It seems like National Poetry Month has burst its seams and is spilling over into May. There’s a lot of poetry going on, including what promises to be a terrific reading on Thursday, May 9, 2019, when poets Martha Silano and Laura Da’ read from their latest books, Gravity Assist and Instruments of the True Measure (respectively). Join them at 7:00pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.


This evening, Saturday, May 4, 2019, join poets (clockwise from top left) Anita K. Boyle, James Bertolino, Richard Widerkehr, and Gayle Kaune, as they read new and favorite poems. 7:00pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery.

This evening, Saturday, April 27, 2019, Village Books will host two stellar poets, Elaina Ellis and Sierra Golden, reading from their books, Write About an Empty Birdcage and The Slow Art. The reading begins at 7:00pm. Go.

P.S.: Today is also Independent Bookstore Day, celebrated at your favorite bookstores around the country with readings, signings, and other festivities.

Write Riot returns

April 17, 2019

It’s back!! In honor of National Poetry Month, Village Books and the Colophon Café are pleased to be teaming up with local poet extraordinaire Dee Dee Chapman for the return of the Write Riot Poetry Slam. This is a free, all-ages event (expect some adult language). Watch for updates on Write Riot’s Facebook event page.

Raconteur extraordinaire Paul Hunter will read from his prose-poetry memoir, Clownery: In Lieu of a Life Spent in Harness on Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham. His stories are captivating, his words compelling, and his voice dynamic. Come hear Paul.


April 8, 2019

This should be good. Poet/etc. Maria McLeod conducts a conversation with author Steve Hughes on the subject of his new collection, Stiff, and no doubt other topics. Here’s a brief introduction to the book:

With a hearty helping of Detroit grit, the stories in Stiff pay homage to a city turned upside down by economic abandonment. Steve Hughes pushes the boundaries of realism with characters that seem odd and otherworldly. In his Detroit, witches cast spells to improve their husbands, chickens grow from seeds, and lovers realize their sex organs have minds of their own. The characters in Stiff are all searching for something in each other — a certain wholeness or understanding, a place to rest and call home. In “Ripening,” a man and woman in an illicit affair witness their genitals leaving their bodies for a rendezvous. In “Dexter’s Song,” a drug-addicted saxophone player meets a bored suburban woman who gives him her ex-boyfriend’s sax, which unleashes a series of disasters but empowers him to play better than ever. Readers of contemporary fiction will enjoy this outrageous and evocative ensemble of stories.

Listen in to their conversation on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at 7:00pm, at Village Books in Bellingham.

book celebration

April 2, 2019

Join Betty Scott, J.P. Falcon Grady, and Rev. Tessie Mandeville for poetry and song in celebration of Betty Scott’s collection, Central Heating: Poems that Celebrate Love, Loss and Planet Earth (Cave Moon Press). Festivities begin at 4:00pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books, Bellingham.

The previous day, Saturday, April 6, Betty Scott and J.P. Falcon Grady will teach an all-day workshop at Whatcom Community College to explore how words and music deepen the themes and emotions of creative expressions. Further information: Amplify Your Writing with a Song.

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