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Special Events

Iris Baijing Hubbard, Switched - Young Adult Fiction!

Fri, 01/22/2021 - 7:00pm

Attention fans of Young Adult Fiction! Join us for a presentation by local author, Iris Baijing Hubbard as she discusses her debut novel, Switched.


When Chinese-American adoptee Leila (Ying Yue) finds a name and birthday on her passport other than the ones she has known her whole life, her mind starts swimming. What would you do if your life was supposed to be someone else's? What happens when two switched orphanage sisters finally meet? 

Iris Baijing Hubbard is a Chinese-American adoptee from Guangzhou, China. She was adopted at about 16 months and grew up in Mount Vernon, WA. Iris became more interested in her adoptee identity while attending Western Washington University. There, she started a club for adoptees called the WWU Adoptees. Switched was inspired by her own experiences as an adoptee and competitive swimmer. Iris is currently a master's student at the University of Eastern Finland studying early language education for intercultural communication.

Group Reading with Cami Ostman and Annaliese Kamola, True Stories: The Narrative Project, vol. III

Sat, 01/23/2021 - 4:00pm

Join us for a group reading with contributors to the latest volume of True Stories, created by the Narrative Project!


Volume III of True Stories introduces you to the 2019 graduates and coaches of The Narrative Project, a dynamic organization giving writers everything they need to get their books done. Every piece in this volume, fiction or nonfiction, explores important questions relevant to what it means to be a human being in these crazy times. These stories are evidence that community and commitment work together to make writers' dreams come true. The reading will be moderated by Cami Ostman and Annaliese Kamola. Featured readers will include August Cabrerra, Nancy Canyon, Al Clover, Lisa Dailey, Seán Dwyer, Colleen Haggerty, Alyson Indrunas, Christina Kemp, Rebecca Mabanglo-Mayor, Judith Mayotte, G. Annie Ormsby, Aaron C Palmer, Kathy Wagner, M. F. Webb, Wendy Welch, and Diane Wood.

Cami Ostman, founder of The Narrative Project, has published a memoir, Second Wind: One Woman’s Midlife Quest to Run Seven Marathons on Seven Continents, and has co-edited several anthologies, including Beyond Belief: The Secret Lives of Women in Extreme Religions and True Stories, Vols. I-III. She has been profiled in Fitness Magazine and her books have been reviewed in O Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Washington Post.

Anneliese Kamola is an author, developmental editor, and Narrative Project coach living in Bellingham, Washington. Her memoir is forthcoming in 2021. She is co-editor of TNP’s True Stories: Vols. II and III. Anneliese writes on themes of the body, family history, and what makes us human. Check out her blog at


Barbara Davis-Pyles and Justin Hillgrove, Cliff the Failed Troll

Sun, 01/24/2021 - 4:00pm

We're so excited to welcome one of our favorite local kids authors back to the (virtual) Readings Gallery! Barabara Davis-Pyles will appear with the illustrator of her latest book, Justin Hillgrove.


Cliff the Failed Troll is a fun and original story about a troll named Cliff who isn't very good at sitting still or being a "proper" troll. He'd much rather be a pirate anyway! But are things different for him at pirate school? Aye, that they arrrre!

Barbara Davis-Pyles, author of Grizzly Boy and Stubby the Fearless Squid, has written hundreds of fiction and nonfiction pieces for the children's education market.When Barbara's not writing, she can be found hiking, biking, or packing for a road trip. She lives in the northwest corner of Washington State with her family.

Justin Hillgrove is a Pacific Northwest artist who loves painting monsters, robots, and other such nonsense, and has worked on everything from comics and toys to tabletop games. Justin lives in Snohomish, Washington with his wife, four kids, some chickens and ducks, a rabbit, and a dozen or so imaginary friends.

Spanish Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

The Spanish Open Mic is BACK! Join us on Zoom and support our Spanish-language writers and poets, followed by the traditional Open Mic at 7pm!


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! Spanish open mic is held the last Monday of each month at 6pm on Zoom.

Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 01/25/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:15pm

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.

Bharti Kirchner, Murder at Andaman: A Maya Mallick Mystery!

Wed, 01/27/2021 - 6:00pm

Join us for an evening of mystery with celebrated local author, Bharti Kirchner as she presents her new book, Murder at Andaman!


Maya Mallick, Private Detective, is called when her best friend’s husband, a book publisher, is murdered in the Andaman Islands in India. Maya travels there, endangering herself, only to discover he’d been living a secret life. Her quest is made more difficult when she starts to suspect her friend of wrongdoing.

Bharti Kirchner, author of eight acclaimed novels and four cookbooks, is the 2020 winner of the prestigious SALA Award. Bharti has written for Food & Wine, Vegetarian Times, The Writer, San Francisco Chronicle, The Seattle Times, and eleven anthologies. She’s been honored as a Living Pioneer Asian-American Author. Visit

Clyde Ford in Conversation with George Dyson, Think Black: A Memoir

Sat, 02/06/2021 - 6:00pm

We're welcoming these two fantastic authors BACK to the Virtual Readings Gallery and this time the tables are turned! We're celebrating the paperback release of Clyde Ford's award-winning memoir with a conversation between him and George Dyson.


In this thought-provoking and heartbreaking memoir, an award-winning writer tells the story of his father, John Stanley Ford, the first black software engineer at IBM, revealing how racism insidiously affected his father’s view of himself and their relationship. 

In 1947, Thomas J. Watson set out to find the best and brightest minds for IBM. At City College he met young accounting student John Stanley Ford and hired him to become IBM’s first black software engineer. But not all of the company’s white employees refused to accept a black colleague and did everything in their power to humiliate, subvert, and undermine Ford. Yet Ford would not quit. Viewing the job as the opportunity of a lifetime, he comported himself with dignity and professionalism, and relied on his community and his "street smarts" to succeed. He did not know that his hiring was meant to distract from IBM’s dubious business practices, including its involvement in the Holocaust, eugenics, and apartheid.

While Ford remained at IBM, it came at great emotional cost to himself and his family, especially his son Clyde. Overlooked for promotions he deserved, the embittered Ford began blaming his fate on his skin color and the notion that darker-skinned people like him were less intelligent and less capable—beliefs that painfully divided him and Clyde, who followed him to IBM two decades later. From his first day of work—with his wide-lapelled suit, bright red turtleneck, and huge afro—Clyde made clear he was different. Only IBM hadn’t changed. As he, too, experienced the same institutional racism, Clyde began to better understand the subtle yet daring ways his father had fought back.

Clyde W. Ford was born in NYC. He’s the author of thirteen works of fiction and non-fiction. He's also a psychotherapist, an accomplished mythologist, and a sought-after public speaker. In 2006, Ford received the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award in African American fiction. He was named a “Literary Lion” by the King County Library System in 2006, 2007, and 2008. Clyde was voted “Best Writer of Bellingham, Washington” in 2006 and 2007 by readers of the Cascadia Weekly and he received the 2007 Bellingham, Washington Mayor’s Arts Award in Literature. Ford is currently a speaker for Humanities Washington, an affiliate of the NEA, where he presents a program entitled, "Let's Talk About Race," around the state. Clyde has participated in hundreds of media interviews and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, New Dimensions Radio, and National Public Radio. He lives in Bellingham, Washington. 

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). His newest book, Analogia, where he presents a startling look back at the analog age and life before the digital revolution—and an unsettling vision of what comes next. Dyson lives in Bellingham.

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.

Whatcom WRITES Group Reading Part I - Reconciliation

Sun, 02/21/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Each year, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by this year’s Whatcom READS book. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology.The deadline to submit entries has passed, but you can hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest about RECONCILIATION — based on the 2021 book selection, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan — read their work!

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.


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