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Featured Event

Family Poetry Reading

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Three poets in one family will be reading together. Local writers Carla Conforto and her husband Jeffrey Morgan, as well as Jeff’s father John Morgan of Fairbanks, Alaska, are scheduled to read. All three have published poetry collections this year. Carla Conforto earned her MFA from Penn State University. Her work has been published in Court Green, Fourth Genre, The Columbia Poetry Review, among other places. Her chapbook, Popular Piety, has just been published by Dancing Girl Press. Jeffrey Morgan is the author of two poetry collections. In 2017, he was a National Poetry Series finalist. His second poetry collection, The Last Note Becomes Its Listener, won the Minds on Fire poetry contest and was published earlier this year by Conduit Press. His poems appear in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and West Branch, among other journals. John Morgan has published seven books of poetry, as well as a collection of essays. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and many other journals. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. His book The Moving Out: Collected Early Poems was published recently by Salmon Poetry. The reading is free and the poets’ books will be available for purchase and signing.

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• Tue 8/20/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Other Upcoming Events

Group Reading with John & Jeffrey Morgan and Carla Conforto

Signing/Readings, Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us in the readings gallery as this family of poets shares their latest work. John Morgan has published seven books of poetry and four chapbooks, as well as a collection of essays. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Alaska Quarterly Review, Poetry Northwest, and many other journals. In addition, his work has been included in more than two dozen anthologies. Morgan has won the Discovery Award of the New York Poetry Center (92nd Street Y) and first prize in the Carolina Quarterly Poetry Contest. In 2009, he served as the first writer-in-residence at Denali National Park. Annie Dillard has written that his poems “are strong and full of carefully controlled feeling. They are tender and precise evocations of the moral and sensory life of man.” Jeffrey Morgan is the author of two poetry collections. In 2017 he was a National Poetry Series finalist. His poems appear in Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review Online, Poetry Northwest, Rattle, and West Branch, among others. His second poetry collection, The Last Note Becomes Its Listener, won the Minds on Fire poetry contest and was published earlier this year by Conduit Press. Carla Conforto earned her MFA from Penn State University. Her work has been published in Court Green, Fourth Genre, The Columbia Poetry Review and other places. Her chapbook, Popular Piety, has just been published by Dancing Girl Press.

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• Tue 8/20/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju - Choice

Class/Workshop

What am I making important? The biggest choice we make is what we choose to make important. How can you tell what you're making important? First we have to understand that we are a choice. Have you ever gotten into a situation where you've agreed to something and later wished you didn't? Or agreed to something you had no interest in actually doing? “Live your life for you not for anyone else. Don’t let the fear of being judged, rejected or disliked stop you from being yourself” ~Sonya Parker 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 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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• Thu 8/22/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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 villagebooks.com 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.

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

John Keeble – The Appointment

Signing/Readings

Join John Keeble as he presents his book which, while about the daughter of the famed frontiersman Kit Carson, is not a western, nor is it a biography. Set in the time of the California gold rush, it is a detailed and graphic elegy for America’s wide open plains, rivers, and mountains, and the people who lived in and passed through them, both for good and ill. John Keeble is the author of seven previous books, including the novels Yellowfish and Broken Ground, both recent University of Washington Press reprints, and UW Press original The Shadows of Owls.

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• Fri 9/6/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Steve Toutonghi - Side Life

Signing/Readings

Vin, a down-on-his-luck young tech entrepreneur, takes a job house-sitting an ultramodern Seattle mansion. There he discovers a secret basement lab with an array of computers and three large, smooth caskets. Inside one he finds a woman in a state of suspended animation. When Vin decides to enter one of the caskets himself, his reality begins to unravel, and he finds himself on a terrifying journey that raises fundamental questions about reality, free will, and the meaning of a human life. A native of Seattle, Steve Toutonghi studied fiction and poetry while completing a BA in Anthropology at Stanford. After various professional forays, he began a career in technology that led him from Silicon Valley back to Seattle. He is the author of a previous novel, Join.

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• Sat 9/7/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Dancing Between Bamboo Poles

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Filipino-American Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor—whose parents did not teach her to speak or understand their native Tagalog language—uses redaction and disclosure to explore what has been hidden, even within herself, as she navigates a world where skin color, heritage, and language exert powerful and often divergent claims on identity. Musical performances by Swil Kanim and Peter Ali!

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• Sun 9/8/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Excellence NW workshop Featuring Pete Johnson, Authenticity

Talks/Lectures

The principles of Excellence have always held that the greatest gift we have to offer is the gift of ourselves. Authenticity goes hand in hand with congruence, knowing and accepting our self, and ferreting out our unique purpose. Pete Johnson is a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest.

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• Wed 9/11/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett

Talks/Lectures

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, reducing stress and enhancing wellness and full engagement with life. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

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• Thu 9/12/19 at 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cheryl McCarthy, Many Hands Make Light Work

Signing/Readings

Many Hands Make Light Work: A Memoir is the rollicking true story of a family of nine children growing up in the college town of Ames, Iowa in the ’60s and ’70s. Inspiring, full of surprises, and laugh-out-loud funny, this real-life family champions diversity and inclusion long before such concepts become cultural flashpoints. Free-wheeling and contagiously cheerful, Many Hands Make Light Work is a winsome memoir of a Heartland childhood unlike any other. Cheryl McCarthy is a freelance journalist for the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune. McCarthy holds an MBA from City University in London and a bachelor's in journalism from Iowa State University. Previously from Ohio, she now lives with her husband in Bellingham.

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• Thu 9/12/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Diana Dodds, Secrets: Family, Friends, and Mental illness

Signing/Readings

Join us in the readings gallery as Diana Dodds presents her memoir written to demonstrate how and why families keep secrets related to mental illness. Dodds uses her life’s story and the story of her father’s extended family to shed light on this common dilemma, and express hope in exposing it to light. Diana Dodds was born and raised in Northwest Kansas where she met and married her husband in Wichita. She attended college and nursing school and became an RN who worked in hospital-based care for thirty-five years. During their married life, they moved to Western Washington, where she completed her BSN. She and her husband raised two children. Diana has been diagnosed as bipolar type 1 for 40 years.

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• Fri 9/13/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sara Donati, Where the Light Enters

Signing/Readings

From Bellingham’s own international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour, comes Sara Donati's enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in nineteenth-century New York. Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget. Sara Donati is the international bestselling author of the Wilderness series, which includes Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest.

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• Sat 9/14/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fred Brown – The City is More Than Human: An Animal History of Seattle

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

Cities like Seattle would not exist without animals. Although usually absent from history books, creatures such as cows, horses, chickens, dogs, and salmon have played crucial roles in struggles over property and power in the changing city. They have accompanied humans on their urban journey as property, as symbols, and as friends. Frederick L. Brown holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Washington and works on as an independent historian and book indexer in Seattle. The City is More Than Human won the 2017 Hal K. Rothman book prize from the Western History Association or best new book in Western environmental history. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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• Sat 9/14/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Clyde Ford Think Black Launch Party!

Talks/Lectures

Village Books and Evolve Chocolate + Cafe are pleased to announce this special event celebrating the long-awaited memoir from Bellingham favorite, Clyde Ford. Join us for a presentation by the author and music provided by Skip Williams & Soul Shadows, and Swil Kanim! And the first 75 people to pre-purchase a copy of Think Black will be invited to the pre-event reception in Evolve Chocolate + Cafe from 3 - 4pm, where there will be music and food inspired by the book, created by Chef Christy. Space is limited so order your copy today and get on the list! In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, award-winning Bellingham author, Clyde W. Ford, tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first Black software engineer in America. Think Black reveals how racism at IBM insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship. Clyde W. Ford is an award-winning author of 12 works of fiction and non-fiction. He’s also a psychotherapist, mythologist, and sought-after public speaker. Clyde’s the recipient of the 2006 Zora Neale Hurston-Richard Wright Award in African American Literature. He’s been a featured guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, National Public Radio, and numerous television and radio programs. Clyde lives in Bellingham, Washington.

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• Sun 9/15/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Joy Wiggins - From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace

Signing/Readings

From Sabotage to Support offers vital strategies for not only working women, but also for business leaders who want to understand patriarchy’s toll and learn how to create an inclusive, diverse and better working environment for everyone. Along with research, interviews, actions and tools, chapters feature candid conversations between the authors on the ways race, privilege and power play out in their own lives, work and friendship. Joy L. Wiggins, Ph.D., received her doctorate from The Ohio State University in multicultural education and social justice. She is the founder and CEO of Joy Wiggins, PhD: Equity and Inclusion Consulting which provides speaking, facilitation and mentorship opportunities on the topics of power, privilege, racial and gender justice and liberation. She has spent the last 20 years working on understanding our cultural identities and perceptions of how we navigate the world through our cultural identities. Her consulting centers around understanding biases and women supporting women in the workplace. She teaches multicultural children’s literature, literacy and English language learning in the Elementary Education department at Western Washington University. Based on her 2017 TEDxWWU talk, she and Dr. Kami J. Anderson wrote, “From Sabotage to Support: A New Vision for Feminist Solidarity in the Workplace”.

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• Thu 9/19/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Heather Hansman - Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

In Downriver, Heather Hansman chronicles the history and contemporary problem of water usage along the Green River, the major tributary of the Colorado River. Hansman tells this story from the river itself as she paddles the Green from source to confluence interviewing farmers, government officials, and activists along the way. Heather Hansman is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Outside, California Sunday, Smithsonian, and many other outlets. After a decade of raft guiding across the United States, she lives in Seattle. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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• Fri 9/20/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Matt Pentz - The Sound and the Glory: How the Seattle Sounders Showed Major League Soccer How to Win Over America

Signing/Readings

To reach the ambitious goals the club set for itself, the Seattle Sounders needed the jolt of a championship. To get there would require tumult previously unknown to a club built on stability, a clash of egos, and a title run so unlikely it could have hardly been scripted. Matt Pentz is a Seattle-based writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, and ESPN, among other publications. As an award-winning beat reporter at the Seattle Times, he covered the Sounders’ historic run to their first MLS Cup championship. This is his first book.

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• Sat 9/21/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Betsy Bell - Open Borders: A Personal Story of Love, Loss, & Anti-War Activism

Signing/Readings

It is 1983, and the anti-war movement Target Seattle is preparing for a trip to Tashkent, Seattle’s Sister City in Uzbekistan. Travelling with three thousand copies of a peace petition, as well as her husband, seventeen-year-old daughter and thirty others, Betsy sees first-hand the risks of travelling as an American to the USSR. She also sees the heart-warming stories of people-to-people connections across political boundaries. With honesty and poise, Betsy chronicles a history of a time when ordinary citizens were transformed into agents of peace. Betsy Bell, mother, grandmother, business woman, is a longtime justice activist.

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• Sun 9/22/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

John Lovchik - Racism: Reality Built on a Myth

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

This book is a concise history of racism, written by a white man who spent a lifetime trying to understand racism before he found that history held the key. This book shows that racism is not a natural response to human differences. It was man-made deliberately implemented and carefully nurtured. It is an illness that has been passed down for generations; and continues to infect every one of us and all of our institutions. John Lovchik has been an anti-racism activist for more than twenty years as a member of a number of white collectives and people of color led organizations.

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• Wed 9/25/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

David Guterson - Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Most outdoor enthusiasts understand the phrase “turn around time” as that point in an adventure when you must cease heading out in order to have enough time to safely return to camp or home—regardless of whether you have reached your destination. For award-winning novelist David Guterson, it is also a metaphor for where we find ourselves in the middle of our lives, and his new narrative poem explores this idea through a lyrical journey along a trail, much like those in Washington’s mountain ranges which he hiked while growing up. David Gutersonis the author of Snow Falling on Cedars, which won the PEN/Faulkner and the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award. It has sold more than four million copies and was adapted as a major motion picture. He is the author of several other novels: East of the Mountains; Our Lady of the Forest, a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times and Seattle Post-Intelligencer Best Book of the Year; The Other; and Ed King. He is also the author of two story collections, The Country Ahead of Us, the Country Behind and Problems with People: a poetry collection, Songs for a Summons; and two works of nonfiction, Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense and Descent: A Memoir of Madness. David's book-length poem, Turn Around Time: A Walking Poem for the Pacific Northwest will be published by Mountaineers Books in September 2019. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, he lives on Bainbridge Island near Seattle with his wife Robin. They have five children.

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• Thu 9/26/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Caroline Van Hemert - The Sun is a Compass: A 4,000-Mile Journey into the Alaskan Wilds

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

The Sun is a Compass tells the story of her human-powered 4,000-mile trip—by rowboat, ski, foot, raft, and canoe—from Bellingham, Washington to Kotzebue, Alaska. Along the way she rediscover birds, the natural world, and her love of science. Caroline Van Hemert is an Alaskan biologist, adventurer, and author whose travels have taken her from the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean to the swamps of the Okavango Delta. Her research and expeditions have been featured by the New York Times, MSNBC, National Geographic, and more. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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• Fri 9/27/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

J A Jance - Sins of the Fathers: A J. P. Beaumont Novel

Signing/Readings, Talks/Lectures

New York Times best-selling author JA Jance is back with another thrilling instalment of the J.P. Beaumont mysteries! Former Seattle homicide cop, J. P. Beaumont, is learning to enjoy the new realities of retirement doing morning crossword puzzles by a roaring fireplace; playing frisbee with his new dog; having quiet lunches with his still working wife. But then his past comes calling. With more than 20 million copies of her books in print, J.A. Jance is also the author of the Ali Reynolds series, and the Joanna Brady series, as well as five interrelated Southwestern thrillers featuring the Walker family.

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• Sat 9/28/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Monika Wieland Shields - Endangered Orcas: The Story of the Southern Residents

Signing/Readings

The Southern Resident killer whales are icons of the Pacific Northwest, a beloved population of orcas that are considered the most-watched whales in the world. Despite decades of research and focused conservation efforts, they are on the brink of extinction. With more challenges on the horizon, one question looms: can we still create a sustainable future for humans and orcas in the Salish Sea? Monika Wieland Shields is the cofounder and president of the non-profit Orca Behavior Institute, which conducts non-invasive behavioral and acoustic research on the orcas of the Salish Sea. She lives on San Juan Island, Washington. This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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• Sat 9/28/19 at 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

John Balaban - Empires

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word, Signing/Readings

Empires is about tremors in history as imperial eras come to their ends....those interludes when the understood order of things has changed. John Balaban served as a conscientious objector during the war in Vietnam. In addition to writing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, he is a translator of Vietnamese poetry, and a past president of the American Literary Translators Association.

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• Sun 9/29/19 at 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM