Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm

    Join Structural Reflexologist Geraldine Villeneuve for a talk on her new book, Put Your Best Feet Forward.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Foot pain is something many Americans suffer from, and yet most ignore or have simply surrendered to it. In Put Your Best Feet Forward, experienced Structural Reflexologist Geraldine Villeneuve outlines not just the types of foot pain and their sources, but also how this pain can manifest itself throughout the body. From depression to lower back pain to common foot problems themselves, freeing our feet from the shoes that bind them can be the answer we're searching for. Villeneuve educates readers on the importance of foot health for that of the body and mind, and empowers them to take their health and vitality into their own hands. Put Your Best Feet Forward is for anyone interested in improving their health and vigor.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Geraldine Villeneuve has been practicing reflexology for over 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation, is a Licensed Massage Practitioner specializing in injury remediation, and is an American Board Certified Reflexologist. She is also a member of the International Council of Reflexologists. Geraldine resides in Essex, Vermont with her husband, Neil.


    DATE:  Thursday, October 19th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Friday, October 20 at 11:00 am

    Please join us for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of Phoenix Books Essex's new home at 2 Carmichael Street!


    DATE:  Friday, October 20th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, October 21 at 11:00 am

    Join us for a birthday-themed story time and activities, featuring When's My Birthday and celebrating Phoenix Books' tenth anniversary!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In this enthusiastic celebration of all things BIRTHDAY, acclaimed author Julie Fogliano and award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson come together to bring you the perfect birthday book! Join our excited narrator as she lists all the things that will make her birthday the BEST birthday.


    DATE:  Saturday, October 21st at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, October 21 at 5:30 pm to at 7:00 pm

    Join us to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Phoenix Books! All are welcome to enjoy light fare, music, and the company of neighbors, booksellers, authors, and more at an open house at Phoenix Books Essex.


    DATE:  Saturday, October 21st from 5:30-7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Sunday, October 22 at 1:00 pm

    Celebrate Star Wars Reads Day, and master the art of reading! This will be Phoenix Books Rutland's first year celebrating Star Wars Reads.


    ABOUT THE NATIONAL EVENT:  What could be as powerful as the Force? The power of reading, of course. And the two will come together this October.  Star Wars Reads, a celebration of Star Wars and readingis set to return for its sixth year with a month-long campaign throughout October. Storytelling events and activities, including author signings, readings, and games are planned for bookstores, libraries, and schools across the globe. Publishers participating in this year’s events include Disney Publishing Worldwide, DK Books, Scholastic, Abrams, and others.


    DATE & TIME: Sunday, October 22nd at 1pm

    LOCATIONS: Phoenix Books Rutland

    EVENT FORMAT: We'll have the latest Star Wars books (for everyone from kids to adults), Star Wars-themed crafts, and more! Costumes encouraged.

    ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public

  • Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 pm

    Join Jeffrey Lent for a discussion of his novel, Before We Sleep.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Katey Snow, seventeen, slips the pickup into neutral and rolls silently out of the driveway of her Vermont home, her parents, Oliver and Ruth, still asleep. She isn't so much running away as on a journey of discovery. She carries with her a packet of letters addressed to her mother from an old army buddy of her father's. She has only recently been told that Oliver, who she adores more than anyone, isn't her biological father. She hopes the letter's sender will have answers to her many questions.

    Before We Sleep moves gracefully between Katey's perspective on the road and her mother, Ruth's. Through Ruth's recollections, we learn of her courtship with Oliver, their marriage on the eve of war, and his return as a changed man. Oliver had always been a bit dreamy, but became more remote, finding solace most of all in repairing fiddles. There were adjustments, accommodations, sacrifices--but the family went on to find its own rhythms, satisfactions, and happiness. Now Katey's journey may rearrange the Snows' story.

    Set in a lovingly realized Vermont setting, tracking the changes that come with the turning of the seasons--and decades--and signaling the dawning of a new freedom as Katey moves out into a world in flux, Before We Sleep is a novel about family, about family secrets, and about the love that holds families together. It is also about the Greatest Generation as it moves into the very different era of the 1960s, and about the trauma of war that so profoundly weighed on both generations. It is Jeffrey Lent's most accomplished novel.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Jeffrey Lent was born in Vermont and grew up here and in western New York State. He studied literature and psychology at Franconia College in New Hampshire and SUNY Purchase. His first novel, In the Fall, was a national bestseller. His other novels are Lost Nation, A Peculiar Grace, After You've Gone, and A Slant of Light, which was a finalist for the New England Book Award and a Washington Post Best Book of 2015. Lent lives with his wife and two daughters in central Vermont.


    DATE:  Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 pm

    Join Robert Madrygin for a discussion of his new novel, The Solace of Trees.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A Bosnian War orphan of Muslim heritage escapes his homeland, finds a new family in New England, and learns to deal with his trauma--and years later falls into the depths of post-9/11 America's extraordinary rendition program. A piercing and resonant debut novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit, and a cautionary tale about the damage that can be inflicted upon war victims when wealthy nations become obsessed with self-protection and retribution. This book contains an author Q&A at the back, and so is ideal for book group adoption and discussion.

    The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family's murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death while wandering through rural Bosnia, he finds sanctuary in a UN camp. After a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents' and sister's deaths.

    Amir's years in the US bring him healing and a loving place in a new family. In college he falls in love⎯and he accepts the request of a professor of Islamic studies to edit a documentary film on the plight of Palestinians. 9/11 comes, and with it, the arrest of the professor for his ties to terrorist organizations. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he'd forever escaped.

    For fans of Sara Novic's Girl at War, Kenan Trebincevic's The Bosnia List, and Steven Galloway's The Cellist of Sarajevo.

    “Madrygin’s harrowing, compelling debut will live long in the reader’s memory… A timely novel that introduces a writer of huge ambition, The Solace of Trees is deeply informative and moving, and it will spark debates regarding American foreign policy.” — Booklist

    “In Madrygin’s gripping debut, the horrors of war give way to the challenges of carving out a life in a hostile country…Madrygin’s stark third-person narration allows focus on the difficulties faced by immigrants and refugees, particularly children who are struggling with trauma.” — Publishers Weekly

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. As a child he lived in US-occupied Japan, attended a local school, and learned to speak Japanese. His father's career then brought him back to the US to live on both coasts, and subsequently to Morocco, Franco-ruled Spain, and Paris. The adjustment in cultural shifts and moving from home to home were made all the more difficult due to the illness his mother suffered throughout her life, causing long periods of hospitalization and necessitating that he be placed in a succession of temporary homes during his early childhood. While Madrygin was in his teens, his father suffered a series of massive debilitating strokes and his mother died. On his own at a young age, he continued a life of travel. He worked in Spain as a laborer, in Italy as a deckhand on a ship, and in Alaska on a railroad and as a crew member on a fishing boat. Madrygin first started writing in his early twenties but put it aside when he met his future wife, married, and started a family. During this period Madrygin, his wife, and three children lived in the US, Ecuador, and Spain and traveled widely. It wasn't until years later, while living in Spain, with his children now grown, that the call to writing returned, and Madrygin, informed by a lifetime of experience, took up where he had left off decades earlier. He and his wife live currently in Vermont.


    DATE:  Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday, October 25 at 6:00 pm

    Calling all grown-ups! You’re really never too old for a picture book. Join Kate Sullivan and Katrina Kruse to explore this genre. Light fare will be provided.

    ABOUT THE EVENT: A picture book is more than just a book, and for more people than just children. A picture book can be a greeting card, a little larger and a little bit more of an investment--but unlike a card it can have a very long life, and can be shared too. They are often the perfect gift for a friend’s celebration, a life change or a time of need. You can even buy picture books for yourself.
    There are times when we all need to be reminded what it’s like to deal with a bully, to be nervous, that it’s ok to have feelings, and sometimes we  just need a laugh. Picture books provide this, in what you might call the “perfect package” filled with art and literature. And they get right to the point.
    Kate Sullivan, Katrina Kruse, and booksellers from Phoenix Books will introduce you to books for these occasions and more, from Random House, Hachette, and several other publishers, and you’ll leave with some great new gift ideas for the holiday season and beyond.

    Kate Sullivan has been in love with books as long as she can remember—first at home, then at the public library. She even thought about being a librarian for a while. After college she worked in a bookstore for a few years, and eventually her first sales rep job was selling books for grownups. Within a few years a sales job came open at Random House Children’s and she realized what she really wanted to be selling and sharing with kids and adults. That was 30 years ago, and she still believes she has one of the best jobs in the world. A special passion of hers is Picture Books – it’s amazing how much you can see, say and feel with only 32 pages, a few words and some lovely art. In this program Kate will explain why Children’s Picture Books are so special and why they can be read and enjoyed and shared with our fellow grown-ups as well as with children.

    Katrina Kruse graduated with a degree in Elementary education when there were no teaching jobs to be had, so she followed her book loving dream and started working at the Boston University Bookstore. Since then, she has worked with computer books (too dry), in adult book marketing at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (too limiting), and is now the New England sales rep for Hachette (just right!!!!). She believes a great book is a great book whether it has pictures or 1200 pages.  Mostly she just loves to share the joy of great books!


    DATE:  Wednesday, October 25th at 6:00pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, October 26 at 6:30 pm

    Join us for a evening of poetry hosted by Phoenix Books Rutland’s own Bianca Amira Zanella.  Come to read, come to listen, or come for both!  Those interested in reading can sign up at the door.

    ABOUT THE EVENT HOST: Bianca Amira Zanella’s 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, October 26th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 pm

    Join Daniel Mills for a talk on his novel Moriah, a work of the historical Gothic which recalls the Victorian fiction of Sarah Waters, Michael Cox, and Charles Palliser.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Silas Flood is haunted, a broken man in a broken country. Nine years have passed since the end of the American Civil War, and Flood is helpless to escape its shadow. During the war, he served as an army chaplain at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania only to lose his faith, his family, and his vocation. Now he finds work as a journalist for a New York newspaper.

    In the summer of 1874 he is dispatched to the mountain village of Moriah, Vermont to investigate sensational claims of supernatural happenings at a wayside inn. There the brothers Thaddeus and Ambrose Lynch are said to converse with spirits and summon the dead.

    In Moriah, Flood encounters others like himself: a grieving couple, a childless widow. By day he questions the Lynch brothers who prove less than forthcoming. They too are haunted by buried secrets, old ghosts. In the evenings he attends séances where the resurrected dead dance and sing and give comfort to the living. As Flood investigates the true nature of these phenomena, he is forced to come to terms with his own past and with the hold it has upon him.

    “Mills deftly jumps between narratives as the story unfolds, his prose saturating every page with dread as he teases out his characters’ secrets and lies. This intense novel will draw in readers outside Mills’s usual audience.”
    Publishers Weekly

    “Mills’ spare descriptions and terse dialogue contribute to the appropriately eerie atmosphere, as do the robust journal entries that precede each chapter. Another stunningly twisted tale mired in history from a master of the macabre.”

    Moriah is a splendid read, with beautiful, deliberate prose and a haunting, oppressive atmosphere.”
    Seven Days Vermont

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Daniel Mills is the author of Revenants: A Dream of New England (Chomu Press, 2011) and The Lord Came at Twilight (Dark Renaissance books, 2014). His short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Black Static, Shadows & Tall Trees, The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror, and The Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. He lives in Vermont.


    DATE:  Thursday, October 26th 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.


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.)
            Beginning August 9th:  Wednesdays at 10am