Submitted by: Village Books

Thursday, March 5, 2pm
Nikki McClure
What Will These Hands Make?                    Kids Event!

We are big fans of this talented artist and invite you to join us as she presents her latest work, What Will These Hands Make? Illuminating themes of community, creativity, and collaboration, What Will These Hands Make? dares the reader to dream up everything they can be and all the ways they can leave their little corner of the world better than they found it.

Nikki McClure is a self-taught cut-paper artist and the author-illustrator of many books for children, including In; To Market, To Market; Waiting for High Tide; and Mama, Is It Summer Yet? She lives in Olympia, Washington.

Whatcom READS events:
Thursday, March 5, 11am-1pm
Book Discussion with Eowyn Ivey at the Ferndale Public Library

Join us at the Ferndale Public Library for a lively discussion of To the Bright Edge of the World-featuring author, Eowyn Ivey. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Thursday, March 5, 7pm
An Evening with Eowyin Ivey at the Mount Baker Theatre

Join us as the WhatcomREADS community gathers to hear author Eowyn Ivey speak about her novel, To the Bright Edge of the World at the historical Mount Baker Theatre. This is a free event and all are welcome.The free event at the Mount Baker Theatre is one of several community events tied to this year’s county-wide book club. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Friday, March 6, 2pm
Art & Craft of Writing with Eowyn Ivey at WWU’s Wilson Library Reading Room

Join us in the Reading Room of Wilson Library and gain insight into the writing process as Eowyn Ivey discusses the art and craft of writing. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Saturday, March 7, 11am-12:30pm
Coffee with Eowyn Ivey at WCC’s Heiner Theater

Whatcom Reads welcomes author Eowyn Ivey to the Whatcom Community College Heiner Theatre for a presentation on the Main Stage about her novel, To the Bright Edge of the World. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Saturday, March 7, 7pm-8:30pm
A Conversation with Eowyn Ivey at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden

Paul Hanson, co-owner of Village Books and Paper Dreams, will interview author Eowyn Ivey at The Jansen Art Center. Find out more at whatcomreads.org. Read the book. Join the conversation! Through March 7, 2020, Vllage Books donates 10% of To the Bright Edge of the World sales to Whatcom READS.

Sunday, March 8, 4pm
Carolyn Dale
Second Rising            PNW Fiction!

Lauren has bought a café in a Cascade Mountains town where she hopes to burnish her reputation and move on as a chef. But a struggle is building between the townspeople and a billionaire whose secret project threatens their lands and way of life. With transformations surrounding her, Lauren faces bittersweet choices among friendships, work, and the man and the place she is coming to love.

Carolyn Dale lives in Bellingham where she taught in Western Washington University’s Journalism Department.

Tuesday, March 10, 7pm (doors and music, 6:30pm)Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Michael Christie @ WCC’s Heiner Theater
Greenwood              PNW Fiction!

From the award-winning author of If I Fall, If I Die comes a propulsive, multigenerational family story, in which the unexpected legacies of a remote island off the coast of British Columbia will link the fates of five people over a hundred years. A magnificent novel of inheritance, sacrifice, nature, and love that takes its structure from the nested growth rings of a tree, Greenwood spans generations to tell the story of a family living and dying in the shadows cast by its own secrets.

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 Radio Hour airs every Sunday at 10am on SPARK RADIO, KMRE 102.3FM.  Co-sponsored by the Whatcom Community College Community and Continuing Education, 12th Street Shoes, and Westside Pizza

Tickets $5: Available at Village Books and Eventbrite.com. Receive a free ticket with the pre-purchase of Greenwood!

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Wednesday, March 11, 7pm
Excellence NW Workshop with Dawn Harju
Topic: Compassionate Communication

Dawn has a contagious way of inviting people to be their best self, and is committed to the fabric of world-wide goodwill. She volunteers with Excellence Northwest, a non-profit organization, and is dedicated to the success of Excellence Seminars International. She has a passion for children, animals, and the environment. 

Friday, March 13, 7pm
Kayla Day
My Anxious Life

My Anxious Life is an inspiring memoir about a young girl with total blindness and cerebral palsy who faces challenges and obstacles throughout the course of her life. Listen as she gives examples of regrets and advice about how to live life when you have a disabled child. If you are looking for understanding and clarity into the world of developmental disabilities, then this book will feed your mind. This story will bring love, happiness, sadness as well as tips for parents with children living with disabilities and anxiety.

Kayla is a twenty-eight-year-old author living in Bellingham, Washington. She enjoys going out for coffee and hanging out with friends in the community. Kayla was born blind and diagnosed with a general anxiety disorder at the age of fifteen. Kayla hopes that these experiences will provide clarity as well as advice to parents who have children with anxiety disorders.

Saturday, March 14, 4pm
Julie Tate-Libby
The Good Way: A Himalayan Journey    Slideshow! 

When 19-year-old anthropologist Julie Tate abandons her missionary group near Mt. Everest in Nepal, she embarks on a solo trek in the Himalayas. Battling an eating disorder and an upbringing riddled with fundamentalism, Julie’s journey is a quest to understand the sacred mountains and people of the Himalaya, and a chance to rekindle her own faith.

Julie Tate-Libby is an anthropologist and lives in a small mountain town of the Pacific Northwest. A professor of sociology and anthropology, she recently taught a course on Himalayan Culture and Ecology for Fairhaven College and Western Washington University.

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

Saturday, March 14, 7pm
Doug Margeson
Gazing at the Distant Lights

Were the sixties really a magical time? Many who came of age in the era would argue they were not – although glimpses of magic sometimes showed themselves, like flickering lights on a dark night. It is autumn, 1964 and 18-year-old Tom Brewer is starting his freshman year at Seattle Pacific College. Brewer finds himself alone and alienated in a conservative evangelical culture he finds bizarre and repressive.

A former newspaper reporter, Margeson won 184 regional and 28 national journalism awards; 212 in all. Gazing at the Distant Lights is Doug Margeson’s first novel.

Sunday, March 15, 4pm
Laurie Halse Anderson at Sehome High School!

Village Books is thrilled to welcome bestselling author, Laurie Halse Anderson, whose writing spans young readers, teens, and adults. in Shout, Laurie Halse Anderson now reveals her personal history as a survivor of sexual assault, her journey to healing, and reflects on two decades of reader reactionsto Speak.  This powerful and thought-provoking collection of free verse will sit beside works by writers such as Roxane Gay, Amber Tamblyn, and Rebecca Traister.

Since Speak came out in 1999, Laurie Halse Anderson has become a literary and feminist icon.  An  advocate  for  sexual assault survivors and a member of the National Leadership Council for RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, the nation’s largest anti-sexual  violence  organization),  a  voice  against  censorship,  and  a  supporter  of  diversity  in publishing, she is among the most respected and beloved writers for young people of our time. The New York Times has said that her books “speak for the still-silent among us, and force all of us to acknowledge the real and painful truths that are too dangerous to ignore.”

Tickets are $15 and are available at Village Books and on Eventbrite. Each ticket comes with a copy of Shout and a percentage of tickets and book sales at the event will be donated to DVSAS (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services).

Thursday, March 19, 7pm
P J Beaven
ZooFit Safari: A 5-Week Jumpstart to Your Journey in Fitness, Health, & Saving the World

ZooFit Safari empowers you to change your health and fitness, your life, and even the world. Discover how your habits have an impact on the environment and on your well-being, and then connect to the earth in a healthy way. Find “Your Way” on this adventure unlike any other.

PJ Beaven is a fitness consultant, using the principles of zookeeping- positive reinforcement, enrichment, and conservation- to help others achieve success. PJ focuses on making exercise and nutrition a positive, engaging, and sustainable experience. She lives in Blaine with her husband and their two cats.

Saturday, March 21, 4pm in Lynden
Gwen Overland
Millicent Winthrop Series Book Launch and Signing!

Come meet one of our favorite local authors as we celebrate this delightful series. Millicent Winthrop is an amateur sleuth who happens to have a multiple personality disorder and is in love with her psychiatrist. With the help of her employer, Mr. Buckminster Smythe, and her two loveable pugs Holmes and Watson, Millicent must stop a man from carrying out a sinister plot against all things soccer!

Born and raised near the Puget Sound in Washington State, Gwen and her family now live in Ashland, Oregon. After years in academia, writing one research article followed by another, Gwen turned her talents toward writing fiction and found she happily could not stop. When she’s not reading, writing, or playing with her two black pugs, Buster Keaton and Emmett Kelly, Gwen works in the theatre, teaches college students how to muster the courage to follow their dreams, or assists psychotherapy clients in discovering more joy and meaning in their lives.

Saturday, March 21, 7pm
Christine Hemp Smith
Wild Ride Home: Love, Loss, and a Little White Horse, a Family Memoir 

Wild Ride Home is a joyous memoir of finding love and losing love, of going away and coming home, of Alzheimer’s, cancer, and lost pregnancies, of fly fishing and horsemanship, of second chances, and, ultimately, the triumph of love and the strength of one resilient and hilarious family.

Christine Hemp has aired her essays and poems on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. She has received a Harvard University Conway Award for teaching writing and a Washington State Artist Trust Fellowship for Literature. She lives on the Olympic Peninsula with two horses, two cats, and one husband.

Sunday, March 22, 4pm
Abbe Rolnick
Founding Stones: A Novel of Cultural and Environmental Conflict 

Part coming of age, part political intrigue, and Founding Stones questions what it means to be a citizen of the world. Trouble simmers in a small Pacific Northwest town when generations of secrets collide. Hannah, the daughter of the largest berry farmer in the county, searches for her voice after her twin sister dies of cancer. She jumps into the controversy around immigrant workers at the farm, and naively causes further problems.

Abbe Rolnick has been writing since she was old enough to climb a tree to get perspective. A graduate from Boston University, a former bookstore owner in Puerto Rico, former employee of Village Books, a former CEO of a manufacturing firm, a recently retired restaurant owner, mother, and world traveler, gives her a deep appreciation for life.

Thursday, March 26, 12-1pm
Hour of Mindfulness with Tim Burnett

Join local mindfulness practitioner Tim Burnett, Executive Director of Mindfulness Northwest, for an exploration of mindfulness 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.

Instructor: Tim Burnett, Executive Director & Guiding Instructor at Mindfulness Northwest. Tim is certified to teach MSC by the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion.

Friday, March 27, 7pmRustan Robertson
Wages of Sin: The True Story and Photos of the Great Sedro-Woolley Bank Robbery of 1914                 Local History!

Wages of Sin documents the complete story of one of the PNW’s most famed criminal events. From the week prior to the robbery on the evening of October 17, 1914, through the death of four of the five robbers during manhunts in Whatcom county and Canada.  Don’t miss this presentation on a fascinating and little-known piece of local history.

Rustan Robertson was born and raised in Sedro-Woolley, graduating from Sedro-Woolley High School in 1996.  He was active on the original board of directors of the Sedro-Woolley Museum, and researched the 1914 Bank Robbery throughout high school.  Robertson now lives in Anacortes with his wife, Regan, and two children.

Saturday, March 28, 7pm
M. E. Rostron
Kabul Conscript          Fiction!

The Kabul Conscript is a suspenseful story of friendship, intrigue, and deception. A Peace Corps Volunteer stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, becomes involved in a dangerous adventure with other young Americans, Afghan friends, and an enigmatic intelligence agent during the days leading up to the coup d’état by General Daoud in the summer of 1973. The Kabul Conscript is a prequel to Rostron’s novel, Cape Decision, published in 2019.

Author, playwright, and musician Michael Rostron was raised in Oregon and lived for twenty-five years in Alaska. The last twenty years he has resided in Whatcom County, Washington. During the summer of 1973, Rostron was a Peace Corps trainee in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Sunday, March 29, 4pm
Dick Cathell
The Gift of Becoming: Fulfilling Nine Basic Needs for Enhanced Living

As a hospital chaplain, Dick Cathell’s job required him to be present in circumstances that were unbearable and unfathomable. In this, his first book, Mr. Cathell writes a moving collection of stories, poems, and vignettes resulting from nearly four decades of heartbreaking encounters that all came as “part of the job”. Through his experiences, Mr. Cathell discovered nine basic needs essential for coping with others’ grief, as well as his own.

Dick Cathell, Ph.D., M.Div., BCC is President of Resources for Enhanced Living LLC. He has served 37 years as a hospital chaplain in Okinawa and the U.S., with leadership roles in chaplain and ministry associations.

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free and take place in the Readings Gallery at Village Books, 1200 11th Street in Bellingham

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