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Special Events

Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 07/27/2020 - 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 Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience.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: Heather Lende in Conversation with M Jackson, Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics

Wed, 07/29/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Village Books is pleased to welcome Heather Lende to the Virtual Readings Gallery where she and Dr. M Jackson will discuss her new book, Of Bears and Ballots: An Alaskan Adventure in Small-Town Politics.


Virtual Event with J. L. Oakley, The Quisling Factor - Fiction!

Thu, 07/30/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Village Books is pleased to welcome one of Bellingham's favorite authors, J. L. Oakley, to the Virtual Readings Gallery!


Join us for a presentation of Oakley's long-awaited sequel to her award-winning novel, The Jøssing Affair.

In post-WWII Norway, ex-intelligence agent Tore Haugland tries to adjust to life in his newly freed country with the woman he loves. But he still has to testify against a Norwegian traitor -- one of the monsters of the German occupation -- who he helped capture. When mysterious notes threaten Haugland and his family, he must choose between protecting them or bringing to justice the man who tortured him and destroyed the village that hid him. Challenged by injuries and recurring nightmares, he will have to rely on his former training and old Resistance friends to rescue his wife from the traitor who will do anything to keep Haugland from testifying.

Award-winning author J.L. Oakley writes historical fiction that spans the mid-19th century to WW II with characters standing up for something in their own time and place. Her writing has been recognized with a 2013 Bellingham Mayor’s Arts Award, the Chanticleer Grand Prize for Tree Soldier and 2017 Goethe Grand Prize for The Jøssing Affair, the 2018 Will Rogers Silver Medallion and two WILLA Silver Awards. When not writing, she demonstrates 19th century folkways.

Can’t make it to the event? No problem! You can pre-pay and receive a signed copy of the book you want. We ship!

Virtual Event: Christine Hemp in Conversation with Erica Bauermeister - Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, & a Little White Horse, A Family Memoir

Thu, 08/13/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Village Books is pleased to welcome Christine Hemp to the Virtual Readings Gallery where she will be in conversation with fellow author, Erica Bauermeister!
Wild Ride Home invites the reader into the close Hemp family, who believes beauty and humor outshine the most devastating circumstances. Such optimism is challenged when the author suffers a series of blows: a dangerous fiancé, her mother’s dementia, unexpected death and illness. Buddy, a feisty, unforgettable little Arabian horse with his own history to overcome, offers her a chance to look back on her own life and learn to trust again, not only others, but more importantly, herself. Hemp skillfully guides us through a memoir that is, despite devastating loss, above all, an ode to joy.  
Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on National Public Radio's Morning Edition. She has received a Harvard University Conway Award for teaching writing and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula with two horses, two cats, and one husband.
Erica Bauermeister is the bestselling author of a new memoir, House Lessons, and four novels, including The School of Essential Ingredients and The Scent Keeper. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Washington, and has taught there and at Antioch University. She is a founding member of the Seattle7Writers and currently lives in Port Townsend, Washington, in the house she renovated with her family.

Euphrates Moss, Telos and Other Psychographs - Poetry!

Sat, 09/12/2020 - 7:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015
Telos and Other Psychographs Poetry by Euphrates Moss

*Please check back for updates on rescheduling this event!*

Join us as we kick off Poetry Month with this event that is sure to please any fans of Shakespeare, James Joyce, and T.S.Eliot. The poems in this book are about Roman times, Shakespearean times, and the general hardships and oddities of life. Spliced in are philosophies, sciences, various observations, aphorisms, and references from just about any book Euphrates could get his hands on- except the bad ones.


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