Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, September 09 at 3:00 pm

    Sue DiCicco and The Peace Crane Project are visiting Phoenix Books Rutland!  We'll have a story time featuring Sue's picture book Origami Peace Cranes, and attendees will be invited to fold an origami crane.

    ABOUT THE BOOKOrigami Peace Cranes is a multicultural children's story about the capacity for friendship in all of us and the power that small things have to make a big difference.
    When Emma moves to a new town, she's afraid she'll never make friends. She tries her hardest to make a good impression on her new classmates. Through an origami crane project, her classmates show her that they really want to get to know her. Later, when a new family moves into her neighborhood, Emma has a great idea how to make them feel welcome!
    Filled with fun pictures and ideas, this story addresses the anxiety that comes with new beginnings and shows kids a way to act as a diverse community. At the end of the book, instructions for making a paper crane are included so that kids can make their own cranes to share!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Writer, illustrator, sculptor and former Disney animator Sue DiCicco founded Armed with the Arts (ArmedWithTheArts.org), a program dedicated to encouraging creative expression in kids. She is the creator of the Peace Crane Project—which is designed to promote the concept of peace within and between our schools, homes, communities, states, and nations—with participation from over 150 countries. She has written dozens and illustrated hundreds of books for kids.


    DATE:  Saturday, September 9th at 3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Tuesday, September 12 at 6:30 pm

    Join Bill Mares, Christopher Louras, and Bob Stannard for a talk on The Full Vermonty: Vermont in the Age of Trump.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont is a small state with a history of making a large impact. We're little, but we're loud. We recognize that we can’t ignore Trump and his actions, but he won’t be able to ignore us, either. Short of seceding from Union (we’ve already tried that to no avail), you can be sure that we’re not just going to sit back. That’s not our style. With the help of almost a score of “guest appearances”—including Madeleine Kunin; Steve Terry; David Gram; Marialisa Calta; Mike Martin; Don Hooper; Ed Koren; Bob Stannard; Bill Schubart; Sally Pollak; Julia Alvarez; Harry Chen, MD; Larry Feign; Christopher Louras; Al Boright; Eric Hanson; Tom Slayton; Joe Hagan, MD; Haviland Smith; and Jasper Craven—the literary duet of Bill Mares and Jeff Danziger has become a chorus. They’ve assembled a first-rate “posse” of Vermont writers, cartoonists, and politicians to add their intelligence and wit to this momentous task. In addition, the book has quizzes, quotations, escape literature, a Vermont tool box, and more.

    "Come to The Full Vermonty for the cartoons by the incomparable Jeff Danziger. Stay for a primer for the millions of Americans who've been asking, 'What do we do NOW?' Bill Mares and his gang of Vermont wits and sages actually have answers."
    —U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

    "People are always asking me: Peter, what can I do about Trump and what's going on in Washington? My answer: Read The Full Vermonty."
    —Congressman Peter Welch

    "An anxious nation can rest easy: Vermont will, as always, punch above its weight in the resistance to Mr. Trump."
    —Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org

    Raised in Texas, educated at Harvard, Bill Mares has been a journalist, a high school teacher and a member of the Vermont House of Representatives. He has authored or co-authored 15 books on subjects ranging from the Marine Corps to workplace democracy to Presidential fishing, plus four books of humor with Prof. Frank Bryan, including the best-seller, Real Vermonters Don't Milk Goats. His hobbies include running, beekeeping, singing and fly-fishing. He lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife of 45 years, Chris Hadsel. They have two sons.

    Christopher Louras is a native Vermonter who, after graduating from UVM, served ten years as a US Army CH-47 maintenance manager/maintenance test pilot. He returned to Rutland to raise his family and help his brother and sister run the family business until 2007 when he was elected Mayor of the City of Rutland, serving five terms until his de-election in 2017. He is married to Jude and is the proud father of four sons, Chris, Justin, Ian, and Augie.

    Bob Stannard is an eighth generational Vermonter who has served in the Vermont Legislature; served as a member of the Manchester Selectboard and served for thirteen years on the Bennington County Regional Planning Commission; three years as Chair. He worked as a lobbyist in Montpelier and a commercial broker with Sotheby's. He has been Vermont columnist for fourteen years and although retired he continues to lead one of Vermont's hottest Blues bands; "Downtown" Bob & Those Dangerous Bluesmen. He has produced four CDs and written two Vermont humor books. (How to Survive the Recession, How to Survive the Recovery) He co-wrote Frankie & Bobby: Growing up Zappa; a book on the early life of Frank Zappa, with Frank's younger brother, Bobby Zappa. He lives in Manchester, Vermont with his wife, Alison, of forty-four years.


    DATE:  Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.


  • Wednesday, September 13 at 10:00 am

    Join us to read Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed and make pig masks!


    DATE:  Wednesday, September 13th at 10am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Wednesday, September 13 at 7:00 pm

    Join Joanna Tebbs Young for a talk on her new book, Lilian Baker Carlisle.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Overlooking Lake Champlain in the Old North End of Burlington, Vermont, sits a house. Inside that house is a closet. Inside that closet, a lifetime. Piled from floor to ceiling, 80 years' worth of scrapbooks, dating from 1925 to 2006, are just one legacy of Burlington, Vermont, historian and writer Lilian Baker Carlisle. Assistant to Electra Havemeyer Webb of Shelburne Museum, author of "the most accurate and complete" book on early Vermont silver, a champion for equality and the environment, a politician and preservationist, she was a woman ahead of her time. Lilian Baker Carlisle: Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure is her story.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Joanna Tebbs Young, MA-TLA is a writer, facilitator, presenter, and coach based in Rutland, Vermont. Holding a MA in Transformative Language Arts from Goddard College and trained through the Center for Journal Therapy, Joanna offers writing workshops and private coaching for creative flow and personal insight. Joanna writes the column, "Circles of Community" for the Rutland Reader, and has had essays published in Mama Says, Rutland Magazine, and Chrysalis. She is currently writing a memoir. Joanna blogs about writing at wisdomwithinink.com and about local history at rutlandwhen.wordpress.com.


    DATE:  Wednesday, September 13th 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.

  • Friday, September 15 at 5:00 pm to at 7:00 pm

    Meet Ken Haedrich, and enjoy a treat from the pages of his new cookbook. The Harvest Baker features savory and sweet recipes that incorporate a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs into all types of baking.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Let them eat cake — and vegetables, too! Award-winning cookbook author Ken Haedrich serves up 150 delicious baked goods that are full of fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and go far beyond zucchini bread and carrot cake. From Bacon, Cheddar, and Fresh Corn Muffins to Fresh Fennel and Italian Sausage Pizza, Spaghetti Squash and Parmesan Quiche, and Brown Sugar Rhubarb Tart Squares, these scrumptious recipes add nutrition plus amazing flavor to every meal of the day. The breadth of this collection is stunning, and you’ll be amazed that baked goods this tasty also deliver your daily dose of fresh vegetables.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ken Haedrich is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks, including Maple Syrup Cookbook and Home for the Holidays, a winner of the Julia Child Cookbook Award. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, Cooking Light, and Bon Appétit. He can be found online at thepieacademy.com


    DATE:  Friday, September 15th from 5-7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 am

    Join us to read Go to Sleep in Your Own Bed and make pig masks!


    DATE:  Saturday, September 16th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, September 16 at 1:00 pm to at 3:00 pm

    Join Ron Patch, author of Local History, for a meet-and-greet and book signing.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Ron Patch’s book Local History is a compilation of stories he has written since 2013 for the Vermont Journal and Shopper newspapers. Most stories revolve around area historical events or individuals. Others are just plain fun, and even share real life experiences of the author. Many towns covered by the articles are based in Windsor and Windham Counties; included are the towns of Springfield, Chester, Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Londonderry, Grafton, Peru, Andover and Westminster and others. You will learn about some of Vermont’s earliest settlers, as well as a few real “interesting” characters. Over 115 stories are included in the 282 page book.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Ron Patch is a lifelong native of Chester, Vermont, and has been an antiques dealer for the past 47 years. While working in his antiques business, he became interested in the history of the antiques he bought and sold, and how these objects relate to Vermont culture. Through this work, Patch has come to learn and understand the history of old Vermont and its inhabitants. He has collected numerous books and documents he has found concerning Vermont’s history, and has given many talks on Vermont history in area towns. Patch is a weekly columnist for the Vermont Journal and Shopper newspapers, writing the local history of area towns. As of this writing, he continues to expand his antiques business, and as a point of note, he is the president of the Chester Historical Society.


    DATE:  Saturday, September 16th from 1pm to 3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Sunday, September 17 at 11:00 am to at 4:00 pm

    Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with Megan Price, the author of the phenomenally popular Vermont Wild series featuring tales from our state's fish and game wardens. Come in and have Megan personalize a copy of Vermont Wild for the hunter or wildlife-watcher in your life.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  A former award-winning journalist and Vermont legislator, Price has been called a "folklore artist" for her ability to breathe life into little known, true tales of the Green Mountains as told by those who lived them. "The books are a working man's history" Price said. "The stories combine history, humor, conservation, danger​ and courage​. These men are independent Yankees.  They work alone in the woods.  Everyone has a gun. The weather can be atrocious and they're still out there. Their stories ​make for great literature."​

    Price gives credit to the retired game wardens who share their adventures with her, putting their names and photos in the books. "I'm always looking for more wardens, more deputies, more good stories, from any state. I ​want to save good stories and share them. I ​hope people will stop by and pass along a name ​of a retired game warden or deputy with good stories ​if they know someone," she added. "The older fellows tend to have the best stories! And I'm interested in hearing from wardens from every state."​

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Whether confronting moose, rescuing raccoons, training reluctant tracking dogs or searching for clues to catch clever poachers, Price's true tales of our North Woods resonate with all ages, tourists as well as Vermont natives. The "Wild" books are taken to hunting camp, taught in middle and high schools to encourage children to read and write their own stories, read out loud in nursing homes and mailed world wide to those who love Vermont. 

    ​To date, there are four Vermont Wild books and one Maine Wild, all chock full of game warden's true stories.  A new Vermont Wild volume will be released for Christmas.​


    DATE:  Sunday, September 17th from 11am to 4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday, September 19 at 7:00 pm

    Join Green Writers Press authors at Phoenix Books Burlington, discover four new books from this Vermont publisher, and celebrate the launch of Nancy Kilgore's Wild Mountain!


    Broken Wing, by David Budbill: Broken Wing is the story of one man’s love for birds and efforts to save a rusty blackbird that can’t fly south for the winter. The author worked closely with publisher Dede Cummings in order to finish the book before he died in late September of 2016. The book is appropriate for young adult readers and adults. In Broken Wing, David Budbill has composed a monumental love letter to the natural world, an astute and minutely observed portrait of the avian inhabitants of a mysterious hillside orchard. The Man Who Lives Alone in the Mountains, a reclusive keeper of the earth whose soul is devoted to one injured rusty blackbird, embodies a narrative voice compelled to witness, in the rhythm and brutality of the seasons, the intimate patterns of the wild creatures surrounding his home. Budbill’s lyrical storytelling effortlessly transports the reader into his realm with a rare and poetic beauty.

    Horse Drawn Yogurt is a book of stories about Peter Gould's decade on Total Loss Farm in Vermont. Gould has created a patchwork of true stories of farm life. In these stories, you'll learn how locals and newcomers helped each other out in a pivotal moment of history, and how young people new to the land learned how to tend gardens and farms, while belonging to a national movement—against the Vietnam war and for peace and justice around the world. "This book is not a memoir," Gould says. "It's a comforter. I didn't throw all those old clothes away. I cut and pieced them and sewed them together. Now they keep me warm."

    Wild Mountain, by Nancy Hayes Kilgore: Vermonter Mona Duval loves the covered bridge beside her store. She loves local history and the rugged, rural nature of her home state. But when an ice storm collapses the bridge, she is bereft. Frank MacFarland, a seasonal resident who is beguiled by Mona, lends his political expertise to help rebuild the bridge. But they meet with powerful opposition. Tensions arise in the town, compounded by resistance to the soon-to-be-voted on Freedom to Marry bill. And then, unexpectedly, Mona's abusive ex-husband arrives. Wild Mountain is a page-turning, beautifully written novel about the love between Frank and Mona, the love of place, freedom to marry, and freedom from the past, by a writer whose prose has been compared to Alice Munro's.

    A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing, by Tim Weed: A high mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies is the point of departure for these stories of dark adventure, in which vividly drawn landscapes provide an immersive setting for narratives about coming of age, altered states, moral slippage, romantic love, sexual jealousy, and impenetrable loneliness. Fishing guides, amateur sportsmen, teenage misfits, scientists, mountaineers, and expatriates embark on disquieting journeys of self-discovery in far-flung places: the hazardous tidal waters of Nantucket, the granite quarries and ski slopes of New Hampshire, Venezuela’s Orinoco basin, the ancient squares and alleyways of Rome and Granada, the summit of an Andean volcano, and the tension-filled streets of eastern Cuba. Classic in feel and fresh in approach, the stories in A Field Guide to Murder and Fly Fishing speak to the inextricability of exterior and interior experience; to the powerful magnetism of solitude versus friendship, brotherhood, and love; and to the urgent need for a more direct engagement with the planet that sustains us.


    Nadine Budbill (above far left) is honored to serve as literary executor for her beloved father, Vermont poet, playwright, novelist, David Budbill, who was the author of Broken Wing, an allegorical tale set in rural Vermont about a rusty blackbird who can't fly and a solitary man who is Black. In addition to this work, Nadine is building a private practice offering massage therapy and holistic support for fertility, pregnancy, infants, post-partum women, and beyond. This is a new venture after two decades in the fields of nonprofit management, fundraising, evaluation, and positive youth development—all dedicated to girls’ and women’s well-being and empowerment. She lives in Marshfield, VT with her partner, Mia, and their daughter, Riley.

    Peter Gould (above center left), recipient of the 2016 Arts Education Award from the Vermont Arts Council, wrote wrote the legendary back-to-the-land novel Burnt Toast (Alfred A. Knopf)—the first fictional treatment of the 1970s commune movement in New England. Peter’s young adult novel, Write Naked (Farrar Straus) won the Green Earth Book Award. Read more at www.petergouldvermont.com.

    Nancy Hayes Kilgore (above center right), a writer and psychotherapist, is the winner of the 2016 Vermont Writers Prize. Her writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and her first novel, Sea Level, was a Foreword Reviews Book of the Year. Her second novel, Wild Mountain, is set in Vermont and due out October 1st from Green Writers Press. Formerly a parish pastor, Nancy leads workshops on writing and spirituality for clergy, therapists, and writers throughout the U.S. She lives in Burlington, Vermont, with her husband, a painter.

    Tim Weed’s (above far right) first novel, Will Poole’s Island (2014), was named one of Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of the Year. His short fiction collection, A Field Guide to Murder & Fly Fishing (2017), has been shortlisted for the International Book Awards, the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project, the Autumn House Press Fiction Prize, and the Lewis-Clark Press Discovery Award. Tim is the winner of a Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Award and his work has appeared in The Millions, Colorado Review, Talking Points Memo, Writer's Chronicle, Talking Writing, Fiction Writers Review and elsewhere. He lives in southern Vermont​ and speaks regularly at nonprofit institutions around the state as a member of the Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau. ​​​​​He works as a featured expert for National Geographic in Patagonia​,​ Spain, ​and Cuba. ​teaches writing at Grub Street in Boston, and is the co-founder of the Cuba Writers Program.


    DATE:  Tuesday, September 19th 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.

  • Wednesday, September 20 at 10:00 am

    Join us to read Escargot and for crafts and snail races!


    DATE:  Wednesday, September 20th at 10am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.


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