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TONIGHT! 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 Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience.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. 


Hank Lentfer in Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Raven's Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson

Tue, 10/27/2020 - 6:00pm

Join Author Hank Lentfer and author Kathleen Dean Moore for a dialogue and multimedia virtual presentation in celebration of a new biography about the life of the late Richard K. Nelson. 


Raven's Witness is the inspirational true story of a remarkable life set amidst Alaska’s vast wilderness and vibrant Native cultures. It's also a testament to the transformational power of deep listening. Before his death in 2019, cultural anthropologist, author, and radio producer Richard K. Nelson’s life’s work focused primarily on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and more generally on the relationships between people and nature. He spoke both Inupiaq and Koyukon and lived for extended periods in Athabaskan and Alaskan Eskimo villages, experiences which inspired his earliest books including Hunters of the Northern Ice. He also authored the bestselling book The Island Within, Heart and Blood, and numerous other titles, and served as the host and producer of the popular national public radio series Encounters: Experiences in the North. Nels lived a life consistently marked by patience, attentiveness, and fierce determination.

Hank Lentfer, as a life-long Alaskan, is intimately familiar with much of the country Nels wrote about. Their friendship  centered on a mutual love of wild country, conservation, and writing. The idea for
Raven’s Witness lodged in Lentfer’s mind years ago, as he and Nels spent a late September day on the water in Glacier Bay recording glacier calving. A biologist by training, Lentfer currently works as a sound recordist and part-time land steward for The Nature Conservancy. He is the author of Faith of Cranes: Finding Hope and Family in Alaska, and lives in Gustavus, Alaska.

Kathleen Dean Moore is a philosopher, climate activist, and author of a dozen books about our cultural and moral relation to the lovely, reeling world. Her early award-winning books of essays celebrate the world -- Riverwalking, Holdfast, and Wild Comfort. Her recent work stands in its defense — Moral Ground, Great Tide Rising, and the forthcoming Earth's Wild Music

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute

2020 Literacy Breakfast featuring Nancy Pearl!

Thu, 10/29/2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am

We're not letting a pandemic stop one of our favorite annual events! This year, the Literacy Breakfast with America's favorite librarian, Nancy Pearl, is going virtual and we hope you will join us.

Since 1983, the Whatcom Literacy Council has helped hundreds of adults in Whatcom County transform their lives by strengthening their literacy skills with free tutoring and small group classes. Proceeds from the event go directly to programs that help our neighbors here in Whatcom County build skills that help them get jobs and take care of their families. 

Make yourself a cup of coffee and come listen to the wonderful and witty Nancy Pearl share her book recommendations for the year. Village Books will be linked for book sales of her suggestions. Registration is free but a donation is expected.  Proceeds support the free adult literacy programs of the Whatcom Literacy Council


A list of Nancy's book recommendations is forthcoming but we don't want to spoil the surprise, so check back on October 29 to see which titles she recommends. In the meantime, did you know she has a brand new book? It's called The Writer's Library: The Authors You Love on the Books That Changed Their Lives and we think it's sure to be a bestseller.

VB Reads...Virtual Book Group

Mon, 11/02/2020 - 7:00pm

Monday, November 2, 7:00pm

Join Village Books co-owners Kelly Evert and Paul Hanson for a lively discussion of books from a variety of genres. We'll meet on Zoom, the first Monday of each month at 7pm. Register here to access the meeting.

Please remember that if you purchase a copy of our monthly book group selection from Village Books, you'll get our book group discount of 15%, so order your copy by following the link below and mention in the comments field that it's for book group!

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry

"This is a book about Heaven," says Jayber Crow, "but I must say too that . . . I have wondered sometimes if it would not finally turn out to be a book about Hell." It is 1932 and he has returned to his native Port William to become the town's barber.

Orphaned at age ten, Jayber Crow's acquaintance with loneliness and want have made him a patient observer of the human animal, in both its goodness and frailty.

Wendell Berry's clear-sighted depiction of humanity's gifts--love and loss, joy and despair--is seen though his intimate knowledge of the Port William Membership.

Wendell Berry is the author of fifty books of poetry, fiction, and essays. He was recently awarded the Cleanth Brooks Medal for Lifetime Achievement by the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the Louis Bromfield Society Award. For over forty years he has lived and farmed with his wife, Tanya, in Kentucky.

VB Reads...Cookbook and Cooking Lit

Wed, 11/04/2020 - 4:00pm

The Cookbook and Cooking Lit book group is led by Diana, VB employee, former Consumer and Family Science teacher, and avid home cook.

Join Diana from 4-5 pm the first Wednesday of most months, on Zoom to discuss a featured cookbook or cooking literature selection. Most months we focus on a particular cookbook, discussing the techniques or recipes that we have tried or would like to try. The majority of the cookbooks that we discuss are newer ones that have gotten a lot of buzz, and have been published in the past two years. Occasionally we throw in a classic cookbook, or a book of food-related fiction to mix things up. Register here to access the meeting!

Please remember that if you purchase a copy of our monthly book group selection from Village Books, you'll get our book group discount of 15%, so order your copy by following the link below and mention in the comments field that it's for book group!

Wednesday, November 4, 4:00pm

Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods, 2nd Edition by Sandor Ellix Katz

Sandor Ellix Katz, winner of a James Beard Award and New York Times bestselling author, whom Michael Pollan calls the "Johnny Appleseed of Fermentation" returns to the iconic book that started it all, but with a fresh perspective, renewed enthusiasm, and expanded wisdom from his travels around the world. This self-described fermentation revivalist is perhaps best known simply as Sandorkraut, which describes his joyful and demystifying approach to making and eating fermented foods, the health benefits of which have helped launch a nutrition-based food revolution.

Since its publication in 2003, and aided by Katz's engaging and fervent workshop presentations, Wild Fermentation has inspired people to turn their kitchens into food labs: fermenting vegetables into sauerkraut, milk into cheese or yogurt, grains into sourdough bread, and much more. In turn, they've traded batches, shared recipes, and joined thousands of others on a journey of creating healthy food for themselves, their families, and their communities. Katz's work earned him the Craig Clairborne lifetime achievement award from the Southern Foodways Alliance, and has been called "one of the unlikely rock stars of the American food scene" by The New York Times.

This updated and revised edition, now with full color photos throughout, is sure to introduce a whole new generation to the flavors and health benefits of fermented foods. It features many brand-new recipes--including Strawberry Kvass, African Sorghum Beer, and Infinite Buckwheat Bread--and updates and refines original recipes reflecting the author's ever-deepening knowledge of global food traditions that has influenced four-star chefs and home cooks alike. For Katz, his gateway to fermentation was sauerkraut. So open this book to find yours, and start a little food revolution right in your own kitchen.

Chuckanut Writers- Write Tight with Heather Lea

Thu, 11/05/2020 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Interested in writing? Sign up for our monthly Just Write enewsletter today!

Village Books and WCC Community and Continuing Education have established a writing instruction collaboration called Chuckanut Writers. Writing classes, seminars, and conferences will inspire and encourage writers at all stages of their writing journey.

Rosemary Keevil in Conversation with Terry Sue Harms, The Art of Losing It: A Memoir of Grief and Addiction

Sat, 11/07/2020 - 2:00pm

Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery as Keevil shares her brand new, powerful memoir about family, addiction, and carrying on after tragedy. She will be in conversation with fellow author, Terry Sue Harms.


When her brother dies of AIDS and her husband dies of cancer in the same year, Rosemary is left on her own with two young daughters and antsy addiction demons dancing in her head. This is the nucleus of The Art of Losing It: a young mother jerking from emergency to emergency as the men in her life drop dead around her; a high-functioning radio show host waging war with her addictions while trying to raise her two little girls who just lost their daddy; and finally, a stint in rehab and sobriety that ushers in a fresh brand of chaos instead of the tranquility her family so desperately needs.
Heartrending but ultimately hopeful, The Art of Losing It is the story of a struggling mother who finds her way—slowly, painfully—from one side of grief and addiction to the other.

Rosemary Keevil has been a TV news reporter, a current affairs radio show host, and managing editor of a professional women's magazine. She has a master's degree in journalism and is currently a journalist covering addiction and recovery. Rosemary has two grown daughters with successful careers. She lives in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, with her partner and her sheep-a-doodle. Rosemary has been clean and sober since 2002. This is her first book.

Terry Sue Harms has been a hairdresser and salon owner for over forty years. She finds that keen powers of observation and a sincere communication style have served both her work as a cosmetologist and as a writer; plus, when it comes to studying the human condition, few places are better than the beauty shop. After a childhood of illiteracy, she taught herself to read and write as a young adult, one of her proudest and most rewarding accomplishments. She has self-published two books: Pearls My Mother Wore, a novel and Reflections Upon the Occasion of My 85th Year, a memoir she coauthored with her father-in-law. Terry Sue lives in scenic Sonoma, California with her husband. 

VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book

Sun, 11/08/2020 - 2:00pm

Motherhood by the Book is led by Claire, VB staffer, mother, and grandmother.

The book group meets on the second Sunday of every month at 2pm on Zoom, for an hour of spirited discussion of books that celebrate the trials, tribulations, and rewards of motherhood, and what it means to be a mother. This group is by no means exclusive to moms with kids still at home. We read fiction and non-fiction, older and newer titles, all with the theme of Motherhood. Join us! Register here to access the meeting!

Sunday, November 8, 2:00pm

The Paragon Hotel by Lyndsay Faye

A gun moll with a knack for disappearing flees from Prohibition-era Harlem to Portland's Paragon Hotel.

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James has just arrived in Oregon with a bullet wound, a lifetime's experience battling the New York Mafia, and fifty thousand dollars in illicit cash. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of home and who saves Alice by leading her to the Paragon Hotel. But her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be an all-black hotel in a Jim Crow city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises.

As she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she understands their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers--burning crosses, electing officials, infiltrating newspapers, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice and her new Paragon "family" are searching for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the woods. To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.

A richly imagined novel starring two indomitable heroines, The Paragon Hotel at once plumbs the darkest parts of America's past and the most redemptive facets of humanity. From international-bestselling, multi-award-nominated writer Lyndsay Faye, it's a masterwork of historical suspense.

VB Reads...Armchair Historians

Mon, 11/09/2020 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Book lovers, you have heard the old adage "Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it!" Well, here is your chance to prepare yourself for the future. Join the Village Books Armchair Historians Book Group - "understanding the past!" We meet the second Monday of every month from 7pm to 8:30pm on Zoom to chat, discuss, and dissect the most current and interesting history being written. We will cover all eras and topics in our quest to "know history". Join us! Authors DO NOT attend.

Register here to access the meeting!

Please remember that if you purchase a copy of our monthly book group selection from Village Books, you'll get our book group discount of 15%, so order your copy by following the link below and mention in the comments field that it's for book group!

Monday, November 9 at 7pm

Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall   NOTE: This will be a two-part discussion, the second part taking place at our December 14 meeting.

Virtual Event with Jim deMaine, MD in Conversation with Greg Shaw - Facing Death

Tue, 11/10/2020 - 7:00pm

Join us for this important event about the end of life and how we approach it with dignity and hope.


Many books look at end of life and how to die with dignity. In this beautifully written memoir, physician Jim deMaine presents stories—lessons learned from patients and caregivers who taught him about dying. His medical career began in the era when little could be done for what remain our two greatest killers—heart disease and cancer. The progress of medical science is both marvelous and problematic. The advances continue to outpace our ability to thoughtfully and ethically bring new technologies to the bedside. When should they be used? How do we decide how to allocate these advances when resources are scarce or prohibitively expensive? Dr. deMaine’s stories are about hopes and fears, about the ethical dilemmas he encountered, about advance care planning, about physician aid in dying, about medical mistakes, and about modern hospice and palliative care. He shares stories that taught him hard, humbling lessons. He shares thoughts about the future and leaving a legacy to our loved ones.

Dr. Jim deMaine spent nearly 40 years caring for severely ill patients and witnessing their final days as a pulmonary and critical care specialist. He was the chief of medical specialties and co-chaired the ethics committee at Group Health Cooperative (now Kaiser Permanente). Dr. deMaine is honored to be a Clinical Professor of Medicine Emeritus at the University of Washington School of Medicine.  His often dramatic experiences with patients near death led him to blog (, then speak about their stories, with special attention to the issue of advocacy for patients unable to speak for themselves.

Greg Shaw is the founding investor in Clyde Hill Publishing, and has deep roots in all aspects of publishing, including content development and promotion. He began his career as a journalist in Oklahoma, and has worked on numerous successful publishing efforts including co-author of Satya Nadella’s Hit Refresh and Kevin Scott’s Reprogramming the American Dream. He is author of The Ability Hacks and The Future Computed: AI and Manufacturing. He assisted with Bill Gates and Peter Rinearson’s The Road Ahead as well as both the film and book aspects of the documentary, Waiting for Superman. He was CEO and publisher of Seattle’s Crosscut news, an independent editorial site that publishes long-form journalism and e-books.



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