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Fairhaven

Jared Hardesty, Mutiny on the Rising Sun: A Tragic Tale of Slavery, Smuggling, and Chocolate - IN PERSON

Thu, 12/02/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery and learn about a fascinating, little known piece of history from this WWU professor of History!

Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don't delay. 

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires masks for all attendees and proof of full vaccination upon arrival to the Readings Gallery. Thank you for your cooperation.

Susan Conrad and Rebecca Rothman, Inside My Sea of Dreams: The Adventures of Kami and Suz - IN PERSON

Sat, 12/04/2021 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join us in the Readings Gallery for a live author event for families which will include a fun activity! Seating is limited so reserve your spot today!

COVID protocol for our in-person events requires masks for all attendees and proof of full vaccination (with the exception of children under 12) upon arrival. Thank you for your cooperation.

VB Reads...Afternoon Book Chat IN PERSON

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

*Mask Policy: Masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status.

Wednesday, December 8, 1:00pm

Anxious People by Frederik Backman

An instant #1 New York Times bestseller, the new novel from the author of A Man Called Ove is a “quirky, big-hearted novel….Wry, wise and often laugh-out-loud funny, it’s a wholly original story that delivers pure pleasure” (People).

Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.

Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises, these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.

Proving once again that Backman is “a master of writing delightful, insightful, soulful, character-driven narratives” (USA TODAY), Anxious People “captures the messy essence of being human….It’s clever and affecting, as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you cry” (The Washington Post). This “endlessly entertaining mood-booster” (Real Simple) is proof that the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope can save us—even in the most anxious of times.

Fredrik Backman is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt-Marie Was Here, Beartown, Us Against You, and Anxious People, as well as two novellas and one work of nonfiction. His books are published in more than forty countries. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden, with his wife and two children.

Evolve Reads...Life Between the Pages

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 6:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Wednesday, December 8, 6:00pm

The Queen's Gambit: A Novel by Walter Tevis

Eight year-old orphan Beth Harmon is quiet, sullen, and by all appearances unremarkable. That is, until she plays her first game of chess. Her senses grow sharper, her thinking clearer, and for the first time in her life she feels herself fully in control. By the age of sixteen, she’s competing for the U.S. Open championship. But as Beth hones her skills on the professional circuit, the stakes get higher, her isolation grows more frightening, and the thought of escape becomes all the more tempting.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Engaging and fast-paced, this gripping coming-of-age novel of chess, feminism, and addiction speeds to a conclusion as elegant and satisfying as a mate in four. Now a highly acclaimed, award-winning Netflix series.

Walter Tevis was an English literature professor at Ohio University. He is the author of seven books, including three that were the basis of major motion pictures: The Man Who Fell to EarthThe Hustler, and The Color of Money. His other books include MockingbirdFar From Home, and The Steps of the Sun. He died in 1984.

VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book

Sun, 12/12/2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
1200 11th St.
Bellingham, WA 98225

Sunday, December 12, 2pm

All You Can Ever Know: A Memoir by Nicole Chung

This beloved national bestselling memoir is an extraordinary, honest, nuanced and compassionate look at adoption, race in America and families in general (Jasmine Guillory, Code Switch, NPR)
What does it means to lose your roots--within your culture, within your family--and what happens when you find them?

Nicole Chung was born severely premature, placed for adoption by her Korean parents, and raised by a white family in a sheltered Oregon town. From childhood, she heard the story of her adoption as a comforting, prepackaged myth. She believed that her biological parents had made the ultimate sacrifice in the hope of giving her a better life, that forever feeling slightly out of place was her fate as a transracial adoptee. But as Nicole grew up--facing prejudice her adoptive family couldn't see, finding her identity as an Asian American and as a writer, becoming ever more curious about where she came from--she wondered if the story she'd been told was the whole truth.
With warmth, candor, and startling insight, Nicole Chung tells of her search for the people who gave her up, which coincided with the birth of her own child. All You Can Ever Know is a profound, moving chronicle of surprising connections and the repercussions of unearthing painful family secrets--vital reading for anyone who has ever struggled to figure out where they belong.

Nicole Chung is the author of the nationally bestselling memoir All You Can Ever Know. Named a Best Book of the Year by two dozen publications, All You Can Ever Know was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, a semifinalist for the PEN Open Book Award, an Indies Choice Honor Book, and an official Junior Library Guild Adult Crossover Selection. Chung's writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, GQ, TIME, Longreads, and Vulture, among others, and she also writes a weekly Care and Feeding advice column for Slate. She is the editor-in-chief of the National Magazine Award-winning Catapult magazine and the former managing editor of The Toast.

VB Reads...Armchair Historians IN PERSON!

Mon, 12/13/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Monday, December 13, 7pm

Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Jean McConville's abduction was one of the most notorious episodes of the vicious conflict known as The Troubles. Everyone in the neighborhood knew the I.R.A. was responsible. But in a climate of fear and paranoia, no one would speak of it. In 2003, five years after an accord brought an uneasy peace to Northern Ireland, a set of human bones was discovered on a beach. McConville's children knew it was their mother when they were told a blue safety pin was attached to the dress--with so many kids, she had always kept it handy for diapers or ripped clothes.

Patrick Radden Keefe's mesmerizing book on the bitter conflict in Northern Ireland and its aftermath uses the McConville case as a starting point for the tale of a society wracked by a violent guerrilla war, a war whose consequences have never been reckoned with. The brutal violence seared not only people like the McConville children, but also I.R.A. members embittered by a peace that fell far short of the goal of a united Ireland, and left them wondering whether the killings they committed were not justified acts of war, but simple murders.

From radical and impetuous I.R.A. terrorists such as Dolours Price, who, when she was barely out of her teens, was already planting bombs in London and targeting informers for execution, to the ferocious I.R.A. mastermind known as The Dark, to the spy games and dirty schemes of the British Army, to Gerry Adams, who negotiated the peace but betrayed his hardcore comrades by denying his I.R.A. past--Say Nothing conjures a world of passion, betrayal, vengeance, and anguish.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

A New York Times Top Ten Book of the Year • Long Listed for the National Book Award • Winner of the Orwell Prize • TIME Magazine’s Best Nonfiction Book of the Year • Best Book of the Decade by EW and LitHub

PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an Eric and Wendy Schmidt Fellow at the New America Foundation and the author of The Snakehead and Chatter. His work has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Slate, New York, and The New York Review of Books, among others and he is a frequent commentator on NPR, the BBC, and MSNBC. Patrick received the 2014 National Magazine Award for Feature Writing, for his story "A Loaded Gun," was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Reporting in 2015 and 2016, and is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Winterfest “Tales of the Season” Writing Event

Fri, 12/17/2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Whatcom County authors sent us their most inspired tales for the "Tales of the Season" Writing Contest. Selected stories will be featured in two live readings in December and printed posters of the works will hang in the windows of local businesses during Winterfest. Join us in the Readings Gallery for a one of two group reading of the selected stories

The deadline is November 17 to submit entries so click here to find out how you can enter! 

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