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Featured Event

Summer Reading Challenge 2017 @ Village Books

Children, Education

Thursday, June 1-Thursday, August 31 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! 1.) Complete the first two spaces by July 20th and win two tickets to the Bellingham Bells game on July 21st (while supplies last). 2.) Complete the first six spaces and receive a coupon for 20% off a store purchase. 3.) Read all 10 books on the challenge and return your completed form by Thursday, August 31st and receive a $5 gift certificate to Village Books & Paper Dreams AND a cookie from our good friends at the Colophon Café in Fairhaven or for those in Lynden, from the Lynden Dutch Bakery! 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 SECOND 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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• Thu 6/1/17 - Thu 8/31/17 at - 9:00 AM

Other Upcoming Events

Jenn Louis - The Book of Greens

Food/Tasting, Farmers' Market

From one of Portland, Oregon’s most acclaimed chefs comes this encyclopedic reference to the world of greens, with more than 175 creative recipes for every meal of the day. For any home cook who is stuck in a “three-green rut”—who wants to cook healthy, delicious, vegetable-focused meals, but is tired of predictable salads with kale, lettuce, cabbage, and the other usual suspects—The Book of Greens has the solution. Chef Jenn Louis has compiled more than 175 recipes for simple, show-stopping fare, from snacks to soups to mains (and even breakfast and dessert) that will inspire you to reach for new greens at the farmers’ market, or use your old standbys in totally fresh ways. Organized alphabetically by green, each entry features information on seasonality, nutrition, and prep and storage tips, along with recipes like Grilled Cabbage with Miso and Lime, Radish Greens and Mango Smoothie, and Pasta Dough with Tomato Leaves. Jenn Louis is executive chef and owner of the acclaimed Portland, Oregon restaurant Lincoln. In 2012, Louis’ soulful, seasonally focused cooking earned her recognition as a Best New Chef by Food & Wine magazine. She is a two-time semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northwest and she competed on season five of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters.

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• Wed 8/23/17 at - 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Fairhaven Fourth Friday Art Walk

Gallery

A new tradition of community and art in Fairhaven - come by Village Books & Paper Dreams and check out this month's featured artist in our Readings Gallery! With the sponsorship of the Historic Fairhaven Association, a group of local artists have come together to create the Fourth Friday Art Walk. With the exception of December, each month a new group of artists will be featured; each art walk will celebrate the unique character of Fairhaven, with local art, appetizers, drinks and, in some cases, live entertainment. Of course, while you're in Fairhaven, consider local experiences before or after the art walk, such as visits to Fairhaven's many parks, trails, shops, and fantastic cafes or restaurants for a snack, beverage, or meal. Participating businesses in this new venture include: • Artwood Gallery • Good Earth Pottery • Renaissance Celebration • Current and Furbish • Skylarks Hidden Cafe • Whatcom Art Market • Stones Throw Brewery • Blessings Salon Spa • Uptown Art • Lairmont Manor • The Garden Room • Lovitt • Fairy Godmother’s • and others With its diverse offerings, intimate geography, and unequaled walkability, Fairhaven is perfectly situated to bring artists and art lovers together, and engage both groups. Traditionally, there have been two annual art walks in Fairhaven--the Solstice Art Walk in June and the Holiday Art Walk the two days after Thanksgiving. Moving forward, these two events will be included in the Fourth Friday Art Walk schedule, though with a greater participation.

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• Fri 8/25/17 at 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM

John James Reid - Mid-Atlantic: Poems of Separation and the Sea

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Mid-Atlantic is a collection of poems of an emotional journey from Ireland to the US and personally within the US itself, addressing the theme of disconnection. The sea is the metaphor for the journey through the emotional waves of personal transition from the Atlantic to the Pacific North-West. Deeply personal and revealing in tone, they end their journey in the light of Bellingham Bay. John James Reid is an Irish Poet, Architect and Mediator who lives in Bellingham. Mid-Atlantic, is his third book of poetry inspired by separation and the sea. Previous books include After Six Weeks and The Goalkeeper, previously hosted by Village Books. Life’s personal journey continues to inspire his poetry, in the post-Heaney world, that he believes needs gently softened, revealed and articulated.

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• Sat 8/26/17 at - 7:00 PM

Leyna Krow: I'm Fine But You Appear to Be Sinking - Short Fiction!

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

In I’m Fine, But You Appear to Be Sinking, the strange collides with the mundane: close to home and far from it, in suburban neighborhoods and rural communities, with cycling apocalypses and backyard tigers. Through mystery, oddity, humor, and empathy, this collection shows us is that we’re never really alone—especially when we’re certain we are. Leyna Krow’s stories have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Prairie Schooner, Ninth Letter, and other publications. She lives in Spokane, Washington. She will be joined by poets Tim Greenup and Ben Cartwright who will each do a short reading. Tim Greenup's poems have appeared in LEVELER, BOAAT, Midwestern Gothic, Redivider, and elsewhere, and his collection Without Warning was released last year through Scablands Books. He lives in Spokane, Washington and teaches English and Humanities at Spokane Falls Community College. Ben Cartwright's debut collection of poems After Our Departure was chosen by Nance Van Winckel for the Powder Horn Prize (Sage Hill Press, 2016). His recent poems appear in West Branch, Prick of the Spindle, and The Pinch. His collaborative manuscript Additional Lyrics, created with poet Emily Gwinn, was a finalist for the 2017 White Stag manuscript prize. His collaborations with print maker Lindsey Merrell appear online in Duende. Ben lives in Spokane, WA, and teaches for Gonzaga University and the Community Colleges of Spokane.

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• Sun 9/3/17 at - 7:00 PM

J.A. Jance, Proof of Life: A J.P. Beaumont Novel - Tour Kick-Off Event!

Signing/Readings

Mark your calendar because J.A. Jance is coming back to the Readings Gallery! We are thrilled that she has chosen Village Books as the kick-off event for her latest tour. Be careful what you wish for . . . Before he retired, J. P. Beaumont had looked forward to having his days all to himself. But too much free time doesn’t suit a man used to brushing close to danger. When his longtime nemesis, retired Seattle crime reporter Maxwell Cole, dies in what’s officially deemed to be an accidental fire, Beau is astonished to be dragged into the investigation at the request of none other than the deceased victim himself. In the process Beau learns that just because a long-ago case was solved doesn’t mean it’s over. J. A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the J. P. Beaumont series, the Joanna Brady series, the Ali Reynolds series, and five interrelated thrillers about the Walker family, as well as a volume of poetry. Born in South Dakota and brought up in Bisbee, Arizona, Jance lives with her husband in Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona.

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• Tue 9/5/17 at - 7:00 PM

Tim Burnett: Mindfulness Workshop

Signing/Readings

Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness 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 well being. 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 into its contemporary applications in medicine and psychology. Tim is authorized to offer Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Self-Compassion, and Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT). Tim founded the local non-profit Mindfulness Northwest in 2011 and offers classes, workshops, and retreats in mindfulness in Bellingham, Skagit Country, and Seattle. Tim is also a fully authorized teacher of Soto Zen Buddhism.

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• Wed 9/6/17 at - 12:00 PM

James S. Walker - Common Dragonflies of the Pacific Coast: A Life Size Field Guide

Talks/Lectures

This event is part of North Cascade Institute's Nature of Writing Series! Common Dragonflies and Damselflies of the Pacific Coast is a unique field guide that combines state-of- the-art features for identifying dragonflies—such as range maps, flight season charts, life size and annotated photos for each species—as well as exciting new discoveries about their lives. An example of the latter is the splash-dunk/spin-dry behavior, in which a dragonfly plunges into the water multiple times to bathe, and then spins at 1,000 rpm in mid flight to shed the water—the fastest known spinning motion of any animal! The guide also introduces the intriguing Happy-face Dragonfly—whose official name is the Paddle-tailed Darner—and provides tips on how to get a dragonfly to perch on your finger. Filled with beautiful photos and original illustrations, this field guide will help to get you on a “first name basis” with these wonderful, yet little-known, creatures. James S. Walker is a retired professor of theoretical physics from Washington State University, where he was the Boeing Distinguished Professor of Science and Mathematics Education. He received his Ph. D. in theoretical physics from the University of Washington, and has also taught physics courses at Western Washington University. The author of several university-level textbooks on physics, Professor Walker and his wife Betsy divide their time between Washington and Arizona, and enjoy birding and dragonflying in both locations.

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• Fri 9/8/17 at - 7:00 PM

Robert Lopresti - When Women Didn’t Count: The Chronic Mismeasure and Marginalization of American Women in Federal Statistics

Signing/Readings

Federal statistics have been hiding and distorting women's history since the first Census in 1790, when only the male "head of the household" was listed by name. Robert Lopresti's book traces the development of data on population, employment, crime, health, and many other topics, showing how often the statistics which have shaped our view of American women have been based on false assumptions, or simply wrong. Readers will learn why a report on farm wages ended by angrily denying that farm life drives women insane, why department store owners preferred ex-prostitutes as managers, and why the number of women-owned businesses appeared to suddenly drop by 20 percent in 1997. Robert Lopresti has been a librarian for forty years, the last thirty at Western Washington University in Bellingham. He is also an award-winning author of crime fiction whose work has appeared in Best American Mystery Stories. His recent book GREENFELLAS is a comic novel about Mafiosi trying to save the environment. His most recent scholarly article explained how overdue library books caused the Civil War.

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• Sat 9/9/17 at - 7:00 PM

Book Signing with Debby Dodds

Signing/Readings

Join Amish Guys Don't Call young adult author Debby Dodds for a Q&A, meet-and-greet, and book signing at Village Books!

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• Sun 9/17/17 at - 4:00 PM

Jes Stone: The Last Outrageous Woman - Fiction!

Signing/Readings

With help from a pierced, tattooed and dread-locked granddaughter, five senior women escape retirement home boredom and travel the world seeking to fulfill the one, secret desire each has always held. They journey from Florida to the Emerald Isle, and from Tasmania to the markets of Egypt. When their story goes viral, surfers, hitchhikers, priests and a Crocodile Dundee impersonator pitch in to help the “outrageous grannies.” Even Doctor Phil gets into the act. The ladies must outsmart relatives who seek to return them to senior living, and con men who see them as easy targets. Each traveler must face her own frailties, mortality, and the most important decision of her life. Jessica H. Stone (Jes) is a long distance sailor and author of the best-seller, Doggy on Deck – Life at Sea with a Salty Dog. Her writing is popular with travelers and dreamers alike. When not traveling or sailing, Jes writes in a cottage by the sea.

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• Fri 9/22/17 at - 7:00 PM

David Montgomery - Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life

Signing/Readings

This event is part of North Cascade Institute's Nature of Writing Series! Growing a Revolution cuts through debates about conventional and organic farming, showing how a soil health revolution could bring farmland soil back to life. Combining ancient wisdom with modern science, Montgomery offers a vision where agriculture becomes the solution to environmental problems, helping feed us all and cool the planet. David R. Montgomery is a MacArthur Fellow and professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He is an internationally recognized geologist who studies landscape evolution and the effects of geological processes on ecological systems and human societies. An author of award-winning popular-science books, he has been featured in documentary films, network and cable news, and on a wide variety of TV and radio programs, including NOVA, PBS NewsHour, Fox and Friends, and All Things Considered. When not writing or doing geology, he plays in the band Big Dirt. He lives in Seattle, with his wife Anne Biklé and their black lab guide-dog dropout Loki.

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• Sat 9/23/17 at - 7:00 PM

Molly Hashimoto - Colors of the West: An Artist’s Guide to Nature’s Palette

Signing/Readings

This event is part of North Cascade Institute's Nature of Writing Series! Colors of the West explores wild places through the lens of watercolor “en plein air” painting, a French term meaning “in the open air.” Steeped in the natural world, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto has sketched in the outdoors and worked as a plein air artist for more than 20 years. In that time she has filled more than 40 sketchbooks with landscapes, vignettes, studies of flora and fauna, and natural history notes – created while visiting some of the West’s most stunning landscapes. Join us in the Readings Gallery as she shares her wealth of knowledge around art, color, conservation, and ecology. Molly Hashimoto’s paintings have been exhibited at a variety of galleries throughout the Northwest and at the Whatcom Museum of Art in Bellingham, Washington. Her work has a long association with outdoor and conservation organizations, and teaching has become an important part of her artistic journey. She has taught at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon coast, the North Cascades Institute in North Cascades National Park, and the Yellowstone Institute in Yellowstone National Park, among others. Molly lives in Seattle and can be found at www.mollyhashimoto.com

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• Sun 9/24/17 at - 4:00 PM

Erin McKittrick - Mud Flats & Fish Camps: 800 Miles Around Cook Inlet

Signing/Readings

This event is part of North Cascade Institute's Nature of Writing Series! Alaska holds a mythological place in the American imagination as our wildest, coldest, largest, and farthest frontier. It is also the home of writer Erin McKittrick, who lives in a yurt on the shore of Cook Inlet with her husband and two preschool-age children. Mudflats and Fish Camps chronicles McKittrick’s journey, along with her family, as they set out to hike and paddle the entire coastline of Cook Inlet, a distance of 800 miles. This is unconventional parenting in the extreme, bringing kids not just into the woods, but into quicksand, snow, and the realm of grizzles! And while their story includes all the stubbornness, excitement, and sleet- in-the-eyes awefulness that comes from walking their way through the world, it also provides an intimate history of a wild and fascinating place and the people who call it home. Erin McKittrick, along with her husband Hig, has walked, paddled, and skied more than 8000 miles through Alaska’s trackless wilderness, including a thousand miles with her two young children. McKittrick has a master’s degree in molecular and cellular biology, writes regularly for Alaska Dispatch News, and gives public presentations on her adventures and work. In 2007, she and Hig founded Ground Truth Trekking, a nonprofit organization that combines “ground truth” with “researched truth,” using science and adventure to further the conversation about Alaska’s environmental issues. They live in Seldovia, Alaska. Learn more at www.groundtruthtrekking.org.

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• Wed 9/27/17 at - 7:00 PM

Chris Kelly - America Invaded: A State By State Guide to Fighting On American Soil

Signing/Readings

Have you ever wondered why some towns in Texas have French names? Or why there’s a statue of a Shawnee chief at the US Naval Academy? Or what coastal wildlife refuges have to do with American fears of invasion? And what the Olive Oil Riot in Montana was really all about? America Invaded has the answers to these intriguing questions, and so many more. Ever since they first set foot on the North American continent, humans have explored, discovered, established boundaries – and subsequently invaded – all across the territory we now call the United States. In America Invaded, we track some of the many explorations and invasions that founded or destroyed towns, that set and reset state lines, and that shaped the peoples and culture of this nation. Christopher Kelly, graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the former chairman of Chyron Corporation, has had a lifelong passion for military history. He is coauthor of America Invades and Italy Invades and the editor of An Adventure in 1914, a memoir of his great-grandfather’s time in Europe at the start of World War I. Join us as we welcome, once again, one of our favorite historians to the Readings Gallery.

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• Thu 9/28/17 at - 7:30 PM

Gail Noble-Sanderson: The Passage Home to Meuse - Historical Fiction!

Signing/Readings

The year is 1923 and the world continues its recovery from the ravages of World War I. In this second historical novel in the Meuse Trilogy, Marie Durant Chagall, now 27 years old, continues her own journey toward recovery, planning a return to nursing with a grand scheme of opneing a rural health clinic, La Clinique Meuse. People from diverse and intriguing backgrounds and familiar characters from book one, The Lavender House in Meuse, journey alongside Marie, their own search for new beginnings often intersecting her own.The Passage Home to Meuse is a riveting account and vivid adventure of one woman's tenacity and determination to take back her life, ultimately finding the journey is the true destination. Ms. Noble-Sanderson has published and worked in the field of Communication Sciences and Disorders for over 25 years. This is her second book of historical fiction. Originally from Ohio, she is a long-time resident of Washington State where she resides with her husband and family.

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• Fri 9/29/17 at - 7:00 PM

J.L. Oakley Mist-chi-mas: A Novel of Captivity - Historical Fiction!

Signing/Readings

Local historian and celebrated writer, J.L. Oakley is back with her latest novel of the Pacific NW! Englishwoman Jeannie Naughton never intended to run away from life, but in 1860 a woman’s reputation is everything. A scandal not of her own making forces her to flee to occupied San Juan Island where she meets American Jonas Breed. Captured as a youth and held as a slave – a mist-chi-mas- by the Haida, he understands how things beyond one’s control can shape a life. Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WWII, with characters standing up for something in their own time and place. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the 2013 Chanticleer Grand Prize, the 2014 First Place Chaucer Award and the 2015 WILLA Silver Award. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th century folkways.

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• Sat 9/30/17 at - 7:00 PM

Banned Books Week Read-In!

Signing/Readings

Come and celebrate the “freadom” to read whatever we want! Join us on the main floor of our store for an open-mic style read-in! Bring your favorite banned or challenged book or choose from those that we have on hand. You will have up to 5 minutes to read your favorite passage. As with our usual open-mics you must sign up to read. Drop-ins will be welcome, time allowing. A list of the top banned/challenged books in the last 12 years can be found on the American Library Association's website.

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• Sat 9/30/17 at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM