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.

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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.

memoir your September

August 24, 2018

September is Whatcom Memoir Writing Month (WhaMemWriMo) and for the fourth year, Chuckanut Writers and Village Books will offer a series of four memoir workshops. The goal for each writer is 1,666 words a day — 50,000 words (a book’s worth) for the month.

The workshops, taught on successive Thursdays by Cami Ostman, Laura Kalpakian, Nancy Canyon, and Jennifer Wilhoit, can be taken individually or as a series ($25 each or all four for $89). See the full description and registration links on the Village Books WhaMemWriMo page.

book launch

July 13, 2018

Celebrate the art of poetry and the poets who make it happen on Friday, July 20, 2018, as Village Books hosts a book launch and reading.

Award-winning poet Jed Myers will read from his new book, Between Dream and Flesh, a handmade limited-edition publication from Egress Studio Press. He will be joined by poet and fiction writer Lana Ayers (founder, publisher, and managing editor of MoonPath Press) who will read from her illustrated handmade book, The Moon’s Answer (Egress Studio Press), as well as other poems. James Bertolino will read selections from a variety of his poetry publications.

Energetic, globe-hopping writer and illustrator of personal travel journals, Bellingham poet Susan Chase-Foster will read poems from her new book, Xiè Xiè Taipei, on Friday, July 6, 2018, 7:00pm in the Readings Gallery at Village Books in Fairhaven.

Accompanying Susan, bearing moon cakes and oolong tea, will be her son and co-adventurer, photographer Moshe Foster, who moved to Taiwan in 2005 and hasn’t looked back. Moshe will share slides of his photos from the book.

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