The Chuckanut Reader - Summer 2024

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Dear Reader,

As I (Sarah) am writing this, the three of us owners are returning from a work-related trip where we shared ideas and best practices with some of our bookstore colleagues from across the nation. Sitting around a very robust table, we were all filled with inspiration and ideas to bring home as well as a renewed sense of our work and our mission. It’s sometimes easy to miss the forest for the trees and stepping away for a few days gives us an opportunity to reflect. It also fills us with pride for our store, our staff, and our vibrant reading and writing community that makes Village Books and Paper Dreams such a great place. And what they say is absolutely true, there is no place like home and our home is with you in the stacks, Dear Reader.

Find Waldo throughout Fairhaven & Lynden in July!

Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams

Production & Design: Kelly Carbert

Contributors: Kiana Allen, Rick Bramham, Kendra Calitri, Kelly Carbert, Caitriona Cassel, Erin Chervenock, Stephanie Dethlefs, Kelly Evert, Paul Hanson, Chloe Hovind, Sarah Hutton, Sean Kearney, Troy Luginbill, Grace McCall, Maddie Musquiz, Laura Picco, Sophie Richmond, Courtney Velthuizen

Cover: Village Books Reads with Pride. Stop by and check out our great book & gift selection!

Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2024 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. The Chuckanut Reader • Summer 2024

With gratitude,

Sarah, Kelly, Paul and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Staff

In This Issue...

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44th Anniversary Storewide SALE - 20% OFF! 2 Dear Reader 3 2024 Fairhaven Outdoor Summer Movies 4 Village Books 2024 Literary Citizenship Awards 5-6 PNBA President Sarah Hutton 7 Round It Up and Books A'Sail 8-9 Village Books Reads with PRIDE! 11 Indies Introduce 12-13 Fiction, Mystery, Short Stories, Sci-Fi & Fantasy 14-27 Including Whatcom READS 2024 21 Writing Opportunities - Classes, Groups, Conference 28-31 The Chuckanut Radio Hour 32 Check Out Our Amazing Lynden Store 33-37 It's All About Food 38-40 Shopping With Kelly - Everything Chocolate! 41 Real People, Real Stories - Bios, Memoirs, History 42-44 Current Affairs & Politics 45 Mind & Body 46-47 Outdoors, Science, Nature 49-51 There's SO Much to Do - Mark Your Calendar and Enjoy 52-56 Kids and Young Adult Reads, Events, and Opportunities 57-69 Join a Book VB Reads Group 70 Village Books Literatature Live Author Events & More 71-77 Passports, a Lit Breakfast, and the VB Puzzle Hunt 78-79 The Chuckanut Writers Conference is back! June 28-29, 2024, Bellingham WA Registration is now open - see Check out additional opportunities for writers throughout this issue!
Building Community One Book at a Time 4 Summer 2024 July 6 THE GOONIES Bayou Opossums July 13 BEST IN SHOW The Sweet Goodbyes Movies & Live Entertainment July 20 BARBIE The Song Wranglers July 27 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK Phil Paige August 3 THE SUPER MARIO BROS. MOVIE Triple Play August 10 TWILIGHT Guitars & Gratitude August 17 PITCH PERFECT The Brie Mueller Band August 24 End of Season Tradition THE PRINCESS BRIDE Keith Carpenter & Lynne Givier 2024 2024 Fairhaven Summer Outdoor Movies Live Entertainment and a Movie Every Saturday in July & August! Movies start at Dusk with Live entertainment for about 1 hour prior - shifting as the season changes. Event entry is $7 per person / $8 if paying by credit card (children 4 and under are FREE) Concessions will be offered for sale Note - no chairs are allowed on the grass. Bring your favorite blankets! $7 • @enjoyfairhaven on FB & Instagram $7 Village Books and Paper Dreams is proud to be a PRESENTING SPONSOR of this series!

Village Books Literary Citizenship AWARD

Village Books is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Literary Citizenship Award, founded in 2023 by Village Books owners Sarah Hutton, Kelly Evert, and Paul Hanson. We celebrate the recipients of this year's award who are of diverse backgrounds and professions, and have each demonstrated a commitment to engage with the literary community with the intent of giving as much, if not more so, than they receive.

The 2024 recipients of the Village Books Literary Citizenship Award are:

Linda Quinby Lambert Writer, Journalist, Librarian, Community Builder

Throughout both her personal and professional life, Linda has combined her passions for research and creative writing. Linda is known for her roles as Library Director for both Whatcom Community College and La Conner Swinomish Library, though it’s her master’s degree in journalism that explains her curious nature to all who know her. An ardent friend to readers and writers, you’ll find Linda present at many book events, and she can always be relied upon to offer insightful questions. She is an active member of Red Wheelbarrow Writers, two book clubs, two critique groups, and you’ll find her work in anthologies including Whatcom Writes annual publications, the Salish Current, I Sing the Salmon Home, and co-editor of 52 Women of Whatcom. Linda helped found both Whatcom Reads and the Chuckanut Writers Conference, community institutions that bring readers and writers together.

Seán Dwyer Writer, Editor, Teacher, Mentor

Seán Dwyer writes nonfiction and fiction, both novels and stories. He’s a Spanish professor in the Modern and Classical Languages & Literatures department at Western Washington University, speaks four other languages fluently, and is a songwriter. In 2015, a publisher was waiting for his debut novel manuscript when, in a matter of seconds, Seán's teaching and writing careers were put on hold. Rear-ended at 50 mph while stopped at a crosswalk, Seán suffered two concussions in two seconds. His memoir, A Quest for Tears, chronicles his recovery from the brain injury that left him unable to read or write for more than a few minutes at a time. Before and since, he’s generously given so much to his community of writers through The Red Wheelbarrow Writers Group, as the president of Whatcom Writers and Publishers, regular contribution to anthologies, and as the ever-supportive host of Village Books’ Open Mics. He has branched out into boutique publishing, and the authors in his list have won multiple awards. Wherever you find him, you’ll experience firsthand his generous spirit.

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David Beaumier Writer, Editor, Coach, Mentor

David always holds true to his first love of Argentine tango, but when he’s not dancing, he writes. The dance metaphor holds true in his literary life as it’s a dance of relationships and cooperation. His work has appeared in EWU’s Inroads, WWU’s Suffix, Whatcom Writes, and HamLit but it’s his work with his fellow writers that seems to truly fuel him. He's worked as the assistant publishing director at Village Books and is the current project manager for The Writers' Corner Anthologies, which grew out of his many years as the skillful facilitator of the VB Writes Fiction Writing Group. David helps writers find their voices as an editor and coach and serving as the Communications and Marketing Manager for Chanticleer Book Reviews. He’s a tireless supporter of writers, wherever they are on their journey, and the most frequent question he asks is, “How can I help?”

Village Books celebrates and thanks these three talented and dedicated community builders and mentors. In their own unique ways, they have each demonstrated the virtues that embody a Good Literary Citizen. For this, we award $1000 to each of them and hereby induct them into the Village Books Literary Citizen Hall of Fame which will be displayed in Village Books, Fairhaven.

Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and Sarah Hutton

Co-owners and Stewards, Village Books and Paper Dreams

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President SARAH

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

One of our favorite things to do when we hire new employees is to talk to them about what we mean when we say “Building Community.” That small phrase has an outsized meaning to us. It can be a person-to-person moment as we realize we have similar reading tastes. It can be supporting our local authors with writing groups and events. It can be using our own purchasing power as locally as possible when we are sourcing supplies and services. And it is also our wonderful collaborations with our local educational and non-profit programs. But it also can be external from the store itself. We as a business are part of several bookselling-focused organizations, including the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, or PNBA as it’s often known. This regional association supports bookstores in B.C., Alaska, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and, of course, Washington.

This spring, Village Books & Paper Dreams co-owner Sarah Hutton was elected to the position of president of the organization. She will be helping to make sure the member stores of PNBA are supported and celebrated here and across the country. She joins a great legacy of past presidents and board service from Village Books and Paper Dreams so hooray and congrats Sarah!

The PNBA presidential title comes with this lovely tiara which has been passed from president to president for over 20 years.

Booked at the Baker

On the Mount Baker Theatre Main Stage

Saturday, June 8, 7:30pm

Join us as we celebrate Pride Month with a musical and cultural journey through the past 50 years of pride anthems—from disco to the present day. Pride Anthems is a show designed for all ages to come together in song and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community.

Village Books will be on hand with a variety of books and merchandise.

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The sea is a constant companion here in Bellingham and Whatcom County so we're excited to bring attention to two maritime treasures this summer with our Round It Up program.


A place for maritime skills with hands-on education and training!

Bosun's Workshop is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to raise awareness and educate the community in sailing and restoring vessels in the Pacific Northwest.

The organization consists of a dedicated, passionate team of volunteers who enjoy sharing their excitement for sailing and restoring historic vessels. Their experience is extensive—many of the crew have been working in the maritime industry for over 50 years. They have several vessel restorations under their belt, they've trained hundreds of sailors, and dozens of professional mariners got their start with them.

They are excited to extend their knowledge and expertise with the greater community and can only do it with your support. Donations and volunteers keep them going, and they'd love for you to join them—no prior experience required!

They have workshops for learning once a month, where Captain Calen Mehrer shares his extensive knowledge of woodwork, diesel engines and outboards as well as classes for paint and varnish, or help with any numerous donated projects that are boat-related. They have refinished smaller vessels like a slough racer and hacker craft, and worked with larger vessels like the Lady Washington and... The Schooner Zodiac.

Round It Up, our amazingly simple giving program, was designed to support local non-profits. Join Village Books and Paper Dreams customers who are supporting our community by rounding up your next purchase to the nearest dollar.

The Schooner Zodiac is a classic, 160-foot U.S. Coast Guard certified vessel, operated by a licensed captain and experienced team of volunteer crewmembers.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places by act of Congress in 1982, she departs her Bellingham homeport for a variety of public and private charters, as well as day and evening sails from spring through fall, exploring the pristine anchorages of the San Juan Islands and Canadian Gulf Islands.

It is an honor to have the opportunity to experience first-hand this piece of maritime history during our annual Books A'Sail cruise on the Schooner Zodiac! See for full schedule of cruising opportunities. 1924-2024

Celebrating 100 Years Under Sail

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Books A’Sail

A Book Group at Sea

September 10-12, 2024

Come aboard our annual Schooner Zodiac Book Club

“Books A’Sail” 3-day adventure in the beautiful San Juan Islands! Village Books owners Paul Hanson and Kelly Evert will guide the literary journey. They’ve arranged for TWO authors to join and discuss their books!*

Michael Christie & David Neiwert

TWO Authors will join us!

• 3-days sailing and exploring the San Juan Islands

• Navigational & Sail training aboard a classic tall ship

• Delicious and hearty meals and snacks served from the ship’s galley

• Visit amazing islands and explore by hiking or kayaking

• Plenty of wildlife sightings including bald eagles, porpoises, seals and whales

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Read with PRIDE


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

VB Writes... Queer Poets Society

Queer Poets Society is a dynamic creative space dedicated specifically to LGBTQIA+ individuals who share a passion for poetry. Whether you're a seasoned poet or just beginning to explore the art, the Queer Poets Society offers an encouraging environment to share your work, gain constructive feedback, read your work to others, and forge meaningful connections with fellow queer poets. We meet on the 3rd Sunday of every month in the Writer's Corner of Village Books in Fairhaven to inspire each other, foster connection, and create powerful, resonant poetry. Questions? Email June 16 • July 21 • August 18

Join us at the PRIDE PARADE

Downtown Bellingham

Sunday, July 7 - Parade 11am-1pm • Festival 12pm-4pm & Celebration

Join the throngs in downtown Bellingham for the Pride Parade and Festival during this annual celebration of inclusiveness and support. Village Books is a PROUD sponsor -say hi to as we march in the parade!

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  Read Proud

Independent Booksellers’ Debut Picks of the Season

Do what indies do best – find and showcase undiscovered authors and compelling books!

Each year, the Indies Introduce program brings booksellers together from across the US for conversation and connection centered around exciting upcoming debut authors and titles. This spring I had the joy of being on this panel. Every few weeks I would meet over Zoom with other booksellers across the country and we would have a large book club. How large you may wonder, well we read about 50 books (not in totality for each and every book—we divided them up) and then we discussed for weeks and weeks. It was so great to talk to other booksellers; this connection is very important for all of us as we all work collectively and collegially to make all indie bookstores stronger. Following are the titles we selected for this summer & fall.

Swift River

available in June, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

It’s the summer of 1987 in Swift River, and Diamond Newberry is learning how to drive. Ever since her Pop disappeared seven years ago, she and her mother hitchhike everywhere they go. But that’s not the only reason Diamond stands out: she’s teased relentlessly about her weight, and since Pop’s been gone, she is the only Black person in all of Swift River. This summer, Ma is determined to declare Pop legally dead so that they can collect his life insurance money, get their house back from the bank, and finally move on. A tenderhearted book great for everyone.

The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

available in June, hardcover, Atria Books

Zan : Stories

Happy Reading!

available in June, hardcover, Dzanc Books

A university student strips off her hijab in the streets of Tehran and films herself as part of a daring protest movement. A wealthy Iranian woman living in Atlanta maintains a secret life as a burlesque dancer. A teenager slips out of a hotel room at night to skinny dip in the toxic Caspian Sea. An Iranian lesbian agonizes over her coming out. These are some of the many windows Zan opens into the complex lives of Iranian women today—those who continue to suffer oppression under the Islamic Republic, those who are crafting new identities in America, and those who hover somewhere in between, presented as short stories that are easily accessible.

The Stars Too Fondly

available in June, hardcover, Harper Voyager

In the tumultuous town of Yáquimo, Santo Domingo, Jacquotte Delahaye is an unknown but up-and-coming shipwright. Her dreams are bold but her ambitions are bound by the confines of her life with her self-seeking French father. When her way of life and the delicate balance of power in the town are threatened, she is forced to flee her home and become a woman on the run along with a motley crew of refugees, including a mysterious young woman named Teresa. Perfect summer reading! See a staff review on page 14.

Lying somewhere in the subspace between science fantasy and sapphic rom-com, The Stars Too Fondly is a soaring near-future adventure about dark matter and alternate dimensions, leaving home and finding family, and the galaxy-saving power of letting yourself love and be loved.

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INDIES introduce

Midnight Rooms

by Donyae Coles

available in July, hardcover, Amistad

Midnight Rooms is a sweeping saga with supernatural undertones set in Victorian England. Vibrating with tension, richly atmospheric—haunted by ghosts, guilt, and familial bonds—it is an electrifying story that will linger in your dreams.


by O.O. Sangoyomi

available in July, hardcover, Forge Books Òdòdó’s hometown of Timbuktu has been conquered by the warrior king of Yorùbáland, and living conditions for the women in her blacksmith guild, who were already shunned as social pariahs, grow even worse. Loosely based on the myth of Persephone, Masquerade takes you on a journey of epic power struggles and political intrigue which turn an entire region on its head. Check out a staff review on page 27.

American Teenager: How Trans Kids Are Surviving Hate and Finding Joy in a Turbulent Era

Nico Lang

available in October, hardcover, Abrams Press

The Dallergut Dream Department Store

by Miye Lee

translated by Sandy Joosun Lee

available in July, hardcover, Hanover Square Press

In a mysterious town hidden in our collective subconscious there's a department store that sells dreams. Day and night, visitors both human and animal shuffle in to purchase their latest adventure. Each floor specializes in a specific type of dream: childhood memories, food dreams, ice skating, dreams of stardom. Flying dreams are almost always sold out. A favorite for the group, this is a darling and innovative book.

The Truth According to Ember

by Danica Nava

available in August, paperback, Berkley

A Chickasaw woman who can't catch a break serves up a little white lie that snowballs into much more in this witty and entertaining rom-com.

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Only Here, Only Now

by Tom Newlands

available in November, hardcover, HarperVia

Media coverage tends to sensationalize the fight over how trans kids should be allowed to live, but what is incredibly rare are the voices of the people at the heart of this debate: transgender and gender nonconforming kids themselves. Journalist Nico Lang spent a year traveling the country to document the lives of transgender, nonbinary, and genderfluid teens and their families. Drawing on hundreds of hours of on-the-ground interviews, American Teenager paints a vivid portrait of what it’s actually like to grow up trans today.

In this extraordinary debut, drawn from experience but written with riotous imagination, Tom Newlands explores a teenage girl’s coming-of-age in post-industrial Scotland and what it means to yearn for a life that feels out of reach. Vibrant, lyrical and fiercely funny, Only Here, Only Now is a story of identity and family that shines with hope and resilience. This is a great bookgroup book with layers to discuss.

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Margo's Got Money Troubles

available in June, hardcover, William Morrow

Blisteringly funny and filled with sharp insight, Margo’s Got Money Troubles is a tender tale starring an endearing young heroine who’s struggling to wrest money and power from a world that has little interest in giving it to her. It’s a playful and honest examination of the art of storytelling and controlling your own narrative, and an empowering portrait of coming into your own, both online and off.


available in June, hardcover, Hogarth


Sam and Elena struggle to make ends meet on San Juan Island where they were born and raised. They care for their terminally ill mother and dream of the day they can escape. When a gigantic bear shows up in their front yard they are fearful and disturbed, but Elena soon develops an unhealthy obsession with the animal. Will Elena’s dangerous game with the bear upset the sister’s plans?

French Windows

available in June, hardcover, Gallic Books

Nathalia, a young photographer, has been seeing a therapist. Having accidentally photographed a murder, she finds that she can no longer do her job. Instead, Doctor Faber suggests that she write about the neighbours she idly observes in the building across the street. But as these written snapshots become increasingly detailed, he starts to wonder how she can possibly know so much about them.

The Ministry of Time

by Kaliane Bradley

available now, hardcover, Avid Reader Press

In the future, we can pull people out of of their time, and into our strange new world. Time travel books have been around for decades, but you won't find one quite like this. Definitely a genre-bender, with elements of mystery, romance, historical fiction, tech-thriller, and noir, I could not stop reading this one and stayed up all hours of the night just to see what was going to happen next. And I was delighted that I was often wrong in my assumptions.Definitely a fun and fast read! –Erin

available in July, hardcover, One World Catalina is the kind of character you fall in love with even if you wouldn't get along with her in real life. Poised between the worlds of Harvard's elite and her working-class Ecuadorian grandparents she struggles with romance, the stress of being part of an undocumented family, and the perception her peers hold about her and the land she comes from but does not know. Throughout everything she is so powerfully herself, and that makes her unforgettable.


The Coast Road

by Alan Murrin

available in June, hardcover, HarperVia Set in 1994, The Coast Road tells the story of two women—Izzy Keaveney, a housewife, and Colette Crowley, a poet. Colette has left her husband and sons for a married man in Dublin. When she returns to her home in County Donegal to try to pick up the pieces of her old life, her husband, Shaun, a successful businessman, denies her access to her children. The only way she can see them is with the help of neighbor Izzy, acting as a go-between. The Coast Road is a story about the limits placed on women’s lives in Ireland only a generation ago, and the consequences women have suffered trying to gain independence. Award-winning Irish author Alan Murrin reminds us of the price we are forced to pay to find freedom.

The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

available now, hardcover, Atria Books

Cameron's fictional take on a historical person is a great summer read! There's swashbuckling pirates, love stories, retribution, and a strong stubborn female captain at the helm. Grab your rum-based drink and sail for adventure! –Sarah

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An Evening With


Friday, September 13, 7pm

WWU PAC Concert Hall

From the New York Times bestselling author comes a new novel about two women, centuries apart—one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare’s plays—who are both forced to hide behind another name. Told in intertwining timelines, By Any Other Name, a sweeping tale of ambition, courage, and desire centers two women who are determined to create something beautiful despite the prejudices they face. Should a writer do whatever it takes to see her story live on . . . no matter the cost?

All tickets include a signed copy of By Any Other Name specially bound by the publisher. In lieu of personalization, each attendee will receive a professional photograph with Jodi!

How It

Works Out

by Myriam Lacroix available now, hardcover, Overlook Press

“…and the three moms stayed up late talking in hushed voices." Dark comedy. Gore. Surrealism. Sapphic love. What more could you want? Truly, this is a weird weird book but so beautifully written. Lacroix effortlessly weaves together the multiverse of love between Allison and Myriam through this eight part anthology. If you have found yourself lost, confused, or shocked... it's working. –Laura M.

“Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.” – Boston Globe

Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 28 novels, including Mad Honey, Wish You Were Here, The Book of Two Ways, Small Great Things, Handle with Care, and My Sister's Keeper.

All Fours

by Miranda July

available now, hardcover, Riverhead Books

Miranda July finds a way to make every quirky character incredibly relatable, whether a screenplay or book. All Fours fell into my hands at just the right time, as my body has been experiencing middle-life woes not so dissimilar from our heroine. A semi-famous artist questions herself, her life, and choices made along the way, and instead of a planned cross-country trip for work, travels just outside town and sets up her own mini-life, as she pauses to decide where she goes next. This is a book about identity, about family, about aging, and about life. –Erin

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New Fiction
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New Fiction

The Unwedding

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing Ellery and her husband were supposed to spend their twentieth wedding anniversary together at the luxurious Resort at Broken Point in Big Sur. But now she’s traveling solo. To add insult to injury, there’s a wedding at Broken Point scheduled during her stay. When Ellery discovers the body of the groom floating in the pool in the rain, she realizes that she is not the only one whose future is no longer guaranteed. Before the police can reach Broken Point, a mudslide takes out the road to the resort, leaving the guests trapped. When another guest dies, it’s clear something horrible is brewing.


available in June, hardcover, Mariner Books

A dazzling new work of literary fiction from the author of The Essex Serpent, a story of love and astronomy told over the course of twenty years through the lives of two improbable best friends. Thomas Hart and Grace Macaulay have lived all their lives in the small Essex town of Aldleigh. Though separated in age by three decades, the pair are kindred spirits—torn between their commitment to religion and their desire to explore the world beyond their small Baptist community. A thrillingly ambitious novel of friendship, faith, and unrequited love, rich in symmetry and symbolism, Enlightenment is a shimmering wonder of a book.

The Coin

available in July, hardcover, Catapult

A bold and unabashed novel about a young Palestinian woman's unraveling as she teaches at a New York City middle school, gets caught up in a scheme reselling Birkin bags, and strives to gain control over her body and mind. "I loved this bonkers novel. I was hooked by the voice, and mesmerized by the glamorous and sordid hijinks. I have never read such a strange and recognizable representation of post-2016 New York City, its luxury and squalor. Zaher is a writer to watch." –Elif Batuman, author of Either/Or and The Idiot

Magical Girl Retires

by Park Seolyeon, translated by Anton Hur available now, hardcover, HarperVia

This nostalgic novel follows a young Korean woman as she becomes a magical girl right at the cusp of the end of the world. This novel is not only delightfully relatable, but its magical realism is very well done, and its commentary on female friendships and climate change concerns will reach readers with an air of humor and hope. –Chloe


by Marcela Fuentes

available in June, hardcover, Viking

Rich with cinematic details—from dusty rodeos to the excitement of a Selena concert and the comfort of conjunto ballads played at family gatherings—this memorable debut is a love letter to the Tejano culture and community that sustain both of these women as they discover what family means.

The Lion Women of Tehran

available in July,, hardcover, Gallery Books

In 1950s Tehran, Ellie lives in grand comfort until the untimely death of her father, forcing Ellie and her mother to move to a tiny home downtown. Lonely and bearing the brunt of her mother’s grievances, Ellie dreams of a friend to alleviate her isolation. Luckily, she meets Homa, a kind, passionate girl with a brave and irrepressible spirit. But their happiness is disrupted when Ellie and her mother are afforded the opportunity to return to their previous bourgeois life. Now a popular student at the best girls’ high school in Iran, Ellie’s memories of Homa begin to fade. Years later, however, her sudden reappearance in Ellie’s privileged world alters the course of both of their lives.

The Red Grove

by Tessa Fontaine

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

When her mother goes missing, a young woman uncovers the secrets beneath her protected community. The Red Grove is a special place, protected. Some say a spell was cast by the community’s founder, Tamsen Nightingale. Some say the mountain lions who stalk the nearby hills guard its mysteries and its people. Some say the mighty redwoods keep them safe. Yet Luce’s mother, Gloria, has gone missing. As Luce tries to figure out what has happened to her mother, she discovers that this special place is not what it seems and that protection comes at a cost.

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Friday, June 14, 6pm

Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us as we welcome bestselling author and staff favorite Leif Enger back to the Readings Gallery as he shares his latest novel, I Cheerfully Refuse. A rollicking narrative in the most evocative of settings, this latest novel is a symphony against despair and a rallying cry for the future.

Village Books co-owners Paul and Kelly cheerfully and wholeheartedly recommend this book and say, "Don't miss this event!"

“The transcendent latest from Enger (Peace Like a River) is at once a dystopian love story, a nautical adventure, and a meditation on loss, kindness, and natural beauty . . . This captivating narrative brims with hope.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review

New Fiction

The God of the Woods

available in July, hardcover, Riverhead Books

A camp counselor discovers an empty bunk. Its occupant, Barbara Van Laar, has gone missing. Barbara isn’t just any 13-year-old: she’s the daughter of the family that owns the summer camp. As a panicked search begins, a thrilling drama unfolds. Chasing down the layered secrets of the Van Laar family and the blue-collar community working in its shadow, Moore’s multi-threaded story invites readers into a rich and gripping dynasty of secrets and second chances.

But How Are You Really

by Ella Dawson

available in June, hardcover, Penguin Dawson courageously peels back the layers of societal expectations to reveal the raw truth of mental health struggles. With honesty and vulnerability, Dawson creates a believable world, offering solace and solidarity to readers navigating similar experiences. Her character's candid reflections and practical advice serve as a beacon of hope in a world often shrouded in stigma. This book is a compassionate reminder that it's okay not to be okay, and that healing begins with embracing one's truth. –Maddie

Forgotten on Sunday

by Valérie Perrin

translated by Hildegarde Serle available in June, hardcover, Europa Editions

Valérie Perrin is one of my favorite authors, and I'm always excited when she has a new book. This book is an unforgettable story about the unlikely friendship between Justine, a young nursing assistant at a retirement home, and Hélène, an almost 100-year-old resident. A heartwarming story wonderfully translated. –Kelly E.

The Horse

by Willy Vlautin

available in July, hardcover, Harper Award-winning author and friend of Village Books, Willy Vlautin explores loneliness, art, addiction, love, and hard-won empathy in this poignant novel. Al Ward lives on an isolated mining claim in the high desert of central Nevada fifty miles from the nearest town.

A grizzled man in his sixties, he survives on canned soup, instant coffee, and memories of his ex-wife, friends and family he’s lost, and his life as a touring musician. Hampered by insomnia, bouts of anxiety, and a chronic lethargy that keeps him from moving back to town, Al finds himself teetering on the edge of madness and running out of reasons to go on—until a horse arrives on his doorstep: nameless, blind, and utterly helpless. Willy’s books are always heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

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In the Hour of Crows

available in June, hardcover,

This book has the dark, atmospheric feel of a Southern gothic while also feeling fresh and modern. Elmendorf balances mystery and witchy-ness with generational struggles and friendships that are strengthened by shared grief creating a unique story about a young woman with power over death and the secrets that will come to light in a small town when you dig into the shadows of the past.


Same As It Ever Was

by Claire Lombardo

available in June, hardcover, Doubleday

Same As It Ever Was traverses the rocky terrain of real life, exploring new avenues of maternal ambivalence, intergenerational friendship, and the happenstantial causeand-effect that governs us all. Delving even deeper into the nature of relationships—how they grow, change, and sometimes end— Lombardo proves herself a true and definitive cartographer of the human heart and asserts herself among the finest novelists of her generation.

The Modern Fairies

available in July, hardcover, Avid

A must-read for anyone who loves fairy tales. This novel beautifully weaves together historical fiction and the tales themselves against the backdrop of France during the reign of Louis the XIV. Filled with royal opulence and harsh realities, Pollard explores the history of the fairy tale as we now know it alongside the escapism and catharsis they have provided for centuries. –Caitriona

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Lee, translated by Sandy Joosun Lee

available in July, hardcover, Harnover Square Press

With over one million copies sold, this internationally bestselling sensation arrives in America. For fans of magical realism comes this cozy fantasy debut. In a mysterious town hidden in our collective subconscious there's a department store that sells dreams. Day and night, visitors both human and animal shuffle in to purchase their latest adventure. Such a fun book!


available now, hardcover, Penguin

This book was wonderfully strange, and I loved every second of it. I enjoyed that it had a wide range of diverse characters and they were almost too relatable at points. This book tackles the hardest parts of life beautifully. I will now be reading everything by Eisenberg! –Maddie


All This and More

by Peng Shepherd

available in July, hardcover, William Morrow

A choose your own adventure for adults! Play-it-safe Marsh has just turned 45, and her life is in shambles. Her career is stagnant, her marriage has imploded, and her teenage daughter grows more distant by the day. Marsh is convinced she’s missed her chance at everything—romance, professional fulfillment, and adventure—and is desperate for a doover. Perfect for fans of Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library and Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, bestselling author Peng Shepherd’s All This and More is an utterly original, startlingly poignant novel with an interactive twist—it allows the reader to decide Marsh’s fate.

Last House

available now, hardcover, William Morrow

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Women in the Castle comes a sweeping story of a nation on the rise, and one family’s deeply complicated relationship to the resource that built their fortune and fueled their greatest tragedy, perfect for fans of The Dutch House and Great Circle. Spanning multiple generations and nearly eighty years, Last House tells the story of one American family during an age of grand ideals and even greater downfalls. Set against the backdrop of our nation’s history, this is an emotional tour de force that digs deeply into questions of inheritance and what we owe each other.

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The Briar Club by Kate Quinn

New Fiction

available in July, hardcover, William Morrow Washington, DC, 1950. Everyone keeps to themselves at Briarwood House, a down-atthe-heels all-female boardinghouse in the heart of the nation’s capital where secrets hide behind white picket fences. But when the lovely, mysterious widow Grace March moves into the attic room, she draws her oddball collection of neighbors into unlikely friendships. Capturing the paranoia of the McCarthy era and evoking the changing roles for women in postwar America, The Briar Club is an intimate and thrilling novel of secrets and loyalty put to the test.

Five-Star Stranger

available in August, hardcover, Scribner

We don't know the narrator's name, only that he works as a Rental Stranger, hired to fill in as whatever the client wants him to be. His longest-term job is as father to a young girl. (I know, right?) This is a gently funny and tender story about how we interact in this gig economy and what it means to love each other. –Stephanie


by Porochista Khakpour

available in June, hardcover, Pantheon

“Delightfully twisted and heartfelt...Khakpour is a satirist extraordinaire...The antics and agonies of the Milani family had me googling pet psychics and turning the pages gleefully— at turns surprised and horrified, but always charmed and laughing so hard."

—Kevin Kwan, author of Crazy Rich Asians and Lies and Weddings

The Palace of Eros

by Caro De Robertis

available now, hardcover, Atria Books


The Library Thief

by Kuchenga Shenjé

available now, hardcover, Hanover Square Press What is so well done in this book is the way representation is artfully woven into the plot without feeling forced, or as though it is taking over—it is simply a natural part of the story. We get queer, POC, and feminist representation among an engaging historical tale of scandal, mystery, and friendship with prose that feels both suited to the historical setting yet still engaging to the modern reader. –Caitriona

Daughters of Shandong

by Eve J. Chung

available now, hardcover, Berkley

A propulsive, extraordinary novel about a mother and her daughters’ narrow escape to Taiwan as the Communist revolution sweeps through China, by debut author Eve J. Chung, based on her family story. "One of those rare works of fiction that entertains, educates, and inspires. Harrowing, heartbreaking, and brilliantly paced, Daughters of Shandong is impossible to put down. I'll definitely be recommending this one to my book club." –Jamie Ford, bestselling author of The Many Daughters of Afong Moy.

The Road to the Country

by Chigozie Obioma

available in June, hardcover, Hogarth Press

Another sweeping, emotional, magical tale by Obioma, author of one of my favorites

The Fishermen. This book was a journey to say the least. A man searching for his younger brother in Nigeria during a civil war gets swept up in the resistance army. My heart was racing, and the tears were flowing. –Kiana

Perfect for fans of Circe and Black Sun, this bold and subversive feminist retelling of the Greek myth of Psyche and Eros explores the power of queer joy and freedom. The Palace of Eros transports us to a magical world imbued by divine forces as well as everyday realities, where palaces glitter with magic even as ordinary people fight for freedom in a society that fears the unknown.

Lies and Weddings

by Kevin Kwan

available now, hardcover, Doubleday

In a globetrotting tale that takes us from the black sand beaches of Hawaii to the skies of Marrakech, from the glitzy bachelor pads of Los Angeles to the inner sanctums of England’s oldest family estates, Kevin Kwan unfurls a juicy, hilarious, sophisticated and thrillingly plotted story of love, money, murder, sex, and the lies we tell about them all.

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Goodnight Tokyo

translated by Haydn Crowell

available in July, paperback, Europa Editions

Paperback Fiction


available in July, paperback, Tin House

To & Fro

by Leah Hager Cohen

available now, paperback, Bellevue Literary Press

In 1980s Appalachia, sisters Sheila and Angie couldn’t be more different. While their mother works long shifts at the nearby asylum, Sheila does her best to care for their home and keeps to herself, even when enduring relentless bullying from classmates. Her rambunctious, fearless younger sister, Angie, is more focused on fighting imaginary zombies, and creating tarot-like cards that seem to have a mind of their own. When the brutal murder of two female hikers on the nearby Appalachian Trail stuns their small community, the sisters find themselves tangled in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.

Tiananmen Square

available in June, paperback, Spiegel & Grau   "In China, you may not be particularly interested in politics. But politics sure has an interest in you", Wen writes in her novelization of real events in her life. She was a student at Peking University during the 1989 student demonstrations and participated in the protests. This is a beautifully written novel that deftly combines the fictional and the autobiographical.

Service by Sarah Gilmartin

This novel expertly interweaves the lives of a smattering of city dwellers throughout Tokyo, in all walks of life with different careers, hopes, lifestyles, and problems. Is it fate, or destiny, when those lives cross paths? You will find yourself and your loved ones in these beloved characters as Yoshida celebrates human connection and the surreal nature of early morning hours. –Chloe Shop 24/7

The structure of this book is no mere gimmick. An excellent tale of two girls—one from NYC, the other living in a parable. While you can start with either tale, I had to begin with the parable, and I highly recommend this particular path. In each tale, our Ani/Annamae is on a journey, stolen kitten in hand, with an opportunity to explore new places and meet many faces along the way. For both, a journey of growth; one of understanding, identity, and community. I was immediately immersed in each world and now want to read it flipped, Annamae of Manhattan first. –Erin

More Days at the Morisaki Bookshop

translated by Eric Ozawa

available in July, paperback, Harper Perennial Takako and her uncle Satoru are back again in another short and sweet read for all book lovers. The Morisaki Bookshop series is a love letter to those who feel lost but can find connection with others, and themselves, through books. I've been recommending the first book ever since I read it and I can't wait to share this second one with everyone! –Kiana


A Cage Went in Search of a Bird : Ten Kafkaesque Stories

available in June, paperback, Catapult

Many of you know my love of Kafka, so a short story collection of Kafka-inspired works by incredible names like Tommy Orange, Charlie Kaufman, and Helen Oyeyemi immediately caught my eye. Here you find modern takes on Kafkaesque absurdism, to lesser and greater degrees. I loved the collection, but will share that Elif Bautman and Helen Oyeyemi were my personal favorites! If you're a modern reader but interested in dipping into the world of Kafka, this is a great way to do it. –Erin

available in June, paperback, Pushkin Press

Tensions are at an all-time high in an upscale Dublin restaurant as its employees grapple with the fallout from a shocking scandal involving its head chef. A “powerful and compelling” novel about power, consent, and complicity in our #MeToo era—for fans of Sweetbitter and I Have Some Questions for You," says Joseph O’Connor, author of My Father’s House

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Paperback Release - July 9

by Erica Bauermeister No Two Persons

Village Books is donating a portion of proceeds from sales of No Two Persons to Whatcom READS through March, 2025.

Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. The 2025 selection is No Two Persons by New York Times bestselling author Erica Bauermeister.

One book. Nine readers. Ten changed lives.

Protagonist Alice has always wanted to be a writer. Her talent is innate, but her stories remain safe and detached, until a devastating event breaks her heart open, and she creates a stunning debut novel. Her words, in turn, find their way to readers—each one discovers something different that alters their perspective, and presents new pathways forward for their lives. "Wondrous and moving . . . a love letter to every writer, reader and human who has ever opened their heart to the transformative power of story." –Author JoAnne Tomkins

Read the book then join us for a series of related events building up to an author visit in March, 2025.


Presented in collaboration with Allied Arts of Whatcom County, the Art Challenge offers artists of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to this year’s Whatcom READS title and to present their work for public display. Watch for submission details.

Some stories stay with you Some stay a part of you

Whatcom READS is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore the theme The Book That Changed My Life, drawn from No Two Persons by Erica Bauermeister. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology and contributors are invited to read at a public presentation. Entries must be received by Sunday, October 13, 2024. See for submission details. 2025

The Book that Changed My Life

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Tuesday, June 18, 6pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

The Ghost of Us

We are thrilled to welcome author James Sutter back to the Readings Gallery for his new romance, The Ghost of Us!

The co-creator of the best-selling Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games, Sutter is the author of the young adult romance novel Darkhearts, as well as the fantasy novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine. He lives in Seattle, where he's performed with bands ranging from metalcore to musical theater. Alina Pete is a nehiyaw (Cree) artist and writer best known for their Aurora award-winning webcomic, Weregeek (

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Sarah Hawley

Tuesday, August 13,

A Werewolf’s Guide to Seducing a Vampire

We're thrilled to welcome back local author and friend of the store Sarah Hawley for the launch party of her third novel, A Werewolf's Guide to Seducing a Vampire ! Don't miss out on the official release of this spicy romance.

After drunkenly bidding on and winning a supposedly possessed crystal on eBay, werewolf Ben Rosewood finds himself face-to-face with a beautiful yet angry vampire succubus, Eleonore Bettencort-Devereux. Eleonore would claw this werewolf’s heart out and eat it, if only the binding spell would allow her to. But Eleonore and Ben soon realize they can help each other with both vengeful and less hostile needs. And why not have a little fun along the way?

Sarah Hawley is a cohost of the Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast and the author of A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon and A Demon's Guide to Wooing a Witch.

Can't make the event? You can pre-order a signed copy of A Werewolf's Guide to Seducing a Vampire at! You can also pre-order the first book in Hawley's upcoming series Servant of Earth, at the same time.


Someplace Generous : An Inclusive Romance Anthology

edited by Elaina Ellis available now, paperback, Row House

In these pages, desire is centered and explored through queer, trans, Black, AAPI, Latinx, Jewish, disabled, and neurodivergent lenses, and the ages of authors and characters span generations. The brilliant authors herein have spun lush, poetic tales featuring characters and perspectives historically excluded from romance narratives. Through a variety of styles, lengths, and subgenres—ranging from flash-fiction to short stories, speculative to satire to rom-com—there is something here for every kind of reader.

The Paradise Problem

available now, hardcover, Gallery

A laugh-out-loud read that is perfect for the summer season! In this sizzling romance with dual points-of-view, Christina Lauren portrays how money is not important in comparison to family and how it’s always best to stay true to yourself. With current pop culture references, tension-filled banter, and a dark and broody love interest, you’ll find yourself unable to put it down. –Bee

Triple Sec


available in June, paperback, Atria

June 27, 7pm

TJ Alexander does it again in highlighting queer culture in a fun and enjoyable rom-com that will have you laughing out loud! They capture the complications and beauty of poly relationships as well as illustrate how you are constantly learning new things about yourself. With fun and relatable characters and the outlining of how important relationships are, whether romantic or platonic, you will find yourself unable to put it down! –Bee

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Mystery, Horror, and Suspense

The Comfort of Ghosts :

A Maisie Dobbs Novel

available in June, hardcover, Soho Press Inc.

After 21 years of Maisie Dobbs, the 18th and final book of the beloved series is here. Whether a longtime fan of the series or a new reader, Maisie Dobbs is sure to captivate you as we follow her through one last mysterious adventure in war-torn England. –Grace

The Midnight Feast

available in June, hardcover, William Morrow

Welcome to the opening weekend of The Manor—a luxury resort built on top of old secrets in an ancient wood. The Founder. The Husband. The Mystery Guest. The Kitchen Help…All have an agenda. All have a past. But not everyone will survive…. The Midnight Feast. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Apartment and The Guest List returns with a deliciously twisty locked room mystery set at a luxe coastal retreat, perfect for fans of The White Lotus.

Let's Talk Books Check out the variety of Book Groups hosted by Village Books—Open to All! See page 70 and for dates and details.

Love Letters to a Serial Killer

available in June, hardcover, Berkley

This is a novel that is a dark and captivating exploration of obsession, feminist rage, and the blurred lines between fascination and danger that I couldn’t put down! Tasha Coryell creates a delicate balance between suspense and psychological thrill with a gripping atmosphere that keeps you hooked. The tension between characters and the dark secrets they all harbored added depth to the plot and kept me guessing until the very end! –Bee

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by Peter Heller available in August, hardcover, Penguin Random House Heller masterfully intertwines elements of adventure, survival, and mystery, as protagonist Jack races against time to confront both external and internal demons amidst a wildfire. A gripping thriller that immerses readers in a world of adrenalinefueled suspense, this book was filled to the brim with heart-pounding action and had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. This is Heller's best book yet! –Maddie


available in June, hardcover, Atria

One peaceful morning, in the small Puget Sound town of Point Orchards, the lifeless body of Dr. Erin Landry is found dead on the property of prodigal son and failed writer Elijah Leith. Sheriff Jim Godbout’s initial investigation points to an obvious suicide, but upon closer inspection, there seem to be clues of foul play when he discovers that the circumstances of the beautiful doctor’s death were ripped straight from the pages of Elijah Leith’s own novel.

Into the Night

by Cornell Woolrich and Lawrence Block

available now, paperback, Hard Case Crime

For fans of Rear Window, Into the Night is a dark, rich, and suspenseful work of noir fiction by the same author. I enjoyed the way her guilt drives the protagonist forward through the plot. The narration is also exceptional, evoking all of the old noir feel while remaining totally fresh. –Grace

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Horror & Suspense Thrills & Chills

Pink Slime

available in July, hardcover, Scribner

With unflinching honesty, Pink Slime delves into the gross realities of urban life. Trías weaves a narrative that is both raw and compelling, exploring themes of identity, isolation, and the search for connection in a world overtaken by chaos. Through vivid imagery and authentic characters, she crafts a thought-provoking tale that stuck with me long after the final page.

The Drowning House

available in July, paperback, Poisoned Pen Press

A violent storm washes a mysterious house onto Marrowstone Island, stopping the heart of the only woman who knows what it means. Now Charlotte Culpepper is dead, and her grandson Simon is missing. Determined to get answers, Simon’s childhood friends Melissa and Leo make the trek back to Marrowstone to find him, but they aren't prepared for what's waiting to find them...

That Night in the Library

available in June, paperback, Poisoned Pen Press

On the night before graduation, seven students gather in the basement of their university’s rare books library. They’re not allowed in the library after closing time, but it’s the perfect place for the ritual they want to perform—one borrowed from the Greeks, said to free those who take part in it from the fear of death. And what better time to seek the wisdom of ancient gods than in the hours before they’ll scatter in different directions to start their real lives? But just a few minutes into their celebration, the lights go out—and one of them drops dead.

The Last Murder at the End of the World

by Stuart Turton

available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks Landmark

From the bestselling author of The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle comes an inventive, high-concept murder mystery set on an isolated island where an astonishing murder triggers a world-ending phenomenon that can only be stopped if the killer is found. In other words: Solve the murder to save what's left of the world.

Fantasy & Science Fiction



Benjamin Liar

available in July, hardcover, DAW

From a debut voice comes a genre-breaking blend of apocalyptic sci-fi and epic fantasy about a scattered group of unlikely heroes traveling across their broken mechanical planet to stave off eternal darkness. A tightlycoiled puzzle of a thrill ride, The Failures launches The Wanderlands trilogy.

I’m Afraid You’ve Got Dragons

by Peter S. Beagle

available now, hardcover, Saga Press




by Alexandria Warwick available now, paperback, Saga Press

In this enemies-to-lovers fantasy romance debut novel, Alexandria Warwick mixes Beauty and the Beast and the myth of Hades and Persephone into a whole unique and enchanting story. As soon as I started reading this book, I was hooked! I thoroughly enjoyed the complexities of the main characters and the world that the author built. I think this would be perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Jennifer L. Armentrout, and Scarlett St. Clair. –Bee

Dragons are common in the backwater kingdom of Bellemontagne, coming in sizes from mouse-like vermin all the way up to castle-smashing monsters. Gaius Aurelius Constantine Heliogabalus Thrax (who would much rather people call him Robert) has recently inherited his deceased dad’s job as a dragon catcher/exterminator, a career he detests with all his heart in part because he likes dragons, but mainly because his dream has always been the impossible one of transcending his humble origin to someday become a prince’s valet.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction


available now, paperback, Titan Books

A new name in fantastical comedy arrives! After a long day of terrorizing your servants, terrifying the townsfolk, and being an overall menace, do you ever think: is being this evil really worth it? If you answered yes, then this book is for you! A delightful high fantasy farce arrives that presents a mystery that’s equal parts intriguing and ridiculous! Rozakis’s witty prose kept me laughing and on the edge of my seat with every page! Perfect for fans of Travis Baldree. –Sean

Foul Days

(The Witch's Compendium of Monsters #1)

available in June, paperback, Atlantic Monthly Press

The Witcher meets Naomi Novik in this fastpaced fantasy rooted in Slavic folklore, from an assured new voice in genre fiction. As a witch in the walled city of Chernograd, Kosara has plenty of practice treating lycanthrope bites, bargaining with kikimoras, and slaying bloodsucking upirs. There’s only one monster she can’t defeat: her ex, the Zmey, known as the Tsar of Monsters. She’s defied him one too many times and now he’s hunting her. Betrayed by someone close to her, Kosara’s only choice is to trade her shadow—the source of her powers—for a quick escape.


by Paolo Bacigalupi

available in July, hardcover, Knopf

A rich and intricate fantasy world with a flavor of Renaissance Italy and a touch of dragon lore. Davico di Regulai is the reluctant heir to the family business, but he knows he’s not cut out for that brutal, (literal) cut-throat world. As he negotiates with traitors, assassins, and demanding family members, the dragon eye in his father’s study calls out to him. –Laura P.

The Book of Elsewhere

by Keanu Reeves, China Mieville available in July, hardcover, Del Rey

There have always been whispers. Legends. The warrior who cannot be killed. He has had many names: Unute, Child of Lightning, Death himself. These days, he’s known simply as “B.” And he wants to be able to die. In the present day, a U.S. black-ops group has promised him they can help with that. And all he needs to do is help them in return. But when an all-too-mortal soldier comes back to life, the impossible event ultimately points toward a force even more mysterious than B himself.


A Green Creek Novel by TJ Klune available in July, paperback, TOR Books

The second book in the Green Creek series takes you through Gordo's story, adding so much lore to the magic of this world. The tension pulses off the pages as the pack comes together after years apart, and the enemies to lovers plot will have you pulling your hair out in frustration. (Unlike TJ Klune's stand-alone novels, this is rated R) The Green Creek series has given me so much joy and comfort! –Kiana

The Cautious Traveller's Guide to the Wastelands

available in June, hardcover, Flatiron Books

It is said there is a price that every passenger must pay. A price beyond the cost of a ticket. There is only one way to travel across the Wastelands: on the Trans-Siberian Express, a train as famous for its luxury as for its danger. The train is never short of passengers, eager to catch sight of Wastelands creatures more miraculous and terrifying than anything they could imagine. But on the train's last journey, something went horribly wrong, though no one seems to remember what exactly happened. Not even Zhang Weiwei, who has spent her life onboard and thought she knew all of the train’s secrets.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction

I'd never read an African Mythology book until now, and I loved every minute of it! This rags-to-riches story weaves a poor woman through the Sahara Desert and into the hands of a rich king! She must make a name for herself in this new kingdom where everyone is against her. This intricate and beautifully crafted tale is filled with plot twists and a surprise at every turn! –Courtney

The West Passage

available in July, hardcover, Tordotcom

A compellingly original fantasy world peopled by the strangest characters imaginable and ruled by giant Ladies, illustrated throughout! A palace the size of a city, ruled by giant Ladies of unknowable, eldritch origin. A land left to slow decay, drowning in the debris of generations. All this and more awaits you within The West Passage, a delightfully mysterious and intriguingly weird medieval fantasy unlike anything you've read before.

The Bright Sword : A Novel of King Arthur

by Lev Grossman available in July, hardcover, Viking

From the writer of the Magicians Trilogy comes a fresh take on Arthurian legend. In a post-King Arthur Britain, a young man travels from his small community to Camelot, where he hopes to become a valiant knight, like Galahad, Lancelot, or Gawain. Little does he know that Arthur is lost, presumed dead, and that the kingdom is falling apart. A rag-tag group of lesser-known knights have a quest to perform to bring Britain back to glory. Enthralling read, unputdownable. –Erin

George R.R. Martin agrees with Erin! “If you love King Arthur as much as I do, you’ll love Lev Grossman’s The Bright Sword, a fresh and engrossing take on the Matter of Britain featuring a colorful cast of Round Table knights who don’t often get as much story time as they deserve. The creator of The Magicians has woven another spell.” — George R. R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones.


available in June, hardcover, MCD

It is 13,000 years from now... A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Sloan has written a novel with the full scope and ambitious imagination of the classic books that lit the engines of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour

Bookstore, an epic quest as only Sloan could conceive it, mixing science fiction, fantasy, good old-fashioned literary storytelling, and unrivaled enthusiasm for what’s next. Moonbound is an adventure into the richest depths of Story itself. It is a deeply satisfying epic of ancient scale, blasted through the imaginative prism of one of our most forward-thinking writers. And this is only the beginning.

Honey Witch


available now, paperback , Redhook

Bridgerton meets Practical Magic in this sapphic debut novel about magic, hope, and love overcoming all. And I loved everything about it! The setting, the atmosphere, the magic system, and the new takes on different kinds of witches immediately drew me in. Every character managed to land on my favorites list and I found the main character to be relatable and inspiring. It’s a very heartwarming and cozy read! I think if you enjoyed The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna, you’ll enjoy this one! –Bee

The Spellshop

available in July, hardcover, Bramble Kiela has always had trouble dealing with people, and as librarian at the Great Library of Alyssium, she hasn’t had to. She and her assistant, Caz, a sentient spider plant, have spent most of the last eleven years sequestered among the empire’s precious spellbooks, protecting the magic for the city’s elite. But a revolution is brewing and when the library goes up in flames, she and Caz steal whatever books they can and flee to the faraway island where she grew up. She’s hoping to lay low and figure out a way to survive before the revolution comes looking for her.

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Chuckanut Writers


Writing Life

Chuckanut Writers classes are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their journey. Check out the upcoming classes and register through Whatcom Community College. Chuckanut Writers is a collaboration between Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education.

The Art of Editing and Feedback for Creative Writing with David Beaumier

Thursday, July 18,6pm-7:30pm at Village Books in Fairhaven (1 session) $29

Class sizes are limited, register early!

Join instructor David Beaumier to learn best practices for moving your work from draft to publication quality writing. This workshop is a great option both for beginners looking to understand the process and professionals looking to put their practice into plain language. This class meets in person.


Write Your Memoir in September

Since 2014, September has been declared Washington Memoir Writing Month (WaMemWriMo) by the Red Wheelbarrow Writers in conjunction with Village Books and Whatcom Community College. Throughout the month there are classes, readings and encouragement to write 1,666 words every day, resulting in 50,000 words of your memoir—a book —by the end of September.

Part of the 10th annual WaMemWriMo is a series of workshops that will help you along the way as you turn your memories into memoir. All led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, these workshops can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. $29 per class or $99 for the package.

Wednesdays from 5:30pm-7:00pm - Virtual Classroom

September 4: The First Two Essential Pillars for Successful Memoir Writing with Cami Ostman

September 11: Generating Scenes for Your Memoir with Nancy Canyon

September 18: Building Characters on the Page with Melissa Johnson

September 25: Successful Completion! How to Finish What You've Started with Cami Ostman

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Return to Your Senses

Immerse yourself in a world of words and inspiration by attending the Chuckanut Writers Conference 2024.

This year’s theme challenges writers to awaken their senses and translate those sensations into prose that leaps off the page. It’s time to break free from the confines of screens and immerse yourself in the richness of an in-person writing experience.

Led by industry experts including authors, agents, and publishing professionals, writers will engage in workshops designed to encourage and support their craft. Participants will have the opportunity to network—to forge connections with presenters and fellow writers in a vibrant, in-person atmosphere—the first since the 2020 hiatus.

2024 Presenters

Erica Bauermeister • Rena Priest

Jessica Gigot • Cami Ostman

Becky Mandelbaum • Kim Hudson

William Kenower • Priscilla Long

Brooke Warner • Sati Mookherjee

Elaina Ellis • Melissa Johnson

Thor Hanson • Grant Faulkner and More!

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At the Chuckanut Writers Conference I’ve not only developed skills but learned of pitfalls to avoid. I’ve interacted with the likes of poets like Sam Green and novelists like Sherman Alexie. But it’s not all about the big names. I can be in a session on making dialog carry its weight, let’s say, and a fellow attendee asks a question that makes me say, “That’s right! I’ve had the same question but hadn’t put it into words.” And then there are the people I’ve met there. People who became writing partners and beta readers. And I love the pure energy everyone who loves language and wants to continue exploring what language can be made to express. How could I put myself in better company!

–Leslie DeBrock, author of The Frog-Eyed Gospel, attendee of every Chuckanut Writers Conference since its beginning in 2011

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Reconnect. Rejuvenate. Rediscover Your Craft.

Get it Write!

Writing on Empty

available in July, hardcover, St. Martin's Essentials

Bestselling author and teacher Natalie Goldberg shares her inspiring personal journey out of a devastating period of writer’s block and back into a life of growth, creativity, and healing. In this beautifully written, inspiring personal account, Natalie shares her harrowing journey out of creative paralysis and back onto the page. When all of her tried and true methods— meditation, sitting still, writing practice —stopped working, she had to take drastic action.

Inspirational Literature

A Therapeutic Library: 100 Essential Books that Teach Fulfillment, Calm, and Well-Being from The School of Life available now, hardcover, The School of Life

There are about 130 million books in the world —and they are being added to at a rate of 4 million a year or so. Which ones should we really read? This is The School of Life's answer: a definitive list of the 100 books that we feel should truly matter to anyone who cares about their development and growth, 100 books that are guaranteed to inspire, console and uplift us.


at Village Books in FAIRHAVEN

Back in September! You are invited to this informal, open chat about all things writing. Writers of all experience levels and any genre are welcome to join us. This is intended to be a conversation where all of us share our experiences and our questions. Each month will have a topic and one or two "featured guests." Join us for this lovely community discussion and grow your writing support system!

Mark your calendars for September 8th and join us from 3pm-4pm at Village Books in Fairhaven. We will go back to meeting the 1st Sunday of the month starting in October.

Next Meeting: Monday, September 8

Village Books

See You at The Salon!

Independent Publishing Program

Our Publishing Program brings together flexible project management, high-quality on-demand book production, and the expertise of local professionals, all with the unified goal of getting your book in print.

To submit your work for consideration, please fill out the publishing services submission form found under the writers'corner tab at For questions about our publishing services, please contact our publishing team voicemail or

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Are you a writer in search of a writing group?

Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. These groups are free and open to newcomers and drop-ins. All groups meet at Village Books in Fairhaven in either the Writers Corner or Readings Gallery.

NOTE: Individual group schedules may be modified during summer months — check for changes.



Meets 3rd Sundays from 10:30am-Noon in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level

Read more on page 11!


Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine


Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 6pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine


Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6pm-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine


Meets 2nd Wednesdays, 7-9pm - Starting July 10 in the Waples Room of the Inn at Lynden - adjacent to Village Books & Paper Dreams, Lynden. Read more on page 35.

Read full descriptions and expectations for each group at Please note that scheduling changes do occur. Watch the events calendar at for updates.



Meets 2nd & 4th Wednesdays from 10:30am-11:30am in the Fairhaven Readings Gallery


Every Friday 9:15am -11:00am

Meets in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine

A place to work in quiet, but in tacit silent support, with other writers.


Meets 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 10:30am-noon in the Readings Gallery


Meets 1st & 3rd Thursdays, 5:30pm-7pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine


2nd & 4th Tuesdays from 9:30am-11am in the Readings Gallery


Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6pm-8pm in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine


Meets 1st & 3rd Wednesday, 10:30am-noon in the Readings Gallery

Kids & Teens! See pages 64-65 for writing opportunities.

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Join us for an evening of LIVE ENTERTAINMENT including amazing literature, live music, fun skits, poetry, a little humor, and more - don’t miss out!

Tickets available through

Thursday, June 27, 7pm

Elaina Ellis

Featuring guest poet Rena Priest

Thursday, June 27, 7pm and interviewer Sarah Hawley

in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hotel Leo

Join us in welcoming Elaina M. Ellis, poet, curator, performing artist, and editor of the new story collection Someplace Generous. This first book from Generous Press is a vibrantly diverse and inclusive anthology of never-before-published romantic short stories. In these pages, desire is centered and explored through queer, trans, Black, AAPI, Latinx, Jewish, disabled, and neurodivergent lenses, and the ages of authors and characters span generations. Ellis will be interviewed by fantasy romance novelist Sarah Hawley (page 23).

We will also welcome guest poet Rena Priest. Priest, an enrolled member of the Lhaq’temish (Lummi) Nation, is a recipient of an American Book Award and served as the 6th Washington State Poet Laureate (2021-2023). Both Elaina Ellis and Rena Priest are faculty members of the 2024 Chuckanut Writers Conference June 28-29. Read more about the conference on page 29.

$5 Entrance Fee can be used towards the purchase of the featured book or other merchandise offered at that show!

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

Watch for July Radio Hour information—coming soon!

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Story Time with a FIRE FIGHTER Saturdays at 11am



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Village Books & Paper Dreams

Assistant Fire Chief Kristie Watson of the Lynden Fire Department will sit down with the kiddos for a very special story time. Don’t miss out!

Read to a Dog

Third Saturday Story Times

Village Books in Lynden is excited to offer this fuzzy friendly story time where THE KIDS do all the reading... TO DOGS!

Call or visit Village Books in Lynden to reserve your spot today (430 Front St., Lynden, WA • 360-526-2133) Free to attend! Children must be accompanied by an adult.

June 29, 11am

Saturdays, June 15 • July 20 • Aug. 17 11am -12pm Saturday, June 22

VB's Own Troy Luginbill will entertain the little ones with a half hour of DRAGON-THEMED stories and fun!

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Find a Great Selection of Games & Puzzles Dragon Fire Story Time! Head Downstairs & Check it Out!


Village Books & Paper Dreams Lynden Literary Events Program

Lynden LitLive author events take place at the Inn at Lynden in the conference room—adjacent to Village Books and Paper Dreams.

Registration to save your seat is required for most author events. When a $5 fee applies, you will receive a voucher for that amount to use for purchases at the event!

Seating is limited but there may be tickets available at the door.

Slide Show!

Saturday, June 15, 2pm


–Old Barns of Whatcom County

Join Ferndale photographer Jeff Barclay at Village Books in Lynden as he shares a breathtaking presentation of the old barns of Whatcom County. Jeff Barclay has created a wonderful pictorial display of 111 old barns from the most northwest county in the continental United States. The book showcases the many archetectural styles of barns found in the area, each with its own beauty and character.

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23


In Lynden AND Fairhaven

Enjoy 20% OFF STOREWIDE* at both our Fairhaven and Lynden Village Books and Paper Dreams locations. TWO FULL DAYS of savings. Celebrating our 44th anniversary and thanking YOU for supporting local. *Some exceptions apply - ask your bookseller for details.

Thursday, July 4

Village Books and Paper Dreams in both Lynden and Fairhaven will be OPEN! LY: 10am-5pm and FH: 9am-6pm

Saturday, July 13, 2pm

New York Times Bestselling Author


–Black Dahlia Avenger : A Genius for Murder—The True Story

Join local author Steve Hodel—former homicide detective and son of the alleged Black Dahlia murderer George Hodel—as he shares his decades-long investigative work into the case. In 1947, the sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer taunted the police and the public, but his identity remained a mystery. Until now…

A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition of this New York Times bestseller includes never-before-published forensic evidence and photographs, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2pm

Find Waldo Local Celebrations In Fairhaven AND Lynden

We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the multi-store search, eat treats, and find Waldo hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time! Free to attend, no registration necessary.

Additions and changes to the schedule may occur. Watch for details.

What we are: A safe space to read your work out loud for feedback; an opportunity to gain insight and ideas for furthering your writing project. This group is about nurturing the writer, reflecting on their work and offering ideas or suggestions, or simply listening and encouraging. What we are not: A class or critic's circle.

Facilitated by Mary Roy, Village Books Bookseller, we'll meet every 2nd Wednesday from 7pm-9pm.

Location: adjacent to Village Books in the Inn at Lynden Waples Room–enter through the Inn side entrance.

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Lynden Writing Group Beginning July 10, 2024

Book Group Lynden FRONT Streeters

Join the Lynden Village Books Front Streeters book group as they discuss titles from a variety of genres. They meet in person in the Waples Room of the Inn at Lynden (adjacent to Village Books) at 7pm the third Wednesday of each month. All Are Welcome!

June 12, 7pm Maus I: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman

A brutally moving work of art widely hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever written.

July 17, 7pm The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

The Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression—an American Classic.

August 21, 7pm

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

A modern classic—both poignant and funny—about a boy with autism who sets out to solve the murder of a neighbor's dog and discovers unexpected truths about himself and the world.

Attendees are eligible for a 15%

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Mark Your Calendars!

Now through August 31st

Village Books Summer Reading Challenge

Grab a challenge sheet and read your way to prizes and a sense of accomplishment! We have one for both kids and adults—Happy Reading!

Saturdays 10am-2pm, June-September

All of the products at the Lynden Farmers Market are made or grown in Whatcom County—making it easy to shop local, eat in season, and support your community! Check it out at Centennial Park in downtown Lynden (Corner of 4th and Grover Street) and see for more.

Find Waldo Downtown Lynden

July 1-31 • Downtown Lynden

Spot the famous fellow in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs by visiting businesses in downtown Lynden through the month of July. Grab your passport at Village Books and Paper Dreams1

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

July 19-20 • Downtown Lynden

Celebrating North America’s largest raspberry harvest, the Northwest Raspberry Festival includes activities throughout the town including the 3-on-3 basketball tournament, a classic car show, community salmon barbecue, live music and entertainment, beer garden, wine tasting, and food and crafts vendors. Don’t miss the famous $2 raspberry sundaes and be sure to pop into Village Books and Paper Dreams to check out our collection of raspberry themed gifts! See for a festival event schedule.

August 10-19 • Lynden Fair Grounds

Did someone say moo-wich? Poffertjes? Head to Lynden and enjoy 10 full days of carnival rides, grandstand entertainment, a variety farm animals, exibits, shopping, delicious food, and so much more. Make great memories with your friends and family.

See for a schedule and details.

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Open Daily - See for store hours Summer 2024 38 PLANT BASED & GF We Make menu items daily Serving sustainable & local food; prepared & cooked by our team, led by Chef/Owner Christy Fox Serving BCR Organic Espresso & Steven Smith Tea mon-sat 9-7 | sun 10-7 STAY TUNED THIS SUMMER.... “Life Between the Pages” AUGUST 2024 Five-Course Book Dinner, Book & Author TBA Slam Poetry + Dumpling Night = “Slam Dump” Free Monthly Event ICED Summer Movie Drinks & Mocktails ToGo!


Islas : A Celebration of Tropical Cooking—125 Recipes from the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Ocean Islands by Von Diaz

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

The islands spanning the Indian, Atlantic, and Pacific Oceans are remarkable places, sharing dozens of ingredients and cooking techniques. Flavors drip from the edges of each dish with tastes that represent stories of resistance, persistence, and wisdom passed down from generation to generation.

Noodles, Rice, and Everything Spice : A Thai Comic Book Cookbook by Christina de Witte, Mallika Kauppinen available now, paperback, Ten Speed Graphic

In celebration of the warm, welcoming spirit of Thailand, Noodles, Rice, and Everything Spice shares the secrets to making these dynamic Thai dishes at home, whether as a quick one-plate meal or a showstopping spread of multiple dishes for enjoying communally.

Cooking Literature Bite by Bite : Nourishments and Jamborees by Aimee Nezhukumatathil available now, hardcover, Ecco


Vibes Baking: Bakes to Make Your Soul Shine and Your Taste Buds Sing by Sandro Farmhouse available now, hardcover, DK

Sandro Farmhouse is on a mission to share his love of baking in this indulgent and uplifting book of baked goods. A firm believer in the positive, mood-boosting, delectable, and therapeutic effects of home baking, his debut cookbook encourages you to loosen up and pick up the whisk and bake again.

Let’s Make Bread :

A Comic Book Cookbook by Ken Forkish, Sarah Becan available now, paperback, Ten Speed Graphic

An accessible and easy-to-follow comic book cookbook for baking delicious breads, featuring a basic universal method, guidelines for maintaining a sourdough starter, and recipes for classic loaves and fun new riffs, from the beloved author of Flour Water Salt Yeast.

Aimee Nezhukumatathil restores our astonishment and wonder about food through her encounters with a range of foods and food traditions. From shave ice to lumpia, mangoes to pecans, rambutan to vanilla, she investigates how food marks our experiences and identities and explores the boundaries between heritage and memory.

Garden Grown : Garden-to-Table Recipes to Make the Most of Your Bounty

by Julia Dzafic available now, hardcover, DK

On her popular blog Lemon Stripes, Julia Dzafic shares her life—motherhood, decor, lifestyle, wellness, cooking, and more—with thousands of readers. Julia's husband Anel is an avid gardener, and over the years, Julia has been taking their garden's bounty and experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen. The result is Garden Grown, an aesthetically pleasing garden-to-table cookbook packed full with over 100 colorful, easy-to-make, familyfriendly, veggie-forward recipes and scattered with gardening tips along the way.

Find a unique collection of kitchen and homeware in Paper Dreams

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Genuine Skagit Cooking, from the organization Genuine Skagit Valley, features over 45 recipes from food producers, small-business owners, and residents around Skagit Valley, Washington, that highlight the unique agricultural diversity of the region.

Readers will discover recipes for every meal of the day, all utilizing some of the distinctive produce grown in this fertile Pacific Northwest valley, as well as profiles about Skagit Valley farmers and producers. Paired alongside food photographer Charity Burggraaf’s photos of recipes and locally grown produce, Genuine Skagit Cooking paints a vibrant picture of the region’s agricultural way of life, inviting both locals and others across the country into the kitchen to cook the Skagit way.

The Skagit Valley is the most important agricultural valley remaining in the Puget Sound region. Since the first commercial harvest of potatoes in 1853, Skagit farmers and their fertile soil have supplied the Northwest, nation, and world with nearly every crop imaginable. Genuine Skagit Valley is a nonprofit established in 2019 to increase awareness of Skagit Valley agricultural products and services.

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Celebrate the Farm-Raised Flavors of the Skagit Valley! Genuine
From the Heart
Skagit Valley
available now, paperback, Raspberry Bow Press
Skagit Cooking: Over 45 Recipes

Chocolate! Shopping with Kelly What Will YOU Choose?

“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power…it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.” –Justus Liebig

When I think of summer as a kid, I have fond memories of fresh fruit and berries, but it was also a time to have sweets, like chocolate. Eating chocolate in the sun as chocolate ran down the arm or smeared on teeth, really what is better? There is a photo of me somewhere, in a bathing suit, heading for the sprinklers, with a mixing spoon in hand dripping with chocolate. Good times for sure. If you have been to our stores, you know we have chocolates and we get these chocolates from various producers.



As many of you know, we make and sell fudge. And because we make it in-house, we are able to have fun creating flavors and names. Maddie is our chocolatier on staff, and if you have been in the store when she is preparing you will know she is in the cooking process because it smells so good. We love to give out samples to hear what you like. Also do fill out the slip for new fudge flavor ideas!

We also get our chocolate truffles from two craft chocolatiers in Washington. One of them is Spokandy Chocolatier, located in Spokane, Washington —east of the mountains. Spokandy is over 100 years old! They make their truffles traditionally as practiced when Terrence J. Riley opened his candy store in 1913. Quality exists in each and every piece of candy and is hand packed for freshness. Some of the most popular truffles that we sell are birthday cake, double mocha, and marionberry. And if you have a flair for fun they also make the bear claw—a caramel filled foot with almond claws. Fun and delicious.

Elevated Ice Cream and Candy in the historic seaport town of Port Townsend, Washington—west on the peninsula, is a favorite spot while walking along the historic waterfront after a ferry boat ride. The Elevated Ice Cream Co. began serving ice cream and chocolate from an antique Victorian elevator cage in 1977, hence the name Elevated Ice Cream, and the motto “Lift Your Spirits!” “We are proud of Elevated’s tradition of quality and service, and we are proud of our reputation of 40 plus years” says the current owners. Their mint meltaways and jelly strings are very popular, as is their peanut brittle, but it’s the seafoam in dark and milk chocolate and the iconic Mt Bakers that really get customers coming back over and over.

There are hundreds of ways to describe chocolate—sweet, velvety, fruity, caramel, earthy—and everyone has a different taste and desire. “What kind of chocolate do you like?” has been used from job interviews to first dates. And remember, chocolate is rich in carbohydrates and is an excellent source of quick energy. So, what will YOU choose?

“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” -Katharine Hepburn

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Biographies & Memoirs

Group Living and Other Recipes : A Memoir

Lola Milholland

available in August, hardcover, Spiegel & Grau

This charming memoir is full of so many wonderful and eccentric characters. I kept forgetting it wasn't fiction because Milholland makes her friends and family larger than life! I found myself evaluating my values and needs in different living situations, while learning some new recipes. Do not read when hungry. –Kiana

The Story Game

available now, paperback, Tin House

In the humid dark of a eucalyptus-scented room, a woman named Hui lies on a mattress telling stories about herself to her listener, a little girl. She talks about her identity as the child of an immigrant, her feelings about being in a mixed-race marriage, her opinions on mental health. But as her stories progress, it becomes clear a volatile secret lurks beneath their surface. There are events in Hui’s past that have great significance for the person she’s become, but that have gone missing from her memory. What is it, exactly, that is haunting Hui? Who is the little girl she talks to? And who is Hui herself?

Coming Home

available now, hardcover, Knopf


I’m one of the sportsball people on staff and I particularly follow the WNBA. Being able to read the harrowing, terrifying details of Brittney Griner’s detainment in a Russian prison is heartbreaking and yet reading about the love and support of her wife, her family, and her teammates across the league and the world was so inspiring. –Sarah

Thinning Blood : An Indigenous Memoir of Family, Myth, and Identity


available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Leah Myers may be the last member of the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in her family line, due to her tribe’s strict blood quantum laws. In this unflinching and intimate memoir, Myers excavates the stories of four generations of women in order to leave a record of her family. Beginning with her great-grandmother, the last full-blooded Native member in their lineage, she connects each woman with her totem to construct her family’s totem pole: protective Bear, defiant Salmon, compassionate Hummingbird, and perched on top, Raven.

How to Say Babylon :

A Memoir

available in July, paperback, Atria Books

Sinclair's memoir is a vulnerable telling of her childhood, as well as a history lesson on the origin of Rastafarianism. Living in a family that strictly followed a very patriarchal religion, Sinclair discovers her truths through poetry. This would be perfect for fans of Educated ! –Kiana

Shopkeeping: Stories, Advice, and Observations


available now, hardcover, Princeton Architectural Press

For more than four decades, Peter Miller has run a design bookshop that shares his name in Seattle. In this love letter to his day job, Miller writes for the first time about his other love: shopkeeping. Miller crafts stories from the bookshop floor with wry humor and skillful storytelling. Readers are taken on a shopkeeping journey and will come to understand along the way that small shops characterize our towns and cities, making them unique, special, and worth visiting and living near.

Write Your Own Memoir!

You have a story to tell that you know others will enjoy reading. Start turning your memories into memoir with a series of workshops, support from a writing group, or by attending a writing conference. Turn to pages 28-30 for information —happy writing!

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A Place of Our Own : Six Spaces That Shaped Queer Women’s Culture

by June Thomas

available now, hardcover, Seal Press

Women in History

The Missing Thread : A Women’s History of the Ancient World

by Daisy Dunn

In A Place of Our Own, journalist June Thomas invites readers into six iconic lesbian spaces over the course of the last 60 years, including the rural commune, the sex toy boutique, the vacation spot, and the feminist bookstore. Thomas blends her own experiences with archival research and rare interviews with pioneering figures like Elaine Romagnoli, Susie Bright, and Jacqueline Woodson. She richly illustrates the lives of the business owners, entrepreneurs, activists, and dreamers who shaped the long struggle for queer liberation.


Richly in Earth: A Poet’s


for Mary MacLeod by Marilyn Bowering

available now, hardcover, McGill-Queen Press

Mary MaLeod (Màiri Nighean Alasdair Ruaidh) was a rarity: a female bard in 17th-century Scotland. While her lyrics were honored, she was also marginalized, denigrated as a witch, and exiled, both for being a writer and for what she wrote. Presented as a chronicle of journeys through the Scottish Hebrides, Canadian poet and novelist Marilyn Bowering explores MacLeod’s legacy, preserved within landscape, memory, and identity. In an act of recovery and restoration, Bowering pieces together the puzzle of radically different accounts of MacLeod’s life, returning to the places the bard once lived with the help of contemporary Scottish Gaelic poets and scholars.

Thursday, June 20, 6pm MAGGIE MERTENS at Village Books in Fairhaven

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Better, Faster, Farther:

available in July, hardcover, Viking Dunn reconceives our understanding of the ancient world by emphasizing women's roles within it. The Missing Thread never relegates women to the sidelines and is populated with well-known names such as Cleopatra and Agrippina. Spanning 3,000 years, the story moves from Minoan Crete to Mycenaean Greece, from Lesbos to Asia Minor, from the Persian Empire to the royal court of Macedonia and concludes with Rome and its growing empire.

The Dragon From Chicago: The Untold Story of an American Reporter in Nazi Germany

by Pamela D. Toler available in August, hardcover, Beacon Press For fans of unheralded women’s stories, a captivating look at Sigrid Schultz—one of the earliest reporters to warn Americans of the rising threat of the Nazi regime. “No other American correspondent in Berlin knew so much of what was going on behind the scene as did Sigrid Schultz.” — William L. Shirer, author of The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.

How Running Changed Everything We Know About Women

By Maggie Mertens

available in June, hardcover, Algonquin Books

Village Books is thrilled to welcome Maggie Mertens as she discusses her book Better, Faster, Farther. More than a century ago, a woman ran in the very first modern Olympic marathon. She just did it without permission. Mertens transports us from that first boundary-breaking marathon in Greece, 1896, to the earliest “official” women’s races of the 20th century to today’s most intense ultramarathons like the infamous Spine Race, whose current record holder is a woman. Besides consistently shattering misconceptions about women’s athleticism, Maggie Mertens is also a writer, journalist, and editor located in Seattle.

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Sports History


“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

A Fever In The Heartland :

The Klu Klux Klan's Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them by Timothy Egan

available in June, paperback, Penguin Random House Talk about timely! Here's compelling history of how an obviously despicable human being can gain massive power and control over so many people at so many levels of American society. And with Egan as the author, you know it's deeply researched and brilliantly told. Now in paperback! –Rick

The Race to the Future


8,000 Miles to Paris –The Adventure That Accelerated the 20th Century by Kassia St. Clair

available now, hardcover, Liveright

The racers—an Italian prince and his chauffeur, a French racing driver, a con man, and several rival journalists—battle over steep inclines, through narrow mountain passages, and across the arid Gobi Desert. More than its many adventures, the Peking-to-Paris Motor Challenge took place on the precipice of a new world. As the twentieth century dawned, imperial regimes in China and Russia were crumbling and the electric telegraph was rapidly transforming modern communication, and with it, the news media, commerce, and politics. Suspended between the old and the new, the Peking-to-Paris, as best-selling historian Kassia St. Clair writes, became a critical tipping point.

–George Santayana, The Life of Reason, 1905

The Other Olympians

: Fascism, Queerness, and the Making of

Modern Sports

by Michael Waters

available in June, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In December 1935, Zdenek Koubek, one of the most famous sprinters in European women’s sports, declared he was now living as a man. Around the same time, the celebrated British field athlete Mark Weston, also assigned female at birth, announced that he, too, was a man. Periodicals and radio programs across the world carried the news; both became global celebrities. Waters uncovers, for the first time, the gripping true stories of Koubek, Weston, and other pioneering trans and intersex athletes from their era. With dogged research and cinematic flair, Waters also tracks how International Olympic Committee members ignored Nazi Germany’s atrocities in order to pull off the Berlin Games, a partnership that ultimately influenced the IOC’s nearly century-long obsession with surveilling and cataloging gender.

The Bookshop: A History of the American Bookstore by Evan Friss

available in August, hardcover, Viking

An affectionate and engaging history of the American bookstore and its central place in American cultural life, from department stores to indies, from highbrow dealers trading in first editions to sidewalk vendors, and from chains to special-interest community destinations.

Current Affairs Speaker Series

In partnership with the Salish Current– a local nonprofit, online news organization–Village Books recently started a new event series featuring speakers, authors, and experts in marine science, AI, professional journalism, and government. In May, we hosted Peabody Award-winning journalist Michele Norris with her new book, Our Hidden Conversations: What Americans Really Think About Race and Identity then enjoyed an evening with author and SeaDoc Society marine wildlife veterinarian Joe Gaydos as he presented "Fish Tales, Drones, and Science Denialism." Both amazing events!

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Stories Are Weapons : Psychological Warfare and the American Mind

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Current Affairs & Politics

Bestselling author Annalee Newitz traces the way disinformation, propaganda, and violent threats—the essential tool kit for psychological warfare—have evolved from military weapons deployed against foreign adversaries into tools in domestic culture wars. Newitz delves into America’s deep-rooted history with psychological operations, beginning with Benjamin Franklin’s Revolutionary War–era fake newspaper and 19th-century wars on Indigenous nations, and reaching its apotheosis with the Cold War and 21st-century influence campaigns online. Crucially, Newitz delivers a powerful counternarrative, speaking with the researchers and activists who are outlining a pathway to achieving psychological disarmament and cultural peace.


Apocalypse : The Six Far-Right Groups

Waging War on Democracy by Rena

available in July, hardcover, Stanford University Press

The war on American democracy is at a fever pitch. Such a corrosive state of affairs did not arise spontaneously up from the people but instead was pushed, top-down, by six private sector special interest groups—big business, the House Freedom Caucus, the Federalist Society, Fox News, white evangelicals, and armed militias. Steinzor argues that these groups are nothing more than well-financed armies fighting a battle of attrition against the national government, with power, money, and fame as their central motivations.

The Death of Truth:

How Big Tech Gave Snake Oil Salesmen and Demagogues the Weapons to Destroy Trust and Polarize the World—And What We Can Do About it by Steven Brill

available in June, hardcover, Knopf

How did we become a world where facts have lost their power to hold us together as a community? How have we allowed the proliferation of alternative facts, hoaxes, even conspiracy theories, to destroy our trust in institutions, leaders, and legitimate experts? Best-selling journalist Steven Brill documents the forces and people that have created and exploited this world of chaos and division—and offers practical solutions for what we can do about it.

All the Worst Humans : How I Made News for Dictators, Tycoons, and Politicians

available in June, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

A bridge-burning, riotous memoir by a top PR operative in Washington who exposes the secrets of the $129-billion industry that controls so much of what we see and hear in the media—from a man who used to pull the strings, and who is now pulling back the curtain. After nearly two decades in the Washington PR business, Elwood wants to come clean, by exposing the dark underbelly of the very industry that’s made him so successful. The first step is revealing exactly what he’s been up to for the past 20 years—and it isn’t pretty.



How Racism is Making Us Sick by Layal Liverpool available in June, hardcover, Astra House

From the problem of racial bias in medicine where the default human subject is white, to the dangerous health consequences of systemic racism, from the physical and psychological effects of daily microaggressions to intergenerational trauma and data gaps, Liverpool reveals the fatal stereotypes that keep people of color undiagnosed, untreated, and unsafe, and tells us what we can do about it.

Undue Burden





Decisions in Post-Roe America by Shefali Luthra available now, hardcover, Doubleday

On June 24, 2022, Roe v. Wade was overturned, and the impact was immediate: by 2024, abortion was virtually unavailable or significantly restricted in 21 states. In Undue Burden, reporter Shefali Luthra traces the unforgettable stories of patients faced with one of the most personal decisions of their lives.

Life as We Know It (Can Be):

Stories of People, Climate, and Hope in a Changing World by Bill Weir available now, hardcover, Chronicle Prism Award-winning journalist and CNN chief climate correspondent Bill Weir draws on his years of immersive travel and reporting to share the best ideas and stories of hope and positivity from the people and communities around the world who are thriving in the wake of climate change, and what we can learn from them to build a more promising future.

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Mind & Body

Climate, Psychology, and Change : Reimagining Psychotherapy

in an Era of Global Disruption and Climate Anxiety

by Steffi Bednarek

available in June, paperback, North Atlantic Books

What do we do when the systems that are meant to heal hold a sickness in them? This is what this book sets out to address in a series of five essays, co-authored by professors, therapists, and scholars from across the globe. It is a glimpse into the conversations these professionals are having about the structural issues in their field, and I found it a very helpful framework for my own discussion with others about these topics. –Grace


Up: What Sex Workers, Milk Bankers, Plastic Surgeons, Bra Designers, and Witches Tell Us about Breasts by Sarah Thornton

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

After a double mastectomy, and dealing with her new body, Thornton decided to explore the significance of breasts throughout . . . well, everything and everywhere! As someone who has had plenty of complicated feelings about this part of my body,this book deeply resonated with me. I think this is a perfect read for anyone who has ever had, removed, appreciated, or misunderstood breasts. –Kiana



RAPilates : Body and Mind Conditioning in the Digital Age

by Chuck D with Kathy Lopez available in July, hardcover, Enemy Books

Chuck D has been touring the world for four decades, since Public Enemy put out their first album in 1987. Now, at age sixty-three, Chuck is frequently asked how he still manages to put on such high-energy performances so many years later. His response is simple: he practices Pilates. In this volume, Chuck and his Pilates guru, Kathy Lopez, present the RAPilates program of more than 30 mat-based exercises for people of all ages and experiences. The exercises are beautifully illustrated in the inimitable style that Chuck has demonstrated in his previous books of visual art.

Stop People Pleasing and Find Your Power

by Hailey Magee available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster People-pleasing is an easy pattern of behavior to fall into, and a difficult habit to break. So much of the advice around it is unhelpful and reductive — surely if it were that easy to just stop, no one would keep people-pleasing, right? Hailey Magee approaches the topic honestly and practically, offering some insightful perspectives as someone who has been a chronic people-pleaser herself. –Grace

Affirmations : Unfollow Your Dreams! by Dave Tarnowski

available now, hardcover, Chronicle

Seeking a gift for the anti-optimist in your life? This one fits the bill for fans of satirical doom classics and self-help antidotes such as All My Friends Are Dead, Am I Overthinking This?, and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. This is the funny-because-it’s-true, sneaky self-help gift book for anyone who isn’t happy all the time and doesn’t feel seen in the whole “positive mental attitude.” This book is hilarious.

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Fashion & Beauty

Coco Chanel : The Style Principles by Hannah Rogers available now, hardcover, Simon Element

Mind & Body

Perhaps, like I was, you were curious and wanted to read more about Chanel after the 2023 Met Gala. This book is a good starting place. Coco Chanel: The Style Principles covers some of the woman's style basics, a brief sketch of her life, and ways you can dress like Chanel with the pieces already in your wardrobe. Particularly interesting to me was the discussion of how Chanel synthesized masculine and feminine elements of fashion to create her own distinctive style. –Grace

The Girls of TheSummer Girls of Summer

The Artist's Joy: A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life by Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez available in June, hardcover, Broadleaf Books

Whether you are a dabbler, a career creative, or a long-time self-proclaimed "tortured artist," Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez is here to help. This is the ultimate guide for creatives of all disciplines and levels to discover a sustainable, joyful artistic practice. She's here to help artists at all levels and in all disciplines build a creative life that resonates deeply with their core values, and to cultivate an artistic practice that is joyful and sustainable.

Meet the Author!

Wednesday, July 10, 6pm

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Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present by Marijke McCandless available now, paperback, O-Books

Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present is a unique and playful guide for anyone feeling disconnected from their vitality and uninspired to make a change. Short, fresh practices arouse your curiosity, help you change your mindset, teach you about the power of vulnerability and authenticity, and allow you to experience moments of delight—available right now. With a commitment to practice only minutes daily, Naked in the Now forms the basis for a sustainable, enjoyable awareness and self-inquiry practice that will leave you feeling juicy again. Marijke McCandless is a writer, mindfulness coach and playfulness instigator who helps people shed their inhibitions and skinny dip in the present moment.

Meet the Author!

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A Walk in The Park : The True Story of a Spectacular Misadventure in the Grand Canyon by

This book takes readers on an immersive journey through the daunting Grand Canyon, blending dry humor with moments of horror to vividly depict the challenges of a 750-mile hike. Fedarko delves into the canyon's ancestral history and the ongoing battle against over development. This book is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and the magnetic pull that nature has on us. Fans of Bill Bryson, Cheryl Strayed, and Edward Abbey will love this! –Maddie

Getting Out!

Fishing Cast, Catch, Release : Finding Serenity and Purpose through Fly Fishing by Marina Gibson available in June, hardcover, Sribner

This captivating memoir beautifully encapsulates the joys and challenges of fly fishing. Author Marina Gibson's way of inviting readers into a world of serene rivers and elusive fish had me captivated from cover to cover. Through vivid storytelling and heartfelt reflections, she shares the profound connection between angler and nature. This book is a delightful journey for both fishing enthusiasts and those seeking solace in the great outdoors. –Maddie

Travel Literature

Balzac’s Paris : The City as Human Comedy by Eric Hazan available in June, hardcover, Verso Balzac gathered the elements of this Paris by sauntering through it. ‘To saunter is a science,’ he writes, ‘it is the gastronomy of the eye. To take a walk is to vegetate; to saunter is to live.’ Eric Hazan follows in Balzac’s footsteps, crisscrossing the city in the novelist’s outsize boots, running between printers, publishers, coffee merchants, mistresses and friends, stopping for a moment, struck by a detail that would be fixed in Balzac’s photographic memory.

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Science & Nature

Origin Story: The Trials of Charles Darwin

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton & Co.

As someone who studied anthropology I've always been very aware of Darwin and his research. But I never knew about his health problems, or really anything about his personal life. This was an interesting read into the years he was writing On the Origin of Species. Perfect for fans of science, anthropology, and mysterious illnesses. –Kiana

This Ordinary Stardust: A Scientist’s Path from Grief to Wonder

hardcover, available in June, Grand Central Publishing

A decade ago, Dr. Townsend’s family received two unthinkable, catastrophic diagnoses: his four-year-old daughter and his brilliant scientist wife developed unrelated, lifethreatening forms of brain cancer. At a time when society’s relationship with science is increasingly polarized while threats to human life on earth continue to rise, Townsend offers a balanced, moving perspective on the common ground between science and religion through the spiritual fulfillment he found in his work. Awash in Townsend's electrifying and breathtaking prose, This Ordinary Stardust offers hope that life can carry on even in the face of near-certain annihilation.


We have treats for our furry-faced friends at the registers.


Puppy Brain : How Our Dogs Learn, Think, and Love

available now, hardcover, Celadon Press

Getting a puppy is an incredibly stressful and fulfilling life event. Not only will they be your pet, they will be your child, your partner in life. You will want to understand them as best you possibly can in order to coexist peacefully. Puppy Brain dives into the inner workings of your puppy which will help you to better train and better respect your dog. –Laura M.

Amphibious Soul : Finding the Wild in a Tame World

by Craig Foster

available now, hardcover, HarperOne Craig Foster's Amphibious Soul is a scientist and adventurer’s perspective on “rewilding”— developing a deep connection to our animal selves that can reinvigorate our lives. Whether we live close to nature or in an urban jungle, Foster shows us how to nurture our individual wildness, tap into our empathy, and deepen our love for all living things. He teaches us to track the wild around us, and by doing so become present in the moment and revel in being wondrously alive. “Amphibious Soul is an important book . . . This book isn't about learning how to be wild but rather a guide to recognizing and reconnecting with the wild in and around us. It is a book that will inspire hope.” —Jane Goodall

Meet the Neighbors : Animal Minds and Life

in a More-Than-Human World by

available in July, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Honeybees deliberate democratically. Rats reflect on the past. Snakes have friends. In recent decades, our understanding of animal cognition has exploded, making it indisputably clear that the cities and landscapes around us are filled with thinking, feeling individuals besides ourselves. In this wide-ranging, wonder-filled exploration of animals’ inner lives, Keim takes us into courtrooms and wildlife hospitals, under backyard decks and into deserts, to meet anew the wild creatures who populate our communities and the philosophers, rogue pest controllers, ecologists, wildlife doctors, and others who are reimagining our relationships to them.

Gardening The Garden Against Time : In Search of a Common Paradise

available in June, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Recently I have noticed the growing urge amongst all my 20-something friends, to own and tend to their own garden. Whether in a private home, or a community plot, gardens have become a symbol for self sufficiency and sustainable food. Laing explores real and fictional gardens throughout time, and how the garden dream many of us share can be obtainable. –Kiana

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Northwest Nature Voices for the Islands : Thirty Years of Nature


on the Salish Sea

by Sheila Harrington available now, paperback, Heritage House

Science & Nature

Voices for the Islands chronicles the history and evolution of the conservation movement across 18 islands in the Salish Sea. Beginning in the 1980s, when logging and development threatened the fragile ecosystems and natural spaces of this region and culminating in the creation of the Gulf Island National Park Reserve, this book will inspire readers to turn apathy to action and support the cause of conservation in an era of species extinction and climate change. Full of color photos, maps, and fascinating first-hand stories by conservationists, it reveals how grassroots movements have the power to transform the future of a natural environment.

Wisdom of Place: A Guide to Recovering the Sacred Origins

of Landscape

by Elizabeth Boults & Chip Sullivan avaialble now, hardcover, Oro Editions

This book aims to help readers rediscover the sacredness of the everyday landscapes around them in order to shed light on the ecological imperatives of our time. Drawn from the union of art, nature, and metaphysics, this book sheds light on the ecological imperatives of our time. Wisdom of Place can be used by anyone to call forth the voice of the genius loci — the spirit of place — and reveal the creative forces and hidden currents of nature. Chip Sullivan is an internationally recognized artist, landscape architect, and professor in the College of Environmental Design at UC Berkeley, who has devoted his career to promoting landscape architecture as an art form. Elizabeth Boults is a landscape architect and lecturer in Human Ecology at UC Davis. Her research and professional practice focus on the narrative expression of genius loci embedded within historical and traditional environmental knowledge.

Saturday, June 15, 6pm


The Tree Collectors : Tales of Arboreal Obsession

by Amy Stewart

available in July, hardcover, Random House

The Japanese practice of forest bathing, shinrin-yoku, changes the levels of stress and pleasure hormones in the body, decreasing cortisol and increasing serotonin. And if being around one tree feels good, imagine how a hundred trees would feel. In her first botanical nonfiction in more than a decade, Amy Stewart brings us captivating stories of people who spend their lives collecting trees and asks them: what drives one to collect something as enormous, majestic, and deeply-rooted as a tree?

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June 22 & Sunday, June 23

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Village Books is celebrating FORTY-FOUR years as your community bookstore with our annual store wide sale! Take advantage of 20% off most merchandise throughout both stores! Some restrictions do apply so please ask one of our booksellers for details.

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The Final Revival of Opal and Nev

A popular 70s rock duo are coming back for a reunion show and music journalist Sunny is all over the chance to interview her idols for an oral history of their partnership. The interview format of much of the book lends itself perfectly to an audiobook; it's incredibly immersive to listen to and feels like you're listening to real experiences, not a story. Full of attitude, brilliant storytelling, and an absolutely stellar cast to bring each character to life, I can't recommend this one enough! –Lillian

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Saturday, July 6, noon-4pm

Head to the Fairhaven Village Green for a whimsical and family friendly afternoon of all-ages fun. Stop by and enjoy...

• Chicken Themed Vendors

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• Local Scavenger Hunt

• A Chicken Costume Contest

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• Music from the Bayou Opossums (watch out chickens!) and more!

Village Books at the Bellingham Bells!

Joe Martin Field, Bellingham

Saturday, July 20, 6:35pm

Head out to the ball field as the Bellingham Bells host the Port Angeles Lefties and a special anniversary celebration! Be sure to stop by the Village Books booth where authors Kent Holsather and Wes Gannaway will be signing copies of their book, Bays to Bells: The Story of Baseball in Whatcom County.

Wednesday, July 24, 6:35pm

Join us as the Bellingham Bells take on the Kelowna Falcons. Stop by the Village Books table —we'll have prizes and a wheel to spin, plus a little something extra for anyone who joins us dressed up as Waldo! Note: it's a Seniors Wednesday game—50% off tickets for fans over 65!

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Fairhaven Art Walk

Saturday, August 10, 4pm-7pm

The Fairhaven Art Walk is a celebration of community, creativity, and culture, where you can discover the diverse talents of our local artists while immersing yourself in the charming atmosphere of the Historic Fairhaven District. Take a stroll down the historic streets of Fairhaven to witness firsthand the artists featured in the many retail locations and stops!

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Families & Educators

Picture Books

Juneteenth Is by Natasha Tripplett, illustrated by Daniel J. O'Brien available now, hardcover, Chronicle

This book is an ode to the history of the Black community in the United States, a tribute to Black joy, and a portrait of familial love. With poignant text and vivid illustrations, Juneteenth Is offers a window and a mirror for readers, resonating with kids who will see themselves reflected in its pages and those who hope to understand experiences beyond their own.

The Museum of Very Bad Smells : A Dare to Scratch 'n Sniff Mystery by Monica Arnaldo available in July, hardcover, Harper Collins

From award-winning creator Monica Arnaldo comes a hilarious and interactive mystery about a robbery at the Museum of Very Bad Smells, with five stinky scratch elements in a picture book. Calling upon only the BRAVEST detectives with the STRONGEST noses—do you dare to scratch 'n' sniff and help solve this foul mystery?!

The Dictionary Story by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston available in August, hardcover, Candlewick Dictionary wishes she could tell a story like other books. So one day, she decides to bring her words to life. How exciting it is to finally have an adventure on her very own pages! Check out this much-anticipated new picture book from the best-selling, award-winning creators of A Child of Books.


Bitty Betty Blob by Constance Lombardo, illustrated by Micah Player available in June, hardcover, Astra Publishing House Picture Day can be a lot of pressure, especially when you're not so good at making monster faces! Poor Betty likes rainbows and dandelions a lot more than being scary! But one day, something happens—and everything turns around in this uniquely funny story that reminds us that differences should be shared, not hidden! Perfect for fans of Sweety by Andrea Zuill and classics such as Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon and Chrysanthemum.

Fairhaven: Tuesdays at 11am

Join us in the kids' section of our Fairhaven location every Tuesday at 11am for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement!

In Lynden: Saturdays at 11am

Firefighters! Dogs! Dragons! You never know exactly what or who you'll find at our weekly Saturday story times. See page 34 for a line-up of the fun and varied story times taking place at our Lynden store.

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Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Pick up a Summer Reading Challenge form at either our Fairhaven or Lynden location or download one at then read your way to rewards. You’ll even get to write a review card telling us about their favorite book of the summer which we’ll hang in the store!

Rewards you say? Return your completed challenge by Wednesday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books and Paper Dreams PLUS a delicious treat from a partnering business.

BONUS: We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your name, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certifi cate to YOUR SCHOOL LIBRARY! If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to an appropriate charity of their choice.


A Summer Reading Challenge for Teens and Adults

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

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Something for Everyone!

Keith Negley

Tuesday, July 23, 6pm

at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join author/illustrator Keith Negley at this free event for kids and families to celebrate his newest book, The Running Machine.

A story of pluck and determination inspired by the real events of 1815–17, when a young man named Karl Drais invented the very first bicycle. Negley shows how resilience in the face of adversity can lead to something wondrous.

Keith Negley is the author and illustrator of A Lot Like Batman, The Boy and The Wild Blue Girl, Mary Wears What She Wants, My Dad Used To Be So Cool, and Tough Guys (Have Feelings too). He has received multiple medals from the Society of Illustrators in NYC as well as recognition from American Illustration. His artwork has been featured in publications around the world and he is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and New Yorker. And he lives in Bellingham!


"This fast-paced story will delight young readers..." -Kirkus Reviews

The Ship in the Window

by Travis Jonker, illustrated by Matthew Cordell available in August, hardcover, Viking Books for Young Readers

Mabel the mouse wants nothing more than to be a fearless sea captain traveling the world in search of adventure. Every night she watches a man carefully construct a model ship, as his son watches by her side. Mabel and the boy know the model ship is anything but a toy, but they both long to see if it can really float. So Mabel hatches a plan to make her seafaring dreams come true. Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell and librarian Travis Jonker have crafted a timeless tale of a little mouse and a big adventure.

Little Shrew

written & illustrated by Akiko Miyakoshi available in June, hardcover, Hachette

This collection of three short stories — perfect for emerging readers — is illustrated in Miyakoshi’s signature soft monochrome palette with pops of color. The charming tales celebrate enduring friendships, dreams for the future and the little pleasures that make everyday life more meaningful.

Bao's Doll by Bo Lu available in June, hardcover, Abrams Books for Young Readers

Bo Lu’s picture book Bao’s Doll is a moving story of empathy, forgiveness, and connection about an immigrant mother and her daughter who discover they have more in common than they ever knew.

One Small Spark :

A Tikkun Olam Story by Ruth Spiro, Illustrated by Victoria Tentler-Krylov availabel in August, hardcover, Penguin Random House

A young girl is inspired to make a difference in this thoughtful and lyrical exploration of the Jewish philosophy tikkun olam or repair the world. Imagine the world you want to live in. If it’s not the world you see, will you create it? Pre-Order Your

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July 1-31, 2024

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 look carefully, you might just spot him. Yes, you read that right: “Find Waldo Local” is back in July!

As we've done in the past, multiple local businesses in Fairhaven and Downtown Lynden will participate in a scavenger hunt all month long.

Do you think YOU can find Waldo? Pick up a passport from either location of Village Books and Paper Dreams or one of the other participating merchants, then look for the guy in stripes. He'll be hiding somewhere in each of the businesses listed on the passport. If you can find Waldo in 10 different stores, you can come back to Village Books for a cool Waldo sticker (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 list of participating businesses.


Join our Grand Celebrations at Village Books in Fairhaven AND in Lynden

Wednesday, July 31, 2pm

Stop by either store for games, treats, and the prize drawing for scavenger hunt participants. Come in your red stripes and glasses!

We hope you'll join us as we search for Waldo all around Fairhaven and Downtown Lynden in July!

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Camping & Outdoor Activities

Non-Fiction for Kids

Hike It: An Introduction to Camping, Hiking, and Backpacking through the U.S.A. by Iron Tazz, illustrated by Martin Stanev available in June, hardcover, Abrams

This fully-illustrated book is the perfect introduction to enjoying America's great outdoors. Explore 20 National Parks with incredible trails that take you past snowcapped mountains, along stunning coastlines, and through ancient forests, and discover the majesty of nature with glorious artwork throughout. This book is packed with practical information, too.

Young adventurers 7+ will learn about:

• Navigating, and what to do if you get lost

• Essential hiking equipment

• How to leave no trace and protect the environment

• Pooping in the woods!

• Staying safe in the heat, snow, and rain

• Fire safety and setting up camp

• Encountering wildlife and safety

• Locating the North Star and understanding the night sky

Science & Nature

The Secret Life of the Forest : Trees, Animals, and Fungi by Jana Sedlackova, illustrated by Katarina Kratochvilova available in July, hardcover, Albatros Media

With Little Seed as your guide, come discover the interconnected world of trees, animals, and fungi in this informative, fun-filled illustrated book for kids. Ages 6-9.


The Ocean Explorer's Drawing Guide For Kids : Step-by-Step Lessons for Observing and Drawing Sea Creatures, Plants, and Birds by Brad Woodard, Krystal Woodard Explorer's Drawing Guide For Kids Series available in July, paperback, Rocky Nook Become an ocean explorer with this interactive guidebook with step-by-step drawing lessons and fascinating facts about amazing sea creatures!


Lessons from Our Ancestors: Uncovering Ancient World Wisdom by Raksha Dave, illustrated by Kimberlie Clinthorne-Wong avaialble in June, hardcover, Magic Cat Archaeologist and broadcaster Raksha Dave casts a spotlight on forgotten histories and misrepresented stories using 50 objects unearthed during archaeological digs to show how we discover more about ancient civilizations. This groundbreaking book offers a fresh perspective on our past to inspire you to build a better future.



The Magical Science of Feelings:

Train Your Amazing Brain to Quiet Anger, Soothe Sadness, Calm Worry, and Share Joy by Jen Daily, illustrated by Gwen Millward available in June, hardcover, Storey

Clinical social worker Jen Daily helps kids understand the science behind feelings, taking them on a lively tour of the brain to see where anger, anxiety, sadness, and joy start, and offering activities for calming emotions.

Summer slide—the loss of new skills gained during the school year —isn't new, but it has worsened because of education setbacks brought on by the disruption of schooling during the pandemic. In addition to reading, intentionally weaving learning and skills practice into everyday activities can go a long way. Try playing board games, plan a scavenger hunt, follow recipes, play alphabet games with road signs... there are loads of opportunities for learning. Just have fun!

Top Notch Titles

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There are many benefits of LGBTQ+ books for readers of all ages and backgrounds. Whether they're a member of the LGBTQ+ community or not, having the opportunity to read about different perspectives helps children prepare for living in this diverse world. These books help inform and educate readers about accepting differences and reducing stereotypes, providing meaningful messages of keeping an open heart to others. From picture books to chapter books, and graphic novels, everyone should be able to see themselves and their lives reflected in quality literature. Read Proud!

Board Book

Love Under the Stars

by Mudpuppy, illustrated by Katy Tanis available now, board book, Mudpuppy

A celebration of love under the stars for babies and toddlers! Love Under The Stars is a dreamy companion to our bestselling board book Love In The Wild! Each page is filled with vibrant colors and charming illustrations of different animals expressing love at nighttime.

Middle Grade Graphic Novels



by Caroline Palmer available in June, paperback, Atheneum Books for Young Readers Perfect for fans of Victoria Jamieson and Raina Telgemeier, this heartwarming middle grade graphic novel follows two nonbinary kids who navigate anxiety and identity while having fun and forming friendships at their summer orchestra camp.

Young Adult Romance Time and Time Again

by Chatham Greenfield

available in July, hardcover, Bloomsbury YA


Picture Book Gorgeously Me!

by Jonathan Van Ness, illustrated by Kamala Nair available in June, hardcover, Flamingo

A celebration of all the things that make you extraordinary, unique, and gorgeously YOU, by Jonathan Van Ness, New York Times bestselling author and star of the Netflix hit show Queer Eye. Being true to yourself and showing the world who you are isn't always easy. Gorgeously Me assures young readers that they are loved and cherished, exactly as they are. A joyous, lyrical ode of pride and self love and a celebration of all of the things that make us exceptional.

On August 6th, Phoebe Mendel woke up to find herself stuck in a time loop. Ever since, she’s been reliving the same day: pancakes with Mom, Scrabble with Dad, and a search for answers on how to escape and make it to her appointment with a doctor who takes her IBS seriously. It’s the same thing day after day—until Phoebe’s childhood crush Jess comes crashing into the time loop. Now stuck too, Jess convinces Phoebe to break out of her routine and have fun. From splurging on concert tickets, to enacting harmless revenge, to all-night road trips, Jess pulls Phoebe further and further out of her comfort zone—and deeper in love with Jess. But the more Phoebe falls, the more she must grapple with dreams of a future that may be impossible to reach.

Young Adult Romance Exes & Foes

by Amanda Woody available in July, paperback, Viking To Emma, Caleb sets the record for World’s Largest Stick in the Mud. Uptight,unbearably tidy, and a rule-follower, he’s exactly the kind of boring person her mother wishes she was. When she discovers they’re both after Juliet, the new girl, Emma proposes a competition to nudge him out of the way. Whoever can get Juliet to kiss them first wins, and the opposition must bow out with the promise of never talking to her again.

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Middle Readers

Red Bird

Danced by Dawn Quigley

available in June, hardcover, Harper Collins

Acclaimed author Dawn Quigley’s (Ojibwe) first middle grade fiction is a powerful, lyrical novel in verse about Ariel (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) and Tomah (Fort Peck Assiniboine), who live in a large urban Native housing project. Ariel is dealing with a beloved aunt who is missing, and Tomah is coping with difficulty reading—but they both find beauty and strength in their intertribal community.

Breaking Into Sunlight

available in June, hardcover,

Young Readers

This powerful and compassionate book follows a family’s journey through the turbulence of parental addiction—and the moments of connection and healing that break through the dark days. In the United States today, an estimated one in eight kids live with a parent with a substance-abuse problem. Written with bracing honesty, deep sympathy, and tenderness for all its characters, Breaking into Sunlight offers readers a powerful affirmation that no one is alone.

Night Stories:


by Liniers

The Spindle of Fate

by Aimee Lim

available in June, hardcover, Feiwel & Friends

When Evie Mei discovers that her recently passed mother was the head of a guild of magical weavers, she enters the Chinese netherworld to try and bring her back. Inspired by Chinese mythology, Aimee Lim’s debut middle grade peers into the dark and gritty underworld, while showcasing the unbreakable bond between a family and the lengths we’ll go to save them.

They Call Me No Sam!

by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Mike Lowery available in June, hardcover, Clarion Books

From Drew Daywalt, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Day the Crayons Quit, and illustrator Mike Lowery comes a heavily illustrated, paper-over-board middle grade novel about Sam, a noble pug who will go to any lengths to protect his family from the bad guys! Meet Sam: an insolent pug—and accidental hero—who will stop at nothing to protect his family!

from Latin America –A TOON Graphic

available in June, paperback, Astra Publishing House

Graphic Novels

Eisner Award winner Liniers brings his exuberant cartooning style and irrepressible sense of humor to the spooky folktales of his childhood, telling three from across Latin America: the Iara, a mermaid (or a pink dolphin?) who lures young men to her underwater domain in the Amazon basin; La Lechuza, an enormous owl with the face of a woman, who terrorizes people who venture out after dark (a legend found in Mexico, Chile, and Uruguay); and La Luz Mala, a spooky, evanescent light that menaces gauchos and other travelers on the Argentine pampas. Liniers animates these thrilling tales with lighthearted twists. Combined with informative backmatter on their ecological, cultural, and historical background and a bibliography, these old stories will come alive for all young readers, from those who have grown up hearing them to those who are encountering them for the first time.

Sink or Swim

by Veronica Agarwal, Lee Durfey-Lavoie

available in June, paperback, Penguin Random House Summer is here! School’s out, the pool is open, and new adventures with friends await! But what happens when twelve year old Ty’s anxiety has other plans? From the world of Just Roll With It comes a boy-centric graphic novel about accepting yourself even when it’s a little scary.


by Johnnie Christmas

available in July, hardcover & paperback, Harper Collins

In Johnnie Christmas’s newest offering, a video gamer’s championship aspirations are dashed when his parents send him to Camp Reset, a summer camp where electronics are forbidden and you're forced to socialize, eat healthy, and spend time outside. Gamerville is a timely and vulnerable exploration of the importance of human connection and what it means to run in a pack.

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Young Adult Reads

Jupiter Rising

A powerful, affirming companion to award-winning author Gary Schmidt’s novel Orbiting Jupiter about family, friendship, and a boy named Jack who starts out running on the track team, and ends up running toward his future.

Thrillers & Suspense

Bad Graces

available in June, hardcover, Katherine Tegen

Yellowjackets meets House of Hollow in award-winning author Kyrie McCauley’s gripping and magical YA thriller following a group of young women as they face the stress of harsh elements, a mysterious monster, and an unraveling of secrets after their yacht is wrecked off the coast of North America.

Fantasy Legacy of Orisha #03 Children of Anguish and Anarchy

by Tomi Adeyemi

available in June, hardcover, Henry Holt Featuring gorgeous designed edges, dazzling metallic foil designs on the jacket and case, and an exclusive endpaper map that reveals new unexplored territories, Tomi Adeyemi’s #1 New York Times -bestselling Legacy of Orisha series comes to an earth-shaking conclusion.

Thrillers & Suspense Such Charming Liars

available in July, hardcover, Delacorte Press

The newest mystery from the author of One of Us Is Lying, the Queen of thrillers, Karen M. McManus! When mother-daughter grifters set out on their final job, the heist gets deadly and dangerously personal.

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The Midnight Game

by Cynthia Murphy available in July, paperback, Delacorte Press

Reading Recommendations For Teens By Teens

Y.A.R.C. (yark), n. 1. Young Adult Review Committee.

2. A select group of local teens and young adults reading and writing reviews of brand-spanking-new books. 3. Awesome.

Here are reviews for some of the books our teen committee members have enjoyed. All of these titles are available now or for pre-order from Village Books and Paper Dreams!

The Midnight Game is a deliciously chilling novel, composed of twists, turns, and a complex cast of characters. A group of teens meet up in the dead of night to summon a mysterious entity known as the Midnight Man. As long as they follow a short list of rules, they'll leave unscathed. But as the clock strikes midnight, they soon realize that this game might not be as fun as they'd hoped. I couldn't put this book down! Every page kept me hooked until I read the entire thing in just one night. If you are a young adult horror fan, then The Midnight Game is a mustread. –Cassie, age 16

Made Glorious

by Lindsay Eagar

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

Readers' thirst for unlikely heroes is quenched by this thrilling, wildly entertaining novel. Hero isn't the right word though, as Rory (an overlooked scholarship student at her elite school) is less than heroic as she connives her way to a leading role in her final play. These actions reveal the dichotomy of our prima donna, as does Eagar's writing, which is equally humorous as it is intense. Dizzying perspective changes and a shocking plot force readers to keep turning the pages. It's tragic and terrible, but how can you look away? –Logan, age 15

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Enjoy additional reviews on our Y.A.R.C. web page at and on display at Village Books in Fairhaven!

Heiress Takes All

by Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka available in June,, hardcover, Little, Brown Books

Years after her parent's divorce, Olivia finds herself desperate to get revenge on her dad and pay her mom's medical bills. The solution to both? She gathers a ragtag team — including a baker and her former English teacher — to sneak into her dad's wedding and pull off the perfect heist. This book dropped me right in the middle of the action, the fast pace pulling me out of a reading slump. I would recommend it to fans of The Inheritance Games.  –Autumn, age 15

The Ballad of Darcy and Russell

by Morgan Matson available now, hardcover Simon & Schuster/ Young Readers

If you're a fan of a sweet romance this is a book for you. The Ballad of Darcy and Russell is the story of two almost college students falling in love over the course of one day. It gives them the chance to get to know each other without knowing everything about each other's lives, something that makes a unique romance book. It's a fun, light read, but it still has unexpected turns that will keep you guessing what will happen next. –Lola, age 14

Take All of Us

Five years ago, a parasite infested the waters of a west Virginian town. Ian, used to anxiety and strokes, gets infested with the parasite during an evacuation in the mall. Determined to survive, he bands together with a former rival and a jaded prepper. I admired the author for how even in an apocalyptic setting the tone in the book was still mostly light because of Ian’s anxiety. I would recommend this book for people who like queer romance and darker humor. –Gwen, age 14

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Young Adult's Recommend

Stepping Off

by Jordan Sonnenblick

available in June, hardcover, Scholastic

I could not put down this book! Jordan Sonnenblick spins a fantastic tale of a quiet high schooler navigating his complicated love life and messy family dynamics during the Covid-19 pandemic. The unpredictable plot kept me guessing about what was to come. I recommend this book to other teens who like books about relationships and who are prepared to relive the Covid pandemic. –Marley, age 14


available now, hardcover,

Trajectory is the perfect book for you if you like World War II historical fiction. Eleanor, a 17 year-old girl from Pennsylvania who is also a genius when it comes to math, is invited to a dark room in which several women are waiting. They are all there because of their genius math skills. The novel then follows the main character and her moral dilemma of wanting to be part of scientific discovery and the horror that comes with war. –Phoebe, age 14

Shooting for Stars

available now,

Shooting for Stars is a quirky romance that feels both charmingly unique and relatable. Skylar is willing to do anything to finish her mom's neutron star research, including applying for a NASA internship in secret. Her determination to make the perfect video submission ropes in a cast of lovable characters. Highlights include: Cooper (a member of her high school's film club), Five (her pet rat), and Charli (a famous beauty influencer). This book is filled with neverending heartfelt and funny moments that make it a perfect feel-good read. –Anna, age 17


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Misdirection of Fault Lines

by Anna Gracia

available now, hardcover, Peachtree Teen

The Misdirection of Fault Lines is an exciting and endearing novel that will propel even the most athletically hopeless to put on a pleated skirt and run to the nearest tennis court. The three protagonists all enter the Bastille tournament with their own struggles, ranging from grief to addiction, battling them as well as their opponents on the court. This novel balances tough topics with sweet moments making for a perfectly sporty coming-of-age read. –Coco, age 16


by Seema Yasmin

available in July, hardcover, Simon & Schuster/ Young Readers

Yasmin crafts an honest depiction of an America not too distant from our own following teen activist Noor and perfectionist Laylah. Abortions are illegal and well-meaning people do risky acts of great courage... sometimes ending with the wrong results. This rise-up novel will have you wanting to rise up and rally! Through a fast-paced plot filled with wire tappings and illegal mosque clinics, Yasmin reminds us of a valuable lesson: you can do everything right and still get it wrong. But, in the end, it's not about perfection but progress.  –Kaatri, age 18


by Samuel Teer

available in June, paperback, Versify Brownstone is an endearing story about finding family and navigating the complexities of heritage and where you fit in your community. A sweet, quick read, this graphic novel had pockets of humor while still depicting the hardships that were faced. The illustrations were awesome and brought the story a lot of depth. –Lola, 14

Check out the Y.A.R.C. recommendation display in the young adult section at Village Books in Fairhaven!

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Sync by Ellen Hopkins

available in August, hardcover, Nancy Paulson

Told in dual perspectives through unsent letters, at turns heartbreaking and always honest, this latest novel in verse from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ellen Hopkins is a searing and unforgettable account of two teens caught in the teeth of the foster care system, fighting their way out and back to each other.

Young Adult


Friday, August 9, 5pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

Our Divine Mischief by Hanna C. Howard

available now, hardcover, Blink

Beneath These Cursed Stars

by Lexi Ryan

available in July, hardcover, Harperteen

A perfect continuation to the These Hollow Vows series, but with Brie’s sister as the main focus! Lexi Ryan takes on a different writing style with parallel points of view and new world-building. The struggles and inner turmoil of our new main characters and their love interests felt realistic and the plot twists and turns made it impossible to put down! Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. –Bee

Interested in political intrigue, Scottish culture, drama, books with multiple perspectives, and/or the ever-growing romantasy genre? Our Divine Mischief by Hanna C. Howard is the perfect read for you. This sweeping YA fantasy inspired by Scottish history and folklore, takes readers on a journey told in three voices: a determined heroine, an outcast young man, and a wish-granting canine. Their adventure spans an island fishing village to the king’s court in a story about identity, belonging, and the love between a human and her dog.

Shift Happen s: The History of Labor in the United States by J. Albert Mann

available in June, hardcover, Harper Collins


You need to work to live. That’s the truth for most people, and plenty of people in power have been abusing that truth for centuries. For readers of Stamped and America Redux , Shift Happens is an accessible and comprehensive YA history of the way the labor movement has shaped America and how it intersects with many of the major issues facing modern teens. An engaging look at the history of the worker actions that brought us weekends, pay equality, desegregation, an end to child labor, and so much more.


Adult Graphic Novels

Protector of The Small #01 First Test Graphic Novel

by Tamora Pierce, illustrated by Becca Farrow available in July, paperback, Penguin Random House

This eagerly awaited graphic novel adaptation of the iconic fantasy novel, First Test, reimagines the classic knight's tale, but with a twist. In a world not quite ready for her ambition, a determined girl seeks knighthood and finds herself on a mission to prove it.

Age 16

by Rosena Fung available in July, paperback, Annick Press

A powerful coming-of-age graphic novel about how mothers and daughters pass down—and rebel against—standards of size, gender, race, beauty, and worth. When Roz’s estranged por por abruptly arrives for a seemingly indefinite visit, three generations are now under one roof. Delicate relationships are suddenly upended, and long suppressed family secrets begin to surface.

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Motherhood by the Book

Join Claire for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood—both fiction and non-fiction. By no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home, this group meets on the second Sunday of most months at 2pm in the writer's corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven.

Village Books both hosts and co-sponsors a variety of lively book groups and YOU are invited to join in! All are welcome.

Find additional information under the Readers Corner tab at Book groups are free to attend - no registration required.

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Lynden Front Streeters

June 9 – Did Ye Hear Mammy Died? by Seamas O'Reilly

*July 7 – Fight Night by Miriam Toews *Meeting a week earlier than usual August 11 – Living High : An Unconventional Biography by June Burn

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Let's chat, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written.

We meet in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven the THIRD Monday of the month at 6pm.

June 17 –The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John M. Barry

July 15 –Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild

August 19 –Myth America: Historians Take On the Biggest Legends and Lies About Our Past by Kevin M. Kruse & Julian E. Zelizer

"Variety is the spice of life!" Join the Front Streeters book group as they discuss books from a variety of genres. They meet in the conference room of the Inn at Lynden (adjacent to Village Books) the third Wednesday of each month at 7pm.

*June 12 –Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History *Meeting a week earlier in June! by Luis Alberto Urrea

Front Streeters reading selections on page 36.

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

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Afternoon Book Chat

Join Sittrea in the Readings Gallery on the second Wednesday of the month at 1pm for a lively early afternoon book chat. Everyone welcome.

June 12 –Joan is Okay by Weike Wang

July 10 –Horse by Geraldine Brooks

August 14 –Finding the Mother Tree by Suzanne Simard

Unless otherwise noted, authors do not attend our book groups.

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Friday, June 7, 6pm


–The Adventures and Misadventures of an Early Peace Corps Volunteer

About to earn a bachelor's degree, Dan Taylor was floundering with no sense of purpose. Then, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps and he knew immediately what he was going to do. He applied to the Peace Corps and was accepted in February 1962 for a program in Colombia. The Peace Corps is now 62 years old, and over 240,000 volunteers have served in 60 countries This memoir is a brutally honest look at Dan's experience in those early Peace Corps days. It is a detailed personal account of a formative time in the history of the Peace Corps. Join him in the Readings Gallery to hear about it first hand!

Saturday, June 8, 6pm ALL AGES


–Old Enough to Know


All ages are welcome to join us in the Readings Gallery to celebrate and discuss Old Enough to Know, a middle grade novel that explores identity and understanding. It follows nine-year-old Mohammed Abu Srour and his 16-year-old sister as they move to a new city where they face a challenging first week of school. Their grandmother grounds them in her story: from a peasant village in Palestine, struggling for survival in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem, to coming to the U.S. Alice Rothchild, author, filmmaker, and physician, is focused on human rights and social justice. She writes and lectures widely, is the author of a number of books addressing health and human rights issues in Israel/Palestine. She was last in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza in August 2023. Purchase a copy of Old Enough to Know at registration to receive a complimentary copy of Alice’s documentary, Voices Across the Divide.

Unless otherwise noted, events take place at Village Books in Fairhaven 1200 11th St., Bellingham WA

Registration to save your seat is required for most events. When a $5 fee applies, you will receive a voucher for that amount to use for purchases at the event! Tickets may be available at the door. Details at VILLAGEBOOKS.COM

Saturday, June 8, 7pm

Pride Anthems

Booked at the Baker

The story of the fight for LGBTQ+ equality is linked to music, which evokes the struggles, heartache, and liberation of queer lives then and now.

Join Mount Baker Theatre and Village Books in celebrating Pride Month with a journey through the past 50 years of pride anthems! Tickets available through

Sunday, June 9, 11am-1pm

All Ages Story Time


Roller Betties hit the pages at Village Books! They'll trade in their skates for storybooks as they read about roller skating adventures to all ages. Bellingham’s junior roller derby league The Subdued City Rollers will make an appearance on skates to meet and greet. Free to attend! No registration necessary. Don't miss out!

Sunday, June 9, 5pm


–Season of Shattered Dreams: Postwar Baseball, the Spokane Indians, and a Tragic Bus Crash That Changed Everything

Registered attendees will receive a free ticket to one Bellingham Bells game this season!

On June 24, 1946, in the wake of World War II, a bus carrying 16 members of the Spokane Indians baseball team departed Eastern Washington for their next series in Bremerton. By nightfall, seven players were dead, eight were hospitalized, and one was hitchhiking back to Spokane. Eric Vickrey is an Illinois native with a lifelong love of baseball. He has written dozens of articles as a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and is the author of two books.

Monday, June 10, 6pm


–As the Sky Begins to Change: Poems

In his third poetry collection from Red Hen Press, Kim Stafford gathers poems that sing with empathy, humor, witness, and story. Poems in this book have been set to music, quoted in the New York Times, posted online in the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day series, gathered in a chapbook sold to benefit Ukrainian refugees, posted online in response to Supreme Court decisions, and in other ways engaged with a world at war with itself, testifying for the human project hungry for kinship and thirsting for the oxygen of healing song. Check out his poetry workshop at 2pm - read more at Sustain

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Writing Workshops & Classes

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Open Mic with Seán Dwyer

Last Mondays from 6-7pm

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. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Seán Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email Seán at to secure your spot!

(special date) June 17• July 29 • August 26


KIDS OPEN MIC with Seán Dwyer

Last Mondays from 5-6pm

Village Books in Fairhaven invites kids 18 and under to share their own stories, poems and essays. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author Seán Dwyer will host. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Seán at to secure a spot!

(special date) June 17 • July 29 • August 26

Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater

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Open Mic

Second Tuesdays from 6-8pm

Chuckanut Sandstone Writers Theater (CSWT) Open Mic is held at Village Books in Fairhaven and on Zoom on the second Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm. Our CSWT emcee is Carla Shafer, who founded Bellingham’s first continuous Open Mic in Bellingham in 1991. Pre-registration to read is encouraged a so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email Carla Shafer at to secure your spot!

June 11 • July 9 • August 6 (special date)

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Thursday, June 13, 6pm


–This Penis Business Georganne Chapin's memoir exposes the business of medical circumcision, a common but harmful and unnecessary surgery inflicted by U.S. doctors on nearly 1.5 million baby boys every year, The surgery results in lifelong adverse consequences. Chapin reveals circumcision’s roots in superstition, bad science and profit-driven medical practices, urging awareness and action.

Friday, June 14, 6pm LEIF ENGER

–I Cheerfully Refuse

Don’t miss this with the author of the bestselling American classic Peace Like a River, in-store in the Readings Gallery! Register today to reserve your seat. I Cheerfully Refuse is the tale of a bereaved and pursued musician embarking under sail on a sentient Lake Superior in search of his departed, deeply beloved, bookselling wife. Rainy, an endearing bear of an Orphean narrator, seeks refuge in the harbors, fogs, and remote islands of the inland sea. Encountering lunatic storms and rising corpses from the warming depths, Rainy finds on land an increasingly desperate and illiterate people, a malignant billionaire ruling class, crumbled infrastructure, and a lawless society. Amidst the Gulliver-like challenges of life at sea and no safe landings,

Saturday, June 15, 2pm IN LYNDEN


–Old Barns of Whatcom County

Join photographer Jeff Barclay at Village Books in Lynden as he shares a breathtaking presentation of the old barns of Whatcom County. Jeff Barclay has created a wonderful pictorial display of 111 old barns from the most northwest county in the continental United States. The book showcases the many archetectural styles of barns found in the area, each with its own beauty and character.

A Nature of Writing Series Event

Saturday, June 15, 6pm


–Wisdom of Place : A Guide to Recovering the Sacred Origins of Landscape

Literature LIVE!

Unless otherwise noted, events take place at Village Books in Fairhaven

Sunday, June 16, 6pm


–Unbuild Walls: Why Immigrant Justice Needs Abolition

An event not to be missed. In the wake of post-9/11 xenophobia, Obama's record-level deportations, Trump's immigration policies, and the 2020 uprisings for racial justice, the US remains entrenched in a circular discourse regarding migrant justice. As organizer Silky Shah argues in Unbuild Walls, we must move beyond building nicer cages or advocating for comprehensive immigration reform. Our only hope for creating a liberated society for all, she insists, is abolition.

Tuesday, June 18, 6pm

JAMES L. SUTTER in conversation with Alina Pete –The Ghost of Us

We hosted James L. Sutter last year for his YA debut novel Darkhearts, and are thrilled to welcome him back for The Ghost of Us!

James L. Sutter is a co-creator of the best-selling Pathfinder and Starfinder roleplaying games. He’s the author of the young adult romance novel Darkhearts, as well as the fantasy novels Death's Heretic and The Redemption Engine. His short stories have appeared in Nightmare, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, the best-seller Machine of Death, and more. James lives in Seattle, where he's performed with bands ranging from metalcore to musical theater. Alina Pete is a nehiyaw (Cree) artist and writer from Little Pine First Nation in western Saskatchewan. Alina is best known for their Aurora award-winning webcomic, Weregeek (, but they also write short stories, poems and RPG supplements, and their work has been featured in several comic anthologies, including Moonshot Volumes 2 & 3.

Thursday, June 20, 6pm


–Better, Faster, Farther : How Running Changed Everything We Know About Women

Welcome renowned landscape architects Elizabeth Boults and Chip Sullivan to the Readings Gallery as they share Wisdom of Place. Now more than ever we need to be advocates for the earth. Through word and image the authors reference the ecological and environmental concepts found at the core of traditional knowledge and provide a new context for environmental engagement that merges the spiritual and phenomenological with the scientific and empirical.

Want a signed edition of the book but can’t make it to the event? Order over the phone or through and write your request for a signature or personalization in the comments field at checkout. Please call if you’re placing your order within 24 hours of the event.

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Village Books is thrilled to welcome Maggie Mertens as she discusses her book Better, Faster, Farther. More than a century ago, a woman ran in the very first modern Olympic marathon. She just did it without permission. Mertens transports us from that first boundary-breaking marathon in Greece, 1896, to the earliest “official” women’s races of the 20th century to today’s most intense ultramarathons like the infamous Spine Race, whose current record holder is a woman. Besides consistently shattering misconceptions about women’s athleticism, Maggie Mertens is also a writer, journalist, and editor located in Seattle.

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Friday, June 21, 6pm


–The Boy From a Town That Isn’t Even a Town LOCAL AUTHOR

Local Bellingham author Gordon Braun tells the story of his growing up in The Boy From a Town That Isn’t Even a Town, in which a 13-year-old Seattle Times paperboy discovers a talent that changes the trajectory of his life as he comes of age in Shoreline, Washington. This memoir is his first published book. Braun attended Cromwell Elementary, Cordell Junior High, and Shoreline High School. After a record-setting track and cross-country career as a schoolboy, he was rewarded with an athletic scholarship to the University of Washington where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. He is a retired business executive, consultant, teacher, and coach.

Saturday, June 22 & Sunday, June 23

20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE in Fairhaven AND Lynden

We're celebrating our 44 years as your community bookstore with our annual storewide sale! Take advantage of 20% off most merchandise throughout both stores! Some restrictions do apply so please ask one of our booksellers for details.

Monday, June 24, 6pm


–The Power of Days: A Story of Resilience, Dignity, and the Fight for Women’s Equity

Don’t miss celebrating this inspiring book from Celeste Mergens, founder of Days for Girls International. The Power of Days tells the story of Celeste's quest to rally a global response to elevate menstrual health, increase universal access to menstrual supplies, shatter stigma through education, and advocate for global policy change.

Tuesday, June 25, 6pm

SANDY LAWRENCE –Climate Dragon: Treachery, Pestilence, and Weirding Weather

After an excellent event in Lynden, join us in welcoming S.W. Lawrence to Bellingham as he shares the first in a series of three novels! Set in the near future, with the first three chapters of Climate Dragon kicking off the three intertwining narrative threads.

Wednesday, June 26, 6pm

–Examined Life : A Western Washington Poets Network Anthology

edited by Griffith H. Williams

This anthology embraces poets from Bellingham to Vancouver, Washington. Hand set in lead type and printed on an old cast iron letterpress, this chapbook looks and feels like those of earlier generations. It comes as no surprise that the 55 poets represented have unique, dynamic, and timely words.

Literature LIVE!

Thursday, June 27, 7pm

THE CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR at the Hotel Leo featuring ELAINA ELLIS and guest poet RENA PRIEST

Thanks for Your Support!

Join us for the live taping of our own radio variety show—an evening of comedy, poetry, music, and literature. Join us in welcoming Elaina M. Ellis, poet, curator, performing artist, and editor of the new story collection Someplace Generous to the June Radio Hour. She will be joined by American Book Award-winning poet Rena Priest. Tickets $5 - available now!

Thursday, June 28-29


Immerse yourself in a world of words and inspiration as we present the Chuckanut Writers Conference 2024: “Return to Your Senses.” See page 29 and for details and registration information. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, June 29, 4pm LOCAL POETS! Group Poetry Reading

JULENE WEAVER –Slow Now With Clear Skies


–I Weave a Nest of Foil and SUSAN LANDGRAF –Journey of Trees

Join us in welcoming these three wonderful poets to the Readings Gallery where they'll share their work. They’ll read from their collections, exploring themes of HIV and AIDS; peculiar lullabies; the pandemic; reading and writing; and life and death.

• Julene Tripp Weaver, a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle, worked in AIDS services for 21 years. Her third poetry collection, truth be bold— Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS , was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards, and won the Bisexual Book Award. Her latest book, Slow Now With Clear Skies was just released.

• Arlene Naganawa’s chapbooks include Private Graveyard , The Scarecrow Bride, The Ark and the Bear, and We Were Talking About When We Had Bodies. Arlene is a past recipient of City of Seattle Artist and Artist Trust grants.

• Susan Landgraf is an Academy of American Poets’ Laureate Award recipient and has published five books, including What We Bury Changes the Ground and The Inspired Poet, and more than 400 poems in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, Poet Lore and others.

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Arlene Naganawa poems I Weave a Nest of Foil


Thursday, July 4 - Special Hours

Happy 4th of July

Have fun, be safe, and thanks for always celebrating your local Independents! Please note our hours for the day:


• LYNDEN: Open regular hours - 10am-5pm

Saturday, July 6

Fairhaven Outdoor Cinema Summer Series Kick Off!

The tradition continues! The Fairhaven Association is excited to invite you to spend your Saturday evenings on the Fairhaven Village Green this summer. Enjoy live entertainment and a great line-up of movies. Find a schedule and details on page 4.


Join the throngs in downtown Bellingham for the Pride Parade and Festival during this celebration of inclusiveness and support. Say hi to Village Books as we march!

Wednesday, July 10, 6pm


–The Artist's Joy:

A Guide to Getting Unstuck, Embracing Imperfection, and Loving Your Creative Life

Whether you are a dabbler, a career creative, or a longtime self-proclaimed ""tortured artist,"" Dr. Merideth Hite Estevez is here to help. Join us as she introduces her new book—the ultimate guide for creatives of all disciplines and levels to discover a sustainable, joyful artistic practice. She's here to help artists at all levels and in all disciplines build a creative life that resonates deeply with their core values, and to cultivate an artistic practice that is joyful and sustainable.

Thursday, July 11, 6pm

Village Books Literary Citizenship Awards Ceremony

Founded in 2023, this award honors people who have demonstrated a commitment to engage with the literary community with the intent of giving as much, if not more so, than they receive. Join us we induct the 2024 recipients—Linda Lambert, Seán Dwyer, and David Beaumier—into the Village Books Literary Citizen Hall of Fame. Read more on pages 5-6.

Saturday, July 13, 10am-12pm Book Signing

Village Books in Fairhaven Main Floor


Join author Laurie Noelle Bennett and illustrator Sharon Beth as they table with their kids books about human rights! Chat about The Twins and Kitty Pumpkin and get your copy signed! (not a presentation)

Literature LIVE!

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery at VIllage Books in Fairhaven Register to save your seat at Fees may apply.


Saturday, July 13, 2pm


–Black Dahlia Avenger at Village Books in Lynden

Join Steve Hodel, local author, former homicide detective, and son of the alleged Black Dahlia murderer Hodel, as he shares his decades-long investigative work into the case. In 1947, the sadistic murder of a beautiful young woman led to the largest manhunt in LA history. The killer taunted the police and the public, but his identity remained a mystery. Until now… A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-beforepublished forensic evidence and photographs, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”


Saturday, July 20, 2pm


–Naked in the Now: Juicy Practices for Getting Present

Sample some juicy practices for getting present with Marijke McCandless —mindfulness coach, writer, and playfulness instigator. Together, we’ll explore self-discovery through brief, impactful practices that foster curiosity, mindset shifts, and vulnerability acceptance. Attendees will leave with a newfound sense of self, and a short, few minute long practice to take into their day-to-day life.

Saturday, July 20, 6:35pm


Joe Martin Field, Bellingham Head out to the ball field as the Bellingham Bells host the Port Angeles Lefties—a special 25th Anniversary Celebration! Be sure to stop by the Village Books booth where authors Kent Holsather and Wes Gannaway will be signing copies of their book, Bays to Bells: The Story of Baseball in Whatcom County. Don't miss out! Game tickets at

Additions and changes to this schedule will occur so check out to stay updated—or even better, let us come to you! Register for the Village Books eNewsletter!

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Literature LIVE!

Sunday, July 21, 6pm LOCAL POET


–All This Divide Bellingham writer and poet Jory Mickelson is joining us in the Readings Gallery to share their latest collection of poetry, All This Divide. It circles and circles again the contemporary world in crisis: pandemics, environmental collapse, unending war, and unfettered consumption. These poems investigate the history and legacy of the West. Each layer has its own story to tell and also touches upon the stories that come before and after. Jory Mickelson's first book, Wilderness//Kingdom, is winner of a 2020 High Plains Book Award. They are the recipient of fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, The Desert Rat Writers Residency, Dear Butte, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico.

Book Launch!

Free Family Event!

Tuesday, July 23, 6pm KEITH NEGLEY

–The Running Machine : The Invention of the Very First Bicycle Bestselling author and illustrator Keith Negley is returning to Village Books for the launch party of his newest picture book The Running Machine, which is sure to inspire inventors and dreamers both young and old! Before there were trains or cars or planes, people rode horses to travel from place to place. Then came the year without a summer, when a cloud of volcanic ash blocked the sun, and crops withered across half the world. With no oats to eat, horses grew too weak to walk. Everyone despaired–how would they get around? But one day, a young forester had a bright idea in the darkness… Inspired by true events, The Running Machine shows how resilience in the face of adversity can lead to something wondrous. Keith’s previous picture books include Mary Wears What She Wants (one of our favorites), My Dad Used to Be Cool, and Tough Guys Have Feelings, Too.

Never Miss Out!

Wednesday, July 24, 6:35pm

Village Books at the Bellingham Bells

Joe Martin Field, Bellingham

Join us as the Bellingham Bells take on the Kelowna Falcons. Stop by the Village Books table and say Hi!

We'll have prizes and a wheel to spin, plus a little something extra for anyone who joins us dressed up as Waldo! Pssst, it's a Seniors Wednesday game! fans over 65 receive 50% off ticket prices. Tickets available at

Wednesday, July 31, 2pm

Two Find Waldo Celebrations

In Fairhaven AND In Lynden

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

Weekly StoryTimes

• Tuesdays at 11am in Fairhaven

• Saturdays at 11am in Lynden

Stop by with your little ones for stories, movement, and fun.

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Wednesday, August 7, 5:30pm

Midsummer Mindfulness

Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out. Free to Attend

Free YA Event!

Friday, August 9, 5pm


–Our Divine Mischief

Interested in political intrigue, Scottish culture, drama, books with multiple perspectives, and/or the ever-growing romantasy genre?

Our Divine Mischief by Hanna C. Howard is the perfect read for you. Told in three voices (a determined heroine, an outcast, and a poetic canine), this novel explores identity and belonging. Join us in the Readings Gallery on August 9th to learn more, and to pick up a copy yourself!

Book Launch!

Tuesday, August 13, 6pm


–A Werewolf’s Guide to Seducing a Vampire

We're thrilled to welcome back local author and friend of the store Sarah Hawley for the launch party of her third novel, A Werewolf's Guide to Seducing a Vampire! Don't miss out on the official release of this spicy romance. After drunkenly bidding on and winning a supposedly possessed crystal on eBay, werewolf Ben Rosewood finds himself face-to-face with a beautiful yet angry vampire succubus, Eleonore Bettencort-Devereux. Eleonore would claw this werewolf’s heart out and eat it, if only the binding spell would allow her to. But Eleonore and Ben soon realize they can help each other with both vengeful and less hostile needs. And why not have a little fun along the way?

Sarah Hawley is a cohost of the Wicked Wallflowers Club podcast and the author of A Witch’s Guide to Fake Dating a Demon and A Demon's Guide to Wooing a Witch.

Can't make the event? No worries–pre-order a signed copy of A Werewolf's Guide to Seducing a Vampire on our website! You can also pre-order the first book in an upcoming series by Sarah Hawley, Servant of Earth, at the same time.

Literature LIVE!

September - Save the Dates!

Saturday, September 7, 11am


Saturday, September 7, 4pm STEPHEN D. ORSINI –Nightmare on the Scottie

Friday, September 13, 6pm JOSH TUININGA –We Are Not Strangers

Friday, September 13, 7pm Western Washington University PAC JODI PICOULT –By Any Other Name

Sunday, September 15, 4pm

PATRICIA MISSLER, –Border Town Chica

Wednesday, September 18, 6pm Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center PEACEFUL POETRY CONTEST GROUP READING

Friday, September 20, 6pm NANCY CANYON –Struck : A Season on a Fire Lookout

Thursday, September 26, 6pm

SHOSHANA D. KEREWSKY –50 Days in May and –Cancer, Kintsugi, Camino

Sunday, September 29, 4pm ALAN SHORE –Uncommon Allies

Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery at VIllage Books in Fairhaven–1200 11th St., Bellingham, WA. Register to save your seat at Fees may apply.

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Upon completion of the passport, you’ll be inducted into the exclusive League of Extraordinary Readers. Honors can include a year supply of fudge, a behind-the-scenes party at the bookstore, and a chance to win a variety of other amazing prizes.

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Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl

Thursday, October 24, 8am-10am

Hey Book Lovers. Mark your calendar for the annual Literacy Breakfast with the one and only Nancy Pearl! The Whatcom Literacy Council's Literacy Breakfast fundraiser featuring an expanded silent auction will take place on October 24 at the Ferndale Community Pavilion in Ferndale’s Pioneer Park. As ever, Village Books will be there selling Nancy's reading recommendations and will donate 10% of sales to Whatcom Literacy Council. Registration will begin after Labor Day at ; donations to attend support the adult literacy programs of the WLC.

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