House Lessons by Erica Bauermeister

We chose our third annual Read & Share selection in the midst of working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our personal spaces were top-of-mind, and Erica Bauermeister’s beautiful memoir, House Lessons, Renovating a Life, captured aspects of that moment. Simply put: It is the story of her family’s hopeful renovation of a forlorn historic house in Port Townsend. It is also a moving exploration of how spaces affect us and the value of building something to last. Check out House Lessons from the library. It is also available as a downloadable audiobook and eBook. Then join us for virtual Read & Share programs that explore the question of how we build community and examine the concept of home and how we connect with others through shared spaces.






Erica Bauermeister

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Interview with Erica Bauermeister
WCLS Collection Services Manager Lisa Gresham interviews author Erica Bauermeister. In addition to House Lessons, Bauermeister is the bestselling author of four novels: The School of Essential IngredientsJoy for BeginnersThe Lost Art of Mixing and The Scent Keeper, which was a Reese’s Book Club pick.
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Thursday, Oct. 14, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Book Talk with Erica Bauermeister         
The author will read from and discuss her book House Lessons: Renovating a Life.
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Saturday, Oct. 16 and Sunday, Oct. 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jump Start Your Memoir with Erica Bauermeister           
A fun, fast-paced two-day workshop for anyone who has considered – or who is – writing their memoir. Erica Bauermeister leads the interactive sessions that are filled with exercises to “prime your writing pump.” You’ll walk away with skills to help you recall memories and to write vivid scenes. All ages and experience levels are welcome. There is no cost to attend.
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Listen to a short interview of Erica Bauermeister from our podcast


September 15, 2021, 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Ferndale Book Club
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September 21, 2021, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Foothills Book Club
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Thursday, Sept. 16, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
 Whatcom Homeless Service Center
Join us to discuss issues concerning homelessness in our county.
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Thursday, Sept. 23, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Historic Barns in Whatcom County
Learn about barn architecture in Whatcom County with photographer Jeff Barclay (Old Barns of Whatcom  County) and State Architectural Historian Michael Houser.
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Thursday, Sept. 30, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
What Your Home Says About the World              
Michelle Janning, sociologist and author of The Stuff of Family Life: How our Homes Reflect Our Lives, describes how home spaces and objects tell the story of what’s happening in contemporary families
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The Stuff of Family Life by Michelle Janning

Saturday, Oct. 2, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Nooksack Tribe Land and History
Nooksack Tribal Elder George Adams shares the history of the Nooksack people and the land that has been their home since time immemorial.
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Nooksack Tribe Logo

Tuesday, Oct. 5, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Diamonds in the Rough: The Gentrification of Rural Washington
Jennifer Sherman, professor of sociology, discusses both the glaring and the hidden effects of rural gentrification. A Humanities Washington event.
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Jennifer Sherman

Thursday, Oct. 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Poetry Reading with Elizabeth Vignali

In her latest book, House of the Silverfish, local poet Elizabeth Vignali explores family history through the lens of home as an idea and a physical place.
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Saturday, Oct. 23, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Whatcom’s Historical Places

Enjoy a multimedia tour of local state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation sites.
(Registration coming soon)

Department of archaeology and historic preservation logo

Wednesday, Nov. 3, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Traditional Places of the Lummi Nation
Matt Warbus, Lummi Nation tribal member and artist, will present an informative slide presentation and perform traditional songs on flute.
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Lummi Nation Logo

What is Read & Share?

The Whatcom County Library System marked its 75th anniversary in 2019. As part of the year-long celebration, we launched Read & Share, our countywide book club. After all, what better way to mark a library’s birthday than to ask everyone to read and discuss the same book? For the inaugural Read & Share, we read Leif Whittaker’s memoir, My Old Man and the Mountain, and welcomed the author to events at county libraries. The 2020 (virtual) Read & Share featured legendary thru-hiker Heather Anderson and her memoir, Thirst, 2600 Miles to Home. We look forward to reading with you and to meeting you at author events and community programs inspired by this year’s selection. Happy reading!