Special Events

Village Books and North Cascades Institute present The Nature of Writing Speaker Series Spring 2021

As the days grow longer, bird chorus fills the mornings and green shoot and buds emerge, head into Spring 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 are hosted online by Village Books of Bellingham, pre-registration required at villagebooks.com/event.


Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World with Kathleen Dean Moore

Tuesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.
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Earth’s Wild Music is at once joyous and somber, a thoughtful gathering of new and selected essays spanning Kathleen Dean Moore’s distinguished career as a tireless advocate for environmental activism in the face of climate change. Music is the shivering urgency and exuberance of life ongoing. In a time of terrible silencing, Moore asks, who will forgive us if we do not save nature’s songs? Kathleen Dean Moore is the author or co-editor of many books about our moral and emotional bonds to the wild, reeling world, including Wild Comfort, Moral Ground, and Great Tide Rising. A philosopher and activist, Moore writes from Corvallis, Oregon, and Chichagof Island, Alaska.


A Shape in the Dark: Living and Dying with Brown Bears with Bjorn Dihle, plus a conversation on local grizzly bear recovery with Joe Scott from Conservation Northwest!

Saturday, April 3 at 7:00 p.m.
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In A Shape in the Dark, Dihle blends personal experience with historical and contemporary accounts to fully explore the world of brown bears, from frightening attacks to the animal’s place in Native cultures to the ways habitat degradation and climate change are threatening the species. A Shape in the Dark is an elegant and lyrical work that thoughtfully weaves outdoor adventure, natural history, and memoir together to present a fresh and vivid portrayal of these fascinating creatures.

BJORN DIHLE is a wilderness and wildlife film guide as well as a contributing editor for Alaska Magazine and Hunt Alaska Magazine, and has been published in Outdoor Life and Sierra, among others. He is the author of two previous books, Haunted Inside Passage: Ghosts, Mysteries, and Legends of Southeast Alaska and Never Cry Halibut: And Other Alaska Hunting and Fishing Tales. He lives on Douglas Island in Southeast Alaska with his family.

JOE SCOTT leads Conservation Northwest’s trans-boundary grizzly bear recovery and habitat connectivity efforts in the North Cascades and southwestern BC, working collaboratively with several First Nations, research biologists, governments and other conservation organizations.


FUTURE EVENTS: Registration details coming soon!

Washington Wildflower Hikes: 50 Destinations and Pacific NW Wildflowers: A Pocket Reference with Nathan Barnes
Tuesday, April 20 at 7:00 p.m.

Waymaking by Moonlight: New & Selected Poems with Bill Yake
Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.

Singer Come from Afar (poetry) with Kim Stafford
Tuesday, April 27 at 6:00 p.m.

An Evening with Saul Weisberg & Friends
Thursday, May 13 at 7:00 p.m.
After 35 years of serving as the Executive Director of the North Cascades Institute, naturalist, poet and visionary nonprofit leader Saul Weisberg is retiring. The nationally-renowned environmental education organization based right here in Whatcom and Skagit counties has grown from an idea that emerged around a campfire with Saul and friends to a robust organization that reaches over thousands learners every year. Join us for a fun evening of storytelling, sharing favorite nature books and a conversation facilitated by journalist William Dietrich and author and former dean of Huxley College of the Environment at WWU John MIles.