Special Events

Village Books and North Cascades Institute present The Nature of Writing Speaker Series Fall 2020

As the days grow shorter and nights stretch longer, head into winter with new books that explore and celebrate the natural wonders of the world! Join Village Books and North Cascades Institute in welcoming award-winning writers to share their latest works. From memoir to natural history, travelogue to nature poetry, regional history to environmental issues, you'll learn more about our wondrous planet through the voices of our country's most gifted authors in this series of free readings.

All readings are free and take place in the Virtual Readings Gallery hosted online by Village Books of Bellingham, unless otherwise noted.


Special Events
As the World Burns: The New Generation of Activists and the Landmark Legal Fight Against Climate Change with Lee van der Voo

Thursday, October 8, 7:00 p.m.
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Twenty-one young people from across America sued the federal government over climate change, charging that US actions to promote a fossil fuel economy violate their constitutional rights to life, liberty, and property. Their trial could be the civil rights trial of the century. But it hasn’t happened yet. While rare legal tactics attempt to stymie the case, As the World Burns follows the plight of the young plaintiffs, chronicling their legal battle through a year of drought and wildfire, floods and hurricanes, and the most tumultuous political season in modern history.

Acknowledging that forces larger than themselves are stealing their childhoods as well as their futures, the plaintiffs wrenchingly describe personal experiences with recurring “thousand-year” floods, wildfire smoke so thick they can’t ride a bike to school, drought that threatens family farms, and disappearing coastlines that send waves lapping ominously at their doors. Along the way, journalist Lee van der Voo weaves their experience into a broader narrative of America, where politics and policy threaten the very existence of our youth and our way of life. As the World Burns is climate breakdown like you’ve never seen it—through the eyes of the young.


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Edge of the Map: The Mountain Life of Christine Boskoff  with Joanna Garton

Saturday, October 17, 5:00 p.m.
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Edge of the Map is equal parts inspiring, dramatic, and heartbreaking. One of America’s greatest high altitude mountaineers, Christine Boskoff was at the top of her career when she and her partner died in an avalanche in 2006. Charismatic, principled, and humble, Boskoff was also a deeply loved role model to her climbing partners and the Sherpa community.

Edge of the Map traces the sharp twists and turns in Boskoff’s life, from her early years as a Lockheed engineer, through her first successes in the climbing world, to her purchase of Seattle-based Mountain Madness after owner and climber Scott Fischer died in the 1996 Everest disaster. Her life was one of constant achievement mixed with personal tragedy. The story follows Boskoff as she perseveres and moves on to even bigger peaks, earning acclaim as a world-class mountaineer, then later as she finds an alpine partnership with legendary Colorado climber Charlie Fowler.


Hank Lentfer in Conversation with Kathleen Dean Moore, Raven's Witness

Saturday, October 27, 6:00 p.m.
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Join Author Hank Lentfer, author of Raven’s Witness: The Alaska Life of Richard K. Nelson, and author Kathleen Dean Moore for a dialogue and multimedia virtual presentation in celebration of a new biography about the life of the late Richard K. Nelson.

Raven’s Witness is the inspirational true story of a remarkable life set amidst Alaska’s vast wilderness and vibrant Native cultures. It’s also a testament to the transformational power of deep listening. Before his death in 2019, cultural anthropologist, author, and radio producer Richard K. Nelson’s life’s work focused primarily on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and more generally on the relationships between people and nature. He spoke both Inupiaq and Koyukon and lived for extended periods in Athabaskan and Alaskan Eskimo villages, experiences which inspired his earliest books including Hunters of the Northern Ice. He also authored the bestselling book The Island Within, Heart and Blood, and numerous other titles, and served as the host and producer of the popular national public radio series Encounters: Experiences in the North. Nels lived a life consistently marked by patience, attentiveness, and fierce determination.