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Kai Carlson-Wee & Kristiana Kahakauwila – Rail & This Is Paradise: Stories


Set against a landscape of rail yards and skate parks, Kai Carlson-Wee’s debut collection captures a spiritual journey of wanderlust, depression, brotherhood, and survival. Part cowboy poet, part prophet, Carlson-Wee finds beauty in the grit and kinship among strangers along the road. Kristiana Kahakauwila’s short story collection, This Is Paradise: Stories, strikingly exposes the dangers lurking beneath Hawai'i’s myth of paradise. This Is Paradise perfectly depicts the struggle of what it is to be between—between change and tradition, between locales, and between identities—and powerfully examines how we define ourselves and our relationships to those around us.


• Thu 5/24/18 at - 7:00 PM

Free Author Event with The Green Reaper

Signing/Readings, Green/Environmental

Seventh generation mortician Elizabeth Fournier has written the guidebook we need for navigating the planning and executing of an affordable, environmentally friendly burial in her newly released The Green Burial Guidebook: Everything You Need to Plan an Affordable, Environmentally Friendly Burial. Join her at this fascinating event to learn more about your legal rights for green burial.


• Thu 5/31/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Lucy Jane Bledsoe – Evolution of Love


A devastating earthquake has just hit the San Francisco Bay Area, cutting off the outside world completely. When Lily decides to fly from Nebraska to California and make the treacherous journey into the Bay Area to find her sister, she knows she's headed for a disaster zone, but nothing prepares her for what she finds. A piercing, unforgettable story of hope in the face of crisis, The Evolution of Love asks what it takes for people to come together, what dangers must they fend off in their bid for survival, and what lengths will they go to rebuild home.


• Fri 6/1/18 at - 7:00 PM

Amber Casali – Hiking Washington's Fire Lookouts


Hiking Washington’s Fire Lookouts highlights 44 memorable lookouts in the Cascades and Olympics, all accessible by trails on public lands. Brimming with fascinating history, this guide details how to stay in or near the lookouts overnight and how to help maintain or volunteer at these historic structures.


• Sat 6/2/18 at - 7:00 PM

Jen Neale & Christine Higdon – Land Mammals & Sea Creatures and The Very Marrow of Our Bones


Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale: Through the lens of magic realism, Land Mammals and Sea Creatures touches on the many ways we choose to destroy ourselves, as a species and as individuals. Christine Higdon: The Very Marrow of Our Bones: Hopeful, lyrical, comedic, and intriguingly and lovingly told, The Very Marrow of Our Bones shows us that despite it all, people carry on, find joy, and ultimately survive.


• Sun 6/3/18 at - 4:00 PM

Nancy Blakey – By the Shore: Explore the PNW Coast Like a Local


Join us for one or all of the events planned with local author Nancy Blakey. First up, at 3:30 pm, she will appear at the Wednesday Market on the green, followed by the inaugural meeting of our brand new book group, Regional Cookbook & Cooking Lit, and finally at 7 pm, she'll come on down to the readings gallery for her presentation. All events are free and open to the public.


• Wed 6/6/18 at - 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Harvey Schwartz – Hampden Road


Harvey Schwartz learned Americana growing up on the east coast. He unlearned it at Woodstock, a hippie commune, and hitchhiking. A chiropractic career offered another perspective. He’s been published in The Sun, Clover, Whatcom Writes, Jeopardy and Cirque among others. Bellingham Repertory Dance and Snowdance Film Festival have featured his work. Live music will be provided by Paul and Allison Anders, a father-daughter musical duo.


• Thu 6/7/18 at - 7:00 PM

Purple Friday Featuring If You Had a Jetpack by Lisa Detlefsen


Come on down to the readings gallery and share with us what you would do if you had a jetpack. We'll read stories, do a small craft, and enjoy a small snack. *Author does not attend.*


• Fri 6/8/18 at - 10:30 AM

Book Talk: Peter Donahue's Three Sides Water


Join us in celebrating award-winning author Peter Donahue’s new book Three Sides Water at Village Books in Bellingham on Friday, June 8, 2018. Washington author Peter Donahue will read from his new book Three Sides Water at Village Books in Bellingham on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 7 PM. In his latest work of literary fiction, Donahue distills the raw and vivid world of the Olympic Peninsula into a stunning work that challenges what it means to live life with purpose and integrity.


• Fri 6/8/18 at - 7:00 PM

Kymberly Cummings – Will You Remember Me...Time Shared

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

This book is about the purpose and value of human life. It was born out of Cummings' desire to honor her parents’ lives so she made a book that expresses anecdotes of their time shared together. These are Cummings’ thoughts regarding life, love, and selflessness in order to honor her parents’ lives. That is the sole reason for publishing these tales of childhood and life with her parents in the 60’s, 70’s and beyond.


• Sun 6/10/18 at - 4:00 PM

Fine White Powders - Slam Poetry & Pulp Storytelling

Solo Performance, Experimental/Perf. Art

Sugar is a fine white powder, and just like cocaine and heroin, it's all wrapped up in money and power. It's just been around for so long its dealers have gone legit: the cartels in Mexico might have narcocorridos, but the sugar dealers have national anthems. In this show, slam poet and teacher Naughty A. Mouse mixes poetry from his new, illustrated collection with storytelling bits from the history of sugar, and other fine white powders, into a yarn that will ensure you never look at dessert, or the Drug War, the same way again. *** Despite graduating from Princeton and USC Law, Jordan Bubin never let his schooling get in the way of his education. His passion is making knowledge accessible and exciting to everyone, so he hops on microphones as Naughty Mouse to educate, as well as entertain. He's currently on a three-month tour through the western U.S., so stop by the Revue on May 15th to catch his mix of performance art and public education!


• Thu 6/14/18 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

38th Anniversary Sale at Village Books & Paper Dreams


Join us as we celebrate 38 years of building community one book at a time with a storewide sale, at both our Fairhaven and Lynden locations on June 16 & 17. Receive 20% off most items throughout Village Books & Paper Dreams.


• Sat 6/16/18 - Sun 6/17/18 at - 9:00 AM

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.


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