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Leif Enger

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Virgil Wander Fiction! Village Books is thrilled to welcome Leif Enger back to the Readings Gallery! Peace Like a River has long been, and continues to be, a staff favorite. This is an event not to be missed. With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a master storyteller. Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller. He and his wife Robin live in Minnesota.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ticketed Reception with Leif Enger

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Virgil Wander Join us upstairs in Evolve Chocolate + Cafe for an intimate reception with Leif Enger! Each ticket includes a hardcover first edition copy of Enger's new book, Virgil Wander, one beverage and tasty hors d'oeuvres. (Additional beverages and food available for purchase.) Enjoy good conversation and have your book personalized! Get tickets now because space is limited for this special event featuring the bestselling author of Peace Like a River. Tickets are available at Village Books & Brownpapertickets.com. Space is limited and tickets are non-refundable. Deadline to purchase is end of day on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

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• Sat 10/20/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Diane Gillespie: Stories for Getting Back to Sleep

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

In this book, educational psychologist Diane Gillespie, PhD, uses her knowledge and understanding of stories to craft sleep scenarios designed to help people fall back to sleep in the middle of the night. Diane Gillespie is Emerita Professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at the University of Washington Bothell and Volunteer for the nonprofit Tostan. "Stories for Falling Back to Sleep" is her first venture into self-help fiction. Struggling herself, she created these stories as a strategy for falling back to sleep. She lives in Seattle, Washington and enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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• Sun 10/21/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Elizabeth Rusch & Piper the Rescue Dog

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Avalanche Dog Heroes: Piper & Friends Learn to Search the Snow Kids Event! Come meet Piper the border collie and hear about she and her canine classmates' season of avalanche rescue training. As they learn the skills they need to become snow rescue dogs, you’ll learn about the work these amazing canines do and about avalanche safety. Avalanche Dog Heroes is a nonfiction picture book illustrated with stunning, adorable photography that draws parallels between kids’ experiences in elementary school and the training days of the avalanche rescue dogs of Crystal Mountain, Washington State’s largest ski resort, located in the Cascade Range.

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• Mon 10/22/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Jill Lightner

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Scraps, Peels, & Stems: Recipes and Tips for Rethinking Food Waste at Home All across the country, food processors, grocers, restaurants, and regular folks throw away perfectly edible food. In fact, every month nearly twenty pounds of food per person is thrown out in the United States, and we consumers are the worst offenders. However, the good news is that it’s easy to reduce waste—while saving money and eating healthier too! Scraps, Peels, and Stems is a comprehensive and accessible guide to how you can reduce food waste in your daily life. Food journalist Jill Lightner shows how to manage your kitchen for less waste through practical strategies, tips, and advice on food purchasing, prep, composting, and storage. From beef bones, Parmesan rinds, and broccoli stems to bruised apples and party leftovers, Jill explains what to do with unused food, and how to avoid the extras in the first place. With attitude, a sense of humor, and the acceptance that none of us are perfect, Jill helps all of us understand some of the larger social, economic, environmental, and agricultural issues around food and its exorbitant waste.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Second Annual Book Group Mixer at Evolve Chocolate + Café

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Village Books has a treat for all members or those interested in joining our book groups and clubs! For one night in each of our locations, we’ll host a Book Group Mixer. Join the party for drinks, bites, discussion, and much mirth and merriment. Sarah, Paul, and Kelly will be in attendance, along with some of our invaluable VB Reads leaders. They will be there to dish on favorite books, the world of literature at large, and anything the evening may bring. You don’t have to be in a book group to attend—everyone is invited. Libations! Literature! What more could one want? Attendance is free with some refreshments provided and some available for purchase.

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• Tue 10/23/18 at 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Pat Haines-Ainsworth

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

Jeff Walker & Mr. B Fiction! Jeff Walker was not a nice guy. A person, his wife, might go so far as to call him a totally selfish jerk. Though he was still young, Jeff was bitter that life had not provided him with all the perks he felt he deserved. So, when the Jersey Devil offered him a chance to have riches, prestige, women, and fame he jumped at it. All it cost him was his soul and he wasn’t doing anything with that. “Jeff Walker & Mr. B”, Washington Irving’s cautionary tale, is gleefully updated for this century by P. Haines-Ainsworth. Join us in the Readings Gallery for this spooky tale, just in time for Halloween. P. Haines-Ainsworth is an actor, playwright, visual artist, and author. She lives in Snohomish with her family, two cats, and shelves of old fairy tales, folk tales, and historic anthologies.

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• Thu 10/25/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Richard Little

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

City Haul: A Novel Fiction! An outlaw biker, a sexy state legislator, and a pot-smoking local judge–a plateful of predicaments faces attorney Matt Archer. And that doesn’t count repairing his shattered marriage, while still being the kind of dad he wants to be for his precocious ten-year-old daughter. "Sex, drugs, and violence, and you want my help?" asked Mick the cop. Retired attorney and lobbyist Richard Little lives and writes in the Pacific Northwest. His work has been published in the Seattle Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Santa Fe Writers Project, Cirque Literary Journal, and Clover, A Literary Rag. He has also published two collections of short stories, Postcards from the Road and Jakey's Fork - A River's Journey.

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• Fri 10/26/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dress Up for Story Time

Talks/Lectures

Here is an opportunity to test out those costumes before trick-or- treating! Join us for a special story time in the Kids section where we will read spooky (but not TOO spooky) Halloween tales, and have a treat or two. Designed for ages 2-8.

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• Sat 10/27/18 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Kimberly Reeves & Ryan Cunningham

Talks/Lectures, Signing/Readings

"Raising Ryan: Living With Autism" chronicles and distills the complexities of autism from the perspective of a parent and her autistic son. Written with caring, loving humor, sadness, and experienced guidance, Raising Ryan equally benefits and relates to parents, families, and specialized professionals that care for and support spectrum children. Kimberly Reeves is a Professor of Biology at Whatcom Community College and contributing writer for Autism Parenting Magazine. A firm believer in the value and strength of community, Kimberly has served as a Board member of F.A.C.E.S. Northwest (Families for Autism Care, Education and Support), a local summer day camp for autistic children in Whatcom County, Washington, has worked closely with her local school district and assists with her son’s Special Olympics activities. She provides informational support to families processing an autism diagnosis or struggling to understand and navigate their rights and responsibilities as parent advocates and guardians. Ryan Cunningham, musician, computer tech, linguist extraordinaire, and Special Olympian, is participating in a post-secondary program to hone his independent living skills. In the past few years, Ryan has developed a keen sense of social justice, believing all peoples deserve equality and respect and hopes to publish children’s book in the future.

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• Sun 10/28/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Tuesday Story Time with Claire

Talks/Lectures

Dress Up for Halloween Eve! Here is another opportunity to wear those costumes! Join us in the Kids’s section for Halloween stories and songs.

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• Tue 10/30/18 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Halloween Stories by the Bellingham Storytellers Guild

Talks/Lectures

While you’re trick-or-treating in the Fairhaven district this year, stop by the Readings Gallery and stay for our annual Halloween story time, featuring ghoulish tales from the Bellingham Storytellers Guild from 3-6pm.

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• Wed 10/31/18 at 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Cassandra Overby Explore Europe on Foot: Your Complete Guide to Planning a Cultural Hiking Adventure

Talks/Lectures

Discover Europe at a leisurely pace with a cultural hiking adventure. A walking vacation offers unexpected rewards: enjoy meaningful interactions with locals, explore charming rural villages, soak in rugged alpine views from rocky perches and absorb the landscape through all your senses. Explore Europe on Foot provides the detailed information you’ll need to dream up, plan and complete the slow-travel hike (or hikes!) of a lifetime. Breaking out of the traditional travel mold can be intimidating, but expert traveler Cassandra Overby takes you step-by-step through the process: how to choose the route that’s right for you, what to pack, how to find accommodations and food, how to deal with challenges along the way and much more. Prepare to be inspired to create an authentic, invigorating European experience. Cassandra Overby is a freelance travel and outdoors writer who loves combining her enthusiasm for foreign travel and hiking by encouraging people to explore the world on foot—and helping them do it.

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• Thu 11/1/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Purple Friday Story Time Featuring How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere

Family/Child (Books)

School is out for the day so come on down to the Readings Gallery for this special story time. We will read this timely book about a pair of unlikely friends (Leonard, the lion and Marianne, a...duck) who face down a pack of bullies together. We will enjoy crafts and a small snack. *Author does NOT attend.

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• Fri 11/2/18 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Renee Saklikar & Kristiana Kahakauwila

Signing/Readings

"Listening to the Bees" is a call-and-response collaboration between two writers who share a common passion for bees and for language. It is a collection of essays by Mark Winston about his forty-year career as a scientist studying bees, interspersed by Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s innovative and elegant poems. In a stunning collection that announces the arrival of an incredible talent, Kristiana Kahakauwila travels the islands of Hawai'i, making the fabled place her own. Exploring the deep tensions between local and tourist, tradition and expectation, façade and authentic self, "This Is Paradise" provides an unforgettable portrait of life as it’s truly being lived on Maui, Oahu, Kaua'i and the Big Island.

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• Sat 11/3/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Writers' Corner Anthology 2018

Signing/Readings

The Writers’ Corner is a snapshot of some of the best work coming out of the five writing groups at Village Books in the last year. It’s a work of love and a stylistic whirlwind of writing, worthy of the energy put into its pages. This reading will feature some of the forty plus authors published inside! We will begin with poetry at 4 pm for one hour, then have an intermission for around 15 minutes, and finally finish with nonfiction and fiction for the last hour.

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• Sun 11/4/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Poetry Workshop: Cinnamon Words with J.R. Lara

Class/Workshop

"So you are after those words you can own . . ."-Richard Hugo. Every writer or poet has a personal lexicon, the words that keep reappearing in her work. These words carry the writer's particular, personal meanings and help create her distinct, recognizable voice. In this generative workshop, we'll work from prompts and exercises to discover our personal lexicons and draft exciting new work. Participants are encouraged to bring one or two poems-in-progress, and expect to leave with a draft of a new poem. J.R. Lara is an award-winning poet and essayist, MFA candidate at WWU, and editor at Psaltery & Lyre.

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• Sun 11/4/18 at 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Excellence NW Workshop Featuring Dawn Harju

Talks/Lectures

Featuring Gratitude. Join Dawn in the Readings Gallery for another great, free workshop on the power of gratitude. 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 (501c3) 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 11/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rosemary Reeve: Only the Good

Signing/Readings

Seattle attorney Jack Hart hasn’t seen his father in years. When he hears of his father's death, Jack heads to Bellingham for the funeral. It’s his only chance to learn about his dad. What Jack learns is just how much his father left him to clean up, personally and professionally. He begins to suspect that his father may still be alive – but may want Jack dead. Rosemary Reeve is an attorney who began her career in Seattle. She wrote the Jack Hart mystery novels to entertain her mom, mailing home a chapter each week for feedback and critique. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School and lives in Salt Lake City.

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• Fri 11/9/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Author Event with Mystery Writer Rosemary Reeve

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Mystery writer Rosemary Reeve will read from and sign her new, Bellingham-based legal thriller, "Only the Good," at Village Books, in the Readings Gallery. "Only the Good" is the third in Ms. Reeve’s popular legal mystery series about Seattle attorney Jack Hart. In "Only the Good," Jack is cleaning up the mess his long-lost father left behind. As he juggles his dad’s polluting Bellingham paper mill, his dad’s grand, empty house on Orcas Island, and his dad’s other family, who may not be what they seem, Jack begins to suspect that his father may still be alive – but may want Jack dead.

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• Fri 11/9/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ned Brown Mountain Building Geology of the Pacific Northwest

Signing/Readings

Ned Brown is an Emeritus Professor of Geology at Western Washington University. He was raised in Minnesota, and went on to receive higher education at Dartmouth College, University of Otago, and U.C. Berkeley. He came to Bellingham in 1966, attracted by the landscape and mountain-building geology. In his nearly five-decade career, Ned, together with students, traversed and sampled much of the bedrock in the Cascades, San Juan Islands, and southern British Columbia Coast Mountains. This lifetime work is the basis for numerous student theses and professional reports.

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• Sat 11/10/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Giving Tree begins in November

Benefit/Fundraiser

Happening in both our Fairhaven & Lynden stores. It is that time of year when the collaboration among book lovers, Village Books, and several community organizations provides the gift of reading to local children and families through Village Books’ Giving Tree. For the past 20 years we've provided books for thousands of kids who would not otherwise have received them. Last year alone, because of your generosity, we gave books to almost 1300 children through eight local organizations. How can you help? Choose an angel ornament from the tree in the store and purchase a book for a recipient. You will be offered a 20% discount for your Angel book purchase. The books will be distributed to kids, through community organizations, in the weeks before Christmas. Whether you pick up one angel this year, or ten angels, you can appreciate that the children of our community will enjoy a happier holiday season because of your gift. Here is a list of organizations to which we distribute books: Lydia Place. Opportunity Council. Whatcom Center for Early Learning. Blue Skies for Children. Nurse/Family Partnership Program. NW Youth Services. Interfaith Coalition. DVSAS. The official kick-off of the program will be at our pre-holiday open houses which happen on November 11 in Lynden and Fairhaven.

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• Sun 11/11/18 at

Veteran’s Day Sale

General

Village Books and Paper Dreams are offering a storewide 20% discount to veterans with standard military I.D. We thank you for your service.

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• Mon 11/12/18 at

Marissa Meyer Archenemies Celebration

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

We are thrilled to welcome Marissa Meyer to Village Books to celebrate her latest book in the Renegades series, "Archenemies." We are throwing a party in her honor and we want you to come. Join us for a reading and signing by Marissa Meyer as well as contests and activities throughout the store. Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite character from any of her novels and be entered to win a fabulous prize! We are partnering with our friends at the Bellingham Public Library to throw a truly stellar event. Marissa Meyer is the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Lunar Chronicles series, as well as the graphic novels Wires and Nerve: Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and The Lunar Chronicles Coloring Book. Her first stand-alone novel, Heartless, was also a #1 New York Times bestseller. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and their two daughters.

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• Tue 11/13/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Zanne Alder Lost & Found in Kuwait: One Woman's Spiritual Journey in the Desert

Signing/Readings

Under the cover of darkness Zanne Alder fled Kuwait. She had gone abroad, her spirit broken, hoping desperately to fulfill her ideals. Her new job did nothing to ease her angst. The extremity of the situation threatened Zanne's health, physically, emotionally and spiritually. She called upon her reserves as a long-standing member of the Sufi Order. She found inspiration in Australia, Jordan, Turkey and Sri Lanka. A path forward was revealed to Zanne; it was calm, centered, certain and loving. She took risks she could never have taken had she not been lost, and then found, in the desert of Kuwait. Zanne Alder has been a member of the Sufi/Inayati order for over 40 years. She holds Master's Degrees in Educational Psychology and Social Work. She spent 40 years working in schools as a teacher, counselor, professional development trainer, and, briefly, administrator. Alder also has extensive experience in outdoor education, adventure-based counseling and restorative justice. She lives on the shoulder of Lookout Mountain, just south of Bellingham, Washington.

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• Fri 11/16/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pacific NW Insects

Signing/Readings

Pacific Northwest Insects is a regional field guide that sets a new standard for insect identification. Engaging and accessible, Pacific Northwest Insects features detailed species accounts, each with a vivid photograph of a living adult and information for distinguishing similar species, allowing the reader to identify more than 3,000 species found from southern British Columbia to northern California, and as far east as Montana. The book features the region’s commonly encountered insects, spiders, scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, and kin, as well as some of its most unusual and interesting species.

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• Sat 11/17/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Bethany Reid & Jayne Marek: Body My House and In & Out of Rough Water

Signing/Readings

Bethany Reid's poems have recently appeared in Windfall, Calyx, Bird's Thumb, Cheat River Review and Bellingham Review. Her poems have won numerous awards, including Writers & Books' Kenneth and Geraldine Gell Poetry Prize, Calyx's Lois Cranston Prize, and The MacGuffin's Poet Hunt Prize. She lives in Edmonds, Washington, and blogs at www.BethanyAReid.com. Jayne Marek’s poems and art photos have appeared in The Cortland Review, About Place Journal, Grub Street, Gulf Stream, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Spillway, Sin Fronteras, Notre Dame Review, and elsewhere. She has received two awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities for literary scholarship and two Pushcart Prize nominations. A former professor of literature and Indiana Master Naturalist, she now studies the natural history of the Olympic and Quimper Peninsulas.

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• Sun 11/18/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fairhaven Winterfest & Holiday Art Walk

General, Holiday

Please see fairhaven.com for a list of activities happening through Dec. 23.

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• Fri 11/23/18 - Sat 11/24/18 at 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Small Business Saturday and Indies First

General

Indies First is a year-round campaign in support of independent bookstores by authors and publishers. Sherman Alexie came up with the idea for writers to support their local indie by volunteering to work at the store on Small Business Saturday in 2013. We’ll have two celebrated local authors on hand to sign copies of their books and talk about their favorite reads this season. Barbara Davis-Pyles, author of the new childrens’ book, Grizzly Boy, will be here from 11 am-noon. Local memoirist, John Hoyte, will here from noon-1 pm to sign copies of his book, Persistence of Light. Both of these titles will make great gifts this season. From 6-8 pm, we are pleased to welcome Peter Ali to the main floor of the store to play his indigenous flute for you as you shop. Saturday, November 24, is the day to shop small for Small Business Saturday. Support your local, independent businesses so that we can continue to support our community. Get a great book recommendation at Village Books, try our new holiday fudge flavors at Paper Dreams and see what our neighbors in Fairhaven have in store for you at this annual event. Get out on the town and begin the holiday season in style in Fairhaven.

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• Sat 11/24/18 at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Elliott Neff Pawn's Journey: Transforming Lives One Move at a Time

Signing/Readings

A Pawn’s Journey tells the uplifting story of April, a disheartened teen who is introduced to the game of chess and mentored by a school counselor. Her mindset changes as she learns invaluable life lessons through the game of chess. In this self-help tale based on a true story, readers will learn resiliency, how to shape their mindset, how to gracefully handle a "loss" and turn it into a learning opportunity, the principle of giving back, respect and sportsmanship. Elliott is passionate about helping others discover life lessons through the game of chess. People are captivated by his interactive 10 to15 minute "blindfold chess" demonstration, his stories of students' lives transformed, and his enthusiasm for helping others find and maximize their talents. This novel is inspired by true-life stories of students' journeys through life, influenced by the game of chess.

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• Thu 11/29/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Victoria Josslin: The Bookstore of Other Languages

Signing/Readings

Bryce Hanford, aimless, drifting, and stuck, needs a spark of energy. He finds it at The Bookstore of Other Languages (“offering effortless fluency in any language through a simple and safe outpatient procedure”). Always helpful, never trustworthy, The Bookstore leads Bryce, his family, his girlfriend, his true love (oops), a couple of fraudulent co-conspirators, and a deus ex machina of questionable ethics from Seattle to Tirana to Paris, with a slight detour to Manaos. While Bryce finds it in himself to handle fraud, smuggling, and a friend’s sudden cancer diagnosis, not to mention handling Cousin Brenda, he also finds that what he really wants is someone who speaks his own language.

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• Fri 11/30/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM