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,October 11, 2:00pm
And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready by Meaghan O'Connell *AUTHOR IS ATTENDING!
When Meaghan O'Connell got accidentally pregnant in her twenties and decided to keep the baby, she realized that the book she needed -- a brutally honest, agenda-free reckoning with the emotional and existential impact of motherhood -- didn't exist. So she decided to write it herself.
And Now We Have Everything is O'Connell's exploration of the cataclysmic, impossible-to-prepare-for experience of becoming a mother. With her dark humor and hair-trigger B.S. detector, O'Connell addresses the pervasive imposter syndrome that comes with unplanned pregnancy, the fantasies of a "natural" birth experience that erode maternal self-esteem, post-partum body and sex issues, and the fascinating strangeness of stepping into a new, not-yet-comfortable identity.
Channeling fears and anxieties that are still taboo and often unspoken, And Now We Have Everything is an unflinchingly frank, funny, and visceral motherhood story for our times, about having a baby and staying, for better or worse, exactly yourself.
We're so excited to welcome one of our favorite local poets to the Virtual Readings Gallery! Order a signed copy of The Generosity exclusively from Village Books!
The Generosity is Luci' Shaw's 38th book. In it Shaw celebrates the beautiful diversity of nature and human nature in lyric poems with wide-ranging themes. The writing is both accessible and profound, and has been described as reminiscent of Dylan Thomas.
"Luci Shaw's poems have always been welcome company, but how much more so in anxious times. There is a substantial comfort in her instinct for pleasure--in language, creation, people, habits. Her poems reveal a mind marked by humor, curiosity, good nature, and, well, generosity. Each poem in this new book is a short lesson in noticing the world attentively, and a reminder to slow down and find the wonder, not just in the natural world, but in the less lovely things that make up our ordinary lives and duties. Time spent with Luci is time redeemed." -- Mary Kenagy Mitchell, Executive Editor, Image
Luci Shaw was born in London, England, in 1928. A poet and essayist, since 1986 she has been Writer in Residence at Regent College, Vancouver. Author of thirty-eight books of poetry and creative non-fiction, her writing has appeared in numerous literary and religious journals. In 2013 she received the 10th annual Denise Levertov Award for Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. She lives with her husband, John Hoyte, in Bellingham, WA.
Join us for a very special installment of North Cascades Institute's Nature of Writing Speaker Series with Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff author Johanna Garton!
Groundbreaking. World-class. Legendary. All have been used to describe Christine Boskoff, one of the world's top alpinists, a trailblazing record holder who overcame challenge after challenge...until she and her partner, renowned climber Charlie Fowler, disappeared. This is her story.
Johanna will share an inspiring presentation on the life of Christine Boskoff and the legacies she left behind from her adventures climbing the highest mountains in the world. From her roots in the Midwest to the leadership of Seattle-based adventure travel company Mountain Madness, you’ll learn what drove Chris to become the only American woman to summit six of the world’s 8,000-meter peaks and follow her meteoric rise in the sport as she climbed alongside a cast of legendary alpinists and Sherpas.
Johanna Garton interviewed more than seventy-five friends and family of Christine Boskoff and Charlie Fowler in writing Edge of the Map, including notable climbers such as Peter Habeler, Nazir Sabir, Willie Benegas, Phil Powers, Mark
Gunlogson (current owner of Mountain Madness), Hector Ponce de Leon, Steve Swenson, and Conrad Anker. Conversant in Mandarin, Garton conducted several weeks of research and interviews near the site of Boskoff’s death in China.
Not a mountaineer but a marathoner herself, Garton was drawn to Boskoff’s story for deeply personal reasons: hailing from the same small Midwestern hometown, and in fact attending high school together though they never met, Garton and Boskoff’s paths seemed destined to intersect. When Boskoff went missing in 2006, Garton’s mother, also a journalist, began a ten-year deep dive into Boskoff’s story as well as a close friendship with Boskoff’s mother. She devoted herself to this project until a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease made it clear that Garton was meant to pick up where she left off and ensure Boskoff’s story was told. Garton is a journalist, attorney, and non-profit consultant who lives in Denver. Edge of the Map is her second book.
This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series, in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.
Join us in the Virtual Readings Gallery for this highly-anticipated event!
When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction.
Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher "KC" Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.
In Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country, Crane Murdoch traces Lissa's steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. Lissa navigates two worlds—that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma.
Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice, as well as an intimate profile of a complex woman. Lissa is smart, funny, eloquent, thoughtful, and—when it serves her cause—manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Crane Murdoch has produced a deep examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and its individual members, a tale of extraordinary healing, and an exceptional character study of a self-made detective whose passion and larger-than-life personality we will not soon forget.
Sierra Crane Murdoch is a journalist based in the American West and has written for The Atlantic, The New Yorker online, Virginia Quarterly Review, Orion, and High Country News. She is a MacDowell Fellow.
Village Books is pleased to welcome two Bellingham authors/illustrator to the Virtual Readings Gallery for this family-friendly event!
Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family features 40 poems illustrated in watercolor so that adults and children equally can enjoy their walks through Whimsy Park. The poems contain deep and thoughtful concepts while also putting a smile on your face. You might have a Munchkin jump into your sock or share donuts and chai with a pinecone!
Papa Green Bean is the pen name of John S Green. As an early childhood development and education advocate for first time parents, John believes in respectful and thoughtful parenting foremost, but also understands the huge benefits of playfulness and humor. He maintains a blog and Facebook page under the name Papa Green Bean. Although a widely published poet, this is John’s first book of children’s poetry. www.papagreenbean.blogspot.com
About the Illustrator Christen Mattix makes whimsical watercolor illustrations inspired by her adventurous childhood and her deep roots in the Pacific Northwest. Mattix has exhibited her artwork throughout the Pacific Northwest and nationally. Her work has been included in numerous publications including City Art Magazine, Bellingham Herald, and Cascadia Weekly and she is the author of Skein.
Join us for an afternoon of poetry by these two extraordinary writers.
Or What We’ll Call Desire is a heartrending, darkly playful new collection of poems that respond to patriarchal culture and a family history of mental illness and loss.
Endangered [Animal] by Elizabeth Vignali gives us beauty and captivity, survival and extinction.
Alexandra Teague, a former Stegner and NEA fellow, and recent fellow at Civitella Ranieri, she is a professor at University of Idaho.
Elizabeth Vignali lives in the Pacific Northwest, where she works as an optician, co-produces the Bellingham Kitchen Session reading series, and serves as poetry editor of Sweet Tree Review.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.