Submitted by Village Books & Paper Dreams, written by Sydney Durst

This November, along with the gathering of family and friends, Village Books & Paper Dreams is thankful for the in-person gathering for our events! This month we celebrate our partnerships with North Cascade Institute, Mount Baker Theater, and Whatcom Literacy Council with three exciting literary events for both our patrons and community.

“As an events coordinator, I am thrilled to welcome people back into our Readings Gallery and to our off-site events, like the Chuckanut Radio Hour,” says Claire McElroy-Chesson. “Village Books established itself as a community hub decades ago and to be able to gather here again feels like a homecoming of sorts. We’ve had to adapt along with everyone else, developing new procedures for our events such as pre-registering online to reserve seats, and we’re so appreciative to everyone for adapting with us and rolling with the new normal. Our community is simply the best.”

Have an interest in all things nature? Or do you want to learn more about the nature that makes the Pacific Northwest…well, the Pacific Northwest? November 11th is your chance to learn more. Journalist Josephine Woolington will present her debut novel, Where We Call Home, in Village Books’ Reading Gallery as a part of our Nature of Writing Series. In this hour-long event, guests will get the chance to listen to Woolington go over parts of her book, which through a mixture of prose and science seeks to help the reader better understand the natural wonders of our changing world. If you’d like to attend this event, please visit: www.villagebooks.com/event. If you’d like to know more about other events and programs being sponsored through the North Cascade Institute, please visit them at ncascades.org.

Bestselling author and American journalist Bob Woodward will be “pulling back the curtain” on the politics of Washington, D.C. and the events that have led to its current situation today. Hosted at the Mount Baker Theater and sponsored by Village Books, on November 12th, Woodward will host an hour-and-a-half discussion and Q&A. This event will also be moderated by local journalist Ron Judd from the independent newspaper Cascadia Daily News. If you’d like to attend this event or you’d like to know more about other events being held at the Mount Baker Theatre, please visit them at mountbakertheatre.com.

Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl also returns to being in-person this year (with an option of attending online). Librarian turned NPR commentator turned author turned action figure will review her favorite titles for the year. While her recommendations will be found at Village Books after the event, purchases at the in-person event on November 17th will go towards funding the free programs offered by Whatcom Literacy Council that help strengthen the literacy skills of local adults. If you would like to attend this event, you can purchase tickets at whatcomliteracy.org.

Feeling inspired by these authors and their events? Want to put the pen to pad about your thoughts and ideas about the world around you (or the one you created)? Village Books & Paper Dreams hosts several writers’ workshops as well as writing groups that YOU can be a part of. Simply signup for our Just Write! eNewsletter, which can be found on our website at www.villagebooks.com.

We at Village Books & Paper Dreams would like to extend our gratitude once again to the North Cascade Institute, Mount Baker Theater, and Whatcom Literacy Council for partnering with us in both of these events and in bringing community together!

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