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Author Events

A Conversation with Esi Edugyan

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Esi Edugyan speaks with Shu-Ling Zhao, co-founder, Sylvia Center for the Arts and Whatcom County Racial Equity Commission. 

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Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 5, 2021, Village Books donates 10% of Washington Black sales to Whatcom READS.

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

An Evening with Esi Edugyan, Washington Black

Thu, 03/04/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us as the WhatcomREADS community gathers to hear author Esi Edugyan speak about her novel, Washington Black with Mary Kinser, Collections Development Librarian, Whatcom County Library System. This is a free event and all are welcome.

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This event is one of several community events tied to this year's county-wide book club. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 5, 2021, Village Books donates 10% of Washington Black sales to Whatcom READS. 

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.


 

Art and Craft of Writing with Esi Edugyan

Fri, 03/05/2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Observe as Esi Edugyan leads a writing craft discussion on Zoom with Western Washington University students. Moderated by Dr. Scott Linneman, director, University Honors Program. 

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You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.

This event is one of several community events tied to this year's county-wide book club. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 5, 2021, Village Books donates 10% of Washington Black sales to Whatcom READS. 

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Susanne Paola Antonetta and Brenda Miller!

Sat, 03/06/2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Join us on Zoom for an evening with two celebrated Bellingham authors!

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Susanne Antonetta’s The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here is a book that unfolds multiple stories in lyric pieces. It juxtaposes the history of a family that encompasses addiction and mental illness with the questions raised by the author’s Christian Scientist and spiritualist grandmother May: what is consciousness? Does Mind create the world, or does the world create it? What is death?  

"Susanne Antonetta's latest masterpiece is a divinely composed ode to the ‘ungovernable emanations’ that are our selves." - Mary Cappello, author of Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack

Susanne Paola Antonetta is the author of The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here and the forthcoming The Devil's Castle. She is also the author of Make Me a Mother, Curious Atoms: A History with Physics, Body Toxic, A Mind Apart, Entangled Objects, Stolen Moments, and four books of poetry. Awards for her writing include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Oprah Bookshelf listing, and others. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The UK Independent, Orion, The New Republic and many anthologies. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.

In The Daughters of Elderly Women, the repeated titles of her poems function as a mantra, and Miller inhabits a narrative mindfulness, focusing on the maturing relationship between daughter and mother. She explores “what happens to a body / when you make it hold on // beyond its expiration date.”

Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. Her poetry chapbook, The Daughters of Elderly Women, received the 2020 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and Associate Faculty with the Rainier Writing Workshop.

Whatcom Writers & Publishers Supper Club Featuring Wendy Kendall and Bharti Kirshner

Wed, 03/10/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Village Books is pleased to join forces with Whatcom Writers and Publishers to co-host their monthly virtual supper club. 

Each month on the second Wednesday, we host a guest author or explore a new topic to connect Whatcom Writers and industry speakers. This month, Bharti Kirchner interviews Wendy Kendall (author, blogger, columnist, and podcast creator).

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Please join our member Bharti Kirchner as she interviews Wendy Kendall (mystery writer, blogger, and podcast creator from Edmonds, WA) about her work in the mystery genre and involvement in the writing community. Together they will also offer tips on how to stay creative during the pandemic. Audience Q & A to follow.

Huxley College of the Environment Presents Michael Okun, MD: Living With and Ending Parkinson's Disease

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 11:00am

Village Books is pleased to be the designated bookstore for Huxley's College of the Environment's Toxicology and Societies Speaker Series.

Please join us for our series on Toxicology and Societies: The Impacts of Chemicals in our Lives. Dr. Michael Okun will talk about his books Living with Parkinson’s Disease and Ending Parkinson’s Disease, both of which are available from Village Books!

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This free series of events is brought to you in partnership with the Huxley College of the Environment’s Institute of Toxicology and Chemistry and the WWU Alumni Association.

 

Meg Weber, Jennifer Berney, and Diana Whitney - Group Reading

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for this great line-up of talented authors!

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On A Year of Mr. Lucky: When Meg Weber - a recently divorced, queer, single parent - is ready to date again, she meets Mr. Lucky, a smart dominant with similar interests. But not all goes as planned. This memoir chronicles her journey of erotic encounters, explorations of self-worth, submission, pain, pleasure, and healing.

The Other Mothers offers an intimate look at what many queer couples go through when they decide to conceive a child. Author Jennifer Berney uses her own experience as a launching point to explore the patriarchal history of the fertility industry, the value of community, and the meaning of family.

You Don’t Have to Be Everything is an inclusive, illustrated poetry anthology for teen girls. Voices like Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood speak candidly of desire, rage, shame, belonging, self-love and identity. The poets give girls permission to embrace the fullness of who they are— and who they are becoming.

Lauren Geertsen in Conversation with Heather Deranja, The Invisible Corset: Break Free from Beauty Culture and Embrace Your Radiant Self

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Join us on Zoom for this empowering event!

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No matter how much we try to tell ourselves to love our bodies and accept our flaws, most women cannot. As a result, we sacrifice our health, heritage, sanity, and lives on the altar of beauty culture. Why is it so hard for women to feel confident about their bodies, or even just accept them? 
In The Invisible Corset, Lauren Geertsen helps women liberate themselves from false narratives and reclaim their joy. Learn to love your body—for real this time. While society once limited women’s freedom by saying their place was in the home, it now restricts them with the message that their place is in a beautiful body. Willpower alone is not enough to undo generations of brainwashing intended to repress women’s power. In The Invisible Corset Geertsen illustrates the cultural gaslighting that leads women to hate their bodies, and each corset string: fear, domination, disconnection, mechanization, and coercion. Then, Geertsen helps women reclaim their bodies for themselves, discovering newfound confidence, power, joy, and pleasure.

Lauren Geertsen is an author and Body Connection Coach. Her holistic health website, EmpoweredSustenace.com, has supported over 40 million readers.

Heather Deranja, RD is a cognitive behavior specialist and gut health expert. She helps individuals heal from autoimmune conditions and mental health disorders.

Kazuo Ishiguro in Conversation with Ruth Ozeki, Klara and the Sun

Sat, 03/13/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Join us on Zoom for an afternoon with Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro, as he discusses his new novel Klara and the Sun with Ruth Ozeki!

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Village Books is joining forces with Third Place Books (Seattle) and Elliott Bay Book Company (Seattle) to bring you this unique event as part of Nobel Laureate Kazuo Ishiguro's tour. And we are proud to announce that celebrated author Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being, will join him in conversation!

This is a ticketed event where one ticket includes event access, one copy of Klara and the Sun, and a book plate* signed by Kazuo Ishiguro! Tickets are $35**.

*WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

**BOOKS WILL BE SHIPPED AFTER THE EVENT VIA USPS MEDIA MAIL

WE DO NOT OFFER INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING

This event is co-presented by three independent bookstores in Western Washington - The Elliott Bay Book Company, Village Books, and Third Place Books. Your copy of KLARA AND THE SUN will ship from one of these stores.

Ishiguro Photo credit: Andrew Testa

Kathleen Dean Moore, Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

We're so pleased to welcome back Kathleen Dean Moore as part of the Nature of Writing Series, in partnership with the North Cascades Institute! Join us on Zoom for this special event.

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Earth’s Wild Music is at once joyous and somber, a thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spanning Kathleen Dean Moore’s distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change.

At once joyous and somber, this thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spans Kathleen Dean Moore’s distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change. In this meditation on the music of the natural world, Moore celebrates the call of loons, howl of wolves, bellow of whales, laughter of children, and shriek of frogs, even as she warns of the threats against them. Each group of essays moves, as Moore herself has been moved, from celebration to lamentation to bewilderment and finally to the determination to act in defense of wild songs and the creatures who sing them. Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save nature’s songs?

Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of many books about our moral and emotional bonds to the wild, reeling world, including Wild Comfort, Moral Ground, and Great Tide Rising, and the forthcoming
Bearing Witness: The Human Rights Case Against Fracking and Climate Change (April 2021). She is the recipient of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Book Award and the Oregon Book Award, along with the WILLA Literary Award for her novel Piano Tide. A philosopher and activist, Moore writes from Corvallis, Oregon, and Chichagof Island, Alaska.

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

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