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Barry Lopez Horizon

Signing/Readings

From the National Book Award-winning author of the now-classic Arctic Dreams, a vivid, poetic, capacious work that recollects the travels around the world and the encounters--human, animal, and natural--that have shaped an extraordinary life. Taking us nearly from pole to pole--from modern mega-cities to some of the most remote regions on the earth--and across decades of lived experience, Barry Lopez, hailed by the Los Angeles Times Book Review as "one of our finest writers," gives us his most far-ranging yet personal work to date.

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• Fri 3/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

James Twyman hosts Book Signing at Village Books for Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis

Signing/Readings

Join James at Village Books on March 23rd at 7PM to hear the latest by celebrated author and musician. Giovanni and the Camino of St. Francis is a novel about how finding the courage to open your heart can heal the wounds of your past. Anna, an Italian immigrant living in Portland was shunned from her hometown of Assisi at age 16. She vowed that she would never return to the family who cast her away, but one day while browsing a bookstore a walking guide to the Camino of St. Francis falls and knocks her on the head. Reluctantly, she answers the call to return to Italy and walks in the steps of the humble Saint Francis in an attempt to reconcile the wounds of her past. Arriving in La Verna, Anna meets a young stranger named Giovanni. As the two begin walking in the footsteps of St. Francis, she finds her heart softening as she listens to Giovanni’s parables—and opens up to the miracles surrounding them.

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• Sat 3/23/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

James Twyman Giovanni & the Camino of St. Francis

Signing/Readings

When a guide to the Camino of St. Francis falls off a shelf and knocks her on the head, Anna reluctantly answers the call to return to Italy for the first time since being shunned by her family. As she travels in the steps of Saint Francis in an attempt to reconcile her past, she meets a young man named Giovanni and finds herself opening up to the miracles that surround them. James Twyman is the author of sixteen books, including the NYT Bestseller The Moses Code.

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• Sat 3/23/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Keetje Kuipers, Geffrey Davis, & Erika Meitner - All Its Charms, Night Angler, & Holy Moly Carry Me

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us in the Readings Gallery for an awesome line-up of stellar poets! Keetje Kuipers’ new collection of poems. All Its Charms, chronicles her decision to become a single-mother-by-choice and her marriage to the only woman she ever loved. Geffrey Davis’s award-winning second collection, Night Angler, reads as an evolving love letter and meditation on what it means to raise an American family. Erika Meitner's Holy Moly Carry Me takes readers into the heart of Appalachia—its highways and strip malls, its fragility and danger—and wrestles with racial tensions, religious identity, gun violence, raising children, and the anxieties of life in the 21st century.

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• Tue 3/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Leigh Calvez The Breath of a Whale: The Science and Spirit of Pacific Ocean Giants

Signing/Readings

In The Breath of a Whale, Leigh Calvez tells the story of orcas, blue whales, and other Pacific Ocean giants through the work of dedicated researchers who have spent decades tracking them along their secretive routes that extend for thousands of miles, gleaning their habits and sounds and distinguishing peculiarities. Leigh Calvez has worked with whales and dolphins as a scientist, naturalist, and nature writer.

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• Sat 3/30/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anders Carlson-Wee - The Low Passions

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Join us as we kick off Poetry Month with this great event. In a knockout debut collection haunted by shame, violence, and the darkest of our human origins, Anders Carlson-Wee mines nourishment and holiness from our depths. Explosive and incantatory, The Low Passions traces the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a young drifter. Pathologically frugal, reckless, and vulnerable, the narrator of these viscerally compelling poems hops freight trains, hitchhikes, dumpster dives, and sleeps in the homes of total strangers, scavenging forgotten and hardscrabble places for tangible forms of faith. Anders Carlson-Wee's work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, The Nation, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Best New Poets, and The Best American Non-Required Reading. The recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize, he lives in Minneapolis.

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• Tue 4/2/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Kate McDermott Cooking Double-Header

Signing/Readings

We are so pleased to bring back the author of The Art of Pie for two appearances. First, she will be our honored guest at our Regional Cookbook and Cooking Lit book group that meets at 4pm. Then, she'll be back at 7pm for a special ticketed event on the mezzanine level of the store in Evolve Chocolate + Cafe where we'll sample delicious dishes from her cookbook, Home Cooking with Kate McDermott. Home Cooking with Kate McDermott focuses on staple recipes for people who aren’t looking for a part-time job in the kitchen. Using ingredients that can be found in any supermarket and techniques that every home cook needs, McDermott shares tasty and repeatable meals for friends and family. James Beard Nominee, Kate McDermott has been named “Food Rock Star” and “Pie Whisperer”, and has received high praise for her work from Dorie Greenspan, Ruth Reichl, Ken Haedrich, David Leite, and many others. For details about tickets, please visit villagebooks.com.

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• Wed 4/3/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Molly Hite - Class Porn

Signing/Readings

When Class Porn was first published in 1986, it gained a cult following among women - and some men - who had experienced the unequal power relations making it impossible for an employee or student who is being harassed by an authority figure to “just tell him off,” “just slap his face” or even “just fill out a complaint”--responses likely to lead to the loss of reputation or a job and the closing off of any future career prospects. When the #MeToo movement arose almost thirty years later, directly addressing these power issues and the cluelessness of the “why don’t they just” objections, Hite was inspired to reissue Class Porn as a #MeToo book. Set in the mid-1960s, Eleanor Nyland struggles against forces and attitudes she cannot even name, but her sense of humor and, finally, of her own worth help her puncture the inflated egos of her senior colleagues and avoid the worst of the consequences. Molly Hite was for 32 years Professor of English Literature at Cornell University, where she taught and wrote about twentieth-century fiction, feminist theory, and creative writing.

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• Fri 4/5/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Book Talk: Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act

Signing/Readings

Carolyn Koehnline, Bellingham author, psychotherapist, and clutter coach, will discuss her upcoming book, Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act, at Village Books. The event is free. Carolyn is known for her compassionate approach to clearing physical, mental, emotional, and schedule clutter. In Clearing Clutter as a Sacred Act, she offers a host of rich insights and simple tasks and activities that can transform the clutter-clearing process into a meaningful experience that honors life’s transitions and makes room for what matters.

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• Sat 4/6/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Betty Scott, J.P. Falcon Grady and Rev. Tessie Mandeville - Central Heating

Signing/Readings, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Mix the poetry of Betty Scott with the soulful voice of J.P. Falcon Grady and soprano Tessie Mandeville and you have a great reason to join us in the Reading Gallery for selections from Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth. As described by author Zach Savich: “Betty Scott’s poems … remind us that souls are found in the soil, as well as in the garden of her poetic forms that bring inventive music, history and ecology to readers.” Betty Scott is an award-winning poet whose poems have appeared in WA 129; Clover; Noisy Waters; Cirque Journal; Floating Bridge Press and other on-line publications and anthologies in Vancouver, Canada, and the Pacific Northwest. J.P. Falcon Grady is a proud member of the Piikani (Blackfeet) tribe and is a self taught singer/songwriter/guitarist who intertwines acoustic melodies and vocals, finding inspiration in Betty’s words. Rev. Tessie Mandeville works as a chaplain at St. Joseph Peace Health Medical Center. She is an ordained minister with the Unitarian Universalist Association and with Metropolitan Community Churches.

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• Sun 4/7/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Steve Hughes in Conversation with Maria McLeod - Stiff

Signing/Readings

With a hearty helping of Detroit grit, the stories in Stiff pay homage to a city turned upside down by economic abandonment. Steve Hughes pushes the boundaries of realism with characters that seem odd and otherworldly. Readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy this outrageous and evocative ensemble of stories. Steve Hughes is the writer and publisher of Detroit’s longest-running zine Stupor. Hughes lives in Hamtramck, where he continues to collect stories at local watering holes for forthcoming issues of Stupor. Maria McLeod is a journalism professor at Western Washington University. She has worked extensively as an oral historian, journalist and public relations consultant. She also writes and publishes poetry, fiction, monologues, and interviews.

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• Thu 4/11/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Koe Creation - This Heart Holds Many

Signing/Readings

Educator and activist Koe Creation revisits their rearing as the second-generation of a queer, polyamorous, sex-positive family. This Heart Holds Many is a testament of transformative, communal love told by an educator and lifelong learner who has dedicated their life to helping others grasp their own extraordinary love. Koe Creation has one of the most unique life stories you’ve ever heard, guaranteed. Growing up in a sex-positive, polyamorous family in Seattle, Washington, Koe learned transparent, non-violent communication, age-appropriate discourse, and sex-positive empowerment at a young age. Teaching sex education and relationship skills across the USA since they were a teenager, Koe now has a decade of expertise at being a “professional pervert.” Koe is a frequent cohost of the Polyamory Weekly podcast and presents at conferences all over the country.

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• Fri 4/12/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Knee Pain Workshop with Robin Robertson

Talks/Lectures

Tired of living with knee pain? Want to get back to doing the things you love? Take simple action steps to protect your knees and reduce your pain. • The secrets to reducing knee pain without surgery, injections, or big medical bills. • Knee Pain – where does it come from? • Why motion is lotion (how to reduce knee pain and inflammation). • What to do and the importance of doing it correctly with the right intensity. • Simple steps to get started. Functional Aging Specialist, ACE Personal Trainer, best selling author, and USA Cycling Coach Robin Robertson has owned and managed the Bellingham Training & Tennis Club since 2000. She well understands the challenges of staying fit while aging; with a total of 11 knee surgeries and plenty of challenges that could have blocked her way. Robin has also authored two books: Healthy & Fit Body (2015) and international best seller Healthy Knees Cycling (2016) and is the founder of indoor cycle training programs “Cycle Moles” and “Healthy Knees Cycling” as well as the Healthy Knees Coach program.

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• Sat 4/13/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

J. A. Jance - The A List - An Ali Reynolds Mystery

Signing/Readings

JA Jance is back with another thrilling instalment of the Ali Reynolds mysteries. The end of her high-profile broadcasting career came too soon for TV journalist, Alison Reynolds – bounced off the air by executives who wanted a “younger face”. Cut loose from her moorings, Ali is summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend. Once there she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents' diner, the Sugarloaf Café, and launches an on-line blog as therapy for others who have been similarly cut loose. But when threatening posts begin appearing, Ali finds out that running a blog is far more up-close and personal than sitting behind a news desk. And far more dangerous. Suddenly something dark and deadly is swirling around her life and a killer may be hunting her next. J.A. Jance is the New York Times bestselling author of the Ali Reynolds series, the J.P. Beaumont series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family.

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• Sat 4/13/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Paul Hunter - Clownery: In Lieu of a Life Spent in Harness

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Clownery: In lieu of a life spent in harness is the autobiography of an artist and teacher resembling the author, in prose poetry, with some fictional and hypothetical pieces set off in italics. The clown grows and matures despite the buffeting of an often painful waking world, though he tumbles and soars in his dreams. The book follows his education, consciousness, work, play, dreams, humor, art, love, relationships, and the mysterious nature of a full life on this fragile planet. For the past 22 years Paul Hunter has published fine letterpress poetry under the imprint of Wood Works, including 26 books and 66 broadsides. His first collection of farming poems, Breaking Ground, 2004, from Silverfish Review Press, was reviewed in the New York Times, and received the 2004 Washington State Book Award. He has taught at the University of Washington, the Overlake School, the Skagit River Poetry Festival, and the Oregon Poetry Society.

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• Sun 4/14/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Free Workshop with Nathan Kottkamp - Having the Conversation

Talks/Lectures

The place to start the conversation about wishes for end-of-life care is at the kitchen table, not the ICU. Nathan Kottkamp visits Bellingham for National Healthcare Decisions Day because he's impressed with our community's progress on this topic. Nathan will share why he founded NHDD...and the impact it has had on our acceptance of mortality. Nathan A. Kottkamp, founder & chair National Healthcare Decisions Day, is a partner of McGuireWoods LLP. He is a bioethicist, who concentrates in healthcare law, including patient rights, clinical ethics, HIPAA, and advance directives, among other healthcare legal matters. He has dedicated his career to helping clients navigate the complex healthcare legal environment and continues to lead the pro bono NHDD initiative, which he views as a public health issue. He lives in Richmond, VA.

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• Tue 4/16/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju - Boundaries

Talks/Lectures

Setting boundaries on where I end and you begin creates a safe space for both of us. 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 4/16/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Samuel Gailey - The Guilt We Carry

Signing/Readings

Since the tragic accident that brutally ended her childhood, Alice O’Farrell has been haunted by her past. After her complicity in her younger brother’s death, Alice runs away from home and lives on the streets. Everything changes when she discovers a duffel bag containing ninety-one thousand dollars. However, Alice quickly finds herself having to escape circumstances far more harrowing than her own past. When the lives of those closest to her are threatened, Alice is faced with her day of reckoning. In the end, The Guilt We Carry is a story about redemption and forgiveness, but at what cost? Samuel Gailey was raised in a small town in northeast Pennsylvania (population 379) and now resides on Orcas Island with his wife, author Ayn Gailey, and daughter. The Guilt We Carry is his second novel, following the critically acclaimed Deep Winter.

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• Fri 4/19/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

R. A. Cook - Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas

Signing/Readings

After a terrible storm in the Kingdom of Lumaria, with the help of a butterfly named Howie, a caterpillar named Woolie, and using his splendid splinter ideas, Calvin Splinter, a forest nymph, ‘calls’ all the other splinters by humming a catchy tune entitled The Humming Song. Working together, they rebuild the Great Forest. Calvin Splinter & His Splendid Splinter Ideas is a story of hope and renewal. Geared to 4-9 year-olds, this environmental story is one every child will delight in and dovetails with such themes as intuitive ideas, relationship building and working together for a common goal. It’s a colorful story sure to capture young and old alike.

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• Sat 4/20/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

David Vann - Halibut on the Moon

Signing/Readings

With the intensity of Greek tragedy, the characters in David Vann’s fiction are often found “hurtling irretrievably toward a dark outcome, and while putting the book down might save you from it, you can’t stop reading, just as you can’t unlearn its truths” (Los Angeles Times). A winner of 14 major literary prizes and an internationally bestselling New York Times Notable author, Vann’s dark and intimate new novel is narrated from the perspective of a man in the final days of his life, tracing the roots of his mental illness as he attempts to anchor himself to the places and people that once shaped his sense of identity. In vivid and haunting prose, Vann offers us an aching portrait of a mind in peril, searching desperately for some hope of redemption. David Vann’s internationally-bestselling books have been published in 23 languages, won 14 prizes, and appeared on 83 Best Books of the Year lists in a dozen countries. A former Guggenheim fellow, he is currently a Professor at the University of Warwick in England and Honorary Professor at the University of Franche-Comté in France.

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• Sat 4/20/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Youth Poetry Workshop: Kids for Peace Write Now

Class/Workshop

The Youth Poetry Workshop is a fun opportunity for students to explore different styles of poetry and engage their creativity through interactive exercises resulting in the creation of a unique poem to submit to the Peaceful Poetry Contest. - Brainstorm about peace. - Discuss forms and styles of poetry. - Write creatively. - Submit a poem in the Peaceful Poetry Contest. Kids age 4-18 along with their families are invited to drop in to reflect, imagine, create and write in this workshop co-sponsored by Village Books and the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center.

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• Thu 4/25/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Janelle Bruland - The Success Lie

Signing/Readings

Join us as we launch this brand-new book by local author Janelle Bruland. Are you looking to "take your life back?" You don't need to be told to work harder as this comes naturally to you. You have had some success in areas and seasons of your life, perhaps times of major success but something is still missing. This book will help you close that gap and discover the truth that lies beyond achieving success. Implement a proven system to produce powerful and life-changing results to transform your career, your life, and your peace of mind. Janelle Bruland is an entrepreneur, business leader, and high-performance coach who inspires others to live highly engaged, impactful, and successful lives. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of MSNW, a facility management company which has grown under Janelle's leadership into a successful regional enterprise, named one of the Fastest Growing Private Companies by both Inc. magazine and the Puget Sound Business Journal. Janelle has won numerous awards including SBA Washington Business Person of the Year and the Nellie Cashman Woman Business Owner of the Year.

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• Thu 4/25/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Independent Bookstore Day! Fairhaven and Lynden

Community Event

In its 5th year now, IBD is fast becoming a tradition for indies across the country. This year we are blowing it up with a day-long celebration with all kinds of festivities in the works. Each store will have local author appearances, games, prizes, treats, and much more so stay tuned and check our website at villagebooks.com for details.

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• Sat 4/27/19 at 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Sierra Golden and Elaina Ellis - The Slow Art and Write About an Empty Birdcage

Signing/Readings, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

The robustly physical poems in Sierra Golden’s debut collection The Slow Art are bracingly honest about work and also contain magic. Golden’s frank, often humorous sensibility brings the men and women who fish, and those who don’t, vividly to life. Sierra Golden won the 2018 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize for her book The Slow Art (Bear Star Press). Golden's poems appear in literary journals such as Prairie Schooner, Permafrost, and Ploughshares. In Write About an Empty Birdcage, Ellis sets out to trace the lineage of various personal disasters, including a break-up, an eating disorder, and a complex balance of identities. She writes about queerness, Jewish heritage, and embodied femininity, with a critique of power that blends humor, the mess of confession, and a reverence for tension. Elaina Ellis lives in Bellingham, Washington. Her poems appear in Vinyl Poetry, Muzzle Magazine, The Iowa Review, Poetry Northwest, Horsethief, and elsewhere.

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• Sat 4/27/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

April 29-May5: Children’s Book Week and Screen-Free Week

Family/Child (Books)

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect. Village Books donates 10% of all kids' book purchases made during Children's Book Week to the Children's departments of the city and county libraries. And this year, National Screen Free Week coincides with CBW to create the perfect pairing. Check out the variety of free events we have planned to keep kids engaged and having fun with books at villagebooks.com.

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• Mon 4/29/19 at

Story Time Featuring All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Family/Child (Books)

Part of Children's Book Week, this warm, welcoming picture book celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids. Readers can follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms and learn from each other’s traditions. Join us in the kids section as we read stories that celebrate inclusiveness and kindness. We’ll sing songs and be silly too. It’ll be a hoot! *Author does NOT attend.

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• Tue 4/30/19 at 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Let’s Make a Book Workshop

Family/Child (Books)

Featuring Dreamers by Yuyi Morales, join us in the Readings Gallery for a special hour of activities based on this incredible true story of an award-winning author and illustrator's immigration to America. We'll get started on our very own picture book, do some coloring, hear a story or two, and have a small snack. Ages 6-11, Author does not attend.

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• Thu 5/2/19 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Story Time with Special Guest Annette Balcom

Family/Child (Books), Signing/Readings

Join us in the Readings Gallery as we welcome author, Annette Balcom, whose new book is fairly flying off the shelves here. “I’m the Creep! I’m the Creep!” squeaked the small, furry creature. “I came here from Creepsville to help out a teacher. Her name is Miss Potts and she’s in big trouble. I heard of her problem and came on the double!” And so begins The Creep’s adventure as he proceeds to help Miss Pott’s creepy class learn that being nice matters. For several years, Annette was a Reading Coach for the Superkids Reading Program. She also had the opportunity to work on early projects for The American Girls Collection. She is a retired educator and spent 23 of those years working as a reading specialist. Annette lives happily in Bellingham with her husband, Randy.

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• Sat 5/4/19 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM