Clover, today!

February 24, 2019

Clover: A Literary Rag celebrates Sweet 16 today as a selection of contributors to volume 16 share their words. Featured authors are Luther Allen, James Bertolino, Jennifer Bullis, Nancy Canyon, Susan Chase-Foster, Michael Daley, Victoria Doerper, Paul Hunter, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Betty Scott, Gary Wade, and Bob Zaslow.

Join in the celebration at 4:00pm at Village Books in Bellingham. It’s free, and copies of Clover will be available for purchase and signing.

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Tonight: peaceful poetry

December 5, 2018

Come spend an hour honoring some of Whatcom County’s talented young writers as winners of the 2018 Youth Peace Poetry Contest read their poems. Presented by the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center and Village Books, the reading starts at 6:30pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Bellingham. Luther Allen emcees.

Village Books lineup

November 30, 2018

Next weekend — Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, 2018 — would be a good time to do your holiday book shopping at Village Books in Bellingham. On Saturday at 7:00pm, Luci Shaw will read from Eye of the Beholder (Paraclete Poetry), a career-culminating collection of poems written in the last two years. On Sunday at 4:00pm, Clem Starck will read from Cathedrals & Parking Lots (Empty Bowl) — “the work of a lifetime” with poems “based on actual experiences….in the cadences of everyday speech.”

Come listen to these fine poets (and bring your shopping list).

Last Call!

November 8, 2018

Belly up to the podium for a lively evening of poetry, exuberance, and wild abandon. Between the covers of Last Call: The Anthology of Beer, Wine and Spirits Poetry (World Enough Writers) is a party that never ends. This is a poetry reading that is sure to lift your spirits. Come toast editor/emcee Jim Bertolino and an intemperate group of contributing poets at a Village Books Literature Live event on Saturday, November 17, 2018, at 7:00pm.

last minute: hindsight

September 28, 2018

Somehow, the deadline for the annual Whatcom Writes seems to elude us until the last moment. So here we are again. This year’s Whatcom Reads selection is The Big Burn by Timothy Egan.

Whatcom Writes, an all-ages writing contest, invites writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to explore the themes of year’s chosen book and to submit a single piece for consideration. This year’s theme is hindsight. The selected works are compiled into an anthology and a number of authors are invited to read at Village Books, usually in the spring.

So here’s the hard part: entries are due by midnight, Monday, October 1, 2018. It’s late, but it’s not too late. Read the guidelines.

FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay

September 4, 2018

Bellingham SeaFeast 2018 is coming up on Friday, September 21, and Saturday, September 22, 2018, and that means it’s time once again for FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay. Modeled on the original Astoria, Oregon, FisherPoets Gathering (next up: February 22-24, 2019), the event highlights poetry, prose, and song, at various venues in downtown Bellingham, Washington, including Boundary Bay’s Mountain Room, two recently refurbished theaters within the Sylvia Center for the Arts, and Honey Moon Mead and Cider. Performers’ chapbooks, stories, CDs, photos, cards, and whatevers will be for sale in the Sylvia Center’s entrance lobby thanks to Village Books.

If you are a commercial fisher and/or find inspiration in or on the sea that fuels your art, consider signing up to perform. Read the guidelines and register to present your prose, poetry, film, or songs of the sea at FisherPoets-on-Bellingham Bay on Friday, September 21, 2018. The registration deadline for performers has been extended to Monday, September 10, 2018.

Clover!

August 29, 2018

It’s Clover time again! Join Mary Gillilan, Norman Green, and Village Books as they welcome contributors to Clover: A Literary Rag, volume 15.

The writers/readers will be: Janet Bergstrom, James Bertolino, Anita K. Boyle, Susan Chase-Foster, Virginia Herrick, Paul Hunter, J.I. Kleinberg, Shannon Laws, Andrew Shattuck McBride, C.J. Prince, Abbe Rolnick, Betty Scott, and Pat Phillips West.

The reading begins at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 2, 2018, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books. It’s free, of course, and copies of Clover will be for sale before and after the reading.

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