reserve your seat!

June 3, 2022

If you think that Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest just sits around waiting for the muse, think again! In addition to fulfilling her geographically challenging laureate duties, writing articles and poems, leading classes and workshops, and pursuing numerous community projects, Rena has found time to work with illustrator Jake Stoumbos on a new book: Northwest Know-how: Beaches.

Described as being “Entertaining, educational and highly giftable,” the book features descriptions of more than 30 beaches in Washington and Oregon, providing tips for visiting, fun facts, natural history, poetry, and lore.

Village Books and the North Cascades Institute invite you to join Rena and Jake for their book launch, presented as part of the Nature of Writing series on Friday, June 10, 2022, at 7:00pm, in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Bellingham.

PLEASE NOTE: Village Books is still operating at limited capacity for in-person events. Proof of full vaccination is required, masking is optional, and advance registration is strongly recommended.

Whatcom WRITES – times two

February 13, 2022

Like many communities, Whatcom County, Washington, has an everybody-reads-the-same-book program each year. This year’s Whatcom READS title is Greenwood by Michael Christie.

In addition to discussion groups and author events, Whatcom WRITES invites writers to respond to a theme from the book and publishes a volume of selected work. The theme for 2022 is interconnectedness and Whatcom WRITES will present two readings from the collection, one in person and one online.

The in-person reading will be Sunday, February 20, 2022, at 2:00pm, at Village Books in Fairhaven. Covid protocols are in place and pre-registration is required.

The online reading will be Sunday, February 27, 2022, at 2:00pm. Advance registration is required.

Watch the Whatcom READS site for information about additional author events with Michael Christie in March.

The Madrona Project

October 9, 2021

On Friday, October 15, 2021, at 7:00pm, please join Village Books, the North Cascades Institute, Humanities Washington, and ArtsWA for a group reading from The Madrona Project Vol. 2, No. 1, featuring Holly J. Hughes and Rena Priest.

For this issue of THE MADRONA PROJECT, editor Holly J. Hughes invited sixty-four women writers and artists from the Northwest to reflect on what it means to live and write in the Cascadian bioregion at the end of 2020, a year that challenged our resilience on every level. Reaching out to national and regionally acclaimed poets and essayists from Alaska to Oregon, as well as new and emerging writers, she brings together a diverse chorus, including Indigenous voices and some who work the land or sea. The voices gathered here remind us that our lives in Cascadia are still interwoven with fir and cedar, salmon and kingfisher, heron and eagle, raven and crow’ perhaps even more so as we face an uncertain future together, turning to the natural world for signs of resilience and hope. Throughout this powerful collection, writers and artists bear witness to the hard truths not only of our history but of ongoing inequities laid bare by the pandemic and the consequences of centuries of colonialism and exploitation, inviting us to consider the urgent question of our time: how to move forward into a future that’s socially just and sustainable, that honors all our voices and stories. With a moving preface by Washington State Poet Laureate Rena Priest of the Lummi Nation, this collection affirms the beauty, strength, and resilience of Cascadia and her people, and how our fates have always been deeply intertwined and interdependent, now more so than ever.

Advance registration is required.

plan ahead for publishing

September 30, 2021

If you’re planning a holiday print run of your current or future poetry collection, the Publishing Team at Village Books in Bellingham urges you to get started now. In an email to publishing and print-on-demand clients this week, they said (in part)

As many of you are already aware, the book industry has not escaped the effects of the pandemic and many of our partners are struggling with supply chain issues. Wood shortages create paper shortages, which drives up book-printing costs, and worker shortages due to COVID-19 leads to delays in packing/shipping/transporting books. We are anticipating delayed printing times of 3-4 weeks for any order of paperback books, and 4-6 weeks for hardcover books.

Here’s what this means for you: if you are needing to order a print run of your books before the holidays, we need to know by October 15th, 2021. This is the suggested cut-off date from our printers to hopefully ensure your books arrive on time. We cannot guarantee that any orders placed after this date will arrive before the holidays.

The concern expressed by Village Books is confirmed by a Bloomberg article that appeared in Tuesday’s Seattle Times, Paper shortage hits American retailers when they need it most.

The bottom line: start planning now and contact your printer to make sure the materials you need will be available.

Thanks to Luther Allen for the heads up.

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are you signed up?

June 13, 2021

Chuckanut Writers Conference CWC logo in a white-outlined translucent box on a background of river rocks

If this is June, it must be time for the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Building on the success of the 2020 online conference, CWC will this year offer a full program of conference events on Zoom the week of June 21-27, 2021. See the full schedule and register online. There’s more on Facebook and you can view (and purchase) titles by faculty authors at Village Books.

poetry today

May 23, 2021

Join Village Books and friends today, Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 4:00pm Pacific, for a virtual reading from recent work by Richard Widerkehr, Gayle Kaune, Susan Landgraf, and Thomas Mitchell. To listen, register here.

solstice, tomorrow

April 10, 2021

Congratulations to Carla Shafer, who conceived and edited a wonderful collection of poems of light, Solstice: Light & Dark of the Salish Sea (Chuckanut Sandstone Press). The collection features the work of 29 poets in two sections, Summer Solstice and Winter Solstice.

Tomorrow, Sunday, April 11, 2021, at 7:00pm Pacific, Village Books will present a book launch reading from Solstice. See the list of poets in the collection and register for the online reading here.

Treat yourself, and the whole family, to a virtual reading and conversation this Saturday, October 24, 2020, at 2:00pm Pacific, as John Green (aka Papa Green Bean) and Christen Mattix share their brand-new book, Whimsey Park: Poems for the Whole Family. The Village Books event is free, but you’ll need to register in advance.

With poems by Green and lively illustrations by Mattix (who is also a poet), the book is likely to appeal to ages 5 through 12… and up, up, up!

real poetry, virtually

October 2, 2020

Bellingham’s favorite independent bookstore, Village Books, has stepped up their schedule of virtual readings. On Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 4:00pm, Alice Derry, Richard Widerkehr, Gayle Kaune, and Jordan Hartt will read from their latest.

On Friday, October 16, at 5:00pm, the amazing Luci Shaw will read from her brand-new book (her 38th!), The Generosity.

On Saturday, October 24, at 2:00pm, Bellingham poets John Green and Christen Mattix will talk about their new book, Whimsy Park: Poems for the Whole Family.

And on Sunday, October 25, at 4:00pm, Alexandra Teague and Elizabeth Vignali will read from their latest collections.

Come what may, on the last Monday of the month at 7:00pm Seán Dwyer emcees the Village Books Virtual Open Mic.

These events are all free, but advance registration is required (and book purchases are deeply appreciated). Mark your calendar and follow the event links above to find more information about authors, books, and registration.

It has been a long time since Jack McCarthy left the room. For those who have been standing slack-jawed with loss since January 2013, news of the publication of a collection of Jack’s lost poems is long awaited.

Now, thanks to Jessica Lohafer and Write Bloody Publishing, Allow the Light is available for pre-order through Village Books (and probably through an independent bookstore near you). The book will be published October 15, 2020, much anticipated.

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