The return of in-person community events at Village Books & Paper Dreams

Submitted by Village Books & Paper Dreams, written by Sydney Durst

In November, in addition to the gathering of family and friends, Village Books & Paper Dreams is grateful for the in person come to our events! This month we celebrate our partnerships with North Cascade Institute, Mount Baker Theatre, and Whatcom Literacy Council with three exciting literary events for our patrons and the community.

“As Event Coordinator, I’m thrilled to once again welcome people to our Readings Gallery and to our off-site events, like the Chuckanut Radio Hour,” says Claire McElroy-Chesson. “Village Books established itself as a community center decades ago and to be able to gather here again feels like a kind of homecoming. We have had to adapt with everyone, developing new procedures for our events, such as online pre-registration to reserve seats, and we are very grateful to everyone for adapting with us and for ride with the new normal. Our community is simply the best.

Are you interested in anything related to nature? Or do you want to learn more about the nature that makes the Pacific Northwest…well, the Pacific Northwest? November 11the is your chance to learn more. Journalist Josephine Woolington will present her first novel, where we call home, in the Village Books Reading Gallery as part of our Nature of Writing series. During this hour-long event, guests will have the chance to listen to Woolington walk through parts of her book, which, through a blend of prose and science, seeks to help the reader better understand the natural wonders of our changing world. If you would like to attend this event, please visit: If you would like to learn about other events and programs sponsored by the North Cascade Institute, please visit them at

Best-selling author and American journalist Bob Woodward will “pull the curtain back” on Washington, DC politics and the events that led to where it is today. Presented at Mount Baker Theater and sponsored by Village Books, November 12e, Woodward will host a 1.5-hour discussion and Q&A. This event will also be moderated by local reporter Ron Judd of the Independent Newspaper Cascadia Daily News. If you would like to attend this event or would like to learn more about other events at the Mount Baker Theater, please visit them at

The Whatcom Literacy Council’s Annual Literacy Breakfast with Nancy Pearl is also returning in person this year (with an option to join online). Librarian turned NPR commentator turned author turned figurine will review his favorite titles of the year. While her recommendations can be found at Village Books after the event, purchases at the in-person event on November 17e will fund free programs offered by Whatcom Literacy Council that help build literacy skills in local adults. If you would like to attend this event, you can purchase tickets at

Do you feel inspired by these authors and their events? Want to put pen to paper on your thoughts and ideas about the world around you (or the one you’ve created)? Village Books & Paper Dreams organizes several writers’ workshops as well as writing groups that YOU can join. Simply sign up for our Just Write! eNewsletter, which can be found on our website at

At Village Books & Paper Dreams, we would like to once again express our gratitude to the North Cascade Institute, Mount Baker Theater and Whatcom Literacy Council for partnering with us in these two events and for bringing the community together!

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