Upcoming Events

  • Saturday April 28, 11:00 am

    Join us for story time and activities! Best of all, the Lorax will be joining us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and to kick off Children's Book Week.


    DATE:  Saturday, April 28th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday April 28, 11:00 am

    Join us for an Elephant and Piggie story time and activities! Best of all, Elephant and Piggie themselves will be joining us to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day and to kick off Children's Book Week.


    DATE:  Saturday, April 28th at 11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION:  All ages are welcome to this free event.

  • Saturday April 28, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

    Join members of the Poetry Society of Vermont for the sixth annual PSOV Poetry Reading at Phoenix Books Burlington!

    Founded in 1947, PSOV is an association of poets and supporters who join in promoting an interest in poetry through meetings, workshops, readings, contests, and contributions to the society's chapbook, The Mountain Troubadour. Anyone may join the society including high school and college students and non-residents of Vermont. Visit www.poetrysocietyofvermont.org for more information.


    DATE: Saturday, April 28th from 2-3:30pm

    LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.

  • Saturday April 28, 6:00 pm to 7:30 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:  Saturday, April 28th from 6pm to 7:30pm

    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.

  • Sunday April 29, 3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of poetry with Daniel Lusk and Patricia Fargnoli.

    ABOUT THE SHOWER SCENE FROM HAMLET AND DANIEL LUSK:  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.

    The 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.).

    ABOUT HALLOWED AND PATRICIA FARGNOLI:  Featuring selections from Patricia Fargnoli’s four previous books along with twenty-four new poems, here is a celebration of poetic endurance, filled with quietly distinctive cadences and images closely seen, now freshly understood.

    Patricia Fargnoli, from Walpole NH was the New Hampshire Poet Laureate from 2006-2009.  She’s published 5 books and 3 chapbooks of poetry and has won The May Swenson Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Silver Book of the Year Award, the NH Literary Award for Poetry and the Sheila Mooton Book Award. Her latest book is Hallowed, Tupelo Press, 2017.  She’s published over 300 poems in literary journals such as Poetry, Ploughshares, Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review et. al. A Macdowell Fellow and retired social worker she now teaches poetry privately.


    DATE:  Sunday, April 29th at 3pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Tuesday May 1, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

    Stop by for a book signing and to meet the author!

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Welcome to essayist Kimberly Harrington’s poetic, hysterically funny (and occasionally just hysterical) world of motherhood, womanhood, and humanhood, not necessarily in that order. It’s a place of loud parenting, fierce loving, too much ice cream, too much social media, and occasional inner monologues in which light is shed on topics such as Pro/Con: Caving to PTO Bake Sale Pressure (“PRO: Skim the crappiest brownies for myself. CON: They’re really crappy.”) With accessibility and wit, she captures the emotions around parenthood in artful and earnest ways, highlighting this time in the middle—midlife, the middle years of childhood, how women are stuck in the middle of so much. It’s a place of elation, exhaustion, and time whipping past at warp speed. Finally, it’s a quiet space to consider the girl you were, the mother you are, and the older woman you will one day be.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Kimberly Harrington is a copywriter and creative director who has worked with Nike, Planned Parenthood, and Seventh Generation. She’s also co-founder and editor of the parenting humor site RAZED. She is a regular contributor to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and her work has also appeared in The New Yorker, Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Splitsider, and Medium.


    DATE:  Tuesday, May 1st from 10-11am

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.  (This event is not ticketed.)

  • Wednesday May 2, 4:00 pm

    Join us for a story time in celebration of Children's Book Week! We'll read Islandborn, by Junot Diaz.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: Every kid in Lola’s school was from somewhere else.
    Hers was a school of faraway places.
    So when Lola’s teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can’t remember The Island—she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories—joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening—Lola’s imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island. As she draws closer to the heart of her family’s story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela’s words: “Just because you don’t remember a place doesn’t mean it’s not in you.”
    Gloriously illustrated and lyrically written, Islandborn is a celebration of creativity, diversity, and our imagination’s boundless ability to connect us—to our families, to our past and to ourselves.


    DATE: Wednesday, May 2nd at 4pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all ages.

  • Thursday May 3, 7:00 pm

    Join us in celebrating the launch of Meg Little Reilly's new book, Everything That Follows.

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  For fans of Megan Abbott and Chris Bohjalian comes a novel of moral complexity about friends who must choose between self-preservation and doing the right thing in the wake of a fatal boating accident. Set in the moody off-season of Martha's Vineyard, Everything That Follows is a plunge into the dark waters of secrets and flexible morals. The truth becomes whatever we say it is...Around midnight, three friends take their partying from bar to boat on a misty fall evening. Just as the weather deteriorates, one of them suddenly and confusingly goes overboard. Is it an accident? The result of an unwanted advance? His body disappears quickly, silently, into the dark water. The circumstances are murky, but what is clear is that the other two need to notify the authorities. Minutes become hours become days as they hesitate, caught up in their guilt and hope that their friend has somehow made it safely to shore. As valuable time passes, they find themselves deep in a moral morass with huge implications as they struggle to move forward and live with their dark secret.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Meg Little Reilly is the author of the novels Everything That Follows and We Are Unprepared. She's a public radio commentator, essayist, and outdoors enthusiast. Prior to writing novels, Meg worked in national politics and the White House. She holds a B.A. from the University of Vermont and an M.A. from the George Washington University. These days, she lives in rural Vermont with her husband and two daughters.


    DATE:  Thursday, May 3rd 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 May 4, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

    Starting in May, Phoenix Book’s Misty Valley welcomes members of the community and those visiting to attend our First Friday event series. The series will bring events for all ages, and we'll keep the store open until 7 p.m. To kick off the series, on May 4, starting at 5:30 p.m., Misty Valley books will host an open mic night for those that wish to share their writing. Readers can choose any sort of piece - non-fiction, poetry, fiction, or experimental - to showcase their talents. Writers of any age are welcome to come and read. Come to shop a little late, hear some local talent, or share your work yourself. Light refreshments will be provided.If you would like to reserve a spot ahead of time to read, please email Anna Boarini at annab@phoenixbooks.biz.

  • Friday May 4, 6:00 pm

    May the fourth be with you! Join us for an evening of all things Star Wars. We'll have Star Wars themed books (for everyone from kids to adults), Star Wars-themed crafts, and more! Costumes encouraged. All ages are welcome.

    Star Wars fans have joined us for six years at Phoenix Books Burlington's annual Star Wars Reads Day event in October, and this May, Phoenix Books Essex is joining the fun!


    DATE & TIME: Friday, May 4th at 6pm

    LOCATIONS: Phoenix Books Essex

    ADMISSION: This event is FREE and open to the public


Story Time at Phoenix Books

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 11am  (Call 855-8078 for more info.)