Village Books and the Willows Inn on Lummi Island present a two-day getaway at the Inn with librarian extraordinaire Nancy Pearl. Immerse yourself in two books recommended by Nancy: Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner and The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell. On Wednesday evening Nancy leads the first book club discussion in the cozy atmosphere of the Inn's living room, followed by a specially-prepared dinner by the Willows Inn sous chef. Nancy will talk about some of her favorite books over dinner. On Thursday morning, guests will reconvene in the main dining room for a hearty breakfast followed by a second book club session with Nancy. After the discussion, get cozy with a good book, indulge in a spa treatment, or wander the island in the afternoon before enjoying the famous tasting menu prepared by Food and Wine's Best New Chef of 2012, Blaine Wetzel. For information about pricing and to book this event check out the Willows Inn weblisting. Each registrant will be sent both books, shortly after registering. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Whatcom Literacy Council. About Nancy Pearl: The New York Times calls her "the talk of librarian circles." Readers can’t get enough of her recommendations while bookstores and libraries offer standing room only whenever she visits. Since the release of the best-selling Book Lust in 2003 and the Librarian Action Figure modeled in her likeness, Nancy Pearl has become a rock star among readers and the tastemaker people turn to when deciding what to read next. Having worked as a librarian and bookseller in Detroit, Tulsa, and Seattle, Pearl’s knowledge of and love for books is unmatched. In 1998, she developed the program "If All of Seattle Read the Same Book," which spread across the country. The former Executive Director of the Washington Center for the Book, Pearl celebrates the written word by speaking at bookstores and libraries across the country and on her monthly television program Book Lust with Nancy Pearl on the Seattle Channel. She is a regular commentator about books on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" and NPR affiliate stations KUOW in Seattle and KWGS in Tulsa. In 2004, Pearl became the 50th winner of the Women's National Book Association Award for her extraordinary contribution to the world of books. In the moments when Pearl finds herself without a book, she is an avid bicyclist and happy grandmother of three. She lives in Seattle with her husband, Joe.
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Are you a writer in search of a writing group? Village Books is hosting a poetry writing group on the mezzanine level of the store near the poetry section and Book Fare Café. Come meet other writers who can help you get organized, give feedback, and help you with your writing goals. This group is open to newcomers and drop-ins and meets the first and third Thursday of each month from 5:30-7pm.
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Long considered an icon of the wild, wolves capture our imagination and spark controversy. Their return to the mountains, old-growth forests and wild coastlines of the Pacific Northwest renews age-old questions about the value of wildlands and wildlife. Join us to for an evening of stunning photography and stories from right here in the Pacific Northwest about the life history, ecology, and conservation of our regions apex carnivore. This event is co-sponsored by Conservation NW. Wolves. We love them, idolize them, and are fascinated by them. We also hate them, fear them, and blame them. The wolf's relationship with humans is complex and can be emotionally wrought, depending on whether one is a hunter, rancher, or animal lover. Wolves in the Land of Salmon is nature writing at its best. Vivid imagery and a sense of wonder bring the text alive and help the reader understand exactly what it means to be a wolf. David Moskowitz's training as a wildlife tracker gives him insider knowledge that he generously shares in hopes that with greater understanding comes new perspective. The daring photography provides the first significant portrait of these charismatic animals west of the Cascades and the British Columbia Coast Range. His accounts of young wolves at play, and the stories that shed light on the psychological power wolves have across cultures and generations, make this a true wilderness adventure. David Moskowitz, a professional wildlife tracker, photographer, outdoor educator, and avid mountaineer, has contributed to wildlife studies in the Pacific Northwest and in the Canadian and US Rocky Mountains. He has explored many of the most remote parts of the region. He helped establish and co-manages the Cascades Citizen Wildlife Monitoring Project, teaches wildlife tracking programs through Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall, Washington, and has led wolf-tracking expeditions in Washington, Idaho, and Wisconsin.