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Chuck anut Reader A Village Books Publication • Winter 2020-2021


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November 23, November 30 AND Monday, December 7 For more information about the Fairhaven Holiday Festival, visit fairhaven.com.

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Village Books and Paper Dreams - Fairhaven & Lynden New Year's Eve - Thursday, December 31 AND New Year's Day - Friday, January 1 There are a few –but just a few! – restrictions. Ask for details!

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Dear Reader, What a journey 2020 has been. We’ve always prided ourselves as a business on our ability to think creatively and find win-win solutions to any challenge we’ve faced. That ability has been put to the test this year. As we begin to think about the winter holidays, we’re so thankful for you, Dear Reader. We know that your support is critical to our success. That has never been more true than now. According to Business Insider, billionaires in the US increased their net worth by $637 billion dollars during the months of March through June this year. A certain online retail mogul alone accounted for $48 billion of that increase. We’ve never measured our success in billions of dollars. We’ve measured it in smiles of families as they come through the doors of the store. We’ve measured it in waves from porches as Kelly drops off a home delivery. We’ve measured it in laughs in the greeting card aisles, siblings reading to each other in the kids section, authors hosted in store and in virtual events. This year, we’re also measuring success in the staff members we were able to retain, employ, and recall during and after the spring shutdown. We are always proud of our staff for their knowledge and enthusiasm for any task at hand but we are truly grateful for all of the hard work they have put in to improve the customer’s experience both in store and online. We are always grateful for our community but I know we’re counting our blessings a little extra this year. Thank you and a happy holiday season to you and yours.

– Sarah, Paul, Kelly, and the Entire Village Books and Paper Dreams Family


& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Winter 2020-2021 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Shelly Beierle, Eric Bowen, Rick Bramham, Kendra Calitri, Gaye Davis, Holly Edwards, Kelly Evert, Emma Fitzpatrick, Chase Gartner, Maesie Halliday, Paul Hanson, Sarah Hutton, Questen Inghram, Hannah Jennings, Rachel Johnson, Ben Mashburn, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Zadra Nolan, Laura Ogg, Mckenzie Oliver, Laura Picco, Reilly Parr, Andrew Rankin, Hanna Reynolds, Melissa Searle, Matt Suilier, Madeline Swaney, Lauren Sommer, Melissa Terszakowec, Mariam Wolters, Gabi Yoxtheimer Cover: Thank YOU for shopping local this holiday season. Sticker art by Gretchen Leggitt. Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2020 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(s) and Annual New Year's SALES! Dear Reader Holiday Open House and Shopping at VBPD Holiday Happenings Customized Care Packages Fairhaven Winterfest Shopping with Kelly – Gorgeous Gifts! Whatcom Reads 2021 Magazines and Audio Fiction, Mystery, and Sci-Fi Subscribe to Something New Writing Classes, Conference, and VB Publishing Poetry & Sweet Stuff Cooking, Eating, Drinking, and Evolve Evolve Chocolate + Cafe, New Cooking Books Inspiration, Bios, Memoirs, and Spirituality History and Current Events Science, Nature, Home, and Away Arts, Crafts, and Gifts Great Reads and Activities for Kids, Teens, Teachers Book Groups & Author Events – Now Virtual We Have CANDY!

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Thank You for Supporting Local Reminding YOU of the importance of supporing 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 28th is Small Business Saturday­– 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 appreciated.



Let the staff of Paper Dreams Village Books and st the right gift! help you pick out ju A Great Gift... Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh   

"Sometimes you need a laugh, sometimes a cry, sometimes both. Brosh of Hyperbole and a Half fame delivers!" –Sarah


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A Great Gift... ANYTHING by the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild "I recommend everything from Unemployed Philosopher's Guild. Especially the mugs! (I have the Frida Kahlo mug myself!) The soft-sculpt, magnetic personality finger puppets are another fun item because everyone can find their favorite hero." –Laura O.

You’ll find our giving recommendations sprinkled throughout this edition of the Reader. Open Daily - See villagebooks.com for store hours

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Sunday, November 15 The holidays are coming so let's make a day of it! • Enjoy the always-anticipated Book Walk for Prizes • Look for Special Offers & Unique Gifts

Fairhaven and Lynden

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HONORING VETERANS Wednesday, 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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Celebrating Five Years in LYNDEN! Thanks for your continued support, Whatcom County.

In November 2015, Village Books and Paper Dreams opened a second location in the beautifully renovated Waples Mercantile Building on Front Street in Lynden, Washington. We are grateful to be part of such a welcoming community and are looking forward to many more years to come.

SAFE SHOPPING The health and safety of our community of customers and staff is a top priority at Village Books and Paper Dreams. With limited store capacity, you can enjoy socially distanced browsing. High touch surfaces are regularly cleaned and sanitized throughout the day and all who enter are required to wear a face covering. Hand sanitizer is available for customer use at our entrance and throughout the store. For those who prefer online shopping, we have continued curbside pick-up, shipping services, and home delivery! Online orders are accepted 24/7 and processed and shipped daily. Please plan ahead and shop early. We're here for you!

Ask Us About Bulk Order Discounts!

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


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Village Books and Paper Dreams Annual

Giving Tree Books for Local Kids and Families in Need For over two decades, Village Books has provided books for thousands of local children who would not otherwise receive them during the holiday season –with your help and kind generosity. Last year alone, we gave books to almost 1,200 children. How can you help? Stop by our Fairhaven and Lynden locations to select a tag from the Giving Tree then match it with a book of your choice. The books you purchase for Giving Tree recipients will be offered at a 20% discount, and will be distributed to children through numerous community organizations, in the 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!

Saturday, December 5, 6pm

Lynden Lighted Parade Along Front Street through Downtown Lynden

The annual dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons, and farm equipment is a go–but with a 2020 twist! The entrants will be parked along the south side of Front Street (from approx. 3rd to 17th) and spectators can drive one-way to the west in the north lane or walk the route via sidewalk—taking health protocols into account, of course. Contact the Lynden Chamber of Commerce for more information.

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GIFT BOXES! Send Books • Send Gifts • Send Love Send a Customized Gift Box to friends, family, co-workers, employees—anyone at all, including yourself!

Go to villagebooks.com where you can choose a theme then answer a few questions about preferences and reading habits, and our personal shoppers will take care of the rest. Themes include positive energy/rest & relaxation, Pacific Northwest nature, biking, writing, tea lover, crazy for cats or dogs, or just let us surprise you with all of it!

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Winterfest November 27 - December 19, 2020 The Annual Historic Fairhaven Winterfest begins the weekend after Thanksgiving, with continuing fun and activities through the holiday season. Amidst Fairhaven's festive 100+-year-old buildings—and along streets and public spaces decorated and lit up to brighten your strolling, shopping and dining—enjoy the holidays with these socially distanced events! Friday, November 27, 5pm-8pm

Holiday Art Walk

Our traditional Holiday Art Walk kicks off the Winterfest season. With social distancing, limited capacity, hand sanitizer and masks–several of the Fairhaven business open their doors and share some new and inspiring art! Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28, 12pm-5pm

Fairhaven Holiday Cocktail Kits New—for the grown-ups! Fairhaven bars and restaurants have designed holiday themed cocktails. Fairhaven Winterfest Cocktail Kits will be available for pick up—a holiday extravaganza. These are perfect for your at-home celebrations and make great gifts as well. For information on how to order, go to fairhavenwinterfest.com Saturday, November 28, 11am-4pm

Holiday Market

Enjoy local arts and crafts at our annual outdoor Holiday Market. It will take place behind Village Books on 10th Street between Harris and Mill this year—plenty of room to spread out and shop. December 5, 5pm

Lighted Bike Parade Decorate and light your bike! Meet at Hillcrest Chapel parking lot at 14th and Larrabee at 4:30pm. At 5pm we'll circle through Fairhaven Village and eventually make our way to Lairmont Manor. Not up for the ride? Come out and watch! December 12, 4pm-8pm AND December 31, 4pm-8pm

Fairhaven Firelight Stroll Grab a hot cocoa or spiced cider and stroll the wooded path lined with luminaria. Start at 8th & Harris and enjoy a half mile of holiday magic! It's so much fun, we're doing it twice—join us for another stroll on New Year's Eve.

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Visit Father Christmas Saturdays, November 28 through December 19, noon to 3pm Father Christmas will be in the store window at Current and Furbish— 1115 Harris Ave. Drop off your letter with him there, or anytime at the mailbox at the Fairhaven Village Green.

Window Holiday Display Contest November 28 through December 19 Stroll the Village, visit your favorite shops and discover new ones while selecting your favorite Winterfest window. QR codes will be posted at each window so you can vote. Each person who votes will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize.

Tales of the Season There's no time quite like the holiday season. It can be full of family, joy, food, gifts, and cheer—or crazy exciting drama. We've asked writers of all ages to share a holiday memory in 300-500 words. See fairhavenwinterfest.com for details,

Best Bookstore 2020 2020

A huge THANK YOU for voting Village Books Best Bookstore 2020 — Cascadia Weekly Best of Bellingham and Bellingham Alive Best of the Northwest. We are very honored and grateful.

The pledge is a commitment to buy, in any given month, one fewer book from online sellers and chain stores and one more book from Village Books and Paper Dreams.


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Village Books e-Newsletter? Village Books sends out an email newsletter packed full of store and book information including our latest virtual LitLive events, sale dates, and on occasion, special promotions. Twice each week, we also provide Shelf Awareness for Readers book reviews. If you’re not currently receiving these updates and would like to, you may sign up in the store or, even easier, do it at villagebooks.com today!

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Whimsey & Quality Shopping With Kelly

Village Books & Paper Dreams Owner & Gift Buyer Kelly Evert Shares Some of Her Favorite Holiday Finds The holiday season is fast approaching and the excitement is building! The joyful lights, traditional carols that bring back memories, cookies and cakes, curling up next to a fire, and enjoying the quiet of the dark are all part of the season. This year will be different for most of us. We will miss friends and family with whom we would normally spend time. At Village Books and Paper Dreams, we are striving to make this year easier for you, at least when it comes to gift giving. There is something special about receiving a simple card in the mail–the extra time taken to write the card to someone we are thinking of makes all the difference in a loved ones day. How heartwarming it is to see the familiar handwriting across the miles. One of my favorite letterpress card designers is Saturn Press located on Swan's Island just off the coast of Maine. Their holiday boxed cards are elegant and of exceptional quality. We cannot go through the holiday season without thinking about trimming the tree. I spend all year looking for ornaments from around the world to bring to you in the Pacific Northwest. Spokane-based Old World Christmas always has an extensive collection of beautifully handcrafted, glass ornaments. Another favorite is Cody Foster, located in Valentine, in the Sand Hills region of Nebraska. They always create delightful and often whimsical ornaments. Where else are you going to find a cocktail shrimp, Krampus, and a Willie Nelson ornament all in one place?

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Substance & Style More Shopping With Kelly! Every year we know when the Frasier Fir candles have arrived—even the boxes they come shipped in smell good! Mountain fresh, the scented Frasier Fir Candle enhances any decor or makes an elegant hostess gift. It fills your home with crisp, just-cut forest fragrance that evokes Christmas memories. The non-metal wick provides a clean, pure burn time of approximately 15 hours. A new product for us this year is KAVU outdoor wear. Kavu creates stylish bags, wallets, and other accessories that are absolutely perfect for the outdoor enthusiast. KAVU is also an aviation acronym for “clear above visibility unlimited,” when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you can see to the horizon. Clear skies may not always be true in the Pacific Northwest, but that guiding philosophy means treating every day like it’s special, and then getting out and doing whatever invigorates you and makes you smile. I couldn't agree more—the sling pack with adjustable rope shoulder strap is perfect for a day on Galbraith or to dinner in town. All of us at Village Books and Paper Dreams are always happy to help when it comes to the gift giving department. New this year are our customized gift boxes! Our team of personal shoppers will thoughtfully hand pick the perfect gift, whether it be for the friend who needs a pampering gift with locally made soap and a good book. Or for the tea lover who gets a collection of Republic of Tea with a mug. For the aunt who loves to cook and is on the other side of the country, a cookbook, apron and perhaps barrelaged maple syrup by local Woodinville Whiskey Co. Or a Hanukkah inspired box with toys or books for every night. The possibilities are limitless. We ship within the United States, but do get those orders in soon. Please check our website at villagebooks.com or call the store for more information. Kelly Evert Owner of an Independent Business Building Community One Book at a Time Since 1980

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The Whatcom Literacy Council presents this year's TRIVIA BEE, an online event on Saturday, November 14th, 7pm-9pm.

The 2020 Literacy


TRIVIA BEE A Virtual Event

Saturday, November 14, 7pm-9pm

Join hosts Ken Jennings, the Greatest of All Time Jeopardy! winner, and Scotty VanDryver of KAFE Radio as trivia teams compete for bragging rights and the traveling "Totten Trophy." Watch the fun and take notes to see how you compare with some of the sharpest minds in Whatcom County. This year will include an online silent auction the week leading up to the event. Proceeds support the free adult literacy programs of the Whatcom Literacy Council.


Field a team or just watch for free! Contact events@whatcomliteracy.org to register. Watch for more information at whatcomliteracy.org. KEN JENNINGS

by: Eric McCandless/ ABC

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Go to VillageBooks.com to see this issue, as well as past issues, of The Chuckanut Reader online!

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Join Whatcom’s Largest Book Group! Read the Book. Join the Conversation. Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. The 2021 reading selection is Washington Black by Esi Edugayn.

Esi Edugyan Bestselling novelist Esi Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging. She is only the third writer to twice win the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Read the book and then join community events inspired by Washington Black. Author events will be March 4-5, 2021. Find event details at whatcomreads.org. “Perfectly executed … Soaring … An enthralling meditation on the weight of freedom, wrapped in a rousing adventure story stretching to the ends of the earth.” –Renée Graham, Boston Globe

Village Books donates 10% of sales of Washington Black 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.

RECONCILIATION Join us for virtual readings of selected entries. See villagebooks.com for registration information.

Feb. 21, 2pm & Feb. 28, 2pm

Annual Writing Contest

Visit whatcomreads.org for details and to register for these free, online community programs. Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette with Molly Hashimoto Saturday, Dec. 5, 11am Poetry Reading with Robert Lashley Thursday, Jan. 14, 7pm Angel in the Outhouse: Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

Saturday, Jan. 23, 7pm

Made possible through a Lift Every Voice grant

Let's Talk About Race with Clyde Ford Monday, Jan. 25, 6pm A Humanities Washington program

African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song Poetry Reading

Friday, Feb. 5, 7pm

Made possible through a Lift Every Voice Grant.

Technology and Social Justice with Clyde Ford Thursday, Feb. 11, 7pm The Smart Skin and Amazing Brains of the Octopus with Dr. David Gire Saturday, Feb. 13, 1pm The Art of Illustration with David Allen Sibley (see pg 41) Saturday, Feb. 20, 4pm

I'll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals Thursday, Feb. 25, 6pm Made possible by a Lift Every Voice grant

Author Events with Esi Edugyan March 4-5, 2021

Thank You for Shopping Local. It Matters!

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MAGAZINES At Village Books in Fairhaven

Come check out Village Books' Magazine Section! We carry a wide range of magazines so you’re sure to find topics for everyone on your holiday shopping list.

One of our favorites is Cabana, a décor magazine full of gorgeous interiors and fantastic stories about the places it features. They do a wonderful job of immersing you in the setting, so much so you can almost smell the air, feel the wooden floors, and open the door to the next room. For those feeling a little bit of cabin fever, check out Travel + Leisure, a wonderful travel magazine full of locations to visit and stories about them, it’s sure to get you itching to travel. Be sure to also check out Attitude, a magazine exploring LGBTQA+ culture, full of amazing fashion, extraordinary articles, and real experiences, everyone needs a little bit of Attitude! We also love In Her Studio, which allows us to peek into the creative spaces and lives of female artists, designers, and makers. We carry Adbusters, an anarchist-political-art magazine, and many perennial favorites such as The Sun, Mother Jones, The New Yorker, Eating Well, Ouside, Poets & Writers, Popular Science—the list goes on and on. No matter what your interests, we're convinced that we have a magazine for you, so stop on by!

Stay Inspired, Stay Informed

Gift audiobook memberships You pick the membership (1,3,6,or 12 months/credits), and your gift recipient picks their own audiobooks. Village Books is supported by your purchase when you sign up through

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New Fiction The Prophets

Magic Lessons :

by Robert Jones, Jr available in January, hardcover, G. P. Putnam's Sons

Robert Jones, Jr. summons the voices of slaver and enslaved alike, from the calculating slave master to the long line of women that surround them, women who have carried the soul of the plantation on their shoulders. As tensions build and the weight of centuries culminates in a climactic reckoning, The Prophets masterfully reveals the pain and suffering of inheritance, but is also shot through with hope, beauty, and truth. Pre-order Your Copy Today!

The Prequel to Practical Magic

by Alice Hoffman  

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

At last, Hoffman takes us all the way back to the beginning of the Owens witches with the story of Maria. She is one of the best witches I have ever read; complex, human, strong, beautiful. And Hoffman writes love so well—about its beauty and about its darkness when it becomes twisted. If you enjoyed Practical Magic, then you will love Magic Lessons. –Claire

Once We Were Here


by Sayaka Murata available now, hardcover, Grove

If 2020 has left you full of misanthropy, woe, and disquietude, then this the read for you. Despite very off-color and disturbing scenes, I couldn't put it down. If this review has left you slightly appalled, but still in search of a book about alienation from society, I recommend Murata's Convenience Store Woman, which catapulted her to international fame. Earthlings was a great reminder to never judge a book by its cover. –Questen

A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers

available in December, hardcover, The Unnamed Press

Food critic Dorothy Daniels is discerning, meticulous, and very, very smart. But there is something within Dorothy that’s different from everyone else, and having suppressed it long enough, she starts to embrace what makes Dorothy uniquely, terrifyingly herself. A satire of early foodieism, a critique of how gender is defined, and a showcase of virtuoso storytelling, Summers’ A Certain Hunger introduces us to the food world’s most charming psychopath and an exciting new voice in fiction.

Pre-order Your Copy Today! FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

by Christopher Cosmos

available in November, hardcover, Arcade

In 1940, in a small village nestled against the radiant waters of the Aegean Sea, we find Alexei and his best friend Costa, who were both born on the same night 18 years earlier and have been like brothers ever since. Now, like all the other young men in their village and throughout Greece, they will leave their homes to bravely fight for their country. Before they go, Alexei asks Philia, the girl that he's loved his entire life, to marry him, which sets into motion the events which will change the lives of these three and their family and friends forever.

A Great Gift... Hamnet

by Maggie O'Farrell "Hamnet was Shakespeare's little boy that died at an early age. Hamnet's twin sister did not. This is true.  What we are not sure of is what happened when young Hamnet passed and his mother, Agnes, was left to take care of his funeral and to continue to care for her daughters.  Her playwright husband was far from home, in London.  The grief and isolation this mother must have felt can only be imagined.  And Maggie O'Farrell does a brilliant job of telling this tale.  So good in fact, she has won the 2020 Women's Prize for Fiction." –Kelly E.

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Fiction & Mystery A Great Gift...

Red Pill


by Hari Kunzru

by Susanna Clarke

available now, hardcover, Knopf

"Perfect— everything I want a novel to be!" –Laura P.

Book of Hidden Wonders by Polly Crosby

available now, hardcover, Park Row

Romilly Kemp and her eccentric painter father lead happy but sheltered lives in a ramshackle mansion in the English countryside. When her father finds fame with a series of children’s books starring Romilly as the main character, everything changes: exotic foods appear on the table, her father appears on TV, and strangers appear at their door, convinced the books will lead them to a precious prize. But as time passes, Romilly’s father becomes increasingly suspicious of the outside world until, before her eyes, he begins to disappear within himself. She returns to his illustrations, looking for a way to connect with her ailing father, and finds a series of clues he’s left just for her. Written with tremendous heart, The Book of Hidden Wonders is an unforgettable story about growing up, facing mortality and discovering the hidden wonders that make us who we are. –Paul

A writer on a Berlin fellowship slowly feels he is being watched while becoming obsessed with a grotesque police drama. After an encounter with the show's Quentin Tarantino-cumRichard Spencer director, he becomes deluded with the idea that he is in a psychic battle with him and his growing movement of alt-right henchmen. In short--a less edgy, more philosophical Fight Club which takes place in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election. –Questen  

The Grammarians by Cathleen Schine

available in November, paperback, Picador

From the author compared to Nora Ephron and Nancy Mitford, not to mention Jane Austen, comes a novel celebrating the beauty, mischief, and occasional treachery of language. This playful, joyful novel about word-obsessed twin sisters who go to war with each other over possession of a prized family heirloom: a dictionary. A dazzling comedy of sisterly and linguistic manners, a revelation of the delights and stresses of intimacy, The Grammarians is the work of one of our great comic novelists at her very best.

Mystery Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz

available in November, hardcover, Harper

Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, hero of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders, a complex literary thriller with echoes of Agatha Christie from New York Times bestselling author Anthony Horowitz. Brilliantly clever, relentlessly suspenseful, full of twists that will keep readers guessing with each revelation and clue, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction from one of its greatest masterminds, Anthony Horowitz.

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The War Widow: A Billie Walker Novel by Tara Moss

available in December, hardcover, Dutton

Sydney, 1946. War correspondent Billie Walker reopens her late father’s business, a private investigation agency, and, slowly, the women of Sydney come knocking. At first, Billie’s bread and butter is tailing cheating husbands. Then, a young man, the son of European immigrants, goes missing, and Billie finds herself on a dangerous new trail that will lead up into the highest levels of Sydney society and down into its underworld.

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New & Upcoming Fiction An Irish Country Welcome, #15 in the “Irish Country Books” Series by Patrick Taylor

available now, hardcover, Forge Books

Looking for an escape to a delightful place? Then travel to Ballybucklebo, Ireland. Taylor's books have been described as "the perfect companion for a comfy fire and a cup of tea" and are perfect for those seeking a distraction from the stress of the modern world. Start with the first, An Irish Country Doctor, and immerse yourself in a home away from home.

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

available now, hardcover, Harper

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins comes another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early 20th century. An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice, and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams. A Village Books Signed First Edition book! See page 24 to learn more.

November 24-29

BUZZ WORTHY books & booze pairing

Go to Evolve Cafe on the mezzanine in Village Books in Fairhaven to enjoy a cocktail inspired by this book!

Before the Ruins by Victoria Gosling

available in January, hardcover, Henry Holt and Co.

Debut author! A gripping, multilayered debut in the tradition of Paula Hawkins and Tana French about four friends, an abandoned manor, and one fateful night that will follow them for the rest of their lives. That summer, there were four of them, all on the cusp of adulthood, whiling away the hours in a deserted manor house with a rich, sordid history. When the group learns that a diamond necklace, stolen fifty years ago, might still be somewhere on the manor grounds, the Game—half treasure hunt, half friendly deception—begins. But the Game becomes much bigger than the necklace, growing to encompass years of secrets, lies, and, ultimately, one terrible betrayal. For fans who love a good mystery about people behaving badly.

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Paperback Fiction Secret Santa : A Horror for the Holidays Novel

Stay and Fight by Madeline ffitch

by Andrew Shaffer

available in Novemberr, paperback, Picador

available in November, paperback, Quirk Books

Participating in a secret Santa gift exchange, Lussi Meyer receives a demonic - looking object that she recognizes but doesn’t understand. Suddenly, her coworkers at the publishing house begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, Lussi must track down her Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object before it destroys the company—and her soul.

This novel is a strange gem. It's about family, survival, living off the grid, and commitment to a way of life that takes serious determination and grit. A family is determined to make a home for themselves on their own terms in the hills of Appalachia, but when the son decides he wants to go to school, the outside world encroaches in ways that threaten all they have. –Claire

A Great Gift...

Tender is the Flesh by Augustina Bazterrica

Still Life with Woodpecker

available now, paperback, Scribner Books

A plague renders all animals inedible to humans allowing for the cattle industry to transition to "special meat" made out of specially bred humans, and tofu (apparently) doesn't exist in this world. A powerful statement about meat cultivation and the treatment of animals (and people) while at the same time a beautifully written, haunting tale. –Questen


by Madeline Miller

by Tom Robbins

"PNW author Tom Robbins spins a fantastical tale of love, philosophy, and discovery! A classic tale that is pithy and clever, and sure to be an instant hit with family and friends!" –Maesie

A Great Gift...

"Circe is an epic journey about a Greek goddess finding her way, and a great gift for anyone seeking adventure." –Maddie

Little Threats by Emily Schultz

available in November, paperback, Penguin

The 90's grunge scene! True Crime Podcasts! Murder! This book has it all! Teenage Kennedy went to prison for 15 years for killing her best friend. The only problem is, she doesn't remember doing it. The story is told from three different perspectives and goes in between timelines, and the twists and turns in the end will make it impossible to put down. A great slow burn psychological thriller that just keeps picking up the pace as you read. If you liked Gillian Flynn's Dark Places, you'll LOVE this! –Zadra

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Romance Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade

available now, paperback, Avon

Are you an adult that grew up with fanfiction? Do you like romance? Have you ever grappled with idea of self-worth and fought against other's perception of you? Perfect!! The story of Marcus and April's budding romance is right up your alley. Somehow this book manages to be both a fluffy romance and a thought-provoking tale of self-worth! –Jenni

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Ambergris : An Omnibus Edition

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

by Jeff VanderMeer

available in December, hardcover, Macmillan

Before Area X, there was Ambergris. Jeff VanderMeer conceived what would become his first cult classic series of speculative works: the Ambergris Trilogy. Now, for the first time ever, the story of the sprawling metropolis of Ambergris is collected into a single volume, including City of Saints and Madmen, Shriek: An Afterword, and Finch.

Rhythm of War : The Stormlight Archive #4 by Brandon Sanderson

available in November, hardcover, Tor

The eagerly awaited sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Oathbringer, from an epic fantasy writer at the top of his game. After forming a coalition of human resistance against the enemy invasion, Dalinar Kholin and his Knights Radiant have spent a year fighting a protracted, brutal war. Neither side has gained an advantage, and the threat of a betrayal by Dalinar’s crafty ally Taravangian looms over every strategic move.


Gifts that are Again & Again!

Graphic Novels DUNE : The Graphic Novel, Book 1

by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson available in November, hardcover, Abrams ComicArts

Dune, Frank Herbert’s epic sciencefiction masterpiece set in the far future tells the story of Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism, and politics, Dune is a powerful, fanstastical tale that takes an unprecedented look into our universe, and is transformed by the graphic novel format.


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available in November, hardcover, Hanover Square Press

The charming debut novel—already a phenomenon in Japan as well as a runaway UK bestseller—that asks What would you change if you could travel back in time? Down a small alleyway in the heart of Tokyo, there is an underground café that’s been serving carefully brewed coffee for over a hundred years. Local legend says that this coffeeshop offers its customers something different—the chance to travel back in time. The rules, however, are far from simple: you must sit in one particular seat at one particular time of day. You can’t venture outside the café, nor can you change the present. And, most importantly, you have only the time it takes to drink a hot cup of coffee—or risk getting stuck forever.

Illustrated Humor The Troll Guide by Anders Skoglind

available in November, paperback, Dark Horse Books

Have you ever encountered a troll and not known what to do? Don’t panic—The Troll Guide has you covered! This essential handbook is filled with tips and tricks on what to do when encountering trolls, as well as a comprehensive list of the different kinds of trolls and mountain creatures. This guidebook will turn even the most novice of troll scholars into experts!

After the Rain

by Nnedi Okorafor, adapted by John Jennings available in January, hardcover, Abrams ComicArts - Megascope

After the Rain, a graphic novel adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road,” takes place in a small Nigerian town during an unexpected storm. Chioma answers a knock at her door and is horrified to see a boy with a severe head wound standing at her doorstep. He reaches for her, and his touch burns like fire. Something is very wrong. Haunted and hunted, Chioma must embrace her heritage in order to survive.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction The Tower of Fools

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

available in November,, hardcover, Ballantine Books

The highly anticipaated sequel to the beloved worldwide bestseller Ready Player One is finally here! Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.

November 24-29

BUZZ WORTHY books & booze pairing

Go to Evolve Cafe on the mezzanine in Village Books in Fairhaven to enjoy a cocktail inspired by this book!

by Andrzej Sapkowski, translated by David A. French available now, paperback, Orbit

Andrzej Sapkowski's Witcher series has become a fantasy phenomenon, finding millions of fans worldwide and inspiring the hit Netflix show and video games. Now the bestselling author introduces readers to a beloved new hero on an epic journey in The Tower of Fools, the first book of the Hussite Trilogy.

The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow

available now, hardcover, Redhook

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

available now, paperback, Vintage

In these nine stunningly original, provocative, and poignant stories, Ted Chiang tackles some of humanity’s oldest questions along with new quandaries only he could imagine. In “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate,” a portal through time forces a fabric seller in ancient Baghdad to grapple with past mistakes and second chances. In “Exhalation,” an alien scientist makes a shocking discovery with ramifications that are literally universal. In “Anxiety Is the Dizziness of Freedom,” the ability to glimpse into alternate universes necessitates a radically new examination of the concepts of choice and free will. Including stories being published for the first time in this collection as well as some of his rare and classic uncollected work, Exhalation is Ted Chiang at his best: profound, sympathetic—revelatory. –Paul

The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

available in December, paperback, Orbit

The journey that began with The Shadow of What Was Lost reaches its spectacular conclusion in The Light of All That Falls, the final chapter of the Licanius Trilogy by acclaimed epic fantasy author James Islington. Now available in paperback!

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In 1893, there's no such thing as witches. If the modern woman wants any measure of power, she must find it at the ballot box. But when the Eastwood sisters join the suffragists of New Salem, they begin to pursue the forgotten words and ways that might turn the women's movement into the witch's movement. There's no such thing as witches. But there will be. From the author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January!

The Arrest

by Jonathan Lethem available in November, hardcover, Ecco

The Arrest isn’t post-apocalypse. It isn’t a dystopia. It isn’t a utopia. It’s just what happens when much of what we take for granted—cars, guns, computers, and airplanes, for starters—quits working. Sandy, who calls himself Journeyman, has landed in rural Maine. There he assists the butcher and delivers the food grown by his sister, Maddy, at her organic farm. But then his college friend, Todbaum shows up in an extraordinary vehicle: a retrofitted tunnel-digger powered by a nuclear reactor. Todbaum has spent the Arrest smashing his way across a fragmented and phantasmagorical United States, trailing enmities all the way. Plopping back into the siblings’ life with his usual odious panache, his motives are entirely unclear. Can it be that Todbaum wants to produce one more extravaganza? Whatever he’s up to, it may fall to Journeyman to stop him.

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The Signed

First Editions Club!

The Gift that Gives Beyond the 8 Days of Hanukkah This holiday season give the gift of surprise novels to your favorite bibliophile! As a member, you or the recipient of your gift, will receive six newly published first edition fiction books signed by the authors (and an occasional nonfiction title) over the course of one year. Our qualified buyers work together to select books based on literary quality and potential collectability. Each selection also comes with a protective dust jacket cover. Many past selections have gone on to receive critical acclaim, win major awards, and become book group favorites. To join Village Books’ Signed First Editions Club, we can help you register at the store or you can go to villagebooks.com to find everything you need to get started. After paying the one-time enrollment fee of $1, you will be charged as each book is shipped and may cancel your membership at any time. The price of each book will vary but will never exceed $30. If you have any questions, please read our Signed First Editions Club FAQ at villagebooks.com or contact us at firsteditions@villagebooks.com.

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Friday and Saturday

June 25-26, 2021 Mark Your Calendar!

Registration for the 2021 Conference is Now Open “Along Chuckanut Drive,” Nancy McDonnell Spaulding


Whatcom Community College 360.383.3200 Bellingham, Washington

A Great Gift... Decomposition Notebooks "I love Decomposition Notebooks! They are eco-friendly, made in the USA, and printed with soy ink. They're available in an array of colors and styles and would make a great gift for anyone—no matter their age. This is truly a time when we can all benefit by giving ourselves a creative outlet—by finding solitude within our busy day to write down our inner musings, ideas, and feelings." –Kendra

LITERATURE Ex Libris : 100+ Books to Read and Reread by Michiko Kakutani

A Great Gift...

available now, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

“Books can connect people across time zones and zip codes, across cultures, national boundaries, and historical eras,” Kakutani writes in her introduction to Ex Libris. Here readers will discover novels and memoirs by some of the most gifted writers working today; favorite classics worth reading or rereading; and nonfiction works, both old and new, that illuminate our social and political landscape and some of today’s most pressing issues.

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BC Mini Pens "Cute pens suitable for adults, kids, and teens alike—brighten someones day with fun novelty pens that come in a variety of styles and designs, including dinosaur heads and cat tails." –Hannah J.

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Classes for Your Writing Life

Village Books and WCC Community & Continuing Education offer a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. These programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. Check out these upcoming virtual classes: Freelance Writing & Editing : Keeping an Wild Mind Writing The Art of Becoming Illustrated Journal with Nancy Canyon

Tuesdays, 2/02/21 - 2/23/21, 6pm-8pm (4 sessions) Spend four evenings discovering the power of "wild mind writing"! Based on Natalie Goldberg's book, Writing Down the Bones, this intriguing class frees the mind through a unique practice that eliminates writer's block. Instructor Nancy Canyon will lead new and experienced students through a variety of exercises–rewardingparticipants with a daily practicestyle, fundamentally changing one's writing forever. Ms. Canyon invites all inquisitive minds to enroll.

Portraits & Elegies– Write a Chapbook with Jeremy Voigt

Wednesdays, 1/20 -2/17/21 5pm-7pm (5 sessions)

with Nancy Canyon

a Professional Wordsmith Wednesdays, 2/3/21 - 2/17/21 6pm-8pm (3 sessions)

Tuesdays, 3/09/21 - 3/30/21, 6pm-8pm (4 sessions)

In the information economy, there's a near-endless demand for skilled writers and editors. But most aspiring wordsmiths don't know where to start. Where do you find work? What do you charge? What kinds of projects should you take on? This course answers those questions and more as you learn to build the foundation of a thriving freelancing career. Instructor Chas Hoppe has built a dynamic writing and editing career. Over a decade, he has helped produce content for local authors, major publishers, and everything in between.

Keeping an illustrated journal of personal discoveries and life observations is a delightful way to record daily experiences and create an heirloom. Through guidance, this class will support your daily recordings in pictures and words. Different drawing techniques and writing styles will be explored; no prior experience is necessary. Nancy Canyon, MFA, is a published author and artist. Her new book, The Daily Artist, is forthcoming. Have a blank journal and fine or medium point black waterproof drawing pen the first session.

with Charles Hoppe

All classes take place in a virtual classroom using Zoom

In this time of isolation and anxiety the mind naturally shifts to thinking about the people that matter, and have mattered most, in our lives. It is also easy to feel unproductive. The goal of this class is to contend with both of those situations. With a series of prompts and exercises focused on generating a series of portraits and elegies, we will write a draft of an entire chapbook. Jeremy Voigt is a poet and educator living in Bellingham. His poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Nimrod, and other magazines. His first chapbook was Neither Rising nor Falling from Finishing Line Press.

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.

Building Strong Characters Tue. Feb. 16 & Thur. Feb 18 Writing Compelling Dialogue Tue. Feb. 23 & Thur. Feb 25 Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood Tue. March 2 & Thur. March 4

Working with Story and Plot I Tue. March 9 & Thur. March 11

Chuckanut Writers

Working with Story and Plot II Prerequisite: Working with Story & Plot I.

Tue. March 16 & Thur. March 18 Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller Prerequisite: one or more of the preceding workshops in The Writer’s Toolbox Series to receive the greatest value in this final class.

Tue. March 23 & Thur. March 25

Read more and reserve your space today at whatcomcommunityed.com You can also register by calling 360-383-3200 26

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Village Books


illage Books Publishing is proud to work with a wonderful array of local writers whose talents have brought excitement and life to our bookshelves for many years. Our publishing division proudly boasts an array of genres written by Pacific Northwest authors, including fiction and mystery, memoir and local history, and even children’s picture books. Below are a few of our latest additions. All of their books are currently on our shelves and worth taking a moment to appreciate!

52 Women of Whatcom

by The League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County

52 Women of Whatcom profiles women who were the backbone of their pioneer communit y—raising families, making friends with the tribes, contributing to local culture, and leading in the establishment of schools, colleges, hospitals and museums. They fought for the vote and gradually became elected leaders themselves and worked for the world beyond. As you read the stories of these women right up to the present time, you'll understand why each one is included in this book celebrating the 100th anniversary of women's right to vote and the 100th birthday of the LWV. A great gift! A portion of every sale will go to the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom. A reading is in the works so keep an eye on villagebooks.com so you don't miss out!

The Adventures of the Alphabet by Ralph Myers

In the Kingdom of the Alphabet, ruled by the Kindly Queen Fun-to-Read, all the letters live happily together as one large community. Everything seems perfect, until one day a mean Prince from the far away Kingdom of Can't Read arrives! Accompanied by bold colors and bright art, The Adventures of the Alphabet is a wonderful way for children to learn their letters, the function of vowels, and how they all work together to form words. "Hi, I'm Grandpa Ralph and like all grandparents, we love to spend time reading and teaching our grandkids how to read. My latest book was written with that in mind. I am especially proud of the beautiful illustrations done by my good friend, Sarah Brooks. I am the author of six other books, but this book is my first children's book."

Executive Malice

Safehaven Reunion

by R.L. Hann

by Carolyn Ilene Anderson On the fifth anniversary of Safehaven College’s reunion, former student Andi is sought out by her old college professor, Dr. Emelie Walraven. Walraven has something to tell Andi and her friends, and soon, the group of alumni are thrust into battling the dark forces that prowl the campus. This is an entertaining, often funny, story about friendship, values, family, and the battle between light and dark. Author Carolyn Ilene Anderson lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Fairhaven College and her master’s degree at Antioch University in Seattle.

New Reads by VB Publishing Clients

Executive Malice is the story of Teri Harlan, a successful Director working for Aerosystems in Seattle, who accepts an offer to rejoin her former company in Southern California as a VP. Upon arrival, she discovers the company she once loved has become infested with self-indulged senior executives and bizarre business practices. Being a problem solver, Teri jumps into the fray, hoping to fix what was once great. But when she unravels a dark corporate conspiracy, she’s assailed by the company’s malicious executive VP, ending up in mortal peril, and facing a shattering confrontation with her past. R.L. Hann spent 35 years working in management for major aerospace corporations. Now he lives in Fairhaven where he enjoys reading, research, writing, and communing with the trees.

If you’re interested in having your book published by Village Books, please submit your project for consideration. Our request form can be found at villagebooks.com under the “Writer’s Corner” tab, or you can send an email to publishing@villagebooks.com. We look forward to hearing the stories you have to tell! –Sincerely, Rachel Johnson, Publishing Director & Chelanne Evans, Publishing Assistant Shop 24/7 at villagebooks.com

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Poetry Dearly : New Poems

Make Me Rain : Poems & Prose

by Margaret Atwood

available in November, hardcover, Harper

by Nikki Giovanni

available now, hardcover, William Morrow

For more than 30 years, Nikki Giovanni’s poetry has inspired, enlightened, and dazzled readers. As sharp and outspoken as ever, this artist long hailed as a healer and a sage returns with this profound book of poetry in which she continues to call attention to injustice and give readers an unfiltered look into the most private parts of herself. Stirring, provocative, and resonant, the poems in Make Me Rain pierce the heart and nourish the soul.

The Lost Spells

by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris available now, hardcover, Anansi International

The follow-up to The Lost Words, The Lost Spells is a beautiful collection of poems and illustrations that evokes the magic of the everyday natural world. Macfarlane’s spell-poems and Morris’s watercolour illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

We ALL Deserve Something Sweet!

In Dearly, Margaret Atwood’s first collection of poetry in over a decade, Atwood addresses themes such as love, loss, the passage of time, the nature of nature and—zombies. Her new poetry is introspective and personal in tone, but wide-ranging in topic. In poem after poem, she casts her unique imagination and unyielding, observant eye over the landscape of a life carefully and intuitively lived.

Watch villagebooks.com for inspiring LitLive author events including these Poetry Readings! Tuesday, December 15, 5:30pm PEACEFUL POETRY Group Reading Sunday, February 21, 4pm Virtual Event with Poets


Sweet Stuff A Great Gift...

Fairhaven's Finest Fudge

Seattle Chocolates "Spread some holiday cheer with Seattle Chocolates this year! With an abundance of delicious flavors, these chocolates are hard to resist and make perfect stocking-stuffers for the sweet-tooths on your list!" –Mckenzie

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"This holiday season give your loved ones the sweetest treat: freshly made fudge! We have a wide range of choices from classic flavors like Chocolate, Salted Caramel, and Hazelnut Toffee, to seasonal flavors like Eggnog, Pumpkin Pie, and Peppermint Bark. Our fudge is sure to satiate every sweet tooth! And the best deal of all; buy a pound of fudge, and get an extra 1/4 pound on the house!" –Zadra

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Cooking I Heart Cheese: 60 Ooey, Gooey, Delicious Meals for Serious Cheese Lovers

by Mihaela Metaxa-Albu

available in November, hardcover, Page Street Publishing

This nuanced collection of recipes places cheese front and center. Mihaela Metaxa-Albu, former-pastry chef of London’s illustrious Zuma restaurant, and founder of the food blog Blondelish, has created countless creative recipes that highlight cheese in unique meals, going beyond overused staples. This stunning collection of cheesy recipes perfectly balances classic, rich dishes such as Savory Cheesecake, with modern, lighter flourishes such as Pear & Pecorino Salad, for a wide variety of meals that offers something special for every cheesy craving.

The Rise : Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food

by Marcus Samuelsson, with Osayi Endolyn

available now, hardcover, Voracious

Black cooks and creators have led American culture forward with indelible contributions of artistry and ingenuity from the start, but Black authorship has been consistently erased from the story of American food. Now, in The Rise, Marcus Samuelsson gathers together an unforgettable feast of food, culture, and history to highlight the diverse deliciousness of Black cooking today. It is long past time to recognize Black excellence in the culinary world.

In Pursuit of Flavor

Time to Eat : Delicious Meals for Busy Lives

by Nadiya Hussain

available in November, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

Nadiya Hussain knows that feeding a family and juggling a full schedule can be challenging. Time to Eat solves mealtime on weeknights and busy days with quick and easy recipes that the whole family will love. She’ll teach you to make recipes from her hit Netflix show, including Peanut Butter & Jelly Traybake, Egg Rolls, and Marmalade Haddock. Each recipe also notes exactly how long it will take to prepare and cook, making planning easy.

A Great Gift... Indian(ish)

Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family by Priya Krishna "This scrumptious collection of Indian and American fusion recipes is absolutely just full of spice and flavor. Written by one of the best food writers of our time, Krishna's book is perfect for those venturing into new foods while keeping some American traditions in mind." –Chase

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by Edna Lewis "Edna Lewis'cookbooks have a heart to them that I can only describe as welcoming and familial. This cookbook explores her ties to the African diaspora and Southern American culture and food with categorized sections such as "from the Garden and Orchards" to "The Cupboard." –Mariam

Eating Out Loud : Bold Middle Eastern Flavors for All Day, Every Day

by Eden Grinshpan

available now, hardcover, Clarkson Potter

In Eating Out Loud, Eden introduces readers to a whirlwind of exciting flavors, mixing and matching simple, traditional ingredients in new ways: roasted whole heads of broccoli topped with herbaceous yogurt and crunchy, spice-infused dukkah; a toasted pita salad full of juicy summer peaches, tomatoes, and a bevy of fresh herbs; and babka that becomes pull-apart morning buns, layered with chocolate and tahini and sticky with a salted sugar glaze, to name a few.

Find the cookbooks along with fun food and cooking items in Paper Dreams! Winter 2020-21


A Great Gift...

Drinks on the Lanai :

Stasher Bags! "Looking to reduce the amount of singleuse plastic in your day to day life (or trying to help a friend do the same)? These will be a big help! They are dishwasher safe, microwaveable and oven proof, freezer friendly, and endlessly reusable! No more ziploc! They come in several sizes and cute colors. I love them! " –Lauren

Baking with Bruno :

A French Baker’s North American Love Story

In 1988, Chef Bruno Feldeisen embarked on a search of new horizons, open spaces and new flavors, and landed in New York. That started a journey on a North American love story where he cooked alongside chefs from every walk of life, in cities as vibrant as his curiosity. In Baking with Bruno, Feldeisen begins teaching the fundamentals of making pastries, doughs and more along with the basic items found in a pastry chef's pantry as well as a list of all the tools of the trade.



Books & Booze new release books and cocktail pairings

Village Books & Evolve Cafe have teamed up to feature a craft cocktail inspired by a new release book—every week! Why? Because it's fun!

Fun Fact: These cocktails can be ordered to go!



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available now, hardcover, Smith Street Books

Everybody needs a stiff drink from time to time, be it alcoholic or otherwise. This irreverent book is as close as you’re ever going to get to clinking glasses with Rose, Blanche, Sophia and Dorothy, the sassy foursome from The Golden Girls. There are recipes for frozen bellinis, piña coladas, coconut kisses, and other gloriously silly cocktails. And, because it’s The Golden Girls we’re talking about here, there are some cheesecake recipes for good measure.

Swedish Wash Towel

available now, hardcover, Whitecap Books

by Elouise Anders, illustrated by Mel Baxter

A Great Gift...

by Bruno Feldeisen


Cocktails, Mocktails and Cheesecake Inspired by the Golden Girls

"The best little cleaning cloth I've ever used. They are sponge-like and soften when wet. These cute wash towels work great for dishes, tubs, and showers. They are environmentally friendly and very easy to sanitize—just throw them in the washer or dishwasher. Come in and see all the cute designs!" –Gaye

New Every Week! • November 12-15 –Devotions by Mary Oliver –paperback release–

& Pisco Sour

Pisco brandy, chuncho bitters, lime juice, egg white

• November 19–22 –Promised Land by Barack Obama

& Hawaiian Ease

Kraken spiced rum, fresh ginger,

calamansi lime, club soda

exact drinks not shown. non-alcohol options available.

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Virtual Event with

Gigi Berardi

in Conversation with Chef Christy Fox

Thursday, December 10, 7pm Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an event that will be as entertaining as it is informative. How could it be otherwise with these two local food experts? We live in a culture awash with advice on nutrition and eating. Gigi Berardi’s Photo credit: Photiio Portraits FoodWISE gives us a WISE view of food: Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experienced. It's a personalized tour through our entire food system, from farm to plate, reviewing up-to-date, sometimes surprising scientific insights into popular diets and how we make our decisions about what to eat. Offering lessons that challenge us to reassess many food beliefs, FoodWISE is one part memoir, one part research science, one part cookbook, and one part empowerment to revolutionize the way we think about food choices. It has been endorsed by over 30 food thought-leaders including food journalist Michael Pollan and Pulitzer prize winner Michael Moss. Gigi Berardi is a professor at Western Washington University and a free-lance writer. Chef Christy Fox is co-owner and Executive Chef of Evolve Chocolate + Cafe. She is a classically trained chef with an over 30-year background working in regional fine dining restaurants.

Eat a Peach : A Memoir

KitchenWise : Essential Food

by David Chang

Science for Home Cooks

available now, hardcover, Crown Publishing

by Shirley O. Corriher

available in November, hardcover, Scribner

Want to cook fluffier scrambled eggs and more flavorful sauces, keep your greens brilliantly green, and make everything taste more delicious? KitchenWise combines beloved cooking expert Shirley Corriher’s down-to - earth advice with scientific expertise to address everyday cooking issues. Whether you are a beginning cook or a professional chef, Corriher’s guidance will save you time and money, and let you know exactly what to do behind the stove.

High Tea: Cannabis Cakes, Tarts and Bakes

by Diana Isaiou

available now, hardcover, Smith Street Books

This cookbook celebrates a British-style high tea—where all the delightful snacks are laden with cannabis. Now that the legal and regulated consumption of cannabis is steadily increasing, more and more of us are using weed when we bake. Gobbling down cannabis gives you a different high than smoking it, plus it’s fun and easy to bake with, and the therapeutic benefits are much more effective.

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I love memoirs by chefs. The king of Momofuku reveals his rocket-like trajectory as he built his multi-media empire, all the while struggling with bipolar disorder. It’s a painfully honest book in which he shares wisdom, his 33 rules to make it as a chef, and describes his food with such detail you’ll be salivating through it all. Noodles, please! –Claire

Tiny Victory Gardens : Growing Good Food Without a Yard by Acadia Tucker with Emily Castle available in December, paperback, Stone Pier Press

This book, grounded in Acadia’s regenerative farming expertise, includes step-by-step guidance to finding the right containers, prepping your soil, starting your seedlings, growing plants indoors, and harvesting in a way that keeps indoor crops growing year-round. Tucker describes how it’s possible to grow food in a way that’s good for the planet even in pots, how to compost in indoor spaces, and profiles 15 to 20 starter plants that are easy to grow indoors.

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Inspiration The Book Lover's Treasury of Quotations :

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An Inspired Collection on Reading, Writing and Literature

by Jo Brielyn

available now, paperback, Hatherleigh Press

Turning to the first page in a new book and beginning a new journey is the sort of excitement that you can’t find anywhere else. Whether it’s a gripping mystery or a thrilling adventure, reading is one of the most fulfilling things a person can do. The Book Lover’s Treasury of Quotations collects the wisdom on offer from reading and puts them all in one place—in an attractive volume that fits in your pocket!

Even the Stars Look Lonesome by Maya Angelou

"This book grounds me in times of uncertainty, I know I will be flipping through the pages in the midst of the stress of the holiday season. Hearing the words of Angelou: about her own experiences and those who inspired her, makes her feel closer to me. It's like sitting and having a conversation with the iconic poet herself." –Reilly P.

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Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life by Robin Wall Kimmerer "Lots of things were left out of High School Sex Ed. I recommend this book for anyone who has sexual intercourse. For someone who is young and experimenting it is important to know what you like while being safe. This is a great gift to your children, grandchildren or friends who you may or may not know a lot about their personal life. So get freaky! Communicate! And enjoy sex!" –Gabi

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One Long River of Song: Notes on Wonder by Brian Doyle

available in December, paperback, Back Bay Books

This playful and moving bestselling book of essays invites us into the miraculous and transcendent moments of everyday life. His essays manage to find, again and again, exquisite beauty in the quotidian; through Doyle's eyes, nothing is dull. Now in paperback, One Long River of Song invites readers to experience joy and wonder in ordinary moments that become, under Doyle's rapturous and exuberant gaze, extraordinary.

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Doggie Language: A Dog Lover's Guide to Understanding Your Best Friend

by Lili Chin "This book is perfect for our human companions! They frequently don't understand our *obviously* clear body language, so the illustrations in this little guide will be very informative to them. My human says the writing is helpful, too (I wouldn't know, I'm just a pup)! Woof woof." –Denali

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Life Stories Red Comet : The Short Life and Blazing Art of Sylvia Plath by Heather Clark

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

available now, hardcover, Knopf

available in November, hardcover, Crown Publishing

Determined not to read Plath’s work as if her every act was a harbinger of her tragic fate, Clark evokes a culture in transition, in the shadow of the atom bomb and the Holocaust, as she explores Plath’s world: her early relationships and determination not to become a conventional woman; her troubles at the hands of an unenlightened mental-health industry; her Cambridge years and thunderclap meeting with Ted Hughes, and much more.

In the stirring, highly anticipated first volume of his presidential memoirs, Barack Obama tells the story of his improbable odyssey from young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world. This beautifully written and powerful book captures Obama's conviction that democracy is not a gift from on high but something founded on empathy and common understanding and built together, day by day.

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky : The World of Octavia Butler

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by Lynell George

available now, hardcover, Angel City Press

This book will be beloved by both scholars and fans of Butler, as well as aspiring writers and creatives who are looking for a model or a spark of inspiration. It offers a visual album of a creative life—a map that others can follow. Butler once wrote that science fiction was simply “a handful of earth, a handful of sky, and everything in between.” This book offers a slice of the in between.

This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing by Jacqueline Winspear

available in November, hardcover, Soho Press

Winspear’s memoir tackles the difficult, poignant, and fascinating family accounts of her paternal grandfather’s shellshock; her mother’s evacuation from London during the Blitz; her softspoken animal-loving father’s torturous assignment to an explosives team during WWII; her parents’ years living with Romany Gypsies; and Winspear’s own childhood picking hops and fruit on farms in rural Kent, capturing her ties to the land and her dream of being a writer at its very inception.

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The Women I Think About at Night : Traveling the Paths of My Heroes

by Mia Kankimäki

available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Bored with her life and feeling stuck, Mia Kankimäki leaves her job, sells her apartment, and decides to travel the world, following the paths of the female explorers and artists from history. She flies to Tanzania and Kenya to see where Karen Blixen lived in the 1920s. In Japan, she attempts to cure her depression while researching Yayoi Kusama, the contemporary artist who has voluntarily lived in a psychiatric hospital for decades. If these women could make it in the world hundreds of years ago, why can’t Mia?

Autumn Light: My Fifty Years in Zen by Edwina Norton

available now, paperback, Hamilton Books

Autumn Light is the artfully told memoir of one woman’s lived experience of Zen Buddhism as it took root in America. The author weaves Zen teachings and practices into her personal story, recounting how they guided her through life’s challenges into a peaceful old age. Edwina Norton is a lifelong painter, poet, and peace activist. Now an ordained Zen priest, she mentors Zen students in the Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham.

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In Their Own Words Over the Top : My Story

Little Weirds

by Jonathan Van Ness

by Jenny Slate

available now, paperback, Harper

The amazing, fabulous, hear t wrenching truth of JVN's life. In their memoir, Jonathan opens up about their life growing up queer in a small town and what it's like being HIV positive. While they get into deep and difficult topics, they equal it out with their vast knowledge of the Russian royals and women's figure skating! It's like reading two fabulous history books in one. Can you believe? –Jenni

The Best of Me by David Sedaris

available in November, paperback, Back Bay Books

Step into Jenny Slate's wild imagination in this "magical" (Mindy Kaling), "delicious" ( Amy S edaris ) , and "poignant" (John Mulaney) bestseller about love, heartbreak, and being alive. In her dazzling, impossible-to-categorize debut, Jenny channels the pain and beauty of life in writing so fresh, so new, and so burstingly alive, we catch her vision like a fever and bring it back out into the bright day with us, where everything has changed.

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Is This Anything?

available in November, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

by Jerry Seinfeld

Now, for the first time collected in one volume, Sedaris brings us his funniest and most memorable work. Full of joy, generosity, and the incisive humor that has led him to be called “the funniest man alive”, The Best of Me spans a career spent watching and learning and laughing—quite often at himself—and invites readers deep into the world of one of the most brilliant and original writers of our time.

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Film Fun!

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Since his first performance at the legendary New York nightclub “Catch a Rising Star” as a 21 year-old college student in the fall of 1975, Jerry Seinfeld has written his own material and saved everything. For this book, Seinfeld has selected his favorite material, organized decade by decade. In page after hilarious page, one brilliantly crafted observation after another, readers will witness the evolution of one of the great comedians of our time and gain new insights into the thrilling but unforgiving art of writing stand-up comedy.

Shit, Actually : The Definitive, 100% Objective Guide to Modern Cinema

Star Wars : Fascinating Facts

by Lindy West

available now, hardcover, Portable Press

Lindy West has compiled her hilarious film reviews from The Stranger, as well as new reviews written during quarantine, for this collection. She dissects cult classics and fan favorites like The Notebook, Jurassic Park, Bad Boys, and of course Love, Actually. I highly recommend both the book AND the audio book. West reading her work out loud is a treat indeed! –Jenni

by Pablo Hidalgo

Star Wars: Fascinating Facts is a compendium of hundreds of little-known facts about all nine episodes in the Skywalker Saga—from behind-the-scenes on-set tidbits to stories about how the tale of Star Wars was created. Profiles of important characters and early drafts of scripts show what might have been, details of how famous scenes were filmed, and other firsthand accounts from cast and crew members.

available now, hardcover, Hachette Books

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Psychology & Spirituality The Psychology of Stupidity

Wintering : The Power of Rest

available now, paperback, Penguin Books

by Katherine May

In The Psychology of Stupidity, some of the world’s leading psychologists and thinkers—including a Nobel Prize winner and bestselling authors—will show you… why smart people sometimes believe in utter nonsense; how our lazy brains cause us to make the wrong decisions; why trying to debate fools is a trap; and how media manipulation and Internet overstimulation make us dumber.

available in December, hardcover, Riverhead Books

by Jean-Francois Marmion

Mr Spock's Little Book of Mindfulness : How to Survive in an Illogical World

by Glenn Dakin

available now, hardcover, Hero Collector

Who better to teach us mindfulness and wisdom than Mr. Spock, that beacon of calm, rational thought? With quotes from Star Trek and timely insights about modern life this book will be your guide. In a universe that seems to have gone mad, we turn to mindfulness to restore sanity. When humanity has lost its way, it takes a Vulcan to raise an eyebrow at our folly and lead us towards the truth.

The Black Books by C.G. Jung

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Wintering invites us to change how we relate to our own fallow times. May models an active acceptance of sadness and finds nourishment in deep retreat, joy in the hushed beauty of winter, and encouragement in understanding life as cyclical, not linear. A secular mystic, May forms a guiding philosophy for transforming the hardships that arise before the ushering in of a new season.

This One Wild and Precious Life : The Path Back to Connection in a Fractured World by Sarah Wilson

available in December, hardcover, Dey Street Books

The New York Times bestselling author of First, We Make the Beast Beautiful tackles the loneliness epidemic, encouraging readers to view solitude through a spiritual lens, and embrace the art of being alone. This is not just a book for single people, introverts, or the self-proclaimed lone wolf. You can be in a crowded room, or at a dinner table with your spouse and children, and still feel powerfully lonely and disengaged.

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

The Red Book drew on material recorded from 1913 to 1916, but Jung actively kept notebooks for many more decades. Presented in a magnificent, seven-volume boxed collection featuring a revelatory essay by noted Jung scholar Sonu Shamdasani—illuminated by a selection of Jung’s vibrant visual works—and both translated and facsimile versions of each notebook, The Black Books offer a unique portal into Jung’s mind and the origins of analytical psychology.

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Philosophy for Polar Explorers by Erling Kagge

available in November, hardcover, Pantheon

In this inspiring and lyrical book, Kagge teaches us how to apply an explorer’s mentality to our own daily lives. Simple things like getting up early and accepting failure can make a difference whether we are battling an arctic storm en route to the South Pole or stuck in traffic on our way to work. And larger lessons, like learning not to chase happiness and being receptive to goals, can benefit our lives enormously.

Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus by Robin R. Meyers "In language laden with eminently quotable and thought-provoking passages, pastor Robin Meyers strips away centuries of dogma, not to be sacrilegious, but as part of the profoundly faithful quest of seeking to know and follow the original Jesus." –Eric

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History A World Beneath the Sands :

The Golden Age of Egyptology by Toby Wilkinson

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Acclaimed Egyptologist Toby Wilkinson chronicles the ruthless race between the British, French, Germans, and Americans to lay claim to Egypt’s mysteries and treasures. He tells riveting stories of the men and women whose obsession with Egypt’s ancient civilization helped to enrich and transform our understanding of the Nile Valley and its people, and left a lasting impression on Egypt, too. Travelers and treasure-hunters, ethnographers and archaeologists: whatever their motives, whatever their methods, a century of adventure and scholarship revealed a lost world, buried for centuries beneath the sands.

Cursed Objects : Strange But True Stories of the World's Most Infamous Items

by J.W. Ocker

available now, hardcover, Quirk Books

They’re lurking in museums, graveyards, and private homes: they are cursed objects, and all they need to unleash a wave of misfortune is…you! Many of these unfortunate items have intersected with some of the most notable events and people in history, leaving death and destruction in their wake. But never before have the true stories of these eerie oddities been compiled into a fascinating and chilling volume.

Burning the Books : A History of the Deliberate Destruction of Knowledge by Richard Ovenden

available in November, hardcover, Belknap Press

Ovenden describes the deliberate destruction of knowledge held in libraries and archives from ancient Alexandria to contemporary Sarajevo, from smashed Assyrian tablets in Iraq to the destroyed immigration documents of the UK Windrush generation. He examines both the motivations for these acts and the broader themes that shape this history. He also looks at attempts to prevent and mitigate attacks on knowledge, exploring the efforts of librarians and archivists to preserve information, often risking their own lives in the process.

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Hamilton and the Law : Reading Today’s Most Contentious Legal Issues through the Hit Musical

edited by Lisa Tucker

available now, paperback, Cornell University Press

A star-powered cast of legal minds—from two former U.S. solicitors general to leading commentators on culture and society—contribute to this lively book. Intellectual property scholars share their thoughts on Hamilton's inventive use of other sources, while family law scholars explore domestic violence. Critical race experts consider how Hamilton furthers our understanding of law and race, while authorities on the Second Amendment discuss the language of the Constitution's most contested passage.

Bag Man : The Wild Crimes, Audacious Cover-Ups, and Spectacular Downfall of a Brazen Crook in the White House by Rachel Maddow, Michael Yarvitz available in November, hardcover, Crown

In this book, Maddow and Yarvitz write about the investigation of Agnew’s crimes, the attempts at a cover-up, and the backroom bargain that forced Agnew’s resignation but also spared him years in federal prison. Based on the award-winning hit podcast, Bag Man expands and deepens the story of Spiro Agnew’s scandal and its lasting influence on our politics, our media, and our understanding of what it takes to confront a criminal in the White House.

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Local History!

The Donovan Diaries by Brian Griffin

"Brian Griffin's fifth book of local history, The Donovan Diaries is so much more than just a history book as it's a love story too, and the wealth of information inside makes it so fun to read! All of our copies are signed by the author which makes it the perfect, unique gift." –Claire

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Mediocre : The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oluo

available December, hardcover, Seal Press

From the author of So You Want to Talk About Race, a subversive history of white male American identity. Oluo exposes the devastating consequences of white male supremacy on women, people of color, and white men themselves. As provocative as it is essential, this book will upend everything you thought you knew about American identity and offers a bold new vision of American greatness.



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Artificial Whiteness : Politics and Ideology in Artificial Intelligence by Yarden Katz

available now, paperback, Columbia University Press

Drawing on intimate familiarity with the field and its practices, Katz asks us to see how AI reinforces models of knowledge that assume white male superiority and an imperialist worldview. Only by seeing the connection between artificial intelligence and whiteness can we prioritize alternatives to the conception of AI as an allencompassing technological force. Bringing together theories of whiteness and race in the humanities and social sciences with a deep understanding of the history and practice of science and computing, Artificial Whiteness is an incisive, urgent critique of the uses of AI as a political tool to uphold social hierarchies.

"Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time."

by Isabel Wilkerson "From the Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Warmth of Other Suns this book drills deep into the bedrock of race relations in the United States. Both heartbreaking and immersive, this is a great gift for those wanting to explore themes of race from one of the most insightful authors of our time." –Matt


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A Great Gift... Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman "If phrases like 'Humans are the worst, why can't we all be dogs?' sounds like something that you'd say, this is the book for you. It will leave you with a new found admiration for your fellow homosapiens." –Melissa

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Science & Nature Phallacy : Life Lessons

from the Animal Penis by Emily Willingham

available now, hardcover, Avery

Did you know the history of the penis begins 425 million years ago? Or that the oldest fossilized sperm is 16 million years old? This book, detailing the odd obsession science has with the penis, as well as the fundamental truths such an organ holds, has been one of the most enjoyable science books I've read. It is a perfect mix of humor, information, and cock-tail party-worthy facts! I can not recommend this book enough!! –Holly

Something Deeply Hidden : Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime

by Sean Carroll

available now, paperback, Dutton

Sean Carroll, theoretical physicist and one of this world’s most celebrated writers on science, rewrites the history of twentieth-century physics. Already hailed as a masterpiece, Something Deeply Hidden shows for the first time that facing up to the essential puzzle of quantum mechanics utterly transforms how we think about space and time. His reconciling of quantum mechanics with Einstein’s theory of relativity changes, well, everything.

If Then : How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future by Jill Lepore

available now, hardcover, Liveright Publishing

I didn't think I would find the technological history so fascinating, but this book has completely changed my mind. Learning about the "people machine" involves learning about how obsessed humans are with predicting the future, political elections in the 1960s, and the movement towards moving data to promote consumer culture. Lepore makes the men and women at the center of this story live and breathe on the page, and this secret history reads like a fascinating novel! –Holly


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Great Adaptations : Star-Nosed Moles, Electric Eels, and Other Tales of Evolution’s Mysteries Solved by Kenneth Catania

available now, hardcover, Princeton

Catania presents an entertaining and engaging look at some of nature’s most remarkable creatures. Telling the story of his biological detective work, he sheds light on the mysteries behind the behaviors of tentacled snakes, tiny shrews, zombie-making wasps, and more. He shows not only how studying these animals can provide deep insights into how life evolved, but also how scientific discovery can be filled with adventure and fun.

Metazoa : Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind

by Peter Godfrey-Smith

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

In his acclaimed 2016 book Other Minds, the philosopher and scuba diver Peter Godfrey-Smith explored the mind of the octopus—the closest thing to an intelligent alien on earth, as he put it. In Metazoa, Godfrey-Smith expands his inquiry to animals at large, investigating the evolution of subjective awareness with the assistance of the far flung species he has met undersea. Combining vivid animal encounters with philosophical reflections and the latest news from biology, Metazoa reveals that even in our hi-tech, AI-driven times, there is no understanding minds without understanding nerves, muscles, and our active bodies. The result is a story as rich and vibrant as life itself, one that explains the mystery of animal consciousness in accessible and riveting prose.

The Human Cosmos: Civilization and the Stars by Jo Marchant

available now, hardcover, Dutton

Jo Marchant’s spellbinding parade of the ways different cultures celebrated the majesty and mysteries of the night sky is a journey to the most awe inspiring view you can ever see—looking up on a clear dark night. That experience and the thoughts it has engendered have radically shaped human civilization across millennia. The cosmos is the source of our greatest creativity in art, in science, in life.

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DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY Saturday, February 20, 4pm

What It's Like To Be a Bird From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing –What Birds Are Doing, and Why Join us for a great event as part of the Whatcom READS series! We are pleased to welcome David Allen Sibley back to the (virtual) Readings Gallery. He will do a presentation on his latest book and will also focus on nature illustrations, in concert with the themes of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, this year's Whatcom READS selection.

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On What It's Like to Be a Bird: This is the bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why. “Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often.

What It's Like to be a Bird by David Allen Sibley

available now, hardcover, Knopf

"What It's Like To Be A Bird is beautifully illustrated, as you might expect from beloved ornithologist David Allen Sibley. Full of insights on the behaviors and patterns of many of your favorite species, this isn't some dull coffee table book, though it's just as big! Perfect for a nature lover friend and of course, your dearest bird enthusiast.." –Questen

David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and to The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding.

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The Backyard Birdwatcher’s Bible : Birds, Behaviors, Habitats, Identification, Art & Other Home Crafts

by Paul Sterry, Christopher Perrins, Sonya Patel Ellis, Dominic Couzens available now, hardcover, Abrams

The Backyard Birdwatcher’s Bible is that rare type of book, one that is as packed with information as it is pleasing to look at. Paired with practical tips on identifying, attracting, and caring for backyard birds, with additional sections focused on everything from the bird life cycle to bird behavior, symbolism, and meaning in art, this authoritative book is brimming with engaging answers to all of your birdwatching questions.

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American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America by DK

available in November, hardcover, DK

The 550 most commonly seen birds are pictured in close-up photographs, with images of similar birds provided to make differentiation easy. Discover which species to expect when and where with up-to-date, color-coded maps highlighting habitation and migratory patterns. Rare birds and vagrants who occasionally stray into North America are also described, making American Museum of Natural History Birds of North America one of the most comprehensive guides on the market and essential for anyone interested in birding.

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Home A Great Gift... Wood Carved Wall Clock "Know someone who'd rather be on the water than land? Put time on their side with a wood carved wall clock! Each clock is intricately detailed in bas relief and features one of three maps: the San Juan Islands, Puget Sound, or Salish Sea. They are both beautiful and handsome, plus practical and truly distinctive." –Rick

Off Grid Life : Your Ideal Home in the Middle of Nowhere

by Foster Huntington available now, hardcover, Black Dog & Leventhal

After spending three years on the road living in a camper van, Foster Huntington continued his unconventional lifestyle by building a two-story treehouse. Huntington, like many others, are finding freedom, tranquility, and adventure in living off the grid in unconventional homes. Perfect for fans of Van Life and Cabin Porn and those who long for a quieter life, Off Grid Life showcases unique dwellings from all around the world.

A Great Gift... Something Silver Jewelry "Something Silver brilliantly balances jewelry that is versatile, timeless, and unique which is often so difficult to find. I was able to quickly and painlessly find pieces that fit the personalities of the people I love and found a must-have for myself! I love they are a local PNW company. Perfection all wrapped up in a little box." –Shelly

Escapology : Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats

by Colin McAllister and Justin Ryan available in November, hardcover, Figure 1 Publishing

Escapology is a stunning book of modern-day retreats to inspire peaceful and quiet living. Part style bible and lifestyle manual, the book features a beautiful collection of classic and contemporary cottages and cabins, each accompanied by an informative design profile and beautifully photographed images. You’ll find relevant information about different types of dwelling styles, builds, sustainability/off-grid living, tiny homes, renovation on a budget, room zonings, décor and everything in between.

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Clutter : An Untidy History

by Jennifer Howard

available now, hardcover, Belt Publishing

This book offers a fascinating look at the history of clutter and our relationship with “stuff”. As author Jennifer Howard takes on the momentous task of clearing out her mother’s house, she dives into stories about Victorian era Marine Shops, The Collyer brothers and their infamous hoard, the famous Sears and Roebuck catalog, and America’s rising interest in the konmari method. Whether you’re a history nerd, a psychology major, or a fan of decluttering, this book is sure to spark joy! –Rachel

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Northwest Little Washington : A Nostalgic Look at the Evergreen State’s Smallest Towns by Nicole Hardina available now, paperback, Adventure Publications

This coffee-table book spotlights 100 Washington towns with populations under 3,500, with full-color photographs, fun facts, and details about what makes each community unique. The locations range from quaint to historic, and they wonderfully represent the Evergreen State. Little Washington is for anyone who grew up in a small town and for everyone who takes pride in being called a Washingtonian. They may be small towns, but they have huge character!

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Crafts A Great Gift... Tiny Stitches: Buttons, Badges, Patches, and Pins to Embroider by Irem Yazici

"No matter how much experience you have with embroidery, this is a great guide to cute and fun projects! You can make buttons, patches, badges –all easy to follow and with templates." –Jenni

Macramé for the Modern Home : 16 Stunning Projects Using Simple Knots and Natural Dyes by Isabella Strambio

available now, paperback, Search Press

The 16 projects in this book range from classics such as the wall hanging and the plant hanger, to a lantern, table runner, mirror hanger, rug and tassels. Each project clearly explains which knots to use, how to cut your yarn, how long the project will take and a difficulty level, and step photographs are provided as necessary. The projects are easy to follow, genuinely desirable and, best of all, really simple to make!

Paper Garden by Fideli Sundqvist

available in December, hardcover, Gingko Press

Paper Garden is a practical, inspirational book featuring 40 projects designed to help you create your own paper flowers and greenery. Starting with the basics of creating petals and leaves and advancing to full bouquets and plants, each project is broken down into easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. The included templates help any "botanist" create their own paper cacti, geraniums, air plants, and more—no watering required!

Easy Masks to Sew by Boutique-Sha

available now, paperback, Zakka Workshop

Learn how to make fabric face masks with this collection of simple designs that are quick and easy to sew. This book includes three basic styles—classic, pleated, and contoured--allowing you to choose the mask design best suited for your needs and preferences. Each mask style is available in three different sizes, so you can make masks for everyone in your family, from kids to adults. Best of all, the book also includes enough elastic to make three masks, so you can get started sewing right away.

Creative Woodburning :

Projects, Patterns and Instruction to Get Crafty with Pyrography

Mend! : A Refashioning Manual and Manifesto by Kate Sekules

available now, paperback, Penguin Books

Who hasn't put their sewing machine (if they have one) to work these past six months? Repurposing everything clothing-wise is where we are. Author, historian, designer, and teacher Kate Sekules covers all ways to redesign your threads, recycle your perfectly good yardage, and mend your clothes by hand with visible mending. Keep your wearables together, and make your statement. As she says, "Ending a worn garment's life by discarding it, as we are now trained to do, doesn't vaporize it; it only displaces it." –Laura O.

Embroider the World of Jane Austen by Aimee Ray

available now, mixed media, Thunder Bay

Learn the traditional art of embroidery with this Jane Austen-themed kit. All the materials you'll need to make the two featured projects are included: 12 iron-on transfers, embroidery floss, two pieces of fabric, two pieces of calico backing, two needles, and a six-inch bamboo hoop. An instruction book gives step-by-step directions, and the fullcolor photos will ensure your handiwork is something even Mr. Darcy would love.

by Bee Locke

available now, paperback, Alpha

Turn an ordinary piece of wood into a fire-burned masterpiece! If you're a crafter or an artist looking for something new and different, try pyrography. With this type of art, you use a heated instrument to burn images and words into wood. Even if you've never done burning of any kind before, pyrography expert Bee Locke can show you a safe yet fun way to play with fire.

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Art Afro Rhapsody : Afrofuturism in Modern Collage Art and Illustration

A Great Gift... You Will Be Able To Draw Faces By The End Of This Book

edited by Sandu

by Jake Spicer

available in December, hardcover, Gingko Press

"Let's be real: faces are really hard to draw, but Jake Spicer's lessons have an approachable charm that is refreshing to see among so many stuffy, intimidating technique manuals. It has been an invaluable tool for me so far, and is perfect for budding artists of any age, whether they're just staring out or simply want to level up their face game. I haven't even finished this book completely and can confidently say that they WILL be able to draw faces by the end of it." –Emma

African art has evolved alongside technology and risen as a new form with more energy and power. In Collage Art, you will explore the developing intersection of African culture with technology. In Illustration, various styles of sketching will present you a luxuriant Africa. Imagination and creativity are the two fundamental elements in this book and it will take you into a world full of culture, science philosophy, and diverse history.

Botanical Inspiration : Nature in Art and Illustration

by Victionary

available in January, hardcover, Victionary

Botanical Inspiration is a timeless collection of artwork and illustrations that feature flora and its many facets through a variety of visual concepts, styles, and techniques. It speaks to lovers of both nature and creativity as a universal language in itself, thoughtfully interpreted by some of today’s most intriguing and interesting talents. Pre-order your copy today!

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The Art Book : Revised Edition

by Phaidon Editors available now, hardcover, Phaidon Press

Spotlighting more than 600 great artists from medieval to modern times, The Art Book has been translated in 20 languages and has introduced millions of people around the world to art and artists in an accessible, acclaimed A-Z guide. The 2020 edition includes 40 additional works, including overlooked historical and cutting-edge contemporary artists.

We have drawing paper and journals, pens and paints— get ready to create!

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Woodinville Whiskey Co. Barrel Aged Maple Syrup "It's local... it's unique... and it's oh so yummily good, you'll want to have pancakes and waffles every morning. After 5pm? It's also brilliant in cocktails!" –Paul

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children’s literature conference

Saturday, February 27 2021

A Virtual Event

The annual gathering of educators, librarians, writers, and artists looks different this year. How can it not? Instead of the traditional conference, WWU is hosting a Virtual Exhibit for the month of February that will culminate on the last Saturday in an Online-Synchronous Day of Conversations. Past conference presenters have been invited to contribute artwork around themes of

Art as Protest / Art in the Time of Covid • Online Exhibit will open Monday, February 1, 2021 and continues for the entire month of February. • You will be able to access the exhibit from the WWU Children’s Conference website for free! • View the Artwork Gallery of images, text, poetry, and videos • Online-Synchronous Day of Conversations – On Saturday, February 27, 2021. • Throughout the day, join us for virtual break-out sessions to discuss ideas and themes that emerge from the exhibit. Please visit wwuclc.org for fee information and details.

Presenters for the 2021 Conference include: John Rocco, Lois Lowry, David Wiesner, Pat Mora, Marla Frazee, Benjamin Saenz, Steve Sheinkin, Melissa Sweet, Chris Raschka, Matt Phelan, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, Jennifer Holm, Joyce Sidman, Nina Laden, Candace Fleming, Eric Rohmann, Kirby Larson, Janet Wong and more!

Complete conference information and a link to register is available online on the Children’s Literature Conference website . Register today!


Congratulations to 2020 Summer Reading Challenge Participant

MADDIE PETERSON! Maddie (12 years old) won a $100 Village Books gift certificate for her school library at Whatcom Middle School. Her entry was selected at random from all summer reading participants this year. Thanks for being awesome, Summer Readers! Read on, Anneka! Shop 24/7 at villagebooks.com

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A Great Gift... Puzzles for All Ages

"From 10 pieces for the youngest in your life to 2000 for the most patient, stop by and discover a HUGE variety of unique high quality puzzles for all ages, skill levels and interests. A round puzzle? Yep! Fuzzy? Why not! We even have mystery and decoder puzzles. Get a few so you can trade them with family! –Kelly C.

Toys That Teach


A Great Gift... The Game FLUXX!!

The name says it all! A card game with very easy set-up and basic rules that are added to or changed during the course of play—just as you think you have the game in the bag, the rules change and you're back where you started! A wonderful way to practice letting go of rigid plans and going with the flow...a must these days! For ages 8 & up and 2+ players, this is an allinclusive and non-intimidating card game that even the most reluctant game-player will continually give in to.(I've owned it for many months now and still play it at least one a week!) Make this time of FLUXX fun! –Melissa T.


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Games for All Ages

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PICTURE BOOKS Will You Be My Friend? by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

From legendary author and illustrator duo Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram comes the delightful sequel to the heartwarming picture book classic Guess How Much I Love You.

The Lights and Types of Ships at Night by Dave Eggers, illustrated by Annie Dills

available in November, hardcover, McSweeney's Publishing

In warm and witty prose, this picture book's narrator asks the reader to consider the splendor of glowing lights cast by ships on a shimmering waterway. Richly illustrated pages, alive with the glowy, otherworldly nighttime scenes of boats as seen from a child's perspective.

On Account of the Gum by Adam Rex

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

On Account of the Gum is a book about how the best intentions lead to some of the worst (and funniest) ideas! From the madcap mind of Adam Rex comes a book about the improbable, downright bizarre remedies for a problem kids have faced since the creation of gum. "Utterly wacky and lovable story and as always in-love with Rex's illustrations!" –Kendra

Wreck This Picture Book by Keri Smith

Woodland Dreams

by Karen Jameson, illustrated by Marc Boutavant available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

In Woodland Dreams, young readers say goodnight to beloved woodland animals as they prepare to sleep. Little ones will follow along as each animal returns to their warm and cozy woodland home. "A perfectly calm story to curl up with and read together at bedtime with mesmerizing illustrations." –Kendra

Lilly & Friends : A Picture Book Treasury

by Kevin Henkes

available now, hardcover, Greenwillow Books

"A collection of the most beloved stories by Kevin Henkes, including favorites like Chrysanthemum, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Wemberly Worried and more! We have signed copies while supplies last!" –Kendra

If You Come to Earth by Sophie Blackall

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

From two-time Caldecott Winner authorillustrator Sophie Blackall! If You Come to Earth is a glorious guide to our home planet, and a call for us to take care of both Earth and each other. This stunning book is inspired by the thousands of children Blackall has met during her travels around the world in support of UNICEF and Save the Children.

Activity Book

available in November, hardcover, Dial Books

"Do the children you know write in their books? Color in them? Make them fly? Use them as a pillow? Pretend they are indestructible? Well this book was written just for all those purposes . . to wreck it! Use your creativity and five senses to stay engaged and just have fun!" –Kendra

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The Holidays are Here! The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, Illustrated by Sarah Massini available now, hardcover, Candlewick Pressn

This beautiful gift edition includes an exclusive downloadable reading by Juliet Stevenson.

5 More Sleeps ‘til Christmas

by Jimmy Fallon, illustrated by Rich Deas available now, hardcover, Feiwel & Friends

Enjoy the humor of Jimmy Fallon as he prepares readers for the most exciting week of the year in this new holiday tradition for your family.

The Nutcracker Mice by Kristin Kladstrup, Illustrated by Brett Helquist

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

A young mouse must save her production of The Nutcracker in a charming holiday tale from the author of The Gingerbread Pirates and the illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Amelia Bedelia Special Edition Holiday Chapter Book #1: Amelia Bedelia Wraps It Up by Herman Parish, Illustrated by Lynne Avril available now, paperback, Greenwillow Books

Amelia Bedelia, her friends, and her family wrap it up while honoring the true spirit of holiday giving in this special edition. An excellent choice for children who are ready to read independently.

How to Catch Santa by Jean Reagan, Lee Wildish

A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens adapted by Phillip Gooden available now, paperback, Sweet Cherry Publishing

Who can help a mean old man to love Christmas? How about a ghost? (... or three!) Classic literature adapted for children.

Christmas Songs : Interactive Children's Sound Book

by Holly Berry Byrd, Illustrated by Katya Longhi, edited by Cottage Door Press available now, hardcover, Cottage Door Press

These classic Christmas carols and festive illustrations are sure to fill your home with holiday cheer! Sturdy board book with colorful illustrations gets toddlers ready for the holiday. Press the button to play the music and sing along.

Biscuit’s Christmas Storybook Favorites by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Illustrated by Pat Schories

available now, hardcover, HarperCollins

Celebrate the spirit of the Christmas season with Biscuit, in this classic collection of festive stories that now includes a sticker sheet! Featuring nine complete stories, it is perfect for fans of the heartwarming little yellow puppy.

Llama Llama Holiday Helper

by Anna Dewdney, Illustrated by JJ Harrison available now, hardcover, Penguin Young Readers

Celebrate the holidays with Llama Llama and all his friends in this beautifully illustrated picture book, based on the hit animated Netflix series!

available now,paperback, Dragonfly Books

Sounds Like Christmas

After waiting for days and days and days, it’s finally Christmas Eve. And that’s when you can try to catch Santa. . . .

by Robert Munsch, Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

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available now, hardcover, North Winds Press

Grandma is baking Christmas cookies, so she asks Lincoln and Georgia to decorate the tree. And what a tree it becomes!

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Hanukkah Happiness The Eight Knights of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Bear by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by Galia Bernstein

available now, paperback, Holiday House

available now, hardcover, Holiday House

The whole kingdom has gathered to celebrate Hanukkah—but a dastardly dragon keeps interrupting the festivities.Can the Eight Knights of Hanukkah set things right?

Bubba Brayna’s legendary latkes lure an unexpected visitor into her home in this playful Hanukkah tale from a master storyteller.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar's 8 Nights of Chanukah

Happy Hanukkah, Little Dreidel Finger Puppet Board Book

by Eric Carle available now, board book, World of Eric Carle

by Brick Puffinton, Illustrated by Juliana Motzko

Celebrate Chanukah with The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

available now, board book, Cottage Door Press

Celebrate the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with this delightful story featuring a soft, plush finger puppet dreidel toy built into the book encouraging interactive play.

Hanukkah : The Festival of Lights by Bonnie Bader, illustrated by Joanie Stone available now, hardcover, Golden Books

Celebrate Hanukkah—and learn the meaning behind the holiday—with this new Big Golden Book!

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Paige's Picks Winter 2020-21




Art Is Life : The Life of Artist Keith Haring

The ABCs of Black History

available in December, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

available in December, hardcover, Workman Publishing Company

A joyful picture book biography of modern art icon Keith Haring celebrating the ways his life embodied the message: art is for everyone. This picture book biography explores Keith Haring's life and shows why his art continues to resonate with people. You can still see his ubiquitous designs gracing billboards, posters, clothing, and more. Keith Negley's bold, energetic illustrations evoke Keith Haring while maintaining a style all their own. Keith Negley is a Bellingham Author & Illustrator!

Brimming with passion, beauty, flow, and style, here is an ABC book like no other—a celebration of Black history and culture in lively verse, matched with illustrations that are each like a folk painting. Written by the poet Rio Cortez and illustrated by Lauren Semmer, the book teaches the ABCs in a far more interesting and meaningful way than the usual “A is for apple, B is for ball. "R is for rise, to reach for the top. Relentlessly striving, refusing to stop Like ballplayers, boxers, and gymnasts who fly. Like presidents and justices who dared to ask why?”

by Rio Cortez, illustrated by Lauren Semmer

by Tami Lewis Brown, illustrated by Keith Negley

Your Place in the Universe by Jason Chin

available now, hardcover, Neal Porter Books

It was such a pleasure to meet this amazing author & illustrator at the Children's Literature Conference earlier this year, I know this book will be an excellent addition to any child's library, helping to answer some of those questions and curiosities we all have about the natural world including astronomy! –Kendra

Let Us Help!

The Mysteries of the Universe : Discover the Best-Kept Secrets of Space

by Will Gater

available now, hardcover, DK Children

From planets and asteroids to black holes and galaxies, every page will captivate young readers as they journey through the vastness of space. If you already own The Wonders of Nature and An Anthology of Intriguing Animals then you'll definitely enjoy this new edition to the series.

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Welcome to the laugh-out-loud and irreverent world of Jack, a new early reader series by the bestselling and award-winning team of Mac Barnett and Greg Pizzoli. "If you enjoyed Hi, Jack!, you probably know Jack pretty well. So what do you think Jack will do when he learns he is on Santa's naughty list?! And if you haven't met Jack yet, I can tell you that Jack . . he won't like that!" –Kendra

by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Greg Pizzoli


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available now, hardcover, Viking Books for Young Readers

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Middle Readers The Way Past Winter Kiran Millwood Hargrave

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

The Way Past Winter is a riveting adventure about magic, an eternal winter, and one girl's unbreakable determination to reunite her family. "A folklore inspired tale that reminded me of The Golden Compass and the famous quote 'Winter Is Coming!', such an adventurous story and really showed the strength siblings can share." –Kendra

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit 

available in November, hardcover, Knopf for Young Readers

From the author of Anna and the Swallow Man (a personal favorite), comes a magical, strange and ohso-imaginative tale. A boy and a girl find themselves on a journey through their world and the world of demons to confront Death Him/Herself. Filled with nods to Jewish folk tales, this book is twisty, turny, and darkly fun. –Claire

Before the Ever After by Jacqueline Woodson 

available now, hardcover, Penguin

ZJ loves his dad. Is his dad his hero, people ask and he says, “No, he’s just my dad.” He also happens to be a Super Bowl-winning NFL player who is showing the beginning signs of brain injury. As his dad’s memory fades and his personality changes, ZJ tries to make sense of why his father seems to be slipping away. Heart-breaking and beautifully written, classic Woodson. –Claire

BenBee and the Teacher Griefer : The Kids Under the Stairs by K.A. Holt

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

This is a funny, clever novel-in-verse series about Ben Bellows—who failed the Language Arts section of the Florida State test—and three classmates who get stuck in a summer school class. But these kids aren't dumb—they're divergent thinkers, as Ms. J tells them: they simply approach things in a different way than traditional school demands. Each chapter is told through the perspective of one of the four students, who each write in a different style.

Middle Grade Graphic Novels Max and the Midknights: Battle of the Bodkins by Lincoln Peirce

available in December, hardcover, Crown Books for Young Readers

The King of the Birds Arlo & Pips #1 by Elise Gravel

available now, Harper Alley

Max takes on knight school in the hilarious sequel to the bestselling illustrated novel Max and the Midknights, from the author of the Big Nate series! "For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid—this book is full of adventures and silliness, creatures, spells and knights!" –Kendra

Perfect for fans of Narwhal and Jelly, Arlo & Pips: King of the Birds is the first in a new early graphic chapter book series about the friendship between Arlo, an arrogant crow, and a sarcastic little bird named Pips. "A super fun book packed with interesting crow facts!" –Kelly C.

Class Act

Jo : An Adaptation of

by Jerry Craft, illustrated Jerry Craft available now, paperback, Quill Tree Books

Jerry Craft follows up the critically acclaimed and Newber y awardwinning New Kid, with this poignant and funny full-color companion graphic novel about Jordan’s friend Drew, who has his own struggles at Riverdale Academy Day School.

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Little Women (Sort Of) by Kathleen Gros

available now, Harper Alley

A modern-day graphic novel adaptation of Little Women that explores identity, friendships, and new experiences through the eyes of 13-year-old Jo March. A mustread for fans of Raina Telgemeier.

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Check out These Series

Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy (The Chronicles of Never After, #1) by Melissa de la Cruz

available in December, hardcover, Roaring Brook Press

Real life and fairy tales collide in Never After: The Thirteenth Fairy, book one in the new middle-grade Never After series from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Descendants series, Melissa de la Cruz.

Tristan Strong Destroys the World (A Tristan Strong Novel, Book 2) by Kwame Mbalia


Middle Readers Becoming Muhammad Ali (Becoming Ali, #1)

by James Patterson and Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Dawud Anyabwile available now, hardcover, Jimmy Patterson

From two heavy-hitters in children's literature comes a biographical novel of cultural icon Muhammad Ali. Before he was a household name, Cassius Clay was a kid with struggles like any other. Kwame Alexander and James Patterson join forces to vividly depict his life up to age seventeen in both prose and verse, including his childhood friends, struggles in school, the racism he faced, and his discovery of boxing.

The Tower of Nero (Trials of Apollo, Book Five)

available now, hardcover, Rick Riordan Presents

by Rick Riordan

Book Two is finally here! Another great trilogy for fans of folk tales. mythology and any of all the famous Rick Riordan Series!" –Kendra

At last, the breathtaking, action-packed finale of the #1 bestselling Trials of Apollo series is here!

Winter 2020-21

available now, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

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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?

Come On In : 15 Stories About Immigration and Finding Home

Pretty Funny for a Girl

available now, hardcover, Tnkyard Press

Pretty Funny For a Girl chronicles the journey of Haylah Swinton (AKA Pig) becoming the most amazing, incredible, hilarious standup comedian London has ever seen. Okay, maybe that isn’t quite true. But Pig knows comedy, so when she learns that Leo, an impossibly perfect boy at her school, shares this love, she doesn’t miss the opportunity to help write his routine for the London Young Comic of the Year contest. I really enjoyed reading this book. It was funny and light, but also empowering for any girl interested in pursuing her dreams. –Isabel F. age 16

by Rebecca Elliott

available now, hardcover, Peachtree Publishing Co.

edited by Adi Alsaid

Come On In is an anthology of own voices stories and essays about every part of the immigrant experience. Some stories focus on saying goodbye to not only a place but also family, culture and traditions. Others focus on arriving in a new place and being distrusted or marginalized. I would recommend this anthology to anyone who wants to learn more about the immigrant experience. I could tell all the authors were pulling from their experiences or the experiences of their family making each story heartfelt and profound.. –Sarah K. age 18

Punching the Air

by Ibi Zoboi and Yusuf Salaam

Beyond the Ruby Veil

available now, hardcover, Balzer and Bray

Punching the Air is a novel in verse about a boy named Amal who is in juvie for a crime he didn’t commit. One night Amal goes out with some friends and there is a fight with the boys from the other side of town. At the end of the night one boy, Jeremy Mathis, is in a coma unable to tell the truth of what happened. This book explores important issues such as the school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarnation, and the power of art to save lives. –Sarah K. age 18

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

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by Mara Fitzgerald

available now, hardcover, Little Brown

A truly dark and bloody fantasy, Beyond the Ruby Veil is perfect for lovers of unlikeable female characters (truly, Emanuela is terrible and I love her so much). After Emanuela kills the sole person capable of making water in their city (is it really her fault she didn’t want to be drained of all her blood to be turned into water?), her and her platonic fiancé (they’re both gay!) have to find a way to save their city before the water runs out. (Did I mention there’s also a slowburn enemies to lovers romance?) Read it! –Gretal M. age 21

Junk Boy

by Tony Abbott available now, hardcover, Katherine Tegen Books 

Junk Boy is a beautifully written story in verse that tells the tale of a boy who lives on the outskirts of town in a junkyard of a home with a neglectful father and an absent mother. An outcast at school, he's nicknamed Junk. He sees a mother hitting her daughter, Rachel, for kissing another girl. Distraught, Rachel pulls Junk into her orbit and flips his hidden world inside out. This book will make you cry, but never let you put it down –Kamden I. age 17

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Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

available in November, paperback, Macmillan

Woven in Moonlight is rich with wild fantasy. Its vibrant yet bitter mood arouses an unshakable intrigue that will surely remain after the final page. The culture in particular is well portrayed; it has been so deeply incorporated through world-building and imagery that the smell of fresh Marraqueta emanates from the marketplace. Woven in Moonlight is a truly wonderful story –Abby S. age 15

These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong

Just Our Luck by Julie Walton

available in December, hardcover, Random House for Young Readers

Just Our Luck follows Leo, a Greek American whose father’s expectations aren’t exactly met by Leo’s passions of photography and knitting. Leo tries to keep his head down, but that all goes out the window when he gets in a fight at school, secretly enrolls in hot yoga instead of selfdefense, and agrees to participate in a plot for revenge by Evey, whose great-grandmother cursed Leo’s family. It’s a heartwarming read. Leo’s narration is honest and open, and each characters’ pains and successes feel like those of a close friend. –Ella T. age 15 Pre-Order Your Copy Today!

available in November, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Former lovers and mortal enemies, Roma and Juliette are forced to work together to unravel the mystery behind the deadly bee in December, a contagion sweeping their home. It’s Shanghai, 1926, and the city is steeped in debauchery as tensions rise between rival gangs, foreigners, and the communist party, but something even more sinister is lurking in the Huangpu river, threatening them all. In These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong vividly reimagines Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. This debut novel is gorgeously written, fierce and romantic, and will leave you wanting more. –Emma W. age 24

Young Adult Among the Beasts and Briars by Ashley Poston

available now, hardcover, Balzer + Bray

Cerys has magic in her blood, and when pricked, it can bring dead flowers back to life, or turn a sapling into a mighty oak - all of which are helpful, seeing as she is the royal gardener’s daughter. But when the woods around her home start spewing dark monsters that take over the kingdom of Aloriya, Cerys (accompanied by the fox that spends its days lounging in her garden) must search for a way to fix the curse, save her family, and discover the secrets their king kept hidden for so long. –Rachel

Singing for Equality : Musicians of the Civil Rights Era

by Diane C. Taylor

available in November, paperback, Nomad Press

Learn about the artists that stood up for change and what a tremendous role music can play in strengthening a movement. You'll find an interactive timeline that includes QR codes you can scan with your phone to links of the songs being discussed. Have a listen and decide what the songs means to you and of course sing and dance along!! –Kendra

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Y.A. NON-FICTION Sitting In, Standing Up : Leaders of the Civil Rights Era by Diane C. Taylor

available in November, paperback, Nomad Press

A collective biography about five influential leaders of the Civil Rights Era! Part of a new series on the Civil Rights Movement for ages 12 to 15. Perfect for kids interested in how history led to the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Young Adult His Dark Materials: Serpentine


(The Empirium Trilogy, 3)

by Philip Pullman, illustrated by Tom Duxbury

by Claire Legrand

available in October, hardcover, Sourcebooks Fire

available now, hardcover, Knopf Books for Young Readers

"ABSOLUTELY A MUST READ FOR ANY PULLMAN FAN!! I have loved The Golden Compass Series since middle school and am thrilled about this brand-new story following Lyra and Pan on a quest back to the North, this story takes place after The Amber Spyglass but before The Secret Commonwealth!" –Kendra

Whenever I start a series and fall in love with it, I always dread the ending. Is it going to be satisfying? Will I be disappointed? How can this possibly come together and make sense? I am THRILLED beyond belief that Lightbringer exceeded my wildest dreams. It was a joy to read, and even though I wept through the last quarter of it, Legrand earned my tears. What a masterpiece of a series. Enjoy the ride! –Lauren

How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories

A Great Gift...

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

The Abhorsen Chronicles

by Holly Black, illustrated by Rovina Cai

Before he was a cruel prince or a wicked king, he was a faerie child with a heart of stone. Bestselling author Holly Black reveals a deeper look into the dramatic life of Elfhame's enigmatic high king, Cardan. This tale includes delicious details of life before The Cruel Prince, an adventure beyond The Queen of Nothing, and familiar moments from The Folk of the Air trilogy, told wholly from Cardan's perspective.

by Garth Nix

"The Abhorsen Chronicles is a wonderful series sure to please any fantasy reader. Join Sabriel as she explores an old kingdom full of death, magic, and mystery. Best of all, this edition comes with all three books in one!" –Ben


The Cousins

by Dylan Farrow

available in December, hardcover, Delacorte Press

They use magic to silence the world. Who will break the hush? "Hush has all the trappings of a great fantasy: a curse, a labyrinthine castle, many secrets, and powerful magic. At the center of it all, a girl unwilling to allow her world to be twisted by lies when she knows the truth. A truly gripping read." –Emily A. Duncan, bestselling author of Wicked Saints

by Karen M. McManus

Signed Edition! A new suspense-novel from acclaimed YA author Karen McManus, if you're a fan of Pretty Little Liars you'll want to sink your claws into this revenge filled thriller! –Kendra

Victor and Nora :

YA Graphic Novels

A Gotham Love Story

by Lauren Myracle, illustrated by Isaac Goodhart available in November, paperback, DC Comics

Victor and Nora is a gorgeous YA story about living life to the fullest, and how far one will go for love. "The perfect combination of a Nightmare Before Christmas by Tim Burton and The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. So good!" –Kendra

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available now, hardcover, Wednesday Books

Avatar : The Last Airbender– The Search Omnibus by Gene Luen Yang

available now, paperback, Penguin Random House

Remember at the end of Avatar the Last Airbender when Zuko leaves us on a cliffhanger that maybe his MOTHER IS ALIVE? Then in Legends of Korra they tease telling the story but DON'T? Well this has all the answers AND you get to immerse yourself even more in the tales of Team Avatar. All three parts are now compiled into one collection! –Jenni

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Village Books is not currently hosting book groups in person, however some groups are meeting online and would love for you to join them—from the comfort of your own couch!


VB Reads...Motherhood by the Book

Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother, and grandmother. The book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm on Zoom, for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood, and what it means to be a mother. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home. We read fiction and non-fiction, older and newer titles, all with the theme of Motherhood. Join us! Sunday, December 13 –Many Hands Make Light Work by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy

Sunday, February 7* –Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Sunday, January 10 –My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Free-wheeling and contagiously cheerful, Many Hands Make Light Work is a winsome memoir of a Heartland childhood unlike any other.

This is the 2021 Whatcom Reads Selection. Read the Book. Join the Conversation. Read more on page 15. *We're meeting a week early to avoid Valentine's Day.

The fascinating life of one of our generation's most influential voices.

BONUS: The author will be attending!

For registration intructions & details please see Book Groups under the Readers Corner tab at villagebooks.com.

VB Reads...Virtual Book Group General Reads with Paul and Kellly Village Books



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

Participants receive 15% off group reading selections - just mention the group when paying!

Monday, December 7, 7pm –The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields A dark, fantastical, multigenerational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth.

Open to all!

Join Mandy’s Book Club, powered by Village Books, and escape into a new book each month! Check out the Mandy’s Book Club Facebook Page to stay up to date and join the discussion each month–whenever it fits in YOUR schedule! facebook.com/mandysbookclub/

Join this virtual discussion whenever it fits into YOUR schedule!


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Open Daily - See villagebooks.com for store hours


Literature LIVE!


Check out this great selection of upcoming virtual events. You can register to watch them live on Crowdcast or Zoom, or catch many of them later on our YouTube channel. And, of course, you can order the books, often signed, through villagebooks.com!

VB’s Literary Events Program 2020 Style

Additions & changes to this schedule will occur so check out


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

NOVEMBER Tuesday, November 10, 7pm Virtual Event with

JIM deMaine, MD –Facing Death: Finding Dignity, Hope, and Healing at the End

In this beautifully written memoir, physician Jim deMaine presents stories, lessons learned from patients and caregivers who taught him about dying. Dr. Jim deMaine spent nearly 40 years caring for severely ill patients and witnessing their final days as a pulmonary and critical care specialist. His often dramatic experiences with patients near death led him to blog, then speak about their stories, with special attention to the issue of advocacy for patients unable to speak for themselves.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers


Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club. Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. Check villagebooks.com for updates on topics!

Receive VB Email Updates Village Books regularly sends out an email newsletter packed full of store and book information including our latest LitLive events. Twice each week, we provide Shelf Awareness for Readers book reviews. Sign up in the store or at VillageBooks.com today!

Thank you for supporting Literature Live Events!


www.crowdcast.io/villagebksbham Thursday, November 12, 7pm Virtual Event with

ASHLEY SWEENEY in conversation with Julie Christine Johnson –Answer Creek Join us for a presentation of the long-awaited new novel from author Ashley Sweeney. Follow 19-year-old Ada Weeks as she travels west on the Oregon-California Trail in 1846 as a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. From the Nancy Pearl award-winning author of Eliza Waite, Ashley Sweeney offers a gripping tale of adventure and survival. A native New Yorker, Ashley E. Sweeney now lives and writes in La Conner, Washington. Julie Christine Johnson is the award-winning author of the historical fantasy In Another Life and the contemporary eco-lit The Crows of Beara; her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals and anthologies.

Saturday, November 14, 7pm-9pm VIRTUAL ANNUAL TRIVIA BEE with Ken Jennings & Scotty VanDryver

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The Trivia Bee with Greatest of All Time Jeopardy! winner Ken Jennings and KAFE Radio host Scotty VanDryver will take place on Saturday, November 14th, 7-9pm. Join the fun and cheer on your favorite team! Register to watch local teams compete by contacting events@whatcomliteracy.org. Free!

Sunday, November 15 VBPD Pre-Holiday Open House Get a jump on the holiday shopping season and have some fun while you're at it. Enjoy our book walk for prizes and holiday specials!

Monday, November 16, 7pm Virtual Event with


EDWINA NORTON –Autumn Light: My Fifty Years in Zen Join us as Edwina Norton shares her artfully told memoir of one woman’s lived experience of Zen Buddhism as it took root in America. The author weaves Zen teachings and practices into her personal story, recounting how they guided her through life’s challenges into a peaceful old age. Norton is a life-long amateur painter, published poet, and peace activist. Now an ordained Zen priest, she mentors Zen students in the Red Cedar Zen Community in Bellingham.

Additions and changes will occur – watch villagebooks.com for updates!

Keep turning for more events!

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Tuesday, November 17, 5pm

Virtual Event with


SHELBY FORSYTHIA –Your Grief, Your Way: A Year of Practical Guidance and Comfort After Loss

Everyone experiences grief differently after the loss of a loved one. Your Grief, Your Way is a daily guidebook featuring comforting quotes, practical exercises, and meaningful ways to honor the person you love who died. Shelby Forsythia is also the author of Permission to Grieve, and the podcast host of "Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss." Through her books, podcast, and live events, she helps people reclaim their power and peace of mind after devastating loss.

Thursday, November 19, 5pm Bookseller Happy Hour! Join Village Books owners Kelly, Sarah, and Paul in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a rousing hour of book recommendations just in time for the holidays! And don’t forget to have your favorite adult beverage on hand so you may drink a toast to great reading!

Friday, November 20, 6pm Virtual Event

Red Wheelbarrow Writers Group Reading –This Uncommon Solitude: Pandemic Poetry from the Pacific Northwest This Uncommon Solitude captures the myriad and diverse experiences during these times of quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, poetry has helped connect us as we share experiences and insights, express our grief and sadness, fears and pain, gratitude and hope. In joining together, we feel our way forward as best we can toward making sense of our transformed world. Red Wheelbarrow Writers is a non-profit, loose affiliation of working writers who produce independently, and who join together to support, encourage, and sustain one another.

Monday, November 23 Cyber Monday(s) Online SALE Shop villagebooks.com and save 20%! Just add the Coupon Code VBPD20 at checkout. Pick up in-store or have your purchases shipped anywhere in the U.S. Thanks for shopping local!

Thursday, November 26 HAPPY THANKSGIVING - Stores Closed Eat well, reach out, curl up with a good book, or get out and enjoy our gorgeous surroundings. We'll see you on Friday! Thanks for supporting local this holiday season.

Saturday, November 28 Small Business Saturday 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 you communtiy.


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November 28 - December 19 Fairhaven Winterfest The Fairhaven Association has been hard at work creating a variety of exciting yet safe and socially distanced activities for you to enjoy this holiday season. Enjoy a lighted bike parade, a holiday market, a holiday cocktail kit extravaganza, an art walk, TWO firelight strolls, Father Christmas sightings, and more! See pages 9-10 for details and watch fairhavenwinterfest.com for updates.

Monday, November 30 Cyber Monday(s) Online SALE Shopping online? Shop Local! Shop at villagebooks.com and save 20%! Just add the Coupon Code VBPD20 at checkout Choose direct-to-home shipping or stop in the store to pick up you purchases. Thank your support.

Monday, November 30, 7pm VIRTUAL OPEN MIC with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot! Open mic is held the last Monday of most months at 7pm.

DECEMBER Monday, December 7, all day Final Cyber Monday Online SALE Shop villagebooks.com and save 20%! Just add the Coupon Code VBPD20 at checkout. Pick up in store or have your purchases shipped anywhere in the U.S. Thanks for shopping local!

Wednesday, December 9, 7pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers


Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club. Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. Check our website for updates on topics!

Thursday, December 10, 7pm Virtual Event with


in conversation with Chef Christy Fox –FoodWISE: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an event that will be as entertaining as it is informative. How could it be otherwise with these to local food experts? Clearly, we live in a culture awash with advice on nutrition and eating—even during the holidays. Gigi Berardi’s FoodWISE instead, gives us a WISE view of food: Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experienced. This is an important conversation that you won’t want to miss. Gigi Berardi is a professor at WWU and freelance writer. She maintains the popular food blog “FoodWISE” and “Food and Resilience” vlog, and has written numerous articles for general and scientific audiences alike. Chef Christy Fox is co-owner and Executive Chef of Evolve Chocolate + Cafe .


See villagebooks.com for registration information. These virtual events are free to attend with an option to donate to our LitLive program!

Tuesday, December 15, 5:30pm Peaceful Poetry Group Reading Join us for an evening of poetry and creative fun, as the talented young writers of the 2020 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest read their award-winning poems. Sure to pull your heartstrings and capture your imagination! The reading will take place on Zoom and pre-registration is required. Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books.

Friday, December 25 Merry Christmas!

Village Books & Paper Dreams in Fairhaven & Lynden are Closed Eat well, reach out, curl up with a good book, or get outside and enjoy our gorgeous surroundings. We'll see you on Saturday, refreshed and ready to use all those VBPD gift certificates you received.

Monday, December 28, 7pm VIRTUAL OPEN MIC with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot! Open mic is held the last Monday of most months at 7pm.

Village Books & Paper Dreams Annual New Year's


- SAVE 20% Thursday, December 31

New Year’s Eve & Friday, January 1

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, January 13, 7pm Whatcom Writers and Publishers


Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club. Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. Check our website for updates on topics!

Monday, January 25, 7pm VIRTUAL OPEN MIC with Seán Dwyer Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot! Open mic is held the last Monday of most months at 7pm.

FEBRUARY Saturday, February 20, 4pm Virtual Event with

DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY –What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing–What Birds Are Doing, and Why Join us for a great event as part of the Whatcom READS series! We are pleased to welcome David Allen Sibley back to the (virtual) Readings Gallery. He will do a presentation on his latest book and will also focus on nature illustrations, in concert with the themes of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, this year's Whatcom READS selection. David Allen Sibley is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The Sibley Guide to Birds.

Sunday, February 21, 4pm


Virtual Event with

JESSICA GIGOT, CHLOE YELENA MILLER, & JEN STEWART FUESTON Group Poetry Reading! We’re excited to welcome this stellar line-up of poets. Join us as they present their newest works, Feeding Hour (Gigot), Viable (Miller), and Madonna, Complex (Fueston). You won’t want to miss this!

Sundays, February 21 & 28, 2pm Whatcom WRITES Virtual Presentation Hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest read their work about RECONCILIATION—based on the 2021 book selection, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. See page 15 for additional Whatcom Reads events–an impressive and inpsiring line-up !

Some exceptions apply - ask your bookseller for details. Cannot combine with other discounts. Watch villagebooks.com for holiday hours.

Additions and changes will occur – watch villagebooks.com for updates!

Please Note Virtual Event Start Times As They Vary Winter 2020-21



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Building Community One Book at a Time


CANDY Nestled next to the entrance into Paper Dreams, our old fashioned candy counter is sure to delight every taste bud. With candies ranging from old fashioned

lemon drops and gummy candies, to

decadent truffles and chocolates, you'll be sure to find candies that you wouldn't normally come across in your day to day shopping.

The Sour Belts

have always been an extreme favorite among kids, due to its mouth puckering fruity sour flavor and cost- efficient light weight. If sour isn't your forté, we also have over

ten varieties of black licorice. Try our Kookaburra, which is an easy go-to if you're unsure about what to get, or if you're the daring type, the Double Salt licorice might be for you. We can't forget to mention our mascot candy,

Peachy Penguins! They look like penguins, taste like peaches. What's not to love? Whatever you're craving, be sure to stop by to satisfy all of your holiday candy needs. by VBPD Candy Buyer, Melissa Searle FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

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Here's to 2021!





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