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Winter 2012-2013 A Magazine for the Northwest’s Most Avid Readers

A Village Books Publication Vol. 19 Issu 4

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November 23rd -December 23rd Village Books & Paper Dreams will be open Monday­­-Saturday: 10am-9pm Sundays: 10am-7pm





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Late Night Shopping

• Christmas Eve 9am-6pm • New Year’s Eve 9am-6pm AND • New Year’s Day 10am-8:30pm Closed: • Thanksgiving & Christmas Days

At Village Books & Paper Dreams!

Sunday, December 23rd, 7pm ‘til 9pm Come enjoy cookies, hot chocolate, and cider, and let us help you select those last-minute gifts!

Holiday Catalog Don’t miss the fantastic giving suggestions in our Holiday Catalog inserted in this Reader!

Book Orders Though we stock thousands and thousands of titles, we cannot carry everything. Our friendly, knowledgeable booksellers are happy to get any available book for you. You can submit your queries and orders: • in person 7 days a week - we’re open long hours • by phone at 360-671-2626 or 800-392-BOOK • or 24 hours a day at our website



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Building Community One Book at a Time

Dear Reader, The holidays are upon us and there's a great amount of book news to share. However, perhaps the biggest news is about the new Kobo eReader program (see pg. 19). For two years we've sold Google eBooks. Now we're switching to Kobo eBooks and will sell awardwinning Kobo eReaders. If you read some of your books as eBooks you'll likely be as excited about this as we are. The avid book lover will find a lot in this Reader to savor, including previews of new books and reviews and a holiday gift pick by each staff member. And, just a reminder, all previews and reviews in the Chuckanut Reader are eligible for our Risk Free Reads program. There's also information about author events, including Ken Jennings and Rick Steves, and holiday happenings around Fairhaven, including the return of the Grinch to Village Books for holiday photos. There's also an announcement of an exciting ongoing partnership with the Willows Inn, including a very special two-day event with Nancy Pearl in March (pg. 41). It's been a pretty good year at Village Books and Paper Dreams, and for that we're grateful to you, Dear Reader. We wish you a joyous holiday season and a healthy, happy, and prosperous New Year.

–Chuck, Dee,

and everyone at Village Books & Paper Dreams

In This Issue... The Holidays at Village Books and Paper Dreams Dear Reader Activities in Fairhaven and Beyond Gifts Galore at Paper Dreams! Whatcom Reads & Whatcom Writes Fiction, Mystery, and Sci Fi (highlights & reviews) We Sell Kobo eReaders & eBooks! Food & Drink (reviews & more) Sustain, Garden, and Travel (books) History, Bios, and Memoirs (highlights & reviews) Science, Nature, Adventure, Sports (books) Body, Mind, and Soul (highlights & reviews) Art, Literature, and Music (books, books, books!) The Trivia King and Laughter (highlights & reviews) The Winter Chuckanut Radio Hour Line-up Buy Local and Take the One Book Pledge Family—Grinch Photos and More WWU Children's Literature Conference Great Reads for Kids AND Adults Family Fun! Enter the VB Holiday Coloring Contest VB Reads—Join a VB Book Group Literature Live! Author Events at VB

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See page 19 for information!

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The Chuckanut Reader Winter 2012-2013 Publishers: Chuck and Dee Robinson Production Design: Kelly Carbert

Contributors: Carol Blaney, Jenny Blenk, Kelly Carbert, Charles Claassen, Christina Claassen, Brendan Clark, Stephanie Douglas, Mel Erickson, Kelly Evert, Robert Gruen, Carol Hamilton, Rachel Hanley, Paul Hanson, Alex Hatch, Sarah Hutton, Sam Kaas, Dave Lippiatt, Donna Marcantonio, Rachel McCausland, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Lindsey McGuirk, Laura Ogg, Laura Picco, Andrew Rankin, Tiffany Riesenberg, Chuck Robinson, Dee Robinson, Rem Ryals, Erika Smith, Jim Speidel, Joan Terselich, Jonica Todd, Lauren Van, Terri Weiner, Jessica Williams, and Cindi Williamson Cover: Enter the VB coloring contest! See page 57 for details. Drawing by Claire McElroy-Chesson. Photo by Kelly Carbert. Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2012 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste

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The activities kick-off at 3pm on Friday, November 23rd with Santa and Mrs. Claus greeting visitors in a Victorian-era gazebo at the corner of Harris Avenue and 10th Street. It continues on the Village Green at 5 p.m. with the Lighting of the Trees, a performance by the Bellingham High School “Showstoppers” choir, and the Lighting of the District. More old fashioned festivities add to the fun throughout the season!

Continue the fun with the...

FAIRHAVEN HOLIDAY ART WALK Friday, November 23rd & Saturday, November 24th, 5-8 pm

Fairhaven HORSE-DRAWN WAGON RIDES and Visits with SANTA

On both Friday and Saturday, the evening continues from 5 to 8pm with special exhibits to enjoy at establishments throughout the district.

At the Fairhaven Village Inn Noon to 3pm Saturdays: November 24th, December 1st, December 8th, December 15th, December 22nd

Village Books will feature local photographer Mark Turner with photos from his book Bellingham Impressions, and photographer John Scurlock at Book Fare Café with photos from his book of North Cascades photos, Snow and Spire. Paper Dreams will feature local photographer Tore Ofteness with his local photographic cards.

The Fairhaven Holiday Festival continues with lights throughout the district nightly and late shopping hours on Fridays through the holiday season.

Photos with the Grinch at Village Books See page 50 for a schedule and more information!

For more information about the Fairhaven Holiday Festival, visit Sometimes, it’s nice to let THEM decide...


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Good at Village Books and Paper Dreams Teachers, Friends, Employees, Grandparents, Bosses, Kids, Siblings, Parents, Spouses, Uncles, Aunts, Neighbors, Mail Carriers... we’ve got something for EVERYONE!


Winter 2012-2013

Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23)

Village Books' 17th Annual

Giving Tree

Books for Local Kids and Families in Need Can you imagine not receiving a book for the holidays? Some kids don't have to use their imaginations. For 16 years we've provided books for thousands of kids who would not otherwise have received them. Last year, because of your generosity, we gave books to more than 2000 kids, through a dozen local organizations! And in case you hadn't noticed, it doesn't seem that things have gotten much better for a lot of folks. So, pick an ornament-tag from the GIVING TREE, on the store's main floor, and match it with a book of your choice. The books you purchase for giving tree recipients will be offered at a 20% discount, and will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, the week before Christmas.

See VB's own Chuck & Dee as Santa and Mrs. Claus as part of the program!

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Small Business Saturday November 24th Join us on Small Business Saturday as we also kick off our Thank You for Shopping Indie promotion. In appreciation for your business we are offering a special selection of 10 popular books at 20% off the regular price. The special prices will continue through December 24th. In addition, American Express will once again be offering a $25 credit for money you spend on that Saturday at small businesses, including of course, Village Books and Paper Dreams.

Thanks for Shopping Indie

Add yourself to the growing list of people who recognize the importance of independent bookstores to the health and culture of communities by buying one more book from us and one less from chain stores, other online sellers, or other retailers.

Thank you for your continued support. We wouldn't be here without you!

BUY LOCAL WEEK Online Auction Here's your chance to find that perfect gift/experience for a person on your list (or yourself ) in the 5th annual Buy Local First Auction. It begins November 19th and runs through December 2nd, coinciding with Buy Local Week, November 23rd through December 1st. Look over the expansive list of items at During Buy Local Week, Sustainable Connections is specifically asking the community to make a 10% shift in their holiday purchasing from chains to locally, independently owned businesses in Whatcom County. Many studies have found that when money is spent with local, independently owned stores, more of that money stays local, recirculating in our community, resulting in greater economic activity, and creating new jobs. 


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Free Events at Village Books!

Ready for a fresh start in 2013? Need help making your New Year’s resolutions?

Saturday, January 5th 11am-4pm:

no tickets or reservations needed

Join us Sat., Jan. 5 from 11am-4pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books for our annual “Resolutions,” a day devoted to starting the year right. From 11am-4pm, on the hour, we’ll feature local experts presenting mini-workshops on topics ranging from social investing, to clearing the clutter, to healthful living. Come to one workshop or several, and bring your questions, ideas, and a snack too. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Resolutions-related books, that day only.


Writer's Resolutions

Do you need help fulfilling your writing goals this year? Want to connect with other writers?

Following the lead and success of our “Resolutions” day of mini-workshops, this year we are offering “Resolutions for Writers” on Sun., Jan. 6 from noon-5pm in the Readings Gallery. Just like our “Resolutions” day, this will be an inspirational day devoted to starting the year off right in your WRITING life! From noon–5pm, on the hour, we'll feature local writing experts who will present mini-workshops, from forming & feeding writing groups, to blogging, to self-publishing. Come for one workshop or several and bring questions, ideas, and snacks. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Resolutions for Writers-related books, that day only.

Sunday, January 6th noon-5pm:

Did You Meet at Village Books?

Recently a friend told us that a couple of her friends had met their "significant others" at Village Books. She thought it would be a great story for our Chuckanut Reader, and we agreed. If you met your husband, wife, attaché, partner or paramour at VB, send a brief description of the encounter, and where (and how long) it's gone from there, to

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A Great Gift... Snoozies Slippers

"These are the coziest things you will put on your feet and could be a perfect gift for absolutely anyone. I hardly take mine off at home! " –Lauren

A Great Gift... Boma Jewelry

A Great Gift... Aninotes Journals "These journals are also animations! For example, the Metamorphosis journal has a drawing on the edge of each page. If you flip rapidly through the pages, the journal becomes an animation of a caterpillar climbing a tree, building a cocoon, and then breaking out of the cocoon as a butterfly. On top of that, the journals have a great earthy feel to them. Their design, like the art inside, is simple but tasteful, making it a great gift for both kids and adults!" –Rachel M.

A Great Gift...

"Boma makes quality sterling silver jewelry, a gift that is guaranteed to last. Beautiful earrings come in hundreds of designs, from owls and other birds, to stone-settings, to studs and hoops. With necklaces and earrings, you don't have to worry about the right size, either!" –Dee

A Great Gift... The Silhouette Night Light "A great gift made from translucent porcelain.  The illumination is beautiful with patterns of intricate light warming a dark room." –Kelly E.

A Great Gift... A Combination

Eangee Lamps "Eco-friendly and fair trade made with leaves from the alibangbang (it's just so fun to say) tree.  Handcrafted by artisans using organic dyes." –Erika

"My perfect holiday gift would be a pair of Karen Kramer earrings with a Seattle Chocolate bar and a locally made card. Nothing else needed." –Carol B.

A Great Gift... Candles on a Rope "These gorgeous, tastefully scented candles come in a variety of colors and are ready to gift with their unique presentation. Just snip them into singles and you're ready to light them! They also come in boxed sets of four (presnipped) with a matching square candle holder." –Jenny


Winter 2012-2013

Building Community One Book at a Time

GIFTS GALORE! Paper Dreams is overflowing with holiday décor and gifts this season!


ou probably know that you can choose from hundreds of calendars each year. But this year, we've run out of room in Paper Dreams and calendars have moved onto the mezzanine at Village Books. Check them out back in the poetry corner! All your favorites—Sierra Club, Linnea, plus new ones, including a Downton Abbey engagement calendar! You'll also find other fun gifts within the walls of Village Books. Educa puzzles, from 500-3000 pieces; Magnetic Poetry; book lights; bookmarks; BookSeats; LapDesks; toys from Melissa and Doug.

Through the archway into Paper Dreams you'll find gifts galore! Jewelry for any taste, soaps and lotions, candy (including the popular Seattle Theo holiday flavors), hats, scarves, journals, stationery, toys, games, Baggallini bags and Vera Bradley bags.

And décor! We're featuring gingerbread, penguins and polar bears this year, but lots of other décor will be available too. We have a new room full of décor and ornaments from the artist Jim Shore. We hope you'll love his designs as much as we do! And don't forget the wrapping paper! There's everything you need to provide the finishing touch on all your gifts with the lovely gift bags and wrap in Paper Dreams.

And no holiday is complete without a new ornament or two to decorate your tree. This year, in addition to the kinds of ornaments you always find on our trees at Paper Dreams, we've added lovely hand-blown glass ornaments from Old World Christmas. These are truly collector's items and make wonderful gifts or heirloom pieces to add to your own collection. There are bears, owls, hula dancers, pigs, wolves and oh so much more—including Husky and Cougar ornaments!

We have an amazing array of boxed holiday cards, so we feel sure you'll find just the right card to send to friends and family. We also have some lovely advent calendars for families. And the icing on the cake? If you're not already a member of our Devoted Dreamer program, sign up now so you'll get a bonus on all your holiday shopping!

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Whatcom Reads! February 19th–21st, 2013 Whatcom READS! is a community-wide reading and discussion program intended to encourage all Whatcom County residents to read the same book and create a county-wide book club experience.

David Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars is the featured book for 2013. David Guterson will come to Bellingham in early 2013 for three days of special programming with school and public appearances. Guterson is a poet, essayist, short story writer and has published five novels, all set in the Pacific Northwest. He has received the PEN/Faulkner Award and was a nominee for the American Booksellers Book of the Year Award. Snow Falling on Cedars is set on the fictional Puget Sound island of San Piedro in 1954. It revolves around the trial of Kabuo Miyamoto, who has been accused of the murder of a local fisherman. Anti-Japanese feelings still run strong on an island that relocated its Japanese-American residents to internment camps during World War II, just a few years earlier. Keep an eye on for details. Purchase Snow Falling on Cedars before February 19th at Village Books and 10% of the retail price will be donated to Whatcom READS!

Whatcom WRITES! Theme = Loyalties

Has someone been there for you when you most needed a loyal friend? Or perhaps your loyalty has been tested? How does it feel to stand up for someone—or something—you believe in?

VB Writes... Village Books hosts three writing groups. Come and share your work in a supportive environment.

Fiction Writing Group

a.k.a. Lummi View Fiction Writing Group

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

NonFiction Writing Group

Enter the Whatcom WRITES! contest addressing this topic. In up to 800 words, submit your poem, fiction, or non-fiction work on the theme of loyalties by December 1, 2012.

This group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 3-5pm.

For all the rules and details of where and how to submit, go to

This group meets the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Poetry Writing Group

See for more information.


Winter 2012-2013

Building Community One Book at a Time

FICTION brand new


A Christmas Home: A Novel by Gregory D. Kincaid

hardcover FICTION

Holiday Fun!

available now, hardcover, Crown

The Bridge: A Novel

Watching children move out is always a difficult task, but for George and Mary Ann, it's nearly impossible. Even though Todd, their disabled son, is in his twenties, they fear that he cannot thrive without their supervision. But Todd is determined to be his own person with the help of his dog, named Christmas.

by Karen Kingsbury

available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

around classic books.

Karen Kingsbur y's heartwarming Christmas story, The Bridge, will tug at the heart-strings of old time bookstore lovers everywhere. Blend in a little romance with the timeless principle of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and you have a classic story built

Live by Night by Dennis Lehane

available now, hardcover, William Morrow & Co.

"Boston bootleggers, Caribbean rum runners, crooked cops, and Italian mobsters rule the streets in Dennis Lehane's engrossing portrait of Prohibition America. The author combines a profound sense of place with classical storytelling as he unfolds the career of outlaw Joe Coughlin—a career laced with rivalry, revenge, and deep family tension. It's a sizzling social commentary, wrapped in a thrilling crime adventure, presented as a comfortable read, and I enjoyed it thoroughly." —Brendan

Labyrinth of Dreaming Books

After the Fall: A Picture Book for Adults

by Walter Moers, translated by John Brown available in November, hardcover, Penguin

It has been more than two hundred years since Bookholm was destroyed by a devastating fire, as told in Moers's The City of Dreaming Books. The magnificently rebuilt city has once again become a metropolis of storytelling and the book trade—and mystery. Astonishingly inventive, amusing, and engrossing, this is a captivating story from the wild imagination of Walter Moers.

A Great Gift... The Bartender's Tale by Ivan Doig

"Doig reprises a couple of characters from Bucking the Sun in one of his best-told and most memorable tales to date." –Chuck

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by Victoria Roberts available in November, hardcover, Norton

This whimsical novel introduces us to a quirky Upper East Side family: Pops is a mad inventor; Mother a well-intentioned if flighty socialite; young Sis a tiny, madcap theater impresario; and the narrator, her earnest, sweet brother Alan. With kimono-clad squirrels and a visit by a Yeti, this delicious tale is a love letter to family, creativity, and New York.

The Story of My Assassins: A Novel

by Tarun J. Tejpal available now, hardcover, Melville House

A journalist learns that the police have captured five hit men on their way to kill him. Landing like a bombshell on his comfortable life, the news prompts him to launch an investigation into the lives of his aspiring murderers and their mastermind. Who wanted him dead, and why? An awesome adventure into the heart of today's India.

Winter 2012-2013


The Passage & The Twelve: Book Two of the Passage Trilogy by Justin Cronin

available now, hardcover, Ballantine

"Cold nights curled up with a blanket and a cup of cocoa give us a chance to dig deep into a story. And if a tale spanning vast expanses of time, populated with brave adventurers and deadly quasi-vampirical creatures sounds intriguing to you, then you can't miss The Passage by Justin Cronin. Even readers who scoff at the typical vampire and zombie fare will find Cronin's book absolutely engrossing. When you're done and begging for more, go ahead and pick up the second installment of the trilogy, The Twelve, which just came out in October." —Stephanie

Blasphemy: New & Selected Stories

A Great Gift...

by Sherman Alexie


available now, hardcover, Grove Press

"I usually cannot stand short stories. Before I get a chance to engage with the story and characters, the story is over. But Alexie, in his typical, amazing way, has written short stories that absolutely blow my mind, make my heart race, and make me terribly, wonderfully uncomfortable. If you haven't read anything by him ever, I invite you to come into the store, grab a copy of the book, and read one of the stories from Blasphemy. Then decide if you've read anything so beautiful in your life." —Lindsey

Blasphemy: New & Selected Stories by Sherman Alexie

"Somehow I find Sherman Alexie's stories musical. They're stories I can feel, and that touch something in me I didn't know was there. And always there is this current of humor that swings like jazz, and makes it easy to step inside someone else's life. His characters are often at turning points, which he will then punctuate with one- line zingers that cut to the truth of the matter. I love how he does that. This generous collection of new stories also has a smattering of old favorites; so it makes a good one-volume, here-you-go treasury, to keep or to share." –Jim

JIM LYNCH Returns to Village Books Wednesday, February 27th, 7pm The Whatcom Community College Foundation is partnering with Village Books for a special program with popular Northwest author Jim Lynch on Wednesday evening, February 27th. Lynch, whose latest book, Truth Like the Sun, will have just been released in paperback, will be interviewed by Bob Winters, Arts and Humanities Division Chair at Whatcom Community College. Truth Like the Sun is a hugely entertaining political novel of urban intrigue set both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001 after its transformation in the Microsoft Gold Rush. Janet Maslin, writing in the New York Times, said this: "Enveloping and propulsive...There is much marveling to be done as Truth Like the Sun unfolds. Lynch captures the excitement of a fair that proudly showed off the world of tomorrow but inadvertently revealed more than it should have."


Winter 2012-2013

Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23)


brand new




Telegraph Avenue

The Round House: A Novel

available now, hardcover, Harper

available now, hardcover, Harper

"Wow. Okay. First of all, Michael Chabon writes like a devilish, freaky, dictionary on speed. Second, you have to suspend all your rationale of what the 'real world' is when you read this. Third (news flash!), the real world is awfully darn freaky. This is an engrossing epic set on the Berkeley/Oakland borderline, infused with California sunshine and  funk music, Black Panthers, midwives and childbirth, fatherhood, bravery and stupidity. What starts as a trip back to the heyday of the wild Bay Area Scene flash-forwards to our current dismal economic times and trials."  —Jonica

An indelible portrait of family and memory, injustice and vengeance, friendship and growing up, Louise Erdrich's remarkable novel illuminates the harsh realities of a community where Ojibwe and white live uneasily together. Erdrich writes with undeniable urgency, blending tragedy, the comic, and a spirit world very much present in its all-too-human characters' lives.

by Michael Chabon

Woes of the True Policeman by Roberto Bolaño, translated by Natasha Wimmer

available in November, hardcover, Macmillan

Featuring characters and stories from his other books, Woes of the True Policeman, his last, unfinished novel, invites the reader more than ever into the world of Roberto Bolaño. It is an exciting, kaleidoscopic novel, lyrical and intense, yet darkly humorous. Exploring the roots of memory and the limits of art, it marks the culmination of one of the great careers of world literature.

Eight Girls Taking Pictures: A Novel

by Whitney Otto available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

A deeply affecting meditation on the lives of women artists, Otto's vivid and emotionally satisfying novel explores the ambitions, passions, conflicts and desires of eight female photographers throughout the twentieth century. Otto spins a magical, romantic tale that creates a compelling portrait of the history of feminism and of photography.

by Louise Erdrich

A Great Gift... The Red Chamber by Pauline A. Chen

"Ms. Chen re-imagines a classic Chinese story about a young girl thrust into the aristocratic families of 18th Century Beijing. Intrigue, politics and soap opera in a rich historical setting." –Laura O.

The Hollow Man: A Novel by Oliver Harris

available now, paperback, HarperCollins

"I've been waiting for a while for a dark, modern mystery that was neither contrived nor painfully formulaic, and finally such a book has arrived. London detective Nick Belsey wakes up on the sidewalk next to a wrecked police car (which he apparently stole) with an outrageous hangover, broken teeth, crippling credit card debt and some serious moral deficits. In an attempt to escape from the rubble of his life, he decides to steal the identity of an eccentric millionaire who has recently disappeared. But the man's case turns out to be more sinister than it appears, and Belsey, a policeman through and through, will have to get to the bottom of it or die trying."  —Sam

A Great Gift... The Age of Miracles: A Novel

by Karen Thompson Walker "Compelling, heartbreaking, inspiring, thought-provoking. This dystopian novel is great for both teenagers and adults!" –Tiffany

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MYSTERY A Presumption of Death: A New Lord

The Cutting Season  by Attica Locke

Peter Wimsey/Harriet Vane Mystery

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

"I rarely read mysteries, however I'm a sucker for just about any story that takes place in the Southeastern U.S. When I picked up The Cutting Season and began to read, I was immediately hooked.  Set on an antebellum plantation in Louisiana in the present day, the story begins with the discovery of a body on the grounds by the plantation's manager, Caren Gray.  As the investigation unfolds, another murder is discovered— that of Caren's ancestor, a former slave on the plantation named Jason. This book is haunting, complex, and totally compelling. A truly great read!" —Claire

by Jill Paton Walsh & Dorothy L. Sayers available in November, paperback, Macmillan

It is 1940, at the start of the Blitz, when a practice air raid ends with the murder of a Land Girl. With Peter away, Harriet is forced to investigate. This crime novel is every bit as literate, ingenious, and compelling as the best of Sayers's original Lord Peter Wimsey novels.

SCIENCE FICTION The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Bloodthirsty Undead by Roger Ma

available now, paperback, Penguin

In the inevitable event of a vampire attack, the average citizen will have little to no warning and be forced to engage in vicious hand-to-hand combat. To avoid serious injury, disfigurement, or death by exsanguination it's vital to be prepared. With detailed illustrations and firsthand accounts from vampire combat veterans, The Vampire Combat Manual is your best chance at surviving with your life and blood supply intact.

The Unreal and the Real, Selected Stories Volume I: Where on Earth & Volume II: Outer Space, Inner Lands both by Ursula K. Le Guin available in November, hardcover, Small Beer Press

This is a major event for all readers: a comprehensive selection of Ursula Le Guin’s stories made by the author herself. Volume I contains her “realistic” favorites while volume II contains the best of the “nonrealistic” stories. Like Margaret Atwood, Le Guin has always been unclassifiable. Whether “fiction” or “science fiction,” her haunting stories are beautiful, provoking, and filled with sharp satire.


Winter 2012-2013

A Great Gift... The Illustrated Man  by Ray Bradbury

"2012 saw the loss of one of literary history's greatest talents with the passing of Ray Bradbury.  This handsome edition of what I believe to be his best collection of short stories, is a great gift for anyone who is a fan of his extraordinary work." –Claire

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A Great Gift...

Daniel Stein, Interpreter: A Novel

Unholy Night      

by Ludmila Ulitskaya available in November, paperback, Penguin

by Seth Grahame-Smith       

Daniel Stein, Interpreter, based on a real person, ranges from before World War II to modern times, and from the shtetl to Israel to America. It is seen by many as the great Russian novel of our time, winner of the Russian National Literary Prize and the Simone de Beauvoir Prize, and nominated for the Russian Booker Novel of the Decade.

"This holiday season, as you're shopping for the son, brother, boyfriend, husband, or father in your life, I recommend Unholy Night—a frenetic, swashbuckling twist on the Nativity story. With battle scenes worthy of an action movie and emotional depth worthy of a literary classic, he will devour this book." –Brendan

State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett

available now, paperback, HarperCollins

"This book will draw you in from the first page. Dr. Marina Singh, a pharmaceutical research scientist, must embark on a journey to the Amazon to track down an elusive scientist working on a groundbreaking drug. What makes this journey more intriguing is that her coworker mysteriously died on the same mission. Patchett's writing is gripping and beautiful. It is easy to relate to the characters and turn the pages into the early hours of the morning." –Tiffany

The Confidant: A Novel Siri & Me: A Modern Love Story by David Milgrim

available in November, paperback, Penguin

David Milgrim's wonderfully wry and poignant Siri & Me is an illustrated love story about a guy who falls in love with the mysterious, and often cryptic, woman living inside of his iPhone. A love story for the plugged-in generation, a must-read for anyone in a codependent relationship with their gadgets, and an instant classic in this age of instant everything.

by Hélène Gremillon, translated by Alison Anderson

available in November, paperback, Penguin

Camille sifts through letters of condolence after her mother's death when a strange, handwritten missive stops her short. A new letter arrives each week from the mysterious stranger, Louis, who seems intent on recounting the story of his first love, Annie. As Camille reads on, she begins to realize that her own life may be the next chapter in this tragic story.


by David Abrams available now, paperback, Black Cat

"Hailed as the Catch-22 of our present day, Fobbit is an Iraq War comedy where the military blurs with the corporate and human stupidity reigns inescapable. David Abrams writes with wit as sharp as a bayonet, and his roaringly hilarious satire absolutely drew me in. Every war produces at least one shockingly evocative story, one which burrows beneath the artificial shell of public image and forces us to laugh at ourselves, fear ourselves, and admit that such horrific absurdity is indeed our own creation. For this war and this generation, Fobbit is that story." –Brendan

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A Great Gift... The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

"Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon may have recently come out, but let's not forget about this gem by him as well. It's time it makes a comeback!" –Lindsey

Winter 2012-2013



The House I Loved

available now, HarperCollins

available now, Macmillan

Out of Oz: The Final Volume

Lone Wolf: A Novel

by Christopher Moore

in the Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire

More Hot Titles

Now in Paperback

by Tatiana de Rosnay

by Jodi Picoult

available now, Simon & Schuster

available now, HarperCollins

The Snow Child: A Novel

The Angel Esmeralda: Nine Stories

by Eowyn Ivey

by Don DeLillo

available now, Hachette

available now, Simon & Schuster

2017: A Novel

Among the Wonderful

by Olga Slavnikova

by Stacy Carlson

available now, paperback, Penguin

available now, paperback, Steerforth

Olga Slavnikova stuns with this witty, engaging, and remarkable tale of love, obsession, murder, and the lengths people will go to get what they want. Her biting prose is brought to life vividly by acclaimed translator Marian Schwartz. With 2017, winner of the Russian Booker prize, Slavnikova takes up the mantle of Russia's unrivaled literary heritage.

In 1842 Phineas T. Barnum is a young man, freshly arrived in New York and still unknown to the world. With uncanny confidence and impeccable timing, he transforms a dusty natural history museum into a great ark for public imagination. It becomes the nation's most popular attraction and ushers America into the modern age of entertainment. Historical Fiction!

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Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies by Tom Perrotta

available now, paperback, Macmillan

Bad Haircut's ten rich stories, linked by a single adolescent protagonist, explore the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout his career: suburban rituals and mores; sports and religion; the cheerful cheesiness of American consumer life; public tests of manliness; and the moral dilemmas faced by ordinary people, parents, and teenagers alike.

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Better Living Through Plastic Explosives by Zsuzsi Gartner

available in December, paperback, Penguin

Angels crash-land, lovers speak IKEA, a mountain swallows West Coast properties, and a killer stalks the great motivational speakers of North America. These stories ruthlessly expose our covert fears and fathomless desires and allow us to snort with laughter, while grieving at the grotesque world we'd live in if we all got what we wanted. (This is our Penguin rep's favorite book of the season.)

How It All Began: A Novel

by Dan Josefson

available now, paperback, Soho Press

by Penelope Lively

"In the Wallace/Franzen/Harbach tradition, here is a funny novel about being young and dysfunctional in 21st Century America. Set in strange, allegedly 'therapeutic' boarding school (where 'group' has become an acronym for 'Genuine Relationships Occur In Uncomfortable Proximity'), this is a highly entertaining (if slightly unsettling) coming-of-age story." —Sam

available in December, paperback, Penguin

When an elderly woman is mugged on a London street, the event begins a series of mishaps that ripple across the lives of acquaintances and strangers alike. Through a richly conceived cast of characters, Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in human affairs and deftly illustrates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet.

The Invisible Ones: A Novel

Alfa Romeo 1300 and Other Miracles by Fabio Bartolomei

available in November, paperback, Europa

Three men, defined by their abject mediocrity, embark on a project to open a rustic holiday farmhouse in the Italian countryside. When a local mobster arrives and demands they pay him protection money, their attempt to run a small business in an area that organized crime syndicates consider their own becomes a quixotic act of defiance.


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by Stef Penney

available in December, paperback, Penguin

Small-time private investigator Ray Lovell has been hired to find Rose Janko, the wife of a charismatic son of a traveling Gypsy family. The Jankos haven't had an easy past. Touched by tragedy, they're either cursed or hiding a terrible secret whose discovery Ray, half Romany himself, can't help suspecting is connected to Rose's disappearance.

The Sufferings of Young Werther

by Johannn Wolfgang von Goethe, translated by Stanley Corngold available in December, paperback, Norton

In translating The Sufferings of Young Werther, Corngold follows the German text closely, never knowingly using a word that was not current in English at the time the novel was written, and yet maintaining a modern grace and flair. Goethe’s masterpiece of European imagination is the original novel of teen angst and teen spirit.

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Jerusalem: A Cookbook

by Yotam Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi available now, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

Here is a collection of recipes exploring the flavors of Jerusalem from the bestselling author of Plenty, one of the most lauded cookbooks of 2011. Ottolenghi re-teams with his friend (and the co-owner of his restaurants) Sami Tamimi. Together they explore the vibrant cuisine of their home city—with its diverse Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Christian, and Armenian communities.

The Mini Minimalist: Simple Recipes for Satisfying Meals by Mark Bittman

available now, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

This boxed set contains over 160 recipes ideal for the harried chef who is still interested in serving delicious meals. Mark Bittman, renowned for the quick and easy recipes featured in his weekly New York Times food column, prunes his collection in order to minimize the effort and ingredients required for each dish.


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Nourishing Meals

by Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre "Alissa and Tom, who have been cooking instructor and nutritionist at the Community Food Co-op, have released their second cookbook and guide with over 300 gluten-free, dairy-free, and soyfree recipes to provide optimal nourishment throughout the life cycle.  Many of our customers have described their books as 'life changing'." –Joan

COOKING Whole Grains for a New Generation: Light Dishes, Hearty Meals, Sweet Treats, and Sundry Snacks for the Everyday Cook

A Great Gift... Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero     "A terrific cookbook for the vegan in your house and tasty enough for nonvegans to enjoy.  The cheeky tone of the authors shines through these delicious dishes from curried carrot dip to the tempeh shepherdess pie. Savory AND budget friendly results.." –Dave

by Lianna Krissoff

available now, hardcover, Stewart Tabori & Chang

The author of Canning for a New Generation takes a fresh look at the latest major cooking trend: whole grains. With supermarket-friendly ingredients, simple directions, and a warm, accessible style, Krissoff covers all the meals and snacks from breakfast to dinner and shows just how delicious whole grain cooking can be.

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The Chinese Takeout Cookbook: Quick and Easy Dishes to Prepare at Home by Diana Kuan

available in December, hardcover, Ballantine

Diana Kuan is a food writer and cooking instructor who has taught Chinese cooking in Beijing and New York. Her cookbook is a collection of 100 classic Chinese take-out dishes and Chinatown favorites customized for your kitchen. She also explores the cultural history and influence of Chinese food in America.

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Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes      by Diane Morgan        

"Roots is packed with revolutionary root cookery. You will view cooking and eating roots in a whole new light. Try the Lacy Galangal Brandy Crisps." –Robert

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Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat

Memoir of the Sunday Brunch by Julia Pandl

available in November, paperback, Algonquin

"Julia Pandl's new book Memoir of the Sunday Brunch is a funny book about growing up as the child of a restaurant owner. The "baby" of the family, child #9, she still was expected to work on Sundays at her dad's restaurant serving pancakes at brunch, beginning at the age of 13. She tells witty stories about some of the mishaps, but also reveals a lot about family bonds and loyalty. I was laughing out loud at her stories and highly recommend this to anyone interested in a fun food memoir." –Christina



Margaritas, Guacamole, and Snacks by Rick Bayless & Deann Groen Bayless

by   Bee Wilson "This fun volume will give you a new perspective on the everyday items in your kitchen and the preparation of food.  Wilson deftly blends history, anthropology and anecdotes in a readable yet scholarly recipe." –Terri

Keys to Good Cooking: A Guide to Making the Best of Foods and Recipes by Harold McGee

available in November, paperback, Penguin

A companion volume to recipe books, a touchstone for spotting flawed recipes and making the best of them, Keys to Good Cooking is a welcome aid for cooks of all types: beginners who want to learn the basics, weekend cooks who want to improve on favorite recipes and accomplished cooks who want to rethink a dish from the bottom up.

A Great Gift...

available in November, hardcover, Norton

For years, fans have urged Rick Bayless to collect recipes for his prized margaritas and snacks in one book. Now Rick shares 35 new and classic margaritas; Rick also provides a guacamole recipe for each month of the year, such as a summer guacamole with grilled sweet corn and roasted jalepeños.

The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn "This is the perfect book for anyone who wants to feel more comfortable in the kitchen. Part memoir, part cooking how-to, and all fantastic!" –Jessica

WINE! New York Times Book of Wine

edited by Howard G. Goldberg available now, hardcover, Sterling The best of wine writing from the New York Times! These 125 articles feature such esteemed names as Eric Asimov, Florence Fabricant, and R. W. Apple Jr. They cover everything from corkscrews and winespeak to pairing wine with food, wines from the Continent and South of the Border, and restaurant experiences. This is the ideal gift book for wine lovers.

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Spectacular Wineries of Washington: A Captivating Tour of Established, Estate, and Boutique Wineries edited by LLC Panache Partners, foreword by Tom Douglas

available in December, hardcover, Signature Publishing

Another competitor for “best wine book of the holidays,” this guide features more than 70 of Washington’s finest wineries and vineyards. Presenting the rich history, unique processes, and visionary people of wineries such as Soos Creek Wine Cellars and Chateau Saint Michelle, this beautiful coffee-table book also includes pairing suggestions for hundreds of fine Washington wines.

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n e h c t i K E H IN T Book recommendations from one of our favorite chefs. Bon Appétit!


I have a pretty small cookbook collection at home. Mostly it's because I only buy cookbooks when I know that I can use them over and over again They also have to be beautiful, something I'm proud to have their spines showing on the shelf below my pot rack. Here are some suggestions of some books that I would be glad to add to my collection, or that you could give as a gift to someone who loves to cook.

Edible Selby by Todd Selby

available now, hardcover, Abrams

Tour the world's most stylish kitchens in Todd Selby's latest. It's a coffee table book. It's an art book. It's a journal. It's a portrait of the state-of-the-art of food in the contemporary world. And how many beautiful people can be crammed into one book?!

Home Made Winter by Yvette Van Boven

available now, hardcover,Stewart, Tabori, & Chang

I reviewed Yvette's first book a couple of years ago. I was taken by the elegant simplicity of her food styling. Now, she draws her style and focus even tighter onto a singular season: winter. With beautiful photographs and tasty recipes, this is a perfect book to read as well as cook from. I've always loved winter not only for the crappy weather, but also for the cozy comforts that come after a day in the cold and wet. Quinoa apple cake, anyone?

Afield A Chef's Guide to Preparing and Cooking Wild Game and Fish by Jesse Griffiths

available now, hardcover, Welcome Books

Knowing where your meat comes from is a challenge to the devoted locavore. This book is a beautifully photographed, detailed instructional on the harvesting, cleaning, and butchering of a variety of wild game. Included are delicious, rustic, but still innovative combinations, in easy-to-read recipes. Fresh and saltwater fish, game birds, venison, even wild boar gets addressed in this lovely book. Charles Claassen is the chef/owner of the Book Fare Café on the mezzanine of Village Books. Through the seasonal menus at the café, teaching cooking and food classes in the community, and continuing to develop relationships with farmers and food artisans, he provides thoughtful, conscientious food that's quite tasty, too.

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Morning Coffee

by Glen Greenwalt and Julia Alvarez


Afternoon Tea

by Glen Greenwalt and DaChen

Evening Wine

by Glen Greenwalt and Martin Shanken available in November, hardcover, Harper

These three small books feature original drawings by Seattlebased artist Glen Greenwalt. They grew out of studied observations of people who come together for social contact at coffee houses, tea rooms, and bars. His quest was to explore and share this core experience of life through his drawings and the quotes he selected.


Folks, This Ain't Normal:

The Better World Shopping Guide, 4th Edition: Every Dollar

A Farmer's Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World by Joel Salatin

Makes a Difference

available now, paperback, Hachette

by Ellis Jones

Joel Salatin,profiled in the Academy Award nominated documentary Food, Inc. and the bestselling book The Omnivore's Dilemma, understands what food should be: wholesome, seasonal, raised naturally, procured locally, prepared lovingly, and eaten with a profound reverence for the circle of life.He has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.

available in November, paperback, New Society

This perennial bestseller rates every product on the shelf so you can quickly tell the "good guys" from the "bad guys" on a variety of social issues—turning your shopping list into a powerful tool for change. Small enough to fit in your back pocket and meticulously researched, this updated edition will help you find out which companies actually "walk the talk" when it comes to sustainability.

GARDENING The Intelligent Gardener: Growing Nutrient Dense Food by Steve Solomon

available now, paperback, New Society

Steve Solomon, author of Growing Vegetables West of the Cascades, is back with another must-have book for gardeners. Because of centuries of intensive agriculture the nutrients in our soils have been depleted to historic lows. This book demystifies the process of replenishing them (NPK fertilizers are not enough!) as well as debunking much of the false information perpetuated by both the conventional and organic agricultural movements.


Time Capsules of Life by Wolfgang Stuppy, photographs by Rob Kesseler available now, hardcover, Earth Aware

This brand-new edition of a classic is a great gift idea for the gardener or amateur naturalist in the family. Seeds, evolving over the last 360 million years, are the most complex organs that plants produce. This natural history, with its astounding photographs by artist Kesseler, captures the exquisite beauty and mystery of even the tiniest ones.


Winter 2012-2013

Flowers in the World’s Most Beautiful Gardens

by Yves-Marie Allain, photographs by Alain Le Toquin available now, hardcover, Abrams

This ravishing book traces the history of flower gardens from the Middle Ages to today, discusses the types of flowers and designs, and how these practices have changed throughout the centuries. The 180 exquisite photographs feature the world’s most extraordinary flower gardens from all over the world.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, 7pm at Bellingham High School

Europe Through the Back Door Celebrating European Travel on a Budget

Join travel expert Rick Steves—acclaimed for his bestselling guidebook series and public TV and radio shows—as he shares the latest in smart European travel. Steves explains the practical, moneysaving ins and outs of independent travel. Hear his tips on getting the most out of every mile, minute, and euro on your next trip. For more than 30 years, Rick and his guides have been researching the best destinations––emphasizing authentic experience and value for your money. He packs the house every year so grab your tickets now and prepare to have a great time!

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Killing Kennedy:


The End of Camelot

by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard available now, hardcover, Macmillan

In the midst of a 1963 campaign trip to Texas, Kennedy is gunned down by an erratic young drifter named Lee Harvey Oswald. The events leading up to the most notorious crime of the twentieth century are almost as shocking as the assassination itself. Killing Kennedy chronicles both the heroism and deceit of Camelot, bringing history to life in ways that will profoundly move the reader.

A Great Gift... Double Cross: The True Story of the D-Day Spies  by Ben MacIntyre

"Double Cross is an amazing story of how six German spies were turned into double agents, deceiving the Nazis and probably changing the course of WWII while saving many thousands of Allied lives. This book's cast of characters is as strange as any imagined by a novelist." –Mel

The Rule of Empires by Timothy H. Parsons

available now, paperback, Oxford

Timothy Parsons gives a sweeping account of the evolution of empire from ancient Rome to its most recent twentieth-century embodiment. He explains what constitutes an empire, what empires of the past can tell us about our own historical moment, and perhaps most importantly, why empires always fail. He offers a refreshing, engaging and cogently argued counterweight to the more usual neo-conservative reckoning of empire's alleged benefits.

The Great War & Modern Memory: The Illustrated Edition by Paul Fussell

available now, paperback, Sterling

"Not a history book, but a book about the memory and culture of the so-called 'War to End All Wars.' This stunning illustrated edition, crammed full of postcards, memorabilia, and other cultural artifacts of the British Officer Corps on the Western Front, is a must-have for anyone who feels the resonance of this conflict today." –Andrew

The Untold History of the United States

by Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

By discerning patterns that have previously gone unrecognized and examining the most recently released classified documents, Stone and Kuznick challenge prevailing orthodoxies and ask questions not normally raised. The result is not the kind of history taught in schools or represented on television or in popular movies, and it will come as a surprise to the vast majority of American and global citizens, shocking and astounding both experts and history-lovers alike.

38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier's End by Scott W. Berg

available in December, hardcover, Pantheon

100 Diagrams That Changed the World: From the Earliest Cave Paintings to the Innovation of the iPod by Scott Christianson

available in November, hardcover, Penguin

Beautifully illustrated in full color, this book will not only inform but also entertain as it demonstrates how the power of a single drawing can enhance, change, or even revolutionize our understanding of the world. Arranged chronologically, each diagram is accompanied by informative text that makes even the most scientific breakthroughs accessible to all.

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After decades of broken treaties Dakota warriors attacked soldiers and settlers on the Minnesota frontier. Federal forces quashed the uprising and convened a hasty military court that found more than 300 Indians guilty of murder. President Lincoln intervened to spare the lives of 265 men, but still the toll was devastating: a tribe forced to relocate, and 38 warriors hanged the morning after Christmas.

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Some Hot Titles New in Paperback

Pity the Billionaire: The

The Lost Empire of Atlantis:

Hard-Times Swindle and the Unlikely Comeback of the Right

History's Greatest Mystery Revealed

by Thomas Frank

by Gavin Menzies

available in November, paperback, Picador

available now, Harper

"In this erudite, sharp -tongued exploration, Thomas Frank dissects the unexpected resurgence of free-market conservatism after the 2008 financial crisis. Pity the Billionaire educated me, entertained me, and enraged me. The author's voice strikes a perfect balance between engaging playfulness and genuine frustration, supporting his points with a wealth of information. Read this galvanizing book and discover the titanic feedback loop of deceit, profit, and ideology entrenched in our country's politics." –Brendan

Civilization: The West and the Rest by Niall Ferguson available now, Penguin

Turings Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe by George Dyson

available in December, Vintage

A Great Gift...

"It helped us make a great life even better." –Chuck & Dee Robinson

The Swerve: How The World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt

"This is the true story of how a rediscovered text by an ancient poet catapulted Europe out of the dark ages and influenced religion, literature and science for hundreds of years. Sound interesting? Trust is." –Sam

Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal by Peter A Galuszka

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

For years, Peter Galuszka has covered energy policy around globe, and now with Thunder on the Mountain he tells the searing true story of the rise, fall, and resurrection of Massey Energy and in doing so exposes the coal-black motivations that fuel the ongoing war for the world's energy future.

The Last Pictures by Trevor Paglen

available now, hardcover, University of California

The selection of 100 images, which are the centerpiece of the book, was influenced by four years of interviews with leading scientists, philosophers and anthropologists about the contradictions that characterize contemporary civilizations. Consequently, The Last Pictures engages some of the most profound questions of the human experience, provoking discourse about communication, deep time, and the economic, environmental, and social uncertainties that define our historical moment.


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Winter Journal


by Paul Auster

available now, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

"At 64, Paul Auster began writing the story of his life, told through the medium of his BODY, and all the physical memories it carries. As if describing photographs of himself aging throughout the decades, he recalls the physical events and sensations of being in each age. It is like walking in someone else's shoes for 64 years. I found this book to be a very interesting and unique perspective on the memoir format, intelligent and vulnerable." —Cindi

Some of My Lives:

The Patriarch: The

A Scrapbook Memoir

Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy

by Rosamond Bernier

available in November, paperback, Macmillan

Through the stories of her encounters with Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl Lagerfeld, we come to understand the sheer richness of Berniers experiences and memories. Pithy, hilarious, and wise, Some of My Lives is a multifaceted self-portrait of a life informed and surrounded by the arts.

God, If You're Not Up There, I'm F*cked: Tales of Stand-up, Saturday Night Live, and Other Mind-Altering Mayhem

by Darrell Hammond

available in November, paperback, HarperCollins

From his harrowing childhood filled with physical and emotional abuse to a lifetime of alcoholism and selfmutilation, psychiatric hospitalizations and misdiagnoses to the peak of fame and success as the longesttenured cast member of Saturday Night Live, Darrell Hammond delves into the darkest corners of his life both in front of and behind the camera with brutal honesty and a fierce comic wit.

A Great Gift... Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel

"This graphic memoir about Bechdel's relationship with her mom definitely rocked my world. Ranging widely through her childhood, a vivid dream life, and the works of heroes like Virginia Woolf, it's an epic tale of the strange territory where she and her mom have overlapped and gone their separate ways." –Rem

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by David Nasaw

available in November, hardcover, Penguin

Joseph Patrick Kennedy was the patriarch of America's greatest political dynasty. Drawing on never-beforepublished material from archives on three continents, David Nasaw ignores the tired old answers surrounding Kennedy, starting from scratch to discover the truth behind this misunderstood man. Though far from a saint, Joseph Kennedy in many ways exemplifies the best in American political, economic, and social life.

A Great Gift... When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice by Terry Tempest Williams "A poetic and philosophical memoir about a mother and daughter, separated by death, but never separate from each other emotionally. This is a great readaloud book for the soul." –Cindi

Moranthology by Caitlin Moran

available in November, paperback, Harper

Moranthology is proof that London Times columnist Caitlin Moran can actually be "quite chatty" about many things other than how to be a woman, including cultural, social and political issues that are usually the province of learned professors, or hotshot wonks—and not of a woman who once, as an experiment, put a wasp in a jar, and got it stoned.

Winter 2012-2013


BIOGRAPHIES & MEMOIRS Now Out in Paperback Charles Dickens: A Life

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

available now, Penguin

available now, Simon & Schuster

by Claire Tomalin

The Journal of Best Practices: A Memoir of Marriage, Asperger Syndrome, and One Man's Quest to Be a Better Husband by David Finch

available now, Simon & Schuster

by Chris Matthews

And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut: A Life

by Susan Orlean

available now, Simon & Schuster

And Nothing But the Truthiness: The Rise (and Further Rise) of Stephen Colbert

by Charles J. Shields

by Lisa Rogak

available now, Macmillan


by Carrie Fisher available now, Simon & Schuster

Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

available now, Macmillan

Seriously...I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres available now, Hachette

Local Author Parkinson's Dreams About Me by Rick Hermann

available now, paperback, self-published

"It is unusual to find a book written from the point of view of someone afflicted with a degenerative disease, such as Parkinson's. It is more unusual to find a well-written story about how it feels to be inside a disease that erodes all physical and emotional sense of self. What is phenomenally rare is to find such an honest, eloquent, and beautifully expressed self-examination of one's life. It takes courage just to live within our 'normal' limitations, and living with Parkinson's takes immeasurable stamina. But the biggest measure of courage is Rick's willingness to be deliberately conscious and unflinchingly honest about his innermost self.  This is a self-published book, and Rick is graciously allowing us to carry it. We feel honored to be able to provide this small measure of support to a local author and valued neighbor." —Jonica


Winter 2012-2013

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Cycling Science: How Rider

SCIENCE Spectrums: Our Mindboggling Universe from Infinitesimal to Infinity by David Blatner

available in November, hardcover, Macmillan

With easy-to-read, engaging, and insightful observations, illustrated by a wealth of photographs and diagrams, Blatner helps us "grok" (understand intuitively) six spectrums we encounter constantly—numbers, size, light, sound, heat, and time—making our daily lives richer and more meaningful through greater appreciation of the bizarre and beautiful world in which we live.

The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People by Neil Shubin

available in January, hardcover, Pantheon

Shubin wants to know: why are we the way we are? Starting with fossils, he turns his gaze skyward and demonstrates how the universe's 14-billion-year history can be seen in our bodies. Our very molecular composition relies on the evolution of the cosmos and has had profound effects on the development of human life.

and Machine Work Together by Max Glaskin available in November, hardcover, University of Chicago

Of the 1.2 billion cyclists traversing the world’s roadways and trails, few of us take the time to consider the science behind the sport. The simple process of getting about on two wheels brings us in touch with a wealth of fascinating science, and here journalist Max Glaskin investigates the scientific wonders that keep cyclists in their saddles.

A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos by Dava Sobel

available now, paperback, Macmillan

In her elegant, compelling style, Dava Sobel chronicles, as nobody has, the conflicting personalities and extraordinary discoveries that shaped the Copernican Revolution. At the heart of the book is her play "And the Sun Stood Still," imagining mathematician Rheticus's struggle to convince Copernicus, fearful of ridicule, to let his manuscript see the light of day.

NATURE Into Great Silence:

Among the Islands:

A Memoir of Discovery and Loss Among Vanishing Orcas

Adventures in the Pacific by Tim Flannery

by Eva Saulitis

available in November, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly

Flannery, author of The Weather Makers and discoverer of more species than Darwin, here recounts his early career exploring the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. Remoteness and dense jungle and local taboos made for some of the strangest discoveries ever made, like monkey-faced bats and giant rats. Armchair traveler, scientist, or natural historian, you’ll enjoy this great read.

available in January, hardcover, Beacon Press

Saulitis has been drawn deeply into the lives of a family of orcas struggling to survive in Prince William Sound. Over the course of a career spent studying these whales, and eventually knowing them as individuals, she has, sadly, witnessed the devastation wrought by the Exxon Valdez oil spill—after which not a single calf has been born to the group.

David Douglas, a Naturalist at Work:

An Illustrated Exploration Across Two Centuries in the Pacific Northwest by Jack Nisbet

available now, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

This lovely book is a colorfully illustrated collection of essays that examines various aspects of Douglas's career, demonstrating the connections between his work in the Pacific Northwest of the 19th century and the present day. From luminous blooms of mountain wildflowers to ever-changing frontiers of technology, these essays collapse time to shed light on people and landscapes.

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ADVENTURE Dangerous Work:

Diary of an Artic Adventure by Arthur Conan Doyle, edited by Jon Lellenberg and Daniel Stashower available now, hardcover, University of Chicago

In 1880 a young medical student named Ar thur Conan Doyle embarked upon the “first real outstanding adventure” of his life, taking a berth as ship’s surgeon on an Arctic whaler, the Hope. He tested himself, overcame the hardships, and, as he wrote later, “came of age at 80 degrees north latitude.”

The Way of the Stars: Journeys on the Camino de Santiago by Robert C. Sibley

available now, hardcover, University of Virginia

Since medieval times, pilgrimages have been a popular religious or spiritual undertaking. Even today, between seventy and one hundred million people a year make pilgrimages, if not for expressly religious reasons, then for an alternative to secular goals, and the preoccupation with consumption and entertainment characteristic of contemporary life. In The Way of the Stars, the journalist Robert Sibley recounts his walks on his five hundred mile trek.

SPORTS A Great Gift...

Solitaire Spirit by Les Powles

available now, paperback, Bloomsbury

Les Powles only had 8 hours of sailing experience when he decided to sail solo around the world. Many novices would be content to just dream of such an adventure, and maybe get as far as a solo Channel crossing a couple of years down the line. Three complete solo circumnavigations followed, all of them full of incidents.



November 23 The Pickford Theatre packed folks in late last Spring to see the locally-produced film commemorating the Mt. Baker Marathon, Mountain Runners. Following its unveiling here, the film was accepted in film festivals from Eugene to Vancouver to Innsbruk to Graz, Austria, where it was nominated for both the Alpine Camera Gold Award and the Grand Prix Graz award. Now, beginning the day after Thanksgiving, the film will be available on DVD for $19.95 here at Village Books. What a great stocking stuffer this will be!

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by James Miller and Tom Shales

"It all started on September 7th, 1979, when Bill Rasmussen and his son Scott Rasmussen, with help from insurance agent Ed Eagan risked everything to bring a channel devoted strictly to sports into people's homes. They called it ESPN. This book gives an in-depth oral history into the founding of ESPN and the gritty yet funny behind the scenes details that took place. With interviews from Bill Rasmussen and Scott Rasmussen as well as many commentators such as SportsCenter duo Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann, this book is a treat for any sports fan and ESPN viewer." –Alex

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50 Places to Bike Before You Die: Biking Experts Share the World’s Greatest Destinations by Chris Santella available now, hardcover, Abrams

This latest addition to the bestselling Fifty Places series covers that evergrowing transportation and leisure phenomena: bicycling. With environments as varied as the Dalmatian Coast in Croatia, the Indochina Trail in Vietnam, and the urban jungle of New York City, this gorgeously-photographed book will carry any cyclist through the dreary winter season.

Winter 2012-2013


HUMAN BEHAVIOR You Are Not So Smart:


Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You're Deluding Yourself

by Robert Greene available in November, hardcover, Penguin

Greene culls years of research and original interviews to blend historical anecdote and psychological insight, distilling the universal ingredients of the world's masters. The love for doing one thing exceptionally well can lead to mastery. Yet the secret, Greene maintains, is already in our heads. Debunking longheld cultural myths, he demonstrates just how we, as humans, are hardwired for achievement and supremacy.

To Sell Is Human:

by David McRaney

available in November, paperback, Penguin

You Are Not So Smart reveals that every decision we make, every thought we contemplate, and every emotion we feel comes with a story we tell ourselves to explain them. But often these stories aren't true. Each short chapter—covering topics such as Learned Helplessness, Selling Out, and the Illusion of Transparency—is like a psychology course with all the boring parts taken out.

The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink

available in December, hardcover, Penguin

As Daniel H. Pink puts it, everyone is in the "moving business." In this provocative book he offers a new approach to moving people that involves three very human qualities and four surprising skills, and provides readers with tools to put the ideas into action. It will change how you see your world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home.

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RELIGION SPIRITUALITY The Happy Life: The Search for Contentment in the Modern World by David Malouf

available in January, hardcover, Pantheon

At this moment in histor y when industrialized nations have diminished much of what makes us unhappy—why are we still unable to find happiness? We resort instead to yoga, church, drugs, clinical or retail therapy. Malouf doesn't have a quick fix on offer. Instead he takes us through an exploration of happiness consulting with Plato, Thomas Jefferson and others.

Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine by Eric Weiner

Does This Church Make Me Look Fat?: A Mennonite Finds Faith, Meets Mr. Right, and Solves Her Lady Problems by Rhoda Janzen

available now, hardcover, Hachette

This book is for people who have a problem with organized religion, but can't quite dismiss the notion of God, and for those who secretly sing hymns in their cars, but prefer a nice mimosa brunch to church. This is the story of what it means to find joy in love, comfort in prayer, and faith in a big-hearted God.

A Great Gift... The Little Book of Prayers

edited by David Schiller "The Little Book of Prayers is an eclectic, approachable collection of prayers from around the world and across the ages. It reads like a book of poetry that brings a glow to your heart and soul." –Carol H.

available in November, paperback, Hachette

When a health scare puts him in the hospital, Eric Weiner—an agnostic by default—finds himself tangling with an unexpected question, posed to him by a well-meaning nurse. "Have you found your God yet?" Face to face with his own mortality, he decides to confront this question, undertaking a worldwide exploration of religions and hoping to come to a personal understanding of the divine. With his trademark wit and warmth, he leaves no stone unturned.


Seven Thousand Ways to Listen: Staying Close to What Is Sacred

by Mark Nepo

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Filled with helpful instructions on how to return to what matters throughout the day, this enlightening book explores the many chances we have to listen and to be enlivened by what we hear. Ultimately, Nepo teaches us how to act wholeheartedly, so we can inhabit the gifts we are born with and find the language of our own wisdom.

A Thousand Mornings by Mary Oliver

available now, hardcover, Penguin

In these pages, Oliver shares the wonder of dawn, the grace of animals, and the transformative power of attention. Whether studying the leaves of a tree or mourning her adored dog, Percy, she is ever-patient in her observations and open to the teachings contained in the smallest of moments.

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Miracles Happen: The Transformational Healing Power of Past-Life Memories

by Brian L. Weiss and Amy E. Weiss available now, hardcover, Harper

Filled with incredible true stories, Miracles Happen is a remarkable teaching tool that can be used by all to improve their lives, to evolve along their spiritual paths, and to experience more joy, love, and happiness in the present moment, and to ultimately understand that there is no need to fear death as we are all immortal and innately spiritual beings.

Winter 2012-2013


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ART What Are You Looking At?: The Surprising, Shocking, and Sometimes Strange Story of 150 Years of Modern Art by Will Gompertz

available in November, hardcover, Penguin

Will Gompertz, with his offbeat humor, down-to-earth storytelling, and flair for odd details that spark insights, takes readers on a captivating tour of modern art from impressionism to the present day, telling the story of the movements, the artists, and the works that not only changed art forever but also helped create and define the modern world.

Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

Ross King explores how—amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations—Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. Many of the myths that have grown up around The Last Supper are wrong, but its true story is ever more interesting.

A Great Gift... Rice Field Art Japan  by Remo Camerota

"Camerota, a Japanese photographer who specializes in the more quirky aspects of his homeland (his previous book, Drainspotting, is photos of Japanese manhole covers), takes to the skies to capture a strange and fascinating phenomenon: large scale colored rice fields made by farmers and artists to resemble animals, samurai and landscapes. A great stocking stuffer for art fans." –Laura P.

The Innocence of Objects by Orhan Pamuk

available now, paperback, Abrams

"Pamuk is a Turkish Nobel prize-winning author who is also an artist, an archivist and obsessive collector. In this art book you will tour the museum he created to memorialize two fictional characters, Fusun and Kemal, star-crossed lovers in Istanbul during the 1970's. (see Pamuk's novel The Museum of Innocence for their love story)  Pamuk  bought a house in Turkey 13 years ago, converted it into a gallery-museum, and filled it with hundreds of shadow boxes, each one created by himself;  each display is filled with ordinary, mundane objects belonging to the  characters, in a multilayered, multi-media mixture of fiction and art. Pamuk says objects speak to him,  they carry stories of their own. We need only recall our own treasured objects and keepsakes to know what he means.  Imagine your own home as a museum to yourself and your life. Fascinating!" —Cindi

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A Great Gift... The Sartorialist: Closer by Scott Schman

"I’m not big on fashion, but I LOVE style. A great picture book full of characters struttin’ their stuff" –Jonica

Contemporary Follies

by Keith Moskow, Robert Linn available now, hardcover, The Monacelli Press

Contemporary Follies showcases outstanding examples of contemporary design that address our place in nature, emerging from the Enlightenment spirit of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Thomas Jefferson, the English picturesque folly, and the calming forest retreats of the Scandinavian modernists with an engaging introduction by noted architectural and social historian Witold Rybczynski.

A Great Gift... Dancers Among Us: A Celebration of Joy in the Everyday by Jordan Matter

"This book is full of fun and mindbending photos of dancers around the country illustrating sentiments of every-day life. After meeting Jordan Matter this fall & learning that all the dancers are really making these moves (no Photoshop), it's my new favorite book to give as an inspirational gift." –Christina

Winter 2012-2013


Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update and Show Your Home Some Love

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by Sherry and John Petersik

available in November, hardcover, Artisan

With two home renovations under their (tool) belts and 5 million blog hits per month since the launch of their blog Young House Love in 2007, Sherry and John are homeimprovement enthusiasts primed to pass on a slew of projects, tricks, and techniques to do-it-yourselfers of all levels. This debut book is filled with hundreds of fun, deceptively simple, budget-friendly ideas.


A Great Gift... Making Mini Books by Kathleen McCafferty

"Are you shopping for a creative soul who appreciates the beauty and challege of handmade craft? Look no further than this inspiring and informative collection of unique bookmaking and binding techniques. They'll love it" –Kelly C.

The Big Screen:

The Story of the Movies by David Thomson

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

Does the big screen take us out into the world, or merely mesmerize us? That is Thomson's question in this grand adventure of a book. Books about the movies are often aimed at film buffs, but this passionate and provocative feat of storytelling is vital to anyone trying to make sense of the age of screens—the age that, more than ever, we are living in.

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



On-screen Author Talks & Interviews

The "Writers in the Limelight" series continues through the holiday season. Folks who have attended the series rave about the presentations. Village Books will host a discussion after each film for those interested in staying. We will have the corresponding books for sale at the cinema. Tickets for each show are available through the Pickford Film Center. Check out for more information! Please note: authors do NOT attend. Saturdays, November 17, noon: Richard Dawkins –The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution December 15, noon: Jodi Picoult, –Lone Wolf January 19, noon: Martha Nussbaum –Not For Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities February 16, noon: James Kaplan, –Frank: The Voice


Winter 2012-2013

Building Community One Book at a Time

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Nancy Pearl has handpicked two books to discuss with you,* and will share some of her favorite books over dinner. The Nancy Pearl Book Club package includes a Wednesday afternoon Book Club meeting hosted by Nancy; a specially catered dinner with Nancy; followed by a Thursday morning Book Club discussion after breakfast. Thursday evening you will experience the famous tasting menu by Chef Blaine Wetzel, named One of Ten Best New Chefs of 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Whatcom Literacy Council.

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Little Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (5th edition)


edited by Susan Ratcliffe

The Etymologicon:

available in December, hardcover, Oxford

Here at your fingertips are more than 4,000 of the best things ever said about 300 topics. From actors to writing by way of America, children, cinema, last words, marriage, politicians, sex, and taxes, it only takes a moment to find the perfect witticism, bon mot, or sage adage to suit any occasion. This is the perfect stocking stuffer at 500 pages and only $14.95.

Both Flesh and Not: Essays by David Foster Wallace

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

Beloved for his epic agony, brilliantly discerning eye, and hilarious and constantly self-questioning tone, David Foster Wallace was heralded by both critics and fans as the voice of a generation. This volume gathers 15 essays never published in book form, including "Federer Both Flesh and Not," considered by many to be his nonfiction masterpiece. "A final collection of essays from one of the most brilliant American writers of the last twenty years, Both Flesh and Not finds the late Wallace squarely in his element, writing with humor, deep insight and overwhelming intelligence about tennis, literary criticism and movies where things blow up." —Sam

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A Circular Stroll Through the Hidden Connections of the English Language by Mark Forsyth

available now, paperback, Penguin

Springing from the popular and hilarious Inky Fool blog, Mark Forsyth's The Etymologicon examines the strange and surprising connections between words and takes readers on a gleeful guided tour through the secret labyrinth that lurks beneath the English language. Forsyth shares fascinating details that are at the root of commonly used words and phrases.

WRITING & READING Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction

by Tracy Kidder & Richard Todd

available in January, hardcover, Random House

Kidder and Todd pull back the curtain on some great books and great writing, revealing principles and mechanics that form the bedrock of good prose while recounting stories from their own careers. Good Prose includes both the practical and the personal, and is an essential book for readers and writers.

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MUSIC Life Is a Gift: The Zen of Bennett by Tony Bennett

available in November, hardcover, HarperCollins

Funny and poignant, Bennett's stories reveal how his music has evolved through the years as new artists, new sounds, and new fans have emerged. Life is a Gift also captures the ways Hollywood and the music industry have changed (or, sometimes, remained the same) since Bennett's rise to stardom in 1951.

The Southern Journey of Alan Lomax: Words, Photographs, and Music

by Alan Lomax, Tom Piazza, and William Ferris available in December, hardcover, Norton

This is a new look at the legendary folklorist and his work. Alan Lomax visited Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Tennessee, uncovering the little-known southern backcountry and blues music that we now consider uniquely American. Lomax’s camera was a constant companion, and his images of both legendary and anonymous folk musicians complement his famous field recordings.

Who I Am: A Memoir by Pete Townshend

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

Ruthlessly considered, written with all his heart, Who I Am spans the life of one of history's most talented musicians—guitarist, songwriter, singer, and a founding member of The Who. In one of the most eagerly anticipated rock autobiographies in recent memory, Townshend delivers a genuine work of literature that is also a primary source for popular music's greatest epoch.

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A Great Gift... Because I Said So! by Ken Jennings


"Trivia superstar Ken Jennings researched a lot of the warnings and homilies many of us were raised on.  True or false?  Find out the verdict in this very entertaining book." –Donna


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Because I Said So: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids

Join us in welcoming Jeopardy! champion and bestselling author Ken Jennings as he introduces his latest book, Because I Said So, also referred to as "the MythBusters of old wives' tales." Should be fun!

A Great Gift...

by Ken Jennings

available in December, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Armed with medical case histories, scientific findings, and even the occasional experiment on himself (or his kids), Jennings exposes countless examples of parental wisdom run amok. Whether you're a parent who wants to know what you can stop worrying about or a kid (of any age) looking to say, "I told you so," this is the book you've been waiting for.

“So inspirational, so supportive. I will definitely be back.” Edie Dietzen, Vancouver, WA

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Maphead by Ken Jennings "Not just for geography fans! A fascinating look into how we create maps and how, increasingly, maps are affecting us." –Sarah

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LAUGH A LITTLE America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't by Stephen Colbert

available now, hardcover, Hachette

America Again will singlebookedly pull this country back from the brink. Covering subjects ranging from healthcare, to the economy ("Life is giving us lemons, and we're shipping them to the Chinese to make our lemon-flavored leadonade") to food, Stephen gives America the dose of truth it needs to get back on track.

Portlandia: A Guide for Visitors

by Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein available in November, paperback, Hachette

Includes a comprehensive guide to all restaurants and food carts, including extensive use of symbols to signify Vegan, Freegan, Sea-gan, WheelchairAccessible, Skateboard-Accessible, Segway-Accessible, Clothing Optional, Polyamorous, LGBTQ, Dog-Friendly (No cats), Cat-Friendly (No dogs or mice) Mouse-Friendly (No cats or elephants), For Dogs (only), Regionally-Sourced Food, Regionally-Sourced Waitstaff, and House-Sourced Food (Born/ dies on plate).

The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia of Existing Information

A Great Gift... The Emily Dickinson Reader: An EnglishTo-English Translation of Emily Dickinson's Complete Poems by Paul Legault

"Ever wonder what Emily really meant? Even if you haven't, hilarity will ensue with these "translations" of her poems. Original: Speech is one symptom of Affection And Silence one— Translation: I like quiet sex." –Paul

by The Onion

available now, hardcover, Hachette

Would you like to know more about every piece of knowledge ever? Do you have cash? Then congratulations, because just in time for the death of the print industry as we know it comes the final book ever published, and the only one you will ever need: The Onion's compendium of all things known.

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Vinyl Café Christmas Show Stuart McLean, often considered the Garrison Keillor of Canada, will bring his Vinyl Café Christmas Show to the Mount Baker Theatre on Thursday, December 13th. You can win tickets for two ($100 value) plus a back-stage meet and greet with Mr. McLean by entering the drawing at the store. The drawing will be held on Sunday, December 2. You need not be present. Winners will be notified and tickets will be held at the box office. McLean's books are available at the store and will be sold by Village Books at his performance.

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It's hard to believe that the Chuckanut Radio Hour has now been around for six years. But then, even Baywatch made it for ten years (twelve, if you count Baywatch Hawaii). Sometimes there's just no accounting for taste. So if you haven't already had enough of the CRH, join us on Thursday, January 31st to relive some of the highlights of our sixth year. There will be live music by our original house band, The Walrus; a new essay by Alan Rhodes; poetry by house poet Kevin Murphy; and a brand new episode of the Bellingham Bean. We'll also have clips from some of the best moments of our 2012 shows—seriously, there were a few. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm, and Sunday at 9pm on KMRE 102.3FM. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and on Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm.

Tickets $5.00 Receive one FREE ticket with each pre-event purchase of Exploding the Phone.

Tickets for all shows are available at Village Books &

Tickets $5.00

Friday, February 22nd, 6:30pm

Phil Lapsley in the Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold 1224 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham

–Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell Before smartphones and iPads, before the Internet or the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Based on original interviews and declassified documents, Exploding the Phone is a captivating, ground-breaking work about an important part of our cultural and technological history.

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THINK LOCAL FIRST! Celebrate Whatcom County’s Buy Local Week! November 23rd-December 1st

Celebrate Buy Local Week by picking up your copy of Guide to Where the Locals Go! Coupon Book at Village Books. Save on products, services, food and fun from your favorite local businesses! With over 250 coupons for the BEST local and independently owned businesses in Whatcom County and at a cost of only $12 this book will pay for itself over and over again! This book also makes a perfect holiday gift. Give the gift of Local! For more details about the book or Buy Local Week, participating businesses and local gift ideas visit



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Building Community One Book at a Time

One Book Pledger Marilyn McClellan and Village Books arrived on the Bellingham scene at nearly the same time in 1980. Marilyn's husband Donel came to be the pastor at First Congregational Church and it wasn't long until they both—along with their three children—discovered the store and became regular customers. Marilyn recalls being sent elsewhere for a copy of 84 Charing Cross Road. When that store didn't have it, the proprietor called Village Books, where she found the book. As they say, the rest is history—a three-decade history. There are few sections of the store that escape Marilyn's attention, as she loves to wander about and look at new books. The mystery section, however, is a strong magnet for her. She's been a whodunnit fan for years. "On a visit with Donel's relatives, just before we were married, I discovered a copy of an Agatha Christie book in the bathroom. I'd never read a mystery before. I don't think I came out for half an hour," she recalls. "I was hooked." Though she's read mysteries from many parts of the world—most recently Scandinavia—she's a self-described Anglophile. There are few British mystery authors she hasn't read. Marilyn is not only a reader, she's also an author. After a number of years working as a teacher and a school counselor, she was asked to write some books for young people, including one called Madeline L'Engle: Banned, Challenged and Censored. She wrote others on organ transplants and alcohol.

"People in the stores care about the people who come in there. And, while there's a special independent store aesthetic, each one reflects the owners and people who work there."

When asked what she thinks is important about independent bookstores she answers without hesitation, "people in the stores care about the people who come in there. And, while there's a special independent store aesthetic, each one reflects the owners and people who work there." Marilyn knows of what she speaks. Over the years she has visited many independent bookstores—some of them among the best in the country— including Vroman's in Pasadena, where they once lived, and R.J. Julia in Madison, Connecticut, where they often visited. When Marilyn isn't busy working on church committees or visiting with her grandchildren, you'll likely find her curled up reading, or browsing the shelves in her favorite bookstore. If you see her in the mystery section, say hi. You can learn more about the One Book Pledge at

You can follow Village Books on Twitter. Each day we “tweet” about book events, new books, and book-related topics. We are @VillageBksBham.

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Grinch Returns to Village Books

Photos Support Blue Skies for Children Everyone has a photo with Santa, but do you have a holiday photo with the Grinch? Since 2007, Tim Chandonnet has been taking folks' photos with Dr. Seuss' grouchy Grinch—you know, the one who stole Christmas. But in spite of the Grinch's stingy disposition, the photos are a charitable undertaking, raising dollars for Blue Skies for Children. Beginning the Friday after Thanksgiving, you can have photos of you, your children, and even your pets taken with the Grinch in the VB Readings Gallery. For $10 Tim will snap your picture and provide you with a CD, from which you can print copies for all your relatives, decorate your walls, or post on Facebook. Once again, Blue Skies for Children will benefit. The Grinch will be in residence during all of the following times:

Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24: 11am–6pm Sunday, November 25: 12pm–5pm Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, & 22: 11am–6pm Sundays, December 2, 9, 16, & 23: 12pm–5pm

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Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23)

FAMILY Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity

Take Time to Laugh


My Bad Parent: Do As I Say, Not as I Did by Troy Osinoff

available in November, paperback, Penguin

by Andrew Solomon

available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

For ten years, interviewing more than 250 families, Solomon has observed not just how some families learn to deal with exceptional children, but also how they find profound meaning in doing so. An utterly original thinker, Solomon mines the eloquence of ordinary people who have somehow summoned hope and courage in the face of heartbreaking prejudice and almost unimaginable difficulty.

Illustrated with candid color photographs and the author's hilarious commentary, My Bad Parent casts a gimlet eye on the toughest issues in modern parenting, including: • What's better for a toddler —a standard or a retractable leash? • The number of feet in the air it is permissible to launch a child • The proper size paint bucket for use as a motorcycle sidecar • The right time to introduce a child to political extremism

Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun by Elizabeth Foy Larsen, Joshua Glenn & Tony Leone

Family Fun!

available now, hardcover, Macmillan

Unbored features the best of the old as well as the best of the new: classic science experiments, crafts and upcycling, board game hacking, code-cracking, geocaching, skateboard repair, yarn bombing, stop-action movie-making—plus tons of sidebars and extras, including trivia, best-of lists, and Q&As with leading thinkers whose culture-changing ideas are made accessible to kids for the first time.

Holiday Carriage Rides! Cramer Classics



Santa appearances SpoNSorS

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Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 from Noon - 3pm from the front door of the Fairhaven Village Inn

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2013 WWU

children’s literature conference



Continuing the Tradition and Excitement! The Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference is now in its tenth year! This event has become an annual tradition for many, where teachers and librarians, readers and writers gather to celebrate and learn about children’s literature. Conference participants are afforded a unique opportunity to listen to, meet, and interact with the featured speakers. Village Books will again be on hand with the authors’ books, which may be purchased for autographing. Each year the conference features gifted writers and this year is no exception.

The 2013 Speakers will be:

WWU Saturday, February 23rd • Location: Western Washington University Performing Arts Center-Concert Hall • Time- 8am: doors open for book sales, autographing, and registration 9am-2:45pm: Conference • Registration: Early bird registration (before Jan. 25th): $85–after that, $99 Discounts available for full-time college students and retired educators

Clock Hours: 5 clock hours available. Registration available at the conference.

For more information, contact Sylvia Tag (

Brian Pinkney —Acclaimed artist and illustrator whose credits include In the Time of the Drums (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award), Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down (Jane Addams Honor Book), Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra (Caldecott Honor Award), Faithful Friend (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor), The Adventures of Sparrowboy.

Susan Campbell Bartoletti —Author of Hitler Youth: Growing Up in Hitler’s Shadow (Newbery Honor and Sibert Honor), Black Potatoes: The Great Irish Famine (Sibert Winner), They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group (YALSA Excellence in Non-Fiction Finalist), Kids on Strike! (Jane Addams Award).

Katherine Applegate — Author of The One and Only Ivan (Starred Reviews in School Library Journal & Kirkus), Home of the Brave (Golden Kite Award), Roscoe Riley Rules series, Animorphs book series (co-written with Michael Grant).

Michael Grant —Author of Bzrk, Eve & Adam (co-written with Katherine Applegate), Gone series (Best Children’s Novel for Hunger, SCBWI 2009), & The Magnificent 12 series.

Complete conference information is available online on the Children’s Literature Conference website (www. and on Facebook. A link to the registration form (including online registration) is now available. Register today and pass along this information to all authors, illustrators, teachers, and librarians that you know. 52

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Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23)

YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators

PICTURE BOOKS Holiday Time! Christmastime

written and illustrated by Alison Jay available in November, hardcover, Dial

Deceptively simple text paired with Jay’s signature cracked-varnish appearance gives this book the feel of an instant holiday favorite.

Snowmen at Work

written by Caralyn Buehner, illustrated by Mark Buehner available now, hardcover, Penguin

When winter sidewalks seem to have been mysteriously shoveled, a child wonders if snowmen are magic and have nighttime jobs while the people sleep.

The Nutcracker

written by E.T.A. Hoffman, illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean

available now, hardcover, Crown

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

Out of print for years, this reissue of a classic holiday tale takes its inspiration from the sets Sendak designed for the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

When Santa is sick, he calls Pete the Cat to rescue Christmas. And only Pete the Cat can show how groovy giving is.

This Moose Belongs to Me

written and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers available in November, hardcover, Philomel

"Oliver Jeffers is a staff favorite and his new book is just as adorable and witty as his previous offerings! Wilfred loves order and rules. When he decides that a moose is his new pet, Wilfred has a little trouble instructing the moose on the way of things. This charming book also has paintings created by Jeffers himself that augment his traditional style." —Sarah


Puss in Boots

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

available in November, hardcover, Dial

written and illustrated by Birgitta Sif Oliver is a bit of a loner. He finds all the companionship he needs with his stuffed animals and toys. His imagination takes him all the places he needs to go. He is perfectly happy. He thinks. Then, one day, his ball takes an odd roll and lands in the lawn of a neighbor. A muted palate and clever hints toward the end make this truly enjoyable!

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written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney Caldecott-medalist Pinkney returns with another retelling of a classic fairytale. For generations, children have delighted in the tale of the clever cat who tricks both a king and a sorcerer in order to win a castle and a princess for his penniless master. His intricate illustrations serve as the perfect backdrop to the magical and tricky elements of this story.

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Under Wildwood  by Colin Meloy

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

"In this sequel to the bestselling Wildwood, we join Prue and her friend, Curtis, again in the Impassable Woods, where life hasn't quite settled peacefully after the Revolution. Known to many now as the "Bicycle Maiden", Prue finds herself the target of an assassination plot and is compelled to return to the forest to try and unite a divided and unstable land. Every bit as captivating as its predecessor, Under Wildwood is sure to please any reader who was as sad to see the first one end as I was." —Claire

Who Could That Be at This Hour? written by Lemony Snicket

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown & Co.

Lemony Snicket is back! Here he returns with his prodigious vocabulary and his misfortunes galore to give an “autobiographical” account of his time at a mysterious organization, led by an inept woman, and his education from same. Filled with more questions than answers, the observant reader will notice hints to his famous Series of Unfortunate Events.

Middle Readers The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket by John Boyne,

available in January, hardcover, Alfred A. Knopf

"Barnaby Brocket was born with an unusual condition: he floats. His parents, who are not so keen on anything strange, are embarrassed by their new son. Sadly, this leads Barnaby through some unfortunate events in his life, but something magical happens for him, and he soon finds himself exploring the world. This book is a great read-out-loud for middle readers, but also a fun read for adults too. Oliver Jeffers' illustrations add to the charm of this heartfelt book." –Christina

A Great Gift... D'Aulaire's Book of Greek Myths

A Smidgen of Sky

written by Dianna Dorisi Winget available in November, hardcover, Harcourt

"Piper Lee is on the verge of a big change. Her mom is getting married again and Piper Lee is not excited about the prospect of a new step-family at all. When she tries to stop the wedding because she is sure that one day her real dad is going to come back, her plan goes horribly awry and only then does she start to realize the strength of her soon-to-be family." —Sarah


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by Edgar Parin D'Aulaire

"The best Greek myth book ever." –Andrew

The Aviary

by Kathleen O'Dell  available now, paperback, RandomHouse

"This charming story about a young girl raised in solitude in a rambling old mansion with her mother and two elderly ladies is utterly captivating.  Clara Dooley begins to question her confinement in the Glendoveer mansion as secrets are revealed regarding her past and that of the strange birds in the giant aviary located behind the house. The delightful twists and turns in the plot, along with the great characters and writing, make this book a sure winner of a gift for any young reader in your life!" —Claire

Building Community One Book at a Time

New Installments in Your

Favorite Series

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #07 The Third Wheel

by Jeff Kinney available in November, hardcover, Amulet Books A Valentine's Day dance at Greg's middle school has turned his world upside down— you never know who's going to be lucky in love.

Dork Diaries #05 Tales from a Not-So-Smart Miss Know-It-All

by Rachel Renee Russell available now, hardcover, Aladdin Nikki Maxwell authors an advice column for the school newspaper but it isn't long before she's the one in need of help!

Infinity Ring #02 Divide and Conquer

by Carrie Ryan available now, hardcover, Scholastic Inc. Dak, Sera, and Riq are in over their heads when they attempt to stop a Viking invasion of medieval Paris.

Heroes of Olympus #03 The Mark of Athena

by Rick Riordan available now, hardcover, Hyperion Percy, Hazel, and Frank will unite with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six—who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?


In a Glass Grimmly

Middle Readers

by Adam Gidwitz

available now, hardcover, Dutton

"Okay, so this gruesome story isn't for everyone, definitely not the squeamish, but if you're a kid (or adult!) fed up with cute but highly inaccurate fairy tale retellings, then this book just might be for you! Gidwitz mashes together numerous tales and fables, inserts a comical and insightful narrator, and finishes with a beautiful moral both kids and adults alike should learn." —Rachel H.

For even more GREAT GIFT SUGGESTIONS, pick up your copy of the ABC Best Books for Children Catalog in the store this holiday season.  It’s a full-color catalog featuring hundreds of bookseller favorites, award winners, and critically acclaimed titles.

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Starry River of the Sky  by Grace Lin available now, hardcover, Abrams

"At last, another book from the author of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon!  This is the story of Rendi, a runaway boy, stranded in a village called Clear Sky. He notices one night that the moon is missing from the sky and since its disappearance, he alone hears the wind and trees weeping for its loss. As he reluctantly forms attachments with a small group of villagers, Rendi finds himself less inclined to leave Clear Sky. Filled with gorgeous illustrations and peppered with shorter stories throughout, this little book is truly a treasure to be enjoyed over and over again." —Claire

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Young Adult Unspoken:


The Lynburn Legacy

written by Ally Condie

by Sarah Rees Brennan

available in November, hardcover, Dutton

available now, hardcover, Random House

The finale to the Matched trilogy is finally here! The Rising is becoming stronger than ever and Ky, Xander, and Cassia have to reveal their alliances and their enemies. However, the Plague is threatening Society and Rising alike and with Cassia sorting within Society and Ky outside, they have to make some of the most critical decisions of all.

"Wow, what a book! I adored Kami from the start and this story can make you laugh and cry within the same page, probably within the same sentence. The ending broke my heart, though, and I'm crossing my fingers that the next book in the series can put it back together again." —Rachel H.

Colin Fischer

A Great Gift...

written by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

available now, hardcover, Razorbill

"Colin has Asperger’s, which, along with needing flashcards for faces and hating the color blue, means that he is extraordinarily observant in ways that many people are not. When a birthday cake explodes in the school cafeteria, the class bully seems to be the one responsible, but Colin knows differently. An engaging mystery with a lead character you won’t soon forget!" –Sarah

"This book has an intriguing premise, but it's the protagonist Alina who makes it incredible. Her sense of humor made her immediately endearing and this book is both intense and hilarious." –Rachel H.

Scored by Lauren Mclaughlin

The Last Dragonslayer

available now, paperback, Ember

written by Jasper Fforde

available now, hardcover, Harcourt

In the good old days, magic was indispensable—it could both save a kingdom and clear a clogged drain. Now magic is fading: drain cleaner is cheaper than a spell, and magic carpets are used for pizza delivery. Fifteen-yearold Jennifer Strange runs Kazam, an employment agency for magicians—but it's hard to stay in business. Then the visions start, predicting the death of the world's last dragon at the hands of an unnamed Dragonslayer. If the visions are true, everything will change.

"This book really should become required reading for high school and/or college English classes. McLaughlin creates one of those tooclose-for-comfort near-futures about a society in which teenagers only learn to define their self-worth by an academic rating. Even friendships become expendable - if they won't help your score, you better ditch them." —Rachel H.

A Great Gift...

Skyship Academy: The Pearl Wars and Skyship Academy: Crimson Rising by Nick James "Capture that tough-to-buy-for tween's imagination with the first two installments of the Skyship Academy series by local Bellingham author Nick James. These books, full of great characters and great adventure, aren't to be pigeonholed as strictly young adult fare—he's got fans of all ages, from elementary age to adult!" –Stephanie


Winter 2012-2013

Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23) Building Community One Book at a Time



The Neighborhood Playhouse presents

A Year with

FaroG nd


A Musical!

December 13 - 15

NEW DATES! December

13th: 7pm (sneak preview dress rehearsal - pay what you can)

14th: 10am & 7pm (P.J. Night) 15th: 2pm & 5pm

This is a delightful little story about a giant banana slug named "Sally" who is afraid of the dark. She encounters a handful of forest critters as she journeys to bring the sun back early. A perfect little play for audiences young and young at heart!


at the

Bellingham Theatre Guild

7th, 8th, 9th 14th, 15th, 16th,

and the eve of Winter Solstice

December 21st Friday and Saturdays 7:00 Saturday & Sunday Matinees 2:00

1600 H St.

at BCT’s Studio

$8 for students 18 and under / $12 Adults

1412 Cornwall Ave.

Tickets: $12

For more information & tickets, see

COLORING CONTEST Kids of all ages are invited to join in our holiday coloring contest.

Everyone will have a chance to color Santa and Mrs. Claus—any resemblance to anyone you might know is certainly circumstantial. Pick up an entry form at the store beginning Friday, November 23, and return it by closing time (7pm) on Sunday, December 16. Entries will be judged in four age categories—0 to 4; 5 to 8; 9 to 13; and 14 and older. The winner in each age group will receive a $20 gift card. Two runners-up in each division will each receive $10 gift cards. Winning entries will be displayed in the store beginning on Tuesday, December 18. Creativity counts!

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VB Reads...

Join a VB Book Group!




alternative weeklies


14.1% of 18-24-years-old readers



of readers 45 and older

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

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

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

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

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

Engaged Citizens Book Group

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3rd Wednesdays of the month at noon. Join Mary Dumas for a thought-provoking lunch hour discussing books that ask us to consider how we, as community members, can more skillfully contribute to the creation of a civilly engaged community.

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

Have you heard about our book group newsletter? This monthly newsletter is packed with author and staff interviews, book reviews, genre focuses, and discussion questions. Sign up by updating your email profile at or by emailing

Holiday Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–9pm • Sun 10am–7pm (Nov. 23-Dec. 23)

Literature LIVE!


VB’s Literary Events Program

Additions & changes to this schedule will occur so check out

to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter!

NOVEMBER Fri., Nov. 16, 7-9pm TOM DOUGLAS –The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle At Settlemyer Family Hall, Bellingham Technical College Village Books is excited to host Seattle chef-author and restaurateur Tom Douglas as he talks about his latest book, The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook: Sweetness in Seattle. Join us at Bellingham Technical College's (BTC) new state-of-the-art Settlemyer Family Hall for dessert samples made by Culinary Arts students, followed by a talk and signing. Tickets for this event are $15 and are available at and Village Books. Proceeds will go to BTC’s Culinary Arts Program.

Sat., Nov. 17, noon “Writers in the Limelight” On-screen author talk & interview at the Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema Richard Dawkins: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution Pickford Film Center & Village Books present "Writers in the Limelight." Watch author Richard Dawkins discuss his book The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution in this special movie showing at the Pickford Limelight Cinema. (1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham). Tickets are available through the Pickford Film Center. Author is not attending.

Sat., Nov. 17, 4pm ARIEL & SHYA KANE –How To Have A Match Made In Heaven: A Transformational Approach to Dating, Relating, and Marriage World-renowned relationship coaches Ariel and Shya Kane continue to discover and define relationships in their latest book. The Kanes’ unique approach, designed to illustrate the insights and breakthrough moments of individuals and couples, presents real and practical ways for readers to have their own transformational moments.

Sat., Nov. 17, 7pm —Fiction SARAH MARTINEZ –Sex & Death in the American Novel In Seattle author Sarah Martinez’ new book, she uses quotes and references to classic erotic and literary icons to create an unconventional romance, which also serves as a discussion of the merits of erotic literature.

Sun., Nov. 18, 4pm JO DEURBROUCK –Anything Worth Doing: A True Story of Adventure, Friendship & Tragedy on the Last of the West’s Great Rivers Jo Deurbrouck’s new book is about the lives of two whitewater raft guides who believe that “anything worth doing is worth overdoing.” Deurbrouck, who was a wilderness whitewater raft guide, spent ten years trying to prove it on the West’s great wilderness rivers. She lives and rafts in Idaho.

Thurs., Nov. 22 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Village Books & Paper Dreams will be closed. Enjoy the holiday!

Fri., & Sat., Nov. 23 & 24, 5-8pm FAIRHAVEN HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ART WALK Start your holidays in the historic district during the Thanksgiving weekend! See page 4 for details and join us as we host local photographer Mark Turner, who will sign copies of his book Bellingham Impressions on the main floor, and Skagit photographer John Scurlock, who will sign copies of his book Snow & Spire on the mezzanine near Book Fare Café.

Mon., Nov. 26, 7pm Open mic with Laurel Leigh 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! Bring your novel excerpts to celebrate National Novel Writing Month! Open mic is held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Laurel Leigh, local writer and teacher, will emcee.

Wed., Nov. 28, 7pm BRUCE BEASLEY –Theophobia


Theophobia (fear of God) is a deviant and deviating poetic pilgrimage that takes the postmodern world as an object for divination, wildly seeking the divine in collisions of elements like the Human Genome Project and bioengineering, Dolly the cloned sheep, and Wikipedia's explanations of the Holy Spirit. Join Bruce Beasley, professor of English at Western Washington University, for a reading of his latest collection.

Thurs., Nov. 29, 7pm –Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice Presented by Community Alliance for Global Justice and Community to Community Development Our Food, Our Right: Recipes for Food Justice takes you on a journey through many of the current globalized food system's failures, and showcases creative solutions that communities worldwide are designing to regain control over their food, and the health of their bodies and neighborhoods. This book is the product of more than 50 contributors' collected efforts and wisdom.

Fri., Nov. 30, 4:30pm (Note earlier start time) HOLLY BASAAR –Unwrapping Joy


In Holly E. Basaar’s kids’ book, Unwrapping Joy, the Landry family is preparing to celebrate Christmas with family and friends. When unplanned events begin unfolding in the little town, miracles take place in the hearts of the Landry siblings and they learn the true spirit of Christmas.

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

Read more about these and other LitLive events at!

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

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Mon., Dec. 10, 7pm Red Wheelbarrow Writers Present –No Rest for the Wicked, A Great American Collective Novel



Fri., Nov. 30, 7pm NICHOLAS O’CONNELL

Join the Red Wheelbarrow writers to hear short excerpts from the chapters of No Rest for the Wicked. One writer each day supplied a chapter for an entire novel written over the course of November, National Novel Writing Month.

Tues., Dec. 11, 7pm DAVID B. WILLIAMS –Cairns: Messengers in Stone


–The Storms of Denali Soaring 20,320 feet into the thin Arctic air, Denali is the highest and coldest summit in North America and one of the most coveted mountaineering prizes on the planet. In this novel of adventure, adversity, and ambition by renowned climber and writer Nicholas O’Connell, four men set out to conquer it. —Co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute

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Sat., Dec. 1, 10:30-11am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with Claire


Join Village Books bookseller Claire for our preschool story time, for ages 3-5 years old, on the bean bags in the Kids' Section. We'll have fun reading various stories.

Tues., Dec. 4, 7pm —Memoir “CALAMITY” JAN PIERSON –Calamity Jan & the Russian When a 61-year-old woman marries a darkly handsome Russian physicist nine years her junior, East and West collide in Jan Pierson's memoir, Calamity Jan & the Russian. This multicultural love affair brings it all together with some earthy explosions of humor.

Thurs., Dec. 6, 7pm LESLIE MILLER –Uncle Dave’s Cow: And Other Whole Animals My Freezer Has Known Seattle chef/author Leslie Miller’s new book is a guide to sourcing, storing, and preparing healthy, locally raised meat. Learn how to find and evaluate local farmers, form a buying group, plan out cuts and quantities, store and preserve your purchases, and dish up an entire animal one part at a time.

Fri., Dec. 7, 7pm ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE –The Tangled Bank: Writings from Orion —Co-Sponsored by the North Cascades Institute Robert Michael Pyle’s “Tangled Bank” column appeared in fifty-two consecutive issues of Orion and Orion Afield magazines over eleven years. In each concise piece, Pyle, author of Chasing Monarchs and Mariposa Road, refutes “the idea that the world is a boring place,” sharing his meticulous observations of the fascinating details of the living earth.

Sat., Dec. 8, 7pm NOBLE SMITH –The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life Free author event at Book Fare Café on the mezzanine of Village Books Join us in welcoming local author Noble Smith for his new book, The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life, which comes just in time for the movie release of Peter Jackson's adaptation J.R.R. Tolkien's, The Hobbit. Smith sheds light on the life-changing ideas tucked away inside J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novels.


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In his new book, geologist and acclaimed nature writer David Williams explores the history of cairns from the moors of Scotland, the pathways of Iceland, all the way to the peaks of the Himalaya, where they come from, what they mean, why they’re used, how to make them, and more. —Co-Sponsored by the North Cascades Institute.

Wed., Dec. 12, 7pm JEANNE SAUVAGE –Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays: 60 Recipes for Traditional Festive Treats Join Seattle author Jeanne Sauvage as she talks about the recipes in her new book, which make it easy to bake up homemade treats that let everyone indulge in the festivities. Her recipes have been taste-tested by the author (glutenintolerant herself ), her family, and a veritable army of her gluten-sensitive friends. Sauvage will be bringing samples to taste! —Co-Sponsored by the Community Food Co-op & BGIG

Thurs., Dec. 13, 7pm STUART MCLEAN

The Vinyl Café Christmas Show at the Mt. Baker Theatre Main Stage Celebrating Christmas and the release of his new four-CD collection, this December, the Mt. Baker Theatre brings "Canada's favorite storyteller," Stuart McLean, as he takes the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Show on tour. Tickets can be purchased through the Mt. Baker Theatre (360-734-6080). Village Books will sell copies of McLean's books at the event. Enter the drawing to win two tickets at VB! See page 45 for details.

Fri., Dec. 14, 7pm VAUGHN SHERMAN –Sea Travels: Memories of a 20th Century Master Mariner Sea Travels tracks two generations of the Christensen family from Puget Sound's pioneer days, to the Alaskan Gold Rush and onto the world's open oceans. Their saga includes hard times and history. Toward the end of J. Holger Christensen’s life, at the request of his nephew Vaughn Sherman, Christensen’s tales were recorded. Nearly three decades later, Sherman is sharing his uncle’s unique story.

Sat., Dec. 15, noon “Writers in the Limelight” On-screen author talk & interview at the Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema Jodi Picoult: Lone Wolf Pickford Film Center & Village Books present "Writers in the Limelight." Watch author Jodi Picoult discuss her book Lone Wolf in this special movie showing at the Pickford Limelight Cinema. (1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham). Tickets are available through the Pickford Film Center. Author is not attending.

Tues., Dec. 18, 6-8:30pm Book Fare Café Holiday Prix Fixe Wine Dinner Join chef/owner Charles Claassen at the Book Fare Café for a holiday prix fixe wine dinner. Tickets will be available at and at the café. Proceeds to this dinner will benefit the Whatcom Hills Waldorf School’s Class of 2013.

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Sat., Jan. 5, 10:30-11am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with Claire


Join Village Books bookseller Claire for our preschool story time, for ages 3-5 years old, on the bean bags in the Kids' Section. We'll have fun reading various stories.

Sat., Jan. 5, 11am-4pm RESOLUTIONS Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions yet? Looking for some inspiration to jump-start the year? Join us for our annual “Resolutions,” an inspirational day full of mini-workshops devoted to starting the year off right!

Holiday Hours Sunday, December 23rd Open 10am-9pm We’re staying open late to help you with your last-minute shopping needs!

Monday, December 24th

Christmas Eve - We’re opening & closing early! Open 9am-6pm

Tuesday, December 25th Merry Christmas!

Village Books and Paper Dreams are Closed

Monday, December 31st

New Year’s Eve


Both Village Books & Paper Dreams Opening early at 9am, closing at 6pm. Tuesday, January 1st

Happy New Year!


Both Village Books & Paper Dreams Open 10am-8:30pm

Mon., Dec. 31, 7pm—NO OPEN MIC this month. The next open mic will be January 28th at 7pm.

Extended Hours for the Holidays! Village Books and Paper Dreams are open

Monday­­-Saturday: 10am-9pm Sundays: 10am-7pm Nov. 23rd-Dec. 23rd

Sun., Jan. 6, noon-5pm RESOLUTIONS FOR WRITERS Hey writers, do you need something to get your creativity flowing? Inspired by Village Books’ highly-successful annual “Resolutions” series, we’ve decided to offer a variety of mini-workshops for writers to motivate your writing goals in the New Year. Come prepared to learn some techniques, plan your year, and do some writing!

Sun., Jan. 13, 4pm Multi-author Reading –Clover, A Literary Rag, Vol. 4 Join us for a multi-author reading of pieces featured in Clover, A Literary Rag, Vol. 4. This robust little rag, published by Norman L. Green and editor Mary Elizabeth Gillilan, brings together poetry and stories in an eclectic mix. Writers come from around the Independent Writers’ Studio table and blossom north to Canada and outward across the state.

Thurs., Jan. 17, 7pm William Stafford Tribute Event: An Evening of Poetry Join us at Village Books for our annual poetry reading celebrating Oregon’s late poet laureate, William Stafford. One of the best-known and loved American poets, Stafford served as Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, received the National Book Award for Traveling Through the Dark, and taught for many years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. He grew up in Kansas, was a conscientious objector during World War II, and was widely admired for his generosity. Bellingham poet, Jim Bertolino, will host.

Sat., Jan. 19, noon “WRITERS IN THE LIMELIGHT” On-screen author talk & interview at the Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema Martha Nussbaum: Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities Pickford Film Center & Village Books present "Writers in the Limelight." Watch author Martha Nussbaum discuss her book Not for Profit: Why Democracy Needs the Humanities in this special movie showing at the Pickford Limelight Cinema. (1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham). Tickets are available through the Pickford Film Center. Author is not attending.

Sat., Jan. 19, 4pm MONICA MCDOWELL –Confessions of a Mystic Soccer Mom: A Life Played with Feet in Both Worlds What's a mom to do? Her kids see auras and angels. Divine visitations interrupt routine household chores, and random dogs mysteriously come and lie down at her feet. Seattle author Monica McDowell muses on events from her stranger-than-fiction life with an engaging voice and a quirky eye. Continued...

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

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

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Sun., Jan. 20, 4pm EVONNE AGNELLO –Shaking Shame from Mental Illness With sensitivity, Evonne Agnello explores mental illness from both sides, within the mind of the sufferer and of those watching the one suffering, and sends hope for all. She shows that depression is highly treatable and manageable and need not poison your life.

Mon., Jan. 21, Time TBD Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In —For Kids Ages 3-8 years old


Local children are invited to gather at Village Books to hear stories from around the world about tolerance, the civil rights movement, and diversity in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Sponsored by WWU’s Center for Service-Learning, Village Books and Western’s AS Bookstore, the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In and Book Drive will take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books.

Thurs., Jan. 24, 7pm KEN JENNINGS –Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids New York Times bestselling author, trivia mastermind and famed Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is here to tell us the truth in his new book, Because I Said So! With sharp wit and an electric wry tone, Jennings dissects those ever-important warnings our parents nagged us about, separating myth from fact with a dose of humor and a pinch of smarts.

Thurs., Jan. 31, doors at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold The CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR 6TH ANNIVERSARY Come celebrate the Chuckanut Radio Hour’s 6th anniversary with highlights from past shows, a new essay by Alan Rhodes, a brand new episode of the “Bellingham Bean,” entertaining live music by the Wlarus, and a few corny jokes. The Radio Hour is a radio variety show that began in January 2007 and airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3 FM. Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 and are available at Village Books and on Co-sponsored by the Leopold Residence, 12th Street Shoes, Fairhaven Pizza & Fairhaven Village Inn.

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Sat., Feb. 2, 10:30-11am PRESCHOOL STORY TIME with Claire


Join Village Books bookseller Claire for our preschool story time, for ages 3-5 years old, on the bean bags in the Kids' Section. We'll have fun reading various stories.

Tues., Feb. 12, 7pm Includes Slideshow! at Bellingham High School, 2020 Cornwall Ave RICK STEVES –Europe Through the Back Door Join travel expert Rick Steves—acclaimed for his bestselling guidebook series, and public TV and radio shows—as he shares the latest in smart European travel. Steves explains the practical, money-saving ins and outs of independent travel. Hear his tips on getting the most out of every mile, minute, and euro on your next trip. Held at Bellingham High School’s auditorium, tickets are $5.00 and are available at Village Books or online at Doors open at 6:30pm. Proceeds will benefit Bellingham High School’s PTSA.


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Sat., Feb. 16, noon “WRITERS IN THE LIMELIGHT” On-screen author talk & interview at the Pickford Film Center’s Limelight Cinema James Kaplan: Frank: The Voice Pickford Film Center & Village Books present "Writers in the Limelight." Watch author James Kaplan discuss his book Frank: The Voice in this special movie showing at the Pickford Limelight Cinema. (1416 Cornwall Ave., Downtown Bellingham). Tickets are available through the Pickford Film Center. Author is not attending.

Fri., Feb. 22, doors at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm Crystal Ballroom of the Leopold The CHUCKANUT RADIO HOUR with special guest

PHIL LAPSLEY - Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws Who Hacked Ma Bell Before smartphones and iPads, before the Internet or the personal computer, a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. Based on original interviews and declassified documents, Exploding the Phone is a captivating, ground-breaking work about an important part of our cultural and technological history. Tickets $5 available at Village Books & Receive one free ticket with each pre-event purchase of Exploding the Phone.

Wed., Feb. 27, 7pm JIM LYNCH –Truth Like the Sun


Join Village Books and the Whatcom Community College Foundation for an interview with Jim Lynch for the paperback release of his book, Truth Like the Sun. Lynch will be interviewed by Bob Winters, Arts and Humanities Division Chair at Whatcom Community College. Truth Like the Sun is a hugely entertaining political novel of urban intrigue set both in 1962, when Seattle hosted the World's Fair, and in 2001 after its transformation in the Microsoft Gold Rush.

Date: watch for updates! DANA JACK –Silencing the Self Across Cultures: Depression and Gender in the Social World Dana Jack will talk about depression in a global context, with a focus on women. Her latest book, Silencing the Self Across Cultures, received the Ursula Gielen Award from the American Psychological Association for the "book that makes the greatest contribution to psychology as an international discipline and profession, or more specifically, the degree to which the book adds to our understanding of global phenomena and problems from a psychological point of view." She will show slides and also talk about healing from depression. Proceeds from this event will benefit Womencare.

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