December Author Talks at Village Books

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Submitted by Village Books

‘Tis the season for books, books, and more books. Whether you’re looking for the perfect titles to gift your loved ones with this holiday season or just want to replenish your own reading list, Village Books is your headquarters for all things books in Bellingham. In addition to the great selection of book titles available, Village Books also plays host to a variety of events each month, including author talks and book signings with local and visiting authors. The following is a list of author talks set for the month of December at Village Books. For information about other events happening at Village Books this holiday season, check out WhatcomTalk’s community events calendar, or visit Village Books’ website.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 4:00 p.m.
Christine Wallace, Prepare to Come About: A Recounting of Events As They Happened

Christine Wallace writes with great clarity and honesty–and at times, with humor–about navigating the highs and lows of family, career and love in her gripping memoir Prepare to Come About. Wallace chronicles her successful business that brought her accolades and awards, radio and TV interviews. However, as her professional life skyrockets, her family’s lives spiraled down. She unflinchingly shares tales of teenage children in crisis, family pressures, and chaos that illuminate the struggles of many working families. Their lifeline comes in the form of a tall ship named Zodiac and its enigmatic captain. In Prepare to Come About, Christine Wallace, together with her family, weathers rough seas and resets her sails for a new course.

Christine Wallace is the author of two books including The Pocket Doula and Prepare to Come About. Her work has appeared in the literary journal Clover (vol. 3, 2012, vol. 6, 2014). Christine was founder and CEO of “Gracewinds Perinatal,” a nationally award-winning business. She is the mother of five children and a grandmother of six. Recently retired first mate and port captain on the schooner Zodiac, Christine holds a USCG 200-ton captain’s license. She currently resides in the Pacific Northwest onboard an ex-forestry boat with her husband, youngest daughter and a boat-cat named Lucky Jack.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 7:00 p.m.
Steven Greenebaum, Practical Interfaith: How to Find Our Common Humanity As We Celebrate Diversity

The interfaith movement is taking root. More and more of us are exploring it. At the same time interfaith finds itself at a crossroads. Where do we go now? Rev. Steven Greenebaum not only suggests the faith of Interfaith as a positive way forward but also offers a practical, down-to-earth approach to a more spiritually fulfilling life.

Rev. Steven Greenebaum has dedicated his life and work to cultivating love, compassion and community in the world by teaching respect for all the world’s faith traditions. Featured in the New York Times, he is an Interfaith minister and founder of Living Interfaith Church in Lynnwood, Washington, and author of The Interfaith Alternative. He speaks and leads workshops on Interfaith and compassion as the core of our diverse spiritual traditions throughout the United States and Canada.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7:00 p.m.
Lynn Brunelle, Mama Gone Geek: Calling On My Inner Science Nerd to Help Navigate the Ups and Downs of Parenthood

How do you connect the artsy, science-nerd mom to the art and science of parenting? Lynn Brunelle shares her field trip through pregnancy and parenting, sprinkled with a sparkle of science, in this hilarious and awe-inspiring memoir. With great enthusiasm, Lynn shows how she shares her inner geek–the part of her that is gleefully curious and wide-eyed with wonderment–with her children. For Lynn, science is the stardust that makes common things glow. Why not pass that magic along to the kids? When Lynn brought her passion for science into her parenting, it began to make all the difference to her and her kids. Her heart lifts when her boys are elbow-deep in mud searching for crystals and when she catches them debating whether a chicken is related to a dinosaur. Science isn’t just for geeks. It’s the future. If you’re a parent or planning to become one, it’s your future.

Lynn Brunelle is a four-time Emmy Award-winning writer for the television series Bill Nye the Science Guy, with more than twenty years of writing experience. An editor, illustrator, and award-winning author of over forty-five books and other fun stuff, including the bestselling Pop Bottle Science series (Workman), Lynn has created, developed, and written projects for PBS, NPR, A&E, the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, Disney, and ABC. A former classroom science, English, and art teacher for kids K-12, Lynn is a popular speaker at schools and science fairs across the country. She lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 4:00 p.m.
John Doerper, Eating Well: A Guide to Foods of the Pacific Northwest

Thirty years ago, renowned food critic John Doerper released a landmark guide to the most expertly crafted delicacies and beverages the Pacific Northwest had to offer. Investigating the unique culinary climate of our region and packed with recipes drawn from its most inventive local chefs, Eating Well has been an essential Northwest gourmet guide for decades. Now, Doerper and Chuckanut Editions have teamed up to bring the thirtieth anniversary edition of this tasty Northwest classic, complete with an updated introduction and appendix, to a new generation of food lovers.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 7:00 p.m.
Matthew Campbell, Spirits Summoner – Fantasy

Darr has the ability to hear the disembodied voices of the spirits. A young, inexperienced Spirit Summoner, he often wonders at the purpose of such a useless ability. When an unnatural fire sweeps through his village, Darr sets out on a mission of self-discovery, and possibly to save the world. As a Spirit Summoner, Darr learns he can enter the spirit realm. There he has access to the elemental magic contained within the Sephirs, legendary artifacts that once promised balance for a world turning towards chaos. Now, the Sephirs’ powers are dwindling, and Darr is at the center of the quest to find and recover them.

Matt Campbell has been putting his ideas of the fantastic down on paper for the better part of 20 years. Campbell fine-tuned his craft after graduating from the Creative Writing program at Western Washington University in 2003. Campbell’s preservation and perseverance has paid off with his first full-length novel, Spirit Summoner, recently published by Wild Child Publishing.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 4:00 p.m.
Charles Luckmann, Tim Pilgrim and Paul Piper; Bellingham Poems

Whether it is a peek at Clayton Beach’s naked sun bathers or the aroma of poached salmon and ancient stories found in Salish baskets, Bellingham Poems gives the reader an intimate portrait from three distinctly different poets who have lived for years with these local images. Here are poems of special places and special people.” –Molly McNulty, Executive Director, Skagit River Poetry Foundation

Chuck Luckmann received his M.A. at Western Washington University and currently teaches English at Skagit Valley College. His poems have appeared in Jeopardy, Sqajet, Crosscurrents and the Skagit River Poetry Festival Anthology (2010). He is the co-author of Voices along the Skagit (North Cascades Institute 2005) and X Stories: The Personal Side of fragile X syndrome (Flying Trout Press 2006).

Tim Pilgrim is a native Montanan and associate professor emeritus at Western Washington University, in Bellingham, where he has spent the last 22 years. He is included in Idaho’s poets: A Centennial Anthology (University of Idaho Press) and has been accepted by journals such as Cirque, Seattle Review and Windfall. All his poetry can be found at

Paul Piper received his MFA at the University of Montana and is currently a librarian at Western Washington University, where he has been for 22 years. Paul has published five books of poetry, the most recent being Dogs and Other Poems, and his poems are included in the anthologies The New Montana Story, Tribute to Orpheus, America Zen, and Shadow and Light.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7:00 p.m
Wes Gannaway & Kent Holsather, Drive-Ins, Drive-Ups, and Drive-Thrus:The History of Drive-In Movie Theaters and Drive-In Food Places in Whatcom County

Drive-Ins, Drive-Ups, and Drive-Thrus is a new book by local authors Wes Gannaway and Kent Holsather. It was written to help people remember days gone by, when drive-ins were the gastronomical and social hot-spot of every community in Whatcom County. More than 50 drive-in, drive-up, and drive-through restaurants are described in some detail. The big name places included are Mastin’s, The Shack, Bunks, Boomers, and The Freezer. Take a ride in the old jalopy along the route from Mastin’s to Morrie’s, from the Red Top to Waldo’s. Stop for a “Fudgie-Wudgie” or a “Double Dutch Deluxe” on the way to the drive-in theater to watch Annette Funicello at the beach, or Vincent Price scare someone on one of the four screens in Whatcom County. This book is full of memories of the “good old days.”

Wes Gannaway has been involved with local history since the mid-1980s. Although Wes isn’t a native of Whatcom County, his roots go back to the early Oregon Territory years. Wes retired from a 39 year career at the Arco/BP refinery. Wes is heavily involved with the Whatcom County Historical Society and the restoration of the 153-year-old brick Whatcom County Courthouse on E Street in Bellingham. He currently serves as the president of the Historical Society. Wes and his wife Deborah also travel to old mining camps throughout the Western US looking for rare minerals and the elusive gold, researching the local and regional history, and writing books with Kent Holsather.

Kent Holsather has been a life-long resident of Whatcom County. His interest in history with an emphasis on local subjects has inspired him to collaborate with fellow writer, Wes Gannaway on several published works with local themes. He has also written two historical fiction novels incorporating local and regional settings. With four publications residing in the Library of Congress, Kent and Wes plan to continue to present local history in a fun and informative way with an aim to instill a sense of pride and place for all to enjoy.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Kent Woodyard, Non-Essential Mnemonics: An Unnecessary Journey into Senseless Knowledge

From creative reinterpretations of classic mnemonics to original creations of dubious usage, master humorist Kent Woodyard brings new life to the memory devices of a bygone era. While everyone knows the handy mnemonics that helped us remember the colors of the rainbow (Roy G. Biv) and the notes on the treble clef (Every Good Boy Does Fine), Woodyard has now updated the art form to cover the entire corpus of human experience with mnemonics.

Kent Woodyard had been a columnist for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2009. He has also written for Relevant Magazine, The Big Jewel, and Yankee Pot Roast. Originally from Oklahoma City, Kent now lives in Southern California. This is his first book.


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