Upcoming Events

  • Saturday, July 15 at 1:30 pm

    Books and music are perfect partners! Enjoy young chamber musicians performing while you browse, or watch.

    Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival brings together young string musicians from around the U.S. and several other countries with professional string teachers from many conservatories and universities, to work together for a month in the beautiful setting of Burlington, Vermont. The Classical Encounters series brings informal chamber music performances to non-traditional venues around Burlington.

     

    DATE:  Saturday, July 15th at 1:30pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION:  This event is free and open to the public.

  • Monday, July 17 at 7:00 pm

    Join Kevin Hearne—author of the New York Times bestselling Iron Druid Chroniclesfor a book talk on Besieged, his new collection of stories starring 2,000-year-old Irishman/Druid Atticus O'Sullivan.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: The Iron Druid Chronicles is a hilarious and action-packed urban fantasy set in a modern world in which all the gods of every pantheon are alive and well, as in American Gods; its hero is a smart-mouthed, buttkicking magician. But it’s told in a smart, witty, unforgettable voice that’s all Kevin Hearne—a star in the fantasy world. This addictive and wildly imaginative series stars hero Atticus O’Sullivan: a handsome, tattooed Irishman who looks like a young rock star, but is in actuality a 2,000-year-old Druid with extraordinary magic powers. In Besieged, Atticus’ adventures throughout history are told in a collection of nine new and original short stories.

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Kevin Hearne lives with his wife, son, and doggies in Colorado. He hugs trees and rocks out to heavy metal and will happily geek out over comics with you. He also thinks tacos are a pretty nifty idea.

     

    DATE:  Monday, July 17th 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.

  • Thursday, July 20 at 7:00 pm

    Join Jaimal Yogis and Arnie Kozak for a conversation about Yogis's new memoir, All Our Waves Are Water.  In this compelling fusion of Barbarian Days and the journals of Thomas Merton, the author of Saltwater Buddha reflects on his “failing towards enlightenment,” his continued search to find meaning and a greater understanding of the Divine in the world’s oceans as well as everyday life.

    ABOUT THE BOOK: For Jaimal Yogis, the path to enlightenment is surfing. Between water and air, between control and surrender, between the tangible and intangible realities of life, the spiritual can be found. Born to a family of seekers, he left home at sixteen to surf in Hawaii and join a monastery—an adventure he chronicled in Saltwater Buddha. Now, in his early twenties, his heart is broken and he’s lost his way. Hitting the road again, he lands in a monastery in Dharamsala, where he meets Sonam, a displaced Tibetan.

    To help his friend, Jaimal makes a cockamamie attempt to reunite him with his family in Tibet by way of America. Though he does not succeed, witnessing Sonam’s indomitable spirit in the face of failure offers Jaimal a deeper understanding of faith. When the two friends part, he cannot fathom the unlikely circumstances that will reunite them.

    All Our Waves Are Water follows Jaimal’s trek from the Himalayas to Indonesia; to a Franciscan Friary in New York City and the dusty streets of Jerusalem; and finally to San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Along his journey, Jaimal prays and he surfs; mourning a lost love and seeking something that keeps eluding him, until he ultimately finds what he’s been looking for—that the perfect ride may well be the one we are on right now.

    The poet Rumi wrote, “we are not a drop in the ocean. We are the ocean in a drop.” All Our Waves Are Water is Jaimal’s “attempt to understand the ocean in a drop, to find that one moon shining in the water everywhere”—to find the Divine that unites us all.

    “Insightful, contemplative, and eloquently written, Yogis leaves us to realize that life isn’t about that elusive end goal of understanding humanity; it’s about the risks we’re willing to take in our journey to get there.”
    —Reza Aslan, author of No god but God and Zealot

    “Captivating.... Yogis finds wisdom everywhere [and] shows that the search for enlightenment, with its storms, lulls, and occasional thrills, is not much different from the search for the perfect wave.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

    “Jaimal takes us on a raw, real and sublime ride through essays of his life journey around the world to understand the ocean in a drop through the story of his teachers in human and wave form to find what unites us.”
    —Shiva Rea, surfing yogini and author of Tending the Heart Fire: Living in Rhythm with the Pulse of Life

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
    Jaimal Yogis (above right) is an award-winning writer, outdoorsman, and frequent teacher. He is the author of the memoir Saltwater Buddha, which has been made into a feature documentary film, and The Fear Project: What Our Most Primal Emotion Taught Me about Survival, Success, Surfing and Love. A graduate of Columbia Journalism School, he has written for ESPN: The Magazine, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Magazine, Surfers Journal, and many other publications. He lives in San Francisco with his wife, Amy, and their three sons.

    Arnie Kozak (below right) is the founder of Exquisite Mind, a consultation service for individuals (in the form of mindfulness-based psychotherapy), as well as for the community, healthcare and other professionals, and corporations. Exquisite Mind teaches mindfulness, the art and skill of living in the present, as a vehicle for managing stress and enhancing quality of life. He was also a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at the Harvard Medical School, where he completed his doctoral training.  His books include Wild Chickens and Petty Tyrants: 108 Metaphors for Mindfulness, The Everything Guide to the Introvert Edge, and The Awakened Introvert. He lives in Burlington, Vermont.

     

    DATE:  Thursday, July 20th 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.

  • Sunday, July 30 at 2:00 pm

    Where's Waldo? In Rutland, of course. The famous children’s book character in the striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting local businesses throughout our community this July. Visit phoenixbooks.biz to learn how you can find Waldo and enter to win prizes - or just come and enjoy the party!  Attendees will get to participate in Waldo-themed activities and even meet Waldo himself.

    This party is the culmination of Find Waldo in Rutland!

     

    DATE:  Sunday, July 30th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Rutland

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all ages.

  • Wednesday, August 23 at 7:00 pm

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  • Thursday, October 05 at 6:30 pm

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  • Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm

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  • Sunday, November 05 at 2:00 pm

    Join Bill Schubart for a talk on his new novel, Lila and Theron.

    Gift with purchase: Attendees who purchase Lila and Theron at the event will get a complimentary CD of Bill Schubart reading five of his favorite picks from Lamoille Stories! The genesis story of Lila and Theron, "Lila's Bucket" is on the CD.  (Some exceptions apply.)

    ABOUT THE BOOK:  Set in rural America and spanning much of the 20th century, Lila & Theron captures the spirit of the American rural experience, as it relates to their personal stories of love and sacrifice. Award winning author and public radio commentator, Bill Schubart, first introduced us to Lila & Theron characters in his 2008 short story collection, The Lamoille Stories. After being influenced by William Faulkner’s acceptance speech on winning the Nobel Prize, he returns seven years later to finish their stories.

    I believe that man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance. The poet's, the writer's, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart, by reminding him of the courage and honor and hope and pride and compassion and pity and sacrifice which have been the glory of his past.“

    Lila and Theron plumbs the depth and triumphs of the human spirit in a way now lost in today’s obsessions with consumerism and celebrity culture, immersing us in a receding world where neighbors and nature are the gifts and love is often comes with great hardship.

    "In a time all too rich with bombast and noise, Bill Schubart gives us a quiet tale of love, commitment, and utterly human interdependence—at once hard and graceful, plainspoken and eloquent. This is a romance that sidesteps shopworn clichés for sometimes painful truths and leaves the reader moved, thoughtful, and mourning the rarity of such honesty."
    — Archer Mayor, bestselling author of Presumption of Guilt (Joe Gunther series)

    "I have long considered Bill Schubart to be the wisest columnist in America. That same wisdom, deep life experience, and empathy come shining through on every page of his new novel, Lila & Theron. Full of joy, sadness, humor, and insight, Lila & Theron is a clear-eyed celebration of our almost boundless capacity, despite all our human frailties, to love both one another and the place we call home. Over the years I have known many true and good country people like Lila and Theron whom I have been proud and honored to call my friends. This is a beautiful book."
    — Howard Frank Mosher, bestselling author of Marie Blythe and Walking to Gatlinburg

    "Through the eyes of Lila and Theron, Schubart manages to not only give us a great love story, but also an homage to an icy hardscrabble Vermont, and a portrait of an evolving rural America in the 20th century. This book is both heartbreaking, tender and as real as a winter day. I loved it."
    — Thomas Christopher Greene, bestselling author of The Headmaster’s Wife

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Bill Schubart is an award-winning novelist and political and cultural commentator heard weekly on Vermont Public Radio (210,000 listeners) and a frequent public speaker on writing and entrepreneurship. Bill grew up in a small town in Lamoille County in Northern Vermont. In his largely French Canadian family, he heard countless stories.

     

    DATE:  Sunday, November 5th at 2pm

    LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Misty Valley

    ADMISSION:  Free and open to all.

  • Saturday, April 28 at 2:00 pm to at 4:00 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 2-4pm

    LOCATION: Phoenix Books Burlington

    ADMISSION: This event is free and open to all.

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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.)