The ever-popular Kevin Murphy will perform on the Garden Stage at the Firehouse Arts and Events Center in Fairhaven (Bellingham) tomorrow, Saturday, July 30, 2022, at 5:30pm. Kevin Murphy is the author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy and has released two poetry CDs, Between Onions and Oxygen and The Bird of Pure Midnight. He is the “poet-in-residence” of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, and was the winner of a Bellingham Mayor’s Art Award in 2017. Kevin has been performing his comical, surrealistic, dramatic work, often accompanying himself on guitar or percussion, for over 40 years. Join him in this convivial outdoor setting, and afterwards, stroll on down to the Village Green where there will be live music by Free Harmony from 7:45-8:45pm followed by an outdoor screening of “Dirty Dancing” at dusk.

big news in Bellingham

November 21, 2016

Village Books

Following is the full text of an email that arrived last night from Chuck and Dee Robinson:

On January 1st, 2017, the ownership of Village Books and Paper Dreams will transfer to three current employees of the business. While the news may come as a bit of a surprise, we assure you that the time is right for us to pass on the company to the next generation. There has been a net gain of independent bookstores in each of the last seven years, including our expansion to Lynden. Our business is doing well in Fairhaven and we’re thrilled with the success of the Lynden store. And, most important, we have the right team in place to carry this business forward. They not only have the talent and skills to operate the business, they are deeply committed to the community values on which this company has been built.

Kelly, who has been with the store for five and a half years, brings many years of general retail, buying, and interior design experience, and has worked in three other independent bookstores since 1989. She, in addition to her general management duties, has been the Gift Buyer and Merchandise Manager. Paul, who came to the company at that same time, first as the Community Outreach Director then becoming General Manager, was for fifteen years the Manager of Eagle Harbor Books on Bainbridge Island. Before that he worked for several years in bookstores in Illinois and in the Seattle area. Sarah began her bookselling career after college, becoming an inventory specialist for Borders. She came to Village Books and Paper Dreams eleven years ago and has been the store manager for more than seven years. Until recently she was also the children’s book buyer.

Dee retired from everyday involvement in the stores two years ago but has continued to be involved in all strategic decisions. Chuck, who in the past few years has worked more from his home office and in the larger community, will continue to consult with the stores over the next several years and direct special projects. He also intends to do some business consulting with bookstores and other retail businesses around the country. Both of us will continue our involvement with the Chuckanut Radio Hour.

We’re both in good health and we want to spend more time traveling, working in community organizations, enjoying our new home in Lynden, and reading the books we’ve stockpiled over the years. Dee has even begun to take up gardening.

A combination reception for the new owners and farewell for Chuck and Dee will take place at the Fairhaven store on Saturday, February 4, 2017, and at the Lynden location on Sunday, February 5. Kelly, Paul, and Sarah will also hold a series of meet-and-greets over coffee and pastries in Book Fare Café at Village Books in Fairhaven, and at Avenue Bread in Lynden during the month of February. Dates will be announced on the website and in email newsletters.

We will be eternally grateful to you for the support you’ve given us over the years and for helping us build a community of readers. We know you’ll continue to support Kelly, Paul, and Sarah as they continue to build community, one book at a time.

Sincerely,

Chuck and Dee
Village Books and Paper Dreams
360-671-2626 • 800-392-BOOK (2665)

You’re invited!

October 9, 2015

Kevin Murphy, The Bird of Pure Midnight

You are invited (and encouraged) to join Kevin Murphy and friends for a CD release Poetry Performance on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 7:30pm, at The Majestic in Bellingham, Washington.

Kevin Murphy, a poetry/performance favorite, has just released “The Bird of Pure Midnight” — a collection of 17 original poems, many with musical accompaniment. Guest musicians will be on hand. $5 requested donation at the door can be applied to your CD purchase.

Kevin Murphy has been performing his poetry for over 30 years. He is the author of A Beautiful Chaos Demands Energy and also has a previous poetry CD, “Between Onions and Oxygen.” He regularly performs on the “Chuckanut Radio Hour,” has toured the Pacific Northwest and beyond as a member of the New Old Time Chautauqua, and teaches poetry through the Whatcom Juvenile Justice Creative Writing Project. Kevin’s poetry tends toward the comic and the surreal, and he often accompanies himself on guitar or drum.

Come enjoy an evening of energetic and mind-expanding poetry and music!

Chuckanut Writers Conference 2014
This is a guest post by Hannah Streetman
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The Chuckanut Writers Conference is excited to announce the Sue C. Boynton Poetry Contest as its 2015 beneficiary.

The contest and the conference have stemmed from the same goal — to bring together the community in celebration of the written word. Over the years, they’ve inspired many writers into action.

This year, the conference has again assembled a diverse faculty of twenty-one established poets, authors, agents, and publishing experts to come to Whatcom Community College the weekend of June 26-27, 2015. The poets include Washington’s Inaugural Poet Laureate Sam Green, Sally Green, Denise Jolly, Robert Lashley, and Kate Lebo. You can read about the other brilliant fiction, nonfiction, and publishing faculty members here. Many of them have called Bellingham home at some point. Needless to say, they are proof of the creative talent this lush region yields.

For its fifth anniversary, the conference will kick off with a special poetry edition of the Chuckanut Radio Hour, featuring music from the Lady Crooners. Then there are author panels, pitch sessions, breakout sessions, studio plenary sessions, as well as three new Master Classes. These Master Classes will fill up quickly, so be sure to register early! On the last night, open mics will be held throughout Fairhaven to keep the spirit of the conference going.

The conference is designed to benefit writers of all stages, with an encouraging and relaxed atmosphere. And unlike the writing classes you may have taken in school, no one will grade your work or force you to share. If you register by May 28, the early bird rate knocks $40 off the cost of the conference!

Attendees leave with the practical knowledge to strengthen their work, inspiration to get writing, connections in the literary community, and lifelong friendships. We’re excited to support the contest and work together toward a community strengthened by poetry. We hope to see you there!

A Douglas fir, more than two feet
through, angled downslope,
having had to bend that way
for light.

Samuel Green
from “Falling a Tree 90° to the Lean”

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Streetman - Hannah
Hannah Streetman is a lifelong reader who is entirely fascinated by the world of publishing. She’s working on her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from WWU with a couple more practical minors she keeps switching around. She enjoys oil painting, drinking coffee, and taking daytrips to nearby towns. She would love to spend her life reading and traveling.

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