Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, May 25 at 7:00 pm

    Join Garrett Graff for a discussion of his new book, Raven Rock.  This eye-opening title explores the government’s secret plans to survive a catastrophic attack on US soil.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Every day in Washington, DC, the blue-and-gold 1st Helicopter Squadron, codenamed “MUSSEL,” flies over the Potomac River. As obvious as the Presidential motorcade, most people assume the squadron is a travel perk for VIPs. They’re only half right: while the helicopters do provide transport, the unit exists to evacuate high-ranking officials in the event of a terrorist or nuclear attack on the capital. In the event of an attack, select officials would be whisked by helicopters to a ring of secret bunkers around Washington, even as ordinary citizens were left to fend for themselves.

    For sixty years, the US government has been developing secret Doomsday plans to protect itself, and the multibillion-dollar Continuity of Government (COG) program takes numerous forms—from its plans to evacuate the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to the plans to launch nuclear missiles from a Boeing-747 jet flying high over Nebraska. In Raven Rock, Garrett M. Graff sheds light on the inner workings of the 650-acre compound (called Raven Rock) just miles from Camp David, as well as dozens of other bunkers the government built its top leaders during the Cold War, from the White House lawn to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado to Palm Beach, Florida, and the secret plans that would have kicked in after a Cold War nuclear attack to round up foreigners and dissidents and nationalize industries. Equal parts a presidential, military, and cultural history, Raven Rock tracks the evolution of the government plan and the threats of global war from the dawn of the nuclear era through the War on Terror.

    “Garrett Graff has given us a colorful and frightening account of the American government’s plans for doomsday, and the secret bunkers where official could go to save themselves. These early plans still have their counterparts today, and they reveal a lot about how warfighting doctrine evolved. Read it and be fascinated—and a little scared.”
    —Walter Isaacson, author of Steve Jobs and Einstein

    “Equal parts thriller, sober history, and tragic comedy, Garrett Graff’s Raven Rock is an indispensable volume for anyone seeking to understand how the Cold War and the specter of nuclear annihilation shaped the world. Graff is a meticulous researcher and truly gifted storyteller. Readers will find themselves mesmerized by his careful and fast-paced examination of our government’s top-secret plans to survive a nuclear attack while the rest of us are turned to ash.”
    —Del Quentin Wilber, author of Rawhide Down: The Near Assassination of Ronald Reagan

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Garrett M. Graff, a magazine journalist and historian, has spent more than a dozen years covering politics, technology, and national security. He’s written for publications from Wired to The New York Times, and served as the editor of two of Washington’s most prestigious magazines, Washingtonian and POLITICO Magazine. His books include The Threat Matrix: The FBI War in the Age of Global Terror and The First Campaign: Globalization, the Web, and the Race for the White House.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 25th 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. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.

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

    Kids entering 4th-8th grade in the fall are invited to play Bookstore Bingo this 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

    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.

     

    DATES:  June through August

    LOCATIONS:  All four Phoenix Books locations!

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

  • Thursday, June 01 at 7:00 pm

    Join Mark Pendergrast for the Vermont launch of his new book City on the Verge.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  What we can learn from Atlanta's struggle to reinvent itself in the 21st Century? Atlanta is on the verge of tremendous rebirth-or inexorable decline. A kind of Petri dish for cities struggling to reinvent themselves, Atlanta has the highest income inequality in the country, gridlocked highways, suburban sprawl, and a history of racial injustice. Yet it is also an energetic, brash young city that prides itself on pragmatic solutions.
    Today, the most promising catalyst for the city's rebirth is the BeltLine, which the New York Times described as "a staggeringly ambitious engine of urban revitalization." A long-term project that is cutting through forty-five neighborhoods ranging from affluent to impoverished, the BeltLine will complete a twenty-two-mile loop encircling downtown, transforming a massive ring of mostly defunct railways into a series of stunning parks connected by trails and streetcars.
    Acclaimed author Mark Pendergrast presents a deeply researched, multi-faceted, up-to-the-minute history of the biggest city in America's Southeast, using the BeltLine saga to explore issues of race, education, public health, transportation, business, philanthropy, urban planning, religion, politics, and community.
    An inspiring narrative of ordinary Americans taking charge of their local communities, City of the Verge provides a model for how cities across the country can reinvent themselves.

    Visit www.cityontheverge.com to learn more.

     “An enchanting story of a Sunbelt city that will captivate both urban planners and the general public. An Atlanta native, the author brings an engaging and insightful voice to this work, and his research is meticulously thorough.”
    Library Journal

    "Atlanta is creating something unique among American cities: a green network of more than 20 new or expanded parks occupying 1,300 acres, connected by multi-use trails and new transit lines, encircling the entire city and connecting 45 neighborhoods. City on the Verge describes how this BeltLine, for which I prepared the initial master plan, overcame financing problems, litigation, power struggles, politics, property rights, and topographical reality, to become a major recreational resource that is already enhancing the daily life for tens of thousands of Atlantans."
    —Alexander Garvin, architect, city planner, and author of What Makes a Great City

    "Atlanta is indeed a City on the Verge, as Mark Pendergrast observes-it aspires to remake itself into a vital, sustainable, livable mecca. Pendergrast weaves together lessons in urban design, local politics, history, and human nature that pull the reader in like a mystery. His book reinforces the famous Margaret Meade quote about the ability of a small group of dedicated people to bring about change."
    —Dennis Creech, co-founder of Southface Energy Institute

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Pendergrast was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, and is the author of eleven books, including Uncommon Grounds and For God, Country and Coca-Cola. He lives in Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 1st at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSIONProceeds 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. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.

  • Sunday, June 04 at 4:00 pm

    Join bestselling author Jon Katz for a discussion of his new book, Talking to Animals.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  We seem to need animals in our disconnected lives more and more, yet we understand them less and less. In Talking to Animals, New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz—who left his Manhattan life behind two decades ago for life on a farm where he is surrounded by dogs, cats, sheep, horses, cows, goats, and chickens—marshals his experience to offer us a deeper insight into animals and the tools needed for effectively communicating with them. By better understanding animal instincts, recognizing they are not mere reflections of our own human emotions and neuroses, we can help them live happily in our shared world.

    Devoting each chapter to an animal who has played an important role in his life, Katz tells funny and illuminating stories about his profound experiences with them. He shows us how healthy engagement with animals falls into five key areas: Food, Movement,Visualization, Language, and Instincts. Along the way, we meet Simon the donkey who arrives at Katz’s farm near death and now serves as his Tai Chi partner. We meet Red the dog who started out antisocial and untrained and is now a therapy dog working with veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. And we meet Winston, the dignified and brave rooster who was injured defending his hens from a hawk and who has better interpersonal skills than most humans.

    Thoughtful and intelligent, lively and heartwarming, this book will completely change the way you think about and interact with animals, building mutual trust and enduring connections.

    “Katz tells illuminating stories about why he chose each animal and what that animal taught him… [his] honest, straightforward, and sometimes searing prose will speak to those who love animals, and might well convert some who do not.”
    Booklist

    “Bestseller Katz (Saving Simon) fills his latest book with moving essays on what he has learned from different animals… Katz is at his most successful when relating the sometimes heartbreaking stories of animals or urging readers to consider how animals perceive the world.”
    Publishers Weekly

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jon Katz has written nineteen books—seven novels and twelve works of nonfiction—including The Second Chance Dog: A Love Story and The Dogs of Bedlam Farm. He has written for The New York Times, Slate, Rolling Stone, and Wired. He lives on Bedlam Farm in upstate New York with the artist Maria Wulf; his dogs, Red and Fate; his barn cats, Mother and Minnie; their donkeys, Lulu and Fanny; and ten sheep. Learn more at BedlamFarm.com.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, June 4th at 4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester, Vermont

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, June 06 at 7:00 pm

    Join Bill Schubart to celebrate the launch of his new novel, Lila and Theron.

    Gift with purchase: Ticket holders who purchase Lila and Theron at the launch celebration will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Set in rural America and spanning much of the 20th century, Lila & Theron captures the spirit of the American rural experience, as it relates to their personal stories of love and sacrifice. Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced us to Lila & Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, The Lamoille Stories. After being influenced by William Faulkner’s acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories.

    I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.“

    Lila and Theron plumbs the depth and triumphs of the human spirit in a way now lost in today’s obsessions with consumerism and celebrity culture, immersing us in a receding world where neighbors and nature are the gifts and love is often comes with great hardship.

    "In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty."
    — Archer Mayor, bestselling author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther series)

    "I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America. That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila & Theron. Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila & Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home. Over the years I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends. This is a beautiful book."
    — Howard Frank Mosher, bestselling author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg

    "Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender and as real as a winter day. I loved it."
    — Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Bill Schubart is an award-winning novelist and political and cultural commentator heard weekly on Vermont Public Radio (210,000 listeners) and a frequent public speaker on writing and entrepreneurship. Bill grew up in a small town in Lamoille County in Northern Vermont. In his largely French Canadian family, he heard countless stories.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, June 6th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSIONProceeds 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. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.

  • Thursday, June 08 at 6:30 pm

    Join Philip Baruth for a talk on Senator Leahy: A Life in Scenes. This book tells the story of the blockbuster life of America's most senior senator.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Having vaulted to a position in the United States Senate at the tender age of thirty-four, Patrick Leahy now claims the longest tenure of any member of that institution still serving—and he was third in line for the presidency when the Democrats held control. Few recent American lawmakers have watched history unfold at such close range; fewer still have influenced it so powerfully. Philip Baruth brings a thriller-like intensity to the most spectacular of those scenes: the 9/11 attack on the US capital, the contentious drafting of the Patriot Act, the ensuing anthrax attacks, and the dramatic 2014 opening of diplomatic ties with Cuba. Throughout, the biography focuses in on Leahy’s meticulous image making, his cultivation of a “Top Cop” persona both in the media and at the ballot box. It is an approach that culminates in simultaneous roles for the lawmaker as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as the tough-talking “distinguished gentleman” in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy of Batman films. Leahy’s improbable success, Philip Baruth argues, in the end lies in his ability both to be and to play the top cop not only in post-Watergate Vermont, but in a post-9/11 America viciously divided between the red states and the blue.

    “The book highlights three unique and unusual aspects of Leahy’s career: his status as the first (and still technically the only) Democratic senator elected from Vermont, his role as an anthrax target after the September 11 attacks, and his multiple appearances in Batman movies, recordings, and comic books. Baruth neatly shows how these distinct aspects of Leahy’s career all equally illuminate Leahy’s character. . . . Baruth’s biography brings Leahy’s long string of accomplishments to life in clear detail.”—Publishers Weekly

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Philip Baruth is a professor of English at the University of Vermont and served as the majority leader of the Vermont Senate from 2012–2016. An award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio for a dozen years, he is the author of two acclaimed novels, The X President and The Brothers Boswell.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 8th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, June 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join us to celebrate the launch of Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen: An Innkeeper's Tale with author Nancy Hinchliff!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In 1994, at the age of 64 with no business experience and very little start-up money, Nancy Hinchliff buys a turn-of-the-century mansion in Louisville, Kentucky on a whim and turns it into a charming Victorian Inn. Through sheer tenacity, she learns the business while successfully coping with one mishap after another. The reader is drawn into this humorous and engaging tale as the author wields her way around cantankerous contractors, harrowing housekeepers, and no shortage of strange and interesting guests and events. Through her collected stories, Hinchliff gives readers a personal, in-depth, and honest look at what it’s like to be an inn keeper as she candidly describes her twenty-year journey of self discovery.

    "For anyone who has ever thought about running a Bed & Breakfast, Operatic Divas and Naked Irishman offers a hilarious birds-eye view behind the Victorian curtains... with mouth-watering recipes woven through-out, the author shows us just how much you can do with a little daring tenacity in the face of a lonely retirement." —Katharine Hollister, editor, Beatdom Magazine

    Operatic Divas and Naked Irishmen is brave, funny, entertaining, and educational. I loved [Hinchliff’s] wit, marveled at her courage and tenacity, and rooted her on throughout.” —Teresa Rhyne, author of The Dog Lived (and so will I)

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Nancy Hinchliff holds undergraduate degrees in music and education and graduate degrees in music, science of education, and special education. She is certified to teach English, music, geography and history. She taught in the Chicago public school system for twenty-five years, and in the school of education at the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has been writing all of her adult life-mostly journal articles, essays, and creative non-fiction-and has been published in newsletters, local magazines, and as a guest on several blogs. In 2008 she coauthored Room at the Table, a cookbook written for the Bed and Breakfast Association of Kentucky, for which she won their president's award. Hinchliff is now a member of the Burlington, VT Writer's Workshops and is working on her second memoir.

     

    DATE:  Tuesday, June 13th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex, 21 Essex Way, Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 pm

    Join renowned herbalist Rosemary Gladstar to celebrate the launch of her new book, Herbal Healing for Men!  This title addresses the often-neglected health issues specific to men with advice and safe, effective herbal recipes to support energy, virility, heart health, and common ailments related to inflammation, prostate, impotence, and more.  We'll mark the event with a talk and Q&A with Rosemary, as well as light fare and door prizes provided by our cosponsors.

    (Psst!  An autographed copy of Herbal Healing for Men would make a perfect Father's Day gift!  Fathers Day is just a few days after the event, on Sunday, June 18th.)

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Best-selling author Rosemary Gladstar, long known for her outstanding recipes, now customizes her expertise for men. Dozens of delicious and simple formulas address men’s most common health concerns — including sexual vitality, prostate well-being, and heart health. An A-to-Z compendium of these ailments details how to effectively treat them using a variety of safe and easy natural remedies. In-depth profiles of 29 herbs explain how men will benefit from each and suggest uses and accessible preparation tips. This handy guidebook for men — and the women who love them — provides a helpful introduction to this crucial, but often-overlooked, aspect of natural wellness.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Drawing on her 40-plus years of studying and teaching about the healing properties of herbs, Rosemary Gladstar is the best-selling author of Rosemary Gladstar's Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide and Rosemary Gladstar's Herbal Remedies for Vibrant Health. She is a world-renowned educator, activist, and entrepreneur, serving as director of Sage Mountain Herbal Retreat Center, the International Herb Symposium, and the Women's Herbal Conference. Gladstar is founding president of United Plant Savers, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and preservation of native American herbs. She was the original formulator for Traditional Medicinal Herbal teas and currently leads herbal educational adventures around the world. She lives in East Barre, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 15th 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 title. 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. In FY2016, the Vermont Foodbank distributed more than 12 million pounds of food to 153,100 Vermonters. The Vermont Foodbank, a member of Feeding America, is nationally recognized as one of the most effective and efficient nonprofits and food banks in the nation.

    THANK YOU TO OUR COSPONSORS:

    Burlington Herb Clinic provides one-on-one educational services and health coaching to clients in a private and professional setting, centered on the use of herbs, nutrition, and exercise to support optimal health. The clinic is staffed by qualified herbalists who work collaboratively to ensure the highest quality of service for clients, and also to provide mentorship for fellow employees and aspiring clinical herbalists.  www.btvherbclinic.com

    City Market, Onion River Co-op is a community-owned grocery store with over 10,500 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local and organic foods and thousands of Vermont-made products. Visit City Market, Onion River Co-op online at www.CityMarket.coop or call 802-861-9700.

    Railyard Apothecary is Burlington’s local herbal apothecary. Their primary goal is to provide high-quality, affordable medicinal herbs and health education to the Burlington community and beyond. All of their herbs are from organic and/or sustainable sources, either from local farms and forests, or from international organic distributors. By partnering with local farmers, wild-crafters, and educators, they hope to serve as a hub for the herbal community in Northern Vermont. www.railyardapothecary.com

    Zack Woods Herb Farm is a 30-acre certified organic medicinal herb farm and botanical sanctuary located in the heart of the green mountains of northern Vermont. The farm has majestic mountain views and is surrounded by pristine forests and streams. It is on this little piece of heaven that in 1999 Melanie and Jeff Carpenter began their dream of living and farming sustainably while providing people with some of the highest quality medicinal herbs. All of their herbs are organically grown or ethically wild-harvested and exhibit the incredible life force that flows through their land.  Find Zack Woods Herb Farm online at zackwoodsherbs.com.

  • Saturday, June 17 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the children’s book Gregory, the Terrible Eater, by Mitchell Sharmat. A very picky eater, Gregory the goat refuses the usual goat diet staples of shoes and tincans in favor of fruits, vegetables, eggs, and orange juice. After we read together, we will have a fun and interactive healthy food activity!

     

    DATE:  Saturday, June 17th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

    COSPONSORS:  Thank you to City Market for joining us in presenting this event! City Market, Onion River Co-op is a community-owned grocery store with over 10,500 Members, selling wholesome food and other products while building a vibrant, empowered community and a healthier world, all in a sustainable manner. Located in downtown Burlington, Vermont, City Market provides a large selection of local and organic foods and thousands of Vermont-made products.

  • Thursday, June 22 at 6:30 pm

    Join Bill Schubart for a talk on his new novel, Lila and Theron.

    Gift with purchase: Attendees who purchase Lila and Theron at the event will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Set in rural America and spanning much of the 20th century, Lila & Theron captures the spirit of the American rural experience, as it relates to their personal stories of love and sacrifice. Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced us to Lila & Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, The Lamoille Stories. After being influenced by William Faulkner’s acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories.

    I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.“

    Lila and Theron plumbs the depth and triumphs of the human spirit in a way now lost in today’s obsessions with consumerism and celebrity culture, immersing us in a receding world where neighbors and nature are the gifts and love is often comes with great hardship.

    "In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty."
    — Archer Mayor, bestselling author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther series)

    "I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America. That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila & Theron. Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila & Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home. Over the years I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends. This is a beautiful book."
    — Howard Frank Mosher, bestselling author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg

    "Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender and as real as a winter day. I loved it."
    — Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Bill Schubart is an award-winning novelist and political and cultural commentator heard weekly on Vermont Public Radio (210,000 listeners) and a frequent public speaker on writing and entrepreneurship. Bill grew up in a small town in Lamoille County in Northern Vermont. In his largely French Canadian family, he heard countless stories.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 22nd at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

     

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Storytime at Phoenix Books

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.)