Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, June 01 at (All day) to Thursday, August 31 at (All day)

    This summer, kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to take the Reading Without Walls challenge! 

    National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang started the Reading Without Walls program to celebrate reading and diversity by challenging children nationwide to read a book about a character who doesn’t look or live like them; read a book about a topic they don’t know much about; and/or read a book in a format that they don’t normally read for fun.

    Starting in June, come on in to any Phoenix Books location to sign up and get your Bingo card!  Sign-up begins June 1st, but feel free to join throughout the summer. Read books to achieve "BINGO:"

    • Complete 1 line or 4 corners and kids get a free advance reading copy (while supplies last).
    • Complete the outer border and enter to win a $25 gift card and other great prizes.
    • Complete the entire card and enter to win a $50 gift card and other great prizes

    Reading Without Walls is sponsored by Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group, the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader, and the Library of Congress. 

     

    DATES:  June through August

    LOCATIONS:  All four Phoenix Books locations!

    AGES:  Children entering grades 4-8 in the fall.

  • Wednesday, August 23 at 10:00 am

    Join us to read Elephant's Story and do coloring pages!

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, August 23rd at 10am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm

    Join us in welcoming Sarah Prager—author of Queer, There, and Everywhere—to Burlington. This first-ever LGBTQ history book for teens combines riveting facts with a pop-culture vibe to chronicle the lives of 23 influential queer figures from the Roman Empire through to the present.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  World history has been made by countless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals—and you’ve never heard of many of them. Queer author and activist Sarah Prager delves deep into the lives of 23 people who fought, created, and loved on their own terms. From high-profile figures like Abraham Lincoln and Eleanor Roosevelt to the trailblazing gender-ambiguous Queen of Sweden and a bisexual blues singer who didn’t make it into your history books, these astonishing true stories uncover a rich queer heritage that encompasses every culture, in every era. By turns hilarious and inspiring, the beautifully illustrated Queer, There, and Everywhere is for anyone who wants the real story of the queer rights movement.

    “Accessible, irreverent, and meticulously researched, at times heartbreaking and just as often wildly funny, this stunningly diverse survey of queer histories is a nourishing and inspiring addition to our arsenal of queer possibilities. Should be required reading for all of us, queer or not.”
    —Sarah McCarry, author of the Lambda Award-nominated About a Girl

    “The book’s tone is chatty, vivid, and informative, and it reminds readers that the human spectrum of sexuality and gender is not a modern invention.”
    Boston Globe

    “A powerful, educational book about the lives of 23 LGBTQ people who made important contributions to our society. This is an essential tool to educate the world about our LGBTQ heroes and leaders.”
    —Jose Gutierrez, founder of the Latino GLBT History Project and co-founder of the Rainbow History Project

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sarah Prager is an activist, public speaker, and writer with a B.A. from Boston University and a Certificate of Communications from Emerson College. She is the founder and director of Quist, a free mobile app that aims to bring queer history to the world in an interesting and interactive way. Sarah came out as a lesbian at the age of fourteen and taught herself LGBTQ history as a means of gaining a sense of community. She has been an activist since that time, working for marriage equality, bisexual visibility, HIV prevention, sexual assault prevention, and basic LGBTQ human rights abroad. She has written about LGBTQ history for the Huffington Post, The Advocate, the It Gets Better Project’s blog, and QED: A Journal of LGBTQ Worldmaking. She lives in Connecticut with her wife and their child. This is her first book.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, August 23rd at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Saturday, August 26 at 11:00 am

    Join us to read Elephant's Story and do coloring pages!

     

    DATE:  Saturday, August 26th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Wednesday, August 30 at 10:00 am

    Join us to read Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True and make unicorn horns!

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, August 30th at 10am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, September 02 at 11:00 am

    Join us to read Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True and make unicorn horns!

     

    DATE:  Saturday, September 2nd at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, September 02 at 2:30 pm

    Join Gerit Quealy, author of Botanical Shakespeare, for a talk and quizzes (with prizes!) on the flowers, fruits, herbs, trees, seeds, and grasses cited in the works of William Shakespeare.  We'll also have guest appearances by Shakespearean actors who will bring the Bard's botanical dialogues to life!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this striking compilation, Shakespeare historian Gerit Quealy and respected Japanese artist Sumié Hasegawa combine their knowledge and skill in this first and only book that examines every plant that appears in the works of Shakespeare. Botanical Shakespeare opens with a brief look at the Bard’s relationship to the plants mentioned in his works—a diversity that illuminates his knowledge of the science of botany, as well as the colloquy, revealing his unmatched skill for creating metaphorical connections and interweaving substantive philosophy. At the heart of the book are “portraits” of the over 170 flowers, fruits, grains, grasses, trees, herbs, seeds and vegetables that Shakespeare mentions in his plays and poems. Botanical Shakespeare features a gorgeous color illustration of each, giving a “face” to the name, alongside the specific text in which it appears and the character(s) who utter the lines in which it is mentioned. This fascinating visual compendium also includes a dictionary describing each plant—such as Eglantine, a wild rose with a slight prickle, cherished for its singular scent, superior to any other rose—along with indices listing the botanical by play/poem, by character, and genus.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Gerit Quealy is a journalist, author, and editor. She has been a guest speaker and workshop leader at various venues including Columbia University, Williams College, and CCNY and speaks around the world on the life and works of Shakespeare. She was co-author of Wedding Flowers, wrote extensively for Country Living Gardener and other gardening publications, in addition to the New York Times, Huffington Post, Woman's Day, and Biography.com. She lives in New York City.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, September 2nd at 2:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday, September 06 at 10:00 am

    Join us to read Stuck and make our own story books!

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, September 6th at 10am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Thursday, September 07 at 7:00 pm

    Join Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger to celebrate the launch of The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a small state with a history of making a large impact. We're little, but we're loud. We recognize that we can’t ignore Trump and his actions, but he won’t be able to ignore us, either. Short of seceding from Union (we’ve already tried that to no avail), you can be sure that we’re not just going to sit back. That’s not our style. With the help of almost a score of “guest appearances”—including Madeleine Kunin; Steve Terry; David Gram; Marialisa Calta; Mike Martin; Don Hooper; Ed Koren; Bob Stannard; Bill Schubart; Sally Pollak; Julia Alvarez; Harry Chen, MD; Larry Feign; Christopher Louras; Al Boright; Eric Hanson; Tom Slayton; Joe Hagan, MD; Haviland Smith; and Jasper Craven—the literary duet of Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger has become a chorus. They’ve assembled a first-rate “posse” of Vermont writers, cartoonists, and politicians to add their intelligence and wit to this momentous task. In addition, the book has quizzes, quotations, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more.

    "Come to The Full Vermonty for the cartoons by the incomparable Jeff Danziger. Stay for a primer for the millions of Americans who've been asking, 'What do we do NOW?' Bill Mares and his gang of Vermont wits and sages actually have answers."
    —U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

    "People are always asking me: Peter, what can I do about Trump and what's going on in Washington? My answer: Read The Full Vermonty."
    —Congressman Peter Welch

    "An anxious nation can rest easy: Vermont will, as always, punch above its weight in the resistance to Mr. Trump."
    —Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS: 
    Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to Presidential fishing, plus four books of humor with Prof. Frank Bryan, including the best-seller, Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats. His hobbies include running, beekeeping, singing and fly-fishing. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 45 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.

    Jeff Danziger works in New York City and lives in Dummerston, Vermont. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the NY Times Syndicate. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons and one novel.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, September 7th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Vermont Foodbank.  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a copy of the featured book.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

    BENEFICIARY: Founded in 1986, the Vermont Foodbank has grown to be the state’s largest hunger-relief organization, serving Vermont through a network of food shelves, meal sites, schools, hospitals, and housing sites. The Foodbank’s mission is to gather and share quality food and nurture partnerships so that no one in Vermont goes hungry.

  • Saturday, September 09 at 11:00 am

    Join us to read Stuck and make our own story books!

     

    DATE:  Saturday, September 9th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

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Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  Wondering what we'll read?  Each week, we'll choose a new picture book, a classic, or a staff favorite.  See you there!

Burlington: Saturdays at 11am (Want to double check on a particular date?  Call us at 802-448-3350.)

Essex:  Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
            Beginning August 9th:  Wednesdays at 10am