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James & Deborah Fallows – Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Our Towns is the story of the five-year journey across America by small plane. James and Deborah Fallows visited dozens of towns and met with hundreds of civic leaders, workers, immigrants, educators, environmentalists, artists, public servants, librarians, business people, city planners, students, and entrepreneurs. They describe a complex and contradictory America, but also one with the energy, generosity, compassion, dreams, and determination of many who are making things better.

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• Wed 8/22/18 at - 7:00 PM

Chas Smith – Cocaine + Surfing: A Sordid History of Surfing's Greatest Love Affair

Signing/Readings, Surfing

It is likely not terribly surprising that surfers like to party. The 1960- 70s image, bolstered by Tom Wolfe and Big Wednesday, was one of mild outlaws. Tanned boys who refused to grow up, spending their days drinking beer and smoking joints on the beach in between mindless hours in the water.

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• Wed 8/29/18 at - 7:00 PM

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

Children, Family/Child (Books)

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. 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.

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• Fri 6/1/18 - Fri 8/31/18 at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Summer Reading Challenge 2018

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! Check with Library staff for the rules. 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 THIRD 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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• Fri 6/1/18 - Fri 8/31/18 at

Group Reading from Clover

Signing/Readings

A Literary Rag Volume XV– Local Authors. Clover, A Literary Rag returns with a multi genre event. Thirteen regional poets and storytellers present original work from Volume 15 of the Rag. Jim Bertolino, Anita Boyle, Paul Hunter, and Shannon Laws among other fine voices. Hosted by Mary Gillilan and Norman Green.

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• Sun 9/2/18 at 2:00 PM - 4:00 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.

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• Wed 9/5/18 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series: Write Your Memoir in September

Class/Workshop

No matter how long you've procrastinated or how many times you've tried to write your memoir, this class will give you the tools you need to get it done. Start Whatcom Memoir Writing Month learning why "anyone would want to read your story anyway." Then hear about the top three roadblocks most memoir writers face, and the four essential (and simple) practices you need to exercise in order to complete your memoir. Walk out of this class with a plan that will carry you through the rest of your writing life.

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• Thu 9/6/18 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Kerry Claire: Finding Vera

Signing/Readings

Based on true events, Finding Vera is the fictionalized story of German shepherd. After a difficult beginning, her life spins out of control as she struggles to cope with her new family. This is a journey filled with anguish, joy, pain, and humor as the complexity of Vera’s character is slowly revealed. Like a phoenix, she emerges triumphant. Kerry Claire has been a dog trainer for thirty years, and has spent the last thirteen years focusing on canine behavior and aggression. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and their collie, Annie. Finding Vera is her first novel.

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• Fri 9/7/18 at - 7:00 PM

Barbara Davis Pyles

Signing/Readings

Grizzly Boy. Kids Event and Book Launch. One day Theo wakes up and decides he’s a grizzly bear. He leaps out of bed, practices his growl and his roar, and scratches his bottom on the bedpost. But being a grizzly boy isn’t easy if you still have to go to school. After a challenging day at school, Theo learns you can follow the rules and still enjoy being wild and free. Barbara Davis-Pyles has authored hundreds of fiction and nonfiction pieces for the children’s education market. Her article Yo Ho ‘O’ is for Orienteering was the winner of the 2009 Children’s Writer Sports Nonfiction contest. When Barbara's not writing, she can be found hiking, biking, or packing for a road trip. She lives in the northwest corner of Washington State with her family.

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• Sat 9/8/18 at - 4:00 PM

John Hoyte

Signing/Readings

Persistence of Light. Memoir! Persistence of Light is the story of John Hoyte’s journey from childhood in China, in a Japanese prison camp in World War II, to leading a British expedition over the Alps with an elephant, to being an entrepreneur and inventor in Silicon Valley. With each surprising twist and turn of his journey, the author builds a life infused with purpose and creativity. Join us in the Readings Gallery to hear his fascinating true story.

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• Sat 9/8/18 at - 7:00 PM

WhaMemWriMo: "Did He Really Say That?" Creating Effective Dialogue in Memoir with L. Kalpakian

Class/Workshop

Can writers of memoir truly set down every word correctly spoken in the past? No. Nor should they. Dialogue is the writer's tool to develop tension, to convey character, mood, meaning, and information. This class gives you suggestions for capturing the flavor and essence of the people in your memoir, to bring their voices to life on the page. Laura Kalpakian is the author of thirteen novels and four collections of short fiction. Her new book The Great Pretenders will be out April 2019 with Berkeley Press.

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• Thu 9/13/18 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Red Wheelbarrow Writers: So Much Depends Upon…

Signing/Readings

Join us for two evenings of literature, refreshments, and sparkling entertainment as   Bellingham’s Red Wheelbarrow Writers launch their second community written and edited anthology, So Much Depends Upon… So Much Depends Upon… highlights the work of 32 local writers in memoir and short fiction. The Red Wheelbarrow Writers offer classes, contests, monthly Happy Hours, and are co- founders of Washington Memoir Month. New writing, new faces, and new voices are always welcome.

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• Fri 9/14/18 - Sat 9/15/18 at - 7:00 PM

Kim Binczewski

Signing/Readings, Family/Child (Books)

Bread Lab. Kids Event. September is Food Literacy Month and we are celebrating with the launch of this great new book about bread. Iris and her Aunt Mary want to experiment with making whole wheat sourdough bread from scratch! As the family kitchen transforms into a bread lab, Iris is surprised that bread needs only four ingredients--flour, water, salt and starter. It all seems magical, but it's really science.  Kim Binczewski is the Managing Director of the WSU Bread Lab in Burlington, Washington. She will be joined by Renee Bourgault at Bread Farm and together, they will lead kids in a sensory activity involving samples of wheats and seeds. And yes, there will be samples of bread.  This event is co-sponsored by The Bread Lab at WSU, Mount Vernon.

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• Sat 9/15/18 at - 2:00 PM

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series: Write Your Memoir in September

Talks/Lectures

Bringing Memoir Alive Through A Sense of Place with Nancy Lou Canyon. As part of the fourth annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, this series returns with all new workshops to help you turn your memories into memoir, giving shape and voice to the stories you have always wanted to share and the stories your readers want to hear. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words every day. At the end of September you will have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you have always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear. These workshops, each led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs. Instructors: Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, Nancy Canyon, and Jennifer Wilhoit. Class meets Thursdays, September 6-27 from 5:00-6:30pm. Register at register.whatcomcommunityed.com.

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• Thu 9/20/18 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Ray Troll

Signing/Readings

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist Along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific.  Join us as we welcome Ray Troll back to the Readings Gallery.  In this long-awaited sequel Kirk Johnson and Ray Troll are back on a road trip--driving, flying, and boating their way from Baja, California to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America's Pacific coast. They hunt for fossils, visit museums, meet scientists and paleo- nerds, and sleuth out untold stories of extinct worlds. In his studio on a hill above Tongass Narrows in rainy Ketchikan, Alaska, Ray Troll creates fishy images that swim into museums, books and magazines, and onto t-shirts worn around the world. He draws his inspiration from extensive field work and the latest scientific discoveries, bringing a street-smart sensibility to the worlds of ichthyology and paleontology. Be sure and catch Ray and his band, “The Ratfish Wranglers”, at the Sylvia Center the following night as part of this year’s SeaFeast festivities.

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• Thu 9/20/18 at - 7:00 PM

Rosalind Spitzer

Signing/Readings

Anna's Home. Historical Fiction! A young Swedish-American must choose between her loving family and teaching career in Minnesota and the pioneer minister she loves in remote Washington Territories.  Drawing on real-life letters and journals and additional research, Anna’s Home depicts the richly detailed challenges of immigrant families in late nineteenth-century America. Rosalind Spitzer’s degrees in English from Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington prepared her for a career in education and an avocation in writing. She lives with her husband Richard in rural Whatcom County where, when not at the computer, she can usually be found in the garden.

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• Fri 9/21/18 at - 7:00 PM

Shelley O'Callaghan – How Deep is the Lake: A Century at Chilliwack Lake  Memoir

Signing/Readings

How Deep is the Lake is a memoir that weaves a family life spanning one hundred years of summers at Chilliwack Lake with the history of earlier inhabitants. Shelley O’Callaghan discovers her grandfather’s connection with the First Nation’s chief whose ancestry goes back to the earliest recorded history at the lake. She shares her discoveries with her six grandchildren as they set off on expeditions that make the past come alive. Together they reflect on the essence of a “summer cabin,” a place that brings family together and that nourishes the soul with its solitude and beauty.

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• Sat 9/22/18 at - 7:00 PM

Ann Carlson: Waiting For the Whales

Signing/Readings

Waiting for the Whales is a book of poems which actually began as I watched for whales at Pt. Roberts Washington. Over time and travels other subjects were experienced leading to a mixed variety of topics and styles included in this book. I try to present the positive side of everyday life. I often have a musician friend back me up and am hoping for a surprise guest for my presentation.  Ann Carlson was born and is a lifetime resident of Bellingham. From her earliest years she has thought about the possibility of writing a book. but did not think such a thing would ever happen to her. Now, at 78 her dreams have been fulfilled.

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• Sun 9/23/18 at - 4:00 PM

Sneed Collard III

Signing/Readings

Warblers & Woodpeckers: A Father-Son Big Year of Birding. From the killer bee-infested border region of southeast Arizona to the sultry islands of the Galapagos, Warblers & Woodpeckers recounts the quest of a father and his thirteen-year-old son to see as many birds as possible in a single year. With a measured blend of humor, natural history, and adventure, this tale takes readers to great birding hot-spots of America and beyond, both to experience their incredible avian wealth and to experience the focused, often eccentric, world of ornithological travel. Along the way, readers share the ups and downs of the relationship between a father and his teenage son. Sneed B. Collard III is the author of more than seventy-five books, along with countless magazine articles for both children and adults. The Collards live in Missoula, Montana, and you can learn more about Sneed at sneedbcollardiii.com and his father-son birding at FatherSonBirding.com.

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• Tue 9/25/18 at - 7:00 PM

WhaMemWriMo Workshop Series: Write Your Memoir in September

Talks/Lectures

Journeying Through Emotions in Memoir Writing with Jennifer Wilhoit. As part of the fourth annual Whatcom Memoir Writing Month, this series returns with all new workshops to help you turn your memories into memoir, giving shape and voice to the stories you have always wanted to share and the stories your readers want to hear. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words every day. At the end of September you will have 50,000 words: a book. You will have given shape and voice to the stories and adventures you have always wanted to share, the stories your readers want to hear. These workshops, each led by experienced memoir writers and teachers, can be taken as a whole, or you can select from the individual workshops to suit your needs. Instructors: Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, Nancy Canyon, and Jennifer Wilhoit. Class meets Thursdays, September 6-27 from 5:00-6:30pm. Register at register.whatcomcommunityed.com.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Meryl Fishman: Parenting Teen Girls 24/7

Signing/Readings, Parents/Parenting

Parenting Teen Girls 24/7 is a comprehensive situation-by-situation guide whether a daughter is a pubescent 10-year-old or a 20-year-old adolescent that will help parents to safely navigate their precious daughter through the turbulent teens in a changing world. In a convenient and easy-to- use format, the book discusses how to deal with various aspects of teen behavior be it about boys, boobs or curfews or coping with today’s tough realities such as cyber-bullying, drug addiction, sexual identity, depression or sexual predators. Parents, you do not want to miss this one. Meryl Fishman, a former Bellingham resident and occasional columnist for The Bellingham Herald, is a graduate of Pace University (BPS with distinction) and New York Law School (JD cum laude) and a mother of two and grandmother to five. She is also co-author of Living With Your Teenage Daughter & Liking It.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at - 7:00 PM

Book Event & Signing

Family/Child (Books), Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

International Author Meryl Fishman returns to Bellingham to discuss her new book, Parenting Teen Girls 24/7, a comprehensive guide to parenting teens in a changing world.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Parenting Teen Girls 24/7

Family/Child (Books), Talks/Lectures, Parents/Parenting

Book Event - Meet the Author; Book Reading, Discussion & Signing.

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• Thu 9/27/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Kristin Jarvis Adams

Signing/Readings

The Chicken Who Saved Us: The Remarkable Story of Andrew & Frightful. When eight-year-old Andrew tells his pet chicken that his body is trying to kill him, Andrew’s family and an entire medical community are launched into a decade-long quest for answers. Readers will journey to places where chickens talk, superheroes come alive, and a young autistic boy on the brink of death, finds the courage to survive.  Join award-winning author Kristin Jarvis Adams as she shares the story of how an ordinary backyard chicken transformed her autistic son’s desperate struggle to survive a deadly illness into a tale of improbable hope and miraculous healing.

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• Fri 9/28/18 at - 7:00 PM

Paul Willis – Deer at Twilight: Poems from the North Cascades

Signing/Readings

For a fall and a spring, Paul Willis got to serve as an artist-in-residence in North Cascades National Park in Washington State. This collection of poems about the local flora and fauna is what came about. From Douglas squirrels to Douglas firs, from fairy slippers to cinnamon bears, follow his trail through the mountains and meadows of an American alpine treasure. Deer at Twilight will bring you into quiet places and leave you standing, open to the evening air, long after its pages are closed. *This event is part of the North Cascades Institute's Nature of Writing series. (confirmed).

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• Sat 9/29/18 at - 7:00 PM

Banned Books Week

Community Event

Banned Books Week 2018, the annual celebration of the freedom to read, will be held September 23 - 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. As the attacks on the right to read escalate, a celebration of reading is needed now more than ever. BBWC is here to support the community of readers, including students, educators, libraries, and booksellers, in the United States and abroad. Please join us during Banned Books Week, September 23 - 29, 2018.

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• Sun 9/23/18 - Sat 9/29/18 at

Sandra Noel: The River

Signing/Readings

Sandra Noel's writing in The River evokes a time and place as languidly fluid as their title suggests. Intimate, but inviting, her poems trace themes of coming of age, guilt, family, and loyalty. In a sensual rush of language, Noel's desire to better understand her childhood and adolescence in and around Fredericksburg, Virginia drives the overarching narrative of this collection. Readers are transported to the banks of the Rappahannock and the central Virginia countryside through Noel’s deft composites of rural tranquility brushed with personal turmoil that hints at the region’s tumultuous past. The River is an examination of history that is equally personal and ubiquitous. ~ A.E. Bayne, Fredericksburg Literary and Art Review. Sandra Noel works as an illustrator developing interpretive exhibits for national parks, forests and other organizations in the USA and in Sulawesi, Indonesia involved in environmental education.

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• Sun 9/30/18 at - 4:00 PM

Terry Brooks: Street Freaks

Signing/Readings

It begins with a dire call-right before his father disappears and his skyscraper home's doors explode inward. Street Freaks is the kind of thrilling futuristic story only New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks can tell. Brooks has long been the grandmaster of fantasy. Now he turns his hand to science fiction filled with what his readers love best: complex characters, extraordinary settings, exciting action, and a page-turning story. Through it, Brooks reimagines his bestselling career yet again.

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• Wed 10/3/18 at - 7:00 PM