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VB Reads...Motherhood By the Book

Sun, 09/08/2019 - 2:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Sunday, September 8, 2:00pm

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast

In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast's memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

While the particulars are Chast-ian in their idiosyncrasies--an anxious father who had relied heavily on his wife for stability as he slipped into dementia and a former assistant principal mother whose overbearing personality had sidelined Roz for decades--the themes are universal: adult children accepting a parental role; aging and unstable parents leaving a family home for an institution; dealing with uncomfortable physical intimacies; and hiring strangers to provide the most personal care.

An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant shows the full range of Roz Chast's talent as cartoonist and storyteller.

VB Writes...Prompts

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Meets 2nd & 4th Mondays, 4-6pm
 
Join us as we respond to 2-3 prompts each session. Let your imagination go wild. We will time each write for 15-20 minutes then share our stories in a safe, supportive setting. Meets in the Writers Corner on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section & Evolve Chocolate + Cafe.
 

VB Reads...The Armchair Historians

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 7:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Monday, September 9th, 7:00pm

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, an American Legend by Bob Drury, Tom Clavin

An acclaimed New York Times bestseller, selected by Salon as a best book of the year, the astonishing untold story of the life and times of Sioux warrior Red Cloud: "a page-turner with remarkable immediacy...and the narrative sweep of a great Western" (The Boston Globe).

Red Cloud was the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war, forcing the government to sue for peace on his terms. At the peak of Red Cloud's powers the Sioux could claim control of one-fifth of the contiguous United States and the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters. But the fog of history has left Red Cloud strangely obscured. Now, thanks to the rediscovery of a lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, the story of the nineteenth century's most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.

In The Heart of Everything That Is, Bob Drury and Tom Clavin restore Red Cloud to his rightful place in American history in a sweeping and dramatic narrative based on years of primary research. As they trace the events leading to Red Cloud's War, they provide intimate portraits of the many lives Red Cloud touched--mountain men such as Jim Bridger; US generals like William Tecumseh Sherman, who were charged with annihilating the Sioux; fearless explorers, such as the dashing John Bozeman; and the memorable warriors whom Red Cloud groomed, like the legendary Crazy Horse. And at the center of the story is Red Cloud, fighting for the very existence of the Indian way of life.

Tuesday Story Time with Claire

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 10:30am
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Join Claire in the Kids section every Tuesday at 10:30am for a half an hour of stories, songs, and movement as we read and get silly about books! Authors do not attend.


Join us at all of our regular weekly Story Times!
In Fairhaven every Tuesday and Saturday at 10:30am.
In Lynden every Wednesday at 11am and Saturday at 2pm.

VB Reads...A Year of Kingsolver!

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 5:30pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Tuesday, September 10, 5:30pm

Small Wonder: Essays by Barbara Kingsolver

Whether she is contemplating the Grand Canyon, her vegetable garden, motherhood, genetic engineering, or the future of a nation founded on the best of all human impulses, these essays are grounded in the author's belief that our largest problems have grown from the earth's remotest corners as well as our own backyards, and that answers may lie in both those places. Sometimes grave, occasionally hilarious, and ultimately persuasive, Small Wonder is a hopeful examination of the people we seem to be, and what we might yet make of ourselves.

VB Reads...Afternoon Book Chat

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 1:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Wednesday, September 11, 1:00pm

The Alice Network: A Novel by Kate Quinn

1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister.

1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose.

Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads.

WhaMemWriMo Series: Three Acts & Scene Generation with Nancy Lou Canyon

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Village Books - Readings Gallery
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Part of the WhaMemWriMo Series!

Aristotle's Incline--a three-act plotting device, along with the literary scene--the building block of any book, provide writers with two easy tools for penning and organizing a memoir. Literary scenes locate along the timeline and big scenes--or turning-points--build dramatic tension and move the story forward. We'll examine pacing, flashback, action, dialogue, and learn how conflict is essential to writing a dramatic story. In this introductory class, we'll generate a scene list that will help you flush out your narrative. You'll leave class with a beginning time-line, Aristotle's Incline, and several scene ideas to write at your leisure. 

1 session

VB Writes...Fiction I

Thu, 09/12/2019 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

Meets 2nd & 4th Thursdays, 6-8pm

The VB Writes Fiction I Group features a unique array of members, whose experience ranges from those attempting to discover their voice, to those aspiring toward that completed novel.  All members come to the group with an open mind, ready to critique a wide variety of writing styles. We ask that new members attend at least two meetings prior to submitting their own work for critique.  We look forward to learning more about your current or upcoming fiction project, as well as your background in writing.

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