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February 2021

Whatcom Writes Public Presentation

February 21, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
To Be Announced
Free
Whatcom Writes! One book together.

THIS WILL BE AN ONLINE EVENT

Each year, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by this year’s Whatcom READS book. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology.The deadline to submit entries has passed, but you can hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest about RECONCILIATION — based on the 2021 book selection, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan — read their work!

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Technology and Social Justice with Clyde Ford

February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Clyde Ford

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219209
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Author, scholar, and activist Clyde Ford shows how the issues his father faced as the first black software engineer in America are present in high-tech today, and what concerned citizens must do to advocate for human and civil rights in the modern technological age.

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I’ll Fly Away: A Sojourn Through Poetry and Spirituals

February 25, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Gloria Burgess

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7219213
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What connections, what traditions could help people cope with being forcibly transported from one continent to another? The literary and artistic forms of spirituals and poetry not only tied communities together socially and artistically during slavery, but also continue to enrich the multicultural fabric of our state today through the work of contemporary African-American poets, musicians and artists. Award-winning poet, performer and distinguished scholar Gloria Burgess explores the rich, beautiful heritage of spirituals and poetry from the African-American tradition in a spirited sojourn through words and music. This interactive presentation covers the sometimes hidden meanings of specific spirituals and poems, including how the art helped people cope as they were transported from another culture. Made possible by a Lift Every Voice grant.

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Whatcom Writes Public Presentation

February 28, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
To Be Announced
Free

Each year, Whatcom WRITES invites writers of all ages and experience levels to explore a theme inspired by this year’s Whatcom READS book. Top entries are selected for publication in the Whatcom WRITES anthology.The deadline to submit entries has passed, but you can hear authors from the Whatcom WRITES contest about RECONCILIATION — based on the 2021 book selection, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan — read their work!

Click here to attend this virtual event.

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March 2021

Author Interview: Esi Edugyan

March 4, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Crowdcast Live Video Meeting
Free
Photo of Esi Edugyan and her book Washington Black

Author Interview Esi Edugyan speaks with Shu-Ling Zhao, co-founder, Sylvia Center for the Arts and Whatcom County Racial Equity Commission. REGISTER HERE FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT   Add to your own calendar below.

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Author Book Talk: Esi Edugyan

March 4, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crowdcast Live Video Meeting
Free
Photo of Esi Edugyan and her book Washington Black

Mary Kinser, Collections Development Librarian, Whatcom County Library System talks with Esi Edugyan about her novel, Washington Black. REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT HERE.   Add to your own calendar below.

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Allied Arts Art Challenge Exhibition

March 5, 2021 - March 27, 2021
Allied Arts of Whatcom County, 1418 Cornwall Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225 United States
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Free

Allied Arts of Whatcom County hosts a community art exhibit inspired by the novel Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Artists were tasked with reading this year’s book and creating art inspired by it. The exhibit runs from March 5 through March 27 Gallery is open Tuesday thru Saturday 11am - 4pm

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The Art and Craft of Writing with Esi Edugyan

March 5, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Crowdcast Live Video Meeting
Free
Photo of Esi Edugyan and her book Washington Black

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/7537760 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Observe as Esi Edugyan leads a writing craft discussion with Western Washington University students. Moderated by Dr. Scott Linneman, director, University Honors Program.  

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December 2021

Mushrooms of the PNW – Sustaining People and Soils

December 8, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Daniel Winkler

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/8424879 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event.   Mushrooms grow in abundance in Washington state nearly year around. Some are poisonous, many of no culinary value, many are edible, and a select group is some of the best food to enjoy. The Pacific Northwest is the region richest in edible mushroom in the Western hemisphere. Our choice edible mushrooms such as morels, chanterelles,…

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Botany of the Pacific Northwest

December 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Broadleaf Lupine

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/8358141 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Whether your goal is to sustainably harvest edible plants, build pollinator friendly gardens, or simply explore your local ecology, learning basic plant identification is just the place to start! There are over 3,000 native plant species in Washington state yet many people can’t tell a fir from a hemlock or a calyx from a corolla. This…

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January 2022

CANCELLED – Climate Fiction and Climate Change Literature

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Professor Stephen Siperstein

We have cancelled this event due to circumstances beyond our control. We apologize for the inconvenience. In this presentation, professor Stephen Siperstein will explore how climate change literature, and particularly climate change fiction (also known as cli-fi), can be a source of radical hope in our burning world. Specifically, in creating a space for empathy, imagination, and even beauty, literature about climate change provides roots and routes: roots to understand the past and present systems that are driving the climate…

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Draw and Paint Trees Watercolor Workshop with Molly Hashimoto – IN PERSON

January 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Free
Molly Hashimoto's Trees

THIS EVENT IS FULL EMAIL EVENTS@VILLAGEBOOKS.COM TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST Village Books is pleased to team up with the North Cascades Institute and Whatcom READS to bring a hands-on workshop with Molly Hashimoto! Join Molly to discover methods for quick-sketching and painting trees in this hands-on workshop. We'll use pencils, pens, water-soluble drawing materials and watercolor to create sketches and fun portraits of some of our iconic northwest species like western red cedar, Douglas firs, mountain hemlocks…

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Wood Songs

January 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Zoom Live Video Meeting
Free
Devin Champlin by Joseph Vidrine freelancecajun

PLEASE REGISTER FOR THIS LIVE VIDEO EVENT: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/8258868 You will be emailed a link to the Zoom meeting on the day of the event. Local luthier Devin Champlin discusses musical instrument making and the treasured woods that are used in the craft.

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Tapping Bigleaf Maples for Syrup: How the Impossible Became Possible

January 29 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
To Be Announced
Free
Neil's Bigleaf Maple Syrup. Tapped on the West Coast.

THE WAITING LIST FOR THIS EVENT IS FULL.  Some of the rarest and tastiest maple syrup is tapped right in our County — sustainably! Hear this Acme farm's history — and future plans — from owner Neil McLeod and others during an intriguing on-site site tour. Sample tastings included! Pre-registration required; space is limited.

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