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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! Order your signed copy of Wild Ride Home, or House Lessons exclusively from Village Books.
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.

Virtual Kids Event with Beth Bacon, I Hate Reading: How to Read When You'd Rather Not

Tue, 08/25/2020 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

It's a virtual, hands-on story time with local author Beth Bacon! Ideal for ages 6-10

Join us in the Virtual Kids Section for a special event for kids for whom reading is NOT a preferred activity. Does sitting down to read make you want to run away? If someone's bugging you to open a book, grab this one. In this book you'll find out how to get through 20 minutes of reading...without really reading! This will be an interactive event as we will do a hands-on activity with Beth!

Virtual Open Mic with Sean Dwyer!

Mon, 06/29/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 07/27/2020 - 7:00pm
Mon, 08/31/2020 - 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 Reading for Writing Together, Rising Together, part of Peoples' Perspectives: Covid-19 in Whatcom County

Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:30pm

Please note that the call for submissions has ended. 

The Chuckanut Writers Conference, produced by Whatcom Community College and Village Books, invites submissions of poetry and creative nonfiction as part of Peoples' Perspectives: Covid-19 in Whatcom County.

Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County is a county-wide, multimedia initiative to capture and archive our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual reading is the conference’s contribution to this project.


*Please note that registration to attend is NOT a reservation to read. Readers will be selected by August 31.

Call for Submissions:

The Chuckanut Writers Conference invites submissions of poetry or creative nonfiction for a virtual reading of creative work that responds to the coronavirus pandemic. The virtual reading is scheduled to take place the evening of Thursday, September 10 at 6:30. We will accept submissions until July 31, 2020. We are open to submissions from writers who reside in Whatcom County. Creative work may explore any aspect of the coronavirus pandemic. We also invite submissions from young writers and will include in the reading elementary students, as well as junior high and high school students.

We expect to make selections by August 31, 2020.

You may submit your work by emailing a Word document or PDF to In addition to the Peoples’ Perspectives permission form which can be found below, please include a short cover letter with biography.

You may submit one to five poems of any form and length. Please submit multiple poems in a single document, and use page breaks or titles to indicate where one poem ends and the next begins. Total page count should not exceed 10 pages.

Creative Nonfiction
Please submit a short essay or memoir with a maximum word count of 400 words. We will accept all forms of creative nonfiction, including lyric essays, hermit crab essays, flash nonfiction, graphic memoir, and hybrid genres.

Virtual Event: Peter Laufer, Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border

Wed, 09/23/2020 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Village Books is pleased to welcome Peter Laufer in conversation with Peter B. Collins for discussion of Up Against the Wall: The Case for Opening the Mexican-American Border.


Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for a discussion on this timely topic.
Up Against the Wall offers a step-by-step blueprint of radical proposals for the U.S.-Mexican border that go far beyond traditional initiatives to ease restrictions on immigration.The book argues that the border with Mexico should be completely open for Mexicans wishing to travel north. Placing the border in a historical perspective, Laufer shows how circumstances have deteriorated to the present Trump-exacerbated crisis, and why the region and the migration through it cannot be ignored. Laufer has interviewed dozens of authorities and men and women in the street while reporting from Mexico, along the border, and in the United States. Up Against the Wall is sure to provoke a lively debate over the future of Mexican immigration and global migration crises.
Fearlessly, Peter Laufer steps into the middle of the debate and states his case making points that will leave people shaking their heads. A primary text.” - Luis Urrea, author ofAcross the Wire and The Devil's Highway, professor at University of Illinois-Chicago

Peter Laufer, PhD holds the inaugural James Wallace Chair in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication where he was awarded the Marshall Prize for teaching innovation. A former and longtime global correspondent for NBC News, Laufer reports on borders, identities and migration. He has covered the requisite wars and earthquakes, coups and elections.

Peter B. Collins is a veteran radio host, based in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He's been talking about news and politics since Nixon was president, in Chicago, San Francisco, on satellite radio and in national syndication. He now hosts a daily podcast at

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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