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Wendy J. Fox - If the Ice Had Held

Signing/Readings

Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. The scandal of her birth and the identity of her parents is kept from her family's small, conservative town. Not even she knows the truth: that her birth mother was just 14 and unmarried to her father, a boy who drowned when he tried to take a shortcut across an icy river. Years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men while clinging to a corporate job that gives her life order even as her tenuous relationships fall apart. If the Ice Had Held speaks with a natural lyricism, and presents a cast of characters who quietly struggle through complicated lives. Will her family secret be kept, or will it tear them apart? Selected for the Sante Fe Writers Project Grand Prize. Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories and The Pull of It. She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary reviews, websites, and blogs.

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• Wed 5/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Molly Hashimoto - Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide

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In Birds of the West, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto captures nearly 100 Western bird species across seven habitats using different media, from quick ink sketches to vivid block prints. From the diminutive ruby-crowned kinglet to the majestic golden eagle, Molly’s range of art and detail encourages all of us, whether artists or not, to observe our feathered friends more closely. Seattle resident Molly Hashimoto leads plein air watercolor painting and printmaking workshops at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever Institute, Wenatchee River Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her artwork is widely published in cards, calendars, books, and journals, and she is the author of Colors of the West. *This event is co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute.

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• Thu 5/23/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barbara Sjoholm - By the Fire: Sami Folktales & Legends

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These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) was a Danish artist and ethnographer who lived among the Sami of Swedish Lapland in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Her account of her life during this time was published in English as With the Lapps in the High Mountains: A Woman among the Sami, 1907–1908, translated by Barbara Sjoholm. Barbara Sjoholm is a writer, editor, and translator of Danish and Norwegian literature. She has written fiction and nonfiction, including Black Fox: A Life of Emilie Demant Hatt, Artist and Ethnographer.

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• Sat 6/1/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Reading - Larry Behrendt, Jo Scott Coe, & Iris Graville

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Join us in the readings gallery for this great bouquet of talented writers as they present their wide-ranging works. There is truly something for everyone at this event. Larry Behrendt is a contributor to Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue which explores the essential distinctions between religious identities and the cultural boundaries between Jews and Christians. Jo Scott-Coe’s new book is Mass: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest, a first-time exploration of the relationship between the UT Austin Sniper of 1966 and his priest mentor, Rev. Joseph Leduc. Jo Scott-Coe’s work has been published widely in venues including Tahoma Literary Review, Talking Writing, Catapult, Salon, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre. She is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College in Southern California. Iris Graville's Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance has been received to great aclaim, especially here at Village Books. Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twin son and daughter to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the quiet and respite of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking.

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• Sat 6/1/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett

Class/Workshop

Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll 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 wellness and full engagement with life. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out. Mindfulness teacher Tim Burnett has been practicing meditation for 30 years. He is knowledgeable about mindfulness from its traditional Buddhist origins and into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction(MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC), and Compassion Cultivation Training(CCT).

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• Thu 6/6/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Mike Rostron - Cape Decision

Signing/Readings

Cape Decision is an entirely fictional tale realistically grounded in the geography and recent history of the Alaskan Panhandle. Readers encounter a Fish and Game Officer who is a reluctant investigator of a possible homicide, a Tlingit native who never forgets a favor, a fisherman unhappily in league with smugglers, an impenitent poacher, and an unfortunate mountain lion. The whole is set in the roadless wilderness that is Southeast Alaska—an area with more bears than people—where one can vanish into the frigid fathomless fjords, with only ravens and gulls as witnesses. Mike Rostron grew up near Eugene, Oregon, and studied anthropology and literature at the University of Oregon, later attending graduate school at Western Washington University. After adventures in Oregon, Washington, Afghanistan, and Alaska mike married and moved to Southeast Alaska, where he and his wife raised their two girls. After twenty years in Alaska they moved to the far northwestern corner of Washington state, where they still make our home.

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• Fri 6/7/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meg Tilly - Cliff's Edge

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We are thrilled to announce the return of celebrated author and actress, Meg Tilly, to the Readings Gallery! She will be presenting the second book in her Solace Island series, Cliff's Edge. Relationship-weary Eve Harris is looking forward to a quiet week alone, house sitting and landscape painting on Solace Island. But when handsome, movie star Rhys Thomas unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep, sparks begin to fly. Unbeknownst to Eve, as she basks in the glow of this new love, a terrifying darkness is stalking ever closer. Meg Tilly is an award-winning author and actress known for her performances in Agnes of God, The Big Chill, Valmont, Bomb Girls, and War Machine. Her books include Gemma, Singing Songs, and Porcupine. Tilly has three grown children and resides with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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• Sat 6/8/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ruby McConnell: The Girl's Guide to the Wild

Family/Child (Books)

Girls belong outdoors! This handbook covers everything you need to get outside, including ideas for what to do, camping and hiking basics, body stuff in the wilderness, advanced skills like maps, weather, and first aid, as well as recipes, projects, activities, and profiles of inspiring outdoorswomen. Ruby McConnell is the author of A Woman's Guide to the Wild; she's also a geologist, environmental advocate, and dancer. Her work has appeared in Grain Magazine, Misadventures Magazine, Oregon Quarterly, Seattle Backpackers Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and Fungi Magazine, among others.

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• Sat 6/8/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tara Austen Weaver - Growing Berries & Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest

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Growing fruit is rewarding and low-effort, and Master Gardener Tara Austen Weaver is a clear and capable guide for backyard growers in Growing Berries and Fruit Trees in the Pacific Northwest. This beautiful book covers more than 75 berries and fruit trees, and includes master recipes for preserving the organic bounty. Tara Austen Weaver is a trained Master Gardener and author of The Butcher and the Vegetarian and Orchard House, which chronicles how she and her family attempted to revive a long-neglected Seattle garden and orchard. Her food blog, Tea & Cookies, was selected as one of the top 50 food sites in the world by both the Times of London and The Independent (UK) and has been featured on Saveur, Oprah.com, Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, and BonAppetit.com.

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• Sun 6/9/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Michael Benanav - Himalaya Bound

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"Himalaya Bound" follows a tribe of forest-dwelling nomads as they trek into the Indian Himalayas on their annual spring migration. This compelling true story offers an intimate glimpse into a rarely seen world - and the modern forces that threaten it. A great adventure and incisive work of literary journalism. (Including a slide show featuring remarkable images of nomadic life in the jungles and mountains of north India). Michael Benanav is a writer and photographer for The New York Times, Sierra Magazine, Geographical Magazine, Lonely Planet, and more. "Himalaya Bound" is his third book.

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• Thu 6/13/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Nathan & Jeremy Barnes - Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The Complete Hiking Guide

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A sprawling wonderland, Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness harbors old-growth forest, glacier-dredged creek valleys, ice-sharpened peaks, wildflower-studded hillsides, glassy tarns, rocky crags, and so much more. With more than 600 miles of trails and more than 700 sparkling alpine lakes and ponds, this treasured wilderness encompasses a lifetime’s worth of mountain landscapes. Alpine Lakes Wilderness: The Complete Hiking Guide features routes across the spectrum: longtime favorites like the fabled Enchantments, such lesser-known and lightly traveled trails as the peaceful Deception Lakes, and ambitious backpacks like the striking tour of lake basins in the Chiwaukum Mountains. Hikers of all ages and skill levels will find trails to suit their taste. Nathan and Jeremy Barnes founded the popular website and blog hikingwithmybrother.com in 2008 as a resource for hikers. Nathan graduated from the University of Washington with an undergraduate degree in history and political science and later returned to the UW School of Law to earn his Juris Doctor. Jeremy also graduated from the UW with a degree in industrial engineering. They both live in West Seattle.

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• Fri 6/14/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Savannah Moore-Stein - Did I Raise You Right?

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Join us in the readings gallery as Savannah Moore-Stein presents her new, heartbreaking and beautiful memoir. On her book: "This is a memoir of my life while raising my daughter as a single mother. I have written this book in hope of touching someone’s life. I know raising my child alone is not unique. But my daughter experienced some horrific ordeals as a child and young adult. Over the years I’ve tried to avoid our pain. Now I’ve cracked open that pain to investigate my guilt in all this, taking a good look at how I didn’t protect her. I discovered this book to be a cathartic therapy for myself; and I hope it will be for my daughter and my readers as I review what I did, or did not do, and why." Savannah Moore Stein is a pen name for this first-time author, offering her memoir. Prior to retiring, she had a varied career in telecommunications, interior design and redesign, and caregiving. Following her spiritual path, she has always felt the longing to be a spiritual teacher and public speaker, as a mentor and example to others. Savannah has one adult biological child (about whom this book is written), five adult step-children, one ‘other daughter’ who is just as much a treasured adult daughter as the others, many grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. She lives happily in the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband, Rand.

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• Sat 6/15/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju - Responsibility

Class/Workshop

Join us in the Readings Gallery for this free workshop where we’ll discuss the topic of Responsibility. Dawn has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment.

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• Tue 6/18/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Norman Fischer - The World Could Be Otherwise

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Poet and Zen teacher Norman Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a largely untapped resource for our troubled times. The World Could Be Otherwise offers hope for anyone wanting to open their heart and mind to the transformative possibilities of the imagination. Norman Fischer is a Zen teacher, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. A beloved figure in the Buddhist world, he is also well-known for his efforts at interreligious dialogue. His numerous books include What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms.

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• Sat 6/22/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chuckanut Writers Conference Open Mic

Signing/Readings

Join us as the CWC participants read their work at four open mics at four venues in Fairhaven. See website for details.

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• Sat 6/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Family/Child (Books)

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Pick up your Reading Challenge form in either Fairhaven or Lynden (or print out the form from our website), then read your way along the path to receive prizes. There are three prizes to win this year. See villagebooks.com for more details. Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store. For the Fourth Year in a Row! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your form, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to your school library. If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice. Stumped about what to read? Check out the great selections in our Chuckanut Reader or ask any of us at the store for help.

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• Sat 6/1/19 - Sat 8/31/19 at 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM