Upcoming Events

  • Friday, October 27 at 12:00 pm to at 1:30 pm

    Visit Phoenix Books Burlington for a tarot reading. Rachel's approach to tarot draws from Jung and the concept that we can access collective symbols and archetypes from our unconscious that can assist in guiding our intuition.

    Rachel is a self-taught tarot reader and has been reading tarot for six years now. She began public readings about a year and a half ago. She has read at weddings and parties as well as for private individuals. Rachel has an MA in clinical mental health counseling from Antioch University New England and has a private psychotherapy practice in Williston working with individual adults. In her off time, she enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading.

     

    DATE:  Friday, October 27th from noon to 1:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Readings are first come, first served. Suggested donation is $5-10.

    PLEASE NOTE: Tarot readings are for entertainment purposes only.

  • Friday, October 27 at 5:30 pm to at 7:00 pm

    Join us to celebrate the publication of a new poetry collection, The Shower Scene from Hamlet, by Pushcart Prize-winner Daniel Lusk, with a book launch, reading, and light fare.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In The Shower Scene from Hamlet, the poet is at his mature best, creating portraits and literary collages from the lives of artists, eccentrics, and infamous public figures that ricochet across a millennium of the world’s art and cultural history. The poet blends extraordinary facts and rumors about personalities long dead with intimate glimpses of his own peripatetic past for the enjoyment of readers.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORThe Shower Scene from Hamlet is Daniel Lusk’s sixth full-length poetry collection. Other books include The Vermeer Suite (art and poetry), Lake Studies: Meditation on Lake Champlain with a companion audiobook, The Inland Sea, a memoir, Girls I Never Married, three poetry chapbooks, a novel, and Homemade Poems: A Handbook for Teaching Poetry Writing. In 2016 his genre-bending essay “Bomb” was awarded a Pushcart Prize. He is also recipient of the Pablo Neruda Prize (Nimrod International Journal), a Gertrude Claytor Memorial Award (Poetry Society of America), and other honors.

    A former syndicated commentator on books for NPR and well-known for his teaching, Daniel Lusk has been a Visiting Poet at the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H.; Stranmillis University College-Queens, Belfast, N.I.; Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, County Cork, Ireland; and Haystack School for Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. As a Poet-in-the-Schools, he taught children and teachers in more than 100 schools across the U.S. He has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and his poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, among them Poetry, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Poetry Ireland, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, The Chariton Review, North American Review, Markings (Scotland), Nimrod International Journal, The Café Review, Off the Coast, and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins, Ed.).

    An Iowa native, he is now a Senior Lecturer of English Emeritus at the University of Vermont. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Irish poet Angela Patten.

     

    DATE:  Friday, October 27th from 5:30-7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, October 28 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning at a Halloween-themed story time with Phoenix Books and City Market.  We'll read Zip! Zoom! On a Broom, by Teri Sloat, and Boo! Haiku, by Deanna Caswell. Then we'll have healthy food activities featuring pretzel  and cheese broomsticks and clementine “pumpkins.”

     

    DATE:  Saturday, October 28th 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.

  • Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 pm

    Friendly pumpkinCalling all kids! Come to Phoenix for a bewitching afternoon of (not too) scary stories to put you in the Halloween spirit.

    Costumes encouraged.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, October 28th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, October 28 at 4:00 pm

    Join National Book Award–winning author William Alexander to delve into a wryly humorous story about two kids who try to save their town by bringing back its ghosts.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Rosa Ramona Díaz has just moved to the small, un-haunted town of Ingot—the only ghost-free town in the world. She doesn’t want to be there. She doesn’t understand how her mother—a librarian who specializes in ghost-appeasement—could possibly want to live in a place with no ghosts. Frankly, she doesn’t understand why anyone would.
    Jasper Chevalier has always lived in Ingot. His father plays a knight at the local Renaissance Festival, and his mother plays the queen. Jasper has never seen a ghost, and can’t imagine his un-haunted town any other way. Then an apparition thunders into the festival grounds and turns the quiet town upside down.
    Something otherworldly is about to be unleashed, and Rosa will need all her ghost appeasement tools—and a little help from Jasper—to rein in the angry spirits and restore peace to Ingot before it’s too late.

    "A fun and fast-paced supernatural mystery with secret depths for those who dare explore them."
    --Kirkus Review

    “Perfect for kids who like their creepy moments mixed with wildly imaginative elements.”
    Booklist

    “Alexander neatly inverts the typical ghost story, creating a supernatural landscape in which hauntings are part of the fabric of life and go hand in hand with respecting and honoring the departed.”
    Publisher’s Weekly

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  William Alexander won the National Book Award for his debut novel, Goblin Secrets, and won the Earphones Award for his narration of the audiobook. His other novels include A Festival of Ghosts, A Properly Unhaunted Place, Ghoulish Song, Nomad, and Ambassador. William studied theater and folklore at Oberlin College, English at the University of Vermont, and creative writing at the Clarion workshop. He teaches in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. Like the protagonist of Nomad and Ambassador, William is the son of a Latino immigrant to the US. Visit him online at WillAlex.net and GoblinSecrets.com, and on Twitter via @WillieAlex.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, October 28th at 4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

    AGES:  The featured book is ideal for ages 8-12, but all ages are welcome to this event and to enjoy this story.

  • Sunday, October 29 at 2:00 pm

    Join debut Vermont authors Robert Madrygin and Katherine Arden for readings from their new novels.

    ABOUT THE BOOKS:
    In Robert Madrygin's The Solace of Trees, 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.

    “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

    Katherine Arden's The Bear and the Nightingale take place In a village at the edge of the wilderness of northern Russia, where the winds blow cold and the snow falls many months of the year. A stranger with piercing blue eyes presents a new father with a gift: a precious jewel on a delicate chain, intended for his young daughter. Uncertain of its meaning, Pytor hides the gift away and Vasya grows up a wild, willful girl, to the chagrin of her family. But when mysterious forces threaten the happiness of their village, Vasya discovers that, armed only with the necklace, she may be the only one who can keep the darkness at bay.

    “Stunning…will enchant readers from the first page…. with an irresistible heroine who wants only to be free of the bonds placed on her gender and claim her own fate.”
    Publishers Weekly

    ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
    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.

    Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale. Born in Austin, Texas, Arden spent a year of high school in Rennes, France. Following her acceptance to Middlebury College in Vermont, she deferred enrollment for a year in order to live and study in Moscow. At Middlebury, she specialized in French and Russian literature. After receiving her BA, she moved to Maui, Hawaii, working every kind of odd job imaginable, from grant writing and making crepes to guiding horse trips. Currently she lives in Vermont, but really, you never know.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, October 29th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday, November 01 at 7:00 pm

    Join Ray Padgett for a short conversation about his new book, Cover Me: The Stories Behind the Greatest Cover Songs of All Time, with Burlington Free Press arts reporter Brent Hallenbeck.  Their discussion will be followed by live covers of songs from the book performed by Mark Daly (of Madaila) and Eric Olsen and Amanda Gustafson (of Swale), a Q&A, and a book signing.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  From the creator of the popular website covermesongs.com comes the perfect book for music fans: the inside stories behind 20 iconic cover songs and the artists who turned them into classics.
    A great cover only makes a song stronger. Jimi Hendrix’s version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower.” The Beatles rocking out with “Twist and Shout.” Aretha Franklin demanding “Respect.” Without covers, the world would have lost many unforgettable performances. This is the first book to explore the most iconic covers ever, from Elvis’s “Hound Dog” and Joe Cocker's “With a Little Help from My Friends” to the Talking Heads’ “Take Me to the River” and Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” Written by the founder of the website covermesongs.com, each of the 19 chapters investigates the origins of a classic cover—and uses it as a framework to tell the larger story of how cover songs have evolved over the decades. Cover Me is packed with insight, photography, and music history.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ray Padgett founded the blog Cover Me in 2007 and has run it ever since, growing it into the largest blog devoted to cover songs on the web, with 80,000 individual readers a month. His music writing has appeared in SPIN, MTV, Vice, Consequence of Sound, and more, and he’s been interviewed as an expert on cover songs by the Wall Street Journal and the BBC. He runs the new Vermont music blog County Tracks, lives in New York City, and also works as a senior music publicist for Shore Fire Media, where his clients have included Ben Harper, Lana Del Rey, and Maxwell.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, November 1st 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.

  • Thursday, November 02 at 6:30 pm

    Join Daniel Lusk for a reading from his new collection of poetry, The Shower Scene from Hamlet.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  In The Shower Scene from Hamlet, the poet is at his mature best, creating portraits and literary collages from the lives of artists, eccentrics, and infamous public figures that ricochet across a millennium of the world’s art and cultural history. The poet blends extraordinary facts and rumors about personalities long dead with intimate glimpses of his own peripatetic past for the enjoyment of readers.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORThe Shower Scene from Hamlet is Daniel Lusk’s sixth full-length poetry collection. Other books include The Vermeer Suite (art and poetry), Lake Studies: Meditation on Lake Champlain with a companion audiobook, The Inland Sea, a memoir, Girls I Never Married, three poetry chapbooks, a novel, and Homemade Poems: A Handbook for Teaching Poetry Writing. A former syndicated commentator on books for NPR and well-known for his teaching, Daniel Lusk has been a Visiting Poet at the Frost Place in Franconia, N.H.; Stranmillis University College-Queens, Belfast, N.I.; Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; Eigse Carlow Arts Festival, County Cork, Ireland; and Haystack School for Crafts, Deer Isle, ME. As a Poet-in-the-Schools, he taught children and teachers in more than 100 schools across the U.S. He has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and his poetry has been published widely in literary journals and anthologies, among them Poetry, Massachusetts Review, New Letters, Poetry Ireland, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, The Chariton Review, North American Review, Markings (Scotland), Nimrod International Journal, The Café Review, Off the Coast, and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day (Billy Collins, Ed.).

     

    DATE:  Thursday, November 2nd at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, November 02 at 7:00 pm

    Join Willard Sterne Randall for a fresh retelling of the Revolution that counteracts the American mythology of a swift, straightforward victory over England.

    ABOUT THE BOOKUnshackling America challenges the persistent fallacy that Americans fought two separate wars of independence. Willard Sterne Randall documents an unremitting fifty-year-long struggle for economic independence from Britain overlapping two armed conflicts linked by an unacknowledged global struggle. Throughout this perilous period, the struggle was all about free trade.
    Neither Jefferson nor any other Founding Father could divine that the Revolutionary Period of 1763 to 1783 had concluded only one part, the first phase of their ordeal. The Treaty of Paris of 1783 at the end of the Revolutionary War halted overt combat but had achieved only partial political autonomy from Britain. By not guaranteeing American economic independence and agency, Britain continued to deny American sovereignty.
    Randall details the fifty years and persistent attempts by the British to control American trade waters, but he also shows how, despite the outrageous restrictions, the United States asserted the doctrine of neutral rights and developed the world’s second largest merchant fleet as it absorbed the French Caribbean trade. American ships carrying trade increased five-fold between 1790 and 1800, its tonnage nearly doubling again between 1800 and 1812, ultimately making the United States the world’s largest independent maritime power.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Willard Sterne Randall is a journalist and author of six biographies of Founding Fathers. He is a Distinguished Scholar in History and Professor Emeritus at Champlain College. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife, Nancy Nahra, with whom he has co-authored four volumes of history.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, November 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.

    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, November 04 at 11:00 am

    Join Lynda Graham-Barber for a story time featuring her new book, Cookie's Fortune. Attendees will also be treated to a visit with Lynda's rescue dog, Biscuit, and delicious locally baked cookies!

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Come along on a small dog’s journey from surviving in a vast city to finding her forever home. In simple, poetic language, with captivating art that portrays the challenges of a huge city, Cookie’s Fortune depicts a stray dog as she searches for food, shelter, and comfort. Compelling and age appropriate, this adorable stray’s quest will engage animal-loving children, their parents, teachers, and librarians with its message of hope and compassion. The story is based on the author’s own adoption of a dog she saved from a subway station. The final page is filled with information for parents and other adults who want to learn more about the subject.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lynda Graham-Barber's abiding passions for writing and animals have intermingled for four decades, as children’s book editor, writing teacher, author of 13 books, and an animal rights advocate. The author, who holds a MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College, lives in a small stone cottage, which she helped build, situated on 160 wooded acres in the Northeast Kingdom, Vermont, with her artist-husband, David, and their rescued dog, Biscuit.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, November 4th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all ages.

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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.)
            Beginning August 9th:  Wednesdays at 10am