Submitted by: Village Books

Friday, January 3, noon-1pm in Bellingham
Noon-Time Mindfulness Workshop with Tim Burnett
Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Guiding Teacher and Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of practices that promote awareness and well-being. We will discuss the origins of mindfulness, touch on stress physiology, and explore how mindfulness practices can help us engage in our relationship to experience, reducing stress and enhancing well-being. Simple practices of breathing and mindful movement will support our discussion as we explore mindfulness from the inside out.

Saturday, January 4, 2pm in Lynden
Saturday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden as we read aloud from some of our favorite books in the kid’s section! 

Sunday, January 5, 11am-3pm in Bellingham
Resolutions for Writers 2020
Need a boost to your writing for the New Year? Come out of your writing cave and connect with other writers and experts in our writing community. We’ll feature a series of workshops, presentations, and conversations about writing, from generation to publication and beyond. 

New this year: A boxed lunch from Evolve Chocolate + Cafe is included with registration fee! Reservations required. 

Read more and reserve your space today at whatcomcommunityed.com. You can also register by calling WCC — (360)383-3200

Wednesday, January 8, 11am in Lynden
Wednesday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at in the kid’s section of the bookstore as we read aloud from some of our favorite books!

Wednesday, January 8, 7pm in Bellingham
Excellence NW Workshop with Pete Johnson
Topic: Traction
Pete Johnson is a trained facilitator with Excellence Northwest. He has an extensive background in personal growth seminars and is strongly rooted in a lifetime of meditation modalities. He has a passion for personal connection and practices that honesty and acceptance of the self and others is the key to emotional growth.

Saturday, January 11, 7pm in Bellingham
Richard Rapport
Seattle Medic One: How We Don’t Die
In 1968, Dr. Leonard Cobb, along with Seattle fire chief Gordon Vickery, began to implement something new and daring: one of the country’s first pre-hospital coronary care systems. Along with Dr. Michael Copass, they started Medic One, an emergency service unlike any other. One year later, the first vehicle equipped with a defibrillator and ten highly trained Seattle firefighters took to the streets. Medic One has since trained hundreds of paramedics, added an emergency air transport service in four neighboring states, helped build a statewide emergency transfer system and saved countless lives. Dr. Richard Rapport delivers an inside look at one of the most influential medical programs in Washington State and the country.

Richard Rapport is a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in both the Department of Neurological Surgery and the Department of Global Health. He is the author of Physician: The Life of Paul Beeson (nominated for the Washington State Book Award) and Nerve Endings: The Discovery of the Synapse (nominated for the Washington State Book Award and the Aventis Prize). He has published dozens of professional papers, as well
as essays in journals and literary magazines, including The American Scholar, The Pharos, Poetry, The Northwest Review, Seattle Review, Open Spaces, and The Threepenny Review. Two of these essays were nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and one was noted in Best American Essays.
Dr. Rapport is an attending physician at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where among other duties he is the co-site director for the UW medical students’ neurosurgical elective course. He is married to the
writer Valerie Trueblood.

Sunday, January 12, 12pm in Lynden
VB Writes…Lynden Writing Group 
Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Look no further! Village Books and Paper Dreams in Lynden now has their own writing group, meeting in the Lynden store at 12:00pm every second and fourth Sunday. Whether you’re a new writer looking to discover your voice or someone who’s been writing for years, we welcome all who have the desire to write! We will welcome all forms of writing: fiction, non-fiction, memoir, poetry, and anything else you can think of. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. These groups are free and open to newcomers and drop-ins. Feel free to just show up! For more information, email rielley.rogers@villagebooks.com

Sunday, January 12, 4pm in Bellingham
Julie Blacklow
Fearless: Diary of a Badass Reporter
Fearless—Diary of a Badass Reporter is the narrative of a most uncommon and astonishing life—where even as a teenager Julie Blacklow displayed qualities that marked her as a natural for reporting. Her intolerance of injustice made her especially popular—or unpopular—depending on which side of the fence you sat. She fit right in at Seattle’s KING-TV, where the owner instilled an ethos of excellence, honesty, and always doing the right thing.

Blacklow was among the first women in television news in America. With her curiosity, determination and willingness to tackle other people’s stories, Blacklow survived and thrived in a forty-year career…covering murders, movie stars and making trouble whenever it needed to be made.

Julie Blacklow is an Emmy-award winning journalist with more than forty years in the television news business. Among the first generation of women in television news in the United States, she encountered the entire spectrum of humanity from movie stars to murderers and regular people overcoming everyday obstacles. Born and raised in Washington, DC, Blacklow migrated to the other Washington in her early twenties and settled in Seattle. Hers is a life writ large, a roller-coaster ride with a remarkable number of highs and terrifying lows.

Wednesday, January 15, 11am in Lynden
Wednesday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at in the kid’s section of the bookstore as we read aloud from some of our favorite books!

Thursday, January 16 at 7pm in Bellingham
Jared Hardesty
Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds: A History of Slavery in New England
Black Lives, Native Lands, White Worlds is a concise yet comprehensive history of slavery in early New England. This exciting new book explores the importance of slavery to the colonization and settlement of New England, slavery’s relationship to the development of agriculture and industry, and the significance of slavery during the American Revolution.
Jared Ross Hardesty is associate professor of history at Western Washington University and the author of Unfreedom: Slavery and Dependence in Eighteenth-Century Boston (2016). A native of Ohio, he received his PhD from Boston College and currently lives in Bellingham, WA.

Saturday, January 18, 4pm in Bellingham
Julie Hanft
Don’t Chase Life…Let it Walk with You      Free Chronic Pain Seminar
Do you, or does someone you love, live with chronic pain? Join Julie Hanft in the Readings Gallery for this free seminar on living with chronic pain. In her words, “I am someone who faces health challenges and pain every day. I have learned that this does not define me, but it brings me to the very depth of who I am. Who we are as we evolve through these challenges, is the element of what is left, an undeniable essence of true beauty! I will show you how to tap into your gifts that live within your soul, bringing your mind, body and spirit together. I will teach you how to survive”.
Julie Hanft is the author of Rising Above the Pain

Julie Hanft is married, a mother of five children and grandmother of ten. She has been a writer since she was young. It was later through life experiences that brought her to becoming an author. Through many health challenges and being a victim of rape, she became a voice for others. What we go through in life does not define who we are. It is what brings us to the depth of who we are. Reading this book will show you how to bring your mind, body and spirit together. I will show you how I survived.

Monday, January 20, 10am-1pm in Bellingham
Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Read-In!
Kids Event!
Village Books will once again host its annual Read-In to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The Read-In has been a tradition for more than a decade. Local children are invited to gather at Village Books to hear stories in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. about the civil rights movement, tolerance, and diversity. We’ll have volunteers on hand from the community for the duration to read with the kids and lead them in a craft.

Wednesday, January 22, 11am in Lynden
Wednesday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden (in the Waples Mercantile Building; 430 Front Street) as we read aloud from some of our favorite books.

Thursday, January 23, 7pm in Bellingham
Marco Rafala and Rena Priest
How Fires End and Patriarchy Blues
Fiction and Poetry!
Set in post-World War II Sicily and mid-eighties America, HOW FIRES END chronicles the long legacy of a single act of violence, illustrating along the way the complicated dynamics of familial bonds, the devastating effects of war upon childhoods, and the inextricable nature of personal and political identities. In a sweeping narrative that contains multiple perspectives and grand themes—revenge, love, forgiveness—the novel not only offers a striking portrait of a single family, but also interrogates traditional and troubling definitions of masculinity and the powerful allure of fascism. HOW FIRES END is a story of Sicilian Americans, but it is not a mafia tale. It is a story of World War II, but it is not an account of military conflict. It is, instead, a heartfelt examination of the complex relationship between immigrant parents and their first-generation children.

Marco Rafalà is a first-generation Sicilian American novelist, musician, and writer for award-winning tabletop role-playing games. He earned his MFA in Fiction from The New School and is a cocurator of the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series in New York City. Born in Middletown, Connecticut, he now lives in Brooklyn, New York. His fiction and non-fiction have appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review and LitHub. HOW FIRES END is his debut novel.

RENA PRIEST is a Lummi Tribal Member and a writer. Her debut book, Patriarchy Blues, garnered a 2018 American Book Award. She has been a Sustainable Arts Fellow at Mineral School Artist’s Residency, and a nominee for a 2017 Pushcart Prize. Her new collection, Sublime Subliminal, was released on Floating Bridge Press in the Fall of 2018. She has taught Comparative Cultural Studies, Native-American Studies and Special Topics in the Humanities, at Western Washington University and Fairhaven College. She holds an MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Saturday, January 25, 2pm in Lynden
Saturday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden as we read aloud from some of our favorite books. 

Saturday, January 25, 4pm in Bellingham
Bill Rink and Karl Kleeman
Early Railroads of Whatcom County Washington Territory
Local History!
This is the story of the early railroads in Whatcom County. Four transcontinental railroads would eventually serve Whatcom County but before these large railroads reached Whatcom County, four small railroads were incorporated in the county, the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia, the Bellingham Bay Railroad and Navigation Company, the Fairhaven & Southern and the Bellingham Bay & Eastern Railroad. This is not just the story of the building of these railroads, but includes the politics and real estate speculation involved as the major transcontinental railroads moved westward. And, we share how the railroads impacted the communities that they served.

William Rink is a member of the Great Northern Historical Society and is a founding member of the Bellingham Railway Museum. Rink served on the Board of Directors and as Vice President from 2003 to 2011.

Karl Kleeman’s grandfather worked for the railroad and Karl is a former member of the East Carolina Chapter of the National Railroad Historical Society. A member of the National Model Railroad Association, he retired to Bellingham, WA in 2002. He is a member of the Bellingham Society of Model Railroad Engineers and a founding member of the Bellingham Railway Museum and has served on Board of Directors and as President.

Tuesday, January 28, 7pm in Lynden
VB Reads…Books & Brews in Lynden!
You asked for it, Lynden, so we delivered! Overflow Taps and Village Books in Lynden have partnered for a monthly book club for 2019. Each month we will read a new book picked by Village Books, and Overflow Taps will pick a featured beverage to pair. On the fourth Tuesday of each month, we will meet at Overflow Taps at 7 p.m. to casually discuss the book and share a pint! Pick up your book at Village Books in Lynden then mosey on over to neighboring Overflow Taps for an exclusive Books and Brews growler free with the purchase of a fill. Just let the beertender know you are part of Books and Brews. Please join us!   

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility—a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Wednesday, January 29, 11am in Lynden
Wednesday Story Time in Lynden!
Join us at Village Books & Paper Dreams in Lynden (in the Waples Mercantile Building; 430 Front Street) as we read aloud from some of our favorite books.

Wednesday, January 29, 7pm in Bellingham
Marty Wingate
The Bodies in the Library
Newly appointed curator of a first edition library, Haley Burke, must channel the investigative tricks of Agatha Christie when a member of her Agatha Christie writers group turns up dead in the venerable stacks of the library. This modern mystery set in Bath, England pays loving homage to the classic Christie novel.

A Seattle native, Marty Wingate is a member of the Royal Horticultural Society and leads garden tours through England, Scotland, and Ireland when she is not killing people in fiction.

Thursday, January 30, 7pm (doors and music at 6:30) in Bellingham
Chuckanut Radio Hour 13th Anniversary Show @ WCC’s Heiner Theater!
This month, the Chuckanut Radio Hour will celebrate its 13th Anniversary with highlights and clips from some of the best of 2019 and the last THIRTEEN years! 

This is always a popular show so get your tickets now! Enjoy! 

The Chuckanut Radio Hour, a recipient of Bellingham’s prestigious Mayor’s Arts Award, is a radio variety show that began in January 2007. Each Chuckanut Radio Hour includes guest authors, musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, and episodes of “As the Ham Turns” serial radio comedy performed by the Chuckanut Radio Players, Les Campbell, Tonja Meyers, Lisa Colburn, Dee Robinson, and Robert Muzzy. Not to mention groaner jokes by hosts Paul Hanson, Kelly Evert, and announcer Rich Donnelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour’s first guest was Erik Larson and has since included Alexander McCall Smith, Cheryl Strayed, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. The Radio Hour airs every Sunday at 10am on KMRE 102.3FM. Co-sponsored by the Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza

Tickets are available at Village Books and Paper Dreams or on Eventbrite.com.

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