the imaginations of your little ones, and perhaps inspire the creation of your own paper beings to set loose for an adventure. –Hana

Hair Love

by Matthew A. Cherry, illustrated by Vashti Harrison available now, hardcover, Kokila

Zuri’s hair has a mind of its own. It kinks, coils, and curls every which way. Zuri knows it’s beautiful. When Daddy steps in to style it for an extra special occasion, he has a lot to learn. But he loves his Zuri, and he’ll do anything to make her, and her hair, happy. Tender and empowering, Hair Love is an ode to loving your natural hair, and a celebration of daddies and daughters everywhere.

ANIMALS and NATURE Trees: A Rooted History

by Piotr Socha and Wojciech Grajkowski available now, hardcover, Abrams Books

Trees explores the important roles trees play in our ecosystem, takes an upclose-and-personal look at the parts of trees, and unpacks the cultural impact to trees from classification systems to art forms. Part botany, part history, part cultural anthropology, Trees goes beyond the basics to tell readers everything they might want to know about this particular branch of the plant kingdom.


Summer 2019

Don’t Let Them Disappear by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Gianna Marino

available now, hardcover, Philomel Books

In this book, Chelsea Clinton introduces young readers to a selection of endangered animals, sharing what makes them special, and also what threatens them. Taking readers through the course of a day, Don’t Let Them Disappear talks about rhinos, tigers, whales, pandas and more, and provides helpful tips on what we all can do to help prevent these animals from disappearing from our world entirely.

Building Community One Book at a Time

KIDS Saturday, June 8, 4pm

Ruby McConnell will present

A Girl's Guide to the Wild

Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer

Girls Belong Outdoors! This handbook covers everything you need to get outside, including ideas for what to do, camping and hiking basics, body stuff in the wilderness, advanced skills like maps, weather, and first aid, as well as recipes, projects, activities, and profiles of inspiring outdoorswomen.

Family Event!

Story Time featuring Dr. Seuss's

I LOVE POP! A Celebration of Dads

Saturday, June 15, 10:30am - Fairhaven and 2pm - Lynden Join us in the kids section for a special story time where we celebrate Father's Day Eve. Illustrated with art from the books Hop on Pop, Horton Hatches the Egg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and many others, this little gift book about fatherly love is ideal for Father's Day!

Saturday, July 13, 10:30am

Drag Queen Story Time with Betty Desire Get ready for Bellingham's Pride Festival with an hour of fun with Bellingham's iconic drag queen, Betty Desire! We'll meet in the Readings Gallery for an hour of stories, songs and fun, all celebrating how we can be our best true selves. Feel free to dress up and bring your rainbow gear. This is a children's story time but ALL ages are welcome! Village Books is proud to sponsor with WinkWink Boutique to bring you this special story time.

Believe : A Pop-Up Book of Possibilities by Robert Sabuda


available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press

All of life's possibilities are just a page turn away in this beautiful book from renowned artist Robert Sabuda. Throughout, phrases and images evoking potential (an acorn, an egg, a paper airplane) are answered by a glorious image on the following spread (a towering tree, a flock of birds, a rocket soaring upward). An ideal gift for graduates from kindergarten to college and beyond, Believe is the perfect way to celebrate life's passages and look forward to new horizons.

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Summer 2019


FIND WALDO LOCAL in Fairhaven and Lynden!

All Ages!

July 1 - 31, 2019

Have you seen Waldo? He's an elusive fellow, but rumor has it that he'll be hanging around Whatcom County again this summer. If you're looking carefully, you might just spot him. Yes, you read that right: “Find Waldo Local� is back in July! For the 8th year in a row, multiple local businesses in Fairhaven will participate in a scavenger hunt all month long. Again this year, local businesses in Lynden will be joining in the search as well. Do you think YOU can find Waldo? Pick up a passport from either location of Village Books and Paper Dreams or one of the other participating merchants, and spend some time looking around for the guy in stripes. He'll be hiding somewhere in each of the businesses on the passport. If you can find Waldo in 10 different stores, you can come back to Village Books for a special Waldo button (while supplies last). If you find Waldo in all the participating stores, you'll be entered in a raffle for the chance to win all sorts of great prizes! Fairhaven and Lynden will each have their own passport.


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


Summer 2019

Building Community One Book at a Time

Acorn Books First Readers Illustrated Early Readers that Plant a Love of Reading! Introducing the first titles in the four inaugural series

Sparkly New Friends Unicorn and Yeti #1

Do You Like My Bike? Hello, Hedgehog! #1 by Norm Feuti

available now, paperback, Scholastic Inc.

by Heather Ayris Burnell illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla Two very different creatures find common ground and forge a friendship.

Best friends Harry and Hedgehog tackle common milestones — like learning to ride a bike without training wheels — in these sweet and reassuring friendship stories.

Hello, Crabby!

A Friend for Dragon

A Crabby Book #1

Dragon #1

available now, paperback, Scholastic Inc.

available in June, paperback, Scholastic Inc.

Introducing an ornery crab and his perky pals.

Dragon is a humble hero with a heart of gold, and he always helps those who need him.

available now, paperback, Scholastic Inc.

by Jonathan Fenske

by Dav Pilkey

Young Readers Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants: Questioneers #2 by Andrea Beatty illustrated by David Roberts

The Unbelievable Oliver and the Four Jokers

available now, hardcover, Amulet Books

by Pseudonymous Bosch illustrated by Shane Pangburn

Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very core, Ada asks why again and again. When Rosie Revere’s Uncle Ned gets a little carried away wearing his famous helium pants, it’s up to Ada and friends to chase him down. In this second installment in the beloved Questioneers series, Ada must rely on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals to solve a mystery in her own backyard.

Eight-year-old Oliver dreams of being a professional magician, even though he has terrible stage fright. And now, his friends have gotten him invited to a classmate’s birthday party as the paid entertainment! And at the party he is accused of robbery! Oliver will need to clear his and his rabbit Benny’s names before they can amaze the crowd with their grand finale.

available now, hardcover, Dial Books

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There's not much that is more exciting for a child than receiving a package. Especially if that package contains a beautifully illustrated picture book! Visit for information about our subscription program and sign up today. Let us take care of the selection and mailing for you. It's time to let the stories and smiles begin!

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Summer 2019


VILLAGE BOOKS Register Today!


July 15-19, 1-5pm


Ages 8-11

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is just for you! Each day has a specific book as its focus and all of that day's activities, games, and crafts will be inspired by that book.

New Selections!

Daily activities will be inspired by these beloved middle-grade titles: Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones Lemons by Melissa Savage Wildwood by Colin Meloy The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate $150 per child - due by Saturday, July 13. Each child will receive a discount on all five bundled titles upon registration. **Purchase of books is NOT required and kids do NOT have to have read the books in advance to participate.**

August 5-9, 1-5pm



Join us for themed activities with hands-on projects, bookrelated topics, and field trips around town. Snack included.

Check Out Our Daily Themes! Village Books is proud to be a camp partner and supporter of Common Threads Farm and School Garden Collective. Common Threads connects kids to healthy food through hands on gardening and cooking programs. Check them out at!

• Science Fun • Marine Life Day with a visit to the Marine Life Center • Food & Farm Day visit to Common Threads Farm • Art Day • Fun in the Sun Day

Ages 7-10 Register for both camps at VB in Fairhaven or download a form from and mail it and a check to: Village Books, Camp VB, 1200 11th Street, Bellingham, WA 98225. Registration for Camp VB is due by Saturday, August 3. If you have questions, contact

Each camp is $150 per child. Both camps will take place at our Fairhaven store and are limited to only 10 campers – register today so you don't miss out! See or call 360.671.2626 for details.


Summer 2019

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

Middle Readers Hurricane Season


available now, hardcover, Algonquin Young Readers

available in July, hardcover, Aladdin

Fig wants more than anything to see the world as her father does. The oncerenowned pianist, who hasn’t composed a song in years and has unpredictable good and bad days, is something of a mystery to Fig. A stunning novel about a girl struggling to be a kid as adult concerns weigh on her, Melleby’s debut is also about love and art, the healing power of love, and the limits of that power.

Fifteen years ago, Olympus was destroyed and the Olympians were resettled on Titus. Since then Earth has been declared a quarantined world. Neither Titans nor Olympians are allowed to visit and under no circumstances are humans allowed on Titus. The Titans and Olympians are keeping the peace. But the deep-seated mistrust still lingers, so when a human ends up on Titus, he could be the spark that reignites the war…

Shouting at the Rain

Orange for the Sunsets

available now, hardcover, Nancy Paulsen Books

available now, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books

Delsie loves tracking the weather. Lately, though, it seems the squalls are in her own life – the most painful being a friend who’s outgrown her. Luckily, she has a new friend who is caring and courageous. As Delsie and Ronan traipse around Cape Cod, they learn that, together, they can weather any storm. From the bestselling author of Fish in a Tree comes a compelling story about perspective and learning to love the family you have.

Twelve-year-old Asha and her best friend, Yesofu, never cared about the differences between them: Indian. African. Girl. Boy. Short. Tall. But when Ugandan President Idi Amin announces that Indians have ninety days to leave the country, suddenly those differences are the only things that people in Entebbe can see. A soaring tale of empathy, hope, and resilience, Athaide’s unforgettable novel follows two friends whose lives are transformed by Idi Amin’s decision in 1972.

by Nicole Melleby

by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

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by Kate O’Hearn

by Tina Athaide

All the Greys on Greene Street by Laura Tucker

available in June, hardcover, Viking Books

Olympia is a young artist desperately trying to hold her family together. Her dad has vanished, her mom won’t get out of bed, and her friend Alex isn’t acting like himself. Everything seems to be falling apart around her and Olympia is determined to fix things on her own. A visual and rewarding read in the vein of When You Reach Me or Counting by 7s. –Hana

Planet Earth Is Blue by Nicole Panteleakos

available now, hardcover, Wendy Lamb Books

Twelve-year-old Nova is eagerly awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Challenger. She and her big sister, Bridget, share a love of astronomy and the space program. But Bridget has disappeared, and Nova is in a new foster home. While foster families and teachers dismiss Nova as severely autistic and nonverbal, Bridget understands how intelligent and special Nova is, and as the liftoff draws closer, Nova is counting down to the moment when she’ll see Bridget again.

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Middle Readers The Girl Who Sailed the Stars


available in June, hardcover, Philomel Books

by Raina Telgemeier

I fell in love with Woods' first novel, and her sophomore work does not disappoint! She has a wonderfully vivid way of capturing the classic aspects of the most enduring stories: the joys, the trials, the journeys, and the whimsy of a child who sees magic everywhere. Her story of young Oona from the seaside town of Nordlor hits all the right notes: a high seas adventure, a seafaring cat, sea creatures who can soar through the skies, and how to find your own inner strength. –Hana

available now, hardcover, Graphix

Share Your Smile : Raina’s

by Matilda Woods illustrated by Anuska Allepuz

Guide to Telling Your Own Story

Have you ever thought about telling your own story? Are you interested in writing, drawing, or both? Then this fun, interactive journal is for you! With guidance from the author of the popular graphic novels (Smile, Sisters, and Ghosts) herself, brainstorm ideas, make lists, paste in personal photos, and use your imagination like never before to create your own stories.

An absolutely fun fable! This tale has a bit of everything… magic, humor, friendship, cats, travel, suspense, and art work. Sail away with Oona this summer and have an adventure at sea. –Kelly E.


New & Upcoming


The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey

available in June, paperback, HarperCollins


The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

A beautifully heartfelt story about one by Stacy McAnulty available now, paperback, Yearling Books boy’s journey toward acceptance. A lightning strike gave her genius-level math skills, but even a super genius can’t solve Front Desk the problem of middle school. Kelly Yang available in June, paperback, Arthur A. Levine Books

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets. She lives in a motel, her parents hide immigrants, and she wants to be writer. It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year.

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

available now, paperback, Puffin Books

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

availableinnow, paperback, Algonquin Young Readers

In this Newbery-winning epic fantasy, a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon must unlock the dangerous magic buried deep inside.

The Penderwicks at Last

Twelve-year-old Nisha is forced to by Jeanne Birdsall flee her home with her Hindu family available now, paperback, Yearling Books during the 1947 partition of India in The final, flawless installment in the modern this Newbery Honor book. classic series The Penderwicks..


Summer 2019

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

Middle Readers Caterpillar Summer by Gillian McDunn

Our Castle by the Sea

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing

by Lucy Strange

Cat and her brother Chicken have always had a very special bond. Since their mom has to work hard to keep their family afloat, Cat is the glue holding them together. When a summer trip doesn’t go as planned, Cat and Chicken end up spending three weeks with grandparents they’ve never met. Cat can be a kid again for the first time in years, and her journey shows that even the most broken relationships can be healed if people take the time to walk in another’s shoes.

From the author of The Secret of Nightingale Wood, comes another beautifully-written historical novel, this time, centering around a young girl's family, lighthouse-keepers on the eastern coast of England in World War II. Spies, intrigue, mistrust, family secrets, this book has it all. Did you love The War That Saved My Life? Then you will love this one. –Claire

available now, hardcover, Chicken House

A Wolf Called Wander

Other Words for Home

available now, hardcover, Harper

available now, hardcover, Balzer & Bray

Based on the true story of a wolf named OR-7 that naturalists tracked for over 1,000 miles in the wild, Parry uses her imagination to deliver a story of adventure, survival, and finding home through a wolf’s eyes. What she offers us through this animal’s perspective is a sympathetic and memorable introduction to one of the truly amazing creatures on our planet. This book also contains information about OR-7’s real journey across the Pacific Northwest and is illustrated beautifully by Monica Armino. –Kristen

Jude never thought she’d be leaving her older brother and father behind in Syria. But when things in her hometown start becoming volatile, Jude and her mother are sent to live in Cincinnati. This new life in America seems too fast and too loud, but it also brings unexpected surprises – new friends, a whole new family, and a school musical that Jude might try out for. Maybe America too is a place where Jude can be seen as she really is.

by Rosanne Parry

by Jasmine Warga

Young Adult Kings, Queens, and In-Betweens by Tanya Boteju

available now, hardcover, Simon Pulse

Perpetually awkward Nima Kumara-Clark is bored with her insular community of Bridgeton, in love with her straight girlfriend, and trying to move past her mother’s unexpected departure. After a bewildering encounter at a local festival, Nima finds herself suddenly immersed in the drag scene on the other side of town. From debut author Tanya Boteju comes a poignant, laugh-out-loud tale of acceptance, self-expression, and the colorful worlds that await when we’re brave enough to look.

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

available in July, hardcover, Delcaorte,

Quarantined on an island off the coast of Maine, Hetty, Byatt, and Reese are only three of the few surviving students in an all girls' school. When the unexplained Tox hit, it killed some, it took body parts from others, and it changed everything. Now they fight for their lives against a hostile landscape, and against each other. I couldn’t put this book down; it’s like Lord of the Flies meets Annihilation. It will haunt you. –Rachel

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Parenting And Now We Have Everything :

Nanaville : Adventures in Grandparenting

by Anna Quindlen

On Motherhood Before I Was Ready

available now, hardcover, Random House

by Meaghan O'Connell

available now, paperback, Little, Brown and Co.

What makes a woman ready for motherhood? How many of us actually ARE ready when it happens? Here is an honest look at the months before and after the birth of O'Connell's son, detailing the feelings that she had and those that she thought she should have. Sometimes there's a big difference. This is not the glorified, glowing picture of pregnancy, birth, and post-partum. It's real, honest, and so, so relatable. –Claire

Motherhood by the Book VB Book Group

A big-hearted book of wisdom, insight, and wit celebrating the joys of being a grandmother, from the Pulitzer Prizewinning columnist and bestselling author. Before mommy blogs were even invented, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the challenges of motherhood in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full Nana in the pages of this moving book about her grandchildren, her children, and her new and remarkable role.

Join us for a spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood. This group meets on the mezzanine level in Fairhaven on the 2nd Sunday of the month at 2pm. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home. You can find all VB Reads book groups and reading selections at

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VB's Young Adult Review Committee

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

Her Royal Highness

On a Scale of 1 to 10

available now, hardcover, G. P Putnam and Sons

available now, hardcover, Scholastic

Are you a fan of hate-to-love? Roommates? Royalty romances? Geology puns? Sapphics? Her Royal Highness has all of this and more. After Millie discovers her best friend turned maybe girlfriend kissing someone else, she decides to flee rather than face her again. Fortunately, she gets into a prestigious boarding school in Scotland. Unfortunately, she can’t stand her roommate who just so happens to be a Scottish princess. It’s all fortunate for us though because Rachel Hawkins’ latest is so much fun and one of the best contemporary romances of the year. –Gretal M. age 19

On a Scale of 1 to 10 is a book about a girl in a mental ward. It's filled with enchanting characters and scenarios that make you want to cry. With a twist at the end and flashbacks of an "incident," it's got a great premise. –Kamden I. age 15

by Rachel Hawkins

How It Feels To Float by Helena Fox

available now, hardcover, Dial Books

You could look at the most exquisite piece of art in the most prestigious gallery in the world — or you could read this book. How It Feels To Float is Biz’s story of mental illness, loss, love, and unlikely friendship. Her father passed away years ago, but he still visits Biz to recount memories from her childhood. Except every time Biz tries to respond, he vanishes. But it’s okay; Biz has her mom, the twins, and Grace. Until she kisses Grace, and everything gets awkward. Helena Fox’s astounding debut will sweep you up, break your soul into a trillion tiny pieces, and then put it back together bit by bit. Bottom line: I highly recommend! –Isabel F. age 14

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

by Ceylan Scott

When We Were Lost by Kevin Wignall

available in June, hardcover, Hachette

When We Were Lost is the thrilling tale of a group of teenagers and their adventures in the jungle. While they must work together as a team if they are to survive, there are some figures who believe that they are better suited to leadership roles than others. The author has created a real page-turner, filled with lovable characters, giant caimans, and lethal snakes. I couldn’t put this book down and would highly recommend it to all. –Noah G. age 16

Hungry Hearts : 13 Tales of Food and Love edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond

available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

My experience with anthologies is usually a collection of independent stories, so it was refreshing to see one where a common thread weaved them all together into one cohesive story: they all took place in the same neighborhood, where both food, family, and culture intermingle. From magical realism, thriller, to contemporary, anyone can find a story that they relate to. The LGBT+ and POC representation is gracefully integrated and adds to the melting pot of the neighborhood. If you only take one thing away from Hungry Hearts, I hope it's that food and love are closely connected. –Aria S. age 17

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Girls of July

Warhead : The

by Alex Flinn

available in June, hardcover, Harper Teen

Girls of July caught me unawares. Spider, Britta, Kate, and Meredith — four very different girls–find peace and adventure in the Adirondack mountains when Spider decides to rent out her family’s cabin for the summer. Alex Flinn’s contrasting characters and interwoven plot lines make this book glow. Far more than a teen friendship story, this novel explores the nuances of family, the impact we have on our neighbors, and the courage it takes to be yourself. Irresistible in every way, Girls of July is not one to miss! –Isabel F. age 14

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

available in June, hardcover, Macmillan

This book is the sapphic hate to love story everyone needs in their life. Sana and Rachel have been enemies since Sana asked Rachel out, and Rachel thought it was a cruel joke. But now Sana is the one person Rachel needs for her film project. Tell Me How You Really Feel was everything I hoped it would be and more. It’s a perfect romantic comedy to match its perfect cover. Aminah Mae Safi is phenomenal, and I also highly recommend her debut novel, Not the Girls You’re Looking For. –Gretal M. age 19


True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World

by Jeff Henigson

available in July, hardcover, Delacorte Press

Warhead: The True Story of One Teen Who Almost Saved the World by Jeff Henigson is a story about Jeff's teenage years. He has the typical teenage worries: grades, friends, and girls, and he also has brain cancer. When Jeff is offered a wish, he takes it as an opportunity to make his distant father proud. Jeff wishes to travel to the Soviet Union to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev to discuss ending the Cold War. Jeff's story dealt with serious topics such as death, distant fathers, and war yet he still managed to put an optimistic look through it all. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an uplifting story. –Sarah K. age 16






With the Fire on High

available now, hardcover, Balzer & Bray

available now, hardcover, Harperteen

To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks. When Finn’s fate collides with Prince Alfehr’s, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power. With the kingdom of Castallan’s fate in their hands, the two must race to vanquish what they have unleased, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.

Emoni hasn’t done anything for herself since she first got pregnant in her freshman year of high school. The only time her mind isn’t on school, her grandmother, or her beloved daughter is when she cooks, and she is GOOD at it. Make sure you get a good meal in before reading this book, because Acevedo’s (author of Printz-winning The Poet X) wonderfully lush descriptions of food and cooking wound into her beautiful prose will make you hungry! –Hana

by Maya Motayne


by Jennifer Donnelly available now, hardcover, Scholastic Press

This is not the story of Cinderella, her prince, or the pumpkin that bore the princess to the ball. This is the story of Isabelle, the ugly stepsister who cut off pieces of her own foot to fit a glass slipper. The tale that follows is chock full of twists and turns, girls who are done being told who and what to be, and glorious selfintrospection of what beauty truly is. –Hana


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by Elizabeth Acevedo

Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan

available now, hardcover, Wednesday Books

Duncan has created a world familiar but wholly original and strange. Three character’s paths entwine in a shadowy world where blood-fueled magic clashes with mysterious saints in a centuries long war between dark and light. Gothic, fantastical, and full of heart Her storytelling inspires the imagination and keeps you up at night. Best of all…there’s more books to come! –Paul

Building Community One Book at a Time

Young Adult This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura

available in June, hardcover, Harperteen

Seventeen-year-old CJ has never lived up to her mom’s type A ambition and she’s perfectly happy just helping her aunt at their family’s flower shop. Then her mom decides to sell the shop — to the family who swindled CJ’s grandparents when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to internment camps. Soon a rift threatens to splinter CJ’s family and friends, and for the first time, CJ has found something she wants to fight for.

There's Something About Sweetie

The Things She’s Seen

by Ambelin Kwaymullina and Ezekiel Kwaymullina available now, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf Books

Beth Teller is worried about her detective father. Ever since her death, he is the only person who can see her and is a broken shell of a man. When he's called in to investigate a small town fire, Beth hopes focusing on a task will be good for him. Not only is The Things She's Seen part ghost story and part crime thriller, it is also fiction interlaced with beautifully vivid poetry that will take you on a breathtaking and heartbreaking ride. –Hana

by Sandhya Menon

available now, hardcover, Simon Pulse

The Devouring Gray

Sweetie Nair is the fat, body-positive heroine of my dreams. In a sea of needless competition, pettiness, and toxic protagonist masquerading as pillars of feminism and body positivity, it can be difficult to find a story that actually uplifts and encourages you. Luckily Sandhya Menon has no time for stereotypes and negativity! And her newest protagonist is everything I want in a YA heroine. Sweetie is strong, confident, and out to prove to everyone that there's nothing she can't do. I couldn't put this book down! –Hayden

by Christine Lynn Herman

available now, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

The Gray: a lifeless dimension that imprisons a brutal monster in Four Paths, New York. The Gray is growing stronger every day, and its victims are piling up. When the monster is accidentally released, three teenagers must band together to unearth the dark truths behind their families’ abilities…before the Gray devours them all.

Sorcery of Thorns

The Red Scrolls of Magic

by Margaret Rogerson

available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Eldest Curses #1

by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu available now, hardcover, Margaret K. McElderry Books

All Magnus Bane wanted was a vacation with Alec Lightwood, the Shadowhunter who against all odds is finally his boyfriend. As soon as the pair settles in Paris, an old friend arrives with news about a demonworshipping cult called the Crimson Hand. Now Magnus and Alec must race across Europe to track down the Crimson Hand and its elusive new leader before the cult can cause any more damage.

Elisabeth works in one of the great libraries, where living grimoires are kept under lock and key. Some are harmless, but some can cause massive destruction, and when the libraries start getting attacked by an unknown sorcerer, it’s up to Elisabeth and her sworn enemy, Nathaniel Thorn, to put a face to the violence. To stop whatever plan is trying to unfold. But books hold secrets even Elisabeth isn’t always privy too, and surprises lurk deep within their pages. –Rachel

YA Club is here! It features 10 audiobooks each month priced at $10 or less. It's free to join and no commitment is required.

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Literature LIVE!


VB’s Literary Events Program

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JUNE Saturday, June 8, 4pm KIDS! RUBY MCCONNELL –A Girl's Guide to the Wild: Be an Adventure-Seeking Outdoor Explorer Girls belong outdoors! This handbook covers everything you need to get outside, including ideas for what to do, camping and hiking basics, body stuff in the wilderness, advanced skills like maps, weather, and first aid, as well as recipes, projects, activities, and profiles of inspiring outdoorswomen. Ruby McConnell is the author of A Woman's Guide to the Wild; she's also a geologist, environmental advocate, and dancer.

Saturday, June 8, 7pm MEG TILLY –Cliff's Edge


We are thrilled to announce the return of celebrated author and actress, Meg Tilly, to the Readings Gallery! She will be presenting the second book in her Solace Island series, Cliff's Edge, another page-turning thriller/romance from Tilly which does not disappoint. Meg Tilly is an award-winning author and actress known for her performances in Agnes of God, The Big Chill, Valmont, Bomb Girls, and War Machine. Her books include Gemma, Singing Songs, and Porcupine. Tilly has three grown children and resides with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

Sunday, June 9, 4pm TARA AUSTEN WEAVER –Growing Berries & Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest Calling all gardeners! Growing fruit is rewarding and loweffort, and Master Gardener Tara Austen Weaver is a clear and capable guide for backyard growers in Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest. This beautiful book covers more than 75 berries and fruit trees, and includes master recipes for preserving the organic bounty. Tara Austen Weaver is a trained Master Gardener and author of The Butcher and the Vegetarian and Orchard House, which chronicles how she and her family attempted to revive a long-neglected Seattle garden and orchard.

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

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Thursday, June 13, 7pm MICHAEL BENANAV –Himalaya Bound:


One Family's Quest to Save Their Animals and an Ancient Way of Life Himalaya Bound follows a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads as they trek into the Indian Himalayas on their annual spring migration. This compelling true story offers an intimate glimpse into a rarely seen world— and the modern forces that threaten it. A great adventure and incisive work of literary journalism. Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. You don't want to miss his slide show featuring remarkable images of nomadic life in the jungles and mountains of north India. Himalaya Bound is his third book.

Friday, June 14, 7pm NATHAN & JEREMY BARNES –Alpine Lakes Wilderness:


The Complete Hiking Guide A sprawling wonderland, Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness harbors old-growth forest, glacierdredged creek valleys, ice-sharpened peaks, wildflower-studded hillsides, glassy tarns, rocky crags, and so much more. With more than 600 miles of trails and more than 700 sparkling alpine lakes and ponds, this treasured wilderness encompasses a lifetime’s worth of mountain landscapes. Hikers of all ages and skill levels will find trails to suit their taste. Nathan and Jeremy Barnes founded the popular website and blog in 2008 as a resource for hikers.They both live in West Seattle.

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 All Day in Fairhaven and Lynden

ANNIVERSARY SALE! – 20% OFF STOREWIDE – Village Books in Fairhaven is celebrating its final year in our thirties. Join us as we turn 39 with our annual store-wide sale. Take advantage of 20% off most merchandise throughout both stores and this year, we’re including online purchases too! Some restrictions do apply so please ask one of our booksellers for details.

Saturday, June 15, in Fairhaven 10:30am AND Lynden at 2pm Story Time Featuring Dr. Seuss's I Love Pop!: A Celebration of Dads


Join us in the kids section for a special story time where we celebrate Father's Day Eve. Illustrated with art from the books Hop on Pop, Horton Hatches the Egg, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, and many others, this little gift book about fatherly love is ideal for Father's Day!



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

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Saturday, June 15, 7pm SAVANNAH MOORE-STEIN –Did I Raise You Right? A Single Mother's Memoir Join us in the Readings Gallery as Savannah Moore-Stein presents her new, heartbreaking and beautiful memoir. On her book: "This is a memoir of my life while raising my daughter as a single mother. I have written this book in hope of touching someone’s life. I know raising my child alone is not unique, but my daughter experienced some horrific ordeals as a child and young adult. Over the years I’ve tried to avoid our pain. Now I’ve cracked open that pain to investigate my guilt in all this, taking a good look at how I didn’t protect her. I discovered this book to be cathartic therapy for myself; and I hope it will be for my daughter and my readers as I review what I did, or did not do, and why." Savannah Moore Stein is a pen name for this first-time author. She lives happily in the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband, Rand.

Tuesday, June 18, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju "Responsibility"

Free Workshop

Join us in the Readings Gallery for this free workshop where we’ll discuss the topic of Responsibility. Dawn has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.

Thursday, June 20, 7pm (doors/music 6:30pm) The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring TERRY BROOKS Speculative at WCC's Heiner Theater

–The Stiehl Assassin:


Fall of Shannara #3 We're so happy to bring Terry Brooks back to Bellingham for our kick-off event to the Chuckanut Writers Conference. With over 12 million books in print, Brooks has been a seminal force in fantasy fiction for decades. It's an honor to have him as our featured guest for this month's taping of The Chuckanut Radio Hour—a radio show that will also include live music, fun skits, performance poetry, and lots of laughs. Brooks will introduce us to the next chapter in the Fall of Shannara, a saga more than four decades in the making. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with each pre-event purchase of The Stiehl Assassin. Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza.

We often stream the Chuckanut Radio Hour on Facebook Live!

Friday, June 21 – Saturday, June 22 CHUCKANUT WRITERS CONFERENCE The Chuckanut Writers Conference is a two-day conference featuring world-renowned faculty, presented by Village Books and Whatcom Community College. We invite you to take part in this unique event, one we hope you’ll remember for years to come. To register, call (360)383-3200 or visit

Saturday, June 22, 4pm NORMAN FISCHER –The World Could Be Otherwise: Imagination & the Bodhisattva Path

Poet and Zen teacher Norman Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a largely untapped resource for our troubled times. The World Could Be Otherwise offers hope for anyone wanting to open their heart and mind to the transformative possibilities of the imagination. Norman Fischer is a Zen teacher, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. A beloved figure in the Buddhist world, he is also well-known for his efforts at interreligious dialogue. His numerous books include What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms.

Saturday, June 22, 7pm Chuckanut Writers Conference Open Mic Join us as the CWC participants read their work at four open mics at four venues in Fairhaven! See website for details.

ALL Saturday, June 22, 7:30pm AGES Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema A Visit by Dinger on the Village Green! Baseball fans, bring your kids to the first movie of the Summer at the Outdoor Cinema! They’ll be showing Ferris Bueller’s Day off and you can meet Dinger, the beloved mascot of the Bellingham Bells!

Monday, June 24, 7pm Open Mic Night Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Open mic is usually held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

Friday, June 28, 5-8pm Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists. This is the kick-off to the Whatcom Cultural Arts Festival which will take place Saturday, June 29. The Fairhaven Village Green will be the main hub for booths and performances all afternoon. See page 7 for more information.

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Thursday, July 18, 7pm (doors/music 6:30pm) The Chuckanut Radio Hour


at WCC’s Heiner Theater

featuring ERICA BAUERMEISTER –The Scent Keeper

JULY Thursday, July 4 - Both Stores Open! Happy 4th of July! Special Hours: Our Fairhaven store will be open 9am-6pm; Lynden open 10am-3pm. Have fun and be careful!

Sunday, July 7, 4pm ANDREW MCBRIDE, Editor –For Love of Orcas Group Reading For Love of Orcas, co-edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, is an anthology of poetry and prose from 92 American and Canadian contributors about Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon, and their ecosystem. Proceeds benefit The SeaDoc Society, working to restore the health of these endangered populations. Andrew Shattuck McBride is a writer and editor based in Bellingham. His work appears in Crab Creek Review, Pontoon Poetry, So It Goes, Mud Season Review, and Connecticut River Review. He edits novels, memoirs, poetry collections, and anthologies.

Wednesday, July 10, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Pete Johnson "Integrity"


Get ready for Bellingham's Pride Festival with an hour of fun with Bellingham's iconic drag queen, Betty Desire! We'll meet in the Readings Gallery for an hour of stories, songs and fun, all celebrating how we can be our best true selves. Feel free to dress up and bring your rainbow gear. This is a children's story time but ALL ages are welcome! Village Books is proud to sponsor with WinkWink Boutique to bring you this special story time.

Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19, 1-5pm VILLAGE BOOKS LIT CAMP Ages 8-11 Calling all readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting camp is for you! Each day of the week’s activities will be inspired by a beloved middle grade book. Registration closes Saturday, July 13. Space is limited and filling up! Go to for more information and sign up today.

Friday, July 26, 5-8pm Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk 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.

Monday, July 29, 7pm Open Mic Night

Free Workshop

Where you meet you. In a complex world where most of the world is grey, integrity is often used as a tool to judge ourselves and others harshly. Morality, Values, Ethics and Duty are often wrapped up in this concept. Come and participate in a self-focused exploration of integrity. Pete Johnson is a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest. He has an extensive background in personal growth seminars and is strongly rooted in a lifetime of meditation modalities. He has a passion for personal connection and practices where honesty and acceptance of the self and others is the key to emotional growth.

Saturday, July 13, 10:30am DRAG QUEEN STORYTIME with BETTY DESIRE

Join us for the live taping of our monthly variety radio show! The special guest author is Erica Bauermeister, the national bestselling author of The School of Essential Ingredients. In this new novel, Bauermeister presents a moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. Erica Bauermeister is the author of the bestselling novels The School of Essential Ingredients, Joy for Beginners, and The Lost Art of Mixing. She is also the co-author of two non-fiction works. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, WA. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with purchase of The Scent Keeper. Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza.

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

Wednesday, July 31, 2pm ALL AGES Find Waldo in Fairhaven Celebrations TWO PARTIES! In our Fairhaven store AND our Lynden store! Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our “Find Waldo Local” programs. At each store, we’ll play games, eat treats, enjoy multiple drawings for prizes and yes, find Waldo! The grand prize winners will also be drawn from participants in our multi-store searches. Come in your red stripes and glasses, ready to have a good time!

Book Groups, Writing Groups, and Writing Classes • VB Reads Book Groups (page 30) • VB Writes Writing Groups (page 27)


There is no charge for most Village Books Literature Live events.  Event costs are offset by customer book purchases; in order to maintain our robust program, we urge you to purchase those event books that interest you.

Thank you for supporting Literature Live Events!

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

• Chuckanut Writers Classes Presented in partnership with WCC Community & Continuing Education, these programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. See pages 27-29 for information on upcoming classes and the Chuckanut Writers Conference!

Keep turning for more events!

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

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Mark Your Calendars




Sunday, August 4, 1pm VB Sponsors Bellingham Bells Game! On August 4 we’ll be rooting on the Bellingham Bells as they take on the Victoria HarbourCats at Joe Martin Field. It’s the Village Books sponsored game night, so stop by and visit our booth to spin the wheel for prizes! We’ll be giving away free tickets to the game through our social media so stay connected. And kids participating in our Summer Reading Challenge can receive two free tickets to the game–turn to page 60 for details. See you at the game!

Monday, August 5 – Friday, August 9, 1-5pm Camp Village Books AGES 7-10


Let Camp Village Books become part of your kids’ fond summer memories! Each day includes themed activities with hands-on projects, outdoor activities, and field trips around Fairhaven and Bellingham. Registration closes on Saturday, August 3. Space is limited so go to for more information and sign up today!

Thursday, August 22, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju “Choice”

Free Workshop

What am I making important? The biggest choice we make is what we choose to make important. First we have to understand that we have a choice. Have you ever gotten into a situation where you’ve agreed to something and later wished you hadn’t? Or agreed to something you had no interest in actually doing? If yes, then this workshop is for you. Dawn Harju has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence NW, a non-profit organization. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.

Friday, August 23, 5-8pm Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk 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.

Monday, August 26, 7pm Open Mic Night Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Open mic is usually held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626.

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Friday, August 30, 7pm BOOKED AT THE BAKER presents an Evening with LOUISE PENNY –A Better Man At last, the wait is over! Louise Penny is coming to Bellingham and we're the only Pacific Northwest stop on her tour! We're partnering with Mount Baker Theatre to host her in the loviest theatre in the area. All tickets include a signed hardcover copy of Penny's latest novel, A Better Man, to be handed out at the show. $35/$45/$55—reserved seating. Tickets are now available at Mount Baker Theatre and online at (note, tickets are not available at Village Books) Louise Penny, a former CBC radio journalist, is the #1 New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache novels. Catastrophic spring flooding, blistering attacks in the media, and a mysterious disappearance greet Chief Inspector Armand Gamache as he returns to the Sûreté du Québec in the next novel in this “constantly surprising series that deepens and darkens as it evolves” (New York Times Book Review), Gamache must face a horrific possibility, and a burning question. What would you do if your child’s killer walked free? Penny has been awarded the CWA Dagger, Nero, Macavity and Barry Awards, as well as two each of the Arthur Ellis and Dilys Awards. In addition, she has won the Agatha Award (seven times), and was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2017, she received the Order of Canada for her contributions to Canadian culture. Louise Penny lives in a small village south of Montréal.

Tickets Available Now! Tuesday, September 24, 7pm (doors/music 6:30pm) The Chuckanut Radio Hour at WCC’s Heiner Theater

featuring KARL MARLANTES –Deep River: A Novel Karl Marlantes made his name with the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller, the powerful and moving Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War. Now with his new novel, Deep River, Marlantes applies the epic narrative sweep of Matterhorn to a family saga about Finnish immigrants to the Pacific Northwest. He draws glancing inspiration from his own family history to tell a story against the backdrop of a logging industry clashing with the radical burgeoning labor movement, World War I, and the upheavals of early 20th century America. Layered with fascinating historical detail and vivid evocations of the pristine beauty of the primeval forest, Deep River is an ambitious and timely exploration of the place of the individual, and of the immigrant, in an America still in the process of defining its own identity. Karl Marlantes grew-up in a small logging town on the Oregon coast and fished commercially with his grandfather as a teenager. In addition to the author interview, each Radio Hour includes live music, fun skits, performance poetry, and lots of laughs. Join us! Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Receive a free ticket with the pre-event purchase of Deep River.

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A Village Books & Mount Baker Theatre Production An Evening with

LOUISE PENNY AUGUST 30, 7pm, 2019 Tickets $35 I $45 I $55 Reserved Seating. Admission includes a signed first edition hardcover copy of Penny's upcoming novel, A Better Man.

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The Chuckanut Reader - Summer 2019  

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

The Chuckanut Reader - Summer 2019  

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