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Norman Fischer - The World Could Be Otherwise


Poet and Zen teacher Norman Fischer depicts imaginative spiritual practice as a largely untapped resource for our troubled times. The World Could Be Otherwise offers hope for anyone wanting to open their heart and mind to the transformative possibilities of the imagination. Norman Fischer is a Zen teacher, poet, translator, and director of the Everyday Zen Foundation. A beloved figure in the Buddhist world, he is also well-known for his efforts at interreligious dialogue. His numerous books include What Is Zen?: Plain Talk for a Beginner's Mind, Training in Compassion: Zen Teachings on the Practice of Lojong, and Opening to You: Zen-Inspired Translations of the Psalms.


• Sat 6/22/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Chuckanut Writers Conference Open Mic


Join us as the CWC participants read their work at four open mics at four venues in Fairhaven. See website for details.


• Sat 6/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

For the Love of Orcas Group Reading

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Talks/Lectures

For Love of Orcas, co-edited by Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, is an anthology of poetry and prose from 92 American and Canadian contributors about Southern Resident orcas, Chinook salmon, and their ecosystem. Proceeds benefit The SeaDoc Society, working to restore the health of these endangered populations. Andrew Shattuck McBride is a writer and editor based in Bellingham. His work appears in Crab Creek Review, Pontoon Poetry, So It Goes, Mud Season Review, and Connecticut River Review. He edits novels, memoirs, poetry collections, and anthologies.


• Sun 7/7/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop - Integrity


Where you meet you. In a complex world where most of the world is grey, integrity is often used as a tool to judge ourselves and others harshly. Morality, Values, Ethics and Duty are often wrapped up in this concept. Come and participate in a self-focused exploration of integrity.


• Wed 7/10/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Drag Queen Story Time with Betty Desire

Family/Child (Books)

Get ready for Bellingham's Pride Festival with an hour of fun with Bellingham's iconic drag queen, Betty Desire! We'll meet in the Readings Gallery for an hour of stories, songs, fun, and face painting all celebrating how we can be our best true selves. Feel free to dress up and bring your rainbow gear. This is a children's story time but ALL ages are welcome! Village Books is proud to sponsor with WinkWink Boutique to bring you this special story time.


• Sat 7/13/19 at 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Village Books Lit Camp!

Children, Summer Camp

Calling all young readers and writers from ages 8-11, this exciting new camp is just for you. Each day of the week has a specific beloved book as its focus and all of that day’s activities will be inspired by its respective book. Registration closes Saturday, July 13th. Space is limited. Go to for more information.


• Mon 7/15/19 - Fri 7/19/19 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Party with Waldo! Find Waldo in Fairhaven Celebration

Children, For the Family

Join us at Village Books for a celebration to wrap up our Fairhaven “Find Waldo Local” program. We’ll play games, give out prizes to those who participated in the 25-store search, eat treats, and hunt for Waldos hiding in our store! Come in your red stripes and glasses, and ready to have a good time.


• Wed 7/31/19 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Find Waldo in Fairhaven


Kids, parents and Waldo-lovers of all ages are invited to join us again this year for the month-long scavenger hunt to find the elusive Waldo hidden in local businesses around Fairhaven and in Lynden. Look for the Waldo decal on the windows of participating businesses. You can pick up a "Find Waldo in Fairhaven" or “Find Waldo in Lynden” passport at any of those locations to start your search. Once you've found the six-inch cardboard Waldo hidden within each shop, ask a shop employee to stamp your passport. Bring your stamped passport to Village Books, and passports with at least 10 store stamps will receive a Waldo button, while supplies last. Passports with all the participating store stamps are eligible to be entered in a drawing for various Waldo books and products. The first 100 passports with 10 stamps or more will receive a $1 off coupon for Waldo merchandise.


• Mon 7/1/19 - Wed 7/31/19 at

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Family/Child (Books)

Join us in celebrating summer with one of our favorite activities—READING! Pick up your Reading Challenge form in either Fairhaven or Lynden (or print out the form from our website), then read your way along the path to receive prizes. There are three prizes to win this year. See for more details. Select your favorite read of the summer and, on the card we provide you, tell us what you liked about it. We'll hang your review up in the store. For the Fourth Year in a Row! We will hold a drawing in early September from the completed forms and if we draw your form, Village Books will donate a $100 gift certificate to your school library. If a homeschooler wins, we will donate to the charity of your choice. Stumped about what to read? Check out the great selections in our Chuckanut Reader or ask any of us at the store for help.


• Sat 6/1/19 - Sat 8/31/19 at 12:00 AM - 9:00 PM