Start: 3:00 pm
End: 5:00 pm
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.
THE NATURE OF WRITING SERIES: DAVID WILLIAMS, CAIRNS: MESSENGERS IN STONE--CO-SPONSORED BY NORTH CASCADES INSTITUTE
Start: 7:00 pm
As the days grow shorter and nights longer, head in to winter with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world! Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming Institute instructors to Bellingham to share their latest works in the winter session of our Nature of Writing Series. You'll learn more about our amazing planet through the inspiring, informed voices of America's most gifted interpreters of the natural world. Writing messages with rocks is an ancient gesture that continues to speak to our imaginations. From meadow trails to airy mountaintops and wide open desert, cairns, those seemingly random stacks of rock, are surprisingly rich in stories and meaning. For thousands of years cairns have been used by people to connect to the landscape and communicate with others, and are often an essential guide to travelers. These manmade rock piles can indicate a trail, mark a grave, serve as an altar or shrine, reveal property boundaries or sacred hunting grounds, and even predict astronomical activity. The Inuit have more than two dozen terms to describe cairns and their uses. In Cairns: Messengers in Stone, geologist and acclaimed nature writer David Williams (Stories in Stone: Travels through Urban Geology) explores the history of cairns from the moors of Scotland, the pathways of Iceland, all the way to the peaks of the Himalaya, where they come from, what they mean, why they're used, how to make them, and more. Hikers, climbers, travelers, gardeners, and nature buffs alike will delight in this quirky, captivating collection of stories. David Williams is a freelance natural history writer and author of The Street-Smart Naturalist: Field Notes from the City and the highly-praised Stories in Stone: Travels Through Urban Geology. His work has appeared in Smithsonian, Popular Mechanics, California Wild, and High Country News, and he is a contributing writer for Earth magazine. An avid hiker, biker, and former national park ranger in Utah and Boston, Williams currently lives with his wife in the Wallingford neighborhood of Seattle. Visit him online at geologywriter.com.