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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

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 Published and unpublished writers are encouraged to attend and enjoy a welcoming audience.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 sean@seandwyerauthor.com to secure your spot!

Open mic is usually held the last Monday of every month at 7pm. 

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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. 

 

2020 Literacy Breakfast featuring Nancy Pearl!

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

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

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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.

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.

Ashley Sweeney in Conversation with Julie Christine Johnson, Answer Creek - Fiction!

Thu, 11/12/2020 - 7:00pm
WA

Join us for a presentation of the long-awaited new novel from the author of Eliza Waite! She'll be in conversation with fellow author, Julie Christine Johnson.

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Starvation. Desperation. Madness. Follow 19-year-old Ada Weeks as she travels west on the Oregon-California Trail in 1846 as a member of the ill-fated Donner Party. From the Nancy Pearl award-winning author of Eliza Waite, Ashley E. Sweeney offers a gripping tale of adventure and survival. 

A native New Yorker, Ashley E. Sweeney now lives and writes in La Conner, Washington. In her 25 years living in Whatcom County, Sweeney worked for The Lynden Tribune, Lynden Christian Schools, Whatcom Literacy Council, Bellingham Technical College, and Nooksack Indian Tribe. Her first novel, Eliza Waite, won PNWA's Nancy Pearl Award. Answer Creek is her second novel. 

Julie Christine Johnson is the award-winning author of the historical fantasy In Another Life and the contemporary eco-lit The Crows of Beara; her short stories and essays have appeared in several journals and anthologies. She holds undergraduate degrees in French and Psychology and a Master’s in International Affairs. Julie is the director of development and finance at an arts non-profit, where she writes grant proposals and balances the books. She also leads writing workshops and seminars and offers developmental editing and writer coaching services.

VB Reads...Virtual Book Group

Mon, 12/07/2020 - 7:00pm
WA

Monday, December 7, 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!

Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac by Sharma Shields

A dark, fantastical, multi-generational tale about a family whose patriarch is consumed by the hunt for the mythical, elusive sasquatch he encountered in his youth. Winner of the Washington State Book Award!

Eli Roebuck was nine years old when his mother walked off into the woods with "Mr. Krantz," a large, strange, hairy man who may or may not be a sasquatch. What Eli knows for certain is that his mother went willingly, leaving her only son behind. For the rest of his life, Eli is obsessed with the hunt for the bizarre creature his mother chose over him, and we watch it affect every relationship he has in his long life--with his father, with both of his wives, his children, grandchildren, and colleagues. We follow all of the Roebuck family members, witnessing through each of them the painful, isolating effects of Eli's maniacal hunt, and find that each Roebuck is battling a monster of his or her own, sometimes literally. The magical world Shields has created is one of unicorns and lake monsters, ghosts and reincarnations, tricksters and hexes. At times charming, as when young Eli meets the eccentric, extraordinary Mr. Krantz, and downright horrifying at others, The Sasquatch Hunter's Almanac is boldly imaginative throughout, and proves to be a devastatingly real portrait of the demons that we as human beings all face.

Sharma Shields holds an MFA from the University of Montana. She is the author of the short story collection Favorite Monster, winner of the 2011 Autumn House Fiction Prize, and the novel The Cassandra, a Pacific NW Booksellers Association 2020 award-winner. Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Electric Literature, and more. Shields has worked in independent bookstores and public libraries throughout Washington State. She lives in Spokane with her husband and children.

 

VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book

Sun, 12/13/2020 - 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, December 13, 2:00pm

Many Hands Make Light Work: A Memoir by Cheryl Stritzel McCarthy  *AUTHOR IS ATTENDING!

Many Hands Make Light Work is the rollicking true story of a family of nine children growing up in the college town of Ames, Iowa in the '60s and '70s. Inspiring, full of surprises, and laugh-out-loud funny, this utterly unique family champions diversity and inclusion long before such concepts become cultural flashpoints. Cheryl and her siblings are the offspring of an eccentric professor father and unflappable mother. Mindful of their ever-expanding family's need for cash, her parents begin acquiring tumbledown houses in campus-town, to renovate and rent. Dad, who changes out of his suit and tie into a carpenter's battered white overalls, like Clark Kent into Superman, is supremely confident his offspring can do anything, whether he's there or not. Mom, an organizational genius disguised as a housewife, manages nine children so deftly that she finds the time--and heart--to take in student boarders, who stir their own offbeat personalities into this unconventional household. The kids, meanwhile, pour concrete, paint houses, and, at odd moments, break into song, because instead of complaining, they sing as they work, like a von Trapp family in painters caps. Free-wheeling and contagiously cheerful, Many Hands Make Light Work is a winsome memoir of a Heartland childhood unlike any other.

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 mountbakertheatre.com.

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