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Featured Event

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

Other Upcoming Events

Mindfulness Workshop With Tim Burnett: Having Mindful Holidays

Signing/Readings

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

Signing/Readings

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

Signing/Readings

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

Resolutions: Mini Workshops to Jumpstart Your New Year

Talks/Lectures

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

Talks/Lectures

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

David Mauro – The Altitude Journals

Signing/Readings

When David Mauro was in his forties, his life hit rock bottom. With nothing to lose, he left everything he knew behind and set out on an epic international adventure. And though he’d never been a climber, he ended up joining history’s courageous few when he ascended into the clouds to stand at the summit of Mt. Everest. The Altitude Journals is an unforgettable tale of one man who went to amazing extremes to repair a shattered life—and how he regained the powers to love, forgive, and believe in himself once again. In addition to working as a Certified Financial Planner, David Mauro writes for Adventures Northwest magazine and blogs extensively.

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• Thu 1/10/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Elizabeth Vignali and Kami Westhoff - Your Body a Bullet

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Your Body a Bullet lifts the veil between the ghastly and beautiful relationships of parasites and their hosts, inviting us to face our own extremes. These poems are an homage to the brutality of survival, the nuances of love, and the exceptional lengths mothers will go to for their children. Elizabeth Vignali is an optician and writer in the Pacific Northwest, where she coproduces the Bellingham Kitchen Sessions reading series. Kami Westhoff is the author of Sleepwalker, which won Minerva Rising's Dare to Be Contest in 2016.

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• Sat 1/12/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Karen Treiger - My Soul is Filled With Joy: A Holocaust Story

Signing/Readings

Sam Goldberg escaped the Treblinka Death Camp during the prisoner revolt on August 2, 1943. Running to the woods, he met Esther, who was hiding there. For another year until liberation, they hid together in barns and in a pit in the forest. The author, married to Sam and Esther’s son, uncovers details of their wartime experiences and travels to Poland to meet the families of the Righteous Gentiles who helped them survive. The dead of Poland speak loudly from the ashes, but the living find new voices. The author listens to these voices and finds her own in the process.

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• Sun 1/13/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Excellence Northwest Workshop with Monique Stefens

Talks/Lectures

Desiree “Monique” Stefens is an international facilitator, with ties in British Columbia, California and Washington. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, is completing a master’s in adult and higher education plus years of formal facilitator training. 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 1/15/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Dudley Evenson - Quieting the Monkey Mind

Signing/Readings

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• Fri 1/18/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sarah Cannon - The Shame of Losing

Signing/Readings

Days before Sarah Cannon’s thirty-third birthday, she receives a frightening phone call from her husband’s arborist colleague: Matt, her spouse of seven years and father to their two small children, has been severely injured by a falling tree branch. In a few moments, her visions of their future go dark, and she must learn how to care for the man she depended on for support. Faced with choices around how to behave in this roller-coaster journey, she takes as many steps back as she does forward, failing at times to see what needs to be done. In The Shame of Losing, Sarah offers a collection of playful diary entries, mock-love letters and considered vignettes to create meaning from a chaotic onslaught of changes.

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• Sat 1/19/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Douglas Cole - The Gold Tooth In the Crooked Smile of God

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

The Gold Tooth In the Crooked Smile of God crosses mystical lines, borders on magic. From Douglas Cole, a celebrated Seattle poet. “There's some kind of magic going on in Douglas Cole's The Gold Tooth in the Crooked Smile of God,” says Jim Daniels, poet, screenwriter, and author. “These well-wrought poems celebrate the forgotten with dignity and warmth,” says John Skoyles, Editor Ploughshares, and author The Nut File and A Moveable Famine.

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• Sun 1/20/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Read-In!

Signing/Readings

Village Books will once again host its annual Read-In to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Read-In has been a tradition for more than a decade. Local children are invited to gather at Village Books to hear stories in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. about the civil rights movement, tolerance, and diversity. There will be student volunteers from WWU on hand for the duration to read with the kids and lead them in a craft.

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• Mon 1/21/19 at 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM