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Author Events

Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 11/30/2020 - 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 Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience.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 and will remain a virtual event for the foreseeable future due to Covid 19.


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 with Gigi Berardi in Conversation with Chef Christy Fox, FoodWISE: A Whole Systems Guide to Sustainable and Delicious Food Choices

Thu, 12/10/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an event that will be as entertaining as it is informative. How could it be otherwise with these to local food experts?


We all eat – that makes us all experts on eating, doesn’t it? Yet dozens of times a day we struggle with tough decisions about not only what to eat (are eggs really as bad for us as smoking a pack of cigarettes?) but also how much (those low-fat diets don’t always shed pounds). Clearly, we live in a culture awash with advice on nutrition and eating—even during the holidays. Gigi Berardi’s FoodWISE instead, gives us a WISE view of food: Whole, Informed, Sustainable, and Experienced. 

Gigi Berardi is a professor at Western Washington University and free-lance writer. She maintains the popular food blog “FoodWISE” and “Food and Resilience” vlog, and has written numerous articles for general and scientific audiences alike. Her work has appeared in outlets including the LA Times and BioScience among others, and her public radio features (for KSKA, Anchorage, Alaska) have been recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists. Her most recent book, FoodWISE, has been endorsed by over 30 food thought-leaders (including food journalists Michael Pollan and Pulitzer awardee Michael Moss) and has been  listed as one of “19 reads that inspire us and challenge us to be better activists, environmentalists, cooks, policymakers, protectors of the planet, farmers, supporters of pollinators and advocates for a better food system” ( In September, it received a silver medal, Living Now Book Awards.

Chef Christy Fox is co-owner and Executive Chef of Evolve Chocolate + Cafe deliciously perched on the mezzanine level of Village Books. 

Writers' Corner Anthology 2020 Group Reading!

Sat, 12/12/2020 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a reading from some of your favorite local writers who organize through the Village Books writing groups! 


The Writers' Corner Anthology is a biennial snapshot of some of the best writing currently happening in association with the Village Books writing groups. We are excited to bring something for everyone from our poetry, nonfiction/memoir, prompts, and fiction groups!

Peaceful Poetry Reading with Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center

Tue, 12/15/2020 - 5:30pm to 6:15pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and creative fun, as the talented young writers of the 2019 Peaceful Poetry Youth Contest read their award-winning poems. Sure to pull your heartstrings and capture your imagination! Click here to register.

Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books. To learn more about youth programs sponsored by the WDRC, click here.

Lawrence Millman, Goodbye, Ice: Arctic Poems

Thu, 12/17/2020 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for an evening of ecological poetry with this stellar author.


Unlike most books of poems, Goodbye, Ice does not brim with ambiguities or the author’s selfies. Rather, it has a strongly ecological bias. It gives the reader a window on the natural world of the Arctic and its tradition-bound indigenous people. It is also a jeremiad for that world, which, due to climate change, is becoming just like the rest of the heated up planet.

Writer-mycologist-Arctic explorer Lawrence Millman is the author of 18 previous books, including such titles as Last Places, Lost in the Arctic, Northern Latitudes, Hiking to Siberia, At the End of the World, and Fungipedia. He has been to Greenland 15 times, but never to Rome (Rome, New York: once).  He keeps a post office box in Cambridge,Massachusetts.

Alma Alexander, The Were Chronicles: Omnibus

Fri, 12/18/2020 - 6:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for this event with a celebrated local author!


The Were Chronicles: Omnibus is a collected edition of three novels, Random, Wolf, and Shifter - a triptych of stories about a society so like and so very unlike our own - where Were creatures can coexist alongside "normal" humans, but are subject to fear, prejudice, discrimination, and bullying.

Alma Alexander's life so far has prepared her very well for her chosen career. She was born in a country which no longer exists on the maps, has lived and worked in seven countries on four continents (and in cyberspace!), has climbed mountains, dived in coral reefs, flown small planes, swum with dolphins, touched two-thousand-year-old tiles in a gate out of Babylon. She is a novelist, anthologist and short story writer who currently shares her life between the Pacific Northwest of the USA (where she lives with her husband and two cats) and the wonderful fantasy worlds of her own imagination. You can find out more about Alma on her website (

David Allen Sibley, What It's Like to Be a Bird: From Flying to Nesting, Eating to Singing--What Birds Are Doing, and Why

Sat, 02/20/2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Village Books is pleased to join forces with the North Cascades Audubon Society and  Whatcom READS to bring David Allen Sibley to the Virtual Readings Gallery! 


We are pleased to welcome David Allen Sibley back to the (virtual) Readings Gallery. He will do a presentation on his latest book and will also focus on nature illustrations, in concert with the themes of Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, this year's Whatcom READS selection.
On What It's Like to Be a Bird: This is the bird book for birders and nonbirders alike that will excite and inspire by providing a new and deeper understanding of what common, mostly backyard, birds are doing–and why.
“Can birds smell?” “Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year?” “Do robins ‘hear’ worms?” In What It’s Like to Be a Bird, David Sibley answers the most frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often.

DAVID ALLEN SIBLEY is the author and illustrator of the series of successful guides to nature that bear his name, including The Sibley Guide to Birds. He has contributed to Smithsonian, Science, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, Birding, BirdWatching, and North American Birds, and to The New York Times. He is the recipient of the Roger Tory Peterson Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Birding.

Jessica Gigot, Chloe Yelena Miller, & Jen Stewart Fueston: Group Poetry Reading!

Sun, 02/21/2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for this stellar trio of poets as they read from their latest works.


Jessica Gigot is a poet, farmer, teacher, and musician. She has a small farm in Bow, WA called Harmony Fields that makes artisan sheep cheese and grows organic herbs. Her second book, Feeding Hour, was published (Nov 2020) by Trail to Table Press, an imprint of Wandering Aengus Press. Her writing appears in several publications such as Orion, Taproot, Gastronomica, The Hopper, and Poetry Northwest.

Chloe Yelena Miller is a writer and teacher living in Washington, D.C., with her partner and their child. Her poetry chapbook Unrest was published by Finishing Line Press (2013.) Miller teaches writing at the University of Maryland Global Campus and Politics & Prose Bookstore, as well as privately. Chloe has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BA from Smith College. 

Jen Stewart Fueston is the author of Madonna, Complex (Cascade Books 2020), Latch (River Glass Books 2019) and Visitations (Finishing Line Press 2015). Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in AGNI, Western Humanities Review, Structo, Spoon River Poetry Review and elsewhere. A native of Colorado, she has taught writing at the University of Colorado, Boulder, as well as internationally in Hungary, Turkey and Lithuania.

An Evening with David Sedaris - POSTPONED

Wed, 05/19/2021 - 7:00pm
Mount Baker Theatre
104 N. Commercial St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
An Evening with David Sedaris at Village Books

Please Note: This performance has been postponed from June 23, 2020 at 7:00pm until next year. The performance will now take place on May 19, 2021 at 7:00pm. If you held tickets to the original date, the Box Office will be contacting you.

With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. Calypso, his latest collection of essays, is a New York Times best-seller, and the audio version has been nominated for a 2019 Grammy in the Best Spoken Word Album category. There are over ten million copies of his books in print, and in March 2019 he was elected into the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

                  “Sedaris belongs on any list of people writing in English at the moment who are revising our ideas about what’s funny.”
—San Francisco Chronicle

Village Books is proud to present David Sedaris in partnership with the Mount Baker Theatre, as part of our Booked at the Baker series. Event starts at 7pm, doors open at 6pm. Tickets are available at the Mount Baker Theatre Box Office or online at

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