Upcoming Events

  • Thursday January 11, 6:30 pm

    Join Katherine Arden for a talk on her new novel, The Girl in the Tower. The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast magical world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her trusted horse, Solovey, into the woods. A battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside quickly earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow. But Vasya must now balance the growing challenges of the life she has chosen, navigating her increasingly risky relationship with Morozko and carefully guarding the secret of her gender to remain in the Grand Prince’s good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale. Born in Austin, Texas, Arden holds a BA in French and Russian from Middlebury College. She has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm

    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 January 11, 6:30 pm

    Join Mark Bushnell for a talk on his new book, Hidden History of Vermont.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Vermont's history is marked by fierce independence, generosity of spirit and the saga of human life along its steep slopes and fertile valleys. Meet the widow who outwitted Tories and may have spied for the Green Mountain Boys. Encounter the family who gained a national following by summoning spirits. Discover why one governor opposed women's suffrage and how that may have involved spirits of another sort. Visit an island retreat where Harpo Marx cheated at croquet and satirist Dorothy Parker wore nothing but a garden hat. Historian Mark Bushnell offers a glimpse of the Green Mountain State rarely seen.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Bushnell worked for a dozen years as an editor for Vermont newspapers. Realizing that writers have more fun than editors, he began freelancing. Since 2002, he has written regularly about Vermont history, first for the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and more recently a weekly column for VTDigger, a statewide news website. He is the author of Discover Vermont! The Vermont Life Guide to Exploring Our Rural Landscape and It Happened in Vermont. He has also contributed chapters to Howard Dean: A Citizen's Guide to the Man who Would Be President, and Lake Champlain: An Illustrated History. He lives in central Vermont with his wife, Susan Clark, and son, Harrison.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, January 11th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Wednesday January 17, 6:30 pm

    Join Rachel Zinman, author of Yoga for Diabetes, to learn how to manage your health with yoga and Ayurveda. Rachel will be reading from her favorite passages, answering questions, signing books and sharing user-friendly yoga practices for everyone.  No prior yoga experience is required! Please join the merriment as we celebrate with this exciting new author.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  A motivational and personalized guide teaching diabetics how to incorporate yoga and Ayurveda into their daily diabetes management plan.

    “We who live with diabetes know aside from taking our medication, if required, we must change our eating habits, and we must exercise daily. I can think of no better way to control your diabetes than what Rachel Zinman has given us in her book Yoga for Diabetes. If you are living with diabetes this is a must. What is so impressive about this book is that you do not have to have diabetes to benefit from it... this is for all. Enjoy the new you. Namaste.”
    —Ben Vereen, Tony award winning actor, singer, dancer

    Rachel Zinman, an internationally renowned yoga teacher and writer, was floored when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 42, despite her lifelong dedication to a healthy lifestyle which included a decades-long practice of yoga. In Yoga for Diabetes, Rachel shares her personal journey and her hard-won wisdom gained from her own experience of yoga and diabetes. Yoga for Diabetes is written by an accomplished yoga teacher with diabetes herself who points the way to regaining health and well-being for people of all ages and types of diabetes.

    In Yoga for Diabetes, regardless of your current state of health, or type of diabetes, you can look forward to learning how to:

    • Reduce stress in minutes and thus improve your overall health index
    • Achieve healthier and more stable blood glucose levels
    • Find the secrets to adapting a yoga practice to suit your constitution and individual needs
    • Find deeper meaning in life and thus a holistic healing affecting multiple levels of your well-being

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Rachel Zinman is an internationally renowned yoga teacher and writer. She was diagnosed with diabetes in 2008. She started her Yoga For Diabetes blog to share with the diabetes online community how yoga has helped her manage diabetes. Rachel's articles on yoga and diabetes have been featured in Diabetes Daily, A Sweet Life, Insulin Nation, Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Counselling Online, Diabetes Alive, Veranda Magazine, Yoga Trail, Yoga4tv, Mind Body Green, DoYouYoga, and most recently in the #1 bestseller, Unleash Your Inner Diabetes Dominator. She is a featured expert for several online resources for yoga and diabetes.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, January 17th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday January 18, 6:30 pm

    Join Lauren Markham for a talk on her new book, The Far Away Brothers, a deeply reported story of identical twin brothers who escape El Salvador’s violence to build new lives in California—fighting to survive, to stay, and to belong.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Growing up in rural El Salvador in the wake of the civil war, Ernesto Flores had always had a fascination with the United States, the faraway land of skyscrapers and Nikes, while his identical twin, Raul, never felt that northbound tug. But when Ernesto ends up on the wrong side of the region’s brutal gangs, he is forced to flee the country, and Raul, because he looks just like his brother, follows close behind—away from one danger and toward the great American unknown.

    In this urgent chronicle of contemporary immigration, journalist Lauren Markham follows the seventeen-year-old Flores twins as they make their harrowing journey across the Rio Grande and the Texas desert, into the hands of immigration authorities, and from there to their estranged older brother’s custody in Oakland, California. Soon these unaccompanied minors are navigating a new school in a new language, working to pay down their mounting coyote debt, and facing their day in immigration court, while also encountering the triumphs and pitfalls of life as American teenagers—girls, grades, Facebook—with only each other for support. With intimate access and breathtaking range, Markham offers a coming-of-age tale that is also a nuanced portrait of Central America’s child exodus, an investigation of U.S. immigration policy, and an unforgettable testament to the migrant experience.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Lauren Markham is a writer based in Berkeley, California. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review, VICE, Orion, Pacific Standard, Guernica, and elsewhere, as well as on NewYorker.com and This American Life. Lauren earned her MFA in Fiction Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has been awarded the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism, the 11th Hour Food and Farming Journalism Fellowship, and fellowships from the Mesa Refuge and the Rotary Foundation. For the past decade, she has worked in the fields of refugee resettlement and immigrant education.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, January 18th at 6:30pm

    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 January 18, 6:30 pm

    Join Katherine Arden for a talk on her new novel, The Girl in the Tower. The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent and instead flees her home—but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Orphaned and cast out as a witch by her village, Vasya’s options are few: resign herself to life in a convent, or allow her older sister to make her a match with a Moscovite prince. Both doom her to life in a tower, cut off from the vast magical world she longs to explore. So instead she chooses adventure, disguising herself as a boy and riding her trusted horse, Solovey, into the woods. A battle with some bandits who have been terrorizing the countryside quickly earns her the admiration of the Grand Prince of Moscow. But Vasya must now balance the growing challenges of the life she has chosen, navigating her increasingly risky relationship with Morozko and carefully guarding the secret of her gender to remain in the Grand Prince’s good graces—even as she realizes his kingdom is under threat from mysterious forces only she will be able to stop.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Katherine Arden is the author of the national bestseller The Bear and the Nightingale. Born in Austin, Texas, Arden holds a BA in French and Russian from Middlebury College. She has studied Russian in Moscow, taught at a school in the French Alps, and worked on a farm in Hawaii. She currently lives in Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, January 18th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION: Free and open to all.

  • Saturday January 27, 11:00 am

    Join us for story time with Grannie Snow!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Miss Opal’s first trip outdoors turns into quite a “stinky” adventure when her curiosity gets the better of her. Opal meets a skunk and soon realizes she is in for more than she bargained for. When Big Ole Striped Silas tries to send the skunk on his way, he’s in for a big surprise too! 

    The Silas Series is, from start to finish, a true Vermont product. All contributors; writer, illustrator, graphic designer, editor, web designer, and printer reside in Vermont.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Grannie Snow had always dreamed of being an author, and then the magic of grandchildren took hold. Huddled in her oversized recliner, surrounded by her grand kids listening intently to her read, was the inspiration she needed to take action and follow her dream. Bringing The Silas Series to life felt like the perfect reflection of the unconditional love of grandchildren and pets. Grannie Snow holds two Associate Degrees from Community College of Vermont, attended Johnson State College through their External Degree Program, and is currently serving as the Director of Human Resources for Turtle Fur. A native of Vermont, she lives with her two cats, Big Ole Striped Silas and Miss Opal, in Morrisville, the town where she was born.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, January 27th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Thursday February 1, 6:00 pm

    February 1st will see the fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world, and the first celebration here at Phoenix Books Rutland. We’re getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around Fantastic Beasts. The fun kicks off at 6pm.

    On Harry Potter Book Night, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, readings, and quizzes.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, February 1st at 6pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Witches, wizards, and muggles of all ages are welcome to this free event!

  • Thursday February 1, 6:00 pm

    February 1st will see the fourth annual Harry Potter Book Night celebrated throughout the world, and the third annual celebration here at Phoenix Books Essex. We’re getting ready to host an unforgettable night themed around Fantastic Beasts. The fun kicks off at 6pm.

    On Harry Potter Book Night, we’ll be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and, most excitingly, introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Here at Phoenix, young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, readings, and quizzes.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, February 1st at 6pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Witches, wizards, and muggles of all ages are welcome to this free event!

  • Wednesday February 7, 6:30 pm

    Join Donna Druchunas for a discussion of The Art of Lithuanian Knitting.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Lithuania is a knitter's paradise—hand-knitted garments fill tourist street markets to overflowing, traditional crafts are celebrated at summer festivals and in open-air museums, and the first hint of winter turns the capital city of Vilnius into a veritable knitwear fashion show! Now, join knitting experts Donna Druchunas and June L. Hall in their journey through a fascinating and beautiful country, and discover Lithuania's rich textile history for yourself. Dive deep into Lithuanian knitting techniques, pattern stitches, and motifs; explore the stories behind 25 designs for traditional and modern accessories; and practice colorwork, textured stitches, lace, entrelac, and more!

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Donna Druchunas is a writer and knitwear designer with passions for knitting, world travel, and research. She has been visiting Lithuania, where her great grandparents were born, every year since 2007. Donna has been designing knitwear and writing for over a decade and she is the author of award-winning knitting books. She also teaches in the USA, Canada, and Europe and holds retreats at her private studio in a 150-year old farm house.

     

    DATE:  Wednesday, February 7th at 6:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Thursday February 8, 6:30 pm

    Join Kaela Coble to celebrate the launch of her first novel, Friends and Other Liars.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Sometimes the secrets we keep are more dangerous than the ones we reveal… 
    When Ruby St. James returns to her hometown, it's under the worst circumstances. Her old classmate Danny is dead, and at his funeral, she is confronted with the friends she left behind and the secret that tore them apart ten years ago. Now, Ruby isn't sure how to bridge the space her lies have created. And what's worse, she isn't the only one who's been lying. In a final act of revenge, Danny has left each of his friends an envelope containing their darkest secret, along with instructions to reveal them to one another or risk them coming out in a trap of Danny's own creation. Soon enough, past mistakes resurface and the lines of friendship are tested. Fraught with emotion, suspense, and hope, Friends and Other Liars is the story of five friends coming to terms with what it means to betray the ones who love you best.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Kaela Coble lives in Burlington, Vermont, and is a member of the League of Vermont Writers. This is her first novel.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, February 8th at 6:30pm

    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.

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Story Time at Phoenix Books

Weekly story times will resume in January 2018!
Enjoy timeless tales and new adventures with your little ones.  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:  Wednesdays at 10am and Saturdays at 11am (Call 872-7111 for more info.)
Rutland:  Saturdays at 1am  (Call 855-8078 for more info.)