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VB Reads...Virtual General Lit Book Group

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 7:00pm

Monday, March 1, 7pm

Join us for a discussion of the 2021 Whatcom READS selection.  Register here to access the meeting!

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Eleven-year-old George Washington Black—or Wash—a field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is initially terrified when he is chosen as the manservant of his master’s brother. To his surprise, however, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning, and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human.
But when a man is killed and a bounty is placed on Wash’s head, they must abandon everything and flee together. Over the course of their travels, what brings Wash and Christopher together will tear them apart, propelling Wash ever farther across the globe in search of his true self. Spanning the Caribbean to the frozen Far North, London to Morocco, Washington Black is a story of self-invention and betrayal, of love and redemption, and of a world destroyed and made whole again.

Esi Edugyan is author of the novels The Second Life of Samuel Tyne and Half-Blood Blues, which won the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Orange Prize. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Chuckanut Writers- The Writer's Toolbox: Creating Evocative Settings, Atmosphere, and Mood with Roby Blecker

Tue, 03/02/2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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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.

Chuckanut Writers- Keeping an Illustrated Joural with Nancy Lou Canyon

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

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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.

Chuckanut Writers- The Writer's Toolbox: Working with Story and Plot I with Roby Blecker

Tue, 03/09/2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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Meg Weber, Jennifer Berney, and Diana Whitney - Group Reading

Thu, 03/11/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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On A Year of Mr. Lucky: When Meg Weber - a recently divorced, queer, single parent - is ready to date again, she meets Mr. Lucky, a smart dominant with similar interests. But not all goes as planned. This memoir chronicles her journey of erotic encounters, explorations of self-worth, submission, pain, pleasure, and healing.

The Other Mothers offers an intimate look at what many queer couples go through when they decide to conceive a child. Author Jennifer Berney uses her own experience as a launching point to explore the patriarchal history of the fertility industry, the value of community, and the meaning of family.

You Don’t Have to Be Everything is an inclusive, illustrated poetry anthology for teen girls. Voices like Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood speak candidly of desire, rage, shame, belonging, self-love and identity. The poets give girls permission to embrace the fullness of who they are— and who they are becoming.

VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book

Sun, 03/14/2021 - 2:00pm

Sunday, March 14, 2:00pm

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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda Gates

How can we summon a moment of lift for human beings—and especially for women? Because when you lift up women, you lift up humanity.

For the last twenty years, Melinda Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift society up, you need to stop keeping women down.

In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. As she writes in the introduction, “That is why I had to write this book—to share the stories of people who have given focus and urgency to my life. I want all of us to see ways we can lift women up where we live.”

Co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the largest private foundation in the world, Melinda Gates has dedicated her life to achieving transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of families, communities, and societies. Core to her work is empowering women and girls to help them realize their full potential. In 2015, Melinda created Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company that enables her to bring together other new and emerging strands of her advocacy and philanthropic work focused in the US. Melinda received a bachelor’s degree from Duke and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. After joining Microsoft Corp. in 1987, she helped develop many of the company’s multimedia products. In 1996, Melinda left Microsoft to focus on her philanthropic work and family.

Chuckanut Writers- The Writer's Toolbox: Working with Story and Plot II with Roby Blecker

Tue, 03/16/2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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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.

Emily St John Mandel, The Glass Hotel

Thu, 03/18/2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, an exhilarating novel set at the glittering intersection of two seemingly disparate events.

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Vincent is a bartender at the Hotel Caiette, a five-star lodging on the northernmost tip of Vancouver Island. On the night she meets Jonathan Alkaitis, a hooded figure scrawls a message on the lobby’s glass wall: Why don’t you swallow broken glass. High above Manhattan, a greater crime is committed: Alkaitis is running an international Ponzi scheme, moving imaginary sums of money through clients’ accounts. When the financial empire collapses, it obliterates countless fortunes and devastates lives. Vincent, who had been posing as Jonathan’s wife, walks away into the night. Years later, a victim of the fraud is hired to investigate a strange occurrence: a woman has seemingly vanished from the deck of a container ship between ports of call.

In this captivating story of crisis and survival, Emily St. John Mandel takes readers through often hidden landscapes: campgrounds for the near-homeless, underground electronica clubs, the business of international shipping, service in luxury hotels, and life in a federal prison. Rife with unexpected beauty, The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning in our lives.

Emily St John Mandel's five novels include The Glass Hotel and Station Eleven, which was a finalist for a National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award and has been translated into thirty-two languages. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

 

Chuckanut Writers- The Writer's Toolbox: Maximizing Your Uniqueness as a Storyteller with Roby Blecker

Tue, 03/23/2021 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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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.

Jacqueline Winspear, The Consequences of Fear: A Maisie Dobbs Novel

Tue, 03/30/2021 - 7:00pm

Join us as we celebrate the release of the 16th installment in the bestselling Maisie Dobbs series!

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October, 1941. Daily bombing raids have made it perilous to move about London, yet among the Londoners "doing their bit” to aid the war effort are fleet-footed boys who run messages for government offices while dodging debris and aerial raids. On one such errand, a young runner witnesses a murder destined to send shock waves through the secret war plans of British and Free French agents. It will take psychologist and investigator Maisie Dobbs to prove the truth of the frightened boy's story and unravel the geopolitical significance of the killing.
From the New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline Winspear comes the 16th novel in the Maisie Dobbs series. As Europe bends under the weight of German might, Maisie's discoveries could have disastrous effects in this compelling installment in what Tom Nolan of The Wall Street Journal says is a "series that seems to get better with every entry."

Jacqueline Winspear was born and raised in the county of Kent, England. Following higher education at the University of London’s Institute of Education, Jacqueline worked in academic publishing, in higher education and in marketing communications in the UK. She emigrated to the United States in 1990, and while working in business and as a personal/professional coach, Jacqueline embarked upon a life-long dream to be a writer—she subsequently became a regular contributor to journals covering international education and travel, and has published articles in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast and other publications. Her short stories have appeared in magazines internationally, and Jacqueline has recorded her essays for KQED radio in San Francisco. She has contributed to several anthologies of essays and short stories. Jacqueline Winspear is the author of the award-winning Maisie Dobbs series, as well as non-fiction works including her new memoir, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing.

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