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Village Books and the WWU Libraries are pleased to present WWU Connections, a brown bag speaker series highlighting the expertise of WWU faculty and staff. Bring your lunch and join us for this engaging presentation and discussion. Western Connections is co-sponsored by Western Washington University Libraries. Topic: Five Seasons in Ecotopia Presenter: Troy Abel, Ph.D, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies Drawing on his research collaborations over the past five years with WWU students, faculty, and Costa Ricans conserving tropical rainforests; Dr. Abel will share his insights on ecological citizenship, political biogeography, and immersions in some of the most biologically intense places on the planet. His effort's overriding philosophy has been that while Costa Rica's world renowned system of protected areas and national parks is where the nation's conservation of biodiversity began, it will be finished, for the good or the bad, outside of them. Costa Rica is translated as rich coast; a name originating from Spanish conquistadors who mistakenly thought the land was filled with gold. Many now recognize that Costa Rica's riches are in fact more green than gold with more than 5% of the world's estimated biodiversity. Countless observers have documented this nation's natural exceptionalism but there is so much more to this tiny republic. Costa Rica has universal health care, a longer life expectancy than the US, the happiest people on the planet, and no military. Only by expanding our attention to all of these faces can one begin to see Ecotopia's Prism, how the intersections of Costa Rica's ecology, economy, and culture foster and inhibit sustainability. Troy D. Abel received a Ph.D in Public Policy from George Mason University and holds an appointment as Associate Professor in the faculty of WWU’s Department of Environmental Studies. He also is Program Director of Huxley College of the Environment’s annual Rainforest Immersion and Conservation Action (RICA) study abroad course in Costa Rica. Dr. Abel's scholarship focuses on the environmental governance challenge of informing policy with sophisticated social and ecological science while simultaneously increasing transparency and participation in the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental and conservation policies. He has explored why we often frame environmental problems and solutions in only technical or democratic prisms and how this hinders ecological governance. Professor Abel argues that we not only need better science and better governance, but a better integration of the two. The messy convergence and resolution of these rationalizing and democratizing impulses is a prominent feature of Dr. Abel's research programs on environmental justice, environmental information disclosure, and the conservation of biodiversity. Village Books is pleased to carry copies of Troy's book, Five Seasons in Ecotopia, which is printed on our Espresso Book Machine. Please call 360-671-2626 to obtain copies.
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Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a non-fiction writing group in the Readings Gallery (previously held on the mezzanine level of Village Books). Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and will meet the second Tuesday of each month from 3-5pm.
TOM ROBBINS, MY BOOKSTORE: WRITERS CELEBRATE THEIR FAVORITE PLACES TO BROWSE, READ & SHOP--PART OF A NW INDIE BOOKSTORE LIT CRAWL
Start: 7:00 pm
Illustration by Leif Parsons Come listen to Tom Robbins read his essay about why Village Books is his favorite Indie bookstore to browse, read and shop. His essay is one of eighty-two tributes written by well-known writers as part of the collection My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read & Shop. This event is part of a My Bookstore Lit Crawl, in conjunction with four other Western Washington indie book stores. To celebrate the publication of My Bookstore, five Western Washington bookstores are joining together to host a "Lit Crawl." Customers may attend any of the individual events at each bookstore, and will receive a stamp on a My Bookstore passport created just for the event, available at each participating store. Adventurous customers will be rewarded for acquiring three or more stamps. They will be entered for a chance to win some wonderful prizes. Customers who acquire stamps from all five events will be entered for a chance to win a fabulous prize package, which will include a book from each participating author and a copy of My Bookstore. Schedule of events: 11/12/12: The Bushwick Book Club celebrates Ivan Doig, 7pm University Book Store, 4326 University Way NE Seattle 98105 11/13/12: Tom Robbins, 7pm Village Books, 1200 11th St Bellingham 98225 11/14/12: Jonathan Evison, 7pm Eagle Harbor Books, 157 Winslow Way East Bainbridge Island 98110 11/16/12: Stephanie Kallos, 7pm Third Place Books, 17171 Bothell Way NE Lake Forest Park 98155 11/20/12: Tim Egan, 7pm Elliott Bay Books, 1521 10th Avenue Seattle 98122 About My Bookstore: "Bookstores like libraries, are the physical manifestation of the wide world's longest, best, most thrilling conversation. The people who work in them will tell you who's saying what," writes Richard Russo in his introduction to My Bookstore, "…they'll put in your hand something you just have to read, by someone you’ve never heard of, someone just now entering the conversation, who wants to talk to you about things that matter." Russo, along with eighty-two well-known writers share their tributes to bricks-and-mortar bookstores across the country. These enthusiastic, heartfelt, and often humorous testimonials highlight the importance and depth of the relationships between booksellers, readers, and writers, many of whom were customers before they were published authors. Collected and edited by Ronald Rice and Booksellers Across America, with an introduction by Russo, an afterword by Emily St. John Mandel, and illustrations by Leif Parsons, the contributors to My Bookstore include: Isabel Allende, Rick Bragg, Jon Clinch, Fannie Flagg, Ian Frazier, John Grisham, Pete Hamill, Elin Hilderbrand, Ann Hood, Pico Iyer, Ward Just, Ann Packer, Chuck Palahniuk, Ann Patchett, Edith Pearlman, Francine Prose, Tom Robbins, Adam Ross, Abraham Verghese -- to name only a few. About Tom Robbins: Tom Robbins, maverick author of eight juicy, daring and sagacious novels, is one of those rare writers who approach rock-star status, attracting SRO crowds at his personal appearances in Europe and Australia as well as in the United States. He lives primarily in the Skagit County area.