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Special Events

Virtual Event with Shelby Forsythia, Your Grief, Your Way

Tue, 11/17/2020 - 5:00pm

Join us for a powerful discussion on loss, grieving, and surviving through it all.


Everyone experiences grief differently after the loss of a loved one. Your Grief, Your Way is a daily guidebook featuring comforting quotes, practical exercises, and meaningful ways to honor the person you love who died. No matter how you process your grief, Your Grief, Your Way offers a gentle path forward.

Shelby Forsythia is the author of Your Grief, Your Way and Permission to Grieve, and the podcast host of Coming Back: Conversations on Life After Loss. Through her books, podcast, and live events, she helps people reclaim their power and peace of mind after devastating loss. Her work has been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, and Modern Loss.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers Group Reading, This Uncommon Solitude

Fri, 11/20/2020 - 6:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a group reading by this celebrated local writing group.


This Uncommon Solitude captures the myriad and diverse experiences during these times of quarantine and the COVID-19 pandemic. We reach out to connect but we can’t physically touch. We are shaken by news of widespread suffering and death caused by a novel virus that inexorably spirals out of control. We feel powerless and isolated. Ongoing catastrophes of racism and environmental decline trouble our hearts. For many of us, poetry has helped connect us as we share experiences and insights, express our grief and sadness, fears and pain, gratitude and hope. In joining together, we feel our way forward as best we can toward making sense of our transformed world.

Red Wheelbarrow Writers is a non-profit, loose affiliation of working writers who produce independently, and who join together to support, encourage, and sustain one another. We welcome all writers to our monthly (virtual) Happy Hour to drink wine, share excerpts of works- in-progress, exchange news and views.

Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 07/27/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 08/31/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 09/28/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 10/26/2020 - 7:00pm
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 Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience.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. 

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.

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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