Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, April 27 at 6:30 pm

    Join David Mook, Joyce Thomas, and Bianca Zanella for an evening of poetry in celebration of National Poetry Month!

    ABOUT THE POETS:

    David Mook (center) is the author of Corn-Pone 'Pinions . Awards include Second Prize in The 2005 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards. Mook’s poems and essays have appeared in numerous publications including Bereavement Magazine, Birchsong – Poetry Centered in Vermont, Dogwood, Ellipsis, Friends Journal, Passager, Paterson Literary Review, and several anthologies. Mook earned an MFA in Writing from Vermont College and teaches at Castleton University. He sponsors the annual Sarah Mook Poetry Contest for students in grades K-12.

    A Professor of English at Castleton University, Vermont, Joyce Thomas (left) teaches courses in world and children’s literature; she is the author of one non-fiction work, Inside the Wolf’s Belly: Aspects of the Fairy Tale (Sheffield Academic Press, England), and two collections of poetry: Skins (Fithian Press) and Washing Birds (Main Street Rag Publishing Co.). Her poetry has appeared in various small press magazines and journals, as well as anthologies, including Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont, eds. Gilborn, Hunter, Cone, Nicholson and Stillman (The Blueline Press); The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales, eds. Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson (Story Line Press); and Orpheus and Company: Contemporary Poems on Greek Mythology, ed. Deborah DeNicola (University Press of New England). Poetry awards include the James Hearst Poetry Prize (North American Review).

    Bianca Amira Zanella’s (right) poems have most recently appeared in The Mountain Troubadour and The Reverie. The recipient of a 2014 Robert T. Marsh Memorial Prize for Excellence in Writing and a 2017 Green Mountain Scholarship, Bianca plans to finalize her initial poetry as social change manuscript while studying at Vermont College of Fine Arts in the MFA for Writing and Publishing program. Bianca has workshopped under the BreakBeat Poets, DarkMatter, Aja Monet, and Sarah Kay. In addition to facilitating poetry performance workshops and teaching writing camps, Bianca has judged the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest and two National Poetry Slams. She has also served as Editor for her college arts magazine and helps to host literary and storytelling programs at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney, VT.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, April 27th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center Street, Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join Brian Staveley to celebrate the launch of his new book, Skullsworn!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Brian Staveley’s new standalone returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess-assassin for the God of Death.

    “Brilliant.” —V. E. Schwab, New York Times bestselling author

    From the award-winning epic fantasy world of The Emperor’s Blades

    Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

    The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

    Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love . . . and ending it on the edge of her sword.

    "A complex and richly detailed world filled with elite soldier-assassins, mystic warrior monks, serpentine politics, and ancient secrets." —Library Journal, starred review, on The Emperor's Blades

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Brian Staveley is the author of the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne trilogy. He lives in rural Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, April 27th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Tickets are $3 per person, and include a coupon for $5 off a book by the featured author.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

  • Thursday, April 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join award-winning journalist Amy Goodman, host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, at the Burlington stop on her North American tour: Democracy Now!: Covering the Movements Changing America.

    Goodman will speak about increased threats to freedom of the press and the importance of truly independent media to hold those in power accountable. In more than 20 years of reporting, Democracy Now! has covered the social movements that are now forming the groundswell of opposition to the Trump administration; movements long ignored by the corporate media, but central to Democracy Now!'s daily journalism.

    Amy will be introduced by her brother and co-author, journalist David Goodman, host of the WDEV radio show The Vermont Conversation. Their latest NYT bestseller is just out in paperback, and will be available for sale, with an book signing to follow the talk.

    Sponsored by Peace & Justice Center.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, April 27th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  First Unitaritan Universalist Society Meeting House

    ADMISSION:  $5.00 tickets at the door. No one turned away for lack of funds.

    FOR MORE INFORMATIONwww.pjcvt.org

  • Saturday, April 29 at (All day)

    Join us for giveaways* and general merriment as we celebrate with independent bookstores nationwide!

    Here are a few of the ways we'll be celebrating:

    Just what does IBD celebrate?
    Independent bookstores are not just stores, they’re community centers and local anchors run by passionate readers. They are entire universes of ideas that contain the possibility of real serendipity. They are lively performance spaces and quiet places where aimless perusal is a day well spent. Indie bookstores, whether dusty and labyrinthine or clean and well-lighted, are not just stores, they are solutions. They hold the key to your love life, your career, and your passions. Walking the aisles of a good bookstore means stumbling upon a novel from India that expands your heart. It’s encountering an art book that changes the direction of your life. It’s the joy of having a perfect stranger steer you toward the perfect book. In a world of tweets and algorithms and pageless digital downloads, bookstores are not a dying anachronism. They are living, breathing organisms that continue to grow and expand. In fact, there are more of them this year than there were last year. And they are at your service.

    About IBD:
    Independent Bookstore Day (IBD) is a celebration of books, readers and indie bookselling that started in California in 2014; it is modeled after the extremely successful Record Store Day. Now in its fourth year, IBD has become a nationwide party as big and varied as the country itself. In 2015, IBD had more than 350 stores in 45 states putting their bells on and throwing out the welcome mat.

    *While supplies last.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, April 29th (IBD is always the last Saturday in April.)

    LOCATIONS:  All four Phoenix Books locations!

    ADMISSION:  Come on in to celebrate!  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, April 29 at 11:00 am

    Celebrate National Poetry Month, Independent Bookstore Day, and the start of farmers market season with Amy Huntington, illustrator of the new book Fresh-Picked Poetry.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  This collection of poems takes young readers to a day at an urban farmers’ market. Who to see, what to eat, and how produce is grown—it’s all so exciting, fresh, and delicious. Readers are invited to peruse the stands and inspect vendors’ wares with poems like “Farmer Greg’s Free-Range Eggs,” “Summer Checklist,” and “Necessary Mess.” Bright and vibrant, this is the perfect guide for little ones to take with them on marketing day to inspire literacy and healthy eating.

    ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR:  Amy Huntington illustrated Grandma Drove the Garbage Truck, Grandma Drove the Snowplow, and Grandma Drove the Lobsterboat (Down East Books) among others. Amy lives in Williston, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, April 29th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Sunday, April 30 at 4:00 pm

    Join Stephen P. Kiernan to celebrate the launch of his new novel, The Baker's Secret.  This event is a fundraiser for the Vermont Foodbank.

    Thank you to August First for providing the delicious pastries and pumpkin bread that we'll enjoy at this event!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  From the critically acclaimed author of The Hummingbird and The Curiosity comes a dazzling novel of World War II—a shimmering tale of courage, determination, optimism, and the resilience of the human spirit, set in a small Normandy village on the eve of D-Day

    On June 5, 1944, as dawn rises over a small town on the Normandy coast of France, Emmanuelle is making the bread that has sustained her fellow villagers in the dark days since the Germans invaded her country.
    Only twenty-two, Emma learned to bake at the side of a master, Ezra Kuchen, the village baker since before she was born. Apprenticed to Ezra at thirteen, Emma watched with shame and anger as her kind mentor was forced to wear the six-pointed yellow star on his clothing. She was likewise powerless to help when they pulled Ezra from his shop at gunpoint, the first of many villagers stolen away and never seen again.
    But in the years that her sleepy coastal village has suffered under the enemy, Emma has silently, stealthily fought back. Each day, she receives an extra ration of flour to bake a dozen baguettes for the occupying troops. And each day, she mixes that precious flour with ground straw to create enough dough for two extra loaves—contraband bread she shares with the hungry villagers. Under the cold, watchful eyes of armed soldiers, she builds a clandestine network of barter and trade that she and the villagers use to thwart their occupiers.
    But her gift to the village is more than these few crusty loaves. Emma gives the people a taste of hope—the faith that one day the Allies will arrive to save them.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Stephen P. Kiernan is a graduate of Middlebury College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He spent more than twenty years as a journalist, winning numerous awards for excellence in the field, before turning to fiction writing. The Baker's Secret is his third novel.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, April 30th at 4pm

    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 Baker's Secret.  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.

    COSPONSORSAugust First is a locally-owned bakery/cafe in downtown Burlington, Vermont serving from-scratch breakfast, lunch, pastries, and bread. Their space is a big renovated garage where it’s bright and warm in the winter, and breezy and open in the summer.  The open space lets customers see the bakers in action, creating the bakery's European style breads and pastries.

     

     

  • Monday, May 01 at (All day) to Sunday, May 07 at (All day)

    Children's Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading.

    Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. Every year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, homes -- wherever young readers and books connect!

    Children's Book Week is administered by Every Child A Reader, a 501(c)(3) literacy organization dedicated to instilling a lifelong love of reading in children. The Children's Book Council, the national non-profit trade association for children's book publishers, is an anchor sponsor.

     

     

     

  • Tuesday, May 02 at 7:00 pm

    Join Laurie Forest to celebrate the launch of her new young adult novel, The Black Witch.

    ABOUT THE BOOK A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.
    Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
    When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people - including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians - is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
    As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.

    "Exquisite character work, an elaborate mythology, and a spectacularly rendered universe make this a noteworthy debut, which argues passionately against fascism and xenophobia."
    --Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "Elloren learns to question authority and Gardnerian history, while developing real empathy for different races and species. Forest uses a richly imagined magical world to offer an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice."
    --Booklist, starred review

    "This briskly paced, tightly plotted novel enacts the transformative power of education, creating engaging characters set in a rich alternative universe with a complicated history that can help us better understand our own."
    --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Laurie Forest lives deep in the backwoods of Vermont, where she sits in front of a wood stove drinking strong tea and dreaming up tales full of dryads, dragons and wands. The Black Witch is her first novel.

     

    DATE:   Tuesday, May 2nd 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. 
    Free for ages 18 and under.

    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.

  • Wednesday, May 03 at 7:00 pm

    Join Philip Baruth for the Burlington launch celebration of 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:  Wednesday, May 3rd at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street

    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, May 04 at 7:00 pm

    Celebrate the official ribbon cutting for our new mural at Phoenix Books Burlington! Local artist Kristin Richland has brought beloved book characters to the walls of our children's section, and will join us for a reception and light fare.

    ABOUT THE MURAL:  The mural incorporates the bridge by the Champlain Mill in Winooski, Burlington’s City Hall Park, Church Street Marketplace and Edmunds School, with the final wall depicting a night-time view of Camel’s Hump. There are over thirty storybook characters mixed in with several of Kristin Richland's own animal people. The piece is inspired by Bemelman's Bar in the Carlyle Hotel, NYC, where the characters of Ludwig Bemelman (creator of the Madeline series) take over the walls and create a wonderful environment.

    ABOUT THE ARTIST:  Kristin Richland is a painter living in Underhill, VT. She holds a BFA in painting from the Maine College of Art, where she also fell in love with experimental drawing techniques, printmaking and sculpture. Animal imagery is a constant theme through her work. Her paintings of creatures and critters are the work of an active imagination, the one you wish you never lost when you grew up.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 4th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  This event is free.  Children's book lovers of all ages are welcome!

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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.)