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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

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

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

"The Creep" written by Annette Balcom

Children

You are welcome to attend this free event at Village books in Fairhaven. You will meet the author and "The Creep" in all his purple splendor! The Creep will remind all that nice matters.

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• Sat 5/4/19 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Group Poetry Reading - Richard Widerkehr, Gayle Kaune, Anita K. Boyle, & James Bertolino

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a night of local poetry from some of the PNW’s best. These four Northwest poets write accessible poems with humor, insight, and depth. This promises to be a fun evening, maybe a memorable one. James Bertolino has been recognized nationally by a Book-of-the-Month Club Fellowship, the Discovery Award, and others. Some of his recent books are Finding Water, Holding Stone; Pocket Animals; and Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems (MoonPath Press). Anita K. Boyle transforms the ordinary into the mythical and eternal,” says Belle Randall, speaking of What the Alder Told Me (MoonPath Press). In Bamboo Equals Loon, (Egress Studio Press), Boyle gives us frogs courting, water lilies lining the surface, and in winter all life submerged and considering change. Gayle Kaune, from Port Townsend, is the author of three books, Still Life in The Physical World (Blue Begonia Press), All the Birds Awake, and Noise from Stars (both from Tebot Bach). She writes poems blessed by the ordinary. Kaune has published in magazines such as Poet And Critic, Seattle Review, and Crab Creek Review. She won four Washington State Poet’s Association awards. Richard Widerkehr has two books of poems, In the Presence Of Absence (MoonPath Press) and The Way Home (Plain View Press), along with three chapbooks and a novel. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University, won two Hopwood first prizes for poetry at the University of Michigan and first prize for a short story at the Pacific Northwest Writers Conference.

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• Sat 5/4/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop with Monique Stefens - Forgiveness

Class/Workshop

Been hurt? Hurt others? Join us as we explore techniques for forgiveness and reasons why it just might help. This interactive workshop draws from the book by world-renowned Desmond & Mpho Tutu, The Book of Forgiving. D. Monique Stefens is an international facilitator and coach with a Masters in Adult & Higher Education (WWU), and ties in British Columbia, California and Washington. This, combined with life experience and a decade of life coaching lay the foundation for transformative conversations within interactive workshops.

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• Tue 5/7/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Laura Da’ and Martha Silano - Instruments of the True Measure and Gravity Assist

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Instruments of the True Measure charts the coordinates and intersections of land, history, and culture. Surveying and geography underpin the collection, but even as Da’ investigates these signifiers of measurement, she pushes the reader to interrogate their function within the stark atrocities of American history. A gravity assist is when a spacecraft uses the gravitational force of an object (usually a planet) to alter its speed or trajectory. In Gravity Assist, Silano explores this concept metaphorically, focusing on the forces that not only set a body in motion but cause it to waiver or soar. Laura Da’ is a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Da’ studied creative writing at the University of Washington and The Institute of American Indian Arts. Da’ is Eastern Shawnee. Her first book, Tributaries, won the 2016 American Book Award. Martha Silano's poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, and elsewhere. She teaches at Bellevue College.

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• Thu 5/9/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

J. L. Oakley - The Hilo Bay Mysteries Collection

Signing/Readings

In this collection of cozy mystery novellas set in Hawaii, award-winning author Janet Oakley brings history to her mysteries. Auntie Bee Takahashi is a retired teacher and a survivor of the 1946 April Fools’ Day tsunami that wiped out Hilo, Hawaii. She is full of aloha for friends, former students, and Honu, the green turtle. Her great-niece, Tawnie Takahashi, is a hard-nose Honolulu TV crime reporter. When crimes from the past surface, Auntie Bee and Tawnie in their own ways face down the past in hopes of finding justice and healing for the future. Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the Chanticleer Grand Prize for Tree Soldier and 2017 Goethe Grand Prize for The Jøssing Affair, the 2018 Will Rogers Silver Medallion and two WILLA Silver Awards. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th century folkways.

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• Fri 5/10/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barbara Davis-Pyles - Stubby the Fearless Squid Book Launch

Family/Child (Books), Signing/Readings

We were thrilled to launch Barbara's first picture book, Grizzly Boy, in 2018 and now we get to do it again with her brand new book. Intimidated by his new pen pal's name --Razor Clam--and the extraordinary stories Razor writes about his exploits, Stubby gets carried away making up fantastic stories of his own bravery that end up putting him in hot water when something real and scary happens. But perhaps all his brave imaginings have made him brave enough to find a happy ending? Join us for stories and activities as we celebrate the release of this sweet book. Barbara Davis-Pyles, author of Grizzly Boy, has written hundreds of fiction and nonfiction pieces for the children's education market. 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 5/11/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ana Maria Spagna & Heather Durham - Uplake and Going Feral

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For years, Ana Maria Spagna has stayed put in a small mountain valley. In Uplake she takes road trips, flies to distant cities, and returns home to muse on rootedness, ambition, wonder, and love. Uplake reminds us to love what we have while encouraging us to imagine what we want. Ana Maria Spagna lives in Stehekin, Washington, a remote community in the North Cascades accessible only by foot or boat. She is the author of several books about wilderness, civil rights, and life in a small community including most recently, Uplake: Restless Essays of Coming and Going. Her writing has been recognized by the Society for Environmental Journalists, the Nautilus Book Awards, the River Teeth Nonfiction Prize, as a three-time finalist for the Washington State Book Award. Going Feral: Field Notes on Wonder and Wanderlust is the story of a human animal in search of her ecological niche. In these deeply personal and intellectually curious essays, Heather Durham explores wild America weaving the perspectives of trained ecologist, inquisitive philosopher, and restless nomad, probing intricacies of the natural world as profoundly as she does herself. Heather Durham is a nature essayist with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction and a Master of Science in Environmental Biology. She's held a variety of environmental jobs from state park ranger to restoration ecologist, field biologist to North Cascades Institute naturalist. She currently lives in the foothills of the Cascades where she works behind the scenes at Wilderness Awareness School. Going Feral is her first book.

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• Sat 5/11/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

William O'Daly - Book of Twilight and Yarrow & Smoke

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

In Book of Twilight, we meet Pablo Neruda poised to become one of the most beloved writers of our time. In this first book, Neruda’s voice is recognizable—wildly romantic, musical, bold—fluctuating between formality and rebellion. In William O’Daly’s superb and lyrical translation, this volume awakens a raw, poetic power that heralds genius. Yarrow and Smoke, the second title in Folded Word Press’s Masters Series, reveals William O’Daly’s ability to infuse human truth with the landscapes that shape it. It is his love song to gray valley and starless river, to High Sierra trails and self-discovery. At the edge of firelight, taste the night wind steeped in yarrow and smoke. William O’Daly has translated eight books of the late-career and posthumous poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda, and most recently Neruda’s first volume, Book of Twilight, a finalist for the 2018 Northern California Book Award in Translation. O’Daly’s books of poems include The Whale in the Web, also published by Copper Canyon, as well as The Road to Isla Negra (2015), Water Ways (2017, a collaboration with JS Graustein), and Yarrow and Smoke (2018), the latter three published by Folded Word Press. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, O’Daly was a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry and was profiled by Mike Leonard for The Today Show. A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, his poems, translations, essays, and reviews have been published in numerous journals and as part of multimedia exhibits and performances.

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• Sun 5/12/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Gregory Phillips - The Exile

Signing/Readings

Tango dancer, musician, and author Gregory Erich Phillips will be reading, discussing and signing copies of his latest novel The Exile. In the book, Leila, a Colombian immigrant and successful mortgage broker, has a seeming seemingly perfect life…until the mortgage crisis of 2008, an ill-timed romance with her boss’ son, and a looming deportation warning threaten to ruin everything. Phillips' debut novel, Love of Finished Years, won the grand prize in the prestigious Chanticleer Reviews international writing competition and The Exile, won first place for mainstream fiction in the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Contest. Gregory uses his diverse life experiences to enrich the characters in his novels and aims to shine light on universal truths through the hero(ine)’s journey.

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• Thu 5/16/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Candace Wellman - Interwoven Lives: Indigenous Mothers of Salish Coast Communities

Signing/Readings

Companion volume to award-winning Peace Weavers, Wellman’s Interwoven Lives depicts the lives of four more 19th century indigenous women who influenced Bellingham Bay area settlement—Jenny Wynn, Elizabeth Patterson, Mary Allen and Mrs. George Pickett. It reveals new details about the Northwest life of future Confederate brigadier general George E. Pickett. Interwoven Lives (WSU Press, 2019) is Candace Wellman’s second book about cross- cultural marriages in Northwestern Washington. The first, Peace Weavers (WSU Press, 2017) won a national WILLA literary award for nonfiction. Combining degrees in sociology and history with experience in genealogy and years of volunteerism in a regional archives, Wellman spent 21 years researching and writing the companion volumes. Born and raised in Washington, the Bellingham resident is a local history consultant and speaks frequently about women’s history and regional settlement. She has already started work on a new book topic, while still paying attention to her husband, children, grandchildren and two cats.

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• Fri 5/17/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Karen Clayton - Demystifying Hospice: Inside the Stories of Patients & Caregivers

Signing/Readings

Join us in the Readings Gallery for this important event. In Demystifying Hospice, Karen Clayton uses story to show the practical assistance and emotional support provided by hospice social workers. Her passion is to show how hospice works, and dispel myths which keep folks from using hospice in a timely manner. End-of-life options, the importance of making choices, and completing advance directives are discussed. Helpful caregiver tips are included. A social worker and sociologist, Karen Clayton has worked in public and private hospitals, a hospice, and as Director of Patient Services in the American Cancer Society, and taught at the university level. She is a member of the Oak Harbor Writing Group and Island County's chapter of the AAUW. She and her husband are completing a book about their three-year "slice of life" in the Philippines, under martial law during the Marcos regime, titled: The Gentle Clash of Cultures: A Lovers' Quarrel.

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• Sat 5/18/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Reading with Carolyn Brigit Flynn

Signing/Readings

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a group reading by contributors to the beautiful book, Sacred Stone, Sacred Water. An elegant and intimate collection of writing, art and photography evoking Ireland’s wild beauty and deep soul through the work of 14 American writers and artists. Their visited ancient sites in the Boyne Valley, the exquisite Beara Peninsula in the southwest, and explored the spiritual legacy of the goddess/saint Brigit in Kildare. Carolyn Brigit Flynn, Editor, is a writer, poet and teacher. She is the author of the poetry collection Communion and the editor of Sisters SinginG. Her memoir The Light of Ordinary Days, set against the backdrop of Irish history, mythology, geology and more, is forthcoming in 2020. Carolyn is a writing teacher in Santa Cruz, CA. June Bluespruce is a writer, activist, life coach and shamanic practitioner. She is the author of the poetry chapbook clear cut. June works with community-based groups on tree protection, climate change, women’s and LGBTQI rights, and social justice. She lives in Seattle, WA. Jean Mahoney is a writer, poet and award-winning educator. She is the author of Brave Hearts: A San Francisco Story: The Grit and Dreams of an Irish Immigrant Family, which tells the tale of four generations of her family in America. She taught sixth grade in public school in Santa Cruz for twenty years. She lives in Santa Cruz, California. Sarojani Rohan is a writer, musician and educator who first traveled to Ireland in 2004, where she discovered her love of Irish music. Upon returning, she established the Celtic music group, Innisfree. Her poems have been published in Monterey Bay Poetry Review, Landscape of Poetry and Soul, and Sisters Singing. She lives in the mountains of Santa Cruz, CA.

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• Sat 5/18/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Wendy J. Fox - If the Ice Had Held

Signing/Readings

Melanie Henderson's life is a lie. The scandal of her birth and the identity of her parents is kept from her family's small, conservative town. Not even she knows the truth: that her birth mother was just 14 and unmarried to her father, a boy who drowned when he tried to take a shortcut across an icy river. Years later, in Denver, Melanie dabbles in affairs with married men while clinging to a corporate job that gives her life order even as her tenuous relationships fall apart. If the Ice Had Held speaks with a natural lyricism, and presents a cast of characters who quietly struggle through complicated lives. Will her family secret be kept, or will it tear them apart? Selected for the Sante Fe Writers Project Grand Prize. Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories and The Pull of It. She received her MFA from Eastern Washington University, and her work has been published or is forthcoming in many literary reviews, websites, and blogs.

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• Wed 5/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Molly Hashimoto - Birds of the West: An Artist's Guide

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In Birds of the West, award-winning artist Molly Hashimoto captures nearly 100 Western bird species across seven habitats using different media, from quick ink sketches to vivid block prints. From the diminutive ruby-crowned kinglet to the majestic golden eagle, Molly’s range of art and detail encourages all of us, whether artists or not, to observe our feathered friends more closely. Seattle resident Molly Hashimoto leads plein air watercolor painting and printmaking workshops at the North Cascades Institute, Yellowstone Forever Institute, Wenatchee River Institute, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her artwork is widely published in cards, calendars, books, and journals, and she is the author of Colors of the West. *This event is co-sponsored by the North Cascades Institute.

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• Thu 5/23/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Barbara Sjoholm - By the Fire: Sami Folktales & Legends

Signing/Readings

These stories, collected by the Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Swedish Sápmi, grant entry to a fascinating world of wonder and peril, of nature imbued with spirits, and strangers to be outwitted with gumption and craft. Emilie Demant Hatt (1873–1958) was a Danish artist and ethnographer who lived among the Sami of Swedish Lapland in the first two decades of the twentieth century. Her account of her life during this time was published in English as With the Lapps in the High Mountains: A Woman among the Sami, 1907–1908, translated by Barbara Sjoholm. Barbara Sjoholm is a writer, editor, and translator of Danish and Norwegian literature. She has written fiction and nonfiction, including Black Fox: A Life of Emilie Demant Hatt, Artist and Ethnographer.

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• Sat 6/1/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Group Reading - Larry Behrendt, Jo Scott Coe, & Iris Graville

Signing/Readings

Join us in the readings gallery for this great bouquet of talented writers as they present their wide-ranging works. There is truly something for everyone at this event. Larry Behrendt is a contributor to Sacred Dissonance: The Blessing of Difference in Jewish-Christian Dialogue which explores the essential distinctions between religious identities and the cultural boundaries between Jews and Christians. Jo Scott-Coe’s new book is Mass: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest, a first-time exploration of the relationship between the UT Austin Sniper of 1966 and his priest mentor, Rev. Joseph Leduc. Jo Scott-Coe’s work has been published widely in venues including Tahoma Literary Review, Talking Writing, Catapult, Salon, River Teeth, Ninth Letter, and Fourth Genre. She is an associate professor of English at Riverside City College in Southern California. Iris Graville's Hiking Naked: A Quaker Woman's Search for Balance has been received to great aclaim, especially here at Village Books. Knocked off her feet after twenty years in public health nursing, Iris Graville quit her job and convinced her husband and their thirteen-year-old twin son and daughter to move to Stehekin, a remote mountain village in Washington State's North Cascades. They sought adventure; she yearned for the quiet and respite of this community of eighty-five residents accessible only by boat, float plane, or hiking.

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• Sat 6/1/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Meg Tilly - Cliff's Edge

Signing/Readings

We are thrilled to announce the return of celebrated author and actress, Meg Tilly, to the Readings Gallery! She will be presenting the second book in her Solace Island series, Cliff's Edge. Relationship-weary Eve Harris is looking forward to a quiet week alone, house sitting and landscape painting on Solace Island. But when handsome, movie star Rhys Thomas unexpectedly shows up on her doorstep, sparks begin to fly. Unbeknownst to Eve, as she basks in the glow of this new love, a terrifying darkness is stalking ever closer. Meg Tilly is an award-winning author and actress known for her performances in Agnes of God, The Big Chill, Valmont, Bomb Girls, and War Machine. Her books include Gemma, Singing Songs, and Porcupine. Tilly has three grown children and resides with her husband in the Pacific Northwest.

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• Sat 6/8/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM