Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 pm

    Celebrate the release of the second edition of Seasons in a Vermont Vineyard: The Shelburne Vineyard Cookbook.  This  beautiful book evokes the romance of a lush vineyard heavy with fruit and embraces the festive tradition of sharing food and wine in celebration of the grape harvest. In addition to book talk and Q&A, we'll have some light snacks inspired by the cookbook with wine by Shelburne Vineyard.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a food lover's paradise. From its verdant and fertile farmland, regional specialties are emerging. We have an abundant selection of locally raised meats, poultry, produce and fruits, as well as world-class artisanal cheeses, award-winning spirits, ciders, beers and, of course, wine. Shelburne Vineyard is recognized as a pioneer in cold-climate winemaking, producing expertly crafted wines from Vermont and regionally grown hybrid grapes. With original mouthwatering recipes crafted especially for this new edition, this book celebrates a generation of outstanding wines and the affinity of food and wine produced from the same northern terroir.

    Lisa is donating half of all her author royalties from the sale of the book to the Vermont Foodbank!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  An avid cook, with years of experience cooking for friends and family, Lisa is passionate about food and wine—and the delightful and surprising combinations they make together. Lisa has a background in marketing and design, experience in catering and a range of cooking education sprinkled throughout. She lives, works and cooks in Shelburne, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 22nd 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.

    COSPONSOR:  From vine to glass, Shelburne Vineyard makes the finest quality wine from northern varietal grapes. With a lush Vermont landscape as its backdrop, their state of the art winery and tasting room sits nestled among the vines. They invite you to visit, try their award winning wines and experience a taste of Vermont. As pioneers in Vermont wine making, they take pride in their stewardship of the land by committing to sustainable agriculture and responsible vineyard practices. Stroll their vineyards, pack a picnic and sip a glass of wine on the patio. Enjoy what Vermont has to offer.

    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.

     

  • Saturday, June 24 at 2:00 pm

    Join us for a story time with Brooke James, author of Why Did the Farmer Cross the Road, and learn how this story came to be.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Farmer would just like to sleep in but his early morning slumbers are disturbed by his faithful companion, Donkey. And Donkey isn't there to bid Farmer a good morning. As it turns out, the prospect of fun and food has lured the farm's livestock to a local fair. Now it's up to Farmer and Donkey to go round up the wayward critters before they can get into too much trouble. Or is it too late? Young readers will laugh out loud at the antics of the farmer's chickens, goats, pigs, and one anxious cow in this quirky take on the traditional knock-knock joke.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Brooke Herter James won her first creative writing award in eighth grade. Then she did a bunch of other things like college, public health nursing, and raising a family. Now she’s writing again. She lives in a very old house in Vermont with her husband and two donkeys, Sarah Ruth and Esther. (Actually, the donkeys live in the barn.) She wishes her kids still lived there, but they stopped being kids and moved out. She is an active member of SCBWI, a student of the Gotham Writers Workshop, and a graduate of the Yale Writers’ Conference. This is her very first picture book.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, June 24th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Sunday, June 25 at 4:00 pm

    Join Malcolm Bell for a discussion of The Attica Turkey Shoot, in which Bell exposes New York State's cover-up following the slaughter of prisoners at the Attica Correctional Facility.

    ABOUT THE BOOKThe Attica Turkey Shoot tells a story that New York State did not want you to know. In 1971, following a prison riot at the Attica Correctional Facility, state police and prison guards slaughtered thirty-nine hostages and inmates and tortured more than one thousand men after they had surrendered. State officials pretended that they could not successfully prosecute the law officers who perpetrated this carnage, and then those same officials scurried for shelter when a prosecutor named Malcolm Bell exposed the cover-up.
    Bell traveled a rocky road to a justice of sorts as he sought to prosecute without fear or favor—in spite of a deck that the officials had stacked to keep the police from facing the same justice that had filled the Attica prison in the first place. His insider’s account illuminates the all-too-common contrast between the justice of the privileged and the justice of the rest.
    The book also includes information from the recent release of portions of the long-secret Meyer Report, which was commissioned following Bell’s initial allegations of a cover-up. The Attica Turkey Shoot highlights the hypocrisy of a criminal justice system that decides who goes to prison and who enjoys impunity in a nation where no one is said to be above the law.

    “We are the jury as Mr. Bell presents clear evidence of a police riot in retaking Attica, of monstrous inhumanity in the aftermath, and of a subsequent cover-up emanating from the highest levels of government…. A courageous Mr. Bell reveals the shocking details of his long and arduous journey towards justice.”
    —Martin Sheen, actor and political activist

    “Malcolm Bell tells a story America desperately needs to know…. The Attica prison rebellion… the Presidential ambitions of one of the nation’s wealthiest men, public fear and hatred of imprisoned convicts, police murders followed by weeks of torture and brutality, form the caldron in which a lawyer’s character was to be tested…. Malcolm Bell has written a bristling narrative, faithful to fact, full of hot emotion and cool reason in which conscience born of love prevails. Read it. ”
    —Ramsey Clark, former Attorney General of the United States

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Malcolm Bell, a former corporate litigator, decided in mid-career to seek greater fulfillment by pursuing criminal law. While serving as a New York State prosecutor, he bravely blew the whistle on the state’s refusal to hold law officers accountable for the extensive torture and murder that they committed during the 1971 Attica prison riot.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, June 25th at 4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley in Chester

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, June 27 at 7:00 pm

    Join Sarah Healy to celebrate the launch of The Sisters Chase!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A gripping novel about two sisters who are left homeless by their mother’s death and the lengths the fierce older sister will go to protect her beloved young charge.
    The hardscrabble Chase women—Mary, Hannah, and their mother Diane—have been eking out a living running a tiny seaside motel that has been in the family for generations, inviting trouble into their lives for just as long. Eighteen-year-old Mary Chase is a force of nature: passionate, beautiful, and free-spirited. Her much younger sister, Hannah, whom Mary affectionately calls “Bunny,” is imaginative, her head full of the stories of princesses and adventures that Mary tells to give her a safe emotional place in the middle of their troubled world.
    But when Diane dies in a car accident, Mary discovers the motel is worth less than the back taxes they owe. With few options, Mary’s finely tuned instincts for survival kick in. As the sisters begin a cross-country journey in search of a better life, she will stop at nothing to protect Hannah. But Mary wants to protect herself, too, for the secrets she promised she would never tell—but now may be forced to reveal—hold the weight of unbearable loss. Vivid and suspenseful, The Sisters Chase is a whirlwind page-turner about the extreme lengths one family will go to find—and hold onto—love.

    “Sarah Healy’s The Sisters Chase will stay with me for a long time. It’s a heart-rending tale of survival filled with deftly revealed surprises and twists. In less skillful hands, Healy’s deeply flawed young protagonist, Mary, might have been unlikeable, but here she’s redeemed by her love and compassion for her younger sister Hannah. In fact, I ached for Mary as her plans to save herself and Hannah fall apart and tension builds. Each chapter ends on a note of suspense and surprise that demands you turn the page. An exciting read!”
    —Diane Chamberlain, USA Today best-selling author of Pretending to Dance and The Silent Sister

    “Sarah Healy has created, in Mare and Bunny, characters so real and flawed my heart ached for them.... The Sisters Chase is exquisitely written and full of surprises, love and loss; it is clearly the work of a writer at the top of her game.”
    —Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Sarah Healy is the author of Can I Get an Amen? and House of Wonder. She lives in Vermont with her husband and three sons.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 29th 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 29 at 7:00 pm

    Join Paul Graham for a discussion of In Memory of Bread, a deeply personal account of the emotional and physical struggles of a beer-brewing, bread-baking, wheat-loving guy who nearly dies as a result of a severe undiagnosed wheat allergy, how he copes with the loss of these staples, and what he discovers about modern industrialized wheat.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  When Paul Graham was suddenly diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of thirty-six, he was forced to say good-bye to wheat, barley, rye, oats, and more. Gone were some of his favorite hobbies, including brewing beer with a buddy and gorging on his wife’s homemade breads. Struggling to understand why he had become allergic to so many dietary staples, Graham researched the modern production of wheat and learned that not only has its structural makeup been altered but it is also commonly added to thousands of processed foods that serve as fillers, stabilizers, and dyes. He turned to community agriculture and locavorism both to fill the void left by his previous wheat-heavy activities and to secure unprocessed, and therefore uncontaminated, whole foods.

    With In Memory of Bread, Graham beautifully weaves together his personal loss with the realities of modern agriculture, creating a touching narrative for anyone struggling with a gluten allergy or interested in the state of our food system today.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Paul Graham is an associate professor of English at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, and his essays have appeared twice in the Best Food Writing anthology (2012 and 2013). Graham lives with his wife and two German shepherds in rural New York on the Canadian border. This is his first book.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, June 29th 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.

  • Saturday, July 01 at (All day) to Sunday, July 30 at (All day)

    Where’s Waldo? In Rutland, of course!

    Check back for details.

  • Thursday, July 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join Tony Whedon, Barbara Murphy, and David Cavanagh for an evening of poetry.

     

    ABOUT THE HATCHECK GIRL AND TONY WHEDON:
    Tony Whedon’s new book The Hatcheck Girl vividly describes border crossings where language, culture and states of consciousness collide. In these richly layered poems about jazz, most of the musicians we meet are sidemen: few are famous, most are notorious. They’re united, as he says in his opening poem “The Tradition of the New,” by their devotion to the music and by their appetite for a note, a phrase to “make it new . . . over and over.” Whedon is a poet of historical juxtaposition: in “The Peacocks” we meet both trumpet player Chet Baker and Italian Baroque painter Michelangelo Caravaggio on a lonely beach outside Naples. In “Head Wound” Whedon’s narrator, an expat jazz musician who’s suffered a head wound in WW II France, contemplates the beauty of late-14th Century illuminated manuscripts. Some poems in The Hatcheck Girl feature women – Whedon’s opera singer sister dying of cirrhosis in Manhattan, an aging torch singer in Jacksonville, a young, green female pianist in Paris – struggling to survive in a male-dominated art form. Others depict the lives of musicians who scuffle for gigs in out-of-way clubs because they both love the music and don’t know what else to do. Robert Pinsky has praised Tony Whedon’s “masterful verbal music,” and in The Hatcheck Girl Whedon, a jazz trombonist, is in command of the medium. His new collection is full of brilliant improvisational surprises.

    Tony Whedon is the author of the poetry books Things to Pray to in Vermont and The Falklands Quartet, and the poetry chapbook The Tres Riches Heures. His poems and essays appear in Harpers, American Poetry Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Sewanee Review, Ploughshares and over a hundred other literary magazines. His essay collection A Language Dark Enough: Essays on Exile won the Mid-List Press award for Creative Nonfiction. Tony is a working trombone player and the leader of the poetry/jazz ensemble PoJazz. Along with Neil Shepard, he founded Green Mountains Review. He lives with his wife Suzanne in Montgomery, Vermont.

     

    ABOUT ALMOST TOO MUCH AND BARBARA MURPHY:
    Barbara Murphy's Almost Too Much both tactfully and relentlessly interrogates our human experience in these dehumanizing times. There's not a sliver of false hope in these pages, but reading them, we catch glimpses of the paradox of our lives, that 'The sound of geese /overhead, their thin cries clear /as night through the ceilings and roof / of the house, is either the saddest /sound [we] will ever know / or one of great lifting joy.' Barbara Murphy's quietly brilliant poems move us readers toward usable truth," says David Huddle.

    Barbara Murphy's work has appeared in several literary journals including New England Review, Green Mountains Review, The Threepenny Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and is the recipient of a Vermont Council on the Arts fellowship. Murphy has worked as president of Johnson State College in Vermont since 2001 and has been recognized for her leadership roles in higher education. She lives and works in northern Vermont with her husband Tom Garrett.

     

    ABOUT STRADDLE AND DAVID CAVANAGH:

    The poems in David Cavanagh’s Straddle explore the perils and possibilities in living on borders, both physical and psychic. They probe the inner/outer balance we all struggle to maintain. They straddle the challenges of daily life, try to reconcile contradictions, and find a measure of grace. Whether dealing with love, the environment, loss of loved ones, gun violence, relations between nations, or email from the Beyond, the poems brim with fresh language and clear vision.

    David Cavanagh’s four books of poems include Straddle, The Middleman, and Falling Body, all from Salmon Poetry of Ireland, and Cycling in Plato’s Cave, from Fomite Press. David’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies in the U.S., Ireland, the U.K., and his native Canada. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been supported by grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts. He works for Johnson State College and lives in Burlington.  

     

    DATE:  Thursday, July 13th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Your $3 ticket comes with a coupon for $5 off a book by one of the featured authors.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.

  • Saturday, July 15 at 1:30 pm

    Books and music are perfect partners! Enjoy young chamber musicians performing while you browse, or watch.

    Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival brings together young string musicians from around the U.S. and several other countries with professional string teachers from many conservatories and universities, to work together for a month in the beautiful setting of Burlington, Vermont. The Classical Encounters series brings informal chamber music performances to non-traditional venues around Burlington.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, July 15th at 1:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  This event is free and open to the public.

  • Monday, July 17 at 7:00 pm

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  • Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm

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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.)