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Dear Reader, In a time of dire headlines and news stories crafted with the intention of inciting outrage, we at Village Books and Paper Dreams often find ourselves in a veritable oasis of warm feelings and optimism. Whether we're talking with those patiently waiting in the long line to talk with Australian author Markus Zusak and hearing story after personal story of how much they treasure The Book Thief for helping them to love reading again, or the man in his later years who finally attended his very first book group and marveled at how life and mind-changing it can be to connect with others in this way, or whenever someone discovers that next perfect read that they never new existed. Our thoughtful and caring staff go home at the end of each day, buoyed by these small confessions that provide peeks into how books bring us together and help us along our journey — knowing that in some small way, we are helping to provide a safe haven to those special people in our community who strive every day to make this a better place to live. Thank you, Dear Reader, for sharing your lives with us and, in turn, welcoming us into yours. Warmest of wishes to you and yours, now and all year long.

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& Paper Dreams The Chuckanut Reader • Winter 2019-2020 Publisher: Village Books and Paper Dreams Production Design: Kelly Carbert Contributors: Annabelle Barrett, Sally Bowen, Hana Boxberger, Joe Buckley, Kendra Calitri, McKenna Cardwell, Diana Clayton, Gaye Davis, Stephanie Douglas, Mel Ericson, Chelanne Evans, Kelly Evert, Emma Fitzpatrick, Chase Gartner, Paul Hanson, Abby Hester, Sarah Hutton, Questen Inghram, Hannah Jennings, Allison Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Donna Marcantonio, Ben Mashburn, Jenni McDowell, Claire McElroy-Chesson, Autumn Skye Moore, Zadra Nolan, Laura Ogg, Mckenzie Oliver, Laura Picco, Haley Ponnech, Andrew Rankin, Cherie Rendon, Rielley Rogers, Kyle Sailors, Abbie Schollmeier, Melissa Searle, Anne Slee, Lauren Sommer, Pam Vincent, Gabi Yoxtheimer Cover: From ornaments to subscription programs, Village Books and Paper Dreams has your holiday needs covered! Content except art & book covers ©Village Books 2019 Printed by the Lynden Tribune on paper made from 50% post-consumer waste. Browse & Shop 24/7 at

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In This Issue... Spend the Holidays with Village Books and Paper Dreams! Dear Reader Sales, Open Houses, and Winter Fun Book Subscriptions For All Fun Activities You Don't Want to Miss Support Your Indies This Holiday Season Fairhaven Winterfest 2019 Booked at the Baker Upcoming Shows Whatcom Reads 2020 Fiction, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Poetry, and Signed First Gift Ideas for the Holidays Writing Classes and Groups So Many Book Groups - Join Us! Cooking, Drinks, and Evolve Check out What's Going on in Lynden The Chuckanut Radio Hour Upcoming Shows History and Current Events Literature, Biography, and Memoirs Journeys, Travel, Nature, and Science Inspiration, Psychology, Crafts, Art, Games Great Reads and Activites for Kids & Teens Literature Live! Author Events at VB Gift Cards, Ornaments, Our Passport

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Village Books and Paper Dreams 24th Annual

Giving Tree Books for Local Kids and Families in Need Can you imagine not receiving a book for the holidays? Some kids don't have to use their imaginations. For over two decades we've provided books for thousands of kids who would not otherwise have received them. Last year alone, because of your generosity, we gave books to almost 1,200 children through multiple local organizations! 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!

HONORING VETERANS Monday, November 11 On 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.

Help Yourself While Helping Others! WHEN Saturday and Sunday December 14, 15 & 21, 22 noon - 3pm

WHERE In the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven

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Northwest Youth Services is a non-profit organization serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

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Gather up your friends and come to Village Books and Paper Dreams in both Fairhaven and Lynden for games, product demonstrations, and samples.

Demonstrations Free Samples

We'll have various stations around the stores where you collect stamps on a provided game card. Complete your game card, turn it in, and we'll let you spin the wheel for a chance to win one of many discounts and prizes!

Book Walks Prizes

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Throughout the day, we'll have "Book Walks" where you'll have the chance to win even MORE prizes! Bring your friends, bring your family, and get lots of great ideas for your early holiday shopping. We can't wait to see you!

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Whatcom Human Rights Task Force 22nd Annual

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Saturday Conference

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:30am – 4pm

at Whatcom Community College

“Tomorrow is Today – The Fierce Urgency of NOW” The conference is free and open to all, as it has been since its inception. It will be followed by the the Second Annual Unity Ball! For information, see mlkconference.org/

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A Great Gift... Libro.fm Membership "A libro.fm membership would make a great gift for anyone who likes to be engaged while they commute, exercise or cook. Libro.fm has all the bestsellers and is a better service than other audiobook companies because it supports your local bookstore! Don't hesitate to ask a bookseller for more details." –Questen

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NEW THIS YEAR At Village Books, we now have a physical audio book GIFT CARDS that you can place in an envelope so your subscription recipient has something to actually open when it's gift-giving time. Ask us to help you get started!

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Explore the World of Village Books and Paper Dreams Explore the world of Village Books and Paper Dreams while earning prizes! Our 32-page, whimsical passport includes a range of experiences that passport holders will complete to earn prizes, including T-shirts, special discounts, journals, candy, treats at Evolve Chocolate + Café, books, games, and more. Each time you complete a task, you’ll receive a stamp and come one step closer to prizes awarded along the way. Upon completion of the passport, you’ll be inducted into the exclusive League of Extraordinary Readers. Honors include a year supply of fudge, tickets for a literary-themed dinner at Evolve, a behind-the-scenes party at the bookstore, and an overnight party at the Fairhaven store.

A Great Gift... The Village Books and Paper Dreams Passport

Purchase the Village Books and Paper Dreams Passport at the Fairhaven or Lynden store. The $30 passport makes a great holiday gift — for yourself or your favorite local reader! $30

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November 30th is

indies FIRST and SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY A Day Dedicated to Supporting Small Businesses — and Independent Bookstores — Across the Country Village Books and Paper Dreams joins forces with independent businesses nationwide to mark Small Business Saturday and Indies First on Saturday, November 30, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods. Small Business Saturday is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize brick-and-mortar businesses that are local. Indies First is the national campaign of activities and events in support of independent bookstores that takes place on Small Business Saturday. Independent bookstores host authors as honorary booksellers to help handsell their favorite titles and sign books,

FAIRHAVEN – We’ll have two celebrated local authors on hand to sign copies of their books and talk about THEIR favorite reads this season. 11am-noon: Spencer Ellsworth, author of The Great Faerie Strike, will join us. Local memoirist Sean Dwyer will be here from noon-1pm to sign copies of his new book, The Quest for Tears. Both of these titles will make great gifts this season! Thanks for Supporting Local!

Events like Indies First emphasize how small, local businesses contribute to a community’s cultural experiences. But there are also significant economic impacts. According to the American Independent Business Alliance, Independent retailers return to their community more than three times as much money per dollar of sales than do chain competitors. And by supporting your locals instead of online giants, your sales taxes are reinvested right where they belong — into your community.

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A huge THANK YOU for voting Village Books Best Bookstore 2019 — Cascadia Weekly Best of Bellingham and Bellingham Alive Best of the Northwest. We are honored and grateful.

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Facing Homelessness

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS Book Group Inspired by Unity Village, the HomesNOW! project in Fairhaven, we invite you to join us for a limited run book group focusing on topics concerning homelessness. We meet from 5-6pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, now through April (except December). Meetings take place in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Tuesday, November 19 Rachel and Her Children: Homeless Families in America by Jonathan Kozol

No Meeting in December Tuesday, January 21 Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational Journey

by Richard LeMieux

Tuesday, February 18 No House to Call My Home : Love, Family, and Other Transgressions

by Ryan Berg

Tuesday, March 17 Nomadland : Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century by Jessica Bruder

FAIRHAVEN Neighbors Whatcom Homeless Service Center

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FAIRHAVEN

Winterfest November 29 - December 21, 2019 The Annual Historic Fairhaven Winterfest begins Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30, with continuing fun and activities through December 21. Amidst Fairhaven's festive 100+-yearold buildings — and along streets and public spaces decorated and lit up to brighten your strolling, shopping and dining — enjoy the holidays with some very special events!

Join us! Friday, November 29 3pm -5pm: The Fairhaven Winterfest kicks off with Father Christmas at Fairhaven's Victorian-era Gazebo (10th and Harris).

Saturday, November 30 Noon - 3pm: Father Christmas will be visiting with families at the Fairhaven Village Inn lobby; free horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered from the portico of the Fairhaven Village Inn. (Both events continue every Saturday during the holiday season). Noon - 5pm: Holiday Market and entertainment on the Fairhaven Village Green and stage — fun for the entire family. 3:15pm Bellingham Circus Guild performs around Fairhaven Village 4:15pm BAAY Performances on the Village Green stage 4:35pm Bellingham Showstoppers on the Village Green stage 4:55pm Welcome announcement and count down to... 5pm: Lighting of the Christmas Tree followed by a carol sing along 6pm: Step inside Village Books and warm up with a good read and treat at Evolve!

November 30th is Small Business Saturday and Indies First Thank you for supporting Village Books and Paper Dreams and other locally owned businesses this holiday season. See page 9 for information and details on some author visits!

Saturday, December 14 5 - 8pm Firelight Stroll: Grab a hot cocoa or spiced cider & stroll the wooded path lined with luminaria. Start at McKenzie and 8th, wander behind B’ham Training and Tennis. It’s a half mile of holiday magic!

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Holiday Shopping Has Never Been Easier!

WHATCOM WRITERS WANTED Fairhaven Winterfest

Tales of the Season This year, the historic Fairhaven Winterfest celebrates Whatcom county writers in the first annual “Tales of the Season” event. Think of your favorite holiday memory and boil it down to between 300 and 500 words. Selected stories and poems (divided by age groups) will be honored at the Winterfest celebration and performed this holiday season. They will also be posted online and in dozens of shops in Bellingham throughout December.

Submissions from all ages are due by November 14, 2019. $5 entry fee.

Shop & Dine in Fairhaven then stroll down to the

Register at: memberplanet.com/s/fairhaven/tales

Holiday Port Festival Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8 The Holiday Port Festival is a free, family-friendly event held annually at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. This is the Port’s signature event for the community and includes: • performances by local choirs, bands, and dancers • free cookies & hot apple cider • visit with Santa and the Winter Princesses • horse-drawn wagon and tractor rides • free face painting and balloon fairies as well as kids activities • gingerbread house display Many of the gingerbread house entries are donated to a silent auction that runs throughout the three-day festival. Stop by and bid! For a schedule of events, see portofbellingham.com.

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Everyone is welcome to attend these storytelling events with live holiday music! December 11, 7pm: at Village Books in Fairhaven.

December 20, 6:30pm at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven

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Fairhaven Winterfest

Ongoing Activities

November 29 through December 21 FREE!

Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

noon-3pm: Each Saturday (weather permitting) free carriage rides will leave from the Fairhaven Village Inn.

'Signs of the Season' Treasure Hunt

Father Christmas

Each Saturday, 'Signs of the Season' will be tucked away in eight separate Fairhaven venues. Participants can download a passport, or find your first 'sign' and collect one there. Your passport will be stamped for each Sign of the Season you find. Six stamps are enough to enter the drawing, eight stamps makes you eligible for the grand prize. Three children and three adult prizes will be awarded. All completed cards turned in at Santa's Mailbox at the Fairhaven Village Green, will be entered into a drawing on Saturday, December 21st.

noon-3pm: Each Saturday, Father Christmas will be visiting with families at the Fairhaven Village Inn lobby.

Christmas Letters Children will be able to leave letters for Father Christmas in the classic Victorian mailbox located on the Village Green stage with the forest of trees. Father Christmas's "Fairhaven Elves" will spirit the letters away for his perusal — but we hear they will sometimes sneak photos of the envelopes before delivering them, and they will share these on the Historic Fairhaven Facebook page — so be sure to keep watch (and like Historic Fairhaven)!

Holiday Window Display Window displays created by participating local businesses will be voted on by the public and surrounding business owners. Each person who votes will be entered into a drawing for the grand prize, a $100 gift card to his or her choice of shops. Voting opens November 30th and ends Dec. 14. Go to fairhavenwinterfest.com to vote! Thanks to artist and Current and Furbish co-owner Scott Ward for creating the beautiful Winterfest illustrations. He is also the director of the Historic Fairhaven Association. Thanks for all you do, Scott!

Saturday, December 21 FAIRHAVEN FA-LA-LA

Join in the Fun!

CAROLING COMPETITION Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on the street corners of Fairhaven Village. The Second Annual Fairhaven Fa-La-La Caroling Competition is a joyful holiday music event benefiting the Historic Fairhaven Association and Skookum Kids! Judges will select six groups to compete in a sing-off on the Fa-La-La Main Stage at the Fairhaven Village Green. Awards will be given for Most Musical, Most Entertaining, Most Creative, and most donations earned. (Donation boxes will be placed with each caroling group.) 2:45 - 3:45pm- Caroling groups compete on the sidewalks of Fairhaven 4:00 - 5:00pm - Main Stage Sing-Off and Awards Presentation

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Form Your Own Caroling Group! Visit fairhavenwinterfest.com to find out more about this fun new event as well as how to enter. Grab your friends, family, or coworkers and have fun!

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BOOKED at the

Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer.

Gloria Steinem

Expect uncontrollable laughter in the presence of “the master of satire.”

BAKER

Tickets available at the Mount Baker Theatre box office and online at mountbakertheatre.com. (not at Village Books)

A Village Books & Mount Baker Theatre Production

David Sedaris

Engage in a lively, moderated conversation and Q&A session with a legendary voice in women’s rights. Premier ticket purchase includes an unsigned copy of Ms. Steinem's new book: The Truth Will Set You Free, But First it Will Piss You Off - A Lifetime of Quotes. Village Books will be onsite selling Ms. Steinem's new release and previous titles. Ms. Steinem will sign books (firstcome, first-served basis) in the lobby after the event for one hour.

Following the success of his bestselling book Calypso, critically acclaimed author and humourist David Sedaris will visit with storytelling, observations, unpublished tales, audience Q&As, and book signings.

May 18, 7pm

November 22, 7:30pm

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JOIN WHATCOM’S LARGEST BOOK GROUP!

EOWYN IVEY Read the Book, Join the Conversation!

March 5-7, 2020

To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey

Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Join your neighbors in reading To The Bright Edge of the World this year — an atmospheric, transporting tale of adventure, love, and survival from the bestselling author of The Snow Child, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Author Eowyn Ivey will visit Whatcom County March 5-7, 2020. The following events as well as a large number of authorless community events are scheduled —they are free-ofcharge and open to the public. See WhatcomReads.org for event details. Don't miss out!

Thursday, March 5 Book Discussion with the Author Ferndale Library 11am

Thursday, March 5 An Evening with Eowyn Ivey Mount Baker Theatre 7pm

Friday, March 6 The Art and Craft of Writing WWU Wilson Library 2pm

Saturday, March 7 Coffee with Eowyn Ivey WCC Heiner Theater 11am

Saturday, March 7 A Conversation with Eowyn Ivey Jansen Art Center, Lynden, 7pm

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

Annual Writing Contest Theme = Discovery The submissions have been made! The winners will be published in a printed anthology and invited to read their work at Village Books.

READINGS

Sunday, Feb. 23. 2pm in Lynden Sunday, Mar. 1, 2pm in Fairhaven

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Whatcom Reads

Art Challenge & Exhibit The Art Challenge offers artists of all ages and experience levels an opportunity to explore themes related to this year’s Whatcom READS title and present their work for public display. Details, dates, and entry forms available soon at alliedarts.org.

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.

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Such a Fun Age

available now, hardcover, Atria

available in December, hardcover, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

In Jon Clinch’s ingenious novel, Jacob Marley, business partner to Ebenezer Scrooge, is very much alive: a rapacious and cunning boy who grows up to be a forger, a scoundrel, and the man who will be both the making and the undoing of Scrooge. They meet as youths, begin a twisted friendship, and their shared ambition manifests itself in a fledgling shipping empire. With their business interests inextricably bound together and instincts for secrecy and greed bred in their very bones, the two men engage in a shadowy war of deception, false identities, forged documents, theft, and cold-blooded murder.

A striking debut novel from an exhilarating new voice, Such a Fun Age is a bighearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her wellintentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both. With empathy and piercing social commentary, this novel explores the stickiness of transactional relationships, what it means to make someone “family,” and the consequences of doing the right thing for the wrong reason.

by Jon Clinch

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

by Kiley Reid

A Great Gift... An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

by Hank Green

In Berlin, at the time when the world changed, Hanni Kohn knows she must send her 12-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazis. She finds her way to a renowned rabbi, but it's his daughter, Ettie, who offers hope of salvation when she creates a mystical Jewish creature, a rare and unusual golem, who is sworn to protect Lea. Once Ava is brought to life, she and Lea and Ettie become eternally entwined. In a world where evil can be found at every turn, we meet remarkable characters that take us on a stunning journey of loss and resistance.

"This whimsical, thought-provoking (dare I say remarkable?) debut novel has already won over the hearts of many. After April May broadcasts her finding of a giant sculpture in the middle of New York City she is launched overnight into stardom. In this crazy alternate reality where martian sculptures appear all around the world, Green is able to provide interesting commentary on internet fame and its effect on relationships, and the incredible way the internet can bring people together, as well as polarize them. Now in paperback!" –Cherie

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

available in January, hardcover, Ballantine Books

Roser, a pregnant young widow fleeing Franco’s regime, finds her life intertwined with that of Victor, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in marriage, and together are sponsored by Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War.

Under Occupation by Alan Furst

available in November, hardcover, Random House

Paris, 1942: just before he dies, a man being chased by the Gestapo hands off to Paul Ricard a strange looking drawing. It looks like a part for a military weapon; Ricard realizes it must be an important document smuggled out of Germany to aid the resistance. As Ricard is drawn deeper into the French resistance, his increasingly dangerous assignments lead him to travel to Germany, and to meet the mysterious Leila, a professional spy.

Listings with this symbol are INDIES INTRODUCE DEBUT AUTHORS titles. These outstanding books by first-time authors were chosen by independent booksellers to share with readers everywhere. Discover fresh new talent!

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Qualityland

by Marc-Uwe Kling available in January, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

Cultural satire meets dystopia in a chilling literary debut. In the near future, a big company TheShop has automated all decision making. But one man receives a product he's absolutely certain he does not want. Returning it, however, is not so easy, calling into question the very foundations of QualityLand itself.

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The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

available now, hardcover, Bloomsbury

Levy has accomplished something rare-a novel with an odd but endearing humor that shifts seamlessly into tender melancholy. As she uncovers the joys and regrets of one man’s life, she urges us all to recognize the moments, both large and small, that will define us most deeply in the end. –Stephanie

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

available in November, hardcover, Doubleday

It's been eight years since we were captivated by The Night Circus and the long wait is finally over. Morgenstern's latest novel is just as, if not more, magical than the last. It's a beautiful, never-ending onslaught of stunning imagery. Zachary, a gamer and bibliophile is following a white rabbit into a mysterious world of books, missing people, and strange characters, all floating on an underground sea of honey. You'll get swept away by this tale! –Claire

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

available in November, hardcover, Harper

Kevin Wilson’s best book yet — a moving and uproarious novel about a woman who finds meaning in her life when she begins caring for two children with remarkable and disturbing abilities: the twins spontaneously combust when they get agitated, flames igniting from their skin in a startling but beautiful way. With white-hot wit and a big, tender heart, Wilson has written a most unusual story of parental love.

A Great Gift... The Travelling Cat Chronicles

by Hiro Arikawa, Translated by Philip Gabriel "This book perfectly describes what it's like when your BFF is your pet. Told in a Studio Ghibli like fashion, it's a great read for any animal lover, not just cat people. Make sure to grab some tissues too." –Melissa

Twenty-one Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks

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

From the beloved author of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend comes a wonderful new novel about a struggling man, written entirely in lists. This heartfelt story is about the lengths one man will go to and the risks he will take to save his family. But Dan doesn’t just want to save his failing bookstore and his family’s finances — he wants to become someone. Dan is also an obsessive list maker, and his story unfolds entirely in his lists, which are brimming with Dan’s hilarious sense Thank You for Shopping of humor, unique world-view, and deeply personal thoughts.

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The Revisioners

by Margaret Wilerson Sexton available in November, hardcover, Counterpoint A remarkable and moving story about a family's struggle with racial injustice, alternating between the voices of Josephine, born into slavery, and her great-great-granddaughter Ava in 2017 who is struggling to raise her son and get on her feet. We need to read more stories like this one; we all have so much more work to do in order to overcome discrimination and white-privilege. A great read for fans of Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. –Lauren

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by Kira Jane Buxton

"There is no better gift for your favorite reader than this novel narrated by a foul-mouthed, but lovable crow named S.T. He navigates Seattle with his best friend Dennis the hound in this post-apocalyptic adventure. Entirely narrated by animals, this book is by turns hilarious, heart-wrenching, and so dang smart" –Claire

available now, hardcover, Nan A. Talese

Finally, it's here and it does not disappoint. For those of us who wanted more; more Gilead, more backstory, more answers, now we get them. Told in three feminine voices central to the original story, I was most captivated by that of Lydia, the most powerful of the Aunts. We learn who she is, who she was, and what her secret plan has been all along. A corrupt and controlling government like that of Gilead can't last forever. –Claire

"A Tea Leaf Jewelry is handmade with love in Portland and a great little gift for anyone into unique pieces of jewelry!" –Abby H.

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At Village Books in Fairhaven

New Book Group!

Reading Atwoodly

by Margaret Atwood

A Tea Leaf Jewelry

Saturday, December 7, 7pm

A Year of

The Testaments

A Great Gift...

FICTION

We've wrapped up a fantastic year of Reading Kingsolverly in October but don't despair. Starting this November, we'll delve into a full year of everything Margaret Atwood! Join us the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm in the Writers' Corner on the mezzanine level of Village Books in Fairhaven. Tuesday, November 12, 5:30pm –The Handmaid's Tale An instant classic and eerily prescient cultural phenomenon from “the patron saint of feminist dystopian fiction” (New York Times). We can't think of a better way to start off a Margaret Atwood book group —join us!

Tuesday, December 10, 5:30pm –The Penelopiad Margaret Atwood's shrewd, funny, and insightful retelling of the myth of Odysseus from the point of view of Penelope. "HalfDorothy Parker, half-Desperate Housewives.” –The Independent (UK)

Watch villagebooks.com for additional reading selections.

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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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.

Happy Reading!

A Great Gift!

The Topeka School

The Current

by Ben Lerner

by Tim Johnston

available now, hardcover, Algonquin

A new novel by the acclaimed author of The Descent. In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene — half frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river 10 years earlier, and whose killer may still live among them.

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available now, hardcover, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

With his fictional exploration of language via a champion top-level high school debate competitor, Lerner seems like the kind of Very Important Writer I would normally roll my eyes at. But he heartily succeeds in exposing the ridiculousness of political discourse and how it’s closer to violence than actual communication. I was won over by his ability to write powerfully without sacrificing character development, and it’s a book I can’t stop thinking about. –Stephanie

A Great Gift... Village Books and Paper Dreams Gift Cards "The perfect gift for ANYONE on your list. Why not let them decide?" –Allison

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Fantasy & Science Fiction Ninth House

by Leigh Bardugo available now, hardcover, Flatiron Books

Alex knew one thing: she could see them. The ghosts. Darlington knew another: they couldn’t hurt you. Except he was wrong. When Alex is accepted to Yale and inducted as a member of Lethe House – playing police to the campus’s magic users – she and her mentor, Darlington, stumble upon something ancient and dark that could tie the Houses of the Veil to a slew of murders. But in a world of magic and capital greed, finding the truth might also mean finding your grave. Bardugo’s debut adult novel is vicious, lush, and it doesn’t pull its punches. –Rachel

Well-loved author Leigh Bardugo’s first foray into the world of adult books is not so much a splash as it is a cannonball of darkness and paranormal activity. An addicting journey through Yale’s secret societies and its ghostly happenings, as well as a masterfully woven portrayal of living with trauma, Ninth House is not one for you to sink your teeth into. Rather, it’s one that will sink its teeth into you. –Hana

A Great Gift!

Dune : Deluxe Edition

A Great Gift...

by Frank Herbert

available now, hardcover, Penguin

Dahlia Black by Keith Thomas "The Pulse altered every living thing: was it destiny or contrived manipulation out of our control? Science fiction author Keith Thomas delivers a politically charged and insightful story in Dahlia Black. I recommend a Kikkerland planet paperweight or The Planet Mug to go along. An appropriate gift for any adult." –Sally

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

A deluxe hardcover edition of Frank Herbert’s epic masterpiece — a triumph of the imagination and one of the bestselling science fiction novels of all time. A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. This new deluxe hardcover edition includes: an iconic new cover, stained edges and fully illustrated endpapers, a beautifully designed poster on the interior of the jacket, a redesigned world map of Dune, and an updated Introduction by Brian Herbert!

Dracul

available in December, hardcover, Macmillan

A messianic blue fox who slips through warrens of time and space on a mysterious mission. A homeless woman haunted by a demon who finds the key to all things in a strange journal. A giant leviathan of a fish, centuries old, who hides a secret, remembering a past that may not be its own. Three ragtag rebels waging an endless war for the fate of the world against an all-powerful corporation. Jeff VanderMeer's Dead Astronauts presents a City with no name of its own where, in the shadow of the allpowerful Company, lives human and otherwise converge in terrifying and miraculous ways. At stake: the fate of the future, the fate of Earth — all the Earths.

by J.D. Barker and Dacre Stoker available now, paperback, G.P. Putnam’s Sons

120 years later, and this is the first prequel to Dracula ever endorsed by Bram Stoker’s Estate. Inspired by notes and texts left behind by Bram Stoker — drawing upon his true-life experiences in his youth that shaped his life-long obsession — Barker breathes new life into this classic tale, resurrecting it while keeping with the gothic traditions. Read this with the candles lit against the chill of a cold winter’s night when the wind is howling…or is it indeed the wind? –Paul

Go to villagebooks.com and click on Get Digital Audiobooks Here to FICTION browse audiobook selections and to start your membership today. Thanks for supporting local!

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The Light of All That Falls by James Islington

available in December, hardcover, Orbit

The journey that began in The Shadow of What Was Lost and continued in An Echo of Things to Come now comes to its breathtaking conclusion in The Light of All That Falls, the spectacular final chapter of the Licanius Trilogy by acclaimed epic fantasy author James Islington. If you loved the Wheel of Time series, this is the one for you!

Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri

available in November, paperback, Orbit

To save the darkness-plagued Empire, Arwa and a disgraced, illegitimate prince must walk the bloody path of their shared past, through the realm of ash and into the desert, where the cause of the Empire's suffering lie in wait. But what they find there calls into question everything they've ever valued... and whether they want to save the Empire at all. A spellbinding fantasy novel set in the Mughal India-inspired world of Empire of Sand!

The Seep

by Chana Porter available in January, hardcover, Soho Press

The SEEP organism has transformed reality. Travel with Trina as she navigates this new society and the loss she suffered when her wife elected to start life over as an infant. Conjure a door in the floor, converse with a bear, and consider the perspective of a mind reading pamphlet (named Pam, of course). Spike your coffee, and strap on your boots. We're going on a Vengeful Quest. –Diana

The Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez

available in January, hardcover, Del Rey

Nia Imani is a woman outside of time. Decades of travel through the stars are condensed into mere months for her, though the years continue to march steadily onward for everyone she has ever known. Her friends and lovers have aged past her, and all she has left is work. Alone and adrift, she lives only for the next paycheck, until one day she meets a mysterious boy, fallen from the sky.

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Fantasy & Science Fiction The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht available now, hardcover, Tor

Lusciously grotesque and epically vicious, this debut novel is unlike anything I've ever read. Phenomenally written, Jennifer Giesbrecht weaves a dark and twisted tale of revenge and obsession. Follow the bloody path of retribution by a mage who twists minds and a homunculus who can't die as they conspire against the town that betrayed and neglected them. –Abbie

Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender

available in November, paperback, Orbit

An ambitious young woman with the power to control minds seeks vengeance against the royals who murdered her family, in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression. Queen of the Conquered reckons with the many layers of power and privilege in a lush fantasy world and it's not a book to miss.

Agency

by William Gibson available in January, hardcover, Berkley

Verity Jane is beta testing a new product: a digital assistant named Eunice. This humanlike AI soon manifests an uncanny grasp of combat strategy. Verit y, realizing her new employers don’t know this, decides that it’s best they don’t. Meanwhile, a century ahead in a different timeline entirely, Wilf Netherton works amid plunderers and survivors of the apocalypse. His employer can observe alternate pasts and nudge their directions. Verity and Eunice have become their current project.

A Great Gift... A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

"This book would make a great gift for anyone who loves fantasy, adventure, and unforgettable characters. It's the first in the Shades of Magic trilogy, and it'll introduce the reader to the magical world of Red London. It's also the prefect size to fit in a stocking!" –Rachel

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Mystery & Crime The Janes: An Alice Vega Novel

The Old Success

by Louisa Luna

by Martha Grimes

available in January, hardcover, Doubleday

Outside San Diego, the bodies of two women without any identification are discovered. Fearing the possibility of human trafficking, the FBI reaches out to Alice Vega--an investigator with a knack for finding the missing--to help figure out who the Janes were—and find the others who have disappeared. Vega’s determination is matched only by her intellect, and she will stop at nothing to find the Janes before it is too late.

available in November, hardcover, Atlantic Monthly Press

In The Old Success, the 25th mystery in the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes, an unlikely trio of detectives teams up to solve three puzzling murders that span three counties across England. Written with Grimes’s signature wit, sly plotting, and gloriously offbeat characters, The Old Success is prime fare from “one of the most fascinating mystery writers today” (Houston Chronicle).

The Godmother : A Crime Novel

by Hannelore Cayre, translated by Stephanie Smee available now, paperback, ECW Press

Meet Patience Portefeux, a middle-aged women who is in need of a job to help her daughters get through college and her mom into a retirement home. She lands a job as the Franco-Arab interpreter for the Ministry of Justice. One thing after another (don't want to give anything away), and she finds herself in the middle of a massive drug deal — and ultimately becomes The Godmother. Translated from the international bestseller La Daronne, winner of the European Crime Fiction Prize, and inspiration for the motion picture Mama Weed. A must read for anyone who likes an intelligent thriller. –Kelly E.

True Crime The Third Rainbow Girl :

The Program :

The Long Life of a Double Murder in Appalachia

Inside the Mind of Keith Raniere and the Rise and Fall of NXIVM

by Emma Copley Eisenberg

by Toni Natalie with Chet Hardin

available in January, hardcover, Hachette Books

available now, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

A jaw-dropping insider look into the world of the so-called "Hollywood Sex Cult" NXIVM. Author Toni Natalie spent eight years with the enigmatic cult leader Keith Raniere as his girlfriend, business partner, and test subject for his coercive control techniques. As the first one indoctrinated into Raniere's methodology and the first to escape, Natalie's is a nuanced narrative of a multi-dimensional woman saving herself, and then working tirelessly to help other women do the same.

Remember, We Buy

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Emma Copley Eisenberg spent five years re-investigating the murder of two young women, which once captured the national media's imagination, only to fall into obscurity. Eisenberg shows how a mysterious act of violence against a pair of middle-class outsiders has loomed over all those involved for generations, shaping their identities, fates, and the stories they tell about themselves. A deeply researched and stunningly written investigation.

Bring your already-read books to our Fairhaven location and we'll give you up to 25% of the list price in store credit.* You can use that to buy more books or gifts in Village Books and Paper Dreams. * dependent on condition and demand of books

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paperback FICTION Join us for the live taping of

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring author

Melissa Anne Peterson Tuesday, February 18

doors & music 6:30pm, show 7pm

at the FireHouse Arts & Events Center 1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham

TICKETS $5: available at Village Books and eventbrite.com. Receive one free ticket with each pre-event purchase of Vera Violet.

Humiliation : Stories by Paulina Flores

available in November, paperback, Catapult

This has been a stellar year for Latinx fiction, and following close on the heels of Sabrina & Corina by Kali FajardoAnstine and Cantoras by Carolina De Robertis is this collection by awardwinning Chilean writer Paulina Flores. With the themes of humiliation and shame running through each piece, Flores examines her conceit through a multitude of angles, exposing how we move out of the innocence of childhood in vastly different ways. –Stephanie

Vera Violet

by Melissa Anne Peterson available in February, paperback, Counterpoint

Watch out for this one as this debut is poised to take the Pacific NW literary world by storm. Melissa Anne Peterson writes about aimless teenagers in a depressed logging town like a pro, as if she's been doing this for eons. Her voice is poetic and transcendent, taking us deep into the desperation of our heroine, Vera Violet, as she navigates a life with little opportunity, and a fierce devotion to one Jimmy James Blood. This is a book that will haunt readers deeply. –Claire

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar

available in January, paperback, Europa Editions

From the pen of one of Iran’s rising literary stars, The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree is a family story about the unbreakable connection between the living and the dead. Told from the wise yet innocent gaze of a young girl, this book speaks of the power of imagination when confronted with cruelty, and of our human need to make sense of trauma through the ritual of storytelling itself.

Take Daily as Needed : Join us for a free event with

Kathryn Trueblood Sunday, November 17, 4pm At Village Books in Fairhaven Join us for a discussion after the reading on the challenges of writing about health issues and healing in a culture that prizes novelty and speed. How do we get through dark times and trials? Do you worry you will depress your readers too much? Shock them by laughing? Let’s talk about it.

A Novel In Stories

by Kathryn Trueblood available now, paperback, University of New Mexico Press

Local author Kate Trueblood caught me by surprise with this collection of short stories that together, create a complete look at mothering, daughtering, working, and loving, all while navigating a variety of health issues within herself and her family. Told with an acerbic wit, her tales are real, relatable, and provoke all kinds of feelings. So much is packed into this little book making it a supremely satisfying read. –Claire

The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer

available now, paperback, Back Bay Books

A captivating debut novel, The Age of Light tells the true story of Vogue model turned renowned photographer Lee Miller, and her search to forge a new identity as an artist after a life spent as a muse. Told in alternating timelines of 1930s Paris and the battlefields of WWII, this sensuous, richly researched novel brings to light the life of a fearless, original artist--a woman whose name and art should be known by everyone.

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Poetry Poems from the Edge of Extinction : An Anthology of Poems in Rare and Endangered Languages

Is, Is Not : Poems

edited by Chris McCabe

available now, paperback, Graywolf Press

available in December, hardcover, Chambers

Restorative in every sense, Is, Is Not is the kind of book that takes a lifetime to write — a book of the spirit made manifest by the poet’s unrelenting gaze and her intimate engagement with the mysteries that keep us reaching. These poems upend our notions of linear time, evoke the spirit and sanctity of place, and hover daringly at the threshold of what language can nearly deliver while offering alternative corollaries as gifts of its failures.

by Tess Gallagher

Featuring award-winning poets from cultures as diverse as the Ainu people of Japan to the Zoque of Mexico, this evocative collection gathers together 50 of the finest poems in endangered, or vulnerable, languages from across the continents. Each poem appears in its original form, alongside an English translation, and is accompanied by a commentary about the language, the poet and the poem - in a vibrant celebration of life, diversity, language, and the enduring power of poetry.

Join us for a free event with poet

BOOKSened

Gifts that are Op Again & Again!

Tess Gallagher Saturday, November 16, 7pm At Village Books in Fairhaven Part of the North Cascades Institute Nature of Writing Series

Whether you do it yourself, or do it with help, The RE Store has your back. Come to The RE Store and see our affordable rotating inventory of new and recycled building materials and home furnishings. We have cabinets, doors, windows, lighting, hardware, lumber, tools, furniture & more. Save up to 75% off retail prices. Perfect for homeowners & renters!

FREE

Donation pickup (360) 647-5921 | re-store.org

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Gift Ideas

• Everyone Deserves Something Nice Games and Puzzles and Puzzles and Puzzles... Connect with family and friends over a puzzle this holiday season! We'll help you select from a wide variety of high quality styles and sizes suitable for kids from 2 to 102.

Keep everyone entertained with games! We've got everything from Jenga, Risk, and Exploding Kittens, to Cards Against Humanity. The word "bored" has no place in a world with this much fun available.

For ALL Ages!

Treat yourself and your loved ones to a truly local kind of clean. • Every batch is created, cut, and packaged by hand, by a family of three – Samish Bay soap here in Bellingham! • Using 100% pure essential oils – no chemicals or colorants. • Cruelty free – never tested on animals, only willing friends and family members!

Root beeswax blend votives – cozy fragrances for the holidays: • spiced chai latte • cinnamon spice and so many more.

Stationery and Note Cards Reaching out to say hello or thank you is ALWAYS better on paper. We have a beautiful variety of boxed notecards and quality stationery. Because it matters – and so do they.

Because we know how important finding just the right journal can be.

Plus Jewelry, Attire, Lotions, and so Much More! Shop 24/7 at villagebooks.com

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Find it in Fairhaven! A Great Gift... A Great Gift... Boma Rings "Boma is the perfect gift for your sweetheart this holiday season! The brand excels in both quality and style with a lifetime guarantee to boot. Treat yourself or a loved one to an affordable and beautiful gift that will last a lifetime through all of the cherished memories." –Autumn Skye

The Undead

A Great Gift... Paddywax Candles "The holidays always inspire candle light glow and Paddywax candles offer multiple fragrances, and candle sizes sure to bring warmth and coziness to your home." –Kelly E.

Chukar Cherries "Chukar Cherries are local, delicious, and come in the cutest packaging! The smaller bags make great stocking-stuffers and the larger boxes are perfect for standalone gifts. These cherries are sure to satisfy your loved ones sweet tooth (or yours!) this holiday season." –Zadra

A Holiday Tradition

a lot of FLOWERS Garden & Gifts & Floral

Unique Gifts, Wreaths & Greens, Stocking Stuffers & More!

1011 Harris Ave in Historic Fairhaven 360.647.0728 • alotofflowersfairhaven.com

A Great Gift... Green Tree Wood Earrings "Green Tree wood earrings are gorgeous, coming in all sorts of shapes and sizes, in designs ranging from organic plant-life to geometric shapes to animal cutouts. They're lightweight, beautifully colored and shaped, and perfect for anyone you know that enjoys a nice pair of earrings." –Hannah

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Gift Ideas

Celebrate the Unexpected!

• Something for Everyone

Handcrafted contemporary ceramics inspired by nature that can be displayed alone or used as vases. Simple. Elegant.

Art Floral Trading

Made from premium food-grade silicone, Stasher food storage bags are pure as glass, soft to the touch, non-toxic and temperature resistant. Save money and save the planet – one Stasher can be used thousands of times! • BPA Free • Fragrance Free Fun • Colorful!

Local Honey A small, family-owned beekeeping business in W hatcom Cournty focused on keeping strong healthy bees and harvesting individual, raw & unfiltered honeys from our fantastic NW botanical sources like maple, blackberry, fireweed and alpine flower.

Tis' the season for a nice warm drink. Stop in and check out our delicious variety of herbal teas, tasty mixes, mugs, and more!

Hand crafted lighting made from real cocoa, banyan, jackfruit and alibangbang leaves, these lamps are eco-friendly, composed of renewable and/or recycled materials with foodbased dyes and low-impact finishes.

Like Walking on Clouds Prepare to expereince the ultimate in comfort with these super soft socks, hats, slippers, and hand warmers!

So Soft!

Don't Forget to Treat Yourself FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

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Resolutions for Writers 2020 Sunday, January 5, 11am-3pm at Village Books in Fairhaven

Need a boost to your writing for the New Year? Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and experts in our writing community. We'll feature a series of workshops, presentations, and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. New this year: A boxed lunch from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe is included with registration fee! Reservations required.

Get Inspired!

Read more and reserve your space today at

whatcomcommunityed.com You can also register by calling WCC - 360-383-3200

Chuckanut Writers

SAVE THE DATES!

Returns to WCC next summer! Friday and Saturday June 26 - 27, 2020 Find the resources and encouragement you need to turn inspiration into action. The conference includes two days of breakout sessions, author panels, keynote addresses, and readings. Join us in 2020!

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

on the mezzanine level of VB unless otherwise noted

Writing Groups

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

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

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

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

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

Fiction I

2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

Fiction II

1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 6-8pm

Read more about each group at villagebooks.com. Please note that meeting times may vary on occasion. Check our events calendar to confirm meeting times. Contact Paul@villagebooks.com for more information.

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Chuckanut Writers COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Conferences, classes, and retreats for your writing life

Resolutions for Writers! Sunday, January 11, 11am-3pm at Village Books in Fairhaven (1 session) (registration fee includes boxed lunch from Evolve) Turning People You Know into Characters on the Page (Fiction) with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor Wednesday, Feb. 12, 6-7:30pm at Village Books in Fairhaven (1 session) Poetry R.A.W. (Reading, Appreciation, Writing) Package with J. L. Wright Wednesdays, Feb. 19 -- March 25, 6:30-8pm at WCC (6 sessions) Take all as a package or individually. Poetry R.A.W. (Reading) with J. L. Wright Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6:30-8pm at WCC (1 session) Poetry R.A.W. (Appreciation) with J. L. Wright Wednesdays, Feb. 26 – March 4, 6:30-8pm at WCC (2 sessions) Poetry R.A.W. (Writing) with J. L. Wright Wednesdays, March 11 – 25, 6:30-8pm at WCC (3 sessions)

How to Choose and Work with an Editor with Roby Blecker Wednesday, Feb. 19, 6-8:30pm at WCC (1 session) The Nature of Creativity: Writing Therapy Workshop with Rainah Sandstrom Mondays, Feb. 24 – March 23, 6-7pm at WCC (5 sessions) Finding Your Story's Spine with Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor Wednesday, Feb. 26, 6-7:30pm at Village Books in Fairhaven (1 session) Turning Real Life into Fiction with Roby Blecker Thursdays, Feb. 27 – March 12 at WCC (3 sessions) StoryHam: A Storytelling Workshop and Event with Stephanie Dethlefs Wednesdays, March 18 – April 1 at Village Books in Fairhaven You Can't Say That! with J. L. Wright Saturday, March 21, 10:30am-noon at WCC (1 session)

Don’t Wait Too Long! Chuckanut Writers classes are selfsupporting and require a minimum number of students to run. Unless we hear from you in time, we may be forced to cancel a class you were planning to take due to low enrollment. Please register early.

Read complete listings and reserve your space at whatcomcommunityed.com You can also register by calling 360-383-3200 Shop 24/7 at villagebooks.com

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Book Groups

VB Reads...

Village Books Groups are Open to Everyone Join us!

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

Afternoon Book Chat

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

Community Conversations

Discuss books that allow us to better understand issues around homelessness. 5pm the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Readings Gallery. See page 15 for more information.

General Lit

A Year of NEW! Reading Atwoodly

Discuss books from a variety of genres at 7pm the 1st Monday of each month in the Readings Gallery. This group is open to anyone and everyone who enjoys reading and discussing books. Starting in November we'll celebrate all that is Margaret Atwood. in this one year limited run book group. We will meet the 2nd Tuesdays of each month at 5:30pm. Read more on page 18.

Bellingham Mysterians

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Books & Brews

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

Authors do not attend VB Reads

Go to villagebooks.com to see the monthly book selections for these groups! Contact bookgroups@villagebooks.com to:

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COOKING

The Joy of Cooking, Fully Revised and Updated

Find the cookbooks along with fun food and cooking items in Paper Dreams!

by Irma Rombauer et al.

available in November, hardcover, Scribner

In the nearly 90 years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of Joy of Cooking in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded by Irma’s greatgrandson John Becker and his wife, Megan Scott. John and Megan developed more than 600 new recipes for this edition, tested and tweaked thousands of classic recipes, and updated every section of every chapter to reflect the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks.

A Great Gift...

Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors

I Can Cook Vegan

by Isa Chandra Moskowitz available now, hardcover, Abrams

Each chapter is a building block to becoming a better, more competent cook. The book teaches readers to cook the way someone might learn a new instrument: master a couple of chords, and then start to put them together to form songs. Each chapter starts with a fresh mission, and readers will cook their way through pastas, salads, sandwiches, bowls, sautés, sheet-pan suppers, and sweets — more than 125 recipes!— until they are ultimately the Best Cook Imaginable.

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by Andrea Nguyen "I love all of Andrea’s cookbooks, but this one is my special favorite—simple recipes with easy to find ingredients make it a joy to cook from. Add more Viet food to your life. It’s fresh and healthy, and so, so tasty!" –Laura P.

Join us for a Free Event

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm

Misha & Vicki Collins At Village Books in Fairhaven Join us as we welcome star of Supernatural and his wife, Vicki Collins as they present their new book on cooking for families!

The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime by Misha and Vicki Collins

available in November, hardcover, HarperOne

TV star Misha Collins and his wife, journalist and historian Vicki Collins, show families how to be mealtime adventurers so that kids might have a lifelong relationship with real food. In The Adventurous Eaters Club, Misha and Vicki share how they created a home where mealtime doesn’t involve coercion or trickery, and where salad, veggies, fresh soups, and fruit are the main course. Combining personal anecdotes and practical tips with over 100 creative, delicious, whimsical recipes little hands can help prepare, this book offers readers all the support, encouragement, and practical advice they need to to help their children cultivate a lifelong, healthy, and joyful relationship with real food.

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MAY 6 - 9, 2020 Wine and books take center stage on this trip devoted to Willamette Valley wines with a perfectly paired (optional) reading list. You’ll travel to Yamhill County, Oregon to taste award-winning wines with Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson, Village Books and Paper Dreams co-owners, with special guest author Erica Bauermeister. Your guides will lead you in casual discussions of the three selected books — each chosen to enhance your experience of the valley — as you visit wineries and get a taste of what Willamette Valley has to offer. Attend an Information Session to learn more about the trip. Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 5:30 PM Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 6:00 PM In the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven

Registration deadline is March 2, 2020.

A Great Gift!

For Registration and itinerary details, visit www.whatcomcommunityed.com and click on "Road Trips" or call 360.383.3200 • The Scent Keeper by Erica Bauermeister She will be on the trip with us! • The Vineyard Years : A Memoir with Recipes by Susan Sokol Blosser The author will present to the group.

• The Grail : A Year Ambling & Shambling Through an Oregon Vineyard in Pursuit of the Best Pinot Noir Wine in the Whole Wild World by Brian Doyle Who will be with us in spirit.

Optional Reading - attendees receive 15% off these selections at Village Books

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Food & Drink The Pioneer Woman Cooks : The New Frontier: 112 Fantastic Favorites for Everyday Eating by Ree Drummond

available now, hardcover, William Morrow Cookbooks

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and Food Network favorite The Pioneer Woman cooks up exciting new favorites from her life on the ranch in this glorious full-color cookbook that showcases home cooking at its most delicious (and most fun!). The Pioneer Woman Cooks: The New Frontier features 120 brand new step-by-step recipes. From super-scrumptious breakfasts, to tasty soups and sandwiches, to doable and delicious suppers and sides — and, of course, a collection of irresistible sweets you’ll want to make immediately! — home cooks everywhere will discover an extensive list of must-make dishes the whole family will love.

A Great Gift... Totally Bamboo 8" Cutting and Serving Boards

A Great Gift... Dandelion Tea

by Republic of Tea    "This tea is an antioxidant powerhouse. It's great for keeping healthy during the cold season and has evidence for staving off bouts of winter depression -- an all too common occurrence in this sunless corner of the world." –Joe

A Great Gift... Decorative Tea Tongs "These absolutely adorable tea tongs are a more sanitary way for you to serve tea bags. They allow you to squeeze those delicious flavors without the hassle or mess of wrapping that tiny string around the spoon. It also keeps your delicate finger tips from having to pick up the wet tea tag from inside your mug, plus its dishwasher safe and comes in silver or gold." –Kendra

I highly recommend this bar-sized cutting board — perfect for home or on the go. Priced right and decorated with a Washington State emblem embossed into the wood, you’re going to want to buy five for friends and one for yourself — you’ll love it!" –Mel

Wine 99 Bottles : A Black Sheep’s Guide to Life-Changing Wines

by André Hueston Mack, illustrated by Rob DeBorde

available now, hardcover, Abrams Image

In this entertaining, informative, and thoroughly unconventional wine guide, Mack presents readers with the 99 bottles that have most impacted his life. Instead of just pairing wines with foods, Mack pairs practical information with personal stories, offering up recommendations alongside reflections on being one of the only African-Americans to ever work at the top level of the American wine industry. 99 Bottles is a one-of-a-kind exploration of wine culture today from a true trailblazer.

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read. eat. repeat.

With two laughing wives…

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

There's LOVE In EVOLVE... Stocking Stuffers for the Family? Gift Ideas for the Staff? Surprises for Loved Ones? EVOLVE HAS YOU COVERED! PREORDERS START DEC 2

Pre-Orders start December 2 for house confections in bulk; • Herbs Hard Cider Caramel ­— Individually Wrapped in 8oz bags • 85% Dark Sipping CHAIcolate — Dry Mix in 12oz bags • 70% Dark Sipping Chocolate — Dry Mix in 12oz bags • Chocolate Truffle Gift Boxes: Pomegranate Orange & Peppermint Crunch and More! • Chocolate Dipped House-Made Marshmallows:Ghost Pepper Lime & Peppermint • Honeycomb Candy — Made with Maries Bees Honey & 85% Dark Chocolate

"Life Between the Pages" Book Group Dinners EC+C had the best first year run on the sensorial "Life Between the Pages" Book Club Dinners 2019! Thank you to all the wonderful moderators, book club consortium, authors, media guests, bartenders and staff! EC+C will announce the 2020 book list and ticket ordering link on Dec.1!! If you have any suggestions, want to bartend, or want to represent your own book...Send an email...shannon@evolvechocolatecafe.com. Fourth Thursdays starting again in January | 6-8:30pm | $60 | 21+

Fourth Friday Fairhaven Art Walk! View work by EC+C artist Joules Martin and monthly guest artists.

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Weekend 3 Course Dinners • Fridays & Saturdays 5-8pm Reservations recommended | $30 | Regular menu also available

Indulge your palate and your mind! 9am-9pm Mon-Sat 10am-7pm Sun 360.220.1898 Deliciously perched above Village Books - 1200 11th St. in Historic Fairhaven, Bellingham, WA

evolvechocolatecafe.com

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Village Books & Paper Dreams

LYNDEN Find books, cards, jewelry, toys, unique gifts, and more!

Pre-

Holiday Open House! Sunday, November 10 Games, Prizes, Demos & More!

December 31st & January 1st

20% OFF STOREWIDE New Year's

SALE

FAIRHAVEN & LYNDEN

Visit Us Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm

Sundays

We sell USED BOOKS! LOOK FOR THE GREEN LABELS and low, low prices!

11am-5pm The Waples Mercantile Building, 430 Front St., Lynden • villagebooks.com

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LYNDEN loves...

A Great Gift...

EVERYTHING by the Unemployed Philosophers Guild

A Great Gift... Sheer Voile Scarves Fantastic colors and styles at only $19.99!" –Anne

A Great Gift... Whiskey River Soaps

"For great stocking stuffers and last minute gifts (let's face it...it will happen) my go-to is the Unemployed Philosophers Guild spinner where you'll find gifts ranging from Mr. Roger's Encourage-mints to Winston Churchill's Stiff Upper Lip Balm to my favorite (really!) the Dr. Who Disappearing Tardis mug" –Gaye

"You can find a gift for almost anyone on your list from this quirky and hilarious selection of soaps. They also smell delicious, and who doesn't want clean hands?" –Mckenzie

A Great Gift... Luxury Hand Creams "Pick from a wide array of light and lovely floral scented lotions! Ideal little gift for stocking stuffers." –Haley P.

Weekly Story Times in Lynden!

Join us at Village Books in Lynden

Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm

KIDS!

for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

Entertainment at The Claire! the Claire vg Thomas Theatre 655 Front Street in the Dutch Village Mall. Lynden

"Narnia" A Musical Adaptation of The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

Nov 29, 2019 - Dec 15, 2019

"The Curious Savage" A sentimental comedy about greed & dishonesty vs kindness & affection.

Feb 13, 2020 - Mar 1, 2020

Historic Hospitality Urban Renewal

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Open to All

! p u o r G g in it r W n N ew Ly n d e Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Look no further!

Village Books and Paper Dreams in Lynden is starting up their own writing group starting this January, meeting in the Lynden store at 12pm every 2nd and 4th Sunday beginning January 12th. Whether you're a new writer looking to discover your voice or someone who's been writing for years, we welcome all who have the desire to write. We will welcome all forms of writing: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and anything else you can think of. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. These groups are free and open to newcomers and drop-ins. Feel free to just show up! For more information, email rielley.rogers@villagebooks.com

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday on each month starting January 12th!

Mark Your Calendars

January 12 & 26 I February 9 & 23 March 8 & 22 I April 12 & 26

Book Groups We meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Waples Room at the Inn at Lynden — adjacent to Village Books.

Join Us!

• November 20: There There by Tommy Orange • December 18: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance Watch villagebooks.com for more reading selections & book descriptions.

Lynden Front Streeters

Spend the afternoon with “The Front Streeters,” led by VBPD staff members. We explore a variety of reads from different genres and have a lot of fun. Grab a friend and let’s chat about books — and whatever else comes up!

Attendees are eligible for a 15% discount on both group's selections. Meet at Overflow Taps to casually discuss thembook selection and share a pint! Fourth Tuesdays at 7pm. • November 26: Border Songs by Jim Lynch

Get an exclusive Books and Brews growler free • December 25: No Meeting with the purchase of a fill. • January 28: Just let the beertender A Gentleman in Moscow know you are part of by Amor Towles Books and Brews!

• February 25: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey Whatcom Reads 2020! FH: 360.671.2626 • LY: 360.526.2133 • villagebooks.com

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Lynden for the Holidays There's a lot going on - don't miss out! Head into Downtown Lynden this holiday season for a unique shopping experience. Enjoy restaurants, bakeries, antique shops, galleries, and friendly faces and fantastic finds at Village Books and Paper Dreams!

Sunday, November 10, 11am - 5pm

Book Walk!

Pre-Holiday Open House Village Books and Paper Dreams

Have fun while getting a jump start on your holiday shopping! We'll have various stations around the store. Visit them all then spin the wheel for a chance to win one of many discounts and prizes!

Free Samples

Demos

December 7, 10am - 5pm

Spin the Wheel for Prizes

Elf on the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, December 7, 6pm

Lynden Lighted Parade

Throughout Downtown Lynden

Along Front Street through Downtown Lynden Hoek Photography

Explore the shops on Front Street to find the Elf on the Shelf! People of all ages are encouraged to join the fun; there is no cost to participate.

Friday, December 13, 4pm

Visit with The Grinch Village Books and Paper Dreams Downtown Lynden

Join us as we read the classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with none other than the one, the only.... GRINCH himself! Don't forget your camera for this great photo op!

The annual dazzling display of lighted trucks, cars, floats, wagons and farm equipment is sponsored by Edaleen Dairy. The procession starts at Fairway Center (Front & 17th Street) and continues through downtown Lynden along charming Front Street. Contact the Lynden Chamber of Commerce for more information.

Holiday Photos The Inn at Lynden - The Waples Mercantile Building

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Literature LIVE!

LYNDEN

VB’s Literary Events Program IN

LYNDEN

Additions & changes will occur so check out

villagebooks.com

to stay updated–or even better, let us come to you! Register online for the Village Books eNewsletter! Sunday, November 10, 11am-5pm Pre-Holiday Open House at Village Books and Paper Dreams Join us for our annual Open House – a fun day filled with games, treats, demos, and prizes all while getting a jump on your holiday shopping. Read more on page 5.

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

Saturday, November 16, 4pm CLYDE FORD –Think Black We are pleased to welcome Clyde Ford to our Lynden location for a follow-up event to his launch party for this fantastic memoir! In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, award-winning Bellingham author, Clyde W. Ford, tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first Black software engineer in America. Think Black reveals how racism at IBM insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship. Clyde W. Ford is an award-winning author of 12 works of fiction and nonfiction. He’s also a psychotherapist, mythologist, and sought-after public speaker. He’s been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, and numerous television and radio programs. Clyde lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Thursday, November 28 Happy Thanksgiving - Store Closed Thank YOU for your patronage. Enjoy the holiday!

Saturday, November 23, 4pm KARL PETERSEN –Reformed: Confessions of a Preacher’s Kid

A heart-warming childhood memoir about the son of a Dutch Reformed preacher, Reformed sweeps us into a young boy's world of trials and redemption. Tornados, disabled siblings, death, guns, fears of losing his mother, and the mysteries of sex are challenges Karl faces before he is 10 years old. He wrestles with the moral and theological puzzles that shape his world. When bad decisions lead to delinquency and crime, he must learn how to respond as flashes of truth and grace ignite in him the first flames of faith. Petersen's stories — vivid, candid, and humorous — draw us into his quirky family of 10 in a time before iPads. Karl Petersen teaches English at Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada. He has two collections of poetry, Bellowing in the Common and Urban Fits, and a novel, The Kingdom of What Is.

Kids!

Friday, December 13, 4pm How the Grinch Stole Christmas STORYTIME featuring a visit by THE GRINCH himself! Join us as we read the classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! with none other than the one, the only.... GRINCH himself! Don't forget your camera for this great photo op!

Family Saturday, December 14, 2pm Event! SALLY BAIRD –Shrinking the Worry Monster: A Kid's Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries

Worry Monster has been whispering mean things to kids and making them feel terrible. Now it is up to Brooklyn and Jackson to discover the monster’s secret — and stop him! This delightful story contains research-based strategies that kids and their parents can use to overcome worry and fear. Many sources say there is an anxiety epidemic among us. This book couldn’t be more timely to help us all shrink our worries. Sally Baird, PhD, is a retired child psychologist. She has successfully used the strategies in this book with her anxious clients for over 20 years.

Sunday, December 22: Open 10am - 6pm We'll be open and ready for those last minute shopping needs.

Tuesday, December 24: Open 10am - 6pm Wednesday, December 25: Store Closed Merry Christmas! Tuesday, December 31: Open 10am - 4pm AND Wednesday, January 1: Open 10am - 4pm

20% OFF STOREWIDE SALE!

Saturday, November 30 Small Business Saturday and Indies First!

Sunday, February 23, 2pm Whatcom WRITES Public Presentation

Shop local and reinvest in your community this holiday season! November 30th is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses across the country, and Indies First, a national movement of local authors supporting their local bookstores. Thanks for supporting our community's many wonderful small businesses by choosing to shop local.

Hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest read their work about DISCOVERY — based on the 2020 book selection, To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey. See page 15 for details about Ivey's Whatcom County visits coming up in March!

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CREATE TEACH SHARE

ENGAGE IN THE ARTS

JANSEN ART CENTER

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Chuckanut Radio HOUR

The

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

All Shows - Doors open and music at 6:30pm • Recording starts at 7pm

Rachel Lynn Solomon Tuesday, November 19

–Our Year of Maybe

The Sylvia Center for the Arts From the author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends. Solomon excels at authentically capturing the complicated lives and identities of today's teens. emotionally resonant and deeply characterized story of love, friendship, and identity in the broadest sense. Young Adult Fiction!

Thursday, January 30

13th Anniversary Show This month, the Chuckanut Radio Hour will celebrate its 13th Anniversary with highlights and clips from some of the best of 2019 and the last THIRTEEN years. This is always a good time and a popular show so get your tickets now!

Tickets are now available at Village Books and

The Heiner Theater, WCC

Eventbrite.com Receive one FREE TICKET to each show with the purchase of the featured books.

Tuesday, February 18

Melissa Anne Peterson –Vera Violet: A Novel The FireHouse Arts & Events Center Set against the backdrop of a decaying Pacific Northwest lumber town, Vera Violet is a debut that explores themes of poverty, violence, and environmental degradation as played out in the young lives of a group of close-knit friends. Melissa Anne Peterson’s voice is powerful and poetic, her vision unflinching. A HUGE thanks to our amazing sponsors!

Tickets $5.00

OR with with each paid ticket, you'll receive a $5 voucher to spend on the featured book at that show!

Community & Continuing Education

The Chuckanut Radio Hour airs every Sunday morning at 10am on KMRE 102.3FM and every Monday at 8pm & Friday at 6pm on KAVZ-LP 102.5

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Dive Into

WHATCOM PLACES II

Local History this Holiday Season!

A CELEBRATION IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Introduction by Ivan Doig Forward by William Dietrich

WHATCOM LAND TRUST

Find these titles and MANY MORE at Village Books

Bellingham

City Club

JoinJoin us for non-partisan programs uslively, for monthly speakers who willmonth inform, connect and engage onon each with interesting speakers critical issues within ourcommunity. community. important issues in our

Everyone welcome Doors open: 11:30 a.m. Lunch program: 12 - 1:30 p.m. the 4th Wednesday of each month at Northwood Hall FOR PROGRAM INFORMATION AND PRICING

www.bellinghamcityclub.org

Creative & Literary Liberation Hosted by Racial Justice Coalition

Creative Literary Liberatio

2nd & 4th Sundays at Village Books in Fairhaven Starting November 10th

hosted by RJC

Introducing a People of Color centered gathering for literary and creative expression where poetry, book readings, spoken word, and songs are shared. Hosted by Racial Justice Coalition, these events are for people who identify as a Person of Color and anti-racist White accomplices. See villagebooks.com for details

¡Viene Pronto!

(Image credit: Creative Liberation

Event description: Peop Color (PoC) centered ga for literary and creative expression where poetry, book reading spoken word, and songs are shared. This event is for people w identify as a Person of Color and anti racist White people and accomplices.

Comenzando en enero, espera un micrófono abierto en español.

Second and Fourth Sundays of the month, starting November 10, 2019.

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History

Stolen : Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home by Richard Bell

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Philadelphia, 1825: five young, free black boys fall into the clutches of the most fearsome gang of kidnappers and slavers in the United States. Lured onto a small ship with the promise of food and pay, they are instead met with blindfolds, ropes, and knives. Their ordeal shines a glaring spotlight on the Reverse Underground Railroad, a black market network of human traffickers and slave traders who stole away thousands of legally free African Americans from their families in order to fuel slavery’s rapid expansion in the decades before the Civil War.

The World Aflame : A New History of War and Revolution 1914-1945

by Dan Jones and Marina Amaral available in December, hardcover, Pegasus Books

Dan Jones and Marina Amaral tell the epic, harrowing, and world-changing story — in narrative form with colorized images — of global conflict from the assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand to the obliteration of Hiroshima by the first atom bomb. The World Aflame embraces not only the total conflagrations of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 and the tensions, ideologies and economic forces that set them in motion, but also the revolutions in Russia; civil wars in Ireland and Spain; American interventions in Latin America, colonial wars in Morocco, Ethiopia, and Palestine; and events on the domestic ‘fronts’ of nations.

The Second Founding : How

the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

History Day by Day : 366 Voices from the Past

by Peter Furtado

available now, paperback, Thames and Hudson

History Day by Day presents an original perspective on over two millennia of human history through 366 quotations, one for each day of the year, including leap years. Each quotation, tied to the anniversary of a significant historical event, captures that moment with the immediacy of an eyewitness or the narrative flair of a chronicler.

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All Blood Runs Red : The Legendary Life of Eugene Bullard-Boxer, Pilot, Soldier, Spy

by Phil Keith, Tom Clavin

available in November, hardcover, Harper

For readers of Unbroken, The Boys in the Boat, and Hidden Figures, the incredible life story of Eugene Bullard, the first African American military pilot to fly in combat, and the only African American pilot in World War I, who went on to become a self-taught jazz musician, a Paris nightclub impresario, a spy in the French Resistance, and finally an American civil rights pioneer, by the award-winning and bestselling historians Phil Keith and Tom Clavin.

Checkpoint Charlie : The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, and the Most Dangerous Place on Earth by Iain MacGregor

by Eric Foner

available in November, hardvoer, Scribner

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

As the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall approaches in 2019, MacGregor captures the essence of the mistrust, oppression, paranoia, and fear throughout this period. Here we have the nerve-wracking confrontation between the West and USSR, highlighting such important global figures as Eisenhower, Stalin, JFK, Khrushchev, Reagan, and other politicians of the period. He also includes never-before-heard interviews with the men who built and dismantled the Wall; children who crossed it; relatives and friends who lost loved ones trying to escape over it; military policemen and soldiers who guarded the checkpoints; and many more whose living memories contributed to the full story of Checkpoint Charlie.

Eric Foner’s compact, insightful history traces the arc of the pivotal 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments from their dramatic origins in pre–Civil War mass meetings of African-American “colored citizens”. A series of momentous decisions by the Supreme Court narrowed the rights guaranteed in the amendments, while the states actively undermined them. Today, there are serious political challenges to birthright citizenship, voting rights, due process, and equal protection of the law. Like all great works of history, this one informs our understanding of the present as well as the past.

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History

Dreams of El Dorado : A History of the American West

by H. W. Brands

A Game of Birds and Wolves :

available now, hardcover, Basic Books

The Ingenious Young Women Whose Secret Board Game Helped Win World War II

Dreams of El Dorado tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the settling of the American West. Brands shows how the migrants' dreams drove them to feats of courage and perseverance and how those same dreams also drove them to outrageous acts of violence against indigenous peoples and one another. Balanced, authoritative, and masterfully told, Dreams of El Dorado sets a new standard for histories of the American West.

Between Two Fires : Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia

by Joshua Yaffa

by Simon Parkin

available in January, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Combining rich novelistic accounts with extensive research and interviews, Simon Parkin describes for the first time the role that women played in developing the Allied strategy which won World War II. Told with unforgettable cinematic detail and larger-than-life characters, A Game of Birds and Wolves is a heart-wrenching story of ingenuity, dedication and perseverance, bringing to life the incredible sacrifice required to defeat the Nazis at sea.

A Great Gift...

available in January, hardcover, Tim Duggan Books

In this tour of contemporary Russia, Joshua Yaffa introduces readers to some of the country’s most remarkable figures — from politicians and entrepreneurs to artists and historians — who have built their careers and constructed their identities in the shadow of the Putin system. Torn between their own ambitions and the omnipresent demands of the state, each walks their own path of compromise. What binds them together is the tangled web of dilemmas and contradictions they face.

Indigenous History

Edison

by Edmund Morris "My favorite book of the year, this is Pulitzer prize-winner Edmund Morris's FINAL work. An all encompassing view of America's most influential inventor, this book will make a great gift for anyone who likes history, biographies, engineering, or business!" –Ben

Making SPORTS History!

The Last Whalers : Three Years in the Far Pacific with a Courageous Tribe and a Vanishing Way of Life

The National Team : The Inside Story of the Women Who Changed Soccer

by Doug Bock Clark

by Caitlin Murray

available now, paperback, Back Bay Books

available in November, paperback, Abrams Press

The Lamalerans: a tribe of 1,500 hunter-gatherers who are the world's last subsistence whalers. But now, under assault from the rapacious forces of the modern era and a global economy, their way of life teeters on the brink of collapse. Deeply empathetic and richly reported, The Last Whalers is a riveting, powerful chronicle of the collision between one of the planet's dwindling indigenous peoples and the irresistible enticements and upheavals of a rapidly transforming world.

The National Team tells the history of the USWNT in full, chronicling both their athletic triumphs and less visible challenges off the pitch. Through nearly 100 exclusive interviews with players, coaches, and team officials, Murray takes readers inside the locker rooms and board rooms in engrossing detail. A story of endurance and determination, The National Team is a complete portrait of this beloved and important team.

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for a very special evening with Elaine Weiss, author of THE WOMAN’S HOUR. The League of Women Voters* is pleased to present this FREE Centennial Celebration event to our community.

READ and SHARE this riveting

account of the last push to ratify the 19th Amendment!

February 27, 2020 • 6:30PM Reception and book signing to follow WWU Performing Arts Center Free and Open to the Public For more information visit:

LWVBellinghamwhatcom.org *Co-sponsored by the Ralph Munro Institute for Civic Education and Village Books, with support from the Washington State Historical Society and Washington State Women’s Commission’s Votes for Women Centennial Grant. Convenient, free parking is available.

“Imaginatively conceived and vividly written ... a stirring history of women’s long journey to suffrage and to political influence.” Blanche Wiesen Cook

Photo by Nina Subin

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF VOTING RIGHTS

Join us

Remarkable Women The Book of Gutsy Women :

Smithsonian American Women : Remarkable Objects

Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience

by Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Ensuring the rights and opportunities of women and girls remains a big piece of the unfinished business of the twenty-first century. While there’s a lot of work to do, we know that throughout history and around the globe women have overcome the toughest resistance imaginable to win victories that have made progress possible for all of us. That is the achievement of each of the women in this book.

and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection

by Smithsonian Institution

available now, hardcover, Smithsonian Books

This book offers a unique, panoramic look at women’s history in the United States through the lens of ordinary objects from, by, and for extraordinary women. Featuring more than 280 artifacts from 16 Smithsonian museums and archives, and more than 135 essays from 95 Smithsonian authors, this book tells women’s history as only the Smithsonian can.

The Queens of Animation : The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

From the author of Rise of the Rocket Girls, the untold story of the women of Walt Disney Studios, who shaped the iconic films that have enthralled generations. With gripping storytelling, and based on extensive interviews and exclusive access to archival and personal documents, this book reveals the vital contributions these women made to Disney's Golden Age and their continued impact on animated filmmaking, culminating in the record-shattering Frozen, Disney's first female-directed full-length feature film.

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The Witches Are Coming

POLITICS &

CURRENT

by Lindy West

available in November, hardcover, Hachette Books

From the moment powerful men started falling to the #MeToo movement, the lamentations began: this is feminism gone too far, this is injustice, this is a witch hunt. In The Witches Are Coming, a laugh-outloud, incisive cultural critique, Lindy West turns that refrain on its head. You think this is a witch hunt? Fine. You've got one.

EVENTS

We Are Indivisible : A Blueprint for Democracy Under Trump

by Leah Greenberg and Ezra Levin available in November, hardcover, Atria

Here, the (still-married!) co-executive directors of Indivisible tell the story of the movement. They offer a behind-the-scenes look at how change comes to Washington, whether Washington wants it or not. And they explain how we’ll win the coming fight for the future of American democracy. We Are Indivisible isn’t a book of platitudes about hope; it’s a steely-eyed guide to people power — how to find it, how to build it, and how to use it to usher in the post-Trump era.

Gender and Sexual Diversity

Tightrope : Americans Reaching for Hope

by Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn available in January, hardcover, Knopf

With stark poignancy and political dispassion, Tightrope draws us deep into stories of an “other America.” Taken together, these accounts provide a picture of working-class families needlessly but profoundly damaged as a result of decades of policy mistakes. With their superb, nuanced reportage, Kristof and WuDunn have given us a book that is both riveting and impossible to ignore.

Gender : A Graphic Guide

How Charts Lie :

available in January, paperback, Icon Books

Getting Smarter about Visual Information

by Meg-John Barker and Jules Scheele We’ll look at how gender has been ‘done’ differently — from patriarchal societies to trans communities — and how it has been viewed differently — from biological arguments for sex difference to cultural arguments about received gender norms. We’ll dive into complex and shifting ideas about masculinity and femininity, look at non-binary, trans and fluid genders, and examine the intersection of experiences of gender with people’s race, sexuality, class, disability and more.

Feminism: A Graphic Guide

We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what if we don’t understand what we’re looking at? Good charts make us smarter — if we know how to read them. They can also lead us astray. In How Charts Lie, data visualization expert Alberto Cairo teaches us to not only spot the lies in deceptive visuals, but also to take advantage of good ones to understand complex stories.

Six Weeks to Zero Waste:

available in November, paperback, Icon Books

In this unique, illustrated introduction, explore the early history of conscious struggle against sexist oppression, through the modern “waves” of feminism, up to present-day conversations about #MeToo, intersectional feminism, and women’s rights in the Middle East. It also covers critical theory, popular action and the social and cultural forces that affect attitudes toward gender, women’s lives and the struggle for equality. As you'll see, feminism is at once global, local and individual.

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Reference

by Cathia Jenainati, Judy Groves, and Jem Milton

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by Alberto Cairo

A Simple Plan for Life by Kate Arnell

available in January, paperback, Gaia

We all know the importance of reducing our environmental footprint, but the prospect of going green can seem daunting. Six Weeks to Zero Waste is both an accessible and aspirational program to eliminate waste - and it goes beyond plastic. In this book Kate Arnell will help you on your path to waste-free living, with the principles of the 5 Rs (refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot).

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Literature Short Stories

The Beadworkers : Stories by Beth Piatote

Incidental Inventions

available now, hardcover, Counterpoint

Beth Piatote's luminous debut collection opens with a feast, grounding its stories in the landscapes and lifeworlds of the Native Northwest, exploring the inventive and unforgettable pattern of Native American life in the contemporary world. Told with humor, subtlety, and beautiful spareness, this mixed-genre collection finds unifying themes in the strength of kinship, the pulse of longing, and the language of return.

by Elena Ferrante translated by Ann Goldstein

available in November, hardcover, Europa Editions

Collected here for the first time are the seeds of future novels from Elena Ferrante, the best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend. In a year long stint with the Guardian newspaper, she wrote weekly articles ranging from first love to climate change, from enmity among women to the experience of seeing her novels adapted for film and TV. These are timely reflections from an internationally beloved storyteller.

Fabulous Monsters : Dracula, Alice, Superman, and Other Literary Friends by Alberto Manguel

available now, hardcover, Yale University Press

Alberto Manguel, in a style both charming and erudite, examines how literary characters live with us from childhood on. Throughout the years, they change their identities and emerge from behind their stories to teach us about the complexities of love, loss, and the world itself. Sharing his unique powers as a reader, Manguel encourages us to establish our own literary relationships.

A Great Gift...

The Cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities : A Yearbook

Book Love by Debbie Tung

of Forgotten Words

"Do you know a bibliophile that’s already read everything? This collection of bookish comics make you a holiday gift hero!" –Stephanie

Open this to find both a word and a day to remember, every day of the year. Each day has its own dedicated entry, on which a curious or notable event — and an equally curious or notable word — are explored. The English language is vast enough to supply us with a word for every occasion—and this linguistic “wunderkammer” is here to prove precisely that. So whatever date this book has found its way into your hands, there’s an entire year’s worth of linguistic curiosities waiting to be found.

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Gifts th Again & Again! A Great Gift... Decomposition Books "Whether it's for class, writing whatever your heart wants, or writing your deepest, darkest secrets – Decomposition books allow all of this and more, while recycling!" –Rielley

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by Paul Anthony Jones

available now, hardcover, University of Chicago Press

A Great Gift... Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany

by Jane Mount "Any book lover would be thrilled to receive this artful celebration of all things literary!" –Diana

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Art • Artists

Performing Arts

Janis : Her Life and Music Morning Glory on the Vine : Early Songs and Drawings

by Joni Mitchell

available now, hardcover, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

In 1971, as her album Blue topped charts around the world, Joni Mitchell crafted 100 copies of Morning Glory on the Vine as a holiday gift for her closest friends: she wrote an exquisite selection of her own lyrics and poems and illustrated them with more than 30 of her original pictures. All the artwork from the original book is included here, along with several additional pictures that Joni drew of her friends from the same period. The refreshed volume features an original introduction written by Joni. Morning Glory on the Vine is a gorgeous and intimate keepsake and an invitation to explore anew the dazzling, visionary world of Joni Mitchell.

Classic Albums by Women

by Classic Album Sundays available now, paperback, Acc Art Books

Pick up any other book on the theme of 'Albums You Must Hear Before You Die', and you'll confront a heavy gender bias. This project redresses the gender imbalance: an overdue celebration of women's creativity and musicianship within a male-dominated sphere. It features over a hundred submissions from high-profile musicians including Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Peter Hook, Nina Kraviz, Black Madonna, Gilles Peterson, Rankin, KT Tunstall, John Grant and more.

by Holly George-Warren

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Joplin was a tomboy who was also intellectually curious and artistic. By the time she reached high school, she had drawn the scorn of her peers for her embrace of the Beats and her racially progressive views. She was a Texan who yearned to flee Texas but could never quite get away — even after becoming a countercultural icon in San Francisco. Written by one of the most highly regarded chroniclers of American music history, and based on unprecedented access to Janis Joplin’s family, friends, band mates, archives, and long-lost interviews, Janis is a complex, rewarding portrait.

Acid for the Children : A Memoir

by Flea

available in November, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

It's 1985 and I'm sitting outside a club in Phoenix wishing upon wishing that I had a fake ID just so I could see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and do a bit of slam dancing. I had to relent and take the teenage angst self home and slip the copied VHS of Suburbia back into the player. If any of this makes sense, you should read this book. Flea gives a heartwarming and honest look at his life before the Chili Peppers. –Kelly E.

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Me : Elton John Official Autobiography

by Elton John

available now, hardcover, Flatiron

Christened Reginald Dwight, he was a shy boy with Buddy Holly glasses who grew up in the London suburb of Pinner and dreamed of becoming a pop star. By the age of 23 he was performing his first gig in America, facing an astonished audience in his bright yellow dungarees, a star-spangled T-shirt, and boots with wings. Elton John had arrived and the music world would never be the same again. In his first and only official autobiography, music icon Elton John reveals the truth about his extraordinary life, from his rollercoaster lifestyle as shown in the film Rocketman, to becoming a living legend.

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Help! : The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration

by Thomas Brothers

available now, paperback, W.W. Norton

The Beatles and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Through his highly original examination of these two musical legends, Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success.

Building Community One Book at a Time


Life Stories How We Fight for Our Lives : A Memoir

by Saeed Jones available now, hardcover, Simon and Schuster

Jones tells the story of a young, black, gay man from the South as he fights to carve out a place for himself, within his family, within his country, within his own hopes, desires, and fears. Through a series of vignettes that chart a course across the American landscape, Jones draws readers into his boyhood and adolescence — into tumultuous relationships with his family, into passing flings with lovers, friends, and strangers. Each piece builds into a larger examination of race and queerness, power and vulnerability.

Once More to the Rodeo :

James Baldwin : Living in Fire by Bill V. Mullen

available now, hardcover, University of Chicago Press

Mullen explores how Baldwin's life and work-radical, anti-imperialist, black queer advocate, feminist- channel the long history of the African-American. Fighting towards what he hoped would be a post-racial society, Baldwin's philosophy was tragically ahead of its time. As racist and reactionary forces rise across the world, this is an essential guide to the life and legacy of one of America's most important radical voices.

Becoming Eve : My Journey from Ultra-Orthodox Rabbi to Transgender Woman

A Memoir

by Abby Chava Stein

by Calvin Hennick

available in November, hardcover, Seal Press

available in December, paperback, Pushcart Press

Abby Stein was raised in a Hasidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, born as the first son in a dynastic rabbinical family, poised to become a leader of the next generation of Hasidic Jews. But Abby felt certain at a young age that she was a girl. Powerful in the truths it reveals about biology, culture, faith, and identity, Becoming Eve poses the enduring question: How far will you go to become the person you were meant to be?

Five years into fatherhood, Calvin Hennick is plagued by self-doubt and full of questions. How can he teach his son to be a man, when his own father figures abandoned him? As a white man, what can he possibly teach his biracial son about how to live as a black man in America? In search of answers, Calvin takes his young son on the road, traveling across the country to arrive at the annual rodeo in his small Iowa hometown. In this unforgettable debut memoir, Calvin Hennick holds a mirror up to both himself and modern America, in an urgent and timely story.

Bowie’s Bookshelf : The Hundred Books that Changed David Bowie’s Life by John O'Connell

available in November, hardcover, Gallery Books

Three years before David Bowie died, he shared a list of 100 books that changed his life. His choices span fiction and nonfiction, literary and irreverent, and include timeless classics alongside eyebrow-raising obscurities. How did the power imbued in a single suit of armor in The Iliad impact a man who loved costumes, shifting identity, and the siren song of the alter-ego? How did The Gnostic Gospels inform Bowie’s own hazy personal cosmology? In 100 short essays, music journalist John O’Connell studies each book on Bowie’s list and contextualizes it in the artist’s life and work.

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Life Changing Consider This : Moments in My Writing Life After Which Everything was Different

by Chuck Palahniuk

available in January, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

In this spellbinding blend of memoir and insight, Chuck Palahniuk shares stories and generous advice on what makes writing powerful and what makes for powerful writing. Clear-eyed, sensitive, illuminating, and knowledgeable, Consider This is Palahniuk's love letter to stories and storytellers, booksellers and books themselves. Consider it a classic in the making.

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Personal Journeys Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

available in November, hardcover, Little Brown and Co.

This is a beautiful, soul-baring punch in the gut. Slate’s writing is just as often poetic as profound, like in the flash fiction-esque vignettes where she imagines surreal scenarios of her own death. She writes less with assurance than with insight and tenderness, but the writing is no less a force for that decision. Little Weirds has been the biggest surprise of the year, and I can’t wait for everyone to read it. –Stephanie

Staff Recommendations Maid : Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive by Stephanie Land

available in January, paperback, Hachette Books

This is an eye-opening true story of a young single woman trying to claw her way out of a system that constantly fails her, as she works tirelessly to make ends meet while raising her young daughter. I hope you are moved by her experiences trying to get out of poverty and that this book makes you think twice about those who are struggling in our country. –Lauren

Over the Top : A Raw Journey to Self-Love

by Jonathan Van Ness

available now, hardcover, HarperOne

This long-awaited bio from the grooming expert on Queer Eye is a gut-punch of realness served by the queen of queens. You'll hear his voice as you read about the lonely childhood in which he lost himself in his imagination, choreographing iceskating routines in his basement. He's been through some sh*t; some traumatic, some devastating, and he recounts it all in his signature style, reminding us all that no matter what we’ve been through, the most important things are self-acceptance and self-love. He lays it all out there and I love him for it. I think you will too. –Claire

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To Shake The Sleeping Self : A Journey from Oregon

to Patagonia, and a Quest for a Life with No Regret

by Jedidiah Jenkins

available in December, paperback, Convergent Books

This book is for anyone feeling restless for a change. Jenkins was, and found his answer in leaving his comfortable world behind and taking a bike ride from Oregon to Patagonia. His internal and external discoveries along the way gently remind you that it’s okay to not know exactly where you’re headed next. Personally raw and creatively told through well-intentioned storytelling and photography, I encourage you to step alongside Jenkins and allow yourself to make connections within your own life. I promise, you won’t be able to resist. –McKenna

Beautiful on the Outside : A Memoir

by Adam Rippon available now, hardcover, Hachette

In 2018, figure skater Adam Rippon became the first openly gay Winter Olympian. That sentence alone is groundbreaking, but his whole story is more so. In this memoir, Adam’s sassy self shines through amazingly, while he explores his soaring and falling, on and off the ice. Adam will make you fall in love with him and the sport, which makes for a truly amazing memoir. –Jenni

Home Work : A Memoir of My Hollywood Years by Julie Andrews, with Emma Walton Hamilton

available now, hardcover, Hachette Books

Andrews shares reflections on her astonishing career and unveils her personal story of dealing with the demands of unimaginable success, being a new mother, the end of her first marriage, embracing two stepchildren, adopting two more children, and falling in love with Blake Edwards. Co-written with her daughter, and told with Andrews's trademark charm and candor, Home Work takes us on a rare and intimate journey into an extraordinary life that is funny, heart-wrenching, and inspiring. –Lauren

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Getting Out Classic Krakauer :

Essays on Wilderness and Risk by Jon Krakauer

available inow, paperback, Anchor

Atlas Obscura, 2nd Edition : An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders

by Joshua Foer, Ella Morton, Dylan Thuras available now, hardcover, Workman

The gripping articles collected in Classic Krakauer show why he is considered a standard-bearer of modern journalism. Spanning an extraordinary range of subjects and locations, these articles take us from a horrifying avalanche on Mount Everest to a volcano poised to obliterate a big chunk of greater Seattle at any moment; from a wilderness teen-therapy program run by apparent sadists to an otherworldly cave in New Mexico, studied by NASA to better understand Mars.

120 brand-new destinations to explore! This second edition takes readers to even more curious and unusual destinations, with two very special features: 12 city guides, covering Berlin, Budapest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Moscow, New York City, Paris, Shanghai, and Tokyo. Plus a foldout map with a dream itinerary for the ultimate around-the-world road trip. More a cabinet of curiosities than traditional guidebook, Atlas Obscura revels in the unexpected, the overlooked, the bizarre, and the mysterious.

A Great Gift... Hydro Flasks "I normally pride myself on being immune to fads, but believe me when I say Hydro Flasks are worth the hype. Aside from the variety of cute colors, they truly keep your water cold or your coffee hot all day long. A great gift idea for anyone in your life who drinks water occasionally." –McKenna

Northwest Guides Seattle Walk Report : An Illustrated Walking Tour through 23 Seattle Neighborhoods

by Seattle Walk Report (Susanna Ryan)

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available now, hardcover, Sasquatch

This is the cutest little book that perfectly captures the eccentricities and magic of Seattle. Follow the author and illustrator as she wanders through the streets of The Emerald City and records the unique quirks of each and every neighborhood. Full of charm and spunk, this is a super fun read and an even better present, especially for Seattle-ites! –Zadra

A Great Gift... Urban Trails Bellingham:

Chuckanut Mountains /Western Whatcom / Skagit Valley

by Craig Romano

"Covering both Whatcom and Skagit counties, this book is a thoughtful gift for walkers and runners." –Donna

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Travel & Art Europe’s Top 100 Masterpieces :

Wanderlust : A Traveler’s Guide to the Globe

Art for the Traveler

by Moon Travel Guides available now, hardcover, Moon Travel

Filled with natural wonders, dazzling celebrations, quirky festivals, road trips, bucket-list sites, epic outdoor adventures, and cultural treasures, Wanderlust is the definitive book for the curious traveler. Get inspired with lists of mythic locations, epic trails, ancient cities, and more that span the four corners. This stunning, hardcover book is packed with full-color photos, charming illustrations, and fascinating overviews of each destination, making it the perfect gift for dreamers and adventurers alike.

by Rick Steves and Gwen Openshaw

available in November, paperback, Rick Steves

Travel through time and discover Europe's most iconic paintings, sculptures, and historic buildings. From Venus to Versailles, Apollo to David, and Mona Lisa to The Thinker, Rick and coauthor Gene Openshaw will have you marveling, learning, and laughing, one masterpiece at a time. Whether you're traveling to Europe or just dreaming about it, this book brings meaning and depth to your sightseeing, with historical context and information on where to see the art for yourself.

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Science

Wizards, Aliens, and Starships : Physics and Math in by Charles Adler

Letters from an Astrophysicist

available in November, hardcover, Princeton University Press

available now, hardcover, W.W. Norton

Fantasy and Science Fiction

by Neil DeGrasse Tyson

From space elevators to interstellar travel, science fiction and fantasy writers have come up with some brilliant, innovative ideas. Yet how plausible are these ideas? Which concepts might happen, and which ones wouldn’t work? From the works of Ursula K. Le Guin to Star Trek and Avatar, this book delves into the most extraordinary details in science fiction and fantasy — such as time warps, shape changing, and rocket launches — and shows readers the physics and math behind the phenomena.

In this hand-picked collection of 101 letters, Tyson draws upon cosmic perspectives to address a vast array of questions about science, faith, philosophy, life, and of course, Pluto. His succinct, opinionated, passionate, and often funny responses reflect his popularity and standing as a leading educator. With Tyson’s most candid and heartfelt writing yet, Letters from an Astrophysicist introduces us to a newly personal dimension of Tyson’s quest to explore our place in the cosmos.

Heaven on Earth :

How Things Work :

How Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo Discovered the Modern World

The Inner Life of Everyday Machines by Theodore Gray

available now, hardcover, Black Dog & Leventhal

by L.S. Fauber

available in December, hardcover, Pegasus Books

How did four men in the 1500's — of different nationality, age, religion, and class — collaborate to discover that the Earth revolved around the Sun? With this radical discovery that went against the Church, they created our contemporary world — and with it, the uneasy conditions of modern life. Heaven on Earth is an intimate examination of this scientific family — that of Nicolaus Copernicus, Tycho Brahe, Johannes Kepler, and Galileo Galilei. Fauber juxtaposes their scientific work with insight into their personal lives and political considerations, which shaped their pursuit of knowledge.

A Great Gift...

The Facts

by Sarah Janssen    

"Even with all the websites and apps available, I still look forward to a new almanac every year. You find things you didn't even know you wanted to know and can see the world through so many lenses." –Sarah

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The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe : How to Know What’s Really Real in a World Increasingly Full of Fake

by Dr. Steven Novella with Bob Novella, Cara Santa Maria, Jay Novella, Evan Bernstein

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2020

We're Online!

Author of The Elements, Molecules, and Reactions Theodore Gray applies his trademark mix of engaging stories, real-time experiments, and stunning photography to the inner workings of machines, big and small, revealing the extraordinary science, beauty, and rich history of everyday things. How Things Work is a must-have exploration of stuff--large and small--for any builder, maker or lover of mechanical things.

available in December, paperback, Grand Central Publishing

Now in paperback with a new chapter on Global Warming! "Thorough, informative, and enlightening, The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe inoculates you against the frailties and shortcomings of human cognition. If this book does not become required reading for us all, we may well see modern civilization unravel before our eyes." –Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Nature

RICHARD LOUV Wednesday, November 20, 7pm at Whatcom Middle School! 810 Halleck St, Bellingham, WA

Our Wild Calling

How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—and Save Theirs by Richard Louv

available in November, hardcover, Algonquin

We all have our animal stories. The ones where we unexpectedly lock eyes with a wild creature and in that moment, something passes between us. In his newest book, the celebrated author of Last Child in the Woods writes about how vital that interaction is for ours and the planet’s well-being. From combatting loneliness and isolation, to preserving entire ecosystems, to bringing us to an awareness that we are not necessarily in charge, Louv outlines how vital it is that we preserve those connections. –Claire

Tickets: $5: Available at Village Books and Eventbrite.com. Each ticket comes with a voucher for $5 off Our Wild Calling! This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute. A Great Gift...

Fantastic Fungi :

Grow in the Dark

How Mushrooms Can Heal, Shift Consciousness, and Save the Planet

by Lisa Eldred Steinkopf

by Louie Schwartzberg available now, hardcover, Earth Aware Editions

Past: The Mayans created stone sculptures depicting "Mushroom Shamans". Current: In Ecuador "fungi cleaners" are being used to mitigate petroleum toxicity in the earth from waste left by oil companies. Future: Studies being made to harness and control effects from mushrooms to benefit people with mood and behavioral disorders. This easy to read book is full of vibrant photos coupled with interesting and current information about our beloved fungi; a great gift for any mushroom lover, forager or forest friend. –Kendra

"This is the perfect gift for those of us crazy enough to grow plants in the PNW. Filled with useful tips and plant suggestions, this book is my go-to for all my plant needs! " –Chase

A Great Gift... Plants of the Pacific Northwest "If there is anyone in your life who doesn't already own this book, get it for them." –Andrew

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Nature

A Great Gift...

Understanding Animals :

Our Dogs, Ourselves:

Philosophy for Dog and Cat Lovers

by Alexandra Horowitz

The Story of a Singular Bond

by Lars Svendsen

available now, hardcover, Reaktion Books

Drawing upon both philosophical analysis and the latest scientific discoveries, Svendsen argues that the knowledge we glean from our relationships with our pets is as valid and insightful as any scientific study of human-animal relations. With this entertaining and thought-provoking book, animal lovers and pet owners will gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to be an animal — and in turn, a human.

"Here is the latest from Alexandra Horowitz’s about-dogs series! I am currently reading Inside of a Dog. Her specialized research discerns and interprets all the various reasons why dogs are the way they are." –Laura O.

No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

available in November, paperback, Penguin Books

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A Wild Child's Guide to Endangered Animals by Millie Marotta

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

From New York Times bestselling author Millie Marotta comes this gorgeous celebration of the animal kingdom. Take a trip through freshwaters, oceans, forests, mountains, tundras, deserts, grasslands, and wetlands while learning about rare and well-known animals and their habitats. Complete with a map detailing where each species can still be found to enrich the reading experience further and inspire additional research. This book will make an enlightening gift for any nature or animal enthusiast.

No One Is Too Small to Make A Difference brings you Greta in her own words, for the first time. Collecting her speeches that have made history across the globe, from the United Nations to mass street protests, her book is a rallying cry for why we must all wake up and fight to protect the living planet, no matter how powerless we feel. Our future depends upon it.

A Great Gift... Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

"I recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt anxiety or stress about the the state of our environment. This book is poetically written and wonderful for discussions about botany, Indigenous history, Western practices and the planet. It is truly a work of art." –Gabi

Nature Writing Winterlust : Finding Beauty in the Fiercest Season by Bernd Brunner

available in November, hardcover, Greystone Books

In Winterlust, a farmer painstakingly photographs 5000 snowflakes, each one dramatically different from the next. Indigenous peoples thrive on frozen terrain, where famous explorers perish. Rooms warmed by crackling fires fill with scents of cinnamon, cloves, and pine. This lovingly illustrated meditation on winter entwines the spectacular with the everyday, expertly capturing the essence of a beloved yet dangerous season, which is all the more precious in an era of climate change.

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BirdNote Journal : A Birdwatcher's Companion from the Popular Public Radio Show by BirdNote, illustrated by Emily Poole

available in November, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

Keep track of the birds you observe and hear; note when, where, and other conditions. Compile your list of mostwanted birds. The journal pages are interspersed with practical and inspiring advice for birders along with color illustrations. The naturalist experts at BirdNote have ignited interest in birds and their stories for over a decade. Now they help you keep track of your own birdwatching pursuits with this beautifully designed journal.

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Psychology The Truth Will Set You Free, But First it Will Piss You Off by Gloria Steinem

available now, hardcover, Random House

Covering topics from relationships to the patriarchy and activism (“Revolutions, like trees, grow from the bottom up.”), this is the definitive collection of Steinem’s words on what matters most. Steinem sees quotes as “the poetry of everyday life,” so she also has included a few favorites from friends, including bell hooks, Flo Kennedy, and Michelle Obama, in this book that will make you want to laugh, march, and create some quotes of your own.

GLORIA STEINEM Booked at the Baker November 22, 7:30pm Premium seats include a copy of the book! See mountbakertheatre.com for details and ticket availability.

The Jackass Whisperer : How to Deal With the Worst People on Earth – At Work, At Home and Online by Scott and Alison Stratten available in November, paperback, Page Two

There is jackassery in all of us. Some might say, more than usual as the holidays approach and our filters fray. Learn to mind your modern manners in this humorous collection of frustrating scenarios. The Strattens offer two responses to every situation. Will you respond in kind, or take the whisper route? –Diana

52 Lists for Calm : Journaling Inspiration for Soothing Anxiety and Creating a Peaceful Life

by Moorea Seal

Why We Can't Sleep : Women's New Midlife Crisis by Ada Calhoun

available in January, hardcover, Grove Press

Are you a Generation X woman? I am. Sandwiched between Boomers and Millenials, most of us are in our '40s and staring down the barrel of 50. Sure, it happens to everyone but remember, we were the first women who were expected to truly "have it all" and now that effort is backfiring on countless women in the form of debt, strains on relationships, and spreading ourselves way too thin. Calhoun peppers her troubling research with great references to the '70s, '80s, and '90s, that only we can best appreciate. –Claire

The Great Pretender : The Undercover Mission That Changed Our Understanding of Madness

by Susannah Cahalan

available in November, hardcover, Grand Central Publishing

In the 1970s, Stanford psychologist David Rosenhan and seven others went undercover into asylums around America to test the legitimacy of psychiatry's labels. Now, Cahalan's explosive new research shows that very little in this saga is exactly as it seems. From the author of Brain on Fire comes this propulsive narrative history investigating the 50-year-old mystery behind a dramatic experiment that changed the course of modern medicine.

Spirituality One Long River of Song : Notes on Wonder for the Spiritual and Nonspiritual Alike

by Brian Doyle

available now, hardcover, Sasquatch Books

available in December, hardcover, Little, Brown and Company

Develop peace of mind through the calming practice of list-making. Create 52 lists, one for each week of the year, in this lovely undated hardback journal, and along the way, develop a personalized tool kit at the back of the book as a quick reference with strategies to turn to for relief. Includes 52 listing prompts divided into 4 sections: Be Present, Look Back, Move Forward, and Release, plus strategies for mindfulness and relaxation.

A playful, deeply moving book of spiritual essays by beloved writer Brian Doyle. At a time when our world feels darker than ever, Doyle's essays are a balm for the tired soul. He finds beauty in the quotidian: the awe of a child the first time she hears a river, the whiskers a grieving widow misses seeing in her sink every day — but through his eyes, nothing is ordinary.

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Be Your Best The Slow Moon Climbs : The Science, History, and Meaning of Menopause

by Susan P. Mattern

available now, hardcover, Princeton University Press

Taking readers from the rainforests of Paraguay to the streets of Tokyo, Mattern draws on historical, scientific, and cultural research to reveal how our perceptions of menopause developed from prehistory to today. She examines the fascinating “Grandmother Hypothesis” — which argues for the importance of elders in the rearing of future generations — as well as other evolutionary theories that have generated surprising insights about menopause and the place of older people in society.

Brain Wash : Detox Your Mind for Clearer Thinking, Deeper Relationships, and Lasting Happiness

by David Perlmutter, MD and Austin Perlmutter, MD, with Kristin Loberg

available in January, hardcover, Little, Brown Spark

Dr. David Perlmutter, bestselling author of Grain Brain, and Dr. Austin Perlmutter, his son, explore how modern culture threatens to rewire our brains and damage our health. Based on the latest science, the book identifies the mental hijacking that undermines each and every one of us, and presents the tools necessary to think more clearly, make better decisions, strengthen bonds with others, and develop healthier habits.

Health & Nutrition The First Cell : And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last by Azra Raza

available now, hardcover, Basic Books

Raza offers a searing account of how both medicine and our society (mis)treats cancer, how we can do better, and why we must. A lyrical journey from hope to despair and back again, The First Cell explores cancer from every angle: medical, scientific, cultural, and personal. This is no ordinary book of medicine, but a book of wisdom and grace by an author who has devoted her life to making the unbearable easier to bear.

Food Wise : A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices

by Gigi Berardi

available in November, paperback, North Atlantic Books

Food Wise is for anyone who has felt unsure about how to make the “right” food choices. It is for food lovers who want to be more knowledgeable and connected to their food, while also creating meaningful dining experiences around the table. Professor and food fanatic Gigi Berardi shows readers how to buy foods and prepare meals that are W.I.S.E: Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experienced with friends and family.

MATURITY Older, But Better, But Older by Caroline De Maigret, Sophie Mas available in December, hardcover, Doubleday

Neuroses vs. confidence, resistance vs. acceptance, passion vs. serenity, de Maigret and Mas, through spirited short stories, capture the different stages of aging — as nostalgic but modern Parisian women. From the privately absurd to the strangely universal, this book captures moments of everyday life that will make the reader nod, cringe, and laugh out loud.

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Keep It Moving : Lessons for the Rest of Your Life by Twyla Tharp

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Keep It Moving is a series of no-nonsense mediations on how to live with purpose as time passes. From the details of how she stays motivated to the stages of her evolving fitness routine, Tharp models how fulfillment depends not on fortune — but on attitude, possible for anyone willing to try and keep trying. Culling anecdotes from Twyla’s life and the lives of other luminaries, each chapter is accompanied by a small exercise that will help anyone develop a more hopeful and energetic approach to the everyday.

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Making Connections A Great Gift...

Face to Face : The Art

The Book of Delights

of Human Connection

by Ross Gay

by Brian Grazer

available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Perhaps you've never been humiliated in front of a classroom of peers, beat up in the school cafeteria, had a gun held to your head, or vomited at the feet of your childhood hero, like the author, yet all of us have faced stressful situations in our encounters with other people. Brian Grazer's insatiable curiosity and determination to connect with and learn from the world around him, has lead him to some extraordinary experiences, which he shares in this book. Take away: make eye contact. Except when you shouldn't. –Diana

"This is the perfect book to brighten up someone's day! He inspired me to find the joy around me — in the smallest of things — when I didn't think it was possible. A great gift for anyone these days who needs a bit of cheering up." –Lauren

Kindness and Wonder : Why Mister Rogers Matters Now More Than Ever

by Gavin Edwards

available now, hardcover, Harper Collins

For more than 30 years, Fred Rogers was a beloved fixture in American homes. Warm and welcoming, he spoke directly to children — and their parents—about the marvels of the world, the things that worried them, and above all, the importance of being themselves. Dressed in his cardigan and sneakers, Fred Rogers offered a wholesome message of generosity and love that changed the landscape of television and shaped a generation of children. Kindness and Wonder pays tribute to this cultural icon: the unique, gentle man who embodied the best of what we could be.

A Great Gift... Blue Q Bags "Blue Q Bags are a wonderful allpurpose gift for friends & family for the holidays. There are several different sizes with hilarious messages that will tickle anyone's funny bone as well as be a very useful carryall." –Pam

Religious Lit Rescuing the Sacred Texts

The Reading Life : The Joy of Seeing New Worlds Through Others' Eyes

available in November, hardcover, Knopf

available now, hardcover, HarperOne

The sacred texts have been co-opted by those who interpret Scripture to bolster their own prejudices. But as Armstrong shows in this chronicle of the development of major religions, such a narrow reading of Scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon. Historically, the world’s religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools that enable the individual to experience a different level of consciousness and help engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways.

The revered teacher and bestselling author of such classic Christian works as Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters reflects on the power, importance, and joy of a life dedicated to reading books in this delightful collection drawn from his wide body of writings. A window into the thoughts of one of the greatest public intellectuals of our time, this collection reveals not only why Lewis loved the written word, but what it means to learn through literature from one of our wisest and most enduring teachers.

The Lost Art of Scripture :

by C. S. Lewis

by Karen Armstrong

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

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Crafts & Art We Are Knitters: Knitspiration to Take Anywhere and Everywhere

by Alberto Bravo and Pepita Marín available in November, hardcover, Abrams

Beloved, easy-to-make patterns from the global knitting phenomenon, We Are Knitters. This new book brings a global mind-set to knitting with beautiful photography from a variety of locations, featuring favorite patterns for hats, sweaters, blankets, tank tops, and more. The new go-to guide if you’re a beginner knitter, a fan of the brand, a style maven, or anywhere in between.

Mini Masterpieces : Learn How to Quilt! A Workbook of 12 Essential Blocks & Techniques by Alyce Blyth

available now, paperback, Lucky Spool

Mini-quilts are the perfect solution for sewists who want to do something new but can’t take on a big project: easy to finish, fun to make, perfect for gifting, or hanging on a studio wall. Quilters will have fun knowing they can complete any of the projects included in just one afternoon. International quilting teacher Alyce Blyth provides tips and advice throughout, learned through years of quilting and teaching students from all over the world.

Unicorn Crochet:

More Than 50 Projects for Unicorn Lovers! by Katja Gradt

available now, hardcover, Racehorse

In this book you’ll find 50 fantastic projects from the fabulous world of unicorns! Crochet fluffy woolen unicorn friends, glitter y pink accessories, and much more. After reading this book, you’ll be able to create unicorns in all the colors of the rainbow. With easy-to-follow instructions, this guide is perfect for fans of anything unicorn-related!

A Great Gift... You Will Be Able to Draw Faces by the End of this Book by Jake Spicer

"I love this gorgeous little interactive book. It is perfect for any blossoming artist. All the lessons are organized by subject and time, so they can squeeze in some quick practice before class or at the end of the day." –Emma

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Creative & Life Inspiration from Great Artists

by Katya Tylevich, illustrated by Mikkel Sommer Christensen "All of the cards in this set are based on creative mantras for artists or fans of the arts. The artists featured range from Caravaggio to Andy Warhol and the cards include a piece of advice or a meditation based on that person's practice.  I think this is a great gift for fans of art history, tarot cards, or both!" –Annabelle

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A Great Gift... Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit

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"Expand your imagination and give your kids a fun alternative to video games. D&D encourages social interaction in a fun fantasy environment. Endless possibilities! Endless adventure!" –Kyle

Game of Thrones : A Guide to Westeros and Beyond, The Complete Series

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available in November, hardcover, Chronicle

Covering all eight seasons, this remarkable volume offers a unique and exciting visual exploration of the world of Game of Thrones. Filled with bold infographics, illuminating timelines, stunning photography and insightful essays and timed to release the holiday season after the show ends, this definitive guide is a must-have companion for every Game of Thrones fan.

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A Great Gift... Larissa Loden Jewelry "This jewelry line is my go-to for a statement piece! Many of the earrings feature natural gemstones like amethyst or onyx. All of the jewelry is made with gold and brass metals, all of which are nickel free and naturally hypo-allergenic." –Jenni

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YOUNG READERS Their Families & Educators

PICTURE BOOKS Just in Case You Want to Fly

by Julie Fogliano illustrated by Christian Robinson available now, hardcover, Neal Porter Books

What a beauty. This beloved authorillustrator duo has teamed up again to bring your little one the thoughtful loveliness that is Just in Case You Want to Fly. Supportive and soothing, Fogliano’s enchanting words paired with Robinson’s vibrant illustrations make the perfect story for bedtime or any-old-time. -Hana

Sulwe

by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison available now, hardcover, Simon & Schuster

Sulwe has skin the color of midnight. She is darker than everyone in her family. She is darker than anyone in her school. Sulwe just wants to be beautiful and bright, like her mother and sister. Then a magical journey in the night sky opens her eyes and changes everything. In this stunning debut picture book, actress Lupita Nyong’o creates a whimsical and heartwarming story to inspire children to see their own unique beauty.

Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Grumpy Monkey Party Time!

available in November, hardcover, Abrams

available now, hardcover, Random House

Every morning, Abuelo walks Sofia to school until one day, when Abuelo hurts his ankle at a local landfill. Sofia misses her Abuelo and wonders what she can do about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. Then she gets an idea — the town can turn the slimy mess into a park! She brainstorms and plans and finally works up the courage to go to City Hall — only to be told by a clerk that she can’t build a park because she’s just a kid! Sofia is down but not out!

The original Grumpy Monkey is a favorite at our house and now so is this new one from the Langs. Jim is invited to a party and he doesn’t want to tell everyone that, actually, he doesn’t like to dance. What if he’s never invited again? And what will the other animals think of him? These titles are great at talking about social and emotional issues with a deft, clever hand. –Sarah

by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

Stretchy McHandsome by Judy Schachner

available now, hardcover, Dial Books

From the author/illustrator of the Skippyjon Jones books! What are the odds that an unruly family of nine cats would find a compatible family of nine human children to adopt them? I mean, it could happen. Stretchy, of the McHandsome cat clan goes out adventure seeking. In a bookstore (swoon), Stretchy meets Beanie McBright. They share an affinity for stretching, and thus a family of 18 is formed. I'd like to see this one get a Caldecott. –Diana

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by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

The Cool Bean

by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald available in December, hardcover, HarperCollins

The cool beans have always been cool. And when an uncool bean struggles to fit in at school, he finds out what being cool is really about! Kids will laugh along as they learn that it’s better to be yourself and be kind to others than to be part of the crowd.

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KIDS!

I Wonder

by K.A. Holt illustrated by Kenard Pak available now, hardcover, Random House Books for Young Readers

“Do my toys miss me when I’m gone?” “How does a clock know what time it is?” Question upon question is thoughtfully explored and charmingly illustrated in this book suited perfectly for the contemplative child. A delightful celebration of the imagination. –Hana

Small In The City by Sydney Smith

available now, hardcover, Penguin

We've all been grateful to someone kind for taking us under their wing and showing us the ropes when we are in unfamiliar territory, whether we are the new kid in school, new employee at work, or new neighbor in the hood. Perhaps we've even experienced what it feels like to be hopelessly lost, and feeling vulnerable in a potentially dangerous situation. Read this book and feel reassured. –Diana

Sunny Day : A Celebration of the Sesame Street Theme Song by Joe Raposo

available now, hardcover, Random House

For half a century, Sesame Street has helped kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder through its messages about inclusiveness, kindness, and, of course, literacy and numeracy. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street, beloved picture-book artists have each created an artwork interpreting a different line from “Sunny Day,” the iconic Sesame Street theme song. The range of their pieces demonstrates that Sesame Street can truly be found anywhere.

Kevin the Unicorn : It's Not All Rainbows

by Jessica von Innerebner available now, hardcover, Dial Books

You might assume that unicorns have magical days from beginning to end, but there are the occasional fiascos. In the spirit of Judith Viorst's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Kevin the Unicorn experiences a complete fail. He tries to maintain a cheerful attitude, but some days seem irredeemable. "And that's OK." –Diana

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The Holidays are Here! Christmas Is Coming! An Advent Book: Crafts, Games, Recipes, Stories, and More!

LEGO Holiday Ideas: More than 50 Festive Builds by DK

by Chronicle Books, illustrated by Katie Hickey

available now, hardcover, DK Children

Need to keep a little LEGO® fan entertained over the holiday season? These 50 winter holidaythemed activities will keep kids busy counting down to the holidays and throughout the winter holidays.

available now, hardcover, Chronicle Books

This inviting twist on the traditional advent calendar is perfect for families who love to put their own spin on celebrating the holidays.

The Shortest Day

The Crayons’ Christmas

by Susan Cooper, illustrated by Carson Ellis

by Drew Daywalt illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

available now, hardcover, Candlewick

In this seasonal treasure, Newbery Medalist Susan Cooper’s beloved poem heralds the winter solstice, illuminated by Caldecott Honoree Carson Ellis’s strikingly resonant illustrations.

The Tree That's Meant to Be by Yuval Zommer

available now, hardcover, Doubleday Books

available now, hardcover, Penguin Workshop

A brand-new Crayons book from the #1 bestselling duo Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, just in time for the holidays. This special book has letters, games, ornaments, a poster, and even a pop-up Christmas tree!

This Christmas, families can share this heartfelt, gorgeous holiday story about a lonely little Christmas tree that learns what it means to be loved — with a powerful message to children that they are perfect just as they are.

How Winston Delivered Christmas : A Christmas Story in TwentyFour-and-a-Half Chapters

by Alex T. Smith

available now, paperback, Macmillan

From the bestselling author of the Claude series comes an irresistible story of the brave little mouse who sets out on an adventure on Christmas Eve. Featuring beautiful artwork and Christmassy activities to make-and-do throughout, this gorgeous book is sure to become a festive family tradition that will be enjoyed year after year.

Indestructibles: Hanukkah Baby by Ekaterina Trukhan

available now, chew proof, rip proof, nontoxic, and washable, Workman Publishing Company

It’s Hanukkah! Let’s light the candles. Spin the dreidel. Time for latkes! Donuts, too! Truly indestructable for the bookloving toddlers in your life.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague available now, hardcover, The Blue Sky Press

Come along on a joyful romp filled with tumbling dreidels and melting gelt as America's favorite prehistoric pals spread a little mischief this season.

Cookies for Santa : The Story of How Santa's Favorite Cookie Saved Christmas

by America's Test Kitchen Kids, illustrated by Johanna Tarkela available now, hardcover, Sourcebooks Explore

From the experts at America's Test Kitchen comes a new twist on a holiday tradition.

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Hey, Kids!

Story Time and VISIT with the

Join us in welcoming author

GRINCH

Sally Baird Shrinking the

Fairhaven: Saturday, Dec. 14, 10:30am AND 4pm Lynden: Friday, Dec. 13, 4pm Join us in the Readings Gallery in Fairhaven and the kids section in Lynden for a story time featuring Dr. Seuss’s holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There will be a special guest appearance by the Grinch himself. Bring your cameras for fun photo opportunities! Just in time for those last minute Christmas cards!

Friday, March 6, 10:30am Purple Friday Story Time

Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum! Join us in the Readings Gallery for stories and activities around this great book that teaches about the creative process and how to see art in new ways. Most important, this book reminds readers that there is no right or wrong way to look at or think about art. Everyone sees things in different ways! We’ll read stories, do some ‘arting’ and find inspiration together. Ages 5-11.

Worry Monster A Kid’s Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries In Fairhaven Saturday, December 7, 10:30am

&

Lynden: Saturday, December 14, 2pm Worry Monster has been whispering mean things to kids and making them feel terrible. Now it is up to Brooklyn and Jackson to discover the monster’s secret — and stop him! This delightful story contains researchbased strategies that kids and their parents can use to overcome worry and fear. Many sources say there is an anxiety epidemic among us. This book couldn’t be more timely to help us all shrink our worries. Sally Baird, PhD, is a retired child psychologist.

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Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Read-In

Monday, January 20, 10am - 1pm Village Books will once again host its annual Read-In to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Read-In has been a tradition for more than a decade. Local children are invited to gather in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven to hear stories in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, about the civil rights movement, tolerance, and diversity. Volunteers from the community will be on hand for the duration to read with the kids and lead them in a craft. Join us!

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New Additions to your Favorite Series Fetch-22: Dog Man #8 by Dav Pilkey

available in December, Graphix

Can Petey and Dog Man stop fighting like cats and dogs long enough to put their paws together and work as a team? They need each other now more than ever — Li'l Petey (and the world) is counting on them!

Wrecking Ball

Tales From a Not-So-Best Friend Forever Dork Diaries Series #14 by Rachel Renée Russell available now, Aladdin

Nikki Maxwell’s summer is packed with drama in this 14th installment of the #1 bestselling Dork Diaries series!

Supernova

Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14

Renegades

by Jeff Kinney

by Marissa Meyer

available now, Amulet Books

An unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house. But they soon find that home improvement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

available in November, Feiwel & Friends

All's fair in love and anarchy...

Diary: Berrybrook Middle School by Svetlana Chmakova available now, JY

The fourth book of the Berrybrook Middle School series, Diary, is a very special journal including not only sticker sheets and "one sketch a day" pages but also brand new stories from the author set in the Berrybrook universe!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire The Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay

available now, Arthur A. Levine Books

The fourth book in the beloved Harr y Pot ter series, now illustrated in glorious full color by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

The Queen of Nothing The Folk of the Air Trilogy #3

by Holly Black

available in November, Little, Brown Books

The highly anticipated and jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy.

The Toll: Arc of a Scythe #3 by Neal Shusterman

available in November, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

In the highly anticipated finale to the New York Times bestselling trilogy, dictators, prophets, and tensions rise. In a world that’s conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created?

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Join us for a half hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books!

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

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Congratulations to 2019 Summer Reading Challenge participant ANNEKA SCHOENFELDER! Anneka (7 years old) won a $100 Village Books gift certificate for her school library at Parkland Elementary. Her entry was selected at random from all summer reading participants this year. Donation recipients in the past have included Happy Valley Elementary, Fairhaven Middle School, and The Agape Center (homeschooler selection). Thanks for being awesome, Summer Readers! Read on, Anneka!

Middle Readers The Collected Works of Gretchen Oyster

The Fowl Twins

available now, hardcover, Tundar Books

available in November, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

Hartley's teenage brother has run away and his family is trying to piece their lives back together in his absence. Meanwhile, he keeps finding mysterious, handmade postcards throughout his neighborhood, all with the initials G.O. Trying to discover the secret behind who is planting these becomes a diversion from the sadness in his life and when he solves the mystery, it's lovely and satisfying. Complete with full-color illustrations of the postcards, this little book is a work of art. –Claire

One week after their 11th birthday, the Fowl twins — scientist Myles, and Beckett, the force of nature — are left in the care of house security (NANNI) for a single night. In that time, they befriend a troll who has clawed his way through the earth's crust to the surface. The boys and their new troll friend escape and go on the run. Along the way they get shot at, kidnapped, buried, arrested, threatened, and discover that the strongest bond in the world is not the one forged by covalent electrons in adjacent atoms, but the one that exists between a pair of twins.

by Eoin Colfer

by Cary Fagan

White Bird : A Wonder Story by R.J. Palacio

A Powerful Graphic Novel

available now, hardcover, Knopf

In R. J. Palacio’s bestselling collection of stories Auggie & Me, which expands on characters in Wonder, readers were introduced to Julian’s grandmother, Grandmère. Here, Palacio makes her graphic novel debut with Grandmère’s heartrending story: how she, a young Jewish girl, was hidden by a family in a Nazi-occupied French village during World War II; how the boy she and her classmates once shunned became her savior and best friend.

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Middle Readers A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

available now, hardcover, Little, Brown

When Brystal Evergreen stumbles across a secret section of the library, she discovers a book that introduces her to a world beyond her imagination and learns the impossible: She is a fairy capable of magic! But in the oppressive Southern Kingdom, women are forbidden from reading and magic is outlawed, so Brystal is swiftly convicted of her crimes and sent to the miserable Bootstrap Correctional Facility. But with the help of the mysterious Madame Weatherberry, Brystal is whisked away and enrolled in an academy of magic! However, adventure comes with a price.

Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee

available now, hardcover, Aladdin

The boys don’t leave Mila alone. On the bus. In the halls. During band practice— the one place Mila could always escape. It doesn’t feel like flirting—so what is it? Barbara Dee explores the subject of #MeToo for the middle grade audience in this heart-wrenching — and ultimately uplifting — novel about experiencing harassment and unwanted attention from classmates.

Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia

available now, hardcover, Rick Riordan Presents

Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy

available now, hardcover, Balzer and Bray

“Sweet Pea” DiMarco wasn’t sure what to expect when her parents announced they were getting a divorce. Now they’re living in nearly identical houses on the same street. In the one house between them lives the famed local advice columnist behind “Miss Flora Mae I?” One day Flora leaves for a trip and asks Sweet Pea to forward her the letters for the column. Sweet Pea is able to contain her curiosity until she recognizes the handwriting on one of the envelopes. What she decides to do with that letter sets off a chain of events that will forever change their lives.

The newest of the Rick Riordan Presents imprint (the goal of which is to bring stories and voices from a variety of cultures to the forefront) and perhaps my favorite so far! Tristan’s journey takes him to a realm hidden in our world, where figures of African legend and African American folktales live and breathe. You will meet John Henry, Brer Rabbit, Anansi, and many others in this thought-provoking, action-packed journey of adventure and family. –Hana

The Year We Fell From Space by Amy Sarig King

available now, hardcover, Arthur A. Levine

Thank You for Shopping Local! Allies

by Alan Gratz available now, hardcover, Scholastic

Imagine trying to write a story about the 24 hours from 12:00am to 11:59pm on D-Day, set on Omaha Beach and its environs.....for kids. Alan Gratz deftly crafts his newest middle grade novel around those events, weaving the experiences of several different youth caught up in the action. And he does it in a way that is honest without being graphic, and hopeful without glossing over the horrendous nature of war. The kids in this book are heroes and Gratz brings them all together in a truly masterful way. —Claire

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Most people see the old constellations, the things they've been told to see. But Liberty Johansen is going to change the way we look at the night sky. Liberty sees new patterns, pictures, and possibilities. She's an exception. Liberty feels like her whole world is falling from space. Can she map a new life for herself and her family before they spin too far out of reach?

Pick up your free copy of the

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Youth Peace Poetry Contest 2019 Winners Announced!

Different by Margaux Barber, age 5

Each year, the Youth Peace Poetry Contest encourages Whatcom County children ages 4-18 to submit poems, songs, and stories they've created using peaceful themes such as kindness, listening, respect, anti-bullying, and friendship. The results are always inspiring. Five young poets have been selected as winners. They will be celebrated at the 17th Annual Peace Builders Awards Gala and join other contest participants at Village Books on Thursday, December 12 to share their writing and stories of inspiration. Join us!

Remembrance by S.A., age 15 Ferndale High School

The Sacred Sea by Annie Nelson, age 12 Larabee

You can read "The Sacred Sea," and "Remembrance" at

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and in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven. YOUTH

PEACE POETRY

Reading

at Village Books in Fairhaven

Thursday, December 12, 6:30pm Join us for an evening of poetry and creative fun. Sure to capture your imagination, this family-friendly event will also include activities for all ages and light refreshments. Free!

Hands by Nico Centurion, age 17 Sehome High School Open your hands And look at the lines That run like rivers Across your skin

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Different could be hair. Different could be eyes. Different could be faces. Different could be you or me.

The Opposite of Peace by Bryn Bergman, age 13 Whatcom Middle School

Imagine ashes instead of snow Picture fires instead of rain Think of bones and blood and bags of trash floating through the wind.

And know That every palm Holds their own Great estuary.

Bring to mind empty rooms and broken walls, Roofs that have fallen in. Vacant streets and lonely buildings, Homes that have long been forgotten.

One finger Climbing through another Flowing together Intertwined

Products of war. Results of dividedness. A future we caused. Unless…

Linked across the world Love flowing From each palm To each heart These hands, Divergent in color, Divergent in love, Divergent in life, Saying just because A hand is different Doesn’t mean You can’t hold it.

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Imagine waves of water instead of garbage Picture trees instead of skyscrapers Think of people walking, smiling, living, Dancing in the wind. Bring to mind crowded rooms and windows, Roofs with happy people beneath them. Busy streets and buildings filled with workers, Homes that make room for everyone. Isn’t that the future we want? Isn’t that peace? Village Books and Paper Dreams is proud to sponsor the 2019 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest.

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Young Adult Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

available now, paperback, Penguin

"Star Trek, tea, and high school. These are the things Darius Kellner is familiar with. But when his grandfather falls ill and their family flies to Iran, Darius meets his mom’s side for the first time. He also plays soccer for the first time (poorly), and gets to know a Persian boy named Sohrab who helps him navigate this new world. Part family drama, part coming of age, this book will make you say 'Big Mood,' then want to brew a cup of chai." –Rachel

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine

by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite available now, hardcover, Inkwell

Thanks to “the incident,” Alaine Beauparlant is spending the next two months doing what her school is calling a "spring volunteer immersion project” in Haiti. It’s definitely no vacation. She’s toiling away under the ever-watchful eyes of Tati Estelle at her new nonprofit and her mother is even here, lying low to dodge the media sharks after a much more public incident of her own. She’s even exploring her family’s history — which happens to be loaded with betrayals, superstitions and possibly even a family curse. You know, typical drama. But it's nothing she can't handle.

The Guinevere Deception by Kiersten White

available in November, hardcover, Delacorte Press

Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. The catch? Guinevere’s real name — and her true identity — is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old—including Arthur’s own family — demand things continue as they have been, and the new — those drawn by the dream of Camelot — fight for a better way to live.

Yes No Maybe So

by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed available in February, hardcover, Harper Teen

As an Albertalli fan-girl, I couldn't be more excited! This co-written novel was born in the wake of the 2016 elections, with both Albertalli and Saeed frustrated and afraid of the future. Our main protagonists, Jamie and Maya, begrudgingly begin canvassing for a special election, but find themselves more and more invested in their community's future, as well as their own. Through getting involved and becoming young activists, Jamie and Maya grow into themselves and into love. –Jenni

By Any Means Necessary Color Outside the Lines :

Stories About Love

edited by Sangu Mandanna available in November, hardcover, Random House

This anthology explores a range of interracial relationships and the different challenges associated with them, from communication, to finding common ground, to being separated by differences. The stories come in a variety of genres, such as mythology retellings and historical fiction. You’ll find some of your favorite YA authors — like Samira Ahmed (Internment) and Adam Silvera (They Both Die In the End) — showing us how love is diverse and beautiful. –Jenni

by Candice Montgomery

available now, hardcover, Page Street

On the day Torrey officially becomes a college freshman, he gets a call that might force him to drop out before he's even made it through orientation: the bank is foreclosing on the bee farm his Uncle Miles left him. Torrey's worked hard to become the first member of his family to go to college, but while the neighborhood held him back emotionally, Uncle Miles encouraged him to reach his full potential. But as the farm heads for auction, the pressure of juggling everything threatens to tear him apart.

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Young Adult Winterwood

by Shea Ernshaw available in November, hardcover, Simon & Shuster

This sophomore novel was impossible to tear myself away from. Nora Walker, a descendant from a line of witches, usually just finds simple treasures in the woods, until one night she stumbles upon a lost boy. Thus begins a twisted and complex romance with this lost boy, Oliver. It's a truly atmospheric novel, one that will immerse you in the deep woods and in the treacherous snow storms, while pulling you into a mysterious romance. –Jenni

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater

The Last True Poets of the Sea by Julia Drake

available now, hardcover, Disney-Hyperion

When the Lyric sank off the coast of Maine, Sam and Violet’s great-greatgreat-grandmother didn’t drown like the rest of the passengers. But wrecks seem to run in the family: Tall, funny, musical Violet can’t stop partying with the wrong people. And, one beautiful summer day, brilliant, sensitive Sam attempts to take his own life. While Sam is in treatment, Violet is haunted by her family’s missing piece — the lost shipwreck she and Sam dreamed of discovering when they were children. Desperate to make amends, Violet embarks on a wildly ambitious mission: locate the Lyric, lain hidden in a watery grave for over a century.

available in November, hardcover, Scholastic

Ronan Lynch is a dreamer — he can pull both curiosities and catastrophes out of his dreams and into his compromised reality. Jordan Hennessy is a thief — the closer she comes to the dream object she is after, the more inextricably she becomes tied to it. Carmen Farooq-Lane is a hunter — she has seen what dreaming can do to a person. And she has seen the damage that dreamers can do. But that is nothing compared to the destruction that is about to be unleashed.

Skyward

by Brandon Sanderson available now, paperback, Random House

Skyward has everything from epic space battles to a quirky AI machine. But the most glorious part of this book is Spensa’s internal struggles. This book understands that even though there are great battles to wage and glory to win, the greatest victory is in finding yourself. And that learning the truth does not always set you free. –Abbie

Tuesday, November 19, 7pm (doors and music at 6:30pm)

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring author

RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON at the Sylvia Center for the Arts Tickets $5: available at Village Books & eventbrite.com.

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Tarnished are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

available now, hardcover, Scholastic

"After Earth was destroyed and humanity relocated to a distant planet, people began suffering from The Tarnish — a heart disease that proved fatal. With the help of her grandfather, 17-year-old Anna became The Technician, assembling clockwork into people’s chests to keep them alive. But the Commissioner outlawed tech, making Anna a fugitive. Now, the Commissioner’s son Nathaniel wants to hunt her down as a prize for his father, all while the Queen’s spy, Eliza, is sent in to discover what the Commissioner is hiding. But Anna … she just wants to survive." –Rachel

Our Year of Maybe by Rachel Lynn Solomon available now, hardcover,

Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who's on the kidney transplant list. Peter is everything to Sophie: best friend, musical collaborator, secret crush. When she learns she's a match, donating a kidney is an easy choice. She wonders if after the transplant, he'll love her back the way she's always wanted. From the author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines this choice's complicated consequences. Join us in welcoming the author to Bellingham!

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2020 WWU

children’s literature conference Celebrating 17 Years!

Saturday, February 29th • Location: Western Washington University Performing Arts Center • Time- 8am: doors open for book sales, autographs, and registration 9am-3pm: Conference • Early Bird Registration NOW OPEN! before Jan. 17 - $125/after that, $175

The Western Washington University Children’s Literature Conference is now in its 17th year! This incredible event has become an annual tradition for Discounts available for college students, retired teachers, para-educators, WWU Employees many, where teachers and librarians, readers and writers gather to celebrate and learn about children’s literature. Join us in welcoming four award-winning authors and illustrators to campus on Saturday, February 29, 2020. Conference Preregistration is required. Registration fees include full-day conference, continental breakfast, and lunch. The conference includes author and illustrator presentations, book sales and autographs, a question-and-answer panel, and an announcement of the 2021 featured speakers.

Presenters for the 2020 Conference include: LeUyen

PHAM

Jason

CHIN Ruta

SEPETYS

Mac

BARNETT Complete conference information and a link to register is available online on the Children’s Literature Conference website (wwuclc.com). Register today! 360.671.2626 • villagebooks.com

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Sunday, November 10, 11am-5pm PRE-HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

Literature LIVE!

EVENTS

VB’s Literary Events Program

Additions & changes to this schedule will occur so check out

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NOVEMBER Friday, November 8, 7pm LARRY CRAWFORD –Kangaroo House

Fiction!

The mystique of the 1900s provides the backdrop for a close-knit island community located in the San Juan Islands. A fatherless youth seeks to explore the fringe beyond his sparse upbringing. Delving into the margins of lawlessness of the 1920s prohibition years offers him a way forward. The discovery of an unrighteous stronghold of Nazis thought to be annihilated has dire consequences. L.G. Crawford grew up in a San Juan Island community where his ancestors migrated in the 1890’s.

Saturday, November 9, 4pm at Sehome High School

Middle Grade Fiction!

SHANNON MESSENGER –Legacy: Keeper of the Lost Cities #8 Shannon Messenger will present the eighth installment in her award winning, bestselling series: Keeper of the Lost Cities. With over one million books in print, this magical, blockbuster series continues to grow with each book, thanks to its diehard fan base! Tickets are $25 and include a copy of Legacy with the option for just one person or two at no extra charge! Please see villagebooks.com for more information and signing line procedures.

Saturday November 9, 7pm LATISHA GUTHRIE and JOANNA POWELL COLBERT –The Herbcrafter's Tarot The Herbcrafter’s Tarot celebrates the handicrafts, tools, and time-honored folk skills related to herbs, trees, flowers and other plants that share their gifts with us. This deck and book set explores the relationship between herbs and how people use them for medicine, creativity, ceremony, magic, and spiritual guidance. It also considers herbs as archetypes and explores our partnership with the botanical realm. Herbcrafter’s Tarot is an engaging introduction to herbalism and plant spirit magic and can be used as a profound divinatory tool.

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

Gather up your friends and come to Village Books and Paper Dreams for games, product demonstrations, and samples. We'll have various stations around the store where you can get a game card stamped. Complete a game card, turn it in, and we'll let you spin the wheel for a chance to win one of many discounts and prizes! Throughout the day we'll have "Book Walks" where you'll have the chance to win even MORE prizes! Bring your friends, bring your family, and get lots of great ideas for your early holiday shopping. We can't wait to see you there!

Sunday, November 10, 4pm ROBERT STORMS School Stories: The Funny Thing About Music

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a presentation of this updated memoir by a local veteran schoolteacher! School Stories is a collection of unusual experiences that covers the entire length of Storms’ 40 years as a band and choir teacher in Ferndale, teaching at two schools that were rivals in every sport. The problems and their funny solutions are what make the book entertaining. Robert “Bob” Storms lives in Ferndale. In 2000, he was selected as the Outstanding Music Teacher in the San Juan District of the Music Educators Conference.

Monday, November 11 Honoring Veterans On Veterans Day we are offering a 20% off storewide discount for military and veterans with I.D. at both Village Books and Paper Dreams locations. Thank you for your service!

Tuesday, November 12, 7pm MISHA and VICKI COLLINS –The Adventurous Eaters Club: Mastering the Art of Family Mealtime

Join us as we welcome star of Supernatural and his wife, journalist Vicki Collins as they present their new book on cooking for families! This fabulous book invites families to become food adventurers – teaching parents how to help their children cultivate a lifelong, healthy, and joyful relationship with real food.

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30pm PINOT & PROSE Willamette Wine Tour Info Session Come and find out all you need to know about this upcoming adventure! Wine and books take center stage on this trip devoted to Willamette Valley wines with a perfectly paired (optional) reading list. You’ll travel to Yamhill County, Oregon to taste award-winning wines with Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson, Village Books and Paper Dreams co-owners, with special guest author Erica Bauermeister. Your guides will lead you in casual discussions of the three selected books — each chosen to enhance your experience of the valley — as you visit wineries and get a taste of what Willamette Valley has to offer.

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KIDS!

Fairhaven: Tuesdays & Saturdays at 10:30am Lynden: Wednesdays at 11am and Saturdays at 2pm

See page 39 for LitLive! Events in Lynden

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Thursday, November 14, 7pm RICK E. GEORGE Fiction! –Vengeance Burns Hot                      

Monday, November 18, 7pm at Bellingham High School

It’s tough to battle wildfires and grow a relationship at the same time. But when Snoqualmie Pass helitack pilot Ed Kline receives a cryptic plea for help, his life gets even more complicated. To save his missing son Lewis, he has to battle a deadly anti-government militia. Rick E. George has worked as a sportswriter, a wildland firefighter, and an educator. His work has appeared in several literary magazines, and a second novel, Cooper’s Loot, was just published. He lives with his wife April in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.

FLEA in conversation with Jonathan Evison SOLD OUT –Acid for the Children We are pleased to welcome Flea, the iconic bassist and co-founder of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, to Bellingham for the release of his new memoir. Read a review on page 48. NOTE: The show has sold out but don't despair – you may still be able to get a signed copy of Acid for the Children. Order your copy now!

Tuesday, November 19, 7pm

Friday, November 15, 7pm Fiction! KELLI ESTES –Today We Go Home

(doors and music at 6:30pm)

We're so pleased to welcome the author of the bestselling novel, The Girl Who Wrote in Silk, to the readings gallery as she presents her latest book. "Today We Go Home shines an illuminating light on history and the female soldiers who have served this country from the Civil War to Afghanistan today. Kelli Estes passionately brings the past to life, interweaving the story of two women from different centuries whose journey towards hope is timeless." –Gwendolyn Womack. Estes lives near Seattle with her husband and two sons. When not writing, Kelli is hiking, reading, exploring, traveling, or drinking tea.

Saturday, November 16, 7pm TESS GALLAGHER Poetry –Is, Is Not                   It’s been a few years since Tess Gallagher has been to the Readings Gallery and we are pleased to welcome her back to present her latest work of poetry. Is, Is Not reverberates with the inward clarity of a bell struck on a mountaintop and hovers daringly at the threshold of what language can deliver. Guided by humor, grace, and a deep inquiry into the natural world, every poem nudges us toward moments of awe. Tess Gallagher is the author of 11 books of poetry. She spends time in county Sligo, Ireland and in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

The Chuckanut Radio Hour featuring RACHEL LYNN SOLOMON at the Sylvia Center for the Arts 205 Prospect St, Bellingham, WA

–Our Year of Maybe

Young Adult Fiction!

From the author of You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone comes a stunning contemporary novel that examines the complicated aftermath of a kidney transplant between best friends. Aspiring choreographer Sophie Orenstein would do anything for Peter Rosenthal-Porter, who’s been on the kidney transplant list as long as she’s known him. Peter fears he’ll forever be indebted to her. Sophie isn’t sure who she is without him. Then one heartbreaking night twists their relationship into something neither of them recognizes, leading them to question their past, their future, and whether their friendship is even worth fighting for. Rachel Lynn Solomon writes, tap dances, and collects red lipstick in Seattle, Washington. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Eventbrite.com. Receive a free ticket with the prepurchase of Our Year of Maybe!

Wednesday, November 20, 7pm RICHARD LOUV –Our Wild Calling: How Connecting with Animals Can Transform Our Lives—And Save Theirs

at Whatcom Middle School

810 Halleck St, Bellingham, WA

Sunday, November 17, 4pm KATHRYN TRUEBLOOD Fiction and Writing! –Take Daily as Needed: A Novel in Stories Bellingham’s own, Kate Trueblood is back with another fantastic piece of writing and we’re thrilled that she’s coming to Village Books to present Take Daily as Needed: A Novel in Stories. Maeve Beaufort’s family is messy and complicated, rife with competing demands, difficult compromises, and on-the-spot judgment calls.This is a novel that deals honestly and humorously with medicated American life. Join us for a discussion after the reading on the challenges of writing about health issues and healing in a culture that prizes novelty and speed. How do we get through dark times and trials? Do you worry you will depress your readers too much? Shock them by laughing? Let’s talk about it. Kathryn Trueblood has been awarded the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction and the Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Trueblood’s previous novel, The Baby Lottery, was a Book Sense Pick in 2007, and her story collection, The Sperm Donor’s Daughter, received a Special Mention for the Pushcart Prize in 2000. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University. Read a staff review of this book on page 23!

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Over a decade ago, Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods identified the growing generational gap between children and the natural world. Now, after four years of research, Louv defines the future of human-animal coexistence. Our Wild Calling explores the powerful and mysterious bond between humans and other animals, how it can transform our lives — and how it can save theirs. Read more on page 54. Richard Louv is a journalist and author of ten books, including Last Child in the Woods, The Nature Principle and Vitamin N. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and on Eventbrite. com. Each ticket includes a voucher for $5 off Our Wild Calling. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Friday, November 22, 5-8pm Fourth Friday Art Walk Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Every fourth Friday of each month (except December) merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists.

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Friday, November 22, 7:30pm An Evening with GLORIA STEINEM -The Truth Will Set You Free, But First It Will Piss You Off!: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Rebellion

at the Mount Baker Theatre A Booked at the Baker Event

Gloria Steinem is a writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer. She co-founded New York Magazine and Ms. Magazine. Tickets available at the Mount Baker Theatre box office and mountbakertheatre.com. NOTE: Every ticket purchased in the purple Premier price zone includes a free, unsigned copy of Gloria's new book.

Monday, November 25, 7pm Open Mic Night! Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talent as they share their own stories, poems, and essays! To read, please sign up prior to the event at Village Books main counter in Fairhaven. Everyone welcome!

Thursday, November 28 HAPPY THANKSGIVING - Stores Closed Surround yourself with good people and good food, or just get out and enjoy what this gorgeous place we call home has to offer. We'll see you on Friday — thanks for supporting local this holiday season.

Friday, November 29 FAIRHAVEN WINTERFEST BEGINS! Head into Fairhaven to kick off the winter holiday season in style. Turn to pages 11-13 for an overview of activities and see fairhavenwinterfest.com for details and additional events as they're added!

Saturday, November 30 Small Business Saturday and Indies First! On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods, independent bookstores host authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help handsell their favorite titles and sign books. We’ll have two celebrated local authors on hand: From 11am-noon, you can meet Spencer Ellsworth, author of The Great Faerie Strike, and from noon -1pm, Sean Dwyer with his new memoir, The Quest for Tears. Support our community (that’s you, by the way)! Get a great book recommendation and see what our neighbors in Fairhaven have in store for you at this annual event.

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

DECEMBER Sunday, December 1, 4pm DEBORAH NEDELMAN –What We Take For Truth What We Take for Truth is the story of a young woman who finds her strength when the world around her crumbles. At its height, the world of logging in the Pacific Northwest was both brutal and beautiful. When the conservation movement sent protestors into the woods and the government began to place the needs of a small, shy bird above those of families who had lived for generations off the harvest of those woods, the conflicts that erupted were fierce and heartbreaking. What We Take for Truth tells a story that both defends a way of life that is dying and celebrates a landscape that is being lost. Deborah Nedelman’s short fiction has appeared in many journals and has won prizes in flash fiction and short story. She is co-author of two non-fiction books. This is her first novel.

Thursday, December 5, 7pm RON MILLER –Conversations with Legendary Television Stars: Interviews from the First 50 Years

Seasoned journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller showcase 39 interviews, selected from conversations with figures from TV’s past. Featured are exclusive interviews with major stars (including Donna Reed, James Garner, and Ricardo Montalban), comedians (including Lucille Ball, George Burns, and Milton Berle), TV hosts (including Dick Clark and Ed Sullivan), and notable musical entertainers (such as Glen Campbell, Mary Martin, and Lawrence Welk). Each chapter explores the subject’s TV work — with detailed behind-the-scenes disclosures — and includes additional information about the subject’s performances in film and on stage.

Friday, December 6, 7pm KIM BROWN SEELY –Uncharted: A Couple's Epic Empty-Nest Adventure Sailing From One Life to Another

Uncharted follows Kim and her husband on a 700-nauticalmile voyage through the Inside Passage to the Great Bear Rainforest in search of the rare white Kermode bear. She writes beautifully not only about their epic sailing trip but also about how she and her husband navigated the changes in their lives as individuals and as a couple during a new phase in their lives. Kim Brown Seely, a 2016 Lowell Thomas Journalist of the Year, has worked in publishing including as senior editor at Travel + Leisure, contributing editor at National Geographic Adventure, and travel editor at Microsoft and Amazon. Her writing has also appeared in Outside, National Geographic Traveler, Sunset, Coastal Living, and Virtuoso Life.

Saturday, December 7,10:30am SALLY BAIRD –Shrinking the Worry Monster:

Family Event!

A Kid’s Guide for Saying Goodbye to Worries

Worry Monster has been whispering mean things to kids and making them feel terrible. Now it is up to Brooklyn and Jackson to discover the monster’s secret — and stop him! This delightful story contains research-based strategies that children and their parents can use to overcome worry and fear. Sally Baird, PhD, is a retired child psychologist. She has successfully used the strategies in this book with her anxious clients for over 20 years.

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Saturday, December 7, 4pm JAMIE K. DONALDSON –Trouble in Mind Neil Rivers has no past — only a blank slate forged in the burning chaos of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, and a secret hidden in the hills of Oahu. Full of atmospheric writing, explosive drama, and ethical quandaries, Trouble in Mind weaves a gripping tale of a man struggling to create a new identity from a stolen one. What more appropriate day to present this book than on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor? Local author Jamie K. Donaldson is a peace and social justice activist and avid bird watcher. Dean Donaldson enlisted in the U.S. Navy during WWII, serving for a time in Pearl Harbor aboard the USS Wichita. He obtained a master’s degree in English literature and creative writing at the University of Washington. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, poems, and plays. He died in 2007.

Saturday, December 7, 7pm KIRA JANE BUXTON Fiction – Hollow Kingdom We can’t wait to welcome Kira Jane Buxton to the Readings Gallery to present this staff favorite! Hollow Kingdom is narrated by one foul-mouthed domesticated crow named S.T. He fights to save humanity from an apocalypse in this uniquely hilarious debut from a genre-bending literary author. Hollow Kingdom is a humorous, big-hearted, and boundlessly beautiful romp through the apocalypse and the world that comes after, where even a cowardly crow can become a hero. Kira Jane Buxton’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney’s, The Rumpus, Huffington Post, and more. She calls the tropical utopia of Seattle, Washington home.

Sunday, December 8, 4pm STEVEN GREENEBAUM –One Family Indivisible: A Spiritual Memoir

In the U.S. and around the world, humanity seems to be coming apart. We divide ourselves by race, by gender, by ethnicity, and most empathically at this moment: by our spiritual differences. Steven Greenebaum’s spiritual journey, One Family: Indivisible, looks at all of these divisions, particularly addressing how we might come together to celebrate and respect our spiritual diversity rather than fear it. Founder of the Living Interfaith Church, Reverend Steven Greenebaum (The Interfaith Alternative and Practical Interfaith) holds Masters Degrees in Mythology, Music, and Pastoral Studies.  Committed to social and environmental justice, he’s dedicated his life to the oneness of humanity as a teacher, minister, and church and temple choir director. Steven marched at Standing Rock, has worked with Common Cause, and was the Founder/Executive Director of Citizens for Environmental Responsibility.

Wednesday, December 11, 7pm Tales of the Season Reading A new holiday tradition! Winning tales and festive music will be performed at Village Books in Fairhaven — join us as we celebrate the season!

Thursday, December 12, 6:30pm Youth Peace Poetry Reading

ALL AGES

Join us for an evening of poetry and creative fun, as the talented young writers of the 2019 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest read their award-winning poems. Sure to pull your heartstrings and capture your imagination! Light refreshments will be provided as well as family-friendly activities for all ages. Free! Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books, join us as we build peace through poety.

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Friday, December 13, 7pm LENORE NEWMAN –Lost Feast: Culinary Extinction and the Future of Food

With chapters covering everything from labmade meat to the loss of 464 varieties of lettuce, Lost Feast is a rollicking exploration of the history and future of our favorite foods. Lenore Newman examines the history of the foods we have loved to death, and what that means for our culinary future. Amid growing concerns about the environmental impact of agriculture and the sustainability of the food industry, this timely book makes a critical contribution to our understanding of food security today. Lenore Newman is the Canada Research Chair in Food Security and the Environment at the University of the Fraser Valley and the author of the acclaimed Speaking in Cod Tongues: A Canadian Culinary Journey.

Saturday, December 14 Kids! at both 10:30am AND 4pm Visit and Story Time with the Grinch! Join us in the Readings Gallery for TWO story times featuring Dr. Seuss' holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There will be a special guest appearance by the Grinch, himself! Bring your camera for fun photo opportunities. Just in time for last minute Christmas cards!

Sunday, December 15, 4pm Fiction! MARGARETHE ZUBLER-KELLER –Scarlett and Dilcey We all know Scarlett, but who is Dilcey and why does she share the title of Margarethe Zubler-Keller’s definitive sequel to Gone with the Wind? Scarlett and Dilcey continues where Mitchell left off with a book that takes us from Georgia to Canada to Europe, Panama, and finally comes to rest in San Francisco. The geography of human emotion is as broad and varied as the physical terrain and just as interesting, if not more. Margarethe ZublerKeller studied English literature (mostly 19th century) at Cal-State, Fullerton and currently makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. She is a citizen of Switzerland as well as being a naturalized citizen of the U.S.

Friday, December 20, 6:30pm Tales of the Season Reading at the FireHouse Arts and Events Center Enjoy holiday tales and festive music! Read about this new all-ages holdiay writing contest on page 12. – maybe YOU'LL be one of the presenters! The FireHouse is located at 1314 Harris Ave. in Farihaven.

Monday, December 30, 7pm Open Mic Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Open mic is usually held the last Monday of each month at 7pm in the Readings Gallery. Sign up at our main counter on the first floor or call (360) 671-2626. Thank you for supporting Literature Live! Events by attending and purchasing featured authors' books at Village Books.


Holiday Hours Sunday, December 22

Extended Shopping Hours Fairhaven: 9am - 9pm • Lynden: 10am - 6pm Tuesday, December 24

Christmas Eve - last-minute shopping! Fairhaven: 9am - 7pm • Lynden: 10am - 6pm Wednesday, December 25

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Friday, January 3, noon-1pm Noon-Time Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of practices that promote awareness and well-being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

Sunday, January 5, 11am-3pm Resolutions for Writers - Register Today! Need a boost to your writing for the New Year? Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and experts in our writing community. We'll feature a series of workshops, presentations, and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. A boxed lunch from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe is included. NEW this year - registration is required. See page 29 for more classes.

Saturday, January 11, 7pm RICHARD RAPPORT, MD –Seattle's Medic One: How We Don't Die

In 1968, Dr. Leonard Cobb, along with Seattle fire chief Gordon Vickery, began to implement something new and daring: one of the country's first pre-hospital coronary care systems. Along with Dr. Michael Copass, they started Medic One, an emergency service unlike any other. One year later, the first vehicle equipped with a defibrillator and ten highly trained Seattle firefighters took to the streets. Medic One has since trained hundreds of paramedics, added an emergency air transport service in four neighboring states, helped build a statewide emergency transfer system and saved countless lives. Dr. Richard Rapport delivers an inside look at one of the most influential medical programs in Washington State and the country. Dr. Rapport is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where among other duties he is the co-site director for the UW medical students’ neurosurgical elective course.

Sunday, January 12, 4pm JULIE BLACKLOW –Fearless: Diary of a Badass Reporter Join us in the Readings Gallery to hear the remarkable story of one of the first women in news television! Julie Blacklow is an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the television news business. Among the first generation of women in television news in the United States, she encountered the entire spectrum of humanity from movie stars to murderers and regular people overcoming everyday obstacles. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Blacklow migrated to the other Washington in her early twenties and settled in Seattle. Hers is a life writ large, a roller-coaster ride with a remarkable number of highs and terrifying lows.

Thursday, January 16, 7pm JARED HARDESTY –Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds is a concise yet comprehensive history of slavery in early New England. This exciting new book explores the importance of slavery to the colonization and settlement of New England, slavery’s relationship to the development of agriculture and industry, and the significance of slavery during the American Revolution. Jared Ross Hardesty is associate professor of history at Western Washington University and the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (2016). A native of Ohio, he received his PhD from Boston College.

Book Groups, Writing Groups, and Writing Classes

Wednesday, January 8, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Pete Johnson Topic: Gaining Traction in Your Life

• VB Reads Book Groups (page 30) • VB Writes Writing Groups (page 28)

Join us for this free workshop that will promote gaining traction in your life for the new year. Pete Johnson is a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest. He has an extensive background in personal growth seminars and is strongly rooted in a lifetime of meditation modalities. He has a passion for personal connection and practices that honesty and acceptance of the self and others is the key to emotional growth.

• Chuckanut Writers Classes

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

Village Books hosts multiple book and writing groups. These groups are open to anyone in the community and are free to attend. Find details at villagebooks.com. Presented in partnership with WCC Community & Continuing Education, these programs are designed to inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey. See pages 29-29 for information on upcoming classes and the Chuckanut Writers Conference!

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Saturday, January 18, 4pm JULIE HANFT Free Chronic Pain Seminar –Don't Chase Life... Let it Walk with You    Do you, or does someone you love, live with chronic pain? Join Julie Hanft in the Readings Gallery for this free seminar on living with chronic pain. In her words, "I am someone who faces health challenges and pain every day. I have learned that this does not define me, but it brings me to the very depth of who I am. Who we are as we evolve through these challenges, is the element of what is left, an undeniable essence of true beauty! I will show you how to tap into your gifts that live within your soul, bringing your mind, body and spirit together. I will teach you how to survive." Julie Hanft is the author of Rising Above the Pain.

Monday, January 20, 11am-1pm Kids! Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In! Village Books will once again host its annual Read-In to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The Read-In has been a tradition for more than a decade. Local children are invited to gather at Village Books to hear stories in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. about the civil rights movement, tolerance, and diversity. We’ll have volunteers on hand from the community for the duration to read with the kids and lead them in a craft.

Thursday, January 30, 7pm (doors and music at 6:30pm)

The Chuckanut Radio Hour 13th Anniversary Show at WCC’s Heiner Theater This month the Chuckanut Radio Hour will celebrate its 13th Anniversary with highlights and clips from some of the best of 2019 and the last THIRTEEN years. This is always a popular show so get your tickets now! Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Eventbrite.com.

Friday, January 24, 5-8pm Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk Celebrate local creative spirit at the Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk. Every fourth Friday of each month (except December) merchants throughout Fairhaven Village open their doors to share the artwork of emerging and established artists.

Monday, January 27, 7pm Open Mic Night! Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talent as they share their own stories, poems, and essays! To read, please sign up prior to the event at Village Books main counter in Fairhaven. Everyone welcome!

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Chuckanut Radio Hour Every Sunday at 10am on KMRE 102.3FM AND Mondays at 8pm and Fridays at 6pm on KAVZ-LP 102.5 We also stream episodes on Facebook Live! Unless otherwise noted, events take place in the Readings Gallery of Village Books in Fairhaven and are FREE.

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FEBRUARY

Wednesday, February 5, 7pm Excellence NW Workshop with Monique Stefens Topic: Love For this free workshop we will explore research around attraction, identity and how our partners and children invite challenges along with love. D. Monique Stefens is an international facilitator and coach with a Masters in Adult & Higher Education (WWU), and ties in British Columbia, California and Washington. This, combined with life experience and a decade of life coaching lay the foundation for transformative conversations within interactive workshops.

Tuesday, February 18, 7pm (doors and music at 6:30pm)

The Chuckanut Radio Hour at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center

1314 Harris Ave., Bellingham

featuring MELISSA ANNE PETERSON –Vera Violet     Pacific NW Fiction!                  Join us at the Firehouse as we welcome this brand new voice in fiction that is taking the Pacific NW literary world by storm. Vera Violet recounts the dark story of a rough group of teenagers growing up in a twisted rural logging town. Against this gritty background, Vera struggles to establish a life of her own, a life fortified by her friends and her hard-won love. In this brilliant, explosive debut, Melissa Anne Peterson establishes herself as a fresh, raw voice, a writer to be reckoned with. She grew up in a rainy working-class logging town in Washington State. She received a BA and BS in writing and biology from The Evergreen State College and an MS from the University of Montana. She has worked in endangered species recovery in Washington and Montana for 12 years. Tickets $5: available at Village Books and Eventbrite.com. Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Vera Violet! See page 23 for a review.

Thursday, February 27, 6:30pm Free event at WWU’s Performing Arts Center! ELAINE WEISS –The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote Village Books is excited to join the Bellingham/Whatcom County League of Women's Voters and the Ralph Monro Institute for Civic Engagement in welcoming author Elaine Weiss to Bellingham in February!

“At the heart of democracy lies the ballot box, and Elaine Weiss’s unforgettable book tells the story of the female leaders who — in the face of towering economic, racial, and political opposition — fought for and won American women’s right to vote. Unfolding over six weeks in the summer of 1920, The Woman’s Hour is both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for everyone, young and old, male and female, in these perilous times. So much could have gone wrong, but these American women would not take no for an answer: their triumph is our legacy to guard and emulate.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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