Village Books & Paper Dreams - Fairhaven
Mon-Sat: 9am-8pm
Sun: 10am-8pm
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Village Books - Lynden
Mon-Sat: 10am-6pm
Sun: 12-4pm
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Special Events

Writing Workshop and Fundraiser for Laurel Leigh

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Calling all writers! Village Books is proud to promote an online workshop to benefit a fundraiser for Laurel Leigh. A beloved local writer in Bellingham for many years, and long-time emcee of our Open Mics, Laurel is part of the Village Books family who is currently battling lung cancer. As part of her Gofundme fundraiser, author Steve Almond is offering an exclusive two-hour writing workshop to help raise money for Laurel's growing medical expenses. 

The class is called Creating an Irresistible Narrator (suitable for all levels of writers) and in this workshop, Steve will upend what you thought you knew about narrators and make you reconsider how you go about creating characters on the page. Find more information here:

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 5-7 p.m. PDT (8-10 Eastern)
Admission: The only way to get a seat is to donate $75 or more, right here, with "Steve Almond" mentioned in the comments. The zoom invitation will be sent via GoFundMe's Thank You email.

Wednesday! Ruth Ozeki in Conversation with Karen Joy Fowler, The Book of Form and Emptiness

Wed, 09/22/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Village Books is joining forces with Third Place Books and Elliott Bay Book Company to bring you this unique virtual event as part of Ruth Ozeki's tour. And we are pleased to announce that Ruth Ozeki, a Whatcom READS alumna, will be joined in by celebrated author Karen Joy Fowler. 
This is a ticketed event where one ticket includes event access and one autographed copy of The Book of Form and Emptiness! Tickets are $35**.


Ali Nolan, Master the Marathon

Thu, 09/23/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Are you a woman who runs? Are you thinking about running a marathon? Join us on Zoom to learn everything you need to know about achieving your running goals! 


This book is for any woman interested in running the marathon, from beginners who have never run more than a mile to advanced marathon runners looking to set a personal record. This is a no-nonsense, interactive guide that empowers all women at all levels to run their strongest, best marathon ever.
As recently as 1966, women were forbidden to run in the marathon. Professionals—including doctors—believed it was physically impossible and dangerous for women to run more than a mile and a half. But as with many other barriers women have faced over time, we fought our way in. Today, women make up almost half of the marathoning population. Yet most marathon training manuals are written by men. And while these men are experts when it comes to how men can and should train, women need training programs tailored to our bodies—to our unique strengths and weaknesses—so that we can avoid injuries and run at our peak. The programming in this book was created by a woman, specifically for women.

Master the Marathon is a comprehensive guide to marathon training for women at all levels of running—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The book takes you through everything you need to know to be prepared for the 26.2 miles of the marathon, including detailed training plans, strength training programs, building your mental awareness of your physical body, nutrition, guidance on finding the best marathon for you, identifying and avoiding potential injuries, inspirational advice, and other unexpected pieces of wisdom.

Both incredibly practical and deeply motivating, Master the Marathon will help you unlock the strength and determination inside you to embark on the spectacular journey that is the marathon.

Ali Nolan is a journalist and writer based in Utah. As the former features editor and current contributor for Runner’s World, she is active in empowering women in the running world, having spoken at the Under Armor Women’s Panel, Donna Marathon Pre-Race Dinner, and other events. She has completed two road marathons, a trail marathon, and other races. 

Village Books is pleased to team up with Fairhaven Runners and Walkers on another great event!

Anderson Cooper and Katherine Rowe, Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 3:00pm

Join us on zoom for what's sure to be a fascinating conversation between the co-authors of Vanderbilt! Each ticket comes with a copy of Vanderbilt.


For most of his life, Anderson Cooper intentionally distanced himself from the Vanderbilt dynasty his mother was born into. But after Gloria Vanderbilt’s death in 2019, Cooper, CNN anchor and New York Times bestselling author, began going through old journals, letters and Vanderbilt family documents his mother had stored away in long-forgotten boxes. Intrigued, he began researching the public and private lives of his ancestors, and when his son Wyatt was born in 2020, decided to write a book to one day help him understand this fascinating branch of his family’s history. The story of the Vanderbilts is an American epic of achievement and excess—a saga of a staggering fortune built and squandered, of high society and salacious scandals, of public fame and private pain.
As both award-winning journalist and great, great, great grandson of Cornelius Vanderbilt, who rose from obscurity and died the richest man in America in 1877, Anderson Cooper is uniquely qualified to tell this extraordinary family history. 


Saturday Story Time IN PERSON!

Sat, 09/04/2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Sat, 09/11/2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Sat, 09/18/2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Sat, 09/25/2021 - 10:00am to 10:30am
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Story Time is back! Join us in the Readings Gallery on the lower level of Village Books for a half hour of stories, movement, and FUN! Weather permitting, we'll take the fun outside.

Pre-registration is required and space is limited so please call (360)671-2626 to sign up, or stop by the main counter of the bookstore and get your kiddo's name on the list today.

Masks are required for all children and adults over the age of 2.

Alli Shircliff, The Smoothie Book IN PERSON

Sat, 09/25/2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a great presentation on making delicious and nutritious smoothies! Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don't delay. 

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires masks for all attendees and proof of full vaccination upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ariel Sabar in Conversation with William Brennan, Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife

Wed, 09/29/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

From National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author Ariel Sabar, the gripping true story of a sensational religious forgery and the scandal that shook Harvard. Join us on Zoom!



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