Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, May 06 at 11:00 am

    Join Mary Holland to celebrate Children's Book Week! Mary Holland will talk about how she became a naturalist/writer/photographer and will share some large photos and/or animal artifacts. She'll also read Otis the Owl and take questions from the audience.

    ABOUT THE BOOKS
    Naturally Curious Day by Day:  This follow-up to Naturally Curious, a National Outdoor Book Award winner, is a day-by-day account of nature observations throughout the year. Daily entries include entertaining and enlightening observations about specific animal or plant activity happening in eastern North America on that date. Set up as a naturalist's journal, entries describe in detail sightings and events in the natural world and are accompanied by stunning color photographs of birds, animals, insects, plants, and more. Essays throughout describe specific events in nature happening during each month, while sidebars supply natural history facts and information pertinent to the topics of the month or the time of year.

    Otis the Owl:  In beautifully detailed photographs, Mary Holland captures the first few months of a baby owl’s life. The huge eyes and fluffy feathers will steal the hearts of readers as they learn how barred owl parents ready their young owlets for the big world outside the nest. Follow along as Otis learns to eat, fights with his sister, and prepares for flight.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mary Holland is a Vermont naturalist, photographer, columnist, and author. She attended the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources before working as a naturalist at the Museum of the Hudson Highlands in New York, directing the state-wide Environmental Learning for the Future program for the Vermont Institute of Natural Science, working as a resource naturalist for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, designing and presenting hands-on "Knee-High Nature Programs" for libraries and elementary schools throughout Vermont and New Hampshire, and writing and photographing a nature column called "Naturally Curious" for several newspapers and magazines. Her articles and photographs have appeared in the Valley News, Northern Woodlands, "The Outside Story", Upper Valley Life, Here in Hanover, Woodstock magazine, the Harvard Press, the Vermont Guardian, and the Rutland Herald. She is the author of National Outdoor Book Award winner Naturally Curious.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 6th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, May 06 at 11:00 am

    Join us in celebrating Children's Book Week with a story time at Phoenix Books Misty Valley!  We'll read a timeless tale or a new adventure from our shelves.

    ABOUT CHILDREN'S BOOK WEEK:  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.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 6th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday, May 06 at 11:00 am

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, what do you see?
    I see a celebration all about me!

    Join us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? with a story time and activities at Phoenix Books Essex!  We'll even have a gift for participants to take home (while supplies last).

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Fifty years ago, Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle collaborated on their first book together, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Since then, Brown Bear has become a perpetual favorite for generations of teachers, parents, and children.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 6th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Tuesday, May 09 at 7:00 pm

    Join us for the celebration of the official launch of Onion River Press! Onion River Press is the new self-publishing program geared toward promoting the voices of local authors.

    Free and open to the public, the launch will start with a short information session highlighting how aspiring authors can access the services that Onion River Press offers--from basic printing and distribution to a launch event at a Phoenix Books location and distribution in five stores: Burlington, Essex, Rutland, Chester, and Woodstock. Onion River Press will provide authors access to editors and designers to ensure that the finished product is competitive with the quality of traditionally published titles. Utilizing the printing services of IngramSpark right here in the United States, authors will have the benefit of Ingram Distribution--the lifeblood of independent bookstores across the country--making their work available world-wide.

    Onion River Press has already published and released two books: Caveat, an action suspense novel by UVM Medical School professor George Osol; and Luscious: Food I Fed My Family, a beautiful full-color cookbook, by Shelburne resident Kate Laud. Both authors plan to be in attendance at the launch celebration.

    Onion River Press will be run by Burlington store manager Tod Gross and Rachel Fisher. Gross started with Phoenix Books in 2010 and saw the need to offer local authors an alternative to online self-publishing options. Gross says, "Our whole mission statement is to be a hub for literary activity. Anything we can do to have the local community be more about books is what we want to do."

    Rachel Fisher has been with Phoenix Books since the opening of the Burlington location in 2012 and will act as publishing manager. With five plus years of publishing experience prior to bookselling, she brings an in-depth understanding of the publishing and book production process. Fisher says, "I'm excited to be launching Onion River Press with Tod and Phoenix Books, I can't wait to work with Vermont authors and help them bring their work into print.”

    The press was originally founded in 1997 as a traditional publishing program by DeSanto and Reiner. DeSanto says, “In the future we hold open the possibility of using Onion River Press to publish books the old fashioned way, if the perfect project came forward."

    DATE:  Tuesday, May 9th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to the public

  • Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm

    Catch up with Burlington's own legendary fly fisher Peter Shea at this book launch celebration!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  For more than fifty years, with fly rod in hand, Shea has chased trout in the Green Mountain State and elsewhere. Along the way he has documented their geography in maps and guidebooks, and shared his personal, often hilarious, angling stories. His newest book, Collateral Trout, reprises several out-of-print reader favorites, adding new-to-print memoirs, and including the author’s first works of fiction. From stories of an early arrest, and experiences with the “Lake Champlain Monster,” to what happens when you mistake a porcupine for a bear, or what do you do when you find human remains, the reader will be entertained with his authentic tales. A separate section includes five fictional stories, all transpiring in the beloved sport that is trout fishing.

    ABOUT THE AUTHORPeter Shea has a thirty-five year history of writing and publishing on outdoor topics, mostly trout fishing and mostly Vermont. His latest title is Vermont Trout Ponds, a personal selection of some of the author’s favorite lakes and ponds. Peter and his wife Carol have one daughter and live in Burlington. He is Director of Corporate Support at Vermont PBS, and continues his love affair with trout fishing.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 11th 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.

    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, May 13 at 11:00 am

    Join Jason Chin and Deirdre Gill, who will share their new picture books, answer questions from the audience, and do a drawing demo.

     

    ABOUT GRAND CANYON, WRITTEN & ILLUSTRATED BY JASON CHIN:  A gorgeously illustrated exploration of the Grand Canyon, past and present, by master nonfiction author/illustrator Jason Chin.
    Rivers wind through earth, cutting down and eroding the soil for millions of years, creating a cavity in the ground 277 miles long, 18 miles wide and more an a mile deep known as the Grand Canyon.
    Home to an astonishing variety of plants and animals that have lived and evolved within its walls for millennia, the Grand Canyon is much more than just a hole in the ground. Follow a father and daughter as they make their way through the cavernous wonder, discovering life both present and past.
    Weave in and out of time as perfectly placed die cuts show you that a fossil today was a creature much long ago, perhaps in a completely different environment. Complete with a spectacular double gatefold, an intricate map and extensive back matter.

    “Chin’s straightforward, lucid text seamlessly integrates concepts and scientific terms in engaging paragraphs full of surprising information, all of which is beautifully complemented by the illustrations.... With vivid imagination, a crystal-clear grasp of the facts, and brilliant artwork, this illuminating look at one of the planet’s most fascinating features will entrance young readers.”  –Booklist, Starred Review

     

    ABOUT TRAINS DON'T SLEEP, ILLUSTRATED BY DEIRDRE GILL:  With the feel of a classic and vivid artwork that captures the power and majesty of trains, this is a fast-paced rhyming ode to the locomotive written by Andria Warmflash Rosenbaum.

    Puffing, chuffing, never yawning 
    Climbing hills as day is dawning. 
    Trains don’t sleep, they 
    CLANG and HOOT

    Cross bridges and canyons, plow through snow, charge down mountains, and meander across fields filled with sheep. And when it is time to rest and dreams are just ahead, never fear—trains don’t sleep so that you can.

    "A well-crafted tribute to trains." Booklist

    "Undeniably beautiful..." Kirkus

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:

    Jason Chin is the award-winning author of Redwoods, Coral Reefs, and Island: A Story of the Galápagos, which was named a 2012 Best Book of the Year by School Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews. His book Gravity received three starred reviews, while his recent Water Is Water received two starred reviews.  Visit him at jasonchin.net.

    Deirdre Gill's debut book Outside (2014) was inspired by her own experiences of playing outside as a child. The outdoors is still a source of wonder and excitement for Deirdre - the place she goes to "see the possibilities" as well as to ski, hike, and bike with her family. Visit her at deirdregill.com.

    Jason and Deirdre live with their two children in Burlington, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 13th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all ages.

  • Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm

    Join Laurie Forest for a discussion 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:   Thursday, May 18th at 7pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm

    Join Dave Randall for a discussion of his new book, Sound System: The Political Power of Music. A blistering, intelligent polemic about the political power of music, Sound System investigates the raves, riots, and revolution of contemporary culture to answer the question—how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Musicians have often wanted to change the world, and many—from underground grime artists to mainstream pop icons—channel that desire through the political power of music. Music has a unique ability to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions—or, alternatively, to stabilize the status-quo. Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what exactly makes music so powerful. Years of touring, protesting, and performing have given Dave Randall an insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the most tightly held secrets of celebrity, commodification, and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum.

    “This engaging, hugely readable book…should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the state of the world—and in the essential, life-affirming role music can play in changing it for the better.”
    —Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

    “A thrilling trip through the dark corners and secret gardens of the music world! Randall leaves no stone unturned and has produced a work of rare insight.”
    —Maxi Jazz, lead vocalist for Faithless

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has toured the world, playing guitar with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O’Connor, and many others.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, May 18th 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, May 20 at 11:00 am

    Enjoy your Saturday morning with a reading of the new children’s book The Forever Garden, by Laurel Snyder. After we read together, we will have a fun and interactive healthy food activity! This event is presented in partnership with City Market.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, May 20th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free & open to all ages.

    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.

  • Tuesday, May 23 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.)