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Author Events

Virtual Event: George Dyson in Conversation with Clyde Ford, Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control

Tue, 09/22/2020 - 6:00pm

Join us in the virtual readings gallery for what is sure to be a fascinating conversation between these two celebrated local authors! 

In his pathbreaking new book, Analogia: The Emergence of Technology Beyond Programmable Control, technology historian George Dyson combines vivid historical storytelling with his own personal narrative to offer a startling look back at the analog age and life before the digital revolution—and an unsettling vision of what comes next.

George Dyson, a dual citizen of the United States and Canada, is an independent historian of technology whose subjects have included the development (and redevelopment) of the Aleut kayak (Baidarka, 1986), the evolution of artificial intelligence (Darwin Among the Machines, 1997), a path not taken into space (Project Orion, 2002), and the transition from numbers that mean things to numbers that do things in the aftermath of World War II (Turing’s Cathedral, 2012). Dyson lives in Bellingham.

Clyde Ford was born in New York City. He’s the author of thirteen works of fiction and non-fiction including, most recently, Think Black: A Memoir. He's also  apsychotherapist, an accomplished mythologist, and a sought-after public speaker. In 2006, Ford received the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award in African American fiction. 

Virtual Event: Peter Laufer, Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Village Books is pleased to welcome Peter Laufer in conversation with Peter B. Collins for discussion of Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border.


Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a discussion on this timely topic.
Up Against the Wall offers a step-by-step blueprint of radical proposals for the U.S.-Mexican border that go far beyond traditional initiatives to ease restrictions on immigration.The book argues that the border with Mexico should be completely open for Mexicans wishing to travel north. Placing the border in a historical perspective, Laufer shows how circumstances have deteriorated to the present Trump-exacerbated crisis, and why the region and the migration through it cannot be ignored. Laufer has interviewed dozens of authorities and men and women in the street while reporting from Mexico, along the border, and in the United States. Up Against the Wall is sure to provoke a lively debate over the future of Mexican immigration and global migration crises.
Fearlessly, Peter Laufer steps into the middle of the debate and states his case making points that will leave people shaking their heads. A primary text.” - Luis Urrea, author ofAcross the Wire and The Devil's Highway, professor at University of Illinois-Chicago

Peter Laufer, PhD holds the inaugural James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication where he was awarded the Marshall Prize for teaching innovation. A former and longtime global correspondent for NBC News, Laufer reports on borders, identities and migration. He has covered the requisite wars and earthquakes, coups and elections.

Peter B. Collins is a veteran radio host, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He's been talking about news and politics since Nixon was president, in Chicago, San Francisco, on satellite radio and in national syndication. He now hosts a daily podcast at

Virtual Event with Brian Griffin, The Donovan Diaries - Local History!

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an event with one of our favorite local historians, Brian Griffin. Order your signed copy of The Donovan Diaries exclusively from Village Books. Or you can swing by the Donovan statue bench on the corner of 11th and Harris on Saturday the 26th and get your book signed by the author! Brian Griffin will be at the bench between 12pm-4pm, Saturday, September 26.


John Joseph Donovan was a man born of common clay who lived the American dream, rising to great heights of achievement, wealth, and community affection. Donovan lived a storied life illuminated in this fascinating book by the discovery of his diaries long hidden in an old steamer trunk in Sag Harbor, New York.
*Cover art by Ben Mann


Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 07/27/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 08/31/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 09/28/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 7:00pm

Our monthly Open Mic Night is back and it's going virtual! Village Books invites everyone to enjoy local talents as they share their own stories, poems and essays! Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience. Our regular emcee and celebrated local author, Sean Dwyer, will host as he does every month. Pre-registration to read is required and spaces are limited so please email Sean at to secure your spot!

Open mic is usually held the last Monday of every month at 7pm. 


Seán Dwyer teaches Spanish at Western Washington University and his memoir, A Quest for Tears: Surviving Traumatic Brain Injury continues to be a bestseller at Village Books. He is also the author of a number of published short stories. As an advocate for other writers, he hosts the open mic at Village Books. 


Virtual Event: Group Reading with Amy Roost and Contributors to Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for this timely event, just two days after the first presidential debate! Amy will present with several contributors to the book.


Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact Donald Trump’s behavior, words, and presidency has had on each one of them, how each is confronting the problem, and how she is fighting back. Most readers will identify with more than one of these powerfully authentic and revealing personal essays representing a refreshingly broad representation of viewpoints. And that is exactly why Fury matters: it will help the reader feel less alone, work through some of their own hurt and pain, and formulate a plan for what they can do to bring about an end to the Trump presidency. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in, and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.

Amy Roost is a documentary podcaster and freelance journalist. She is an Annenberg School of Journalism 2019 California Health Journalism Fellow and recipient of numerous journalism awards for her op-ed columns appearing in San Diego Union Tribune publications.

Other contributors to present at this event:

Alissa Hirshfeld (co-editor) is a psychotherapist and writer.  She is the co-editor of Fury: Women’s Lived Experiences During the Trump Era, as well as the author of a novel, Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls and a memoir, This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge.  Her academic articles have appeared in several psychological journals.  
Meg Weber writes memoir, crafting true stories from her days. Meg's writing gives voice to how her life unfolds outside the boundaries prescribed for her. She writes about transgression, about edges, and about finding her way back into connection with her family through tragedy.  
Sarah Mina Osman is a writer and teacher residing in Los Angeles, CA.  Her work has been in Argot Magazine, HelloGiggles, and Vocally. She loves to travel and has a deep appreciation for sloths.  
Elena Perez works to advance environmental justice, address climate change, and engage marginalized populations to promote healthier and more resilient communities. 


Virtual Event with Lee van der Voo, As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change

Thu, 10/08/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us for an event that will address climate change and what a group of activists are doing to make change.


When 21 youth activists filed Juliana v. United States, they asserted that the government’s continued negligence of the environment constituted a violation of their rights to life, liberty, and property. In As the World Burns, Lee van der Voo follows the still-evolving legal case as she tells the plaintiffs’ stories, all against the backdrop of the current climate-related crises and the mass protests happening and around the world. Granted unparalleled access to the plaintiffs and their legal team, van der Voo reveals the human side of the climate crisis, the dire effects of decades of inaction, and the reasons why tackling our environmental issues in the courts is possibly our last real hope for meaningful intervention.

Lee van der Voo is an award-winning investigative and environmental journalist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Guardian, among others. Her 2016 book The Fish Market, which chronicles the gentrification of the sea in the name of sustainable seafood, won an Oregon Book Award for General Nonfiction.

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute

Virtual Event with Mike Rostron, Kabul Conscript - Fiction!

Fri, 10/09/2020 - 5:00pm
Village Books is pleased to welcome M.E. Rostron to the Virtual Readings Gallery! Order your signed copy of Kabul Conscript exclusively from Village Books.
The Kabul Conscript is a suspenseful story of friendship, intrigue, and deception. A Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, becomes involved in a dangerous adventure with other young Americans, Afghan friends, and an enigmatic intelligence agent during the days leading up to the coup d'état by General Daoud in the summer of 1973. The Kabul Conscript is a prequel to Rostron’s novel, Cape Decision, published in 2019.
Author, playwright, and musician Michael Rostron was raised in Oregon and lived for twenty-five years in Alaska. The last twenty years he has resided in Whatcom County, Washington. During the summer of 1973, Rostron was a Peace Corps trainee in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Richard Widerkehr, Alice Derry, Gayle Kaune, & Jordan Hartt - Group Poetry Reading

Sun, 10/11/2020 - 4:00pm
Join us for an afternoon of poetry with this stellar line-up of local poets!
Richard Widerkehr's newest book of poems is In The Presence Of Absence.  He has one other collection of poems, The Way Home, along with three chapbooks and a novel. Recent work has appeared in publications like Rattle, Writer’s Almanac, and Arts & Letters.
Alice Derry's new book is Hunger,  She was a runner-up for The Washington State Book Award. She has five other books, has published widely, and she co-directed the Foothills Writers Series, hosting about fifteen readings a year.
Gayle Kaune's new book is Noise From Stars, and others are All The Birds Awake and Still Life In The Physical World, along with two chapbooks.  She's won many awards such as Washington Poets Awards, the Ben Hur Lampmann Award, and her poems have appeared in Poet And Critic, Seattle Review, and many others.
Jordan Hartt is the author of the story collections Leap and Drifting.  His work has appeared in about fifty different magazines.  He’s a community events organizer who facilitates Kahini’s Studies in Short Fiction, hosting writing retreats in Kauai.  Jordan was the managing director of the Port Townsend Writer’s Conference for over ten years.

Virtual Event with Luci Shaw, The Generosity - Poetry!

Fri, 10/16/2020 - 5:00pm

We're so excited to welcome one of our favorite local poets to the Virtual Readings Gallery! Order a signed copy of The Generosity exclusively from Village Books!


The Generosity is Luci' Shaw's 38th book. In it Shaw celebrates the beautiful diversity of nature and human nature in lyric poems with wide-ranging themes. The writing is both accessible and profound, and has been described as reminiscent of Dylan Thomas. 

"Luci Shaw's poems have always been welcome company, but how much more so in anxious times. There is a substantial comfort in her instinct for pleasure--in language, creation, people, habits. Her poems reveal a mind marked by humor, curiosity, good nature, and, well, generosity. Each poem in this new book is a short lesson in noticing the world attentively, and a reminder to slow down and find the wonder, not just in the natural world, but in the less lovely things that make up our ordinary lives and duties. Time spent with Luci is time redeemed." -- Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Executive Editor, Image

Luci Shaw was born in London, England, in 1928. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of thirty-eight books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 2013 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She lives with her husband, John Hoyte, in Bellingham, WA.


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