Janet Mason is an award winning writer of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry whose literary commentary is regularly featured on This Way Out, an international LGBT radio news syndicate based in Los Angeles and aired on more than 400 radio stations in the U.S. and abroad. She is also a blogger for The Huffington Post.

Her book Tea Leaves, a memoir of mothers and daughters was published by Bella Books in 2012. Tea Leaves has been nominated for inclusion in the 2012 ALA list of notable LGBT Books and is featured by the Lambda Literary Foundation’s Literary Book Club. The review and reader’s guidelines can be found at http://www.lambdaliterary.org/book-club/

Tea Leaves tells the story of mothers and daughters, embarking when the narrator’s mother is diagnosed with fourth-stage cancer. A dutiful daughter, the narrator proceeds to take care of her mother, 74-year-old Jane, and enters a deeper understanding of her own life through her mother’s stories. Her grandmother (born in 1899) was a spinner in a textile mill and white glove wearing lady of her generation, her mother (born in 1920) was an office worker and feminist ahead of her time. The narrator has taken the foundation of her mother’s life and forged her own – taking her mother’s feminism one step further in becoming a lesbian and becoming the first in her family to graduate from college. Tea Leaves is a story of gender and class, identity and sexuality but, most of all, it is about love.

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Published: Bella Books - May 8th, 2012

As part of the 2012 Burlington Book Festival, Phoenix Books will be hosting a series of author readings and book signings entitled "Women's Work."  We are proud to welcome Hinda Miller, Katharine Britton, Emily Bernard and Emily M. Danforth to our Burlington store. The schedule for Sunday is as follows:
11:00 am - Hinda Miller

12:00 pm - Katharine Britton

1:00 pm - Emily Bernard

2:00 pm - Emily M. Danforth

Hinda Miller has been a Vermont State Senator for the past ten years. Her memoir, Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit, shares her experiences as both a political force and as a business owner. Throughout all her ventures, Hinda Miller is guided and anchored by a strong connection to the practice of yoga. Now she is preparing for a new venture as a Sultana, a woman of experience and wisdom who is always practicing, always learning, and always grateful.

Katharine Britton's debut novel, Her Sister's Shadow, tells the story of two sisters, estranged by time, distance and long-kept secrets, who are unexpectedly reunited by a death in the family. The book explores themes of resentment, sisterhood and forgiveness. Publisher’s Weekly called it ”A touching intimate account of painful memories that radically shape lives.” 

Emily Bernard is an associate professor of English and ALANA U. S. Ethnic Studies at the University of Vermont. Her acclaimed new work, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White, is the story of a white man with a passion for blackness. His role in the black cultural movement known was the Harlem Renaissance was dramatic, intimate and controversial. The book is not an attempt to answer the question of whether Van Vechten helped or hurt the black cultural world over which he wielded much influence. Instead it is a tale about the messy realities of race and the complicated tangle of black and white.

Emily M. Danforth is an assistant professor of English-Creative Writing at Rhode Island College. Her debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, USA Today, and NPR–whose reviewer called it “…a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.”

Please join us in welcoming these four celebrated authors to our store! Learn more about them, as well as the Burlington Book Festival at:


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Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - April 22nd, 2012

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Published: Berkley Publishing Group - June 7th, 2011

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Published: Yale University Press - February 28th, 2012

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Published: Balzer & Bray/Harperteen - February 7th, 2012

The Queen City’s eighth annual celebration of the written word is on the way. September 21 through 23 enjoy readings, signings, panels, workshops, exhibits, musical performances, original theater, demos and special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world-and just around the corner! All events are free. This year’s headliners include Rolling Stone's Michael Hastings, Alison Bechdel, Newbery Medalist Paul Fleischman, Vermont Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Emily M. Danforth, Bill McKibben and winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Tracy K. Smith.

As in years past, Phoenix Books will be handling book sales as the official Festival Bookstore at the Performing Arts Center on Friday and Saturday of the festival, and...


On Sunday, September 23rd, Phoenix Books Burlington will host a series of readings entitled "Women's Work," featuring Hinda Miller, Katharine Fisher Britton, Emily Bernard, and Emily M. Danforth.  Hinda Miller is the cofounder of Jogbra and has been a Vermont State Senator.  Her new memoir is entitled Pearls of a Sultana: What I’ve Learned About Business, Politics and the Human Spirit.  Katharine Fisher Britton's debut novel, Her Sister’s Shadow, is ”A touching intimate account of painful memories that radically shape lives" (Publishers Weekly).  Emily Bernard's acclaimed new work, Carl Van Vechten and the Harlem Renaissance: A Portrait in Black and White is a tale about the messy realities of race and the complicated tangle of black and white. Emily M. Danforth’s debut novel, The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, has received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Kirkus, and School Library Journal, and was featured in the LA Times, The Seattle Stranger, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly and NPR–whose reviewer called it “…a skillfully and beautifully written story that does what the best books do: It shows us ourselves in the lives of others.”

For more information on the Burlington Book Festival, and to find the full schedule, please visit http://burlingtonbookfestival.com.

On October 4th, children and adults will attempt to break a world record by reading Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad, by David Soman and Jacky Davis, in homes and communities around the globe. Phoenix is excited to be a part of this - and we hope you are too! Learn more about the national event at www.readfortherecord.com. (Suggested age range is from 3-7 years old, but all are welcome!)

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By David Soman (Illustrator), Jacky Davis
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Published: Dial Books for Young Readers - March 22nd, 2011

Join Keith Herkalo to mark the 200 year anniversary of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh, and to learn about the battles themselves.

Both Roosevelt and Churchill recognized the importance of the land and naval battles of Plattsburgh. Many other, more famous, engagements were ruses meant to divert U.S. troops away from the prize Plattsburgh would afford: a clear pathway into New England. If not for the exemplary skills of two young military officers, Commodore Macdonough and General Macomb, and the force they commanded—regular army and naval personnel, New York and Vermont Militia, Native Americans, Veteran Exempts and boys from the local school—the war and the nation would have been lost. In The Battles at Plattsburgh, using original source documents, author Keith Herkalo retells the battles at Plattsburgh—the key battles of the War of 1812.

Keith Herkalo was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1948 and raised in Philadelphia and Plattsburgh (the family summered in Plattsburgh every year). After more than a decade in the military and an additional decade working for military equipment development firms in the Washington, D.C. area, he returned with his family to Plattsburgh (the proverbial return to Woebegon). It was then that he became more interested in Plattsburgh’s history and specifically Plattsburgh’s involvement in the War of 1812. He is an amateur historian who is the research catalyst behind the archaeological rediscovery of the 1812 camp known as Pike’s Cantonment, the editor of The Journal of H.K. Averill, Sr.: An account of the Battle of Plattsburgh and Early North Country Community, has authored numerous local history articles and has been a frequent speaker in local history venues for many years. He is the city clerk of Plattsburgh; a founding member and current president of the Battle of Plattsburgh Association; a musician, theater buff, boat builder, sailor, diver, woodworker, plaster restorer and an 1812-era reenactor. With his wife, Dr. Joy Demarse, Keith is currently building their energy-efficient, solar-powered retirement home.

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Published: History Press (SC) - May 22nd, 2012

There’s a new set of 3Rs for our kids – respect, responsibility, and resilience – that will better prepare them for life in the real world. Join Vicki Hoefle, founder of the Parenting On Track™ program and author of the new book Duck Tape Parenting, A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible and Resilient Kids, for a one-hour presentation on becoming a “Duct Tape Parent”. This counter-intuitive – yet much more effective than a quick-fix – approach is for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up and take charge of their own lives.

Vicki will give parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. She won’t talk about the latest popular parenting strategy, but rather about a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. She’s witty, straight shooting and happy to work with frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.

In this presentation, Vicki will identify some of the biggest obstacles faced by parents and help them recognize how to clear away what is not working and discover tools that bring the lasting change that parents are looking for. The Duct Tape approach challenges parents to change their way of thinking toward long-term solutions, give their children room to grow, and sit back and watch the magic unfold.

If you’ve never seen Vicki in person before, you’re in for a treat! There will be plenty of time for questions and autographs of her new book.

This event is a part of Phoenix's Local Authors' Programs.

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ISBN: 9781937134181
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Published: Bibliomotion - August 30th, 2012

True or false:
Boys can wear tutus.
Sex ed starts in preschool.
“I hate you!” is nothing personal.

Explore these and similar renegade parenting tips when Phoenix Books welcomes Heather Shumaker to discuss her nonconformist, unorthodox parenting book. Shumaker is a nationally published journalist whose book is receiving rave reviews across the country. Don’t miss this chance to discover new ways to parent outside the box!

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Published: Tarcherperigee - August 2nd, 2012

Join us in welcoming local author S.J. Richard!

S.J. Richard is a graduate of Marist College, where she studied the art of racking up student loans and the entertaining effects of sleep deprivation. She worked for several New England newspapers while exploring the dynamics of not having a savings account and methods of living off the kindness of tolerant and pitying relatives. She won top honors from the New England Press Association in the late 1990s for her reporting and feature writing. She currently lives in Vermont.  Her new book is entitled The Peacemaker.

About the book:  With war scars that no one could see and that would not heal, Jack O'Malley drifted into Kanen, Colorado in the summer of 1873. Hired to be the new marshal, he is confronted with the suspicioun and anxiety of a once peaceful, small town with a growing mining problem (or perhaps it is a mining town with a small growing problem). Whatever the case, O'Malley swiftly learns that the invisible foes that stalk him in his sleep are nothing compared to the passionately pious force that is the Ladies' Church Society and the beautiful but feisty Amanda Morgan, a woman who finds O'Malley's lack of religion as disturbing as he finds her attractive.  Their tangles over faith and propriety peak with the arrival of a sultry and scandalous songstress from O'Malley's past, a wave of criminal accusations from the town newspaper and a flood of questions from suspicious citizens about the mysterious stranger O'Malley is giving sanctuary in the town jail.  With troubling questions being raised regarding O'Malley's personal history, the one thing even the most patient of townspeople are growing certain of is that the new marshal isn't likely to see the New Year in Kanen.

Join us for an evening of poetry and story with Daniel Lusk and David Huddle at Phoenix Books Burlington.

Daniel Lusk is author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain (Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, 2011) and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999). Since leaving his native Iowa, he has worked as a laborer, hospital intern, TV sound technician, door-to-door salesman, preacher, clerk, sportswriter, ranch hand, jazz singer, itinerant poet, free-lance writer, NPR commentator, teacher, university administrator, and as a Senior Lecturer in English Emeritus of the University of Vermont. He writes poems whose physicality reflects work in packing plants, on farms and ranches, and whose contemplative poetics betray his love of nature as well as his education in philosophy and religion and his background in the arts. He has been awarded grants and literary fellowships from the Vermont Arts Council, Vermont Arts Endowment and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, as well as residencies at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

Currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Hollins University in Virginia, David Huddle taught for thirty-eight years at the University of Vermont and continues to teach at the Bread Loaf School of English. He has published seventeen books of fiction, poetry, and essays. His novel The Story of a Million Years (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) was named a Distinguished Book of the Year by Esquire and a best Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times Book Review. His most recent novel is Nothing Can Make Me Do This.

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ISBN: 9781936797110
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Published: Tupelo Press - October 3rd, 2011

Join Rosemary Gladstar for a talk and demonstration on herbs for winter health! She'll show us how to make Fire Cider, a delicious concoction that will keep you toasty and well throughout the cold winter months, as well as another immune-boosting recipe. Don't miss this chance to learn from the "godmother of modern herbalism"!


Rosemary Gladstar is a renowned herbal teacher and practitioner with more than 35 years of experience working with herbs. She’s the author of Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health and Herbal Healing for Women, director of the International Herb Symposium and the annual Women’s Herbal Conference, cofounder of the Traditional Medicinal Tea Company (for which she formulated the original blends), and founding president of the nonprofit United Plant Savers.

Visit Rosemary's Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center online.

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Published: Storey Publishing - April 10th, 2012

This is an ideal book for the beginning herbalist. It starts out with
easy-to-follow instructions on growing and using herbs, and continues
with profiles of 33 easy to use and easy to find herbs. Having read
this book - written in Rosemary's friendly and inviting style - I think
even the most tentative students of herbalism will be inspired to dive
in and start gardening and harvesting, concocting and decocting. --Kristen

More and more people are returning to the ancient healing art of
herbalism, and there is no better instructor in the practice of simple,
safe, and effective natural medicine than Rosemary Gladstar. One of the
most trusted and well-respected herbalists of her time – known as the
godmother of modern herbalism – Gladstar demonstrates how easy it is to
make safe, all-natural, low-cost healing remedies for common ailments in
her new book, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide.

Ideal for those embarking on an organic lifestyle or seeking to take better control of their
health, Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs documents how to
grow, harvest, prepare, and
use 33 of the most common and versatile healing plants. Easy-to-follow
recipes produce such
remedies as aloe lotion for poison ivy, dandelion-burdock tincture for
sluggish digestion, and
lavender-lemon balm tea for stress relief. With full-color photographs
and step-by-step
instructions for drying, preserving, and incorporating these herbs in
teas, salves, syrups,
tinctures, oils, liniments, and even pills and capsules, Gladstar
introduces the fundamentals in a straightforward manner, enabling anyone
to take a gentler, less expensive approach to managing everyday,
non-emergency health problems in the home.


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ISBN: 9781603420785
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Published: Storey Publishing - September 3rd, 2008

The bulk of this accessible, fun, well-balanced book is dedicated to specific herbal remedies for everyone in the family -- children, men, women, and elders. There are tons of yummy herbal dishes and treats, as well as a chapter full of easy and indulgent herbal cosmetic treatments. Rosemary Gladstar is the founder of the California School of Herbal Studies and of United Plant Savers, and is the co-founder of Traditional Medicinals Tea Co. She organizes the International Herb Symposium. Rosemary lives & works from her home, Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, a 500 acre botanical preserve in central VT.

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By Rosemary Gladstar (Editor), Pamela Hirsch (Editor)
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ISBN: 9780892818945
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Published: Healing Arts Press - September 1st, 2000