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

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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

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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

Jim Bertolino Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine, & Spirits Poetry

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Join us for a group reading from this new anthology edited by celebrated local poet, Jim Bertolino. Last Call contains 177 poems from poets in 31 states and 4 countries: the US, Canada, India, and South Korea. Included among the 154 poets who give voice to these poems are Judith Barrington, Ellen Bass, Barbara Crooker, Mark Donnelly, Timons Esaias, Paul Hostovsky, Meg Kearney, Tod Marshall, Kathleen McClung, and Michael Waters. Editor James Bertolino has assembled a diverse and exciting collection of poems that articulates all things alcoholic. Within these pages you will discover Odes, poems about writing, poems set in bars, poems in celebration, poems of grief and loss, humorous poems, poems about nature, and much more.

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• Sat 11/17/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Special Story Time Featuring Micah Moses Tristan, Dylan, and the Dream Machine

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Tristan, Dylan and the Dream Machine is a bedtime book created to spark a child’s imagination, inspire positive thinking through the use of bold, vibrant imagery paired with a fun, clever tale. Take a journey with the boys and their father as they explore a world of dreams.

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• Sat 12/1/18 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Red Wheelbarrow Writers Collective Novel Reading

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Join the Red Wheelbarrow Writers December 1st for a rollicking read of our seventh annual Collective Novel. To celebrate NaNoWriMo, thirty different authors take a chapter a day to complete a novel full of plot twists, plot pratfalls, character perplexities and genuine narrative energy.

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• Sat 12/1/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Pam McGaffin The Leaving Year: A Novel

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The Leaving Year is about the daughter of a Pacific Northwest fisherman, whose presumed drowning in 1967 has her searching for answers, including whether or not he’s really dead. As the Summer of Love comes to an end, 15-year-old Ida Petrovich waits for a father who never comes home. While commercial fishing in Alaska, he is lost at sea, but with no body and no wreckage, Ida and her mother are forced to accept a “presumed” death that tests their already strained relationship. Insightful and heartfelt, The Leaving Year is a tale of love and loyalty, family and friendship, and the stories we tell ourselves in our search for meaning. “This debut novel is a masterly coming-of-age story… (that) will charm readers with its story about family and self-discovery.”— School Library Journal, starred review. Pam McGaffin is an award-winning former newspaper reporter who returned to her original passion for writing fiction after a long career in journalism and public relations. Her short stories have appeared in online literary journals, and her articles and essays have been featured in newspapers and magazines. She and her family live in Seattle.The Leaving Year is her first novel.

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• Sun 12/2/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Peaceful Poetry Reading

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Join us for an evening of poetry and fun, as the talented young writers of the 2018 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest read their award-winning poems. Sure to pull your heartstrings and capture your imagination! Light refreshments will be provided as well as family-friendly activities for all ages. Free. Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books.

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• Wed 12/5/18 at 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Mary von Krusentstiern Loganita Farm's Kitchen Garden Companion

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A kitchen garden can feed your belly, heart, and mind. Loganita Farms is the culinary garden for world-renowned Willows Inn on Lummi Island. In these pages, head farmer Mary von Krusenstiern shares her favorite tips for getting the most out of your own containers, raised beds, or backyard plot. Head Gardener for Loganita Farms Mary von Krusenstiern will be in conversation with Chef Blaine Wetzel of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. They will discuss the relationship between garden and kitchen. Mary von Krusenstiern is head gardener at Loganita Farms, the exclusive culinary garden for The Willows Inn on Lummi Island. When not farming, Mary enjoys playing bluegrass music with her band and spending time with her young son. Anne Treat began writing articles about food and farming in 2004. Raised in North Dakota by a family who loved to share stories through food, Anne has always been interested in the history within the meals we share and the ways people grow food across cultures Illustrator Kristen den Hartog is a novelist, memoirist, and artist whose love of gardening was inspired by her grandfather, a market gardener in the Netherlands. Kristen lives in Toronto, Canada. Blaine Wetzel, Head Chef of The Willows Inn on Lummi Island, began working in kitchens at age 14, and he's never stopped. A dozen years later, he has studied and apprenticed widely, notably at Rene Redzepi's noma in Copenhagen. The recipient of many honors, including a James Beard Award (Best Chef: Northwest), Blaine is committed to island and locally-sourced ingredients and the traditions of farm-to-table preparation.

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• Thu 12/6/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Peter Laufer Dreaming in Turtle

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In the vein of Sy Montgomery and Elizabeth Kolbert comes a fascinating exploration into the world of turtles across the globe; Laufer charts the lore, love, and peril to a beloved species. Dreaming in Turtle is a compelling story of a stalwart animal prized from prehistory through to today?an animal threatened by human greed, pragmatism, and rationalization. It stars turtles and shady and heroic human characters both, in settings ranging from luxury redoubts to degraded habitats, during a time when the confluence of easy global trade, limited supply, and inexhaustible demand has accelerated the stress on species. The growth of the middle class in high-population regions like China, where the turtle is particularly valued, feeds this perfect storm into which the turtle finds itself lashed. This is a tale not just of endangered turtles but also one of overall human failings, frailties, and vulnerabilities?all punctuated by optimistic hope for change fueled by dedicated turtle champions.

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• Fri 12/7/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Luci Shaw Eye of the Beholder

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This collection of new poems - all composed over the last two years - is in many ways the culmination of a stunning career. The joy and responsibility of the poet is to focus on particulars within the universe, finding fragments of meaning that speak to the imagination. Ordinary things may reveal the extraordinary for those willing to take time to investigate and ponder. In this fresh collection of poems, Luci Shaw practices the art of seeing, and then writing what she sees, realizing that beauty is often focused in the Eye of the Beholder. Eye of the Beholder is meant to awaken in readers awareness of the extraordinary in the ordinary. They will find in this collection a focus for meditation and be excited into their own imaginative writing.

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• Sat 12/8/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Clemens Starck Cathedrals in Parking Lots

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In his twenties, Clemens Starck dropped out of Princeton to take responsibility for his own education—to read deeply, travel widely, and write poems with the precision and plainspokenness of the Chinese masters. Over decades, he kept his mind clear making a living with his hands. Cathedrals & Parking Lots represents the work of a lifetime—poems of clarity and substance based on actual experiences—standing lookout on the bow of a freighter, dismantling houses for a living, building a freeway overpass, traveling to Russia and studying the language. Composed in the cadences of everyday speech, Starck’s poems have the functional beauty of a Shaker chair—every word, every line, every image belongs.

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• Sun 12/9/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mindfulness Workshop With Tim Burnett: Having Mindful Holidays

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Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness practices that promote awareness and well-being. We'll discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience (such as the holiday season), 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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• Thu 12/13/18 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Katrina Carrasco: The Best Bad Things

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It is 1887, and Alma Rosales is on the hunt for stolen opium. Trained in espionage by the Pinkerton Detective Agency, but dismissed for bad behavior and a penchant for going undercover as a man, Alma now works for Delphine Beaumond, the seductive mastermind of a West Coast smuggling ring. A propulsive, sensual tour de force, The Best Bad Things introduces Katrina Carrasco, a bold new voice in crime fiction. Katrina Carrasco holds an MFA in fiction from Portland State University, where she received the Tom and Phyllis Burnam Graduate Fiction Scholarship and the Tom Doulis Graduate Fiction Writing Award. Her work has appeared in Witness magazine, Post Road Magazine, Quaint Magazine, and other journals. The Best Bad Things is her first novel.

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• Thu 12/13/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Story Time with the Grinch!

Children

He’s back! Village Books is pleased to welcome the Green One himself to our Readings Gallery once again for a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Bring your camera for fun photo opportunities. Just in time for your Christmas cards.

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• Fri 12/14/18 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ben Goldfarb Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter

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In Eager, environmental journalist Ben Goldfarb reveals that our modern idea of what a healthy landscape looks like and how it functions is wrong, distorted by the fur trade that once trapped out millions of beavers from North America’s lakes and rivers. The consequences of losing beavers were profound: streams eroded, wetlands dried up, and species from salmon to swans lost vital habitat. Today, a growing coalition of “Beaver Believers”—including scientists, ranchers, and passionate citizens— recognizes that ecosystems with beavers are far healthier, for humans and non-humans alike, than those without them. Eager is a powerful story about one of the world’s most influential species, how North America was colonized, how our landscapes have changed over the centuries, and how beavers can help us fight drought, flooding, wildfire, extinction, and the ravages of climate change. *This event is co-sponsored by the North Cascades Audubon Society.

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• Fri 12/14/18 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Story Time with the Grinch!

Children

He’s back! Village Books is pleased to welcome the Green One himself to our kids section once again for a special reading of Dr. Seuss’ holiday classic, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Bring your camera for fun photo opportunities. Just in time for your Christmas cards.

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• Sat 12/15/18 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

The Giving Tree November 11 - December 31

Community Event

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: Opportunity Council; Whatcom Center for Early Learning; Blue Skies for Children; NW Youth Services; Interfaith Coalition; DVSAS; and Brigid Collins House.

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• Sun 11/11/18 - Mon 12/31/18 at 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year

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Need a boost to your New Year? Ready to make 2019 your best year ever? Join us in the Readings Gallery at Village Books for our annual “Resolutions,” a day devoted to starting the year right. From 11 am-4 pm, on the hour, we’ll feature local experts presenting mini-workshops on topics ranging from clearing our clutter to approaching 2019 healthfully and mindfully. Come to one workshop or several, and bring your questions, ideas, and a snack too. No tickets or registration needed. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Resolutions-related books, that day only.

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• Sat 1/5/19 at 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Writer’s Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your Writing Life

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Now in its seventh year, we are offering this day of mini-workshops again on Sun., Jan. 6 in the Readings Gallery. Just like our “Resolutions” day, this will be an inspiration day devoted to starting the year off right in your writing life! From 11am-4pm on the hour, we'll feature local writing experts who will present mini-workshops, from silencing that inner critic to increasing your writing productivity in 2019 with a variety of techniques. Come for one workshop or several and bring questions, ideas, and snacks. Participants will receive 10% off recommended Writer’s Resolutions-related books, that day only. No tickets or reservations needed.

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• Sun 1/6/19 at 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM