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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • Winter 2021-2022

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Dear Reader,

As we approach the end of 2021, we look back upon a year full of continued changes and transformations. Though not nearly on par with 2020, we are still feeling the effects and recognizing silver linings. And yet, the remembrance of old sayings reminds us that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Yep, social distancing is still a thing. We look forward to the day when it's not but, until then, we're finding ways to cope. We've enjoyed a return to in-person events including our first Chuckanut Radio Hour since February of 2020 and a series of sold out events in our Readings Gallery. We, along with everyone else, are experiencing the now-familiar woes of "supply chain disruption" in unexpected ways, but are compensating by getting what we can, when we can. (We may not have that, but we've got THIS and it's even better!) It's truly happening everywhere, even online: that perceived bastion of I can get whatever I want whenever I want it. Between paper-shortages, manufacturing closures, and transportation woes, the notion of instant gratification is continuously challenged. The adage of "You can't always get what you want, but sometimes, you get what you need," is helpful to remember. Thank you, Rolling Stones, for words of wisdom in trying times. You'll see a great many new faces in our stores when you visit. Though we're experiencing the same loss of valued staff for various reasons the same as everywhere else, this has created opportunities for wondrous new individuals to join us who are passionate about sharing their love for reading, for service, and for building community as ever. Remember, "a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet." So, Dear Reader, if you encounter a new face with a Village Books and Paper Dreams nametag on, please introduce yourself. They're looking forward to getting to know you. The world may feel as though it's been sloshed about and we're all looking forward to when it's a bit more settled. Until then, our aim is to provide as much consistency, safety, and service as we can for our customers, our employees, and our community. We leave you with this blessing, "May you live in UN-interesting times."


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Winter 2021-2022 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Kiana Allen, Andrew Baesler, Eric Bowen, Rick Bramham, Lillie Brown, Kendra Calitri, Lindsay Campbell, Kelly Carbert, Erin Chervenock, Erica Davis, Gaye Davis, Ronnie Delgado, Kelly Evert, Allison Frodsham, Eamon Gannon, Chase Gartner, Chelanne Evans, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Jean Jackman, Hannah Jennings, Abby Kope, Sarah Macpherson, Maia Kreis, Madison Marko, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Laura Miller, Jessica Moreland, Dichali Nash, Zadra Nolan, Owen Paznokas, Ava Peach, Laura Picco, Hanna Reynolds, Dagny Safon, Guinevere Smith, Melissa Searle, Maddie Swaney, Madeline Sweeney, Luthien Tamminga, Emily Thomsen, Laney Turner, Matt White, Gabi Yoxtheimer Cover: Books, Toys, Gifts Galore! Thank YOU for supporting locally owned businesses this holiday season. Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2021 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. browse & shop anytime!

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In This Issue... Cyber Monday and Annual New Year's SALES! 2 Dear Reader 3 Holiday Open House and Shopping at VBPD 4-5 Holiday Happenings – Fairhaven Winterfest 6-10 Shopping with Kelly 11&13 Lynden Loves the Holidays 15 Fiction, Mystery, Sci-Fi, and Graphic Novels 17-25 Poetry 27 Chuckanut Writers Winter Classes 29-30 VB Publishing – New & Notable Reads 31-32 Whatcom Reads 2022 33 In the Kitchen – Cooking, Eating, Drinking & More 34-37 Mind, Body, Spirit, Psychology 38-39 True Tales, Life Stores 40-41 Performing Arts & More 42-43 History and Current Events 44-45 Science, Nature, and the PNW 47-49 Peaceful Poetry Winning Entries 52 Great Reads and Activities for Kids, Teens, Teachers 53-66 Lit Live Author Events – Virtual and In Person 67-70 VB Reads... Join a Book Group 71

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Thank You for Supporting Local Reminding YOU of the importance of supporting locally owned businesses is akin to preaching to the choir. Look at you now—taking the time to read these words and peruse this publication for giving ideas. YOU are an independent bookstore shopper. You already undertand that you vote with your dollars every day by deciding to shop locally. You know that your purchases support a local tax base which funds roads, schools, and first responders. You appreciate that our philanthropic efforts are community-based. And we understand that you have choices and want to say THANK YOU for choosing us. It's not just bookstores! Your local clothing store, arts and crafts store, grocery store–all are local businesses who help to create community. With local variety, our city stays unique and more vibrant—the livable place we love and want it to stay. November 27th is Small Business Saturday / Indies First­– a day dedicated to reminding consumers to keep thier purchasing dollars in their community. Not that you need reminding, and for that, please know that you are making a difference and are appreciated. Bonus: this year, bestselling author Roxane Gay will serve as the 2021 national spokesperson for Indies First!

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Winterfest November 26 - December 18, 2021 The Annual Historic Fairhaven Winterfest begins the weekend after Thanksgiving with continuing fun and activities through the holiday season. There is always something magical happening–don't miss out! Friday, November 26, 5pm-8pm

Holiday Art Walk

The traditional Holiday Art Walk kicks off the Winterfest season as merchants showcase the work of local artists. Saturday, November 27, 11am-5pm

Holiday Market & Tree Lighting

Discover local arts and crafts at the annual outdoor Holiday Market behind Village Books. Many local business and non-profits will be on hand, offering holiday goods and treats. Enjoy entertainment on the Fairhaven Village Green stage by BAAY, the Bellingham Showstoppers, and Bellingham Circus Guild. Then count down to the lighting of the feature tree at Mill Avenue and 10th Street – across from the Fairhaven Village Green at 5pm! A family-friendly day everyone will enjoy. Every Saturday, November 27 - December 18, noon-3pm

Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

A timeless magical holiday tradition, you can enjoy a carriage rides through the streets of Fairhaven–leaving from the Fairhaven Village Inn. Watch for visits with Father Christmas! Thursday, December 2 and Wednesday, December 15

Holiday Movies at the Firehouse Arts & Events Center December 4, 5pm-8pm

Fairhaven Firelight Stroll Now in its third year, Fairhaven Firelight Stroll has become one our our favorite holiday happenings! Grab a hot cocoa or spiced cider at the entry tent and stroll the wooded path lined with luminaria. Start at 8th & Harris and enjoy a half mile of holiday magic! You will be asked to wear a mask, stick with your group, and observe the one-way walk.

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December 11, 5pm

Fairhaven Lighted Bike Parade Meet at 5pm at Hillcrest Chapel parking lot (14th Street and Larrabee Ave) Show up with your decked out bike, helmet and mask. At 5:30pm, we'll head out. Those who want a casual, easy ride, can circle Fairhaven Village a few times. Those feelling more adventurous can head downtown by way of the South Bay Trail. At the same time a group from downtown will be heading to Fairhaven. Riders on both ends will be greeted with hot chocolate, cider and holiday treats. Not up for the ride? Just come out and enjoy the parade­—it was a lot of fun last year! Participants: please register. This year we are excited to be partnering with Downtown Bellingham Partnership, Whatcom Transit Authority, and Puget Sound Energy! December 17 - Firehouse Performing and Events Center

Yule Log & The Atlantics

Don't miss this fun day at the Firehouse! The Yule log will drop in the morning and the always fun Atlantics will perform in the evening. Mark you calendars and watch for details.

Christmas Letters Children can leave letters for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage throughout the season.

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

Final submissions are due November 17th, 2021 Art by Scott Ward See for details and to register Wed., December 8, 7pm at Peter James Photography Gallery

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GiftsWith Kelly HOLIDAYShopping Village Books & Paper Dreams Owner & Gift Buyer Kelly Evert Shares Some of Her Favorite Holiday Finds


nce again, we have come to the winter holiday season. How this happened so quickly, I’m not really sure. It seems like just yesterday we were swimming in Lake Whatcom and talking about our favorite camping spots. As lovely as summer is, autumn and early winter (and I’m not alone in saying this) are so very special for most. It's a time to slow down, a time to curl under a blanket with a favorite book. It is also a time to think of friends and relatives both near and far. The world is opening up ever so slightly and we are able to share our meals with others, and to plan our Christmas gatherings. For some of us however, we are still finding it difficult to see loved ones. Creating a lovely home and sending joy to others is what we strive for. Candles have always been a source of calmness and make wonderful gifts for anyone on your list.

HIMALAYAN CANDLES was started in 2004 as a home-based business, by pouring wax into wooden containers bought in India. The company grew from there as it found its niche. Himalayan has created a variety of candle collections, all with their own distinctive look and coordinating fragrances, inspired by a time and place, a memory, or a recollection of home. The vessel and fragrance together will tell a story of aroma, aesthetic beauty, functionality, and reuse. Absolutely beautiful and hand poured in Decatur, Georgia, these candles will make any room feel that much more special. What I really enjoy purchasing for the store are

ORNAMENTS! One of the best parts of the many Christmas trees we have in the store decorated with ornaments is the thrill of hearing a child as they gaze up at the tree. Adults too, laugh and reminisce as they look through the branches. Our glass vintage ornaments are beautifully created. And who wouldn’t want a possum or a bigfoot, or even a morel glistening on the tree? You might appreciate a more modern take on ornaments like a cube of butter or a tin of sardines. You'll find felt animals, sea creatures, and ornaments with local themes. There really is something for everyone!

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Over the past couple of years, our CUSTOMIZED GIFT BOXES have become a joy­— easy for you to send and a delight for the recipient to open. Our team of personal shoppers will thoughtfully hand pick the perfect gift, whether it be for the friend who needs pampering with locally made soap and a good book, or for the tea lover who gets a collection of delicous tea with a beautiful mug. For the grandchild that lives across the country, a stuffed animal and book will be a treasure at bedtime. Selecting gifts that we know are going to your loved ones is so rewarding. We deliver within ten miles of our Fairhaven location and ship within the United States, but do get those orders in soon. Check our website at for more customized gift box options. From all of us at Village Books and Paper Dreams, we wish you and yours a beautiful holiday. Kelly Evert Owner of an Independent Business Building Community One Book at a Time Since 1980

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Browse for new & used books and check out our collection of unique gifts and jewelry. Check out our neighboring shops for baby and clothing before enjoying a meal and a beer— all without leaving the premises!

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"Welkom" in this Holiday Season Saturday, December 4th, 2021 with the Northwest Lighted Christmas Parade in Lynden, presented to the community by title sponsor Edaleen Dairy! Starting at 6pm a lighted menagerie of cars, pick-ups, trucks, floats, wagons, farm equipment, and more light up Front Street! The Parade starting point is at the Fairway Shopping Center, located at Front Street and 18th St., heading east on Front St. into beautiful downtown Lynden, ending at 3rd St.

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

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Books for Local Kids and Families in Need For over two decades Village Books has partnered with local non-profits that provide services for at-risk populations through our Round It Up and Giving Tree donation programs. During the Holiday season, we reach out to our customers to hand-pick books that go directly to our community. The books that you purchase for the Giving Tree program are offered at a 20% discount! These books are then separated based on needs of the organizations and delivered in the few weeks before Christmas.

Your December Round It Up donations will go to the Giving Tree Program - Thank You! Round your purchases up to the nearest dollar and make a difference!

Best Bookstore 2021 A huge THANK YOU for voting Village Books 2021 Best Bookstore of the Northwest through Bellingham Alive! Magazine. We are very honored and grateful.


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New Fiction The City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

available in November, hardcover AND paperback, Harper Perennial

A posthumous collection of stories from the author that gave us The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, this collection of 11 tales, allows the reader glimpses into the origins of Zafón's famed cemetery. There are stories within stories that are gloriously Zafón in style and tale. All evoke a sense of a different time and a different place. His tales invite you to live in a past world, filled with comedy, drama, tragedy, and fantastical magic. A lovely gift idea for the book lover, history lover, or magical tale lover in your life. –Erin


by Ken Follett available in November, hardcover, Viking

"A complex, scary thriller that feels too plausible for comfort. You'll be so absorbed in the story threads that you'll follow them anywhere--and you'll suddenly realize you've read hundreds of pages. . . . On one level, it's great entertainment; on another, a window into a sobering possibility." –Kirkus (starred) "A compelling story, and only too realistic." –Lawrence H. Summers, former U.S. Treasury Secretary

Poison for Breakfast by Lemony Snicket

available now, hardcover, Norton

What Storm, What Thunder by Myriam J.A. Chancy

hardcover, available now, Tin House

Chancy masterfully charts the inner lives of the characters affected by a Haitian earthquake—Richard, an expat executive with a secret daughter; the daughter, Anne, an architect who drafts affordable housing structures; Leopold, who pines for a beautiful call girl; Sonia and Dieudonné, who are followed by a man they believe is the V\\odou spirit of death; Didier, an emigrant musician; Sara, a mother haunted by the ghosts of her children; her husband, Olivier, an accountant forced to abandon the wife he loves; their son, Jonas, who haunts them both; and Ma Lou, the old woman who remembers them all. Artfully weaving together these lives, witness is given to the desolation wreaked by nature and by man.

Beasts of a Little Land by Juhea Kim

available in December, hardcover, Ecco

This great saga spans the years of the Korean fight for independence in the 20th century, making it a perfect next pick for fans of Min Jin Lee's Pachinko. Using multiple perspectives and true history, Kim weaves together emotional stories of several people who are connected to each other in some form. I found this novel completely enthralling with rich imagery and vivid characters. –Kiana

Reading a Lemony Snicket book is like curling up into your favorite reading chair from your childhood and, instead of pleasant dreams, you are faced again with an "unfortunate" dilemma. This lovely little book, intended for the grownup Lemony fans out there, addresses the problem of being... poisoned for breakfast. Who? And why? And which bite of his delightful breakfast contained the poison? A fun bedtime read. Be ready for the nostalgia. –Erin

Pity the Beast by Robin McLean

available in November, hardcover, And Other Stories

Out on these prairies, word travels fast: everyone seems to know everyone’s business. They know what Ginny did, and they know Ginny isn’t sorry. She might not be proud of what she’s done, but she doesn’t regret it either. To be honest, she enjoyed the hell out of it, and as far as Ginny is concerned, that should be the end of the story. Problem is, no one else seems able to let it go. The community can’t bear to let a woman like Ginny off the hook. Not with an attitude like hers.

Paddywax Candles "Paddywax has a TON of amazing candles that vary in size, color, and scent. Along with the beautiful containers they come in... they're fantastic!" –Maddie

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New Fiction Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone

New York, My Village

available in November, hardcover, Delacourte Press

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

by Diana Gabaldon

It is 1779 and Claire and Jamie are at last reunited with their daughter on Fraser’s Ridge. Having the family together is a dream the Frasers had thought impossible. Yet even in the North Carolina backcountry, the effects of war are being felt. Tensions in the Colonies are great and local feelings are running hot. Jamie knows loyalties among his tenants are split and it won’t be long until the war is on his doorstep.

The Sisters Sweet by Elizabeth Weiss

available in November, hardcover, The Dial Press

A young woman in a vaudeville sister act must learn to forge her own path after her twin runs away to Hollywood in this richly immersive debut about love, family, and friendship. “A beautifully told coming-of-age story, The Sisters Sweet, like its heroine, embraces life with a galloping energy and irresistible curiosity.”—Maggie Shipstead, New York Times bestselling author of Astonish Me


by Thrity Umrigar available in January 2022, hardcover, Algonquin Books

Two Indian women struggle to love and claim their country where unthinkable acts have changed the courses of their lives. Some scenes with graphic content were difficult to read, but also a necessary reality check. Umrigar's story telling is remarkable and emotional, it has been awhile since a book left me so speechless. –Kiana

How High We Go in the Dark by Sequoia Nagamatsu

available in January 2022, hardcover, William Morrow

by Uwem Akpan

Meet Ekong, a character who ventures from Nigeria to attend a publishing fellowship in New York City. While there, he works to curate a collection of stories about the Biafra War. Facing prejudices, a tiny somewhat illegal New York City apartment, bed bugs, and New York City cuisine, Ekong carries on famously through this eye opening and somewhat humorous read. This book will make you think twice about cultural norms, in the 1960s and in present day. –Hanna

The Hummingbird by Sandro Veronesi, translated by Elena Pala

available in January 2022, hardcover, HarperVia

The #1 international sensation from a master of European literature and winner of Italy’s Premio Strega tells the story of a beautiful and compelling journey through time told in myriad of narrative styles, The Hummingbird is a story of suffering, happiness, loss, love, and hope—of a man who embodies the quiet heroism that defines daily life for countless ordinary folk. A thrilling novel about the need to look to the future with hope and live with intensity to the very end, Sandro Veronesi’s novel is rich in insight, and filled with interesting twists and revelations. It is a portrait of human existence, the vicissitudes and vagaries that propel and ultimately define us.

Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart

available in November, hardcover, Random House

Eight friends, one country house, four romances, and six months in isolation—a powerful, emotionally rich novel about love, friendship, and betrayal, a book that reads like a great Russian novel, or Chekhov on the Hudson, by a novelist The New York Times calls “one of his generation’s most original and exhilarating writers.”

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For fans of Cloud Atlas and Station Eleven, a spellbinding and profoundly brilliant debut that follows a cast of intricately linked characters over hundreds of years as humanity struggles to rebuild itself in the aftermath of a climate plague—a daring and deeply heartfelt work of mind-bending imagination from a singular new voice.

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New & Upcoming Fiction The Book of Magic

The Cat Who Saved Books

by Alice Hoffman

hardcover, available now, Simon and Schuster

A frantic attempt to save a young man’s life spurs three generations of the Owens women, and one long-lost brother, to use their unusual gifts to break the curse as they travel from Paris to London to the English countryside where their ancestor Maria Owens first practiced the Unnamed Art. As Kylie Owens uncovers the truth about who she is and what her own dark powers are, her aunt Franny comes to understand that she is ready to sacrifice everything for her family, and Sally Owens realizes that she is willing to give up everything for love. The Book of Magic is a breathtaking conclusion that celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love.

Wish You Were Here

by Sosuke Natsukawa, translated by Louise Heal Kawai

available in December, hardcover, HarperVia

From the #1 bestselling author in Japan comes a celebration of books, cats, and the people who love them, infused with the heartwarming spirit of The Guest Cat and The Travelling Cat Chronicles. Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm grandfather. Then, a talking cat named Tiger appears with an unusual request. The feline asks for—or rather, demands—the teenager’s help in saving books with him. The world is full of lonely books left unread and unloved, and Tiger and Rintaro must liberate them from their neglectful owners. An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.

by Jodi Picoult

available in November, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Diana O’Toole is perfectly on track. She will be married by thirty, done having kids by 35, and move out to the New York City suburbs, all while climbing the professional ladder in the cutthroat art auction world. But then a virus that began worlds away has appeared in the city. “Jodi Picoult once again proves she is the master of wading through the darkness to find the light,” says author Taylor Jenkins Reid. Jodi Picoult is the author of 25 internationally bestselling novels—soon to be 26!

Small World

by Jonathan Evison

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available in January 2022, hardcover, Dutton

Jonathan Evison’s Small World is an epic novel for now. Set against such iconic backdrops as the California gold rush, the development of the transcontinental railroad, and a speeding train of modern-day strangers forced together by fate, it is a grand entertainment that asks big questions. It hits home as it probes at our country’s injustices, big and small, straight through to its deeply satisfying final words.

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It's a Mystery A Christmas Mystery The Usual Santas : A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers

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Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

available in November, paperback, Harper Perennial

by Mick Herron, Cara Black, Stuart Neville, Helene Tursten

available now, paperback, Soho Crime

Nine mall Santas must find the imposter among them. A young woman receives a mysterious invitation to Christmas dinner with a stranger. Niccolò Machiavelli sets out to save an Italian city. Sherlock Holmes's one-time nemesis Irene Adler finds herself in an unexpected tangle in Paris while on a routine espionage assignment: these delightful holiday stories by your favorite Soho Crime authors contain laughs, murders, and plenty more.

State of Terror

by Hillary Clinton and Louise Penny hardcover, available now, Simon and Schuster and St. Martin’s Press

There is no love lost between the president and Ellen Adams, his new secretary of state. With this appointment, he silences one of his harshest critics. As the new president addresses Congress for the first time, with Secretary Adams in attendance, Anahita Dahir, a young foreign service officer, receives a baffling text from an anonymous source. Too late, she realizes the message was a hastily coded warning. What begins as a series of apparent terrorist attacks is revealed to be the beginning of an international chess game involving the volatile and Byzantine politics of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran; the Russian mob; a burgeoning rogue terrorist organization; and an American government set back on its heels in the international arena.

Maisie Dobbs

by Jacqueline Winspear available now, paperback, Soho Crime

“Set in post-World War I London, Maisie Dobbs is a freelance P.I. whose mission it is to discover the story behind a mysterious young woman who continues to visit an unmarked grave. Filled with humor, mystique, and romance, this book is the perfect gift for anyone looking to visit the old cobbled streets of 1929 London.” –Laura M.


New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz brings back his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of Magpie Murders, in an inventive, labyrinthine story that will become a classic for mystery lovers.

Books on Books!

The New York Times Book Review : 125 Years of Literary History

The Writer's Library : The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives

available in November, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

available in November, paperback, HarperOne

Brimming with remarkable reportage and photography, this beautiful book collects interesting reviews, neverbefore-heard anecdotes about famous writers, and spicy letter exchanges. Here are the first takes on novels we now consider masterpieces, including a long-forgotten pan of Anne of Green Gables and a rave of Mrs. Dalloway, along with reviews and essays by Langston Hughes, Eudora Welty, James Baldwin, Nora Ephron, and more.

In this ebullient book, America’s favorite librarian Nancy Pearl and noted playwright Jeff Schwager interview a diverse range of America’s most notable and influential writers about the books that shaped them and inspired them to leave their own literary mark. A love letter to books and a celebration of wordsmiths, The Writer’s Library is a treasure for anyone who has been moved by the written word.

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Leave the World Behind

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett

available in November, paperback, Ecco

available now, paperback, William Morrow

Suspenseful and provocative, Rumaan Alam’s third novel is keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis.

For fans of A Man Called Ove comes another delightful story about a curmudgeon exhausted by life faced with the worst thing imaginable- a young family moving in next door. Octogenarian Eudora's story is sure to warm your heart, as she reluctantly befriends 10 year old Rose for a summer of capers and shenanigans riddled with adventure, romance and thwarting bullies. Eudora's past and present are woven together in the narrative in a way that is unexpectedly suspenseful. A good reminder of the important things in life. –Emily

by Rumaan Alam

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover available now, hardcover, Ace

“I would highly recommend this book as a great gift for lovers of romance. It's an incredibly satisfying book, with great writing and a touching storyline.” –Luthien

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The Raven and the Banshee by Carolyn Elizabeth

available in January 2022, paperback, Bella Books

Early 18th-century Charleston, South Carolina, finds 16-year-old Julia Farrow, spirited daughter of a wealthy owner of a shipping company, living and loving on her own terms. Branna Kelly, the only child of an Irish immigrant sailor, is hopelessly in love with her employer’s daughter, imagining their life together as captains of their own fate. Broken-hearted after Julia’s shockingly cruel rejection, she embarks with her family to chart a new shipping route to the Caribbean. What follows is a passionate tale of vengeance, forgiveness, second chance love and redemption in a rollicking, swashbuckling adventure on the high seas.


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by Ben Hopkins available now, paperback, Europa

The Cathedral. A grandiose edifice seemingly with a life of its own in the center of the medieval Rhineland town of Hagenburg. Over almost two centuries, the Cathedral’s design and construction unites a vast array of unforgettable characters whose destinies are inseparable and economic interests vying for supremacy. Immersive, atmospheric, entertaining, Cathedral tells a sweeping story about obsession, mysticism, art, and earthly desire, combining historical fiction with a gripping tale of adventure and intrigue.

Jane’s Country Year by Malcolm Saville

available in January 2022, paperback, Handheld Classics

Malcolm Saville’s classic novel from 1946 is about 11-year old Jane’s discovery of nature and country life during a year spent convalescing on her uncle’s farm, after having been dangerously ill in post-war London. This deeply-felt novel was written while Saville was extending his range as a writer, alongside his very successful Lone Pine adventure series and nature anthologies for children. Inspired by the experiences of Saville’s own god-daughter, this marvelous novel is full of the wonder of discovery, as well the happiness of regaining health, making friends, and learning to love the natural world. The novel is also a record of rural England eighty years ago, written by one of the great 20th century English nature writers.

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Paperback Fiction Autographed Copies Make Great Gifts!

The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold by Dinah Manoff

Raven Wakes the World : A Winter Tale

by John Adcox, illustrated by Carol Bales

available now, paperback, Star Alley Press

available in November, paperback, The Story Plant

Award-winning actor and director Dinah Manoff offers an honest, fictional glimpse behind the red carpet in her new novel about a Hollywood star, the remarkable journey that got her there, and her walk-in closet full of tabloid-worthy secrets. Best known for her roles in Grease and Empty Nest, Dinah Manoff has used her own experiences to craft an engrossing page-turner both exciting and wise, posing the ultimate starry-eyed question: Does fame really matter in the end?

Katie Mason, a wounded artist, is a creator who’s forgotten how to create… and how to love. After moving to Alaska to make art and heal her broken heart, she finds herself face to face with a dark-eyed stranger. His stories fuel her imagination and her passions, but his secrets may do something far more transformative. This winter holiday tale brings together an ancient Inuit legend and a haunting romance.

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Dinah Manoff

Friday, December 10, 7pm In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

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Warren Read One Simple Thing

by Warren Read available now, paperback, Ig Publishing


A Lot Like Adiós by Alexis Daria

avialable now, paperback, Avon Books

Who never reads romance? Me. Who turns her nose up at the genre as a whole? Yours Truly. Reading this book and its predecessor, You Had Me at Hola, reminded this bookseller that reading for entertainment has value and that life lessons and inspiration can be found in unlikely places, even in the pages of a steamy romance! –Claire

"One Simple Thing is fit to burst with grit, atmosphere, pathos and suspense. With his expertly paced second novel, Mr. Read invites comparisons to the crime masters of the mid-20th century--guys like Chandler, and Thompson, and Willeford." –Jonathan Evison

The Liar's Dictionary by Eley Williams

available in November, paperback ,Anchor

An award-winning novel that chronicles the charming misadventures of a lovelorn Victorian lexicographer and the young woman put on his trail a century later to root out his misdeeds while confronting questions of her own sexuality and place in the world. “You wouldn’t expect a comic novel about a dictionary to be a thriller too, but this one is. In fact, [it] is also a mystery, love story (two of them) and cliffhanging melodrama.” —The New York Times Book Review

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Empire of the Vampire by Jay Kristoff, illustrations by Bon Orthwick

available now, hardcover, St. Martin’s Press

Author Jay Kristoff once again proves he is the master of grimdark fantasy with the wonderfully dark and twisted Empire of the Vampire. Told through the perspective of a vampire facing his executioner and recounting his life, Empire proves to be one of the most incredibly fun yet entrancing fantasy books in a long while. Full of deliciously evil characters, moments that will have your heart absolutely pounding, and a mysterious, queer and phenomenal main character, this amazing first book in the series is just a taste of what is to come. Did I mention full-page illustrations of the characters throughout? –Chase

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Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan

available in January, hardcover, Harper Voyager

A captivating debut fantasy inspired by the legend of the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e, in which a young woman’s quest to free her mother pits her against the most powerful immortal in the realm and sets her on a dangerous path—where choices come with deadly consequences, and she risks losing more than her heart.

The Last Graduate by Naomi Novik

available now, hardcover, Del Rey

The Eye of the World: The Wheel of Time #1 by Robert Jordan

available now, paperback, Tor Fantasy

“Robert Jordan's legendary series Wheel of Time is the quintessential fantasy everyone needs to read. This first book is a perfect gift for those who loved Game of Thrones and want something just as epic and amazing!” –Chase

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Where the Drowned Girls Go by Seanan McGuire

At the end of Deadly Education, we were left hanging with an ominous warning. Novik pulls us right back in again into the dramas and intricacies of this fraught world of magic and boarding school relationships and politics. –Paul

The Midnight Bargain by C. L. Polk

available in November, paperback, Erewhon

The bestselling, World Fantasy Awardwinning author of Witchmark brings this sweeping, romantic fantasy set in a world reminiscent of Regency England, where women’s magic is taken from them when they marry. A sorceress must balance her desire to become the first great female magician against her duty to her family. Now in paperback, the hardcover garnered accolades aplenty!

available in January 2022, hardcover, Tordotcom

In this latest addition to Seanan McGuire's beloved Wayward Children series, students at an anti-magical school rebel against the oppressive faculty. When Eleanor West decided to open her school, her sanctuary, her "Home for Wayward Children," she knew from the beginning that there would be children she couldn’t save; when Cora decides she needs a different direction, a different fate, a different prophecy, Miss West reluctantly agrees to transfer her to the other school, where things are run very differently by Whitethorn, the Headmaster. She will soon discover that not all doors are welcoming.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Dawnshard : Stormlight Archive #5

Lord of the Rings Illustrated Edition

by Brandon Sanderson

by J.R.R. Tolkien

available in November, hardcover, Tor

available in November, hardcover, Mariner Books

Okay, here it is… the ultimate edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s grand masterwork in a new hardcover illustrated with J.R.R. Tolkien’s own full color artwork, created as he wrote the original text. A must-have keepsake for any Tolkien fan. –Paul

When a ghost ship is discovered, its crew presumed dead after trying to reach the storm-shrouded island Akinah, Navani Kholin must send an expedition to make sure the island hasn't fallen into enemy hands. Knights Radiant who fly too near find their Stormlight suddenly drained, so the voyage must be by sea. Taking place between Oathbringer and Rhythm of War, this tale (like Edgedancer before it) gives often-overshadowed characters their own chance to shine.

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The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

Dune: Deluxe Edition by Frank Herbert

available now, hardcover, Ace

A beautiful edition of the classic novel, this can make a great gift for someone who already loves the series, or is looking to get into it— especially with the recent release of the movie! –Hannah

available now, hardcover boxed set, Tordotcom

“The perfect gift for the Sci-Fi lover in your life, these fun and heartfelt novellas are a master class in what it means to be human...whether you're a cyborg, spaceship, or otherwise!“ –Laura P.

A Psalm for the Wild-Built:

Monk & Robot #1 by Becky Chambers

by Lane Milburn


“This tiny book is akin to warm tea on a crisp winter morning and will make a great gift for anyone who needs a break.” –Owen

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Graphic Novel


available now, hardcover,

available in November, hardcover, Fantagraphics

This science fiction graphic novel combines climate justice and art as a political commentary on our own planet. What if the rich could just leave as our home planet fell apart? What would you do if you were told to advertise paradise only to learn its dark secrets? –Gabi

Afternoon at McBurger's

Graphic Novel

by Ana Galvan

available in December, hardcover, Fantagraphics

If you could see your future for five minutes what would you expect? Follow three pals as they hang out in a classic diner and get the most adventurous ‘Happy Meal’ you’ve ever seen. As if swimming through a memory, the story is brought to life through pastel 90s nostalgia with a hint of alien-esque details. You’ll love this coming of age journey and psychedelic trip. –Gabi

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Graphic Novels

Ideal for a variety of interests and ages, graphic novels are created in a wide array of genres and subject matter. In addition to dedicated graphic novel sections at Village Books, you will find this increasingly popular illustration-based style of storytelling throughout the store!

The Art of Sushi by Franckie Alarcon


available in December, hardcover, NBM Publishing

The author traveled to Japan to meet all the players involved in the making of this true work of culinary art. From the traditional starred chef to the young cook who is shaking up the rules, including all the artisans and producers involved, this book covers the most emblematic of Japanese products from A to Z. A fascinating journey of discovery that, along the way, tells a lot about Japan itself.


Original Sisters : Portraits of Tenacity and Courage

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy

by Anita Kunz

available now, hardcover, HarperOne

available in November, hardcover, Pantheon

Locked down in her home studio and longing for inspiration, artist Anita Kunz started researching women on the Internet. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for, but she soon found an array of astonishing people who had done amazing things—some of whom she had heard of, but most of whom she had not. And then she began to paint their pictures and write down their stories. The result is a true feat of historic research.



“This is a great choice for any manga fan you know that's looking to get into a long-running series, as well as anyone looking to keep up with the newest English releases in this classic shounen.” –Lindsay A Great Gift!

The Japanese term "manga" is often used interchangeably with the term "graphic novel." However, unlike the comics & graphic novels you're used to reading, manga–being Japanese–is read from right to left.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 5 Golden Wind Vol. #01 by Hirohiko Araki available now, hardcover, VIZ Media LLC

“This is a great choice for any manga fan you know that's looking to get into a long-running series, as well as anyone looking to keep up with the newest English releases in this classic shounen.” –Hannah A Great Gift

Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation : Mo Dao Zu Shi Volume 1

by Mo Xiang Tong Xiu illustrated by Marina Privalova available in December, paperback, Seven Seas

Also known as MDZS, the blockbuster danmei/Boys’ Love novel from China has inspired comics, animation, and the live-action series The Untamed—which amassed billions of views. This historical fantasy tale of two powerful men who find each other through life and death is now in English, for the very first time.

Cat Massage Therapy Volume 1 by Haru Hisakawa

available in December, paperback, Seven Seas

Nekoyama, worn out after another long day at the office, stops at a therapeutic massage parlor…only to discover that it’s run by a cat! Not only that, but the cat actually does the massaging?! Nekoyama is a dog lover, but as this professional “meowsseur” digs soft toe beans into his aching muscles, his heart warms and his worries melt away!

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Poetry Books and Libraries : Poems by Andrew Scrimgeour

available in November, hardcover, Everyman's Library

Books have long captured the love, imagination, even the veneration, of readers everywhere. Emily Dickinson envisions these precious objects as “Frigates” that “take us Lands away”; Alberto Rios calls them “the deli offerings of civilization itself.” This affection extends to the hallowed gathering places of the written word: the libraries and bookshops where one can best hear “a choir of authors murmuring inside their books,” as Billy Collins has it.

The FSG Poetry Anthology edited by Jonathan Galassi and Robyn Creswell

available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Poetry has always been at the heart of Farrar, Straus and Giroux's identity, ever since Robert Giroux first brought T. S. Eliot to the company. FSG's personality and literary profile have been defined by both the poets and the prose writers who have made it an imprint with a unique place in American letters. This anthology includes work by every one of the more than one hundred poets FSG has published in its 75-year history.

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The Rose That Grew From Concrete by Tupac Shakur

available now, paperback, MTV Books

“Reading a page from this book each morning has made each day so much easier for me, and it can for u 2! This is Poetry u can relate 2 with ur soul.“ –Dichali

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The Golden Treasury of Scottish Verse by Kathleen Jamie, Don Paterson, Peter Mackay

available in December, hardcover, Canongate

The Golden Treasury of Scottish Verse is a timeless collection of Scottish poetry. It contains over 300 poems ranging from the early medieval period to the 21st century and paints a full-colour portrait of Scotland's poetic heritage and culture. This is perfect for readers who are looking for a joyous celebration of Scotland's literary past, present, and future.

Blue Q and MOD Socks "These socks make great gifts for anyone because laughter is an important part of life all year but especially during the holidays." –Laney

"Seven days without laughter makes one weak." –Mort Walker, American Writer/Cartoonist

We Carry a Fantastic Variety of Candles, Jewelry, and Socks– Something for Everyone!

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Chuckanut Writers Classes for Your Writing Life COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out these upcoming classes: Indie Publishing & Marketing Series with Rob Slater Putting Pressure Thursdays, 1/27/22 - 2/10/22 6pm-8pm (3 sessions) on Characters with Becky Mandelbaum Wednesdays, December 1-15 6:30-8:30pm Virtual Pressure is at the heart of any great story, but sometimes we instinctively protect our characters. Join instructor Becky Mandelbaum and learn to create a scene that keeps your reader turning the page. We'll look at how to increase narrative tension by applying pressure through plot, interiority, pacing, and more, taking guidance from examples in contemporary fiction and famous fairy tales. All participants will have a chance to workshop their writing. Becky has published two books including the novel The Bright Side Sanctuary for Animals, and her work has appeared in numerous literary magazines.

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Writing & Publishing Your Memoir

The Benefits to Publishing Wide Thursday, February 10, 6-8pm

Got a memoir, short stories, how-to guide, or a novel tucked away in a drawer? In this series, local award-winning indie author Robert L. Slater will help you go from finished manuscript draft to publishing and marketing. Topics includes big ideas in small publishing, current best practices, creative marketing for writers, and myths and "mythstakes." Using skills from 25 years as a high school Language Arts teacher and 23 years as a semi-pro writer, and eight years as a self-publisher of four books so far, Rob will share what worked for him, things that didn't, and things to try.

Go to Pro-Level Indie Publishing Thursday, January 27, 6-8pm Join Rob Slater as he covers tips for creating an Indie book that is indistinguishable from traditional publishing.

Creative Marketing for Writers Thursday, February 3, 6-8pm Join Rob for an overview of ways to market creatively, from out-there ideas for guerilla marketing to predictable plans and everything in between!

How wide is wide? Do I stay on the Amazon or move out to the high seas? Join Rob for an exploration of these and other publishing questions. with Anne Putnam Mondays & Wednesdays, 1/31/22 - 2/16/22 Take Your Writing to the Next Level! 6pm-8pm (6 sessions) All Virtual This is an intermediate-level course for writers who have begun or are ready to begin a book-length memoir. We will cover scene selection, structure, and other mechanics, and the last two classes will be dedicated to publication options, including the path to traditional publication. Upon completing this course, students will understand how to outline, compose, revise, and (after much revision) submit a full memoir manuscript for publication. Anne is a teacher, editor, and author of the memoir Navel Gazing: One Woman's Quest for a Size Normal.

The Writer’s Toolbox: Fiction Join Roby Blecker for this series of practical exercises that will provide you with tools for your writing toolbox. Series can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs and schedule. Each class runs from 6pm-9pm. Select individual classes or take all six workshops. All Virtual.

Building Strong Characters Tue. Feb. 1 & Thur. Feb 3 Writing Compelling Dialogue Tue. Feb. 8 & Thur. Feb 10 Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood Tue. Feb. 15 & Thur. Feb. 17

Working with Story and Plot I Tue. Feb. 22 & Thur. Feb. 24

Working with Story and Plot II Tue. March 1 & Thur. March 13

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Prerequisite: Working with Story & Plot I.

Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller Tue. March 8 & Thur. March 10

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Prerequisite: one or more of the preceding workshops in The Writer’s Toolbox Series to receive the greatest value in this final class.

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January 2, 11am-3pm

Resolutions for Writers Jump Start Your Writing Goals for the New Year

Lunch at 1pm

Need a boost to your writing for the New Year? Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and learn from experts in our community at Village Books' Readings Gallery. We'll feature a series of workshops, presentations, and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. See our website for more information and to register. $15 registration includes a boxed lunch from Evolve. Proof of vaccination required.

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Chuckanut Writers Creating Short Poems

Classes for Your Writing Life

How to Edit and Revise Poetry

with J.L. Wright

Sunday, 3/06/22 3pm4:30pm (1 session) Writing short poems is often tougher than writing long poems because poets spend more time on word choice and clarity. Join J.L. Wright for an exploration of some of the short poem forms­—we will read examples, analyze them, and move what we learn into our own writing. You'll leave with at least three first draft short poems. J.L. Wright's publications include her books, Unadoptable Joy: A memoir in poetry and prose and Homeless Joy: An exposé in poetry and prose. Her poems have published on four continents.

with J.L. Wright

How to Organize Your Poetry Into a Chapbook or Collection with J.L. Wright

(1 session)

Sundays, 3/20/22 & 3/27/22 3pm-4:30pm (2 sessions)

Join J.L. Wright for a discussion focused on strategies for self-editing poetry as well as the workshop method. We will review five editing and revision strategies for poetry as well as participate in breakout sessions to workshop a poem. Please bring one or two original poems you would like to revise toward publication quality.

Join J.L. Wright for a hands-on workshop focused on strategies for creating a chapbook or poetry collection. We will explore a variety of self-publishing and small press submission strategies for poetry as well as participate in supportive discussions to provide guidance for your project. Please bring ten to 100 original poems you would like to organize for publication.

Sunday, 3/13/22 3pm-4:30pm

Wild Mind Writing with Nancy Canyon Tuesdays, 3/15/22 - 4/5/22, 6pm-8pm (4 sessions) Virtual

Registration Opens November 19

Spend four evenings discovering the power of "wild mind writing"! Based on Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, this intriguing class frees the mind through a unique practice that eliminates writer's block. Instructor Nancy Canyon will lead new and experienced students through a variety of exercises–rewarding participants with a daily practice-style, fundamentally changing one's writing forever. Ms. Canyon invites all inquisitive minds to enroll.

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Village Books Self-Publishing Program At Village Books, we believe that folks who publish themselves shouldn’t have to face the challenge alone. Our Self-Publishing Program offers flexible project management, high-quality on-demand book production, and the expertise of local professionals to help independent authors turn their manuscripts into finished books. Here is a selection of books written by local authors and self-published through Village Book's Publishing Program. These titles—and many more!—can be found on our shelves at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations.

Picture Book

Picture Book

What Makes You Smile As Big As the Moon

Friends Without Borders

by Margie Kimberley illustrated by Michelle Marques

written & illustrated by Hui-Ying LeSage

A delightful interactive read exploring thoughts and emotions for young children and their families, friends and teachers. Profits from the sales of this book support children's literacy through donations to Raise a Reader. Available in both hardcover and paperback!

Join Santi as he paraglides with Octopus, rescues animals in need with Baby Sea Pen, and learns lessons of courage, trust, and friendship. This book helps kids face new challenges and struggles and make friends who look different from them.


Hui-Ying LeSage Saturday, November 20, 11am In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Middle Readers

Author Event!

Sir Frederique von Turtlestein by Amanda Geers

Join a red-eared slider turtle and his tiny companion, a rufous hummingbird, on a grand knight's journey. In their quest, they encounter the giants, monsters, and dragons of the kingdom, all hailing from the natural world of the San Juan islands.

Amanda Geers Saturday, January 22, 2pm In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

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Stories & Poems

Dancing Between Bamboo Poles

The Gift of Becoming :

by Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor Like the traditional Tinikling dancers of the Philippines, whose feet flash between poles drumming against the ground, the poems and essays of Dancing Between Bamboo Poles evoke the agility needed to move between history and personal experience, to negotiate conflicting cultural expectations, and to trace the fluid nature of identity as it shifts from role to role.

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Fulfilling Nine Basic Needs for Enhanced Living by Dick Cathell

As a hospital chaplain, Dick Cathell’s job required him to be present in circumstances that were unbearable and unfathomable. A moving collection of stories, poems, and vignettes resulting from nearly four decades of heartbreaking encounters that all came as “part of the job.”

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Village Books Publishing Program

Check out these great titles created by local authors who used the Village Books publishing program to get into print. Northwest


Bridging the Longest Border

Old Barns of Whatcom County

by Donald Alper


by Jeff Barclay

Part history and part memoir, this book details the beginnings of the CanadianAmerican Studies Program, which hopes to foster mutual respect and trust across a border that is often taken for granted by Americans and Canadians alike.

A wonderful pictorial display of 111 old barns, showcasing many architectural st yles of barns found in the area, each with its own beauty and character. Barns are slowly disappearing from our landscape and as they crumble away, photographs will be the only way to preserve their memory.


Trouble In Mind by Dean Donaldson and Jamie Donaldson

A gripping tale of a man struggling to create a new identity from a stolen one. Neil Rivers is a navy man who survived the attack on the USS Arizona, a bookish professor at the University of Washington, a devoted husband trying to save his marriage in the wife-swapping early 1960s. And he’s always glancing over his shoulder.

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Winter 2021-22

This Holiday Season!


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Visit for details and to register for these free community programs. Mushrooms of the PNW Sustaining People and Soils with author Daniel Winkler Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7pm - ZOOM Botany of the Pacific Northwest Saturday, December 11, 11am - ZOOM Climate Fiction and Climate Change with Stephen Siperstein Saturday, Jan. 22, 11am - ZOOM

Join Whatcom County’s Largest Book Group!

Wood Songs - Luthier Devin Champlin Thursday, January 27, 7pm

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

Michael Christie Greenwood Enjoy reading this acclaimed family saga then plan on joining related events and book discussions– culminating with an author visit to Whatcom County in early March. Christie will discuss the book and his creative process at a variety of exciting and varied events–including a Chuckanut Radio Hour!

March 3-5, 2022 Find details at Village Books donates 10% of sales of Greenwood to Whatcom READS. Whatcom READS is organized by all the public and academic libraries in Whatcom County and Village Books, with significant funding from Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation and support from other local businesses and organizations.

Whatcom READS ART Challenge Read. Create. Enjoy.

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

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Tapping Bigleaf Maples for Syrup: How the Impossible Became Possible with Acme Farm Owner Neil McLeod Saturday, Jan. 29, 11am - on site Sample tastings included! Pre-registration required; space is limited.

Rena Priest-Poet Laureate Thursday, February 3, 7pm - ZOOM Intersectional Environmentalism: The Key to Fighting Racism and Climate Change

Thursday, February 10, 7pm - ZOOM Introduction to Forest Bathing Saturday, February 12, 10am - In Lynden A Million More Trees for Whatcom County? YES! Thursday, February 17, 6:30pm - Zoom Introduction to Forest Bathing Saturday, February 19, 10am In Bellingham The Woodstock Farm Story – and its Fruitful Future Thursday, February 24, 6:30pm - Zoom

Author Events with MICHAEL CHRISTIE March 3-5, 2022

INTERCONNECTEDNESS Join us for one or both of these readings of selected entries. See for registration information. Feb. 20, 2pm - In Person

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Taste Test: 200 Trivia Questions for Food Nerds: by Max Falkowitz, the Editors of Taste

boxed game, Clarkson Potter

“This food trivia is perfect for your dinner party, the wait-time while baking, and an easy ice breaker with acquaintances. Learn about food and be surprised by how much you already know!“ –Gabi

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Hands Off My Chocolate “These chocolate bars are such a treat! Not only do they taste delicious but they are Fair Trade and support women cocoa farmers in Ghana and the Ivory Coast. Even the vegan bars are a small bite of heaven!” –Melissa

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Food & Drink

The Essential New York Times Cookbook :

Taste Makers :

The Recipes of Record

Seven Immigrant Women Who Revolutionized Food in America

by Amanda Hesser

hardcover, available now, W. W. Norton

Ten years after the phenomenal success of her once-in-a-generation cookbook, former New York Times food editor Amanda Hesser returns with an updated edition for a new wave of home cooks. She has added 120 new but instantly iconic dishes to her motherlode of more than a thousand recipes, including Samin Nosrat’s Sabzi Polo and J. Kenji López-Alt’s Cheesy Hasselback Potato Gratin. Hesser has tested and adapted each of the recipes, and she highlights her go-to favorites with wit and warmth.


by Mayukh Sen

hardcover, available in November, W.W. Norton

In imaginative, lively prose, Sen reconstructs the lives of these women in vivid and empathetic detail, daring to ask why some were famous in their own time, but not in ours, and why others shine brightly even today. The book stretches from World War II to the present, with absorbing and deeply researched portraits of figures including Mexican-born Elena Zelayeta, a blind chef; Marcella Hazan, the deity of Italian cuisine; Norma Shirley, a champion of Jamaican dishes; and more.

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Blueberry Lavender Tea

Earl Greyer Black Tea by The Republic of Tea

Daily Beautifying Botanicals by The Republic of Tea

“I love using this warm, comforting Earl Grey in the winter when I make London fogs! Perfect as is or with a splash of oat milk.“ –Madeline

“Love at first sight, even more love at first taste. Perfect for a loved one, parent, or significant other.“ –Abby

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Spirits of the Underworld : A Grimoire of Occult Cocktails and Drinking Rituals by Allison Crawbuck

available now, hardcover, Prestel Publishing

There’s a drink for every occasion and this book has it along with a little backstory into folklore and magic. This is a lot of fun for novices, witches, and people with an interest in spookiness with a habit of day-drinking. –Gabi


"WithCo cocktails are the perfect gift­—they come in classic flavors like bloody mary or margarita, as well as creative new ones like bouquet! Simply add your favorite spirit or sparkling water, and voila! A refreshing cocktail or mocktail to enjoy on your own, or with friends!" –Erica

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"Gurglepots are the perfect gift - both practical and entertaining, they gurgle as your pour water through them. Great for pitchers, watering pots, and vases, there's a color and size for everyone!" –Chloe

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Life Between the Pages Life Between the Pages is a buffet for the senses and the mind. Evolve co-owner Chef Christy Fox collaborates with local bartenders to offer 5-course dinners and 5-cocktails themed around a chosen book. The result is literary and culinary magic that creates a feast for body, mind, and soul.

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Cooking Italian American : Red Sauce

One: Pot, Pan, Planet :

by Angie Rito, Scott Tacinelli, Jamie Feldmar

by Anna Jones

Classics and New Essentials

available now, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

In Italian American, Angie Rito and Scott Tacinelli, the chefs of critically acclaimed Don Angie in New York City’s West Village, reinvigorate the genre with a modern point of view that proudly straddles the line between Italian and American. They present family classics passed down through generations side by side with creative spins and riffs inspired by influences both old and new.

A Greener Way to Cook For You and Your Family

available in January 2022, hardcover, Knopf

These inventive, deeply satisfying dishes will become your new go-to kitchen staples. Whether preparing the recipes vegetarian or vegan, you will also find information to help you reduce waste, use leftovers, make kitchens plastic-free, and become a more environmentally mindful shopper. One: Pot, Pan, Planet is a splendid cookbook that is all good: for you, for your pocket, for the planet—and, of course, for your palate!

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

available in November, hardcover, Artisan

From the same team that created Let’s Eat France! comes this celebration of Italian food in the form of an oversized, obsessively complete, visual feast of a book. With a mix of gastronomy, food science, history, cultural references, legend, lore, charts, graphs, photos, and illustrations, every one of the 400 pages in Let’s Eat Italy! is an alluring and amusing journey into Italian food. This is a book to peruse, savor, explore, and like a great Italian meal, go back for seconds. –Paul

The New Cooking School Cookbook : Fundamentals by America's Test Kitchen

available in November, hardcover, America's Test Kitchen

More than 80 focused courses let you dive into your favorite topics, whether it’s Pizza, Fried Rice, Fish on the Grill, or Birthday Cake, and take a mini-bootcamp on the subject, each introduced by an ATK test cook. The courses are presented in easily digestible sections so you don’t have to read a lot before you pick up your knife and start cooking.

A Great Gift! BeeWorks Honey "Their honey is so delicious! It's perfect for sweetening a cup of tea, or spreading on a fall favorite pastry. Made from local bees and local people, it's a great gift for visiting friends and family." –Kiana

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Ready, Set, Cook : How to Make Good Food with What’s on Hand (No Fancy Skills, Fancy Equipment, or Fancy Budget Required)

by Dawn Perry

hardcover, available in November, Simon and Schuster

Former food director of Real Simple Dawn Perry offers her very own playbook for getting good food on the table fast so you can spend more time doing what you love with your free time and energy. She shows you what simple staples—some store-bought, others homemade— to keep in your cupboard, refrigerator, and freezer. She also provides more than 125 fool-proof recipes, ideas, and tricks for creating good food with what you have on hand. A can of tomatoes transforms into Dawn’s 15-Minute Marinara, which then can be used as the beginning of her Cheater’s Tomato Soup or spooned onto her Crispy Chicken Cutlets and topped with a slice of mozzarella. Whether you’re new to cooking or you’re a seasoned cook, this book is for you- you’ll have great meals in minutes without breaking a sweat.

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Mind Body Spirit Clutter : An Untidy History

Black-and-White Thinking :

by Jennifer Howard

available in January 2022, paperback, Belt Publishing

Sparked by the painful two-year process of cleaning out her mother’s house in the wake of a devastating physical and emotional collapse, Howard sets her own personal struggle with clutter against a meticulously researched history of just how the developed world came to drown in material goods. With sharp prose and an eye for telling detail, she shines unsparing light on clutter’s darker connections to environmental devastation and hoarding disorder.

Buddha Boards “The Buddha Board is one of my favorite things to practice relaxing and meditation, especially over winter break!” –Guinevere

The Burden of a Binary Brain in a Complex World

by Kevin Dutton

available in January 2022, paperback, Picador

Several million years ago, natural selection equipped us with binary, black-and-white brains. Though the world was arguably simpler back then, it was in many ways much more dangerous. Since then, the world has evolved—but we, for the most part, have not. Confronted with a panoply of shades of gray, our brains have a tendency to “force quit”: to sort the things we see, hear, and experience into manageable but simplistic categories. We stereotype, pigeonhole, and, above all, draw lines where in reality there are none. This book is a sciencebased wake-up call for an era of increasing extremism and a thought-provoking, uplifting guide to training our gray matter to see that gray really does matter.

Keanu Reeves' Guide to Kindness : 50 Simple Ways to Be Excellent

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Soaps & Lotions Stay Soft, Smell Good

by Hardie Grant

available in November, hardcover, Hardie Grant Books

An illustrated guide to how we can all spread a little more kindness à la Keanu Reeves. Including 50 simple acts, such as holding the door open for someone, donating clothes and books to charity and smiling at a stranger, and accompanying illustrations featuring Keanu himself, this book implores us to be kind. Always.

Stay Warm & Cozy

Hats, Gloves, Slippers

The Illustrated Herbiary, Bestiary, and Crystallary Oracle Cards by Joshua McFadden, Martha Holmberg available in November, Storey Publishing

Fans of Maia Toll's popular book have been clamoring for a deck of larger, sturdier oracle cards designed for frequent use. Each set is packed in a collectible box, 36 cards are accompanied by a short guidebook explaining the symbolism of each plant, animal, or crystal and how to use the cards for self-discovery and spiritual exploration.

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Psychology & Spirituality A Little Book of Self-Care for Those Who Grieve

Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet

available now, hardcover, Girl Friday Books

available now, hardcover, HarperOne

The holidays can be fraught for so many of us. It’s hard to celebrate and not think about loved ones we have lost. This beautiful little book, filled with gorgeous artwork and wisdom, provides solace and respite for anyone struggling with grief. So much in such a small package. Breathe. –Claire

In this masterful work, one of the most revered spiritual leaders in the world today shares his wisdom on how to be the change we want to see in the world. Beloved Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh is blazingly clear: there’s one thing we all have the power to change, which can make all the difference, and that is our mind. Our way of looking, seeing, and thinking determines every choice we make, the everyday actions we take or avoid, how we relate to those we love or oppose, and how we react in a crisis. He shows us a new way of seeing and living that can bring healing and harmony to ourselves, our relationships, and the Earth.

by Paula Becker

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by Thich Nhat Hanh

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig

available in November, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

Have you ever wondered about the lives of each person you pass on the street, realizing that everyone is the main character in their own story? That feeling has a name: “sonder.” Or maybe you’ve watched a thunderstorm roll in and felt a primal hunger for disaster, hoping it would shake up your life. That’s called “lachesism.” If you’ve never heard of these terms before, that’s because they didn’t exist until John Koenig began his epic quest to fill the gaps in the language of emotion. From “astrophe,” the longing to explore beyond the planet Earth, to “zenosyne,” the sense that time keeps getting faster, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows is for anyone who enjoys a shift in perspective, pondering the ineffable feelings that make up our lives.

The Joy of Small Things by Hannah Jane Parkinson

available in November, hardcover, Faber & Faber

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Hannah Jane Parkinson is a specialist in savouring the small pleasures of life. She revels in her fluffy dressing gown ("like bathing in marshmallow"), finds calm in solo cinema trips, is charmed by the personalities of fonts ("you’ll never see Comic Sans on a funeral notice"), celebrates pockets and gleefully abandons a book she isn’t enjoying. Parkinson’s everyday exaltations­—selected from her immensely successful Guardian column—will utterly delight.

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The Book of Delights

These Precious Days : Essays by Ann Patchett

available in November, hardcover, Harper

A literary alchemist, Patchett plumbs the depths of her experiences to create gold: engaging and moving pieces that are both self-portrait and landscape, each vibrant with emotion and rich in insight. Turning her writer’s eye on her own experiences, she transforms the private into the universal, providing us all a way to look at our own worlds anew, and reminds how fleeting and enigmatic life can be.

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by Ross Gay

available now, hardcover, Algonquin Books

“This is an essay collection that reflects on small, delightful things. From essays that explore what ensues when you carry a tomato plant onto an airplane to why trains are sacred spaces, if you are looking to gift joy and all that's good in the world, this is the book for you.“ –Madison

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In Their Own Words Unprotected : A Memoir

Smile : The Story of a Face

hardcover, available now, Abrams

hardcover, available now, Simon and Schuster

Unprotected is the life story of a singular artist and survivor in his own words. It is the story of a boy whose talent and courage opened doors for him, but only a crack. It is the story of a teenager discovering himself, learning his voice and his craft amidst deep trauma. And it is the story of a young man whose unbreakable determination led him through countless hard times to where he is now; a proud icon who refuses to back down or hide.

With a play opening on Broadway, and every reason to smile, Sarah Ruhl has just survived a high-risk pregnancy when she discovers the left side of her face is completely paralyzed. She is assured that 90% of Bell’s palsy patients see spontaneous improvement and experience a full recovery. But Sarah is in the unlucky ten percent. In a series of piercing, witty, and lucid meditations, Ruhl chronicles her journey as a patient, wife, mother, and artist. She explores the struggle of a body yearning to match its inner landscape, the pain of postpartum depression, the story of a marriage, being a playwright and working mom to three small children, and the desire for a resilient spiritual life in the face of illness.

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Journals & Notebooks

Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars :

The Story of Eileen Collins, the First American Woman to Command a Space Mission by Col. Eileen M. Collins with Jonathon H. Ward


available now, hardcover, Arcade

Simply a must read for anyone and everyone interested in space! Following the Columbia disaster, many people were nervous about NASA going back to space and launching their next mission. Follow the story of the woman who led us back into orbit. Collins came from humble beginnings and inspires us to believe that you can do anything you want to, if you set your mind to it. –Hanna

A Great Gift Barr-Co Fir and Grapefruit Hand Lotion “This is hands down the best lotion I have ever used! It's small batch, hand crafted in Saint Louis, and smells wonderful. It's the perfect gift for someone who has everything, or simply wants to take great care of their skin!” –Andrew 360-527-1035


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Life Stories Manifesto : On Never Giving Up by Bernardine Evaristo

available in January 2022, hardcover, Grove

Both unconventional memoir and inspirational text, Manifesto is a unique reminder to us all to persist in doing work we believe in, even when we might feel overlooked or discounted. Evaristo shows us how we too can follow in her footsteps, from first vision, to insistent perseverance, to eventual triumph.

Brothers in the Beloved Community : The Friendship of Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King Jr. by Marc Andrus

available in November, hardcover, Parallax Press

The day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, Thich Nhat Hanh wrote a heartbroken letter to their mutual friend. He said: “I did not sleep last night…. They killed Martin Luther King. I am afraid the root of violence is so deep in the heart and mind and manner of this society...He made so great an impression in me. This morning I have the impression that I cannot bear the loss.”

1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows : A Memoir by Ai Weiwei translated by Allan H. Barr

available in November, hardcover, Crown

Ai Weiwei recounts his childhood in exile, and his difficult decision to leave his family to study art in America. With candor and wit, he details his return to China and his rise from artistic unknown to art world superstar and international human rights activist—and how his work has been shaped by living under a totalitarian regime.


Collective Wisdom: Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women over 50 by Grace Bonney

available now, hardcover, Artisan

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

Paper Crane Incense Holders "These adorable incense holders are a great stocking stuffer and a hit for all ages! I like to add on to the gift with a cute little bowl to place them in. A lot of incense holders take up a ton of space but not these adorable cranes! They're ceramic and perfect for any room." –Lillie

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Performing Arts

by Spike Lee available in November, hardcover, Chronicle Chroma

This career- spanning monograph titled Spike is a visual celebration of his life and career to date. Featuring hundreds of never-before-seen photographs by David Lee, Spike's brother and long-time still photographer, Spike includes behind-the-scenes, insider images that underscore his creative process and his significant impact on the culture at large. From his critically acclaimed film Malcolm X (1992) starring Denzel Washington, to his recent film Da 5 Bloods (2020) featuring the late Chadwick Boseman, Spike Lee's work continues to resonate now more than ever. This is a must-have collector's item and ideal gift for any cinephile and fan of one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers in history.

Renegades : Born in the USA

by Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen available now, hardcover, Crown

This book is a dialogue between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen that explores everything from their origin stories and career-defining moments to our country’s polarized politics and the growing distance between the American Dream and the American reality. Filled with full-color photographs and rare archival material, it is a compelling and beautifully illustrated portrait of two outsiders looking for a way to connect their unconventional searches for meaning, identity, and community with the American story itself.

All About Me! My Remarkable Life in Show Business by Mel Brooks

available in November, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Filled with tales of struggles, achievements, and friendships, and dozens of personal collection photos from throughout Brooks’s lifetime, readers will find behindthe-scenes stories and insights that led to Mel Brooks becoming one of the most accomplished and beloved entertainers and artists in history and one of the single greatest influences known to American comedy.

She Come By It Natural:

Dolly Parton and the Women Who Lived Her Songs by Sarah Smarsh available now, paperback, Scribner and Co.

"This little gem of a book is the perfect gift for any woman in your life, no matter the age. Raise hell, praise Dolly." –Claire A Great Gift

Welcome to Dunder Mifflin : The Ultimate Oral History of The Office

by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman available in November, hardcover, Custom House

The official oral history book of The Office, featuring exclusive interviews with every major player and never-before-seen photos, pulling back the curtain on the absurdity and genius that went in to creating this unstoppable force in American popular culture and why it continues to resonate with audiences today.

Fear Stalks the Land! : A Commonplace Book

by Thom Yorke, Stanley Donwood available in November, paperback, Canongate

A celebration of the process and artwork created for and by Radiohead. Fear Stalks the Land! Includes the writings of the authors Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood, which are gathered together for the first time ever. This commonplace book includes faxes, notes, fledgling lyrics, sketches, lists of all kinds and scribblings towards nirvana, as were sent between the two authors during the period 1999 to 2000 during the creation of the Radiohead albums Kid A and Amnesiac.

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Best Wishes, Warmest Regards : The Story of Schitt’s Creek

by Daniel Levy and Eugene Levy hardcover, available now, Black Dog & Leventhal

This beautifully produced, keepsake coffee-table book is the ultimate celebration of the series, the town, the characters, and the state of mind that is Schitt's Creek. Included are character profiles from the cast of Johnny, Moira, David, and Alexis, and all of the characters that populate the town, major moments from Moira's endorsement of Herb Ertlinger Winery, to Patrick and David's first kiss, to Cabaret and the Rose Family Christmas episode. Also included are special features, such as the complete, illustrated catalogs of David's knits and Moira's wigs, Moira's vocabulary, Alexis's adventures, and behind-the-scenes moments from Dan and Eugene Levy and the cast of Schitt's Creek.

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Art Technique The Reverse Coloring Book :

The Manly Art of Knitting by David Fougner

available now, hardcover, Gingko Press

“Need to knit a quick beanie or saddle for a holiday gift and have no idea how to start? Look no further! A fun, easy to follow guide to the basics of knitting for beginners and pros alike.“ –Sarah M.

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Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love

by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel

The Book Has the Colors, You Draw the Lines!

by Kendra Norton

available now, paperback, Workman Publishing Co.

Sometimes making sense and order out of art can look different for different people, and for that reason, I LOVE the reverse coloring book! The watercolor designs are so beautiful, and the book does a brilliant job of suggesting shapes and lines while allowing the artist to imaginatively create their own ideas. Great as a gift, or for yourself! –Chloe

Check out our sketchbooks, journals, and art supplies

available in November, hardcover, Knopf

In Murakami T, the famously reclusive novelist shows us his T-shirts—including gems from the Springsteen on Broadway show in NYC, to the Beach Boys concert in Honolulu, to the shirt that inspired the beloved short story “Tony Takitani.” Accompanied by short, frank essays that have been translated into English for the first time, these photographs reveal much about Murakami’s multifaceted and wonderfully eccentric persona.

Art Design Woman Made : Great Women Designers by Jane Hall

available now, hardcover, Phaidon Press

This is one of the most well collected and researched books covering female product designers that have influenced how we live today. It’s empowering to see women represented in a male-centric industry. This book is a wonderful gift for any aspiring graphic designer, architect, engineer, and artist. –Gabi

Magritte : A Life by Alex Danchev

available in November, hardcover, Pantheon

In this thought-provoking life of René Magritte (1898-1967), Alex Danchev makes a compelling case for Magritte as the single most significant purveyor of images to the modern world. Magritte’s surreal sensibility, deadpan melodrama, and fine-tuned outrageousness have become an inescapable part of our visual landscape, through such legendary works as The Treachery of Images (Ceci n’est pas une pipe), and his celebrated iterations of Man in a Bowler Hat.

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Hung Liu; New Moon, 2003. Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

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History The Writing of the Gods:

Twelve Caesars :

The Race to Decode the Rosetta Stone by Edward Dolnick

Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern

by Mary Beard

available now, hardcover, Scribner

"Far from being d r y h i s t o r y, Dolnick's captivating chronicle of the deciphering of Egyptian hieroglyphs reads like an Indiana Jones adventure, coupled with the clash of egos between two intellectual titans and thrills to the mind in every chapter." –Eric

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The 1619 Project : A New Origin Story

by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Magazine available in November, hardcover, One World

The 1619 Project ultimately sends a very strong message: We must have a clear vision of this history if we are to understand our present dilemmas. Only by reckoning with this difficult history and trying as hard as we can to understand its powerful influence on our present, can we prepare ourselves for a more just future.

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hardcover, available now, Princeton University Press

Beginning with the importance of imperial portraits in Roman politics, this richly illustrated book offers a tour through 2,000 years of art and cultural history, presenting a fresh look at works by artists from Memling and Mantegna to the 19th-century American sculptor Edmonia Lewis, as well as by generations of weavers, cabinetmakers, silversmiths, printers, and ceramicists. Rather than a story of a simple repetition of stable, blandly conservative images of imperial men and women, Twelve Caesars is an unexpected tale of changing identities, clueless or deliberate misidentifications, fakes, and often ambivalent representations of authority.

Mutiny on the Rising Sun : A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate by Jared Hardesty

available now, hardcover, NYU Press

At once startling and captivating, Mutiny on the Rising Sun shows how illegal trade created demand for exotic products like chocolate, and how slavery and smuggling were integral to the development of American capitalism.

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Mythology Greek Myths : A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins, drawings by Chris Ofili

available in December, hardcover, Pantheon

"In the twenty-first century, we have long left behind the political and religious framework in which these stories first circulated—but their power endures. Greek myths remain true for us because they excavate the very extremes of human experience: sudden, inexplicable catastrophe; radical reversals of fortune; and seemingly arbitrary events that transform lives. They deal, in short, in the hard, basic facts of the human condition.” –From the Introduction of Greek Myths


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Mythos: The Greek Myths Reimagined by Stephen Fry available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

“While staying true to the authenticity of Greek myth, Fry breathes fresh life and language into these ancient tales. Standing on the shoulders of greats like Edith Hamilton, Fry's linguistically humorous tone invites a new generation to enjoy the follies of the gods. Gorgeously illustrated, this is a lovely gift idea for lovers of stories and history. See also Heroes by Fry, the next in the series.“ –Erin

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by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa


available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Against the backdrop of the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley walks a dangerous tightrope: a balancing act between the traditional subservience of the military to civilian command, and the widespread perception that the country­ —and the world­ —needs protection from a rogue President. Legendary journalist Bob Woodward, whose reporting broke the Watergate scandal, brings this latest crisis in the American presidency to vivid life through his ferreting out of first-hand accounts of the crisis. –Eric

Allow Me to Retort: A Black Guy’s Guide to the Constitution by Elie Mystal

available in January 2022, hardcover, The New Press

Allow Me to Retort is an easily digestible argument primer, offered so that people can tell the Republicans in their own lives why they are wrong. Mystal brings his trademark humor, snark, and legal expertise to topics as crucial to our politics as gerrymandering and voter suppression, and explains why legal concepts such as the right to privacy and substantive due process are constantly under attack from the very worst judges conservatives can pack onto the courts.


Reclaiming Economics for Future Generations by Nicola Scott, Lucy Ambler, and Joe Earle available in January 2022, paperback, Manchester University

Our modern economies are a root cause of systemic racism, inequalities faced by women, the Covid-19 pandemic and the nature and climate emergency. Economics fails to recognize this, so we are left in a rapidly worsening crisis, without the knowledge, skills or tools we need to build a better future. We need a better economics to create a world where all our children can flourish regardless of their gender, background, or birthplace. We must all join the struggle reclaim economics, as all our futures depend on it. This book explains how it can be done.

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Disorientation : Being Black in The World by Ian Williams

available in November, hardcover, Europa

Bestselling Scotiabank Giller Awardwinning writer Ian Williams brings a fresh point of view and new insights to the urgent conversation on race and racism in these illuminating essays born from his own experience as a Black man in the world. Disorientation is a book for all readers who believe that civil conversation on even the most charged subjects is possible. Employing his vast and astonishing gift for language, Ian Williams gives readers an open, honest, and personal perspective on an undeniably important subject.

Graphic Novel

On Tyranny Graphic Edition : Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder Illustrated by Nora Krug

available now, hardcover, Ten Speed Press

This graphic novel edition of On Tyranny is a perfect translation to educate a broader audience through 20 lessons on how to avoid modern-authoritarianism by reviewing the past. The illustrator, Nora Krug, makes this original pocket-sized book into an exciting and imaginative journey that is captivating. –Gabi

A Great Gift World's Softest Socks! "I'm convinced that World's Softest socks really are the softest in the world! They wash and wear well, too. I love them so much that I raided my Christmas stocking a day early last year to get at the pair I was sure Santa gave me. (She didn't disappoint ;-) ) Love 'em!" –Gaye

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Building Community One Book at a Time

Science & Nature Atlas of the Invisible : Maps and Graphics That Will Change How You See the World by James Cheshire and Oliver Uberti hardcover, available in November, W.W. Norton & Co.

In this triumph of visual storytelling, Cheshire and Uberti uncover truths about our past, reveal who we are today, and highlight what we face in the years ahead. With their joyfully inquisitive approach, they explore happiness levels around the globe, trace the undersea cables and cell towers that connect us, examine hidden scars of geopolitics, and illustrate how a warming planet affects everything from hurricanes to the hajj.

The Stickler’s Guide to Science in the Age of Misinformation : The Real Science Behind Hacky Headlines, Crappy Clickbait, and Suspect Sources

by R. Philip Bouchard

available in November, paperback, Timber Press

We have more scientific information at our fingertips today than ever before. And more disinformation too. Online, on television, and in print, science is often communicated through shorthand analogies and phrases that obscure or omit important facts. “Superfoods,” “right- and left-brained” people, and “global warming” may be snappy and ear-catching but are they backed by scientific facts? Lifelong educator Bouchard is a stickler for this kind of thing, and he is well-prepared to set the record straight. Bouchard makes hard science go down easy, satisfying curiosity and sparking further inquiry that will keep you from getting fooled again.

Recipe for Survival : What You Can Do to Live a Healthier and More Environmentally Friendly Life

by Dana Ellis Hunnes

available in January, hardcover, Cambridge University Press

In this straightforward, easy-to-understand and entertaining book, dietitian and environmentalist Dr. Dana Ellis Hunnes outlines the actions we can all take. Many people feel overwhelmed by the scope of climate change and believe that only large, sweeping changes will make any difference. Yet the choices we make every day can have effects on climate change, the oceans, the land, and other species. Recipe For Survival provides the guidance that you can use right now to improve your health, your family's health, and the health of the environment simultaneously.

Super Volcanoes : What They Reveal About Earth and the Worlds Beyond by Robin George Andrews

hardcover, November, W.W. Norton & Co.

Walking us through the mechanics of some of the most infamous eruptions on Earth, Andrews outlines what we know about how volcanoes form, erupt, and evolve, as well as what scientists are still trying to puzzle out. How can we better predict when a deadly eruption will occur and protect communities in the danger zone? Is Earth’s system of plate tectonics, unique in the solar system, the best way to forge a planet that supports life? And if life can survive and even thrive in Earth’s extreme volcanic environments, where else in the universe might we find it?

Waters of the World : The Story of the Scientists Who Unraveled the Mysteries of Our Oceans, Atmosphere, and Ice Sheets and Made the Planet Whole by Sarah Dry

paperback, available now, University of Chicago Press

Linking the history of the planet with the lives of those who studied it, Sarah Dry follows the remarkable scientists who summited volcanic peaks to peer through an atmosphere’s worth of water vapor, cored milethick ice sheets to uncover the Earth’s ancient climate history, and flew inside storm clouds to understand how small changes in energy can produce both massive storms and the general circulation of the Earth’s atmosphere. By revealing the complexity of this history, Waters of the World delivers a better understanding of our planet’s climate at a time when we need it the most.

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Nature On Animals

by Susan Orlean hardcover, available now, Avid Reader Press

Since the age of six, when Orlean wrote and illustrated a book called Herbert the Near-Sighted Pigeon, she’s been drawn to stories about how we live with animals, and how they abide by us. These animal-human stories consider a range of creatures—the household pets we dote on, the animals we raise to end up as meat on our plates, the creatures who could eat us for dinner. Equal parts delightful and profound, enriched by Orlean’s stylish prose and precise research, these stories celebrate the meaningful cross-species connections that grace our collective existence.

Fantastic Fungi : Expanding Consciousness, Alternative Healing, Environmental Impact edited by Paul Stamets

available now, hardcover, Earth Aware Editions

“Filled with gorgeous pictures and plenty of mycological mirth, this book is a welcome addition to any nature-lover's shelf. Join the Mycelial Revolution today!“ –Eamon

A Great Gift

A Dog’s World : Imagining the Lives of Dogs in a World Without Humans by Jessica Pierce and Marc Bekoff


hardcover, available now, Princeton University Press

Drawing on biology, ecology, and the latest findings on the lives and behavior of dogs and their wild relatives, Pierce and Bekoff—two of today’s most innovative thinkers about dogs—explore who dogs might become without direct human intervention into breeding, arranged playdates at the dog park, regular feedings, and veterinary care. They show how dogs are quick learners who are highly adaptable and opportunistic. Challenging the notion that dogs would be helpless without their human counterparts, A Dog’s World enables us to understand these independent and remarkably intelligent animals on their own terms.

Nature Of Oaks:

Underwater Wild :

The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native by Douglas W. Tallamy available now, hardcover, Timber Press

“I never imagined the rich community that surrounds a single tree and these mighty oaks provide so much for the animals and nature around them. After reading this book I felt an immediate need to protect them, plant them, and share with others the importance of keeping them around.“ –Kendra

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My Octopus Teacher’s Extraordinary World

by Craig Foster and Ross Frylinck available in November, hardcover, Mariner Books

Are you interested in octopi? Have you watched the documentary, ‘My Octopus Teacher’ ? Then you should check out this book! Craig Foster and his companion, Ross Frylink review what they have learned in making the documentary, talk about new ocean biology research, and show absolutely breathtaking photographs from their work together. This is a must have on your coffee table. –Gabi

Imaginary Peaks : The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams by Katie Ives

available in October, hardcover, Mountaineers Books

Using an infamous deception about a fake mountain range in British Columbia as her jumping-off point, Katie Ives examines the lure of blank spaces on the map and the value of the imagination.

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Northwest The Weather of the Pacific Northwest : 2nd Edition

Cascadia Revealed :

by Cliff Mass

available now, paperback, University of Washington Press

A Great

“Farming, hiking, snowboarding/ skiing, bird-watching, fishing, foraging, gardening, boating, rock climbing, cycling... all and more are governed by the remarkably complex interaction of atmosphere and topography in the PNW, Now, after 13 years, THE definitive book on our weather has been updated with tons of new information and features.“ –Rick Gift

A Guide to the Plants, Animals, and Geology of the Pacific Northwest Mountains by Daniel Mathews

available now, paperback, Timber Press

"The BEST field guide for the Pacific Northwest in the past decade! At least I think so. Every outdoors-loving, birdwatching, adventure-seeking person NEEDS this book! A great way to explore your own backyard." –Hanna

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

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"When I first arrived in Whatcom County, a very wise friend advised me to head straight to Village Books and buy a copy of Hiking Whatcom County—the best way to get to appreciate my new home. They were right! Over 20 years and multiple editions later, it is still my go-to hiking book—and my go-to bookstore!" –Kelly C.

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OTTO BODENHAMER Otto (9 years old) won a $100 Village Books gift certificate for his school library at

Columbia Elementary School. His entry was selected at random from over 200 summer reading participants this year. Thanks for being awesome, Summer Readers!

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2021 WWU

Saturday, February 12

children’s literature conference


It's Back - Celebrating 19 Years!

Western Washington University will celebrate the 19th annual Children's Young Adult Literature Conference by welcoming four award-winning authors and illustrators to campus on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The Conference runs from 9am to 3pm and will be held at Western’s Performing Arts Center. Preregistration is required. The conference brings together teachers, librarians, readers, writers, and children's literature aficionados to celebrate children’s and young adult literature. The conference includes author and illustrator presentations, book sales and autographs, a question-and-answer panel, and an announcement of the 2023 featured speakers.

• Location: Western Washington University Performing Arts Center • Time- 8am: doors open for book sales, autographs, and registration 9am-3pm: Conference Book sales start at 8am! • Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN! before Jan .7 - $125/after that, $175 Discounts available for college students, retired teachers, para-educationals, WWU Employees

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Whatcom County children ages 4-18 submitted poems they created using peaceful themes. The results were beautiful and inspiring. Congratulations to the five young poets who were selected as the 2021 winners. Read their poems below and see for more! Village Books and Paper Dreams is proud to sponsor the Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest.

I am Enough

by Ruby Thomas, age 14 Sehome High School

All my memories fit into the palm of a crab shell, But I'm okay with that. I spend so much time trying to live up to other peoples' standards, For what? A taste of false reality? What is their validation worth to me? It is sweet and addictive like sugar, And I feed off of it until it fills my own voice, And I no longer can see clearly. The truth is that I am merely me, And I find peace with that. Perhaps in another world I'd be desperate for validation. Perhaps I'd like to expand and impose, To seek and to find, But for now, Who I am is enough. My memories and I can live happily in a crab shell. To say "I am enough" Is more powerful than anything I could find in this world of objects, So perhaps I shall be happy with staying small, With helping others expand, To seek but never find what people say I should. Because my place on earth Is equal to a crab shell in the ocean, I don't impose, I am just here, I am loved, I am felt, I am enough.

Where I’m from

by Josie Schayes, age 12 Cascades Montessori Middle School

I am from new books and old stories. I am from the smell of rain and pancakes, the two best things to smell on a weekend morning. I am from the sound of clashing swords and the yells, shouts and creaking of springs that accompany us on to the trampoline I am from the crackle and pop of campfire sparks drifting upward then disappearing, the smell of smoke, nice until the wind blows it strait at you. I am from the warmth of curling up next to my dog on a cold afternoon. I am from the joy of becoming one of the characters in a story. I am from scraped knees and elbows, of the exhilaration of climbing, leaping from rock ledge to ledge. I am from the gracefulness of skiing floating, flying down hills snow stinging my face, wind roaring so loud it drowns out everything else. I am from the sky swooping diving, Free. I am from the whispers floating through my mind snippets of story singing every time. I am from new friends I've made and old ones I've kept, that is where I'm from so tell me where are you from?

When the silence is quiet

by Madison Farmer, age 13 Kulshan Middle School

Peace is like beauty In many ways, Some say you find it At the end of your days, But that’s not what I say, To me, Peace is when the silence is quiet, No words unheard, No feelings unspoken, The silence not begging to be broken, Say everything you mean And leave nothing unspoken.

Peace Needs Us

by Stella Sullivan, age 9 Happy Valley Elementary

with the Peace comes happyness, with happyness comes Peace we help each other and that is me. that is what matters! we need Peace. Peace needs us.


by Silas O., age 17 Sehome High School

I reverse the quiet kid who, late in the birch grove stopped their laughter by calling the owls down

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Picture Books Home: A Peek-Through Picture Book

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by Britta Teckentrup

Anzu the Great Kaiju :

available in December, hardcover, Random House

Book #1

The bestselling series that began with Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book now adds an elaborate and beautiful children’s book with peek-through holes that celebrates the coziness of home through the eyes of the animal world.

by Benson Shum avaialbe in January 2022, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

Kaiju is a genre of Japanese film with giant monsters in it so if you like Godzilla or Dragons or Dinosaurs or learning about different cultures then this book is your jam! The story will teach you that you can do things in your own special way and that is the best way for you and others should accept that and be supportive! —Kendra

Bluey–For Real Life: A Story Collection

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Readers will love this collection of Bluey’s greatest adventures, plus fun facts about everyone’s favorite characters! It’s the best of Bluey all in one book! This book includes Good Night, Fruit Bat; The Creek; Bob Bilby; and The Beach.

To the Moon and Back: Guess How Much I Love You and Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram

available now, Box Set, Random House

Bathe the Cat

by Alice B. McGinty, illustrated by David Roberts available in November, hardcover, Chronicle Books

This is a silly read-aloud involving a mischievous orange cat that quickly became one of my favorites! The story goes over a common scenario when guests are about to come over and you just want your house to be clean but there’s just a bit of miscommunication, which is something we can all relate too. Not only is it a great story but the beautiful and bright illustrations depict such a loving and diverse family that you just want to be part of! -Kendra

In an ideal gift for little ones, the family classic Guess How Much I Love You and its sequel, Will You Be My Friend?, nestle together in a beautifully designed boxed set. This pairing is sure to be coveted by big and little readers for generations to come.

Viking in Love by Doug Cenko

available in December, hardcover, Random House

In this laugh-out-loud picture book, a Viking falls in love and must face the only thing in his way of attaining it: his fear of the sea.

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Picture Books Aaron Slater, Illustrator by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

available in November, hardcover, Abrams

Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. From the #1 bestselling creators of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and Ada Twist, Scientist!

Change Sings : A Children's Anthem

words by Amanda Gorman illustrated by Loren Long available now, hardcover, Viking Books for Young Readers


Inaugural Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman's picture book debut is gorgeous. Ms Gorman takes us on a journey of hope carrying a message that is moving and powerful and so important for us and our children today. Illustrations by Loren Long beautifully express her message of hope - that anything is possible when we join our voices together. We all have the power to make change happen—in big ways or small. –Gaye

by Marianna Coppo available in January 2022, hardcover, Random House

What is a thingamabob? A thingamabob can be anything–and so can you! A sweet, empowering picture book about self-discovery from the acclaimed authorillustrator of Petra. Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

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Paige's Picks

-Margaret Fuller


Play & Learn Activities for Babies : 65 Simple Ways to Promote Growth and Development from Birth to Two Years Old

by Hannah Fathi

available in November, paperback, Macmillan

Every parent wants to encourage their baby’s education and growth, but where should you start? Hannah Fathi is here to save the day with 65 essential activities that use play as a vehicle for teaching and skill- building.

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Great Gifts

Picture Books Little Witch Hazel by Phoebe Wahl

available now, hardcover, Tundra

Written & illustrated by a local author, this story takes you on a magical journey through the details of the forest seen from the eyes of a little witch. These short stories will easily become repeats in your bedtime routine. They’re fun, dreamlike, and full of life! –Gabi

Inside My Sea of Dreams : The Adventures of Kami and Suz

by Susan Conrad illustrated Rebecca Rothman available now, paperback, Driftwood Publishing

Join Kami the Kayak and her paddler Suz, along with a host of outdoor friends on a wondrous seafaring adventure to Alaska. In this picture book adaptation of Susan Conrad’s Inside, we follow the dream of a little girl’s big adventure in a tiny kayak. A talking kayak? A dreaming child? Yes! Together they encounter magic and mayhem on a journey through a breathtaking land of challenge and reward. All ages will learn how we are all capable of anything—and that we will always reach our destination—if we simply believe.

Meet the Author! Saturday, December 4, 11am In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven Register Today - Kids Free! Local author Susan Conrad is back to share the picture book adaptation of her bestselling book, Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. Personalized copies make fun gifts!

The Dream Tree by Bridged Atkins

available now, hardcover, Mascot Books

In The Dream Tree we meet Patrick and Chauncey, a curious boy and his floppyhaired best friend. While on a walk on a sunny summer day, they stumble upon a treasure that teaches them how to plant a dream and watch it grow. Join Patrick and Chauncey on his Aunt Kathleen's farm in Montana for a moving adventure through life's many seasons. Watch for an event with local author Bridged Atkins in the spring!

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Meet the Author! Saturday, November 13, 12pm In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven Register Today - Kids Free! Nina Laden is an award-winning, best-selling children’s book author, illustrator, and cartoonist who lives on Lummi Island. Her books includes the Peek-a series; Who Loves You, Baby?; The Night I Followed the Dog; and Yellow Kayak. You don't want to miss this fun event!

Dear Little One

by Nina Laden illustrated by Melissa Castrillon available in November, hardcover, Paula Wiseman Books

Celebrate the wonder of the world in this reassuring picture book about the joy, love, and beauty found in each and every day. From the treasure of flowers to the mystery of insects, this lyrical book encourages children to explore the natural world around them and to be grateful for all that surrounds them. With jewel-like artwork, every page is a treasure for children just born or exploring the world full of possibilities we all share.

The Smart Cookie

by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald available now, hardcover, Harper Collins

Meet the Smart Cookie! Here to join the Bad Seed, the Good Egg, the Cool Bean, and the Couch Potato is a determined cookie who realizes there is much more to intelligence than perfect scores.


The Legend of the Christmas Witch

by Dan Murphy and Aubrey Plaza, illustrated by Julia Iredale available in November, hardcover, Random House

This book first caught my attention because of its beautifully illustrated cover and then I noticed that Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza was one of the writers so I knew immediately I had to read it. I recommend The Legend of the Christmas Witch for readers who love folklore and the Grimm’s Fairy Tales because its a dark yet celebratory story. I won’t give too much away but you’ll love the fierce main character Kristtörn, the Christmas Witch and her brother Santa Claus and the story of how they came to be known as such. –Kendra

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Christmas Cheer Christmas Eve with Veranda Santa A Bluey Book

available now, hardcover, Penguin Young Readers Licenses

Celebrate Christmas with Bluey, Bingo, and Muffin! Based on the wildly successful animated series.

Santa in the City

by Tiffany D. Jackson, illustrated by Reggie Brown available in November, hardcover, Random House

A little girl's belief in Santa is restored in this ode to the magic of Christmas.

Jan Brett's The Nutcracker by Jan Brett

available in November, hardcover, Random House

by Chris Chatterton

available now, hardcover, Random House

Readers can giggle their grumps away with Gus and his adorable puppy friend as they celebrate Christmas in this hilarious picture book.


Favorite Poems for Christmas : A Child's Collection

edited by Bushel & Peck Books available now, hardcover, Baker & Taylor

Celebrate the season with this beautiful hardcover book that includes beloved works by Clement Clarke Moore, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and many more.

For The Whole Family!

Jan Brett's striking illustrations and the Christmas classic The Nutcracker are a match made in picture book heaven.

Star Wars : A Vader Family Sithmas

The Magical Christmas Store

Celebrate Sithmas in style and good cheer with this sweetly funny holiday gift book—­perfect for the whole family!

by Maudie Powell-Tuck illustrated by Hoang Giang available now, hardcover, Random House

Celebrate the joy of love, family, and the magic of Christmas with this touching story about the most important gifts that money can't buy.

The Wishing Tree by Meika Hashimoto, illustrated by Xindi Yan

available now, hardcover, Harper Collins

Kids can join in a fun Christmas tradition and place their own wishes to Santa on a wishing tree using the punch-out cards in the back of this book.

For the Big Kids... Young Adult Christmas Romance

So, This Is Christmas by Tracy Andreen

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Let It Snow meets Dash and Lily's Book of Dares in this new small-town Christmas romance.


Merry Christmas, Gus

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by Jeffrey Brown

available now, hardcover, Chronicle


Roald Dahl : The Twelve Days of Christmas– Festive Things to Make and Do by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake available now, paperback, Penguin

Celebrate Christmas with all your favorite Roald Dahl characters and dozens of whizzpopping activities, recipes, games, and more!

Middle Grade Fiction

Goats for Christmas :

Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet #6

by Jacqueline Kelly, illustrated by Jennifer L. Meyer available in November, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

Featuring the charming characters from the Newbery Honor Book The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate, this exciting chapter book series introduces young readers to Callie Vee and the rough-andtumble world of turn-of-the-century Texas.

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Celebrate the Season Mouse Seasons by Leo Lionni

available in November, Hardcover, Random House

The first new original Leo Lionni picture book in nearly 30 years, featuring the beloved mouse Frederick as he guides his fellow mice--and young listeners--through a joyous celebration of the seasons.

The Robin and the Fir Tree by Hans Christian Andersen, illustrated by Jason Jameson

available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press


The Very Hungry Caterpillar's First Winter by Eric Carle

available now, Board Book, Random House

Welcome winter with The Very Hungry Caterpillar and his friends in this sensory exploration of the season.

The Little Forest Keepers by Mary Lundquist


available in December, hardcover, Harper Collins

An exquisitely illustrated retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Fir Tree—a lyrical tale of friendship and rebirth.

A winter wonderland of a picture book about being kind to friends and strangers alike, perfect for the holiday season.

Winter Birthdays

Happy Diwali!

A Blessing for Winter's Child by Peter Hinckley

available now, hardcover, Bushel & Peck Books

A sweet, moving tribute to children born during the winter months, this beautiful children's gift book is a treasure for children young or new.Adorable watercolor paintings of glittering fields and bundled animals accompany the book's heartfelt blessings and promises.



Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

by Robert Frost, illustrated by Vivian Mineker available in November, hardcover, Workman

Weaving a simple story of love, loss, and memories with only illustrations and Frost's iconic lines, this stirring picture book introduces young readers to timeless poetry in an unprecedented way.


Little Homesteader : A Winter Treasury of Recipes, Crafts, and Wisdom by Angela Ferraro-Fanning, illustrated by Annelies Draws available now, hardcover, Ivy Kids

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

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by Sanyukta Mathur, illustrated by Courtney Pippin-Mathur available now, hardcover, Macmillan

A radiant picture book celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. Excitement, history, and traditions abound in this vibrant celebration of Diwali, complete with a glossary, and delicious recipes for mango lassi, sukhe aloo, and puri.

Lunar New Year

Friends Are Friends, Forever

by Dane Liu, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield available in December, hardcover, Macmillan

A picture book based on the author's own immigration story, the infinite impact of friendship, and passing on love and kindness around the world.


Give Thanks : You Can Reach Out and Spread Joy! 50 Gratitude Activities & Games

by Naomi Shulman, illustrated by Hsinping Pan

available in November, hardcover, Workman

The book features 50 simple activity prompts, from starting a gratitude journal and taking a thankfulness walk to playing gratitude games at the dinner table and making thankful flowers (the petals represent points of gratitude), that go beyond simply saying "thanks," all brought to life by the irresistably charming illustrations.Each page offers an encouraging, uplifting, actionable way to help kids recognize they are fortunate—and to feel good about their place in the world.

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Great Gifts for Hanukkah "Nice" Jewish Girls

Hanukkah, Poetry Here I Come!


by Julie Merberg illustrated by Georgia Rucker

by D.J. Steinberg illustrated by Sara Palacios

available in November, hardcover, Downtown Bookworks

available now, paperback, Random House

Thirty-six mini biographies of groundbreaking, outspoken, oddsdefying Jewish women explore their fascinating lives, as well as the ways in which they were shaped by their heritage. Ages 12+

Celebrate Hanukkah with a collection of funny and festive poems from the author of the hugely popular Kindergarten, Here I Come! Ages 4+



When I Grow Up :

The Lost Autobiographies of Six Yiddish Teenagers

The Golden Dreidel by Ellen Kushner, Illustrated by Kevin Keele

by Ken Krimstein available in November, hardcover, Bloomsbury Publishing

available now, board book, Charlesbridge Publishing

From award-winning fantasy author Ellen Kushner comes an unforgettable adventure inspired by Jewish folklore and tradition. Ages 7+

A stunning graphic narrative of newly discovered stories from Jewish teens on the cusp of WWII. A beautiful and heartwrenching reminder that we must listen to voices from the past to avoid repeating history. Ages 12+

Chapter Book Series The Bad Guys in They're Bee-Hind You! The Bad Guys #14 by Aaron Blabey

available in November, paperback, Scholastic

They may look like Bad Guys, but these wannabe heroes are doing good deeds... whether you like it or not in this New York Times bestselling illustrated series.

The Keepers of the Empire: Geronimo Stilton and the Kingdom of Fantasy Series #14 by Geronimo Stilton

available now, hardcover, Scholastic

Fairies, dragons, wizards, and more await Geronimo on every magical Kingdom of Fantasy adventure!The Rebel Empress has regained her crown. But not everything has gone according to plan: The Army of the Invisible is still a serious threat. Geronimo and his team set out to save the Kingdom of Fantasy, again!

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Graphic Novel

Perspectives : Cat Kid Comic Club #2

by Dav Pilkey

available in November, hardcover, Scholastic

Creating stories within a story, author and illustrator Dav Pilkey uses a variety of techniques—including acrylic paints, colored pencils, Japanese calligraphy, phot o graphy, co ll a ge, gou a che, watercolors, and much more—to portray each frog's perspective. The kaleidoscope of art styles, paired with Pilkey's trademark storytelling and humor, fosters creativity, collaboration, independence, and empathy.

Howl of the Wind Dragon : Dragon Masters #20

by Tracey West, illustrated by Graham Howells available in November, paperback, Scholastic

Evil wizard Astrid brings the Garden of Beasts to life and the Dragon Masters must go into battle in the latest installment of this New York Times bestselling series!

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Non-Fiction for Young Readers History

Overground Railroad–The Young Adult Adaptation : The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America by Candacy Taylor

available in January 2022, hardcover, Abrams

This young reader's edition of Candacy Taylor’s critically acclaimed adult book Overground Railroad includes her own photographs of Green Book sites, as well as archival photographs and interviews with people who owned and used these facilities. Ages 12+ Pre-Order Your Copy Today!


The 1619 Project : Born on the Water

by Nikole Hannah-Jones and Renée Watson, illustrated by Nikkolas Smith available in November, hardcover, Random House


Great Gifts

On This Day : A History of the World in 366 Days

by DK

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Ever wonder what happened 100 years ago on your birthday? What about on Christmas Day in the year 800? Or Halloween in the distant past? You might be surprised by what you find out. Everyone will love this eclectic, fascinating, visual journey through the history of the world, taken one day at a time. Ages 9+

Curiosities & Wonders

Britannica First Big Book of Why

by Sally Symes and Stephanie Drimmer illustrated by Kate Slater available now, hardcover, Britannica Books

The 1619 Project’s lyrical picture book in verse chronicles the consequences of slavery and the history of Black resistance in the United States, thoughtfully rendered by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones and Newbery honor-winning author Renée Watson. Ages 7+

Why can't penguins fly? Why do we brush our teeth? Why does popcorn pop? This lavishly illustrated book will satisfy even the most curious kids—it really is the ultimate book of answers for kids who need to know WHY! Ages 4+

Science & Nature

Science & Nature

A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures : An

Nature's Treasures : Tales of

Illustrated Encyclopedia

More Than 100 Extraordinary Objects From Nature

by Sami Bayly available in November, hardcover, Workman Publishing

by Ben Hoare

Dangerous animals get a bad rap—and they can be pretty scary!—but that’s precisely what makes them remarkable. A Curious Collection of Dangerous Creatures pairs beautifully detailed illustrations with awesome facts about 60 of Earth’s most lethal animals. Ages 8+

The world is filled with curious objects made by plants, animals, and even by the Earth itself. Dive into this collection of more than 100 intriguing items from the natural world and discover the stories behind them. Ages 7+

Physics Nano : The Spectacular Science of the Very (Very) Small by Jess Wade, illustrated by Melissa Castrillón

available now, hardcover, Random House

An acclaimed physicist and debut picturebook author introduces readers to the tiny building blocks that make up the world around us. Ages 6+

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available in November, hardcover, Penguin


Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Life by DK

available now, hardcover, Penguin

An attractive gift for children who can’t get enough of dinosaurs, Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Life is perfect for kids to explore by themselves or for bedtime stories. Go on a time-travelling adventure and marvel at the plants and animals from the Earth’s primeval past in this stunning book about dinosaurs and prehistoric life. Ages 7+

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Non-Fiction for Young Readers The Big Book of Amazing LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have : 75+ Brand-New Vehicles, Robots, Dragons, Castles, Games and Other Projects for Endless Creative Play

by Sarah Dees

available in November, paperback, Macmillan

The Big Book of Amazing Lego Creations will be a top gift pick for every kid who craves variety in their LEGO crafting. This book invites kids to expand their imaginations more than ever before, with eight unique themes ranging from popular vehicles and practical projects, to imaginative fairytale fun and a thrilling spy mission. Ages 6+

Great Gifts

In the Spirit of a Dream : 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color

by Aida Salazar illustrated by Alina Chau

available in November, hardcover, Scholastic

Celebratory, triumphant, and inspiring, In the Spirit of a Dream is a tribute to 13 American immigrants of color, from world-famous to local heroes, politicians, surgeons, athletes, activists and more. Written in poems and illustrated by immigrant artists. Ages 5+

Activity Books

Where’s Waldo? The Ultimate Waldo Watcher Collection by Martin Handford

available now, Box Set, Random House

Ready yourself for hours of searching with this slipcase full of Waldo’s best-selling adventures. This cool collection features seven puzzling classics—each including a spread full of new games and searches, and redesigned with a cohesive new look. A collection for only the most diligent of searchers! Ages 5+


What the Artist Saw: Hokusai by Susie Hodge, illustrated by Kim Ekdahl

available in November, hardcover, Penguin

Have you ever wondered exactly what your favorite artists were looking at to make them draw, sculpt, or paint the way they did? In What the Artist Saw: Hokusai, meet groundbreaking Japanese artist Hokusai. Step into his life and learn what led him to create more than 30,000 works of art, including his famous woodcut views of The Great Wave off Kanagawa and Mount Fuji. Discover how he produced the first ever pieces of manga! Have a go at making your own printed artworks. This is part of a series created in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ages 7+


The Ultimate Art Museum by Ferren Gipson

available now, hardcover, Phaidon Press

Remember what museums felt like? Perhaps you haven’t been there for over a year, or your child has never seen one, or you wish you had one at home. This book is a perfect addition to your collection. It takes you from pre-history to present through galleries, and exhibits. All color coordinated and entertaining for beginner readers and beyond. –Gabi Ages 8+


The Best Ever Bread Book : From Farm to Flour Mill, 20 Recipes from Around the World

by Lizzie Munsey & Emily Munsey available now, hardcover, DK Children

Invite your young baker into the kitchen and let them discover the joys of baking bread! From the humble loaf and classic baguette to fancy focaccia and perfect pretzels, learn how to master the basics of breadmaking. With 20 sensational bread recipes from around the world, you’ll be ready to impress your friends and family with your new skill. Ages 5+


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Middle Readers Graphic Novel

Hilda :

The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street

The Wilderness Stories

by Luke Pearson

available in November, hardcover, Nobrow Press

by Karina Yan Glaser

available now, paperback, Clarion Books

“Can the Vanderbeeker siblings band together and use each of their special talents to save their beloved house on 141st Street in the five days leading up to Christmas? This holiday read with a lovable cast of characters with charm kids and adults alike this winter!“ –Emily

Adventure! Mystery! Fantasy! And beautiful art!? What’s not to love. If you, a child, or friend is interested in graphic novels, I highly suggest reading this one. It is a beautiful collection of the first two stories and perfect for anyone needing a good escape. The plots range but you will always feel wholesome, excited, and ready for an outdoor adventure. –Gabi

A Great Gift A Great Gift Dragonology: The Complete Book of Dragons by Dr. Ernest Drake


by Karla Arenas Valenti

available now, hardcover, Candlewick Press

available now, hardcover, Alfred A Knopf Books for Young Readers

This book takes you through Mexican mythology, magic, and thrill as Cara searches for her lost cousin while, unbeknownst to her, her fate is decided through Lotería cards. This is an amazing adventure for young readers who enjoy suspense and folklore. There is a perfect balance of how real magic can be in an unpredictable world. –Gabi

The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart

“Timeless, engaging, and interactive fun for the whole family! This is the perfect gift for siblings, as it was the only thing my brother and I happily shared when I was growing up!“ –Ronnie

A Great Gift

available now, paperback, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

“The Mysterious Benedict Society is an amazing read for all ages (yes, parents too!). I read these books as a kid and have returned to them many times. Plus, it just came out as a television series, so you can read it before you watch it!“ –Dagny

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Middle Readers How Do You Live?

by Genzaburo Yoshino translated by Bruno Navasky foreword by Neil Gaiman

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase:

available now, hardcover, Workman

Wolves Chronicles Series #1

This first-ever English-language translation of a Japanese classic about finding one’s place in a world both infinitely large and unimaginably small is perfect for readers of philosophical fiction like The Alchemist and The Little Prince. First published in 1937, it was a childhood favorite of anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle), and one of his most important influences.

by Joan Aiken

available now, paperback, Yearling

“This award winning classic, great for ages 10 and up, is full of skullduggery, rich atmosphere, outsized Dickensian villains and a brave trio of children who plot an adventurous escape. One of my all-time favorites.“ –Jean

A Great Gift

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

available now, paperback, HarperCollins

“Escape the chaotic and mundane and into the fantastical world of Narnia. The classic C.S. Lewis tale is a perfect holiday read, a story of good versus evil and the magic of sacrificial love. Great for the whole family!” –Matt

A Great Gift

Fantasy & Magic

200 Spells for the Young Witch & Wizard : Brand New Spells, Jinxes, Curses, and Other Incantations

edited by Kilkenny Knickerbocker

available now, hardcover, Bushel & Peck Books

Amaze your friends, confound your enemies, and impress your professors with 200 Spells, an enchanting collection of 200 NEW spells, curses, jinxes, and other incantations for kids.


The Magnificent Monsters of Cedar Street

Bounce Back

available now, paperback, Quill Tree Books

by Misako Rocks! available now, paperback, Macmillan

Lilico, with the help of her cat, must learn to adjust to a new country, a new school, and new pressures in this middle grade graphic novel from author/illustrator Misako Rocks! about finding your team and finding yourself.

Graphic Novels

Pokémon Journeys, Vol. 1 by Machito Gomi

available in November, paperback, Simon & Schuster

Ash is back and more determined than ever to be a Pokémon Master! Now he’s teamed up with a new friend, Goh, who wants to collect every Pokémon from every region!

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by Lauren Oliver

Clay loves the work she and her father do together: Saving and healing remarkable creatures that other humans might call “monsters.” Their home, Clay Manor, is full to the brim with dragons, squelches, and diggles—and Cordelia loves every one of them. But one morning, Cordelia awakens to discover that her father has disappeared—along with nearly all the monsters.

Wings of Fire Graphic Novel #5: The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland, illustrated by Mike Holmes

available in December, paperback, Scholastic

The graphic novel adaptations of the #1 New York Times bestselling Wings of Fire series continue to set the world on fire!

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Reading Recommendations

VB's Young Adult Review Committee

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

The Witch Haven

Once Upon a Broken Heart

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

The Witch Haven cast a spell over me. Considering the book is about witches that can only make sense! I got sucked in almost immediately when Frances had mysteriously murdered her boss without even knowing how she did it! (and she was right there, wild right?) With Frances now on some serious witch radar, she is swept away to a school for witches to be taught all sorts of spellbinding things, and I couldn't help but want to go with her! –Riley J. age 16

Once Upon A Broken Heart is an exciting and relatable story! I mean, who wouldn’t make a deal with the Prince Of Hearts, who is less of a dream boat but more of a deals-don't-end-happily-ever-after, kisses kill type? Evangeline Fox is who. She made a deal with a killer kisser! And don't be fooled by how that sounds, one kiss and you die! I can't tell you if in the end it was worth it, but being along for the ride was! –Riley J. age 16

The Buried

The City Beautiful

available now, hardcover, Scholastic

available now, hardcover, Inkyard Press

This book throws a big middle finger to anyone who has said that you can’t do it. Set after the apocalypse, this novel follows the children of three families living in an underground bunker. Given the simple premise, the plot is still incredibly thrilling, and the characters are the key showpieces of this story. I really appreciated the diversity of perspectives even in such a small cast. I would recommend The Buried to anyone that enjoys a slow burn, a heartfelt coming of age story, and the spark of rebellion. –Claire V. age 17

Beautifully written, woven with historical details, and steeped in Jewish culture, The City Beautiful is a darkly atmospheric and immersive read. It follows Alter Rosen, a Jewish immigrant in 1890s Chicago, struggling to get by. When his best friend Yakov joins a rapidly growing list of murdered boys, and when Yakov’s spirit threatens to take over him, Alter finds himself inextricably caught in the web of his friend’s malicious ghost, the killer, Alter’s struggles with his own identity, and the dangerous maze of people that surround them all. –Ella T. age 16

by Sasha Peyton Smith

by Stephanie Garber

by Aden Polydoros

by Melissa Grey

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

We Light Up the Sky by Lilliam Rivera

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

Technically, this is a book about an alien invasion. At its heart, though, this is a book about three incredibly different Latinx teens in LA who refuse to give up on humanity. Rivera’s unique writing style makes this book feel like it belongs in the mouth of a campfire storyteller; their portrayal of grief and visceral strangeness combine to emphasize this feeling. –Isabel F. age 17

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Young Adult Reviews Roxy

by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Briar Girls

by Rebecca Kim Wells

available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Briar Girls is a dark fantastical retelling of Sleeping Beauty set in a forest full of danger, magic and curses. As soon as the main character, Lena, entered the Silence, a sentient forest known to lure people into the trees, I was pulled in with her on her journey of self-discovery and a search for answers to the lies of her past. I also loved the LGBT representation, including a bisexual main character, and transgender and non-binary side characters. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an atmospheric fantasy to get lost in. –Sarah K. age 19

Unique and haunting, Roxy offers a look into the opioid epidemic, and the complexities of addiction. One thing I really appreciated about the book was the positive impacts of these drugs weren’t ignored. There is a line between use and abuse and the book recognized that. The story is narrated by siblings named Isaac and Ivy as well as the personified drugs Adderall and Oxycodone. As a reader I found myself rooting for the siblings even as they continued down their destructive path. Overall, this was not an easy read but was definitely an important one. –Sarah K. age 19

Young Adult

LGBTQ+ Fiction Loveless

by Alice Oseman available in December, hardcover, Scholastic

This is the funny, honest, messy, completely relatable story of Georgia, who doesn't understand why she can't crush and kiss and make out like her friends do. She's surrounded by the narrative that dating + sex = love. It's not until she gets to college that she discovers the A range of the LGBTQIA+ spectrum—coming to understand herself as asexual/aromantic.

If This Gets Out

by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich available in December, hardcover, Macmillan

For fans of What If It's Us: two boys in America's biggest boy band fall for each other while on their first sold-out European tour, and are forced to keep their relationship a secret. How can they hold tight to each other when their whole world is coming apart?

Graphic Novel

Heartstopper : Volume 4 by Alice Oseman,

available in December, paperback, Scholastic

The fourth volume in the wonderfully sweet Heartstopper series, featuring gorgeous two-color artwork! Charlie and Nick's relationship has been going really well, and Charlie thinks he's ready to say those three little words: I love you.

Here’s to Us

by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera available in December, hardcover, Harper Collins

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die at the End) reunite to continue the story of Arthur and Ben, two very different boys who readers first fell for in the blockbuster rom-com What If It’s Us.

Aristotle and Dante Dive into the Waters of the World by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

available now, hardcover, Wattpad Books

The highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed, award-winning novel Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe continues the story of two border town boys who fell in love. Now they must discover what it means to stay in love and build a relationship in a world that seems to challenge their very existence in this achingly romantic, tender tale.


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Young Adult

Dark Fantasy

Little Thieves

by Margaret Owen available now, hardcover, Macmillan

Vanja Schmidt knows that no gift is freely given, not even a mother’s love—and she’s on the hook for one hell of a debt. Vanja, the adopted goddaughter of Death and Fortune, was Princess Gisele's dutiful servant up until a year ago. That was when Vanja’s otherworldly mothers demanded a terrible price for their care, and Vanja decided to steal her future back… by stealing Gisele’s life for herself. Margaret Owen, author of The Merciful Crow series, crafts a delightfully irreverent retelling of “The Goose Girl” about stolen lives, thorny truths, and the wicked girls at the heart of both.

Fairy Tales & Folklore


by Marissa Meyer available in November, hardcover, Macmillan

Long ago cursed by the god of lies, a poor miller's daughter has developed a talent for spinning stories that are fantastical and spellbinding and entirely untrue. In Gilded, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marissa Meyer returns to the fairytale world with this haunting retelling of Rumpelstiltskin.

Nonfiction Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed : 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora

edited by Saraciea J. Fennell available in November, hardcover, Macmillan

In Wild Tongues Can’t Be Tamed, authors interrogate the different myths and stereotypes about the Latinx diaspora. Full of both sorrow and joy, Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed is an essential celebration of this rich and diverse community.

Wicked Saints: Something Dark and Holy #1 by Emily A. Duncan available now, paperback, Wednesday Books

“A girl who can speak to gods, secrets, and a war dividing two countries. The perfect fantasy YA book for a rainy day.“ –Ava

A Great Gift


A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown

available in November, hardcover, Harper Collins

The highly-anticipated second—and final—book in the immersive fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore that began with the New York Times bestselling A Song of Wraiths and Ruin, from author Roseanne A. Brown.

The Other Talk : Reckoning with Our White Privilege by Brendan Kiely

available now, hardcover, Atheneum Books

We all know about ‘the talk’ that people of color have with their kids to help them navigate safely in a racist world. How many white parents talk to their kids about their privilege and how to fight racism when they see it? Brendan Kiely’s new book shows kids that it’s ok to talk about race, about privilege and the harm it can do, and how to move through life with empathy and respect for others. Kiely's message is not about guilt and shame, but about responsibility and compassion. –Claire

Food-Related Stories : Pocket Change Collective Series by Gaby Melian, illustrated by Ashley Lukashevsky available in November, paperback, Penguin

In this moving, personal account, chef and activist Gaby Melian shares her journey with food and how creating a relationship with food—however simple or complicated—is a form of activism in its own right. Pocket Change Collective was born out of a need for space. This is a series of small books with big ideas from today’s leading activists and artists.

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Toys That Teach Light Up Rock & Gem Collection: Maker Lab STEM Kit

Science Academy: Rainbow Soap Explore the full spectrum of science in this fun, colorful chrmistry kit. Ages 8+

Packed with 29 unique rocks, gems, and minerals, this is the perfect kit to start or expand a rock collection.

DIY Rainbow Catcher: Maker Lab STEM Kit

Mini Clay World Cute Café

Color your world with rainbows! This clever snap-together rainbow maker catches sunlight and projects tiny rainbows into your room like a disco ball.

Serve tiny clay waffles fresh off the griddle in your own miniature bakery-café with al fresco dining. Oven-bake clay is perfect for sculpting your favorite sweet treats and adorable animals. Ages 8-12

Create Klutz Jr. My Cat Mermaid & Friends Craft Kit

Simple sewing goes under the sea! Build fine motor skills and learn to sew with a cat-tastic mermaid and her sweet sea critter friends.Ages 4+

Sew Squishy Cubes Craft Kit

Guided sewing with precut pieces! Designed for beginners, the kit includes everything you need to make 3 squishy felt creations: a unicorn, a phoenix, and an ontrend yeti.

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Enjoy Jumbo Jelly Ball

"I know what you're thinking–this jelly ball can't really be as wiggly and jiggly as advertised! Well it is, and its perfect for bonking your little siblings upside the head with after a family dinner. I mean, gently playing catch." –Chelanne

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Literature LIVE!


for both in-person and virtual events For your continued safety, we are limiting capacity and requiring masks and proof of full vaccination in our Readings Gallery. Fees may apply.

VB’s Literary Events Program

VILLAGEBOOKS.COM has all the details!

Live and Virtual

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Saturday, November 13, 12pm NINA LADEN –Dear Little One

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In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

NOVEMBER Nature of Writing Series with North Cascades Institute

Thursday, Nov. 11, 7pm KATIE IVES in conversation with KEN WILCOX –Imaginary Peaks: The Riesenstein Hoax and Other Mountain Dreams

In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Imaginary Peaks uses an infamous deception about a fake mountain range in British Columbia as a lens to examine our fascination with wild places and the lure of blank spaces on the map. Katie Ives is editor in chief at Alpinist Magazine, and her writing has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, and Outside, as well as the anthologies Rock, Paper, Fire: The Best of Mountain and Wilderness Writing and Waymaking: An Anthology of Women’s Adventure Writing, Poetry, and Art. Ken Wilcox is a long-time Bellingham resident, co-founder of the Bellingham Mountaineers, and author of several regional trail guides, including Hiking Whatcom County.

Friday, November 12, 7pm Fiction SARA STAMEY –Pause In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us for an event with one of our favorite regional authors! Can a divorced, menopausal abuse survivor laugh at the absurdities of midlife dating while reclaiming her power and passion? Sara Stamey is the author of six published novels. Now returned to her native Pacific Northwest, she taught creative writing at Western Washington University. A lifelong outdoors enthusiast, she shares her creekside land with wild creatures and her cat, dog, and paleontologist husband Thor Hansen.

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We are pleased to welcome Nina Laden back to the Readings Gallery to present her beautiful new kids’ book. Dear Little One celebrates all the wonder and beauty in the natural world, featuring Mother Nature personified. Nina Laden is an award-winning, best-selling children’s book author, illustrator and cartoonist who lives on Lummi Island, WA. Read more on page 55.

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Saturday, Nov. 13, 4pm JUDY BENTLEY and CRAIG ROMANO –Hiking Washington's History, 2nd Edition In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

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

Sunday, November 14, 10am-5pm Village Books & Paper Dreams PRE-HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE In Fairhaven and Lynden Get a jump on the holiday shopping season and have a great time while you're at it. Enjoy a day of festivities and fun!

Thursday, November 18, 6pm ALMA ALEXANDER –The Second Star A Virtual Event

The Parada had been lost for almost200 years before they recovered the ship, drifting in stygian interstellar darkness, and brought her home again. But that was not the miracle. The miracle was that the crew was still alive. That was also the problem. Join us for another intriguing glimpse into the mind of celebrated local author, Alma Alexander, novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with two obligatory writer's cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination.

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Saturday, November 20, 11am HUI-YING LESAGE –Friends Without Borders


In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us as local for a fun presentation of Hui-Ying LeSage’s debut picture book! Santi is a tree frog who lives a peaceful life in the Amazon Rainforest. One day, his world is turned upside down in a flood and he finds himself on an unexpected journey that takes him far beyond the comforts of his fishing pond. Join Santi as he paraglides with Octopus, rescues animals in need with Baby Sea Pen, and learns the lessons of courage, trust, and friendship.

Thursday, November 25 HAPPY THANKSGIVING - Stores Closed We're thankful for YOU! Eat well then curl up with a good book, or get out and enjoy our gorgeous surroundings. We'll see you on Friday!

Saturday, November 27 Small Business Saturday & Indies First This is a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. Thank you, loyal shopper, for your continuous support of the locally owned businesses in your communtiy. We know you have choices, thanks for choosing us!

Saturday, November 27 Fairhaven Winterfest Kicks Off The Fairhaven Association has been hard at work creating a variety of exciting activities for you to enjoy this holiday season.You won't want to miss the lighted bike parade, a holiday market, a firelight stroll, Father Christmas sightings, and more! See pages 7&9 for information and watch for details and updates.

Monday, November 29 Cyber Monday Online SALE Shopping online? Shop Local! Shop at on Cyber Monday and save 20%! One day only. No discount code needed—your savings will ring up automatically. Choose direct-to-home shipping or stop in the store to pick up your purchases. Thanks for your support this holiday season.

Monday, November 29, 6pm Both In-person AND Virtual SPANISH Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Join us and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by our English Open Mic at 7pm! Pre-registration to read is required –see below for details. Don’t miss out!

Monday, November 29, 7pm Both In-person AND Virtual Open Mic with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so whether you plan to read in person or on Zoom, please email to secure your spot! Our Open Mic is held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery on the bottom floor of Village Books in Fairhaven, and on Zoom. Please note that each reader is allotted a firm time limit of five minutes to read.



DECEMBER Thursday, December 2, 7pm JARED HARDESTY –Mutiny on the Rising Sun : A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us and hear this fascinating tale of the schooner Rising Sun’s 1743 smuggling voyage in vivid detail. At once startling and captivating, Mutiny on the Rising Sun shows how illegal trade created demand for exotic products like chocolate, and how slavery and smuggling were integral to the development of American capitalism. Jared Ross Hardesty is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Western Washington University and author of three books.

Saturday, December 4, 11am


In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

SUSAN CONRAD –Inside My Sea of Dreams: The Adventures of Kami and Suz

Local author Susan Conrad is back to share the picture book adaptation of her bestselling book, Inside: One Woman’s Journey Through the Inside Passage. In this new book, we follow the dream of a little girl’s big adventure in a tiny kayak. A talking kayak? A dreaming child? YES! Together they encounter magic and mayhem on a journey through a breathtaking land of challenge and reward.

Friday, December 10, 7pm In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

DINAH MANOFF –The Real True Hollywood Story of Jackie Gold and WARREN READ –One Simple Thing

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

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Friday, December 17, 7pm In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Tales of the Season Reading

Join us as we celebrate the work of local writers with winning tales expressing the magic of the season. A good time for all!

Sunday, January 2, 11am-3pm Resolutions for Writers 2022 In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven & Lynden are Closed

Need a boost to your writing for the New Year? Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and experts in our writing community. We'll feature a series of workshops, presentations, and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. Check our website for updates and a full line-up of workshops!

Enjoy the day. We'll see you on Sunday, refreshed and ready to use all those gift certificates you received.

Thursday, January 6, 12pm

Saturday, December 25 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Monday, December 27, 6pm

Both Virtual AND In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

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

Monday, December 27, 7pm

Both Virtual AND In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Open Mic with Seán Dwyer

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

Village Books & Paper Dreams Annual New Year's


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New Year’s Eve &

Saturday, January 1

Happy New Year!

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In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven


Curious about mindfulness? Led by the Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, Tim Burnett, this one-hour interactive presentation will introduce you to the research behind mindfulness and how it can help us live more peaceful and fulfilled lives. You'll leave with a handout and a tool kit of simple practices to use at work and home. This participatory, practical introductory class includes: Definitions and benefits of mindfulness, a helpful handout summarizing the benefits and practices of mindfulness, body and breath awareness practices, group dialogue and small group discussion, and suggestions on resources for ongoing practice and how to apply mindfulness at work and home. Based on the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, which has been shown to reduce chronic pain and boost the immune system, address painful mental states like depression and anxiety, minimize emotional reactivity and promote well-being, and increase flexible attention and sharpen mental focus.

Thursday, January 13, 7pm GLEN HIRSHBERG –Infinity Dreams In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Join us in the Readings Gallery as we welcome one of the best writers in the horror genre around. Welcome to Infinity Dreams, a novel-in-stories about dreaming your life, and living in dreams, and the permeable limbo we insist on calling reality. Three-time International Horror Guild Award Winner Glen Hirshberg’s novels include The Snowman’s Children, Motherless Child, and Nothing to Devour.

Saturday, January 22, 2pm


In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

AMANDA GEERS –Sir Frederique von Turtlestein

On the island of San Juan, in the Royal Kingdom of the Ponds, there lived a brave young turtle . . . So begins the knight's journey of a red-eared slider turtle along with his tiny and ruthless companion, a rufous hummingbird, both determined to escape from their shortcomings. Their quest leads them to the giants, monsters, and dragons of the natural world kingdom, but none so deceitful as the bullies in their own minds. A tale filled with humor, sorrow, and friendship that shows that even the slowest or smallest of creatures can have the grandest of adventures. This is the debut book by this local author—with illustrations by her dad!

Additions and changes will occur – watch for updates!

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February 15, 7pm ROB SLATER –No Man’s Land:

Deserted Lands Book III

In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

At last, the long-awaited third book in Rob Slater’s bestselling series is here, and we’re thrilled to host the launch! Learn what happens to Lizzie, our "anti-hero with a heart of gold." She's started the fire of revolution, but it'll take her lover, her tenacity, and her alienated chosen family to escape the flames. Robert L. Slater, author of the apocaloptimistic Deserted Lands series that tells stories of survivors of a Bat-Flu pandemic that eerily echoes Covid 19. The series, begun in 2012, has earned fans, awards, and worldwide exposure.

Sunday, February 20, 2pm WhatcomWRITES Group Reading In Person at Village Books in Fairhaven

Each year, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by this year’s Whatcom READS book. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology. The deadline to submit entries has passed, but you can hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest about INTERCONNECTEDNESS — based on the 2022 book selection, Greenwood by Michael Christie — read their work!

Sunday, February 27, 2pm WhatcomWRITES Group Reading Virtual Event

Hear selected participants from the Whatcom WRITES contest read their submissions—virtually!

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! Thanks for you support of Village Books and our long-standing–and ever evolving–Literature Live programming. We couldn't do it without you.



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Building Community One Book at a Time



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

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Motherhood by the Book

Lynden Front Streeters

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

Join Gaye from Village Books, Lynden, and the Front Streeters book group as they discuss classics & re-imagined classics. They currently meet on Zoom at 7pm, the third Wednesday of each month.

Wednesday, December 15 , 7pm –The Upstairs Wife by Rachel Hawkins

Sunday, December 12, 2pm –All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

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Armchair Historians


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Afternoon Book Chat

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

Join Sittrea in the Readings Gallery on the second Wednesday of each month for an early afternoon book talk. Bring a latte and enjoy! Everyone welcome.

Monday, December 13, 7pm –Say Nothing:: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Wednesday, December 8, 1pm –Anxious People by Frederik Backman

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

In-Person Book Group Meetings: Masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status. No registration required.

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

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This season is kicking off with a variety of live events on the Mount Baker Theatre Main Stage and musical performances in the Walton Theatre Listening Lounge. We’ve gathered an eclectic selection that is sure to have something for everyone!





In the new Walton Listening Lounge

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